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  1. Recently, I've been interested in aboriginal mental health and I was wondering if there were any U of T professors or any other faculty I could contact?
  2. From the information I gathered last year, and verifying with the current BeMo website, I still see discrepancies. They did remove CMS though, which is good. I doubt all of these schools changed their policies within one year. Furthermore, these aren't the only discrepancies, only the ones that immediately stood out to me. The following are incorrect from the website regarding characterization of Canadians of OOS or intl. Saint Louis Stony Brook Hawaii Are you using the MSAR to see if they check out? Last year, MSAR only stated if a school accepts Canadian applicants, and how many internationals a school accepts. It didn't say whether a school counts Canadians as an OOS or international. Often the school website does not say this either. Not really looking at this stuff anymore, so feel free to correct me if I'm wrong (but correct me after you've verified it properly). Good luck with the research.
  3. Result: Rejected Timestamp: May 14, 9:07 AM. GPA: OMSAS 3.94 MCAT: Passed cutoffs ECs: Check history Essays: Felt decent about them, spent several weeks, heavily revised, checked over by several people. Interview: I felt 3 went quite well, and one of them felt below average, but even then not a disaster. I had a good feeling coming out of the interview, and then like many people, became quite self-critical as time passed. Maybe I put too much pressure on myself for this interview. Honestly speaking, though, having been on so many waitlists, I would rather get rejected immediately than rejected after waitlist haha. Congrats to all who got accepted! Year: BSc 2017 Geography: IP
  4. Haha, I recall asking for their opinion when I was applying to US schools! Didn't know they got into Canada as well. Thanks for letting me know.
  5. Thank you JohnGrisham! I PM'd you, but no need to respond since you shared your perspective.
  6. Thank you for your quick response Tere! It is great to have your perspective.
  7. Thank you for the post and for helping me with my own decision regarding US MD vs Canadian MD! For future readers, I want to share some of AS9Wave's insights regarding which one may be a better option if you might be pursuing a competitive specialty down the road. I was under the impression that CaRMS is quite subjective, but AS9Wave showed me that there are many things within one's control (i.e. working very hard on electives/research/extracurriculars) and that performing well on electives is key. At the same time, I learned that there can be people who may be disappointed by CaRMS if their people skills aren't as strong, even if other parts of their application are stellar - likely due to the huge weight on elective performance for CaRMS. Canada is a great option for people who have a balance of academic and soft skills!
  8. Thank you for the comment Edict! I've read several of your posts as a premed, and also recently while making this decision. I was focused on whether theoretically is the better option, but practically speaking I feel you would be right - it would be a hassle. Good to know your opinion on the potential US MD --> Canadian residency disadvantage (at least for Georgetown) too.
  9. Thank you for informing me of this thread, HisLovePerfects. I've actually read it before I made this topic, because AS9Wave had a great discussion of many points including lifestyle, finances and Visa, but I wanted to keep this focused on the chances of matching into a competitive specialty. I actually messaged this person directly, and they were very helpful. For future readers, I will share their perspective: as subjective CaRMS may seem, a lot is within one's control - the ones who end up making it to competitive specialties worked very hard on electives/research/extracurriculars, and they were clearly impressive during rotations. However, there were people who were not as strong in people skills which led to disappointing results for them, despite excellent qualifications otherwise. So Canada is a better choice for a person who has a balance of academic and soft skills (and I know this is true for US as well of course, but the academics are more heavily weighted due to the importance of the USMLE).
  10. First of all, thanks for your response and being active on the forum! I've read a fair number of your posts while lurking the forums as a premed. And as for what you've said above - this is basically what I've read from existing threads so far. Data regarding both Canadian MD -> US residency and US MD --> CaRMS seems lacking in number and seems unrepresentative of the average CMG/AMG's real chances. As for the anecdotal hearsay - I just wanted to see if other people heard about this too. After messaging several people on the forum directly, no one supported this either. As for your comment regarding the importance of electives for Canadian programs though - this could be managed since one can go to USMD and still set up electives in Canada. The cost and time will be a difficulty, but beyond that, there doesn't seem to be other disadvantages. I did NOT know about the Health Canada situation - thank you for bringing it up. For forum lurkers, you can find more info here - https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/health-care-system/health-human-resources/statements-need-postgraduate-medical-training-united-states.html. But it makes little sense to me that why one would need the Canadian government's permission (statement of need) to pursue a US residency if the US is providing the training. Maybe the government is worried many Canadians will train abroad then come back to Canada, potentially oversaturating the job market for physicians? Even then, a US MD/DO can come back to Canada just fine after completing US residency so that doesn't make sense either. In any case, like you, everyone I talked to reinforced the same main message - choose where you ultimately want to practice. At the end of the day, it's clear that US MD will compromise CaRMS (having to focus on USMLE instead of research/making the right connections/harder to go back and forth for electives in Canada) and Canadian MD will compromise US Match (curriculum not USMLE based, again harder to go back and forth for electives and connections). I wanted to find out which is the "optimal option" for both Canadian and US Match but I guess the data isn't there to get a solid answer. Thanks so much for your response, Xiphoid.
