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  1. Also Agree. When I interviewed way back when I was impressed and after my interview experience ranked it higher than some Ontario programs.
  2. Rad Onc PGY5. Gonna disagree with you. Jobs situation is way better than previous. Average is still 1 year fellowship but most have a job out of residency or after 1 year. Ottawa is a good program and suprised it went unmatched over others . I think having everything virtual hurt the smaller specialties as impossible to get a feel for the program without visiting.
  3. Some programs "force you" to enter the second round rather than just not enter it, hense the worse number. The five year GIM program is a waste in my opinion, (just an extra year of labour for the hospital where you get paid 1/5th of what you would make clinically. GIM is an attractive specialty right now. We need GIM more than multiple subspeciaties. 1 year (and only 17 people at that) doesn't make a trend. Its hardly concerning and completley different compared to medical school unmatching.
  4. There's no right or wrong. If I was in your shoes I would do an elective at my first choice. I think that it certainly helps your chances but rad onc tends to be a specialty that doesn't mandate an onsite elective like some surgery programs. I don't know how popular RO will be this year. In the past 4 years rad onc has been in top 5 most competitive specialties as well as bottom 5. In my match year, Ottawa matched 0/2 and UBC matched 2/2. Following year UBC had an unmatched spots. These things are not predictable. Both are good programs. You can always try and do a post carms, prein
  5. I disagree. The best way is to get the "previous sample" questions that are passed down year to year and practice those.
  6. You get long term disability insurance through paro while a resident. Pre-existing conditions should affect it. That being said it will expire when you become a staff. That is why a lot of the OMA and RBC insurance companies speak at the end of medical school. Most do not require a physical etc. look into that.
  7. You crazy haha. Although tbh your first score was probably better since more programs care about the verbal.
  8. The latter. A job in your ideal city may not have an opening for 5+ years sometimes.
  9. That being said, I think radiation oncology is a great career. The one thing is you have to be okay settling down permanently in other areas away from family and friends. Think long and hard about that.
  10. you have to wait at least 6 months into your residency and the people to talk with is your PGME. I would not inform your matched program about your plans.
  11. you will have to wait at least 6 months into your residency.
  12. A very poor decision on her part with a fair and expected outcome from the college. That withstanding, she was a good oncologist based on my experiences having shared some mutual patients (rather my staff's mutual patients)
  13. no. you will be fine. one of my co-residents backed up with med genetics and did fine. Both are not terribly competitive although. In general, I find that radiation oncologists are decently understanding of having diverse interests. I see you go to Mac, I would recommend doing elective during your vacation in the summer to give you six electives. Feel free to private message me. I am an RO resident who went to Mac.
  14. J1 is really far from an ideal visa. It is quite difficult to get an HB-1 nowadays, which frankly is the only visa applicants should really consider.
  15. Canadians are not as preferred due to issues obtaining VISA's, letters of need etc. Backing up in the US is not really a viable option for most people. The effort required to do so would almost certainly be better spent going to making one a better candidate for the Canadian application. Anyway, not sure it was ever answered but the extra Ontario spots were a one-time thing. will not be repeated in the future. (THe government said they were creating the spots but in reality, they told the university to do so and the government did not actually give any additional money to them.
  16. People do not match to their top (or even mid) internal programs without doing a single elective. I would look at the past 10 years of carms data you'll see that it's historically been quite uncompetitive(radonc). Yes. People match to Rad Onc with less than half of their electives in it. It is better to be a great applicant in 1 specialty than an average applicant in 2. I know McMaster doesn't give you a lot of time to choose but Choosing does make your life significantly easier.
  17. med onc is ++more mobile for jobs. They have more hospitals to get hired at. That being said they are different. Rad Oncs actually look at imaging and are much much more technical. Med onc is equally evidenced based but much less technical. In ON, rad oncs make significantly more than med oncs I agree it is possible to be happy in both re: your match strategy. you will likely need more internal to be competitive (gotta match to IM first) 2 rad onc and 3 medicine/subspecialty probably slightly higher yield.
  18. In Ontario, we are paid per course of radiation. we don't bill by the fraction. Any treatment that takes less up less linac time essentially means we have more treatment unit availability. It's relatively the same amount of effort to plan both SBRT and regular fractionation. Improved targeted/immunotherapies mean patients live longer and are more likely to need radiation intervention at some point in time. The vast majority of approved indications are for metastatic cancers so we are not shrinking our patient pool but are expanding it.
  19. a difference in 0.03 GPA points is hardly what I would call significant.
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