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  1. I think they are referring to Master/PhD programs where your dropping out affects the work and research of your supervisor. I know this is not allowed but I think other undergrad degrees are ok. Not sure specifically about pharmacy but I'd imagine it's the same as long as they had a degree beforehand.
  2. Yes absolutely. Always ask multiple people and take advice with a grain of salt!
  3. In this climate, I would personally be nervous about attending a 3 year program. COVID will likely be yesterday's news by the time you're in clerkship (which is where it matters most) but given that you have only 1.5 years to do any sort of clinical immersion, your pre-clerkship years may be limited in terms of opportunity for pre-clerkship elective/ hospital exposure. Something to think about at least! As for the "reputation" comment, it's important to consider why that matters. Dal grads have excellent match rates, and ample opportunity for research, electives, etc. We have all major specialties, fewer learners, and lots of eager mentors which means opportunities are easy to come by and help with matching etc. Unless you are super keen on exploring a highly specialized subspecialty, (or like some said, impress your friends) I can't think of why Dal being a smaller or less internationally-known school would be a disadvantage in any way.
  4. Looks like the jury has spoken I shall not play games with the CaRMS algorithm then!
  5. OK sorry to be continuing this age old discussion I know we're told to rank based on our preference, but based on that presentation, wouldn't it be in your best interest to rank places higher that you feel you did better in? For example, if you clicked really well with a program and the interview wen't well, wouldn't your chances of matching there be higher assuming they also ranked you higher? This is so confusing to me and I'm probably just overthinking it!
  6. Yes I believe you're right! I was wondering whether people would do "random" (but related) 2-week electives in related specialties, or do a lot in 2 competitive specialties (and whatever other specialty) For example, if someone wanted ENT as 1st choice but also interested in Plastics, is it wise to do: Four 2-week electives in ENT, four 2-week electives in Plastics, and maybe one 2-week elective in say Family (clearly going for both ENT & Plastics), OR: Four 2-week electives in ENT, one 2-week elective in anesthesia, one 2-week elective ophtho, one 2-week elective plastics etc. (clearly ENT is top choice with scattered related specialties)
  7. Hey folks! I am curious what you guys think about the new 8-week in 1 specialty cap and CaRMS strategies. Specifically, I'm wondering how this changes the feasibility of applying to 2 competitive specialties. Since people aren't doing ALL their electives in the specialty they're gunning for, it seems like this is more plausible than before. My other thought is that perhaps seeing 2 specialties makes you come across as "wishy-washy" to programs, and despite the cap it's best to do other scattered "related" specialties with a clear 1st choice. What do y'all think?
  8. Hey guys! I'm a 3rd year med student, and I am starting to think about the CaRMS application process and making sure I have a well-rounded application. I know it's a bit early, but I'm wondering if anyone can shed light on what is "includable" in the CV portion. It's my understanding that programs are different in terms of format and sections, but I'm a bit unclear on what sorts of things we can include. For example, are we expected to only list accomplishments/ extracurriculars that occurred while in med school? That are medically-related? Thanks!
  9. This refers to 2 most recent years, as far as I know, and has nothing to do with level of the class. Presumably, if you've graduated (or are on track to graduate) you will have taken the appropriate amount of courses in each level.
  10. 1. It depends. It's quality over quantity. That is, don't create a laundry list of items that should be placed together. If these truly are different publications, I would absolutely group them separately as long as you have the space to do so. If you're out of space and have a conference presentation that goes along with the same publication for instance, that could be combined. 2. No. Definitely focus on highlighting your values, strengths, and what you've gained. I doubt they care who the other authors are. 3. 100% yes. They want to see a person behind the application. Let them see who you are and what makes you unique! Hint: it's not the fact that you're interested in medicine *See my post in this forum about app editing if you'd like more specific help*
  11. Hey all! I am heading into clerkship in August and I know MCCQE is far away, but I'm considering buying the UWorld Qbank 2 year option and was hoping to have access to it up until MCCQE. When do most people take this? If July/August is the most common/ most convenient time (assume I know nothing about this exam because I really don't!) I would buy it starting clerkship to ensure access for 2 full years. Thanks!
  12. You do not need to have a concrete connection to be successful, contrary to what some think! There are people in my class who have never been here before coming for school Maritime connection isn't limited to literally having been here; there are many good reasons you may want to study and potentially even practice here. I encourage you to think hard about why you would like to study here. What about the curriculum or learning/ working environment stands out from other places in Canada? Is it the focus on primary care? Community atmosphere? Rural opportunities? Be HONEST. There are lots of BSers that will rave about the time they came to Nova Scotia when they were 5 years old and loved Peggy's Cove and lobster fishing so much they vowed to come back some day Research Dal, the Maritimes, and brainstorm honest reasons you feel it would be a good fit for you, or you for it. Again, be honest.
  13. Hi Applicants! Current Dal med student here. For the past 2 years I've been offering editing services for both the Essay and Supplemental form. Whether you're looking for help on a first draft, or want someone to help polish your final draft, I am here to help I can't stress enough how important having a strong Essay & Supplemental form for the Dal application. It's not just about the experiences themselves, but how you describe them to illustrate what core qualities you've strengthened and how they will make you an excellent candidate for medicine. It is arguably the easiest way to bump up your score! While in previous years I've worked on applications right up until the deadline, I am beginning clerkship mid-August and will only be offering these services until that time. Feel free to message me for details and pricing
  14. You "enroll" in the program after you've been accepted. It basically just means you sign up for the classes on DalOnline. There's a list of things you need to do once accepted (vaccinations, enrolling, criminal record check, paying deposit) and this is just one of those steps. Since it's not due until I think you start, it makes sense that a lot of people haven't done that yet. It's more a measure of who is being keen, not the amount of offers sent! You can also drop the offer after enrolling if you get another acceptance. So basically, this number tells you nothing unfortunately.
  15. Does anyone know how the CaRMS CV works? For example, do you create your own Microsoft Word-like document or is there an online application where you simply fill in the blanks under specific categories (like Med school applications). Also, are activities limited to things done while in med school or can you include things from before?
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