Jump to content
Premed 101 Forums

amichel

Members
  • Content Count

    1,762
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    21

Reputation Activity

  1. Like
    amichel got a reaction from Medddddd in Rural Suitability   
    No. Not by definition. There could easily be 42 people in the top 288 who are rurally suitable enough to go to the NMP, and, it's equally possible that, whether or not it was their first choice, they could end up there.
     
    Please be careful with your words. You're coming across as quite rude to people who try to explain things too you, and to rural applicants.
  2. Like
    amichel got a reaction from EJN in Mccqe Part 1 Failed   
    Before you unleash yourself out on the world of real live patients, you should seriously consider taking your profession seriously and learn to not be a total jerk to people for no reason, as well as, hopefully, some humility.
  3. Like
    amichel got a reaction from DrOzuma in Ever Feel Like Med School Is A Big Rich Kids Club?   
    The mistake you're making here is forgetting that there are probably at least 5 times as many qualified applicants as spots. The "cut-offs" for med school are based on the number of applicants, not suitability to be a physician.
     
    Therefore, if there are more qualified applicants than spots, you can theoretically pick people to match a population without decreasing quality in any real way.
  4. Like
    amichel got a reaction from Cross in In-Province-Residency For Med/dent (My Experience)   
    Did you actually just say that because some people abuse the system, everyone should do it? Just no.
  5. Like
    amichel got a reaction from TARS in Mccqe Part 1 Failed   
    I kind of hope not actually.
  6. Like
    amichel got a reaction from Haribo7173 in Mccqe Part 1 Failed   
    Before you unleash yourself out on the world of real live patients, you should seriously consider taking your profession seriously and learn to not be a total jerk to people for no reason, as well as, hopefully, some humility.
  7. Like
    amichel got a reaction from trimethoprim in My Experiences Being Unmatched   
    Please excuse my bluntness, but no, you're very wrong. 
    Not to mention mean - seriously? "Are you a likeable person?" 
    I had excellent evaluations, good reference letters, research, everything you mentioned. Were there people who were "better" than me who matched? Of course. Were there people who were worse, who also matched? You bet. People who I've worked with and who are definitely not likeable people, or struggled with basic things. People who I met on the tour who gave off seriously bad vibes. (Now, most people were lovely!) Can some of those people turn it on in an interview? Of course. But are you really going to claim that these people are "better"? 
    The CaRMS system is such that in a specialty with 5-8 spots per program, you could be in the top 10 on everyone's list (and therefore the top 10 applicants out of nearly 100 interviewers) and go unmatched even though the match rate overall is 80%. Or, you could be #1 on someone's list but the "worst" applicant in the pool and match to your first choice. 
    Now, I'm sure you'll say that this wasn't luck because that applicant "networked" at that program or something. Which may be true. But there is no way you can make the argument that said applicant is "better" than the unmatched one. 
    Lastly - in the wake of Robert Chu's suicide and all the discussion about how awful going unmatched is - I can't believe you'd write something like this. I'm always amazed at how anonymous forums encourage people to be much crueler than they would in real life. 
  8. Like
    amichel reacted to elr in My Experiences Being Unmatched   
    I am not one to frequently post in the forums (I am more of a lurker), but this conversation is one that I feel pretty passionate about. 
    This thread seems to have started as a supportive thread for students who have gone unmatched, whether it was through one or both iterations. I think that it is very important to have such to show support to our colleagues and friends. That being said, the way that this conversation has derailed is upsetting to see. It is easy to talk about matching and CaRMS academically and comfortably from the position of one who matched. I think that this has lead to some in the forum forgetting that we are talking to our colleagues who, very understandably, may be more emotionally invested in the topic. The reality is that when ~3000 CMGs apply through CaRMS and ~150 don't match in first iteration (https://www.carms.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Table_1_Summary_of_Match_Results_English.pdf), the problem is obviously going to be multifactorial. Sure, some individuals won't match because they had a bad reference or poor interviews, but some non-negligible percentage of unmatched applicants had excellent references, a fair number of decent interviews, and fair prospects. Yet, these outlier candidates are branded as 'not good enough' or 'flawed' in what amounts to an information vacuum. That's a ridiculous assault on logic and you should consider rethinking your position on this subject. We shouldn't make unmatched applicants in a heartbreaking situation feel worse because we think we understand an incredibly complex process better than they do. 
