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  1. I will also chime in! what undergraduate program do i need? or what is the steps i would first have to take to get to residency? As others said, undergraduate program does not matter, GPA matters. Of course if you love sciences (like I did!) do not shy away from going into programs such as biomedical sciences at uOttawa as you will likely excel in these classes (I did poorly in sociology/psychology courses, and found organic chem a breeze, so it really depends on your personal skill in these topics). I also found that taking anatomy and physiology classes as an undergraduate prepared me for medical school in a sense that you already have some extent of background knowledge and the pace required to learn the material. Those who did not have this definitely still excel, but some struggle when it is the first time. Getting involved in some sort of research (in my opinion) would be an added bonus. The medical field is evidenced based and being proficient in reading up and understanding the scientific literature is an asset. If you can get some experience by participating in research (even if it is in the basic sciences) that would definitely help you not only for your application but as a clinician. Only do it if you are interested. Hope that helps, Mr Duck
  2. All I know is that MD/PHD typically hear back much sooner than the May release date for general acceptance. Given that is is already late April you would have likely heard back by now. Mr Duck
  3. Masters experience is definitely an added bonus on application review. Nobody knows how much they weigh the application/CV review pre-interview as it seems to change yearly (in previous years we heard of pre-interview 50% CASPER 50% GPA! Now I am not sure if your CV counts for pre-interview). However for your score on CV, masters will help on top of your research experience. If you apply to MD/PHD, obviously a masters is almost required. Mr Duck
  4. - Where do residents/med students generally live? I know of Freedom private, look it up it is a neighborhood right beside the Ottawa hospital general campus and Roger Guindon hall which is the medicine faculty. There is a free shuttle from TOH general campus and civic campus. - What is the best renting/housing option to reach the two hospitals? For medical students, the choice is again Freedom private (maybe for residents too but I am not sure). There is a complete housing list sent to newly accepted med students compiled by current med students, you can ask uOttawa med student admissions for this list (even if you are a resident and not a med student!). - What mode of transportation do most people use to get to the Civic/General hospitals? If you live beside the hospital, the inter-campus shuttle should be enough, and perhaps a car to go around the city to other destinations. - Is a car used by most? Sorry, I am a med student so I do not know! - For surgical rotations which start early in the morning, do you resort to cars or are there buses? Intercampus shuttle leaves as early as 6/6:30, but maybe you need to leave even earlier which means car is the better option. - For those who also moved to Ontario from another province, what logistics should I be aware of? I know I have to change my driver's license, health card. What are the other things I need to prepare or be aware of? What "surprised" you in your move? I unfortunately cannot help. I hope I helped a bit! Mr Duck
  5. Your semesters with 4 courses will count as long as they can fetch the remaining courses from anywhere (summer, semesters with 6 classes, etc). You are allowed 1 P/F and likely this will be more lenient given COVID but hard to say. Keep at it! Mr Duck
  6. Although the semesters with more than 1 pass fail course will not count towards wGPA calculation, the credit itself for the course might still be taken into consideration (the exception might be the pre-req classes where they need at least a B). I would not lose hope just yet, email them and see. Mr Duck
  7. It seems this year you submit 3 contact information of your referees and they will fill a form to rate you on different aspects and then a final question of: do you recommend this candidate to the MD program (yes/no). Referees had to always fill a form like this on top of the reference letters but it seems now they are openly admitting they never looked at the letters (lol). All the info is here: https://www.ouac.on.ca/guide/omsas-referees/ Mr Duck
  8. The 3 years really does not allow for time to build your experiences (for example research/leadership which is important for certain specialties) and for your own career exploration. Let alone time to wind down during the summer. 4 years definitely the preference, unless you are set for family medicine from the start (however this is my own personal opinion)! Mr Duck
