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  1. I just put everything on my ABS, and I used up spots for my hobbies (my ABS was pretty bare, even with all my hobbies I don't know if I even filled half). Mine weren't organized either, a lot were for fun with no structure or anything. I think I put my parents for some of mine or I think for certain categories you don't need a verifier? I don't remember and I can't access my application anymore.
  2. Actually, I know someone who has a PhD, tried to get a job but couldn't and is now a nurse.
  3. If you're in shape, there's always the Grouse Grind. It'll give you a nice view of all of Vancouver.
  4. A GPA looks at years worth of academics, the MCAT looks at a day's worth (or a few months if you want to include prep). For some reason, even intelligent people can't seem to crack verbal, but it doesn't necessarily mean they won't be good physicians. Some people just don't tell well or they're having a bad day. And sure they can retake it but if you eliminated GPA and all you had to go by was the MCAT, the scores needed to be competitive would go up. People with 38s and 3.7s would win out over those with 32s and 3.9s. I think it's good to have both, some schools favour the MCAT, others GPA. I do agree though, the GPA obsession is a bit out of hand. It is competitive but not everyone needs a 3.95+.
  5. There's been specific US med schools that look unfavourably upon volunteering abroad. Remember that medical schools want you to serve their area, so it would be of your best interest to get to know the people in your area and have an interest in their well-being, rights, etc. Here's a tweet from UMich: https://twitter.com/UMichMedAdmiss/status/82182892637270017
  6. Hah. Montreal has surprisingly cheap rent for a major city!
  7. The GPA you need to maintain for QuARMS is a 3.5, which is pretty low. I'm sure that the students selected from QuARMS are of high calibre so they probably had something beyond the high averages a lot of people have going into undergrad, but I wonder if 3.5 is high enough to properly prepare them for the med school workload. However, the threshold might be on the low side to ensure that a rough transition from high school doesn't kick them out of the program (my first year was pretty low and took 2 years of damage control to be barely competitive for Ontario)... hard to say but I guess we'll see! For the sake of my future peers I hope this program works out well
  8. You probably know more about the Quebec system than I do, so I'm sure it is just a minority of med-ps but I still thought it was worth mentioning. Maturity isn't necessarily dependent on age, as life experiences and upbringing do have an effect. However, I think that undergrad helps a lot of people mature because for many of them, its the first time they're independent from their parents (e.g. having a budget, dealing with debt and repayment, balancing school and chores). It's true that many going to med school usually come from wealthier families so they may not deal with all of the above issues or they life at home during undergrad, etc but it's still much different than being in high school. There isn't really a set number of spots for 3rd or 4th year UG AFAIK, though I can't say whether they're evaluated differently pre or post interview, I think it's just easier to get in as a 4th year because more grade forgiveness and longer time to do ECs. But no, I doubt a year makes a huge difference in physician quality but it may make a different in how well they interview or how strong their application is. At the end of the day, the adcoms only have so much information to go by when it comes to making a decision. I think it'd be harder for high schoolers to get the same clinical/shadowing experience that one can get in undergrad, so they may not know if they really like medicine or not.
  9. Quebec is a system where there is direct and grad entry. It seems to work out okay for them but I know some people in the med-P program who complain about lack of maturity in their peers. Obviously, there are some applicants who are mature enough even from high school but it's not the majority. However, there is a chance that over the course of training, they will mature by the time they have any real responsibility. When I was younger I wished training was shorter but I'm glad I took 4 years to do a bachelor and have 4 years for med. I think the system is okay the way it is because there's multiple ways to shave off a year here and there, making shorter training the norm might make people feel pressured to start earlier. This was just me, so I can't speak for others, but coming from a competitive high school and high pressure family, I was wondering if I should have applied to the UK like some of my classmates because at the time, I wanted to be a doctor as early as possible. Even in undergrad I regretted not being prepared to apply as a 3rd year and give it a shot. Just curious, OP, if you had the power to change the length of schooling, where would you make the cut?
  10. You could also look into having some clinical experience (shadowing, hospital volunteering, working in a clinic), it'll probably give you some insight into what you'd be getting yourself into further down the road, along with maybe giving you experience with ethics and other canmeds things
  11. Yeah if you get accepted as a 3rd year you just don't finish your degree. I guess you just withdraw from the school (undergrad). I'd recommend doing a 4th year and applying in your 3rd, it gives you more options
  12. I had the same dream a couple days ago! Sooo basically it has to be teal.
  13. I can't access my application anymore but I'm pretty sure I put a research course I took (that wasn't an honours thesis) under research... or maybe even formal education. As long as where you put it makes sense in some way I don't think it's the biggest deal.
  14. As long as you're taking the right number of credits then it's still a full course load. I think it only really matters what year they are for Western where 3/5 classes have to be the "right year" (e.g. 2nd year courses in your case). It should be fine, everyone takes a couple electives to balance out the workload.
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