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  1. Hey everyone: I know this post is incredibly Type A, but I'm a huge CaRMS data nerd and love digging through specialty competitiveness stats. I am a soon-to-be Med4 and just finished booking all of my electives. I am applying for a specialty that is historically mildly to moderately competitive, but I lucked out this year in getting all of my first-choice away electives (even at historically difficult schools) despite being a rather average applicant. This is absolutely not meant to be a humble brag, rather it made me wonder whether the ease of getting electives in a specialty in any way predicts whether that specialty is in low demand that year. I realize that there is no clear answer to this, but wondering if anyone had anecdotal evidence for or against this for the sake of discussion!
  2. Would you mind clarifying what you mean by this? As far as I understood, electives are allocated based on who first submits their application in the Portal for that particular slot, but I do realize there may be other factors at play. Do you have more information on this, e.g. what factors into being selective?
  3. Fair assumption. I noticed an IMG spot carried over this round too... never seen that before in neuro.
  4. Any idea why so many neuro spots were leftover this time around? I know that historically, MUN and Sask tend to have 1 or 2 spots in the second round, but 5 total?! Seems strange to me when comparing the number of applicants (50ish) to the number of spots (40ish).
  5. I'm currently in my pre-clerkship and am finishing up a final project for an elective. I decided to do a case writeup, and where I'm already pouring a decent amount of effort into this, I have been playing with the thought of trying to publish it. My preceptor and I have both decided that this case likely isn't novel enough to warrant a publication in a major journal, but it is a great learning case for the sake of its complexity and multiple presentations. So, she suggested structuring it as an anatomy/pathophysiology learning case intended for medical students, and submitting it to my school's student-run journal. While I like the idea, I would like some input as to how publications in student journals are perceived once CaRMS rolls around. I imagine that any publication is probably better than no publication, but I feel fairly out of my depth here and wanted to make sure that there isn't some unspoken rule I'm unaware of. Is there a risk of appearing "cheap" by publishing in this manner, or am I just really overthinking this? Any input is appreciated!
  6. Would you say that your program is a highly competitive specialty?
  7. The second link is broken, is there a newer one?
  8. I did a BSc in medicinal chemistry, and I never had any problems or weird looks during the application process. In retrospect, I do wish I had picked something more interesting to me (I discovered too late that our university offered a neuroscience major); while chemistry was interesting, I didn't find it fascinating by any means and I really wasn't good at it, which lowered my GPA. So, just make sure that you *really* like whatever major you choose, and that you can see yourself doing well in it without killing your social life. That's the important part.
  9. I'm starting to think this is a troll thread... It seems a little weird to me to assume that the majority of doctors would want to drive luxury cars. People here have made some pretty good arguments as to why a lot of doctors fiscally can't, but then I don't know if most doctors would even want to if they had the means. I know I wouldn't, even if just for the reason that I wouldn't want my patients to see my flashy Porsche parked outside the clinic while they may be scraping together the money they need for treatment. There's already enough of a power differential between physicians and patients, and I wouldn't want to contribute to that any more. In the end, to each their own. It's up to you how you want to spend the money you work hard to earn. But I'd much happier with something more practical and more humble.
  10. I've never interviewed in Halifax so I can't make a comparison, but I loved interviewing in Saint John. The atmosphere was great and the interviewers extremely nice and interested. I may be slightly biased because I knew that, if I got in, I would be in SJ, so it felt much better to me to interview in the same environment that I would have ended up working/studying in, since it made the tours more meaningful, etc.. But yeah, there was no obvious drawback to the interview site although, as a previous poster mentioned, the SJ campus is not close to hotels and other accommodations, so you would have to prepare to get up earlier on interview day to cab/get a ride to the hospital in time.
  11. Seriously, don't worry about this. I know of a case where a person was almost in collections and still got the loan without a co-signer (they just got a little less, I think 200k instead of the full 250k). Just be very up-front and show your paperwork, and show that you've made a budget for what expenses in med school will look like. Should a bank still reject you, go to another. You will be fine.
  12. I usually started my answers with a brief (1 sentence!) summary of the prompt, but usually just to avoid misunderstandings. From there, I immediately started formulating my first discussion subject, i.e. "As far as I understand, I am being asked to comment on a situation where a patient requests xyz, and my initial thoughts are [...]. However, I could also see valid arguments from various other perspectives, like [...]." This type of format always worked very well for me and also engaged the interviewer enough to have some degree of back and forth instead of just a monologue.
  13. I'm definitely happy with the blue. Very cheerful in contrast to all the tears we'll shed during clerkship. Just joking. Backpack 4ever.
  14. I'm not sure about getting one, you could probably contact MD Financial though. What I do know is that the general consensus is that UOttawa backpacks are much nicer. If that's any consolation.
  15. From what I heard, everyone in Canada gets them, except for UOttawa students who get their own. I'm at Dal, and I'm like 99% sure that we get them too.
  16. I've done a bit of searching around the forum, but most threads seem to discuss methods rather than schedules, so I figured I'd ask this question for the current pre-clerks out there: what is your study schedule like? Do you set aside time every night to review your notes and study actively or do you do most of your studying on the weekends and just take/organize notes throughout the week? Honestly, the more specific, the better. I'm still trying to wrap my head around what my days will look like once I start, so any amount of information is helpful.
  17. Of course, no problem. Thank you for the info regardless, that's actually the first time I've ever heard that research factors in so little to the ranking of applicants.
  18. That's a pretty cool bit of information. May I ask what program you're in? (Sorry if it's in your signature -- the phone version of the forum doesn't show them.)
  19. Ah, my bad. I must've read the Match Book from the previous cycle.
  20. I'm not sure if that ratio is lower than usual, but I know that out of the surgical specialties, ophtho ended up with the highest percentage of unmatched people this year, even more than plastics (I don't have the source handy, but I remember that it was a very trustworthy one... The Match Book, maybe?). Plus, that ratio only includes applicants who interviewed (as far as I know), and not those who applied and were not offered an interview.
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