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    MDLaval got a reaction from aray623 in Countdown to April 20th   
    I had no problem in my year. I literally got my result 10 seconds after noon.
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    MDLaval got a reaction from Let it be MATCHical in Countdown to April 20th   
    I had no problem in my year. I literally got my result 10 seconds after noon.
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    MDLaval got a reaction from doc_tr in Matched into my 8th choice   
    Yeah, it does happen to go deep down the ROL...
    I spend quite a lot of time carefully deciding my ROL from #1 up to the very last one. And I didn't rank a program I absolutely didn't want to be at for the next 5 years of my life. I do believe it's a valuable advice to those who are applying (will apply someday) to carefully consider every single program in their ROL. When doing my ROL, at every entry I'd ask myself "if I match there, how would I feel about staying in that program and location for next years and doing that special for the rest of my life?". 
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    MDLaval got a reaction from la marzocco in Prérequis math avec crédits universitaires hors québec   
    Je connais des personnes qui avaient fait toute leur formation hors-Québec et ont été accepté sans avoir besoin de refaire/faire des cours de physique/math etc. Ça va vraiment dépendre de comment ton dossier va être vu/interprété. C'est impossible pour n'importe qui sur le forum de te donner une réponse avec 100% de certitude, que ce soit "oui, tu n'auras pas de problème" ou "non, tu devras prendre/reprendre de math/physique etc". Je te suggère de contacter la Faculté et/ou le bureau du registraire afin d'avoir une réponse officielle. 
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    MDLaval reacted to Lactic Folly in PGY 1 year for Rads   
    I think the general expectation would be to work hard, pitch in wherever possible, learn as much as you can, and develop good relationships with your surgical colleagues. Time in OR versus on ward/consults would depend on what the team needs, and what the team composition is. I doubt too much would be expected of you procedurally as you'd be behind any surgical residents wanting to gain more operating experience - at least in my experience, going to the OR was primarily an educational venture. That being said, I did prefer consults/ward management, as understanding the clinical context and reasoning is necessary to know how to provide useful and relevant recommendations and information as a future imaging consultant. (Plus, I couldn't always see what was happening in the OR clearly, and found surgical atlases more helpful to learn about procedures.)  In general, surgical rotations are the more higher yield rotations during PGY-1.
    In terms of general tips, you probably will never have as light a schedule as in PGY-1 (due to lack of outside reading requirement on even heavy in-house call rotations), so if you have any thoughts about research projects, residents who had ideas and started working on them early on have generally been glad they did so (though I don't think this is the majority by any means, and not something I myself did - just thought about in hindsight).  Doing some online cases can also help you hit the ground running with respect to detection/description/interpretation once PGY-2 starts. Or simply enjoy the relative lack of pressure to do anything on top of taking good care of your patients at an intern level for now  
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    MDLaval reacted to uhoh99 in One interview....pretty stunned right now   
    So update for any interested parties. I matched to Family Medicine! Always liked living life on the edge, but I'll admit this was cutting it close. I can still accomplish my goals through this route, just have to take a different path than initially intended.
    Thanks for all of the advice. 
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    MDLaval reacted to JohnGrisham in ????   
    So if you took the year off and joined the next class, and it wasnt due to academic failure, you're probably fine. I've seen people who had personal/medical LOAs fall behind a year and match competitive to EM, Vascular Sx and then IM/FM at desirable locations.
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    MDLaval got a reaction from Heisencat in Countdown to Match Day   
    Best of luck, folks. Time will really fly by. I wish you all have a positive match result and get the discipline/program of your choice.  
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    MDLaval reacted to A-Stark in Using LOC for 20% mortgage downpayment   
    On the plus side, I was still able to make the downpayment without difficulty, my mortgage is now quite a bit lower, and since this is a house not a car it didn't involve pissing money away. 
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    MDLaval reacted to Edict in Home School Advantage   
    I don't think schools go out of their way to choose their own. They typically end up choosing their own often because they know their own candidates better (this can still be a double edged sword), people are more likely to want to stay at their home school for family reasons/setting down root etc. You definitely can't take home school advantage for granted though, don't make that mistake either. 
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    MDLaval got a reaction from la marzocco in When a resident tells you to go home?   
    Nah... I'd take the offer and go home. 
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    MDLaval reacted to mavrik13 in When a resident tells you to go home?   
    Three rules to surviving clerkship.
    1) If there is a chair, sit in it
    2) If there is food, eat it
    3) When someone tells you to go home, don't ask twice... go home!
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    MDLaval reacted to Intrepid86 in When a resident tells you to go home?   
    The 2 questions that should be in the back of your mind each day are, "Can the patient go home?", and/if not  "Can I go home?". A yes to either is almost invariably a good thing.
