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  1. Family medicine R1 (as of July) here. Is the AFMC service used in residency for electives at all? Just wondering because we are able to apply for a refund from our portal fees since we paid for them pre-pandemic and then obviously had all our visiting electives cancelled. Just wondering because the AFMC is warning us that if we receive a refund then we can't use the portal again. While I realize this could be an issue if one were not to match and needed to do more electives, but is this threat moot as a resident?
  2. Incoming family medicine R1 here. Is the AFMC service used in residency for electives at all? Just wondering because we are able to apply for a refund from our portal fees since we paid for them pre-pandemic and then obviously had all our visiting electives cancelled. Just wondering because the AFMC is warning us that if we receive a refund then we can't use the portal again. While I realize this could be an issue if one were not to match and needed to do more electives, but is this threat moot as a resident?
  3. Been a big Toronto Notes fan throughout medical school and have used the 2017 version passed down from previous students that worked well on Adobe reader. I like it as a quick reference during clinical rotations as well as for home studying (in addition to UptoDate, Tintinalli's, Harrison's, etc). I recently purchased the 2021 e-book as an update and to help prep for LMCC 1, but I find the default e-reader it comes with (Adobe Digital Editions) to be horrendous. It's very laggy when scrolling through pages and also slower on my phone. Does anyone know how to open this file (locked pdf, un
  4. Any recommendations on specific rural programs (especially if considering EM)? I know an above post said to look for places where staff does emerg shifts, but do any have better reputations than others? I’ve heard good things about UBC, Calgary, Manitoba, NOSM, and MUN’s rural FM programs
  5. Excellent, that’s the kind of answer I was hoping for. Would prefer to take a variety of electives to fill in knowledge gaps rather than being strategic about matching (either for family or potential +1 EM down the road). Thanks!
  6. Would like to match to a rural family med program, then do a +1 EM year. Currently in 3rd year and at my school we don’t start electives till 4th year (rural family with some specialty exposure for all of 3rd year). Just wondering what electives I should look into for the best learning opportunities? I’ve heard anesthesia, emerg and ICU (as a resident) would be good for this. Anything else? Will family elective(s) be needed to be done to have a competitive application broadly (not picky about location)?
  7. 1. I’m pretty sure NOSM looks at a cumulative GPA (OMSAS and/or the NOSM website would be the official source for this info though) 2. I know there is a tick box (and extra essay question) on the application to apply as a Francophone applicant. However, I am not sure if this is a separate stream, or if it just gives you an advantage (I would guess the latter though - I don’t recall any reserved seats for Francophone or Indigenous applicants). Again - check OMSAS and the NOSM website for the officials policies.
  8. Can’t bypass orgo with a gen chem/biochem combo anymore? That’s a bummer. Orgo is not fun and has not been helpful to me once in the first 2 years of medical school (I’m assuming it will be even less helpful in clerkship and the beyond). Biochem was somewhat helpful at least, but by no means necessary. Good luck, friend
  9. 1/3 of your pre-interview score is “context” - basically, where you grew up. This score gets higher the more Northern Ontario-y and rurally the communities are that you spent time in growing up. NOSM wants docs in Northern Ontario, and the most current research tells them that recruiting from Northern Ontario helps achieve this goal the best. That being said, there are people each year from out of province and/or larger communities just like there are small numbers of people on the tail ends of any bell curve. Good luck!
  10. Hard to say without looking at the application, but likely ANY community. Unless they specify an Indigenous community, assume it means any community.
  11. My class has a few students from rural BC, Nova Scotia, and the Yukon. Can’t hurt to apply! Check the admission stats (class profiles) on the NOSM website. There are always a few successful applicants from “rural/remote areas from the rest of Canada”.
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