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  1. You may just be able to get it with the preferred student package. If you are trying to get a credit card and checking account, why not just move or open you LOC with scotia. Even if you don't need it, it's worth getting as emergencies may come up in the future. Scotia will give you there infinite passport visa and gold amex for free with a combined limit of 10K. I believe those have been rated the best travel cards in Canada (points can be used for any travel related expenses after the fact. Used a ton during carms). If you have income, they may let you get the infinite momentum but I doubt that fee will get waived
  2. Not a troll. I never said that most of the residents aren't from u of t med, I just said home school advantage isn't as strong there as other school. Of course lots of u of t kids match there, they tend do do lots of research and leadership activities, things Toronto loves. OP was asking if McGill students have a good chance at matching to Toronto. Which they obviously do because toronto values achievement and academia more than most schools. In my graduating class, anyone who was competitve (pubs, leadership) and wanted to go to Toronto ended up matching there. We however had a ton of people that were not competitive for specific fields (minimal interviews) who matched to our home school. Why... Because they developed relationships with enough staff and residents who went above and beyond for them. My friends in Toronto have told me it's harder (not impossible and involves some luck) to build these relationships simply due to the amount of faculty and learners (students, research students, residents and fellows). Tldr: a competitive student is a competitve student. Toronto kids tend to be competitive
  3. I'd argue that home school advantage is less for Toronto than other school. Large residency programs with faculty across many hospitals means you have to network with the right people in order to make use of home school advantage. It also doesn't help that a lot of med students are from the GTA and want to go there so Toronto ends up being competitive enough that they never have to worry about favouring their own cause they will likely get great applicants due to location (notice how I haven't mentioned quality of residency lol). Careful about doing too many Toronto electives, while it may show them you are interested it can hurt your chances at other schools. There's a lot of antitoronto sentiment at other programs. I've seen friends hurt there chances by doing too many Toronto electives.
  4. Up-to-date and lectures are amazing for getting info (cheo gives you free access) There's usually a good pdf of Toronto notes that makes it way through the class. Plus there's a legendary alumni who's notes everyone still uses even though there a little outdated. You may end up buying a book or 2 come carms time but it's not that much.
  5. Tuition something around 26-28K Rent anywhere from 600 to 1800 a month Textbook 0 unless you care about that stuff Stethoscope 200 dollars Living expenses variable I'd assume on average 40 to 50 K per year.
  6. Without mcq exams, most people wouldn't feel motivated to studying the random details until clerkship. While retention is likely terrible you'll find you retain enough that when you go to clerkship, you'll realise random things are related and it makes unit easier to relearn it. Medicine is all about repetition. You learn stuff once in preclerkship, again in clerkship and then again in residency. Each time it gets easier and you retain more. Until someone finds a way to motivate students to study without exams, it think they are a necessary evil. I know some people will say that people study for their patients but I bet if you took away exams, most of the class would not even open up their notes until clerkship.
  7. Careful what you wish for on that one. One of my friends ended up getting interviewed at the end of her elective because all the committee members were free. She was given like 2 days notice lol. Makes you wonder what's the point of interviews if you've already done an elective.
  8. The whole traveling to interview thing is really dumb. Especially when it doesn't have to be done. Dal does there family med interviews regionally. Urology does everything in Toronto. MUN always gets snowed in and has to virtual interviews. There are examples of why the tour doesn't have to happen. The only downside is the lack of socials which is why virtual interviews may not stick. Socials are a very important part of the selection process (for smaller programs) despite what people may say.
