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  1. In my opinion the best job is a paid research job in a specialty you are applying for if you are applying for a specialty outside of family med. If you are pretty confident you want family medicine, research is less important, so a paid research job is still a great option, but there are alternatives as well depending on your background. I'm thinking industry, internships etc. Generally speaking though, its hard to make much money as a med student because you don't really bring anything to the table for most summer positions unless you have a previous background in a field.
  2. This depends on where you want to end up and the ratio for how you want internal vs family. If you are dead set on big city competitive program then you are better off gunning for one specialty and avoid splitting as much as possible, but if you are going for a less competitive location you may in fact be better off with a more even split which will keep your feet in both internal and family.
  3. Actually the job market is opening up in some of these small specialties at this very moment. NLengr is right though, as a general rule, the job market is shit and it isn't ever going to get better. It is sheer luck that sometimes the job market opens up, but even then these places are picky. They want someone who the exact fellowship they are looking for, the right "fit" and many places are happy holding down the fort for a few years until they find the "right" person. In fact, many places (primarily academic centers) recruit internationally, and there is never a shortage of surgeons int
  4. Best way is to do a Masters or PhD with a nsx or gen sx staff and during that time develop connections. Many of the few IMG spots in these specialties each year are filled by people they already know of for several years. These are people who they know will succeed in the program, so that is why they take them. There is almost 0 chance they will take someone who doesn't have strong Canadian references from clinical rotations or demonstrable success in Canada already. They take a huge risk taking in any resident, essentially it is a 5-6 year contract, so they will not take anyone they don
  5. I wouldn't do gift card but i would do gifts. Like a bottle of wine, or scotch, if you know they like that sort of thing. A box of chocolates etc. always does wonders. Honestly.
  6. I think there's a lot of stigma against this, I honestly would not recommend this unless you planned to practice in Pakistan for life.
  7. Stigma is a percentage of it. However, understand that one of the biggest "risk factors" of going unmatched is having previously gone unmatched. There will be some percentage of candidates who have red flags on their CV or aren't going to be desired by residency programs in general. Unfortunately for them, this will always be there. Sometimes its as simple as a bad eval, maybe they lost their temper, were rude, made a racist comment etc. Othertimes it could be a consistent pattern of misbehaviour. It could even be a criminal matter. Or much more innocently, it could be a personality issue, wor
  8. Clinical research is probably the most common research pursued by MDs in general, but especially in Canada. This is because clinical research requires less funding and resources and can be done essentially out of a laptop in most cases. If you have experience in basic sciences, the question to ask yourself is, did you enjoy it? are you curious to see what clinical research is like? In the short term, doing a clinical masters will probably produce more publications, but that depends on how long it takes you to get started etc., perhaps if you did the same basic science research you did be
  9. The biggest detriment of this would be pushing the "gunning" process even earlier. I don't think this is a good idea for that reason. AFMC portal has already attempted to standardize the electives process. You can see from their attempt that every school has their own peculiarities that they have refused to drop. I think it is a great idea to standardize and make the elective process more streamlined, but we can see this was already tried and it was a gargantuan effort just to get AFMC portal up and running, I think there are a lot of entrenched policies that will make further change challengi
  10. It probably won't be true anymore. They may go regional though, they might look for at least one elective in the region. One of the strategies that is going to become bigger is to do an elective in a school in a related specialty and trying to have a meeting with the PD of the specialty they are actually interested in to demonstrate interest.
  11. Only go if you know theres not a chance in hell you will get into medical school in Canada/US Allo. Or if you absolutely know you will never want to work in Canada. You have to tell us which school this is or at least the country this is for anyone to help you. Europe isn't a school, its a continent with 700 million people ya know. The other thing is, are you even sure you will be paying the european fee? A lot of countries have wisened up to this act and only allow you to pay european fees if you lived in europe for a number of years before entering there.
  12. I think you should rewrite it. CARS tends to be pretty stable, your score probably won't go down by too much and could go up. As it stands you aren't a shoo-in for Mac anyways, so there is enough room for improvement that I think it is worth it.
  13. The discrepancy will still exist but will be reduced, which is better than what it is now. Not all PDs know about this, in big specialties where the PD job is a pretty big part of your career, they will, but in a smaller specialty where the PD job is small part of it, PDs might not really know. Certainly, having more electives in the specialty will mean more chances to get letters, better performance in said specialty by the end of your electives, and more networking which will help a lot in competitive specialties. I can't imagine this wouldn't have a positive impact for those from schools wi
  14. While I agree with the downsides, I do think the upsides will materialize. Look at the end of the day we are talking about a zero sum game here. It doesn't matter what we do, someone is going to be left unhappy with the match. I don't think this is what the reformers were trying to change anyways. The main benefit of this entire elective reform was to even the playing field between medical schools because as it stands, different medical schools get varying amounts of elective time. I don't think it was ever fair that Calgary had 10 weeks of electives while UBC had 24.
  15. I would stick with surgery to be honest. Its normal to have a bit of cold feet going in. A lot of surgery doesn't fit the stereotype. Unless you genuinely think surgery isn't for you or that you like family medicine more now, I would probably trust your original instincts.
  16. Stethoscopes are already obsolete on the wards. By the time you enter residency and definitely by the time you finish residency ultrasound will likely become the new stethoscope.
  17. I would check out a forum called studentroom.co.uk for advice. But to sum it up, have a high GPA, have good ECs, do some volunteering and study hard for the UKCAT and BMAT. You apply through UCAS. If you want to apply through the regular UG stream (which I would advise if you are in 1st year or 2nd year), you can only apply for 4 medical schools. If you are near graduation, might as well get your BSc and then apply for the 4 year GEM programs. Do note that you probably won't get domestic tuition because you haven't lived there, this will make med school expensive. Not sure if you would h
  18. This is what happens though when you don't have the oil and gas industry carrying your province anymore. I'm not really surprised by this at all to be honest with you.
  19. Toronto is tough, anecdotally people who switched from surgery into fam med all matched in Ontario to semi rural sites which wasn't their first choice. I have honestly not heard of anyone myself who matched to Toronto FM without FM electives/interest in FM as first choice. You will match to FM though if you do apply broadly, it is just 2 years anyways. Problem with making the switch last minute is that it is very hard to prove you are not backing up with family. Why not surgery anymore?
  20. As long as you have it on your mind, you'll probably be fine. The people who may be in trouble are those who put it off and either just enjoying single life a bit too much or on the other end so immersed in work they don't bother looking. I do agree with RiderSx though, meeting people in school does tend to be easier, med school probably is a good time, especially pre-clerkship. clerkship gets busy and CaRMs just is filled with too much stress and uncertainty. Even if you don't get into medical school, you'll probably be fine, grad school or even the workplace are great places. The
  21. Make sure you want to go to Sask as well, this is going to be 4 years of your life. These admissions rules are very fickle and can change as well. Make sure you won't be devastated if you lose IP status. Choose wisely, we may focus on the differences but don't forget the majority of people who get into medical school in sask would've gotten into alberta. More likely than not, your choice won't be the reason you got or didn't get into medical school, but what is guaranteed is where you spend the next 4 years of your life, the friends you will make and this can all influence what alternative car
  22. Trust me, coming from someone who would look for reasons for it to matter, it actually doesn't. Within Canada, literally no one cares. It does not affect your career in any way. This is unlike many other fields like law, business, engineering, where there are schools that get recruited from more often than others. It can matter outside Canada (i.e. US) in highly competitive/academic driven specialties, but at most it is minor and a lot less than you'd think, near the bottom of the things they would look at. Generally speaking, in their eyes, all of Canada is mid-tier.
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