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  1. As mentioned, for IMGs, being competitive isn't enough anyway. You just have to be lucky as well. Regarding your original question, the same things that would make a CMG competitive. One thing is you have to make sure you have electives in Canada. Foreign rotations and LORs probably aren't worth much.
  2. People being dumb enough to post in a 1+ year old thread to belitte others is a thing now?
  3. Physiothérapie est pas vraiment chargé durant la première session... Je recommanderais personnellement physiothérapie. J'ai plusieurs amis qui ont fait physio et pharma avant médecine et c'est presque unanime que physio prépare mieux à la médecine que pharmacie. Les 2 plus gros points sont l'apprentissage de l'anatomie et de l'examen physique en physiothérapie. Mes amis qui étaient en pharmacie trouvent ça bien d'être plus familiers avec les médicaments mais estiment que c'était pas si utile que ça au final (en terme de se donner un headstart).
  4. Aucune différence. En passant, il y a une section Québec où tu risque d'avoir plus de réponses aux questions spécifiques au système québécois.
  5. Snowmen

    What do you think about this blog?

    Don't forget the juicy pension plan that comes with the salary jobs.
  6. Very true and especially in Quebec. Some years, literally no one applies to pediatric neurology while on some other years, 5-6 will apply for the 2 spots we have.
  7. I agree that the basic sciences don't matter as much as work ethic or your focus. I personally go to a school with grades in pre-clerkship (the last class to have them here...) and I am bang on the average. The reason for that is that I don't have much interest in the basic sciences and put more efforts towards the clinical knowledge, which means I miss a lot of basic sciences questions but very few clinical ones. That might not give me the best grades despite studying a lot, but I feel that it's a big advantage at the hospital or for clinical assignments, and I personally feel like I am much more comfortable than most of my colleagues as a result. I feel like this is gonna be more useful than having a slightly higher GPA.
  8. Snowmen

    Struggling in Med School ...

    Regarding shadowing, unless you already know the preceptor well enough that your name will catch their eye while going through their mailbox (ie: PBL preceptor), often their secretary is who you want to be emailing.
  9. I'm guessing one would complete a pediatric oncology (subspecialty training after doing a pediatric residency), pediatric neurology or neurosurgery residency and then complete a pediatric oncology fellowship. Now, I don't want to sound pessimistic, but usually people don't "choose" to work in these very, very narrow fields. Rather, you usually do your residency, find a job and then complete the fellowships required to do that job. For instance, you're completing a neurosurgery residency and a pediatric neurosurgeon at your hospital is planning on retiring. You would then be offered the job and would do a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship and your now former colleague would retire once you're ready to take over.
  10. Snowmen

    Does Undergraduate school matter?

    Those 5 probably would've gotten in regardless of where they did undergraduate degrees, as long as they would've performed the same way. It's the student that matters, not the school. Simply choose the program and location that you believe will allow you to perform at your best.
  11. Un cut-off à 34,1 était déjà haut pour médecine (plus vers 33,5 d'habitude) alors DMD partait de plus bas.
  12. It isn't like cuts to the amount of places in medical school a few years after he is admitted would have a significant effect on his job prospects, let alone his CaRMS odds. Now, there are two options: 1) Reduce medical school spots and ensure that everyone admitted has a reallistic spot at matching and getting a decent job. 2) Admit the same amount of people we currently are, let them increase their debt levels and then have some of them end up without a residency. Are you really going to argue that option 2 is better than option 1? Of course, an "ideal" option 3 would allow more (or as many) people in medical school, regardless of provincial needs, and increase the amount of residency spots so that all these students get to match where they want. Of course, that option 3 is not going to happen unless there is a massive change in health planning policies.
  13. Snowmen

    quebec and carms

    not sure why I am bothering to write an answer as OP is an obvious troll (or intellectually challenged person) according to their past posts but: Why should Quebec be seen as the reason for the high amount of unmatched students even though it is the only province in Canada with a significant amount of free spots left after the first and even the second round of Carms? Instead, people who are unhappy with the current situation should make themselves more marketable for the Quebec spots by, for instance, learning french. Blaming students who are taking the steps necessary to be competitive in all of Canada (those students from Quebec matching in the rest of Canada) won't lead to any meaningful improvement and will only cause further divisions, making our position weaker. Also, your point about Quebec schools being uncompetitive and over-populated is just plain funny, if not a little sad.