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m_jacob_45

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  1. 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!
  2. I'm about 99% sure it runs in the summer since I have taken it last August and also its currently running, but I have not specifically asked the driver since I have not used it in the last month. It runs between the General, Riverside, and Civic and comes every 20-30 minutes. The schedules are posted at all of the stops.
  3. 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.
  4. Ottawa is great!! But good luck with whatever you choose.
  5. I don’t think they do because I got in off the waitlist in 2016 and the order of gpa’s went down within the interview score groups even when people rounded to 3 decimal places. Also to answer your second question, you can definitely get in with your gpa.
  6. I think your school means BLS (basic life support, which is a prerequisite for ACLS). This is offered through the heart and stroke foundation and other providers as well. I would confirm with your school to make sure.
  7. They will count each year with 4+ courses in the gpa calculation as long as you take the missing credits before you apply. (I.e. you are currently 2.0 credits short, so you would need to takes those classes either in the summer or during another academic year by overloading.) I would recommend you take 5.0 classes each year for the rest of your degree and take the missing credits this upcoming summer or another summer). Hope that helps!
  8. Also just to add, for family, its preferred to do a wide range of electives with 1-2 electives in family medicine. (So no point in doing 8 family med electives).
  9. I interviewed at Mac with a 3.73 and 129 CARS, so I don't think 3.72 would be that detrimental, but I definitely see where a lot of people here are coming from that you don't want an English course to drop your gpa. I think it depends partly on how this affects your U of T weighting as well...
  10. I didn’t use one, so I can’t really comment on which are good but it may be worth it if you think this is a weaker area where you need more help. Also, I think it would be helpful to have med students or residents look over your ABS/essays as well if you did not get help last time. Your new mcat will likely help quite a bit as well.
  11. Just to follow up on match rates, the data is very difficult to interpret and not straightforward. Essentially all the schools have a high match rate and there is variation from year to year. Its very difficult to interpret the match rate data since some schools will strongly encourage backing up to protect their match rates, so its hard to get a sense as an outsider how to compare the rates between schools (some schools may not suggest backing up as much as others, hard to know how many people matched to their top choices in terms of specialty and location). Also some people prefer to go unmatched than to back up especially in more competitive specialties.
  12. From looking at what you wrote above, either your ECs were not written in the best way possible on your ABS or the number was not enough. Other possibilities of areas to improve are your U of T essays, references and CASPer. Your academics and mcat are not holding you back anywhere. On paper, you look pretty good so I imagine the issue may be in how you present yourself. Good luck!
  13. The only school in Ontario (as far as I'm aware so somebody correct me if I'm wrong) that will send out offers before the date to respond to the initial round of offers is Mac, so for example, if you got into Ottawa initially and were waitlisted at Mac, there is a chance Mac would send you an offer before the deadline to respond to the Ottawa offer. Other schools will not send waitlist offers until the initial 2 week period to respond is over.
  14. Also keep in mind that people take themselves off the waitlist if they are accepted at another school but waitlisted at Ottawa, so it’s probably more than the top 250.
  15. I have heard that they round at the third decimal place, so for example a 3.8472 the gpa would be 3.847.
  16. I had 1 W and nobody cared in my interviews, however, it was in first year so it may have been considered less of a big deal since it was earlier on. As mentioned by somebody else, the biggest downside of it was I lost my weighting for U of T.
  17. Most lectures are posted online. Most lectures are not mandatory to attend. CBL is mandatory as are SIM (basically social medicine class) and PSD (physician skills development). Anatomy and labs are also not mandatory though most people go.
  18. Every day Mon-Fri there is class (I.e. lecture, CBL) approx 8:30 -12:30, with one day being a full day until 4:30.
  19. You'll get more talks about this in second year, but essentially they like to see that you have projects that have reached a point of completion (i.e. poster presentations, podium presentations, publications). That is much more impressive than having a larger number of projects on the go that do not reach an endpoint by the time you are applying for residency. So its definitely about quality/quantity/and seeing projects through to the end.
  20. Nothing is wrong with it. Its just a leisure activity similar to watching TV for example that generally would not go on your application unless it’s similar to the context from the other thread (in which case I would consider it controversial since how it is received will depend on who is reviewing your application).
  21. I had a bunch of activities from high school and got 2 interviews. My advice is if you don’t put activities on your ABS, for all the adcoms know, you were sitting at home playing video games so you should essentially include everything unless it’s controversial in some way or a very small activity that could appear like padding such as volunteering somewhere for a day. If you are short on space, feel free not to include high school activities, but if you have room I would suggest including them.
  22. I would probably not bring it up then. I think essentially though it might work, the risk is too high since you can't predict how your interviewers will react.
  23. I think it can be done if you explain things very carefully. Essentially, the biggest point would be to avoid making interviewers uncomfortable. If you can avoid doing that, I think it’s reasonable to bring up the experience. This is my really general advice. If you gave more information about the nature of the experience I may have a different point of view.
  24. Extremely basic OR advice, but when you walk in make sure to introduce yourself to all the nurses and they will likely help you with where to stand and the experience will generally be better. If there is a board, put can put your name on it as well and you can put student in brackets next to it. May also help to look up anatomy of the type of procedures you will be watching.
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