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  1. Can anyone offer any insight or information into any non-clinical part-time remote/freelance work you or your colleagues may be doing (still using your physician skill set). I am currently doing a combo of family medicine/occupational medicine through a governmental department. I've read about insurance work, medical education (creating question, vignettes, content etc.), medical writing amongst other options. I have a few small things I do on the side, but would be interested in expanding my options and seeing what else is out there. Thanks in advance for any advice.
  2. That's some of the best advice right there. On that note, I'm going to head back to some osteoporosis guidelines.
  3. Can anyone shed any more light, or even speculate, on the inner workings of the SOO scoring beyond what is vaguely discussed in the official documentation? Based on my understanding, your SAMP and SOO marks are totalled separately and both must be passed for an overall pass. They also mention that your score is averaged across all 5 SOO stations in some way. Within the SOO structure, we get 55 separate scores (5 stations and 11 score-able categories per station). I initially wondered if you simply had to average out to "certficant" ranking or above, but this seems unlikely given that th
  4. Unfortunately I think the answer to this is "it depends" but Ill try to relay some of my thoughts from when I went through CARMS last year. I graduated from Memorial and applied to the family medicine programs in Atlantic Canada, so I only ranked 8 or so. I also had goods LORs from local FM physicians, and connections to the programs here. I think you can rely very heavily on the home base advantage anywhere in the country with the possible exception of UBC and Toronto (due to everyone wanting to live in BC or Toronto). Coming from a smaller, more geographically removed area also helps,
  5. How do most CMGs in Canadian residencies go about preparing for the MCCQE2? By way of background, I scored ~580 on the QE1 and am currently in the first year of a FM program. I've done some forum searching and google, however everything I can find seems to be either out of date, or focussed on the IMG experience. I looked at CanadaQbank, and the sample cases seem a little shotgun in the suggested approaches (given the inherent time limitations of a ten minute station). As an aside, I see that PGY1s can now attempt the QE2 at the end of their first year. Would anyone see this as a risky
  6. They really don't make it easy to choose by limiting you to two references. I think in the end many applicants narrow their potential writers down to a top candidate in each of the realms of academics, ECs, and work/previous professional experience, then pick two of three. You want your two writers to paint the picture of someone who is both empathetic and compassionate enough to take care of a sick human, but also possessing the academic endurance and intellect to be able to deal with the firehose of information that is medical education. I agree with Bambi in that if you are completely
  7. The good news is that I think everyone is wrong All kidding aside, I think that a bell curve is in play however these numbers, and resultant percentiles, probably include IMG candidates. Given that a score of 427 is well within one SD of the mean of 500, this would otherwise mean a double digit failure rate for CMGs. As I understand the situation this has not been the case with the new grading scheme. Neither case is ideal. Either the grading curve has a SIGNIFICANT skew, or the percentile breakdown includes CMG and IMG candidates in one pool. Either way it provides an essentially
  8. Is anyone aware of more specific timelines for the release of results? I haven't been able to find anything other than the statement about release of results sometime in June on the web site. I even tried calling the MCC, and was basically read that same section verbatim. I'm mostly concerned since I remember reading about several delays last year and just some general craziness surrounding the new marking scheme in play.
  9. Can anyone comment on whether FM electives are necessary to get interviews in the bigger FM programs across Canada? I have a range of IM subspecialty electives, some oncology, and a rural internal medicine rotation arranged and would like to be sure this would still put me in the running for family. Ive been drawn towards it as of late, but I am worried my selection smells more IM than FM. Am I being needlessly paranoid?
  10. I would highly recommend Doctor in the House. Its a British comedy from the 1950s about medical education. Its a very different world in some ways (everyone wears suits etc) but in other ways things have stayed entirely the same (e.g. the excessive drinking and general rambunctiousness of the preclinical years). I understand it spawned something of a series of films, and cant speak to their quality, but the original is definitely worth watching, especially if you enjoy classic films!
  11. I went with Scotiabank LOC, despite previously being a TD customer of over a decade. They were easier to work with, TD wasn't particularly good at returning phone calls (although this is obviously this is very dependant on the representative). I will also say that the hours at SB are terrible, but this isn't really an issue since most people just use online banking.
  12. I think that a research PI can be invaluable in the sense that they can comment on both your work ethic as well as your academic strength. This is, of course, more true if your research is in some way related to your academic discipline/major in ugrad. In any event, they should be able to compare you to other students they've had in a similar position, and they can also talk about how you've absorbed and applied any background knowledge related to your lab work. Finally, the committee can probably make a ballpark assessment of your academic abilities based on your transcript, and MCAT perfo
  13. I don't recall a specific time limit, but I think the general consensus on med applications is that, assuming you're applying for entry directly out of a Bachelors, you should stick to stuff you did and accomplished during your college years. If you are an older applicant, you would want to focus on even more recent achievements. Otherwise, barring something truly unique, special, and amazing, you might be going back a bit too far. One exception to this recommendation would be if you had some involvement in an activity/pursuit in high school, and then continued in a more advanced leaders
  14. Interesting. They've clearly been thinking about transitioning to MMI for some time now. I remember the first tim I applied (4ish cycles ago), there was a short questionnaire about our thoughts and feelings about on MMI-based admissions system. I suspect this will be a trial-run, with the decisions ultimately being made on the basis of the panel interview, but with the scores from the MMI being correlated against the traditional interview scores for validation.
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