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  1. Hi - senior anesthesiology resident There are lots of jobs in BC right now, everywhere. Friends from UBC are getting hired out of R4, with multiple academic and non-academic sites to choose from in Vancouver alone. This is not even including great rural areas that also have lots of spots. There are so many jobs right now in BC and across the country that I imagine the job market will still be reliably good for a long while. Why? A couple of the major academic hospitals in Vancouver are expanding to increase the number of ORs. Also, the same major hospitals are adding out-of-OR spot
  2. I encourage you to take a look at the Canadian CARMS website to get an idea of the relative competitiveness of various specialties - they post match statistics every year. All programs have their own method of ranking applicants. Certainly involvement in academia is considered, and while this is most often research in anesthesiology or another field there are many students who demonstrate this quality with other pursuits. My advice is to be active about looking for leadership, academic, and skill development opportunities in medical school, but choose those that are genuinely interesting
  3. I'm with the 5 year FRCPC program, so I am not the best person to chat about GPA lifestyle or job market. Couple things I thought about though: As far as I know in Western Canada, FRCPC trained anesthesiologists are close to the only trainees being hired on these days in major cities. There are lots of jobs for GPAs in great rural areas all over the country, and some medium sized locations. Doing a couple locums post residency to find the right fit has been a common pathway from some of my GPA pals, while others have already been an established GP in a certain town and have been asked to
  4. Hi - Anesthesia senior resident. Call burden is dependent on the program you are in. I can only speak to my program and what I know from some buddies across the country. Large academic hospitals typically want 24 hr resident coverage - so in my program we are typically doing the max allowable call a month (6-7 shifts). Depending on the program, shifts can be 12 hrs or 24 hrs in length. Typically a hospital that is busy overnight all night will have 12 hr call, while hospitals that tend to shut down at 11PM will have 24 hr call. Depending on the program you may also routinely get pre-ca
  5. Also - I did a research project in clerkship. My preceptor wrote one of my reference letters, even though they did not work with me clinically. I had heard the same advice as above but chose to ignore it. I felt that my preceptor knew me the longest/best and would take the time to prepare a knock out letter. Anecdotally it worked out great for me, although I will never know what programs other than the one I matched to thought of that choice.
  6. I just emailed someone the following on the same question, although was geared towards an anesthesiology application.... Sure - at base level research will improve your application. But is this a reason to get involved in research that you don't feel strongly about? Absolutely not. There are lots of things that will improve your chances of getting interviews. programs likely will be just as interested in a different interest/skill set that you bring to the table. Or even more likely, they are interested in getting a diverse set of residents with different skill sets. For example, s
  7. It is a highly sensitive test for HF, around 90-97% depending on what cut off you choose - check out the Breathing Not Properly study and the PRIDE study. Like some mentioned, BNP or NT-proBNP is currently recommended to rule in or out CHF if the diagnosis is unclear. It is particularly well studied in the patient presenting with dyspnea & clinical uncertainty. In clinical practice, I've seen it be used in this context, usually by cardiology and rarely by ED, FM, IM - although where I was training only cardiologists were supposed order BNP levels to avoid its misuse. I've also seen it be
  8. I don't think applying is a waste of time - going through the applying process is a great experience, especially if you get an interview. Accepted or not, decline the acceptance or not - no matter what you'll end up either in medical school or in a better position to be accepted to medical school. At least at my medical school, there is no formal prejudice against declining an offer and reapplying the next year. I accepted my offer prior to finishing my undergraduate degree. At the time I was a bit sad I didn't get to complete my degree, but that feeling was completely overwhelmed with
  9. Calgary student - no, we had the same benefits as in premed undergraduate studies. As medical students, we are considered to be taking an undergraduate medical degree, and therefore are considered undergrad students for purposes of all the benefits and stuff.
  10. Hi jkmeowling, Recent uofc med grad here. Take a look at the admissions criteria in detail, as well as the admission statistics if you haven't already. I'm not sure how to calculate your GPA in your case, but there are definitely successful applicants with in the range of your GPA - which means that you should give it a shot! Strategy wise, your aiming to get an interview - remember that only 20% is GPA, and you have lots of room to do well in other areas. I'm sorry to hear you're not doing well right now. I hope you are proud of all of the hard work you've accomplished over the l
  11. Hi Epona - bit late, but I found myself in a very similar situation last year. 1. I think 6 of 16 weeks in anesthesia electives is lots. When you write your personal letter/ go to interviews just be honest and explain your thought process - your anesthesia core was in the spring, and subsequently your elective choices match this interest. 2. Definitely worthwhile - the more exposure the better. I think it will be up to you how you choose to use your letters - I have no idea how certain types of experiences are perceived by programs. I don't think that just because it's a not a form
  12. Hi - grad from UofC. I agree with the above comments. Many of my classmates matched to highly competitive specialties, and also lots of competitive FM placements. For what it's worth, i have some examples of how Calgary's three year program, particularly clerkship, affected me. There were two main "disadvantages" I ran into in clerkship. One was the upfront electives - Calgary does 8 weeks of electives at the very beginning of clerkship, starting day 1. Electives are important because they are your chance to get letters of reference for carms, and to explore areas of medicine you are c
  13. The way I understand it... UofC admissions will see your MCAT scores from all three sections. However, only the VR is used in the objective calculation of your application, which is worth 10% (you're VR is compared against all other applicants and is assigned a numerical value based on stats stuff, I think Dr. Walker talked about this in his blog). However, in the SUBJECTIVE assessment of your academic merit, the admissions committee will consider the other two sections of your MCAT alongside other things like what types of classes you took, trends in grades, and other subjective measures..
  14. Hi, I received an invite to interview at Mac (yay!). I'm an OOP student and I probably won't have the chance to see the regional campuses when I come down for the interview... They seem like a great option, however the information sheet Mac sent out made it seem like the regional campuses were more geared towards rural/family medicine than the main campus, but it didn't say so explicitly by any means. Is the main campus (much?) better than the regional campuses at providing opportunities for more specialized residencies like internal medicine etc? Why? If anyone has any insight tha
  15. Does anyone know the average number of applicants who applied after two years of undergrad that were accepted? There are stats for other schools, like UBC, that makes it seem quite unlikely, however UofC has a much different system and I was wonder if I should bother applying this year!
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