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  1. I would encourage you to try and use letters that are from your clerkship years or from preceptors that have interacted with you now but also later in clerkship (i.e. closer to the CaRMS deadline). Letters are likely to be evaluated on perceived strength of applicant (i.e. functioning at level of a resident, top 5%, top 20%), the persons credibility (senior staff vs. resident), and length of time they've known you. A letter from your pre-clerkship year is not only less recent but also less likely to be as strong as it could be once you've gained more clinical experience. Your gestalt around your positive interaction with this preceptor is important to pick up on and so I would recommend you reach out to them to do an additional elective in clerkship or to work with them in a longitudinal fashion over the coming months (i.e. extra shifts, research). The longer they know you, the more they see you grow as a student-physician, the better the letter will likely be and the more weight it will hold. /My 2 cents.
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    People's thoughts on dress attire to socials? They seem to range from resident pub nights to events with faculty present so just wasn't sure. I'm assuming business casual but not full suit
  3. You can ask and the worst that can happen is that they say no. If leadership/politics is important to you, and you foresee it being a major part of your future career as an MD, I think it *might* be worth asking. I don't know what the position is but people do occasionally get deferrals for similar reasons (i.e. pursuing a prestigious masters). Your spot is filled (for this cycle) with someone off of the waitlist, and a spot is saved for you for next year.
  4. I suspect this has to do with the fact that it's difficult to have a meaningful research experience in a typical elective time block (i.e. 2 weeks, 4 weeks). I'd suggest reaching out to a preceptor at your home school so that you could work on something longitudinally or approach a preceptor about writing up a case report if you see something particularly interesting on a normal elective/rotation.
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    Lying on med school applications

    I would start by informing the person that what they are doing is absolutely unacceptable and unethical and that if they submit their application with said lies you will and should feel morally obligated to report them. Do you want someone with this character trait taking care of your family members? I think if I was in your shoes I would need reasonably substantial proof that they've submitted an honest application if they told you they would be falsifying it to the extent you've described. Even then, I would probably still report it and trust that the system will look into it and act appropriately (ignore your claim if he didn't falsify his application, or take your claim seriously if he did). Contacting individual medical schools might be a lot of work, but a clear professional email with your concerns to OMSAS +/- any OOP you're aware of would be reasonable.
  6. I would recommend completing it without all of the detail or worrying about your wording of things just because they do seem to receive it.
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    Pathology: the ULTIMATE backup

    As a word of caution: AP did have the largest number of applications it has had in over 10 years this past CARMS cycle. Many popular/strong programs in the country (particularly the big cities) tend to be quite competitive. You're right though - there are still more spots country-wide than genuinely interested applicants. Don't necessarily expect to end up in Toronto/UBC/Calgary/Dal... ect with this game plan. Still better than not matching.
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    Bhsc Statistics

    Most students in the program have high GPAs, yes. Don't underestimate that there are many students with high GPAs who are rejected across the board from medical schools every year - some even after multiple admission attempts. An underestimated advantage of the BHSc program is the type of skills it fosters in it's students and the types of experiences students in the program receive. Communications courses, frequent and constant practice with feedback (receiving/giving) & reflection, an emphasis on engaging in research, are all hugely advantageous in the application and interview process. These skills are consistently and frequently fine tuned - very different than say taking a CAPSER/Interview prep course. Very different then spending 3-4 years mostly in lectures or a lab. It's 3-4 years of important soft skills coupled with science courses + a ton of electives. P.S: The stats don't take into account the number of people who get in after 4th year / after doing some grad work - I would guess it is also high.
  9. Hard to decipher what the job market is for this speciality... Lots of horror stories on the web with the situation in the states. If someone wanted to primarily do autopsies, are jobs relatively available? What might a salary look like? Would doing fellowship training in forsenics be required? I've noticed a number of Canadian grads do fellowships in the states - are the Canadian fellowship programs (ie. Toronto or UofA forensics) not as strong? It seems the trend in Path is to subspecislize in one area (derm, heme, breast, Ect) - how necessary is this for employment at an academic center (Van, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto)? Are salaries for paths that work primarily with surgical specimens/sub speciality areas different than that of a forensic pathologist? Is it possible to dabble in a bit of both? Any insight from current residents would be awesome.
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    Thinking Of Retaking Casper

    Everyone is going to have a different opinion, but I would probably re-write. You've done it once now and you're kind of used to the flavour of the test. No one knows for sure but I have heard they drop your lowest and highest sections (or something like that... it's quite obvious they don't need all of the sections) so the more you complete under the most ideal circumstances the better (probably). With that being said, if you don't think that the crash influenced your performance - don't waste your time.
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    This really depends on the person and the distribution of easy/difficult courses per semester. Why are you looking to drop the course or take it on a CR/NCR basis? Is it still possible for you to do well in it (A- or above)? - this is your best bet.
  12. I was accepted last year at Mac and I did not fill out the details. I think I had listed one verifier (myself maybe?) and inputted it for all of them, or I think there was an option to write 0 which meant no verifier? I forget the details now but don't sweat the details or verifiers - it won't affect your chances of admission. McMaster admissions is very clear about their admission requirements.
  13. If you have extra room it can't hurt. Even if it's just based on financial need I think that still tells assessors something.