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  1. My school does the same thing and the reason is that they don't have quite enough clinical placements to have two classes of clerks overlap. By giving us electives at the beginning and end of clerkship, they can off-load some students and ensure that there isn't too many students at our teaching hospitals. It still sucks, but at least there is some logic behind it. Most students just end up doing their first elective within the Sherbrooke network where it's almost a running gag and expected that we will suck.
  2. Something to keep in mind is that, unless that has changed with the new curriculum, Sherbrooke only allows you to complete two electives in the same field (ie: radiology). Completing an ortho elective could be relevant since, from my experience, they usually almost completely ignore the radiologists reports and review their own imaging. Also, directly seeing the anatomy really doesn't hurt. As such, an ortho elective would probably help a lot as far as getting comfortable with the anatomy and MSK imaging itself goes. I'm usually looking at dozens of plain films a day and quite a few scans/MRIs.
  3. Snowmen

    Books in medical school

    A lot of them actually have a French translation but by the time it is released, it usually is outdated.
  4. 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.
  5. People being dumb enough to post in a 1+ year old thread to belitte others is a thing now?
  6. 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).
  7. Aucune différence. En passant, il y a une section Québec où tu risque d'avoir plus de réponses aux questions spécifiques au système québécois.
  8. Snowmen

    What do you think about this blog?

    Don't forget the juicy pension plan that comes with the salary jobs.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
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    None whatsoever.