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  1. 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!:)
  2. 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 !
  3. 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!
  4. Good to know, I was not aware of it. Such programs do not exist in Quebec, unless you have a Nursing background.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. In our class, some PhD's still had to take it. Maybe it could change. Writing won't hurt. Best of luck!:)
  8. @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 !
  9. 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!
  10. My suggestions would be : Back-up plans : 1 year masters Working Research Combination of all of the above Pre-reqs : Online universities (Athabasca) Local university (Apply as visiting student) CEGEP (Check application deadlines) Combination of above (Check with McGill that they recognize the course you are taking) Also, if you did retake them, did they affected your cGPA or just science GPA? If you re-take them, McGill looks at the GPA of the degree you are using to apply. Therefore, the GPA of classes taken outside of your degree do not affect your degree's GPA. Check the rules for other schools. Best of luck!:)
  11. No, you are not a loser and shouldn't think of yourself that way. Can you improve ? Everyone can. Remember that you made it to the very last step and still didn't get rejected. That's impressive. Message me if you would like to practice MMI at some point, I would be happy to help, no fees.
  12. I think it is a challenge but I see students, residents and staff do it. If you can be consistent, this will be the key. I try to go 5x per week, even though sometimes it will only be for 40 minutes. My approach is use it as a study break ; work-out instead of watching a Netflix episode. On a final note, I don't know a single student that failed because there wasn't enough hours in a day to study. The real challenge is self-discipline and we are all trying to improve that in our lives. Best of luck!:)
  13. You have to be careful with that rule. You need to have completed 45 credits in the new undergraduate degree by November 1st of the year that you apply. As long as you have completed 45 credits by the time you apply, they don't care In my case, to meet that requirement within the first year, I took full-time semesters for Fall, Winter, Summer. Currently, unless I wrong, your plan is : Fall 2018 : 12 credits Winter 2019 : 12 credits Fall 2019 : 12 credits Winter 2020 : 12 credits Therefore, by Fall 2020, you will have 48 credits completed. You're good.
  14. Unless it changed, you won't be allowed to walk around with a water bottle in every station. Water will be available outside the stations.
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