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  1. They usually email you once your file is complete, but will definitely respond if you want to confirm that they received the police check.
  2. I always open it and scan it first and then mail it by express post (I have submitted about 5 police checks to uOttawa for each year of med school and residency). This is in case it gets lost in the mail, you would not be penalized for missing the deadline. Also if you are asked for a police check by another organization that accepts a scanned version, its useful to have your own copy.
  3. Yes this is the group rate that my class president got for us in first year.
  4. Clerkship starts in mid August with link block (intro to clerkship) which is all mandatory and it sounds like your wedding would be during your first or second rotations? 3rd year clinical rotations start approx Sept 1st and are 6 weeks long each, so it could be doable to have your wedding then if it’s a lighter rotation, especially if it’s not too close to an exam. You are allowed to take a limited number of days off for personal events such as your wedding, and I think the school would make every effort to accommodate you.
  5. The first year schedule is essentially the following though I may have some days switched since this is a few years ago for me: Mon- lectures 8:30-12:30 Tues- CBL 8:30-10:30, lectures 10:30 to 12:30 Wed- 8:00- 12:30 Anatomy/pathology/radiology (usually two of the 3 on Wednesday’s). 1:00-4:00 physician skillls development (physical exam skills) Thurs- lectures 8:30-10:30, social medicine lectures (SIM) 10:30 to 12:30 Friday- CBL 8:30-11:30, review lecture 11:30-12:30. In second semester, there is also community preceptor and community service learning which is scheduled differently for everyone, so expect to be busy 2 afternoons per week. In regard to scholarships and bursaries, there is a financial questionnaire to help you get bursaries that mostly don’t require any additional application and a big list of scholarships that you can also apply for.
  6. Many do get involved with activities in first year and there are a lot of opportunities to get involved with different things. Definitely take some time to transition if you feel you need to, but it’s very doable to get involved since there are so many half days. The most involved group is probably the second year students. In third and fourth year, there is a lot less time for outside activities so that’s when most people start to be a bit less involved in my experience.
  7. You can still apply but will not be eligible for weighting. They will use your cGPA instead. They require 5 courses per year every year to qualify for weighting.
  8. It’s different for every city. If you see the link below it will tell you how it works for your city. https://orm.uottawa.ca/clinical-placement/police-check.
  9. I really like 3M ear plugs- you can find them on amazon. They work really well compared to others I have tried. I will also sometimes put on a fairly loud fan right behind my desk, and these two things together work really well. I have not yet felt I need to buy noise cancelling headphones.
  10. At uOttawa winter breaks are 2 weeks in all years. Summer is from June- September between first and second year, and June- mid August between 2nd and 3rd year. There is a two week summer break in July in 3rd year. In 4th year, the school year ends in April and residency starts July 1st (so you get a bit of spring and summer off). All years except 4th year have a two week break in March or April.
  11. I started shadowing in first year a few months in. In Ottawa they’re called preclerkship electives. Covid 19 is very likely to limit shadowing for the first few months at least I think since the school and hospitals will want to limit possible student exposure to Covid 19, but September is a while away so things could change to some degree by then. In my first summer, I did a research summerstudentship in my home city, which was great to get some research experience and I got to present at a national conference later in the year. My classmates were also able to get similar opportunities if they wanted.
  12. I probably studied a bit too much in preclerkship haha, so I wish I had worried less about doing as well on all of the preclerkship exams. Otherwise there is nothing major I would change. I also interviewed at Ottawa and Mac for med school and definitely do not regret going to uOttawa. Having seen some clerks from Mac starting clerkship with an elective in Ottawa, it seemed to be a bit of a rough way to be “thrown” into clerkship.
  13. We do a core rotation in 3rd year called “mandatory selectives” which is comprised of 1 week of ophthalmology, 1 week ENT, 2 weeks of a peds subspeciality, and 2 weeks of a non-IM/non surgical adult subspecialty (e.g. rad onc, radiology, neurology). Other schools don’t have this core rotation at all so there is more time for electives. We also do a mandatory 2 week medicine subspeciality and a mandatory 2 week surgical subspeciality in 4th year, which other schools don’t have. How relevant these things are will depend on what you want to do later. I was interested in internal medicine so having to do a mandatory surgical subspeciality in 4th year was not super applicable to my career interests, though I definitely still enjoyed it and the team was great.