    Hamham, you attribute your matching to your first choice to luck? But someone stating that, for a lot of unmatched applicants, it comes down to luck is deluding themselves? I am having trouble with your logic here. You seem to think that you are somehow helping by pointing out to amichel that they are unmatched for a reason. But I fail to see how you talking to one student about their experience going unmatched and implying that they are an unlikeable person is helpful. I agree with amichel that the anonymity of the forums can lead to hurtfulness. You state that you sympathize with people who have gone unmatched, yet you go on to try to enlighten them that other people are "better" than they are. This attitude contributes to the idea out there that doctors have a 'god complex.' I am sure you worked hard to get to where you are, but the fact that things worked out for you and you were fortunate enough to match to your first choice in no way makes you better than those who did not match. You mention that your posts here are in an attempt to help future applicants - with that in mind, you may want to consider a more appropriate context for your help. I don't follow your logic in posting in a thread in which many already unmatched applicants are discussing their experiences to pretend that that helps future applicants. 
    If you think for a minute that unmatched individuals don't do some serious self-scrutinization, you are deluded. Knowing unmatched applicants personally, I can assure you that the first question they ask is "what is wrong with me?." This is a system that stigmatizes and penalizes people for going unmatched and then goes on to refuse to provide feedback as to the reasons why, and I have a fairly obvious problem with that. If you would seriously like to 'help' people not go unmatched, I think a more realistic approach is to have an open and honest dialogue about the issues that occur in the system, rather than placing all of the blame on people who are going through one of the worst experiences of their professional life. 
    CaRMS is a flawed process, and most people I have spoken to about it seem to feel that way. It is the process that we currently have and must work with, but it is certainly flawed and there is a large component of luck to it, which you seem to acknowledge in part in your posts. Knowing the people in my class who did not match, I can honestly say that it could have been anyone going unmatched this year. While there will always be some students with 'red flags' who go unmatched and you may be able to attribute reasons to it, that was not the norm at my school this year by any means. I count myself very lucky to have matched to one of my top choices, and I feel that I could certainly have been in a different position had it not been for luck and subjective variables. The CaRMS process is incredibly subjective and I think that dismissing luck in it is absurd.
    Saskgrad001 - really? Trolling through someones post history and posting it as if their concerned posts MID INVITES somehow means that they got what they deserved when they went unmatched? You somehow convinced yourself that behaviour bolstered the idea that you have any sympathy for those who didn't match? 
    I have so much more I would love to say on the topic, but I am at a bit of a loss in articulating how disturbing I find it that a thread that was intended to support those going through an awful process has been turned into a personal inquisition into one individual who had the BAD LUCK of being in that position. 
  9. Like
    amichel got a reaction from _ _ in Procedure-heavy specialties   
    I get that you don't like internal but let me know how slow you think the pace is when you've done your CTU/MTU rotation. Haha. 
    Shadowing does not equal real life. Just wait till you have like 3 consults lined up in emerg (just for you, the senior is probably triaging about 10) and your getting paged for a chest pain and a GI bleed upstairs. Super chill. 
    It's not for everyone. It definitely wasn't for me. But I wouldn't write off the procedural IM specialties based on two days of shadowing.
  10. Like
    amichel got a reaction from hkmedic in Procedure-heavy specialties   
    I get that you don't like internal but let me know how slow you think the pace is when you've done your CTU/MTU rotation. Haha. 
    Shadowing does not equal real life. Just wait till you have like 3 consults lined up in emerg (just for you, the senior is probably triaging about 10) and your getting paged for a chest pain and a GI bleed upstairs. Super chill. 
    It's not for everyone. It definitely wasn't for me. But I wouldn't write off the procedural IM specialties based on two days of shadowing.
  11. Like
    amichel got a reaction from trimethoprim in 2017 Backpack?   
    I feel obligated to point out that the voting is a marketing gimmick and has no bearing (as far as anyone can tell) on the actual colour. Sorry y'all. 
  12. Like
    amichel got a reaction from LostLamb in Advice For Finding A Place To Live In Calgary   
    A few but it's quite rare to be honest. The graduate housing (which is where you'd be) is on the opposite side of main campus making it quite the walk. You can find options for the same price that are much nicer within the same walking distance. 
  13. Like
    amichel reacted to Sauna in 2017 Backpack?   
  14. Like
    amichel reacted to bearded frog in New Site Layout   
    IMHO there's too much whitespace and more scrolling needed, harder to see content, but I'll live
  15. Like
    amichel got a reaction from lulu95 in Doing Two Residencies?   
    Haha, if only people never made mistakes, never became interested in new things later on, and never had their life circumstances change.
     
