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  1. Congratulations to everyone who's been given an offer to McMaster and best of luck to those on the wait list! And if you weren't given an offer this year DON'T GIVE UP If you've been given an offer, come join our official Class of 2019 Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/977367072371009/ There's a ton of useful information from upper years who are there to answer your questions. It'll also be extremely helpful in finding a roommate if need be! See you all in August!
  2. It's just to keep it a surprise for those interviewing so that they can experience it for the first time there. It should be posted soon after Sunday as that's the last day of interviews!
  3. At McMaster you need "Satisfactory" on your final evaluation to pass, based on a scale of Satisfactory / Borderline Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory. I think if you get borderline satisfactory they will review the reasons why and they may pass you or have you redo some stuff. 1) Memorial: Pass Outstanding/Pass/Fail 2) Dalhousie: Pass/Fail 3) Laval : Letter grades (A+,A,A-,B+,B,B-, etc) with GPA (4.33) 4) Sherbrooke : Letter grades (A+,A,A-,B+,B,B-, etc) with GPA (4.3) 5) Montreal : Letter grades (A+,A,A-,B+,B,B-, etc) with GPA (4.3) 6) McGill : Pass/Fail 7) Ottawa : Pass/Fail (60% is pass) 8) Queen's : Pass/Fail 9) U of T : Pass/Fail (70% is pass) 10) McMaster : Pass/Fail ("Satisfactory" is pass) 11) Western : Pass/Fail 12) Northern : Pass/Fail (75% is pass) 13) Manitoba: Pass/Fail 14) Saskatchewan: Pass/Fail 15) Alberta : Pass/Fail 16) Calgary : Pass/Fail 17) UBC : Pass/Fail
  4. I don't remember having to upload proof of citizenship when I applied last year, so rest easy!
  5. Most expensive only because you're paying for 3 semesters rather than 2, as with most schools. Without the 3rd semester it'd be ~19k, which is lower than most med schools
  6. It sounds a lot like McMaster's current curriculum actually, with its case-based tutorial learning, few large group lectures, "frequent lower stakes evaluations", and earlier exposure to patients through electives.
  7. Will it be brighter? Darker? Highlighter purple maybe?
  8. Haha no problem! Happy I could help! What I mean by that it's not the worst course you'll take is that no course in 4th year is as bad as some courses you've already taken *cough*stats*cough*. Good luck in 4th year!
  9. Nope. Doesn't matter which one you take as long as it satisfies the subject requirements. However, it wouldn't be a bad idea to call and check wit Ottawa just in case.
  10. On the bright side, it won't be the worst course that you take. I just didn't find it that great. Getting an 80+ is absolutely possible and probably won't even be too difficult. 90+ is probably doable as well, but you'll need to put in more effort. It was particularly bad because the course got busy right during interview time I would definitely recommend you do it in the semester that you don't have the other med sci courses. Those two courses also have quite a few assignments (1 a week between them).
  11. Yeah, I took med sci 4200 (inflammation in diseases) in 4th year as well. It's not a bad course, but I didn't really enjoy the class very much, unfortunately. It's unique in that all the lectures are posted online prior to class and you have to watch and take notes on them before to coming to class. Class itself is pretty fun for the most part because you're just doing cased based activities and group-based activities about what you learned in the online module. Everything that's testable is in the online lectures so class is coming to class would actually be pretty useless except for the prof has pop quizzes randomly so almost nobody actually skips the class. The reason that I didn't really enjoy that course was that I found that the material tested was really dry (especially the final) since a lot of the time it felt like it was just random memorization of minutia. Another thing was that this course has a lot of individual and group projects, in addition to the midterm and final, that could be quite time consuming (I think there was something like 3 essays and 2 presentations). Some of the online lectures, which you have to do prior to each class, also took a long time (3-4 hours) to take notes for, which adds up when you have to do it every week. Overall, if you really need another science credit I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to avoid it, but if there's another course you can take I'd look closely at the that one before choosing this med sci 4200. I also didn't take phys 3120 but took pharm 3620 and really enjoyed it, which is why I took med sci 4200 and so many pharm courses in 4th year. Also remember that these are just one person's opinions of the courses and doesn't necessarily reflect how you'll find the course. Let me know if there's anything else I can help with!
