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  1. woops, I meant optho* Fair point about differences in quality of medical education (although I'd definitely argue there are tiers in the Canadian system, just not as extreme). However, I still feel it's so much more who you know rather than what you know here in Canada compared to America, as far as residency goes anyway.
  2. Seems our friends across the border go about matching in a much more standardized manner. No one likes tests but if you have major examinations that are standardized across the country, it would be the most fair and effective way of determining residency eligibility. As far as I know (just an incoming MS1 so please correct me if I'm wrong), there isn't a STEP 1/2 equivalent in Canada (or at least Ontario). Speaking anecdotally, I know quite a few people whose parents or relatives have lead to them matching into derm or optho; people which by no means are exceptional or top of their class (actually, one of them was literally bottom 10% of her graduating class). So this begs the question, do we need to reconsider how residency positions are attained in Canada? I'd love to hear your thoughts, especially those who've already started or finished residency. P.S. I know having these tests doesn't completely eliminate nepotism, but it's definitely a start.
  3. You said US is an equally reasonable option to Ireland and other IMG routes, USMD are essentially considered CMG for matching purposes. You could have argued about USDO but with the upcoming merger I suspect USDO will have higher footing than IMG. As it currently stands, they are equivalent for CARMS, sure.
  4. This is factually incorrect. You should be ashamed for even making the post. For Canadian matching purposes CANMD > USMD >> USDO >>>> other international options
  5. What percent of medical students fail or drop out at your institution?
  6. A lot of american schools seem to offer that information but as an incoming MS1 I'm finding it hard to find specifics regarding Canadian schools. If someone has that particular information, I would LOVE to know Western's and Mac's 2018 match list. Thanks in advance!
  7. Six interviews is a feat in of itself, congratulations! Are you opposed to applying to American schools? I only ask because they typically have very high post II rates and some schools even view interviews as a formality more so than another form of evaluation. Compare that to Canada where the interview is basically everything. Anyway, regarding interview advice I found it extremely helpful to practice with current medical students, especially if they have prior experience with interviewing medical hopefuls.
  8. Definitely biased but at my school it feels like 95% of SWOMEN got in so I'm interested to see the numbers haha. Kinda bitter I went 4/4 on Ontario schools but I won't get a chance to apply to Western due to being a 3rd year oh well
  9. And prison is just a room jokes aside, thank you everyone else for the reassurance. 99% of me knew there wouldn't/shouldn't be an issue but sometimes neuroticism takes over, ya feel?
  10. Do you know if the admissions committee, upon knowing my age, would expect more or less of me?
  11. Yes, I was in an accelerated program during my elementary years. Not really skipped a grade as much as my program was shorter than most elementary schools (i.e. 8 years instead of 10). Also, it's not THAT uncommon. Look at McMaster's class of 2019 http://mdprogram.mcmaster.ca/docs/default-source/admissions/classof2019.pdf?sfvrsn=2. 10 students 19 years and younger were admitted.
  12. Hello, Recently I've had fears about my age interfering with my acceptance into medical school. I'm 18 (turning 19 in May), so I'll be one of the youngest in my interview groups. It doesn't help that I have very young facial features as well.
  13. It was a joke...it would be completely unfair and unprofessional to implement something like this mid-cycle
  14. I wouldn't mind if they enforced this during the current cycle (less competition to worry about ).
  15. Hello, I was wondering if 2-3 days before an interview would be sufficient to prepare? I know tons of people paying for mock interviews and spending an hour or two daily months in advance, but I unfortunately don't have the time to do that. Best I can do is maybe rehearse my answers in front of my girlfriend/parents. Thanks.
  16. TIME STAMP: Feb 9 @ 12:15 p.m. Interview Date: March 3 (MD) Result: Invite cGPA: 3.85; w3.88 MCAT: 516 ECs: well above average, but 0 research Essays: had current medical students and even a program director look them over, lol Year: 3rd Year UG Geography: IP
  17. Hey Mr. Duck, Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself, but chances are I will have multiple acceptances this year. With that in mind, I was wondering how I should make a decision between Ottawa/Mac/Toronto/Queens. Thanks in advance
  18. lower MCAT/GPA makes me think you're SWOMEN, a.k.a. you're gonna be fine, lol. 60-70% post interview acceptance, just go in with confidence and familiarize yourself with your application.
  19. I can respect that, you're gonna make someone very happy. Do you receive a strike if you accept your invite and cancel later?
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