  9. Most can manage it eventually. Only way to keep your debt low is to spend less. Ie don't go on trips, rent a small room, eat out less. Not exactly a fun way to live 4 years so most people end up accepting that the slight increase in debt for living comfortably will be better than screwing up their mental health. By the end of med school you also become immune to spending money because carms is so expensive with all the traveling for electives and interviews. (some of my friends dropped 10K on interview travel and accommodation alone)
  10. It's literally a click on a website sometime in September. You have to fill a financial questionnaire on the Ottawa student page. If you get OSAP, you can expect probably around 1000 or maybe a little more (it's very random). Ottawa is not known for large scholarships or bursaries (there's a couple that require you be going for a specific specialty or be from a certain demographic but they aren't huge amounts). Med schools expensive, and unless you have rich parents that pay for you, you are very unlikely to find a scholarship or bursary that makes a significant dent. The majority of med students are are in the same situation (Average debt is somewere around 180K to 200K). Luckily staff earnings make debt manageable. Get a LOC at prime -0.25, don't overspend in med school but live comfortably for your own sanity and know that as long as you don't up your lifestyle dramatically from residency to staff life, you'll be good. Tldr: med school debt is high and it sucks. We will all make enough to pay off this debt easily as staff as long as we aren't stupid with money
  11. I honestly don't think virtual interviews are gonna make a huge difference in the selection process. The importance of interviews in Canada is so variable with large programs typically putting lots of weight on them and smaller ones just doing them as a formality (a lot of schools have there rank lists made before the interview and all you have to do is not say something stupid). I did a virtual interview and it was a little weird but I got the exact same vibe as my in person interviews. Home school advantage is and will always be a thing. Virtual interviews don't change that at all. Electives are also still going to be important for small programs (I highly doubt a small programs will rank someone who interviews well but never did an elective over someone that does a decent job on elective). These a people staff have to work with for 5 years so there's a lot of risk in picking someone lazy or annoying. All virtual interviews are going to do is save candidates money and time (I had friends that spent close to 10K on carms). That being said there are some negatives to virtual interviews. Lack of socials (sometimes more important than the interview) which influence both program and candidate rank decisions. Not visiting places will also affect rank lists, I know visiting some schools completely changed their location on my rank list. That being said, I think students generally know the locations they want to rank in their top 5 and would do electives or site visits there anyway. If you want to look at an example of what virtual interviews could be like, look at the urology fair. While it's not virtual, it interviews for all English programs done in a single location.
  12. I visited McGill while applying for a surgical specialty. I was told directly by the program director that french is not needed. He stressed this and even used the fact that they take Visa trainees who don't speak any french as proof. So you can't definately do surgical specialties without french (especially since it's one of the more OR focused schools). I'd say clinic was about 50% of patients speaking French but most could understand some English. That being said, it can be frustrating to try to interact with patients when neither of you can understand each other so you would likely want to learn French if you matched there.
  13. Research is for networking. Basically do some research with someone. Figure out if they like you. Work a bit clinically with them. Then they write you a bomb ass letter that gets quoted in all your interviews. Standing out is more about being liked by a preceptor than being smart (unless you are in the top or bottom 5th percentile)
  14. Gunning for more than one competitive specialty will likely bite you in the ass. Certain specialties (especially surgical) are looking for commitment. Not to say it's not possible and may very much be easier with this new electives thing. That being said I would only recommend backing up with family medicine if you could actually see yourself doing it. If you are planning to do a 5th year if unmatched, try to commit to that in your head before match day. I know people who thought they'd do a fifth year, went unmatched and then panicked and are now miserable doing family in the middle on know where. I personally applied to a competitive surgical specialty and did not back up because I could not see myself doing family medicine. Now if you want to back up and you don't want to back up with family, pick any 5 year specialty. Easier to switch if you have 5 years of funding.
  15. That ranking is comparing all universities with medical and doctorate programs against each other. It is not comparing medical schools. It uses the presence of a medical school to suggest that universities are comparable (ie comparing McMaster to Trent would not be a fair comparison) Ottawa medical school basically functions as a separate entity from UOttawa. So unless you are trying to decide on a grad program or undergrad, the ranking is useless A lot of the ground breaking clinical work and research is done through CHEO or OHRI (wells score, Ottawa emerg rules) and people tend to not throw uottawa onto every poster/paper. In terms of medical school ranking, all tend to be similar. I know for a fact that uottawa traditionally places in the top for match rates (this year it was 99% would tons of competitive specialties). All the other rankings are hidden behind the AFMC black box (probably to prevent the stupid act of having students try to rank medical schools)
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