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  1. There's also the job itself, probably more important than lifestyle.
  2. My understanding was that Queen's does not have a hard MCAT cutoff... At Dal your GPA doesn't really matter very much; it only counts for 15% of your score. Your CV is more important.
  3. You should be able to get into Queen's, U of T, or Dal with your GPA and CV. 2nd undergrad would be absurd with your profile.
  4. Indeed, it would be more reasonable to do it for all doctors. Fighting against transparency on this reflects very poorly on the medical profession.
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    Looking for summer student

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  6. Some people claim Canadian medical schools are all the same, and I don't think it's true. Yes social supports can be a big factor, especially if you are still relatively dependent on your parents/relatives. Location can be a consideration too but I think it's very important to consider the curriculum structure and educational doctrine of the school itself. 1. I think it's important to look at how many weeks of electives you would get at each of your options, because there is huge variation between schools. Also look at how many of those elective weeks are pre-Carms. This can directly affect your ability to match to your preferred specialty, and your ability to be competitive in more than one specialty under the new elective cap rules. 2. If you are considering a career in surgery or radiology, or you (like many doctors) consider anatomy to be the cornerstone of medicine, get the details of how the anatomy curriculum is taught and structured at each of your options. Find out which of your options teaches anatomy on actual cadavers. Some medical schools just teach anatomy once to a pretty basic level at the beginning of first year and then never touch/test it again, while others place a strong emphasis on anatomy in every unit of preclerkship. In other words, some medical schools seem to value and emphasize anatomy education far more than others. Find a school that values anatomy education as much (or as little) as you value anatomy education. 3. Find out how many students are failed and have to repeat a year at each of your options. You may be surprised at the differences between schools. This is not something you want to have hanging over your head while you are trying to learn medicine. 4. Find out which of your options grade their students against an absolute standard, and which of your options grade students against each other. Do you really want to be competing with your classmates for a pass? 5. Find out how much of the curriculum is mandatory case-based or small-group learning sessions and mandatory clinical skills sessions at each of your options, and whether these are graded on participation or ungraded. Some people really enjoy learning this way, and some people really don't. Some people really enjoy spending lots of time in small-medium groups with their classmates, and some people really don't. Which one are you? Make sure you find out the total hours divided by term length, not just "a typical week" because the "typical week" may be misleading about the actual amount of this mandatory small group and clinical skills stuff when taking into account the very heavy weeks. Canadian medical schools are not all the same.
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    CaRMS School Match Rate

    Why do you think combining the data changes things? Is it not true that quebec grads fare less well at matching to competitive residencies?
  8. Could someone explain the RO at SB comment? Is this some kind of obscure reference? No idea what is being said here.
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    CaRMS School Match Rate

    As far as I can tell, this is the most convincing analysis of match rates to date. CaRMS really should be providing this information, with the location preferences incorporated so that medical school applicants can have complete information, and schools can look for ways to improve their students' prospects. But since they don't provide the location preference data (as far as I know), or granular enough data to compile it manually, perhaps the OP's chart is the best we can hope for. Well done.
  10. In a way it can be thought of as a credit score. Your credit score is positively affected by the length of the longest ongoing credit item on your file. So in med school apps, you a want to have at least one longstanding commitment. But if you are never using the credit item it counts for less, just like being less involved with an EC makes it count for less (i.e. Weekly hours). Your score is also affected by the types of credit you have, such that if it's all revolving credit you'll have a lower score than someone with variety (installment credit, mortgage, revolving, student loan, other). Similarly for medical school if it's all just club memberships on your app you'll likely have a lower score than someone who has leadership ECs, athletic, research, community outreach, etc. And, like a credit score, you can damage your score by being spread too thin with way more credit cards/ ECs than is reasonable. It's kind of like a social credit score in a way, that medical schools are using to judge applicants I guess. If you want to think of it that way. Just a theory.
  11. Aren't two of the schools named in the scandal public just like Canadian schools? UCLA and UT Austin are both public schools.
  12. Okay, good to know. I guess I should spend more time on this forum. I'm sometimes critical of the way my own medical school is set up, but it sounds like I should be thankful I'm not at some of these other places.
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