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  1. Hopefully the US states that treated the MCCQEs as acceptable substitutes for the USMLEs will continue to do so.
  2. Include it, but you do you need to embellish it, just like any other entry. In medical school applications, generally the description of personal development as it relates to the CanMEDS roles from a certain activity is significantly more important than the description of the activity itself.
  3. Just to add on, the QE1 at least was a joke of a test. I studied for like 5 or 6 days and got a score way above passing. Most of my classmates had similar experiences. It's not something you'll need to study too hard for (especially now that you're a FM resident and will know a lot more at this stage). Also IMO, UWorld is overkill. I didn't touch it for QE1. I solely used OnlineMedEd + my notes from medical school + Toronto Notes. They publish a list of objectives that are covered on the exam, and I just went point by point and read summary notes on anything that I felt I needed a refresh
  4. 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
  5. Most that I know applied to family medicine as a back-up
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Do not get a general letter imo. Your letter should explicitly mention the specialty in question and why you would be a strong candidate.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. Other specialties making relatively high income working 9-5 would be radiation oncology and physiatry (doing some component of insurance work).
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. Right, the accepted GPA would be different, so it's actually useful in a comparison. The applicant GPA would be same, so it's useless.
  19. No we cannot confidently say that is my point. At U of T a 3.95 may make you "competitive" because, yes there, GPA does play a large role. Whereas at Queen's, a 3.95 is the same as say a 3.80 or whatever their GPA cutoff is because anything above their cutoff is treated the same and the file review score completely depends on other factors. At these two schools, GPA is given completely different levels of importance and an individual's chances will be very different at the two schools, and yet their average applicant GPAs will be nearly the same, because mostly the same people are applying
  20. My point is that this "context" you are seeking provides zero benefit in any applicant decision making capacity, and that's why no medical school bothers to publish those stats. If 3.95 was the competitive GPA and your GPA was close to that, you would strongly consider applying. If 3.95 was the competitive GPA, and you had a 3.3 you would not consider applying, regardless of if the applicant pool GPA "context" was 3.5 or 2.5. Again, keep in mind that this "context" score is also very similar at many schools because most people apply to multiple schools, so it doesn't give you any useful inform
  21. The bolded statement is incorrect. Consider the following scenario: Let's say 1000 applicants apply to med school in Ontario. In Ontario, most applicants apply to multiple schools at least (if not every school) to increase their chances. Accounting for some regional preferences, let's say 800 of those applicants apply to both University of Toronto and McMaster University. If all you looked at was applicant GPA, the values for the two schools would be very similar because for the most part, it's the same group of people applying to both schools. However, when you look at the average GPA of
  22. What? Applicant GPAs are completely irrelevant, tons of people will apply with very low GPAs, sometimes applying despite not even making posted hard cutoffs. Accepted applicant GPAs are much more informative because it tells you what range of GPA you need to actually get accepted.
  23. Have you looked at admission statistics for those schools? Mac and Queen's - You're above average of the accepted applicant U of T and Ottawa - You're slightly below average of the accepted applicant, but still "competitive" as in many people are accepted with that GPA
  24. Correct, unless subpoenad in court (?).
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