Jump to content
Premed 101 Forums


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


HoopDreams last won the day on March 23

HoopDreams had the most liked content!

About HoopDreams

  • Rank
    Senior Member

Recent Profile Visitors

1,882 profile views
  1. With the current situation, the different faculties, universities and governing-bodies in medicine are extremely busy trying to accommodate current and future students. Clerks have been removed from hospitals, some staff physicians are on quarantine and first-year students are waiting to resume classes online. Even the Royal College exam has been cancelled and delayed. Let's face it : the country is basically closed. Mortgages payments, electricity bills, municipal taxes, university semesters all have been cancelled or postponed. Therefore, my only advice is to not flood the mails and phone lines of the admission offices with questions. Believe me, if they had the results, they would want to send them out even before you would want to. I know the wait is overwhelming because I was in your shoes not long ago. Refreshing Minerva every single day, trying to find a clue in the different tabs, trying to notice any change on my application. What I would suggest doing is using that time to rest and enjoy life as much as possible, within the circumstances. Although we are all quarantined, the <free time> that we have right now will likely never be available again. You could use it to get involved in a research project or even study for potential pre-reqs, who knows. And I really do hope you all get a positive answer this week. Best of luck !
  2. <Two floors are being added to the Emergency Department of the CISSS de l’Outaouais’ Gatineau Hospital. One floor will be the new home of the Groupe de médecine familiale universitaire (GMF-U) de Gatineau and the other will house the Faculty of Medicine’s teaching facilities, including a high-tech simulation centre.> Source : https://www.mcgill.ca/ugme/mdcm-curriculum-joint-programs/our-two-campuses/campus-outaouais/welcome You can only be sent to Outaouais if you are asking for it. I am not sure that they are creating extra places.
  3. Nothing I am quite sure. They randomly select applications and call verifiers.
  4. I believe this information is online since 2018, unless I am wrong. See here : https://web.archive.org/web/20180509080841/http://www.mcgill.ca/medadmissions/applying/selection-process
  5. I think that you have a shot. As you may know, your GPA is not in the higher range when compared to other candidates. I would recommend applying as an admission is a combination of hard work, preparation but also a lot of luck. Wishing you the best!
  6. I will also disagree about people saying not to do it. A second undergraduate degree can be completed in 2 years. Your CV component is pretty much covered. All you have left is the MCAT. The worst thing that can happen? It doesn't work out, you go back to law, and you clear your mind. Will it affect you going back to Big Law after that 2 years sabbatical? Probably at first but you will recover. In my year, we have a lawyer with a similar age and profile as yours. I also changed careers and had to do a second undergrad at 26. I got in at 28 and will finish at 32. It was the best decision of my life. So I say : Do it. Let me know if you have any questions! Good luck:)
  7. What I would recommend at this stage is : Send them an e-mail containing all of your documents. That way you have a proof that everything was ready on time. With your message, attach screenshots showing that : You have reached out ServicePoint You are currently unable to access Minerva You have everything ready before the deadline of Nov. 1 (today) This can happen when you tried to log in too many times with a wrong password. Best of luck!:)
  8. Many people do get in with 3.7 IP. Many people don't get in with 4.0 IP. Of course, your GPA is not the best it could be. But try to work around it by improving other aspects. I would not consider a new undergraduate degree at this stage. It's a very unpredictable process. The best advice is : take a chance. Good luck !
  9. Don't give up. When I was re-doing my own pre-requesites while doing my second undegrad, I felt the same way. You are wondering if all the efforts you are putting are even worth it. It's extremely hard to stay motivated, even for medical students. In my class, many, many, many students have been rejected 2, 3, 4 times. Just remember that your hard work will be rewarded. If it's your dream, then it will happen at some point. When I was applying, I had shared how I felt during the process. See the post linked below. Everything that you are feeling is normal. Let me know if I can help. Good luck!
  10. Good to know, I was not aware of it. Such programs do not exist in Quebec, unless you have a Nursing background.
  11. I do believe Nursing is an excellent back-up career and it can give you clinical knowledge that can make you a better student and future doctor. My only concern is the fact that it is, from my understanding, very hard to complete the degree in a shorter period of time because of the fact that there are clinical placements involved. In my case, I did pursue a second undergraduate, in Kinesiology and I was able to do it in 2 years. Maybe look into it! Best of luck.
  12. Everyone struggles at some point. Every single person. Those that don't are either incredibly talented, extremely disciplined or have a high-tolerance to prolonged stress. They have my admiration. One thing to remember is that everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Every student doctor has a way to learn, abilities and areas to improve. My advice is to have confidence in yourself. Remember that you were selected for a reason. A university believes you have the abilities required to be a physician. Don't compare yourself to others. Learn about yourself. Accept your weaknesses. Work on them. And don't give up. Good luck!
  13. In our class, some PhD's still had to take it. Maybe it could change. Writing won't hurt. Best of luck!:)
  14. @Pepperonee First, congratulations on your admission, it's wonderful news. 1) The French requirement is scaring me a little bit. I don't know any French yet. McGill has often been criticized in the Province because patients find it unacceptable that they can't be treated in French, during their hospital stays, at a time where they are extremely vulnerable. I think language is a sensitive issue in Quebec, for very obvious historical reasons. No one will criticize you for trying to speak French, for making an effort, for trying to communicate with the patient. Nonetheless, a quarter or so of the class doesn't speak French at all and will be able to successfully completely their training. Some staff can't speak French either. While I do not think it is essential to understanding medical sciences, it is an 'easy' skill to acquire and you will be highly rewarded from speaking French because patients will feel listened and at ease. Approximately what percentage of the class cannot speak any french and had to learn it throughout the medical program? I would say 25%. Given that McGill now has LFME, how much French do we need to know for the pre-clerk years and how easy is it to pick up? LFME is simply meant to help you get out of your Powerpoint slides and get a touch of real clinical experience. They will try to place you in settings where you will have the most enriching experience. Since you are mostly doing observation, your lack of French mastery shouldn't be an issue. How much French do we need to know? You need to be able to talk with a patient, using the basic words. is holding a basic conversation enough or do we need to do charting in french as well? Charting will be done in the language of your choice. Are the hospitals in which students are placed English-based or French-based? The hospitals don't have an official language. The patient dictates the language and that's where the language issue comes from. 2) Is a car necessary? No 3) I'm thinking of buying a 1 bedroom condo. Which streets in downtown would you recommend? I would recommend renting first and then seeing how you like it and where you will end up for residency. The McGill campus is surrounded by multi-residential buildings. Anything close to a metro station is good. Good luck !
  15. I honestly do believe it is better to dedicated your medical school years to medical school activities. If you do have extra-time, use it to relax, enhance your curriculum or simply spend time with friends and family. It is extremely hard to compare it to undergrad but I think the best way to put it is : every week is comparable to your final exam week. Congratulations on your acceptance and looking forward to meet you!
  • Create New...