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  1. Frederick Sanger

    Updates?

    As far as I can tell, the process is subjective and based on their discretion they contact people to verify. You have no reason to be worried because the number of verifiers being contacted is not necessarily correlated with a higher chance of acceptance. I think some of my activities had 500+ hours, so I think it makes sense for them to be contacted, so they are sure that those hours are true. I believe the medical education is considered 'undergrad' correct? I am an undergraduate applicant. Don't be worried. It will all work out.
  2. Hi prospective applicants/future colleagues! Are any of you interested in doing some early MMI prep over the weekends and form a group before the interview results come out in December? If so, please send me a message and we can organize a group for people who live in Toronto and have applied to UBC or other Canadian med schools.
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    CASPer done...thoughts?

    I had around 400-500 words for each prompt. So roughly that number divided by three. Overall, I think elucidating your thought process and line of reasoning will be important. Using key words like 'understand', 'analyze', 'evaluate', 'consider' should be accompanied with your line of thought and reasoning. I felt good about my CASPer which I wrote on Oct 23rd and did not run out of time for any of the twelve sections. For McMaster, the CASPer matters so much because if you look at the admission stats, people with lower GPA's of 3.0+ and CARS of 125+ managed to secure acceptance and interviews showing that a strong performance on CASPER is required for interview and acceptance. Good luck.
  4. Frederick Sanger

    Community service reference?

    I would advise you to read this: Source: https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/files/2012/11/References-Guide-2012-2013.pdf
  5. Frederick Sanger

    Updates?

    So far for, I am consciously aware of 5 of my verifiers being contacted-- Not sure about the rest. It is always helpful to send them a quick email to check-in with them. Good-luck.
  6. Frederick Sanger

    UBC vs McGill Medical School

    Hi Victor Lin, I applied to both schools (just submitted McGill's apps over the weekend actually). Both are great schools in my humble opinion and if you objectively look at the Maclean's ranking they consistently rank as the top 3 schools in the country. I hope that you got a chance to apply to both to maximize your chances as the considerations you are asking about will only become important if you are granted acceptance at both institutions in which case consulting with current students would be the best idea. As for myself, I applied to UBC'sMD and McGill's MDCM/PhD.
  7. Frederick Sanger

    Applying tonight

    As long as you submitted everything it should be fine. The supporting documents are everything that is listed on Minerva. They explicitly say in the e-mail that:
  8. Frederick Sanger

    Incomplete Application email

    I got the email too, but I am wondering as to whether the letter of recs are what I am missing as incomplete. Does anyone know what to do? I sent them a polite email making sure they have submitted my recommendation. Anything else that can be done?
  9. Frederick Sanger

    Academic History Workbook

    I am a Canadian Citizen (non-Quebec resident) applying to McGill's MD/ Ph.D. program. But when I look at Minerva, I do not see any option for me to upload anything to the "Med Admissions Acad Workbook". I have uploaded my transcripts and every other supporting documentation requested. Should I be worried? It does mention on their website that: But, I am not an international medical graduate applicant, just by virtue of studying in the US. Any thoughts?
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    Provinces and Athabasca Uni

    I have contact UBC, U of T and McGill. I specifically asked about Athabasca. They all mentioned that they would accept it as an accredited Canadian institution just like everywhere else. They do not give preference to the program of study, where it is from and how long it takes to complete either. The rest of the schools, I am unsure.
  11. Frederick Sanger

    Chances

    Your AQ should be hovering about a 25 -/+ 2-3 points for correction. This is not official but my guess by using last year's formula. If you can list your EC's I can try to estimate it with a longer SD for point correction. I am just an applicant myself, but happy to take a look.
  12. Frederick Sanger

    Doing a PhD during neurosurgical residency

    This was simply brilliant. Thank you very much.
  13. I cam across this recently: http://md.utoronto.ca/news/admissions-blog-upgrading-your-gpa?platform=hootsuite What caught my eye was: Another option for applicants who do not meet our GPA requirements is to enroll in a second degree. If there is a significant difference between the GPA of your two degrees, you may apply for special consideration to be assessed on only one of your degrees, as part of the Academic Explanations Essay. The essay will be reviewed by the admissions committee, and no decision on how your application was assessed will be released to you. Does anyone know much about the validity of it? I mean, I know it's a silly question because it is on their website so it must be true, but does anyone know of anyone that had this happen to them? I am a recent graduate at a top 3 US school and I am thinking of taking a second degree in psychology through Athabasca to fulfill the GPA requirements.Any information can help!
  14. I was going through a list of information online about the advantages/ disadvantages of pursuing a PhD if you are dead certain about entering the field of academic neurosurgery. A curious trend I observed is that, it is possible to receive a PhD in neurosurgery while doing your residency. One of the big examples I can think of is Dr Michael G. Fehlings who is the Krembil Chair in Neural Repair & Regeneration at U of T. More info: http://neurosurgery.utoronto.ca/faculty/list/fehlings.htm How would one compare/ contrast this with the more traditional MD/PhD curriculum in terms of duration of the program? I ask this because I am wondering if a post-doctral fellowship ensues after a residency or if one has substantial research experience during both med, residency, and fellowship the post-doc is not mandatory? (Note: I made a similar post in the U of T med forum, but I was not sure where was most appropriate to make the post. I apologize in advance for any inconveniences.)
  15. I was going through a list of information online about the advantages/ disadvantages of pursuing a PhD if you are dead certain about entering the field of academic neurosurgery. A curious trend I observed is that, it is possible to receive a PhD in neurosurgery while doing your residency. One of the big examples I can think of is Dr Michael G. Fehlings who is the Krembil Chair in Neural Repair & Regeneration at U of T. More info: http://neurosurgery.utoronto.ca/faculty/list/fehlings.htm How would one compare/ contrast this with the more traditional MD/PhD curriculum in terms of duration of the program? I ask this because I am wondering if a post-doctral fellowship ensues after a residency or if one has substantial research experience during both med, residency, and fellowship the post-doc is not mandatory?
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