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  1. 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 like I finished with an extra 2 hours or 1.5 hrs. Some of the questions were weird and read my mind.

    For the IMGs... I could see there being a lot of tricky questions that would be gimmes to a CMG. I had a stupid amount of questions on ethics specific to Canadian laws, Canadian organizations (ie. If you had an ethical question who would you ask for definitive advice... Your local college of physicians and surgeons, your program director, the CMPA, the CMA, etc). Like those are tough to study for its things you just pick up along the way really. Maybe Toronto notes sections on organization, ethics, legal, etc would be helpful.


    To the question about writing at the end of 3rd year... Most of what I drew upon was previous clinical experience from third year. If you have finished all your core rotations I would seriously consider it. Some people feel more comfortable having "sit down" time to study and review, though. There's no wrong answer.


  2. 2 hours ago, PhD2MD said:

    To be fair...this makes sense. Having to be on duty while you secretly know that you didn't match seems like a terrible idea that wasn't those that out.

    My school has created a complicated back system to address it. You sign up on Carms, the  u email the school to tell them you don't want to know until it's time....I think the whole thing is silly. What's the point of that extra day.

    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

  3. 22 hours ago, Heisencat said:

    I feel the same way! And true, there were sooo many candidates for all programs, it’s hard to imagine how they distinguish between us. 

    And now we have the option of knowing the day before regarding unmatched status. I opted in for that and am hoping it will help me sleep better the night before if all goes well :p 

    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"

  4. 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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