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  1. Do it. 1) They already rejected you so you have nothing to lose 2) One of my friends got rejected from a particular school that he did an elective at, emailed the program and the person who wrote his LOR, got an interview, and then matched to the school. Go figure?
  2. I have participated in IM candidate review before, and genuine interest in the specialty is part of the criteria but there's a strong emphasis on many other qualities Letters of reference and CV tend to be important, I would say backing-up with IM can be a little bit riskier that you may not get as desirable a location if your strategy is apparent to the reviewers Nowadays with limits on applicant electives, it may not be as difficult to explain various electives
  3. I am not against medical students being vaccinated in a higher priority sequence than the general population. I think in the sense that our system needs to generate competent medical student graduates to begin residency, you are also an essential component of the workforce. However, can you consider the timing of this petition and the specifics of your request bit more carefully? In terms of timing, there is a national, critical shortage of vaccines right now affecting everyone. Even if they wanted to supply vaccines to students, they could not do so because the supply across the country
  4. I have heard some stories....so yes, they can be. It is not common though.
  5. Did the pandemic reduce rent costs in Toronto at all?
  6. I believe those offers reflect when a person applied, not when they matriculated into medical school. The true statistics are all likely bumped up slightly by one year. I agree though that Mac still probably has one of the younger cohorts.
  7. Countries across the world have racked up massive amounts of debt to fund coronavirus relief programs. The US government has unleashed trillion dollar relief programs, and lots of rich countries in Europe have followed suit. It is not a problem unique to Canada. I do agree with you we will bear the brunt of this over several generations. Taxes will have to rise to compensate for this.
  8. I finished medical school with about 200k of debt. Probably like you, I did not have much parental income support (though they helped in a lot of other ways).I was worried back then about the number, but was able to save in residency and paid it down 70k! Tuition credits helped a lot as I basically did not pay taxes until PGY3. Interest rates being slashed also helped us to be honest... I remember in PGY1-2 the Bank of Canada was raising them but ever since coronavirus hit, I think our line of credits are essentially the cheapest money can be. It's a good time to have a loan.
  9. I agree completely! I think they're falling from a high place but that they'll be ok after this economic transition. Calgary tends to be significantly more liberal than Edmonton. Their mayor is fantastic! I also agree that the current provincial government does not espouse much confidence. I really hope they get rid of him at the next election. Blows my mind that mandatory masking in Alberta wasn't a thing until relatively recently...
  10. What? GDP per capita and median income are important metrics of quality of life that essentially every worldwide ranking of countries uses as a basis, in part. But I never said it was a slam dunk measure. Alberta continues to come out top in both of these, having exceeded Ontario and BC in productivity growth for decades preceding. Yes, this is even without oil. The territories have extremely small populations where industries of high productivity (typically resource based) will significantly skew GDP per capita without reflecting overall income potential. Additionally, there are obvious reas
  11. Absolutely. My friend applied to a particular medical school in Ontario twice and got rejected pre-interview both time, and then got in the third time. He applied for another school once, got an interview, then next year got rejected pre, and then the year after that got an interview and got in! Getting into medical school is a numbers game for people with the requisite stats. There is no harm in continuing to try.
  12. I am interviewing candidates this year and my institution has informed us they will be online!
  13. "Whatever that means" indeed. Many people enjoying living in those provinces and are perfectly content there. Not everyone is looking to move to Ontario or BC. Even if they are, medical school is finite. You could learn and grow a lot from training outside of your comfort zone. That said, I do agree that doomsaying about Alberta is likely exaggerated. The province had it very good with black gold for many decades. Now in decline, their GDP per capita is still the highest of all provinces. Their median household income is also comfortably above the national average, pricing in the 2015-6
  14. Yes, that is true, though the point is that for medical school interviews they typically do not ask why you want to go to that particular school/location, whereas for residency they very often will. They are both high stakes interviews of course.
  15. I have interviewed candidates for my IM program, and the interview certainly does discern between candidates in my experience. Success on medical school interviews does not guarantee success on residency interviews. MMIs are relatively discrete and largely trainable encounters. Panel interviews can be rehearsed to death. As many have pointed out, residency interviews can be like conversations. That is both favourable but also potentially a bit of a trap. In general I have seen candidates struggle with either poor communication skills or lack of examples to back up answers. For instance,
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