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  1. What type of training? I wouldn't sweat it but would try and contact whoever administers the course (likely not your rotation preceptor) and try and get it done. I think the only way you might be "red flagged" for this is not having computer access for a day/two (if it's related to that) and therefore not able to be clinically useful/helpful.
  2. The whole CaRMS environment blows and I'm sorry it worked out less than optimal for you. Is your back up speciality at least something you enjoy? I assume it would be if if was a back up.... With all of this being said I think there are a few important things to be mindful of going forward: 1. You DO have the option to try and transfer and it DOES happen. Give it a shot if you want. 2. A huge part of residency, particularly years 1-2, is off-service rotations. While it's important to go into it with some level of excitement and freshness, understand that residency is still about ju
  3. This is a bit out of your control. I would make sure to tell him the timeline of things and then send him a reminder when the portal opens, but do not be surprised if they submit/write your letter closer to the deadline. I wouldn't hound or put too much pressure on them to submit right away either as like you said they are busy. The reality is most university professors have written letters before and likely have a template they use which they then add examples/details to. Provide them with a CV and briefly summarize in your email to them with reference instructions what you felt the highlight
  4. Don't worry so much about this. Life happens. I don't think most people would consider this an ulterior motive - professors are well aware about the competitiveness of professional schools and understand why students stress so much about grades. While education shouldn't all be about grades, unfortunately the way the system is set up often good grades become a means to an end. Be honest with your professor, be kind in how you approach it, and be respectful if you get declined. It's worth a shot. Lot's of students ask for this - why shouldn't you?
  5. As @adhominem is eluding to, you're unlikely to be able to offer a lab much at this point in terms of skills. It sounds like you're far out from your degree and have not done much research to begin with and will therefore require upfront investment from any PI/lab that would take you on. Many PIs are reasonable and understand that research isn't for everyone, but often a means to an end, but will expect a reasonable return on their investment (i.e. commitment, their name on a publication, etc). If you really want to explore research as a career it's probably also beneficial for you to go throu
  6. This. The other factor is that diagnosis is actually a moving target in many cases. The criteria we use to make diagnoses based on imaging/histology/clinical information is constantly changing over time based on research into outcomes and knowledge. An AI system is only as good as the data that is put into it. Much like the current ECG interpretations, it can be helpful to catch simple things and streamline simple cases. The reality is medicine is becoming increasingly complex and at least for now AI is likely going to help us become more efficient.
  7. Your GPA is solid and your background/experiences are likely fine. It will boil down to your MCAT score, how well you write your applications/CASPER, and luck. For the most part, I believe that college courses are not used in GPA calculation but I would double check specifically with the schools you are applying to. Schools that have a holistic view of your academics may not formally use your college GPA in their assessment but will likely look for trends (aka you'd still want those grades to be solid). Writing just the CARs section is not completely unreasonable, but essentially means you wi
  8. I wouldn't compare yourself to someone with 18 years on you. In general, if people are going to compare research it's more about research productivity ( x publications in y years in z quality of journals) as opposed to gross numbers. Depending on the speciality and on the school, certain programs will emphasize research more than others but you seem to be off to a great/above average start. Don't sweat it, work hard on the project (i.e. don't bail on them) and understand that a lot of CaRMS is luck.
  9. Your best bet is probably going to be 50-50, ensuring you have electives at the programs you most want to match to.
  10. I think you'd have to be pretty happy *practicing* in the states to be applying to residency programs there. Life doesn't stop after CaRMS, and my sense is most people in Canada do eventually end up where they train. It's one thing to go to the states for a fellowship (or two) and bring back some expertise to the centre you trained (and made connections at), and it's a whole other thing to do residency in the US and find a job here. Connections seem to be king in Canada, CaRMS and beyond, for most specialties.
  11. https://www.carms.ca/pdfs/2019-R-1-2-data-snapshot.pdf 31 unmatched CMGs, + 36 who chose not to participate in round 2. Lowest unmatched rate in many years - I guess the political pressure worked to an extent. Can we do better? Or is this as good as it gets?
  12. Agreed! I'm sure it works both ways. But for the reasons you stated above, any sound match strategy includes rotating through programs you think you might want to end up at (to confirm or rule out your theory - 2-5 years is a long time!). It's not always possible (space limits, timing, etc) but you should always try!
  13. I agree with this. If adding a descriptor at all, I would likely just list the competition. Most people reviewing applications have a sense of what NSERC and common studentships are. It probably doesn't matter what information you include about this either way, just make sure your CV reads well and doesn't have too many excessive details to read through.
  14. Apply to as many derm electives as you can as well as adjacent specialities. If you can' find derm electives try and get a dermpath elective, plastics, rheumatology, and ID/IM. Doing a dermpath elective you might be able to snag a case study and some of the others I've mentioned could help you be a well-rounded trainee to apply to something like Internal or Family Medicine.
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