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  1. Stop posting and get moving! My partner's a dental student and, considering discussions I've had with him and his class, I'd say that most people study casually for 4-6 weeks. Then again, if the science is brand spankin' new to you, you'll need to factor in more time.
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    Has Anyone Done An Ek Full Length?

    I found the exam to be very dissimilar from the AAMC material that I've been practicing with. For instance, there were so many stand alone content-based questions and too little passage interpretation. It didn't focus on "high yield" topics. And some sections, notably CARS, was just hard for the sake of being hard (e.g. all four of the choices seemed correct, or all four of them seemed incorrect). It was frustrating and I felt like I was wasting my time, but didn't want to stop halfway through because I spent US$50 on the damn thing! Honestly, if I were to study again - and I'll probably have to! - I'd avoid prep company material altogether.
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    Has Anyone Done An Ek Full Length?

    Update to anyone else who might be thinking about taking an EK full length: I wrote #4 today and wouldn't recommend it. Assuming that all EK exams are similar to this one, I won't be taking another.
  4. It wouldn't be considered any more valuable than doing research in another field, and less so if you weren't engaged in the research for genuine reasons. I'd suggest that the motivation to do research on any marginalized population simply for the sake of impressing admissions committees would be seen as, most likely, offensive.
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    Has Anyone Done An Ek Full Length?

    Thank you, revenant! I appreciate it.
  6. Best of luck! Unfortunately, "non-traditional" students often have to target 1-2 schools because, really, that's their only option. My advice would be to focus on those schools that you are a good candidate for and forget the rest. With enough determination you're bound to find success!
  7. I wouldn't count on NOSM because a significant portion of your score is "context" (~1/3 of the application); in other words, what are your ties to Northern, remote, rural, First Nations, or French-speaking Canada? To give you some perspective: I'm classified as rural (Southern Ontario), I've spent a significant amount of time in the North over the course of my life, and my MSc research was based in the Hudson Bay Lowlands, so I worked there for several months. I've also worked with the Northern First Nations community for years, which is looked highly upon. I got an interview, but I know that my context score was still total shit compared to other applicants. If you don't meet their context criteria, I'd only recommend applying if you want the experience of doing so.
  8. Can you afford the cost, time, and potential GPA hit of taking pre-requisitites? If so, then it would certainly help you to prepare for the MCAT, especially if you aren't a strong self-studier. If no, then you can absolutely prepare for the MCAT on your own. Just give yourself plenty of time to do so.
  9. Hi: I'd like to do 1-2 of the EK full length exams. Does anyone have a recommendation for which of the 4 are "best"? Thank you!
  10. My sister (young professional) and her friend (starting her MPH in September) are looking for a third roommate to share a very large, well cared for house with in Old South. Both women are mature, outgoing, and physically active. - $530/month + utilities (estimated ~$100/month) - 5-minute walk to direct bus route to campus (6), which drops you off in front of the medical school - Private backyard - Garage with parking - Plenty of storage - New stainless steel kitchen appliances - Washer and dryer in the basement - Close to downtown (~$5 Uber ride!) - Minutes walk from downtown Wortley Village I currently live in Old South, and couldn't imagine living anywhere else in the city. The house is much higher quality than you'll find close to campus, especially for this price. This ad was posted when the house was for sale, but the owner decided to rent it instead: http://www.point2homes.com/CA/Home-For-Sale/ON/London/South-London/247-Ridout-Street-South/22227167.html#lg=1&slide=10 Message me if you'd like more information.
  11. I'm planning to write in September and am wondering what testing centre those of you who have written this year used. What were your experiences like? I wrote CARS last year at the Prometric Satellite Centre in London and didn't have a great experience because the cubicles were very small so I could see the person beside me. It felt a bit cramped. Thank you for any feedback you can offer!
  12. I appreciate the encouragement! We've discussed it in the past; it's a no-go. And even if he would write one, I'd be afraid of what he'd include. You'd be surprised (or maybe you wouldn't) how common his ideology is in academia. It's shame, and although I would love to be able to apply, I can apply to a number of other schools and am thankful for that.
  13. Update: this is the response that I received from admissions. "Unfortunately, we will still require a letter from your supervisor, evaluating your performance. Without it you application would be considered incomplete." On the bright side, I don't have to spend time writing the essays!
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    You Are Superhumans!

    Last night a professor said that people who go through the MCAT process now are superhumans. So, know that you are super, and that you can do this!
  15. I did my MSc in the Department of Biology where TA'd a bunch of courses and lectured in a couple. Depending what stream you're interested in, I may be able to offer some advice. PM me if you like.
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