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  1. Totally agreed! Also your faculty tutors/preceptor (not sure what they're called at your school) can be a good starting point as well,especially if you're a bit shy about cold email. Ask them if they do research or know colleagues who do active research. That's how I went about it!
  2. They will look at both degrees, as long as each year qualifies as a full course load under their Excellence of marks criteria. So in your case, it will be 1st and 2nd years (2nd degree) + 3rd year (1st degree).
  3. Probably to de-emphasize the most recent grades, which are those from the covid-affected semester. They also haven't said anything about whether this is a permanent change or a one-off thing either.
  4. some schools give out your quartile or how you did relative to other applicants. MUN for example. Dalhousie also lets you know if you're above their cutoff.
  5. I've pretty much been slothing around for the entire break haha. Will be practicing some suturing for fun but that's about it. I'm trying to enjoy whatever little free time we have left before it goes off the deep end soon enough lool
  6. Ireland might not be a bad idea, especially when it comes to matching batch to Canada. I've personally met a few senior residents in moderate competitive (non-FM, non-IM, non-rural) specialties who graduated recently from Irish MDs. They worked pretty damn hard during medical school with solid CVs but it's not impossible. US DO is also good because you get to match to US residencies just the same as US MDs and once certified as a specialist, I believe that you can come back to Canada easily if desired. In terms of matching back to Canadian residencies, the order of ease is USMD >>
  7. honestly hyper-competitive specialties matching is highly highly due to subjectivity and chance. Ask any residents and staff and they'll say that reference letter + elective performance are THE MOST important factors. Applicants to these specialties all look the same on paper i.e. ECs, references, research, electives etc., that's how they got ranked for interviews in the first place and that point it all comes down to "fit". A common thing in these applicants too is the willingness to match to a backup specialty or to take a gap year to do research full-time with the hopes to match (quite comm
  8. Oh I'm sure it would be good regardless. The PD I heard from said that they look at the value of the research e.g. A primary paper vs a lit review or case report as well. It's just that ophtho is so competitive it's hard to gauge what is "enough" - many people even end up doing a research fellowship after med school in order to match the next year.
  9. School: Ottawa Year (1 or 2): 1 Lecture delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): Online. We have supplementary cadaveric Anatomy sessions in-person. Shadowing/clinic visits delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): not permitted atm Clinician skills delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): interviewing lessons have been online. P/E sessions are in-person. Research delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): I guess not applicable in the standard stream. MD/P
  10. I've heard from upper years and staff that clubs and initiatives in general are of minimal benefits. Research and mentorship may be of more importance as pre-clerks, especially if you stay with your mentor long term and get a strong LOR from them. Surgical research is obviously preferred but I'm sure a first-authored paper in other specialties would still trump a third/fourth authorship on a surgical paper. Program directors love to say "we look for good doctors first, surgeons second". So the skills you gain would largely be transferrable and looked upon favorably. Suturing practice would hel
  11. Hi everyone! Finally making the move from Toronto to Ottawa for school (yes, I know it's late... But online school has been great until now where we start having in-person sessions). I'm moving soon and was wondering if anyone has any good experience with a moving company in Ontario between the 2 cities (or similar distances) ? Thank you so much in advance!
  12. OP is asking about their interview performance specifically, not the probability of being selected for an interview. So in my reasoning, provided that you're selected for the interview, which depends on GPA and CARS as well as CASPer, the CASPer performance will not be so predictive of MMI performance. Because if it was strongly predictive, McMaster would have re-adjusted the CASPer weight in their post-invite formula, since MMI would have accounted for 70% of the post-interview score anyway. The fact that they didn't and chose to go with the lottery showed that CASPer is not that predict
  13. idk about other provinces but the only Ontario FM docs who make that much either bill for their entire FHT or have a pain clinic doing nerve block injections every day...
  14. If you asked McMaster before the lottery fiasco this year, they'd probs say that CASPer is a GREAT predictor for the MMI/interview, hence its invention and implementation. But then they actually did statistical analysis last cycle due to the lack of MMI and they ended up just lotterizing most of their incoming class. Goes to show how CASPer is nowhere near as determinant as MMI or interview is.
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