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  1. McMaster students and residents I've worked with all lamented the weak anatomy teaching they received when I worked with them on rotations that needed that knowledge (surgery, radiology, and rotations heavy on POCUS). Whatever is being done to teach anatomy there doesn't seem to be working very well.
  2. 1D7

    Class Size?

    Probably just a testing grounds to see if there's a 'better way' to admit medical students. Plus ultimately that still saves a year for most students, which puts QuARMS on even footing with McMaster and Calgary. Arguably it is even better than the latter 2 schools, since a 4 year medical curriculum gives more time for research and electives.
  3. Your GPA is competitive for Western and Queens. Personally I think having 2 yrs experience as an ICU nurse tops most extracurriculars (though adding more wouldn't hurt).
  4. 1D7

    Class Size?

    Did they give any reason why? IMO it was a terrible idea in the first place but it'd be interesting to see any stats Queen's has related to it.
  5. In general I think there are 3 factors with radiology's declining popularity. 1) Many students are scared about the future of radiology as a field because of the potential for AI to disrupt the field. For the most part, informed radiologists are not scared about the future of the field. It tends to be those with a vested financial interest in these platforms, or those who don't understand radiology who believe future radiologists will be negatively impacted. 2) There is decreasing representation of radiology and radiologists in medical school. Often dedicated teaching from radiologists are the first to be cut whenever time for didactics is decreased (which is the trend in most medical schools). 3) Shifting demographics of the medical student population towards a decreasing proportion of male students. Like most tech heavy fields, most applicants to radiology are males. Unless radiology is able to do what surgery has done and recruit more women into the field, it is likely that number of applications will continue to fall.
  6. I know of a few people this has happened to where out of touch attendings failed clerks rotating on their first 2 weeks on a medicine subspecialty. Terrible thing to happen to a new clerk. My best advice is to speak to UGME to clarify whether or not this is a failure that will require remediation and if it will show on your transcript. Chances are it will have no bearing on your ability to match into any future specialty assuming you have no failures moving forward. However, if it does appear, try to find ways to appeal it (and work to excel at all your upcoming rotations). There are attendings who will fabricate something up to make the failure seem sound. It's still worth a shot, but only if this has ramifications on CaRMS. If it doesn't appear on the MSPR and no remediation is needed, walking away is probably a better use of time.
  7. Very rare. Most of our non-traditional applicants are in their early 30s in my school. The oldest student I've met was in his late 30s. None of the non-traditional applicants went unmatched in my year, but almost all applied to family medicine. From the career perspective, none of them seem to have major regrets pursuing medicine. The biggest issue is the disruption to family life: you may not end up where you want for medical school, you may not end up where you want for residency, and you may not find a job where you want initially. Imagine moving to a far off province for medical school, moving across Canada again for residency, and despite that, not finding your first job in your ideal location. This has a huge effect on the spouse (who may have to change jobs 1-3x) and the children. Assuming you pursue family medicine, it's a minimum of 6 years of disruption to your family life. It's doable, but you have to ask yourself why you'd want to do it.
  8. There is no perfect way to do it. As long as you do electives in your specialty of choice at your top schools, you have done the best you can for the most part. Personally I believe there is almost no added value of doing more than 2 weeks of radiology electives at a school. If you are strong, you will be recognized as strong very quickly and it isn't needed. If you are weak, 4 weeks will not save you. If you are average, it will help a bit but your overall match chances would still be higher if you did 2 weeks somewhere else. Additionally, seeing more programs is highly beneficial toward developing your understanding of the kind of program you want to train in. I would recommend doing 2 weeks at UBC and McMaster rather than 4 weeks at a single one. Competitiveness at each school waxes and wanes. Pleasant personality: Don't be annoying, be someone most people would want to have around, be keen Knowledge: Read a lot and make sure you see as many imaging cases as you can in clerkship, especially any ED cases (e.g. chest and MSK plain films) and common surgical emergencies. Network: Get some face-time with staff who are amenable to writing letters Extra work: If possible, find opportunities to do case reports or present at rounds (but don't forget the first rule: don't be annoying) If you have done most of the above successfully, you will likely be able to convert it into a strong LOR.
  9. Agreed with above. Just attending regularly is a bit awkward; if you're there it should be for a purpose (e.g. presenting, invited by mentor, on rotation, etc.).
  10. I am from outside Quebec so YMMV. 1) Doing IM will probably give you more time to read up on radiology. Having an emerg rotation also gives good exposure to the kind of imaging medical students are expected to know on elective. Ideally you would have completed both IM and surgery though. 2) Queens and McGill were more selective this year is my understanding. Regarding electives, I believe that for an above average student (in academics and soft skills), 2 weeks is generally sufficient even in radiology. But since it sounds like McGill is your top choice, it is probably worthwhile doing a 4 week elective there and using the rest of your time doing 2 week electives.
  11. 1D7

    2019 CaRMS unfilled spots

    My closest friends in IB work 12-16 hour days almost every day, but they rarely go without at least some sleep at night. Never more than a full day without sleep. To make more $$$ than a surgeon, the road is definitely a harder and less well-defined in finance. The trade off is that the pay ceiling is vastly higher--MDs can make as much as several surgeons combined.
  12. 1D7

    2019 CaRMS unfilled spots

    Dollar for dollar, you're right it's a lot harder. But a surgical resident on average works far harder than most analysts/associates.
  13. 1D7

    2019 CaRMS unfilled spots

    Most finance/ibanking jobs do not take as much work as a surgical residency, not even remotely close.
  14. If you want to enter a MD school your only chance is some sketch foreign or low end school like the Carib. If you want to take the risk you can go ahead with your plan to go to Ross. However, your life will almost be certainly better if you did anything else other than that (e.g. continue with nursing, become a NP, quit healthcare for another career, etc.) With your current stats, you have 0% chance at Canadian programs and near 0% chance at American allopathic programs.