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  1. The CaRMS forums will be held on May 31st, and I believe the slide deck for that (which includes some data) will be posted shortly after. However, looking at the CaRMS news archive, it seems like in previous years the full data would only be available in June-July.
  2. I can only speak to IM but I agree with Zoxy. It will definitely be easier to match to Western IM if you go to Western for med school, but your chances at other Ontario IM programs would likely be similar.
  3. I got 3 emails from cpso this morning, and one of them contained login info for me.
  4. Your residency program might offer you a subsidized course at its local hospital! For me, I didn't have to pay anything for a full ACLS course.
  5. Got one of my top choices but my friend got one of their bottom choices and was absolutely devastated. I feel nauseated. To everyone out there, regardless of your match results, it doesn't define who you are and CaRMS is just super unpredictable. You're all amazing. <3.
  6. We're so close! Hope everyone will hear good/no news tomorrow!
  7. Omg and they didn't send that email to the fourth years...the fact that they sent such an email seems to suggests that Western did poorly
  8. That's great! In your dream you've already matched haha.
  9. I'm actually glad that I have an upcoming busy surgical rotation... it will help time pass by faster haha
  10. Same here. I hope it becomes available again because I didn't save a copy of my ROL.
  11. Hi @ACHQ, thank you so much for all the insights you have provided! I'm a 4th year medical student who is still deciding between IM and FM, and part of the reason is that I'm interested in clinic-based subspecialties (rheum, endo, etc.) and am unsure how I'd feel about GIM if I end up not matching. Looking at the thread, though, it looks like it's possible to do pure outpatient work as a GIM doc with a decent income. I was just wondering, what is the job market like for outpatient GIM clinics? Thanks!
  12. Yup I believe U of T FM urban sites offer the most elective time. Off the top of my head, the regional North site at Western offers 24 weeks of electives too.
  13. I had a science background, so my situation was different than yours. But honestly I don't recall chem/orgo being useful during preclerkship at all (unless you want to take the USMLE lol). If you want to pre-study anything beforehand, I think reviewing basic anatomy might be useful; anatomy tended to be what my classmates at Western struggled with the most. But I agree with Butterfly, you'll probably be fine if you do no pre-studying at all. Any studying you do will probably be lower yield because you're studying out of context. Enjoy your summer!
  14. I'm also trying to decide between internal medicine and family medicine, and the flexibility is definitely the most appealing aspect of family medicine to me. For internists who choose to subspecialize, there's no guarantee of matching to the desired program/location in CaRMS round 2, and depending on the subspecialty, one might not be able to find work in the desired location after 5 years of training. I feel like I like the day-to-day of an internist better than that of a family doc, but there's so much more uncertainty in internal medicine >.<.
  15. Here're my personal notes for some of the Ontario programs (correct me if I'm wrong!): Toronto: Service heavy (strict 1:4 call throughout, but there are plans to reduce the calls for PGY2/PGY3s), great teaching, mixed reviews re: collegiality/culture (and can vary depending on base hospital). Several residents from the GTA said it was worth it for the city/staying close to family. Queen's: Relatively few calls (average 4-5 calls per block), super collegial, residents are happy. Slightly smaller catchment area so the fellowship programs may not be the best. Western: Also very c
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