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  1. by giving them valve diameters obtained by your handy pocket ultrasound
  2. Talk to the program director at your home school and ask them if they require homeschool electives. If you're already doing a core rotation in EM then they'll get a chance to get to know you already.
  3. I think the key for family medicine interviews would be to make sure you do at least a couple electives in the specialty as well as in the location you really hope to match to. The good part about family medicine is that because you are a generalist physician (like IM), you can spin many other electives to be beneficial for FM.
  4. I'm still in medical school so I don't know what goes on behind the closed doors of residency matching committees. Best advice (which I've heard from multiple staff and residents) is during clerkship be a good person, be easy to work with, be teachable, be honest (don't lie if you forgot to ask something on history), be on time, and don't create more work for staff/residents you work with. Get to know the people who are at the program you want to match to. The residents I think do the majority of selection. Just out of curiosity, why so hell-bent on UofT IM?
  5. Sorry should have clarified. Yes I meant speciality wise
  6. I think people vastly underestimate the benefits of doing research. It's so much more than just getting publications and doing the project. Research is an extremely valuable networking opportunity, that will get you 1-on-1 time with preceptors. If you do a good job, you'll get invited to speak at departmental research days where you'll get to meet the other faculty members (including the ones on the CaRMs committee for that program), and start making a name for yourself. Combine doing research and spending clinical time with your preceptor on electives/core rotations in clerkship and you have the chance for an awesome reference letter. That being said, for more competitive programs it is basically a must. Anyone who says you shouldn't need research if you're going for programs in the top 10 rank of competitiveness is giving you poor advice.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Small class size, less competing learners, high match rates to competitive specialities, dedicated faculty that are happy and willing to teach you.
  14. 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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