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  1. Yeah, lol, not exactly a real practice scenario. I assume the real questions will afford some actual substance.
  2. There’s a similar chart in this year’s CFMS matchbook: https://www.cfms.org/files/matchbook/Matchbook_ENG_2020-2021.pdf My understanding is that this is based on the rank list, not school + specialty.
  3. Except for UBC you rank each site separately, so in these analyses I believe if you match to 18th choice it’s still considered 18th choice. If you’re in that boat, matching to the ‘top school’ probably isn’t that meaningful for a lot of people. The sites aren’t really that equivalent, which is why it’s a separate rank list in the first place.
  4. Anatomical Pathology: Queens (Feb 16), Calgary (Feb 16), McGill (Feb 16), McMaster (Feb 16), Western (Feb 17), Manitoba (Feb 19), Alberta (Feb 22), UBC (Feb 22), Dalhousie (Feb 24), Université de Montreal (Feb 23), Université de Laval (Feb 23), Ottawa (Feb 26), MUN (Feb 26), Toronto IMG (March 1) Anesthesiology: NOSM (Feb 22), UBC (Feb 22), Alberta (Feb 23), Usask (Feb 25), Laval (Feb 26), Queen’s (Feb 27), McMaster (Mar 1), Ottawa (Mar 1), Dalhousie (Mar 1), Calgary (Mar 1), McGill (Mar 1) Cardiac Surgery: Toronto (Feb 16), Manitoba (Feb 22), Alberta (Feb 23), Mo
  5. UBC is offering extra practice support to their students with five or fewer interviews. . .so that may be a rough cut off? Probably depends a lot on the size of programs you’re applying to though. Five interviews for large family / IM programs probably quite different from five interviews for programs with only a handful of spots, etc.
  6. Also consider family clinics focused on specific populations you’ll no doubt encounter in practice, like palliative care, lgbtq+, addictions, etc.
  7. Regardless of whether you plan to go inpatient medicine or not, a good outpatient urban family doc needs lots of generalist skills. It may be difficult and a bit of a disservice to do only outpatient electives. Some inpatient experience will also help you prepare for residency, because you won’t be able to avoid it during training. Various things I’d suggest are Derm and Opthomology, if you can get them. Psych. Pediatrics. Physiatry/rehab med. Geriatrics. A more gyne/women’s health focused obgyn elective (paps, iuds, contraception, etc). If you’re willing to go rural(ish) for some training, g
  8. I don’t know off the top of my head - there’s a table on the program descriptions that explains which criteria they evaluate in interviews. It’s things like leadership, communication skills, etc. They don’t provide a detailed scoring sheet or anything, and I think that’s obviously supposed to be confidential beyond what they publish.
  9. You need to look at the program descriptions in CaRMS. Every program is totally unique - the weighting of components varies between programs as explained above (e.g., UBC weights interviews 80%, while McMaster its equal, etc), and which components a program uses to differentiate applicants will also vary (e.g., some programs don’t consider electives). Even within programs, there may be variety in what criteria particular sites are looking for (e.g., a site might take into account demonstrated connection to a particular location). Ranking practices also vary - for example, UBC creates a central
  10. I believe, but am not 100% sure, that you should have completed all requirements for the course before April 30th (and the course should technically ‘end’ by this date as well), but you don’t necessarily need to have your grade yet. At UBC, the exam period for this semester is usually in April, and it’s not unusual for courses with exams written close to the end of April to not be completely marked until early May - i.e. the transcript will say the course ended in April, even if the grade was not actually given to you until a week later. For UBC students this would meet the requirements for UB
  11. Depends on the program. Those sending out hundreds of invites are much more likely to go out over long periods of time (depending on what service that program is using to send them, how batched, etc.). Whereas for a small program, possible to all be in one go. Both have occurred.
  12. It’s a bit funny to me because noon for CaRMS is not actually noon for most of the country. Everything is due at 9am here
  13. Most of the posters are sharing their own experiences, and have been quite polite in response to your initial disbelief - they’ve elaborated, given examples and context, etc. In response, you’re talking down to people and trying to claim that that lived experience isn’t valid evidence or can’t possibly be true. I am not feeling as diplomatic as @JohnGrisham today. It’s painfully ironic that you’re suggesting others need to have an open mind, when you’re being completely closed minded to the possibility that your expectations might not be in line with the reality of what many of us have g
  14. Doesn’t seem like it was alphabetical. They also appear to have been batched, with multiple people getting invites with the same time stamps. Could be submission order. Or random.
  15. I can’t tell if you’re a UBC student. But if you are, and are wanting a full-time course load, you may be better off being in an undergraduate degree program. At UBC, you can apply take courses after you’ve finished your degree as an ‘unclassified’ student. You can, in theory, take as many courses as you want. However, unclassified students at UBC have the lowest registration priority, meaning you can only register for courses after all the other students, majors, etc register. Some courses, especially upper year courses, may also be restricted to students in particular major programs. In prac
  16. UBC does use graduate degree grades. https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/admissions/frequently-asked-questions/ Edit: And it’s been awhile since I checked, but pretty sure UofAlberta and UofCalgary both include any grades assigned to graduate courses in their calculations in some form (they did back when I was applying). Even though graduate grades tend to be inflated compared to undergraduate grades, it usually only works out to a single semester (most thesis-based) or full semester (most course-based) worth of grades. It makes sense to me that they include them: when you already have 4+
  17. I hope not for everyone’s sake - that would be brutal. Although I am getting the impression that it is just one poor admin person sending them out one by one..... edit: Also, I just confirmed my ubc family invitation and it says there’s still 783(!) spots available. So perhaps a good chance they are only through a fraction of the list.
  18. Yes. But I also know people with early letters that haven’t heard yet, so . . . it may be some other order!
  19. I think if they gave you option to include or exclude it means the interviewer felt they could assess you - so if you think you did well (or even just better than average for your other stations), I’d suggest including it.
  20. Medicine certainly isn’t for everyone. I think it’s a major flaw of the system that the opportunity cost to explore medicine is so high, because it really does discourage people from quitting even when they realize it isn’t for them. I do know one person who quit in clerkship, and it worked out well for them. That said, there are a lot of areas of medicine, and some environments and require skill sets will suit different people better than others. Very often people can find an area they like and can succeed in. Clinical Medicine is significantly different from academic medicine. If all
  21. Yes, they will. UBC does not take site rankings into account when doing the overall file review - they are blinded to site preferences for the selection for all general seats and NMP seats. They are separate processes. Edit: this question comes up every year, see: https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/2014/02/19/last-minute-notes-on-site-selection/
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