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  1. I am with Scotia and they put it on hold. Just required a letter from my school saying that I was on LOA.
  2. Ask all of the questions! Even (+ especially) the ones you think are stupid. There will be a point in your future when those questions might actually be perceived as stupid, but in med school the expectation is basically that you know nothing.
  3. UofT: closed file - interviewers will only know your name and schoolMcMaster: MPI (mini personal interview); closed as per info sessions this week McGill: Open UBC: closed (5 questions, asynchronous pre recorded interview questions) Queen's: "interviewers will have access to your CV and personal letter and in most cases will not have reviewed the remainder of your application" Dalhousie: personal letter only
  4. I'm wondering if we could make a running list of which schools have open vs. closed file interviews? I'm having a hard time keeping track and would appreciate input from others! Here's what I've gathered so far: UofT: closed file - interviewers will only know your name and school McMaster: MMI; anecdotally one station will have access to your CV but I don't have info from an official source
  5. Timestamp for mine was 1:02 PM EST - I am an OOP CMG. Best of luck.
  6. Yes, but only to the extent that most people want to stay in their home province and are able to offer more compelling reasons in their interviews for why they want to train at an in-province school, and programs probably have a preference for taking students who are likely to stay in their community after residency. But there isn't a quota in the same way that there is for med school admissions, at least not to my knowledge.
  7. Wondering about this as well. The only thing I've heard for the Mac MMI is that for one station they have access to your CV, so I imagine there's a question related to that.
  8. To add to above (I'm not sure if this will help or hurt, but I hope and mean for it to help <3): I've participated in student hiring before in a related field, and I have to say, choosing between a group of immensely talented applicants is incredibly hard. Often times, it's basically a coin toss. The reality is that we've all made it this far and will be great residents, regardless of rejections from this flawed system.
  9. Survey of the audience: When answering behavioral questions in CaRMS interviews (i.e. tell me about a time when...) is it bad/less desirable to talk about experiences from before med school? I assume some of them will ask specifically about clinical examples, and I obviously plan to use clerkship stories for that, but my better teamwork / leadership / working under pressure etc. examples are probably from the job I had 4 years ago before med school. Same deal with being asked to talk about meaningful things on my CV - most are from before med school. Curious to know what others think.
  10. I think most of the FM programs will be last week of Feb. Nice of UofT to acknowledge receipt of applications. Although any email notifications I get from CaRMS or specifics schools between now and April will make me slightly tachycardic lol.
  11. Yikes. Happy that everything worked out for you but wow what a shitty thing to do as a referee.
  12. When a program says "Approximately 500 words" - opinions on what the upper limit here would be? I'm at about 530, really don't want to cut down any more, but also worried about being sent to the reject pile for an extra sentence or two
  13. My instinct is to not dip below ~20% of the word limit, but if you feel like your statements are really strong then it might be okay. It would be helpful to get others to read them and give you some feedback.
  14. It's not a gap in training, but probably should be accounted for in your CV in some way. I.e. just show that you did something during that year. Not a big deal and definitely wouldn't warrant a transcript/MSPR addendum!
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