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  1. Both are true. PB has a lot of perks, but if you really cannot commute, then picking WB first will maximize your chance of getting a site downtown.
  2. UofT has two masters programs. a M. Eng and a M. Sc. A decent number of people in my grade are doing them (maybe 20 in total or so)? It seems like a cool opportunity if you have the time for it.
  3. So would you say that studying USMLE resources aimed towards Step 2 exam would be a good to study for preclerks?
  4. Hi, I'm a pre-clerk at UofT and I'm wondering if there was value in studying from online sources such as First Aid/Pathoma/Boards and Beyond during preclerkship. Right now I can pass the exams without too much studying so I'm wondering what would be more high-yield: studying extra to get higher marks in coursework or studying more diverse and potentially more relevant resources. I basically want to become a knowledgable medical student and hopefully set myself up in a good spot for clerkship.
  5. Thank you for this! Do people usually cold-email profs similar to undergrad? Or is the process a little more formalized/personal? Youre definitely right. I’ve just seen that for some programs, research is a “checkbox” that helps out. Idk what I wanna do yet but I’m trying to keep as many doors as open. And since my background contains very little research I figured it might be a good area to catch up on!
  6. Hello all, I'm an incoming first year med student at UofT and I was wondering when the appropriate time was for searching/thinking about potential research projects for the school year. I don't have that much experience with research in undergrad and so I'm worried I may be behind compared to some of my older classmates who might have gone through fourth year thesis projects, masters, or PhDs. There are a few questions so if anyone has some insight please let me know! 1. From some quick googling I saw that epidemiological, translational, or clinical research typically take less time and are more suited for a full-time medical student's schedule. Does anyone have any insights on the differences between these areas in terms of typical hours, likelihood for abstracts/conferences/papers, and timeframe of projects (e.g. #months-years)? 2. Additionally, how important is it to conduct research in a specific specialty/area you're interested in? I have no idea what I want to specialize in yet so it'd be nice knowing that doing research in a specific specialty won't hinder my efforts to match into another specialty down the road. 3. Finally, is it possible for a school year project to be converted to a summer project with grant funding? I looked into CREMS but I'm not sure if there's opportunities for continuity of projects. Thanks a ton!
  7. I'm an incoming first year med student at UofT and I had a few questions about UofT financial aid programs. I applied for OSAP and got a scotia LOC already, but i'd love some free money from the school as well Can anyone comment on what the criteria are for getting bursaries and if there are any thresholds for income? Do most people end up getting financial aid or is it just for a very small proportion of students? And any other info you think is important. Thanks!!
  8. Hi rmorelan can you elaborate on this? I’m headed to UofT in the fall and I’m scrambling to find a waiter/labor job to get extra money.... but I totally would relax and reflect/read/travel more if I knew that every dollar of minimum wage I made will be taken from me later
  9. Which two schools did you apply to? and what are your MCAT/ECs like? I'm pretty young/unexperienced, and I don't know if this will help, but here are my own thoughts on this: people in general are not attracted to anxiety. This is prevalent in all facets of society but one of the most prominent areas is applying for a competitive position. Although being qualified for a position is essential, believing you're qualified for a position is important too (or at persuading others you are) is important too. Luckily, you have the qualified part down! 4.0 GPA really good, even higher than most accepted medical students I believe. You're already in a better spot than lots of applicants. The other things you're worried about (apps and MCAT) can be challenging, but there are ways to get around it. For example, you could ask other pre-meds or med students about your application and MCAT studying schedule to get affirmation. You can also ask this forum and resources like reddit.com/r/MCAT—they helped me a ton. Regarding the emails to med school faculties, I doubt put you on a blacklist for asking a ton of questions but I don't think you should always go to them for questions you have. Try asking the sub-forums on this page for faculty specific questions, they'll probably be able to help. So all in all, remember you have lots of people you can reach out to and ask for help, and remember that faking confidence is a big part of this. No one will let you be their doctor if they don't believe you'll be a good one.
  10. This was a while ago but posting in case future applicants find it helpful Result: Accepted to St. George Campus Timestamp: May 8th, around 930am GPA: 3.94 (illegible for wGPA) MCAT: 520 (130/129/130/131) ECs: some casual research, some work in an emergency department (basically scribing), various leadership positions in student organizations, volunteering at a mental health line, worked for my parents' small business and in the hospitality industry for a bit. Overall not that impressive, not that much research, not that much leadership. I avoided getting involved in many clubs in UG since I didn't really resonate with any of them. Essays: wrote them the week of, edited them the night before (pulled an all nighter editing/finishing them, finished at around 9am lol). Overall I felt pretty good about them but it could have been the late-night delirium. I focused on clusters for the ABS essays and on storytelling/narration in the question prompt essays. Probably the strongest part of my app, since I was below average for the rest of the criteria. Interview: One was really bad, stumbled on an ethical scenario that I couldn't articulate well. One other one went okay, and two I felt went very well. The best advice I received going in was to be an overly-confident, slightly better version of yourself. Interviewed at Mac without this advice (focusing on analysis and question response frameworks instead of who I was) and got wrecked there. Year: 3rd year UG Geography: IP
  11. Yeah my friend and I have dropped the den unfortunately Now we're looking for just a two bedroom, still ideally under $2400! It's good that the housing market has slowed down in Toronto, but the condo market hasn't budged...
  12. Hi, Just got accepted to UofT St. George campus! Can barely believe it even still. My roommate and I are looking for a two bedroom + den in downtown Toronto. Is <$2400 a month reasonable to expect? How should we start the search? Is a real estate agent recommended?
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