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  1. Residency spots are a provincial funding allocation, so it's up to each provinces ministry of health/political. So hard to say if more spots are coming any time soon. Different for everyone, its a choice you make on your own. Maybe you have family in a specific location that limits where you can go. Larger specialties like family you probably don't have to apply everywhere. Others may apply broadly then only interview or rank a subset. May people applying to competitive specialties generally will apply across the board if that specialty is more important than location. In previous year
  2. The pros and cons vs joining an existing clinic? Pros would be that you get you make all the decisions and have full control, and not have to share things or rely on others. Cons is that you bear all the costs and responsibilities as the above poster says. Typically you incorporate and then will probably need some business loans for start up fees like office rent down payment, computers/emr, equipment like exam beds and opthalmoscopes, and hiring at least one staff. If you keep costs low, your billings should be more than costs with enough to give you worthwhile salary. So your corporation pay
  3. As we don't do big shared spreadsheets like the US everything will be anecdotal, especially as we're in the middle of invites being sent out, so there's no way to know unless a program has given out numbers directly.
  4. Both... Ideally you would be doing research in ophthalmology with ophthalmologists who can network/write LORs, publishing ophthalmology research in ophthalmology or high impact general medical journals. That might not be enough. I would highly encourage you to reach out to your local ophthalmology program to see if you can meet with staff/residents to find out if you would be a good candidate and what you would have to do to be compeditive.
  5. https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/applying-medical-school-process/medical-school-admission-requirements/ Purchase this, (hopefully they still include this data?) find schools that actually accept more than 2 Canadians each year and that your numbers are above average for, apply to all of them.
  6. Decisions have already been made by committee and are not likely to change but you can email them and ask if all invites have been sent out to see if you are still in contention at least.
  7. In 2020 94 people applied for 37 spots, 75 of them as their first choice. So just over 2 applicants for every spot. By that metric it is the most compeditive specialty, more than dermatology and plastic surgery. That's not to say that starting now you can't match, but if you are set on optho then strongly consider taking time off in med school to do a master's degree and research in optho. I don't think neurology is nearly as compeditive but I can't comment on neurooptho.
  8. Is it one combined interview for all sites? I would be delicate about it. You can say something like you're particularly attracted to X location because of Y. But I wouldn't say directly that X is your top choice. If there are individual interviews I think it would be fine to be somewhat more direct. Again it's unlikely that it would do any harm and they would rank you lower because their not your favourite?? But if you come off in any way like you might not be happy with the non-favourite sites then there's the possibility that it could hurt you because they understandably do not want an unha
  9. Clearly I'm not super knowledgeable about the intricacies of UBC's policies but they do include summer courses, I do not know exactly how the factor into their grade adjustment. As far as I know there isn't an issue with stopping undergraduate degrees like there is with unfinished graduate degrees at some places. You can apply for a 5th year either as part of a degree (which I assume you would have to apply to and be accepted) or as a post-bac year (for which, as was noted above, you may not have priority for some courses). You might have to reach out to an advisor at UBC about what their rule
  10. You can if you like, especially if like your SO and family live in that city its pretty obvious, but it won't help or hurt you, as in theory you can say that to every program. Just like they're welcome to say that they will rank you highly and then later find out you didn't match there and they had unmatched spots... which has happened.
  11. You tagged me but I agree with the other posters. It's always good to have an upward trend but it only puts you ahead of the people who have the same GPA without an upward trend. Your GPA is too low for the schools you applied too. If you had applied much more broadly to lower tier schools you may have had some love. My recommendations: Do more undergrad to get your GPA up, especially phys/chem/bio/math as AMCAS has a separate GPA for that. Apply much more broadly and consider DO I don't think LGBT stuff usually hurts your app except for certain non-secular US schools th
  12. My apologies, you are correct. UBC does consider graduate courses it seems, thanks to the other poster who linked it. This is a change from when I applied way back when. At least when I applied Ontario schools did not consider them, that might have changed too. This also changes the math of OP's GPA so can't really comment on that anymore. I stand by my statements on grad school grades being inflated. I was on the admissions committee of my medical school and this was the reason they were not considered... (and again I got a 4.0 on my masters degree basically automatically...)
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