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  1. It can't hurt to try, if you don't mind spending the money to apply with low chances, but I would say one of those lower end scores likely needs to improve if you want to get an interview. I would try working on CARS first if Mac is what you're aiming for.
  2. https://www.carms.ca/match/r-1-main-residency-match/program-descriptions/ Edited to add: The numbers for 2022 aren't accurate yet, and I cannot seem to find an archived one for 2021 :/ The match stats should have the total seats per specialty in there somewhere!
  3. Yeah, if you go to the program descriptions, and click the headers on the side for the specialty you want to look at, there's a break down of total seats and what type (CMG, IMG, Regular (=french))
  4. Law is not a sure fire way to make lots of money, and you will usually have to work your ass off in an abusive environment to do it. Also becoming an electrician is not easy. Don't love the disparaging remark.
  5. I actually know nothing about that subject unfortunately. It may be worthwhile to email individual school's admissions offices to ask if your degree would be valid for their requirements or not.
  6. You will want to check with each school you are planning on applying to to see if their rules state anything about needing to complete a full degree for courses to count. When I was applying the main requirement I saw was that some schools (like U of T) would only count courses taken at a full time course load, and their definition of full time was 5 courses per semester and they did not count any summer courses taken. But they didn't need to be part of a degree program. Some schools had similar rules but defined full time as 3 courses per semester at minimum. So just go do some fact finding o
  7. Take a grade average you think it's reasonable to attain on taking more courses and then do some calculations on how many courses you would need to take at that level of achievement to move your whole cGPA up to a reasonable level to get an interview. I would personally feel best if my cGPA is higher than 3.8, but everyone has a different application with different strengths so you have to make that calculation for yourself. For me, because I did a humanities degree first, it was actually easier when taking science courses to get higher grades than in my undergrad.
  8. I just took pre-requisite courses as a non-degree student because I already had a degree and my grades were good enough for med school applications. I didn't need to be enrolled in a program to do so and all the schools I applied to counted those courses in my GPA calculations. I applied to 5 schools and interviewed at 4 of them.
  9. Yeah it can be the right advice for some people, but backing up with family in the very first application cycle isn't a one-size fits all approach.
  10. At Mac if you want support for not matching in the current cycle (it's a program called "extension to clerkship" which involves 16 weeks of electives) you have to participate and rank at least one program in the 2nd round. So that's why you don't see anyone opting out. Some people might surreptitiously throw their second round match in order to guarantee they can defer graduation by turning down an interview and sending regrets to one program and then only ranking that one program. This is not what admin wants you to be doing though.
  11. If you're interested in child/psych already though, parent/family dynamics can be part of what make child psych so interesting. You get to see a wider context for the child's presentation because you can meet with parents as well. There are also family therapy supports and parental skill building supports that can be referred out to from a child psychiatrist. That's part of child psych being more supported than adult psych as you mentioned. In terms of downsides, I think having your patient age out of your care could be difficult, especially if they require supports that suddenly become
  12. I haven't used these services, but I would say that's an exorbitant amount to be charging you on top of already paying for application fees and then not to mention the cost of getting to interviews (at least in pre-covid times). Med students are generally quite happy to help out pre-meds/provide guidance, and if you talk to a few people you'd get a good sense of what impression your application gives. If you know even one med student or someone on here is willing to help you they might be able to connect you with a couple other people to take a quick look at your app. I think a lot of these se
  13. I don't really enjoy other parts of medicine in a deep or meaningful way, so it's all psych for me. That's not to say there aren't psychiatrists that didn't leave behind interests in other parts of medicine to pursue psych. That being said there is tons of low-ish acuity psych in FM and a lot of visits will have a psych flavour to them despite being about something else, so it just depends on why you like psych/why you like FM (that being said you can encounter high acuity psych issues anywhere, you just won't be managing them as directly in FM).
  14. I am probably the wrong person to ask about this because I learned all my anatomy pre-med school in an excellent undergrad course and then didn't really study it again in a dedicated way after that (I was at Mac for med school). If there are picture flash card sets you can find for free or for purchase I think that would be helpful. During med school I really liked the teachmeanatomy website: https://teachmeanatomy.info/ and they have various resources from free stuff that covers all the anatomy, to question banks to quiz yourself on anatomy that you pay to access (I only used the free st
  15. This is what all your peers will be doing and what I and all my peers did. So it's not a bad idea, because all those people in my class are now MDs! If you have to study, study anatomy, like others said. As a brand new resident, I would say enjoy what time off you have while you have it, because med school and residency are relentless (and even that break between residency and med school is not long enough, I am feeling spent and exhausted after moving provinces and I am starting residency this week with little time to relax beforehand). When you look back you will likely wish you had done fun
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