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    Undergrad vs Medical School

    So far, I've found that medical school lectures are similar to undergrad lectures in terms of how much content each individual lecture covers. The two diverge in terms of how many lectures each exam comes. Since you don't have the luxury of taking 5 different courses (like in undergrad), your exams in medical school will cover every single lecture for that block. In any given block, your final exams may cover between 50-80 lectures (assuming 15-20 lectures a week), whereas in undergrad, my final exams usually only covered about 24 lectures worth of content (since most courses were only 2 lectures a week). Personally, this is why I believe medical school is way harder in terms of workload. In undergrad, I could get away with not doing any reviewing after lectures until a few days before the exam. There is no way a person would be able to do that in medical school. As some other posters mentioned, medical school can be less stressful than undergrad since you aren't really worried about grades. To be honest, the consequences of failing an exam aren't high either because you can always remediate an exam (without it showing up on your transcript). Although I am less stressed in medical school, I find myself working 3x as hard as I did in undergrad.
  2. I'm not familiar with the space, but wouldn't CMGs have to do away electives in the US to have a chance at matching into a decently competitive speciality (in addition to good USMLE scores) in the States. Wouldn't that come at the expense of matching in Canada because it would take away from away electives in Canada? In addition, since the CARMS match occurs first, that makes it even difficult for CMGs to match in the States.
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    Withdrawn Undergrad Course

    I went to Western for undergrad. I also withdrew from a course. At western, if you drop before the drop date deadline, it is considered WDN without academic penalty. This means that although it shows you on your transcript as WDN, OMSAS doesn't require you to input it because it was without academic penalty. Medical schools do not care about it unless you dropped the course too late or you don't have a full course load. Just make sure to have an extra course next semester and it will be fine. I am currently in medical school, so I would say dropping that course worked out fine.
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    Physician political orientation

    Just because they vote in line with their financial priorities doesn't mean that "they don't really care much about those beliefs." Perhaps they believe that these social issues can be addressed in a different way. For all you know, they could be actively involved with organizations that address those social issues, yet not vote for a party that also supports the same issue. My point is that it's not as black and white when voting for a political party. Very rarely do people agree with the entire platform of a party. For many people, voting comes down to prioritizing issues that are more important for them and finding a balance. Hence why you see many people on here that are socially liberal, yet are fiscally conservative.
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    Physician political orientation

    Just because someone doesn't vote the way you want them doesn't mean they "don't believe in anything." Is it that hard to believe his priorities lie in his personal and family finances than "supporting" causes. There isn't only one way to support social causes. When I vote, my priorities lie in my own finances. I can choose to support social causes as I see fit, rather than leaving it to the government.
  6. Everyone following in KD's footsteps with them burner accounts LOL
  7. Wow I'm glad I got through this year. I wonder how this will affect the CARS cut-off. I suspect the MCAT cut-offs overall may be lowered, but may be competitively assessed (i.e. a person with lower MCAT scores may need a better score on the holistic portion of the application). This change does introduce quite a bit of subjectivity to the application processes, so I can't say that I'm a fan of this change.
  8. Your two bird courses are spread between semesters, which is good. Looks fine to me!
  9. Blasé

    CMA backpacks

    All the colours look decent BUT I swear to god, if they choose yellow, that bag is going straight into the trash...
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    Doug Ford & OPC clinches majority government...

    Goes to show you just how poorly Wynne and her government performed. Not only did they lose to a guy without a costed platform, they lost official party status as well lmao.
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    Physician political orientation

    I vote with my wallet's best interest in mind (conservative). It's great to be for all these social issues when the taxes needed to support them aren't taking a huge chunk of your money (and as students, let's be honest, we aren't paying that much in taxes anyways). Truth be told, when I read about the government spending tax dollars to support refugees from another country by giving them $30k annually, it definitely erodes my faith in the government spending tax dollars with the best interest of the country in mind. That was just an example, but the principle is the same -- I don't trust the government to spend the money wisely. Consequently, I vote fiscally conservative and likely always will.
  12. Do you have any recommendations for anatomy and physiology textbooks?
  13. Check out the housing guide posted on the facebook group. The one there right now is from two years ago, but I think one of the upper-years said that they would be posting a new one soon!
  14. They probably do send out more offers than available seats on the first day, but I doubt it's that many more. The difference between candidates a few spots apart on the waitlist are probably very minimal in the first place.
  15. There is no way they send out 308 offers on the first day lol. With that many offers, they would run a huge risk of over-accepting. 308 is the number of offers they send out in total, including offers to people off of the waitlist.
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