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  1. Lol you would think so. All of the examples of shady things I heard about this year all applied to FM.
  2. Medical schools seem to be focusing more on this by having spots for rural students and working with organizations that promote rural medicine. The problem is that residency programs DGAF about being accountable to the communities they work in. Lots of people in my class from a rural/regional area desperate for family physicians want to go back and practice there, but they didn't get interviews at that program despite emphasizing their plan to stay in the area. They were all strong candidates with no red flags told by career advisors that they were all on the right track. I don't understand wh
  3. I don't think ROS work and I don't think they're a solution to physician shortages in certain areas. I also don't think it's fair to slap a ROS on a student entering medical school before they've gotten the chance to explore specialties. Recruiting more rural students is one step, but medical schools need to focus on promoting rural medicine and also ensuring there are enough rural FM spots to meet demand. I think almost all residencies should have a "rural" component, even if it's rotations at a regional center vs. urban academic center. Having someone trapped by a ROS in an area
  4. Any updates on this? Would be good to know if this is even possible for future residents in the same position.
  5. photato


    Honestly it sucks and you can only do your best. Medical schools seem to be trying to make admissions more accessible so that their classes more closely reflect the general population, but that will take years and there will still be a ton of privilege in medicine. MCAT + study materials + interviews can be a huge financial burden that many applicants don't even have to think about because their parents are footing the bill. Once you get in, your LOC somewhat helps level the playing field. The tradeoff is the stress of increasing debt while many of your classmates will graduate deb
  6. Rural FM programs are becoming more popular and it makes me wonder why these programs still have spots reserved for IMGs in the first round vs. making the IMG seats competitive for all. Lots of programs would have all of their spots fill with CMGs in addition to some CMGs being turned down. UBC FM dedicates ~half their seats to IMGs that would easily be filled by CMGs. All of the AB rural FM programs filled this year in first round with lots of applicants falling further down their rank list. It doesn't make sense to me why PGME programs will send away their in province students that want to s
  7. Match rate is one of the last things I would look at when picking a med school. It doesn't tell you if students are matching to specialties or locations that they want. The match rate could be high because students are pushed to back up or to apply to a million programs in locations they aren't interested in. Match rate can also change a lot over four years and can be very class dependent. Pick where you want to live, where your supports are, and where you think would be the best fit. I would also caution choosing based on the facilities you're shown during interviews. Schools like to sh
  8. Sorry I should have been more clear. I meant more along the lines of all of the extra costs of medical school. They would (and should already) reexamine the ridiculous costs of the portal + away electives plus the thousands of dollars students are expected to spend on CaRMS. I know that anything AFMC does requires buy in from the deans, but it’s disappointing how little gets done. It would take just one dean to stand up to set a new norm or speak out against how the portal and CaRMS costs are out of control, but they won’t and any meaningful change will take years.
  9. I found the questions vague and poorly written. Lots of random trivia that I would have never even thought to study. Some images were really poor quality making it hard to answer the question. Everyone I talked to said they felt their exam wasn’t evenly distributed amongst topics. Struggled with weird ethics questions that probably don’t have a right answer. CDM was bizarre and I still don’t understand how it’s graded. I think difficulty was similar to practice exam.
  10. Again off topic, but AFMC seems to be slow to respond to anything with any actionable changes. I don’t expect real changes for years. If medical schools did actually try to more closely represent the population, they would also need to reexamine all of the ridiculous costs associated with medical school.
  11. This might be a bit pessimistic but think really hard if this is truly what you want. A lot of my classmates probably would think twice about medicine in retrospect, but are basically cornered into finishing school and doing residency to pay off their debt. I don't think many of us realized how difficult it is to be away from support networks and family for so long, especially if you need to move for medical school and again for residency. Throw in a sick family member or aging parents and it really sucks. CaRMS is the worst and the match is just getting more and more ridiculous. Even if
  12. That really sucks. I'm sorry. Do you know what happens to unfilled spots after 2nd iteration? Does it turn into a scramble like in the US? If you're interested in FM, there were still some spots left over outside of Quebec (MUN, NOSM, Manitoba). If you were thinking of doing MOTP then eventually doing a different specialty, maybe look at Manitoba? The program comes with a 2 year ROS with re-rentry for further training when it's done.
  13. They should be, but there’s a lot of overlap.
  14. I go to school in the same province which is why so many people in my class would have ranked Calgary high if not #1 if they had gotten an interview. We've been told this happens every year though.
  15. I wonder if part of it is how notoriously random and difficult it is to get a Calgary FM interview and if U of C students backed up only with Calgary FM then got rejected for interview or weren't ranked. I would hope they at least somewhat protect their own students. With my class, many people that have been aiming for FM for all of med school that would have ranked Calgary highly didn't get interviews, but a ton of people with no FM electives that were clearly backing up got interviews. Then they had 11 seats open 2nd round
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