3 Wait, what? CaRMS is the Canadian Residency Matching Service Central matching service for Canada, has limitations (Alberta has it’s own system)Only need the MCCEE to applyTo write the MCCEE you will need to do a source verification request with the PCRC (Physicians Credientials Registry of Canada)
4 New System Launches May 23rd Combination of PCRC and MCC online services (and presumably others)Called Physiciansapply.caDon’t know much about it
6 2012 Match Results Lots of charts out there Google “Carms Reports”. R-1 Match results sorted by year will be the first hitA ton of data here, but if you focus on just the IMG stuff you can get through it pretty quickly
12 Fun Facts Abound!Note 1: 45% of IMGs only applied to one discipline in the match.Note 2: 60% of the IMGs who chose Family Medicine as their 1st career choice only applied to Family Medicine
13 But What Does It All Mean? Don’t get too focussed on the numbersThey can be interesting and informative if you’re looking at specific specialties and are forming an application plan (I want to do X, but last year only 5% of applicants matched etc.)Usyd specific numbers might help a bit more
14 Our Match Results2011: 7/10 matched. FM, Anesthesia, Ortho and Gen surgery2012: 5/7 participants matched with 1 unmatched and 1 unknown result.Also, one other person that may or may not have participated, but no one has been in touch
15 Our Match Results: Result Harder 2012 Matched specialties were: 2 pediatrics (UoT and UoM), 3 FM (UoA, UoO and UoT)Not a big surgical push this year
19 Canada: Paediatrics Devin Singh: firstname.lastname@example.org Matched #1 choice: UofT / Sick Kids PaediatricsMCCEE 398LORs 2 paeds, 1 non-med, 2 FM: 1 Usyd, 1 paeds UBC (PICU elective), 2 Ontario FM letters written for Paeds (Electives), 1 YMCA Day Camps (non-medical)No published research BUT 3 yrs working at WoolcockApplied to Paediatrics and Family Medicine where possible across CanadaInterviews:FM Ontario + DalPaeds UofT, Ottawa, U of Manitoba
20 Canada: Paediatrics Do as many placements as possible in Canada! Electives/Canadian Places:FM Core term: Kingston 6 weeks, Whitby 4 weeksElectives:Paeds PICU UBC (4wks)Unofficial Research Elective, Anesthesiology – UofT – no publication resulting from itPRINT: Tried so hard to arrange Paeds but couldn’tFM Sherbourne Health Clinic – UofT (4wks)FM Stonechurch Health Clinic – McMaster (4wks)
23 Interviews for IM & FM Across Canada I matched into FM at the U of A (Matched 1st round /1st Ranked Position) (Via AIMG Program)Interviews for IM & FM Across CanadaMcMaster-IM is bullshit !!! Two Solid letters of Rec + 4 Week Elective there = No interview For IMBut FM is solid there, and they do like Usyd studentsAlso – Mayo Clinic : Sent me a letter that said I matched into IM just prior to the last day to make any changes to my Rank order list (ROL) in Canada
24 Rob Studies HardEE mark was in the top 1 percentile and QE was top 5 percentile, NAC OSCE Mark was 90%. Electives : McMaster IM, Calgary IM, Uof A FM. Mayo IM.
31 Experiences Electives in Kelowna BC PRINT 4 weeks anesthesia followed by 4 weeks orthopedicsArranged independently through the College of Physicians and Surgeons, but in coordination with UBC and through direct communication with preceptors on the groundPRINT4 weeks of Anesthesia in Halifax through Dalhousie
32 Marks415 On the MCCEEStudy more spread out and then concentrated again in the last 1-1.5monthsCompleted the entire USMLE World Step 2 Qbank and reveiwed every question with highlights etc. 2 timesCompleted the entire Canada MCCEE Qbank, did not reviewCompleted the Doctors in Training Step 2 courseStudied mainly with Step Up to USMLE step 2 and some Toronto Notes
33 Marks At USydSlightly above average. Nothing to write home about
34 Other Stuff Wrote for Med Revue Position as part of Global HOME Electives Officer for NAMSARan Logistics for GHC 2011Assisted a fellow from Halifax on a literature review (unpublished)
35 How I AppliedApplied to every single program in the following disciplines that I qualified forGen surgOrthopedicsAnesthesiaEmergencyAlso, all of the Ontario FM programs30+ applications in total, each with their own unique letter
36 My Results 4 Interviews granted Halifax and UoT anesthesiaThunder Bay (NOSM) OrthopedicsOntario FM (done as one big group for all of the programs)Rank Order List: #1 UoT Anes #2 Halifax #3 NOSM #4 Various FM programs (Ottawa was #5 I think)Matched to Ottawa FM!
