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  1. Thank you for your reply! Unfortunately because of COVID this year there might be changes to the # of letters we need but we don't know for sure yet (as far as I know). Program descriptions aren't up yet either for this year and I'm not sure how much they'll change from last year, if at all. I'm thinking of asking for another letter from the same rotation so I'll have 2 from there, but some people have said it's not as good as having letters from 2 different experiences. But then I've also heard that the content matters more than who/where the letter came from. I'm not sure if it's better to have 2 letters, or to just ask the person writing the letter I already asked for if they can combine all my preceptors' feedback into their letter so it's extra strong. Do you have any thoughts on this?
  2. I'm applying to CaRMS this year and am worried about my reference letters. I am confident that I have one strong letter, the others I'm not too sure about. This is because I had a bunch of electives at the beginning of clerkship (3 yr school) and I definitely wasn't as strong as I am now. I have a few more electives pre-CaRMS deadline but because of capacity issues I don't even know if they'll be in my specialty of interest. I may end up having to use a letter from early on that I'm not sure will be that great. For the one letter I'm confident about, it's because the preceptor wrote me a great evaluation (ex. that my knowledge is at the level of an R1, my management plans are far above level of training, personal qualities, etc... Idk how I tricked them into thinking this lol). Do ALL of your letters have to be this good? Has anyone had success with using a letter from early clerkship? Any advice for what I should do in this situation? Also, I think I could probably get a really strong letter from another preceptor on that same rotation, but I'm not sure if I should use 2 letters from the same rotation. Is that redundant? also does ANYONE know how many letters we need this year lol
  3. This is a great tip, thank you so much! I'm kind of nervous about this though because I've mostly worked with residents on projects and even if there was a staff supervisor, I had very little interaction with them. There is one staff who I did some work with and she needed help with some chart reviews during this COVID break, but I had way too much going on and wasn't able to help. I'm worried it'll seem sketchy now if all of a sudden I ask her to introduce me to someone when I wasn't able to help her. :/
  4. Thanks for this! Unfortunately my class won't have visiting electives but I like the idea of research. Do you how to get involved with research at schools other than your own? Is it kind of the same process (reaching out to people based on whose work interests you) or is there a different way?
  5. this is what I've heard anecdotally too but I'm concerned because I'd like to be competitive for Ontario programs and stay in the province and people have told me some programs here are getting more competitive :/
  6. Hi, I'm applying to CaRMS this upcoming cycle and am concerned about whether I have enough research. I'll be applying to peds and FM (unsure which I am more interested in at this point). In undergrad I didn't have any research experience and in med school I tried to get involved but really have no research background and am not sure if I did enough for these specialties. I'm especially concerned bc I have nothing 1st author. Also, are there certain peds or FM programs in the country that care more about research than others? Here is what I've done: - 2 chart reviews (several participants, we all split the work equally and I won't be first author) - one peds, one FM/IM - 1 poster presentation (cancelled due to COVID but can I still list it on my application lol) - peds - 1 ongoing qualitative project which was disrupted by COVID as well, not sure when we'll finish or if I'll have a publication from it - peds I really feel like I didn't do enough but people have told me it's fine because peds and FM aren't research-heavy. Does anyone have any input on this? I'd really appreciate it. Thank you!
  7. Is this true for specialties like peds too? I had all my electives right at the start of clerkship and got similar comments, but I feel like they cared WAY more about knowledge because they all said I'm good now but I'll be better later, and I didn't get a reference letter from one of my electives for this reason. The others I got letters but I dont think they'll be strong, also for this reason.
  8. I have the option of a general inpatient peds elective or peds heme onc elective at SickKids. I am a visiting student and U of T peds is definitely high on my list for preferred residency programs, partly because I would really like to be home with my family. I guess this means a reference letter is very important for this elective. I've heard gen peds is better because you get to meet residents, gen peds faculty etc who are involved in the selection process. However I worry that it's harder to stand out and do well on a big team and I'm worried about having to compete with a bunch of other students if it's a CTU elective (is it CTU? Can anyone confirm?) Heme onc is cool because it's just one area to learn about, instead of literally everything like it would be in gen peds, but I worry the pts might be too complex for my level and it'll be harder to excel. Also worried about the fact that there are fellows, residents etc so not sure how much I'll get to do/learn. Has anyone done these electives? Any input would be greatly appreciated.
  9. Does anyone know how important the written section is? I messed up and it timed out while I was still typing mid-sentence. I didn't hit all the points I wanted to hit. Really freaking out.
  10. Has anyone still not heard back from Ottawa about whether or not they were offered an interview? I haven't heard anything yet and am wondering if I should just call
  11. I found that they were really good for making sure I had a solid understanding of the content (especially for physics, my weakest section), but not very representative of the real exam. I wrote 2 years ago, though, so the resources might have changed! Compare it to the AAMC questions - those are the most representative
  12. ^ I second this. The books are good for making sure you have a solid understanding of the concepts, but I found that TPR's practice was not representative of the real exam. I wrote in 2016 so the materials might have changed since then, but I doubt there's a huge difference. The best and most representative resources are from AAMC. I would recommend spending more time on those (do the practice questions, then spend time reviewing them to understand trends in your right and wrong answers so you know what to focus on) and then review content based on what you struggle with in the practice. I spent more time on practice than content and for me, it made a huge difference. Exam Krackers was also a great resource - less detailed content review (great if you have a science background already) and more representative practice than TPR. Good luck!
  13. I know at least one of my verifiers was contacted today. I'm OOP, not sure if that affects the timing?
  14. I believe they go with your school's classification. So if psych is part of social sciences/humanities at your school, it can be used to fill the humanities requirement. If your undergrad is at U of T, psych is a life science there.
  15. @robclem21 Thank you again! Actually I ended up changing one of my essays yet again and now there are no repeats LOL. I really appreciate your input, thank you!
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