  12. Just to add to the conversation, I would personally drop physiology and take pharm. I took 3rd year pharm without physiology and didn't find it too difficult. The physiology final has 50% more material than pharm since classes are held 3x per week rather than 2x for pharm
  13. Hey! I just graduated from Western med sci so I've just recently taken a number of these courses and heard about some others so I would be happy to give you some insight into of them: Clinical Pharm 4350A: - I didn't take this course personally, but I've heard good things about it. It can be hard to get into if you're not in HSP pharm because they get priority and it tends to fill up fast. Tirona is a great prof, as you should know if you've taken Pharm 3260! Human Tox 4660A: - Urquhart is quite possibly the best professor I had in undergrad. He genuinely cares about how his students do in his class, has super clear lectures, and very fair exams. I would honestly take any course that he taught. This course itself is actually a team-taught course so you have a few lecturers throughout the term. The first lecture covers toxicokinetics (i.e. the ADME processes) and some basics of toxicology. Following this lecture, you learn about toxicology of various systems (e.g. kidney, liver, maternal-fetal, non-organ, endocrine and chemical carcinogenesis) and you also cover do a few lectures in environmental toxicology, pharmacogenetics, and forensic toxicology. - Evaluation-wise, there is a midterm (40%), a short essay (10%), and a final (50%; it was originally cumulative, but after students asked he Urquhart changed it to non-cumulative). The midterm and final are short and long answer questions, but were both very very fair exams (if you studied well you'll know the answers!). In addition to the material presented in lecture, there is also a scientific paper you're expected to read after each lecture that's also testable. The questions from the papers are pretty straightforward but you must read the paper to know the answer. - This course also tends to fill up quickly, so it can be difficult to get a spot - It was one of my favourite undergrad courses so I'd definitely recommend this course. There is however a lot of material to know for the exams. Cancer Chemo 4360 (Battacharya) - I took this course 2nd term in 4th year and found the (two) profs to be very good towards students and at teaching the material. I know a number of people that really enjoyed the course, but I found that I didn't really enjoy the material as much as I expected going in to it. The course itself is much much more (basically all of it) about the receptors and the signalling pathways involved in cancer chemotherapy than the actual pharmacology of chemotherapeutic drugs, which I didn't really enjoy. The material itself isn't very difficult though and with no midterm (instead you have in-class quizzes every few weeks) it frees up some time for other classes. - The final is quite long, since it's cumulative and is a mixture of MC, short, and long answers. I didn't find it the easiest exam, but did much better than I expected on it. The one thing that I should about the final is that during the year they keep saying the drug names aren't "too important" but some questions will ask you to describe random drugs that they mention in some detail (e.g. what it's used to treat and it's molecular target). Natural sourced medicine (4430B) - Didn't take this course, but I've briefly heard that it's not bad. I didn't take it because I've heard previously that the prof is a bit hard to understand. Drugs of Abuse 4370 (Chidiac) - Dr. Chidiac is a great prof in that he has very clear lectures (and lecture slides) and is also a really laid-back guy (not lazy, just really chill lol). He's not the most engaging speaker, but he cares about his students and is very flexible with some deadlines and missing classes (e.g. med interviews). I enjoyed the course for the most part, particularly because it doesn't focus as much on the details of individual drugs but rather focuses on the mechanisms of action of drug classes and families. However, it was also the course that I did the worst on mainly because of its evaluation scheme. The midterm is worth 25%, the final is worth 40% but there is also a presentation (25%) and participation (10%) component that are worth a significant amount of your mark. I tend to do better on exams than in presentations and participation so those components definitely dragged my mark down quite a bit. The layout of the course is that for the 1st hour of each lecture (starting with the 3rd or 4th lecture) are student presentations on an assigned topic, while the 2nd hour is a lecture by Dr. Chidiac. The midterm covers only material from Chidiac's lectures while the final is non-cumulative but covers all the student presentations and Chidiac's material from the 2nd half of the course. Because of the number of student presentations that there are, the final ends up covering quite a bit of material, but thankfully his questions on the student material is very straightforward and the material tested from his lectures is very fair. I think this is a course where getting above 80% is not difficult but getting 90%+ would be very difficult. The material itself covers the pharmacology of CNS depressants, CNS stimulants, opioids, perception-altering drugs, and also covers tolerance, withdrawal, and addiction. I really enjoyed the topics covered and found that it was very easy to understand. This is another one of those courses where it can be hard to get a spot in without priority. Hope this helps (and sorry for the gradual transition into a wall of text)!
  14. Hey Quokka, I know how tough it is to be on the waitlist and I'm not surprised that you compiled all those numbers (I know I would have!) But you should remember that more people will post about getting off the waitlist than being on the waitlist so those numbers are definitely not representative of actual waitlist movement. McMaster seems to be going pretty deep into their waitlist so keep hoping for the best! Good luck, I'm rooting for you to get in (especially since quokkas are just about the cutest animal on Earth)!
  15. Accepted off Wait List to Hamilton campus on May 27th cGPA: 3.98 VR Score: 11 How you felt CASPER went: Hard to say. Geography : IP Current year: 4th year Interview: Came out of the interview thinking it went great. But the more I thought about it, the worse I thought I did. In reality though, I probably had a couple good stations, ~1 bad one, and the rest were pretty average.
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