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  1. In Quebec it used to be different about marks before P/F (it was introduced very few years ago in the French universities). However, now every program is P/F and your grade should not appear on your CARMS application.
  2. To add on what ArchEnemy said, Cardiac surgeons are often referred to as cardiovascular surgeons as they operate on the heart's vessels and/or thoracic vessels. Some staff you may meet in rotations have been trained to do the three of them (referred as CVT surgery), but they now focus more on one specific discipline (except in rural locations). The admission process with CaRMS has now 3 distinct pathways : you can enter Cardiac surgery, Vascular Surgery or General surgery (then do a fellow in thoracic or vascular surgery). These 3 disciplines used to be fellowships of General Surgery, but Cardiac started a different training as did Vascular a few years ago.
  3. It happens in about 50% of CMGs applying. Diapo 36-37 https://www.carms.ca/pdfs/2019-CaRMS-Forum-data.pdf
  4. The few people I know who worked during M1-M2 (not only during summer) had jobs that helped them with classes (either nurses or pharmacy assistant). Outside of that, really not recommended during medschool. And as Bambi said, keep some time to relax a little during summer!!
  5. J'ai fait à Trois-Rivières il y a quelques années, mais j'ai entendu dire que le format changera cette année.. J'espère que quelqu'un pourra davantage t'aider.
  6. C'est pratiquement 20-20 : un cours de 4 crédits sur les 2 sessions, sinon 18,5 crédits à l'automne et le reste à l'hiver.
  7. Je ne peux pas parler du programme de Laval, mais l'année préparatoire à UdeM donne des connaissances de base sur un peu tout les systèmes. Quand vous arrivez en APP, il est possible de faire des liens avec des cours que vous aurez eu à l'année préparatoire, bien que la matière soit très différente. Ça permet de rattacher les nouveaux concepts à des connaissances acquises en prémed.
  8. 36th diapo shows mobility of medical students applying to CARMS. Around 25% of graduates change province for residency. https://www.carms.ca/pdfs/2019-CaRMS-Forum-data.pdf
  9. Ça dépend du Cégep effectivement, mais regarde attentivement ton nombre de cours à la session 3 si tu souhaites appliquer à McGill (tu dois avoir un certain nombre de crédits à chacune des session)...
  10. CARMS result is part of work and part of luck. You have research experience, it is a good start! You can try CARMS then start a PhD if you go unmatched and don't see yourself practicing any other discipline.. Many people change their mind during 3rd and 4th year so I would not delay graduation to complete a PhD as even a PhD in the field you are interested in don't guarantee you a spot with CARMS...
  11. Totally agree! Most of my colleagues changed their mind during medical school, but I know a few who kept their initial idea. Shadow as much as you can during preclinical years and if you stick to surgery, then starts research.
  12. Good luck on your application ! Plastic Surgery had a 1:0,48 ratio (applicant:position) this year. It is very competitive so you have to start preparing for it as early as possible. About residency application, you should start first year to show your interest in the discipline. Try to shadow at your home school as early as you can to confirm your interest (sometimes you might change your mind) and seek for research opportunities ! This could allow you to present at local/national/international conference and maybe publish some of your work which is a strong asset for residency application (even if you change your mind on the discipline). For electives, it is always a good idea to visit as many programs as possible! I can't give you any tips more specific to plastic surgery, but these can be used for most of surgery disciplines..
  13. Interesting! Was it a year where people were more backing up or candidates had more diversified interests ... Let's wait for CARMs complete statistics to be launched later in April/May
  14. Pour l'externat, l'UdeM donne priorité aux parents pour avoir l'externat centralisé (CHUM/HMR/HSC). Cependant, pour les stages à option (20 semaines sur 2 ans) ils ne peuvent rien garantir. Si tu veux un stage très en demande il est possible que tu ne puisses pas avoir ce stage dans le centre où tu es centralisée aux dates de ton stage à option, mais il y a un grand éventail de choix de stages à option. Je ne sais pas si tu tiens à rester à Montréal, mais UdeM a aussi un campus à Trois-Rivières. Les stages sont offerts à Trois-Rivières ou à Shawinigan (40 minutes de route, et pas de traffic). Les 4 semaines de gériatrie sont obligatoirement à Shawinigan, mais sinon tu peux tout faire à Trois-Rivières. C'est un plus petit milieu et comme il n'y a pas (ou très peu) de résidents, les externes travaillent directement avec les patrons donc l'exposition clinique y est excellente.
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