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  1. You are looking at 15-20 minutes by car (door to parking lot) + about 15-20 minutes from parking lot to building (shuttle or by foot).
  2. A couple suggestions (coming from an organic chemist and someone interested in learning in general. 1) Take a MOOC over the summer. Or use MIT open courseware: http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/chemistry/ Or use Khan academy. 100% of people have subjects they are weak at, or poorly prepared for. There is nothing wrong with pre-preparing for a course while there is no danger to you. Try just being just able to learn something without the fear of failing, destruction of dreams, etc. It can do wonders for learning. Set yourself up for success. 2) Try to approach Org. Chem. from a "deep learning" perspective. This is easy in our own fields, but tougher in unfamiliar diciplines - as it can be hard to determine what is worth learning deeply. This will be much more interesting as well, if you are going to give up some summer free time. 3) Try to be interested! Hahaha, I know, easier said than done. Maybe I can help. Remember, almost every phamecutical was built using org chem (Wikipedia has links to many, if not most, of these). Much of the human body's chemistry can be understood using org chem. The big analytical techniques (NMR/MRI, mass-spec, IR) are all actively used in medicine (albeit in different ways). Reading about them can counter the boredom. 4) Try to think like a chemist, even just for a few months. The discussion of carinogens, additives, chemicals, etc. Is everywhere. The issue is entirely chemical, and usually organic, yet people can't tell caffeine from insulin. Ask yourself, why do people think parabens might be bad (I.e. what is it about their structure). How about bisphenol A? Pesticides? What's the difference between ecstacy and meth? What does that difference do? Heroin? Everything, really! What is it? What's it's structure. Now, I don't really think a doctor "needs" all this. Not taking organic chem, or taking a shallow approach (memorizing) is fine. In fact, it's probably time efficient - if it works for you. But, it seems like it doesn't. So why not try a different approach. Emerse yourself in it, in your own time, get rid of the feeling of "obligation" and use it as a place to expand!
  3. Deleted a doublepost. My phone got confused when I tried to edit.
  4. Took mine through Heart and Stroke in Toronto @ A non-profit gym (United Athletics - Which got 1/2 the proceeds!). They charge $50 (it was the BLS © course for health providers, it has only CPR, no first aid component). And, besides, in comparison with tuition....
  5. Accepted off Waitlist to Niagara Campus - Timestamp: 7:56 AM cGPA: 3.88 VR: 13 Geo: IP Year: Completed Ph.D. Casper: Good, I think - Hemmingway-esque (i.e. short) in places, but I filled all the slots. I focused more on clarity of argument than complexity. Interview: Pretty mixed. Some went really well, some much less so. I've accepted the offer. See everyone in August!
  6. You likely won't need to "apply" as such. Just drop by the parking office or do it online http://parking.mcmaster.ca/Online_Permit_Sales.html Lot M is kind of inconvenient, but it is also huge, and not likely to get full. EDIT: The Stadium parking might be more convenient - but it's also more than twice the price (ca. 100/mo), up to you to decide if that is worth it (also, I don't know what availability is like), especially considering that getting to the stadium parking lot is a bit of a PITA during commuter hours. I personally wouldn't and don't think it's worth it. Ward avenue is a slightly longer walk to lot M, and, I don't think there is a shuttle (though it does pass a Starbucks on the way to campus if you want!)
  7. No, in many (most?) ways, Dundas is really the ideal place to live to attend McMaster - Many of the University faculty and staff live there, as well as a moderate number of students. If you have a car, or a bike, it's very easy to get to campus, and honestly, it's not too terrible by bus or even on foot (if you live on the close side of Dundas, at least). Generally, the elementary schools also seem quite good. I don't have kids, so I'm speaking second-hand, but people (mostly faculty) I've chatted with at Mac (I'm a postdoc here), seem to be satisfied, and the Fraser Institute likes them well enough; they assign them to the top 1/3 in Ontario, and generally rate them well above the Hamilton average (and the Ancaster average, for that matter). You can have a look here. The story is the same in High Schools, if it happens your kids are going to be looking at that age bracket during your tenure in Medicine in Hamilton. Generally speaking the only real disadvantage is price, Dundas is generally more expensive than the Hamilton average - however, if you are from anywhere closer to Toronto, I can't imagine the prices in Dundas would scare you off! Also, it's not really much more expensive than Westdale, and at least IMHO, has a nicer, and less student-y feel. EDIT: Hospitals are a good point. However, if you have a car, it's pretty irrelevant.
  8. TIMESTAMP: 8:32 AM Waitlist cGPA: 3.88 VR Score: 13 Geography: IP Current year: Completed PhD (though still "in progress" at application time - so no formal GPA advantage, by the rules) Interview: A combination of really well (2/3) and a bit awkward (1/3). None felt really bad per say...
  9. I didn't get an email. But, I uploaded a photo in step 2 of the survey form.
  10. I got a March 8th invite on Saturday evening (as did a couple other people in the invite thread).
  11. TIME STAMP: Saturday, Feb 21st, 9:24 PM Interview Date: March 8th Result: Invite wGPA: I don't know, cGPA is 3.87 MCAT: 14/13/11 ECs: A bunch of volunteering in undergrad, VP of program's graduate society for a bit, several paid jobs (worked ca. 16 hr/wk in undergrad), foreign academic exchange. Research: Several pubs., conferences, etc. Essays: ??? Thought they were okay, I spent a bunch of time on them. Year: Completed Ph.D.; currently a Post. Doc. Geography: IP
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