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    Snowmen got a reaction from Dr.House in Quebec expands admissions to medical schools by more than 100   
    They've basically decided they would force people into the FM spots that are left every year at CaRMS. This isn't a victory, but rather the government deciding that they will have greater control over where people practice.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from oneday1 in is it very unlikely to match to mcgill for residency from u of t if you speak no French? Even if you did an elective at McGill? (Assuming you could even do I)   
    As a Montrealer, it's completely false that you could do residency at McGill and not speak french. They may be "english" hospitals but they still have a large proportion of french patients that can't be avoided and even if you could avoid seeing those patients, your training would suffer since, for instance, you'd completely cut yourself off from some subspecialties for which the MUHC or other McGill hospitals are referral centers.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from helloworldz in is it very unlikely to match to mcgill for residency from u of t if you speak no French? Even if you did an elective at McGill? (Assuming you could even do I)   
    As a Montrealer, it's completely false that you could do residency at McGill and not speak french. They may be "english" hospitals but they still have a large proportion of french patients that can't be avoided and even if you could avoid seeing those patients, your training would suffer since, for instance, you'd completely cut yourself off from some subspecialties for which the MUHC or other McGill hospitals are referral centers.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from procrastinating in Perspectives On the Admissions Process   
    I personally don't think that an exam alone is a good way to select applicants since an interview tells you a lot about someone, and especially MMI. On the flip side, I'd say that the need to absolutely select applicants with strong social skills perhaps is overblown. Sure, you need to weed out the ones that have no social skills whatsoever to the point of that being a personality problem. For the rest who are by definition average, I think empathy can actually be learned. This is all coming from someone who got in with average marks and a very high MMI score so hopefully I wont come across as biased.
    This whole debate about empathy and what not reminds me of the other thread about medical students supposedly become less empathetic as they advance in their training. In fact, I do believe they become much more empathetic. The issue is that people are very quick to mistake sympathetic people with empathetic people. I would say that people actually tend to become less sympathetic and more empathetic which is a very significant distinction. Being sympathetic can cloud your judgement and is something that is a big disadvantage in medicine while truly being empathetic (ie: having an objective understanding of someone's emotions, experience and values) is not as flashy but is much more useful.
     
     
    Also, I'd like you to change your username. Thank you.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from chocolatecake in Perspectives On the Admissions Process   
    I personally don't think that an exam alone is a good way to select applicants since an interview tells you a lot about someone, and especially MMI. On the flip side, I'd say that the need to absolutely select applicants with strong social skills perhaps is overblown. Sure, you need to weed out the ones that have no social skills whatsoever to the point of that being a personality problem. For the rest who are by definition average, I think empathy can actually be learned. This is all coming from someone who got in with average marks and a very high MMI score so hopefully I wont come across as biased.
    This whole debate about empathy and what not reminds me of the other thread about medical students supposedly become less empathetic as they advance in their training. In fact, I do believe they become much more empathetic. The issue is that people are very quick to mistake sympathetic people with empathetic people. I would say that people actually tend to become less sympathetic and more empathetic which is a very significant distinction. Being sympathetic can cloud your judgement and is something that is a big disadvantage in medicine while truly being empathetic (ie: having an objective understanding of someone's emotions, experience and values) is not as flashy but is much more useful.
     
     
    Also, I'd like you to change your username. Thank you.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from Anon_9 in Perspectives On the Admissions Process   
    I personally don't think that an exam alone is a good way to select applicants since an interview tells you a lot about someone, and especially MMI. On the flip side, I'd say that the need to absolutely select applicants with strong social skills perhaps is overblown. Sure, you need to weed out the ones that have no social skills whatsoever to the point of that being a personality problem. For the rest who are by definition average, I think empathy can actually be learned. This is all coming from someone who got in with average marks and a very high MMI score so hopefully I wont come across as biased.
    This whole debate about empathy and what not reminds me of the other thread about medical students supposedly become less empathetic as they advance in their training. In fact, I do believe they become much more empathetic. The issue is that people are very quick to mistake sympathetic people with empathetic people. I would say that people actually tend to become less sympathetic and more empathetic which is a very significant distinction. Being sympathetic can cloud your judgement and is something that is a big disadvantage in medicine while truly being empathetic (ie: having an objective understanding of someone's emotions, experience and values) is not as flashy but is much more useful.
     
