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  1. la marzocco

    OSAP Clarification

    It will remain interest-free status. Just make sure you fill in the continuation of interest-free status form and submit it to OSAP.
  2. Also, some studies using CIHI data have shown that 1.3-1.5 new family doctors is required to replace a retiring one. This was attributed to the growing feminization of medicine and the fact that more young physicians are not looking to spend every living second of their lives at work (culture shift). I agree that we need to do better in recruiting more students from rural backgrounds. NOSM is a great success story in that regard. Pay relativity will also help shepherd more students towards FM.
  3. https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/five-strategies-to-improve-medical-training-to-reduce-stress-and-boost-expertise 1. Increase residency positions 2. Develop a ‘learn local’ strategy 3. Delay specialty selection 4. Reinstate the rotating internship 5. Reduce preparation time for exams Thoughts?
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    McGill and Calgary First Iteration?

    To be clear, McGill's match situation mirrors more of ROC than those of the 3 other Qc medical schools. McGill also has one of the lowest rate of students choosing FM as their first discipline of choice: "However, McGill has the smallest percentage of students choosing family medicine as a career of all 17 medical schools in Canada. Currently only 18% of McGill graduates choose family medicine as their first choice. We must increase enrollment in family medicine to levels similar to peer-institutions (e.g. University of Toronto, ~30%)." https://www.mcgill.ca/medicine/files/medicine/Toward_a_New_Curriculum-final.pdf
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    Class Size?

    Cheaper tuition is definitely a factor, but those I have met all mentioned "venturing out of a one's bubble" and seeing the Canadian experience. Not sure how much weight that is worth, but still interesting. McGill is no Ivy League, but its name still rings a few bells in the US when u do apply to residency in the US. Most Americans at McGill do match quite well back to the states.
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    Class Size?

    Interesting.. most international students I know at McGill are American, and they seem to have done their undergrad in the US and had to submit mandatory MCAT scores for admissions into McGill. Small sample size I guess.
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    Class Size?

    Just for clarity, assuming that the international student did their degree outside of Canada, they are obligated to submit MCAT scores for McGill.
  8. In Canada, still significant interprovincial variability for that ratio - further magnified by urban/rural divide. Regardless both are < OECD avg.
  9. http://harbourtimes.com/2019/02/21/policy-makers-clash-doctors-addressing-doctor-shortage/ Has a bit more - even mentions a bit on Singapore too. Drawing Commonwealth peers Dr Alfred Wong Yam-hong, a member of local doctor group Médecins Inspirés, suggested using a reciprocal recognition programme for doctors from the Commonwealth countries that Hong Kong adopted before the 1997 handover. “It is feasible and convenient. The reciprocal recognition programme can attract Hong Kong doctors who received their medical training in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to return to serve Hong Kongers,” he added. After the programme was scrapped, the number of new doctors registered annually dropped from 523 from 1990 to 1996 to 316 between 2004 and 2010, according to pathologist Dr Feng Chi-shun. But many argue that bringing back this programme could be difficult. “First is political concerns, given that Hong Kong is part of China now. Second is that many doctors worry their mainland counterparts would demand the same treatment,” Prof Felice Lieh Mak, former chairwoman of the Medical Council Professor, told the media last Saturday.
  10. In the other direction, HK is mulling to broadening the grant expedience to practise for "top 50" medical schools in the world. https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/2186262/allow-specialist-doctors-trained-overseas-practise
  11. The to-be-excluded list is kinda arbitrary.. lol
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    OSAP/NSLSC frustration

    Happy to hear that this ended on a relatively good note! Thank you for sharing this experience with us
  13. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-number-of-canadian-medical-graduates-denied-residency-placements/ A total of 67 students set to graduate from Canadian faculties of medicine this year failed to be matched to a training position, down from 115 last year, 99 the year before and 77 the year before that. The last time the number of unmatched graduates was in this vicinity was in 2015, when 64 graduates did not garner a residency spot, according to the Canadian Resident Matching Service, or CaRMS, which released the 2019 figures on Wednesday. She pointed out that on top of the 67 current-year graduates of Canadian schools who went unmatched, another 31 from previous years remained unmatched.
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    CaRMS 2019 Prelim Data

