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Everything posted by RichardHammond

  1. Although a while back, I was low waitlisted for Western one year and did not get off the list. Worked in healthcare for a year, reapplied and was accepted to Western. With Western's closed interview style, I would suggest you put a lot of effort in the interview prep. Practice with people who won't be afraid to be critical with you. Since you had one experience already with the interview, that's already an advantage in a sense. Without breaking the non-disclosure agreement, find out how you could improve those answers or how others would answer. You might be surprised how one thing that you sa
  2. I think there's more to Calgary's FM problem beyond that. A few years ago the PD or assistant joined the forums to respond to some of the criticism regarding the program. Regardless of how true certain claims are, the general impression I got from FM applicants was that Calgary's program was quite undesirable.
  3. Also keep in mind in your CaRMS applications, you'll have an opportunity to write about why you want to do residency in X location and try to take advantage of any sort of connection you have with the city/school, even if you didn't get an elective there. Not sure how strongly you can persuade a program that way but it's still another opportunity to demonstrate interest.
  4. Doesn't sound like an unreasonable rule, especially if they want to help candidates be more concise and avoid running out of time. I cannot think of many questions or scenarios, especially in a traditional-style interviews, where one should be speaking for more than 4 minutes. Why waste time say lot word when few word do trick?
  5. I agree with this. I know a couple people in my year who were hoping to ride the "home school advantage" in a specialties with roughly 2:1 ratios but they ultimately matched to 2nd choice discipline or unmatched after 1st iteration. So 13:7 isn't really good odds IMO.
  6. Unlikely. I would assume when it comes down to application time, you'll have to submit transcripts from both schools and they'll calculate GPA based on the school you took those courses.
  7. Flash cards, anki, question banks are all pretty easy and interactive ways to keep testing your knowledge if you're feeling keen. It's nice because you can literally just run through a few questions during a commute, at the gym etc. Overall not necessary but easier than flipping through preclerkship notes to review. OnlineMedEd is pretty good for a rough review too. Uworld is a bit random with obscure questions, and some of it will not help you at all during clerkship. Still waiting to apply my knowledge about ehrlichiosis, pseudocyesis, or about high-output heart failure secondary
  8. Mean score is 250, SD is 30, passing score is 226. Assuming normal distribution, pass rate should be around ~80%. Also echoing others in saying the exam was horribly designed. Ambiguous questions, vague prompts, etc. Even the MCCQE website has errors. For example, they say you have 1 minute 14 seconds per MCQ, which is incorrect (Should be 240 minutes / 210 questions = 1.14 min = 1 minute 8 seconds). Sounds trivial but you will be 19 minutes over if you follow their info. They made the same mistake again talking about CDM timing.
  9. When deciding on a specialty, be careful not to confuse your excitement with getting to do new things as your calling to a particular specialty. For example, on your emerg rotation your staff will be like "have you ever sutured before? no? go try on that dude's face" and you'll feel like a badass cowboy and think emerg is your calling. But 20 years into your career, you will not find half the things that excited you in medical school remotely interesting. Instead, try to see parts of a specialty you hate because they often don't go away or even get worse (e.g. call requirements, shift work, et
  10. You would think a T2202A is standard enough to notice, especially for a firm reaching out to residents. I too used a national accounting firm that offered free services for residents/students this year and was also surprised by the service. They were confused about how to go about filling TD1 and T1213 forms to carry forward tuition credits to reduce tax at source -- something I assume not uncommonly requested by residents. Perhaps they're less thorough when they're working for free... But anyway, I think it's not too late to get things changed. Plus, tuition credits are non-refundable an
  11. Hey! I remember you! You're the candidate we didn't rank. jk that wasn't me. That was Dr. Robert Hammond.
  12. Wow do you even congratulate someone for matching to their 288th choice or offer your sympathy
  13. Interesting discussion. Hmm I wonder if there are any examples or lessons from automatic ECG interpretations that one can extend to radiology. Suppose a psychiatrist orders an inpatient ECG to assess qt for an antipsychotic change and the interpretation says normal qt, non-specific ST changes but misses an obscure MI or arrhythmia. Who's at fault? Can you sue the ECG machine manufacturer? I think it's institution specific regarding if/or when there's a formal read for the ECG but there seems to be a lot of trust in automatic interpretations by non-cardiology people. Of course some sq
  14. Don't worry about AI. Ok google, perform a CABG.
  15. While I agree that being reasonably pleasant, competent, respectful is more than enough to get you through most of medical school and even match in the majority of programs, I've heard of more competitive/small programs weighing impression at CaRMS socials more heavily. In those specific situations, I can see how the "cool", "fun" personality would be more memorable and advantageous. But still, a quieter, polite personality would be definitely better than loud, ostentatious personalities. It just might take a bit more work in those situations to be positively memorable. Also sometimes, be
  16. Went here: https://www.carms.ca/data-reports/r1-data-reports/electives Then did some quick maths. The disclaimer on that page explains how CaRMS relies on self-reported electives from applicants but CaRMS does not confirm if the electives ultimately take place. They mention how Neuro would count toward Paeds Neuro and a couple other examples but did not mention if IM subspecialties count as IM electives. I went back to my CaRMS app and noticed that the section for inputting electives does in fact lets you specify subspecialties (e.g. nephro, heme). So nothing concrete to say tha
  17. If you only look at data about the number of electives taken in FM/IM by those who matched to FM/IM, it definitely seems possible to back up in FM and IM with 1-2 electives (see data below). However, it doesn't take to account what the rest of these applicants' CVs look like. If your application screams "I'm backing up with X", your numbers of electives might not matter much. Additionally, you gotta ask yourself how you'd feel about possibly matching to a program you never got to experience in a specialty you don't really wanna do. 2018 CMG R-1 1st Iteration Data: Family Medicine:
  18. +1 for getting med students, residents or other people to review your app/essays but I would not recommend wasting money with a professional company. Don't rely on close friends who are going to be too nice to tell you if your writing sucks. Try not to use another premed as they might not have the experience to critique your writing. Try verbally talking about your ECs while someone reviews your app. You'd be surprised how often people can have fantastic experiences but be horrible at putting it down on paper-- their 4 months abroad teaching English and providing vaccines to orphans reduc
  19. You are not alone in this feeling. For many people, their closest relationships have already formed after high school and undergrad. Having those great experiences often sets people up with high hopes and expectations in medical school so it's not uncommon for people to feel the relationships they form later are significantly more superficial in comparison. Combine that with the fact that many med students come from similar relatively well-off backgrounds, it's completely understandable how you might have difficulty building close relationships with these colleagues. My practical advice i
  20. But in response to OP, I agree with the factors discussed by many members above: Location of where you have good supports from friends/family Weighing 3-year vs 4 year Finding a program that has core rotations before electives (unless you 100% know what you want to do and are confident that you can perform well on an elective in it fresh out of preclerkship) Factors I would add: Amount of scholarships/financial support available. Some schools literally have scholarships/bursaries that cover tuition for all of your years. Number of electives/selective time avai
  21. The experience of racism and discrimination in London is quite varied. But keep in mind, medicine is one of those fields where the workers are often more diverse than the population they often serve. Combine that with the fact that you cannot control/predict who walks into your clinic and you have to interact with them on a pretty deep level, you will almost inevitably receive a range of "off" to "blatantly discriminatory" remarks, regardless of where you go. In the experience of many of my colleagues who have trained in London, it is more often things like being asked "where are you really fr
  22. 340 days till match day 2020 https://www.carms.ca/match/r-1-main-residency-match/r-1-future-matches-timeline
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