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  1. For my undergrad thesis, I put an oral and poster presentation at two different conferences under one entry. I think you could put some things separately if you want, but just letting you know what I did.
  2. See my response to John Grisham below for further information if you’re interested.
  3. I was commenting based on my clinical experience. We did have to force treatment/admission on a patient with new onset highly psychotic schizophrenia unfortunately when I rotated through psych emerge. Only psych issues were the focus of treatment. We did not force him to deal with any other medical conditions. Obviously it is not a preferable option and really only done when the patient’s own delusions/hallucinations are making them unable to make decisions due to things like paranoia.
  4. Staying downtown is fine too. It’s not that expensive to Uber from downtown to the med school and there are fairly direct bus routes as well.
  5. Focus on what you have control over. There is a lot more discrepancy in interview scores than gpa so focus on doing really well on your interview. Also 3.93 is not bad, mine was 3.92 (3.918) and there are a few people in my class with a lower gpa.
  6. I did two semesters of organic chemistry in the summer, and it did not appear to be an issue (currently a uOttawa med student).
  7. Ottawa has pre clerkship electives (essentially shadowing but can be more than that depending on the preceptor). I had a few preceptors that let me lead the interview with the patient, I also got to help with the delivery of a baby in pre-clerkship, but most of my experiences were shadowing. I believe Queens also has pre-clerkship observerships. Not sure about other schools.
  8. Yes they could if it’s deemed that their condition is making them unable to make decisions about their own care.
  9. My general advice would be to practise giving about 5 minute answers for MMI (8 if no follow up questions are allowed) and 2 minute answers for panel. These are rough guidelines though, some of your answers may be longer or shorter.
  10. I would try to get all your grades in the 80s range (ideally 85+). If that is not feasible and you are able to drop the program without it appearing on any transcript (at least not appearing as a fail, but still would not look great if you have a withdrawal), I would do that. Another option would be to focus on schools that don't take into account Masters programs as much.
  11. I went to Western for undergrad, so I'm not that familiar with the differences between programs...
  12. Currently a medical student at uOttawa. You can definitely come here for undergrad and get into medicine anywhere in the country. Your gpa, ECs, and mcat score matter much more than where you went for undergrad. If you're wondering why only 5 people from uOttawa undergrad went to u of t for medicine, its likely that most people who are from ottawa who did their undergrad in ottawa would prefer to also go to med school in ottawa or somewhere closer to home such as queens. From my experience in uOttawa med, there are definitely a decent number of people from ottawa in my class, and I have a few friends who chose Ottawa over Toronto because they wanted to be close to family.
  13. I did psych as my undergrad degree as well. I took chemistry and bio in first year. Took organic chem for the mcat over the summer and biochemistry in 2nd year. I had high 70s in chemistry and 80s in bio and biochem. Since everything under 80 was in first year, it didnt impact my GPA too much. In some ways psych can be harder than upper year science classes since its a lot more essay-based, but overall I found psych to be more interesting, so I did pretty well in all my psych classes. If you have anymore questions, let me know:)
  14. Some advice that I got was to treat undergrad like a 9-5 job. So, you should essentially be spending about 40 hours a week on school (including both attending classes and studying for them: 8 hours a day x 5 days per week= 40). However you want to divide that out and fit in your gym time, job, etc is up to you.
  15. If found pre clerkship to be a moderate step up from undergrad (usually 4 hours of class a day and then I studied most days of the week for a few hours after class). Clerkship is a much bigger step up from pre clerkship. It depends on the rotation, but right now my hours are 7-5ish and I still have studying to do when I get home for the rotation as well as for exams (and these don't always overlap since you may not rotate on subspecialties that are covered on the exams). And I have call every 4-5 days, which means you're there ~24 hours i.e. 7am to 8 am the next day (or as long as it takes to handover).
  16. Not sure what school you're at, but my advice would be to take grade 12 chem over the summer as you planned and then take 1st year university chemistry and organic chemistry/biochemistry in 2nd year. If you can, I would avoid taking anymore math that you are not good at. I'm currently in med school and any math that has come up either in school or on the mcat was extremely basic (essentially I have never used calculus since taking it in high school). Physics is a bit more relevant for the mcat. If you took that in high school, I would not take anymore physics courses. If not, it will be a big learning curve for the mcat, but is doable to learn on your own/ through prep course books. Good luck in school. I did my undergrad in psych too if you have questions.
  17. I dropped a course in 1st year and got a WDN .I also had an 4.5 course load for that year since my school did not allow first year students to overload. It worked out fine in terms of med schools (I interviewed at 2 ON schools). The only downside was that my average for U of T was much lower so I did not get an interview there, but it worked out. Overall, I don't think having 1 WDN is an issue. I would try to avoid having any year with less than 5.0 courses though to keep your options as open as possible.
  18. Yup. Keep in mind that with their weighting formula your GPA (once you get to the interview stage) is worth only about 15%. And the average of people who receive interviews is likely lower than 3.87.
  19. No definitely not just for Mac. I got an interview with 3.73, and there are people even with lower gpa’s.
  20. You could consider applying now in Alberta. I would not bother with ON unless you have two years that are 3.8+. If you do get two years with a 3.8+ you could be very good for some ON schools.
  21. You're doing great! These 3.96 GPAs are usually with people taking into account weighting formulas used at most ON universities. For schools that don't use weighting (i.e. Mac) you would be fine with a 3.8 as long as the rest of your stats are good. You will also probably have a higher GPA with weighting. For reference, I had a 3.5 GPA in first year and was fine for getting a Mac interview (my cumulative GPA was 3.73). My weighted GPA was 3.90-3.93 depending on the school, and you look like you're headed in a similar direction, maybe better. Good luck!
  22. I would guess that you have a chance with a good CASPer. I was interviewed with a 3.73 and a 129 so I think you’re probably equivalent to that.
  23. Definitely worth including! As a med student who did psych research in undergrad, I can confirm it is looked at positively. I put my honours thesis and two conference presentations about it on my application.
  24. I would only use accepted short forms. For example, w/ for with. It should not look like you’re texting.
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