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  1. I think that's where doing the +1 in EM is super helpful. From the docs I've talked to to, they said the extra year was very intense and they learned more in the +1 alone than in the 2 years prior. Most new FM grads will get 2 core blocks of EM and maybe 2 more if they use electives. They'll usually be treated as the junior resident and won't be the ones leading resuscitations, doing sedations, putting in chest tubes, etc. The +1 residents on the other hand are the senior residents on and get thrown into the more complex cases.
  2. Do you have a couple other strong letters from other specialities? I definitely think this year of all years you have a true excuse of being unable to get a FM elective.
  3. Pretty sure there is some wiggle room with letters this year. Do you have any FM letters or are you concerned because you have 0?
  4. The 4.0 scale makes it really hard to repair a damaged GPA. You get really punished for every grade below an A- or 3.7. Your best bet is to see what your GPA would be at each school with the best case scenario after 4 years (straight 4.0 from this point on) to see if there is any chance to salvage things. I think you need to take some time and think about why you're getting the grades that you are and where you can improve to get those marks up. Unfortunately in your case, in Canada GPA is king for med admissions.
  5. I've heard things like research, doing EM electives and getting to know +1 PD, doing EM relevant courses such as ultrasound stuff or the CASTED course are quite helpful. I think doing the extra courses are quite valuable because it shows initiative into learning EM relevant things.
  6. They might make that with 40-50 hours a week seeing patients. That doesn't include the amount of time spent doing paperwork, reviewing labs/imaging, following up on things etc. I'm currently on a 4wk rotation with a family doc who is very transparent about finances. He has over 2000 patients on his roster and makes the money within the range of income you stated there, but I can promise you his total involvement is 80-100hrs per week and requires him to spend his weekends to catch up on all the reports he gets sent from consultants and lab work. It's not all chilling and raking in $$. The
  7. It really doesn't matter. What being an exec in an interest group may do is to help you network and meet staff and residents in those programs (although given COVID with everything over zoom I don't know if it'll be as valuable of a networking experience). That's likely where all the benefit comes from. Programs know people change their minds. Keep in mind there are other ways to network. Also you can tailor your CV to the specialty you are applying for.
  8. You will do off service rotations in your family medicine residency. Its not 2 yrs of running walk-in clinics from 9-5. You will be doing surgery, internal medicine, obs/gyne and will do the call that is associated with those specialties.
  9. Was about to say this. Anyone who thinks they'll make MD equivalent money in tech/finance/corporate without grinding is kidding themselves. These people work their assess of at the beginning of their careers just like residents/med students do.
  10. I feel like they're too busy going through hundreds of applications in detail to worry about something like this.
  11. Difficult to say because most schools don't publish their methods. McMaster has a pre-interview score that consists of MCAT CARS, GPA , and Casper score. That would be the most similar to what you're saying.
  12. That was never what they were saying at Queen's. It was supposed to be June 1st before this most recent update.
  13. Pretty sure most people that get in think they performed subpar at their interview. Hard to tell exactly how well you did
  14. They said they look at research as part of "other things" outside your clinical performance. Other can include research, leadership things, etc. If you join the CAEP medical student facebook group the student rep has recorded the zoom call and you can listen to it yourself.
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