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  1. wintersnight

    Toronto Family Med Internal Match

    Hey! I'm having trouble understanding the utility in writing a blurb to explain your ranking if it is purely lottery based/random. That said I was under the impression that it wasn't lottery-based - which would make sense given what is being said about having the opportunity to justify your rank order. I have my heart set on a very specific GTA site so just wanted to clarify! Thanks
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    CaRMS 2019 Interview -- INVITATIONS only

    Anatomical Pathology: Queens (Dec 3), Calgary (Dec 3), Alberta (Dec3), Western (Dec 4), Memorial (Dec 5), Laval (Dec 5), Toronto (Dec 6), McGill (Dec 6), UBC (Dec 6), Dalhousie (Dec 7), Manitoba (Dec 7), McMaster (Dec 10) Anesthesiology: NOSM (Dec 7), Ottawa(Dec 8), Memorial(Dec 12), Western (Dec 12) Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Alberta (Dec 4) UBC (Dec 13) Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatchewan (Nov 27), Queen's (Dec 5), McGill (Dec 7), Dalhousie (Dec 7), Calgary (Dec 7), Manitoba (Dec 7), McMaster (Dec 10), UBC (Dec 10), Western (Dec 12), MUN (Dec 13) Emergency Medicine: Queen's (Dec 11) Family Medicine: Ontario (Nov 28; IMG only), Laval (Nov 30), Montréal (Dec 4), Saskatchewan (Prince Albert - Dec 10), UofT (Dec 12), Sherbrooke (Dec 12) , McGill (Gatineau - Dec 13), Alberta Rural (Dec 12), Alberta Urban (Dec 14), UBC (Dec 14) General Pathology: Calgary (Nov 22), Alberta (Dec 3), Dalhousie (Dec 11), McMaster (Dec 13)  General Surgery: McGill (Dec 3), Sherbrooke (Dec 12) Hematological Pathology: Internal Medicine: To be announced on January 3rd Medical Genetics and Genomics: Calgary (Nov 27), UBC (Nov 29) Medical Microbiology: Neurology: Western (Dec 3), Dalhousie (Dec 4), McGill (Dec 10), Ottawa (Dec 10), UBC (Dec 10), Calgary (Dec 11), Memorial (Dec 12), Alberta (Dec 14) Neurology - Paediatric: Alberta (Dec3), Montreal (Dec 4), Calgary (Dec 4), McGill (Dec 10), McMaster (Dec 7), UBC (Dec 11), Neuropathology: Western (Dec 11) Neurosurgery: McMaster (Nov30), Western (Dec 7), Dalhousie (Dec 10), UBC (Dec 12), McGill (Dec 12) Nuclear Medicine: Sherbrooke (Dec 07) Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Manitoba (Dec 10), Calgary (Dec 10), Ottawa (Dec 11), UBC (Dec 12) Ophthalmology: UBC (Dec 4), Western (Dec 10), Alberta (Dec 11), Manitoba (Dec 14) Orthopaedic Surgery: Alberta (Dec 7), McGill (Dec 10), Calgary (Dec 14) Otolaryngology: Alberta (Dec 6) Pediatrics: Plastic Surgery: Alberta (Dec 4), Manitoba (Dec 11) PM&R: Queens (Nov 22), McMaster (Nov 26), UBC (Nov 30), Manitoba (Nov 30), Western (December6), UofT (December 12th), Calgary (December 12th), USask (Dec 6), Alberta (Dec 7)  Psychiatry: Memorial (Nov 23), Sherbrooke (Nov 27), McMaster- Hamilton and Waterloo (Dec. 4), Western - London & Windsor (Dec. 4), McGill (Dec. 4), Calgary (Dec 5), Manitoba (Dec 5), U of T (Dec 7), Ottawa (Dec 7), Alberta (Dec 10), NOSM (Dec 11), Queens (Dec 12), USask-Regina (Dec 12), UBC (Dec 12), USask-Saskatoon (Dec 13), Dalhousie (Dec 13) Public Health and Preventive Medicine: Alberta (Dec 5), Manitoba (Dec 7), McMaster (Dec 10), UBC (Dec 12), NOSM (Dec 12) UofT (Dec 12), Ottawa (Dec 13) Radiation Oncology: Calgary (December 10), Alberta (Dec 11), UBC (Dec 11)  Urology: Western (Dec 4), Dalhousie (Dec 5), McMaster (Dec 5), Ottawa (Dec 6), Toronto (Dec 8), McGill (Dec 12) Vascular Surgery: Toronto (Nov 26), Western (Dec 10)
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    CaRMS 2019 Interview -- INVITATIONS only

