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  1. Highest grades depend completely on your interests and strengths. For whatever reason, I love biochem and it just makes sense to me and I enjoyed studying it. So I did really well in biology/biochem classes. I had the AP college board credit for first year english so I didn't take that, but I did take a 200 level sci fi english class as an elective and it was one of my highest grades and I absolutely loved it. I get it, you wanna crush it so it's easier to get in which makes sense. I am impressed with how goal oriented you are at this stage - I didn't even consider applying medicine unti
  2. Look into the Clinician Investigator Program (CIP) wherever you are doing residency. It is a royal college accredited program for residents who want to do research and there's a few different ways it is done depending on your goals, prior research experience, etc. You are paid at your level of training throughout (ie if you are PGY3 you are paid a PGY3 salary). I think you can continue some clinical work to keep up skills but you are required to do at least 80% research time. It is a 24 month program so if you do 3 months clinical and 9 months research it is funded for 3 years but can be stret
  3. I do not have insider information, but was told by multiple advisors and also have heard from PDs that it is reviewed mainly for "red flags." Amazing comments probably won't earn you an interview or anything, but a really bad comment could prevent you from getting an interview depending on the program. I don't think most programs use it specifically decide ranking order because the vast majority are positive comments. Ultimately, your medical school wants you to match because they want their stats to be good, so they will leave off negative comments or allow you to appeal them and I think most
  4. For any of those deciding where to apply last minute this weekend, just wanted to add to the discussion of RO seen on some other threads given they mostly mentioned the ON spots left. The MB program is a small tight knit group of usually about 7-8 residents, most of whom are explants coming from out of province (we have residents who have relocated from BC, SK, ON, NS, and other countries) and who have made a life out here in Winnipeg! We also have had transfers from IM and surgical specialties. We have a great track record on the Royal College exams, and have had residents get jobs directly o
  5. Lol, no trains. Rent a car and drive it will be the cheapest/most convenient option (I guess bussing might be cheaper but it will take way longer and the schedules are probably particular) The highway is usually good. It's about a 2 hr drive, 4 lane divided highway. There are only direct flights a couple days of the week only at certain times of the day.
  6. No, you select what programs you upload your Casper scores to see.
  7. I wrote the exam end of April and just got my mark today and passed a couple SDs above the mean. I am a pretty avg CMG. To other CMGs reading this... I didn't find it overly difficult. I mean there's a lot where you're not 100% sure but most of the questions are geared towards a family medicine level of knowledge about things. I wasn't tight on time for the MC (had 30 min left at the end to review) like others have said but I'm usually in the top 5-10% of my class in terms of exam writing speed so I expected not to run out of time. The written portion has a ridiculous amount of time alotted li
  8. Or if you didnt match they could just email you Monday and give you Monday/Tuesday off. Were done core rotations everyone is just on post carms electives that are chosen specifically to be the least amount of work possible
  9. Depends on your school. Mine said they won't tell us even though they will know because "you don't have time off until Tuesday at 11 am, so you would be required to be present and working on Monday we dont wanna tell you a day in advance because you wont be able to focus that day, and also you wont be able to do much meaningful planning that one day anyway"
  10. Spending my time on the worlds most boring elective. Hoping to end up anywhere I can match with my partner. Ranked some 200 couples combinations this week. For us, it's mostly about location too, obviously. But if I was ranking solo my top 5 would have looked very different!
  11. I would call carms to see if they have any suggestions. Like if theres a way they can send an alert or message to the programs you applied to let them know theres an email address error and to use the correct one for correspondence. There is also a good chance the email will bounce back as it's not correct, you could try emailing that address to see if that's the case. If that happens they may recheck your profile/custom CV. I'm not sure if they're go to that much effort for applicants or not though
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