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  1. Glendon Campus at York is both a nice place (next to Sunnybrook) and an officially bilingual campus in Toronto; there's also new University of French Ontario. That being said, Toronto is a huge city, and even with a fair number of francophones (~60 000) it's probably relatively rare to hear French (except on the Go Train ha). There's a good number of francophones that go to McGill for med school and then have no problems with residency in the French-speaking schools. Personally, I had absolutely no issue going from a French environment (which was sometimes a very difficult for me) to do
  2. @bearded frog did a detailed analysis of competitiveness for all major specialties, analyzing from different viewpoints, including over time. The bulk of the analysis is 2020, but the historical graphs for surgery are also insightful. It's interesting to note that Pediatrics for instance is now approaching the competitiveness of ENT. Last year Cardiac was one of the most competitive specialties (but had an unfilled spot this year). There is definitely year to year fluctuation, but it's also possible there might have been a candidate 'in mind' for this year's spot in Round 2. For C
  3. In terms of potential disadvantages, I think it's sometimes harder for students at 3-year school to look as good on away electives since they seem to sometimes occur relatively earlier - i.e. before cores. Also, 3-years could be great for some, but may be more tiring for others as there is less "break time" (which could allow more exploration/research/ECs/etc..) . That being said, Mac has almost every single specialty, including Plastic Surgery, and is close to the GTA (which could be an important factor for some). I don't think the anatomy/surgery tradition is as strong as some o
  4. Actually, the more I think about it, the more the policy makes sense for fellowships or even US residency training. Let's say you did a short-term elective in Program X in the US on a J-1. Then based on the two-year home-country requirement, you would then have to stay in Canada for two years which might preclude you from applying to the US for a fellowship (or residency) on a J-1 - i.e. you get "one shot" at the US on a J-1. Still, I think exposure to the US without residency commitment could be interesting. So with this policy you: i) don't have to write the Steps for a J-1;
  5. I think the job situation in Quebec has improved as a lot of programs had residency positions drastically cut - eg ortho, neurosurg.. (although they are much more competitive in Quebec than rest of Canada) I’ve heard of multiple residents getting community jobs upon graduation. I believe that the French language is a moderate to strong barrier for non-francophones in surgery (Higher in medicine) which means supply of surgeons is almost Quebec dependent and therefore more controllable (outside of McGill). i think the job situation, even in community, for the rest of Canada is
  6. There is typically a "home school" advantage when it comes to matching - but, except for some smaller, very competitive specialties isn't worth worrying about. If that is something you wish to pursue at one point, then doing away electives at the program/school you want to match at will help. UofT has a good reputation for academic and most specialties, so matching to either Ottawa or McGill shouldn't generally be an issue as they are additionally in the same region. Residency programs at both those schools are mostly in English/Bilingual although there are a few French-language program
  7. Category A seems to allow you specifically to go to the US for a fellowship and apply while you are still in training. Category C is exactly the same but applies when you have finished training. Based on the NOTE it seems that short-term electives in the US are no longer permitted through Category A. In other words, US electives are being discouraged through bureaucracy. It's really difficult to parse the ECFMG website - it may be possible to get sponsored by the ECFMG for an elective. It could mean passing both Step 1 and Step 2 CK before applying. In other words, Canadian
  8. I wouldn't panic yet - as you don't know yet if you've matched. It looks like CaRMS does gives some leeway However, Residency Programs may release an applicant from their binding commitment should they meet both conditions listed below: 1. An exceptional applicant circumstance, such as: Demonstrated applicant hardship Failure to complete the pre-assessment period prior to the residency training start date (IMGs only) Unable to obtain an educational license/certificate/permit/registration from the applicable provincial MRA by the residency training start date
  9. I think prior to the elective cap this year it wasn't possible for most candidates to have competitive applications in more than one surgical discipline. As you can see by checking the link below, that for all three surgical disciplines you mentioned, most matched CMGs had three or more elective in the given discipline. Unless your school offers a LOT of elective time then it's harder to "max out" for each program. https://www.carms.ca/data-reports/r1-data-reports/electives That said, I think some surgical programs are becoming less competitive - e.g. vascular has consisten
  10. I think as long you have no issue moving to a different province, then UofA sounds like it suits your overall career goals a bit better. I agree that UofA has a reputation as a more traditional medical school with more research and other opportunities aligned with surgical and specialty goals. Although you seem to appreciate NOSM, and of course it's "home", you also don't seem to have any other major ties and seem happy to integrate somewhere new. I do think different med schools have different focuses/strengths and it's great you've recognized where your interests lie and will be a
  11. Interesting graphics for sure. Some other points UofA has a higher "home school" match rate than NOSM (48% vs 42%) UofA "Western provinces" match rate works out to be 75% (BC, AB and SK) NOSM ON match rate works out to be 72%. In other words, there does seem to be"regionalism" when it comes to matching, similar to "home school", probably multi-factorial.
  12. I have seen NOSM grads match to ON derm, but never from BC/AB - probably partly self-selection, but I believe "regionalism" also plays a role (& those provinces have more derm spots). Derm would be more work for sure - making connections at other schools, but maybe NOSM alumni that are residents/alumni could also help you. I think OB/GYN is possible too - although NOSM doesn't have a residency program, local attendings might really want to help you get into residency if it means that you would come back and might also have connections in some residency programs. So, although you mig
  13. I actually thought their CDM was better than their MCQs (partly just because of the format).. but neither were great.
  14. That used to be the case at the school that I went to in French-speaking Quebec, but they changed their policies years ago. I don't think it's an official requirement anywhere., anymore.
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