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  1. Not all of them, but some will definitely be in that scenario style format. Although the topic/level will be adjusted for the first/second year level, so more reasonable than the progress test haha.
  2. Ahh ya you raise a good point... canadian students interested in writing it may want to consider taking it after it becomes Pass/Fail (whenever that is). Thanks and kudos to you on passing it! I'm sure it took a lot of work.
  3. Hi everyone, I'm entering 2nd year at a 4 year program and was just curious about how how important taking Step 1 is. From what I've been reading (and I could be wrong!) it's mostly important for: Keeping residency programs in the states open (in that case, try to score competitively) Keeping fellowship training in certain states open (score might matter, but not as much as residency?) Working in certain states It seems that the classmates who have been considering writing it are interested in surgical specialties. The only problem is that I still don't know what type of medicine I want to do, but i'm almost certain I don't want anything surgical or highly procedural (will try to keep an open mind before clerkship though). We also aren't allowed to shadow right now which is making it a bit harder to get exposure to different areas of medicine. Any thoughts on this topic? I'm not completely opposed to studying/taking the test if it's important, but it does seem like a ton of additional work keeping up with Step resources alongside our curriculum this year, and then cramming it between 2nd year and 3rd year and potentially going into clerkship feeling burntout. Thanks
  4. I think this will reaaaaally vary. All my highest hour/impact experiences (by faaaar) were paid experiences (other than a sport entry, but that's not "volunteering"), and I had many blank entries in the other sections and it seemed to work out. However, it could have been grades, IP status, and other things that carried my possibly very low NAQ. Like others have mentioned it'll depend a lot on luck, who reads it etc. You won't know if you don't try, good luck
  5. Sort of off topic here and don't want to derail this thread (feel free to PM, IF you even have the time to reply haha). But any advice on being efficient when it comes to skipping lecture? I just finished first year and loved it, but definitely wasn't very efficient. I attended most non-fos lectures/activities but because I wasn't always retaining much I found I had to spend quite a bit of time at home studying. When you skip lecture, do you go along day by day trying to follow what would have been covered in class? Or do you like cram the week's content in one day, or just don't watch anything at all until closer to exams etc etc. What speed do you play your lectures at? Thanks aha
  6. Ya I totally understand that this experience isn't what anyone probably expected/hoped for first year medical school :(. Also, considering you commuted so much for undergrad (props to you, I honestly have no idea how you did it!) moving closer would have been an amazing experience too.
  7. Can't answer your specific question unfortunately but from what I can tell it does seem doable (although of course not ideal to commute that much). Not sure what the 2024 email said, but the 2023 email basically said that all VFMP activities will be online, except for MAYBE clinical skills and the family medicine office visits. Clinical skills are one afternoon a week (usually in VGH area but not always), and family medicine offices can be anywhere in the lower mainland and pretty sure it's random assignment (so in theory you could get placed near where you currently live if you're lucky haha). I think there are only 4-5 half days of those office visits. Therefore, assuming these things happen in person (which they may not) the only guaranteed thing that would be in Vancouver is clinical skills, and only like one afternoon per week. As someone who never commuted far, 1.5 hours does sound very long, but if you handled it for your entire undergrad it should be doable if you are looking to save money
  8. Just going on the order you listed your grades, didn't interview at most of these schools and requirements might have changed since I went through this process. - Mcmaster doesn't seem out of the question depending on how casper goes - I think Queen's used to be a black box but I do remember people saying it was a threshold for GPA and MCAT (which I think you would meet) and beyond that was your ECs. - Toronto does some seem pretty grades focused but a 3.93 is probably still solid. Will depend on your ECs, References, Essays - I remember UWO being cutoffs for grades and MCAT (which I think your meet, based on a couple years ago) and after that depended on your essays. So it will depend on your essays. - Consider applying to the 2 albertan schools too! Unless things have changed your MCAT meets OOP cutoffs and some people find that that their GPA conversion scale works in their favour. All things considered I don't think your GPA severely limits you and it will depend on how the more subjective things like essays, ECs, and casper go
  9. Interesting that you mention the interviewers being that responsive! I honestly don't remember if anything like that happened during mine, it's all a blur. It sounds like you did a lot of the typical "right stuff" to prepare and like I said I didn't think I interviewed well at all so i'm not sure how much additional insight I can provide. Plus COVID. I think what helped me go from struggling with interviews all throughout university and beyond to interviewing for medical school was just talking more (i'm very shy). Doing jobs that forced me to present things, answer people's questions on the spot etc. Maybe joining a public speaking club could be helpful too for developing overall presentation skills and ability to think of/present anecdotes on the spot (for example at toastmasters they sometimes play improv games where you have to answer something on the spot in front of 10+ people). In terms of good first impression I guess walk in with good posture, smile, pretend to be relaxed even though it's super nerve wracking haha You sound like a very reflective and self aware person and I wish you the best of luck. You mention interviewing people for club positions which I never did in university since I was never chosen for those positions in the first place, so you are ahead of where I was! Keep year head up Let me know if you have other questions.
  10. Hey, really sorry to hear that you didn't get the news you wanted. Realize that it's subjective and hard to say what below average means. I'm by no means an interview expert (they have always been a huge hurdle for me when applying to jobs etc), and I thought the actual UBC one went TERRIBLY so i'm not too qualified to help here and hopefully someone better replies. But here are my thoughts - No right answer here and I think everyone will approach it differently. I don't think structure is inherently bad and you can be structured while still coming across personable/relaxed (smile when you speak/greet, eye contact, not using heavy jargon, other non verbal stuff etc). I personally feel more comfortable and myself if i'm using a structure, but some people probably hate using one and do fine. - The year I interviewed the acting station was sort of odd and I don't think this really applied. - I thought my writing was terrible, and I basically wrote 4 very short paragraphs and had like 10 minutes to spare because I didn't know what to write lol (intro, couple body paragraphs (pros/cons sort of thing), conclusion) - I think it's a good idea to talk about your reflection or what you learned and how you can transfer that or use it in the future, but I personally never connected it to medicine (at least at UBC, I might have at panel schools? but not even sure there). I know this is something commonly recommended but when I tried doing it while practicing I just felt really awkward and cocky, and I didn't feel like myself so I decided to scrap it. Do what makes you comfortable and what makes you you . I don't know what schools are looking for, but if I was an interviewer I PERSONALLY wouldn't penalize someone for not connecting it to medicine, provided they still go into details about what they learned/reflected/transferred from the experience. - I sometimes injected small anecdotes when supporting or introducing certain points of my discussion, but they weren't long stories or anything. There were definitely a good number of stations where I didn't add anything personal. Sometimes I even stated that or admitted it to the interviewer and they seemed to appreciate that, but that doesn't mean anything score wise (someone could be stone faced and love you, or seem to like you but give you a bad score).
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