  9. Sorry that I was dormant on this forum! To clarify, applying in this stream is only going to increase your chance of admission. For example you are 1 applicant out of 4000 for the English stream seats, and out of the 4000 applicants 100 are eligible for LSES stream. As the 1 applicant, you will now be competing against 100 for those 2 spots, but if unsuccessful, you will be re-assessed against the entire 4000 applicant pool. This is the same process they have done for MD/PHD applicants for example. If you qualify, absolutely apply, this will only increase your chances of admission (however, only slightly as there are very limited spots with possibilities of expanding the spots in the future). I do not know the background research that went into creating this stream, but we have to keep in mind that students from a low socio-economic background tend to have lower admission averages/weaker CVs (although this is obviously not the case for everyone!). If you take the indigenous program for example, although there are 4 seats, some years they had trouble to fill the seats even with 60-80 applicants given the difficulty with obtaining candidates with the adequate grade requirement/interview score. I would not undermine the success of this program until we have a couple years of data and assessment of it's impact on granting admission for students from low socio-economic status. I think this is a step in the right direction. Mr Duck
  10. Yes these pre-reqs are set in stone for upcoming cycle. The statistics requirement is very broad and does not have to be completed in the faculty of science (it does not need to be biostats, it can be from business faculty, engineering, social science, etc). Mr Duck
  11. The breakdown pre-interview that I shared on this forum is dated information unfortunately. They are changing the admission requirements so much that unfortunately I no longer know the formula for pre-interview consideration. However, I do believe GPA is still looked at competitively as R previously stated. Mr Duck
  12. They will consider year 3/4/5 as long as you completed at least 12 credits for every fall and winter semester of those years (excluding distance education and classes with Pass/Fail). Mr Duck
  13. There is a pool on main campus which can be accessed for free with your student card (free shuttle between the medical school campus and downtown main campus). Mr Duck
  14. Keep in mind that at uOttawa the bus pass is mandatory for the fall and winter semesters, also the parking costs are astronomical. You will be saving a lot by bussing, while also having the time to listen to class recordings on the bus! Mr Duck
  15. Agree with all the above, OSAP now heavily decrease grants based on your income so not worth your time (esp given that it's better to focus on studying). You can play with the calculator online to see how this affects your grant. There are many grants during the summer for research opportunities that are reasonable if you want some research experience anyways, however I do regret not taking more time off to relax during the summer! Mr Duck
  16. Pass rate is 60% however 70% is where is recommended to perform as it correlates with better success on the LMCC (licencing exams). The "hardness" to pass really depends on the individual, some may find it extremely easy to pass 60, whilst others may find it difficult to maintain a 60, and this all depends on a lot of factors (and btw, your grades on an exam do not mean you will make a better physician, but that you are good at taking a test!). Where you find yourself on the spectrum of "how easy is it for me to pass med school exams" will be clearer following your first semester of medical school. However there are many ressources that allows students to adjust based on their perceived level of difficulty with the curriculum (mentoring center, buddy program, Student Academic Success Service, to name a few). Mr Duck
  17. They don't care about the program, only the course load / prereqs. Mr Duck
  18. I would suggest going with an option that has free engraving. This helps especially in the future when mixups or lost stethoscopes are hard to retrieve without your name on it. Mr Duck
  19. 1. You do not need to do it in the 3 years used to calculate GPA, however you need a minimum grade in that class (check the website on pre-reqs). 2. No, same as everyone else. If you are applying to the french stream your minimum GPA requirement will be lower if you come from the Outaouais region but otherwise thats the only thing different. Good luck! Mr Duck
  20. you definitely have a shot, I would put your 100% efforts and go for your dream. It is very rewarding. If you plan on completing your health science degree, the old courses/degree will not count for most (if not all) med schools. Certain schools have policies that can erase your previous transcript on the basis of undiagnosed medical conditions if you truly want these grades to be off your record, but if you plan on doing 3-4 years of undergrad again this is not necessary as those will be used for your GPA calculation. Good luck! Mr Duck
  21. If you want to pursue medicine do it. If you meet the requirements to apply absolutely apply and go for it full blast. It is a fantastic reason to pursue medicine and I think your tale would be very inspiring to many other students living with disabilities who may think that medicine is not possible for them. The Faculty of Med at uOttawa is super good at accommodating and helping you succeed, and will work with you, they are super nice. You got this! Mr Duck
  22. The first years always do a mock interview prep and I highly suggest it. It should be posted in the forums when it happens. Mr Duck
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