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  1. When you factor in the time you spend reading, studying for exams, and doing research, u'll find the hours pile up and pile up quickly
  2. never_back_down, sorry for the position you're in...it's probably going to be some tough sledding ahead. just wanted to emphasize what blade runner posted earlier - even when your 5 or 3 year notation runs out, you will still have to declare that you have a previous record of academic dishonesty, and some adcoms will keep this on file for the duration of your future applications. Not saying it's a done deal, but it's going to be an uphill climb even if you wait out the 5 years.
  3. i believe most med schools require u to send in your entire academic record
  4. completely disagree with the statements that 1) you don't have time to build a strong carms application and 2) there is no time to shadow or do research the carms process is entirely dependent on your ability to perform well, regardless of what school you come from. the disadvantages to going to calgary are that you start the clerkship year w/6 weeks of elective time, used to go to other schools, build contacts etc. it will be a disadvantage if you're a crappy clerk since you'll make a crappy first impression, but again, that isn't the school's fault. if you have a solid knowledge base (which you'll get at the u of c) and are strong clinically, it makes very little difference when you actually do the electives. tons of people in the 2012 class matched to highly competitive specialties - your match result isn't a reflection of what school you went to, but a reflection of your own capabilities. second issue is that we have at least equal amounts of time to shadow and do research, but you have to be prepared to work harder to do it. you can shadow any time you want - classes are not mandatory and they're all podcasted. you get 6 weeks between first and second year to do electives. there is specified med440 time for essentially shadowing for clinical experiences. tons of people in my class did research work during the preclerkship years - you have a bunch of half days each week and there is always time to do this type of extracurricular stuff. again, you have to work for it but this notion that no one from calgary does research or shadowing and will be ill-prepared for the match is ridiculous. every class has weak students and strong students - i think the key difference is that if you're a weak student at the u of c, it will be near impossible to hide it. just be really solid and it won't make any difference whether you go to a 4 or 3 yr program.
  5. Sort of depends on your situation...if you applied to ~20 rad onc spots this year in round 1 and the programs didn't rank you, then i would say your chances of subsequently switching into the program are essentially nil. If you didn't, well then the issue will be why you didn't apply if you wanted rad onc over family. Second issue is that I'm not sure if there are even left over spots in rad onc after the first iteration - i just tried to check, but since the second round is well under way now, the carms website has taken down how many spots are left over for each discipline. If there just aren't any left over spots, your chances are again, very poor.
  6. i think you kind of answered your own question right there - life is a bell curve man, there are always going to be people who are more or less intelligent than others, just like there are people who are more/less hard working, well spoken, athletic, musically inclined, etc. etc. etc. if someone's brain doesn't 'give him the intellect to be in med school', then maybe another career path is the way to go... while you may be very supportive for the french fry guy getting into med school, would you be as confident if that was the same person making decisions for your loved ones?
  7. While there are certainly lots of older physicians, it no where near matches the number of graduates that are put out. This is especially true of the competitive subspecialties - even if one subspecialist retires every year (not even close to the actual #, where it might be one retiree every few years), the corresponding fellowship program likely will graduate 2-3 fellows. Even for GPs, this is a problem - this year, there will be ~80 new residents in family medicine at the U of C alone; will 80 Calgary GPs retire in the next 2-3 years when they're done? Probably not - the problem then gets compounded as EVERY year, the residency program will pump out more physicians. Now, you've got 80 new, young physicians who won't even think of retirement for at least 20-30 years. Mathematically, there is just no way retiring physicians will balance out the number of new trainees.
  8. yes - one of them is in winnipeg, the other is in saskatoon...i'm not quite sure which is where, but this great resource called the internet is sometimes helpful in conquering such daunting endeavours. in fact, i have been told by a little birdie that each university even has this amazing thing called a website...not sure what that's all about, but again, may be helpful
  9. At the start of clerkship, you begin with an electives block of 6 weeks As for the two weeks off between year 1 and 2, i would use it as two weeks off - i think you can apply to the UME to replace one of your summer electives during that time if you have a pressing event in the summer you need to attend (e.g. wedding, etc.) but overall, i would recommend against using that 2 weeks to do clinical work for a couple reasons: 1) u don't know jack ur ~6 mo into ur medical training and no preceptor is going to want an annoying shadow for 2 weeks if ur not going to be able to help. in the long run, not going to make any difference for carms 2) no research project can be finished in two weeks - ur not even going to sniff ethics approval in that short a period of time. You could start something and finish it while in school, which if ur good at the coursework, is relatively easy to manage 3) most people find course 4 difficult; take 2 weeks and go to the bahamas to chill because ur not going to get the chance in clerkship
  10. as far as I remember, the breakdown goes something like this: Year 1: July/August - start course 1 December - finish course 2 and have christmas break (2 weeks) January - ~March-ish - course 3 followed by 1 week break (not enough to do electives or things like that) Year 2: April-June - course 4 June-August - summer elective time (6 wks) August-December - courses 5 and 6, 2 week Christmas break January - course 7 February - integrative course Year 3 March-December - clerkship (starting w/6 wks of electives), two week Christmas break January-April - clerkship Scattered days in between there for stat holidays, etc. but really no extended period of time where you can do regular 'summer stuff'. Hope that helps.
  11. what? i'm confused by this statement - what is getting into med at 20 an easy way out of?
  12. this made me lol although in all seriousness, i gotta agree with the other posts, which have been pretty accurate: great stats, middle-of-the road/below average ECs, questionable genuine altruism...
  13. Unfortunately, I don't think you would meet even the minimum pre-req to apply with a best 2 yr GPA of < 3.2. You could always try calling the admissions office, but IMHO, it would be a very very long shot.
  14. Shouldn't be a problem - pts w/TB should be on airborne isolation so as long as you follow isolation precautions, you won't have a problem. Working at the hospital, let alone volunteering, isn't an indication for TB vaccination.
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