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  1. actually, i was at an event with the dean just recently and an honors/pass/fail like system will be a reality.
  2. the 2011s have to pay the $175 confirmation of registration, as we're going into second year and haven't given them another deposit. I am not sure where the first years stand, though..last year we didn't have to, because I think we had to give them a deposit to reserve our spot which went towards tuition and all that stuff. Ask Lisa Williamson (I'm sure she's contacted you guys by now) for affirmation.
  3. i actually do feel the same way -- an extra year, especially with firm plans, isn't a bad thing in my opinion. time to grow, both personally and professionally!
  4. actually i think a new student joined us 3 weeks after classes began. i am not entirely sure of the circumstances, but it did happen. i agree though -- its not something common.
  5. most places i know of dont allow deferrals for people accepted off the waitlist .. that is my understanding of it. i wasn't aware that uofa even considered them deferral .. but i guess if they said it must be true!
  6. *unless ofcourse you think you can do better for sure. then by all means do so. But I'd rather see you spend your time doing some research or working in a kids camp or something, because I think this will do more for your application and interview, which i suspect you should be able to get with grades like that.
  7. i would not rewrite, atleast not for the sake of your uofa score. 33N is a fine score, especially when complemented with a gpa like the one you have. worry more about improving your extracurriculars/volunteering/leadership stuff. It seems like you got the grades.
  8. just a note: this is a very different kind of orientation than the one you got when went from highschool into university. i talked to someone who had to skip it, and they said that at first, the student affairs office said it was mandatory. but she had her the dean of her current program write a letter as to why she had to miss it, and they were okay with it. she then had to at some later point read and sign the oath on professionalism, and also write an essay of at least 1000 words on teamwork (there is a session during O week about teamwork that is mandatory. so to answer your question, is it mandatory -- they will tell you yes, unless you have a really good reason. and then you have to make up for it. so basically unless you got a really good reason, missing O week is like missing out on a ton of fun and meeting your class mates AND being hit with a bunch of work instead. so i would go to O week =). its totally not lame, especially with the crazy Orientation leaders you guys got. its going to be awesome!
  9. Just to pick up on a point in your post LAboy1 (forgive me if I misunderstood), there are ~150 med students in the class of 2012 -- that is a fair number of people. Same with UofC. Now, with average ages you have to remember that it is indeed an average or median age -- I kind of wish they published a SD with the data as well to give an idea of the distribution. There are plenty of people at UofC who are 'young', and for the most part, there are a group of people in med that you'll just jive really well with. I think it'd be true UofC, UofA, wherever. Just wanted to make the point that even if UofC has higher avg ages, that you do indeed find people of all age groups in significant quantity at both schools. I think that is one of the successes of medical school admissions' systems.
  10. i thought they dont start sending out waitlist offers until after the conditional acceptance deadline was past -- ie after may 29 or whenever it is. maybe he is talking about actual mail? they send an email, but also send mailed package i think.
  11. hmm, I think so. They generally put more applicants on the waitlist than they end up using, so the remaining ones after the class fills up do get rejected. atleast that is my understanding of it
  12. uofa webmail is slow as heck (I used uofc email for 4 yrs -- its not bad or slow; i didn't mind it as much as I do uofa)! especially the search feature, for people like me who tend to keep their emails. however, i must applaud bioboy, who told me to forward it all to gmail --its better than both!
  13. Hi drduib. First off, congratulations on getting into both schools!! Although I am from UofA med, I especially like and respect UofT's selection process. The first point I will make clear is that both schools are superb. You can't go wrong in this choice, if you are basing it on facilities, faculty, experiences, etc. So don't base your decision on which one will train you to be the best physician; they both will. UofA and UofT students are highly respected in Canada. So the first thing to consider is geography. You are from Ottawa -- Toronto is considerably closer than edmonton, and cheaper to travel to/from. How important is being with your family to you? For me it was paramount. I chose UofA over UofT because I could visit frequently without spending ridiculous sums of money. Med can be physically, mentally, and emotionally draining. You need to be able to 'recharge your batteries' as one of our professors put it. If family helps you do that, then go for toronto. If that isn't as important to you, then there are some important differences between these two schools. 1) UofA has a smaller class size than UofT, although the latter handles this well by dividing the med class into 4 or 5 different academies (disadvantage being you get to know your academies well, but not the entire class. At UofA, it is possible to know most of the class, esp. by the end of the 4 yrs). 150 students vs. 230 students --> this does make a difference. Also, in terms of how close you are with faculty and student advisors and stuff like that, I think UofA is a bit better due to this lower student #. 2) UofA has significantly lower tuition/living expenses 3) While both have good research program, I think UofT has more opportunities for interesting cases and research work. UofT also has more international reputation, especially where research is concerned, although Canadian universities in general I don't think get a ton of recognition. For me this was unimportant; I think it matters more where you do your residency than where you go for medschool. Do note that if you want to do residency at UofA or UofT, then it is likely better to do med at that school, as you'll have more opportunities to get to make connections easier. 4) Both schools are politically active, but I would say UofT is more so on this point. This is changing, but at this point UofT is better here. 5) Funding opportunities are appropriate at both school for their respective expenses (more funds at UofT, but also more expenses). So these are some things that you could factor into your decision. Like I said, you can't go wrong with either school. I am enjoying med immensely at UofA, and I think you will enjoy it too, wherever you go. Most important thing to remember is that your experience is what you make of it; this was true for undergrad (I had an fantastic time doing my degree at UofC, despite there being significant issues with student spirit and administration), and this is true for med as well. Goodluck with your decision, and feel free to ask me any more questions.
  14. you have to accept by the 29th and give them your deposit. you are, however, free to give up admission at uofa in favor of some place else, but you wont get your deposit back. if you decide to do this, then just let the admissions office know that you have accepted elsewhere and are declining here. its quite a pricey proposition, but if you really want to go to a diff school, then it will be worth it in the long run to make that decision now.
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