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  1. To be so lucky to have had 35 spots to rank! Less than 100 minutes, folks! -JJ
  2. I can't find any recent info on this (I recall a thread but may not have been from this cycle): Did they send out a notification to unmatched people early this year, or has that stopped? -JJ
  3. Don't worry; you have another 11 months for other folks to put strange CARMS conspiracy theories in your head, before then circling back to this thread, and composing a rational list next year!
  4. Haha. Sounds like a good way to have built-in support, anyway. By contrast, we* are alone at an isolated rural longitudinal clerkship posting. Going to be a very small celebration /commiseration. There's some sort of Match day party/event at the home-based, for those not as far away! -JJ *My wife is the med student. I'm just the one who actually posts here because she's too gosh dang busy.
  5. This morning I looked at my chicken-scratch notation of "Match Day" on the kitchen calendar, and it looked a lot more like "Meth day". Let's hope it doesn't come to that. - JJ PS More substantively, let's hope for a higher match rate in the first iteration than last year!
  6. No; definitely not. Your ranking has no affect on how that program "that you feel you did better in" ranks you. Indeed, they will never know how you ranked them. If you did poorly in the interview for your #1 choice, and well for your #2, it is of course entirely likely that this will affect how they rank you; however, it should in no way affect how you rank them. So you put your #1 as #1, and your #2 as #2. If you're right about how you did, you won't match to your #1, and you will match to your #2. Your chances of success in matching to #2 are not impacted by putting your #1 ahead of it, except in the one happy case in which you match to your #1. -JJ
  7. Hi ihsh; Having had to make arrangements for two different rotations at SHC, I just have a few points re:logistics: 1) Airbnb could be your friend in the area. I secured long stays in preetty nice places quite near the hospital (as in, 2-5 minute walking distance). There are a lot of new condos in the area, some of which have probably been bought by investors on spec; this is to your advantage in the short-term rental market. 2) Although the area around SHC is definitely soul-less suburbia, it does have all the amenities you really need right nearby. Really nice new grocery stores, a few restaurants, even a new movie theatre. You probably won't have too much time to 'enjoy stuff' during your elective anyway, I just want to point out that all your real essentials are available in that immediate area, even without a car. 3) If you can't or don't want to stay near the hospital, and aren't sure about a car rental/parking, be advised that there's an express (limited stops) bus that runs down to SHC from downtown. Staying somewhere along the route of this bus (the 302) will make for an easier transit experience than taking the train and then connecting to a bus. (Although the C-Train does go to the Deep South, it doesn't go quite deep enough, thus requiring the bus connection.) http://www.calgarytransit.com/schedules-maps?route=302&direction=0 All the best! -JJ
  8. Yikes; that sounds tough. Didn't run into that in my Ottawa elective experience (though I did have some other challenges), nor was it mentioned at the CARMS interview day, that I recall - I guess I thought that was why they had a separate francophone application stream. Something else to be nervous about over the next few weeks, I guess! -JJ
  9. It is nice to see that you still feel this way as a PGY5, instead of having gravitated to "500k or bust!". I also take it that it's helpful that psych tends to have much lower overhead than most fields, although I guess if you're running your own outpatient practice, that would go up a bit? All that said, given the five year program, it would be nice if there was at least a little bit of clear daylight between average psych billing and average FM billing. This seems to be the case out West, but perhaps not in Ontario, from the limited, asterisked, years-old data I've seen.* Wish it were easier to get crystal clear info, but with all the variables involved, it seems that will never be the case when evaluating medical compensation! -JJ *All I've seen was a chart from like 5 years ago that showed Psych to be within about 1% of FM gross billing, as I recall.
