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    frenchpress reacted to bearded frog in Help lol - Prerequisite Courses for Med School   
    Medical schools don't care what degree you take they aren't going to look at your transcript and see it stand out, they care about GPA and that's it for the most part. You can talk about a non-standard undergrad in your essays or interview though. Some schools adjust your GPA up if you meet certain requirements about credits per year and taking a certain amount of advanced courses per year, so I would investigate the methods for each school.
    Many schools no longer have prerequisites. Look at each school you want to apply to and see what their requirements are. If it says you only need 2 courses in biology, you only need 2 courses in biology. If not needed, take biology because its interesting to you or you can do well in it, not because you think you have to.
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    frenchpress got a reaction from jehube in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    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. 
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    frenchpress got a reaction from aray623 in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    Also Calgary
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    frenchpress reacted to bearded frog in Emailing Programs for an Interview - Advisable or No   
    I don't think you've been blacklisted if you have been selected for an interview...
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    frenchpress reacted to idontwannabehopeless in Third degree or additional year?   
    Oooh, gotcha! Saw it. Thank you :))
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    frenchpress got a reaction from idontwannabehopeless in Third degree or additional year?   
    Under ‘grade average calculations’
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    frenchpress got a reaction from bellejolie in Elective Advice   
    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, general internal medicine with a focus on outpatient (but you’d likely have to do some inpatient) would also likely be very useful. 
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    frenchpress got a reaction from MDinCanada in Should one keep going if...   
    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 you’ve ever done is learn in an undergraduate setting, it should not be surprising that those skills do not immediately transfer upon starting clerkship (although it often is surprising, because this isn’t well emphasized at all in the selection process or early pre-clinical training). I think it’s pretty normal to feel out of your element in clerkship - for many of us, we’re basically total novices.  Not just novices in the material, but novices in how to learn in that setting. That can be a really disorienting experience when you’re someone who’s used to succeeding, and to having mastery over how to learn in some other context. I have been amazed during clerkship at how dumb and overwhelmed I can feel despite having done my best to prepare for a rotation, and I am someone with advanced degrees and a background in teaching and science education. @lovemedicinesomuch Humbling is definitely the right word for it.
    That experience alone I don’t think means you aren’t cut out for medicine OP.  Most people can and do improve at this over time. Where are you in your training? Have you found any areas of medicine (clinical or non-clinical that appeal to you?). I’d be curious to know more about what it is you’re hearing from your preceptors that’s leaving you confused and frustrated. 
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    frenchpress reacted to bread in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    I heard back from the first program today and it was a no. I know that rationally it’s likely just the process and having lots of very qualified applicants, but because it’s the first one I’ve heard from, I’m now worrying that something was wrong with one of my references or I did poorly on the Casper or something else. I thought my personal letter for that program was really strong. Ugh
