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  1. To each thine own I guess. Either way, I actually think it's a reasonably nice orange based on the pictures I've seen - if my eyes melt upon seeing the backpack in person some day I will revise my vote to something other than "eh, seems fine to me". They still haven't done the nearly fluorescent pink they've threatened on a few of the polls in more recent years I cannot imagine what the internet outrage machine would say if they did.
  2. I love the med backpacks... if anyone doesn't want theirs I will happily give it a home! The straps on mine have fallen apart Given the news lately, I think the dark orange is a very topical and relevant colour. From the pictures I saw on Twitter it's a much nicer orange than the traffic pilon orange a few years ago
  3. MOST of my extra curricular entries were employment and not volunteer based. I did a few small volunteer roles here and there but predominantly I was working because frankly I had to work full time while in university (rent has to get paid). Between classes, research and work that did not leave a ton of room for a lot of volunteer work. I completely agree there are parts of the application process that absolutely favour higher SES students (medicine remains a club of privilege) but don't sell yourself short on your application before you've even submitted it. You can learn as much or more
  4. In my late 30s and currently a psych resident. DM me with questions or for the full story but in short I have several degrees, have been on a few different career tracks (some cool, some less cool) all with long term jobs and was a late arrival to medicine. Went in to medicine wanting psych, tried a few other things that were cool but psychiatry is where my heart lies. In terms of the suggestion above of doing clinical psychology or an MSW instead of psychiatry: I have an MSW (and practiced with it) and many of the things you do in psychiatry are very different from what you do with an MSW
  5. Not gonna lie! It's been really tough at times being away from my family and supports, particularly with COVID because it's limited my ability to fly home at holidays. COVID has also made it harder to meet people and foster new friendships. I have a spouse who moved with me so that was helpful. This is why I emphasize the importance of picking a residency program that has a culture you can thrive in - because your co-residents will likely be the start of your support network in a new place. Then you'll start to meet other people too :-) First year residency (pre-covid) absolutely flew by
  6. In terms of why people stay where they trained I think it's for all of the reasons you listed... some people will put down roots and choose to stay, some people will be offered jobs at the end of residency that are appealing, and some in tight markets may stay out of necessity because it's too hard to find work anywhere else. Also, lots of people rank in order to train where they want to live (or where they already live) so they will make up a significant proportion of those who choose to practice where they trained. As mentioned above, in really tight specialties where jobs are few and
  7. Brutal. Out of curiosity are you still getting reimbursed for part of your CMPA fees? I saw that Alberta was trying to cancel that but then someone pointed out there will be nobody to deliver any babies in the province if they get rid of the program. I'm just curious how that came out in the wash? I'm from Alberta and I'm kind of hoping I can some day go home
  8. I honestly have no idea. Since OP isn't ride or die for the surgical part of ophthalmology I tossed it out there because it might be possible for them to get to neuro-opth via the neurology route. As always: OP, YMMV so best strategy is to fire off a few emails to neurologists and neuro-opthalmologists to see what the options look like :-) Best of luck in medical school!
  9. In clerkship I worked with a neurologist who did a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology but things may have changed since they trained... I'm also not sure what in the ophthalmology world was opened up to them with that fellowship (I was on a ward-based neuro rotation so they were just doing ward stuff that week)
  10. They are taking more non-U of C students in recent years. In my year they took 3 of their own and the rest went to students from other schools. There were more than enough applicants that trained in Calgary and wanted to stay in Calgary from my class to fill the entire residency cohort if they really wanted to stick with home grown options so they're definitely open to and actively matching people from other schools.
  11. The American match system seems much worse from my perspective than CaRMS. The SOAP process is bonkers. Unfortunately some of the CaRMS stress comes from the fact that there are way more people who want to do a specific specialty than there is capacity to sustain staff positions in that specialty... It sucks but if 90 people want to do a specialty but there is only capacity to sustain 30 people in the specialty then 60 people will need to wind up doing something else. Because medical school seats and residency positions are funded predominantly by tax dollars in Canada there is a fiducia
  12. If you have a medical/psychiatric reason you cannot work overnight call then you might be able to get accommodations through PGME. From what I've heard different PGMEs can vary pretty wildly in how willing they are to accommodate these sorts of things so that would be something to discretely investigate in any programs you are very interested in should it apply to you. If your goal is to avoid prolonged call hours... In Ontario make sure you ask about whether or not the program has Post-Call Rounding and ask about the team start time. Because while they will tell you the overnight call i
  13. If you got this on an ITER from me then keen is a great thing. I love keen, interested and engaged medical students and will enthusiastically say so on evaluations :-)
  14. Full disclosure: I'm not transgender and don't have any particular expertise or wisdom. I just wanted to chime in and say Rheumroom I am sorry that amidst navigating an already complicated and stressful journey of matching during COVID that a fear of stigma in your chosen profession is complicating that even more. That is not fair to you and the fact that you have to worry about this at all is a statement of how far we still have to go in creating an inclusive environment in medicine. I would echo what Ellorie said about dead names etc. Starting with your medical school diploma you are g
  15. I applied into OBGYN as a super late interest (like fell in love with it a couple weeks before CaRMS closed late interest) and applied in with an application that screamed psychiatry and/or family medicine... and I was interviewed. I wrote a strong personal letter talking about how I had fallen in love with this discipline I'd never even considered before and how my core OBGYN rotation happened right before CaRMs closed and that's where I discovered I really unexpectedly liked OBGYN. I hadn't done my surgical rotation at the time I applied and interviewed in Carms. So I had zero surgical skill
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