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  1. I’m pretty sure Ontario scrapped tuition tax credits for everyone a couple years ago. But you’ll still get federal tax credits no matter where you went for med school.
  2. This depends on if your goal is to be a doctor or to be a doctor in Canada. As someone who just graduated in the US and match back in Canada, I can say that you have a significantly better chance coming back if you go to an MD school. As you might know, this is because you would count as a CMG for Carms purposes rather than an IMG. Before you judge yourself on your GPA, make sure to convert it to the AMCAS scale. Your grade will convert differently depending on which school you went to for undergrad and what their scale was. I don’t remember how to figure that out as it was so long ago, but I remember my AMCAS GPA was about 0.1 higher than that of my OMSAS GPA. I don’t know how to interpret your MCAT since I took it when it was out of 45, but the MCAT is certainly important for MD schools. One thing you can look into for making you more competitive for both US and DO schools is to get clinical shadowing experience. It’s not important at Canadian schools, but the US definitely cares about it. It’s a bit tough to come by here, but if you have connections with physicians or ask the right people, you can likely get some. Hope that helps!
  3. I feel like one could probably match there, but it would probably be a very bad idea if you had no French. I did an elective there, and that would cut out communication with a large chunk of your patients. For IM, they haven’t said it’s mandatory to speak French. Not sure if other specialties have different policies.
  4. Heme-Onc is a combined subspecialty of internal medicine in the US which does not exist here. They do both solid and liquid cancers as part of hematology and oncology. Here, you choose either hematology or oncology (med onc). It’s the same with pulm-crit care- here we have respirology OR crit care. No idea of where you could work with either one tho, sorry! My instinct says yes to either direction though, but I am not sure...
  5. True, but that won’t happen until 2022 “at the earliest“. Might be later. And if it’s taken before then, it won’t retroactively revert your P/F after. Also, in the event that it goes well, it might offer an advantage over the P/F cohort?? Who knows...
  6. I would definitely suggest doing it after 2nd year. I got my MD in the US, but I can’t imagine having to recall everything again from Step 1 in 4th year, plus you’ll have Carms and QE1 to worry about then. It also depends what your goal is. If it’s for residency, your grade definitely matters on Step 1! If it’s for fellowship, many won’t care, but some definitely do (such as GI).
  7. Is it customary to send thank-you emails to the PD and program coordinators after interviews? It’s for IM.
  8. Just came off a bunch of US internal med interviews and they give us dinner every time the night before. Should I come to these Carms IM ‘socials’ having eaten first or no? None have explicitly called them dinners.
  9. I’m a USMD applying to Carms for internal med this year. I did 3 months of electives including a CTU elective in Canada. I have 3 solid letters from Canada that I want to use (2 from the same CTU elective plus one from a subspecialty) and one solid one from my home CTU in the US that I’m wondering about. Someone told me that it looks strange if you have no letters from your home CTU. Can anyone confirm this? Any thoughts? I was planning on just using the Canadian ones since my US letter writer won’t have the name recognition here and may not know the vocabulary to use to get the interest of selection committees here.
  10. I’m a USMD applying to Carms for IM this year. I did 3 months of electives including a CTU elective in Canada. I have 3 solid letters from Canada that I want to use (2 from the same CTU elective plus one from a subspecialty) and one solid one from my home CTU in the US that I’m wondering about. Someone told me that it looks strange if you have no letters from your home CTU. Can anyone confirm this? I was planning on just using the Canadian ones since my US letter writer won’t have the name recognition here and may not know the vocabulary to use to get the interest of selection committees here.
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