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  1. 3 points
    You need to have more than a 1:1 ratio of students to residency spots. If you don't than a whole lot of people would be forced to do things they hate, are ill suited for or both. You need some flexibility in the system. The flexibility should not come at the cost of ROS's for CMGs. Being forced to work in an undesirable location doesnt sound that bad as a med student because you honestly have no idea what it will be like. I am speaking from personal experience here. Most of the locations are rural, so right away, forget most of the things you enjoy about being in an even medium sized city (restaraunts that are decent, shopping, nightlife, cultural activities etc). You will probably be away from all family support and I can tell you first hand that makes your life very difficult, especially if you have children. You also will be away from your entire social base and it may be hard to build a new one in a smaller center. Smaller centers mean a lot more call for you. Even if you aren't getting called in all night, just being on call limits your life. Also, don't expect to have all the services you are used to at an academic center. This increases your workload and limits the type of practice you have or procedures you may perform. Once you are done your ROS and want to leave, it is still difficult. You'll realize that after a few years in practice it's hard to find new job opportunities in many specialties. Canada doesn't have great mobility for physicians to change jobs. So maybe your 3 year ROS is now a 6 year stay because there is nothing avaliable anywhere else you would be willing to work. Expect the administration of the hospital and the local government to not give a shit about your concerns because you are on ROS so it's not like you can easily threaten to leave. If you do leave at the end of your ROS, who cares, the government will force another ROS new grad in the position. That removes the motivation for anyone to address problems or concerns you have. CMG ROS contracts will reduce our ability to negotiate contracts because it will force people to stay and work in a province. If you can't leave, why would the government care about trying to pay you well and keep you? Even if you do leave at the end of your ROS, they have more ROS's to replace you. Make no mistake, the government sees physicians as an expense before anything else. They would like nothing more than to pay you 60k a year like a standard government without providing you with any of the benefits government workers are given. It is a slippery slope because, again, the politicians you as the enemy. You are an expense item, nothing more. They don't care about you. They care about getting re-elected and getting that pension. They will do whatever it takes to do that. Once they realize they can force.CMGs into ROS's, it's very easy to whip up public support for this. Then they can claim they are using the ROS to: 1. improve staffing (even if it doesn't) 2. reduce costs (no need to pay incentives if you are locked into working for them) 3. Stick it to those fat cat doctors (make no mistake, this plays really well with a segment if the electorate). All three of those help them get re-elected.
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    OMSAS GPA Calculations

    The OMSAS calculations are currently out AND I strongly suggest you go through them carefully, I already found a few mistakes in my GPA.
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    Advice on how to study?

    I think the biggest thing for me (not just in school) was making sure you planned a schedule and stuck with it. I remember planning in advance being like: 'the physiology midterm is exactly 2 weeks away, which gives me 14 days to study' 'there are 12 lecture powerpoints on the midterm, with a total of 316 slides to understand and *maybe* memorize' 'that means i'll need to review at least 23 slides a day, every day, starting today' 'perhaps I should study 30 slides a day, just to be safe in case something comes up' I think that when you break it down like that, it can a) make the entire studying process a lot more organized, and b) make it seem less daunting as well! You can PM me if you need any more help with anything (like study methods) in particular.
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    Being a dental receptionist definitely involves communication skills, making patients comfortable and learning the inner workings of a dental office. However, shadowing would be watching be watching the dentist with the patient in the dental chair as the dentist performs his tasks upon the patient and/or being witness to the consultations between patient and dentist. Accordingly, they are two different things.
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    I went back to previous year's program description to verify. UBC Derm never had any IMG spots to begin with. UBC Derm converted a CMG spot to a CMG-ROS spot.
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    Very non-trad. Looking for opinions.

    Maybe you should try NOSM ? no mcat required and one third of the application is you 'context' which include if you lived or showed interest to live in rural areas. https://www.nosm.ca/education/md-program/admissions/admission-requirements/
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    Is UOttawa a low tier medical school?

