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  1. Hi everyone, I just want to acknowledge up front that what I am about to complain about is going to sound really really entitled and I totally understand if you hate me. But I don't have anyone I feel comfortable saying this to, so here I go. I have regrets about my rank list. I matched to my 2nd choice program, at my home school. I love my home school and felt that aside from my #1, I would much rather be here than elsewhere. It's close to my family and friends, I know the people, etc. But now I feel like I should have ranked differently and gone somewhere new because I'd learn and grow
  2. For anyone using Uworld, are you paying for it? Is there a free trial or something lol
  3. I'm struggling to decide whether to rank all the programs for my top choice specialty in the country first before family med programs vs family med programs in my province higher than out of province for my top specialty. I dont love FM but could probably be happy doing it and wouldn't have to go so far from my family and friends. Also I want to have more in my life than just my career so I'm not sure I want to move so far away from everyone I know. But also if I move I could do the specialty I really love... and hopefully I could move back? I'm so confused and there's only only few
  4. OMG I PRAY THIS IS TRUE about the MMIs, thank you for this!!!
  5. hi everyone, i'm going through carms right now and am super confused about my rank list in terms of both specialty and location. i'm finding it really hard to make an informed decision because i haven't had electives in one of the specialties i'm applying to and also because of the lack of visiting electives. i think i'd be happy anywhere but that's just based on my limited impression of programs from virtual interviews, info sessions, talking to residents, etc. but also want to know more about the transfer process just in case. does anyone know where i can find data on how many residents
  6. Not sure how it works but I hope this helps you feel less stressed: My undergrad transcript was pretty average overall but I had a TERRIBLE 2nd year, and I got an interview at the 1 program that asked me for it! They interview less than half of applicants so I wasn't ruled out bc of my UG transcript (which is def wayyy worse than most people's lol)
  7. Thanks for your reply, good luck with the rest of CaRMS! I am so glad you said this bc for some reason I always feel like everyone else is crushing 100% of every interview and I'm the only one who is unsure of how things are going. Maybe most of us feel this way!
  8. You're right, this is definitely true. Probably best not to worry about it and just do my best. Maybe I should be recording my practice sessions? But that makes me cringe LOL
  9. Very true! Thanks for your advice! Also is it normal to not have a single "perfect" interview? I don't think I've red flagged myself in any interviews, but in every interview it seems like I've had some questions/stations that went great and some that were subpar... is it still possible for me to match to those programs?
  10. Is it normal to not be able to tell if your interviews are going well? My first one I didn't feel was too bad, but I fumbled an MMI question or 2, and since then I've had some strong ones but maybe with 1-2 questions I wasn't expecting where my answers are a little less polished/I am rambling more, and then one which was absolutely awful (bc of how I did in the interview but also bad vibes I got from the program). Do all of your answers have to be 10/10 to be ranked highly by a program (for example, FM at UofT or Mac)? I haven't had a single perfect interview yet so I'm nervous, but
  11. thank you, this is really helpful! i didn't do exactly this in my first few interviews and i think i have a better idea of what to focus on now
  12. hi everyone, i've had several carms interviews in the past week and am so confused about how to integrate my knowledge of/interest in the program into my interviews if they don't ask me about this. is it absolutely necessary to "tie your answers back to the program"? particularly for FM interviews where they are so short and have a list of questions to get through? any advice is greatly appreciated! thank you!
  13. school interviewing at: UBC specialty: Peds current interview date: March 8 date would like to switch to: March 11, March 15 any additional notes:
  14. school interviewing at: U of T specialty: Family Medicine current interview date: March 10 6-9pm date would like to switch to: March 22 or 23 (or even 11!) Thank you so much!
  15. are people really that petty??? thanks for the heads up lol. i'm applying to peds so i hope no one is like this lol
  16. for carms personal letters, is it weird if i mention a specific person at the program i'm applying to whose work i really like and want to be part of? in terms of research, advocacy, etc.
  17. thanks guys! i just ended up annoying my undergrad school to do it faster and fax instead of mail it LOL problem solved!
  18. do undergrad transcripts for carms have to be official? my university still hasn't processed my request and i'm worried it won't be done in time - can i upload an unofficial version that i access online?
  19. so you'd recommend not including "dear selection committee" and "thank you for considering me" at the end?
  20. Sorry one more question to add! Do we need to have salutations and "thank for considering etc" in our letters? I'm not sure if I need to cut some words to include this stuff. Thanks!
  21. thanks everyone! I just can't think of what else to say so I'm going to leave it (I got to 1100 words though haha) Also, another question - if a program's prompt doesn't ask "why do you want to come here", should I still address that in my letter (if I have space after answering their specific questions)? Or just answer the questions and nothing else
  22. What about if a program has a max word limit of 1500 for the personal letter and you can't think of anything else to say after 900 words? Is this bad? I just feel like after writing the shorter ones (like 600 words max) I can convey the same ideas in much fewer words.
  23. I took a year between undergrad and med school and am just wondering if this needs to be discussed in my personal statements for CaRMS as a gap in my training. Seems like no, but I can't really tell. Any advice is appreciated!
  24. hi i just wrote casper for carms programs and i don't think it went well. i didn't finish a lot of my answers, one of the keys on my keyboard somehow got stuck for part of the test and it really threw me off, and i am just overlal not having a good week lol. how important is casper for carms? do i need to score really well to get interviews for the programs that need it, or is it just like a "red flag" type of situation?
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