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  1. You're right, just need 1 copy from each university. If you go to Dal then you don't need to send in your transcripts
  2. Check out the Facebook Page. One of our classmates explained how to do the block registration
  3. Great point that I should have mentioned. In talking with the banks it is obvious they want your business. If you aren't choosing a bank because of an annual credit card fee or because they don't provide free cheques negotiate with them because more than likely they will waive the fees to get your business. These are the plans they offer but they aren't set in stone.
  4. Here is a comparison of the various LoC offers from various banks https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AiNty_uU8U2ndHQtVFJ2UDJpX09JQ0phbDVLUm9rOGc
  5. Accepted! -NS resident, 2nd time applying. I finished my BSc (Honours) in 2010 and I finish my M.Sc. this summer My cumulative GPA is around 3.7 (M.Sc. grades + best 2 consecutive years of undergrad). My MCAT scores are: Physical Sciences: (12) Verbal: (7) Biological Sciences: (11) Writing Sample: (Q) EC: numerous medically and non-medically related volunteering experiences, varsity athletics, shadowed a family physician, student council, lots of research experience (both academic and work), presented at a few conferences, received various awards/scholarships. Interview: Thought I did a fantastic job in a few stations and bombed a couple but overall I left feeling that it went fairly well (although everyone I talked to thought the same thing!). If I can give any advice it would be to practice with others to get a feel for how to answer questions, borrow techniques from others in how they answer questions, and get some constructive feedback on where you can improve. Dal was the only school I applied to so I will obviously be accepting!
  6. Does anyone know the way that Step 2 will look once it is submitted? They have told us to use point form so for my description of each activity I have put everything into bullet form, each on its own line in the box. When I look at the print form version however after I have entered everything, it's all messy and instead of looking like bullet points it looks just like a paragraph with hyphens separating each point. Would it be better to use periods to make it look better? What is everyone else doing?
  7. For all the categories except extra-curriculars in Part 2 they say they want a description of what you did. For EC however it says to list is as a individual, club, or team event. In addition if it's sports they want to know what level you competed at. I don't think providing this is enough information. Is anyone else adding a bit of a description or just saying the type of activity it is?
  8. Does anyone know what the character limit is for the description section in each category? I am not sure how much detail to go into, especially when they say "Answers must be typed and you are required to respect the space allocated. Answers in point form are easier to peruse. We want to know what you have done in your life so far, why you did it, and what you have gained from it as a person and as a future physician." Do they actually want us to say why we did each activity and what we gained from it as a person/future physician? Also how much detail are people going into for extra-curriculars? For example is this all they want? Type of Activity/Level of Performance: ©-Student Government or do they want more of a description? Thanks!
  9. I see that in Step 1 we need to list our 2 references. Once we submit Step 1 will they be emailed confirmation that we listed them as a reference or will they only receive an email in a couple of months when they need to do the letter? I just want to know what to tell my references to expect. Thanks!
  10. I have two more questions about the supplemental information form: 1) I was wondering if it is ok to list the same activity under two categories on the supplemental form. For example if I worked for a summer as a research assistant at a hospital this would fall under both "medically related experience" and "jobs" 2) Does the interests/sports/etc. category not require any references at all or was that a typo on the online form? Thanks for your help!
  11. I know the Class of 2016 application has yet to open but I want to start getting some things together to make sure I have enough time to contact all the references I need too. I was going through the Supplemental Information Form on the dal med site and had two questions (assuming the form is the same for the coming cycle). 1) The non-medically related volunteering section does not explicitly state "since graduating from high school". I was wondering if anyone knew if this was an oversight or if they would like to know about non-medically related volunteering in high school? 2) How would you interpret "University Scholarships, Awards and Publications at any time" for awards. Do you think this means awards at any time (i.e. in high school as well) or University awards at any time? 3) Would you include declined scholarship offers from the universities you did not attend? Thanks for the help!