44 Do Them Get registered. Don’t get scared. The more of them you do, the better your chancesScuttlebutt is that the NAC-OSCE is being pushed as a requirement in the near future. Very beneficial if you have it
45 MCCEE A couple of months of hard study will get you over Canada Qbank is VERY similar to what shows up on the test proper. A really good ego boosterNeed to get near 400 to be in the upper echelons2012: Mean 271 with an SD of 50
46 NAC-OSCE Should do it, have to if you apply for BC I believe Good predictor of future ability apparentlyExpansion to number of writing dates and positions happening right now (likely as setup to making it an absolute requirement across Canada)
47 Rob Says... NAC OSCE A Comprehensive review This text book is all you need10 or 11 stations + written sectionPhysical exam or take a history andThen answer questionsPhysical exam- Cardio exam, Resp exam, MSK – exam lower limb, GI- exam- these come up a lotHistory- peds (take a hx from mom)Look at this ECG- STEMIScored 90For the written section- made flash cards to learn dosages
48 AIMG The Alberta system Requires an Alberta NAC-OSCE and MMI Rob wrote the NAC-OSCE in September and did the MMI in October of his 4th yearMMI required NO prep. Just flight time.Need to be from Alberta or have done a degree there (there may be some other ways in too)
49 Don’t WaitIt’s totally an illusion that writing later will get you a better mark unless you are studying for the test the whole timeYou’re studying for a specific test. How much material you get through is almost all that matters“I’ll know way more in 4th year than in 3rd year”Nope, not unless you studied intensively for that test the whole time
51 Site is closed, can’t show screencaps Program description list is up though!Check it out early and see what’s upLook at stuff you might not have thought of (it worked for Jenn!)Accessible via the CaRMS site (sidebar
55 Error?Giving me an error when I try to access specific programs (anesthesia etc)When it works: shows you what you need to apply and usually gives a short blurb about the program along with the academic schedule etc.
57 NotesAs it says: dates are not hard deadlines unless otherwise specifiedStill don’t recommend being late for stuff, it’s not good for the blood pressure
58 TipsWhether or not a program is taking applications from IMGs can be surprisingly hard to figure out. Some of mine (like halifax) WERE NOT listed on the description site numbersAvoid all that junk: when you get access to the CaRMS site proper and are selecting programs there are two drop boxesOne says University and the other says disciplineJust use one OR the other to have all programs that you are eligible to apply for come up TAH DAH!
59 Tips 2Submitting marks and some other documents: the university can do this directly to CaRMS for you, Just ask the OMEThis avoids long waits from mailing stuff as the university is registered with CaRMSThis tip actually saved one of the applicants in 2012 from not getting stuff in and processed on time
60 Tips 3Get your references uploaded early, don’t want to be waiting on peopleEven someone that seems reliable might take way longer than you would expects are sent directly to the referee via the CaRMS site, they then upload their letter
61 Tips 4 Letter writing is an art but... If you apply to many, many programs you might want to make a generic letter for each specialty and then change a paragraph or two to make it specificAlways mention the specific school and program and why you want to go there. Research their sites to find stuff to hone in onBuild a narrative or an angle as to what brought you to them
62 Tips 5Include examples of the CanMeds roles, but don’t necessarily be explicit about itEx: My time heading logistics for GHC required me to work extensively with many other people, lead a team etc. Which has helped to shape me into a candidate that excels in a variety of roles etc etc etcDon’t say “I have demonstrated the CanMeds roles of X by doing Y”CanMeds will also show up in your interviews, know them (not all details, just what they are)
64 Interview Season Starts late Jan and goes into Feb Noone I’ve heard of ever had conflicting interview timesFly little birdie, fly
65 Fun! Interviews are fun and come in many shapes and sizes MMI, panel, one on one, multi-part etc.Social events: go to them.
66 TipsGo look up CaRMS interview questions online, there are some great lists out thereLook over the list with a buddy, bounce answers off each other, challenge each otherPractice phrasing etc by yourselfDefinitely be ready for the biggies: why here, why the specialty, what don’t you like/what’s the biggest challenge? What’s your biggest weakness? etc.
67 Tips 2Many different philosophies and ideas, but being yourself and staying reasonably relaxed is going to help regardlessProfessional and personablePass the 4am test (Is this the person that I want by my side at 4am when we’ve been working for 30+ hours and everything is going wrong?)
68 The Rank Order ListYou rank the programs you interviewed at and the programs rank the people they interviewedNothing to itJust rank what you want. The way it works you can’t game the system by ranking what you think you are more likely to get higher etc.Still the biggest single decision you’ll make after deciding to apply in the first place