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  1. Your situation was literally me, almost verbatim, last year. Not only did I match to my home school, but all of my closest friends from medical school matched to other places and I started having second thoughts about my rank list. I just want to share that a year later, I've adjusted to my program, made friends with my new co-residents and am at peace now with my decision. The grass always looks greener, but we all adjust and thrive in our new environment in our own way. Residency is an exhausting but rewarding adventure. Congratulations on this huge milestone and I hope you have the time to
  2. Most that I know applied to family medicine as a back-up
  3. From purely a med school acceptance optimization standpoint, you are correct that going to Saskatchewan for your CS degree would the best option if you don't mind living there since most Ontario schools do not provide an advantage to in province applicants. However, the reason you are doing CS is to have a backup, so consider if your job prospects graduating from there will be worth it in the CS industry? If not, then consider doing a more standard life sciences degree.
  4. I've seen it in the Durham region- Whitby, Ajax, Oshawa, Bowmanville, etc. I'm sure it's the same in other places I think most just did standard CCFP, I don't know about anything specific to EM. I know one did a POCUS course after residency but that's not necessary by any means.
  5. Do not get a general letter imo. Your letter should explicitly mention the specialty in question and why you would be a strong candidate.
  6. I've seen CCFP's working staff ER even in the cities just a 1 hour drive from Toronto, without the +1. And these were new staff too. I think doing FM then trying for a +1 is a no brainer compared to FRCP unless you want to specifically do academic medicine instead of community, work in downtown Toronto, or want to be able to practice in other countries i.e. USA in the future. In all other scenarios you can get away with just a CCFP and still do full time ER or a mix of fam med/ER/whatever else, and in most places without a +1 barring probably some/most academic centers and the large GTA hospit
  7. How competitive is the specialty that you're applying to? If you're serious about taking a year off, what would you plan to do during the year. Unfortunately I think if you take a year off just to chill, I would be worried about some programs falsely assuming that it was due to academic reasons or that you may not have the resilience to handle residency, which is in many ways significantly more exhausting than medical school. If you have a plan laid out and can explain your rationale in personal letters/interviews (e.g. if you're going for a graduate degree or some kind of unique employment op
  8. It is feasible in the right areas. I'm aware of GP's starting up cosmetics practices and getting patients even within an hour's drive of saturated markets like the GTA. Granted, it may take a bit of time to advertise and build up a client base. Most people who go into family medicine just aren't interested or aware in these so it isn't popular, but certainly doable.
  9. Umm, no chance it's that low. Those students are either lying or their classmates haven't admitted it to them (the latter is usually the case). If anyone's from a Canadian school where the administration have confirmed only 1 or 2 people in their class failed a block in all of clerkship, feel free to correct me. This is definitely not the case at my school. Clerkship exams, especially the US shelf exams for medicine and surgery, are no joke.
  10. Well this is obviously not the thing that students and schools will advertise. I know a small handful of people in my class that failed clerkship blocks.
  11. Hey! A few points to consider: Impostor syndrome is real. Being "below average" in medical school is extremely common - objectively 50% of students will be below average overall and nearly everyone will be below average in a handful of courses. Even failing courses/clerkship blocks is common but people obviously don't talk about it. When you say you're scoring below average, the question is really how much below average? You scoring in the 25% percentile on a course is very different from borderline passing or your school notifying you of deficiencies. Are you below average in every
  12. Other specialties making relatively high income working 9-5 would be radiation oncology and physiatry (doing some component of insurance work).
  13. All of those aspects about your personality do not matter. Interviews, just like every other aspect of the admissions process, is a game that requires specific practice. You just have to learn the rules and prepare accordingly.
  14. Definitely not. Do observerships with staff to make sure you like it and can let you start practicing on/getting familiar with the slit lamp. Get in touch with residents or research focused staff at your local program and ask them to hook you up with projects, sometimes it can take a while to publish so starting early is ideal. Ask upper years in your school that are applying to or already matched to ophtho for tips and to scout out which staff are important to get to know. Be likeable and keen, but don't overdo it. Beyond that there's not much more to do at your stage. Also not a bad tho
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