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  1. I know it is low, but matching to the States is a very viable and easier option. Most of the people I know actually matched to the States ( and not Cda) and they believe their decision to leave Cda to pursue medicine elsewhere allowed them to grow a lot as person. Most of them have lots of debt, but they can pay that debt easily in first few years of practice. I am just here to provide another view other than the fear mongering associated with studying in USA or Ireland.
  2. I got into med school 3 years ago. I also review applications and interview applicants. I am suggesting to go to the States and Ireland because I have seen ppl succeed over and over again -but perhaps every single friend I know was dedicated and managed to get a residency ( so my sample could be very biased and its small,n=7, they also mostly got residency right after graduation). Finances is a big hurdle, I understand. But if you keep waiting in Cda, you are also losing years of potenail income. However it is a personal decision. I am a person who is more risk tolerant, but i understand not
  3. 1. GPA is not a big deal. Trust me! The majority of my friends don't have perfect grades by all means and they are all residents now. You are relying too much on it - you need to diversify your application.They do not not penalize low GPA because i just told you myself and all my friends have low GPA and we are all currently residents. They may penalize low GPA and lacking in other areas as well though.They look at things holistically. It is also not even "penalize" - they don't penalize it lol. There are just too many good applicants to pick from. 2. Every single person who left to stu
  4. GPA is not everything -- I got into both medical schools ( u of c and a) with a very low GPA. I don't think your GPA is what is impeding you, you need to focus on other areas (aka your interviews if you are getting ones)... If it makes you feel better, my wGPA was 3.75 and cGPA was 3.4, and I had no graduate degrees. Stay in grad school if you enjoy it - try your best to get good grades... but it is not end of world if you don't get good grades. You need to learn how to deal with failure or not meeting your own expectations/standards... because when you get into medicine that will happen
  5. I am sorry that this happened-perhaps trying doing MCAT princeton review course. It was very helpful
  6. TBH preceptor should be the one to pay for costs - if preceptor is not helping with paper ( financial and otherwise)- then I'd recommend that you don't take on this opportunity and find a better research supervisor.
  7. I got FM interviews everywhere with 1 week of FM elective. I applied to CaRMS with 2 FM ref letters. One from my core and one from my 1 week elective. I don't know about AP - but my friend matched to AP with no electives prior to CaRMS. However she did 1 elective after CaRMS deadline.
  8. Transfers are possible but difficult. Over clerkship, I have seen the following transfers in recent years. However, keep in mind that there are probs were people who were interested in transfers but were not successful ....Try to transfer, and if that does not work you can try the US or re-entry once you are done with your FM residency. Rads --> ortho ( 3 years ago) FM--> peds ( last cycle) IM--> FM ( last cycle) Gen Surg --> FM ( last cycle) Neuro--> FM ( last cycle) FM--> IM( last cycle) peds --> neuro
  9. If you know what you are interested in, then pick U of C!! U of C provides excellent clinical medicine training, and has almost comparable match rates for almost all the primary care specialties Plus your support system is in Calgary!!
  10. We have exactly the same story!! I love my MacBook Air, and would recommend it and will buy it again if my computer stops working.
  11. I personally have not failed in medical school, but I know so many friends who failed in various years. Nothing really happens to them. They just meet with an academic counsellor and discuss why they failed and discuss ways to improve. Not a big deal.
  12. CC3 rotations are the worst. Not only do you work 80+ hours in general surgery but you also need to study for your exams. Paul Bolin/Osmosis/surger101 podcasts and videos are super helpful for gen surgery. Also feel free to PM you and I will share with you my Gen surgery high yield notes You are almost done with CC3 and that's amazing. Electives are much easier and you don't have to worry about exams during electives, you are almost there
  13. How many hours one has to work in rural ED to be able to sit and write the CCFP-ER examination?
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