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  1. Did you use the 2019 or 2018 data. I don’t think the 2019 data is completely out. If you used the 2018 data, Ophtho was very competitive in Quebec last year which was an outlier.
  2. Another consideration is the number of spots in Quebec for the two specialties. Ophthalmology: Quebec: 13 Rest of Canada: 25 Plastic Surgery Quebec: 5 Rest of Canada: 20 Quebec is very different than the rest of Canada and most applicants will be unable to apply to those spots. We don’t have actual data yet for this match, but it is possible that the Quebec schools have a better ratio in spots per applicants and this raises the average more so for Ophthalmology than Plastic Surgery. It would be interesting to see a comparison of competitiveness when the Quebec spots are removed from the analysis. I think the gap in competitiveness would be decrease slightly. That being said, I agree with many of the previous posters. Plastic Surgery is definetely more competitive than Ophthalmology, but you are comparing two specialties that are consistently top 3 or 4 in competitiveness.
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    CaRMS School Match Rate

    I think what Snowmen is trying to say is that the Match Strategy in Quebec are quite different then the rest of Canada. It is not uncommon for an applicant to go for Plastics and Ophtho and match to one of them while having split their electives.
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    8 week cap announcement

    This limit is only going to affect small subspecialized programs and it’s going to make things even more competitive and difficult to match. Match strategy will have to be completely rethought.
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    CaRMS School Match Rate

    Thank you! It would also be nice if CaRMS could publish data that had Quebec and the rest of Canada separate. The reality of the Quebec match is very different than the rest of Canada and combining the data together obscurs the reality of the match for both Quebec Grads and the rest of Canada.
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    Failed an elective - what next?

    Queen’s also does not have room for two clerkship classes at the same time but they have it set up in a way that you have 6 weeks of electives in 3rd year that you do after doing 3X 6week blocks. So by that time you are 4.5 months into clerkship. It coincides with the 4th year doing their post CaRMS block 8 core rotation. Not having enough room for two classes is definitely not an excuse for sending your clerks on elective right off the bat.
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    Awards and Scholorships

    Just to play devils advocate having been on the other side of the process as a file reviewer. I think for the most part, schools look at each section of the ABS and weighed them equally. I would disagree that scholarships and awards are negligible in the application process. School want to see people who excel at what they do and I think scholarship and awards is a good way to demonstrate that. Going back to your question, I don’t think not having many awards will sink you but I do think they are an important component of your application.
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    2019 CaRMS unfilled spots

    Can you provide the link to this table. Couldn’t find it on the website.
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    2019 CaRMS unfilled spots

    I don’t know if board exams would fix anything. Sure it would add objective measurement, but I doubt that the board exam would necessarily correlate with how good a clinician you are.
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    2019 CaRMS unfilled spots

    Sure, it is a superficial merrit base system. However, it is a system based on no objective comparison standards. Also the connection you speak of can reflect effort but can also be a reflection of nepotism. How do you compete with an applicant who’s parent is the program director?
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    2019 CaRMS unfilled spots

    You do realize that elective procedures for orthopaedics and ophthalmology are capped. There is a certain alloted number of procedures per Center. This is created so that the government can keep cost down and move it to the next fiscal year. The orthopods or ophthalmologist would gladly do way more procedures which would result in shorter wait times.
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    Ranking Without Interview

    That isn’t true. Other candidates may have ranked it highly but matched to choices they ranked even higher. There is no downside to doing this. Even if it increases your chances by a fraction of a percent, it’s still worth it.
  13. Not sure. The ones I’ve heard of have done this for at most a year. I’ve also heard of people doing locums up north for OR time while living in the city of their choice. I think people are understanding and once you do get OR time your mentors would sit in on a couple of cases until you gain your comfort back.
  14. Depends what province you’re looking at. I would say that the 600k mark is easily attainable in certain provinces. In terms of jobs, I think Ophtho has an advantage compared to other surgical specialties as it is viable for you to just run clinic while you bode your time for OR privileges. All of the grads I am aware of have gotten jobs in or near their desired locations. In terms of OD to Ophtho. I am aware of a handful of residents and staff. I also know a few medical students with OD who are applying.
  15. I know a handful of Optometrist who went into medical school to get into Ophthalmology after they realized Ophthalmology was really what they hoped Optometry would be. If this is the case, she has a long road ahead and Ophtho is one of the competitive specialties. If she is only going in to get into Ophthalmology then it may be an uphill battle. If she enjoys all aspect of medicine it might be more worthwhile for her to make the jump.