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  1. Both IM and FM shifts in both Alberta and BC can effectively be up to 26/27* hours, in both rural and urban settings. My recommendation is definitely to try and ask residents themselves, as the actual program admins/coordinators may gloss a little bit over how often this is the case. Essentially the "base" time commitment remains 24 hours, but there may be an "Expectation" that you get there up to an hour early, and you may be required to stay up to a couple of hours of overlap for handover the next morning. -JJ
  2. To be so lucky to have had 35 spots to rank! Less than 100 minutes, folks! -JJ
  3. I can't find any recent info on this (I recall a thread but may not have been from this cycle): Did they send out a notification to unmatched people early this year, or has that stopped? -JJ
  4. Don't worry; you have another 11 months for other folks to put strange CARMS conspiracy theories in your head, before then circling back to this thread, and composing a rational list next year!
  5. Haha. Sounds like a good way to have built-in support, anyway. By contrast, we* are alone at an isolated rural longitudinal clerkship posting. Going to be a very small celebration /commiseration. There's some sort of Match day party/event at the home-based, for those not as far away! -JJ *My wife is the med student. I'm just the one who actually posts here because she's too gosh dang busy.
  6. This morning I looked at my chicken-scratch notation of "Match Day" on the kitchen calendar, and it looked a lot more like "Meth day". Let's hope it doesn't come to that. - JJ PS More substantively, let's hope for a higher match rate in the first iteration than last year!
  7. No; definitely not. Your ranking has no affect on how that program "that you feel you did better in" ranks you. Indeed, they will never know how you ranked them. If you did poorly in the interview for your #1 choice, and well for your #2, it is of course entirely likely that this will affect how they rank you; however, it should in no way affect how you rank them. So you put your #1 as #1, and your #2 as #2. If you're right about how you did, you won't match to your #1, and you will match to your #2. Your chances of success in matching to #2 are not impacted by putting your #1 ahead of it
  8. Hi ihsh; Having had to make arrangements for two different rotations at SHC, I just have a few points re:logistics: 1) Airbnb could be your friend in the area. I secured long stays in preetty nice places quite near the hospital (as in, 2-5 minute walking distance). There are a lot of new condos in the area, some of which have probably been bought by investors on spec; this is to your advantage in the short-term rental market. 2) Although the area around SHC is definitely soul-less suburbia, it does have all the amenities you really need right nearby. Really nice new grocery stor
  9. Yikes; that sounds tough. Didn't run into that in my Ottawa elective experience (though I did have some other challenges), nor was it mentioned at the CARMS interview day, that I recall - I guess I thought that was why they had a separate francophone application stream. Something else to be nervous about over the next few weeks, I guess! -JJ
  10. It is nice to see that you still feel this way as a PGY5, instead of having gravitated to "500k or bust!". I also take it that it's helpful that psych tends to have much lower overhead than most fields, although I guess if you're running your own outpatient practice, that would go up a bit? All that said, given the five year program, it would be nice if there was at least a little bit of clear daylight between average psych billing and average FM billing. This seems to be the case out West, but perhaps not in Ontario, from the limited, asterisked, years-old data I've seen.* Wish it were
  11. Thank you all for your posts. Full disclosure: the person who told me that the Southern Job market was saturated was practicing way up north, so perhaps that limited their perception. A certain amount of flexibility would not be a problem at all. More a fear of moving the family to Ottawa or Kingston for five years, seeing the kid get settled in school and the spouse settled in work, and then "Whoops; we have to move 5 hours away for me to work!" I understand that things like this can't be guaranteed 5 years in advance, either; just trying to gather the best intelligence to make the
  12. Hello all, I don't know about you all, but I find it difficult to find reliable info about what the actual job market post-residency is like in any given area. Seems like the best way to get this info is to be well-connected to people already practicing in the field, which is difficult when ranking programs across the country. I am trying to get a sense of whether there is a need for, or rather a glut of, psychiatrists in Eastern Ontario, before deciding how to rank Queen's and Ottawa. I have heard that there isn't much need in Southern Ontario, which causes some anxiety for future
  13. Late to this thread, and don't know if you got that U of A interview, but the Red Arrow bus is definitely your best solution to get between Calgary and Edmonton. Single seating on one side, snacks, and downtown-to-downtown stops. Car rental would be an enormous hassle and flying will most definitely not save you any time! -JJ
  14. * = CaRMS Status update Anatomical Pathology: Laval (Dec 4), UofT (Dec 5), UBC (Dec 9), Memorial (Dec 10), Queens (Dec 13 IMG), Dalhousie (Dec 11), McMaster (Dec 16 IMG) Anesthesiology: Manitoba (Dec 6), NOSM (Dec 9), UBC (Dec 11), Ottawa (Dec 12), Dalhousie (Dec 13), Queen's (Dec 14), Calgary (Dec 16*), USask (Dec 17), Alberta (Dec 17*), Western (Dec 17*), Memorial (Dec 18), McMaster (Dec 18), Montreal (Dec 19), McGill (Dec 19), UofT (Dec 21) Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Alberta (Dec 4), Ottawa (Dec 16), Calgary (Dec 19*), McGill (Dec 20), UBC (Dec 23*)
  15. Hiya, So in this case, it was essentially just a typo. The rejection e-mail was meant to be for a different stream (for which the rejection was accurate), but the admin accidentally wrote the name of the other stream (for which an invite then arrived separately). So human error, basically, and fairly quickly corrected! Hopefully the same occurs for you. According to CARMS (grain of salt due to their own bias), the info on the CARMS portal should be trusted as accurate. Fingers crossed for you! -JJ
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