  10. Thank you all for your posts. Full disclosure: the person who told me that the Southern Job market was saturated was practicing way up north, so perhaps that limited their perception. A certain amount of flexibility would not be a problem at all. More a fear of moving the family to Ottawa or Kingston for five years, seeing the kid get settled in school and the spouse settled in work, and then "Whoops; we have to move 5 hours away for me to work!" I understand that things like this can't be guaranteed 5 years in advance, either; just trying to gather the best intelligence to make the most intelligent rank list. Thanks again! -JJ
  11. Hello all, I don't know about you all, but I find it difficult to find reliable info about what the actual job market post-residency is like in any given area. Seems like the best way to get this info is to be well-connected to people already practicing in the field, which is difficult when ranking programs across the country. I am trying to get a sense of whether there is a need for, or rather a glut of, psychiatrists in Eastern Ontario, before deciding how to rank Queen's and Ottawa. I have heard that there isn't much need in Southern Ontario, which causes some anxiety for future earnings, but I don't know: 1) whether that includes Ottawa, or is just the GTA really? 2) whether, if it includes Ottawa, it also includes Kingston? 3) whether, if it also includes Kingston, it also includes smaller Eastern Ontario cities, such as Brockville, Belleville, Cornwall, Smith's Falls, etc? Basically, for family reasons, if I move to Eastern Ontario I will want to stay there to work after residency. So any insight on whether the prospects of psychiatry work in that area are good would be quite helpful. Thanks in advance! -JJ
  12. Late to this thread, and don't know if you got that U of A interview, but the Red Arrow bus is definitely your best solution to get between Calgary and Edmonton. Single seating on one side, snacks, and downtown-to-downtown stops. Car rental would be an enormous hassle and flying will most definitely not save you any time! -JJ
  13. * = CaRMS Status update Anatomical Pathology: Laval (Dec 4), UofT (Dec 5), UBC (Dec 9), Memorial (Dec 10), Queens (Dec 13 IMG), Dalhousie (Dec 11), McMaster (Dec 16 IMG) Anesthesiology: Manitoba (Dec 6), NOSM (Dec 9), UBC (Dec 11), Ottawa (Dec 12), Dalhousie (Dec 13), Queen's (Dec 14), Calgary (Dec 16*), USask (Dec 17), Alberta (Dec 17*), Western (Dec 17*), Memorial (Dec 18), McMaster (Dec 18), Montreal (Dec 19), McGill (Dec 19), UofT (Dec 21) Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Alberta (Dec 4), Ottawa (Dec 16), Calgary (Dec 19*), McGill (Dec 20), UBC (Dec 23*) Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatoon (Nov 28), UBC (Nov 29), MUN (Dec 4), Calgary (Dec 6), McMaster (Dec 18 IMG), UofT (Dec 19 IMG) Emergency Medicine: Queen's (Dec 9), Calgary (Dec 16*), McMaster (Dec 16 - phone call), Manitoba (Dec 16) Toronto (Dec 18), Edmonton (Dec 19), Ottawa (Dec 20), Dalhousie (Dec 20) Family Medicine: Sherbrooke (21 Nov), Laval (21 Nov), Montreal (21 Nov), Ontario IMG (30 Nov), UBC (10 Dec IMG/CMG), McGill (Dec 10), Alberta: Edmonton (Dec 12), Red Deer (Dec 15), Grande Prairie (Dec 15), Saskatchewan: North Battleford (Dec 11 IMG), La Ronge (Dec 17 CMG) Western (Dec 13), Ottawa (Dec 16), Queens (Dec 16), McMaster (Dec 16*), Memorial (Dec 16*), La Ronge (Dec 17 IMG), Regina (Dec 17 IMG), Prince Albert (Dec 17 CMG/IMG), Saskatoon (Dec 17 IMG), Moose Jaw & Swift Current (Dec 17 CMG/IMG), NOSM (Dec 17), Toronto (Dec 17), McGill - Châteauguay, Val-d'Or, Gatineau (Dec 17 IMG*), McGill - Montreal (Dec 18 IMG*), Manitoba (CMG-Dec 18*), Calgary - Medicine Hat (Dec 18*), Calgary (Dec 18 CMG/IMG), Montreal (Dec 19 IMG), Manitoba-Northern remote stream (Dec 19* IMG), Sherbrooke (Dec 19* IMG), Dal - all streams (Dec 23) General Pathology: McMaster (Dec 6 IMG), Saskatchewan (Dec 16 IMG) General Surgery: McGill (Dec 10), Manitoba (Dec 13), Toronto (Dec 14), Toronto (Dec 15* IMG), MUN (Dec 16), Dalhousie (Dec 16*), Edmonton (Dec 16), Vancouver (Dec 16*), Niagara (Dec 17), Calgary (Dec 17 - CMG), Western (Dec 18), Saskatchewan (Dec 19), Queen's (Dec 20), McMaster Hamilton (Dec 23) Hematological Pathology: UofT (Dec 13* IMG) Internal Medicine: Sherbrooke (Nov 26), Manitoba (Dec 19*) Medical