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  1. Hello! I've been researching about some doubts I have about the residency application / match in Canada and couldn't fully answer some of them due to the mixed info on the net. So, applying to multiple specialties will make it harder for me to get a match? Due to such practice being "ill seen", as the programs would not want an "undecided" candidate. What would be the best approach or strategy to increase the chance of a match? My best regards
  2. Hi, I would really appreciate your help and advice. As the title suggests, I am having trouble ranking psych vs FM programs. So far my thoughts are: Psych: Pros: I really enjoy studying Psych and was fascinated during the few psych cases I saw on my primary care rotations. Love taking long detailed histories and having long interactions with patients. Can see myself loving Child and Adolescent psych. Cons: Because of COVID my placements were all virtual/ phone-based, so I did not get a realistic feel and committing to a 5-year program is scary. I am an IMG so I will need to do 5 years of residency PLUS 5 years ROS. Again as I am an IMG, had no exposure to psych in electives. FM: Pros: I found that though FM is very general, you still see a good amount of stable patients with mental health issues. 2 years is amazing! ROS will be shorter - year for year so I'll be done both my residency and ROS in 4 years. Cons: don't like the huge variety of cases, If I were to go into FM I want to mainly see patients with psych issues, idk how achievable that is.. Did an observership with 2 family physicians in Canada, they complained so much about unfair compensation from the government, paperwork, not having as much time with patients because of the paperwork, getting no respect from specialists, nurse practitioners etc. I am already considering things like location and program highlights/ electives. Are there any other factors I should think about before deciding how to rank them? Any advice will be appreciated! My understanding is that money wise both FM and Psych are very similar. Any insight on enhanced skills in Addictions/ or a fellowship in child and adolescent, on how they would affect lifestyle, salary, etc. would be appreciated.
  3. Hello Guys, CARMS deadline is around the corner for this cycle, I wish you all feel ready for, let share programs we apply and track interviews as we go through, please send with following format: 1- CMG or IMG 2- program applied (with province, E.g FM on) 3- Graduation Year
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  5. Hey everyone, I'm a current 4th year student who will be applying to both radiology and IM and wanted people's opinion regarding reference letters. For context, I have 1 radiology and 4 IM letters so far. 1. I've read that specific letters are preferred over general ones, but in my case I'll be using my IM letters for both radiology and IM. Should I ask my IM referees to write a general letter or a specific letter for IM? 2. How preferable is it to submit a letter that's specific for IM to radiology? Since it's hard to get strong radiology letters on electives, I hear it's quite common that applicants use letters from other specialties. 3. Does general vs. specific letters differ significantly, if I ask my referee to comment on the same skills and qualities? Thank you!
  6. Hey everyone, I recently received my QE1 score back and was shocked to receive a score of 233 (30th percentile). I have lots of elective experience (Urban FM, Rural FM, Respiratory Sub-I, Outpatient Cardiology, Outpatient General Internal Medicine in high risk groups, virtual general surgery and virtual plastic surgery) despite covid, I am recent graduate from an Irish medical school (class standing okay but nothing impressive), my other Canadian Board (NAC OSCE) was a Pass with Superior Performance, and have multiple published research papers (none first author however). Ideally, I’d like to match into IM, but because of my score I’m not even sure if FM programs will look favourably at me. I was wondering what other Canadian IMG applicants or current residents thought honestly of my chances of matching to any program in the country. Any input or advice to improve my application would be so helpful, not only to me but maybe other IMGs in a similar position as me. Thank you
  7. Hey fellow premed101 users, I’m currently a second year med student and have discovered my love for neurology! I love doing the neuro exam and working neuro patients up and the consultant work is always very interesting! I have my heart set on either an adult or Pediatric neurology residency, however I’m also very anxious about matching and unfortunately most provincial governments seem to be pushing family medicine and not specialty programs so it might be even harder to match by the time I go through Carms. I was wondering what I can do to increase my chances other then the run of the mill research/electives/good letters? Would a MSc be very beneficial (in neuro)? For reference, I’m bilingual so I was planning on applying broadly to all the adult neuro + child neuro programs (around 22 programs in total). Would this be sufficient or should I back up with another program in addition? I don’t really enjoy any other programs, other then maybe psych through which I could do neuropsych? But then again psych is quite competitive too… I was also wondering if there would be any way to be strategic with my electives to increase my chances. I’m flexible on location, so maybe I can focus on doing electives in areas/programs that in the past had leftover spots - since if I get ranked highly by them I have a great shot? I would also love to chat with à neuro resident/attending if any frequent premed101! -An anxious M2
  8. Hey I’m an incoming first year to University of Montreal! I’m curious about the competitiveness of neurology, since it’s one of the fields I’m interested in. I was planning to apply to English Canada + Quebec. Do you need tons of research and ECs? Or does an average student with electives in the field and decent evaluations have a good chance? thanks!
