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  1. RichardHammond

    R1 match data graphs

    Yeah I agree that seems a bit high for average numbers but still think it's possible for a couple reasons. 1) Some schools allow 1-week electives. 2) Some schools also have 9-10 blocks of 2-week electives if you include pre- and post-CaRMS electives. 3) Stats rely on self-reporting by CaRMS applicants according to their R1 application and is not verified by anything so there's a lot of variation in how people report their electives. For example, some schools have "selectives" as part of their core rotation where you could choose a 2-week subspecialty within your surgery rotation and some people would list that as an "elective"
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    Countdown to Match Day

    My application > Match Participation > scroll to the bottom to the section titled "Advanced release of unmatched status - Applicant Consent" It's only available to CMG applicants though.
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    CaRMS 2019 Interview -- INVITATIONS only

    Anatomical Pathology: Queens (Dec 3), Calgary (Dec 3), Alberta (Dec 3), Western (Dec 4), Memorial (Dec 5), Laval (Dec 5), Toronto (Dec 6), McGill (Dec 6), UBC (Dec 6), Dalhousie (Dec 7), Manitoba (Dec 7), McMaster (Dec 10) Anesthesiology: NOSM (Dec 7), Ottawa(Dec 8), Memorial(Dec 12), Western (Dec 12) Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Alberta (Dec 4) Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatchewan (Nov 27), Queen's (Dec 5), McGill (Dec 7), Dalhousie (Dec 7), Calgary (Dec 7), Manitoba (Dec 7), McMaster (Dec 10), UBC (Dec 10) Emergency Medicine: Family Medicine: Ontario (Nov 28; IMG only), Laval (Nov 30), Montréal (Dec 4), Saskatchewan (Prince Albert - Dec 10) General Pathology: Calgary (Nov 22), Alberta (Dec 3), Dalhousie (Dec 11) General Surgery: McGill (Dec 3), Sherbrooke (Dec 12) Hematological Pathology: Internal Medicine: Medical Genetics and Genomics: Calgary (Nov 27), UBC (Nov 29) Medical Microbiology: Neurology: Western (Dec 3), Dalhousie (Dec 4), McGill (Dec 10), Ottawa (Dec 10), UBC (Dec 10), Calgary (Dec 11) Neurology - Paediatric: Alberta (Dec3), Montreal (Dec 4), Calgary (Dec 4), McGill (Dec 10), McMaster (Dec 7), UBC (Dec 11) Neuropathology: Western (Dec 11) Neurosurgery: McMaster (Nov 30), Western (Dec 7), Dalhousie (Dec 10), UBC (Dec 12) Nuclear Medicine: Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Manitoba (Dec 10), Calgary (Dec 10), Ottawa (Dec 11) Ophthalmology: Western (Dec 10), Alberta (Dec 11) Orthopaedic Surgery: Alberta (Dec 7), McGill (Dec 10) Otolaryngology: Alberta (Dec 6) Pediatrics: Plastic Surgery: Alberta (Dec 4), Manitoba (Dec 11) PM&R: Queens University (Nov 22), McMaster (Nov 26), UBC (Nov 30), Manitoba (Nov 30), Western (December 6), UofT (December 12th), Calgary (December 12th)  Psychiatry: Memorial (Nov 23), Sherbrooke (Nov 27), McMaster- Hamilton and Waterloo (Dec. 4), Western - London & Windsor (Dec. 4), McGill (Dec. 4), Calgary (Dec 5), Manitoba (Dec 5), U of T (Dec 7), Ottawa (Dec 7), Alberta (Dec 10), NOSM (Dec 11) Public Health and Preventive Medicine: Alberta (Dec 5), Manitoba (Dec 7), McMaster (Dec 10), UBC (Dec 12), NOSM (Dec 12) Radiation Oncology: Calgary (December 10), Alberta (Dec 11) Urology: Western (Dec4), Dalhousie (Dec5), McMaster (Dec 5), Ottawa (Dec 6), Toronto (Dec 8) Vascular Surgery: Toronto (Nov 26), Western (Dec 10)
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    Flight discounts for CaRMS

    Related, CFMS has 10% discount codes for WestJet flights during the interview period. https://www.cfms.org/resources/discounts-travel.html
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    Scholarship Decisions

    Last year it seemed to go out on a rolling basis. Heard about some going out end of June and some even in September. If you get it early, you won't have to pay tuition fees but if you get it later, they'll refund you. I'm not sure if it'll work the same way this year.
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    Rbc Reps

