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  1. As people are travelling away from home for electives, I thought it might be helpful to practice interviews with folks in the same cities + share resources - even if applying for different specialties. I will list mine here. Feel free to use this post to find others in your area. Please PM me if you are in the following cities and want to practice interviews: - Ottawa: Dec 2-Dec 6 - Toronto: Dec 9-Jan 5 - Hamilton: Jan 6-Jan 17 Thanks!
  2. Is doing 4th year derm electives in a community clinic vs academic teaching hospital site a disadvantage give than program director and residents wont see you much? What are some ways to compensate for this- I have heard asking to attending academic half days is fair ask even if you are at a community site. Would appreciate thoughts.
  3. Selling for CAD 105. Almost brand new. Plastic cover is still on. I am currently in med school. Happy to give suggestions on MCAT and applying to schools. Available ASAP. Pick up in Toronto.
  4. Hello! I am looking to buy the following books. I do not mind a used copy and can pick up from Toronto or Halifax. - Case files series. All but esp Internal Medicine, Obs gyn, Emergency medicine - Surgical Recall - Dr. Pestana's Surgery Notes - Blue prints for Psychiatrics, Pediatrics, Obs Gyn - Hospital for sick children handbook of pediatrics - ABCs of emergency medicine - Any of the pretest series - First Aid for the Psychiatry Clerkship - Appleton and Lange for Peds, Psych - Recent toronto notes (I missed the discounted deadline and am hoping I can still save a few moolas) - USMLE step 1 and 2 CK Thanks!
  5. I am finding my approach not to be the most effective (googling images and pasting in my notes - it also takes a long time!). I am looking for suggestions on how people study anatomy - reading book and highlighting - apps (my preference) that have the details like articular surfaces, ligaments etc [haven't found this level of detail yet] + allow visualizing in 3D - websites? - anything else? This will be handy for anyone studying medicine so I hope this will be helpful to all! Thanks!!
  6. Looking for thoughts on what would be a good first elective in medical school when you are trying to decide if surgery is your thing and have had zero OR exposure prior to it? Trying to find a good balance b/w getting exposure to surgery but also not too intense that it is a bad experience as a med 1. Apart from this, also curious to hear thoughts on what people's first electives were and any pros or cons to their choice. Thanks!!
  7. Agreed. I also want to offer some encouragement that you sound very capable and reflective to pursue your goals (evident from how you articulated your thoughts and your previous success). If possible, a new university is a great option. It might seem like a fresh start if many ways and become a positive space for you to heal and grow. Good luck with everything! Your strength is admirable to many!
  8. I haven't read much discussion about scholarships for medical school. Has anyone applied for one in the past (school specific, external etc.)? Any experiences or suggestions you have to share?
  9. ExamKrackers complete 9th Ed study package. Includes: Biology part 1 and 2, Chemistry, Physics, CARS, Social Psychology. Some writing. Princeton Review (2010) study package. Includes: Biology, General Chemistry, Physics, Organic Chemistry, Verbal + all workbooks and questions banks (pictured). Doing right (2nd Ed) by Philip C. Herbert - Extremely helpful interview book. Mint condition. All books are in very good condition with some writing in pencil and minimal highlighting. Serious buyers only please. PM for info and pictures.
  10. I think it's important to reflect how you define "limited". Is it by quantity or quality of experiences? Quality is definitely more important but unfortunately by the virtue of how Dal's supplementary app is scored, it is tough to get away with "less number" (i.e. quantity) of volunteer experiences. Specifically, there are 5 sections that are individually graded and one cannot double-enter experiences (exception employment and medically-related experience, I think) so even if one enters a minimum of 2 experiences in each section (which is on a lower end), you are looking at 10 unique enteries. So in short, too limited by number may be a cause of concern. That being said, keep in mind that each section is fairly unique and I suspect that every applicant as a lot more to experiences, than they think (I def did); It could include sports, blogging, awards, conference presentation etc etc so write it all out and see what areas you need more experiences in.
