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    la marzocco reacted to Snowmen in MOH cuts overseas medical schools approved for practise in Singapore   
    Pretty funny that they would remove my school considering that:
    1) there's probably never been a single singaporean student here.
    2) considering the nearly non-existent spots for international students, there's pretty much no chance of that ever happening.
    Anyways, it's interesting to know but it probably will never have any impact on someone reading this board.
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    la marzocco got a reaction from tere in 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.
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    la marzocco reacted to PhD2MD in OSAP/NSLSC frustration   
    FINAL UPDATE
    It's been months of back and forth between the federal and provincial departments (both scratching their heads and blaming each other), and my local OSAP reps (who were really useless). As far as I can tell, things sat untouched for months at a time, until I got on the phone and pushed each of the 3 groups to start talking to each other aggressively. In the end, they finally realized that a PhD can be done before and MD, not just after, and awarded me about half the usual amount of OSAP for this year. They also reversed the interest charges that have been accruing.
    There's been a lot of talk in this forum about where the best place to keep your overall debt is...I've learned a lot about this + made a calculator + there are changes coming in the new budget...so i'll make a post about this soon.
    Thanks for everyone's help/suggestion along this journey
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    la marzocco got a reaction from tere in 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.
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    la marzocco got a reaction from tere in 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.
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    la marzocco reacted to tere in Feeling alone in med school   
    I've moved around a lot which makes it difficult to stay close to people.  Med school fits in the pattern, and where I am now for sure hasn't been the best place for me socially or on other levels.  
    I too get along with people and enjoy transient friendships while they're there - I have fewer expectations from people as I get older, which makes things easier - i.e. I get bothered less.  My friends from my youth are established and many have families, which is when people become more home-life focused anyways.  
    It's always great to stay open minded, and people can be surprising.  I have activity friends (i.e. shared sport interest, etc..), maybe more of a male-bonding type of friendship.  I also have some friends from med school, at different levels of closeness, but usually based on shared interests or experiences.  Clichéd, but a little goes a long way - I'm not sure I'll be where I am in the future, but that's the part of being where I am that I'll miss the most.
     I don't really think I have any kind of home town at the moment and not sure I would have one in the future either.  For me that represents opportunity on some level, but it's true that being in a place for a longer period of time does give a lot more chances to build social circles,... supposing it's a place where one actually would like to be.  
    In the OP's situation, pre-clinical will be over next year and then clerkship.  Like others have stated, clerkship is a whole new game and with away electives, there won't be much of the pre-clinical atmosphere left.  I would have enjoyed having more close friendships from med school, but at the end of the day, the whole situation is transient.
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    la marzocco reacted to guest2017 in M.D., C.M. Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted - Fall 2019 Admission   
    sorry for the late post, been busy pinching myself and crying all day!!
     
    TIME STAMP: ~14h30 pm (heart attack since 9 am)
     Result: Admitted with condition !!!
    pre-reqGPA: 4,00 (redid my 4 basic pre-reqs at Athabasca, Thomson Rivers), old pre-req GPA was 3,01
    MCAT: Not submitted
    Feeling About MMI (please be mindful of NDA): This was my 4th time interviewing at McGill, so I felt confortable with the process (I could've basically rehearsed their ppt slide), so I was a lot more relaxed and went in there being 1000% authentic (cheesy I know but its true). Felt like I was great in 3 stations, 1 below average and the rest pretty average
    IP/OOP/International: IP
    Comment : I've been applying to med school for 7 years!!! This was my 4th interview at McGill, I was straight up refused all 3 cycles before being admitted this year with no WL. Anyone with refusals, I know it sucks, I know your hurt. You need to keep trying and you need to push through if this is what you want. If anyone wants to chat PM me!!!
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    la marzocco got a reaction from tere in 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. 
     
     
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    la marzocco got a reaction from tere in 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. 
     
     
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    la marzocco got a reaction from PhD2MD in How to minimize debt in med school/residency?   
    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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    la marzocco got a reaction from PhD2MD in How to minimize debt in med school/residency?   
    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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    la marzocco reacted to JohnGrisham in Good stats, average EC's. Do I have a good chance at top US schools?   
    Dont bother applying and wasting your time and money on applications, if you dont first have funding sorted out.

    Very, very few people get scholarships to USMD/DO schools. So dont go in counting on them. 

    Figure out the finances first and foremost, do the math of what govt loans youll be able to get, what bank Line of credits youll be able to get, and what family support you have.

