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  1. The vast majority of residency positions are not anywhere near this competitive. I would even argue that the areas where physicians are most needed are the least competitive. As per the CaRMS data, the most competitive specialties have a 1:3 position:applicant's-first-choice ratio, so I'm not even sure what specialty you were applying to that was 3:40 unless you're an IMG. Re: OP. If you see your fourth your being on track for high 3.8_ to 3.9, I would do one additional year of undergrad since you'll be needing your fourth year's gpa to be truly competitive. While I think you have a shot with your current stats, I do think it will be challenging. If you pull your gpa up a touch, you can also apply out-of-province as many schools' doors are open with a 3.8+ gpa for OOP. There is also weighting at many schools which may also play in your favour. MCAT will be an additional hurdle, but take one step at a time. As for the bigger picture, I think you'll find a way to commit to your grades if medicine is what you want, but you're not far off. If you can adjust just a little bit, I think you have a reasonable shot! Good luck :).
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    Wrong Major? What am I meant to be?

    As OwnerOfTheTARDIS mentioned in their post, med school has a much more vast volume of information to cover than undergrad. Some of it is, of course, pattern recognition. You still need to be able to retain large quantities of information in relatively short periods of time. I would argue that residency is actually more intense in that regard because your schedule is so horrible that you have much less time to actually study. I would suggest two approaches. Perhaps you haven't found a good technique for memorizing large amounts of information. It might be worthwhile to check in with your undergrad advisers in the library. There might be techniques/tools that you don't know about that would be useful for you. If the same strategies you have been using keep not working, you might just need a strategy adjustment. Second would be, just take courses in a major that plays to your strengths. It doesn't really matter in what area you do well in undergrad as long as you do well while pursuing personal interests. People in my med school class had varied backgrounds: musicians, physiotherapists, nurses, lawyers, paramedics, accountants, art directors, journalists, professional athletes, etc.
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    Restaurant Recommendations

    Mercato for really tasty family style Italian Deane House for contemporary Canadian (tasting menu or a la carte) Jimmy's A&A for super good donair if you're looking for something huge, quick and delish. Menyatai for ramen Buddha's Veggie Delight for Buddhist Chinese (total hidden Calgary gem) Also agree with 10 Foot Henry I prefer Anejo to Native Tongues (contemporary Mexican), but that's just me Raw Market Collective in Kensington for delish vegan Al Forno for amazing brunch (everyone talks about Vendome, but I think Al Forno is better) Peasant Cheese for super good custom charcuterie boards Village Ice Cream for .... ice cream Made By Marcus for also ice cream because you can never have too much ice cream (their apple pie ice cream, if they still have it..... oh god) Niko's Pizza for amazing, greasy, perfectly golden brown crust, heavy-on-the-cheese pizza Pulcinella for very solid Italian, including home made pasta and very very good wood fire oven pizza. Pho Huong Viet for probably some of the best satay pho I've had (Calgary has really good Vietnamese all-around) Chennai Spice for super good dosa (chili cheese is my fave) I find many people mention Pigeonhole and Model Milk.... I find both pretty overrated. These are my favorite restaurants that I discovered while living in Calgary for med school and I miss them all so much. I've lived in most major cities in Canada and I have to say that Calgary's food scene is very, very excellent.
  4. I know one classmate of mine who has delayed carms twice now because they aren't sure if medicine is right for them. I'm not sure what they will ultimately decide. It does happen.
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    Thank You notes

    I wrote thank you e-mails to people I connected well with after my interviews. I don't think it's necessary, but I do think that reaching out to places where you really think it would be a good fit is worthwhile. I wouldn't be sending out a copy-and-paste thank you template e-mail to every program. I view that as disingenuous and maybe a little tacky. Politely thanking people and showing gratitude on the day is enough in that regard. And I certainly got replies that said more than "you're welcome". Good luck with interviews this year! It's a super fun (and tiring) time. Try to enjoy it!
  6. I would argue that it's really only about how you reflect on the experience. You can learn a lot from success, but often more from failure. Any experience that's meaningful to you has the potential of being a good top 10 entry. Just relate your experience to the canmeds roles in your top 10.
  7. It seems the OP has the opposite issue than most of the responses, but I do think the above is generally awesome advice. OP is asked to round post-call whereas their counterpart from another institition is told to go home. As someone mentioned, sometimes the expectations for home-school trainees are different than elective students from other institutions. Residents/staff may be asking you to round based on these expectations. Similarly, if you're post call and it's not 24+2hrs worked, it's fair to expect that you may need to wrap up work (especially on rotations such as MTU/CTU). I also don't know the context of the overseas trainee. If this is a person who has already graduated medical school and is gaining further experience for the purposes of At the end of the day, the answers you get here will be speculation. Something that I think is reasonable in all rotations is the check in with a resident on the team to see how you're doing and if you could be doing anything differently. I wouldn't necessarily approach your issue off-the-bat, but if there's something they are concerned about with your performance then it should come out in that conversation if they're decent mentors. If nothing comes of that conversation and you're finding yourself working much past the 24+2, I would either bring it up with your rotation supervisor at your medical school or simply inform the most responsible resident on your service of your concern.
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    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.
  9. @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.
  10. 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.
  11. Verification is random. Many people may never have their verifiers contacted; mine weren't. Not to worry :). Best of luck!
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    @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!
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    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 :).
  14. 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.
  15. 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.