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  1. adrenergic24

    Medicine in Australia

    Have a look here at the recently released CaRMS preliminary data for 2019. The numbers for current-year graduates (which, I believe, are mostly represented by Canadians studying abroad (CSAs)) are about 50% match rate back to Canada. For Australian graduates (which includes CSAs and Australian immigrants), the overall match rate is pretty high compared to other cohorts. So overall, coming back to Canada is pretty doable if you focus and do well in school, on exams, on elective rotations in Canada, etc. Having said that, I completely agree with most of those who have posted here already: Look into doing medicine in the US. Going abroad to study leaves your likelihood of returning to Canada up to the flip of a coin. Even in the US where it is anecdotally easier to match, non-US IMGs typically see a 45-55% match rate every year. It gets even more complicated if you happen to love a really competitive specialty, and you may be put in the position where you will have to give that up and choose another in order to return home.
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    CaRMS 2019 Prelim Data

    As far as I can tell, this stat is only for 'current-year graduates'. In the vast majority of cases, this probably means CSAs (Canadians studying abroad). If you look at previous-year graduates (more likely to represent true IMGs), the numbers are significantly lower.
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    Accurate MCCQE1 practice test?

    IIRC its not marked that way...like one correct questions does not equal one point. But I could be wrong. I just took the first of each. I got like 78-80/100 correct on the first one and 24-26/30 on the CDM. Ended up with 27X on the real deal.
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    Accurate MCCQE1 practice test?

    I took one MCQ and one CDM practice test and found them to be similar to the real thing in terms of style and content. As far as how predictive they are, it's hard to say; the results are displayed as how many questions you scored correctly for each tested competency and in total, without giving you an idea of how other people did or how your score would correlate to actual scores.
  5. Hi everyone, I'm very excited and looking forward to residency, but I'm also aware that it is a very difficult transition period and steep learning curve. What advice could you give someone like myself in order to ensure that I will be the best resident that I can be? Looking back, what sort of things do you wish you knew as an intern? Any advice on material prep before residency? Thank you!
  6. While I don't disagree with you, keep in mind how hard it is to select and differentiate candidates for residency, where you at least have scores, final class rank, and letters. Now imagine trying to differentiate between hundreds of such students that have none of those things under their belts. You also can't really use grades because schools around the world have completely different marking systems and schemes, making it a giant headache for everyone. I think a lottery system makes much more sense. I have also heard (anecdotally) that because IMGs do electives on a lottery-basis, PDs are more understanding if it is lacking. Having said that, I also know IMGs who have ALL of their electives done in Canada. I think if you set enough time for this and apply broadly to different Canadian schools, you may have some luck! Regarding your initial question, I know matched IMGs who were also unable to get LORs from Canada and applied with US letters. I'm not certain whether this is something to put in your personal letter, but certainly something you can address during an interview. Don't know how others here feel about that.
  7. I'm not sure about needing several rotations, especially if you can't fit it in or your school doesn't allow it. But you should have at least one rotation in your desired specialty. You have to go to the AFMC Student Portal to apply for rotations in Canada.
  8. From what I know, you don't have to submit Step 1 scores. And this makes sense to me because as a USMG you are applying in the same stream as CMGs, and CMGs don't submit any standardized examinations during CaRMS. As such, it would be very difficult to compare the two.
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    Countdown to Match Day

    Second iteration?
  10. Should I assume the lack of responses is a positive sign that it is exceptionally rare to fail the AVP?
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    CaRMS CV

    The CaRMS CV works both ways actually. You have to both upload your own CV (as a PDF I think), and you fill out information on their website which auto-generates a CV for you.
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    Deferring Graduation Opinion

    Why would it take so long after training? Couldn't OP come back right away?
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    Thank You notes

    Personally, I sent thank-you notes to all the programs I interviewed at. To my number 1 program, I also told them that they were my number one (said more elegantly, of course), but only after the interview season was over so that it is more sincere (i.e. I had the chance to see all the programs and what they offer).
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    Canandian Residency- Honest view

    I'm an IMG who matched to a competitive residency position in Canada, and I feel that while your post gets at some important issues it doesn't quite capture the full picture. I would like to preface this by saying that when going through the process, I had no connections at all. I didn't personally know any staff or faculty in any programs, and I'm the first doctor in my family (so no guidance on that front either). Many of my co-interviewees were also in the same boat, so I feel it's a bit unfair to imply that having connections is required to match. Surely, having connections helps a lot. But I don't think that many people actually have them. At one point, you also said the following: Personally, I have not noticed this to be true. I don't feel like an applicant's ethnicity plays any role in their likelihood of matching, and it shouldn't. Secondly, one common idea I see among my IMG colleagues is that matching is all about the scores and the interview. And this is rather believable because one, scores are an easy 'stratifier' and can be used to objectively compare applicants, and two, because they are super important in the US. However, my experience (and my experience alone) is that while scores are important, they are far from the only thing that matters in your application. Whereas in the US having stellar scores may guarantee you a spot by themselves, Canadian programs seem to emphasize wellroundedness more. Things like electives in Canada, good letters of recommendation, research, teaching, clubs, awards, leadership, volunteering, other academic involvement (participating in journals, professional organizations, etc), and many more, together seem like they're as important as the scores you have. One common trap I see IMGs falling into is putting all of their eggs in one basket (i.e. focusing on scores alone), which could lead to them neglecting the other things I have mentioned. I hope my perspective is both accurate and useful. Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have.
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