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  1. Tough decision man! First off don't be too hard on yourself, being a non trad is a strength to your applications, interviews, and future career as a doctor. Maybe you already answered this but when does the Australian school start? And how much is the fine for backing out? If this is for next year intake I absolutely would apply to as many Canadian schools as I could. The application fees and a cancellation fee are so small compared to the convenience of matching to a Canadian school. If this is for immediate intake then I would accept the Australian offer especially because you seem realistic about possibly staying in Australia or the US - This is where you imagine your grandma saying "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush". Overall sit back and ask yourself what you are most passionate about. If medicine is more important to you than living in Canada (it's not impossible to come back just not guranteed) then you have your answer. And remember your happiness is probably most important and being in medicine definitely does not guarantee happiness. Just my two cents and good luck!
  2. That's a tough decision. I wasnt sure which Monday so sorry if this is late. I personally would pick option 2 but it really depends on where you are at right now. Option 1 - Depending on what you think, it might be nice to start working right away and pick up where you left off. You also get to stay with your class. However, I'm not sure what to think about the time off between graduating and residency - You would start working on your Carms App around August and would submit in November and then would have tons of free time before Carms. This might be beneficial if you could take extra electives during this gap but I'm not sure if your medical school allows that, so it would be important to find out. If you arent able to do electives in this time I think this would be a very unproductive time period. Option 2 - This is actually the only option I saw people in my class do (They also matched to competitive specialties). This is a nice option because you get some time off if you need it, you will have a break at a very important time to start strategizing career options, and if you're up to it could do some research/make connections in your specialty of interest. Option 3 - If you are feeling ready to go back, is there any option they can let you catch up this summer before clerkship starts or was there too much time taken off? As for your other question, the first round is open to those who have not ever matched in Carms so yes you would be eligible for the first round even though you already graduated.
  3. Probably most popular is Toronto notes. For practice questions Qbank and Uworld are also popular. LMCC also offers practice exams but they are very pricey and don't come with explanations. However, they give you a great feel for the test style. I ended up just using Toronto Notes and did one LMCC practice exam.
  4. Medical school admissions will always be imperfect. People that would have made fantastic physicians will continue to get rejected and people that should never be physicians will continue to get accepted. However, the opposite is true as well, and hopefully, the majority (from my experience), are great candidates. I completely agree though how frusterating it is to watch great people get rejected. What I do find hopeful however, is that medical schools continue to refine their admissions process. They continually try to improve it and seem to keep shifting their focus towards trying to find good candidates rather than just good grades (which seemed to be a lot more important in the past). Ideally the medical school admissions teams would know each candidate personally, but that's not possible and I think that it would just breed corruption. I also agree that it would be great to be able to see how candidates performed in medical school/as residents but that would be a huge investment and waste of time for people who weren't selected at the end. Despite our imperfect system the main thing I appreciate about Canadian medical schools is that admission is the main rate limiting step to becoming a doctor. That is, its actually far more difficult to get accepted into medical school because the bar is so high than to make it through medical school and get a residency (I mean in terms of probabilities not hard work). Imagine instead a different system where almost everyone gets accepted but then lets say only 50% graduate or get a residency. Our Canadian system, with its tough admission, seems more cruel at first glance but in reality our system lets you live your life and choose other options (including reapplying) when you are rejected rather than letting everyone in and wasting an incredible amount of time and money for candidates that eventually are not selected. There are other countries where being accepted into medical school is not the rate limiting step and from my opinion that is a much more cruel and stressful system and it requires a much bigger investment. In the end, I wish medical school admissions could somehow know the amazing people they reject every year. It sucks and its imperfect but they are trying to improve and it's their loss not the persons when they reject those people.
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