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  1. Windsor and other regional campuses can be at a disadvantage for the highly competitive specialties as well as the very niche tertiary specialties, it doesn't sink your chances but it could make it harder to match to your top choice or to match in general. However, most people don't end up wanting these specialties anyways so it really doesn't end up being a huge deal. However in your case, to me, distance to family and friends, cost of attendance, access to support are all huge factors and that would lead me to recommend you choosing the other school.
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    Probably 127 would be fine assuming your CASPer is strong.
  3. If you ask me, the road is tough and stressful if you end up being interested in a specialty that either has long work hours or is very competitive to get in. If you feel like you can be happy with family medicine, psych, peds or path, then i wouldn't sweat it.
  4. I've never heard of it being done but i'm sure if you have family reasons that were unforeseen it could be done. May be possible in certain circumstances though at certain schools.
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    First Aid, Pathoma

    I found Pathoma knowledge was relevant to internal medicine rotations, but Step 2 CK was more relevant for all rotations.
  6. What kind of job is this? Did you feel you did your best on your MCAT? If you felt like you did your best, you might not be able to improve your score much. You should weigh that in your decision making. If you winged it the first time around and feel like with enough time you can really improve your scores enough to meet cutoffs for at least one other university then it depends on what job this is. If its a job at McDonalds and you aren't desperate for the money, you should focus on the MCAT, but if you have a job with Goldman Sachs and you are seriously considering investment banking, then... the story is different.
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    Enrichment Year

    There is the HRM Masters degree at Mac and there may be others. I would enquire from the MD office either now or once you start school in August.
  8. I actually somewhat agree with this, but what I actually recommend is doing both. There really is no such thing as being "too competitive", the more boxes you tick the better. At Mac, you would definitely have the time in preclerkship to do both, again the research doesn't have to be ground breaking, the very act of doing research introduces you to evidence etc. which is the main takeaway. Doing research for staff helps their careers a lot as well, which is why it is a great way to build connections and match.
  9. In a few specialties, i think research does play a pretty significant role (you can get a sense of which ones they are since they publish more often than other specialties do). I do think though in most it is just a checkmark though. I agree wholeheartedly with the above. I feel like most ECs (except for the really big and accomplished ones) aren't necessarily useful apart from demonstrating that you keep yourself busy and can handle a challenging workload.
  10. It won't count as a horizontal. It is just something you do on the side. Generally yes, do research in your specialty of interest. Research is a great way to gain mentors. If you are interested in a specialty, letting the staff in that specialty know early on demonstrates interest. If you do a good job, they can often help introduce you to the PD and write a strong letter for you as well, especially if you arrange an elective with them once clerkship starts.
  11. Choose the right specialty haha..
  12. McMaster students do have time to do research, you just need to find a PI. You usually do clinical research and many staff have projects that need medical students to take part in, you just have to ask.
  13. I used M.D. Candidate and had a signature for my work email. Honestly, do whatever makes you feel happy, i see M.D. Candidate more often though.
  14. During your pre-clinical years, life is mostly like undergrad. You go to class, you have tests and you shadow/research/ECs for the rest of your time. During your clinical years, life is mostly like work, you show up on time, you go to your classes when you have them, you write tests and you generally have less time to do research/ECs/shadowing. I spent a lot less time studying during my clinical years, it isn't ideal truthfully, but depending on your clerkship experience, you may have less time to study. Generally speaking you study less during clerkship.
  15. In that case, definitely do medical school in the UK. I'm not sure if the A101 programs fall under UCAS or not. In UCAS, you can only apply to 4 medical schools. If they don't fall within UCAS, then definitely apply to them since you don't lose out. If they do, then I would only consider applying to one or two of those programs and apply to a few A100 programs. The A101 programs are supposed to be more competitive than the A100 programs but you shouldn't give up just because of that, otherwise you will never know if you could have gotten in.
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    Back at square one...

