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  1. There are a few - myself included. If you have question feel free to ask
  2. ha trouble is the person in question got it of course 10 years ago Strange as they still sponsor the OMSAS weekend. You would think if you are throwing money at the med students you would be ready to receive their attention back the other way.
  3. Guess this is showing how popular the TD program is ha - no one is using this? We had a list of all contract information including TD but it gone stale as it seems.
  4. I will take anyone but prefer one in the Ottawa or Kingston area. I have a request from someone having issues with that bank. If anyone knows one please let me know! Thanks
  5. rmorelan

    Packing Tips for CaRMS

    Not normally a problem - we have all been through the tour and know that sometimes you need that sort of flexibility etc. There is almost always a room for the exactly that purpose.
  6. yeah a lot of that sounds like what you would be doing outside of the core job in most cases - I mean medicine being evidence based as much as possible is going out of its way to reduce coming up with novel solutions etc. That doesn't mean that creativity doesn't or cannot play a role. Just that your admin, research, teaching and so on are more likely to be the creative side of the profession. Some branches require creative thought because each patient's problem is unique though - and that requires coming up with a unique solution. Super high end surgery can be like that and a few areas of other fields.
  7. Mac in particular is rather progressive - they change things all the time, and others seem to look at their results and perhaps adopt from them things they think works. I would agree there was in particular some radical changes in the past 10 years. When I was premed it was still in that very holistic phase of their evaluation system - I have to say that was rather more interesting times. They aren't non-trad - although you could argue that many non-trads don't have the same high GPA/MCAT scores relatively speaking - if for no other reason than their non-trad background is pulling time/resources away from laser beam focus on academics. There are only so many hours in the day - you probably aren't studying as much for CARS if you are running a company, climbing mountains and so on At least up to the preinterview stage of things. I suspect many non-trads with greater life experience may handle MMI stations overall better.
  8. you can push that into fellowship as well if it applies. Ha, important for me as I am doing two years
  9. Maybe is it is average - I will admit that I have always been a bit confused by why that would matter in applying ha. If you have the average and people with the average get in then you should be strongly considering applying. If you only want until you have an advantage in this and ha almost everything else for that matter you severely limit your chances. Also I will mention the usual - schools don't have policies just lying around that are never used or usual to get into medical school, and they don't interview people that they don't realistically think have a solid chance of getting in - there is just no point in wasting their time/resources on someone otherwise (not to mention your time etc). They may be cold at time ha but they aren't actually cruel Bottom line is fight to get as high as you can but don't let having "the average" prevent you from trying.
  10. obviously a more competitive app is better but 4.0 GPA is extreme ha. There are advantages 1) you can get in....I mean that is the goal ha. 2) you may not get in - but by doing it you are forcing yourself to get all the ducks in a row early, which exposes weaknesses and give you practise. You will get key things possibly out of the way - MCAT, LOR, personal statements in some cases, figure out all your ECs. 3) Planning to do this "makes it real" - you are even more focused on getting the grades, the ECs and so on. Nothing like a deadline to be motivational. 4) Regardless of the outcome if you get interviews then you get practise. Practice is usually good. Downsides - it is not all rosy 1) you can so focused on doing it with so much energy you may be overworked, and so do less well than you would other wise. Burnout is a risk, and will be stressful and so on. 2) some people cannot handle rejection - even if mentally they know they will get another pass at it. It is a blow to their confidence - and of course the odds are lower as a 2nd year applicant. If you are strong enough to take that as just a learning opportunity to prepare for the future you will have a better mindset. You cannot allow the distraction of waiting for invites/acceptances to stop you from maxing your 3rd year GPA. 3) Speaking of that - doing all this is time consuming - that has impacts on your 3rd year. True doing it in your 4th year also has time constraints but the odds of needing your 4th year grades is lower than needing your 3rd year grades ha. It is a personal choice - you just have to make sure doing the attempt doesn't weaken your chances rather than add to them. Med school admission does involve luck - you can get mad at that but regardless it does. Having more than one pass can help with that
  11. seems so - it is like they are trading off the increasing the odds initially of getting what you want vs the odds of transfers. I actually do not know very many people that transferred that route - I wonder how common it actually is - most transfers seem well within the same school and bypass a lot of this I think.
  12. rmorelan

    Radiology as a backup...?

    well sort of....the issue is in the US for instance interventional radiology is now moving away to its own separate field. There is talk it may do the same thing in Canada. That doesn't mean there still isn't a ton of procedures rads do - 1/3 of the job is procedures in the community often and none of that is really what most people would call interventional rads really.
  13. you will run into people that for whatever reason don't seem to educated properly in how to do particular parts of the job - that generally is correctable with more education. The real problems are personality.
  14. Ha as you know it is extremely hard to remove someone from medical school - particularly as it is hard to document and evaluate some of the more subjective aspects of professionalism. In some ways that is a good thing - schools are a form of dictatorship at times and you have to have some checks on that. It is exactly professionalism that is the problem usually - we are very good at admitting smart people. Problems when they occur are usually related to other things. Schools have tried - oh they have tried - but they are not very good at it at all. There are an infinite set of appeals, and then legal action. As much as residency is training and education, it is also a job. You cannot absolutely force a hospital to hire someone for 2-5 years that they feel cannot do that job particularly if they are worried about the safety of patients. Now of course the vast major of people going on unmatched don't fall into that area at all. We have a lot bigger issues as to why people don't match.
  15. Ha, although I would hate it to be THAT formal - as harsh as it sounds there really are Canadian grads from medical school that no program would want to accept (at least in the areas they want to go into). Rare of course but anyone that has gone through the system knows they are there.