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Everything posted by tigars53

  1. For having interviewed a few Quebec applicants for my program this year, I can say that we just don't look at their transcript. We look at the references and the clerkship evaluations mostly. Of course if you fail classes or barely passed all your courses (C- and Ds everywhere), this is a red flag... Of course, when you apply to Quebec schools for residency, they look at the grades and use them to invite applicants for interview.
  2. I don't know why they would be opposed at you trying again the year after. At worse it raises a "flag" : why didn't this guy match the first time? At best, it shows true dedication and motivation towards the program. A big part of the match is chance, and another one if strategy. You might be a great candidate, but had bad strategy with your research, electives, etc, and then chance was not on your side. This does not mean you are a bad student. I was unmatched the first time. The next time, I got much more interviews, and I heard PDs say that some of their best residents were residents that
  3. I did most of my med school in Chicoutimi. Yes there a enough summer jobs there. They also have French immersion programs in Chicoutimi during the summer: http://elf.uqac.ca/programmes/explore-fr/ Seems like a load of fun (I only saw them partying all the time ! ).
  4. "Pretend you're good at it" - Jennifer Lawson (This has been my motto for the first year of residency... works pretty well to gain the patient's trust just as you are about to do something you just learned how to do 5 minutes before seeing them...)
  5. Bench - 175 lbs Squat - 305 lbs Deadlift - 275 lbs (just started doing those, still building up) Clean/Jerk/Snatch - not yet, building up to it
  6. Mechanics: just bought a motorcycle. Trying to learn how to do all the maintenance and even some basic repairs. Loads of fun. Tools aren't cheap thought... Woodworking Cooking Drawing Playing guitar Computer programming PS: woah the two first things really do fit with my specialty stereotype...
  7. Really depends on the school and residency program. Some schools require LMCC to get your degree (Sherbrooke, UdeM), others do not (McGill). However, legally I'm not sure you can have prescription priviledges if you don't have your LMCC, which is necessay to get a liscence to practice... I've heard people starting residency anyway, but without prescription priviledges, while others started 6 months later after passing the LMCC in the Fall.
  8. I'd say the only thing I've noticed is that surgical people tend to be more "to the point". We like to fix the problems with surgery and tend not to get tangled in too much into details. Which is why we all hate our medicine rotations... I guess that's why some might look like they have a more "dominant" personality, but a lot are also very nice and softspoken. However this is in no way a rule and we need all types of personalities in the field. The most important personality trait is motivation and passion for your field.
  9. Yes that was for academic positions. Still community jobs are getting harder to get also...
  10. I did step 1 and 2 on my first year of residency. Definately doable by studying evenings and during easier rotations. I only needed a pass thought so I didn't study very hard...
  11. Wrong. Had me and another student in my class did a masters and we both matched the next year. As long as you advisor is also an attending in your specialty of choice who can give you a great reference letter and push for you to get in. Interviewer were actually interested in knowing what my research project was about and saw it a sign of motivation to go into ortho. Plus, while doing a masters you can work on other smaller research projects and get publications done in that year. Also I used my free time to shadow at different ortho programs and get myself known by preceptors. Finally, at l
  12. From the start of the exam you have 8 hours to complete it, + a 45-1h break (i'm not sure about that part anymore). So if your exam starts at 9am, worse case scenario you will end at 6 pm. You can pound through it and finish faster if you want, but I would not advise it...
  13. Having participated in the selection process this year from the other end... not a good idea. It shows on an application when someone is backing up, and you likely won't get much interviews. If you do get interviews, unless this interview is stellar, you will probably not be ranked very high up the list. As ortho is a very demanding specialty, with grueling hours and lots of study (like any surgical specialty), they look for applicants that are very motivated and would not see themselves do anything else. Overall, backing up a surgical specialty with another surgical specialty is never a go
  14. Après vérification, je crois que c'est que la première année qui se fait à Saguenay pour la médecine interne. Cependant il n'y a aucune information sur le site du Carms à ce sujet. Pourtant je me rappelle très bien avoir fait des rotations avec un résident faisant toute sa première année à Saguenay. Ça devait être sur demande spéciale. Pour obstétrique, les 3 premières années sont bien offertes à Saguenay, malgré que cette année il n'y avait aucune poste offert au carms pour le site Saguenay. Je ne suis pas en mesure de confirmer s'ils auront un poste ouvert l'an prochain au carms.
  15. La plupart des surspécialités y sont représentés: cardio, pneumo, gastro, infectio, nephro, endocrino, rhumato. Je crois que les résidents peuvent faire quelques stages à Sherbrooke s'ils y a des manques à Saguenay.
  16. Oops read that wrong sorry. This doesn't happen in orthopedics anyway... And I'm pretty sure it's against carms rules also.
  17. De ce que je sais, Sherbrooke offre une partie (3 premières années) des programmes de médecine interne et obstétrique au Saguenay. Toutes les universités offrent des programmes complet de médecine familliale en région.
  18. Je ne sais pas à quel point le calcul de la CRU a changé, mais j'étais dans ta situation il y 6 ans. J'ai fait Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire (spécialisation du programme de Biologie générale). Après une session à 3.98, ma cote R avait grimpé de 1 point, suffisant pour me retrouver en haut du cut-off et entrer l'année suivante.
  19. I know, but you can re-submit you RoL as many times as you want. Why can't some people just put in a temporary one at least, so I case they miss the RoL at least they are not unmatched...
  20. Had orientation activities the week before also. Good idea to move in the city a week or two earlier so you have time to settle and won't miss the orientation activities. And also not a good idea to go on vacations and come back only on June 30th...
  21. There is no use to do it at all. Most programs rank their applicants right after the interview day while it's still fresh on their mind. Sending an email won't change anything to your rank and, in my opinion, will only make you look desperate...
  22. I have no idea how people can miss the deadline... Like you're a procrastinator and know you'll have a hard time finalizing your choices until the very, at put a temporary RoL on there as soon as you think about it so you don't get unmatched...
  23. Je suis en désaccord avec cette affirmation. Oui les rotations d'externat sont importantes, mais aucune université ne se démarque dans ce point. De plus, dans une même université, un même stage (ex: cardiologie) donné à deux sites différents pourrait avoir une expérience d'apprentissage totalement contraire dépendamment des patrons et de l'ambiance. Je crois que le choix de l'université est multifactoriel, mais que d'avoir un pré-clinique qui correspond à notre style d'apprentissage est un des facteurs les plus important. En effet, pour avoir des bonnes évaluations à l'externat (partie essent
  24. ENT (ear nose throat) is the word you are looking for if you want people to understand your french acronym And yes, it is one of the more competitive specialty. Not as bad as ophtalmology though... But since I haven't applied there I can't say much more. From what I can see, ENT attendings seem to have a pretty good life. There are emergencies that could require them to drive to the hospital in the middle of the night, but they are pretty rare. They definitely have a better lifestyle than general surgery, obsgyn and vascular/cardiac surgery attendings.
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