    To sum it up, I feel the program is too progressive. Many of the innovations they have created while well meaning, i feel have negative consequences. Change for the sake of change, if you will. 1. Anatomy is optional - Everyone knows this, but what people don't know is it isnt good even if you attend all the sessions. The faculty to student ratio is bad, 1:12 and the specimens are so old that many structures are unrecognizable. Anatomy at Mac was basically similar to a museum with a guided tour. You walk in, take a look at the exhibits, listen to the guide a bit, and wander off whenever you want. There is very little contact time in anatomy. 2. Huge emphasis on the social aspect of medicine - From a contact hours perspective, as much as 1/3rd of the mandatory contact hours are spent discussing the social issues in medicine. The issue is that much of it is quite one-sided and political, and much of it isn't really all that relevant. My issue with it was more that given the medical school seemed to leave the actual learning of medicine itself to us, it was ironic that they didn't leave us to learn the social and ethics side of medicine to ourselves.. 3. Clerkship set up - To sum it up, electives are too early in clerkship, this disadvantages Mac clerks by making them look incompetent when visiting schools and it also forces them to make specialty decisions incredibly early, we booked our first electives at the beginning of 2nd year. Some streams will have finished most of their electives just 3 months into clerkship. 4. Lack of support - The school itself doesn't really seem to care where and to what their students match to (and whether or not they are happy with it). The focus is entirely on matching somewhere, anywhere. As a result, they don't really care about making those changes to optimize CaRMS for students applying for competitive specialties or locations. 5. Happy to be average - The ethos of the school itself seemed to be, aim to be average. A lower than average pass rate on MCCQE pt 1 was explained away by being a 3 year school. In committee meetings, they still had difficulty admitting that testing students had a positive effect on board pass rates. Rumors of poorer performance in first year residency was explained by being a 3 year school and that "we will catch up as residents", without a reference to the fact that we still had to compete with 4 year students when it came to CaRMS. Lower than average match rates to competitive specialties are not a concern to them. Ultimately, I feel that their curriculum, while well meaning, is not in touch with the reality of clinical medicine, or as they would put it, different from the "hidden curriculum". When it comes to what medical students want, which is to match to their top choice in CaRMS, i feel that the school doesn't really set their students up for success as well as other schools might. The argument that Mac proponents make is that: "well the motivated ones still do well". Yes, but the motivated ones will do well if you dropped them in antarctica with a few books and a pen. Reminds me of the remark: "What do you call the medical student who graduates bottom of his class? Doctor." Medical schools, more so than any other program are responsible for not only their best graduates but their poorer performing ones, everyone is going to be treating patients one day.
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    Low GPA Acceptance Stories

    Hello, I was accepted to UofT with a GPA on the low end of that range! I'm not fully sure how they weighted my GPA, but it was for sure under 3.9 and likely closer to 3.8. For getting the interview, I have to assume that it was some combination of my essays and my research background. I had one published paper at the time, which was probably unusual in the undergraduate pool. Looking back at my essays, I'm not thrilled with them, but I had a strong community service background to draw on and I think that building that storyline of my life was helpful for the reviewers. After the interview, I don't think your GPA matters as much as the rest of the factors. I would recommend that applicants try to resist the urge to follow a "standard" premed path (unless you happen to be very passionate about hospital volunteering, I guess). Realizing that my GPA was a little bit on the low end for Ontario schools, I definitely felt pressure to try to conform better in other parts of my application. In the end, I chose not to pursue that tug. My research was nice, and I suspect gave me a leg up, but plenty of people in my class have no research background at all. If you're interested in research, don't be afraid to approach small labs with newer profs - I got a lot of opportunities (that my friends in big name labs with superstar PIs didn't get) just because I had face time with my PI and I asked about them. I cared about community service for my own marginalized population, so it wasn't a chore to put in lots of hours and initiative the way that, for example, volunteering with the science outreach program that all my undergrad friends volunteered with. I think the parts of you that matter will come through if you give them the path. Good luck!