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  1. Exactly. Got in with the lower score but had re-written that year as a backup plan.
  2. 509. By the way, she re-wrote and scored a 515. Maybe that is an option for you. I think she felt like it didn't go well. You know, I'd say about half of my class felt the same way. Interviews are weird like that... it's near-impossible to assess your own performance.
  3. Hiya. I think your MCAT is probably going to be your biggest hinderence. However, my good friend is OOP and had a similar MCAT score and in in yr 1. Good luck, I've got my fingers crossed for you!
  4. As a med student, if you're not 150% committed I would not suggest it. If a master's program led to loss of motivation, the constant overwhelming nature of medical education will not be an enjoyable experience for you.
  5. I did this and it was a great decision. Probably what led to my eventual success. Look for 1 year MSc programs if possible.
  6. Hi, I'm a first year med student at UBC. How is it taught at your school? Our curriculum is largely case based and as we go through weeks we have different themes (e.g. COPD, diabetes, asthma, depression etc.). In the average week, our anatomy is taught as a one hour lecture plus a 2-3 hour session in the general anatomy lab where we do dissection on human cadavers. Typically, anatomy labs are consistent with the theme of the week. For example, during our week on stroke, we dissected the skull and brain. Do you learn on cadavers at your school? Yes. Takes some getting used to. Honestly, I still have moments of apprehension, profound respect for the donor, and gratefulness for the insight they offer us. Do you feel it's taught effectively? Absolutely. I used to really dislike anatomy when I was taught at McMaster. UBC is fortunate to have Dr. Claudia Krebs who runs a renowned neuroanatomy series on youtube (e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErpxEwlWww4. What I think is very frustrating for us, though, is the amount of content taught. The amount of detail taught at UBC is extremely intense. For example, this week we dissected the infratemporal fossa and identified nerves about the size of a human hair... essentially in the cheek. It can be daunting, frustrating, and many students have started to stop attending labs. Understand that our schedule is absolutely crammed. I may be unusual in my study habits, but typically I spend about 2 hours prepping for each anatomy lab, 2 hours in the lab, and 2 hours reviewing it. For neuroanatomy, add an extra hour for each part. Enjoy your undergrad time while you can. Is anatomy taught continuously throughout medical school, only once at the beginning of the first year, or not at all? We're taught anatomy in first and second year. Our clinical years (3 and 4) are much more focused on hospital and clinic work treating actual patients and applying what we know. Is anatomy mandatory for you? Yes. Although, it is technically worth about... 8% of our final mark in a pass/fail course. I know that this sounds like nothing, but our courses are a lot harder than undergrad. The average med student used to get 90s and in med school the class average hovers around 75% so every bit counts. Are there any key features that you think make anatomy at your school better than or not as good as elsewhere? Well, I'd say this is a significant improvement on how i was taught in Mac's anatomy - and our program shared a lab with the med students. As far as I know, mac does continue to use human cadavers. Do you feel the amount and depth of anatomy education you receive at your medical school prepares you well for medicine rotations & electives? Surgery rotations and electives? Radiology electives? Clinical practice in your preferred field? I don't know. I find anatomy excessive but honestly it's probably because I want to do peds. I can imagine that a future surgeon would appreciate the detail. Cheers
  7. Accepted timestamp 3:25 ET, 12:29 PT I'm an OOP applicant. Good luck guys!! I may accept elsewhere.
  8. Hello, I am Mac Health Sci graduate. Happy to share my thoughts on the program Having completed a research-based MSc in 9 months, I am confident in saying that the program is not easier in any way. I took organic chemistry and found that to be much easier than our second-year anatomy classes. I've taken plenty of life sci courses and had friends in life sci- we compared notes all the time and neither was any easier. It gets this rep as many students in Health Sci are exceptionally bright. I myself was never one of these students who could memorize a page at a glance, but trust me, they exist. It makes the courses seem much easier if you already have an accelerated rate of learning. Expectations are also higher. Your application will be read and evaluated by 4th year health sciences students. Like my peers, I have assessed these personal essays. We are looking for traits that are compatible with the program, and of course, creativity. If you have any questions feel free to inbox me Edit: I guess I also wanted to say that the program is by no means perfect. If you do not like group work, it is definitely not for you. Picture 4 strong horses pulling in 4 different directions and you get an idea of what it's like. Ehh I'm reading a lot of these posts and there's a lot of points I disagree with but that's fine
  9. Did this route and was just accepted into Ottawa. Completing a research based master's in 1 year is doable however if you have graduated and not applied already you have missed the boat for many deadlines and now have limited opportunities. Think international as well.
  10. This is pure speculation, but bilingualism might be seen as somewhat preferable from an admin committee of a program which teaches with both English and French streams. I might suggest calling or emailing the admissions office so you don't surprise them on the interview day. Congrats on your interview!
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