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  1. They are a Canadian Citizen who went abroad to medical school. Finished medical school roughly a year and a half ago. Currently not practicing in any clinical setting. Didn't want to take the USMLE's as hoping to try the CaRMS process first before ERAS/NRMP. Good grades in medical school, on practice NBME's, MCC practice tests. Pursuing masters thesis at the moment.... Overall, a good candidate with a competitive application but limited by the MCC exam. Do you have any suggestions/ideas to why candidates fail the MCCQE Part 1 in the first place? Trying to identify an area of weakness tha
  2. Wondering if anyone can provide some advice for a Canadian IMG applicant who reached out to me. This individual is looking to apply to CaRMS, but unfortunately, has not been able to do so since they have failed the MCCQE Part 1 twice. Seems like they were under prepared when they wrote the exam the first time. For the second attempt, the individual studied for over four months using UWorld Step 2 CK questions, Toronto notes, and the MCC prep examinations online with good results. Despite this though, they still failed (by only several points). Since four attempts of the MCCQE Part 1 are allowe
  3. Does anyone have any good recommendations for compression socks?
  4. Will the MCC take into consideration disconnections or unforeseen interruptions when marking? It is already unfair that candidates are forced to do these examinations in non-ideal test taking environments,, and I can imagine a disconnection or interruption will cause more stress mid-examination
  5. Has anyone had any difficulty with taking the QE1 examination remotely? Asking for a friend who is looking for advice/suggestions/feedback from others experience with taking a board examination at home. Thanks!
  6. Have you completed the qe1 yet? I'm just curious cause my partner is trying to book hers but with covid, it has been impossible
  7. Quick question, my friend is trying to book her QE1 but she noticed Prometric changed her eligibility period to January 2021 - December 2021 - have any of you noticed this? If so, does prometric change it if you provide proof that your original eligibility period was from Jan 2020 - Dec 2020? Also, is May 21st for those who have previously booked a test date or for those who do not have a test date as of yet.... Thanks!
  8. Hi, I am wondering if there any forum members completing their residency at UBC/VGH who could pass on any advice regarding living near VGH vs. commuting to VGH. I am originally from Vancouver, and I have the option to live at home for residency. I am roughly an 8min drive to both VGH and UBCH. As a way to save money and curb the cost of living, I plan to live at home and drive to VGH. I have access to a personal car but, I am tempted to use EVO Car-Share instead to avoid paying for on-site parking. Does anyone have any experience in regards to using EVO and the long-term cost differences betwe
  9. Given the impact of covid on Prometric centres globally, I am wondering if anyone has any insight regarding whether candidates will be able to write the MCCQE1 prior to entering CaRMS next year? I am asking on behalf of a friend who is hoping to complete their exam in July/August but cannot schedule a test-date since there are none available on the Prometric booking site for the next six months. Has anyone been able to schedule a test date? Thanks.
  10. Anatomical Pathology: UManitoba (Mar 23) Family Medicine: Western (March 20), Dalhousie (March 20), MUN (March 20), NOSM (March 21) (USASK, March 23), Ottawa (Community, March 23), Calgary rural (March 24), McMaster (March 24) General Pathology: General Surgery: Hematological Pathology: Internal Medicine: MUN (March 23) Medical Genetics and Genomics: Medical Microbiology: Neurology: Manitoba (March 20), Ottawa (March 23) Neuropathology: Nuclear Medicine: Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Sask (March 20-) Orthopaedic Surgery: MUN
  11. Can anyone confirm whether Western Ortho has released invites or not? The invite forum has not been updated but a prior user posted saying they received an invite...
