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  1. Yes. I ran into a FPA working in a mid-sized community only an hour from Montreal who was relatively young. I was surprised as I've also heard RC anesthesia sometimes need to take jobs in relatively remote locations in QC.
  2. McGill's IM program had the same decision a few years ago and looking through some older posts MUN's IM before that. It's not unique to IM either - other programs do seem to get flagged too. It's pretty rare for the programs to actually have their accreditation withdrawn - it mostly seems to serve as a big wake-up call to the programs to address concerns. For potential residents, it's something to be aware of, but in theory might mean the program could improve - but could also mean that there are some entrenched issues beneath the surface.
  3. It's not so much the division Canada/US, it's more that Canadian medical schools are very GPA focused which might be harder for your daughter to obtain while on a demanding athletic scholarship in the US. I had friends a while back who accepted such scholarships and would need to practice many hours a day while not leaving time for much else. Plus, obtaining a good GPA in a US can depend even more than in Canada on the school/program (although graduates of Mac and Queen's health sci will make up an increasing proportion of Canadian med students). In theory, though, US undegrad woul
  4. While it's great that you're fully comfortable in English, part of the challenge matching outside of QC is the differences between English/French -speaking medical school cultures/training. UdeM is the most well-known, but I think it doesn't quite have the research culture (at least at the med student level) as its rival McGill. It shouldn't be too much of an issue in IM, but it's just to give you an idea. In terms of targets - Ottawa does have a bilingual program at Montfort which you could apply too. This is separate from the English stream. Most grads stay in QC: obv
  5. Undergrad GPA is generally the biggest modifiable component - it looks like you've calculated a competitive GPA for McMaster (somewhat) and also for Western (assuming you meet their criteria for course load..). I'd suggest calculating GPA for other schools as well to see where you stand - given that you have one more year? of undergrad that could really help too. Since Mac uses CARS directly and Western considers the MCAT more broadly, I do think it'd be worth it to prepare as much as possible. Many pre-meds with very little science background are able to get through the MCAT so you sho
  6. I agree. There's almost a sense of personal shame in having to make ends meet or make difficult decisions based on practical considerations. Kudos to everyone posting - helps break the stigma. I wish I had put my busboy jobs down - it was a little further back for me.
  7. That's quite commendable. I had a number of excellent preceptors that looked for progress/attitude/effort/ as described.. unfortunately one or two seemed happy to fixate on any deficit and highlight any weakness even from the earliest moments of a 4+ week long rotations.
  8. There must be an alternative policy for MOTP applicants. I think they may even be supernumerary positions - i.e. military is funding directly (like for some international residencies).
  9. From what I understand, a possible second residency is dependent on military staffing needs and performance up to that point. So, there are only a limited number of residencies (including anesthesia, gen surg, rads..) that could be available (with more ROS clearly) - it's not really like a "first round" CaRMS.
  10. A causal link is much harder to establish, but the findings are pointing in a way suggestive of progressive, long-term dose-dependent damage. Nonetheless, alcohol appears to be a factor in over 50% of sexual assaults, especially on college campuses - so discouraging bing drinking especially can help reduce incidence of such horrific events. "Research suggests that alcohol consumption by the perpetrator and/or the victim increases the likelihood of acquaintance sexual assault occurring through multiple pathways. Alcohol’s psychological, cognitive and motor effects contribute to sexu
  11. I've heard this referred to with respect to lab-specialties and one or two colleagues have also mentioned some dissatisfaction with the first year. But I wonder if the word "clinical" is meant to preserve this residual "rotating" year. Maybe CBD will also eventually change training length for some - it's a little hard to tell.
  12. A lot of preclerkship is full of inessential details which aren't useful during clerkship. Try to understand the big picture and practical applications - e.g. knowing how biochemical markers and lab values are used (what are the associated ddx?), how to read ECGs/basic X-rays,.. For every rotation, it's important to know the common presentations, be able to formulate a ddx as needed, have an idea of treatment. It's more about doing - i.e. seeing patients and taking a good history+physical exam (with some ddx), charting, reviewing, putting in simple orders, etc.. That being said,
  13. Today, we received communication that the Medical Council of Canada has decided to cease the delivery of the MCCQE Part II. https://residentdoctors.ca/news-events/news/update-17-covid-19-and-exams/ The MCC Council has updated their criteria for obtaining the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) certificate to anyone meeting the following requirements: Are a graduate from: a medical school accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools or the Liaison Committee on Medical Education; or a medical school listed in one or m
  14. It's good that the NBME did the right thing and cancelled Step 2 CS. They have added an occupational English test (OET) that tests physician communication of IMGs - which has some rationale given that the test was originally developed in order to evaluate incoming IMGs Given the much more charged medico-legal environment in the US it's pretty remarkable it went through and it shows that there must a fairly high level of confidence in the updated system with no plans to go back to Step 2 CS. MCC promotes a single article written by a former CEO of the MCC (retired subspecialist) -
  15. In the US, Step 2 CS started in 2004 - before they had a clinical exam only for IMGs run by the ECFMG. In Canada, the MCCQE-2 started in the early 90s at the same time as the end of the rotating internship. One wonders if there were some political factors involved in the creation of the exam at that time.
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