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Everything posted by boggie111

  1. No one knows the answer to this except the admission committee. My advice is, instead of worrying about what they're looking for, do your best to answer the question.
  2. There will always be those who did and those who did not. I personally got an interview and acceptance and I’m from Toronto. I had almost zero connection to the Maritimes. I wrote my connection essay in a way that showcased that i truly wanted to practice in the Maritimes, which was true. The cycle repeats every year and you’ll hear success and failure stories. This is more or less noise, no disrespect intended to anyone. What I mean is, if I had listened to everyone saying I wouldn’t get in, I may not have applied. Yes it’s a small chance and yes it’s a big pool and yes your connect
  3. The answer to this is something that only the admission committee would know. If you feel that you have a strong essay I’d work on other parts of your application that you feel you could improve more! (I’d also get more people to read your essay for better feedback)
  4. PGY 1 at Western here. While I can't comment on Mac specifically, I went to Dal as OOP and it was the best 4 years of my life. The friends, connections, and memories I've built in that beautiful province will last a lifetime. Of course I am biased, but I would highly recommend going to Dalhousie. It should not negatively impact your chances of coming back to Ontario for residency, but that being said I would have been more than happy to do my residency at Dal. Good luck!
  5. PGY 1 here, accepted in 2015 as OOP with score of ~ 74. I know that this was 5 years ago, but there is definitely hope!
  6. When I was applying I think it was something like 500 characters. You're gonna get an error if you enter text longer than a certain amount of words/characters, so I would just enter a lot of text, save it and it'll tell you what the limit is in the error message...that's how I found it.
  7. I would probably change it slightly just to be safe - update it with things you learned from having applied one cycle and having gone to interview.
  8. No one knows except for the admission committee. Just do your best and stop worrying about things you can't control.
  9. I strongly agree with the above post, especially since I was an OOP student.
  10. I just did CaRMS this year and Publications had a few drop down menus, which included (but not limited to) abstract, poster, article, conference. The only formal way to identify whether a publication has been submitted/accepted vs published is by filling out the field "Publication web link". I was in this situation and for my submitted publication I just didn't fill out the publication web link. As to whether 4 submitted vs 1 published project have a difference in weighting is anyone's guess. Each program of each school will place different value on different things. Really can't answer
  11. Yes you have to accept Dalhousie’s offer by their deadline and then lose the Dal deposit if you accept another offer in May.
  12. Agreed with all of the above - while keeping in mind that you should write your essay with the CanMEDS roles in mind, it's absolutely PARAMOUNT that you talk about what you have learned through your experience and how that relates to why you want to study medicine (e.g., learned the importance of humility through experience A, which will be invaluable in medicine because of reason A, B, C...you get the idea).
  13. Agree with above completely. Same thing happened at my school as well. Being sycophantic to the point of annoyance rarely works in your favour.
  14. Don’t worry guys, when it’s match day for residency you’ll be given the day and exact time. I found knowing exactly when your faith is decided was more stressful than just waking up one day with an email in your inbox. But until then, good luck to all applicants and stay strong!
  15. I think doing internal, emerg, and rads electives to get a “broad” experience is a good idea and they “work” (I.e., you can defend doing electives in them if asked at interview) with whatever you end up applying to. But I’d say do at least 8-10 weeks of electives in your desired speciality and afterwards you can broaden. Unless you want to back up with smth else, then consider doing some of those electives pre-CaRMS to get letters.
  16. Yep, my year it was Mar 17th. This was back in 2015.
  17. I don't think my verifiers were contacted when I applied.
  18. No one can really answer this question for you except for the admission committee, so I would say don't worry about things that you cannot control and just stay positive!
  19. I did a rotation in Truro and it was lovely. I did Emerg and it's all run by fam docs + 1 - very knowledgeable, friendly, keen on teaching, and warm. Great place.
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