     
    Also, I'd like you to change your username. Thank you.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from keipop in Quebec expands admissions to medical schools by more than 100   
    They've basically decided they would force people into the FM spots that are left every year at CaRMS. This isn't a victory, but rather the government deciding that they will have greater control over where people practice.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from Anon1 in Perspectives On the Admissions Process   
    I personally don't think that an exam alone is a good way to select applicants since an interview tells you a lot about someone, and especially MMI. On the flip side, I'd say that the need to absolutely select applicants with strong social skills perhaps is overblown. Sure, you need to weed out the ones that have no social skills whatsoever to the point of that being a personality problem. For the rest who are by definition average, I think empathy can actually be learned. This is all coming from someone who got in with average marks and a very high MMI score so hopefully I wont come across as biased.
    This whole debate about empathy and what not reminds me of the other thread about medical students supposedly become less empathetic as they advance in their training. In fact, I do believe they become much more empathetic. The issue is that people are very quick to mistake sympathetic people with empathetic people. I would say that people actually tend to become less sympathetic and more empathetic which is a very significant distinction. Being sympathetic can cloud your judgement and is something that is a big disadvantage in medicine while truly being empathetic (ie: having an objective understanding of someone's emotions, experience and values) is not as flashy but is much more useful.
     
     
    Also, I'd like you to change your username. Thank you.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from SnowmanTheSWOMEN in Perspectives On the Admissions Process   
    I personally don't think that an exam alone is a good way to select applicants since an interview tells you a lot about someone, and especially MMI. On the flip side, I'd say that the need to absolutely select applicants with strong social skills perhaps is overblown. Sure, you need to weed out the ones that have no social skills whatsoever to the point of that being a personality problem. For the rest who are by definition average, I think empathy can actually be learned. This is all coming from someone who got in with average marks and a very high MMI score so hopefully I wont come across as biased.
    This whole debate about empathy and what not reminds me of the other thread about medical students supposedly become less empathetic as they advance in their training. In fact, I do believe they become much more empathetic. The issue is that people are very quick to mistake sympathetic people with empathetic people. I would say that people actually tend to become less sympathetic and more empathetic which is a very significant distinction. Being sympathetic can cloud your judgement and is something that is a big disadvantage in medicine while truly being empathetic (ie: having an objective understanding of someone's emotions, experience and values) is not as flashy but is much more useful.
     
     
    Also, I'd like you to change your username. Thank you.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from dh. in Perspectives On the Admissions Process   
    I personally don't think that an exam alone is a good way to select applicants since an interview tells you a lot about someone, and especially MMI. On the flip side, I'd say that the need to absolutely select applicants with strong social skills perhaps is overblown. Sure, you need to weed out the ones that have no social skills whatsoever to the point of that being a personality problem. For the rest who are by definition average, I think empathy can actually be learned. This is all coming from someone who got in with average marks and a very high MMI score so hopefully I wont come across as biased.
    This whole debate about empathy and what not reminds me of the other thread about medical students supposedly become less empathetic as they advance in their training. In fact, I do believe they become much more empathetic. The issue is that people are very quick to mistake sympathetic people with empathetic people. I would say that people actually tend to become less sympathetic and more empathetic which is a very significant distinction. Being sympathetic can cloud your judgement and is something that is a big disadvantage in medicine while truly being empathetic (ie: having an objective understanding of someone's emotions, experience and values) is not as flashy but is much more useful.
     
     
    Also, I'd like you to change your username. Thank you.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from conbrio in Perspectives On the Admissions Process   
    I personally don't think that an exam alone is a good way to select applicants since an interview tells you a lot about someone, and especially MMI. On the flip side, I'd say that the need to absolutely select applicants with strong social skills perhaps is overblown. Sure, you need to weed out the ones that have no social skills whatsoever to the point of that being a personality problem. For the rest who are by definition average, I think empathy can actually be learned. This is all coming from someone who got in with average marks and a very high MMI score so hopefully I wont come across as biased.
    This whole debate about empathy and what not reminds me of the other thread about medical students supposedly become less empathetic as they advance in their training. In fact, I do believe they become much more empathetic. The issue is that people are very quick to mistake sympathetic people with empathetic people. I would say that people actually tend to become less sympathetic and more empathetic which is a very significant distinction. Being sympathetic can cloud your judgement and is something that is a big disadvantage in medicine while truly being empathetic (ie: having an objective understanding of someone's emotions, experience and values) is not as flashy but is much more useful.
     
