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  1. I do know some coresidents of mine who matched to rural Newfoundland with no family med electives. I enjoyed my time here, but you know yourself if two years in a place like rural coastal villages is for you or not. That said, family med is getting more competitive, although snowmaggedon got us good for match rates LOL. It's probably still in your interest to fit in at least one FM elective if you really want a decent shot at family med. I did also know of people who got interviewed with no electives but went unmatched despite programs having leftover spots - i.e. they chose not to rank the ap
  2. If it helps I did exactly what you described. Left my home school and town where I knew everyone, knew the system, enjoyed the clinics, had my family and partner. Moved across the country to the coast where I had one friend 5hrs away. It was my top choice on rank list. There's pros and cons. Was my entire training rosy? Not at all. I loved the adventure, loved the new scenery and culture. But culture shock was real, homesickness was real, and it is really freaking hard to make friends in a new place, particularly a small town. I had some of the worst times of my life in residency, but also som
  3. Am in a "soft" +1, as in not regulated or licensed like +1 EM. Evaluate how much you enjoy the kinds of work and do your +1 based on that. I know EM has better lifestyle for some people but I hate the ER. I have nightmares after every ER shift about something I forgot to do, or should have asked. I will happily never do an ER shift again in my life. Other friends of mine think clinic grates their nerves to shreds and would live in the ER, so +1 was pretty good for them. +1 in anesthesia as someone else said can be limiting, I believe a lot of bigger city hospitals would be harder to work at co
  4. Am resident in St. John's, did central stream but I know eastern and nunafam on a basic level. St. John's is a great city - I love it. It's got some city amenities with a small town feel. Rent isn't crazy. Driving is a bit intimidating (we got hills on hills and staircases cut into sidewalks because you'll never get up the hill otherwise) but you get used to it. Not a lot of skyscrapers, so good views are easy to come by. I get a view of the ocean and downtown from a 4th floor apartment. Weather is a bit temperamental, but so are a lot of coastal areas. Windy, rainy, but when it's good i
  5. As someone said below, it's very hard to maintain social boundaries when there are only 2000 people. They're all your patients. Even if they're not, they're your patient's son, niece, aunt, etc. I couldn't go to the grocery store sometimes because people would stop me and ask for bloodwork results or refills. People regularly asked for prescriptions for family members, or would text pictures of rashes to my private number given out in a social context. It's also just a low numbers game. 2000 people, most out of age range, sexual orienting, in relationships. I think were all of 3 availabl
  6. Rural is very exciting! I won't lie, the pressure can be immense and the isolation is real. Especially if you go alone without a partner/family, it can be hard to make friends when everyone is a patient. Dating in small rural areas is a virtual no go. The work can be quite taxing. The pay in some areas is actually less than urban areas due to a lot of factors. I would say the thing that really makes rural worth it is how much you love that kind of medicine, and the collegiality that is much rarer is larger settings. When there's only 5 docs and 1 nurse for 2hrs around, and struggle together wi
  7. A little late on the reply! Rural is very much up to people's definition. If you're specifically thinking of family doctor loan forgiveness, they do dictate based on postal codes what counts as rural. I think the cap is at 20 000 population. It also varies province to province. I did rural family medicine in southern Ontario and still had no less than 7 allergists I could refer to in the region. I went north of Ottawa and about 2hrs north there you can do ER and the family docs did most of the psych side because we didn't have a psychiatrist. I've since been to rural Newfoundland a
  8. I was one of the interviewers for Mac back in 2017, my advice may be a little dated now so take with a grain of salt. My station was one that came frontloaded with a long answer. The best applicants I found spoke for about 4mins or so, gave me their opening argument, reasons why they supported that, reasons why they don't support the other side of the argument, then conclusion. I had prompting questions that I could ask if they didn't already cover it in their answer. To be honest, people who gave me everything including answers to the prompting questions up front was difficult to
  9. Speaking from a family medicine perspective: people were throwing job offers at us during relevant conferences like FMF. Most recruiters will get your email and send any upcoming job opportunities as well. I don't know how competitive yet (PGY2) but I kept in touch with places I enjoyed electives in through clerkship and some are sending out offers, so that might be a way, too?
  10. LOL! Hello from Newfoundland rural family resident! Fortunately I came here by choice hahaha. That said, going to a place you didn't want to is pretty brutal. But important to remember that residency is a time limited business and, to be honest, most of the time you're circulating in the hospital. Even if it's not where you want to go, a lot of programs are very negotiable about getting you additional learning opportunities that you need. OP: At this point. since you've already matched, I think the best/only thing to do is chin up, get through the first year of residency, and keep a
  11. Sorry to hear OP! Failing an exam always feels like a huge punch to the gut. As others have said, the LMCC2 is hardly a reflection of your clinical skills. I will say regarding site:site variation, friends of mine who wrote at some sites like Toronto found it a very stressful day, sometimes with very strict rules and while no one mentioned examiners, they did find even the support staff quite stress inducing. Could have been day to day obviously. I wrote on the east coast and found the day quite relaxed. Certainly plays into how I do on the days when all the support staff were very f
  12. Holy cow. I know most of our fellow classmates I spoke to didn't have scores that high. We're all batting 60-70% from what I can tell, higher on CDM than on MCQ. Share your studying wisdom please
  13. If you're at all interested in full spectrum family med or rural family med, I highly recommend Petawawa under Ottawa's outreach for an elective. Best 4 weeks of my learning, amazing preceptors and you're the only student, so 5 staff teaching one student. Plus housing is supplied.