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    MDLaval reacted to NLengr in When a resident tells you to go home?   
    GTFO asap before someone changes thier mind. 
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    MDLaval reacted to Snowmen in marge de crédit MD   
    Ils me la donnaient aussi mais c'était sketch du genre "c'est moi et non la banque qui te donne le rabais alors si je change de poste, tu vas devoir payer."
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    MDLaval reacted to Snowmen in marge de crédit MD   
    Aller dans n'importe quelle banque, c'est perdre son temps. La plupart ne connaissent pas du tout les offres en vigueur. Il faut contacter les "spécialistes" de chaque banque dont les coordonnées sont habituellement disponibles sur les pages internets du programme pour étudiant au MD/DMD.
    RBC et Scotia ont les meilleures programmes avec un léger avantage pour Scotia selon moi.
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    MDLaval got a reaction from la marzocco in Pass/Fail   
    Lors d'un stage le directeur du programme m'a dit que ce serait beaucoup plus probable d'être sur le haut de leur liste pour le CaRMS un candidat avec des résultats scolaires moyens mais ayant fait un bon stage sur place, qui a demontré être travaillant, capable de bien s'intégrer à l'équipe et quelqu'un qui ne poserait pas de problèmes pendant les 5 ans, à la place d'un candidat avec un GPA parfait, un gros CV avec des publications etc mais qui n'y avait pas fait un stage. En bout de ligne, il n'est pas possible de faire une évaluation équivalente pendant une entrevue de 30-45 minutes si l'on compare à un autre candidat avec qui ils avaient eu un contact beaucoup plus vaste pendant 2-4 semaines. 
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    MDLaval reacted to la marzocco in Pass/Fail   
    Les P/F sont un blunt tool pour distinguer les postulants selon beaucoup de directeurs de n’importe quel programme. Les entretiens et les lettres de référence pour les stages électifs sont beaucoup plus importants pour le jumelage. Ce qu’ils veulent, c’est le “fit” parce qu’ils vont travailler avec toi pendant de deux à cinq années. 
    En tant qu’avocat, j’ai fait des stages d’été. Le procès est pareil. Les notes sont importantes jusqu’à un point. Au-delà il n’y a plus d’influence. 
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    MDLaval reacted to Lactic Folly in radiology electives   
    At a school that gives more weight to elective performance, it would be better to have people really pull for you at the pre-interview stage if they were really impressed by your performance during the elective (i.e. knowledgeable with strong interpersonal skills). This would help you be ranked highly - the above applicant sounds rather forgettable and it's not clear how they would rank in the end, unless they really blow the interviewers away or have an impressive CV.
    If someone offers you a case to write up, take the opportunity. As you've noted, many electives are rather observational in nature otherwise.
    There have been previous threads of advice on this topic in this forum that should be retrievable via search.
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    MDLaval reacted to indefatigable in Pass/Fail system while applying to Quebec francophone schools   
    Not having grades could actually be helpful - since for example, only great grades could really help you otherwise.  There is transitioning to P/F ^ and McGill students routinely match to the francophone schools.  Some PDs may be more grade focused, but in the end a P/F transcript will just probably mean they look at clerkship and other aspects more carefully.  Relevant electives in a French environment would probably help.  
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    MDLaval got a reaction from la marzocco in Quebec should reopen med school admissions, study says   
    C'est-à-dire: aucune raison valable pour augmenter le nombre d'admissions, sauf pour plaire certains courants politiques et des candidats qui appliquent en médecine. 
    Je ne peux rien dire quant aux autres provinces, mais au Québec, il faudrait non seulement continuer à réduire le nombre d'admissions, mais augmenter le rhytme de la réduction. C'est ben platte pour les gens qui appliquent / vont appliquer, mais c'est comme on dit: mieux vaut prévenir que guérir.
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    MDLaval reacted to ralk in Unmathched Human Rights Complaint   
    All of these examples still relate to promises concerning completion of a degree, not to results after the degree was conferred.
    Schools would fight any such suit heavily, as liability for outcomes after a degree is conferred would be a very dangerous standard for them to be held to. Even in a class action, legal costs would likely to be significant. Such a suit could be used to drive voluntary changes, but to what end? Medical schools are already scrambling from the rise in unmatched graduates, and there's already fairly significant pressure on them to make such changes. There's plenty of opportunity to push media attention - the media's already got an ear on this situation and is actively reporting on it, because Doctor Drama sells well enough. From a legislative angle, there's constant lobbying on the provincial governments to make changes as well, and a lawsuit brought against the schools wouldn't directly affect them.
