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  1. Thank you for bringing these important statistics to light. You mentioned that very few unmatched CMG's did not rank a program that ranked them, but the data doesn't show whether those candidates applied broadly to begin with or not. You also mentioned that if there were more CMG spots, some CMG candidates would not have gone unmatched. I can see that this is true. I wonder, however, if it would be fair to increase the number of CMG spots at the expense of IMG spots. One could argue that a hardworking IMG who can succeed in a match where the success rate of IMG's is only 10% is more deserving of a spot than a CMG who had all the resources that a canadian medical school could offer yet still ended up being ranked so low to not make it in a match where the success rate of CMG's is nearly 95%.
  2. Interesting conversation about IMG's. I am surprised that a lot of people on this thread think that the solution to the problem of CMG's going unmatched is to have more residency spots dedicated to CMG's at the expense of IMG spots. Fact is: there are as much residency spots for CMG's as there are graduates, so ideally everyone should be able to match. The problem is that there are not enough spots for everyone to match to their specialty/location of choice, which is natural. If everyone were to become ophthalmologists, who would become family doctors? If everyone were to go to U of T, who is going to take care of patients across the rest of Canada? The fact that there are not enough spots for everyone to match to their specialty/location of choice creates competition, which I personally view as something healthy rather than a problem that needs to be fixed. Unfortunately, with competition, some CMG's are bound to go unmatched. I think the first step to address the problem of CMG's going unmatched is by research. I am not sure if this is already happening or not, but the AFMC should start gathering data from CMG's who went unmatched to try to gain a deeper understanding of why they went unmatched. Personally, I can only think of 2 ways a CMG can go unmatched: either someone applying to a highly competitive speciality/location with zero backup or someone whose performance is so poor that a program would rather have their position unfilled than to rank him/her. In both cases, I don't think the solution is more spots. Now back to IMG's. There are 2 questions that I would like to address: 1. Are CMG's necessarily better than IMG's? It is hard to tell. IMG's come from all over the world and you simply cannot paint everyone who trained outside of the US & Canada with the same brush. Moreover, there are a lot of factors that go into determining one's competency level besides location of training. One thing is for sure though, the chances of matching to residency as an IMG are so slim that only the best of the best are selected. On the other hand, you can find CMG's who actually match to residency yet still end up failing the QE1 exam, and, as I previously mentioned, there are CMG's whose performance is so poor that they end up being unmatched. So the idea that all CMG's are gods and all IMG's are crap is not true. 2. Should CMG's be prioritized over IMG's when it comes to residency spots? In my opinion, yes, but not to the point where IMG's are excluded. It is important for CMG's to understand a couple of things about IMG's. First of all, IMG's are canadian citizens who have the same rights and responsibilities as any other canadian citizen (including the responsibility to pay taxes). You simply cannot have a CMG-only first iteration because that way you are completely excluding IMG's - who are canadian citizens - from certain specialties that typically have no leftover spots for the second iteration. You can't do that, you have to at least give IMG's the chance to compete. The second thing that CMG's need to understand is that the Canadian healthcare system needs IMG's. According to recent statistics, 25% of the physician workforce in Canada are IMG's. Moreover, certain provinces rely heavily on IMG's e.g Saskatchewan where 53% of physicians are IMG's. And remember: there are as much CMG spots as grads, so IMG's are not really taking anything away from CMG's.
  3. Just curious to know: what type of documents do we need to submit?
  4. Thanks a lot for the info.
  5. Hey everyone. I was just wondering, for those of you who have previously received interview invitations to McGill, did you get to choose your own interview date or was it already pre-booked by the program?
  6. Does anybody know why they are requesting this?
  7. I need to upload a bunch of documents for my proof of residency and the maximum size allowed is 3000 KB !!! Did anyone have this problem before where they were not able to upload because of maximum file size?
  8. Deadline for MDCM document submission is 9 pm Montreal time. https://www.mcgill.ca/medadmissions/applying/submitting
  9. Here is the link for the CV: https://www.mcgill.ca/medadmissions/applying/elements/cvmd-0
  10. Anyone else struggling to find a reason for inclusion for their CV entries? I am a having a hard time with that. For example, if I provided free services to impoverished areas, what would be the reason for inclusion? Can someone give me any examples?
  11. I have a question with regards to the CV: is there a specific order in which we should write the entries ....... like a chronological order ....... or most significant to least significant. What did you guys do?
  12. If I were to purchase a practice test, which one would y'all recommend? Astroff? BeMo?
  13. I heard about this program. Does it automatically correct any spelling or grammar mistakes you make during the actual test?
  14. Hi I had a question. When you sign up for one of the practice tests, do you get to see all the questions and your answers at the end of the test or you just do it one time and you don't see anything after that?
  15. I was wondering if any of the med students who got accepted to McGill can share what they wrote on the EC's and hobbies sections of the CV.
  16. So what is the difference between extra-curricular activities and hobbies? I was a Sunday school teacher at my local church, does that go under service to community or EC's?
  17. Has anyone tried this book before? Would you recommend it?
  18. Regarding the MCAT, Casper and reference letters submission, do all of that need to be submitted by October 1st ?
  19. One thing to think of is if you can do the MCAT as well.
  20. Does anyone have any advice on how to prepare for casper ? Are there any prep material that one can use to practice ? Are there any good courses to help with the preparation?
  21. Hey everyone. I am writing this on behalf of a friend. She is an internationally trained ophthalmologist. In her country of origin, there is no such as thing as an optometrist. Everything related to the eye is done by an MD physician, so in a sense she has experience in optometry. She is currently a Canadian citizen and had her credentials assessed by FORAC. She is scheduled to take the IGOEE in May (from what I understand this is basically an easier version of the OBEC exam designed to assess the readiness of an internationally trained optometrist to enter the bridging program at U of Waterloo and then take the OBEC after completion of the program). Can anyone advise her with any prep material designed for the practice of the optometry in Canada e.g any books, courses, websites ? (preferably high yield material because she is busy working and being a mother of 2). Thanks.
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