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  1. Anatomical Pathology: McMaster (March 15), Queen's (March 19) Diagnostic Radiology: Sherbrooke (March 15), Saskatchewan (March 25) Emergency Medicine: Family Medicine: McGill - Gatineau (March 14), Dalhousie (March 15), Ottawa (March 15, March 16), Saskatoon (March 15, March 18), Sherbrooke - Moncton (March 16), Queen's (March 18), McMaster (March 18), McGill- Val d'Or (March 18), Regina (March 18), Calgary (March 19), NOSM (March 19), Manitoba- Bilingual (March 19), MUN (March 15) General Pathology: Saskatoon (March 15) Hematological Pathology: Internal Medicine: NOSM (March 17), Regina (March 18) Medical Genetics and Genomics: Medical Microbiology: Neurology: Neurology-Pediatric: Neuropathology:  Nuclear Medicince: Western (March 19) Pediatrics: Ottawa (March 19) Psychiatry: Sherbrooke - Moncton (March 15), NOSM (March 18), Regina (March 18), UBC ( March 18), Saskatoon ( March 18) Public Health and Preventive Medicine: Saskatoon (March 18), Ottawa ( March 19) Vascular Surgery: I didn't apply, so I don't know.
  2. Anatomical Pathology: McMaster (March 15), Queen's (March 19) Diagnostic Radiology: Sherbrooke (March 15), Saskatchewan (March 25) Emergency Medicine: Family Medicine: McGill - Gatineau (March 14), Dalhousie (March 15), Ottawa (March 15, March 16), Saskatoon (March 15, March 18), Sherbrooke - Moncton (March 16), Queen's (March 18), McMaster (March 18), McGill- Val d'Or (March 18), Regina (March 18), Calgary (March 19), NOSM (March 19), Manitoba- Bilingual (March 19) General Pathology: Saskatoon (March 15) Hematological Pathology: Internal Medicine: NOSM (March 17), Regina (March 18) Medical Genetics and Genomics: Medical Microbiology: Neurology: Neurology-Pediatric: Neuropathology:  Nuclear Medicince: Western (March 19) Pediatrics: Ottawa (March 19) Psychiatry: Sherbrooke - Moncton (March 15), NOSM (March 18), Regina (March 18), UBC ( March 18), Saskatoon ( March 18) Public Health and Preventive Medicine: Saskatoon (March 18), Ottawa ( March 19) Vascular Surgery:
  3. Med school is not like undergrad. You don't choose your courses, you don't arrange your own schedules. You take the same courses as everyone else in your class. Any particular lectures are for the most part held only once during the school year. Your class may get broken up to smaller groups for certain activities like labs, PBL sessions, clinical activities etc. But you mostly get assigned to those groups and assigned meeting times. Those that have miss a significant portion of the year or fail certain components of a course would usually only have the chance to make it up the next year with the next cohort. It's more like highschool. Hope that gives you an idea.
  4. Just finished 11.5 hrs in medicine consults. Do medicine they say, the hours are better than surgery they say.
  5. I was with Scotia, recently switched to RBC. Reason was while Scotia offered me a great deal when I applied, they refused to update me to any of the new changes that happened after I signed with them. So no Passport + Amex, no prime - 0.25. Friends with LOCs at RBC signed on at prime + 0 were able to get the prime - 0.25 rate by emailing to their adviser. That's when I realized being an existing customer at Scotia sucked, and decided to stop being an existing customer.
  6. Yes you can be dual residents, but.... you can only have health coverage and valid driver's license from one province. Meaning (if you're from Ontario), RAMQ will only start covering you if you cancel OHIP coverage, and if you want a valid Quebec driver's license, you have to surrender your Ontario license. For med school application purposes, for example, if you were born and lived your entire life up to high school London, Ontario, then your family moved to Quebec and you become Quebec resident after undergrad, you can apply as a quebec resident to McGill and a South Western Ontario applicant for Western for Med. Another example.. if you were born in Quebec, then left before you were 1 year old and lived the rest of your life in BC, you are definitely eligible as a BC resident, but you can also apply as a Quebec resident to Quebec schools.
  7. You have a waiting period of 3 months to obtain the RAMQ card, but once you have it, there is no waiting period to obtain "Quebec resident" status for school. You don't specifically need RAMQ to prove situation 5. You can replace it with 2 pieces of documents proving residency.. like a lease and the hydro bill. Also no waiting period between submitting proof that your parent resides in Quebec this way and change in your residency status for school purposes.
  8. yes. I did exact same thing some years ago.
  9. This is honestly one of the reasons I never considered med until after I finished undergrad. It wasn't until my friends started getting in and encouraging me to apply that I actually thought I wasn't just throwing money away.
  10. Join the McGill Class of 2020 Facebook group it's be a great place to meet future classmates and to get your questions answered by upper years (we're *very* active on the FB group)
  11. If I recall, the workbook is quite restrictive about what you can do or not do - including copy and pasting (blast that error sound in Excel). I second RedLily. Please wait till the applications are open to get the correct version.
