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  1. Maybe you could benefit from speaking with an academic counsellor at Marianopolis? Choosing a university program can seem daunting, especially if you want to strategize for med school afterwards. As others have said, for McGill, it really doesn't matter where or what you study, as long as you do really well. However, the French schools will consider the difficulty of your program (ie, PT > Biology) when considering your GPA. Majors that seem to be popular among med hopefuls are Exercise Science at Concordia, and Anatomy & Cell Biology at McGill. Some programs are more challenging to get high grades in (ie, Physiology at McGill), so you should consider that if your primary goal is to get top marks. Also keep in mind that you don't have to choose a Science undergraduate program to get into med school. You just need the basic science prerequisite courses. In fact, I think you could argue that choosing a non-Science program makes you stand out against a sea of applicants with BSc's. Or, you could consider doing a double major, or even a minor in a non-Science discipline. There are a million paths to med school. If you do end up doing an undergrad, use the opportunity to explore your interests. You'll probably get better grades studying something you find interesting, and you'll have more to talk about in your med school interviews. Good luck!
  2. One of my verifiers was called 2 years ago for a current volunteer position, and it wasn't for anything too outrageous or impressive. They can randomly fact check whatever you've listed as part of that activity on your CV (responsibilities, start/end dates, etc) - nothing more, nothing less.
  3. Many people start knowing little to no French on day 1, and even into second year. That being said, the more you practice ahead of time, the easier it will be to pick up before hitting the wards. The faculty expects you to be functionally proficient by the time you're seeing patients.
  4. I found it useful to practice Fermi questions - you can find tons of problems to solve on Google. The point is to assess your reasoning capabilities, not your mathematical prowess.
  5. Are you a student applying to medical school? Looking for advice on your apps, or feeling down about repeat application cycles? We have the event for you. On October 10th, we will be hosting “Mingle with the Med Kids,” where current medical students studying at McGill will share their application experiences. Come listen to a panel discussion where students from a variety of backgrounds (undergrad, master’s, PhD, non science background etc.) will discuss their journey to medical school: how they built their applications, the struggle of multiple rejections, how to strengthen your app, and bonus: we have students who can give Casper tips. The panel will be followed by a question period and mingle session. Food will be provided. Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/NOmVyQXDoNWQ6ZFk1 Location: McIntyre Medical Building, Room 522 (Palmer amphitheatre) Registration at 5pm Time: 5:30 – 8:30 Cost: $5 to cover the price of food ----------------------------------------------------------------- Êtes-vous présentement un étudiant qui considère appliquer en médecine? Cherchez-vous des conseils sur des forums pour améliorer votre dossier, ou êtes-vous fatigué(e) des cycles d’applications? Si oui, nous avons un événement pour vous. Le 10 octobre prochain, les étudiants en médecine de McGill organisent la soirée ‘’Mingle with the Med Kids’’, pendant laquelle des étudiants avec des profils académique variés vous parleront de leurs expériences. Venez échanger avec des étudiants d’une variété de milieux (doctorat, maîtrise, diplômé d’un programme non scientifique, etc.) de leur expérience en médecine. Ils seront aussi présents pour vous parler de la difficulté des refus, ainsi que pour vous donner des conseils par rapport à la rédaction d’un excellent dossier, et concernant l'examen Casper. Ce forum de discussion sera suivi d’une période de questions et d’une session de rencontre! Nous aurons aussi de la nourriture pour vous. Enregistrez-vous ici : https://goo.gl/forms/NOmVyQXDoNWQ6ZFk1 Local: McIntyre Medical Building, local 522 (amphithéatre Palmer) Enregistrement à 17h Heure : 17h30 à 20h30 Coût : 5$
  6. Typically for large undergrad courses, the profs themselves don't make the final exam schedule - the university does. Usually it's only released about halfway through the semester. Exams could be scheduled in the evenings if this is during final exams week(s), once all classes are over - so you should not have a class conflict with a final exam. Midterms and other evaluations are typically scheduled by the profs, so you should be able to find out when these are held once the course outline is posted, usually on or shortly before the first day of class. Unfortunately it's often not possible to know your final exam schedule until later.
  7. I was recently speaking with someone in med who enrolled in two overriding classes in undergrad at McGill for exactly that reason. Recordings were not a problem, but you might run into difficulty with the exam schedule. This person had two exams scheduled at the same time and was not granted any accommodation by the professors, or the dean of students. They had to drop one class past the drop deadline, leaving them with a "W" (withdrawal) on their transcript... which isn't good. Based on this, I wouldn't register for two concurrent classes unless I knew I could complete all required coursework, including midterms/exams, during scheduled times.
  8. There are several points raised about the curriculum and program in another similar thread: http://forums.premed101.com/index.php?/topic/95222-mcgill-vs-mcmaster/ Do you have any specific questions that aren't answered in that thread? Montreal is a great city to live in, with tons of diversity, great food, lots of culture - but November to April, it is a frozen wasteland. Winter isn't all bad, but the drawn-out months of cold and snow can certainly take a toll on your morale.
