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    rmorelan got a reaction from veromedico in Getting a haircut pre-interview?   
    worse than what they think is what you think ( and you have already stated what you think). 
    which mean it could be an issue - thinking something about yourself is off can have you behave in a way that actually does weaken your chances (which has been studied to death in psychology ha). 
    Not sure what to do about it mind you - the situation right now is what it is. 
    Ha, and as staff I will say I am starting to look like a member of a 60s rock band at this point. That isn't going to change anytime soon. 
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    rmorelan got a reaction from FifthCycle in Getting a haircut pre-interview?   
    worse than what they think is what you think ( and you have already stated what you think). 
    which mean it could be an issue - thinking something about yourself is off can have you behave in a way that actually does weaken your chances (which has been studied to death in psychology ha). 
    Not sure what to do about it mind you - the situation right now is what it is. 
    Ha, and as staff I will say I am starting to look like a member of a 60s rock band at this point. That isn't going to change anytime soon. 
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    rmorelan got a reaction from RicardoKaká in Not Backing Up Am I Making the Wrong Choice?   
    Hey - first of good luck!
    So I should ask - will you or will you not apply to family programs in round 2 if you don't get anything in round 1? I think if at all possible you have to answer that question now. 
    Because if you would, then there little no reason not to do it in first round - you would just rank all your family medicine sites dead last in your rank order. The only way you would ever be considered for family medicine then is if you would already completely rejected from all surgery programs you are targeting. The difference is you would dramatically increase the odds of getting family medicine (or whatever) again if and only if you were already rejected from surgery. Only way that doesn't make sense is if you are hoping you could possible get whatever surgery program is left in round 2 (which I can say is almost none, and even the ones that look like they are there typically are extremely hard to get). Those spots would not be in your moderately competitive field of choice almost certainly - as you would have been rejected from that school already in round 1 in some fashion either pre or post interview - or you wouldn't be unmatched with an open spot. 
     It is often better to just pretend the second round doesn't exist. 
    I probably know the stress you are enduring - personally I went all in for radiology which is moderately competitive I would say. I also didn't back up because I was willing to reapply the following year rather than do any other field of medicine (or so I thought - how I would have felt actually going unmatched and reacting to it would have been a true test). CARMS is stressful - not backing up makes it even more so. 
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    rmorelan got a reaction from Butterfly_ in Not Backing Up Am I Making the Wrong Choice?   
    Hey - first of good luck!
    So I should ask - will you or will you not apply to family programs in round 2 if you don't get anything in round 1? I think if at all possible you have to answer that question now. 
    Because if you would, then there little no reason not to do it in first round - you would just rank all your family medicine sites dead last in your rank order. The only way you would ever be considered for family medicine then is if you would already completely rejected from all surgery programs you are targeting. The difference is you would dramatically increase the odds of getting family medicine (or whatever) again if and only if you were already rejected from surgery. Only way that doesn't make sense is if you are hoping you could possible get whatever surgery program is left in round 2 (which I can say is almost none, and even the ones that look like they are there typically are extremely hard to get). Those spots would not be in your moderately competitive field of choice almost certainly - as you would have been rejected from that school already in round 1 in some fashion either pre or post interview - or you wouldn't be unmatched with an open spot. 
     It is often better to just pretend the second round doesn't exist. 
    I probably know the stress you are enduring - personally I went all in for radiology which is moderately competitive I would say. I also didn't back up because I was willing to reapply the following year rather than do any other field of medicine (or so I thought - how I would have felt actually going unmatched and reacting to it would have been a true test). CARMS is stressful - not backing up makes it even more so. 
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    rmorelan got a reaction from Jarisch in Not Backing Up Am I Making the Wrong Choice?   
    Hey - first of good luck!
    So I should ask - will you or will you not apply to family programs in round 2 if you don't get anything in round 1? I think if at all possible you have to answer that question now. 
    Because if you would, then there little no reason not to do it in first round - you would just rank all your family medicine sites dead last in your rank order. The only way you would ever be considered for family medicine then is if you would already completely rejected from all surgery programs you are targeting. The difference is you would dramatically increase the odds of getting family medicine (or whatever) again if and only if you were already rejected from surgery. Only way that doesn't make sense is if you are hoping you could possible get whatever surgery program is left in round 2 (which I can say is almost none, and even the ones that look like they are there typically are extremely hard to get). Those spots would not be in your moderately competitive field of choice almost certainly - as you would have been rejected from that school already in round 1 in some fashion either pre or post interview - or you wouldn't be unmatched with an open spot. 
     It is often better to just pretend the second round doesn't exist. 
    I probably know the stress you are enduring - personally I went all in for radiology which is moderately competitive I would say. I also didn't back up because I was willing to reapply the following year rather than do any other field of medicine (or so I thought - how I would have felt actually going unmatched and reacting to it would have been a true test). CARMS is stressful - not backing up makes it even more so. 
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    rmorelan got a reaction from Redpill in How do people answer the question of why should the program choose you??   
    well you start by not thinking you are an average medical student or perhaps better to remember an average medical student is a pretty awesome student (imagine you went around saying something like that in other areas - oh he is just an average Olympic swimmer, or average mountain climber and so on....technically true perhaps but not really giving you the right picture and definitely not the right attitude). 
    Probably boils down to thinking that programs are looking for the same basic things  Are you smart? Are you hard working? Are you not a jerk? Are you actually interested in the field enough to endure all the painful and exhausting parts of the training program? 
    What examples do you have that show the above characteristics? - and you do have examples etc. 
    Don't try to compare yourself to other candidates - you don't know their strengths/weaknesses anyway so you cannot do  that properly even if you wanted to. The conversation is not about them, it is about you. 
     
