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  1. On electives it might be trickier, but for the core rotation, my classmates interested in emerg requested the staff schedule from the ER clerkship admin and asked to switch shifts with other classmates who aren't interested in ER.
  2. I think this is hard to answer, because the stats show that things were pretty stable in respect to people moving between Western/Central/Eastern Canada compared to previous years, which is what Persephone might have been referring to. However, it doesn't tell us too much about movement within a province. I suspect this might be more relevant for smaller specialties, where traditionally your visiting elective made up the vast majority of your application. I think a lot of this depends on the specialty, how small it is. And like Aetherus said, it's a two way street; it's hard for programs
  3. Hi all! This might be slightly too early, but I was just wondering about any advice for interview set ups if you live in a noisy apartment building that's not really conducive to doing interviews and don't have family/friends nearby either?
  4. A good person to ask would be someone who matched from your home med school this year; they're close to the process and are more likely familiar with the unique clerkship timeline of your school. Especially as visiting electives might not happen, they might be able to speak to electives at your home program a bit more.
  5. Disclaimer, am just a fellow med student, but this seems like it varies hugely across specialties and within that, programs. Is there anyone from your med school that matched to residency spots this year? I've found that they're often an invaluable source of info and they're as close to the CaRMS process as you can get.
  6. I find that you learn and retain a lot more when you're reading around cases, instead of randomly trying to remember this nerve innervates that muscle, etc, etc. There's no shortage of online resources (The Noted Anatomist is a good place to start I found).
  7. I'm planning on applying to a small surgical specialty and have only been able to secure 1 elective in it so far, with another coming up (I've applied but spots are pretty limited at my school, so I've just not gotten them, despite all the wheedling, emailing, and pleading I've been able to eke out). I've gotten a letter from my 1st elective and I'm hoping things go well and I'll be able to get a 2nd from my upcoming one. I also have an offer from a well-known specialist in a related non-surgical field (e.g., neurologist for neurosurg, cardiologist for cardiac sx, GI for gen sx, etc). Do
  8. Competitive specialties like derm, plastics, optho and ENT have quite a few applicants that ultimately don't rank it as their top choice. I'm genuinely curious as to why--surely to make it to the interview stage, they must have put in considerable work into bolstering their application. Why not just rank it as their top first and back up? Is it common for people to rethink their career choices even after submitting CaRMS?
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