  11. I realize that everyone has a method that works best for them but I am interested in learning about tools that med students find particularly helpful to manage the volume of studying and workload (more thoughts the better!). Particularly interested thoughts on: - Preference for printing notes vs. keeping everything electronic - Laptops vs. ipads - Programs and apps for note taking; I hear OneNote is a favorite among many. - Thoughts on using flash cards that you can carry on your phone or program for drawing flow charts, programs for learning anatomy/histology etc - Is taking notes using Acrobat Reader on a PDF (like I did much in my undergrad and grad school) still efficient? Any pros and cons of other methods? - Tools for managing time on clinical practicing, shadowing, research, class time and extracurriculars? I use iCal atm and suspect that it should work well in the future too. Myself and Med 0s would really appreciate to hear from current/former med students. Thank you!
  12. I did my MPH from UofA and 3 courses per semester were considered a full course load. Dal honoured this definition and considered these years in my score. I am guessing that there is some wiggle room around what is considered "full course load" by program and school. Best to email them and ask.
  13. I did. My stats: Accepted; It still hasn't hit me yet! NS (IP) Extracurriculars: 3 publications, public health background, multiple global health experiences, student governance and leadership, plenty of research assistant jobs, awards etc. Worked really hard on my essay and reviewed it plenty of times. MMI: Felt confident but this was my strongest score in my first two tries so I knew what worked for me. The questions were very fair. My 2 cents to applications/re-applicants: - Low GPA can be an uphill battle but working on the other sections can change the tide in your favor! - While it is very important be have strong ECs on all the application sections, how you describe those activities is KEY! This is what got me on my second try. On my third, I asked several people to read them, revised and clearly articulated the link to the application section and the career of medicine (within reason ofc). - Asked friends, colleagues and mentors to review application. Frankly, I did not do this in my first two tries and I regret it. It is very insightful to have a fresh pair of eyes to look at your responses and you'd be surprised how much your answers can be improved. Ofc this means planning ahead but if you are applying this year, start now and you are ahead of the game! - MMI: Consistent practicing made all the difference for me! I practiced for over 6 months with 20+ people on skype/in person of people applying to different schools. Things that worked for me -- I made notes, grouped key talking points for topic areas, listed keywords that would highlight skills of a physician (ex- empathy, critically evaluate, safe spaces etc), attended mock MMI sessions (free) in the university and consistently practiced. When I found that someone had an interviewing skill set I could learn from, I practiced with them several times; taught them what I did well in and learned back from them! This process worked really well for me and I made some great friends along the way! I normally follow news and am keen about public health/medicine in general hence keeping up-to-date about news was not an issue but I practiced my critical thinking by listening to White Coat Black Art and other stuff but, WCBA is gold! Having practiced with several people I learned that good MMI answers are not just about content but also delivery. If you had a low MMI score this year, think about how you organize your answers. Is you interviewer able to follow you? Do you set the stage for your answer by listing key points and then getting into details? Do you add some personal experience to give your interviewer something to remember you by? Do you make a summary statement to close? Do you leave 2 mins for follow-up qsns? -- I am not sure if this is 'right' but these are elements that worked for me. In short, I have been there and understand that (re)applying can be very intimidating/disheartening. There is some very valuable advice on this thread. If medicine is your passion, stay persistent and continue to build, learn and grow. Plan ahead. Reflect on what worked and what didn't. Talk to friends, mentors etc; people are always willing to help! Given my experience, I strongly feel that admissions committee evaluates applicants as a whole. Low GPA is NOT a deal breaker. Wishing you all the best and if I can help, feel free to PM me.
  14. I just made a post under classifieds re: this but if anyone wants to self study and is looking to buy Exam Krackers MCAT 9th edition package, I am selling mine. I found them very helpful for self-learning with lots of figures and images. They are great books for folks with some science background. If you really want to get into the nitty-gritty of concepts (most often unnecessary but can help boost confidence in select topic areas), princeton books are quite detailed. If you are interested in Exam Krackers books, I'd be happy to meet you in Halifax or Datrmouth. PM me and we can talk price (negotiable) and other details.
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