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  1. It's impossible to predict the future, but that assessment is only a very small component of your application. There's so many other things at both those schools - for example CARS. A few Bs in a difficult Master's isn't the end of the world (since for most cases it doesn't even matter!). Standard pre-med advice - I'd suggest just work on turning things around next semester and turn a potential liability into a strength. It's hard not to focus on controlling everything, but in this case, it seems the pros outweigh the (potential) cons.
  2. It seems like besides the grades, the Master's is a good option for you. I wouldn't worry too much about future med schools at this point - doesn't Calgary drop the lowest year? You can always work on improving your academic results throughout the year. Aside from a possible very minor effect at Calgary (and maybe UBC), I don't think the grades will matter at all. If anything, the extra qualification and experience may improve your chances as an applicant. Calgary is known for putting more emphasis on non-academics/ECs - as long you would meet the OOP cut-offs, I wouldn't worry about it.
  3. To be fair, some other provinces make French-speakers write the IELTS. It's not the easiest test either, especially the composition section (even as an educated native speaker). Looks like QC has switched to the new test format as of January. Don't know much about it.
  4. There's a notorious language test in QC which has prevented physicians from staying and practising in the province in the past. I think it's being updated, but if working in Montreal is of interest, it's something to be aware of.
  5. I don't think it's fair when people generalize/stereotype the US - not everyone in ON supports Ford and the US it's even more like that. Trump's base is rural white males - he overwhelmingly lost cities like SF (<10% support) and even the popular vote (by several million). NYC is much closer in character to Montreal than to Cheyenne, Wyoming. Guns are one of many problems, but there are positives too and it's good to have an open mind.
  6. tere

    quebec and carms

    Given your strong background in French, I think you'd be capable of making the switch for residency - but it wouldn't be easy, and you'd have to get used to the medical terminology, although a lot is similar. And you'd be working at a suboptimal level which wouldn't be great for you nor necessarily the environment you'd be in. I think that's why there's a conservativeness when it comes to language environment switching, unless one is very bilingual (including medical terminology).
  7. I agree that physicians of all stripes are unhappy with the OMA. Still, although I had the same initial reaction to the back-tracking on relativity, in the end I think it was a responsible move to try to move things forward - no question it angered many in the OMA for different reasons. To me the future status of the binding arbitration is the big question at this point. The residual anger regarding relativity drove the vote for the sections that voted yes, but a number of sections voted No: anesth. derm, EM, ENT, plastics, occupational and vascular. Maybe one or two could do a revote, but I don't think the OSA will ever have broad mandate of the QC association (which includes paediatricians, psychiatrists which the OSA doesn't really seem to be advocating for). Maybe this government would be more open to accommodating this group, because of the particular politics (the results were posted on the leader Dr. Jacobs Twitter feed which also has a lot of pro-Ford/anti-Liberal posts, rather than the OSA sites), but it does mean really sticking the Ford government's neck out for a small group of physicians - new legislation, vs other physicians, and more spending when claiming to be broke.
  8. Even after the OMA backed-down on the last minute on relativity, the OSA did indeed get its mandate approved by higher-billing specialties: medical (cardio, gastro, nephro), surg (cardiac, ophth) & diagnostics (radiology, nuclear & neurorads). No mention of vascular surgery. It's a lot of legislative work to repeal existing frameworks, etc. for a relatively small group of physicians, even though they'll claim to be there for all specialists. Not to mention whether this will mean losing the binding arbitration that was already negotiated and thus angering other physicians. Also, I'm wondering if the Ford government would really increase payments to this highly-paid group while claiming to be broke. Dr. Jacobs, the leader, seems to be a big Ford supporter so maybe there's a sympathetic ear in government. It will be interesting to hear the rational that the Ford government uses.
  9. I think part of the issue is the provincial/national divide. In one sense, it's a national problem; in another, it needs provincial action. Besides QC cutting seats, NS has added a number of residency positions in the past couple of years and last year the Canadian military stepped up. So I don’t think it’s fair to ask for provinces like NS to cut seats when they have a chronic doctor shortage and have added residency positions. I spent a few minutes to look at the ratio of residency positions to med school seats by province and school based on number of CMG-eligible CaRMS positions to a) entering class size & also b) participating CMGs from 2018 (including backlog). It's not a straightforward question because of seat changes, repeats, backlog, etc.. but it does give an idea. BC & ON are in negative/borderline balance situation. NL is at 1:1 exactly. QC is only slightly positive - so it did need to cut seats. Other provinces AB, MB, NS & SASK are over 1.1. NS is at 1.3 (highest ratio). Residency spots to medical seats 2nd column considers participants in 2018 & 3rd uses entering class size. AB 1.14 1.11 BC 0.98 1.00 MAN 1.15 1.13 NL 1.00 1.00 NS 1.31 1.29 ON 0.98 1.04 QC 1.03 1.05 SASK1.13 1.12 In terms of individual schools in ascending order to parity (using entering class size): Western (0.84), McMaster (0.92), NOSM (0.92), Ottawa (0.97) then NL (1:1), UBC (1:1). ON is complex since UofT has a relative surplus at 1.3, but this still gives an idea. (Table 6 from CaRMS 2018 data + AFMC 2018 admission stats). In summary, if BC and ON increased residency positions or decreased medical seats, there probably wouldn’t be much of a problem. ON residency reduction did hurt. N.B. AB & Sask both increased the number of medical seats. Also, QC empty spots can be explained by notably net matching outside of QC (esp McGill) with other QC schools (esp UdeM) matching to McGill residency spots. This creates a "gap" of unfilled French-speaking residency positions (which thus don't effectively contribute to CMG quota). MedRes.ods
  10. I believe an individual could apply to the US match in their last year of residency - supposing that US MLEs were written,.. I don't think transfers to the US are possible. Transfers within Canada aren't easy and the US is a completely different jurisdiction.
  11. tere

    quebec and carms

    It's a nice idea, but it's not realistic for people to learn enough French in-time for CaRMS. English-speaking QCers don't always have an easy time with this, and similarly French-speaking QCers can also find it challenging going to an English-speaking environment. I would say bilingualism is usually present before med school, although could be improved with exposure or learning in a different language environment. Unmatched students don't tend to be aiming for FM either, where most of the unfilled positions in QC are.
  12. There's also differences between fellow and resident. Returning to Canada after US residency doesn't give automatic Canadian licensing for many specialties. So H1B would probably be preferred, since there's no 2 year return requirement after residency (and have a chance at a Green card). OTOH this wouldn't be an issue for fellowship.
  13. Yes - my understanding is you're only eligible to apply when you complete your Canadian residency. At that point you can get a SON from Health Canada for a J-1 visa, under Category B (post above). Out of the 9 CMGs that matched to the US last year, 7/9 were prior year graduates. I'd suspect most would prefer H1Bs rather than J-1s, but these can be harder to obtain I think.
  14. tere

    quebec and carms

    I'm not disputing what you're saying and I'm fully aware of the changes that have occurred. Nonetheless, to be completely accurate and precise, the proposals would most affect McGill rather than other QC grads. Even your bolded statement doesn't capture the difference in migration across schools (63% staying In-province for McGill vs 94/99/99 for other three). While many McGill grads will be bilingual, this isn't a necessity; the same can be said for grads of French-speaking programs. In short, ultimately these types of measures would more harm the English-speaking minority in QC; however, minorities seem to be taking flack these days.
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