  14. I’m a 4th year med student at uOttawa. I think our program overall is really good. In preclerkship, I really liked the combined CBL/lecture style and having half days was really nice for doing electives, studying, participating in different opportunities, and for having time for yourself to go to the gym or whatever you like to do. I also like our curriculum which was organized by organ system generally and integrated anatomy throughout rather than making it its own block like some other schools do. I also like our clerkship structure of doing all cores before electives and feeling less rushed since it’s a 4 year program. Some cons are certain core rotations you have to do even though they may not be very related to your career goals, and I think that time could be better used for electives. I also think it would be nice to have more pre-CaRMS electives (but they are better timed than Mac in my opinion so I would still prefer Ottawa’s elective number and timing). Ottawa has a lot more exams than Mac if that is a concern for you. Its also nice to have summers off since med school is quite demanding. I’m not sure how people’s experiences have been changed since Covid 19 since our year was almost finished at the time the shutdowns started happening. A current student in 3rd year or below may be helpful for that. Hope this helps!
  15. Waitlist will start moving around May 27th-28th. Candidates taken off the waitlist then will have 1 week to respond to their offer. The admissions office will call people off the waitlist after that without waiting a full week if candidates reject their offer, so the acceptances become less synchronized as this process goes on.
  16. You should email the admissions officers. They will let you know what the expectations are, and they’re generally very reasonable in my experience (I’m a 4th year med student). Also you should still be able to get your police check since those can be done either online or by mail generally depending on where you live. Also if you have a family doc, they should see you to do a TB test if you tell them it’s for medical school.
  17. Anecdotally, I've heard that Western has gotten through their high waitlist into the regular waitlist every year for the past 5 or so years. Despite that, I would probably still agree with the other people who have responded to your post and would advise you to take the Mac offer since you never know when things can change without notice (i.e. maybe more people accept Western this year, maybe they have a smaller waitlist than previously). I think its too risky to hope to get a Western offer when you have an offer right now from Mac.
  18. It was pretty early in clerkship so I thought I could get a much better letter from my electives.
  19. I’m not sure if it depends on the specialty. I applied to FM as my second choice specialty without using a letter from my core rotation and got 4 interviews out of 6 applications. I did have a good FM elective letter though.
  20. Its always best to email them directly, but I'm quite sure the requirement is over the course of the year not semester (so you need 6/10 total to be at grade level or above- I think its fine if your two semesters themselves are not balanced).
  21. I did a peds endo elective at Sick Kids and found that it was good, overall not too over my head especially the outpatient part of the elective. If you have questions or are considering it, feel free to pm me.
  22. CMGs don't write the MCCQE prior to applying to residency, so its not a factor. I don't have as much knowledge about how it works for IMGs, but definitely its better for applying to residency to have as high scores as possible.
  23. I was advised by my school to apply to 2 specialties (unless you want family med, in which case applying to 1 is reasonable). Fewer than that is a bit risky and with more you spread yourself too thin. Obviously though, applying to multiple specialties is more feasible at schools that have higher numbers of pre carms electives, but at my school, we have 10 pre-carms electives weeks, so its difficult to apply to more than 2 specialties with good letters/experience for all specialties.
  24. Take a look at the page of each program you are applying to on the CaRMS website. All of the programs I applied to wanted specific things that varied from school to school, so I would tailor each letter to what they ask for while still having a general structure. Of course, some schools you have to completely abandon your general structure if they ask for something very specific that is not related to what you are writing for most other schools.
  25. For history taking, I find it very helpful to organize questions by what are the things I really want to rule out rather than just getting the most detailed OPQRST possible. This mindset helps you cover all your bases and not get too bogged down in the details. I.e. for chest pain that could be ACS, PE, pneumothorax, pericarditis, muscular, pneumonia. Obviously the order of the differential will change based on accompanying symptoms and the overall patient context as well as rotation context. Hope this helps!
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