  14. Anatomical Pathology: ALL RELEASEDAnesthesiology: NOSM, Ottawa, USask, Calgary, Western, Queen'sCardiac Surgery: McGillDermatology: Alberta, CalgaryDiagnostic Radiology: McGill, Queen's, Calgary, MUN, Dalhousie, UBCEmergency Medicine: Queen's, Sask, LavalFamily Medicine: Laval, Sherbrooke, Montreal, U of T, McGill (Montreal urban stream), Western, Queen'sGeneral surgery: Manitoba, McGillInternal Medicine:Laboratory Medicine:Medical Biochemistry:Medical Genetics:Neurology: Manitoba, UBC, Calgary, Memorial, Alberta, Dalhousie, McGill, WesternNeurology-Pediatric: Calgary, UBC, U of Alberta, McMas
  15. Anatomical Pathology: ALL RELEASEDAnesthesiology: NOSM, Ottawa, USask, Calgary, WesternCardiac Surgery: McGillDermatology: Alberta, CalgaryDiagnostic Radiology: McGill, Queen's, Calgary, MUN, Dalhousie, UBCEmergency Medicine: Queen's, Sask Family Medicine: Laval, Sherbrooke, Montreal, U of T, McGill (Montreal urban stream), WesternGeneral surgery: Manitoba, McGillInternal Medicine:Laboratory Medicine:Medical Biochemistry:Medical Genetics:Neurology: Manitoba, UBC, Calgary, Memorial, Alberta, Dalhousie, McGillNeurology-Pediatric: Calgary, UBC, U of Alberta, McMaster, McGill, OttawaNeuropathology
  16. Hi all, have any Ottawa students or other students on electives gone through Pembroke? I have an elective coming up and will be thankfully getting accommodations in the med student house they reserve. Does anyone know the condition of this house? I've heard some horror stories of bed bugs and other unpleasantries in hospital provided student housing, so I'm wondering if I should seek my own living instead. Obviously I'd prefer to stay here as it's free and looking for housing on short notice and in such a small area is a pain. Thank you for any insights!
  17. Last year my email title was: 'Offer of Admissions, McMaster MD Program - Hamilton Campus'. Pretty much gives it all up front.
  18. It was amazing to meet everyone today! You are all such wonderful people, and I hoped you enjoyed today despite the stress! Hopefully I'll see all of you come August! Until then, chillax. For those of you still to interview, we look forward to seeing you soon!
  19. Just from my experience last year, I monologued for the first 3 minutes or so, then, if there's anything I didn't cover that they were looking for, I was prompted. If I covered all of it, they said as much and that was it.
  20. I wore a black sheath dress with a colourful blazer for interviews and I got in Seriously though, as long as you're dressed neat and professionally, it's all good. People wearing pants, skirts, dresses, sweaters, scarves, and blazers have all been accepted. In your case, I'd say a dress with blazer is fine. It might just be my screen, but that dress looks a little busy for pattern. Just personal preference, but I'd go a solid coloured dress if you want to look more professional.
  21. Another one I ran across: has anyone been with CLV group/their Grant & Don Blvd apartments? It's right across from university plaza, which is a nice location.
  22. I've been looking into it! But every contact I send has been unanswered so far. The Hunter street apartments have lots of bed bug reports from what I saw. Thanks for the recommendations!
  23. I've been looking downtown but almost every building I've looked downtown have bedbug problems. Actually, I haven't seen anyone reporting bedbugs for Beverly Hills, but it's definitely true that all the other buildings around it (Glen Road, Camelot Towers) have issues. Do you have recommendations for downtown areas? Durand is a nice area but it's pretty expensive.
  24. Hi all, I'm looking at moving ASAP due to some crappy apartment and relationship issues, and need a new apartment within some proximity to Mac. Being in 1st year, I'd hope to stay out of the student housing because, well, haven't had the best experience with them (hence the moving) and it'd be hard to find a room at this time of year. I'm looking at the Beverly Hills apartments (644 Main st West) and 111 Market St right now. Osler court apartments are another option. None of them are terribly close to school but the transit options aren't bad. Does anyone have any experience with these
  25. Dear wonderful people, How does one pay off a car on a LOC? My parents can't help finance it at all, but I will desperately need a car in clerkship as everyone says, and this is in just a few months. Did people lease? Buy second hand and put a lump debt on LOC? Finance a new car? I want to do rural medicine so I'll be doings tons of country driving and want a safe car. Thanks for any advice!
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