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  1. Agree this is worth looking into. Various schools have different policies, and while it's very rare it's not impossible. UBC official policy, for example, states that transfers are possible into third year only - but this requires that 1) there is space (e.g. someone's taken a LOA or been held back, etc), 2) you're in good standing in your program and have the support of your dean, and 3) you have very good reasons to transfer (simply being home sick or far from family is not likely to be enough sadly, as many of us go through that, but you could always ask!).
  2. Don’t worry. It will be fine. That’s not a major error, it happens.
  3. You should enter all your grades. If you have enough credits you could also calculate your AGPA by dropping your lowest year (up to 30 credits) as per the calculations outlined on the ubc website for adjusted GPA
  4. https://www.grad.ubc.ca/faculty-staff/admin-resources-templates/gpa-calculators Put in your converter grades as per the tables on the ubc Med website here: https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/files/2012/08/ADM_grade_conversion_tables.pdf
  5. You don’t have to include hobbies. But I wouldn’t necessarily drop them just because they’re hobbies. Think about length of commitment to an activity, demonstration of being well rounded, etc. in choosing what to include - for example, a one month volunteer job of a few hours may not add as much as a several year commitment to playing an instrument.
  6. Verifiers are contacted randomly for both employment and non-academic. You’ll have to list someone every entry - as described in a recent related post, if it’s an old activity and you really have no other options (e.g. ab old coworker you’re still friends with) then just choose family or a friend who knew you when you were doing the job and knows enough about it that they could verify it for you, and explain briefly why that was your only option.
  7. No, you aren’t missing anything. There’s just no perfect answer, and what works best will vary by person, specialty applying to, school schedule, etc. For example, some people prefer to have important electives late so they have the most experience and perceive that as giving the best chance at getting a good letter. Some people prefer to have electives early when they’re more fresh off vacation, or because they still are deciding between specialties. Depending on how competitive electives are for the specialty you’re applying to, there’s a good chance you end up taking what you can get when y
  8. The deadlines are all posted on the CaRMS website: https://www.carms.ca/match/r-1-main-residency-match/r-1-match-timeline/ Last year it was February, and this year it’s Jan 31. Next year is likely to be similar. Whether or not you can get a reference in time will depend on the preceptor. Plenty of people have gotten last minute references but plenty have been burned. Make sure you have other options if it’s not in in time.
  9. They will assess the employment section for the same qualities they look for in the NAQ, so really you want to be highlighting the same sorts of things in both imo.
  10. Just include a coworker (friend) or family member, and explain in the box provided that the business is no longer in existence. Worst case scenario they won’t include it. Lots of people use friends and family to verify in appropriate situations (personal hobbies, etc)
  11. I am not sure about CPSO. But you should definitely consider getting disability insurance now if you think you will have issues in the future. On private plans like RBC, which seems to be one of the most popular, there’s an exclusion for claims for several years for pre-existing conditions (2-5 years for my plan depending on the issues), but after that you can typically make a claim if you need to. So the sooner you get it, the sooner it is likely to be available if you need it. Provincial group plans typically also have cheap student insurance, although I’ve heard OMA recently went way up in
  12. You’ll get the best information about things like call and work-life balance from residents of these programs, but some of the info you want people may not want to publicly post. It’s also an absurdly large amount of information - I had to keep a spreadsheet last year during CaRMS to keep it all straight. For stuff like #weeks of block and elective time, that’s available for the majority of sites on the archived CaRMS program descriptions from last year and/or on the university pages for each site (at least it is for UBC). You’ll have the opportunity in CaRMS to do zoom sessions (UBC las
  13. Agree, and in my experience the Osmosis subscription was worth it. I also found Online Med Ed very helpful but the subscription was too $$$ to keep up with - videos are free if you watch ads.
  14. I would recommend proper sentence structures, just try to be brief, simple and specific. I know it’s challenging, and all the details seem important - but if you can’t fit the key aspects of the activity into the character limit, you’re almost certainly including extraneous information.
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