  9. https://www.carms.ca/pdfs/5yhb78NLKPr_R1_1_OverviewByDiscipline_EN.pdf http://www.carms.ca/pdfs/5yhb78NLKPr_R1_1_OverviewByUniversity_EN.pdf Gonna have a gander and will update with impressions.
  10. Hey guys, I’m an Université de Montréal medical student and I have my mind set on internal medicine. I always heard it was fairly uncompetitive due to the large number of spots/programs, but apparently for the last couple of years it’s been really hard to get into. This is really disappointing since I didn’t really want to apply to FM (just all out IM -broadly). I was wondering if you guys know 1. If it’s still an option to only apply IM and be pretty safe in terms of Carms. 2. How to become competitive? Particularly research, which isn’t an area I’m really experienced in. Would a lot of research really help secure a spot? Are extracurriculars really important? Or do they just want good clinical grades/Letters? 3. Is Quebec different? I’m bilingual but have a preference for staying in Quebec or Ottawa/Moncton because of the French opportunities there. I would apply to both French and English across the country though to increase my chances. Savez-vous si les programmes de médecine interne au Québec recherchent des étudiants ayant fait beaucoup de recherche?
  11. Hey guys, I’m an Université de Montréal medical student and I have my mind set on internal medicine. I always heard it was fairly uncompetitive due to the large number of spots/programs, but apparently for the last couple of years it’s been really hard to get into. This is really disappointing since I didn’t really want to apply to FM (just all out IM -broadly). I was wondering if you guys know 1. If it’s still an option to only apply IM and be pretty safe in terms of Carms. 2. How to become competitive? Particularly research, which isn’t an area I’m really experienced in. Would a lot of research really help secure a spot? Are extracurriculars really important? Or do they just want good clinical grades/Letters? 3. Is Quebec different? I’m bilingual but have a preference for staying in Quebec or Ottawa/Moncton because of the French opportunities there. I would apply to both French and English across the country though to increase my chances. Savez-vous si les programmes de médecine interne au Québec recherchent des étudiants ayant fait beaucoup de recherche? Quote
  12. Hey folks! Just wanted to pass along this awesome opportunity to meet several incoming Neurosurgery PGY-1 Residents. If you are considering neurosurgery as a career choice and are potentially planning to apply in the future, this is a great chance to ask any questions you have regarding the CaRMS process and much, much more. For more details, you can view the Facebook event information here: https://fb.me/e/fn2RTs4st To directly register, you can do so here: bit.ly/nsx-carms2021 All medical students are welcome -- register now to secure your seat! If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to comment below or PM me. My colleagues and and I are looking forward to seeing some of you there on June 28th
  13. Hi everyone :) I'm a student from one of the prairies schools applying to IM this cycle. i was lucky to get some interviews including uoft and ubc (my top choices). I've never been to vancouver or toronto but I heard things about each city from residents. I really want to move out of the prairie for this next chapter of my life but im having a hard time deciding between these two schools in terms of ranking. Could you guys share anything you know about each program? I heard that uoft is notorious for being service heavy and not too collegial - but I also heard that it's easier to get into uoft sub-speciality if you do your residency there. Not too familiar about UBC but apparently it's service heavy too. Also the match rate for its residents was really bad this year..yikes Thnx!
  14. Hello all, With the logistical nightmare of scheduling all our interviews, I thought it would be useful to start an interview trade thread! To start off, I have a Dalhousie Psychiatry Interview on March 11, 2021 and am looking to switch to a later date (any other date works)!
  15. Hey! I have two paediatric interviews coming up and I would love to practice with anyone else in the same boat! I’m a recently graduated CSA from Europe. Pm me if interested
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  17. So, it appears that as of this year(?), family medicine programs will be evaluating applicants based on structured LOR rubrics instead of traditional LORs. A few days ago, a sample rubric was posted on twitter. It was widely criticized for being discriminatory and/or otherwise problematic. In response to the backlash, CaRMS and the CCFP rushed to distance themselves from it. We still do not know exactly who was involved in drafting the rubric, but it appears to be the severely misguided brainchild of the AFMC and all 17(?) family medicine program directors, who have pledged to revise it in view of the feedback they've received from Canadian MedTwitter. If they still plan to roll these out for the 2021 match, the revisions presumably need to be completed by November 23 (the date that program descriptions for the R-1 match go live). This would not seem to leave enough time to fix the multiple issues identified with the sample rubric. Thoughts? Is the FM SLOR salvageable? Or should they just scrap it and start over from scratch for 2022?
