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  1. On 9/6/2019 at 9:31 PM, sarah737 said:

    My biggest issue with high school stuff is that I have lost contact with the people that ran the ECs I was part of (i.e. I have no idea how to contact them because they left), so I don't have anyone to put as a verifier. Would it be okay to put a friend/family member that knows about the activities or did them with me as a verifier, or is this not accepted? 

    You may have to get creative with this one. I.e. for some things where I was in a similar situation, I emailed a vice principal or other similar person (anyone who is a representative from the school) asking them if I could put them as a verifier and just explained that it’s just to confirm I did the activity and that it’s not the same as a reference. Everyone was happy to help.

  2. 22 hours ago, NeedAnswers said:

    okay perfect! but for example, if my average for one of the years is 76.5 will that be rounded to 77 or remain a 76.5? Because a 77 converts to 3.3 while a 76.5 is a 3.0 making a difference in the overall weighted GPA. 

    They convert the marks for each class per year to gpa first and then average those numbers (i.e. I went to Western, so let’s say I took 5 full year classes in my first year and got 90, 85, 87, 82, and 79, they would first convert those marks to 4.0, 3.9, 3.9, 3.7, and 3.3, and then average them to get my first year gpa = 3.76). Hope this clarifies things!

  3. I think your downplaying your ECs a bit. They sound fairly good to me. I would just recommend picking up a few more things if you can, especially a few more non-medicine related since all of your activities have a connection to medicine/science. You also want to show them that you have other interests too. I would not delay applying if you have a good mcat score and see how things go. Also remember anything from 16+ is fair game, like if you did high school activities that are relevant (I.e. sports, drama, etc)

  4. If your goal is to get into med school, you definitely don't need to not have a social life or friends or do fun things. Schools actually ask about these things to try to get a sense of if you have work-life balance. Anyway, to answer the part of your question about study strategies, think of your university schedule like a 9-5 job. If you have big gaps between classes or before classes in the morning or after classes end in the afternoon, you should be using all the time between 9 and 5 to study or do other productive things like your ECs. Then, I would say you should be aiming for about 6 hours a day of studying (this can be in the 9-5 hours or later if you did not manage to study for approximately that amount of time.) About 6 hours was the amount of time that worked best for me, it may be slightly different for you. Also, it depends on the class, but for more complicated courses, I did also find it helpful to record lectures, especially ones where the slides are not comprehensive. For classes that are more practice-based like O-chem, I would make sure to do all practice questions available, try to find past exams if they exist, and if there are office hours, definitely make use of them. Essentially, do not walk into an exam without being sure that you have fully understood every concept and can apply them in new situations. Also, its helpful to go over previous exams even if you did quite well to see where you went wrong or if you can learn more about the prof's testing style. I found that with some profs, I was essentially able to predict their exam questions by 3rd/4th year after having them for multiple classes. Good luck! 

  5. 6 minutes ago, jero123 said:


    I am aware that on average, canadian applicants apply multiple times before getting accepted, but does the first time/re-applicant status matter in the application process? On OMSAS, it actually asks whether or not I have applied in previous years, 

    I’m a little concerned as I’m an order applicant, applying for the first time after a graduate degree, and I really hope that i won’t be penalized for being a first time applicant. 


    Thank you. 

    I don’t think it should make a difference. I applied and got in on my first attempt after completing a 4 year degree + 1 year of work experience. (I applied in the fall following my graduation).

  6. 1. Not sure since I don’t go to Mac.

    2. Yes you can do electives in Toronto through applying on the AFMC website. Connections can be helpful but are not necessary since Toronto provides the contact information for different electives and I found them to be helpful and not too hard to get without personal connections. Of course this may vary by specialty. Smaller specialties can be harder to get electives in. For the schedule of electives, you do one at a time for clerkship electives and they are generally two weeks, but can also be 1, 3, or 4 weeks.

