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  1. Lol what did you do? Rank alphabetically after your top 3-4 choices?
  2. FYI, with a mean of 150 and SD of 20, the area under the curve to the left of 138 is 0.2743, meaning if the scores were indeed normally distributed, the fail rate is 27.43%. I just googled “normal distribution calculator” and just plugged in the numbers.
  3. Jesus. I misread this post as "2018" and almost had an MI.
  4. What is the specialty you're applying to and what specialty are you in right now? (You can PM me if you'd like.)
  5. You should definitely look into your school's PGME transfer policy. They usually have it explicitly outlined the steps to be taken; in general, I believe what happens is that you let your school's PGME know your intention to transfer, and they contact other schools for you to see if there's an opening in that specialty. There's also an AFMC transfer policy that outlines everything that is to happen.
  6. Fortunately, I matched to one of my top choices, but this means that I will be moving from Ontario to Alberta. This is a really daunting move; I was wondering if anyone who has been through this process have any tips or tricks for getting through it? I'm wondering about logistics such as finding a place in advance (when you live so far away), moving your car, amongst other things. Thank you in advance.
  7. Just out of curiosity, if you don't mind sharing, what specialty are you in at the moment?
  8. I got all my family interviews, except for one school (which I wasn't planning on going to anyways). Any idea how competitive psychiatry is this year? I'm applying to psych too, and I've been having some trouble getting interviews there...
  9. Anatomical Pathology: ALL RELEASEDAnesthesiology: NOSM, Ottawa, USask, Calgary, Western, Queen's, UBC, McMaster, Dalhousie, MUN, Manitoba, Toronto, AlbertaCardiac Surgery: McGillDermatology: Alberta, Calgary, Toronto, McMaster, Ottawa, McGillDiagnostic Radiology: McGill, Queen's, Calgary, MUN, Dalhousie, UBC, Manitoba, Western, Alberta, Toronto, McMaster, Saskatchewan, MontrealEmergency Medicine: Queen's, Sask, Laval, Manitoba, Toronto, UBC, Dalhousie, Western Family Medicine: Laval, Sherbrooke, Montreal, Toronto, McGill (Montreal urban, Gatineau), Western, Queen's, Alberta (Urban and Rural), NOSM, MUN, UBC, McMaster, Saskatchewan (Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Regina), Calgary (rural), Dalhousie, OttawaGeneral Surgery: Manitoba, McGill, McMaster (Niagara), Dalhousie, Sherbrooke, Ottawa, UBC, Toronto, AlbertaInternal Medicine: SherbrookeLaboratory Medicine:Medical Biochemistry:Medical Genetics: Montreal, McGill, Toronto, Ottawa, UBC, CalgaryNeurology: Manitoba, UBC, Calgary, Memorial, Alberta, Dalhousie, McGill, Western, McMaster, Ottawa, Toronto, Saskatchewan, Laval Neurology-Pediatric: Calgary, UBC, Alberta, McMaster, McGill, Ottawa, TorontoNeuropathology:Neurosurgery: UBC, Manitoba, Ottawa, Western, Alberta, Calgary, DalhousieNuclear Medicine: Sherbrooke, Dalhousie, Montreal, McGillObstetrics and Gynecology: Memorial, Manitoba, Calgary, Ottawa, McMaster, UBC, Dalhousie, Toronto, Saskatchewan (Regina and Saskatoon), Queens, Montreal, AlbertaOphthalmology: McGill, Manitoba, Dalhousie, UdeLaval, Western, Alberta, Saskatchewan, UBC, McMaster, Queen'sOrthopedic Surgery: Alberta, Dalhousie, Calgary, UBC, Memorial, McGill, Saskatchewan, McMaster, Ottawa, Toronto, NOSMOtolaryngology: Calgary, McMaster, Alberta, Manitoba, Ottawa, Western, Toronto, DalhousiePediatrics: UBC, Alberta, Dalhousie, McMaster, Western, Ottawa, Manitoba, Memorial, Toronto, McGill, Sherbrooke, NOSM, Saskatchewan, Calgary PHPM: UBC, AlbertaPlastic Surgery: McMaster, Manitoba, McGill, Laval, Alberta, MontréalPM&R: Western, USask, Alberta, UBC, Manitoba, Dal, Toronto, McMaster, Calgary, Queen's, Ottawa, LavalPsychiatry: McMaster, McMaster (Waterloo), Memorial, Sherbrooke, Western, McGill, Calgary, Manitoba, UBC, Dalhousie, Ottawa, Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Regina), Queens, Montreal, AlbertaRadiation Oncology: Calgary, McMaster, UBC, Western, Toronto, Dalhousie, Manitoba, McGill Urology: Ottawa, McMasterVascular Surgery: Western, McMaster, Calgary, UBC
  10. Has anyone received a rejection email from Queen's psychiatry? I haven't heard back yet but it seems like they've released all their interviews already.
  11. For community week, you'll be assigned to go to a rural area for a week to do observerships with doctors and gain clinical experience. You get to submit a list of places that you'd like to go to, and a list of specialties that you'd like to do the observership in. Depending on where you go, the experience can be quite different. I went to a moderately-sized town and the community hospital that I was placed in was actually quite big, so I got to see a lot of stuff. Some people were placed in family doctor clinics, some did obs/gyn, some did radiology and surgery.