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    frenchpress reacted to Haribo7173 in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    if this forum is indicative of the number of psych applicants... lord help us
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    frenchpress reacted to bearded frog in CaRMS 2021 Interview Tracker -- INVITATIONS ONLY   
    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) Anesthesiology: NOSM (Feb 22), UBC (Feb 22), Alberta (Feb 23), Usask (Feb 25) Cardiac Surgery: Toronto (Feb 16), Manitoba (Feb 22), Alberta (Feb 23), Montreal (Feb 24), Ottawa (Feb 24 Dermatology: ULaval (Feb 23), Calgary (Feb 23) Diagnostic Radiology: Dalhousie (Feb 18), McGill (Feb 19), Queen’s (Feb 23), Saskatchewan (Feb 23), Manitoba (Feb 23), MUN (Feb 24), Calgary (Feb 24), Montreal (Feb 24), Laval (Feb 24), McMaster (Feb 25) Emergency Medicine: Ottawa (Feb 22), Queen's (Feb 22), UBC (Feb 25 -Phone call @12pm EST), Manitoba (Feb 25) Family Medicine: Joint Ontario IMG (feb15), Joint Quebec Francophone Schools (Feb 16), McGill Châteauguay (Feb 19), UBC Family Medicine (Feb 19th), McGill Gatineau (Feb 19), McGill Montreal Site (Feb 20) Dalhousie (Feb 23), Alberta (Feb 23), U of T (Feb 23), McMaster CMG (Feb 24) Dalhousie IMG ( feb24) Alberta IMG  (Feb 24) Memorial (Feb 25) General Pathology: Calgary (Feb 9), Alberta (Feb 22), McMaster (Feb 23) General Surgery: MUN (Feb 9), Sherbrooke (Feb 18), McMaster Niagara Campus (Feb 20), McGill (Feb 21), Saskatchewan (23 Feb), Manitoba (Feb 23), Western (Feb 24), Laval (Feb 25) Hematological Pathology: Internal Medicine: Medical Genetics and Genomics: Calgary(Feb 10), Université de Montreal(19 Feb) Medical Microbiology: Manitoba (Feb 11), Calgary (Feb 18) Neurology: Toronto (Feb 19), Manitoba (Feb 22), Sherbrooke (Feb 23), Queen's (Feb 24), Dalhousie (Feb 24), Calgary (Feb 24), McGill (Feb 24), Alberta (Feb 25) Neurology - Paediatric: Alberta (Feb 9), McMaster (Feb 16), McGill (Feb 22), UBC (Feb 23) Neuropathology: Calgary (Feb 16) Neurosurgery: Saskatchewan (Feb 11), Manitoba (Feb 19), UBC (Feb 22), Sherbrooke (Feb 22), Toronto (Feb 23), Ottawa (Feb 23), Calgary (Feb 24), McGill (Feb 25), Alberta (Feb 25), Western (Feb 25) Nuclear Medicine: Sherbrooke (Feb 18), McGill (Feb 22), Manitoba (Feb 24) Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Ottawa IMG (Feb 12), Alberta CMG (Feb 22), McGill (Feb 25), Toronto CMG (Feb 25) Ophthalmology: Dalhousie (Feb 25), Saskatchewan (Feb 25), UBC (Feb 25) Orthopaedic Surgery: Dalhousie (Feb 19), UAlberta (Feb 22), Memorial (Feb 23), Sherbrooke (Feb 23), Toronto (Feb 24), Toronto IMG (Feb 24), McGill (Feb 24), Laval (Feb 25), UdeM/Montreal (Feb 25), McMaster (Feb 25), NOSM (Feb 25) Otolaryngology: Toronto (Feb 22), McGill (Feb 23) Pediatrics: Western IMG (Feb 24), Manitoba IMG (Feb 24), UBC IMG (Feb.24), McMaster IMG (feb 24), UOttawa IMG (Feb 24), Montreal (Feb 25) Plastic Surgery: Manitoba (Feb 16th), Ottawa (Feb 24), Toronto (Feb 24)  PM&R: Calgary (Feb 11), Manitoba (Feb 16), Dalhousie (Feb 18), Queen's (Feb 19), Ottawa (Feb 19), Western (Feb 22), Saskatchewan (Feb 23), McMaster (Feb 23), Alberta (Feb 24), Toronto (Feb 24) Psychiatry: Manitoba (Feb 12), Memorial (Feb 17), McGill (Feb 17), Calgary (Feb 17), Toronto (Feb 19), Saskatoon (Feb 22), Regina (Feb 22), Sherbrooke - Moncton (Feb 22), Sherbrooke (Feb 22), UBC (Feb 22), Western (Feb 23), McMaster (Feb 23), Laval (Feb 23), NOSM (Feb 24), Alberta (Feb 24), Manitoba Winnipeg (Feb 25), Dalhousie (Feb 25) Public Health and Preventive Medicine: Saskatchewan (Feb 9), Ottawa (Feb 21), Toronto (Feb 23), UBC (Feb 24), Alberta (Feb 24)  Radiation Oncology: Calgary (Feb 9), Alberta (Feb 10), Montreal (Feb 10), McMaster(Feb 12), UBC (Feb 17) Urology: Montreal (Feb 23), Alberta (Feb 24),  McMaster (Feb 25) Vascular Surgery: Manitoba (Feb 16th), Western (Feb 17th), Montreal (Feb 23)
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    frenchpress reacted to JohnSnow2021 in CaRMS 2021 Interview Tracker -- INVITATIONS ONLY   
