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  1. You can find a calendar of virtual events here: https://www.canprepp.ca/events Right now the events are mostly for the upcoming IM subspecialty match, but you can expect to see townhalls for the R1 match starting in October. Some programs will host additional (non-listed) info sessions for applicants who get an interview, as well, but it's always a good idea to gather some info about the programs before the apps are due.
  2. Does 4 vs 5 years matter if you are mainly interested in doing GIM clinics?
  3. Chart review is a type of retrospective study, but not all retrospective studies are chart reviews; e.g., you can do database-linkage studies. What I was trying to emphasize is that it's much easier to do a project that has data available already. A chart review in a conventional sense requires the researcher to look into each patient chart to gather the necessary variables, and that can be a time-consuming process and often takes longer than it looks.
  4. Depending on the # of charts and type of info that you're looking for in the chart review, it can be an incredibly tedious and lengthy process. If you can get yourself involved in a retrospective cohort analysis where the all the data is already there, then that's much "easier" in my opinion.
  5. You can consider asking your school's administration to see if you can write it in a quiet room on campus! That's what I did, and it felt more like "real test" that way.
  6. If it's allowed, I would definitely try to do observerships! Not necessarily for the purpose of matching for CaRMS, but to explore your own interests, within and outside of internal medicine. I'll be starting residency in internal medicine this year, and there are a few subspecialties that I just never got to explore during medical school. If you apply broadly to internal medicine, you will most likely be fine, although I can understand why you are stressed (I was in your shoes in the past 4 years!). And if you parallel plan with family medicine (you can try looking into FM+1 in care of t
  7. I lived in the downtown area during pre-clerkship without a car, and found the commute to campus to be decent (either by biking along the TVP, or taking bus 6/106/13) . Generally, anywhere along Richmond street would allow you to bus to campus and all three hospitals, assuming you'll get to do observerships soon. Other popular options are the Cherryhill/proudfoot area (bus routes 10/33?), anywhere along Wharncliffe road (routes 2/102), and the Bayfield Hall near campus. As others have said, the housing guide will hopefully give you more information! Although it's possible to get through a
  8. Would you be able to speak to which sub-specialties are more research heavy and which aren't? I'm doing my core residency in Ontario and also want to do my fellowship in Ontario. Thanks!
  9. Generally the previous years' data reports are available here: R-1 Data and reports - CaRMS (you have to scroll down). Match rate at UdeM in previous years: 2020: 307/326= 94.2% 2019: 291/317= 91.8% 2018: 280/305= 91.8% I believe @bearded frog posted a graph of the match rate trends at different schools, but I don't remember which thread it was in.
  10. Oh wow, Western did so poorly this year. I found slide 37 to be pretty interesting. People were speculating whether home school advantage would be more pronounced this year given the lack of visiting electives, but it looks like overall there are no significant changes.
  11. I feel this 100%. I have been reviewing random topics because I'm afraid that I will do even worse than third year clerks :<
  12. Thank you all of your responses! I also realized that I haven't done any FM rotations for 1 year now, so hopefully my electives/interviews will help a bit with the decision haha.
  13. I'm currently in 4th year of medical school and will be applying through CaRMs this cycle. I'm still having a a very difficult time deciding between IM (I'm more interested in the outpatient specialties, e.g., endo, rheum, geriatrics) versus family medicine. I have been talking to many Internal medicine residents (R1s to R3s, many of them are interested in the same specialties), and many of them are telling me that if I can see myself being a family doc, I should just go for Family Medicine due to the better lifestyle/flexibility and ability to practice earlier (and they said I will do we
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