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  1. I don't think a transplant scenario would ever come up to be honest. There's no way the average applicant would have enough insight to answer that question reasonably well. In my personal opinion, people get way too hung up on ethics on the MMI. You're not expected to be a clinical ethicist.
  2. One thing to keep in mind when thinking about MMI questions is that they all address themes that are somehow applicable to working within healthcare, and that you can usually think of something smart to say if you consider them in that context (i.e. what do they REALLY want to know from the prompt). For this one, it's testing the idea that medicine is a self-regulating profession, and it's expected that physicians report their colleagues for behaviour they find unprofessional. So yes, I would go with the 'right answer' even if it seems ridiculous given the real-life scenario it's been framed in. Obviously though, there are better and worse ways to go about it... Just something to think about.
  3. Can I just say that no prompt will ever be that long or intricate, nor are expected answers? The MMI isn't a verbal essay, it's a chance to say something half-intelligent while remaining personable.
  4. I was never asked to prove my residency after receiving acceptance, but I know a few people that had to. This is pure speculation on my part, but I'm guessing they only ask you to do so if something sticks out on your application suggesting you may not have been in AB for the last little while. Most of the people I know who were asked to send in proof had a lot of work experience from overseas on their apps for example.
  5. Rural IP is a huge advantage. From what I understand, you are considered like everyone else as far as interview invites, but once you reach the interview stage they reserve 10 spots for rural interviewees. Considering the applicant pool at that point is ~400 people, a fraction of whom are also rural, thats a pretty large advantage. Regarding EC's, dont sweat it too much if you don't have a lot for UofA. To give you some context, I got accepted at UofA, and I received non-academic scores in like the 10th percentile for my UofC app. On my UofA app, I don't think I had 4 entries for ANY category. Unless they do a complete 180 this year, it's all about 'passable' EC's and strong (very strong) academics at UofA.
  6. Rumor has it that UofC medical students have already received theirs, and that they are pink.
  7. Backpacks confirmed to have a fall foliage pattern.
  8. Regarding the hours, if you are really unsure about an entry, just email the person who is acting as the verifier and confirm with them the number of hours they will be saying "yes" to.
  9. http://www.ucalgary.ca/mdprogram/files/mdprogram/applicant-manual-2015-2016-june-16.pdf (Section 5.1) Basically you have to choose and write your top 10 entries so as to provide evidence of the 6 listed traits. (The 7th category is your academics). Edit: As a further explanation, these traits are pulled from here: http://www.royalcollege.ca/portal/page/portal/rc/canmeds/framework. As you write out your top 10, I would go through and make sure you are hitting as many of the bullet points under each category as possible.
  10. I wouldn't think it would be too hard. A lot of med schools even take affirmative action trying to fulfill demand for rural programs.
  11. I wouldn't let meeting cut-offs swing your decision. They are the minimum to apply, but they are nowhere near the competitive standard. With a 3.5 GPA you'll need a big mcat score to be competitive, and even then it's a long shot. If your EC's are strong your best shot is probably UofC, so really try and get that CARS up.
  12. From Dal's admissions website: Residents of all other Canadian provinces and territories & international students: Current MCAT: Minimum total score of 30. Can have one category score of 9 but total must still meet minimum. The wording is a little vague, but it sounds like the 8 on verbal might disqualify you
  13. He can't apply to Calgary without rewriting the MCAT.
  14. Barring any special restrictions schools may have that I can't remember, I would go with 2 academic references + 1 community reference or vice versa (probably 2 academic). Once you enter in your reference's contact info, OMSAS generates a PDF form for each reference that needs to be printed out, filled out, and mailed back to OMSAS.
  15. I'm not sure if UofT updates their essay topics from year-to-year and/or if they've posted this year's yet, but if you're super keen you could start thinking about and writing those now.
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