    I can appreciate the sentiment though.
  16. Like
    amichel got a reaction from Goku in Advice For Finding A Place To Live In Calgary   
    A few but it's quite rare to be honest. The graduate housing (which is where you'd be) is on the opposite side of main campus making it quite the walk. You can find options for the same price that are much nicer within the same walking distance. 
  17. Like
    amichel got a reaction from Goku in Advice For Finding A Place To Live In Calgary   
    Lived in patrician village for 3 years. Apartment was okay once I fixed it up a bit but management is just sooooo far beyond incompetent, terrible and dishonest. Avoid boardwalk if you can! If you can't, it will be okay, you just have to be prepared to advocate very strongly for yourself.
  18. Like
    amichel got a reaction from MountainAmoeba in Waitlist 2017   
    Hmm, I don't think this implies it's two separate lists. If I remember that quote correctly, this was after the OOP quota was filled. So, they made another offer to an OOP who was at the top of the list instead of skipping over them till they get to an IP. I believe there is another post or podcast stating that it is one list. They maintain the quota simply by skipping over OOP once they're reached 15 %
  19. Like
    amichel got a reaction from LittleDaisy in 2017 Carms Match Results!   
    Thanks! Matched to family. I think I can find a niche to be happy in. I'm hopeful.
     
     
       
    Thanks! I'm sure the feeling will go away eventually, it hasn't yet though.
     
    Oh I didn't mean you specifically! I've just heard it from a lot of people lately.
  20. Like
    amichel got a reaction from MT_93 in Do You Regret Doing Medicine Over Dentistry?   
    Not that I'm disagreeing with you but I think you could probably deal with that one as a plumber. Assuming you knew they were diabetic I guess.
  21. Like
    amichel got a reaction from FeelingTheBern in Ever Feel Like Med School Is A Big Rich Kids Club?   
    The mistake you're making here is forgetting that there are probably at least 5 times as many qualified applicants as spots. The "cut-offs" for med school are based on the number of applicants, not suitability to be a physician.
     
    Therefore, if there are more qualified applicants than spots, you can theoretically pick people to match a population without decreasing quality in any real way.
  22. Like
    amichel got a reaction from FeelingTheBern in Purple High Sierra Med Backpack For Sale   
    To be honest somebody selling to some poor premed for 80 bucks is cringe inducing.
  23. Like
    amichel got a reaction from codebar in Call Rooms   
    Also rarely will you be in a call room all night. Haha.
  24. Like
    amichel got a reaction from FutureAmazingDoc in -   
    You assume that those individuals performances' were the same from year to year.
  25. Like
    amichel got a reaction from sjc2 in -   
    I know it's tough to wait. Rest assured that they really do try to make it as fair as possible.
     
    CaRMS on the other hand is far less structured and makes less attempt at objectivity and the waiting is even more brutal (2 more days, ugh...). So look forward to that.
×
×
  • Create New...