  12. I texted my mom who was overseas at the time. She texted back a week later reminding me to water her plants. My SO was the other important person in my life, who was in a different country. I sent him an IM to ask him to call because I didn't want to tell him by text. He made me text it anyway then called.
  13. I have the pro 3 (pro 4 and surface book weren't out yet when I bought mine). I have an additional computer at home. It's a gaming rig since I game (a lot). I know some people who do use it as their full-time computer though. The surface is definitely an all-in-one, especially since it runs the full Windows 10 operating system. Speed wise, it's just as fast as my desktop (thanks to SSDs) for everyday use such as e-mails, reports for school, Office, OneNote, internet (I haven't tried more intensive programs like Photoshop on it).
  14. then get something that you can use a stylus with like the iPad or Surface. I have the surface (along with many people from my class) and it's great for school. You'll definitely need a computer for med school, especially at McGill where all exams are done electronically on your personal laptop.
  15. I think all English med schools use P/F or P/F/H. Only the French school (UdeM, Laval, Sherbrooke) use letter grades. As rmorelan points out, there are pros and cons to the P/F system. Pro: less stress for a group of ultra high-strung type A students. There are enough students suffering mental breakdowns and crying in bathrooms without the stress of grades. Con: How to residency programs differentiate between student who worked hard all throughout med school vs student who barely scraped by? Everybody's got the same P on their transcript. Put it another way, how do you stand out when applying to competitive residency programs when everyone looks the same on paper?
  16. McGill doesn't give you a paper agenda, but there were free agendas given out sometime in the first month of school from a different organization (Med related, but I don't remember specifically what it was). I wouldn't recommend getting an undergrad agenda at McGill since our school year starts earlier and runs longer than undergrads. McGill provides all of its curriculum related information electronically. You'll get a document at the beginning of the year with exam days, block schedules, white coat etc. for all of FMD which lasts the first year and a half of studies. Detailed schedule of each day in individual blocks will be released as the year goes along (you'll know at least 2 months in advance). Most of us just synced our individualized school schedule to our phones through google calendar, iCal etc. (you'll be introduced to this at orientation) and it has greatly simplified the process of finding out which small group room we're supposed to be in when.
  17. Two high profile shootings in as many days in Orlando. This is among one of the many reasons I would never want to live in the states
  18. Last I checked, London is part of Southwestern Ontario. You should still be considered a SWO applicant However, best thing for you is to contact admissions directly for a definitive answer
  19. All the clinics I've seen have nurses, so that might be my own bias. Replace nurse with MA, you'd save 30K. It'd still not enough to cover the expenses of rent/utilities let alone the equipment and other office expenses.
  20. according to CMA's specialty profiles, family physicians report an average overhead of 28.2%. The physician that pays 25% is actually paying less than the average for his profession. report: https://www.cma.ca/Assets/assets-library/document/en/advocacy/profiles/family-e.pdf
  21. HR (not the secretary, but the person who handles your secretary's job application to your clinic) Nurse IT services building maintenance/renovations janitorial services accounting It's not leeching. Consider your physician who gross 400k, and pays 100k overhead. If he were a self-employed physician with his own clinic, that 100k can pay for a nurse (65K) and a secretary (30K) with 5K leftover for rent, utilities, equipment and so on. It can't be done. 25% is *cheap* for overhead if you were going at it yourself. 25% overhead would be doable in a group practice with 5-6 doctors, but paying a clinic management company gets the job done for about the same cost and you don't have to think about the administrative side of running your business (because god knows, there's enough paperwork in the practice already).
  22. You have to pass a French test for UdeM and Laval, but not Sherbrooke. As a Ontarian, you absolutely can apply for the French schools. As Bambi pointed out though, if you will be studying in French. The textbooks they use are in English, but the classes and exams are in French. French school are not pass-fail. They give letter grades. So if you're scraping by with a 65 on all your exams, it will show up on your transcript (unlike the English schools where your 65 is as much as pass as a classmate's 95).
  23. I think feversurgar gave a pretty good overview of clerkship schedule. Yes you're expected to be on call, and yes there are rotations where you start/end late. Emergency is especially shift based, so you will be expected to do shift work. As for electives in med 4, it's variable depending on where you want to match. Some people want to match in Ontario/States and will do almost all of their electives (3-4 months) away. Others are geographically limited to Montreal and will do most of theirs at McGill or UdeM. There are quite a number of people who live in the West island/Laval/South shore in my class. They seem to be doing fine for pre-clerk. In med-2, you will have TCP, which will introduce you to most of the core specialties and you can probably use that to figure out if the commute still works for you. You'll also get your clerkship schedule during TCP, which will also help you with planning/deciding to move or not.
  24. Ugh I'm having the opposite time. Why are Montreal apartments so shit??
  25. The lower pay is common to all of Quebec. It is to make up for the fact that our med school tuition is only about a quarter of the tuition in the rest of Canada.
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