  9. I had it done a year ago - closest thing to magic I've ever experienced. LASIK MD told McGill there are discounts available to med students, but I had the procedure before med school so I don't know the details. You should be able to get a free consult and quote - that's your best bet to gauge pricing, because there are lots of specifics related to your particular eyesight that may affect cost. My eyesight was something like -5.75 and -6 with astigmatism, and the cost was substantially more than what is typically quoted in ads. The procedure was standard, and took five minutes, maybe less. They put freezing drops in your eyes so you don't feel pain, mainly pressure. The smell of lasers cauterizing your eyeball is probably the worst part. Once it's over, you instantly see two thirds better than you did five minutes prior - which is crazy in itself. Your vision will be blurry and your eyes will be sore for less than a day. They give you funky sunglasses to wear and tell you not to do much for the first 24 hours (no TV, reading, screens, etc). I woke up the next morning with crystal clear vision, and was told at my follow-up that afternoon that I no longer had to wear the sunglasses. Your eyes may still feel a bit sensitive to bright lights, but nothing major. Otherwise, there was hardly any downtime. Not sure I would even call it downtime. If you do it on a Friday, you should be back to normal by Monday. The few lasting effects I experienced for a couple months were seeing halos around street lights when driving at night (not enough to prevent me from driving, and it improved with time), and moderately dry eyes. If you're seriously thinking about it, go in for the free consult! I would do it again in a heartbeat.
  10. They're both important. How you reason through a challenging social scenario is as much a measure of your personality as it is of your critical thinking. Some stations focus more on critical thinking than others, but I don't think you can get away with a good personality alone, just as strong critical thinking skills paired with a crap personality won't get you far either. Don't stress about how you think you did - it's very normal to second-guess your answers. And the people who feel really good coming out of the interview aren't necessarily the ones who get in. Good luck
  11. I can't speak to the issues encountered beyond first year, but unlike Arztin, I don't find that we have absolutely no time at all - it certainly felt that way until winter break, but over time you find your groove and learn to cut corners where it best suits you. The week before an exam will be very busy, but that's no surprise. The curriculum is pass/fail for a reason; you're encouraged to do things outside of med, and not expected to know everything. I'm not particularly organized, I certainly don't spend all my time studying, and so far I'm doing just fine. As for the curriculum more generally, I have nothing to compare it to so it's hard to comment... Some blocks are definitely disorganized, which can be frustrating for sure, but my impression has been that the faculty is receptive to change and welcomes feedback from students. We had a couple blocks this year in which the block leaders switched up the order of the lectures based on feedback from last year's class. I agree that some lectures could be done away with, and don't add very much to your knowledge, but that's also a byproduct of having a series of individual lecturers (mostly all working clinicians) give the lectures... some are not going to be very good teachers. Regarding your concerns about probation, what I have heard (albeit from an alum) is that many medical schools in Canada have been on probation at various points in time, and this does not necessarily reflect on the quality of that institution's education. I think it's likely this probation thing was blown out of proportion precisely because of McGill's "amazing reputation." My understanding is it was a byproduct of their curriculum change in 2013 and the disorganization that ensued (particularly during clerkship), leading some students to have sub-par experiences. I am not an official source, so there may be more to it than that. In terms of negativity and condescension from preceptors, our class has been told of this happening occasionally. The "WELL" office has briefed us several times about procedures that are in place to prevent it from happening, and resources to turn to in the event that you are legitimately mistreated. I haven't had to use them, so no idea how effective they are. There are plenty of students who don't speak French in the class - you will be required to know a "functional" amount of French (not sure what that threshold is) by the time you get to the wards. They are understanding and try to accommodate students during pre-clerkship (ie, for longitudinal family medicine experience [where you're paired with a family physician and shadow their practice throughout the year], if you tell the admin you don't speak French, they will try to place you in a clinic that serves a primarily English-speaking population).
  12. I also did my prereqs through Continuing Education at Dawson (highly recommended), and wasn't allowed to register in daytime classes. I think they may consider it under exceptional circumstances but day classes are typically reserved for DEC students. The way I tried to speed up the process was by taking classes at multiple schools. I did biochem at Concordia (for out of province requirements), bio 2 at Vanier, and all the rest at Dawson. Look around at the different course calendars to see what could work in the time frame that you have. Make sure you stay on top of application and registration deadlines for summer or Continuing Education programs - they really vary from one institution to the next.
  13. Pour les stations avec acteurs, dès que tu entres dans la pièce pour débuter, tu es dans ton rôle - pas d'introduction. Tu porteras une étiquette avec ton nom, donc pas besoin de s'identifier non plus. Une fois que la sonnette signale la fin du scénario, tu peux sourire et donner la main aux acteurs ou à l'évaluateur. Pour les stations de calcul ou raisonnement critique où il n'y aura pas d'acteurs, fait comme tu ferais à une entrevue de travail - si tu veux, tu peux donner la main à l'évaluateur au début. Par la suite, d'après moi c'est une perte de temps de leur demander comment ils vont... tu as seulement 7 minutes par station. Vaut mieux prendre ce temps pour bien t'impliquer dans le scénario, ou dans les activités demandées. Bonne chance
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