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  1. Hi, I have been accepted to both McMaster and McGill and I'm having a hard time deciding what school will be best for me. McMaster: -excellent program and fully English, the class is also very diverse and unique -close to home -3 year program -staying within Ontario's medical system, allowing me to build connections within the province -issues with clerkship schedule is a little disconcerting, personally I want to go into paediatrics, but I also want to explore internal medicine and surgery as options -PBL, I have always been used to didactic learning but the way I did it was going to lecture and absorbing content, but then going back home and trying to piece all the info together, supplementing my learning with other content to get a better understanding -I have also heard the rumour that McMaster students don't know as much and underperform when going to other schools for electives McGill: -amazing reputation -curriculum is strong, I like how they have a transition to clinical practice period after preclerkship -all your core rotations are done in 3rd year -need to be bilingual for certain rotations where you might be placed in a predominantly french-speaking area -I do see a lack of diversity within the class at McGill -living in Montreal is great, but is far from home -Quebec medical system -McGill has been under probation and I have spoken to many students who have said they have felt some negativity/condescension from preceptors Both schools have great pros but there are also some flaws. I know medical school is a personal choice, but for me it is also a matter of which school will provide me with a strong education that will make me a better physician and able to attain a residency program that I like. For me it boils down to the issue of speaking French/probation at McGill vs. the PBL/clerkship lottery system at Mac. Are any McGill students able to give some input on some of the issues with the program, it would be greatly appreciated! Do OOP students feel that they are able to fit in. I am also an individual from a visible minority and I am a little worried about dealing with not fitting in :/
  2. Hi, I have been accepted to both McMaster and McGill and I'm having a hard time deciding what school will be best for me. McMaster: -excellent program and fully English, the class is also very diverse and unique -close to home -3 year program -staying within Ontario's medical system, allowing me to build connections within the province -issues with clerkship schedule is a little disconcerting, personally I want to go into paediatrics, but I also want to explore internal medicine and surgery as options -PBL, I have always been used to didactic learning but the way I did it was going to lecture and absorbing content, but then going back home and trying to piece all the info together, supplementing my learning with other content to get a better understanding -I have also heard the rumour that McMaster students don't know as much and underperform when going to other schools for electives McGill: -amazing reputation -curriculum is strong, I like how they have a transition to clinical practice period after preclerkship -all your core rotations are done in 3rd year -need to be bilingual for certain rotations where you might be placed in a predominantly french-speaking area -I do see a lack of diversity within the class at McGill -living in Montreal is great, but is far from home -Quebec medical system -McGill has been under probation and I have spoken to many students who have said they have felt some negativity/condescension from preceptors Both schools have great pros but there are also some flaws. I know medical school is a personal choice, but for me it is also a matter of which school will provide me with a strong education that will make me a better physician and able to attain a residency program that I like. For me it boils down to the issue of speaking French at McGill vs. the PBL/clerkship lottery system at Mac. Are any McMaster students able to give some input on some of the issues with McMaster's program, it would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
  3. Result: Waitlisted Time-stamp: 7:37 AM GPA: 3.93 Stream: English Geography: IP ECs: Diverse, lots of student government, clubs/societies, hospital work, shadowing a cardiologist, volunteering, and research. Current year: 2nd year MSc Interview: Went well in my opinion, the role play was a little intimidating but walked away feeling good about it. Interviewers were extremely friendly!
  4. Accepted - Hamilton Campus Timestamp: 8:29am cGPA: 3.87 CARS: 127 Casper: Felt very good about it, considering this year I got to complete the whole test. Interview: Thought it went well, a few stations were rough (especially the acting scenario). Overall left with a good feeling. IP, 2nd year MSc After 3 years and lots of patience, I can finally say I've achieved my dream. Honestly, this has been a gruelling journey and one that has really taught me so much, most importantly to believe in myself. For anyone out there that's feeling disappointed around this time of year, know that you're capable and that for some of us it's just testing our patience that much more. Believe in yourself, because if this is truly what you want, it will work out! I'm a strong believer in paying it forward and I wouldn't be here without support from friends/family that are in/have gone to medical school. If you have any questions or want to chat, feel free to PM me. Good luck!
  5. Does anyone know if accepting your McGill Med offer removes you from consideration at Ontario schools?
  6. I have a few questions for current McGill students (particularly OOP students): 1) I was made aware that I would need to be bilingual come 3rd year, I took french immersion up until grade 12, but I am concerned that not being able to speak fluently will impede my learning during clerkship. 2) How is the program structured, are there case based learning opportunities in addition to the lectures? 3) Is the class fairly diverse, as a non-Quebec student who does not speak much French, will I have a hard time fitting in or is the class fairly diverse? 4) What drew you to McGill and what are the most attractive features about McGill and it's medical program?
  7. I spoke to admissions today, they told me that there will be some more interview invites and rejections sent out by the end of this week. She said a small pool of files will be held onto in case of any last minute cancellations before the April interview weekend. Everyone except for that small pool of applicants should hear back by the end of this week. Those select applicants being held onto will either be offered an interview spot if it is available, if not they will get their regrets after the interview weekend. I asked if she could comment on how many interview spots are left, she said I can't say how many, I will just say that another invite wave will be happening this week.
  8. Still waiting to hear from UofT here (MSc student) I know a huge batch of rejections went out today, but if this is any relief there were a lot of people I met this past weekend at interviews that had yet to here from Toronto. Pretty much 1 in 3 people hadn't heard anything so there's still many applications that have yet to be reviewed/results to be communicated.
  9. For those wondering about if rejections are sent out as much as invites during the waves, having spoken to someone at admissions here's what she said: -We originally send out rejections for those applicants with incomplete files or that don't meet cutoffs at the beginning -Each batch of files we review there are candidates we interview, those that we reject, and then some that they can't bring to interview but hold onto just in case they are more competitive in later batches or cancellations -So some rejections are held onto because they're the most competitive of the rejections Make what you want of this information but I think the best thing to do is to focus on interviews you have right now and prepare for those and don't let this seriously long wait get to you. I know it's easier said than done, but from someone who has been rejected at the very end of March for the past 2 years from UofT, it'll really stress you out if you let it get to you. Good luck!
  10. Hey, I'd also be interested in some Skype practice as well! PM me if you're interested
  11. What is the breakdown of evaluation applicants after the interview? Is it 50/50 using interview/academic excellence score?
  12. Hey, I'm looking to practice for both panel/MMI interviews in the Waterloo/Guelph area. PM if you're interested
  13. Hey also interested! PM me if you're interested
  14. Hi everyone, I am also not in Montreal and was wondering if anyone was willing to practice over Skype/Google Hangout? PM me if you're interested!
  15. I was wondering if anyone in the Waterloo/Guelph area is interested in doing some interview prep and giving each other feedback?
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