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  1. Selling (in Windsor or Hamilton) Doing Right, 2nd edition $10 OBO TPR MCAT review set. $30 OBO
  2. chenoa

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    I train aikido and am quite sad that I won't be able to train as much or maybe at all when school starts. Anyone at McMaster do aikido? (Yoshinkan)
  3. How bad is it? My bike is old but do I really need to lug around a heavy steel U lock or multiple locks in order to feel like it'll be safe?
  4. Choice of program stream isn't as big of a deal as one might think entering the program. I would just suggest taking a look at the course options in each stream and see what piques your interest. Some people who had traditional/sciency backgrounds stated that they did global health management or the other one (globalization and development? the political science/sociology stream I can't remember the exact name) just to do something different or new to them. Of course others stuck with global diseases and that's cool as well. Also, if you want to switch streams once you're already in the program that is definitely possible as well. Just have an idea going in and ask the program early about course offerings. I remember some admin related problems related to course availability and scheduling.
  5. Hi, Does anyone know if med students are covered under the university plan through their tuition and when the plan takes effect? Thanks!
  6. There is definitely a facebook group- "McMaster MSc Global Health Class of 2015"
  7. Hey, Well if U of T is going to hold you to the June 30 rule and you did course based, you would have to do your practicum immediately after the symposium in India (or explore options like completing your internship while in India if that interests you). The symposium usually ends the first week of May I believe. So you'd need to double check -When the symposium will end in the year you do the GH program -How many weeks/hours the GH program is requiring your practicum to be And you'd just have to be extra on top of arranging a practicum that finishes by June 30. Definitely doable.
  8. Mac med students are covered under a student health and dental plan right? Does anyone know when this takes effect? Thanks!
  9. Anyone know when we will get official confirmation of the date for the white coat?
  10. Edict, I take it that we will be classmates.... (!) Thanks for your help on the international application subforum -Chenoa (aikigirl)
  11. If you enjoy nursing and would be happy with it as a back up career, then going for your BScN may be a good choice and definitely safer than the pre-med program to Carib (Avalon) med school, for the aforementioned reasons. You can apply to med school from nursing (e.g. after 2 or 3 years depending on the school) or after graduation while working as an RN. However, you would have to find a way to score high on the MCAT.... the way I see it is doing nursing gives you a great back up plan but means you need to do extra coursework/devise a self study plan that will enable you to ace the MCAT. Going the more traditional (e.g. science, life sci) route probably prepares you better for the MCAT but you don't have the safety career. Of course it's not just nursing vs the rest...as makingfetch said, you can choose other undergrad degrees as well. It varies, but it's definitely possible to get a competitive gpa through nursing. If you're considering BScN talk to students/people from the school you are thinking of and evaluate if you will realistically be able to score 3.8+ with the transition from practical nursing to BScN
  12. Tough choice... the seems to be MPH the more recognizable degree vs the MSc GH which may help with employability. Of course as you have mentioned the MPH will take longer. I was in a similar position when I applied to GH; one of the reasons I applied was for the 1 year time frame. I did have a back up career though (nursing). If you don't have a solid back up career and medicine is the end goal, I might suggest that the MPH may be a better choice in terms of finding work after graduation.
  13. I was fortunate to hear back in early May (around the 8th?) I suggest you contact the GH office directly. Try Teeghan at durityt@mcmaster.ca Hey! I did nursing and had a OMSAS gpa of 3.97. Mediocre mcat of 29 (11 VR) so I'm lucky Mac only looks at the verbal! I didn't find the (course based) program to be overly demanding. People managed with PT work, families, extracurriculars, etc. I came from nursing, which people either consider difficult with demanding clinical placement hours or easy with fluff courses and no real sciences depending on your personal opinion....and I managed all A's in the program. It is possible to do the thesis in 1 year but you will really need to go in prepared and ready to take the initiative on things. I have friends who did the thesis stream, PM me if you want and I can try to get you in touch. I mainly chose the practicum because I wanted to travel and because my ultimate goal was med and I didn't want to 'over commit' should I have been accepted to med school. In hindsight the thesis would have given me valuable research exp that I lack and may have been doable in one year....although I would have had to go without the amazing practicum experience i did gain. I didnt' go to Maastricht but only heard good things. PM if you want and I can try to find you a classmate of mine who went who would be willing to answer questions.
