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  1. School interviewing at: Ottawa Specialty: IM Current interview date: January 29 at 16h00 Date would like to switch to: ANY earlier time on Jan 29th. Need to be in Montreal for Jan 30th AM, so any extra time to get to the airport is very much appreciated!
  2. If you have a trusted financial advisor at your current location, you can just go with them. I'm currently at UBC, but my financial advisor and all my LOC things, I set up in Ontario before I left. It hasn't been an issue dealing with stuff as pretty much everything can be done over the phone or by email. The only issue was that I am from a small town and am pretty sure they haven't dealt with many (if any) medical student LOCs before, so I had to show them what other students were getting. They were very easy to deal with though, and I got everything I wanted in the end. Just a thought!
  3. Or, we can revert back to primitive times and just let the pigeons do it. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/25/science/pigeons-detect-breast-cancer-tumors.html?_r=0
  4. Absolutely agree with this! I have no idea why NMP "is looked down upon". We have amazingly faculty here with tons of hands on time, a wonderful class, the people in the community are very happy we are here and are very willing to have us come and observe. I wouldn't want to be at any other site! I think we have many opportunities here and I have taken full advantage of them. Welcome to the North, we will definitely take care of you guys .
  5. It is a lot, they are long days. The 8 - 5 does include gross anatomy lectures and anatomy lab. We have a lecture immediately followed by lab, on Wed or Friday afternoons. It is usually once a week, especially during first semester. In second semester there is considerably less gross anatomy, but you start getting into the fun of neuroanatomy and neuroanatomy labs...
  6. I did my undergrad in biochem and although I really enjoyed it, I find physiology is (obviously) much more relevant to medicine. Biochemistry is good for explaining the nitty gritty details, but often lectures don't go into that level of detail (or if they do they very much gloss over it). I also second this --> Also, a general trend everywhere is that biochemistry tends to be a harder program. I'm not sure about Mac, but in my program we had very little electives. Our program was essentially mapped out for us and I had the enjoyment of having to take 3 years of organic chemistry (*insert sarcasm here*). Overall, I would say take what you most enjoy, but for relevance, go with physiology (also, add some anatomy if you can, I wish I had a more solid foundation in that!)
  7. I'll take a stab at answering your questions. What does an average week in first year look like (including time spent studying)? We have class from 8 - 5 pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. From 8 - 10 am we have "case-based learning" where we are in small groups (about 8 people) with a tutor. We go through a case and learn along the way. We then have lecture based class for the rest of the day. Usually Wednesday afternoons are anatomy days and Friday afternoons are histology days, but this can change. Tuesdays and Thursdays are either clinical skills or family practice placement/family practice seminars. These are for half days. The other half of the day is for study time. I find it hard to study after doing full days of classes (M, W, F) so I usually don't study in the evenings on those days. I try to study Tuesdays and Thursdays and I personally spend almost all weekend studying (mostly catch up). How's the social/student life? Is there a fun community atmosphere? I believe it is what you make of it. There are always tons of things to do. The hard thing is finding the right balance between studying and socializing. There is definitely a fun community atmosphere, there is a Facebook group where events are constantly being posted. You will not lack for social events. In general, how well do you feel supported by the faculty and administration? Are they really receptive to feedback and willing to go the extra mile to accommodate? I think because the curriculum is so new (we are the second year of it), the faulty and administration are quite open to feedback. We constantly receive forms to fill out, or can report any feedback we have to our student council. They are in constant communication with faculty. Of course things don't change over night, and there are a lot of growing pains with the curriculum (in my opinion) but I do feel they are trying to improve it.
  8. I highly recommend Muskoka! It is about 2 hours north of the GTA and is < 90,000 population. I believe they are affiliated with NOSM. Beautiful area.
  9. This was an issue that confused me, and I am by no means sure of this answer, but this is what I have figured out. From McGill's website they state this: The Minister of Health and Social Services of Quebec requires Canadians from other provinces or territories and foreign nationals holding a study permit who wish to register for medical school in Quebec to sign a contract in order to register in a medical training program in Quebec. If you are granted an offer of admission, your registration will be conditional upon your agreeing to the terms of the contract, which stipulates that if you choose to stay in Quebec to practice there is a return-of-service clause or a fine. So my understanding is - if you attend medical school in Quebec but you are a non-Quebec resident, and you stay afterwards to do a residency, then you must sign a return of service contract. What I'm not sure about is if you did medical school in a non-Quebec school and you are a Canadian resident if you also have to sign a return of service? Sorry I can't be of much more help.
  10. Hopefulgirl123, I completely understand your worry post-interview. I believe that is very much expected and is all part of the process. I know this is extremely difficult to do, but try not to dwell and stew over your interview. What is done is done and all you can do now is wait until May. I was in your shoes last year and would roller coaster through days of confidence that my interview went well, to days of feeling as though I had screwed up every single station. In addition to UBC, I also interviewed at NOSM. I interviewed for 3 years at NOSM and after every interview I walked out feeling good about it. I was not accepted at NOSM. For UBC, I felt my interview was OK but as mentioned above would switch being feeling quite good to feeling quite bad. I guess the answer I want to give you is this - I think we are bad judges of our own performance. If you think the interviewer was trying to gauge how much depth your answers went into, but in reality they were gauging if you stuck to your guns and continued on in the face of questioning, you won't be able to assess yourself correctly for that station. This isn't a typical test where you usually know if you have the right answer or not (i.e. maybe after an undergrad multiple choice midterm). Interviews are a black box and nobody (save for the admissions committee themselves) know exactly what the interviewers are looking for. I found the period between interviews and May one of the most difficult waiting periods because I kept over analyzing my answers. Remember, it is a high stress environment and what you remember doing might not even be an accurate picture of what you actually did. I wish I could give you more comfort, but if you want to talk further feel free to send me a PM. Good luck!
  11. If you are accepted you will need to physically send in a hard copy of your transcript with completed courses and marks (I believe the deadline was around June 1st?). At least that was the case last year, not sure if they have changed it for this year?
  12. That might be a bit of an exaggeration ... https://www.cma.ca/Assets/assets-library/document/en/advocacy/36-Chart-AvgHrsXSex.pdf
  13. Also, just for you to be aware (in case you didn't already know), to be a NTP candidate you must be a Quebec resident. You can't be an OOP NTP candidate.
  14. Check out UBC - Having a conferred PhD gives you a big boost. If it weren't for that, I wouldn't have gotten in. My undergrad GPA is only slightly higher than yours - 3.2.
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