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  1. Anatomical Pathology: Memorial, McMaster, Ottawa, Alberta, Calgary, Toronto, Western, Queen's, McGill, Montréal Anesthesiology: NOSM, Ottawa, Sherbrooke, Western, Dalhousie, Queen's Cardiac Surgery: Montréal, UBC Dermatology: Edmonton, Calgary Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatchewan, Dalhousie, MUN, McGill, Queen's, Calgary, Manitoba, Western, McMaster Emergency Medicine: Queen's, Calgary Family Medicine: Laval, Sherbrooke, Montreal, Western, McGill (Montréal, Châteauguay, Gatineau), Toronto, Alberta (Urban, Rural), Dalhousie, Queens, Edmonton General Surgery: McGill, Sherbrooke Internal Medicine: Laval Laboratory Medicine: Medical Biochemistry: Medical Genetics: Calgary, UBC, Manitoba Neurology: Manitoba, Western, McGill, Ottawa, Dalhousie, UBC, Calgary Neurology - Pediatric: McMaster, McGill, Ottawa Neuropathology: Neurosurgery: Western, UBC, McGill Obstetrics and Gynecology: Memorial, Manitoba, Toronto, Calgary, Western, Ottawa, Alberta, UBC, Saskatchewan, Dalhousie Ophthalmology: UBC, Manitoba, Orthopedic Surgery: Manitoba, Calgary, Edmonton Otolaryngology: Edmonton Pediatrics: U of T, Calgary, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, McGill Plastic Surgery: McMaster, Manitoba PM&R: Calgary, Alberta, Western, Queens, Ottawa, UBC, Dalhousie, Ottawa, Toronto Psychiatry: McMaster, Memorial, Western, Manitoba, Dalhousie, McGill, Sherbrooke, Queen's, UBC Public Health: Sherbrooke, NOSM, U of S, Queens, Manitoba, Radiation Oncology: Queen's, Toronto, McGill Urology: Dalhousie Vascular Surgery: Toronto, UBC
  2. My sense is that if you're scoring that well on interviews, the MCAT is not the reason you're not being accepted. From prior discussions, I have classmates who previously were rejected despite above average interviews, only to learn that perhaps their reference letter choices were not adequate. Reference letters won't get you in, but they can certainly harm the process. Be confident and sure that your referees are indeed writing you strong letters. Good luck.
  3. I said this to the group last year, and I'll say it again: Anyone can formulate a perfect answer in hindsight with unlimited time. It's not fair to judge your answers within 7 minutes and under stress, to what you 'could/should' have said now that you've had days to think about it. Also, interviewers are well aware that you're nervous. It'd almost be strange if you weren't. I know it's easier said than done, but try not to over-stress. And best of luck.
  4. Put it this way: you've had multiple weeks now to dissect and criticize your responses. The interviewers had only 9 minutes (if you count the 2 minute reading period). Realistically, you can take any answer and criticize it if you had an ample amount of time. If you felt alright after your session, that's great. Try to relax everyone, I know it's tough. May will come sooner than you know it.
  5. I think it's in regards to your grades that you achieved in senior level courses. AKA, if you pooped the bed in 1st year, they are more likely to focus on latter years than early ones. That's my guess anyway.
  6. Because it's far from the overall picture. Sure, there are lectures that focus on details that aren't particularly useful, but we have multiple clinical lectures that allow us to think of approaches to certain situations. Rarely are we ever tested on details, but it's more along the lines of concepts that the faculty is concerned with. Those microbial life cycles - I don't recall a single detailed question from the exam. Could that lecture time have been used for better circumstances? Probably. But I don't feel as though I was shafted from learning the important aspects/complexities of parasitic infections, and what signs/symptoms I should look out for. On top of that, every week we have clinical skills sessions where we spend 3+ hours with 1-2 patients. Further, we have sessions where we go to a family practice preceptor right from the get go (some of us within 3 weeks of starting classes in 1st year). In other words, patient encounters are consistent from the very get go. So yes, that random infectious block didn't leave me with much to recall. But I can say that as a 2nd year, I'm confident that I can walk into a room, take a comprehensive history/physical (of the ones I've learned), and walk out with a differential diagnosis. This process is only intensified in 3rd year until clinical approaches to every case are essentially engrained into us. Like I said, the program isn't perfect, but no program is. There is a method to their madness, which is an aspect students will never understand to the extent that faculty members would.
  7. Unfortunately, no one can elaborate on anything given that all stations are intended to be confidential, and not to be shared on public forums.
  8. It's easy to bash a program. However, while there are many things I don't agree with in our curriculum, I also accept that they know a hell of a lot better than I do, what is justifiable to teach, and what is not. And given that UBC generally pumps out well-prepared R1s, I'd like to give them the benefit of the doubt. A family friend who works in Ontario (ironically given the discussion, at McMaster), informed me that they are always excited to have UBC students who go there for electives because relative to other medical programs, UBC and UofT clerks seem to be much better prepared/trained when 4th year comes around. In fact, she mentioned to me that they are at times, at the same level, if not more competent than their R1s. Every program can be broken down and criticized. But at the end of the day, we've been here for what, 2 years? They've been doing this a whole lot longer, and seem to be doing ok when it's all settled.
  9. All types of scenarios are game. I remember thinking that it will be filled with ethical scenarios, only to be slightly caught off guard by the numerous personal questions that they asked.
  10. What I mean by that, is that it's not like the MMIs where you can practice with friends/other people. It's hard to prepare for it, so I wouldn't spend my time worrying for something I can't prepare for. That doesn't mean it's not an important aspect of the process, or that everyone will 100% do well on it.
  11. It's honestly just a simple question that can be answered in multiple ways. It should be the least worrisome aspect of the day.
  12. The interviewer has set prompts for if/when you finish speaking. I'd say that it'd be pretty difficult to ramble on for 7 minutes without sounding repetitive. If it's a topic you're extremely passionate about, and you feel that you are adding quality with your statements, then by all means, take all of the time that you need. But there's no 'goal' in regards to how much time you should take in answering the original question. It's more about quality over quantity.
  13. Respectfully, I strongly disagree with this. This is analogous to saying something along the lines of, not everyone in the world receives equal health care, therefore we should avoid helping individuals that do. Also, many want to prepare independently. Even if they were aware of sessions designed for practice, they may forego them anyway. In fact, I never used the premed forum as a venue to practice for interviews, and I don't feel like it was unfair whatsoever.
  14. I don't think a strong knowledge of the healthcare system is required. Whatever information you need to know will be presented to you in the prompt. Just spitballing, but if it's a specific question, it may be something like 'recent statistics show that there is a low level of commitment to rural areas from graduating physicians. Discuss strategies to improve these circumstances.' Again, that wasn't a real question, but it's to make the point that you don't really need much knowledge to be able to create a response.
  15. There are definitely some advantages with respect to smaller groups and extra sessions in clinical skills, with respect to distributed sites. But realistically, you take out of it as much as you put in. If you are someone who wants to learn everything inside and out, by no means are you restricted from doing so if you're VFMP. Also, having more sessions scheduled, doesn't necessarily mean that you learn more. Some preceptors prefer to be shadowed only, and therefore your level of activity is quite low. Many students make arrangements to shadow physicians of different specialties, which is a terrific learning experience in itself. I'm 2nd year VFMP, but so far I've had the opportunity to 1st assist in surgery, do sutures, and quite a few other activities. It's all a matter of how much you want to get out of your experiences.
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