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  1. Hello, I have a few questions about radiology residency for anyone interested in replying! I've just started my first year of med at McGill, and have begun to be quite interested by the field or radiology. Even though we're only a few months into the program, there's already been quite a wealth of information for those interested in other specialties, but I'm finding info on radiology a bit more difficult to come by. For one, there don't appear to be any 'interest groups' for rads, like there are for a lot of other specialties at McGill (family, emergency, to name a few). Also, we've had guest speakers in virtually all other specialties except for radiology -- for whatever reason that may be. And whenever I ask a classmate about what they know, perhaps not surprisingly, I get conflicting information. Anyhow, my questions are: **EDIT** Found Kirsteen's great Q & A post, which answered most of my questions. I only really have one left -- (1) How competitive is radiology today? I've looked through the CaRMS numbers, but they're a little hard to decipher. Thanks in advance for your help!
  2. If your school's max grade is an A, all of your As will be considered 4.0s by OMSAS. Schools that have A+ scales don't consider an A+ to be a 4.0 - they count them as 4.3 - and so all of their students' GPAs are based on 4.3. The conversion table exists to convert those 4.3 GPAs to OMSAS's 4.0 scale.
  3. I'm a Quebec resident who recently finished my dietetics undergrad at McGill (after two years in engineering). My cGPA was 3.5 for all 5 years, and 3.78 for my dietetics undergrad. My MCAT scores were: Physical Sciences: 11 Verbal: 11 Biological Sciences: 13 Written Sample: S Applied: McGill, Queen's, Western, U of T, Mac, Ottawa Rejected: U of T, Mac, Ottawa Accepted: McGill, Queen's Waitlisted: Western Of all the schools I applied to, I'd like to attend McGill as my first choice. This was my first time applying.
  4. University of Western Ontario Medical School (83 Viewing)
  5. My OMSAS overall GPA was 3.5-ish (including two years of engineering courses); 3.78 for my most recent degree, and probably mid-3.8s for my best two years. PS 11 / VR 11 / BS 13 / WS S Extracurricular activities: Interprofessional health student group, student government, intramural sports, volunteer @ fair-trade store, summer NSERC research, and lots of first-hand experience in hospitals and the community thanks to my undergrad and recent work experience as an RD. I was accepted, but will be declining my spot to take advantage of McGill's cheaper tuition
  6. Accepted! Email sent at 9:02 this morning.
  7. The OMSAS instruction manual says to list all activities done since the age of 16.
  8. I bought the ExamKrackers Verbal Reasoning practice book - it has loads of practice questions, which are arguably more difficult than those on the real exam. Closer to the actual day of the exam, I also highly recommend the practice MCATs on e-mcat.com
  9. I certainly realize the difference, although my post didn't make that clear. Thanks for the article -- it seems to be a common topic this week: CBC had one on med student debt on Monday as well.
  10. For the record, I met with an advisor from MD Management last night; he told me that family doctors in Ontario can make up to $250-300k/year. Plus, it's the specialty with the (or one of the) fastest-rising compensation rates.
  11. This exists - it's called the CFL: the average salary's about $40-45k. Most of the non-star/first-line players have other jobs during the off-season!
  12. This is very simplistic reasoning, Wolvenstar. Not everyone goes through university under the same set of circumstances, and you most certainly can't automatically equate GPA with intelligence. For the hypothetical lives-at-home-with-his-parents student who has all of his school and life expenses paid for, it's very easy to think that if your marks aren't high enough, you just ain't smart enough. This same student must not forget that there are plenty of less-fortunate individuals out there who have to bust their arse 30 hours a week at some crummy part-time job to pay their way through school all while maintaining the minimum 15 credits per semester in order just to have their application considered. Their 3.6 GPA is far more impressive than this brat's 3.9. (Don't get me wrong - I'm a spoiled suburb kid with decent grades.) And that's just one example. There are plenty of people who didn't know they wanted to be a doctor until after a few years of university, and whose GPA isn't as high as someone who's had their mind made up since day one. People with high GPAs are usually quite intelligent. The converse, however, most certainly is not always true. Please try not to make such sweeping generalizations about people based on single, solitary criterion.
  13. Hi Sergie, I plan on living in the West Island for at least the first two years of med school (if not all four); I've been assured by current students that this is indeed possible. Rent tends to be slightly less and apartment sizes tend to be a bit larger (at least where I'm looking), and after having lived in both the suburbs and in downtown Montreal, I prefer the suburbs. I plan on taking the McGill shuttle bus to and from campus most days, and the 211/221 on days where I have to stay late. It'll probably take 60-90 minutes each way, depending on the time of day.
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