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  1. My tips: make yourself marketable. Unless you go full on academic with publications, research interests, etc, try to find and love procedures, breast, and chest. MSK/Neuro are great too, but tend to be a bit saturated or readily supplied. Breast/body is a great combo skillset, but I don't know if there is still as much of a need. The ability to do anything and everything is ALWAYS an asset, but comes with the trade-off of having to either be amazing at everything or risk spreading yourself thin. Junior residents have plenty of time to overcome "I hate MSK" or "I hate breast" or whate
  2. LASIK MD Missisauga was very forthcoming with my individual risk for dry eyes, halos, etc. They in fact did no selling whatsoever, so I truly felt the decision was mine. My quoted risk of needing future correction was 15-20%. I again still have no regrets. My wife had it done as well and she had more dryness than I did, but she still has no regrets. It is manageable.
  3. Had LASIK with CFMS discount summer 2012. Best money spent ever. Would do it again in a heartbeat. Got it done at LASIK MD Mississauga. Now, I'm a diagnostic radiology resident. Knew even back then that's what I wanted, so no regrets and no issues.
  4. Valid point. It is an unwritten fine balance which varies year-to-year but the general theme of showing interest is important.
  5. Did 1 before clerkship (2 weeks, didn't count for much). Did 1 at home school, 2x2 weeks each at two other ON schools. Also did rads research elective. None outside ON. Got 1 interview outside ON. Didnt matter much - wanted a single school the most. Matched there.
  6. I stuck to my guns and did what made me most confident and happy. I did broad electives (not just radiology) and I applied to both rads and a few FM programs. My take was to be myself, do what I felt was right, and match to where I felt I should based on my ranking (which is weighted towards the CARMS applicant). Doing my part was enough for me and I did not stop and stress about the competitiveness or suggested routes. That said, I had no rads interviews anywhere west of ON (edit: did not do any outside of ON electives). I was fine with that as I felt my chances were good enough and I di
  7. Agree with above. Personally, I too LOVE what I do as a resident. Staff say they are busiest and most stressed the first 1-2 years of practice. We have a call centre model at my institution and we cover all affiliated local hospitals (academic) as well as 3 urgent care centres and 2-3 community hospitals. Volumes are consistently 50-80+ studies per night/call shift. Volumes have gone up recently with many many more trauma pan-CTs and CTAs for strokes. Call freq is 1 in 5 to 6. Nothing like a nice big, hot fire under the butt to accelerate learning/maturing.
  8. http://car.ca/en/education/resident-section/cdn-fellowship-info.aspx Enjoy!
  9. Strongest, most detailed letters are generally the best. Clinical letters supersede research.
  10. Take it from personal experience, don't let the undergrad transcript requirement prevent you from applying or stress you out. I had a weak few years of undergrad I was worried about but it was a non-issue. Improve from your mistakes, play to your strengths, and make sure to meet or exceed all other more important requirements.
  11. I rated MMIs before doing my 3rd one for Med. I thought I performed well on the MMI (I must have to get in). There's definitely some fact here.
  12. A staff is always where the buck stops. Whether you have good exposure to the stag is dependent upon your efforts, the rotation location, the discipline, and other similar things. For learning, I generally prefer 60-70% of my time with residents and the rest with staff. Reference letters for CaRMS can only come from staff.
  13. Mac has it's pros and cons. Overall, if you are someone who can advocate for yourself, seek your own opportunities, pave new roads, and function with generally lesser amount of external directive information, you will find a way to succeed. If you are someone that needs a well-paved road, plenty of externally created opportunities and a template or sense of direction at all times, Mac is harder to get used to. All that said, though I complain and whine now and then, I LOVE Mac. If you need more specific questions answered, feel free to PM me.
  14. Hope to meet you in person some day Lactic Folly! As with rmorelan (well, him I did once, but I was too focused on my Western interview to talk properly).
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