  14. Hi there, Glad to hear you're interested in global health. Overall, I had a good experience with the program but it is not going to be the best choice for everyone, depending on your personal goals. If global or public health is your passion, also look into doing other grad degrees like an MPH- it's more recognized and the 2 year structure will give you more time to consolidate knowledge, do research ,etc. Other ideas...Macs MBA in health service management, Health Policy, Epidemiology, international development, political sci..... Full disclosure- I went in as someone looking to get into med. I was already a nurse and I figured if I didn't get into med, the program would be a good way to travel, explore an interest in global health, and make myself more marketable to employers. Yes, there will be people who want to go on to med school. There are also people from other professions (e.g. paramedics, teachers, midwives, nurses, teachers) but many people fit in the <5 years out of UG category. I feel I learned a lot, was exposed to new ideas, and had lots of great experiences. As I mentioned above however, 1 year may feel too short of a time frame to some people...doing this degree is not the only way into the GH world and I highly recommend exploring other grad school options. You will have to take the initiative and will not be lead by the hand re: the program, doing a thesis, or picking a placement. Choosing a placement was a bit stressful at the time and could have been better supported by the admin, but in the end I had choices and was very happy with what I ended up doing. India was a great experience and I highly suggest doing some traveling before/after if you are able. I did not do the exchange semester to Maastricht but only heard good things about it. Feel free to PM if you have other questions or if I can clarify anything.
  15. Hey, I've been through the program and would be happy to answer questions!
  16. I'm so happy to join the awesome group of PM101-ers accepted to Mac this year. Thanks for all the support- this was my 3rd app cycle and a lot of my friends had already gotten in to med school/moved on, so knowing that there were others out there experiencing the agony that is Canadian med school apps was key. Also, huge congrats, Birdy!
  17. Accepted (!!!) Time-stamp: 8:20 GPA: 3.97 or so (bachelors + masters) VR: 11 MMI: Felt pretty good right after and didn't bomb any station in particular but those post-interview doubts creep in! Much better than my previous MMIs.... practice was key. This is my third app cycle after never getting past the interview stage including post interview regrets from Mac last year. This year I had one app, one interview and one acceptance.... I was just about ready to give up. I consider myself a non-trad with a background in allied health and a few years work experience. Absolutely pumped!
  18. Right with you OneDoctor....one interview here and it's not my first application cycle either. Its hard to feel like I would be able to keep applying for another year if things don't go my way on the 12th.
  19. Until the Grad Med program at SGUL actually has graduates going through the process and trying to stay for Foundation, it's going to be hard to know, I think. One thing I was trying to figure out but never quite got the details worked out on was .... if you went to SGUL (London) and did your 3rd/4th year rotations in the US, would you have trouble getting your Tier 4 (Student) visa extended in order to stay for foundation? I feel like I read somewhere that to extend a Tier 4 you need to spend your final year of school plus one other year in the UK ... See https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-application-for-uk-visa-as-tier-4-student Item #72 under 'postgraduate doctors and dentists' ". You must have been given permission to stay in the UK as a student under the rules in place before 31 March 2009 or as a Tier 4 (General) student. This permission must have covered your final academic year and at least one other academic year of your studies leading to the above degree." Not sure how this would apply to Canadians/ North Americans doing the SGUL program who are wanting to stay for foundation.
  20. http://forums.premed101.com/index.php?/topic/74819-med-school-in-england/ Check out this post as well for English schools which have not used an admissions test in past selections.
  21. No, I emailed and was told "The PA Program has sent the first round of interview invitations" I know...I really thought I had put together a strong application overall. I was afraid that it would come down to overseas med school vs PA for me....now it seems if things don't go my way on May 12 I may not even have the PA option to consider
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