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    Unlikely. I would assume when it comes down to application time, you'll have to submit transcripts from both schools and they'll calculate GPA based on the school you took those courses.
  2. Flash cards, anki, question banks are all pretty easy and interactive ways to keep testing your knowledge if you're feeling keen. It's nice because you can literally just run through a few questions during a commute, at the gym etc. Overall not necessary but easier than flipping through preclerkship notes to review. OnlineMedEd is pretty good for a rough review too. Uworld is a bit random with obscure questions, and some of it will not help you at all during clerkship. Still waiting to apply my knowledge about ehrlichiosis, pseudocyesis, or about high-output heart failure secondary to AV fistulas forming after traumatic knife injuries...
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    MCCQE Part 1 Thoughts

    Mean score is 250, SD is 30, passing score is 226. Assuming normal distribution, pass rate should be around ~80%. Also echoing others in saying the exam was horribly designed. Ambiguous questions, vague prompts, etc. Even the MCCQE website has errors. For example, they say you have 1 minute 14 seconds per MCQ, which is incorrect (Should be 240 minutes / 210 questions = 1.14 min = 1 minute 8 seconds). Sounds trivial but you will be 19 minutes over if you follow their info. They made the same mistake again talking about CDM timing.
  4. When deciding on a specialty, be careful not to confuse your excitement with getting to do new things as your calling to a particular specialty. For example, on your emerg rotation your staff will be like "have you ever sutured before? no? go try on that dude's face" and you'll feel like a badass cowboy and think emerg is your calling. But 20 years into your career, you will not find half the things that excited you in medical school remotely interesting. Instead, try to see parts of a specialty you hate because they often don't go away or even get worse (e.g. call requirements, shift work, etc.) Lots of good advice from others above. +1 for the following: Form a good friends/social circle Try to get exposure early on to different specialties before clerkship Think about CaRMS EARLY Start research/gunner activities early if you're even remotely thinking about something competitive. Otherwise, enjoy your summers.
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    May 14 Countdown

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    Accountants and missing tax deductions

    You would think a T2202A is standard enough to notice, especially for a firm reaching out to residents. I too used a national accounting firm that offered free services for residents/students this year and was also surprised by the service. They were confused about how to go about filling TD1 and T1213 forms to carry forward tuition credits to reduce tax at source -- something I assume not uncommonly requested by residents. Perhaps they're less thorough when they're working for free... But anyway, I think it's not too late to get things changed. Plus, tuition credits are non-refundable and carry forward so you can use it next year if it's too complicated to change things now.
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    CaRMS 2019 Prelim Data

    Hey! I remember you! You're the candidate we didn't rank. jk that wasn't me. That was Dr. Robert Hammond.
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    CaRMS 2019 Prelim Data

    Wow do you even congratulate someone for matching to their 288th choice or offer your sympathy
  9. Interesting discussion. Hmm I wonder if there are any examples or lessons from automatic ECG interpretations that one can extend to radiology. Suppose a psychiatrist orders an inpatient ECG to assess qt for an antipsychotic change and the interpretation says normal qt, non-specific ST changes but misses an obscure MI or arrhythmia. Who's at fault? Can you sue the ECG machine manufacturer? I think it's institution specific regarding if/or when there's a formal read for the ECG but there seems to be a lot of trust in automatic interpretations by non-cardiology people. Of course some squiggly lines are easier for machines to interpret than a million slice CT but who knows, maybe one day the technology will be enough to gain our trust (at least for simple "triaging").
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    Whats the point ?

    Don't worry about AI. Ok google, perform a CABG.
  11. While I agree that being reasonably pleasant, competent, respectful is more than enough to get you through most of medical school and even match in the majority of programs, I've heard of more competitive/small programs weighing impression at CaRMS socials more heavily. In those specific situations, I can see how the "cool", "fun" personality would be more memorable and advantageous. But still, a quieter, polite personality would be definitely better than loud, ostentatious personalities. It just might take a bit more work in those situations to be positively memorable. Also sometimes, being an engaged listener can help overcome your lack interesting things to say. If you don't have a lot of interests of you own, pretend to be somewhat interested in what other staff/residents are interested in, regardless of how uninterested/unknowledgeable you are about the topic. "wow please tell me more about your crossfit calesthenics paleo intermittent fasting lifestyle you're soooo zen"
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    How do you "back up"?

    Went here: https://www.carms.ca/data-reports/r1-data-reports/electives Then did some quick maths. The disclaimer on that page explains how CaRMS relies on self-reported electives from applicants but CaRMS does not confirm if the electives ultimately take place. They mention how Neuro would count toward Paeds Neuro and a couple other examples but did not mention if IM subspecialties count as IM electives. I went back to my CaRMS app and noticed that the section for inputting electives does in fact lets you specify subspecialties (e.g. nephro, heme). So nothing concrete to say that subspecialties are counted in that data but my guess is they ARE included.
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    How do you "back up"?

    If you only look at data about the number of electives taken in FM/IM by those who matched to FM/IM, it definitely seems possible to back up in FM and IM with 1-2 electives (see data below). However, it doesn't take to account what the rest of these applicants' CVs look like. If your application screams "I'm backing up with X", your numbers of electives might not matter much. Additionally, you gotta ask yourself how you'd feel about possibly matching to a program you never got to experience in a specialty you don't really wanna do. 2018 CMG R-1 1st Iteration Data: Family Medicine: 59.2% of CMGs who matched to FM had only 0-2 electives in FM 53.7% of CMGs who matched to FM did not have any FM electives at their matched school Internal Medicine: 63.0% of CMGs who matched to IM had only 0-2 electives in IM 53.5% of CMGs who matched to IM did not have any IM electives at their matched school
  14. +1 for getting med students, residents or other people to review your app/essays but I would not recommend wasting money with a professional company. Don't rely on close friends who are going to be too nice to tell you if your writing sucks. Try not to use another premed as they might not have the experience to critique your writing. Try verbally talking about your ECs while someone reviews your app. You'd be surprised how often people can have fantastic experiences but be horrible at putting it down on paper-- their 4 months abroad teaching English and providing vaccines to orphans reduced to "i went to africa to help people lol"