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  1. New update on the AFMC website; no visiting electives for the duration of the 2020-2021 academic year: https://afmc.ca/en/news-publications/learner-news
  2. Unless they have changed something, no need to buy any of those items!
  3. Mixed feelings - I totally understand the reasoning and support the decision, and happy fourth year won’t be as expensive. Selfishly, disappointed that it means I won’t be able to do any electives back home where family is, or in locations and specialties I would probably never have the chance to do again in the future. Also wondering how this will impact the prospect of getting letters. I imagine people will have a much bigger variety of elective experiences (in terms of specialty, since it seems unlikely to do 8 weeks of one specialty in the same city?) even if applying to competitive specialties?
  4. Hi all! Perhaps a simple question, but I haven’t been able to find the answer elsewhere: when applying for a +1, how does it work if you’ve taken time off during residency (ex. 6-month maternity leave) and finish residency later than the rest of your cohort? Do you still apply at the same time, but just start and end the +1 later (and is this a disadvantage for your application?), or do you have to wait for the following year to apply so you can start July 1? Thanks very much in advance!
  5. That's correct - it's a mix between downtown, close to the Civic, and near RGN/General. There's a neighbourhood with a lot of townhouses called Freedom Private that's essentially right beside the school, and a lot of students live there. The ones that live farther generally drive to the med school (parking is about $700 from Sept. to April), take the bus, or take one of the shuttles - there is a uOttawa shuttle that runs between main campus and RGN (also stops at the Lees campus), and an Ottawa Hospital shuttle that runs between the General, Riverside, and Civic. I think the biggest pro to being close to RGN is just the ease of getting there every day. However, it's mostly a residential area and there aren't very many stores/restaurants in close walking distance. So conversely, I know a lot of people love living closer to downtown or in a different area because of being so close to parks, restaurants, etc. It depends on what you prefer!
  6. I don't have a membership, but if I recall correctly I think it's about $17 every two weeks. Hopefully someone else can confirm!
  7. There are! There is a Good Life gym for hospital employees in the basement of the General, which med students can use too. There is also a Movati in the Trainyards (5-10 minute drive from RGN).
  8. Congratulations on your acceptances!!! I would say one of the biggest factors to consider when choosing is social support and/or being in a city that you feel would be the best fit. I feel that having good social support wherever you are for school (whether it’s family or friends) it more important than things like curriculum differences. Medical school can be very stressful at times, so it’s nice to have family or friends close by. But I don’t think you can go wrong with any of those schools. Best of luck with choosing!
  9. I believe the faculty sent us an email about them closer to when we started (July or August, maybe?). The applications open up in August I believe, with some being due September 30 and others being due October 31. There are also some that you can apply for in the winter (due end of Feb I believe), but a lot fewer than the fall!
  10. I also just wanted to emphasize this - it really is so important to factor family/social supports into your decision, and it played a role in how I chose which med school to attend as well.
  11. Congratulations on your acceptances!! I'm a current 3rd year student at uOttawa. I think the comments above give a really good overview. My experience with pre-clerkship was really good - I felt that we had a good balance between lecture/labs/CBL/self-learning modules/physical exam and history-taking sessions as well as afternoons off to study or do whatever you wish. We also had the opportunity to do observership electives as early as the fall of first year, and starting winter of first year, we had mandatory afternoon or evening shifts with a family doctor. Both of those were really positive experiences! Clerkship so far has been great! Our rotations are 6 weeks with a variety of clinical experiences in those six weeks for a lot of specialties (for example, peds rotation consists of 3 weeks peds CTU, 2 weeks peds emerge, 1 week NICU), and we do all of our core rotations before electives. I didn't realize how lucky we are to have it that way before starting clerkship, as I think electives would be a lot more difficult/nerve-wracking prior to completing cores. I personally like that we have a mandatory selectives rotation and selectives in fourth year, as it gives the chance to experience some of the smaller specialties that we may not experience otherwise. I'm not interested in ENT or ophtho or any peds subspecialties, but I think having that experience is still very useful for any specialty you do go into (especially fam med). COVID has impacted our clerkship significantly, as we were pulled from our clinical duties mid-March when the situation started worsening. With that being said, our faculty has been amazing with coming up with a plan for us - last week we started back online, and as of now, we are returning to clinical duties early July. For pre-clerkship, I believe all learning and exams were switched to a virtual format, which seems to be working well (hopefully a pre-clerk can chime in). On a similar theme, our faculty is awesome. In my experience, they have always supported our wellness, been very accessible, and listened to student feedback. The COVID situation has been no different, I feel like we are lucky to have a faculty that cares so much. Regarding classmates, I got the vibe during my interview that it was a tight-knit group, and that has definitely been the case. There is also a lot of mentorship between years, which is nice. Regarding cons, I suppose some people would see the four-year program as a con, but it also gives you the time to do research, travel, or just relax in the summers after first and second year. I think we also have more exams than other schools have, and while this feels like a con during the stress of studying, I think overall it's a good thing because it helps consolidate the knowledge better. We also have fewer pre-CaRMS electives than other schools do, but I don't think this puts uOttawa students at a disadvantage in CaRMS, especially now with the new rules for electives. I hope that helps a little bit! Congratulations again, and please don't hesitate to ask more questions!
  12. I’m a bit nervous about issues like internet connection/lagging, and find the virtual format more nerve-wracking, but overall I think this is a really good change from a cost and environmental standpoint. I’ve heard concerns over the inability to tour campuses/hospitals and get a feel for the program, but it also sounds like programs will be trying to implement virtual info sessions and resident Q&As. Hopefully everything goes smoothly
  13. Ottawa is doing online learning now 2 weeks per rotation that we have remaining (so 8 weeks total) as our remaining rotations will be 4 weeks instead of 6 when we do go back in July. Our faculty has been super awesome with all of this, and the online learning has been really good so far!
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