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  1. Both BMSc and BHSc are good. Was in BMSc before transferring. Anecdotally, I know quite a few people who were successful with BHSc getting into med and other competitive professional programs. From what I've heard and experienced, the BHSc program is easier GPA wise. BMSc is more of the lab sciences and BHSc is more of the social determinants of health so it depends what you are interested in. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions
  2. Thank you for this comment. There are also empathetic + strong men out there and in medicine too! However, I do realize that our society unfairly punishes men to not show their feelings. At the end of the day, I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to even apply to medicine. Talking to my grandma, this would have been incredibly challenging for me to do as a female in her generation and maybe even my parents'. As it is still impossible in some other countries today, I count my blessings. It still sucks having to navigate covert comments like "why don't you just become a nurse like most women do" and my boyfriend's coworkers saying things like "man, aren't you intimidated by the fact that she could make so much more money than you" but it doesn't compare to what some other people have to go through. In a sense, seeing these statistics makes me relieved because it shows that medicine is possible for girls today. Perhaps being strong (in advancing the field, etc.) isn't necessarily better than empathy in all specializations of medicine as proposed above. Both skills are important but perhaps empathy is more needed in fields like pediatrics, psychiatry. So everyone has their own unique skill set that they can bring to their fields, whether male or female. Is the admissions process skewed by favouring strong empathy above all though? Maybe. But at the end of the day, they have so many people applying that they can be choosy and pick individuals who are both strongly empathetic and driven to advance medicine, regardless of gender identity.
  3. PM'd you. Anyone else want to prep for interviews in Ottawa? PM me. Regardless if you have been invited for an interview or not yet, it would be great to start practicing early - the more the merrier!
  4. Timestamp: 9:00 AM Interview: Yes GPA: 3.92 Context: born and raised rural (but not NO), currently completing undergrad in a major city ECs: see previous post if interested in more details. Quite a bit of work with Indigenous communities and a strong desire to work in the north. Non-trad?: No # of previous applications: 0 Interview Location/Date/Time: Sudbury, March So grateful for this opportunity. I look forward to meeting some of you soon
  5. Nevermind, thanks anyways! Figured it out.
  6. Maybe try adding a minor? Then technically you will still need those courses to graduate but you will still have more than 120 credits at the end of the day. Trick also is that the minor would have to have very few or no lower level courses. Need to talk to your academic advisor about this. What's your GPA? If your GPA is good then no need to do a second degree unless you want to do something like a 2-year accelerated nursing degree for a backup career. Best of luck
  7. TIME STAMP: 5:50pm Interview Invite or Regrets: Regrets Early or Regular Deadline: Regular GPA or AGPA (if applicable): ~91.5 OGPA MCAT (CPBS / CARS / BBFL / PSBB): 516 Current Degree (UG/Bachelors/Masters/PhD): 4th yr UG Geography (IP/OOP): OOP Extracurricular Activities (awards, achievements, volunteering, employment, research, etc.): Filled all spots NAQ: ~19 - ouch AQ: ~33 TFR: ~52 Not surprised but still discouraged. Good luck to all!
  8. The campus overall is definitely not as pretty looking as others, like Western (attended there originally then transferred). However, it does have some nice old architectural buildings like Tabaret, Arts, the Indigenous studies building. It also added quite a few new buildings in the past couple of years (social sciences, STEM, cross-roads) that are super modern. Some of the buildings are old and poor functioning (*cough marion* which is the largest lecture hall). But as I said, they also have a lot of new buildings/equipment so it depends on where your classes are. The medical school campus is separate from the main campus. In university, you are pretty much on your own for these things. If you can find a group of friends going through the same thing, all the better. This forum is a good resource of information for taking the MCAT, applying, etc. Profs and academic advisors don't know much about it in general. Doing your own research is the most useful - and you are already way ahead of the game! I don't speak French. I have to say it can be a little bit difficult. A lot of courses are offered in both French and English. I have heard from my friends that the French class sections are sometimes better as they can be smaller and have better profs. If you choose to partake in co-op or research, some opportunities will be French or bilingual only (especially government positions). In undergrad, I would recommend pursuing the program where you can achieve the highest GPA possible for admissions in Canada. Biomed is very science and lab heavy. Health science focuses more on the social determinants of health. Because biomed is science heavy, you will have taken all of the courses covered on the MCAT. In health science you won't take those courses so if you want extra prep for the MCAT you can take them as electives or under a science minor (biology, life sciences, etc.) which you can add to your degree. Co-op opportunities are good for all programs at uOttawa, especially if you speak French to secure a government position (at Health Canada, for example). Biomed lends itself more to lab research positions if you are interested in that. In my opinion as a student here, it is ranked relatively low compared to other schools like Queens and Western because it is easier to get into for undergrad (don't let that stop you from attending though, rankings are subjected and mean nothing at the end of the day). Also, the food sucks on campus LOL and it lacks a school spirit/party vibe compared to those other schools if you are interested in that. Feel free to PM me if you have any other questions about uOttawa or university in general
  9. Only NOSM - sent an "application received" email a few weeks ago. Silence from the rest of the schools
  10. I feel ya, it's definitely been a ride. I'm fully expecting a rejection but cannot help but still hold onto a little bit of hope. Getting ready to brace for impact either way. Good luck to all who applied this cycle! You're all amazing regardless of what happens in these next couple of weeks. I'm rooting for you guys!!
  11. I agree with above, as the stats show medical students do tend to come from better off families compared to the general population. I'd like to argue though that not all well off families send their kids to private school or act super posh/arrogant. Some of the richest people I know are also the most humble and generous people. You wouldn't even know they had money. There are people in every walk of life who like to flex, even if they don't have much. We have to try to surround ourselves with like minded people throughout life
  12. Neither have I but their stated overall GPA for me is correct so I don't know if it's worth contacting them to see their calculations... Does your overall GPA seem correct too? If not, definitely contact them.
  13. It highlights your spelling and grammar mistskes that you can hover over and correct. I've been using it for years but shut if off during CASPer because they warn that it can interfere with the test in the email leading up to the exam. Best avoid it to prevent any technical glitches, they don't deduct points for spelling and grammar anyways. Just make sure what you write is readable
  14. Both of their GPAs are above average so how is that very low? See here the mean admitted GPA was 3.87 this last entry.
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