  12. I thought some of you would be interested in this article in the chronicle herald today: Dal selling med school spaces to Saudi Arabia By DAVID JACKSON Provincial Reporter Sat, Mar 12 - 4:54 AM The Dalhousie University medical school is selling spaces to Saudi Arabia as a way to generate money to make up for underfunding, the school’s dean says. The 10 first-year seats became available as a result of a deal with New Brunswick that sees Dalhousie educating that province’s medical students in their home province via videoconferencing, Dr. Tom Marrie said Friday. The seats couldn’t go to Nova Scotians because the provincial government is limiting the number of seats available to this province’s students at 63. Under the deal with Saudi Arabia, which is close to be being finalized, the seats will go for $75,000 per student, per year, Marrie said. In an internal memo sent to faculty, staff, residents and graduate students, Marrie said the new revenue is "critically important" after the loss of "significant funding from the Nova Scotia government" and rising costs caused by an accreditation problem. "From my standpoint, we’re underfunded. We know what our costs are and our revenues are not equal to our costs," Marrie said in an interview. The question of provincial funding for the medical school has been an issue for close to a year. The Health Department planned cutting $2.5-million from the school’s funding last year, or about eight per cent of its $33-million budget. The cut meant the school was only going to receive $540,000 from the department. Health Minister Maureen MacDonald said at the time that the funding issue, which also involved the Education Department, was complex. The province contributed another $1.4 million to the school last May, after officials from the two departments and Dalhousie formed a committee to look at the issue. Consultant Bill Hogg, a former deputy finance minister, reported in August that the Health Department should pay another $700,000 for 2010-11. The funding disagreement stemmed from how the province helped pay for seats added at the medical school since 2003. A group of university and provincial officials have continued working on the funding issue for future years and they’re close to finishing their work, Marrie said. "We’re at the stage where we can’t sustain any more cuts," he said. "At the moment, we’re trying to finalize this funding study and see how government will respond." Health Minister Maureen MacDonald said she wants to see what that working group says about funding before commenting on whether money from the province is adequate. The province last month announced a four-per cent funding cut to universities. MacDonald said a physician resource study is in the works to help determine how many doctors the province needs, and that’s the type of work that should be done before allowing more Nova Scotians into the school. "Because it’s very expensive to train physicians, it’s important that we not run off half-cocked, I guess, (and) invest a lot of money into even more seats at the medical school," she said. Both opposition leaders accused the Dexter government of poor management. Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil said there are lots of areas of the province without enough family doctors. He said having the province cover medical students’ tuition in exchange for five years working in such areas after graduation would be a better use of taxpayers’ money than spending $8 million on paving equipment. "Here we are educating doctors for Saudi Arabia and not educating doctors for the chronic shortage all across this province," McNeil said. Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie said the government should have had a health human resource plan done a while ago. "Until government gets off its duff and finishes the job it was elected to do of properly managing our health human resources, the medical school is forced to take these kinds of steps," Baillie said. Marrie said the school has a good relationship with Saudi Arabia on residencies, and through casual conversation, the idea of them using the first-year medical seats came up. He said more doctors are needed in Saudi Arabia because that country is expanding its medical services. He said the students would do their residencies in their home country. The school will interview 30 candidates for the 10 seats. Link: http://www.thechronicleherald.ca/Metro/1232682.html
  13. i was wondering if anyone was planning on writing the mcat in halifax in september? i was registered for sept 2 at the future inn site but prometric called me yesterday to say that they have cancelled all remaining test dates at that location for the year. so they have stuck me in mississauga and i have to somehow make arrangements to get to toronto next week now, more added stress on top of mcat studying! i wasn't even aware the aamc was able to just shut down sites with a week to go, i guess i didn't read the fine print somewhere. was anyone else surprised with this information yesterday?
  14. i was wondering if anyone knew how dal looks at writing multiple mcats? do they frown upon writing it more than once? im debating whether to write it a third time so any input would be greatly appreciated!
  15. I was wondering if anyone knew if it is possible to change one of your referee's after you have submitted the application?
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