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  1. Borborygmi

    Tips for First Year Med Student

    First, CONGRATULATIONS on your offer. UofC has an amazing family of students and staff and I'll miss so many of the people I've grown to love in my graduating class. My biggest piece of advice for most of first year is to just get used to the new language you'll be learning, get to know your classmates, discover what works best for you for study and organization, and develop a solid wellness routine that can hopefully be carried through to the end of clerkship. Once you feel you have these things on lock, then consider taking on ECs, research, and what-have-you to help make you competitive for the CaRMS match if you are choosing to focus on a competitive specialty. There are also a lot of great student run groups that are specialty specific that you could become involved with. I do think it's a reasonably good idea to shadow docs in specialties that you think you might want to pursue in first year. Just know that your knowledge in the first year obviously isn't the best. The main idea would be to see if you enjoy the bread-and-butter and day-to-day work that the doc you're shadowing deals with. I think if you start building your CV towards the end of first year (which is around February, I think?), then you'll be fine. Also keep in mind that oftentimes you will do well during the CaRMS match if your personality matches whatever group you're applying to and you're teachable. There are examples where this hasn't worked out, clearly, but I wouldn't underestimate these attributes. If you have any specific questions, fire away.
  2. @sp4168 It really doesn't matter. Like I said, it's completely random. You may or may not have verifiers checked and whether you have or have not interviewed or applied in the past would have no bearing on verifier checks or chances. I'm sure Dr. Walker would have stated these things in his pre-/post-amble. He's a fantastic guy and works very hard to make the process as level a playing field for everyone as it can be.
  3. I did UTM Life Sciences and took many courses at St. George and would never go back. I've done bachelors level courses at 4 undergrad institutions and my grades at all other institutions were on average 8-12% higher with the same or less effort when compared to UofT. I consider UofT a huge mistake in hindsight. That said, I was still able to achieve my goals. So, take it as you will.
  4. Verification is random. Many people may never have their verifiers contacted; mine weren't. Not to worry :). Best of luck!
  5. Borborygmi

    Medicine vs. Dentistry

    @aquanaut Are there areas of medicine you have some interest in at this point? There are many areas in medicine that have good lifestyle options, so to speak. Psychiatry, family medicine, PM&R, community pediatrics, and others. If you can see yourself being drawn to these areas, I would certainly give medicine a go. However, residency in most any area will require a lot of work hours and commitment. Monetarily, both medicine and dentistry allow you to earn a very, very good living. The caveats in medicine are that some specialties have fairly poor job markets in Canada right now and the CaRMS match to many specialties is becoming increasingly difficult. Dentistry allows a great deal of flexibility in terms of where and how you operate your practice. Some urban centres are becoming difficult to have a full patient roster right now. There is also the added stress of operating your own practice with staff to support. To do well, you should be marketing/promotion savvy or have the willingness to invest in people who can help you in that area. Dentistry is also a lot less broad than medicine and that's something to keep in mind if it's important to you. The benefit is that the hours are yours to set, you can shape your own practice, and the location you practice is often very flexible. I am very happy I chose the path I did and had a previous career in a very unrelated area. I would do it again. That said, I have friends and colleagues in both medicine and dentistry who are unhappy. Best of luck to you! You're in an enviable position with many great opportunities in front of you. Congrats!
  6. Borborygmi

    Music For Studying?

