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  1. Rent in all three locations is pretty cheap. http://settlement.org/ontario/housing/rent-a-home/basics/how-much-does-it-cost-to-rent-an-apartment-in-ontario/
  2. In terms of clinical skills rooms, Niagara has plenty. We've never had an issue with our clinical skills tutorial leader not being able to book us a clinical skills room. In Hamilton, they have to book a room at the "Center for Simulation Based Learning" rooms which basically has a bunch of clinical skills rooms. Usually there should not be an issue with booking rooms for Hamilton. We definitely used the clinical skills room more in Niagara though... it was almost every session in Niagara versus once every few tutorials when I was in Hamilton. However, that could have just been due to our tutorial leader's preferences. Also, I would say both Niagara and Hamilton have great, new clinical skills rooms so that isn't a defining factor in my mind. Commuting is definitely a for regional campuses negative. One good thing is that many Interest Group planning/activities you help out with can just do online and through meetings over VC. Here are my thoughts copied below on Mac's teaching style: I would add: Pros All of the above; really lets you use your time efficiently Testing is fair. Basically, there is two testing methods: CAEs (concept application exercises): 6 question, short answer test, an hour long. The tutorial leader marks the CAE, grading each q's on whether they are satisfactory. Tutorial leader uses the CAE in addition to their observation of you during tutorial sessions to see if you are moving along with the group. The CAEs are like "unit tests" which happen at the end of set of every section. So in MF1, we study respirology, cardiology, and hematology. At the end of each respirology, cardiology and hematology, we would have a CAE on that topic. PPI (persona progress index): Multiple choice exams that you take 3x per year. They cover all material. You get "flagged" if you fall within certain standard deviations below your peers. I think you have to be flagged twice for it to start to be a concern (not sure on this). And testing is relatively stress free at Mac. Cons Anatomy: Felt there were a lot of learners per group at the Anatomy session making them a bit difficult. At Niagara it was a bit better in my opinion for anatomy. Mac is VERY open to feedback however, and even within our year there were some improvements. Lectures given do not cover all the material for weekly tutorials. I am fine with this, but if you wanted to rely solely on lectures for learning you will have to find your own sources Along with that, it takes a bit of a learning curve to figure out what sources you learn best with and how to get them. At the end of the day though, this is a useful skill that you'll have to learn eventually. It is a 3 year program so there is more pressure to learn things the "first time around". You don't get a huge summer break to review material. And for typical week: Two 3 hour tutorial sessions (monday thursday/tuesday friday) where you discuss cases of the week. 2.5 hour clinical skills "tutorial" session. Learn physical exams, how to take patient's history etc. 3h lectures monday/friday mornings (that I don't go to). Usually on topics discussed in tutorial. 1.5h anatomy session thursday morning (that I try to go to). About the relevant organ systems. 3h "professional competencies" lecture/tutorial session Tuesday morning. For lack of a better term, this is where you learn about "soft skills," and also check up on your group mates. You have the SAME group for pro comp the entirety of pre clerkship, so you get to know these people well. Once in a while Wednesday mornings will have a mandatory activity. So as you can see, you can often have 3 day "weekends" if you skip lecture either monday/friday. Clin skills is often not scheduled Friday/Monday, but that depends on your preceptors.
  3. I felt good about half of the stations and the other half I tried not to think about too much. Definitely not confident, but I felt the stations weren't too terrible in general I liked the teaching style a lot more than traditional medical schools. Learning is tutorial based, which I find is way more efficient than learning from lectures. Back at McGill I was used to watching a ton of lectures online, memorizing, and than regurgitating the material. Learning in this way is fast in the short term, but I found I didn't retain a lot. In contrast, at Mac you prepare for specific cases each week, and are free to use any learning material you want - whether that be textbooks, articles, uptodate, lectures. There isn't any memorizing of minutia. At the tutorials, you then go through the case with your peers with a physician/professor as a facilitator and this process helps you consolidate the material (you learn better when you teach) and make sure the material is accurate/relevant. The lectures they provide are more or less optional - you could use them as a basis of your preparation, or you could use textbooks if you're more comfortable with that. Thus, in all you have learning that centered around a "problem" or case, as opposed to learning centered around what the prof says at lecture. The Medical Foundation-based learning is also something I strong support. I'm not sure if you guys learned about the teaching style, but basically preclerkship is split up into 5 topic sections, called "Medical Foundations". In each MF you study the physiology, anatomy, pathology, pharmacology and clinical skills associated with that MF. Despite how common sense this sounds, not all medical schools necessarily do this. For instance, some schools may teach the clinical skills, anatomy, pharmacology or pathology as a completely separate unit, after teaching all the physiology. Having 3 years is also a bonus. You could take a year off if you wanted for research. This would actually probably be more useful in terms of research, as opposed to doing research in summer blocks like you do at other medical schools. I'm not sure if there is a limitation on how many students can do a year off, but most people really don't want to, so the demand isn't high. I am doing 3 years. Finally, I would argue that Mac is the one school that really looks at evidenced-based evaluation criteria (on what makes a good doctor) to use for admissions. While it might be frustrating for some that Mac only looks at your VR score, the fact is only VR score and not PS/BS scores have been correlated with better physician performance I believe. The MMI and Casper are other examples. MMI for instance, still hasn't been adopted by all Cdn medical schools, or they have a version of MMI that's below the 7 needed interview stations needed for reliability. I originally picked the Hamilton campus but was offered Niagara. I think in the end, I was actually glad to be at Niagara. There was a survey the upper years showed us last year for our interview day, asking satisfaction with campus preferences. All three campuses reported the majority of students in the end thought that their own campus was the best. There was a slightly higher proportion of NRC/WRC students than Hamilton students who expressed that would not have preferred the opposite style of campus. I definitely fall in the latter category.
  4. Hey everyone, My name is Daegan and I'm a first year medical student over at the Niagara regional campus. Let me know if you have any questions from a student's perspective. Please note that the views I represent here are my own, and do not necessarily reflect those of McMaster University or the McMaster Niagara Campus. Daegan
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