     
    Also, I'd like you to change your username. Thank you.
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    Snowmen reacted to ZBL in Is ANAESTHESIOLOGY, GENERAL SURGERY AND INTERNAL MEDICINE A RECIPE FOR DISASTER?   
    I would recommend you start med school before making all these decisions. 
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    Snowmen got a reaction from MD-2024 in Encore des changements à l'admission en med   
    McMaster a fait de nombreuses études sur les MEMs. C'est la modalité qui a la meilleure corrélation avec les résultats aux ECOS et dans les évaluations cliniques en général.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from mcatthrow101 in How important is research?   
    An awful clerk with research is still an awful clerk.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from Res514 in Salaire net vs brut au Québec   
    C'est le salaire brut. À ça, il faut rajouter les primes de gardes et d'enseignement qui sont versées aux 4 semaines donc ça revient à environ 59 000$ brut de mémoire. À ça, il faut déduire les impôts, les contributions au régime des rentes, au RQAP, etc. et les contributions aux assurances collectives. Je ne sais pas à combien exactement le montant net revient mais j'imagine que des résidents sur le forum pourraient le dire.
    Il faut aussi considérer que l'impôt est un peu moindre la première année (considérant qu'on ne gagne pas d'argent pour les 6 premiers mois de l'année).
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    Snowmen reacted to JohnGrisham in How to master the CaRMs interview?   
    ...How are my comments not IMG friendly? I am simply providing realism and context. I am very familiar with the statistics, and colleagues whom are IMGs - the data is mostly available freely on Carms.ca and internal school kept stats. 

    Yes, some of the best stats for some school in Ireland and Aussie are 60%. I would say a 40-50% chance of not matching(at best) is by definition "strong chance of not getting a placement". Not to mention the fact that most schools are much lower match rates, and on an individual level you can look at carms for yourself for new grads versus old grads.

    My whole point was to let the OP know not to self-doubt and think "I must be doing something wrong, my interview is lacking" - when its very clear that your interview can be GREAT, and you still don't match due to the sheer LUCK involved in the process due to the huge amount of demand for so few spots.  

    I think most sensible people, including IMGs who match themselves will mostly agree, the odds of matching in Canada at IMG are very tough. So you do what you can, keep applying and look at other opportunities to hedge your bets. 

    I don't think there are many people out there that are IMGs thinking "nice, i have pretty good odds at getting a placement in Canada, this should be okay". 
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    Snowmen got a reaction from ChemPetE in How important is research?   
    An awful clerk with research is still an awful clerk.
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    Snowmen reacted to tavenan in Being in your 20s   
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    Snowmen got a reaction from Galaxsci in Tips for writing personal letters for Carms   
    My general structure was:
    - Why the specialty
    - Why that program
    - Why they should take me
    - What my career goals are
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    Snowmen reacted to guy30 in FM enhanced skills match   
    These are not new programs, just that more and more programs that had previously interviewed and selected candidates directly are now also joining the CaRMS match process instead.
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    Snowmen reacted to shady in MCCQEII is now $4,170   
    Saw a petition about cancelling the MMCQEII which mentioned a 40% increase to MCCQEII fees. I just checked myself and this seems to be correct https://mcc.ca/examinations/examination-service-fees/
    I wrote 2 years ago for ~$2500. What's with the massive fee hike?
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    Snowmen got a reaction from Galaxsci in Realignment of Doctor's Income 2   
    Yup. Every year CaRMS shows us that recruiting people in ophto is a real struggle.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from X Æ A-12 in Realignment of Doctor's Income 2   
    Yup. Every year CaRMS shows us that recruiting people in ophto is a real struggle.
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    Snowmen got a reaction from X Æ A-12 in COVID-19 Impact on Electives and Clerkships   
    One attending wrote me a letter a week before the deadline but they were the ones offering it. I wouldn't ask for one less than 2 weeks before and ideally 4 weeks or so.
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    Snowmen reacted to Arztin in American Board of Radiology just cancelled/postponed their oral exams due to COVID-19   
    Spring exams probably won't happen.
    The Quebec government wrote a letter to the RCPSC today saying it doesn't agree with their decision to hold exams while the priority is to have as much manpower as possible as soon as possible with the Covid situation.
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