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  1. Sorry, yah electives in 4th year are typically national, some people do international electives for fun. You are travelling to the programs/schools and doing 2 week (or so) long electives. Then in the winter of 4th year you do CaRMs tour, which you are interviewing for residency spots at programs/schools.
  2. The year that you could potentially be away from the Saint John campus is really just the 3rd year of med school, because in 4th year you travel for electives and interviews the majority of the time. You have plenty of work between now and then; so I would not worry about it too much. However, that being said, the 5 teaching sites are Saint John (Block style) and the 4 LIC sites (Fredericton, Moncton, Miramichi, and Waterville). You do not rotate between the sites; for third year you will be selected to go to one of the 5 sites and study/train at that site. You may sometimes be required to work in the community at say a family docs office or travel to a nearby hospital for different experiences. But, you are based out of that one site. As for the selection, you rank the sites in preferred order and it is lottery style (at least for now that's what it is like, could change by the time you come to this).
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    Supplementary Application Help

    Hey, It has been a couple of years for me; however, the supplemental/essay section is an area where it is easy to lose points, but also easy to gain if you do it correctly. Firstly, it is crucial to have an excellent essay; one that actually answers the prompt Dal provides and is well written (I cannot express how important your writing is)!! I have read essays before and a lot of applicants try to write a fluffy essay saying that they are a "good person" and that this has "always been their dream" or that they want something "better/more"......this does not answer the question. If you want to see what Dal hopes their med graduates are like, look at the CanMed guidelines. If you have experiences that have allowed you to start developing those qualities.... talk about them......why do you think these experiences have shaped you into a good candidate for medicine? etc....Do not under estimate the essay!!! In terms of the supplemental part, I don't think you need to describe your activities in great detail. Follow the instructions given! Get to the point, if you volunteered with sick kids (whatever it was) describe your role and what you did, be clear and concise. You have a limited amount of activities in each section, so choose wisely. Pick a few that are medically related and then others that show you have diverse experiences, are community engaged, have a life outside of school, etc.. Make sure your verifiers know that you are applying and using them as reference. Make sure their contact info is up to date, that they will say good things about you, and that the info you give is correct (that may sound silly, but if you give the wrong dates, then it looks bad). Hopefully someone from this past cycle replies as well, but I hope this helps and if you have more specific questions, ask away!!!
  4. It's a tough situation! If your interview score is low (I believe below 24 or so) you're not admitted, no matter your other stats.
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    Accepted 2019

    If you're waitlisted you'll be told in your letter. If you're rejected, there is no getting on a waitlist after that, its final!
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    Question about Interviews

    Hey, The MMI at Dal does not ask any questions about your CV. In fact, the interviewers are blinded to any personal info besides your name. That being said, you have opportunity to talk about your experience/life in the MMI style interview, there just won't be a direct question about it. MMI questions are looking at your critical thinking and inter-personal skills. There are many examples on the internet about MMI questions. Many deal with ethics, current topics, healthcare, vulnerable populations, etc. Its important to understand why you want to be a doctor and reflecting on that can certainly help you prepare some quick responses about your experiences, but again, no direct personal questions.
  7. Hey, Dal puts a lot of emphasis on the essay! It is good that you're considering it seriously! As an OOP it is MOST important to have a connection to the maritimes and understand why you are choosing to apply to Dal; it heavily factors into your ranking. For the general essay, the links you provided are good, here is a link (hope it works) to the dal objectives, which are based off of the CanMed guidelines: https://projects.cs.dal.ca/daedalus_med/daedalus/medical/browse/structures and http://www.royalcollege.ca/rcsite/canmeds/canmeds-framework-e You must remember that these objectives are what they expect when you graduate medical school, not necessarily possessing all of them prior! It is good to reflect on your experiences and education, in order to find examples of how you have or are beginning to develop those essential skills that will help you succeed in medicine. Prove to them that you are a well rounded, community conscious, and life long learner! Good luck!
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    Potential Options/success stories

    Hey Bivona, I completed a second degree in an accelerated nursing program prior to starting med school; however, my circumstances were a bit different than yours. I did nursing after not to getting accepted into med school after a few years of applying. I actually decided to step away from applying and take a different direction. My marks were fine, but other parts of my app were lacking. I recommend doing a degree that your genuinely interested in. I enjoyed nursing school and practiced as an RN for a couple years, but the desire for a different scope of practice was still there. From a practical point of view, nursing will prepare you well for medical school; the clinical experience is a huge bonus and you'll be a better caretaker from being a nurse first. If you're truly not interested in nursing, then I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. The accelerated programs are demanding and require you to be committed. Depending on how organized you are, you can still do volunteering and other stuff during an accelerated program (its not that bad). If you're really just trying to boost your marks and your application, then another program may suit you better. Either way, more education is a good thing and you'll further refine your academic abilities.
  9. Have you attempted to apply to Maritime schools being from NB? You're stats are certainly competitive and demonstrate that you can succeed at rigorous studies. I had been applying since 2010 as well, and got in on my 4th try. Do not give up if you truly feel like this is what you want.
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    OOP Wait List Scores

    Hey jbeelen, No, I don't know! Memorial has released their decision letters, so I am assuming there will be a little bit of movement soon. However, I think the majority of the movement for this waitlist will occur once Ontario schools release their decisions.
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    OOP Wait List Scores

    I'm not sure what you mean. The NB campus is typically only for NB residents; the NB seats that were in Halifax were moved when the new campus opened. 30 seats are allocated here. Because of the empty seats this round, Dal will be filling the positions with OOP students. I don't know the official reasons, but I am assuming that they are going with OOP because there tends to be more OOP waitlisted in "reserve" compared to in province applicants, and Nova Scotia/PEI students go to the Halifax campus.
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    OOP Wait List Scores

    From what I can tell, they are waiting!
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    OOP Wait List Scores

    Hey, Current Med 1 here. So, without giving too many details, the number of NB applicants eligible for interviewing this round was low. Meaning that, the number of NB applicants interviewed was close to the number of seats available (30). Remember, all in-province applicants that meet the GPA, MCAT, and Casper requirements are automatically interviewed. Speculation that with the introduction of the casper, the number of eligible applicants decreased. Dal is not going to fill the NB seats with NB students that did not meet the acceptable application score for this round. Meaning that there are empty seats in NB. These seats will be filled with OOP; the Nova Scotia campus has done this in the past by increasing OOP acceptances, so NB is doing the same. Hope this helps!
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    Date Speculation?

    Just to give you some insight......tomorrow is Residency Match Day for the 4th year med students. I realize that results are released via CaRMS, but I have a feeling that the school would not send out acceptances the same day as match day. Fingers crossed I am wrong though!!
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    Do I qualify as an IP?

    I would contact the admissions office to make sure what status you would have. Where were you living prior to high school in NS? It seems that, according to their guidelines, you could be considered in province, but I think it would be crucial to hear it directly from them. If so, then you have proof that they said you are in province.