  18. Hi Everyone, After moving to Canada 5 years ago, I have worked from research to government to hospitals. One year ago, I decided to get into residency and now I have matched. Lots of dedication, money and hard work went into it. Throughout my journey, I have taken notes and highlighted important aspects for residency. There is no one answer for how can I get in. It depends on the circumstances as well as the person. Resilience and perseverance pays in the end. I have seen a lot of people go through years (sometimes 8 to 10 years) of hard work sacrificing friends, family, health and finances. I feel that it should not come down to that. If you have specific questions that you would like to discuss, reach out to me on Telegram. You can also join my channel and group where more than 80 physicians/medical students discuss about exams, residency and their journey. Please download Telegram app and click on this link to join: tg://join?invite=AAAAAEZXmlOxg2-8e_6yTw Thank you. Please download Telegram app and click on this link to join: tg://join?invite=AAAAAEZXmlOxg2-8e_6yTw
  19. Hi Everyone, After moving to Canada 5 years ago, I have worked from research to government to hospitals. One year ago, I decided to get into residency and now I have matched. Lots of dedication, money and hard work went into it. Throughout my journey, I have taken notes and highlighted important aspects for residency. There is no one answer for how can I get in. It depends on the circumstances as well as the person. Resilience and perseverance pays in the end. I have seen a lot of people go through years (sometimes 8 to 10 years) of hard work sacrificing friends, family, health and finances. I feel that it should not come down to that. I have done multiple sessions informing people of strategies for exams as well as ways to get in. If you are interested, please join my channel and group for discussion. Please download Telegram app and click on this link to join: tg://join?invite=AAAAAEZXmlOxg2-8e_6yTw Thank you
  20. Hi everyone, I am an IMG and unsure of how to rank programs. What should I look at? I know that IMGs are mostly matched to FM so that is my focus.
  21. Hey All, 'Tis the Season: This thread is strictly for CaRMS interview invitations. Please BOLD new entries and in brackets place the date that the invite was sent so that we can keep track of things easily (ex. General Surgery: Vancouver (Nov 20), Edmonton (Nov 22) ). Best of luck to everyone going through the R1-2019 CaRMS match! *Lets keep this thread strictly for interview related communication if possible* Anatomical Pathology: Anesthesiology: Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Diagnostic Radiology: Emergency Medicine: Family Medicine: General Pathology: General Surgery: Hematological Pathology: Internal Medicine: Medical Genetics and Genomics: Medical Microbiology: Neurology: Neurology - Paediatric: Neuropathology: Neurosurgery: Nuclear Medicine: Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Ophthalmology: Orthopaedic Surgery: Otolaryngology: Pediatrics: Plastic Surgery: PM&R: Psychiatry: Public Health and Preventive Medicine: Radiation Oncology: Urology: Vascular Surgery:
  22. I'm currently a preclerk med student wanting to go into family medicine and looking for advice from upper years/residents on how they have found the FM programs at different schools across Canada for a comparison. Looking specifically to know how competitive, intense, innovative the programs are and what kinds of opportunities are offered. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  23. Hi all I am reposting the thread for posting interview date trade requests (any school or specialty) from last year. I agree that having a single thread for this might make trade requests easier to search for. Please post as per format below: school interviewing at: specialty: current interview date: date would like to switch to: any additional notes:
  24. Hi guys! Much gratitude in advance for the replies/advice/insight! I'm an M3 in Montreal, Med-P background, and only have eyes from Family Medicine. I just wonder too often whether, at this point, I'm strong enough of an applicant? I have no research experience, but do have years worth of community involvement (mostly from before Med-P, about 1 years worth during) and my own health literacy initiative. Apart from this, so far, my clerkship evaluations are good. I plan on pursuing electives that could help me refine skills that would make me a better Fam Doc. I am "well-rounded" with respect to my extracurriculars. However, that is about it. What can I do to make myself a stronger candidate? To match here in Montreal would be a dream, but I certainly will be applying broadly. To summarize, here are some questions I would hugely appreciate having answers too. 1) What makes a strong family medicine applicant? 2) Is research worth pursuing during M3/M4 given I have no previous experience? 3) Are some strong reference letters more valuable than others (i.e surgery vs psych vs fam med) 4) What do you recommend as far as electives for a Fam Med applicant? Thank you so much! Please excuse my anxious med-p energy (it's chronic).
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