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    rmorelan got a reaction from Snowmen in Not Backing Up Am I Making the Wrong Choice?   
    Hey - first of good luck!
    So I should ask - will you or will you not apply to family programs in round 2 if you don't get anything in round 1? I think if at all possible you have to answer that question now. 
    Because if you would, then there little no reason not to do it in first round - you would just rank all your family medicine sites dead last in your rank order. The only way you would ever be considered for family medicine then is if you would already completely rejected from all surgery programs you are targeting. The difference is you would dramatically increase the odds of getting family medicine (or whatever) again if and only if you were already rejected from surgery. Only way that doesn't make sense is if you are hoping you could possible get whatever surgery program is left in round 2 (which I can say is almost none, and even the ones that look like they are there typically are extremely hard to get). Those spots would not be in your moderately competitive field of choice almost certainly - as you would have been rejected from that school already in round 1 in some fashion either pre or post interview - or you wouldn't be unmatched with an open spot. 
     It is often better to just pretend the second round doesn't exist. 
    I probably know the stress you are enduring - personally I went all in for radiology which is moderately competitive I would say. I also didn't back up because I was willing to reapply the following year rather than do any other field of medicine (or so I thought - how I would have felt actually going unmatched and reacting to it would have been a true test). CARMS is stressful - not backing up makes it even more so. 
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    rmorelan got a reaction from Bambi in Not Backing Up Am I Making the Wrong Choice?   
    Hey - first of good luck!
    So I should ask - will you or will you not apply to family programs in round 2 if you don't get anything in round 1? I think if at all possible you have to answer that question now. 
    Because if you would, then there little no reason not to do it in first round - you would just rank all your family medicine sites dead last in your rank order. The only way you would ever be considered for family medicine then is if you would already completely rejected from all surgery programs you are targeting. The difference is you would dramatically increase the odds of getting family medicine (or whatever) again if and only if you were already rejected from surgery. Only way that doesn't make sense is if you are hoping you could possible get whatever surgery program is left in round 2 (which I can say is almost none, and even the ones that look like they are there typically are extremely hard to get). Those spots would not be in your moderately competitive field of choice almost certainly - as you would have been rejected from that school already in round 1 in some fashion either pre or post interview - or you wouldn't be unmatched with an open spot. 
     It is often better to just pretend the second round doesn't exist. 
    I probably know the stress you are enduring - personally I went all in for radiology which is moderately competitive I would say. I also didn't back up because I was willing to reapply the following year rather than do any other field of medicine (or so I thought - how I would have felt actually going unmatched and reacting to it would have been a true test). CARMS is stressful - not backing up makes it even more so. 
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    rmorelan got a reaction from Bambi in word count for carms essays   
    yup - don't mess with the rules in this case. You would be surprised out picky people can be. 
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    rmorelan got a reaction from SnowmanTheSWOMEN in McMaster INCREASING Number of Interviews for 2020/21 Cycle   
    you know I like to think I am pretty good at keeping up with all the changes but this year they are making me work at it! 
     
