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  1. Thanks for your response! I was specifically thinking of doing a Masters of Biostatistics at U of T, which I had previously applied to along with medical school and I believe it will help me with research down the road. I'm also open to a Master's of Education which I know many academic physicians have done but frankly I don't know how it will fit into my career path specifically.
  2. I go to Western (London Campus) and I would say that in the pre-clerkship years it's definitely possible to visit Toronto often. I personally went to Toronto every 3-4 weeks and I know of someone who visited the GTA every 1-2 weeks. Depending on how frequently you plan to visit, a Via pass may be worth it regardless of whether you end up choosing Western or McGill. I don't know much about the chances of matching to competitive specialties versus McGill, but do keep in mind that cardiology is an internal medicine sub-specialty. If you are interested in dermatology, Western may be more difficult since we don't have a dermatology residency position.
  3. I am interested in becoming an academic physician in an internal subspecialty, and am planning on getting a Master's of Education or Statistics at some point. For internal medicine, can this be done? And if so, is it usually during the core medicine stage (i.e. first three years) or the fellowship stage? Would it be possible at all to take a year off during residency to complete the degree? I'll be going through carms next year and am wondering if I should even think about applying for a Master's at the same time. Thanks in advance!
  4. Western cancelled everything, including clerkship, until March 23rd.
  5. On the CaRMs website, most schools have several "programs" available (e.g., UBC has 20 programs listed). My understanding is that one simply has to go to one interview at each school, and then one would be able rank all the family med programs at that school? Additionally, even within each stream, there can be several sites. Would this be done before and/after an applicant has matched and would this be a lottery or a separate application process? Based on my experiences at my home school, even within the same stream there can be very different experiences depending on the site and preceptor, so I was just wondering how this all works. Thanks in advance!
  6. I got an MTU elective at the South Health Campus. As I'm from Ontario, I likely won't be driving, and this site just looks so far removed from everything else. From my understanding, this is one of the 4 main hospitals. Would an elective experience here significantly defer from Foothills/Peter Lougheed/Rockeyview other than its inconvenient location? I think I'd really prefer any of the other 3 hospitals for their locations. But with how competitive electives are, I don't want to cancel this elective unless the other 3 sites are objectively better (in terms of teaching/staff/reference letters, etc). Thanks in advance!
  7. Thank you for doing this! I have a few questions: 1) If you have a fee-for-service practice, what kinds of minor procedures (e.g., cryotherapy, biopsies) can you realistically do without running a crazily high overhead? 2) How many years do fresh grads typically spend doing locums before getting a more permanent job? 3) How competitive is it to be part of a family health organization nowadays? 4) Many rural family docs seem to do FM+ EM. If one doesn't have an interest in EM or the additional training in it, does it significantly limit one's ability to practice in regional/rural setting? I.e., would one be able to practice in, say, Goderich, Ontario by purely doing clinics?
  8. I'm currently in 3rd year and thinking of applying to internal medicine. My Medicine block is my last block, with 6 weeks of CTU in May and two 2-week sub-specialty selectives in June/July. I'm hoping to get some advice about doing another home school internal medicine elective.Right now, I have several options: 1. Dedicate one pre-carms elective to my home school CTU 2. Dedicate one post-carms elective to my home school CTU/subspeciatly. 3. Just do electives at other schools. My home school would be one of my top 3 choices for residency, so I'm afraid that not doing another home-school electives would jeopardize my chances. At the same time, it'd be nice to have an extra elective space to add more diversity to my location and parallel plan in FM.
  9. Wow that's very helpful, thanks! I wish I had known about the cutoffs before writing the Step 1 with inadequate prep and scoring a measly 230. It seems that a score of 240 or above is the "safe" score at which applicants are always granted interviews (as of 2016, and who knows if this will increase even more): http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2016-PD-Survey-Report-SMS.pdf Do you know if similar cutoffs are used for second fellowships? If I want to go to the States for a fellowship, I'd only want to go if it it's a good program and it'd be unfortunate if my step 1 score ends up holding me back from a fellowship 7 years down the future...
  10. Does anyone know if it's possible for a Canadian citizen in a Canadian internal medicine program to apply to American programs for subspecialty fellowships? As an example, can someone in their 3rd year of IM at McMaster apply for a respirology fellowship in the States, given that they have taken all the STEPs?
  11. As a 3rd year student at Western, I found that the lectures weren't always good for my own learning (e.g., some lecturers just read off the slides). Whenever that was the case, I'd be engaging in my own learning on my computer instead (e.g., reading up on the relevant guidelines, making my own notes, doing ILs.) Some of my classmates decided to skip class altogether because they were able to go through the VODs more efficiently than going to lecture. You may want to figure out what works best for you. Some of these ILs may be newly made for your curriculum. If you find that they are not helpful, I'd suggest using other resources-- which are hopefully more concise-- to learn the material. It sounds like you are decently diligent with your studying, and I have no doubt that you'll be able to pass the exams. I think an important part of the first two years is to figure out how to study well, and to actually learn the material in addition to being able to pass. Having a solid foundation will be very helpful as you head into your clinical rotations, when there'll be even less time for you to read and brush up on topics.
  12. I'm a current 3rd year clinical clerk who is thinking of applying to both internal medicine and family medicine next year. I was wondering what are the 3 reference letters that people generally use for family medicine if they only have one or two electives in family medicine. During which clerkship rotations should I consider asking for a reference letter for FM? Thanks in advance!
  13. I know a set of twin brothers who had the same undergraduate degree, similar ECs and similar grades. They got interviewed at different schools, with no overlap at all. I think this just shows how unpredictable the admission process can be.
  14. I recently got exposed to physiatry (physical medicine and rehabilitation) and am interested in pursuing it. However, given that it is such a small specialty (and pretty competitive in recent years), I am not sure if I'd feel comfortable just gunning for it with no backups. As such, I have some questions about the elective strategy for CaRMS: 1. How many weeks of electives does one need to do in physiatry to be competitive? From past posts, it seems that 4 weeks is the bare minimum (2 reference letters), but I am wondering if this threshold has increased due to the increasing competitiveness of the specialty. 2. If one does 10 weeks of neurology and 6 weeks of physical medicine (or even a 12/4 split between neurology and physiatry), would this be seen as using physiatry as a "backup" and therefore looked upon less favorably? 3. What are some specialties that an applicant can realistically apply to in conjunction with physiatry? Some combinations that I can think of include neurology/physiatry, internal/physiatry, family/physiatry. 4. If one were to "gun" for physiatry, should one do all of the electives in physiatry? Or should one dedicate several weeks to neurology, internal medicine, orthopedics, etc.? Thanks in advance!
  15. Thank you both for your inputs! Given that I don't know if the application with Dr. B will be successful, should I still move forward with the U of T prof and then decline afterwards if things work out with Dr. B? Or should I explain my situation to him and see whether he would still like to proceed?
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