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    Hellothere77 got a reaction from Mel96b in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    Maybe don't go on a thread about the bag colour if you're that bitter. This thread is specifically to get excited or talk shit about the bag colour. Do you think med students should never be allowed to complain about anything or be negative ever because there are people who didn't get in? Jeez
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    Hellothere77 got a reaction from meiosis in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    Maybe don't go on a thread about the bag colour if you're that bitter. This thread is specifically to get excited or talk shit about the bag colour. Do you think med students should never be allowed to complain about anything or be negative ever because there are people who didn't get in? Jeez
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    Hellothere77 got a reaction from Meningocoele in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    Maybe don't go on a thread about the bag colour if you're that bitter. This thread is specifically to get excited or talk shit about the bag colour. Do you think med students should never be allowed to complain about anything or be negative ever because there are people who didn't get in? Jeez
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    Hellothere77 got a reaction from Coldery in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    Maybe don't go on a thread about the bag colour if you're that bitter. This thread is specifically to get excited or talk shit about the bag colour. Do you think med students should never be allowed to complain about anything or be negative ever because there are people who didn't get in? Jeez
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    Hellothere77 got a reaction from Trunkate in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    Maybe don't go on a thread about the bag colour if you're that bitter. This thread is specifically to get excited or talk shit about the bag colour. Do you think med students should never be allowed to complain about anything or be negative ever because there are people who didn't get in? Jeez
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    Hellothere77 got a reaction from SportiiMD in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    Maybe don't go on a thread about the bag colour if you're that bitter. This thread is specifically to get excited or talk shit about the bag colour. Do you think med students should never be allowed to complain about anything or be negative ever because there are people who didn't get in? Jeez
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    Hellothere77 got a reaction from conbrio in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    Maybe don't go on a thread about the bag colour if you're that bitter. This thread is specifically to get excited or talk shit about the bag colour. Do you think med students should never be allowed to complain about anything or be negative ever because there are people who didn't get in? Jeez
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    Hellothere77 got a reaction from MedicineLCS in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    Maybe don't go on a thread about the bag colour if you're that bitter. This thread is specifically to get excited or talk shit about the bag colour. Do you think med students should never be allowed to complain about anything or be negative ever because there are people who didn't get in? Jeez
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    Hellothere77 got a reaction from dooogs in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    Maybe don't go on a thread about the bag colour if you're that bitter. This thread is specifically to get excited or talk shit about the bag colour. Do you think med students should never be allowed to complain about anything or be negative ever because there are people who didn't get in? Jeez
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    Hellothere77 got a reaction from hihello in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    Maybe don't go on a thread about the bag colour if you're that bitter. This thread is specifically to get excited or talk shit about the bag colour. Do you think med students should never be allowed to complain about anything or be negative ever because there are people who didn't get in? Jeez
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    Hellothere77 reacted to bearded frog in Low gpa, high mcat. Any options in Canada?   
    Realistically 3.1 won't get you in, but if you can get a 4.0, you should strongly consider doing 1-2 more post-bacclauriate undergraduate years and then applying again with an improved GPA. Depending on if you can meet certain requirements at each school, some schools will do a weighted GPA which may help.
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    Hellothere77 got a reaction from shortie in McGill French proficiency?   
    Some staff ask you if you're comfortable in french before assigning patients, some students mention to their staff that their french is weak. It's not a formal request, it's just part of working in a team with hopefully understanding people. While it's a bad idea to plan on never taking french patients because there are rotations when this is not possible, and there will be people who get pissed off at you, they're also extremely understanding if you just put some effort in. There's nothing wrong with presenting a patient and just letting the staff know you weren't completely sure about the quality of their pain because they kept using a word you didn't catch. As I said in the hospital that's 100% fine, but in clinics in french areas, you might have staff that are unimpressed with you because of it.
    You'll get more comfortable in french if you just try. As long as you're in the hospital, most everyone should be fine with you giving a best effort, and it will naturally improve. I started off being extremely stressed about this (started med school being somewhat familiar with how to structure a sentence in french but could not actually converse), and now am very comfortable with french patients. Even at the beginning when staff would ask if I was able to take french patients I would always say yes, because I wanted to work on it and I knew there would be times when my staff would not give me that option. My vocabulary is still extremely limited, but patients were fine with it and all staff in the hospital were fine with it. Every patient encounter with a francophone began with, "Desole mon francais n'est pas le meilleur, mais je vais esseyer", and no one ever objected or got frustrated with me. I don't even know if that sentence grammatically correct, but it's probably better if it's not, really drives the point home.
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    Hellothere77 got a reaction from BBALLCBMJ in McGill French proficiency?   