    THIS IS CRITICAL.
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    la marzocco got a reaction from med19-t in 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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    la marzocco got a reaction from med19-t in 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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    la marzocco got a reaction from med19-t in 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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    la marzocco reacted to shematoma in 2019 CaRMS unfilled spots   
    You haven't lost anything in that particular case, but you're losing out as a taxpayer by supporting a training system that regularly leaves qualified CMG candidates unmatched year after year. You could save money by cutting CMG spots and still getting the same results. That's the source of waste. If you gave those unmatched candidates just 2 more years of training in FM, they could be a fully functioning doctor rather than unemployed and unable to repay their student loans.
    The US has a "fully competitive" system with caveats. Last year the NRMP had ~18,000 USMD graduates apply and a total ~33,000 residency spots. There's a lot more wiggle room for IMGs and US DOs to compete for spots.
    In Canada last year, we had 2,965 CMG spots and 2,923 CMG applicants. And that's including Quebec, where there's a huge surplus of residency spots. If you remove Quebec, there are more CMG applicants than spots. So unlike the US, there wasn't even a theoretical possibility of all CMGs being matched because there weren't numerically enough spots. Very different than the NRMP system. If Canadian governments hugely increased residency spots so that there are almost 2x as many total spots as CMG applicants, it would be a different story and much easier to justify open season for IMGs.
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    la marzocco reacted to tere in 2019 CaRMS unfilled spots   
    IMGs can apply - but they're almost never on the same footing at USMGs, regardless of scores.  With very few exceptions IMGs in the US will match only to FM and IM (which itself is different than in Canada).  USMGs tend to avoid FM and IM - hence the IMG opportunity (combined with the fact there are more residency spots than US graduates).  While on the surface it appears the US is much more open, IMGs are rarely outcompeting USMGs for competitive specialties and tend to match disciplines and locales that USMGs don't really go for.  
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    la marzocco reacted to tere in 2019 CaRMS unfilled spots   
    And many of these recently have been prior year graduates.
    Surprisingly, CaRMS was earlier in 2003 too, when many more CMGs matched to the US.  (la marzocco and I looked at this here) 

    http://forums.premed101.com/topic/103148-ontarios-53-extra-residency-spots/?page=2
    There's still a weak preference for US citizens MG even vs Canadian citizen with US MD from what I've heard.  That being said, I know of a JHU neursurg match from Canadian USMG.  
    Generally speaking, Step 1 doesn't make one competitive in Canada but it's essential for US matching.  In fact, prepping Step 1 might come at the expense of other activities that would help CaRMS competitiveness.  For Canadian med students seriously considering the US for competitive specialties, I think it may be best to go the prior year graduate route which seems to have been successful recently.  This would mean either taking an extra year or attempting to match after a Canadian residency and prepping Step 1 after M3/M4.
     In such cases, clearly it's important to look at the options available at home school, in terms of extra clerkship etc...  Also one shouldn't expect to match into competitive US locations - but rather somewhere in the US.  Step 2 is maybe more easily prepped during clerkship.   
    Nonetheless, I know of very competitive CMG CaRMS matches that prepped Step 1 between M2/M3 but without intent of US residency applications.
     
