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  1. Luck plays a big role for most applicants I think. For someone with a 4.0 GPA, 521 MCAT, and amazing extracurriculars/life experiences, it's really that they have to get terribly unlucky or actively mess up in some part of their application/interview in order to not get an offer at least somewhere after a cycle or two. But most applicants don't fall into this category. For most applicants, even the ones with competitive stats, it takes some element of luck in order to get an offer because it's difficult to distinguish yourself from others when you're in the middle of the pack and there is
  2. Based on your username, perhaps you went unmatched? If that's the case, I'm really sorry to hear it. I can see how the Limpkins (class of '21) were at a substantial disadvantage because they had just started clerkship when COVID hit. I guess we will wait and see when the match numbers come out, but as someone already mentioned, it may really just be a COVID-related phenomenon. Historically, UofC has had a substantially lower % of applicants rank FM first compared to most other schools (see below) Also, despite both having a high proportion of applicants not ranking FM first an
  3. UofA and UofC med both admit a maximum of 15% of OOP applicants per year. At UofA, matriculated OOP applicants have a higher GPA and MCAT compared to IP applicants (https://www.ualberta.ca/medicine/programs/md/applying-to-medicine/before-you-apply/admission-statistics.html). At UofC, this is also true but to a lesser extent as the seats are filled competitively once at the interview stage (see their applicant manual for more info on this). Due to this, it's almost never the case that the full 15% of OOP seats are filled at UofC (no idea whether this is the case for UofA or not). So in ter
  4. A bit of a digression but most pathology (and radiology) work will likely be eaten up by AI over the next few decades. There will still be pathologists/radiologists but there likely won't be any growth in the number of positions as it will be possible for the same number of docs to do the work of many more due to AI making things much easier. Many other fields won't be immune either. Several rad onc staff have told me that AI is already almost as good at contouring as the physicians themselves and should surpass humans in a decade at most. If I had to guess, the relative reduction in phys
  5. I have an elective coming up during which I'm scheduled to do 6 straight days of EM shifts (~7 hours each). I know that EM docs generally work about 3-4 shifts per week on average as ED works tends to be very busy and burnout is high. This will be my first time doing EM work so just wondering what I should expect. Is 6 consecutive shifts too much? I do have 4 days of rest afterwards (no shifts scheduled). Appreciate the help.
  6. Yeah but there are plenty of people who get in with lower GPAs, especially at UofC where they love non-trads and GPA is only 20% of the file review score and 10% of the total admission score. Also, those numbers are wGPA, and after dropping the lowest year for OP, I imagine their GPA is low 3.8 so not terrible. Certainly would have a better chance at these two schools than as an OOP applicant to UBC or Dal.
  7. If you crush the MCAT including getting 128+ on CARS, you may have a shot at UofC and UofA.
  8. You're absolutely right. I always tell myself I'm going to have better study habits when each new unit rolls around but I'm afraid it's just become positive reinforcement at this point where I've been able to get away with doing this sort of thing for all of undergrad and now into my second year of med school so the threat of negative consequences hasn't really sunk in for me.... It's also been fairly tough to motivate myself when all I get to do I stay in my apartment and listen to podcasts. But I'm hoping that with clerkship coming up soon, the "realness" of things will force me to stay
  9. For example, should I be planning to review material from M1 courses in M2 or pre-clerkship courses in clerkship, or is studying in the months leading up to the MCCQE more than sufficient? I'm the kind of person who procrastinates and then crams before exams. I still score consistently above the class avg but I feel like I don't retain the material very well long-term because of my poor study strategies. People have told me that you refresh a lot of the pre-clerkship material as you study for each rotation during clerkship, but just wondering if this plus some dedicated studying in the mo
  10. Your math is a little off there. Lose out on 85k per year sure... but you also pay 25k per year in tuition on top of that not to mention all the other costs of med school. And of course, when you start working as a resident, you make less money than an RN while working a lot more hours. That money you lose out on isn't just what the dollar amount would be, but also the compounded interest you would've made by investing into the market. And if you can make 140 as an NP that's a pretty sweet deal cause even a family doctor pulling in twice that has 30% overhead and a higher tax rate... Not
  11. Still a med student, but its looking like I will probably apply to IM (next year). Just wondering if anyone is aware of how easy it is to match to a good-quality US Heme-Onc fellowship following an IM residency in Canada? Also, following the heme-onc fellowship, will there be any barriers for returning to Canada as a staff? Yes, I know it seems as though I'm making my life unnecessarily difficult by going to the US if I ultimately intent to practice here, but my reasons are (1) I would love to live in the US for a few years just for the opportunity to live in a different country, tra
  12. What you've described here is a suck-up not someone who will impress (doctors aren't idiots you know... if someone is not being genuine it shows). Someone who impresses is more likely the person who shows up early to their shifts, offers to stay late or help out with extra work when they don't have to, is enthusiastic, is polite to the patients and staff, etc. And yeah if you also happen to have done extra reading on your own and are well versed in a particular speciality beyond what would be expected from someone at your level, then that's a plus too (although this is probably less impor
  13. Its such a vague question that its impossible to give you an answer. Talking about overcoming the death of a loved one to cancer or working a part-time job during university to support yourself are great examples of life experiences that could be shared in an interview. Talking about the the time you got an STD and how much it taught you about the healthcare system is probably inappropriate...
  14. ^^^ this Also depends on a lot of other factors. For example, applicants to competitive specialties will apply broadly (often to every program in Canada for things like optho/plastic) which means that a highly-desirable program will get the same number of applications as a less desirable program. So if there are a total of 16 applicants this year country-wide, and the program you're applying to is the least desirable program, your chance of matching is probably close to ~100%. Alternately, if its a highly desirable program and you're not within the top 5 candidates, your chances are proba
  15. UofC is known for it's communications program and was the first med school in north america to establish this I believe. I've heard from a couple different sources that UofC students are known to have strong patient rapport and history taking skills--but I'm still a pre-clerk so I have no personal experience with this. I'm not too familiar with the UofA curriculum, but I know compared to some other schools such as UofT, UofC places a bigger emphasis on clinical teaching and less emphasis on basic science teaching. In terms of student support, I think you'll find once you get into med sch
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