    Anatomical Pathology: Queens (Dec 3), Calgary (Dec 3), Alberta (Dec 3), Western (Dec 4), Memorial (Dec 5), Laval (Dec 5), Toronto (Dec 6), McGill (Dec 6), UBC (Dec 6) Anesthesiology: Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Alberta (Dec 4) Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatchewan (Nov 27), Queen's (Dec 5) Emergency Medicine: Family Medicine: Ontario (Nov 28; IMG only), Laval (Nov 30), Montréal (Dec 4) General Pathology: Calgary (Nov 22), Alberta (Dec 3) General Surgery: McGill (Dec 3) Hematological Pathology: Internal Medicine: Medical Genetics and Genomics: Calgary (Nov 27), UBC (Nov 29) Medical Microbiology: Neurology: Western (Dec 3), Dalhousie (Dec 4) Neurology - Paediatric: Alberta (Dec 3), Montreal (Dec 4), Calgary (Dec 4) Neuropathology: Neurosurgery: McMaster (Nov 30) Nuclear Medicine: Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Ophthalmology: Orthopaedic Surgery: Otolaryngology: Alberta (Dec 6) Pediatrics: Plastic Surgery: Alberta (Dec 4) PM&R: Queens University (Nov 22), McMaster (Nov 26), UBC (Nov 30), Manitoba (Nov 30) Psychiatry: Memorial (Nov 23), Sherbrooke (Nov 27), McMaster- Hamilton and Waterloo (Dec. 4), Western - London & Windsor (Dec. 4), McGill (Dec. 4), Calgary (Dec 5), U of T (Dec 7) Public Health and Preventive Medicine: Alberta (Dec 5) Radiation Oncology: Urology: Western (Dec 4), Dalhousie (Dec 5), McMaster (Dec 5), Ottawa (Dec 6) Vascular Surgery: Toronto (Nov 26)
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    Comparisons Between Campuses

    Whoa! I am stunned reading some of the comments about the regional campuses. I'm a Waterloo regional campus student and ranked WRC first for a lot of valid reasons. I can't speak to the details of what clerkship is like because I'm only in my first year, but I'll chime in on other matters. I was worried about the VC issue too - that I would feel at a distance from the action, that there would be technological problems, that people would talk over the speaker during lecture, etc... but I have found it to be totally fine. Technology wise it's been nearly glitch-free... we also have someone on site right outside our lecture theatre and any time there's a problem, he's on it within literally a minute. I have noticed that a good number of the lecturers make efforts to engage the regional learners, and people use their mics reliably so we aren't left out. Also, let's be real, a lot of people don't even attend the lectures live and just watch the recordings later, lol.... That said, if you want to be there with a live speaker, perhaps go up and talk to them at the end, etc., Hamilton might be a better place for you. The VC piece is only one (pretty minor) factor, in my opinion. The real draw of the regional campuses is the fact that, because we aren't at big teaching centres, the learner to preceptor ratio is such that you are almost always working one on one with physicians, from the get-go. In the bigger centres you are behind fellows, senior and junior residents, clerks, etc. Whereas at the regional sites, you are first in line getting the hands-on experience. A friend of mine helped deliver a baby by C section on a one-day elective. I spent a day in emerg and was asked to sew up a patient's hand myself, among other things. Staff other than my preceptor kept grabbing me to participate in other interesting cases. This is reflected in most other students' stories of their clinical experiences too. Another important feature of the regional campuses is that we have standardized patients (actors trained to be patients) available to us at every clinical skills session. The whole time I was in Hamilton (where we all start for the first 3 months), we saw an SP one time. Having SPs every week means we get to practice exams without worrying about the awkwardness of examining each other, and the SPs are trained actors with cases we have to figure out, which is great practice for real life (as well as the OSCEs). We also have a really strong anatomy program at WRC (I can't speak for Niagara because I haven't attended anatomy there). We have weekly rather than biweekly sessions, and an amazing anatomist who guides us through the sessions and gives us tips on the best ways to approach the specimens. He has a more interactive approach that has made a big difference for my learning. We also have our own cadaver at Waterloo, which we have been dissecting organ system by organ system. This isn't something that Hamilton offers. If anatomy is important to you, it's worth knowing that there are some real anatomy-related grievances among Hamilton students right now (which I also felt when I was in Hamilton). It's really difficult to do anatomy in a self-directed way and only twice a month. The final piece I would add is that we have our own facility here in Waterloo, custom-designed for us (and I believe the same is true of Niagara). This means that all of our tutorials, clinical skills sessions, lectures, etc., occur in one building. In Hamilton, you are likely to be travelling to different locations for your sessions (e.g., to a meeting room at Hamilton General or whatever is convenient for your preceptors), and the location can also change week to week. It might sound minor but it can be taxing over time. We also have great study space at the regional campuses, and a kitchen, gym, showers, etc. - so there's less bustling around on a given day, which makes life a bit easier. It's absolutely true that each campus has its own strengths and weaknesses, but I just wanted to share another perspective on the regional campuses. You definitely will NOT get a sub-par experience out here.
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    For Them Waitlisters

