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  1. HappyAndHopeful

    Need help Finding a hotel for interviews

    I stayed near main campus as well, and then took an Uber to the interview
  2. Like Cardiac Arrhythmia said, I don’t think that’s possible. I will say that right before my interview, they told me to let them know if any question made me feel uncomfortable/if there were any questions I didn’t want to answer. So I think telling them you’re uncomfortable speaking about it, if they do ask you, would be ok. Good luck
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    Does Undergraduate school matter?

    I did my undergrad at a small university in Northern Ontario, and couldn’t have asked for a better experience! My classes were small, everyone was friendly, and there were a lot of opportunities to get involved in different research projects. Many of my classmates in medical school went to larger universities, and talk about how people in their programs were very competitive. I didn’t experience any of that in undergrad, fortunately. I agree with the posters above that if you go to school in a city that you want to be in, it’ll be a more enjoyable experience, and will be easier to do well in your program. There are some programs that do make it difficult to take the pre-reqs that some schools need/are covered on the MCAT (like nursing and engineering), but I would choose a program that interests you. Best of luck! feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
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    Family with Obstetrics vs. Obs/Gyn

    Was just reading through this thread again and noticed your question! I was talking to an OB/GYN resident a few weeks ago who said they usually have about 7 call shifts per month. As you get to be a more senior resident, that number drops down to 4-5/month. I’m not sure how that compares to other specialties... hopefully someone else can chime in.
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    UofA Indigenous Student Admissions Thoughts

    I think it's awesome It'll hopefully encourage more Indigenous applicants, and I think it's a step in the right direction to have the makeup of physicians be more representative of the Canadian population. They still have to meet the same cutoffs, which I think is good for assessing their ability to succeed in medical school. Perhaps other schools will follow suit!
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    Psychology Major to Medicine

    I did psych as my undergrad, too! I did it with sciences as opposed to arts, so my electives were mainly chemistry/biology/biochem classes, with some non-science electives, too. I really enjoyed both my psych and science classes, and found it manageable to do well in both. Everyone has their strengths and weakness, so if you're finding science courses easier and more enjoyable, don't exclude the possibility of switching programs (I switched into psych after first year, and it was the best decision I could have made!). I think enjoying the courses you're taking makes it so much easier to do well in them. With regards to the MCAT, I didn't take physics in university, and found it much more difficult to learn by myself while studying for the MCAT, as opposed to chem and bio. That said, some people are really sufficient with regards to learning things on their own, so doing that might work well for you. In hindsight, taking a first year physics class would have been a good idea for me, I think.
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    Undergrad vs Medical School

    I personally find medical school a lot more intense than undergrad. Like @brady23 said, the volume of material you cover is far greater than what was covered in undergrad courses. It does feel like trying to drink from a fire hose. With undergrad, I could take time off from studying and not fall behind, but I’ve found that with medical school, even taking a couple days or a weekend off from studying makes you fall behind for a while. There are also other mandatory things in our curriculum that take time, like community placements, mandatory volunteering in first year, and some meetings. I also find that regardless of how much you study for an exam, you never quite know how it went, and my marks are lower than they were in undergrad (which I think is to be expected). So for me, the workload is a lot heavier and time management is really important. That said, it is a different kind of stress. With undergrad, you have the stress of trying to get good grades, but with medical school the stress is staying on top of things and learning the material to the best of your ability. Your performance in small group sessions and placement is always being evaluated too, which I know some people find a bit stressful. It’s all about finding the balance though, and our class is very close and supportive of each other, so that definitely helps. Despite the stress and hard work, I’m really enjoying it so far and do find it manageable
  8. Are your lectures available in PowerPoint format? I take notes in the notes section of the PowerPoint. Some people in my class also upload the slides to OneNote and take notes on there
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    I would contact whoever your school’s contact for immunization requirements is, and get them done ASAP. It seems like most schools require them to be done in order to participate in any clinical activities.
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    English vs French Stream Residency

    You’re definitely still eligible to apply for English residencies if you’re in the French program! I know a few people who have done this, and it’s worked out great for them
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    uOttawa Medicine Scholarships

    No problem! I would say there are a good mix of both. In the last few years, they combined a lot of them into one application so it makes applying easier. The two main ones (at least this past year) were the Multiple Financial Needs Bursaries and the Community Involvement Awards - those both require one application, but include many different awards you're considered for. One is more based off of financial need, and the other is more based off of community involvement. There are a lot of other ones that aren't included in these applications that fit under each category, too
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    2 full year course in General Biology?

    My university's biology courses were structured a bit differently, so I ended up contacting Dianne (and sent her the course descriptions) to confirm whether or not the ones I had taken would satisfy the requirements. If you're in doubt, she's very helpful with that!
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    uOttawa Medicine Scholarships

    There are deadlines throughout the year for different ones, but the main ones are due either at the end of September or end of October. They will send an email towards the end of the summer with information about the scholarships and bursaries, how to apply, and when the deadlines are
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    working while in medschool?

    That's awesome! It wouldn't hurt to try it out for the first few weeks of medical school and see how it goes before you make any decisions. Best of luck
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    working while in medschool?

    Would it be possible to maybe work one day instead of two? The weekdays can get very busy, especially at certain times of the year, so it's nice to be able to have some down time on the weekend and sleep in. I think it's doable, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for fear of taking on too much.