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  1. 1 hour ago, DrOtter said:

    I believe we have to send it in with the envelope intact and embossed. So I guess there must be people there to periodically check it? 

    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. 

  2. 3 hours ago, S123 said:

    For uO clerkship students - I was NOT expecting to get in, and I tentatively have my wedding booked for fall of 2022 (the fall when I'll be starting clerkship). Is it even remotely a possibility to consider getting married right when clerkship is starting or should I go ahead and postpone that now? :)

    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.

  3. 4 hours ago, Neuroresearch said:

    In the same boat as @Psych and looking for some advice.

    Would anyone be able to provide a weekly schedule such as the one they used as an example in the interview informational session?  Would be very much appreciated!

    Additionally, is there any information on how available bursaries/scholarships are? Obviously uOttawa is a lot more of a financial burden than a 3 year program but just trying to see if its something that's financially workable.

    Thanks guys!!

    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. 


  4. 1 hour ago, dopamineislife said:

    Do many first year students get involved in campus activities, or is it recommended they take this time to transition? Can any upper year students chime in? 

    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.


  5. 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.

  6. 7 hours ago, deedee908 said:

    Does anyone know how long summer/winter breaks are at uOttawa? And/or any other med schools for comparison?

    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. 

  7. 58 minutes ago, dopamineislife said:

    This is good to know. Do you mind if I ask when you started shadowing and how you spent your first year summer? Clearly I have a lot of time on my hands now and can think about such things. I am not sure how covid will affect shadowing and such though (is it even referred to as shadowing?). 

    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. 

  8. 51 minutes ago, dopamineislife said:

    @m_jacob_45 @DocBrown95 is there anything that you wish you had done differently during your 4 years at Ottawa? 

    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.

  9. 32 minutes ago, dopamineislife said:

    Not to hijack the OP's question, but could you clarify what you mean by having to do certain core rotations that may not be very related to career goals? Is it different than other MD programs? 

    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.

  10. 1 hour ago, Psych said:

    I've been accepted to uOttawa and Mac, and am trying to decide between the two. I've read a lot about Mac from current students and others on the forum (so no need for anyone to post about Mac here haha) but I haven't been able to find much about Ottawa. I'm looking for current uOttawa med students or anyone else with relevant insight to provide your perspective on the program, pros and cons, what you like/don't like about it, and how you think COVID may impact the program. Thanks!

    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!

  11. 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. 

  12. 1 hour ago, goodvibes said:

    i was very fortunate to have received an offer at mcmaster but i was high waitlisted at western which is where my long term partner will be for the next 6 years. i have to accept the mac offer by may 26th, and western waitlist will not move until after the 26th passes. 

    i'm wondering if there is any possibility that mcmaster will be flexible in extending the deadline to accept my offer under these extenuating circumstances? i would obviously be very happy to go to mac but for the aforementioned life & family planning reasons it's really important for me to wait to come off the western waitlist.

    i will probably ask regardless, but i'm just trying to get some hope about my situation. thank you in advance!

    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. 

  13. 1 hour ago, Psych said:

    How strict is the requirement? In third year I took 7/10 third year courses but just because of how they're offered I had to take 5 in one semester in only 2 in the other- will this make me ineligible to apply to Western? I also unfortunately have to take a lot of second year courses for my minor because my minor can be fulfilled with only second year courses and all third and fourth year courses are restricted for majors in that discipline until open enrollment and are thus really hard to get into

    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). 

  14. 2 hours ago, Od-in said:

    I understand.. So even to canadians this is a tough spot. So, for you, letters + experience are a deciding factor to match a specialty, right?

    I know it's a subjective question.. But how much "weight" does the MCCQE score has in securing a position in the program you want? Can you make up for a weak profile with a high score?

    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. 

  15. 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. 

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