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    la marzocco got a reaction from Dodo in To The Reapplicants....   
    Not sure if you saw this PDF, but hope it helps.
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    la marzocco reacted to NLengr in 2019 CaRMS unfilled spots   
    ROS's do shit all to solve rural recruitment issues long term in truly rural areas. People wiggle out of the ROS or leave the rural area as soon  as it is up. You just end up with a revolving door. 
    The issue with rural recruitment is most rural places are dying towns with little on the go to do in your downtime. People (not just physicians) just don't want to be there. I should know, I'm a rural surgical specialist and I HATE working in this place. 
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    la marzocco reacted to Edict in 2019 CaRMS unfilled spots   
    Unfortunately though, there really isn't a shortage of doctors in Canada like there may be elsewhere. The issue IMGs face currently is that our immigration system isn't really looking at need for jobs when selecting immigrants. Perhaps a section in our points system that gives extra points for those who have skills in jobs that are currently in high demand would be a better idea. This way, immigrants who do come to Canada are better able to adapt and find a job. 
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    la marzocco got a reaction from frenchpress in 2019 CaRMS unfilled spots   
    Already went to the courts on this whole IMG/CSA matter - you can't carve out CSA as a distinct category.
    [8]        The Canadian Residency Matching Service has two parallel streams for residency positions.  The first stream is the Canadian Medical Graduate stream, which is for graduates of Canadian medical schools and Canadian citizens who graduate from accredited American medical schools.  The second is the IMG stream, which is for graduates of international medical schools who meet the necessary eligibility criteria.  Canadian citizens in the IMG stream are referred to as Canadians Studying Abroad or “CSAs”.
    [9]        The 2008 and 2010 BC Government Throne speeches stated that government would increase access to medical residencies for CSAs.[2] 
    [10]      In December 2011, the Ministry, the Ministry of Advanced Education and UBC prepared a briefing document.  It states in part:
    Question: Shouldn't we be giving CSAs preferential treatment over naturalized IMGs; after all, they grew up here?                     
    Given that the greatest barrier for IMGs/CSAs to access postgraduate training positions in Canada is the fact that international medical school education and training is not necessarily comparable or equivalent to Canadian medical school education, there are no measures that could be introduced to privilege or otherwise treat differently CSAs who apply for postgraduate training positions in Canada or BC.  CSAs must be treated in the same manner as all other IMGs. To do otherwise would breach human rights and Canadian Charter legislation.[3]
    [11]      Shortly thereafter, MLA Moira Stilwell sent a letter and provided a report to the Minister of Health Services recommending that the policies and regulations for CSAs be identical to those in place for Canadian and American trained medical school graduates.  It states in part:
    The Ministry of Health Services and the UBC Faculty of Medicine maintain that BC medical students studying abroad must be treated the same as immigrant physicians applying to the BC IMG program because to do otherwise would be a violation of human rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights.  Yet no argument to clarify the position has been provided...[4]
    [12]      CSAs remain part of the IMG stream.  The number of IMG residency positions has significantly increased since 2011, and the Ministry has recently opened a new pathway for IMG family physicians to get their license to practice in BC.  However, it is still advantageous to be in the Canadian Medical Graduate stream rather than the IMG stream.[5]
    [13]      The applicant is affected by the policy that separates the Canadian Residency Matching Service process into two streams.[6]  It is apparent from the materials that she is particularly concerned that CSAs do not get to compete for the initial Canadian Medical Graduate stream postings.
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    la marzocco got a reaction from frenchpress in 2019 CaRMS unfilled spots   
    Already went to the courts on this whole IMG/CSA matter - you can't carve out CSA as a distinct category.
    [8]        The Canadian Residency Matching Service has two parallel streams for residency positions.  The first stream is the Canadian Medical Graduate stream, which is for graduates of Canadian medical schools and Canadian citizens who graduate from accredited American medical schools.  The second is the IMG stream, which is for graduates of international medical schools who meet the necessary eligibility criteria.  Canadian citizens in the IMG stream are referred to as Canadians Studying Abroad or “CSAs”.
    [9]        The 2008 and 2010 BC Government Throne speeches stated that government would increase access to medical residencies for CSAs.[2] 
    [10]      In December 2011, the Ministry, the Ministry of Advanced Education and UBC prepared a briefing document.  It states in part:
    Question: Shouldn't we be giving CSAs preferential treatment over naturalized IMGs; after all, they grew up here?                     
    Given that the greatest barrier for IMGs/CSAs to access postgraduate training positions in Canada is the fact that international medical school education and training is not necessarily comparable or equivalent to Canadian medical school education, there are no measures that could be introduced to privilege or otherwise treat differently CSAs who apply for postgraduate training positions in Canada or BC.  CSAs must be treated in the same manner as all other IMGs. To do otherwise would breach human rights and Canadian Charter legislation.[3]
    [11]      Shortly thereafter, MLA Moira Stilwell sent a letter and provided a report to the Minister of Health Services recommending that the policies and regulations for CSAs be identical to those in place for Canadian and American trained medical school graduates.  It states in part:
    The Ministry of Health Services and the UBC Faculty of Medicine maintain that BC medical students studying abroad must be treated the same as immigrant physicians applying to the BC IMG program because to do otherwise would be a violation of human rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights.  Yet no argument to clarify the position has been provided...[4]
    [12]      CSAs remain part of the IMG stream.  The number of IMG residency positions has significantly increased since 2011, and the Ministry has recently opened a new pathway for IMG family physicians to get their license to practice in BC.  However, it is still advantageous to be in the Canadian Medical Graduate stream rather than the IMG stream.[5]
    [13]      The applicant is affected by the policy that separates the Canadian Residency Matching Service process into two streams.[6]  It is apparent from the materials that she is particularly concerned that CSAs do not get to compete for the initial Canadian Medical Graduate stream postings.
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    la marzocco got a reaction from COMMANDO in 2019 CaRMS unfilled spots   
    "The greatest barrier for IMGs to access postgraduate training positions in Canada is the fact that international medical school education and training is not necessarily comparable or equivalent to Canadian medical school education." <-- see the case I cited above; i.e., not my words. 
    The fact is that Canadian and USMD schools are LCME-accredited. If meritocracy is to be applied strictly, then we should get those IMG-schools LCME and CACMS accredited. Maybe then we can have the discussion about unification of the streams. 
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    la marzocco reacted to rmorelan in 2019 CaRMS unfilled spots   
    I am late to the party here but wow that is brutal - one surgical spot in the county as well. 
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