    3. It’s preferable if you can do an elective where you want to attend residency for the program to actually meet you. People do match to places where they didn’t do electives as well, but this tends to be less common.

    hope this helps!


  7. On 6/24/2019 at 4:01 PM, TheMoonshot said:

    Hi, completely unrelated, but for clerkship, do all your rotations have to be done in Ottawa or are you allowed to travel to say Toronto for them? I know other medical schools allow that, but I was wondering if Ottawa was the same.



    I think you’re thinking of electives. Basically all school do their core rotations at their home school or rurally and then electives can be in other cities such as Toronto, rural, or at your home school. 

  8. 2 hours ago, KinderSurprise said:

    Hi guys,


    Just planning ahead here re: stethoscopes. I know that there's a rep from Littmann through which we can order the stethoscopes in September, but if the discount is as good as Amazon, then I might as well order it now through there. Does anyone know how much it ends up costing if you buy it through the school? Thanks in advance!

    I believe it was around 250, though I can’t totally remember through the littman rep. Also make sure to get the model recommended by the school (I believe it’s a littman cardiology 4). Also you don’t need your stethoscope until after winter break so there’s really no rush for you to have it very early on. 

  9. They are not really discrete classes for the most part. The curriculum goes by blocks, starting with foundations and then proceeding through each of the body systems. First year covers foundations and unit 1. During foundations, basic science topics are discussed as well as genetics, hematology, MSK, rheumatology, immunology and more. Unit 1 covers primarily cardiology, respirology, nephrology. Most things are covered through lecture and CBL. There are also the lab based parts of the curriculum like anatomy, histology, and radiology which tend to correspond to what’s being covere in lecture and CBL. Finally, there is physician skills development which focus on how to interview patients and how to do physical exams, which also tend to correspond to what’s being covered in lecture/CBL. Hope this clarifies things!

  10. 12 hours ago, 2confused2live said:

    what 4th year level psyc courses did you take or recommend? I’m kind of having a hard time finding any

    I’m not sure what school you’re at, but at my school I only took 1.5 credits of 4th year courses. (My thesis course and I took a class about the brain, behaviour, and immune system). 

  11. I’m a current med student who graduated with a BSc in psych. I would ideally do orgo in the summer so it does not ruin your average if you get under 80 (that’s what I did). Biochem is more optional but helpful. Cell bio is unnecessary. Also I would recommend taking organic and/or biochem if you want to apply to Ottawa since they’re prerequisites- check the website as these have changed recently. 

  12. Also people who receive an offer off the waitlist get a week to respond so the class very likely stilll has a reasonable number of spots left, it just may take longer now between offers since each round is fewer and fewer people. Also, while I can’t weigh in on the time stamp theory, your gpa is helpful. If you have a lower gpa than the last accepted person for your stream who posted, that means you may still be in the current bin. If your gpa is higher, then hopefully you are in the next bin. 

  13. To add an alternative view point to above, I would not stake too much at this point on your high school performance. Looking back, high school marks really don’t say much since there are huge cultural differences in regard to marking difficulty between schools to the point where an 80 at one high school may be a 90 at another. For example, I graduated high school with an average under 90 and am now in med school, while I know a lot of people who got above 90 and are not in med school or who are still pursuing it after trying for a few years (a pretty common scenario actually). All this to say that it’s very hard to assess where you stand compared to peers until you have completed a year or 2 of undergrad. In regard to your program, it doesn’t matter from a med school perspective as long as it will play to your strengths and give you the background to write the mcat. In terms of back up plans, something with coop is nice to ensure you have some built in work experience and practical skills. Good luck in your choices!

  14. I’m a current UOttawa med student. Half of the class lives downtown and half lives near the hospital. Near the hospital there are houses, not many apartment buildings except l’avantage. It’s a more expensive building though. I think about 800-900 a month per person. Near the hospital, it’s one bus to a loblaws and Walmart, but there are definitely more amenities downtown.

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