    Why don't you consider a one year Masters? There are a few out there both in Canada and outside of Canada.
  17. Make sure to go through each website carefully because details change overtime. Eligibility is crucial and it changes depending on the school and the program. I would apply to A101 and A100 programs at places you want to go. You will probably have to write different exams for different schools. These exams include the UKCAT, BMAT and MCAT in some cases. I wouldn't write the MCAT just for the UK, only if you've already written it. More importantly, why are you going to the UK? Is it because you can't get into medical school in North America? Keep in mind if you do go to the UK, you will have trouble coming back, only about 50-60% of UK medical grads are able to come back and not in any specialty or location they want. You can stay in the UK if you go, but you should probably research the UK medical system as it isn't as desirable a workplace as Canada.
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    Enrichment Year

    Yes, you can do a Masters with your enrichment year. The enrichment year is what you make of it. I know people who took them who have done well in the match and those who have not, but as a general rule people do match to their top choices. With that being said, i don't believe that you need an enrichment year to match well either. The people who took an enrichment year did so for either personal or research/career reasons, no one did it because they felt like it would help them match.
  19. The specialties you are interested in aren't so competitive that you need to be gunning this early since you are going to a 4 year school. Your GPA from UG doesn't count for residency apps generally (not like it matters anymore since your GPA is set in stone). Enjoy your summer!
  20. I think you should do the 6 years, apply to Dal and then Dal and Western the following year. If things do not work out then, I would consider the Caribbean at that point. How is your MCAT? If you work hard enough at Ross, you can match to the US, it may not be a competitive specialty, but you may not even be interested in a competitive specialty either. Either way, you still have time. I do agree that the US would be nearly impossible.
  21. Netter's is a great atlas, Gray's Anatomy for Students isn't bad either for anatomy. I used BRS physiology but that is more of a condensed version, i don't know what a good physiology textbook would be though.
  22. There is one lecture that quickly goes over a bit of basic anatomy physiology. Generally, there usually are a few physiology lectures after that, a couple of clinical lectures (pathophys + clinically oriented) etc. There aren't any dedicated anatomy, microbiology lectures. We usually get a radiology lecture but no pathology (i.e. looking at slides or learning about various stains) kind of lectures. LGS at Mac aren't where the bulk of the learning is done, we don't get many lectures a week, some weeks as little as 3 hours some as much as 6. There are online lectures that cover more topics on medportal (the elearning system). i.e. - you aren't going to learn what india ink stain does (cryptococcus neoformans), which is something that is on the Step 1 but is not clinical relevant at all.
  23. A lot of people talk about writing it in first year, probably on the order of 10-25 people. It isn't very common for med students to write the Step 1 though, usually only a few people a year actually write it. It is hard to write the Step 1 coming from a 3 year program, especially one that doesn't teach basic sciences at all. If you want to prepare for McMaster, I would recommend an anatomy textbook. Anatomy is one of those subjects that you don't really need any background to learn, but once you know it, it helps you orient you to the physiology and pathology you do learn in medical school. It is also a subject area which McMaster doesn't prepare you as well in. If you already did anatomy and want to prep, I would recommend getting First Aid Step 1. The reason is just to give you an idea of what material US med students are studying. UWorld is far too advanced for someone who hasn't done medical school. Pathoma might be useful or Sketchy or anything you find yourself interested in. A lot of what is the best resource depends on what your background is and your learning style. It is difficult to recommend any one resource for all comers. If you are going to McMaster and have your sights set on a competitive specialty or you just want to excel/be extra competitive, then you should do some prep during your summer. My reasoning is, your summer is pretty long and spending some time pre-reading will make your time in medical school easier. It isn't for everyone though, if you are a work hard play hard type or you aren't trying to gun for a competitive specialty/location then enjoy your summer!
  24. Do not do that. Do not do that. Do not do that. If you want to spend time on something productive, start by going through an anatomy or physiology textbook. If you already have a strong background in that, consider cracking open a medical textbook. Volunteering doesn't help on CaRMS unless it is something unique and interesting.
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