    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) Anesthesiology: NOSM (Feb 22), UBC (Feb 22), Alberta (Feb 23), Usask (Feb 25) Cardiac Surgery: Toronto (Feb 16), Manitoba (Feb 22), Alberta (Feb 23), Montreal (Feb 24), Ottawa (Feb 24 Dermatology: ULaval (Feb 23), Calgary (Feb 23) Diagnostic Radiology: Dalhousie (Feb 18), McGill (Feb 19), Queen’s (Feb 23), Saskatchewan (Feb 23), Manitoba (Feb 23), MUN (Feb 24), Calgary (Feb 24), Montreal (Feb 24), Laval (Feb 24), McMaster (Feb 25) Emergency Medicine: Ottawa (Feb 22), Queen's (Feb 22), UBC (Feb 25 -Phone call @12pm EST), Manitoba (Feb 25) Family Medicine: Joint Ontario IMG (feb15), Joint Quebec Francophone Schools (Feb 16), McGill Châteauguay (Feb 19), UBC Family Medicine (Feb 19th), McGill Gatineau (Feb 19), McGill Montreal Site (Feb 20) Dalhousie (Feb 23), Alberta (Feb 23), U of T (Feb 23), McMaster CMG (Feb 24) Dalhousie IMG ( feb24) Alberta IMG  (Feb 24) Memorial (Feb 25) General Pathology: Calgary (Feb 9), Alberta (Feb 22), McMaster (Feb 23) General Surgery: MUN (Feb 9), Sherbrooke (Feb 18), McMaster Niagara Campus (Feb 20), McGill (Feb 21), Saskatchewan (23 Feb), Manitoba (Feb 23), Western (Feb 24), Laval (Feb 25) Hematological Pathology: Internal Medicine: Medical Genetics and Genomics: Calgary(Feb 10), Université de Montreal(19 Feb) Medical Microbiology: Manitoba (Feb 11), Calgary (Feb 18) Neurology: Toronto (Feb 19), Manitoba (Feb 22), Sherbrooke (Feb 23), Queen's (Feb 24), Dalhousie (Feb 24), Calgary (Feb 24), McGill (Feb 24), Alberta (Feb 25) Neurology - Paediatric: Alberta (Feb 9), McMaster (Feb 16), McGill (Feb 22), UBC (Feb 23) Neuropathology: Calgary (Feb 16) Neurosurgery: Saskatchewan (Feb 11), Manitoba (Feb 19), UBC (Feb 22), Sherbrooke (Feb 22), Toronto (Feb 23), Ottawa (Feb 23), Calgary (Feb 24), McGill (Feb 25), Alberta (Feb 25), Western (Feb 25) Nuclear Medicine: Sherbrooke (Feb 18), McGill (Feb 22), Manitoba (Feb 24) Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Ottawa IMG (Feb 12), Alberta CMG (Feb 22), McGill (Feb 25), Toronto CMG (Feb 25) Ophthalmology: Dalhousie (Feb 25), Saskatchewan (Feb 25), UBC (Feb 25) Orthopaedic Surgery: Dalhousie (Feb 19), UAlberta (Feb 22), Memorial (Feb 23), Sherbrooke (Feb 23), Toronto (Feb 24), Toronto IMG (Feb 24), McGill (Feb 24), Laval (Feb 25), UdeM/Montreal (Feb 25), McMaster (Feb 25), NOSM (Feb 25) Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: Toronto (Feb 22), McGill (Feb 23) Pediatrics: Western IMG (Feb 24), Manitoba IMG (Feb 24), UBC IMG (Feb.24), McMaster IMG (feb 24), UOttawa IMG (Feb 24)  Plastic Surgery: Manitoba (Feb 16th), Ottawa (Feb 24), Toronto (Feb 24)  PM&R: Calgary (Feb 11), Manitoba (Feb 16), Dalhousie (Feb 18), Queen's (Feb 19), Ottawa (Feb 19), Western (Feb 22), Saskatchewan (Feb 23), McMaster (Feb 23), Alberta (Feb 24), Toronto (Feb 24) Psychiatry: Manitoba (Feb 12), Memorial (Feb 17), McGill (Feb 17), Calgary (Feb 17), Toronto (Feb 19), Saskatoon (Feb 22), Regina (Feb 22), Sherbrooke - Moncton (Feb 22), Sherbrooke (Feb 22), UBC (Feb 22), Western (Feb 23), McMaster (Feb 23), Laval (Feb 23), NOSM (Feb 24), Alberta (Feb 24), Manitoba Winnipeg (Feb 25) Public Health and Preventive Medicine: Saskatchewan (Feb 9), Ottawa (Feb 21), Toronto (Feb 23), UBC (Feb 24), Alberta (Feb 24)  Radiation Oncology: Calgary (Feb 9), Alberta (Feb 10), Montreal (Feb 10), McMaster(Feb 12), UBC (Feb 17) Urology: Montreal (Feb 23), Alberta (Feb 24),  McMaster (Feb 25) Vascular Surgery: Manitoba (Feb 16th), Western (Feb 17th), Montreal (Feb 23) Just switching back to the original formatting - it's hard to see which invitations have gone out when the program names are all bolded :).
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    frenchpress got a reaction from CaRMsAnxiety in How do FM programs create their Rank Lists? Importance of Interview vs File Review?   
    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 rank list which most of the sites use, but some may alter in various ways (as alluded to in the program descriptions for those sites). 
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    frenchpress got a reaction from aray623 in How do FM programs create their Rank Lists? Importance of Interview vs File Review?   
    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 rank list which most of the sites use, but some may alter in various ways (as alluded to in the program descriptions for those sites). 