    It is probably going to be as good as it is gonna get. Bear in mind that there were 53 additional spots Ontario created last year after 2nd iteration to clear the unmatched backlog. This meant less unmatched CMG from prior years applying to the 2019 match - i.e., less snowballing. Also, Ontario, Alberta, and Manitoba kept the streaming in the 2nd iteration so this is also + since stats have shown that in 2nd iteration many IMGs match to previously CMG-designated spots. My guess is that for the 2020 match, the unmatched numbers will go up again unless something meaningful is done - *COUGH* increase residency spots.
  15. https://www.carms.ca/pdfs/3asv86WkbpG_R1_2_OverviewByDiscipline_EN.pdf
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    Prepare for the USMLEs from day one

    No, you are not required to declare your USMLE scores to CaRMS if you happen to take it. It is optional. Even if you do declare a presumably good score, most PDs won't even know what these scores mean.
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    2019 NRMP

    The advance data tables for the 2019 NRMP match just came out. TLDR: Not much has changed in the past few years. 12 matched - most should be uCMGs (current and past) from 1st iteration of CaRMS - this level is relatively comparable to those of 2016. 3 unmatched 10 withdrew in the NRMP match - likely due to having matched in CaRMS. Total number (29) is still relatively stable since 2016.
  18. I agree re: intention matters and can be a great guide in money management. However, money management is something that many do not have a good grasp on (esp 20 yos..) so some hard and fast rules that do not greatly compromise happiness or utility would not necessarily be a bad thing. I love photography and spend $$$ on lenses etc. Likewise, if you are coffee aficionado, coffee gear etc may be an area that you are willing to spend more on as it brings more happiness/utility. To each their own. But, I do see value in some quick and dirty tips that do not greatly compromise happiness.
  19. Coffee is a big one. You can easily make a cup of nice joe in the morning effortlessly - I have an automatic coffee machine that I start up in the morning as I wake up. I take my shower and it's ready to go. You can pick up some nice beans without breaking your bank. This is my morning routine at least For food, I use a base like lentils, or quinoa, and then add different stuff for each day of the week, like chili-oil grilled chicken, rosemary-rubbed chicken, etc. I eat out Thurs/Fri b/c by that point I would be pretty sick of making or eating home-cooked foods. EDIT: I always found that some med students see the LOC as a license to spend. It is not and banks do a good job convincing you that you can spend it on whatever you want. My LOC advisor even mentioned that I should use the money to go on vacation or buy a car if I don't need it for school! Eat well, live humbly, and treat yourself once in a while Even when you are an attending, it is advised that you "live like a resident" for 2-3 years and be aware of lifestyle creep.
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    2019 CaRMS unfilled spots

    Doctors of BC president wrote in his blog: "Today there are increasing numbers of medical students going unmatched after the first round—202 last year—a situation exacerbated by the added competition of hundreds of international medical graduates who are eligible for the second round. Further, those who remain unmatched re-enter the following year, causing an exponential increase of applicants relative to positions. Without commenting on legalities, the repatriation of Canadians and the case of others medically trained abroad, it is clear that this stress is felt by medical students who are pressured to choose a career path early in their studies in order to remain competitive for future matches." https://www.doctorsofbc.ca/presidents-blog/fear-and-hoping-medical-school-finding-more-match
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    2019 CaRMS unfilled spots

    Agreed. One of the things that I agreed with Quebec's former health minister Barrette despite him not being very popular among the medical community was he understood the doctor unemployment and underemployment issue and addressed the root cause, which is excessive MD enrolment. He shaved MD spots across all 4 Qc schools for a duration of 3 years to cut ~50 spots in total. Whether that's too little or too much is subjective, but he was good with the issue recognition. Also, primary care is also undervalued and fee relativity does play an issue when medical students decide on specialties. Provinces need to address this in order to shepherd more MD students to go into primary care, which is really where the need truly lies.
  22. Anecdotally, my friend got approved for $200K with guarantor for a UK medical school with Scotia. Not sure if this is the standard for those doing medicine abroad.
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    2019 CaRMS unfilled spots

    Also if possible, those who matched should help those unmatched advocate. Support and solidarity is needed and much appreciated by those unmatched.
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    Ontario FM more competitive this cycle?

    Society/government has the obligation to balance physician mix and allowing for learners' autonomy. In part, this is why governments have not been in such a rush in upping spots for specialties as at least this way they can control the physician mix moving into residency. Yes, collateral damage = unmatched, but this is with no doubt a reason that gov'ts are sitting on their laurels.
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    FM matching tips

    Honestly don't stress it. FM still remains the least competitive. Just make sure you do a diverse set of electives including FM at sites you want to match into. You don't need research for FM.