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    Elective diversity?

    On the CaRMs website, some anesthesia programs mention that they do not take into account the number of anesthesia electives you do and want someone with a diverse spread of electives. I'm sure things differ from program to program, but probably best to do electives in the places you'd most hope to end up.
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    Routes to Pediatric Neurology

    Pediatric residency is 4 yrs from my understanding and the fellowship is 3. Just curious as to why you want to do 7 years of training vs 5 years. Seems like a much simpler route to just do 5 yr peds neuro instead of having to go through a second match.
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    How can I be better?

    Hey. I was not a perfect student. I had a C average in first year but things got better from there. I adjusted my study habits and was able to do well. I (and many others I know) did not have a 4.0 GPA. Just kill the next 2 years and see what happens.
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    Reference Letters - Canadian Med Schools

    Hey! it's a bit early to start asking for reference letters now. I'm assuming you did well in a course and wanted the prof to write you a reference. My advice is that unless you have a relationship with the professor that goes beyond you attending their class (i.e. doing research with them, developing course material for them, being a TA with them, etc.) I wouldn't really waste a reference on them. You'll make more meaningful connections in the future, but if you still want a letter from them, email them and say you got a good grade in their class and ask for a letter once you're applying.
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    Why you should choose Queens

    This is something I would not be concerned about if Queen's was your first choice. You can go look at the CaRMs website to get a better idea.
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    UAlberta vs UofT vs Queen's

    Less fellows/residents isn't necessarily a bad thing, it means you're likely to get more direct time with the attending physician. Check out CaRMs for match locations. Most QMED students end up matching outside of Kingston.
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    Why you should choose Queens

    Small class size, less competing learners, high match rates to competitive specialities, dedicated faculty that are happy and willing to teach you.
  8. McMaster was great. But yea go wherever you want to spend the next 4+ years and where you think you'll be able to do well.
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    Applying to Radiology Q!

    Don't quote me on this, but in the current state of radiology, it's unlikely you'll need to max out with 8 weeks of electives. Could probably spend 6 weeks (at centres you'd be most willing to end up in) to give yourself more time to explore other stuff.
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    OSAP 2019-2020

    Was surprised to find that mine was pretty much the same as last year, just with a slightly larger loan to grant proportion.
  11. Yea, you can apply for them and get them by paying the fee. If you want them free you need to have your LOC there.
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    This leads me to think that you lived at home during your undergrad. I think getting out of the house and living on your own is an important thing to do. You'll be in debt no matter where you go. I don't know how much money would have been saved if I ended up in another province, but at the end of the day I'm not losing sleep about it. Queen's had a very strong match into competitive specialties this year.
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    Id argue going anywhere with less learners is better for that. Less learners = less competition for research = more chances you get what you want. It also works that way in terms of clinical learning. If you're in the room on an observership and there is a senior clerk, resident, fellow, and attending there with you, there's practically zero chance you'll do anything more than shadow. On the other hand, if it's just you and the attending, you will play a bigger role.
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    Research becomes more and more important the more competitive a specialty becomes. All those (minus peds) are considered very competitive specialities and you'd likely be shooting yourself in the foot if you didn't have any research before CaRMs. I think EM and derm are in the top 3 of competitiveness. We recently had a talk from clerks who matched to anesthesia and all of them said they thought their research was important in them matching and tried to dispel the advice that's commonly propagated (i.e. that research isn't important). Also, getting into research is a great way to make connections. I think clinical research is more valuable this way, because if your supervisor is a clinician you can shadow them and try to book electives with them. Once you move along with your project, you may get asked to present at the departmental research day where you would be able to meet and network with other physicians and residents. Assuming you have a good relationship with your supervisor, I think this would make for an excellent letter for CaRMs. Getting 1-2 publications is easier said than done. Even if the research itself is done, with the rate it takes for reviewers to get back to you it can take well over a year to get published. Or you can face numerous rejections as you descend the ladder of impact factor.
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    Shadowing Experiance

    homeopathic doctor ≠ ND, NDs may prescribe homeopathic medications however.