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  1. Its the other way around. The program doesn't rank enough applicants. I don't even think the program interviews enough people. A lot of my classmates failed to get interviews at Ottawa even though they received interviews at more traditionally competitive programs like Toronto and Mcmaster. It hasn't just been a one-off thing either, it's been happening consecutive years. I am starting to wonder if its on purpose or if the program is overestimating its own desirability. But the program does pick up second rounders so I am guessing the latter.
  2. There are Saudi/International residents not just in surgery but also in primary care specialties including family medicine and pediatrics who do get through residency just fine. And even the surgical specialties have clinic where they often have to deal with francophone-only patients. Honestly, my advice would be to try to transfer if you can (which will be difficult as your funding is with Quebec) but if you can't, family medicine is only 2 years. Maybe try learning some French or ask for a translator/nurse at your clinic for those 1/3 of patients that only speak French. Plus, when you're off service in the hospital, its much easier to find someone who can translate for you. When you do your electives try to aim for a more anglophone community if you can. Also, it seems like you know people who are in your situation, maybe ask if they have any advice or words of wisdom.
  3. What family med stream are you in? CLSC metro? I am also a resident at McGill and an anglophone. What I have noticed thus far is that yeah there's definitely a lot more francophone only patients than you would expect fromn what they put on their CaRMS website. But it seems like most people are able to pick up a working proficiency in about a year and a half, it's actually quite remarkable. There are also many residents who speak only english or their native language who have completed residency successfully at McGill so don't worry, you are not the first. It also helps to find co-residents who are in your situation and are facign the same issue. (most of my friends I have made inr esidency thus far actually dont speak french).
  4. Isnt that a special type of IMG tho? Funded by the Saudi Arabians with the stipulation that they go back.
  5. Even if you were flagged on turnitin. What are they going to say? That you plagiarized yourself? Well then you can just give yourself permission to use that essay without citations.
  6. It's always hard going through it. Preclerkship feels like a breeze in retrospect but I remember stressing out in 1st/2nd year about exams. Same with clerkship Plus, you still do ILs? I stopped keeping up with them half way through my first month and I graduated Schulich just fine. I dont even think I supplemented with another resource. It was just plain laziness pure and simple.
  7. Different schools definitely have differing levels of exposure to psychotherapy. For example I am told it is a very limited component of the psychaitry program at Western. But all programs have some level of psychotherapy teaching whether you like it or not. Unfortunately, we know very little of the brain and psychotherapy may be a byproduct of that gap in knowledge. Though, take what I say with a grain of salt, other than 6 weeks of psyche in clerkship, I haven't received much more exposure to the field other than from what some of my classmates have told me.
  8. Much better I would assume. I'm in neither, but Peds CTU call was so much less busy than adult CTU as a clerk. Kids were relatively quiet throughout the night on the floor with few admissions from emerg while it seemed like adult CTU was non-stop.
  9. I think its also a problem with the grass is always greener on the other side. People who didn't match regret not ranking more programs because they thought they would match within their top -10 and people who match to a bad location or a back up specialty have second thoughts about ranking those particular programs. For me, I ranked everything because I abhored the thought of being unmatched. But people always told me you will 99.9% match to your top 3 and how you have a bigger chance of being unmatched than matching outside your top 5. So I never mentally expected to match past my 5th choice which was a fear I had during the CaRMS tour. Ultimately, I did not match to the place I wanted to be but its still close to home and in an amazing program. My CaRMS result was bittersweet but I felt grateful when I compared myself to people I knew who matched far from home in their back up specialty.
  10. From what I have seen, they also work the longer shifts and take worse call than actual faculty.
  11. If you're also okay with places like London, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Kingston, I would say your chances of getting a job is damn near 90% provided it's not super specialized or neurosurgery/pediatric surgery provided you truly are okay with jumping through the various hoops of PhD programs and multiple fellowships. You may be okay with jumping through all the hoops now when you're 21-22, but that answer may change when you're 32-33 and trying to start a family and anxious to start living your life.
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