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  1. Now that Miss Corona has crashed the market, would you guys invest a small portion of your LOC? By the time we graduate or become attendings, its certain that the market would be in a better position than it is now... what do you guys think?
  2. Un message en français suivra. Have you received or do you know a friend that has received an interview offer from uOttawa's medical school this cycle? For the second year in a row, the uOttawa Black Medical Student Association is offering mock interviews to students coming from underrepresented communities and disadvantaged backgrounds hoping that through vertical and longitudinal mentorship, we can build more diverse community of medical students at uOttawa. To be as immersive as possible, the interviews will be in-person and conducted by volunteer members of the uOttawa BMSA on the Roger Guindon campus of uOttawa. Each interview will last about 50 minutes including feedback. As we are a non-for-profit club at the University of Ottawa, this opportunity is given free of charge. Pass along the word! Interested applicants should contact us at ottawa.bmsa@gmail.com before February 10th to inquire an interview! Thank you and we can't wait to meet you! -------------------------------------------------------- Avez-vous reçu ou connaissez-vous un ami qui a reçu une offre d'entrevue de la faculté de médecine de l'Université d'Ottawa pour ce cycle d'application? Pour la deuxième année consécutive, L’Association des étudiants en médecine noirs de l’Université d'Ottawa (uOttawa BMSA) offre des entrevues simulées aux étudiants issus de communautés sous-représentées et de milieux défavorisés, dans l’espoir qu’avec le mentorat vertical et longitudinal, nous pourrons créer une communauté plus diversifiée d’étudiants en médecine à l'Université d'Ottawa. Afin de vous offrir une expérience semblable au réel, les entrevues seront données en personne par des membres bénévoles de la BMSA sur le campus Roger Guindon de l'Université d'Ottawa. Chaque entretien durera environ 50 minutes, incluant la rétroaction. Puisque nous sommes un club à but non lucratif de l'Université d'Ottawa, cette opportunité vous est offerte gratuitement. Passez le mot! Les candidats intéressés doivent nous contacter à ottawa.bmsa@gmail.com avant le 10 février pour demander une entrevue de pratique! Merci et nous avons hâte de vous rencontrer!
  3. Personal opinion: These views only represent my own Seems like pre-interview, all that really matters is GPA+CASpers. During the interview, they may/may not use some entries from your ABS to steer conversation. Post-interview, what seems to mostly matter is interview score+GPA. Mabye ABS can be used to mend apart some candidates. who knows.
  4. My mistake (I checked back my emails to the faculty, it is indeed 3.6)
  5. around 400-ish students apply to the french stream. However, I've heard from info sessions that from these 400-ish, only 270 pass the GPA cutoff of 3.6 to be considered for an interview! So if you have above 3.6 (or 3.5 if you're aboriginal), you're looking at a competition of 270 applicants in the french stream.
  6. What a heated and polarized debate.. I personally use MS-X for 'Medical Student - year of study' as is it concise and official in the US at least. This way, I feel like it's discreet, isn't too pompous and goes to the point for those who know. My signature looks a little like this: Jane Doe, MS-1. Name of Faculty Name of University
  7. At least for Ottawa, I don't think not having an academic reference matters (they already know you have a great GPA..). As an accepted candidate, all of my references were non-academic but varied (one from work, one from volunteering and one from my pastor with whom I do benevolent work). The important thing is that they know you well and together bring different aspects of your abilities that will most accurately depict who you are. IMO Each reference should have some degree of overlap (for consistency of your inherent qualities) but they shouldn't all tell the same story. Non academic and from the same organization should be fine. However, interview your three people to get the gist of what they would say (what qualities and event of you stood out the most) and you'll see if all three are unique enough.
  8. Obviously you meet the GPA cut-off for the french stream (GPA = 3.7). Assuming you do well at the CASPer (you reason well and quickly your thoughts on each situation), you have a nearly guaranteed chance at an interview. This is of course, if they keep the 50% CASPer, 50% GPA formula for the 2017-2018 application cycle.
  9. RBC gives unlimited free e-transfers while Scotia only gives 2 free per month. Consider that if you have multiple bank accounts or if you have rent to pay.. RBC has the upper hand there.
