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  1. Manitoba's application doesn't ask about volunteer work (apart from it possibly coming up in the interview), so it's not *super* important. I'd recommend volunteering somewhere where you genuinely enjoy what you're doing. It's always nice to give back to the community, even if it's not directly related to medicine. I personally ended up volunteering at the hospital on the psychiatric units because that's what I was interested in. I was there long enough that I got a reference letter (once a week shifts for 2+ years). There are other positions at the hospital doing various things that you could look into if that's something you think you would enjoy. But honestly, like I said before, just do things you like.
  2. I went to U of M and enjoyed it. While the lower years are usually massive in size, as you get into your niche of higher levels the class sizes are much smaller (I had classes of 5-10). Most profs were welcoming to questions and I was even able to work closely with some. You will be a bit more anonymous for the most part, and will likely not know a lot of your classmates. I didn't mind that but that's not for everyone. Living close to U of W is definitely a good perk though. Especially if you can walk or take the bus there easily. In the end I feel it's more about how you make the most of your time in the university than the school. That's just my opinion though.
  3. I heard talk that they would push back the deadline for applications into 2021 some time. Then interviews would be compressed to one week and be entirely virtual. Match day would be in April some time. But at this point nothing seems even close to solid.
  4. These are the date invites for interviews were received (either notification through the portal or by email). Interviews are in late Jan into early Feb.
  5. I also have one there on Monday. Flight is supposed to be tomorrow evening (I thought I was being smart flying out there early). Going to just be hoping for the best at this point ...
  6. For McMaster psychiatry applicants - what time does the interview day end (minus the social event)? I got off the waitlist so I was only given the date, no agenda. No one's in office until Jan and I'm trying to figure out logistics of flights as I have an interview elsewhere the next day. Thanks!
  7. For those that recieved and accepted their invite to Manitoba psych, have you received any email back with confirmation of your exact interview time yet?
  8. I applied broadly to psych this year, with a heavily psych geared application. I've only received 2 invites (luckily one from my 1st choice), 1 waitlist, and 4 rejections so far. It's pretty discouraging, especially as you mentioned based on stats most people match/get invites in the past. Perhaps psychiatry is just really competitive this year. However, as JohnGrisham above pointed out, you only need one yes to match. So hang in there!
  9. Anatomical Pathology: Anesthesiology: Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatoon (28 Nov), UBC (29 Nov) Emergency Medicine: Family Medicine: Sherbrooke (21 Nov), Laval (21 Nov), Montreal (21 Nov), Ontario IMG (30 Nov) General Pathology: General Surgery: Hematological Pathology: Internal Medicine: Sherbrooke (Nov 26) Medical Genetics and Genomics: Medical Microbiology: Neurology: Manitoba (28 Nov) Neurology - Paediatric: Neuropathology: Neurosurgery: Nuclear Medicine: Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Ophthalmology: Orthopaedic Surgery: Otolaryngology: Pediatrics: Plastic Surgery: PM&R: Psychiatry: Memorial (Nov 22), McMaster (Dec 3), McGill (Dec 3), Manitoba (Dec 3) Public Health and Preventive Medicine: Radiation Oncology: Alberta (Dec 2) Urology: Western (Dec 2) Vascular Surgery:
  10. Anatomical Pathology: Anesthesiology: Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Diagnostic Radiology: Emergency Medicine: Family Medicine: General Pathology: General Surgery: Hematological Pathology: Internal Medicine: Medical Genetics and Genomics: Medical Microbiology: Neurology: Neurology - Paediatric: Neuropathology: Neurosurgery: Nuclear Medicine: Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Ophthalmology: Orthopaedic Surgery: Otolaryngology: Pediatrics: Plastic Surgery: PM&R: Psychiatry: Memorial (Nov 22) Public Health and Preventive Medicine: Radiation Oncology: Urology: Vascular Surgery:
  11. You can declare after you receive an offer (but double check with your specific university for the due date of declaration - I believe U of M is July/Mid-August).
  12. I found during first year of pre-clerkship I was fine taking the bus (and my commute was about 30-45 minutes). Occasionally we were required to be off-site but even then I would either bus or carpool with classmates. I can't speak for second year, but I feel it would be similar, although there is more off-site teaching.
  13. The rural attributes include living, working, high school, and volunteering I believe. There are multiple questions you fill out, and the more you fill the more rural you'd be considered. So yes, the little bit of volunteering would add a bit to your rural coefficient, as well as if you only temporarily lived in a rural area. It's not an all or nothing attribute, so any little bit of exposure to a rural area could be to your benefit.
  14. I went with RBC because I found them easier to work with, but that's really just personal preference. RBC now offers P-0.25% so it doesn't really matter where you go I think. You can meet with a few different places and see who offers you the best deal and/or who you mesh better with.
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