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    frenchpress reacted to ToxicMegacolon in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    I see how this is still confusing. it was a program in the western part of Canada: i.e., BC or AB or Sask. but I wanted to be vague to protect my identity and build suspense...
    I'm sorry everyone.
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    frenchpress got a reaction from NoMatchNoProblem in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    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. 
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    frenchpress reacted to NoMatchNoProblem in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    It truly depends on the program. We have seen cases where UBC Fam Med has slowly rolled out invites over a period of 24 hours and others which send out everything at once (rejects, waitlist and acceptances). If you do not get any news and it's a day since people have heard back, I strongly suggest that you contact the program administrator and find out because it could be that they forgot to either reject you or accept you. I was unfortunately forgotten and then rejected 10 minutes after I sent my email. Best of luck! 
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    frenchpress got a reaction from Raptors23 in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    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. 
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    frenchpress got a reaction from bellejolie in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    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 
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    frenchpress reacted to blah1234 in What’s maximum number of hours that clinical clerk can work per week?   
    Yea, the on-call stipend as a resident (~$100?) was pretty insulting given how hard we had to work haha.
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    frenchpress reacted to robclem21 in What’s maximum number of hours that clinical clerk can work per week?   
    These two things are not mutually exclusive. The truth is many residents do love what they do and are very patient-centred and passionate about their work. That doesn't mean that being worked to the bone doesn't make you fatigued, or a little bitter, or question what you are doing sometime. GPA and MCAT scores have nothing to do with passion or burnout or being overworked. That's a very pre-med thing to think about and bring up because as soon as you start medical school all those things mean nothing.
    Nobody here was complaining about working 80-100 hours, but we were a little put off by someone with clearly no experience doing it telling us that we are exaggerating or that we should "leave medicine" because we count work hours. Instead of insulting people and telling medical students and residents that certain qualities wouldn't be appreciated by their patients, maybe take a minute to be supportive of the fact that at 5am on 0 sleep for the past 25 hours (often with no more than 1-2 hours total of scattered breaks), it us who are there to take care of and support them while you are at home sleeping in your bed.
    A little respect for the work we actually do would go a lot further than trying to call us out. This journey is a complete grind and until you go through it, you truly can't appreciate it so perhaps better to not insult people who dedicate/sacrifice nearly a decade of their early adult lives for their patients.
     
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    frenchpress got a reaction from IMislove in What’s maximum number of hours that clinical clerk can work per week?   
    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 gone through in medical school and residency. If this is how you react to people who are trying to express their lived experience to you, especially in an area in which you don’t know that much about, how will you deal with patients? Will you also be prone to second guess everything your patients tell you, because you have masters degree and you know better? Or will you just rudely give them a pass because they “sound young”? For someone who claims to be a mature student, you’re coming off as pretty immature and arrogant.   
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    frenchpress reacted to birdy21 in What’s maximum number of hours that clinical clerk can work per week?   
    I've never said (let alone even thought) this before, but if you really think it's BS about med students working these hours, then I hope you don't end up in med school. Working in a step-down ICU unit during a global pandemic did not consist of me sitting around, browsing social media. Infact, any down time I had was spent either sleeping or studying, because you really might only get a couple hours of free time on any given evening. Of course this is not the same for every rotation but please stop trying to discount experiences of something you have not gone through and (clearly) know nothing about.
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    frenchpress reacted to JohnGrisham in What’s maximum number of hours that clinical clerk can work per week?   
    As an outside observer to this conversation, you should really re-read the tone and way they presented their view to you. They were being very polite and trying to point out some potential blindspots, and encouraging you to not diminish the expressed experiences of others  - no matter how you may not be able to "believe them".

    Your initial tone and inferences that the students simply were clocked in and on social media was a bit off-putting. While the content may be realistic and plausible, its the delivery. I agree, some students are definitely doing that and over-exageratting. But I don't think its fair to just assume everyone is. 

    I definitely had true 80 hours weeks  as a medical student and they were infrequent, and i was definitely spending at least 80% of the time working - and I had worked 80 hours weeks sporadically before Medicine.   And I did notice some of my colleagues would be up all night on some rotations - mostly because they were relatively slower at doing Internal Medicine consults/admits at 3am compared to me; because who in their right mind can function and write up elaborate DDx and treatment plans at 3am? What would normally take maybe 1 hour during the day, can take up to 3hrs at night for many, especially when you factor in lead time to review your cases with the residents or attendings.    

    That was just me own experience as a medical student, that carried forward into residency. We can only share our experiences, and those of our close peers who have also gone through the path. It is generally reflective in "you don't know how it is, until you go through it". 
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    frenchpress reacted to ArthurMcArthur in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    Yup. I got 15 separate emails, each 10-15 minutes apart telling me I was not selected for UBC FM 
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