    Lighter - Nils Frahm - Solo Hans Zimmer - Inception Fizzarum - How Nature Works A Winged Victory for the Sullen - Self titled Keith Kenniff - Branches Deaf Center - Owl Splinters Balmorhea - HEIR Tim Hecker - Harmony in Ultraviolet Loscil - Endless Falls Julianna Barwick - Pacing Library Tapes - Sun Peeking Through Dreyma - Askja Aes Dana - Pollen Heavier - Plini - Sweet Nothings Plini - Other Things Chimp Spanner - Imperium Vorago Animals As Leaders - Weightless Chon - Newborn Sun Scale the Summit - The Collective Intervals - In Time Pomegranate Tiger - Entities Vessels - Helioscope Widek - Multiverse All of the above are without vocals. If you don't find vocals distracting while studying (I typically do), a couple of great albums I've listened to heavily over the past couple of years: Agnes Obel - Citizen of Glass Moulettes - Preternatural Hopefully you enjoy something in there :).
  7. 270k at the end of med school. Had to maintain two houses and fly from one side of the country to the other every 3-4 weeks to maintain a long distance marriage. No help from provincial loans as I've never qualified for them.
  8. It's really nasty and likely only to get worse in years to come... some really great people in my class did not match. I feel for them. I also realized through the CaRMS tour that another factor is personality. Once you get an interview somewhere, a really large part of the match is how you connect with your interviewers. It doesn't much matter who you are on paper whether it's # of publications, PhD, etc. if there isn't good chemistry. Inevitably, the process seems to favour extroverts. I feel very fortunate to have matched and feel horrible for people that weren't as lucky. From my understanding, last year 95% matched in 1st iteration. This year, 91.5% matched in first iteration. 8% of my class was unsuccessful in the first round. Only slightly above the national average.
  9. I would take a strong reference letter and a good working environment any day over a single publication. Particularly given that you have the goal of medicine and not academia. You are essentially working for free and contributing positively to the productivity of the lab. It's a mutual relationship and to hold your personal goals against you is pretty gross and unreasonable. I would resign as quickly as is reasonably possible and seek greener pastures.
  10. Borborygmi

    apply to med in your thirties?

    In at 35 after going back for additional undergrad for a few years before being accepted. I've often reflected on whether I would do the whole thing again. It was a very, very difficult period of time. It was also a realistic possibility that I would never gain acceptance--getting into med school in Canada is quite difficult. I'm not sure I would undertake the process again, but I'm very happy to be in medicine. I love it just about every day. It does require a lot of sacrifice and the expectations are pretty unrealistic. Especially if you have a family already. I would just say, know what you're getting yourself into before taking the leap.
  11. I am a UofC student in my last year and had a previous career in a completely unrelated field. UofC tends to "like" applicants with a diverse background and this is quite apparent if you look at the demographics in our class. You don't need to have any specific pre-reqs for UofC, but I would take a look at the applicant manual to get a sense of the "full-time status" that is required at UofC. I know many college athletes carry less than full course loads while competing at a high level and understandably so. Your gpa is fine for UofC and if you do well on CARS, I think it will really come down to how you present your personal experiences as they relate to the CanMEDS roles. You have a good shot. Also, research experience is not necessary to get into medicine. Following your personal interests and relating them to how they will make you a good doctor is far more important. Best of luck! Happy to answer any questions you might have about the program.
  12. Borborygmi

    2018 CaRMS Interview -- DISCUSSION

    Hmmm. I'm not sure how fruitful it would be. I suppose, if you've already been cut out from an interview, it's not going to hinder things and it shows sincere interest. I do know of a person that approached the program director following a rejection and later received an interview only days before the interview date. I think they even landed in the program.
  13. Borborygmi

