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  1. I think this is a great point – we get so focused with the end result that we forget that the journey itself is sometimes what was so enjoyable, the anticipation of the final result was what motivated us and drove us to achieve. Sometimes getting exactly what you want can be a huge letdown when it finally happens. I have met many residents who were initially unhappy, sometimes extremely unhappy with their new program/city but later became quite content once they made new friends and relationships and adapted to their new environment. On the other hand, sometimes the opposite happens too.
  2. In my experience, second round CaRMS is traditionally roughly 50/50 in person vs. Skype, with some programs giving you the choice of either. Yes, that meant that people had to book flights with just a day or two's notice, which really hit the bank account hard - but what part of medical school or the match is ever cheap? However given the current circumstances I expect most will lean towards doing Skype interviews exclusively. Perhaps they will be forced extend the match deadline - these are unprecedented times.
  3. Wow. Your post strikes me as quite judgmental. Why is it necessary to characterize this person's (I will not assume their gender) feelings as a lack of resilience or gratitude? Are we not allowed to feel sad and depressed in life, even if things look great on the exterior? This person's reality is that they're about to move away from family, friends, girlfriend for 5+ years, and that's really hitting home. I think they deserve sympathy rather than scorn. Their feelings are quite valid. In fact, residents in Canada have committed suicide in very similar circumstances. Family, friends, significa
  4. Please share what you find out! I have been wondering the same thing. If you do a 1 year fellowship, you're still subject to the rotational requirements of the ABFM, which includes general surgery and critical care. So simply doing a palliative or sports medicine fellowship may not cut it, for instance, if your original FM residency didn't include those rotations. If going the CCFP equivalency route, I don't know how you would fulfill the 6 month residency in the US requirement and 6 month actively involved in FM requirement. Does this imply you can practice under someone else's
  5. The best part of this post.. is how you mention starting medicine at age 25... and despite this you still don't recommend it. That's not much older than the average starting age in medicine, considering how many people have to apply more than once to get in.
  6. Sorry to bump an old thread here. But if I'm getting this right, a CMG who's doing residency right now in Canada, can still apply to the NRMP match for a PGY-1 position, for instance, because they want to change specialties and there is little hope of transfer within Canada. And this is possible because we have not used an US-based funding for our residency? I've also tried to understand why USMGs, once they match to a residency through NRMP, can't apply to the NRMP a second time to change specialties or locations. Is it because they've already used up some government funding for their fi
  7. It's a combination of grass is greener on the other side... and a matter of you don't know what you're getting into until it happens. When you go unmatched, even a residency doing family medicine in rural Newfoundland might sound great, because it's better than being unemployed for a whole year. No offense to Newfoundland. But then you actually end up in rural Newfoundland and maybe now you hate it because of how far away you are from everything you care about, and you're thinking how great life would have been if you got plastic surgery in Toronto. The CaRMS match is a many-edged sword.
  8. Are there any other stories of successful transfers this year (outside of CaRMS)? I'm hoping to transfer and need some examples of people succeeding at this to give me some motivation.
  9. I highly agree with this. Any psych program in Canada will get you your FRCPC certification. They are all at least decent. But for a 5 year residency, location should almost be your primary consideration. Do you have family or friends in the area? Can your partner/spouse move with you and find work? You'll have lots of spare time in psychiatry (relatively speaking) so make sure you prioritize the important things and people in your life. If you're flexible on a few locations, then ask, does the program you want offer the subspecialty expertise you're looking for, assuming you want to subs
  10. Thank you notes are a nice gesture but I can't see them actually making much difference to your match result unless it was so close between you and another candidate and you were the only one who said thanks. And that's probably a very rare occurrence. I think it's still nice of people to send them but let's not fool ourselves thinking it'll make or break you.
  11. This is probably true of people in most if not all specialties... how does it explain the neuro spots in particular?
  12. In the old days, graduates of the rotating internship could practice as GP's without any additional training, thus eroding the standing of family doctors since there was little benefit in specializing in family practice for 2 years if you could do the same job with just the 1 year internship. When the rotating internship was eliminated, family medicine became established as its own "specialty" and only people certified by the CFPC could practice as GP's. So if people can get an independent license with just a 1 year internship, family doctors would start having more competition. Thus, the
  13. To the extent you characterize people as "complainers," maybe they have good cause. Let's look at some data. In 2008, there were 2,136 CMG graduates and 2,379 positions available, for a 1.11 ratio. Last year, the same numbers were 2,923 CMG graduates and 2,974 positions available, a ratio of 1.02. As mentioned in a previous post, that includes Quebec which has a surplus of residency spots, so if you exclude Quebec the ratio is more like 0.98. And yet, over the same period, IMG positions increased from basically zero in 2006 to 343 in 2018. Clearly, the growth of positions for CM
  14. You haven't lost anything in that particular case, but you're losing out as a taxpayer by supporting a training system that regularly leaves qualified CMG candidates unmatched year after year. You could save money by cutting CMG spots and still getting the same results. That's the source of waste. If you gave those unmatched candidates just 2 more years of training in FM, they could be a fully functioning doctor rather than unemployed and unable to repay their student loans. The US has a "fully competitive" system with caveats. Last year the NRMP had ~18,000 USMD graduates apply and a tot
  15. Looking at those Ottawa spots, they look kind of suspicious. 19 FM (English speaking) spots open is basically half of their 38 spot total quota in the first round. What's going on? Are they just being extra picky this year or is there some other motive? Saving the spots for after second iteration and giving them away in the opaque 'post match process's?
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