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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. Sorry should have clarified. Yes I meant speciality wise
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Small class size, less competing learners, high match rates to competitive specialities, dedicated faculty that are happy and willing to teach you.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Was surprised to find that mine was pretty much the same as last year, just with a slightly larger loan to grant proportion.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. homeopathic doctor ≠ ND, NDs may prescribe homeopathic medications however.
  21. It's very difficult to find anything clinical in Toronto as a student from another school. Your best bet would be to find a research supervisor who is also a clinician and hope they'll let you observe every now and then (this is also extremely unlikely and difficult). I think you should just stay at your home school and use the program there.
  22. So.. Ontario took away tuition tax credits under the Wynne government to increase OSAP grant amounts. Now Doug is dropping tuition 10% (cool), decreasing grant amounts and likely total loan amounts. I'm certain that the decrease in OSAP will be greater than the decrease in tuition. I see this as a lose, lose, lose for us. At least bring back the tuition tax credits if you're going to do this...
  23. I don't think your GPA would be holding you back too much. Your MCAT looks decent as well. I don't think 1 yr research based masters exist, most of them will take roughly 2 years but could be longer if your experiments don't work out. I wouldn't go into a master's if you aren't passionate about it.
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