Genetics and Genomics: UofT (Dec 6) Medical Microbiology: UofT (Dec 23* IMG) Neurology: Manitoba (28 Nov), Ottawa (Dec 9, IMG/CMG), Dalhousie (Dec 9), UBC (Dec 9), Calgary (Dec 11), McGill (Dec 11), McMaster (Dec 13th CMG), Western (Dec 16th CMG), U of T (Dec 16, IMG), Western (Dec 16, IMG), U of T (Dec 17th CMG), Alberta (Dec 18*), Memorial (Dec 20, email only), Queen's (Dec 20, email only) Neurology - Paediatric: McGill (Dec 16) Neuropathology: Neurosurgery: Ottawa (Dec 3), McMaster (Dec 12*), Dalhousie (Dec 13), UBC (Dec 16), UofT (Dec 17) Nuclear Medicine: Western (Dec 9), McGill (Dec 17) Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Montreal (Dec 10), Alberta (Dec 12), UBC (Dec 12), Montfort (Dec 16*), Saskatoon (Dec 16), Regina (Dec 16), Calgary (Dec 16), Queen’s (Dec 17), uOttawa (Dec 17), Winnipeg (Dec 17), U of T (Dec 17), Dal (Dec 18), NOSM (spots NOT OFFERED, no ministry funding), Western (Dec 18), Dalhousie (Dec 18), McGill (Dec 19), McMaster (Dec 23) Ophthalmology: Manitoba (Dec 11), McGill (Dec 12*), UBC (Dec 13*), Western (Dec 16), Edmonton (Dec 16), USask (Dec 17), Dalhousie (Dec 17), Ottawa (Dec 18*), McMaster (Dec 20), Calgary (Dec 20*), Queen's (Dec 21) Orthopaedic Surgery: Calgary (Dec 11), Dalhousie (Dec 12), McGill (Dec 12), Alberta (Dec 13), UBC (Dec 16), Sask (Dec 16), MUN (Dec 16), McMaster (Dec 17*), UofT (Dec 17*), Ottawa (Dec 18), NOSM (Dec 20) Otolaryngology: Alberta (Dec 9), Ottawa (Dec 10), McGill (Dec 11), Manitoba (Dec 11), McMaster (Dec 16), Dalhousie (Dec 16), Toronto (Dec 17), Western (Dec 17), Calgary (Dec 18), UBC (Dec 19) Pediatrics: McMaster (Dec 13 IMG), Manitoba (Dec 13 IMG), Western (Dec 13 IMG) Western (Dec 16* IMG, Dec 17* CMG), Dalhousie (Dec 17), Memorial (Dec 17), McGill (Dec 17), Toronto (Dec 17 CMG), McMaster (Dec 17), Manitoba (Dec 17), Saskatchewan (Dec 17 IMG/CMG), Calgary (Dec 17), Alberta (Dec 17), Western (Dec 17), UBC (Dec 17 IMG/CMG), UBC-Island (Dec 17), uOttawa (Dec 17 IMG/CMG), Montreal (Dec 17*), Sherbrooke (Dec 17), Toronto (Dec.18* IMG), Queens (Dec 19 CMG) Plastic Surgery: McGill (Dec 14), Laval (Dec 16), Dalhousie (Dec 16), Ottawa (Dec 17), U of T (Dec 17), McMaster (Dec 17), UBC (Dec 18), Western (Dec 18), Manitoba (Dec 18), Alberta (Dec 19), Calgary (Dec 19) PM&R: Sask (Dec 6), Alberta (Dec 6), Manitoba (Dec 6), Montreal (7 Dec), Ottawa (9 Dec), Laval (10 Dec), Calgary (Dec 10), Dalhousie (Dec 11), Toronto (Dec 11), Queens (Dec 12), Western (Dec 12) Psychiatry: Memorial (Nov 22), McMaster-Hamilton (Dec 3), McGill (Dec 3), Manitoba (Dec 3), Western-London/Windsor (Dec 4) McMaster-Waterloo (Dec 6), Sherbrooke (Dec 10), Saskatchewan-Saskatoon, Regina (Dec 11), Calgary (Dec 11), UBC - Greater Van, Van, Vic, Prince George (Dec 11), Queens (Dec 11*), Toronto (Dec 11), Ottawa (Dec 13), NOSM - Thunder Bay (Dec 13), Dalhousie (Dec 16), Ottawa - Monfort (Dec 16*), Queens (Dec 16), Montreal (Dec 19), Alberta (Dec 23*) Public Health and Preventative Medicine: Sherbrooke (Dec 6), UBC (Dec 6), McGill (Dec 17), Montreal (Dec 18), Laval (Dec 19) Public Health and Preventative Medicine with Family: UBC (Dec 9), McMaster (Dec 12),Toronto (Dec 11) Radiation Oncology: Alberta (Dec 2), Calgary (Dec 5), McMaster (Dec 6), UBC (Dec 10), Queen's (Dec 11), McGill (Dec 11), Dalhousie (Dec 12), Ottawa (Dec 17), Manitoba (Dec 17*), UofT (Dec 19) Urology: Western (Dec 2), Dalhousie (Dec 4), Manitoba (Dec 5), McMaster (Dec 5), UBC (Dec 5), Toronto (Dec 6), Ottawa (Dec 10), Alberta (Dec 10), McGill (Dec 11), Queens (Dec 16), Laval (Dec 18) Vascular Surgery: Western, Mac, Manitoba, UBC (Dec 12 - CMG), McGill (Dec 17 - CMG), Calgary (Dec 17 - CMG), Ottawa (Dec 23 CMG)
  14. Hiya, So in this case, it was essentially just a typo. The rejection e-mail was meant to be for a different stream (for which the rejection was accurate), but the admin accidentally wrote the name of the other stream (for which an invite then arrived separately). So human error, basically, and fairly quickly corrected! Hopefully the same occurs for you. According to CARMS (grain of salt due to their own bias), the info on the CARMS portal should be trusted as accurate. Fingers crossed for you! -JJ
  15. Lol - glad it's not just us. Still waiting to hear back - just hoping that at least the date is set in stone! -JJ
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