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  1. Honestly, clerkship is the best prep. If you were engaged and studied during your rotations it will be fine; maybe brush up on rotations that were very early in clerkship.
  2. Sounds like you just started post-MF4. Don't worry too much right now, knowledge bases are built over time and part of the utility of that block is to help you direct your studying in more "high yield" clinically relevant areas, and also since this is also your first real clinical exposure there is a bit of a learning curve to how pimping questions can be asked. If you don't know an answer you can try to reason it out loud (some preceptors want to see thought process) or you can say that you don't know but that you will look it up – just make sure to actually look it up and get the question right when they ask again (or find a way to demonstrate to them that you took the initiative to read around the topic) Feel free to PM me
  3. Wait until you have a confirmed elective to do all the paperwork.
  4. On the easier side, but make sure you know the manual inside and out and especially understand anything that is math based, K unit is like the quizzes.
  5. At Mac they basically won't let the lecturer present unless they're willing to be recorded, and lectures are never mandatory (in pre-clerkship). You can probably guess how many people go to lecture...
  6. Does not include pre-clerkship electives (post MF4 at McMaster and whatever the equivalent at Calgary is)
  7. What unit are you in? All of them are 90+able but I agree it is a stupid course; see if you can get a lab book from someone who took the course last year. Submit early for the G unit bonus marks, and make sure you have a good group for Kraj and don't lose stupid marks like a group member not asking questions during the final presentation. Ask around about the exam and know the resource manual inside and out.
  8. I don't think this captures the whole story of people's rank order lists. Specifically, by not including any factor relating to location preference (which we don't know from the Carms data) it makes the numbers you generate relatively meaningless, some home schools are more competitive than others for example, this is a fact borne out by the fact that some schools have virtually no unfilled spots even in less competitive disciplines year after year.
  9. As long as the number of residency positions and graduating medical students stays where they are, a policy like this actually does nothing it purports to do with respect to CaRMS, everything ends up filled anyway because of supply and demand.
  10. One aspect of this proposal also put forward is to consider all surgical disciplines as one instead of for example peds ortho and ortho counting as separate electives.
  11. ~25k of which ~ 15k was in grants, 3-year school though so first two years are assessed as in school for 12 months.
  12. LOR at U of A is pass/fail as are most schools in Canada.
  13. Specific expectations for core/elective students tend to differ. In my experience, not all school's automatically put elective students on call for a rotation you may have to specifically request it by contacting the chief resident etc. (you should IMO if you are interested in a program).
  14. As previously stated assuming you are going to a Canadian school all you have to do is contact the LOC rep for a bank and they should take care of everything regardless of if you have ever set foot in one of their branches or not.
  15. Emerg generally does not have any overhead though , and if i'm reading the same PDF as you this is fee for service (which many ED docs are not)
  16. Interesting mix. Out of curiosity did you do 4 year or 5 year GIM? And broadly speaking what is the community size?
  17. Pure pass/fail. No formal rankings, although on OSCEs, OSPEs, PPIs, and end of rotation exams you will get information on where you are relative to others.
  18. Yep, definitely the first week in October or even the last of September. I would recommend going more rural for post MF4s, you will get far more hands-on experience with procedures and become confident in your skills. You wouldn't be able to go to a place like say Sunnybrook for EM on a post MF4 but there are many GTA community hospitals (Newmarket/Brampton/Markham/Oakville etc.) that you could go to, are easy to set up, and will give excellent exposure – no different than if you were a clerk.
  19. Yes there are still 12-14 weeks of pre-carms clerkship electives and usually 2-6 weeks of post carms application deadline electives (still can be useful).
  20. Personally, yes, but individual mileage may vary. I was able systematically ruled in/out specialties in plenty of time. If you are systematic about it, it is not too difficult. Some horizontals are very very good at getting exposure both to the breadth and to procedures that might exist (emerg, psych, and anesthesia come to mind from my personal experiences) – especially emerg which is great for consolidating clinical skills knowledge. If you have an interest in EM I would also encourage you to also set them up at community sites for post-MF4s and horizontals as they can also be great learning experiences. You do need to be proactive though –as you would at U of A– and I would encourage you to also try and experience as many aspects of a discipline as possible – as an example, I found joining IM residents on night float to be a very good learning experience. Don't be afraid to reach out to upper years if you do decide to come to Mac for preceptor recommendations etc. everyone is very collaborative here.
  21. IIRC you are still able to apply to critical care after 4 year GIM
  22. If you have 10 weeks and want Ortho here's an example: 6 weeks ortho, 2 weeks pediatric ortho, 2 weeks sports medicine or emerg; pretty clear what that person wants.
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