  12. * = CaRMS status update only Anatomical Pathology: Laval (Dec 4), UofT (Dec 5), UBC (Dec 9), Memorial (Dec 10), Queens (Dec 13 IMG), Dalhousie (Dec 11), McMaster (Dec 16 IMG) Anesthesiology: Manitoba (Dec 6), NOSM (Dec 9), UBC (Dec 11), Ottawa (Dec 12), Dalhousie (Dec 13), Queen's (Dec 14), Calgary (Dec 16*), USask (Dec 17), Alberta (Dec 17*), Western (Dec 17*), Memorial (Dec 18), McMaster (Dec 18), Montreal (Dec 19), McGill (Dec 19) Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Alberta (Dec 4), Ottawa (Dec 16), Calgary (Dec 19) Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatoon (Nov 28), UBC (Nov
  13. *=CaRMS Status Update Anatomical Pathology: Laval (Dec 4), UofT (Dec 5), UBC (Dec 9), Memorial (Dec 10), Queens (Dec 13 IMG), Dalhousie (Dec 11), McMaster (Dec 16 IMG) Anesthesiology: Manitoba (Dec 6), NOSM (Dec 9), UBC (Dec 11), Ottawa (Dec 12), Dalhousie (Dec 13), Queen's (Dec 14), Calgary (Dec 16*), USask (Dec 17), Alberta (Dec 17*), Western (Dec 17*), Memorial (Dec 18), McMaster (Dec 18) Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Alberta (Dec 4), Ottawa (Dec 16) Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatoon (Nov 28), UBC (Nov 29), MUN (Dec 4), Calgary (Dec 6) McMaster IMg (Dec 18)
  14. * = CaRMS status update Anatomical Pathology: Laval (Dec 4), UofT (Dec 5), UBC (Dec 9), Memorial (Dec 10), Queens (Dec 13 IMG), Dalhousie (Dec 11), McMaster (Dec 16 IMG) Anesthesiology: Manitoba (Dec 6), NOSM (Dec 9), UBC (Dec 11), Ottawa (Dec 12), Dalhousie (Dec 13), Queen's (Dec 14), Calgary (Dec 16*), USask (Dec 17) Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Alberta (Dec 4), Ottawa (Dec 16) Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatoon (Nov 28), UBC (Nov 29), MUN (Dec 4), Calgary (Dec 6) Emergency Medicine: Queen's (Dec 9), Calgary (Dec 16*), McMaster (Dec 16 - phone call) Fa
  15. Anatomical Pathology: Laval (Dec 4), UofT (Dec 5), UBC (Dec 9) Anesthesiology: Manitoba (Dec 6), NOSM (Dec 9) Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Alberta (Dec 4) Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatoon (28 Nov), UBC (29 Nov), MUN (Dec 4), Calgary (Dec 6) Emergency Medicine: Queen's (Dec 9) Family Medicine: Sherbrooke (21 Nov), Laval (21 Nov), Montreal (21 Nov), Ontario IMG (30 Nov), UBC (10 Dec IMG/CMG) General Pathology: General Surgery: McGill (Dec 10) Hematological Pathology: Internal Medicine: Sherbrooke (Nov 26) Medical Genetics and Geno
  16. From my experience, your transcript/diploma does not need to be verified by the MCC to apply for CaRMS, unless your medical studies were conducted in a language other than English. If you match into a program, then you need your transcript + diploma certified by the MCC in order to receive your licence. Source verification can take up to six week maximum , depending on the type of document and the language of the document.
  17. Hi, I have a question on behalf of someone I know. They are wondering, does CaRMS record the number of match cycles you have registered for (e.g. didn't match last year and reapplying this year - so would programs know that you reapplying for the 2nd time?). Also, if you retake the MCCQE1 or NAC to achieve a better score, does CaRMS keep your old scores within your application for the following cycle? CaRMS states that they only include the "most recent exam results" for each match cycle but I have no experience of this. Thanks
  18. I was hoping to use the Master's as a way to improve my application/CV competitiveness. I have completed my USMLEs and I will be applying to the States this year. I completed my medical school in the UK. If the consensus is that research + exposure is more important, I will just throttle down my Master's work load and extend it over two years. If i end up matching this year I will drop my grad program and take it up in the future. Do I have disclose that my master's program is going to be extended? Also, do programs ask for a master's/grad school transcript? Thanks again
  19. Thanks for responding, my masters is a mixture of courses + research project. It can be completed in one year but extended to two or more years if needed. The courses are pretty intensive and require a lot of work since I am unfamiliar with a lot of the concepts. I am not a big fan of epidemiology or biostatistics..... When I spoke to program directors and CaRMS committee members - they said a Master's doesn't hold much weight since they don't have any perspective to the amount of work which has been put into it vs. publications where most to all CaRMS committee members can related to t
  20. I have a quick question, I am a IMG who didn't match during last years cycle and I am currently enrolled in a grad program. I have been going to residency programs over the past several months, and when I talk to program directors, there seems to be less weight held on a having a masters degree over published research. I have the ability to prolong my masters over two years, but in setting where I match, I can just drop it. Does anyone have any experience onto how much weight a master's degree adds to the CaRMS application? Or should I be focusing more on research and exposure? I have se
  21. I took my MCCQE Part 1 this past week, not what I expected at all. I have completed USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK and CS in addition with the MCCEE and NAC-OSCE, and in my opinion the QE1 was probably the most random exam I have taken in a long time. My question distribution was heavily weighted on geriatric psychiatry, ethics and medical law for some reason. CDMs were much better than the MCQs, but still, a very weird exam overall.
  22. Just an update: if you are an IMG and thinking of deferring graduation to facilitate further electives in Canada, it really isn't worth it. Turns out, most Canadian institutions (which accept IMGs for residency programs) will not allow IMGs to complete additional electives if the program has been extended/deferred to facilitate for this. Kind of a downer if you ask me but not the end of the world.
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