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  1. I think "meets expectations" vs "exceed expectations" is very site dependent. I would not worry. Having talked to PD's across the country some schools are known for producing strong clinical clerks and others strong academic, others both. Similarly, programs don't tend to care too much was MSPR says - as again... some schools are known for inflating their evaluation forms. Also it can be very staff or reviewer dependent. I have had 75% of staff gives me exceeds, but then the person doing the final review didn't work with me and i was given meets. I had another staff say I was essentially R1 and say I meet expectations. Another rotations in a non-related field I essentially just shadowed and got exceeds. Honestly, exceeds vs meets is essentially how the staff views evaluations or feels that day. I would approach whom ever you worked with most or most clicked with, and be straight up asking something like " I am very interested in Emerg and am going to try to match in CaRMS, it is quite competitive, do you think you could write me a strong letter" ... that will make things clear. As a staff that you worked with a lot could think you are an amazing person to work with with a good personality for ER and easy to teach, but your current knowledge isn't "exceeds expectations"... again most staff would rather work with an easy-going easy to teach person than someone who is an Ass with a lot of knowledge.
  2. It was more of realizing I liked a specialty more than anticipated. It is a specialty from core, but doing it near carms submission for a few weeks, and due to changes in my life it has been great experience on revisiting the specialty. Ultimately though point taken not possible !
  3. I did an elective at a school out west. Worked with some of the Ad Comm, all positive reviews the entire time - they said see you at interviews. Met with the PD who said the same. Got declined for an interview 5 days later when on a different elective. They help, but not always a guarantee. Which sucks because electives are extremely valuable, and then you could have used them somewhere else.
  4. Does anyone know if it is possible to send it a late application to a program? I assumed not, but figured I would ask.
  5. When you see invites went out for a program, at what point do you realize/know you aren't getting an invite. If you don't get an invite right away, if you don't get one the next day either, if you don't get one after 2-3?
  6. I was under the impression that CaRMS now has the interview feature on their website that tells you if you are offered an interview, declined, or waitlisted. Doesn't this sort of negate the need to track when invites etc are coming out? Unlike previous years where you may not know invites went out but you didn't get one.
  7. After having done electives I am just wondering if anyone knows why BC seems to be so much more painful elective wise. Their licensing application is more involved.. especially compared to ontario that has none for students. Now they have added SPECO which is like a 14 part plus more info course as a mandatory document, plus their health and safety info pages. Just wondering if there is more litigation there, so some historical reason I am missing?
  8. Calgary does not open for processing electives until Feb 2, 2020. It is on their AFMC page. I mean maybe not impossible, just was surprised that is quite early to have already 8 weeks of electives booked.
  9. How do you already have electives lined up for next year? You can't apply to the vast majority until 26 weeks before?
  10. I wish coalition wasn't such a dirty word, and that Trudeau wasn't too proud to form one. Had to LOL at his comment saying he would not form any coalitions - formal or informal. Wonder if anyone let him know he has a minority position and that an informal coalition, aka working together, will be required.
  11. What kind of description do you add to your clinical electives section of CARMS? Relevant cases you saw? CanMEDs-y type buzz words? Just straight to the point?
  12. Fair but a small surface level effort is also unlikely to change anything meaningful. One could also argue while Trudeau attending a protest during his majority government term in office he didn't try to change much and literally had the power to. I don't think a great reason to vote liberal is that while not great they are better than conservative. what about the other parties?
  13. If discussing environmentalism. It is hard to say that the liberal's are really that much better than conservatives on this front really. Lots of small band-aid solutions for sure. Vague goals like ban non-reusable plastics (whatever this means), plant 2 billion trees (ok cool doesn't really solve underlying issues), etc
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