  11. Hello there! After countless rejections, I've been blessed with two acceptances this cycle and I wanted to reach out for your opinion regarding pursuing a US MD from Georgetown University vs a Canadian MD from UBC. I've read the previous US vs Canadian MD threads, which were very informative. But those discussions were quite broad, considering many factors. Currently, my main goal is keeping as many specialties open as possible. Because I have only seen about 2 specialties (FM and neuro) for an extended time, I do not know what I will ultimately end up choosing after I've had greater exposure to medicine. So, I want to pursue the option that will give me the best chance of matching into a competitive specialty if it ends up being what I want. To start, I know that in the US you need to tolerate a lot of stress and show high performance on the USMLE as compared to other capable US MDs. At the same time, though, one benefit seems to me that as long as you get 240+ (although number changes based on specialty), one will be able to have some relief the match will very likely be successful in almost any specialty. I do realize that getting a 240 is easier said than done. In Canada, although there is no USMLE to worry about for 2 years, the CaRMS system seems extremely subjective at the end of the day. It seems to be more dependent on connections (i.e. elective performance, LORs) and the interview and therefore less reliable. In addition, there seems to be proportionately less spots for specialties in Canada. Of course, there's no need to give up on a specialty because some exam score is too low, so that is good at least. One more thing: I have heard from my US MD friend (who got this info from forums and his personal experience) that US residency directors strongly prefer AMG over CMG, but that Canadian residency directors do not show a strong preference for CMG compared to AMG (USMD). I do not know how to verify this information, but it could be critical in my decision. If this is true, this is a strong push for USMD; it would essentially tell me that US MD --> Canadian Residency is more viable than Canadian MD --> US residency. What do you think would be the better choice (Georgetown vs. UBC)? If you have any good sources of information, I would love to read them as well. Thank you for reading, and I would greatly appreciate your response.
  12. Result: Accepted - VFMP!! Geography: OOP Early or Regular Deadline: Regular Timestamp: 11:57 AM PST AGPA: 93% MCAT: 514 (130/125/130/129) EC: Feel free to stalk my previous posts for US MD applications Interview: I felt that the interview went very well! Left thinking that even if I had the opportunity, I would not choose to re-do this interview overall, despite some stations being better than others. Of course - don't let my optimism fool you - I thought the same for some of my IP interviews, and they did not lead to acceptances. At the end of the day I consider myself very fortunate for the outcome. Year: BSc. 2017 I am so grateful for this acceptance, and it came after three application cycles and 3 MCAT writes. Getting here took longer than expected and planned - but that's a part of the process. If you are a future applicant reading this - the biggest takeaway from my journey is the importance of wording your activities. I feel that it is less about what you have done and more about how you write about them. I would suggest you highlight noteworthy aspects from your activities and to emphasize the physician-related competencies. If you are a waitlisted or rejected applicant reading this - I feel you. I have accrued countless medical school rejections in the US and Canada up to this point. I am all too familiar with the overanalyzing of interview answers, the uncertain hope after being waitlisted, calculating waitlist movement chances, and the feeling of loss when the rejection finally comes: not knowing what to do next and wondering if you are truly good enough for this. This acceptance is for you. Persistence can achieve remarkable results. And if you are my future classmate - it is my absolute honour to become a physician alongside you. I look very much forward to meeting you!
  13. As a long time lurker, I know how passionate you are for medicine. Queen's waitlist moves a lot so best of luck!!! Rooting for you.
  14. Anyone able to disprove that OMSAS offer = email offer and no OMSAS offer = no email offer? Myself and others from the Ottawa thread are unable to hahaha...
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