     
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    rmorelan got a reaction from garceyues in McMaster INCREASING Number of Interviews for 2020/21 Cycle   
    you know I like to think I am pretty good at keeping up with all the changes but this year they are making me work at it! 
     
     
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    rmorelan got a reaction from Psych in How much is CASPer worth pre-interview at Ottawa?   
    seems logical - particular as they have used the ABS for quite some time prior to CASPER, and believed in it enough to reject for interview people that hit their GPA cut off. 
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    rmorelan got a reaction from Log in How do people answer the question of why should the program choose you??   
    well you start by not thinking you are an average medical student or perhaps better to remember an average medical student is a pretty awesome student (imagine you went around saying something like that in other areas - oh he is just an average Olympic swimmer, or average mountain climber and so on....technically true perhaps but not really giving you the right picture and definitely not the right attitude). 
    Probably boils down to thinking that programs are looking for the same basic things  Are you smart? Are you hard working? Are you not a jerk? Are you actually interested in the field enough to endure all the painful and exhausting parts of the training program? 
    What examples do you have that show the above characteristics? - and you do have examples etc. 
    Don't try to compare yourself to other candidates - you don't know their strengths/weaknesses anyway so you cannot do  that properly even if you wanted to. The conversation is not about them, it is about you. 
     
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    rmorelan got a reaction from ceelbe in Couple random questions   
    as a med student you never are in my experience. They will be provided for clinical work at least. I still found them useful for things (like anatomy lab just to start with). 
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    rmorelan got a reaction from ceelbe in Couple random questions   
    oh and they may ask for a deposit on the scrubs (which you will get back.....IF you remember to claim it and ha don't lose any)
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    rmorelan got a reaction from veromedico in Couple random questions   
    There are some - well and everywhere else. Still we want a supportive environment here while also providing fair evaluations of things even that evaluation isn't particularly positive). 
     
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    rmorelan got a reaction from WaitingTooLong in Couple random questions   
    There are some - well and everywhere else. Still we want a supportive environment here while also providing fair evaluations of things even that evaluation isn't particularly positive). 
     
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    rmorelan got a reaction from DrOtter in How do people answer the question of why should the program choose you??   
    well you start by not thinking you are an average medical student or perhaps better to remember an average medical student is a pretty awesome student (imagine you went around saying something like that in other areas - oh he is just an average Olympic swimmer, or average mountain climber and so on....technically true perhaps but not really giving you the right picture and definitely not the right attitude). 
    Probably boils down to thinking that programs are looking for the same basic things  Are you smart? Are you hard working? Are you not a jerk? Are you actually interested in the field enough to endure all the painful and exhausting parts of the training program? 
    What examples do you have that show the above characteristics? - and you do have examples etc. 
    Don't try to compare yourself to other candidates - you don't know their strengths/weaknesses anyway so you cannot do  that properly even if you wanted to. The conversation is not about them, it is about you. 
     
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    rmorelan got a reaction from indefatigable in Academic Misconduct (No Record on Transcript)   
    From an academic point of view it is odd there is no record on the transcript. I mean that is the record basically and if it is not there there there is no record.  I suppose minor would mean different things - and the scope of that means would vary. 
    obviously if you don't answer the question truthfully it introduces potential revokable offence on your application if it ultimately truly was an academic offense. Any offense like that would reduce your chances of admissions. 
    this is the issue with schools doing weird things and not standardizing responses to things. Either things are academic offences and thus should be recorded or they are not and they shouldn't be. Setting up a grey area where something is no longer identifiable doesn't help the broader system, and it makes things messy for individual students as well. 
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    rmorelan got a reaction from tennie in McMaster INCREASING Number of Interviews for 2020/21 Cycle   
    you know I like to think I am pretty good at keeping up with all the changes but this year they are making me work at it! 
     
