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  1. Bump - sorry I have another question. If a preceptor said they could write me a good but not great letter at this time because I'm so early in clerkship, but then said that they think I'm going to be really strong later in clerkship after my core rotation, are they just being nice or do they really think that? Also they asked me to come back and do another elective after my core but I can't due to my schedule, and then they asked me to come work with them in clinic if I have days off here and there. Should I take them up on this? Is it ever possible to get a letter from someone who initi
  2. Thanks for the reply! I'm also doing electives in family med but those are even harder to get and I unfortunately didn't get any at the schools out west. Does it make sense to reach out to residents anyway if I have questions about the program? Or let's say I get a post-Carms elective there (before or after interviews, Jan/Feb) - is that enough to show interest?
  3. Hahaha no dont be sorry I know that's not what you meant! Just very relatable LOL You're right, anxiety is probably part.of the problem. I have been trying to do that recently but my plan is usually wrong because my knowledge is so weak I just need to get better at learning somehow
  4. @rogerroger Thank you so much for this. I really appreciate it. I understand what you mean about the importance of accuracy in reference letters and the social capital involved for the referees. If someone has agreed to write me a letter, is it safe to assume it'll be a good one? I'm nervous because some preceptors have agreed but I honestly think I am really weak in my knowledge and they were just being nice and didn't want to say no. Also, out of the list you mentioned, I seem to be doing fine for #1-3. All of my preceptors so far have given me positive feedback around these areas. In terms
  5. Also if you meet with a program director what are you even supposed to say/is this important to do? Is it ok to ask what they look for in candidates when ranking?
  6. @bearded frog thank you again for your help! I appreciate it. I really wish I knew what was clinically important in preclerkship so I could have spent time studying more high yield things and could be more knowledgeable now is it really bad if you're not super knowledgeable? Like even if I am very eager to learn and work hard and am nice, will my lack of knowledge on the early pre-core electives be a huge issue in terms of being a good candidate? And is it very important that preceptors write in your letter that you were in the top X%?
  7. Hi! I want to apply broadly to programs across Canada in my specialty of choice (semi competitive), but unfortunately because of scheduling and availability issues I wasn't able to get electives at all of the schools I'm interested in. I am from Ontario, did 1 OOP elective (east coast) and unfortunately couldn't get any in AB or BC. I am really worried because there are 3 big schools in those provinces and I don't think I can visit them at all, but I'm interested in them. I've heard UBC only wants people who have done electives there, and same for Calgary. Is this true? Is there another way th
  8. @rogerroger thank you so much for your input, that is really helpful and reassuring. But I'm concerned that I'm really not performing above my level - preceptors say that I am "right where I should be" in terms of my skills but they have very positive things to say about my work ethic, willingness to learn, professionalism, being nice to work with etc. Are they just saying that so they can give me SOME good feedback? Since I am really not that good of a clerk in terms of my knowledge and skills? And if I'm not in the top 10% or whatever and my preceptors cant comment on that, is that really te
  9. Also is it bad if most of my letters are from my home school? I have most of my electives before my cores and I feel that I'll be stronger on core and probably get better letters. But will this look bad when I apply to other schools? Especially since my cores are at a satellite site and not an academic center?
  10. thank you for this, that is really reassuring! i'm just really worried that i'm behind because this is the feedback my preceptor gave me (that my histories/physicals aren't focused yet, and that i should present a ddx and say what i think the problem is + initial management), and i was thinking maybe she isn't comfortable writing a letter for me because i am behind for my level. also in general, to get a strong letter do you need to be operating above your level? i'm really not sure how i would do that :/
  11. Thank you so much for this, it's really helpful! I definitely need to be more intentional about making sure my preceptors know my thought process. Also I've gotten feedback from other preceptors that I need to take more focused histories and physicals which worries me because I am pretty sure my classmates already do this, they're all getting feedback saying that they function at R1 level (so I am probably already behind) and I'm always so scared of missing something that I do too much. Is it really bad if most of my letters are from cores rather than electives? (Especially for some prog
  12. hi sorry i'm creeping this thread - do you know which peds programs ask for them?
  13. this brings me such peace thank you so much lol and congrats, i am so glad you got your top choice!!!
  14. Thanks for the replies everyone. I'm very relieved to know that this isn't such a big deal!! Is that also true for semi-competitive programs? Also, I am trying to decipher my preceptor's feedback. She said I'm doing great for my level but she knows I'm going to get even better. Basically is she saying that I need to read more and have a better knowledge base in order to be competitive? I'm worried because I don't have a great memory and sometimes I'll read about a topic and when I'm asked about it the next day I remember very little of what I learned, even though I understood it the day
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