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  1. Having done both solely MMIs (Mac and UBC) and the mixed MMI + panel (Queen's and U of A), I can't say a 20 minute panel really did much for me or gave me much more of a chance to show my personality. I don't know what U of T is like though, my guess is it's longer than 20 minutes?
  2. I've read somewhere that traditional style interviews favour narcissists, so I wouldn't be so fast to pine for those to become more prevalent.
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    Whats the point ?

    You clearly haven't been paying attention to the climate science?
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    Whats the point ?

    If you're worried about the fate of Earth in the future, which is legit, try to think about how important it will be to have caring physicians around to advocate for climate change mitigating policies and to care for those whose health has been harmed by climate change. If that doesn't sound like what you want your role in the world to be that's fine. But don't give into a bleak nihilism when there is always good that can be done to help alleviate suffering.
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    Maternity Leave

    "Before you go on leave, make sure you have worked 600 insurable hours in the last 52 weeks, or since your last claim in order to qualify for EI."
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    Maternity Leave

    CaRMS's site has what amount of leave your entitled to by province, and also links to the provincial residency organization pages: https://www.carms.ca/match/r-1-main-residency-match/salary/#1511459027032-06ec5e41-5301
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    How Do You Guys Manage Fitness With School?

    Ah teach me how lol. My trajectory for health has been downwards since starting med school!
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    How long after your undergraduate can you apply?

    There aren't any time limits.
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    Writing MCAT in summer after 2nd year

    I did a poli sci type degree originally. I went back to school and took first year bio, general chem, and two semesters of organic chem. I also took an anatomy course, which I highly recommend doing before med school, wasn't that useful for the MCAT though. I stopped there, when UBC got rid of their pre-reqs and I learned the bio chem and physics needed for the MCAT in the prep course. I studied for roughly two months, if I remember correctly. The prep course was 4 days per week 4 hours per day. The course was good in that it covered a LOT of information in those 4 hour sessions and you were given access to a number of full practice exams, which was one of the most important parts of my study process. At a certain point, sitting down for 6 or 7 hours the way you will actually be writing it was crucial to my preparedness. It was intense, but I don't think I would have done well on the MCAT without it, with my educational background. I can't really speak for anyone who is more familiar with the content you have to know for the MCAT though. They might have stories of success with self-study. It was just not for me and I was lucky in that my parents were willing to pay the very expensive fee for the course.
  10. They try to avoid "spoon feeding it to us" which means we have to self teach for the most part. They provide some resources, as well as the lab and everything within it, but it would be a lot more helpful to have more structure.
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    Writing MCAT in summer after 2nd year

    I wouldn't spend $400+ on something if you're not going to have enough time to prepare for it. So you have to figure out if you have enough time. I started out with self-study, but as a non-science background student (with some science courses) I found I was not getting enough studying done per day and I was unable to focus on my own for the length of time required. I ended up taking a prep course. I would recommend taking some time now to try self studying one of the subjects (maybe one you find the hardest/most difficult to prepare for) and see how that goes for a week or two. If you find you can keep it up, try to calculate from that how much time you'll need to prepare and then decide whether or not to book for July. I don't believe test spots typically "open up" much, but you never know.
  12. I'm a first year McMaster student. How is it taught at your school? Very loosely, mostly through problem-based learning, but there are scheduled blocks for us to go into the lab. Do you learn on cadavers at your school? Yes. Do you feel it's taught effectively? Not in a systematic way. You can get pockets of good teaching if you cluster around one of the anatomists who will answer any question you could possibly think of. They are very helpful and quite interesting to listen to, however it's not going to cover the basics, you'll have to do that on your own at the "stations" they have set up. Is anatomy taught continuously throughout medical school, only once at the beginning of the first year, or not at all? It's integrated into all of our learning, but as far as lab goes, that is mainly available in pre-clerkship, although we are welcome to come on our own time at any point during the program. Is anatomy mandatory for you? Not attendance to the lab, no. I haven't gone to the lab in several months because I didn't find the set up to be at all helpful. I have taken a very effective anatomy course in the past and I use that background knowledge plus review when I'm studying. Are there any key features that you think make anatomy at your school better than or not as good as elsewhere? I love McMaster in many ways. I really appreciate the approach to learning in general, but when it comes to anatomy lab I really wish it were a bit more structured and there was a bit more guidance. I don't feel it's an effective use of my time the way it is currently set up. If I were gunning for surgery maybe I would go anyway and make it work for me, but that's not my interest area. Do you feel the amount and depth of anatomy education you receive at your medical school prepares you well for medicine rotations & electives? Surgery rotations and electives? Radiology electives? Clinical practice in your preferred field? I'm not in clerkship yet, so I don't know. We'll see I guess! I imagine for surgical & radiology rotations I'll have to do so home prep since I haven't been attending lab. Others that attend lab regularly (which is most people I think?) might have a different perspective. I am curious about the differences between Canadian medical schools in this regard. Especially after hearing that McMaster doesn't have cadavers, and anatomy is an optional part of the curriculum there. McMaster DOES have cadavers, that's a lie. They have a ton of dissections to examine, it's actually quite good. It is optional to go to the lab though. Anatomy does get integrated into our problem-based learning as well, I should add.
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    CIBC Professional Edge Program

