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  1. Regardless of the province you wish to practice in after, I think being able to communicate in French is just a basic mark of respect for the population you will serve during your undergrad. In Montreal, about half of the patients will be francophones. Even if most of them will understand and speak English, you will meet these people when they are in very stressful situations.... so it is very possible they prefer that you to speak French with them for that reason. In rural areas however, the vast majority will speak only French. So yes, it is important to learn French. However, I disagree that it is impossible to learn some decent skills of communication during pre-clerckship. Many people do, and many people get better than just basic skills. And about half of the cohort are francophones anyways, so get a buddy to speak French with! It really works! Also practice by ordering in French at the restaurant, or watch French news. By the way, you don't need perfect French to communicate well with your patients. Nobody cares about your accent or if you say "une vaccin" instead of "un vaccin". People care that you make an effort, and that is very important for the relationship you have with the patient.
  2. Si tu ne peux pas faire ta formation, dis toi que personne ne peut la faire non plus Plus sérieusement, la faculté de médecine à McGill semble pas mal occupée à essayer de trouver comment sauver la session des étudiants actuels, ce qui est un défi autant pour le pré-clinique que pour les externes. Il s'agit d'une situation sans précédent, mais il ne sert à rien de s'inquiéter, vous aurez les réponses en temps et lieu. We're all in the same boat!
  3. This number is likely to be the overall number of seats in Montreal campus (Med-Ps included). Each cohort is about 175-180 students, so 152 students in Montreal would make sense with 25 students in Gatineau for next year.
  4. Selon le site de l'UdeM, la CRC minimale pour biomed est d'environ 30 pour être admis au programme. Une meilleure option à ta portée serait le bac en sciences biologiques (CRC minimale de moins de 28). C'est un peu moins bien coté niveau CRU, mais considérant que tu as plus de liberté pour prendre des cours qui t'intéressent, c'est probablement plus facile d'avoir de bonnes notes. À ma connaissance, le programme de microbiologie est à peu près coté comme biologie, et ne demande que 25-26 de CRC. Mais comme c'est un peu plus "nerd" comme discipline, faut vraiment que tu aimes beaucoup les microorganismes, sinon, tu risques de trouver que c'est beaucoup d'efforts pour peu de résultats. Au final, choisis un programme qui t'intéresse. Tant qu'à dépenser quelques milliers de dollars sur quelque chose, aussi bien que ça soit un sujet que tu aimes et qui te fasse réellement apprendre!
  5. Maybe you should consider taking a break from studying for a while. Even if your grades have been improving, it doesn't do you any good to keep studying right now since your GPA is still not in competitive range. Perhaps the pressure of performance combined with struggling with your mental health is not the best environment to find good ways to deal with your condition. I don't know how old you are, but people starting med school in their late 30s is pretty common now, so you might as well take your time. Maybe a part time/ full time job will help you find ways to cope better, and to learn more about your limits as well as your strengths. And it may even help you build some good extracurricular experience! Then when you feel that you can achieve a degree with competitive grades, go back to school and ace it. I hope this helps.
  6. If I remember well there is paper and pens inside most of the rooms, but I don't think you can carry them in between stations like you would in an OSCE. But don't worry, when you really need paper, they'll give you some, otherwise, it's not so useful. Good luck!
  7. Je comprends ce que tu veux dire, tu as tout à fait raison! Cepedant, je pense que ça peut aider à donner une idée générale, puisqu'aucune autre Université au Québec ne divulgue ce genre d'information. Aussi, le rang que Mcgill te donne te positionne quand même par rapport à un échantillon d'environ 800-900 personnes, ce qui n'est pas négligeable. En tous cas, je me dis que c'est mieux que rien!
  8. McGill will only look at your last completed bachelor (or as long as your are in the last year of the program), so don't worry about your old GPAs You'll have to provide marks and transcripts, but you won't be evaluated on that. So your GPA will probably be competitve and you seem to have good ECs as well. Note that you DO HAVE leadership in those ECs: the research, the paper, and possibly the volunteering. When writting your ECs the most important is how you present them, so you don't need to be CEO to have shown some leadership. I'm sure you've been in charge of something at some point! Good luck
  9. En effet, avec un 34.6 et un casper moyen (selon le rang que j'avais eu à McGill) j'avais été refusée direct il y a 2 ans. L'an dernier par contre, j'avais autour de 35.6 et j'ai été eu une offre sans liste d'attente. J'imagine que mon casper était quand même bon. Bref, je crois que pour être safe tu devrais plutôt viser les 35 de CRU, autrement c'est pas impossible mais les chances sont minces.
  10. I guess you are talking about the cegep level science courses? Yes they have to be completed before the start of classes, even for the preparatory year. If you want more information I suggest you contact them. I think you can do some of the prerequisites during the summer before, but I'm not sure.
  11. When you are accepted, you can ask for a deferral of your admission for the next year to finish your master. I haven't heard of anyone finishing their master's part time, except a very few students from professional masters (like physical/occupational therapy) who do their remaining stages during the summer. You're welcome
  12. It's definitely worth applying! McGill will only be looking at your microbiology grades (IF you are in the last year of your program though), so a 3.8 GPA is a little lower than the average IP but is still competitive. You'll get also some extra points on your application for having a professional degree. Your ECs seems good, but it's a little harder to predict if that'll be enough to get the interview. I personally didn't do a lot of volunteering, but I had a strong background in research and music. To improve you application for next year, I think a Masters can be a good idea (a little more points towards the academic part of your application), and it would get you more research experience, possibly a publication, and many opportunities to get involved in different projects such as student association committees, teaching, scientific communication, etc. Good luck!
  13. Hello! McGill looks at a lot more than your GPA, so it's hard to evaluate your chances with only that information. It would be helpful to know if you are you IP, what are your undergrads in (i.e. professional degree, science program), what are your extracurriculars, if you you ever applied to McGill before or did a Casper test/interviews in the past, and so on. Answer to those questions will also help to determine what is the better option for you next year.
  14. Salut, Tes notes en bio te donnent une cote d'environ 31.5, sans le bonus (selon mes estimations). Malheureusement ton 3.75/4.0 de McGill ne sera pas calculé comme un 4.0 sur 4.3, il est plutôt considéré comme un 3.75/4.3 (ils ne font pas de réelle conversion, même si leur site le laisse sous-entendre). La CRU totale qu'ils t'ont calculée me semble un peu basse, mais après c'est un peu difficile à évaluer, surtout que tu n'as pas le courriel officiel. Ça vaut probablement la peine de réessayer cette année et au moins avoir une meilleure idée d'où tu te situe! Bonne chance!
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