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  1. Hi all, I was wondering what the general expectations of an off service rads resident are on the more intensive services (Gen surg etc.). Did you find you were often in the OR assisting cases? Or is it more so ward management/consults and "scut" work? I have not taken any surgical rotations since the beginning of the third year of med school and am a bit nervous when I see how many surgery rotations I have upcoming in my PGY-1 year. Does anyone have any tips on how I can best prepare for these? My procedural skills in the OR are definitely not up to par but I wonder if that matters at this point. Any and all tips for the PGY-1 year of rads would be much appreciated
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    What should I do if rejected?

    Been in a similar situation. My advice is as follows, hindsight is 20/20 of course. Hopefully you get off the waitlist, but if not: Do something that you would be happy either permanently or temporarily doing as a job/career while trying to get into medical school. The fact you can get interviews mean you will more than likely get in eventually (hopefully next attempt). Just don't hurt your GPA . Took me three tries to get in, interviews each year. Was definitely a more stressful process than all of medical school/residency matching. This experience will only make you tougher/more resilient. All the best
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    Annual Specialty Competitiveness Stats

    I also know someone who matched to derm at a high end school with only 2 weeks of derm electives. CaRMS is a black box for many reasons. Anecdotal stories such as yours (and mine) don't really prove how competitive a field is per year.
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    Annual Specialty Competitiveness Stats

    Those darn UBC radiology kids (Anyone who did rads carms tour this year understands)
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    answered

    Applied to radiology this cycle. Had one bad mark on my ug transcript. Was asked about it and why it happened. Interviewer did not seem impressed, felt like it was my worst interview this cycle because of that experience. Only brought up at 1/10 Interviews, at a location which asked for the ug transcripts specifically. If the program doesn't ask for your ug transcript you will be ok.
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    Summer Break Pre-CaRMS Electives

    Going to take the other viewpoint on this. Relax. I did no summer electives and have ended up with 14 interview offers across 2 moderately competitive fields. Many of my friends are in similar boats. I probably won't attend all my interviews either. The time off in summer let me have fun and perform better as there was little to no burnout from clerkship. At the end of clerkship I needed some down time, as do many people. In retrospect if I did some electives in summer I probably would have gotten a few more invites I suppose. If medicine is your entire life or you are going for something super competitive go ahead but otherwise I don't necessarily think it is needed. Tldr Will undoubtedly help but doesn't seem its needed.
  7. school interviewing at: University of Saskatchewan specialty: Radiology current interview date: Jan 29 date would like to switch to: Jan 28 any additional notes:
  8. school interviewing at: University of Manitoba specialty: Radiology current interview date: Jan 30 date would like to switch to: Jan 29 any additional notes:
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    Radiology CaRMS group chat?

    Hey rmorelan, any tips on what a rads applicant can do in terms of time conflicts between radiology interviews? Western Canada seems like a mess for a lot of people. I have two interviews scheduled on the same date at the same time in different provinces and it sucks knowing I'll likely have to drop one as I really liked both programs
  10. Hi all, jumping onto this out of desperation. Looking to swap my Saskatoon interview from the 29th to the 28th and Manitoba from the 30th to the 29th so that I can make both interviews. Hopefully someone else out there can benefit from this R
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    CaRMS 2019 Interview -- INVITATIONS only

