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  1. This is generally an interesting question and I would also love some input from anyone who has worked with admissions. Coming from a basic research background, original research papers (i.e. not reviews), hold much more weight when it comes to applying to grants and scholarships despite both being peer reviewed. And frankly the reason for this is quite valid as reviewing the literature does not fully speak to one's research ability. Going through the process of experimental design, failed experiments, and peer review is much more involved and intense when publishing an original research paper compared to a literature review paper. From what I gather, med admissions doesn't really care about this (although maybe they should) and holds all peer review publications to the same standard. Would be interested in other individual's thoughts on this.
  2. I would list as variable hours and put the reasoning in the box provided for "Flexible Schedule Description"
  3. ExercMed

    no honours

    Do you have any other research volunteering? Also, would this be basic research or something more clinical or epidemiology? All that aside, it really depends on the supervisor. All you can do is contact potential supervisors and outline your situation. On the funding side of things, no all masters programs do not have guaranteed funding. It also depends on the institution that you are going to be doing your research at. Make sure to check online policies because some programs will not accept you if you can not provide some proof of funding, supervisor or otherwise.
  4. ExercMed

    Research Hours

    Yeah it 100% still counts! I'd be pretty confused if someone said my PhD research doesn't count as research because it's not volunteer (may as well be with the amount grad students make though).
  5. Short answer is no.
  6. ExercMed

    Top 10s

    You are correct that the UofC application doesn't have a specific "ECs" section. But the point of Top 10s is not to state all the ECs that you have ever done, it is to outline the Top 10 most impactful experiences and how they have shaped you as a person. This doesn't have to be volunteer activities, it can be single moments in time that have really impacted you (family struggles, single day activities, etc). If an EC/Volunteer activity doesn't make that list then there isn't really any point in mentioning it in my opinion.
  7. Your best bet if this is something you want to do is to (1) find an established lab at your institute and talk to the PI (2) see if you can start a summer research project (3) work your butt off. As an undergrad you are going to likely get very little say in how to conduct your study (especially in basic research). More likely, your project will end up being a small part of one of the PhD students' or Post-docs' projects. Even when this stuff gets published, you would be pretty low on the author list (I'm just speaking generally here). That being said, it's not impossible for it to work out in your favour. Expanding a summer project into an honours degree could give you the time to put enough work into the project for a first author publication if you are a hard worker (i've seen it happen on rare occasion). A lot of it will also depend on how motivated your PI is to publish. Some labs are paper factories and just pump them out. Others like to take their time and just publish 1 very high impact paper a year. Before joining a lab, make sure to look at their publication productivity. Finally, don't expect this all to happen while you are still in your undergrad.... Even if the project gets finished by the time you graduate, there is still the submission/review process that takes a few months. All in all, basic research takes a LOT of time and money!!!
  8. I don't think there is any harm in including them. If anything I think it's pretty interesting. It would just have to go under "non peer-reviewed academic or nonacademic publications".
  9. ExercMed

    Previous application

    I can't speak confidently to the first point (I don't believe that it is). However, for the second, top 10 will entirely depend on the applicant pool and who is marking them. Dr Walker talks about this in his admissions podcast. Don't be surprised if your scores change for this section but If you scored well previously then I wouldn't make any drastic changes.
  10. ExercMed

    How to research

    This is how you bias your data to show what you want it to show... Clearly you want to do a literature review, have a hypothesis, and a rough experimental plan, but DO NOT "think of what data you want". You don't know what the data will show you until you start doing experiments. Those experiments probably wont tell you the full story, so then you plan to do more experiments based on that. Once you have data that you think tells a cohesive story, THEN you can start to write a paper around the data. Writing the paper first introduces MASSIVE bias as you don't know what you are going to see. 90% of the time, experiments don't work out or have insignificant results that don't merit further discussion (an unfortunate truth about our peer review system). If that's the case then your paper, that you spent all this time writing, is dead in the water and needs to be revised. To quote the article by George Whitesides that the above poster suggested, "Realize that your objective in research is to formulate and test hypothesis, to draw conclusions from these tests, and to teach these conclusions to others. Your objective is not to 'collect data'."
  11. I want to reiterate what Eudaimonia said. Do something that interests you. This is two years of your life, so you want to make sure you won't hate the project by the end of it. However, in my opinion I would pick lab 2. First author publications are king. It doesn't matter how prestigious the the lab is if you don't end up on any publications. You need to be productive in grad school if you want it to help on your med applications (not just UofT). This means conferences, publications, and student committees are a must. Reviewers want to see that you didn't just half ass a graduate degree to bide your time before getting into med.
  12. This could be the case if OP was a graduate student at UofC. If not, I don't believe that it is an option.
  13. ExercMed

    Pre-Hospital Medicine

    I was just speaking generally. It is different from province to province. If the programs in Ontario require you to have what you outlined above, then that is probably the case. My first message was just to clarify the general steps for becoming a paramedic. You should be the one to figure out specifics and program requirements (which it seems you have started to do). Just put in some research and give some of the programs a call to see what it required. I still think that getting EMR certified is a good idea since it will allow you to start doing volunteer work in the field while you study.
  14. ExercMed

    Pre-Hospital Medicine

    From my understanding / having a few friends who went this route, the general steps are 1) to find and enrol in an approved/accredited EMT program (this means having the appropriate prerequisites such as HCP-CPR-C or EMR along with a high school diploma). 2) Pass all the program requirements! 3) Take the provincial licensing exam. 4) Apply to emergency response forces for a job! So yes, I think getting your EMR would be a good place to start. But getting a job also means having a resume that supports the fact that you are a good person for the position. So doing placements (like your friend) or volunteering at local concerts/events once you get your EMR (there are a bunch of opportunities), can only help.
  15. As a basic researcher, I disagree with the order here. On the whole, clinical research gets WAY more praise than basic research. I wouldn't say one looks any better than the other though. First author (Any field) >>> Co-author >>> no author.