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  1. That's easy to say for people who have gotten over the hump and are on their chosen career path. I could direct you to many more hoards of people who didn't get accepted into med school, law school, grad school, etc. who would tell you that they wished they had spent a little more time studying.
  2. The perils of imprecise online communication. The "Organic Chemistry" to which I referred was the full-year introductory course that most pre-med student take, and that most students accepted into medicine will have aced, not the discipline as a whole. Thus by "mastering", I was simply referring to acing that introductory course - not achieving true mastery of the discipline as evidenced by a PhD and a distinguished research and teaching career. French grammar and vocabulary are far simpler that most of the knowledge a med student will have processed in his undergraduate studies. When I sat for the Quebec government French proficiency test, I barely had to speak the language to pass. That was in 1996; perhaps things have changed in the last couple decades.
  3. It depends what one wants to do. Millions and millions of people get through life knowing only one language. If you want to learn a second (or third, or fourth or fifth) language, it's not that hard. Millions of people manage to speak multiple languages as well. Do you want to understand, discuss and write about the nuances in Voltaire's prose? This might take a lifetime of study. Do you want to be able to talk about Les Canadiens at a pub in Hochelaga? You'll never learn this in school or from books. Do you want to learn a basic formal French to carry on basic conversations? A course or two and a bit of regular practice and you'll be on your way. To learn another language there are only two pre-requisites - desire and opportunity. In North America the opportunities to speak languages other than English are less than in Europe, so if one has the desire, one has to create the opportunities. On many university campuses there people from around the world. A common activity is to seek out native speakers of your target language and meet for coffee once or twice a week - you then combine a social event with a learning opportunity. There is no need to study the language as an academic discipline.
  4. Le gouvernement fédéral canadien est bilingue, pas le pays au complet, et non plus les provinces. Nous sommes une fédération; ceci signifie que chaque province est souveraine dans ses domains de compétence exclusives tels qu'énumérés à l'article 92 de la loi constitutionnelle. Une province a décidé de devenir officiellement bilingue, soit le Nouveau Brunswick; les autres ne le sont pas. Constitutionally, certain aspects of the nine non-bilingual provinces must be bilingual - Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba must enact provincial statutes and regulations in both languages. The Courts are to be bilingual (this doesn't mean every judge must understand both languages). The French minorities in the 8 English-only provinces, and the English minority in Quebec have a right to schools in their language "where numbers warrant". Provinces are free to extend minority language rights beyond the constitutional minimum, but they are not required to do so. Since healthcare, education and professional licensing are largely matters of exclusive provincial jurisdiction, the federal official bilingualism is largely irrelevant in the health field. That said, learning multiple languages is good for the brain and good for the soul. There is some research suggesting that it reduces the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Vive le Canada!
  5. French isn't that complicated. If you were able to master Organic Chemistry, learning French should not be a problem.
  6. If you want it, go for it. But be realistic that your chances are slim and have a backup plan if you don't get in, or even if you get in but for whatever reason cannot take 3-4 years out of your life to go to med school. Once one reaches a certain age, one cannot simply drop everything like a 22 year old student can. In my case I was accepted into McGill Medicine at age 45. Since I had my B.Sc. (Alberta 1992), my law degrees (McGill 1996), and 20 years of practice as a lawyer, I didn't exactly "start fresh"; but I had been out of school for 20 years. My first cycle, all of Calgary, McMaster and McGill rejected me pre-interview. The next year I applied only to McGill, got an interview and was then accepted off the wait-list. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I got my acceptance only 6 weeks before classes were to start. I simply was unable to settle my professional, business and financial obligations in such a short time, so I had to decline the offer. I asked for a 1 year deferral and they refused my request, and thus ended my medical career.
  7. It's hard to know what may or may not be acceptable or not to the committee. I was accepted into the "Non-traditional-pathway" programme last year after being on the waiting list. I was an older applicant (45 years old) with a career (lawyer) and a small family business. Had I been accepted in the initial wave of offers I'd have had time to organise my affairs so that I could have started school last fall. But with the late acceptance off of the wait list, it was impossible for me to get everything in place in time. I asked the committee for a one year deferral so that I could wind up my law practice in an orderly manner and hire people to look after my business. I thought my request was quite reasonable in the circumstances, but the committee was not persuaded.
  8. I just got called by McGill; it seems they're letting me in. The waiting list for NTP is now marked as "closed" on the website.
  9. Thanks for the information. I guess that means if any one of the five withdraws before the summer is over, I might get an offer. That probably raises my chances from about 0.3% to about 0.5% .
  10. Interesting - but are all 5 NTPs from this year's applicants? IIRC, last year only 1 NTP was admitted since one deferred for a year and the other had to do the qualifying year. So those 2 NTPs are joining the med school this fall. If those 2 are counted in the 5, then it's still just 3 out of this year's applicants.
  11. Medmama, I actually think that you and the other candidate were never really wait-listed and should have been given offers from the outset. I was assigned rank #1 two days before you and the other candidate posted that you were accepted. Also on McGill's waitlist page, they show that no one has been given offers from the waitlist for the NTP category and that the next offer will be made to rank #1. This is why I believe you and the other candidates were in the top three from the very beginning. I of course could be wrong since portions of McGill's admissions process are a little opaque, but my interpretation makes sense to me. Thanks for you encouragement - but I certainly won't hold my breath. Most waiting list movement is a result of candidates having received multiple offers and withdrawing once they have definitively decided on a particular school. With the nature of McGill's NTP category, I'd be surprised if any of the successful NTP candidates withdrew to attend another school - and I certainly hope none of you has to withdraw for personal reasons. Mgk21, As for the International category, my guess is that the only chances of movement are (i) a successful candidate obtains an offer in his or her own country (for example, a candidate sitting on an international offer from McGill may be on a waitlist in his or her home country); or (ii) personal circumstances require a candidate to withdraw. With the International pool being so small (like the NTP pool), I doubt that past years experience will have much relevance to this year - so we wait and hope.
  12. I feel your pain. I'm holding the #1 position on the Waiting List in the non-traditional pathway category. That means that out of 127 applicants in the NTP category, I finished fourth. The top 3 were made offers and all three have already posted on premed101 that they are accepting, so the likelihood of any waiting list movement for me is rather slim.
  13. Congratulations! - I don't know if we met at the interviews - I didn't get a chance to speak with all of the NTP candidates. I thought it was a great group and was honoured just to be part of it. You should be especially proud that you made the top 3 or 4. Best of luck.
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