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    Edmonton Manual

    I'll revive this old thread for any interested. Edmonton manual is an OSCE preparation guide that has a bunch of detailed information about different presentations and important history/physical/investigation/treatment aspects of different conditions in every specialty. I found it too detailed and not targeted enough to be helpful for my preclerkship osce but it may be useful for the 4th year one. You can buy it online, maybe share it with a friend.
  2. You may know more about the city of Windsor than I do, but as an outsider, I'd like to chime in and say London is pretty homogeneous, has a small-town feel even downtown, and although Western campus is pretty unique in how lively it is, its party culture does get old fast for some people. Windsor as a city is way more diverse, has better ethnic food, and is only a 20-minute, $5 bus ride to Detroit. Detroit is a way cooler & cheaper place to catch a music show/festival/sporting event than Toronto, (a $30, 2.5h drive from London), where cool stuff sells out instantly and gets resold at 3-4x on StubHub (sorry got a little personal there haha). I saw Kanye at the Joe Louis last year and it was sweet. I'm doing a rotation in Windsor this year and I'm looking forward to daytrips to Detroit and better food/more diversity than London. PS: I love london, I grew up here, but it has a lot more sentimental value to me than intrinsic value, haha
  3. They don't start up until the second or third week of classes but after that they both occur basically weekly. There are also some mandatory tests and small-group learning sessions that are mandatory. You can get one-time exemptions by filling out some forms.
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    On Podcasts...

    They're all radio shows. The current, the news, Ontario today, and been getting into Unreserved lately!
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    Rbc Reps

    Definitely ask Rod about this, Scotia can do this. Also,when I went to RBC they said I'd have to show them an enrolment letter every year, so not re-applying, but also another annoying task to keep track of.
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    Rbc Reps

    The two examples I can think of is 1: saying that no bank is allowed to request a letter of enrollment from the school directly - but Scotia does this. 2: saying that no other bank offers to convert to a professional line of credit after residency - but Scotia also can do this. I don't remember if there were others. But I got a vibe from them that they felt I should be honored to get an LoC offer from them, whereas Scotia it felt like they felt honored to have me as a client. And yeah, something like that ( plus the convenience of the Scotia interest payments which roll on automatically) made the difference! EDIT: I think you changed your post so I'm glad things worked out! For other readers ' sake, I was responding to a question about my specific experience with a London RBC rep
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    Rbc Reps

    My experience chatting with the RBC rep (one of the ones you mentioned) is one of the things that turned me away from RBC here in London. They said several things that weren't true, and were either trying to misinform me to make their services look better, or they genuinely knew less than I did. Either way I walked out with my mind made up to avoid RBC. I think the local rep you go with is a really important part of the LOC decision, so pay close attention to how they treat you!
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    Funding Medical School

    And Rod is a gentleman and a scholar.
  9. It probably won't come until May 29. I was in exactly the same position as you last year! I wish they could tell you earlier but they need to be careful what they say officially until they know for sure. I think most people would tell you that an unspecified is basically a for-sure offer to London. At least in the last 2 cycles (probably more if you want to go through the thread), London offers have dipped well into the waitlist, so unspecified offers have all become first-choice campus.
  10. If you look back into through the years, there have been a sizeable number of waitlisters who got their first choice, be it London or Windsor! But don't look at it as being "forced" into Windsor. Windsor is an awesome campus and a sweet city!
  11. Hey guys, I remember being confused when I first saw this last year so hope this helps a few of you out! Here's a theoretical example of how (I think) unspecified offers work, with totally made-up numbers: Say Schulich has 130 London seats and 40 Windsor seats. Say they give out 170 offers. All 170 top candidates get an offer, regardless of their campus choices (I mean, your campus choice doesn't affect whether you get in or not) . Say 150 of those ranked London as first and 20 ranked Windsor as first. Schulich gives out 130 London offers, 20 Windsor offers, and 20 "Unspecified" offers to the others who ranked London first. Schulich doesn't technically have a London seat to offer yet. Each time one of those initial London offers is declined, an unspecified offer is moved to London (their first choice in this scenario). So basically, once 20 London offers are declined, all "Unspecified" would have been given London offers. In recent years, "Unspecified", High waitlist, and perhaps even middle waitlist? have been given offers to their first choice (including London). So while it's not guaranteed, based on past trends it is highly highly likely that if you are "Unspecified" you will get your first choice in the end. Also, I chose London due to proximity to my family, but remember there is no "better" campus! London and Windsor each have their own advantages and disadvantages but we all love where we are!
  12. This is from last year! Maybe it still applies: High "In recent years, applicants in your position on the Wait List have received an offer of admission." Normal "Although you were not ranked to receive an offer at this time, it was recommended that your name be placed on our Wait List. Any offer that is not accepted will be filled by an individual from the Wait List." Low "Although you were not ranked to receive an offer at this time, it was recommended that your name be placed on our Wait List. In recent years, applicants in your position on the Wait List have not received an offer of admission. While there are no certainties, we wanted to communicate this information to you in an attempt to allow you to be as informed as possible in making decisions about your future."
  13. Just to play devil's advocate; for the last 3 years every VIA train between London and Montreal that I've taken has been delayed between 1.5 - 4 hours. They have good customer service, but also tend to be pretty incompetent at making backup plans. The problem is, they don't own the tracks so they have to pull over/stop for any freight train passing through. For my Mac interview last year, my VIA was 2 hours late and I almost missed the last GO to hamilton. Ended up getting only 5 hours of sleep before my 8:30am interview instead of 7. None of the three dozen or so greyhounds I've taken have ever been this delayed. It's usually just easier for a vehicle to get out of trouble if it's on the road instead of isolated railroad tracks. Megabus is a very unreliable alternative, it's cheap but it's a big risk, I recommend avoiding it altogether. I've found Greyhound to be the most reliable economical option (moreso than VIA, and you usually do get wifi!), but I prefer to fly if possible, obviously interviews are some of the most important travels of your young life! Nothing is 100% reliable though, unfortunately. Whatever you choose, the best universal advice is try to leave yourself lots of time to account for unexpected problems. Good luck!
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    Were Your Pst Mmi Feelings Accurate?

    And if you ever walk out of an interview feeling bad, and need some comfort, always remember the Dunning-Kruger effect! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect
  15. Awesome idea, I was also thinking of starting up a thread like this at some point but I got cold feet! MMI Specific: -A small thing, but I regretted it for months afterwards: knock on all the doors. At one point I started to feel silly knocking on the door since the interviewer knew I was about to head in, so I think I missed a few doors. But often, the idea is to simulate a patient encounter, and you'd always want to knock in that situation. I still got an offer at Mac, so again, not a dealbreaker, but much easier to just remember! General: -At Western I brought my OSSD instead of my transcript for SWOMEN verification for some reason. Not sure if anyone else would do something like that, but it definitely jacked up my anxiety even higher than it already was. -I often cut my timing getting to interviews pretty tight. I was lucky, but an unforeseen circumstance could have really thrown me off. I almost forgot to bring my suit on the bus to my first interview! I'll add more if I think of them.
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