    If you have a representative from the city you're going to for school, they are usually more knowledgeable about the program, cost of tuition, housing, proof of enrollment etc. I went with an RBC representative from my hometown and he wasn't as familiar. I had to wait till I got the the statement of account for the LOC to be processed, whereas some people get processed based off of a letter of enrollment from the school. Also if you have someone completely unfamiliar with medical student LOCs, they might insist you need a cosigner, which is generally not true.
  7. I think the general consensus from the past is that the good waitlist clears and maybe a third or half of the normal one clears. Of course it's just speculation and a lot of things changed this year across Ontario that could affect whether applicants got multiple offers like the new mcat, high cars at schulich, written portion at schulich, Ottawa CASPER. And also, Windsor is a great city. If you're assigned there, don't think of it as a sentence lol. Food is really good, class is tight knit, and we have plenty of integration weekends to see each other. Anyway, good luck everyone. It's a difficult position to be in, having to balance being optimistic and planning for the possibility of rejection. But I hope you all realize you are all more than qualified if you made it this far. You are literally on the cusp. The number of excellent candidates will always exceed the number of available spots so sometimes it just takes persistence and even a little luck.
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    May 10 Support Thread

    Congrats everyone! It seem like Schulich is coming out now. So anyone with questions about Schulich, feel free to pm me!
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    May 10 Support Thread

    just a few more days of waiting! im excited for you all :')
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    May 10 Support Thread

    Schulich Acceptance: "Good News from Schulich Medicine" Schulich Bad Wait List (pronounced: rejection): "Your Application to Schulich Medicine" Toronto Rejection: "University of Toronto Medicine: Final MD Application Decision"
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    Average Bursary

    From a small sample of 3 people (myself included) I think Western's pretty generous with their financial aid. Only one of my parents was earning an average income at the time while I was working full-time for a couple months and was offered a 3-4k bursary. A couple months later, I was offered the Schulich scholarship instead. Two of my colleagues also received the Schulich scholarship and they both come from average-earning families.
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    Attend A Small School Vs Big School For Undergrad

    Background: big fish in lower ranked high school then went to relatively big school (Western) in a program that was full of premeds. 1) How would you compare your marks if you attended a small school? I think my marks wouldn't be too different, but it's hard to tell. On one hand, you have people who argue smaller schools are "easier" but I thought bigger schools have "easy" aspects to them too. For example, with large programs and classes of sometimes 1000 students, a lot of assessments are online quizzes and multiple choice tests, which I found easier to do well on. Smaller schools/programs might have different exam formats that work for some but not for others. 2) Would you feel more "stressed" going to a big school vs small school? Sometimes it's more stressful but sometimes it's less. I quickly realize there were a ton of bright students here. Some were the top of their school board, some were competitive athletes, etc. And at times, that's kinda stressful when you realize these are the people you're competing against for a spot in med school. But I quickly learned that I kinda thrive off of this sense of competition and was motivated to do well too. In the end, many of these model premeds you're competing with become your friends and you kinda help each other get through this long and hard journey. In the end, I think you should consider much more than these few things. You're gonna be in a different city for 4 years. You're gonna see many of the same faces day in, day out. Try to imagine where you'd actually enjoy spending the next few years at. Also here's a fun read that's kinda relevant (and a bit controversial?): A Maclean's article about where med students went for their undergraduate studies. http://www.macleans.ca/education/university/gambling-on-an-m-d/
  13. I don't have any insider information but this logic sounds about right. Don't sweat it. It's pass/fail with a low cutoff. I'm sure you all did fine as long as you followed the instructions and wrote in iambic pentameter and made it rhyme.
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    Volunteer Opportunities For Pre-Med Students

    Ditto what everyone said. Of course, it's best if she finds something she enjoys and has a passion for. But here are a few places I personally enjoyed working at just to help her brainstorm some ideas if she's interested: 1) Research conferences - there are a lot of miscellaneous event-day positions such as ushers, greeters, presentation timers etc. The level of required skill is low but there's often some free time for you to wander around, sit in on presentations, look at posters. Even though it's usually a single day event (ie not a lot of hours), it gives good exposure into the world of research. Coming from high school, I'm sure most of the things she learns is from ancient textbooks but at these conferences she'll get to learn the latest findings in the field that might inspire her somehow. 2) Newcomers' centres - there's been a lot in the media lately with the Syrian refugee crisis but I personally think the media shows a pretty vague 2-dimensional image of this specific population. Volunteering at these organization gave me a greater understanding about the unique challenges that these individuals face and was a great opportunity to welcome someone to Canada. There are a variety of programs to get involved in from child care to sewing classes to city tours. 3) Hospitals/Clinics - a lot of times, volunteers get assigned duties with minimal patient/staff interaction like stocking supplies, pushing beds/wheelchairs but if you could find a position with meaningful interaction, it'd be better. It really taught me how to interact with patients from various backgrounds in the healthcare setting. It also taught me a lot about the hospital structure (the roles of nurses, respiratory therapists, physicians, social workers, etc).
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