     
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    rmorelan got a reaction from goodVibesOnly in UBC MD Interview Invites/Regrets Thread - 2020/21   
    you are it is all the other comments that normally should be elsewhere etc
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    rmorelan got a reaction from DrOtter in resident drop out rate   
    It is a bit silly to say the least - I would also personally love a general practice style license. 
    Only thing I have ever seen it useful for it is does let me bypass the USMLE for many US states and various licensing bodies. 
    Right now the fall through the cracks position is some kind of non-clinical research, corporate job or something like writing. I believe two people in my class in the end ended up there (although one case was simply self inflicted and fully deserved). 
    As for what could a general practitioner do - that is an interesting question as I do believe family medicine truly is too complex and does need its own certification. Particular as a year of off service rotations like the US and most of us in Canada  hardly would prepare you for it at all. Still I would think you could focal on things PA or NPs would do as well, and there are things like surgical assisting perhaps? If you can do EM with doing some kind of community ER for an extended period time with your base FM then perhaps there is an argument you could advance to full FM if you similarly apprenticed under a FM for long enough and did the appropriate examinations etc. 
    Medicine can have a tendency to be overly certified. I get the motivation but we also have to keep in mind that residency is a relatively short period of time in peoples' careers, and we can develop new skills (as we have to do in any case) as things go along. Some of those skills may not neatly fit in to a bucket we would call a fixed specialization - at some point every new aspect of medicine was not taught but rather developed by a practitioner, and every field of medicine started somewhere without a fancy title. Maybe I feel this way in part because I am a bit of a generalist myself with my hand in a lot of different areas of study both within medicine and outside of it. I am not a fan of absolutely boxing in people.   
     
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    rmorelan got a reaction from blah1234 in resident drop out rate   
    It is a bit silly to say the least - I would also personally love a general practice style license. 
    Only thing I have ever seen it useful for it is does let me bypass the USMLE for many US states and various licensing bodies. 
    Right now the fall through the cracks position is some kind of non-clinical research, corporate job or something like writing. I believe two people in my class in the end ended up there (although one case was simply self inflicted and fully deserved). 
    As for what could a general practitioner do - that is an interesting question as I do believe family medicine truly is too complex and does need its own certification. Particular as a year of off service rotations like the US and most of us in Canada  hardly would prepare you for it at all. Still I would think you could focal on things PA or NPs would do as well, and there are things like surgical assisting perhaps? If you can do EM with doing some kind of community ER for an extended period time with your base FM then perhaps there is an argument you could advance to full FM if you similarly apprenticed under a FM for long enough and did the appropriate examinations etc. 
    Medicine can have a tendency to be overly certified. I get the motivation but we also have to keep in mind that residency is a relatively short period of time in peoples' careers, and we can develop new skills (as we have to do in any case) as things go along. Some of those skills may not neatly fit in to a bucket we would call a fixed specialization - at some point every new aspect of medicine was not taught but rather developed by a practitioner, and every field of medicine started somewhere without a fancy title. Maybe I feel this way in part because I am a bit of a generalist myself with my hand in a lot of different areas of study both within medicine and outside of it. I am not a fan of absolutely boxing in people.   
     
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    rmorelan got a reaction from Bambi in Not applying to CaRMS   
    Is the fear if you apply for family med and don't get it you then be in a bad spot (red flagged as you put it) for the following year? I would also suggest talking to your advisors about your situation as it seem likely if you can apply broadly you will get family med this year anyway, and losing the year may raise flags regardless. Basically you are in a possible even probable win versus cannot make your situation worse scenario with applying this year. If that is true, and I think it is likely you are, then on a practical level it would be illogical not to apply. You cannot ever be 100% in Carms unfortunately so striving for perfection is very dangerous. 
    Letters can be from other specialities as well to support your application (particular for family med), and this strange year is one where a lot of people won't have the mix they were hoping for in electives. 
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    rmorelan got a reaction from Wealthdoc in From Finance to Medicine - can I do it?   
    possible? yes, in fact someone in my class did exactly that (basically similar story). 
    Motivations were similar as well. 
    your GPA is in the right range - just need to compute it formally and see where you stand. Your ECs are not bad at all either.
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