    Again, you can always sue someone or some entity. I'm sure there are lawyers willing to pick up this work. Yet, what are the likely outcomes for those involved in the suit? A best-case scenario doesn't result in a residency spot, but relatively small financial compensation that will be offset by legal fees. Worse case scenario is more money lost on legal fees, more time spent without advancing a career as a physician, and, even if it improves the situation for future students, no better options for residency for current ones.
    It feels good to kick the system in the teeth through legal action, but there are better pathways. It's not as glamorous or necessarily satisfying, but continuing to work on residency applications and doing whatever you can to develop contacts and support for the next cycle; using existing or novel organizations to do direct lobbying without a lawsuit to push for changes; using interested media to push the situation to the public. Lawsuits are great if you win and win handily. In this case, they seem far more likely to be self-destructive than constructive.
    Both, technically, though I doubt it matters much from a legal perspective. You'd be hard-pressed to sue an undergrad program for failing to get into a post-graduate training or professional training like a Master's or an MD program, any more than you would for failing to land a job, unless they somehow flatly promised that you'd be able to do so on graduation.
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    MDLaval reacted to PetiteAgour in Unmathched Human Rights Complaint   
    Perhaps we should consider pushing for better alternatives for unmatched CMG’s. Seems to me like an unmatched CMG has very few options:( In BC, an IMG can participate the clinical traineeship program which is basically an educational licence. It allows the person almost the same responsibility as a final med student. Not sure if that exists for CMG in different provinces. This would be a great alternative to not graduating and repaying tuition for another year. Secondly, in Alberta there is a clinical assistant program in place for IMGs. The training is 6 months, and you basically work under direct supervision in some capacity as physician while getting paid. This isn’t ideal but this is better than having no capacity for the skills that CMG’s have to offer. At least this will allow a CMG an alternative career, or a chance to get paid for the year they are unmatched while staying clinically relevant. I think we should have something better for unmatched CMGs while he government sorts out the current situation. Any thoughts?
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    MDLaval reacted to ralk in Unmathched Human Rights Complaint   
    Please talk to a lawyer before proceeding with something like this.
    The language here is very specific, and the remainder of this section further clarifies its scope. Namely it says:
    6. (1) Every citizen of Canada has the right to enter, remain in and leave Canada.
    (2) Every citizen of Canada and every person who has the status of a permanent resident of Canada has the right
    a) to move to and take up residence in any province; and to pursue the gaining of a livelihood in any province. (3) The rights specified in subsection (2) are subject to
    a) any laws or practices of general application in force in a province other than those that discriminate among persons primarily on the basis of province of present or previous residence; and any laws providing for reasonable residency requirements as a qualification for the receipt of publicly provided social services. (4) Subsections (2) and (3) do not preclude any law, program or activity that has as its object the amelioration in a province of conditions of individuals in that province who are socially or economically disadvantaged if the rate of employment in that province is below the rate of employment in Canada.
    The key word here is "pursue". You have a right to pursue the gaining of livelihood, not to have that livelihood granted. The broader context of the section indicates that this right is in regard to freedom of mobility across provinces. Essentially, subsection 6(2) is merely stating that you cannot be denied employment or the opportunity to apply for employment because of your current or previous province(s) of residence. It is a rather narrow application, and not one that CaRMS or provincial government infringe on in the slightest. I haven't dug deep into the case law on this, but the Wikipedia article links to an older decision which held that Section 6 in general applies only to violations of mobility, and more specifically mobility between provinces, and not to violations of ability to work in general.
    For the most part, Charter challenges require demonstration that you, as a victimized party, have been treated worse than others due to factors that are protected against punishment under the Charter. There's no unifying factor for unmatched applicants that would fall under Charter protection unless you can somehow demonstrate that unmatched students are predominantly so because of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, etc (and demonstrate that you are both part of that group and, very likely, that it impacted your match results). I'm not aware of any evidence to support such a case. There is no constitutional guarantee to a job, let alone a specific job. By all means, proceed if you're determined, but I think this challenge is dead on arrival, particularly if you're intending to rely on Section 6. Depending on the specifics of your case there may be a call for legal action through other means, but would likely involve direct suits. All the options I can think of off the top of my head would be long-shots, but they'd at least have some degree of legal backing to make an argument with. Even though you may have plenty of time on your hands, there are almost certainly more fruitful ways to spend that time, for yourself and others, than what you're proposing.
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    MDLaval reacted to ellorie in Dating Profiles   
    I prefer our model. I have a degree in English literature and I think getting that opportunity to study the arts was so valuable to my medical training and really enriches my work. I knew I wanted to be a doctor when I was in high school but I also knew I wanted to take my “last chance” to study something else I felt passionate about. 
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