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  1. I see how this is still confusing. it was a program in the western part of Canada: i.e., BC or AB or Sask. but I wanted to be vague to protect my identity and build suspense... I'm sorry everyone.
  2. Sorry for the confusion. with A western FM program... need some atropine?
  3. Awesome, they fixed it. For everyone else, it seems like sometimes there is discrepancy between the email that programs send directly and then the CaRMS status update. In both mine and @Let it be MATCHical's case, we got emails saying we had an interview and then our interview status said rejected. Then in both of our cases, after an email, we ended up with an interview. Someone had posted that this sometimes happens as the PD's accidentally click reject on CaRMS. Perhaps the direct email is the best indications although I can see possibility for mistakes from both ends
  4. This is just happen to me with A western FM program (i.e. a program in western Canada). I sent them an email and waiting to hear back. @Let it be MATCHical
  5. The programs are doing an absolutely terrible job in my opinion, regardless of COVID. How far is your head in your own ass that you don't realize that a significant portion of students had already asked for early letters - something that CARMS emailed about in September. "oh now this form is mandatory." Ok, the student thinks, now that the portal is open and the instructions are clear, I will go ahead and ask my preceptor to disregard the previous letter and fill out the rubric. "JK, twitter is upset that uncontrolled tearfulness (who TF openly weeps with patients... definitely a red flag in
  6. It means you like to shoot-the-shit with the patients, are tolerant of uncertainty and willing to use time as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool.
  7. Hello everyone, I am a 4th year student hoping to get some collective insight. Does the specific score on the MCC part 1 significantly play a role in the +1 EM selection process? I am trying to pick a time and study strategy and am wondering if I should spend more time on (practical) learning for clinical practice (of EM) or maximize score, as these strategies necessarily differ in important ways.
  8. Being a medical student does not confer any insight or skills that are useful for anything besides residency. We don't have anything useful to offer with respect to startups.
  9. I recommend West's Respiratory physiology as well as his Pulmonary pathophysiology textbooks. Truly I say, he is the prophet of respiratory physiology
  10. Physical exams are more specific than they are sensitive: in other words, the point is to find pathology, not reassure yourself there is an absence of pathology. However, while the initial goal is to learn the maneuvers, as your skills improve, so will your sensitivity. The way I see it is that the lower level of training you have, the better your equipment should be to increase your sensitivity. This is also something a cardiologist told me when I self-effacingly admitted the having a cardiology IV. He also said that a better stetho really makes a difference. Finally, as a med student with t
  11. Update from UBC. There is s tentative plan to get us back on July 6th for the rest of our core rotation and then we will start electives in September. Electives will run from Sept to end of Jan. I'm really curious what is going on im the other schools and how the number/distribution of electives is changing for you
  12. I would just add that pediatric gen Surg is subspecialty, at least if that's all you want to do. Speaking to one of the ped-gen Surg attendings in BC, they said that a one job may come up every 5-7 years. For all of BC. If someone could correct me, my understanding is that you don't necessarily set your goal to be a subspecialty this early as the kind of fellowship you do (if you do one) will be dictated by factors such as demand, target location to practice as much as your interest and proficiency. Thus, to set your sights on Peds Gen Surg, you have to first go through gen-surg resisdency the
  13. In answer to your question, I would agree with french press and others that good, vivid examples are the best thing to put in to a reference letter
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