    Anatomical Pathology: Queens (Dec 3), Calgary (Dec 3), Alberta (Dec 3), Western (Dec 4), Memorial (Dec 5), Laval (Dec 5), Toronto (Dec 6), McGill (Dec 6), UBC (Dec 6), Dalhousie (Dec 7), Manitoba (Dec 7) Anesthesiology: NOSM (Dec 7), Ottawa(Dec 8) Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Alberta (Dec 4) Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatchewan (Nov 27), Queen's (Dec 5), McGill (Dec 7), Dalhousie (Dec 7), Calgary (Dec 7), Manitoba (Dec 7), McMaster (Dec 10) Emergency Medicine: Family Medicine: Ontario (Nov 28; IMG only), Laval (Nov 30), Montréal (Dec 4) General Pathology: Calgary (Nov 22), Alberta (Dec 3) General Surgery: McGill (Dec 3) Hematological Pathology: Internal Medicine: Medical Genetics and Genomics: Calgary (Nov 27), UBC (Nov 29) Medical Microbiology: Neurology: Western (Dec 3), Dalhousie (Dec 4) Neurology - Paediatric: Alberta (Dec 3), Montreal (Dec 4), Calgary (Dec 4) Neuropathology: Neurosurgery: McMaster (Nov 30), Western (Dec 7) Nuclear Medicine: Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Manitoba (Dec 10) Ophthalmology: Orthopaedic Surgery: Alberta (Dec 7) Otolaryngology: Alberta (Dec 6) Pediatrics: Plastic Surgery: Alberta (Dec 4) PM&R: Queens University (Nov 22), McMaster (Nov 26), UBC (Nov 30), Manitoba (Nov 30), Western (December 6)  Psychiatry: Memorial (Nov 23), Sherbrooke (Nov 27), McMaster- Hamilton and Waterloo (Dec. 4), Western - London & Windsor (Dec. 4), McGill (Dec. 4), Calgary (Dec 5), U of T (Dec 7), Ottawa (Dec 7), Alberta (Dec 10) Public Health and Preventive Medicine: Alberta (Dec 5), Manitoba (Dec 7) Radiation Oncology: Urology: Western (Dec 4), Dalhousie (Dec 5), McMaster (Dec 5), Ottawa (Dec 6), Toronto (Dec 8) Vascular Surgery: Toronto (Nov 26), Western (Dec 10)
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    Delete

    Is this poster trolling based on post history? Or any legitimacy to this claim its dropped?
  13. Hey all, Just looking for advice on the non-radiology letters that you used for your carms applications. I did an ICU elective and built very strong rapport with the staff and imo it is my strongest letter. However, the letter was geared towards ICU/medicine and not radiology. It will definitely highlight my strengths but there may not be any indication of any major interest towards radiology. Would it be ok to use this sort of letter to show strong clinical/clerk strength in a radiology application? Or would the interest/stated desire for medicine be looked down on? I was going to apply to medicine as well originally but have decided to not do this. The reason I am in a bit of a pickle is because the referee is now on vacation and would not be able to edit/resubmit a radiology or general letter. Just wanted to see what successful candidates have done in the past and whether you asked for all your letters to be geared towards rads. Due date for letter assignments 27th so any help appreciated
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    Applying to FM last minute

    Hi all, As you can probably tell from my username I am a rads gunner. As so I centered my 4th year electives around rads, and with a mix of internal/surg/em electives. I didn't put too much thought into backing up. After talking to residents across the country I feel I am probably running a risky line. My heart is still on rads and I will be applying country wide. However I can also now see that I probably should have done a family medicine elective. The issue still is my CV/electives make it quite clear what my intent is. Additionally I don't have any room for family medicine electives anymore. My family med preceptor from my core rotation would definitely write me a letter, and the interns I worked with this year would be able to write me two general "strong clerk" letters. Is there any point in me even applying to family? Location of course would not matter in this situation at all. Have people who are backing up gotten FM interviews with no electives? Also just a side note that this is not meant to bash or look down on family med in any form, when I entered medical school I was dead set on family medicine, I was just exposed to rads and loved it
  15. Is radiology call absolutely insane during residency? Is it true you never sleep? After going through clerkship I've seen how many imaging studies are ordered per night in the ER etc and can't imagine there is much down time at all. How does it compare to the call schedules of medicine and surgery at your program? Is call every 4 days or does it vary per program? My home school doesn't allow us to do radiology during clerkship and all I have really been able to do is shadow physicians so I was hoping to get some insight from residents/fellows. Thanks!
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