    I switched for a reason lol. But also the negotiating was just me saying all the other banks are doing this, so can you do that for me too? And they were like yeah no problem. But they weren't willing to give me the whole amount up front until I threatened to switch to Scotia (which I ended up doing). And they only offered me a cap of 212k after renegotiating with the underwriters. Maybe if you talk to the right people @Guy in the know you might get that? But that was not what I was offered, not even close.
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    CIBC Professional Edge Program

    I negotiated a prime minus .25 LoC with CIBC. However I just moved to Scotiabank, b/c CIBC does annual allotments and doesn't approve you for the max amount automatically. Scotia also has a grace period post residency (I think about 6mos or a year, can't remember exactly) and allows you to keep using it as a LoC whereas other banks prevent you from using it as an LoC post residency. There's more flexibility then when you're waiting for your billing payments to come through, which can take several months depending on how long you wait to get registered.
  15. Glad to be helpful!
  16. I think that could be veering into NDA territory probably. Panel interviews ask you about yourself. They tend to use questions based off your description of activities on your application. Think of a job interview. Panels are a more "traditional style" of interviewing. That's probably the most I can share, because I think that counts as common knowledge.
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    I think they meant the extra-curricular part of the application + interivew, ie not their GPA and MCAT
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    Please switch spots!!!

    The main issue is that the school is full of students during weekdays, so they wouldn't have the space to run MMIs then, since the rooms they'd need for the MMIs are being used for teaching. That plus the fact that they have to organize hundreds of volunteers and dozens of paid actors makes it difficult to be as accommodating. I hope you're able to attend your interview, good luck!
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    CARS prep help

    I found the Prep 101 and ExamKrackers advice to be the most solid. Don't use weird tricks. Just do a solid thorough first read of the text and then answer questions. If you do a good solid read of the text, your memory for where to double check answers will be better and you'll be less likely to have to go back and re-read things for big picture questions about the text. Hope that helps.
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    Freaking out

    I highly doubt it will. And schools all differ on what counts as full course load (Queen's it's 3 courses, I think at U of C it's 4). Additionally a few don't care at all about course load (UBC and Mac I know of, there may be others).
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    Freaking out

    Mac doesn't care about course load by the way. And they count every single course you've taken towards your GPA.
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    Freaking out

    Is it an undergraduate level course that can count towards some degree (if not your specific one)? If so, most schools will count it, whether or not York does.
  23. It varies year to year I think. This year's McMaster class had a really high number of health sci admissions, iirc.
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    What school did you choose?

    No problem! You can come prepared with questions for your med student guides (at interviews they stick you in groups with 1st year med student leaders to navigate you to where you need to be and answer questions). That's really the best resource I found.
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    What school did you choose?

    That they sent me an offer of admission But seriously, I just applied everywhere I was eligible and had a decent shot at. Then when it came down to 2 offers off of waitlists the decision making process was much simpler. My recommendation is to increase your chances of acceptance by applying to several schools. The process is very competitive so you want to give yourself the best shot you can at acceptance. I chose McMaster in the end because the location is close to Toronto, it's larger than Kingston (the other offer I got was to Queen's), the 3 year program appealed to me, and I got a great feeling from the school at my interview. You're going to find a diversity of students at any medical school, there's not really a generalization you can make about what kind of people end up where. The best way to get a feel for what the culture of the school is like is during interviews. Every school I interviewed at (I did 4 interviews this cycle) gave you the opportunity to ask questions of medical students, of the dean, and to watch presentations which would give you some insight into what they have to offer and to take a quick look around the city. To sum up, my strategy would be 1) apply widely 2) get a feel for the school & city when you interview 3) if you are lucky enough to get multiple offers then that info you gathered at interviews will come in handy.