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  1. As said, USDO has the US as an option making it a better choice overall. I have anecdotally seen many Ireland MDs interview in residency but no DOs, but I think that's because it's a relatively uncommon option currently.
  2. I'm a couple years out from marking now so I don't know if they have updated their rubric but in general after reading 50 of the same answer you can tell when answers are generic vs actually considering the issue. The way you answer the questions should be in a similar format though, that's fine, ie identify the issues, address the options, choose a side and defend it.
  3. As you allude to, everyone does this, but I would be very careful, as a mini-scandal has occurred at one IM program where someone reported a study group using materials to the Royal College and how they're investigating.
  4. Yeah I was gonna say, realistically if you're limited to home electives they have to be equitable about the compeditive stuff and if there is only capacity for 1 learner at a time then they're gonna have to put some limit.
  5. It's relatively rare and harder than switching to a different program at the same institution but still technically possible. There are some anecdotes on these forums, but it requires a lot of luck. You have two options for out of province transfer, apply through the national transfer process, which starts with you reaching out to your own PGME and will eventually need support of your own program, so usually its only done for proximity to family or change in life situation as opposed to poor performance or relationship with your own program. The second option is to reapply to CaRMS for any ope
  6. I didn't do my residency at either program but UBC definitely has night float although there is fly-in call on the weekends. UBC has 15 fellows per year vs 9 for mac but they both have 1 per year for each subspeciality they have a fellowship in, so NICU and GI are going to have the same fellow situation regardless. Some things, like the lack of cardiac surgery at mac, actually matter very little as the UBC residents get very little exposure to those patients beyond the general cardiology you would get at other programs without cardiac surgery. It's up to you if the difference in volume vs fell
  7. That's completely normal and not at all problematic. Although real-time dictation is more common a lot of staff have their assistants dictate their letters and make calls on their behalf. They are responsible for confidentiality just as much as the doc.
  8. Academic reference implies that they taught/supervised you during academic work and can comment on the quality of that work/your grades. While 2 is a prof, he did not mark anything of yours and therefore is not an academic reference.
  9. At some point you have to take what you can get, and a letter from a cardiologist saying x would make an excellent cardiac surgeon would be not as great as from a cardiac surgeon, but better than nothing.
  10. Citation needed. In general the system is fundamentally different in Canada vs US. Who knows what the future holds but in my experience across three provinces, including BC, NPs support MDs and vice versa and fill very much needed gaps in care.
  11. A few years out from grading Casper now, but we didn't subtract for typos. Don't spend too much time on anecdotes since it's blinded we can't verify anything you say so we afford no points to personal stories. We marked 50 of the same question in a row so you could just make up a scenario that communicates what you want. It's more important to evenly distribute your time among the 3 questions to give a sufficient answer for all, than pure overall speed.
  12. Unfortunately not. How do covid variants make you feel like a guinea pig? Or are you saying the different types of vaccine? You understand that there can be more than one medicine that treats something right? Clearly, you're not. "Science" overwhelmingly suggests getting the vaccine is the most rational choice.
  13. Year of graduation, ie not being a fresh grad is a red flag. Some programs are hesitant to have residents with prior training as well. I'm not saying it's impossible, who knows there might be a small program who likes you, but you're likely going to have to do aggressive networking etc. to overcome these issues as well as the visa requirement. Alternatively you can look into anaesthesia or ER +1s for family which might be an easier route.
  14. Write the USMLEs and do whatever else you need to be eligible, try and build connections with programs/get LORs that will overcome the red flags on your application of YOG and prior training.
  15. McMaster considers the GPA of every undergraduate course you have taken, regardless of it was part of a degree or not.
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