    If you can muddle by with patients, even if you have to do a lot of pointing and google translate, you'll get by. They'll accept people with 0 french and then when clerkship comes around the university will "expect" fluency, which is obviously idiotic. How anyone could actually become fluent in a year and half while simultaneously learning medicine is beyond me.
    Very few staff/teams will care in a hospital setting. There are a ton of IMGs at McGill who speak no French, so if you can give it your best shot they'll be happy, and that covers the bulk of your rotations. In clinics however, it can be different. You can be placed in a french area for family medicine, with entirely french patients and staff will openly give you shit for not being completely fluent. And if you dare to complain, the university will merely state that it was "expected" that you become fluent by clerkship. They give some BS line about how comments about language don't end up on your record, but if a staff is extremely unimpressed with you because you're struggling to communicate with patients, that will seep into everything they write about you, not just explicit comments about language and communication.
    So basically if you're not comfortable in French you might have a bad time for a couple rotations, and be stressed out when dealing with unilingual french patients, but overall it's very doable especially in hospital-based rotations.
    I wouldn't say that not speaking french is a reason not to go to McGill, but it will be an added stress when you're likely already not feeling particularly comfortable speaking to patients as a med student. If you're the kind of person that can take that in stride and is happy to add learning a new language to your list of things to get comfortable with as a med student, you won't miss a beat.
    There are also people in the class who'll ask for only English patients (can fly in the hospital, definitely not in clinic). You can do this, but be warned that some staff will very much not appreciate this, but you're not likely to fail because of it either.
     
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    One last point, if you already know you're interested in a communication heavy specialty like psychiatry, you will definitely have a worse experience. It's hard to form rapport when you can barely speak the same language, or determine if someone is psychotic or just used a francophone expression you weren't familiar with. Still not a complete barrier as you have your electives you can do anywhere, but you won't get as much out of your 2 months of core psych if you don't speak french.
     
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    Hellothere77 got a reaction from Mel96b in Mcgill MDCM Fall 2020 Acceptance/Rejection/Waitlist Thread   
    no one is going to blacklist you, but yes the group will be set up by a member of one of the current classes. they're all named 'McGill Medicine Class of 202X' on fb so you can just keep an eye out for when 2024 is formed and message them, if you're super eager
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    Hellothere77 got a reaction from Mel96b in Mcgill MDCM Fall 2020 Acceptance/Rejection/Waitlist Thread   
    Congrats! All the acceptances say that, it's just that you fill out the proper forms, immunizations etc. like any other school. 
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    Hellothere77 got a reaction from Haribo7173 in How do they determine IP?   
    Just a note to the pre-meds who gave thoughtful (and correct) responses and then were attacked and belittled by the OP, this is what you will experience constantly in clerkship.
    Good practice, especially if you believe the OP that he/she is a physician. One of the charming perks you'll get to experience once you've been accepted.
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    Hellothere77 reacted to amt6500 in How do they determine IP?   
    Just as a final thought on your follow-up post. You have indicated that you are a staff physician or doctor 3 times with and additional subtle 4th in a reply to your original post where you asked the question and received adequate answers about the most distinctly different application process for a medical education program in Quebec. This is the internet and a help forum, there should be no need for flexing. Additionally, your medical degree and significant education experience should allow you to infer from the various pages on the admissions website instead of ranting on some stranger. To be fair, I am doing the same at this point. Please find below a more acceptable and complete answer to your initial and follow-up questions.
    IPs are advantaged by sheer number of seat available as less seats would generally result in higher competition thus more likelihood of higher GPA values (which account for 70%) of the admission process. Statistics for past years show a progression in the GPA stats over the years at the IP level. The actual reason for this is beyond our reach but one could assume that competition plays a role as does the change in seats available from year to year. 
    Another advantage for being IP is not having to do the MCAT, a requirement for almost every medical education institution except a very small number (NOSM was that way a few years ago). Being able to forgo the MCAT which is a difficult test, far more difficult than individually taking science prereqs at certain institutions where you are almost guaranteed to get an A if you put in minimal work.
    While these advantages exist at McGill, they are less important at french language universities in Quebec due to a different admission format which includes difficulty adjustments or full education history investigation as opposed to most recent completed UG (see easier second UG). Not to mention that these universities especially UdeM have a large amount of seats. This could be a result of the provincial entity which dispenses medical licenses and overall a politically influenced  situation. 
    One significant reason why people would do this is more likely related to tuition fees as IPs will pay a significantly smaller fee and housing remains on the cheaper side compared to certain provinces. It could also be a risk as not every OoP applicant is sufficiently fluent in French to actually work in more specialized fields in Quebec. McGill does not require French fluency at admission and provides support in french language training during the initial portion of the curriculum. French universities are more strict on the french which is often explained by their partnership with predominantly french speaking health organizations while McGill has a partnership with the MUHC and CIUSSS Westisland which received English speaking status and privileges.  
