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  1. I'm really interested in doing global health/international electives and practicing medicine in resource poor settings/ underserved areas, but I was wondering how doing international electives may affect my overall use of my elective time? Would it be viewed negatively when it comes to Carms because I may not be able to obtain reference letters or make connections for my residency application? Or am I overthinking it (?) Just wanted to hear your experience about doing international electives in med school, if anyone has done them and if they found them to be a good experience(?). Did it allow you to learn how to practice medicine in underserved areas ? What challenges did you encounter?
  2. Of course Your psychology research will make you stand out ( more so than the typical tissue culture research) Best of luck
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    What are my chances?

    At UBC, once you finish your Phd you will be considered an IP. One of my really good friends got into UBC as an IP candidate after finishing her Phd Your Phd will help you a lot at UBC by giving you IP advantage. At U of C and U of A, you will probably score above average in your ECs and they will drop your lowest undergrad year. Just try to diversify your ECs even more + make sure you meet the min. MCAT cutoffs. At Queen's they count the last two years of your GPA, so again you will have a good chance. I'm not familiar with other schools, so hopefully someone else comments. You are doing great work, keep up with it, and you will eventually get in Best of luck and Happy Thanksgiving!!!
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    Dermatology as IMG

    I know IMG graduates who matched to derm at U of T. It's doable
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    Family Medicine VS Dermatology

    How much lower is the income if you don't plan on practicing cosmetic dermatology ( just medical dermatology)?
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    cGPA calculations

    I don't know if rules have changed, but last year they did not count
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    Competitive GPA?

    I was interviewed ( and accepted) with a GPA lower than yours Once you get an interview, it is all about believing in yourself and showing confidence Best of luck
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    Queen's Reputation?

    Agreed !!
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    Queen's Reputation?

    Queen's is a wonderful school with a structured curriculum. They have a great match rate to competitive specialties and the school's atmosphere seemed very supportive. When picking a medical school, I highly recommend picking it based on: (1) Where your support system is, living costs/ the amount of debt that you will accumulate at the end of your education, not based on the school rank. (2) The teaching style at the university and whether it fits your learning style or not. Best of luck
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    mccqe1 preparation

    I'm just a first year medical student at U of C and we don't write the exam till the end of med school. But I believe that a lot of students use the following resources: 1. Toronto Notes 2. First Aid USMLE Step 2 3. Canada Q bank 3. Medical Licensing MCCQE1 exam book. 5. UWorld USMLE step 2 questions. I did not write the exam yet, so hopefully another student who has more experience that I do chime in Best of Luck
  11. I know several brilliant people who went to Ireland because it is only 6 years of medical school and they wanted a shorter route. They are now working as internists, Cardiologists, and surgeons at various Canadian hospitals. People who choose to go to Ireland, States are NO less competitive than individuals who are doing med school in Canada. In fact, I would even argue that they are more competitive because they were able to make it here in Canada despite being labelled and stigmatized by ignorant people as an IMG.
  12. I am also quite introverted, yet I have made several close friends because I joined activities that I'm interested in and met with people who share similar interests. The best advice I would give is don't be shy and reach out to people and you will make friends. Don't hesitate to initiative friendships, and eventually you will find people that you like and don't mind being close to I go to U of C, so I have been in medical school for 3 months now and over time I interacted a lot with certain people and we became close friends. You will make friend eventually, just wait until you have to do school work together.. and over time, you will find your group of people Best of luck
  13. I got in after 3 application cycles; The first two ones I was rejected, but last application cycle, I was accepted to 3 schools haha. I don't think being a re-applicant is bad, unless the school red flag you or something. TLDR : I don't think schools care how many times you apply Cheers, EP
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    What's On Your Mind?

    I just sold my first oil painting. So happy
  15. Thank you for your advice, ZBL I really appreciate it because I am NOT familiar at all with the US system. I'm working on figuring out what I want, but it is difficult because I have not done a lot of the course content in school yet and I don't want to make a pre-mature decission. Hopefully, by the time, I do Course 2, I'll be more decisive. When I talked to my academic counsellor, she was telling me to still keep my options open at this point, and she was saying that even if I want Derm then I can still make it even if I make my decision to pursue it late in my first year. So, I definitely agree with you that my best chances is to do it in Canada.
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