  12. It seems like most of your arguments center around the fact that "well we shouldn't generalize because not all health sci students take these bird courses". The issue is, there are definitely easy courses at other universities, but I'm pretty sure there are no courses at Western or UofT in which 100% of the class gets an A+ with minimal work. Oh yeah, and I've taken stats. Health sci stats is a lot easier than the stats courses that students in other programs take lol. I'm pretty sure there are no other universities that have mandatory, easy, pass/fail courses because "health sci students can't handle the workload".
  13. I agree that most of the stuff against BHSc is indeed unfounded, but a lot of it is grounded in truth. Having been through the program myself, I can certainly empathize with those who think that this program is "a blight on the academic integrity of the whole undergraduate system in Ontario" (lol). I'm going to present some facts: 1) Third year space med -- virtually everybody gets as 12 in that course. This weekly 3-hour course consists of weekly presentations that you prepare and present IN CLASS. There is an essay worth 100% of your mark at the end of the term. So throughout the term, you show up for your weekly 3-hour session, prepare and present your presentation. Except for the essay at the end of the term, there is no studying, no evaluations, no preparation or readings for anything. Everybody I've talked to who has taken the course has gotten an A+. 2) Global health ELE -- the global health specialization has a 5-credit course in third year, where you go on an exchange for four months. This course is "A+ or fail". Virtually everybody gets an A+ for this 5-credit course. That's a whole half-year of A+'s. So you go on the exchange, you work hard, and you get five A+'s on your transcript. Note: until recently, I think two years ago, this course has been completely revamped and they no longer give A+'s to everyone, but a lot of the people who have been through the global health specialization has taken this 5-credit course, which may explain why their grades are so high. 3) Second year habits -- a mandatory pass/fail course for main stream health sciences students, which consists of meditation, yoga, and dancing. To be fair, many people say that this is a really useful course and I'm sure it has certainly helped students with stress management, but is there any other program in Ontario where you would find this type of mandatory pass/fail course? If, let's say a student at UofT or Western, wants to take something like this to lessen their workload, would they be able to? So, those who defend the program, what do you have to say about this?
  14. Shameless bum-- first year med student who may be interested in neurology, and want to get a bit more up to date input/advice for neurology. How's the job market/competitiveness of neurology these days?
  15. Hey guys, So I'm a first year medical student, and I'm really interested in learning French to the point that in the future, I'm able to practice in French. I go to UOttawa and I'm currently taking a French course there, but it's only once a week and I'm barely learning anything... I was wondering if anyone knows of any French immersion opportunities that I can pursue (perhaps in the summer). I know there's this program called Explore, but I think it's geared towards high school/undergrad students. Thanks in advance
  16. Haha, I use Facebook every day. I got Twitter in second year and has been tweeting every since! I find Facebook helpful; my program has a Facebook group and there's tons of helpful things on there. I also use Facebook chat to regularly communicate with classmates about group projects, meetings, etc. My clubs also have private groups and we regularly communicate through that as well. Facebook 10/10, don't know what I would do without it. As for getting a dry erase board... do whatever works for you. For me, I just have a note application on my mac and I literally just make a "to do list" and keep putting things on it when assignments are assigned, when I have group meetings, and remove things when they're submitted, finished, etc. I know other people use Google calendar and I tried it, but it seemed too complicated and fussy, ha. You just have to figure out what works for you. I think I'm a pretty efficient guy myself, and personally, I would hate my life if I had to count hours. I hate thinking in terms of "how many hours it takes to complete this particular task" and micro-managing my time in that way. I just look at my to-do list and finish things from most urgent to least urgent, or if they're all not too urgent, I just do whatever I liked doing first. In general, I feel like everyone does this differently. Part of University is finding a study/time management technique that works for you, and stick with it. There is no 'right' answer.
  17. Mostly due to the fact that they wanted everyone on an even-level playing field. Those with a Master's/PhD usually have multiple publications under the belt, more activities to put down, have more life experiences... I think if they specifically say that they want /only/ undergrad experiences, there might be a chance that they completely disregard all your post-grad experiences. Not sure if you should risk it.
  18. I think it's important for applicants to have that choice, but realistically, most people don't get to choose between two or more medical schools.
  19. It really depends on what program you're going into, and the elective space you will potentially have in the next few years. Also, where are you hoping to apply to? If you're applying to the States, you'd need a full year of physics, and a full year of English for UBC. Make sure you also have orgo, chem, and biochem courses under your belt too. If you're going into a bio-related program, getting those prereqs shouldn't be hard. I think you should take courses you'll enjoy. When I was in undergrad, I liked math, and so I got a math minor. I did quite well in those courses and I enjoyed every minute of it.
  20. I have a rMBP 13". Once you go retina, you can't go back... everything just looks pixellated.
  21. Hospital volunteering 3 years, 2 club exec positions, two research positions, two prestigious research awards, one 2nd-author pub and another poster publication, long-distance running, two TA positions.
  22. It's certainly crazy how, more than 12 years ago, people were complaining about how their tuition was $13k. D:
  23. It's a black box at Queen's. They don't publish any of their admissions cutoffs at all. For the record, I had a balanced 33 (similar to your score), 3.95+ cGPA and didn't get an interview. :/
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