  10. Honestly for the french stream, I've seen that being over 3.80 is enough to be competitive. Above the people that post on this forum - which tend to be a skewed representation of the french keeners (I include myself in this hahaha) - the actual people in this stream have quite varied wGPAs.
  11. I honestly don't remember. But I'm inclined to think it reverts to prime. I had the same impression! I'm a long time customer of RBC so getting it with them would have been very convenient. However, I didn't like how intransigent they were. Also, I felt like they weren't that knowledgeable of what being a med student entails. Really felt like they wanted me to just take the money and go. Scotia on the other hand has amazing reps that are there to help you also manage your money and budget. It's important to not settle for loyalty to a certain branch but make sure you are comfortable with your advisor and the deal he/she offers as you will be with them for the long haul!
  12. Depending on where you get it but at the Ottawa branch, they offered me prime -0.25 on a $275k LOC but with 2 year grace period after residency graduation.
  13. What year was it signed?: 2017 Bank Name: Scotiabank Interest Rate: Prime-0.25% = currently 2.45% Grace Period after Graduation from Residency: 1 year but my advisor said this is irrelevant since I can convert the line into a professional LOC with a similar rate after I finish residency. Credit Card: Visa Passport Gold and AmEx Gold Additional Perks: Interest is capitalized during school (no monthly payments!), interest rate will always stay at prime-0.25, direct access to the entirety of the LOC Advisor Name, Review, Contact Info [Optional]: Beth Dai in Ottawa main branch, she is a sweetheart and was super understanding! Very knowledgeable too! IGN 10/10 would recommend beth.dai@scotiabank.com
  14. Thank you for correcting. I wasn't aware my information was outdated. Everything is Pass/Fail indeed.
  15. Everything is Pass/Fail or Pass/Fail/Honours. Pass is 60% and honours is 80+%. Only you have access to your grades and they will not show on your transcript. It really releases any competitive pressure and allows you to truly learn for your own growth as a medical scholar.
  16. I am heavily involved in my christian church and have been since my childhood. I believe it played a huge role in my resilience, leadership and social development. At first, I was scared to talk about my faith and role in my church and was questioning if I should include what I have done for my christian community in my ABS in OMSAS. I figured its too great a part of my life for me to omit it. I decided to lay it all out and even have my pastor as a reference. When appropriate, I spoke about my faith and my role in my church in my recent interview this year. Also, within that same interview, when ethical situations came up I kept a conservative moral stance that reflected my christian values. After all that, I was scared that it would hold me back, seeing the way the world is quite progressive. It did not! I was accepted! Moral of the story, your faith makes you different but not inferior. Be who you are wholly; it may set you apart.
  17. Was accepted in uOttawa Master of Physio! However, will be declining the offer immediately. I hope that'll help someone.
  18. There is a Goodlife Fitness in the basement of the Cancer center wing of the General hospital! Since CHEO, the general hospital and the health science building (RGN) are all connected by passerelles, it's like a 3 minute walk to and fro.
  19. Same GPA, same stream and I got in this year. Go for it
  20. You don't need experience to apply for NSERC. The undergraduate NSERC bursary is given purely based on GPA. I got it with 0 lab experience in cancer research in a hospital. Basically, I suggest you don't add volunteering if you can't handle it with your course workload. Remember that GPA is king. I suggest you do NSERC in the summer but you might have to send a couple emails and have a nice cover letter/transcript that will convince the profs to take you in, despite having no lab experience.
  21. Awesome! I was wondering the same thing. - Looks like Chantal will get a visit from me tomorrow!
  22. Result: Accepted! Time stamp; 7:28 AM wGPA: 3.91 Stream: French (Salut à tout mes francophones, wut wut!) Geography: Ottawa EC: Longterm hospital volunteer, pianist, singer, volunteer at my church. 1 year of cancer research, 1 NSERC. Cultural awards. Visible minority (if that even matters) Current year: 3rd but graduating - idk I had credits. Interview: Felt good-ok about the ethical situations. I was so nervous, nearly tripped off the chairs. The panel felt a little indifferent. Went a few minutes over xD I'm still in disbelief haha Congrats to everyone who got an offer and lachez-pas, ceux qui attendent encore sur la list d'attente!
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