    It's possible for sure! But careful with theories about that, just knowing from being in the groups that a lot of upper year students also get added to the groups so they can offer advice, answer questions, etc. So the numbers aren't necessarily a representation of the number of admitted students so far. That said, I can't imagine all the offers have gone out yet given the forms were just due in on the 24th. I was in touch with Wendy on Tuesday and she said there was tons of mail they were going through. And some people leave it quite late to respond because they have multiple offers and are torn (what an enviable position eh). Another point is that there have been very few people posting here about getting off the waitlist compared to previous years. I predict a wave it coming... maybe the delay is long weekend related... Hang in there guys, I feel for you huge. Fingers crossed
  6. Accepted - Waterloo campus Time stamp: 8:19 When I left, I didn't feel like there was anything glaringly wrong with any station, and several had gone quite well. That changed a bit as I got into rehashing it all in my mind, lol. On the whole I worked hard at throwing myself into enjoying the day, being engaged and friendly and trying to have fun, to keep myself relaxed (the importance of the latter can't be overstated). As a result I felt like I was able to be myself much more than I was last year. Also I practiced a lot with a great group of people before the big day. IP Finished UG December 2015 I am thrilled and in disbelief. I'm also so excited to be going to the Waterloo campus, which was my top choice. Congratulations to all accepted (can't wait to meet you!), hang in there waitlisters, and to the rest: I was flat-out rejected post-interview last year and so heartbroken, but looking back I can see that this extra year has given me an opportunity to develop in some important ways. Even if I hadn't gotten in this year, I really have come to believe in the process... I'm happy to share some of the things I worked on between last year and this year, if anybody wants to get in touch. Best to all!
  7. Thank you to the amazing student hosts and staff for being so kind and hospitable yesterday. It was a stressful day but you made it easier! I also found the assessors to be much less "stone-faced" than expected, and even friendly. Grateful for that
  8. Time Stamp: 11:41 AM Invite: Yes CGPA: 3.95 VR: 10 CASPER: I was apart of the group with major technical difficulties, so I wasn't sure about how many of my answers saved correctly. But I felt not too badly about it. Of course, my assessment of that changes moment to moment - most people can probably relate! IP 4th year applicant This is my second year applying and will be my second time interviewing. I always botch the verbal on the official MCAT day (gotta work on those nerves for interview day :/ ) so I decided to stick with the 10 and focus my efforts on the CASPer. Given this year's return to assigning bonus points for graduate degrees, and that the mean verbal score of admits was over 11 last year, I wasn't sure it would happen for me this time. Feeling over the moon and SO grateful to have a second shot. Good look to everyone!
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