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  1. Plastic surgery has very creative aspects with regards to reconstructions and using various flaps.
  2. Aetherus

    CaRMS 2019 Interview -- DISCUSSIONS

    It’s impossible to know without knowing which program you were waitlisted for. The only way you get an interview is if someone else cancels. The larger the interview pool the more likely someone will cancel, but also the larger the waitlist.
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    Ophtho and FM+EM Backup

    The Ophthalmology match actually happens before Canada and therefore you wouldn’t be able to back up with it. You could however attempt to match to Ophtho and then if you go unmatched do a research fellowship, write your USMLE with the view of acing them and reapply the following year.
  4. Do you have the link to the ad by any chance? Wasn't able to find it through google.
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    Does Undergraduate school matter?

    They are actually quite different. If you want to take science classes then take Biomed. If you want to take more classes focused on determinants of health etc take Health Sciences. Biology is strictly inferior to Biomed as there are more prerequisite courses and less flexibility then Biomed. If you want, your Biomed degree can look exactly like a biology degree in terms of the courses you take. The opposite is not true. I would do Biomed if I were you.
  6. Hello LouLou. Unfortunately, you will be unable to apply to any of the programs you have mentioned. Medical School in Ontario requires a minimum of three years of Undergraduate studies (we do not have an equivalent to CEGEP) as well as the MCAT. The same applies to Dentistry but requiring the DAT. Consider yourself lucky that you reside in Quebec, it is the only province that you can realistically apply to all the professional programs you have mentioned while not writing any admission exams. You also have the cheapest tuition in the country. Best of luck!
  7. I think if you are able to get awards from your makes in preclerkship that definetly will benefit you for CaRMS. Otherwise, your marks don’t matter and I’m not sure how well they correlate with clerkship performance. You can excel in most of clerkship with being able to take a good history and physical and read up on UpToDate. Obviously as mentioned previously, you need to have a strong basic knowledge but everything else you will probably forget and look up when you see the presentation.
  8. I would stay away from the Prep courses. They are very expensive and usually yield poor results. Some have decent resources but the actual lectures are pretty useless. Just study on your own and you will do much better and will be able to focus on your weaknesses. I don’t know anyone who has taken a prep course and done great on the MCAT. Don’t be intimidate by the material, most of it is very basic and not difficult to grasp. It is more about training your mind to think in a specific way. I would argue that neither prep courses or university courses will prepare you adequately to excel at the MCAT.
  9. Aetherus

    Does Undergraduate school matter?

    Going to uOttawa will not prevent you from getting to any medical school in the Country. I did my undergrad at uOttawa and did quite well in getting accepted to medical school. Furthermore, I know people from uOttawa that have gotten into almost every medical school in the country. I also know of people who have gotten into Harvard Med from uOttawa undergrad. All this to say it won’t prevent you from succeeding. I feel like the education is good at uOttawa however the school spirit leaves a lot to be desired. It definitely has a commuter vibe.
  10. Unfortunately I think the emphasis on social medicine is caused by the accreditation process and is most likely a problem at most Canadian schools who do well on the accreditation process. Furthermore, I felt like the curriculum at Queen’s was heavily influenced by political topics. I fail to understand why certain topics such as OB/GYN and Psychiatry got a 1 month course in PreClerkship as well as a 6 week clerkship rotation. This is in contrast to Ophtho, Derm, Pathology, ID, Neuro getting quite limited exposure.
  11. Aetherus

    quebec and carms

    From purely legal stand point, there is absolutely no way to ban anyone from going through CaRMS based on geography if they have the appropriate credentials. All North American MD schools are licensed by the same body abd therefore are considered equivalent. That is way USMG can apply in the first iteration. Your suggestion is also inflammatory and would only temporized the problem without addressing the root cause. Not to mention that it would cause a lot of other problems.
  12. My suggestion to every first year is to shadow the super competitive specialties first (Derm, Optho, Plastics etc) to rule them out off the bat. If you rule these out you have time to figure out what you want to do. On the other hand, if you realize you really like the specialty, you’ve figure it out early and you can take the appropriate steps to be competitive. Both Ophtho and Derm have high volume clinics that you might enjoy. Ophtho you have the added benefit that you built long term relationships with your patients while still being a surgical specialty.
  13. What’s missing here is if you like surgery vs medicine. You can find specialties in both that will meet your stated requirements.
  14. I think most schools have recordings of lectures however the policy on mandatory class varies. When I went through Queen’s they still didn’t record the lectures due to some political debate on how it would affect class attendance and participation. I’m not sure if they have started recording lectures now. Regardless there is a significant amount of the day that is comprised of mandatory group sessions that you cannot/should not miss.
  15. Any decrease in the workload will just lead to being less prepared for the workload of residency. Medical school already has lighter clinical duties then what the residents are doing, which is appropriate for the level of training. Being able to manage your time in clerkship is very important. Overall clerkship is very doable and changing it any more will just hinder the transition to residency. Things you mentioned such as post call days are common place on almost all services (aside from certain surgical services). If you manage your time well, you can have time to excel at your rotations, study for your exams, see your friends, do research etc. Clerkship has a steep learning curve, but it is so much better than Preclerkship.