    2018 CaRMS Interview -- INVITATIONS

    Anatomical Pathology: Pathology: Memorial, Ottawa, Queens, McGill, Calgary (Gen & AP), Manitoba, Dalhousie, Western, Toronto, Alberta (Gen Path & AP), UBC, McMaster (Gen & AP)Anesthesiology: NOSM, Ottawa, USask, Calgary, Western, Queen's, UBC, McMaster, Dalhousie, MUN, Manitoba, Toronto, Alberta, UdeMontréal, McGillCardiac Surgery: McGillDermatology: Alberta, Calgary, Toronto, McMaster, Ottawa, McGillDiagnostic Radiology: McGill, Queen's, Calgary, MUN, Dalhousie, UBC, Manitoba, Western, Alberta, Toronto, McMaster, Saskatchewan, Montreal, McGill, OttawaEmergency Medicine: Queen's, Sask, Laval, Manitoba, Toronto, UBC, Dalhousie, Western, McMaster, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, McGill, OttawaFamily Medicine: Laval, Sherbrooke, Montreal, Toronto, McGill (Montreal urban, Gatineau), Western, Queen's, Alberta (Urban and Rural), NOSM, MUN, UBC, McMaster, Saskatchewan (Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Regina), Calgary (rural), Dalhousie, Ottawa, ManitobaGeneral Surgery: Manitoba, McGill, McMaster (Niagara), Dalhousie, Sherbrooke, Ottawa, UBC, Toronto, Alberta, McMaster (Hamilton), MUN, Western, Queen's, Montreal, NOSMInternal Medicine: Sherbrooke, LavalLaboratory Medicine:Medical Biochemistry:Medical Genetics: Montreal, McGill, Toronto, Ottawa, UBC, CalgaryNeurology: Manitoba, UBC, Calgary, Memorial, Alberta, Dalhousie, McGill, Western, McMaster, Ottawa, Toronto, Saskatchewan, Laval, Queen'sNeurology-Pediatric: Calgary, UBC, Alberta, McMaster, McGill, Ottawa, TorontoNeuropathology:Neurosurgery: UBC, Manitoba, Ottawa, Western, Alberta, Calgary, Dalhousie, Toronto, McmasterNuclear Medicine: Sherbrooke, Dalhousie, Montreal, McGillObstetrics and Gynecology: Memorial, Manitoba, Calgary, Ottawa, McMaster, UBC, Dalhousie, Toronto, Saskatchewan (Regina and Saskatoon), Queens, Montreal, Alberta, WesternOphthalmology: McGill, Manitoba, Dalhousie, UdeLaval, Western, Alberta, Saskatchewan, UBC, McMaster, Queen's, Toronto, Sherbrooke, OttawaOrthopedic Surgery: Alberta, Dalhousie, Calgary, UBC, Memorial, McGill, Saskatchewan, McMaster, Ottawa, Toronto, NOSM, Queen'sOtolaryngology: Calgary, McMaster, Alberta, Manitoba, Ottawa, Western, Toronto, Dalhousie, McGill, UBCPediatrics: UBC, Alberta, Dalhousie, McMaster, Western, Ottawa, Manitoba, Memorial, Toronto, McGill, Sherbrooke, NOSM, Saskatchewan, Calgary, QueensPHPM: UBC, AlbertaPlastic Surgery: McMaster, Manitoba, McGill, Laval, Alberta, Montréal, Western, UBC, Toronto, Dalhousie PM&R: Western, USask, Alberta, UBC, Manitoba, Dal, Toronto, McMaster, Calgary, Queen's, Ottawa, LavalPsychiatry: McMaster, McMaster (Waterloo), Memorial, Sherbrooke, Western, McGill, Calgary, Manitoba, UBC, Dalhousie, Ottawa, Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Regina), Queens, Montreal, Alberta, Laval Radiation Oncology: Calgary, McMaster, UBC, Western, Toronto, Dalhousie, Manitoba, McGill Urology: Ottawa, McMaster, Alberta, UBC, Western, Winnipeg, McGillVascular Surgery: Western, McMaster, Calgary, UBC, McGill, Ottawa
  14. Borborygmi

    2018 CaRMS Interview -- DISCUSSION

    Noper! Last year, the invite came out on December 19 from Queen's. Not that that means anything. I'm sure things will be released in the near future. We are lucky with neurology coming out so fast this year. I'm thankful. Going through all of those applications would be a lot of work. Particularly with this year seeming to have at least as many applicants as last year based on the information I've heard....
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    I concur. I would say there is very little chance in Canada without a second degree, unfortunately. If you can get two solid years under your belt, you will fare better. I think you need to sort out study habits and grades in general before jumping in though. Even your best year needs to be significantly higher to have a realistic shot. Sorry not to have better news. If you can see yourself working in research, you could pursue the Masters degree. This route wouldn't improve your chances for medicine though. A single year at AU also won't be enough to pull you up into a competitive gpa range. You will have a few more years of work in the best case scenario. Wish I had better news. Best of luck in whatever direction you choose to pursue!