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  1. I have no doubt about them being pragmatic, which is fine. However, practically speaking, if someone is not wanting to work hard (which this person clearly is not wanting to do by suggesting they want an easy way to get grades) then it does not bode well for their success later on. It's important for them to learn how to study in a rigorous program and to be able to manage their time well (balance study with other aspects of life). Their prior undergrad experience (whatever the reasons were) makes it seem that there is room to grow as a student. If they do not possess those skills going into med school, then they are going to have a difficult time. Practically speaking, I would think it is more pragmatic to develop the skills needed to succeed at studying medicine and life as a physician (if that is one's desire) then to seek an easy way to a medical school acceptance. I think they would be doing themselves an injustice by doing so.
  2. Like the person above stated, there is no best major for getting the most competitive GPA (even if you think there is, there isn't). If you would prefer sociology or psychology (which are great courses), then go for one of those. Challenge yourself, do something you want to do, and enjoy it. No one on this website can give you the answers you're seeking. It also seems like you haven't done much of your own searching, have you tried googling what programs are available at the different schools in NS? Have you reflected on why you found engineering hard? Or why you weren't able to obtain a 'competitive' GPA with the degree you already have? (Maybe you didn't realize you wanted to go to med school and it was too little too late, and that's fine!).You said you "do not want to be again in hard undergrad once again after the engineering", which suggests that you're not willing to put in the effort it takes to get into med school, let alone actually study medicine (which is very hard and just so happens to be classified as an undergrad degree). Your post comes across like you're expecting to go into an "easier" second undergrad, do really well, and then get accepted. You have a long road ahead of you, so be prepared to work! If you're not willing to work hard to get into med school, then you're not setting yourself up to succeed once you get in. I apologize if you're just learning English, but I'd suggest taking some English/grammar courses to improve your writing (it really impresses admission people when you know how to write properly).
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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!!!
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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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