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  1. Other than small pockets of French speakers elsewhere, French is neither necessary nor used virtually beyond Quebec borders, which explains the bilingualism in Quebec almost exclusively. Practice makes perfect.
  2. Lulae, see my PM.
  3. Don't do it. It is a French Interview. Just like exams at franco med schools, you write them in French and never write anything in English. It is not a risk worth taking when you are being considered for acceptance. Better to remain silent for a moment while you gather your thoughts than go to English. The other applicants won't. So, if you were grading the applicants, and kept going to English every now and then, would this sway your grade and would it be detrimental? I had a tough time during the MEM, even though it was a good experience, and I succeeded. My French was very very rusty after English Cegep & university. I did not say one word in English.
  4. I cannot see it having the slightest impact.
  5. A deferral is out of the question. If you are accepted and elected, your choice is clear.
  6. Given that the insurance company ultimately pays the doctors for their opinions, reports & testimony, that the name of the game for the insurance company is to limit the pay out, that the name of the game for the doctor is to obtain repeat business from the insurance company, it is sad that some doctors are willing to sell their professional and ethical souls for the dollar by advocating for the insurance company indirectly by not being truthful and objective in their opinions. Repeat business won't be theirs if doctors regularly confirm the patients' complaints are justified. On the other side of the coin, there are doctors who help patients exaggerate their conditions so as to increase the amount of future settlements or litigation judgments. The love of money is the root of all evil!
  7. Out of an abundance of caution and as this seems most strange, I would contact adcoms directly and bring to their attention that apparently for no reason your GPA calculation at Alberta has mysteriously dropped from 3.93 to 3.83 in their estimation, whereas there are no new facts. I would also attach evidence of their calculation of your GPA last cycle and this cycle, both calculations with the same transcript(?). In other words. too much evidence/information is better than less information - so they have all the facts before them. I would do this as soon as possible.
  8. Members here have gotten in after 7 application cycles. Perseverance is an absolute requirement. There is no limit.
  9. The point of volunteering is to demonstrate altruism and CanMEDS competencies by following one's interests. Work also demonstrates CanMEDS competencies. Many applicants are restricted in volunteering due to financial obligations. I don't believe you would look bad due to this. In fact, if you have children or a child, in my view, this is tantamount to volunteering. I never had research when I applied and was accepted. Don't worry about joining clubs, etc., focus on your academics and your family, apply and then let nature take its course. You can only do the possible, not the impossible and this should not hold you back. I wish you every success. Welcome to the Forum!
  10. I don't have a clue, but believe each program is autonomous of the other. If I were you, I would apply to both. Moreover, it is entirely normal for applicants to apply to multiple programs so as to keep one's options open and available, and adcoms would readily understand this. Welcome to the Forum and good luck!
  11. For what it is worth, I did not have the slightest research experience when applying to medical school and it made absolutely no difference in my consideration for acceptance.
  12. Your best advisor is someone who went through the process and doing your own due diligence, finding your comfort level and following your gut.
  13. Firstly, welcome to the Forum. You mention you have an “ international education”. If this means that your undergraduate studies were outside USA or Canada, your grades would need to be assessed by WES. Med schools these days are more and more doing awY with prerequisites, but you would have to check each Canadian med school requirements to determine what prerequisites, if any, are needed and whether any of yours are too old now and may have to be retaken. Then, there is the issue of the MCAT which most schools require ( of McGill if your undergraduate degree is from Canada) you to write. And you need time to study, self study, for it. Google the term “CanMEDS competencies” which medical schools look for and no doubt, you have from your life experiences. For entry into medical school, to be competitive, other things being equal, you want to have a GPA of not less than 3.8, although there are exceptions. To be selected for an Interview, many med schools require you to take the CASPer, a computerized short version of the MMI (go to the Medical School Interview Forum and see Parts I & 11 of future_doc’s pinned thread on the Interview). Your age, life experience & maturity will be of great benefit to you and certainly, you age is not a detriment. I’m sure others will chime in with more pertinent information and advice. I wish you every success in this adventure!
  14. You are almost there. Perhaps, you need to learn to relax, consider it a fun experience and pretend it is just a practice run. Believe it or not, this approach has worked for at least of couple of repeat interviewees who used this technique and were blessed with acceptances!
  15. If this Masters is that important, accept it and do not proceed further with your med school application this cycle. You will be an even better candidate for med school next cycle from what you say. You cannot have both cakes during the same cycle, deferring med school for a year. You need to make a decision, one or the other.