    I hope this response will answer any other questions or feed your curiosity about Quebec IP vs OoP. 
    I thank you for your advice about the position of a learner in the context of medical education and I hope you will receive this final piece of advice. If you believe that you cannot learn from someone who you consider to be in an inferior or different position than yourself, you will fail to acquire much knowledge and lived experiences from people who could in fact enrich your own. If you use your position and hard-work as a ''shut-up'' mechanic, you might find yourself doing a disservice to the image of the profession you so obviously value.
    I wish you the best of luck in your continued participation in the improvement of quality of life and health of the population and I thank you for that commitment even if I did not appreciate your replies. It does not change the fact that you work for the benefit of others and that is respectable.
    Have a wonderful rest of the day and thank you for your responses to other posts on these forums.
    Cheers!
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    Hellothere77 got a reaction from clever_smart_boy_like_me in Research during M1-M2 questions   
    Publications aren't the only thing that matters, but there are many competitive specialties in which some amount of research is pretty much expected.
    Also I personally think that because of the elective change (maxing out at 8 weeks in any discipline) research might become even more important. If you can't distinguish yourself by doing a ton of electives in ophthalmology and making good impressions on different programs, having an impressive research portfolio might fill that role instead. Maybe I'm wrong, but I see that as a possible outcome. Something will have to fill that void when there's an 8 week max.
    As for summer vs. other, whatever you want. The role of medical students in a lot of research projects is just data collection, so it's not a big deal to do a bit of that during the years. You can get involved in multiple projects over the 4 years without a massive time commitment.
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    Hellothere77 got a reaction from Moonlight2 in Q&a With Mcgill Med Ambassadors   
    1) I don't have the stats (not sure if anyone does) but there are plenty of people in the class who don't speak French. Many grew up elsewhere but were born in Montreal so they have in-province status, and a bunch from the west island barely speak any.
    For LFME they ask you if you can speak French and try to accommodate. It's not a guarantee, but most staff will be understanding especially as a Med1, and won't give you French patients. Also keep in mind a lot of French-speakers also speak English. For some people LFME also ends up just being shadowing, it really depends on who you're placed with.
    You will not need to chart in French ever. If you can have a rudimentary conversation while using Google translate for the words you forget you'll be fine. The only time anyone charts in French is for optional placements like rural family sites, which again if you state you can't read/write in French you won't be sent there.
    McGill hospitals are English-based. There are a couple of exceptions for clinics, or OB in Lasalle (only a few students in the class end up placed there), but every other hospital-based rotation is in an English hospital. But yes it's Montreal, so you can expect roughly half of your patients to be French speaking. I won't lie, it's more stressful if you're not comfortable in French, but it's also very doable.
    2) No
    3) There are no streets I particularly recommend (downtown Montreal isn't dangerous), but keep in mind you'll spend most of your time for 1.5 years at McIntyre on the McGill campus, and after that you'll be at various hospitals. A lot of people in the class moved before Med3 to be close to whichever hospital they spend the most time at, especially for the 4 months of Internal/Surgery which has the toughest hours. Those who lived a long commute away ended up getting an airbnb downtown for their gensurg rotation (gotta be in the hospital ready to round by 6am ). You won't find that out until spring of Med2 though.
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    Hellothere77 got a reaction from MBDTF in How much of medschool is like first aid class?   
    Most med students are terrible at everything, don't worry
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    Hellothere77 got a reaction from Matty66 in Which Undergrad Program in Canada Should I Take For Medical School?   
    I would go to the school that's furthest from your parents so you can avoid not becoming an adult before med school that way.
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    Hellothere77 reacted to xiphoid in Which Undergrad Program in Canada Should I Take For Medical School?   
    Honestly unbelievable how many medical students are awful at functioning as adults. I know some who are still living at home for medical school, and are hoping to match to their home institution for residency so that they can continue living at home. At a certain point, I think you just need to bite the bullet and move out. Yes, it means spending money on rent, but it also makes you so much more independent. You can't live with your parents forever, and they also won't be able to do your laundry, cleaning and cooking forever. At some point, you just need to grow up.
    Rant over, thanks for listening.
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    Hellothere77 got a reaction from xiphoid in Which Undergrad Program in Canada Should I Take For Medical School?   
    I would go to the school that's furthest from your parents so you can avoid not becoming an adult before med school that way.
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    Hellothere77 got a reaction from anonymouspls in Which Undergrad Program in Canada Should I Take For Medical School?   
    I would go to the school that's furthest from your parents so you can avoid not becoming an adult before med school that way.
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    Hellothere77 reacted to Edict in Dermatology -> Ophthalmology   
    Ophtho research?
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