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  1. I think it’s an okay idea IF the money and resources saved from closing the community ERs are used to expand the staff, resources and beds at the regional ERs/QEII or open clinics. There are 10s of thousands in rural NS without family doctors and the regional ERs simply don’t have enough beds and physician coverage to deal with the extra people that closing community ERs would bring in. In New Glasgow, the walk in clinic just “temporarily closed” and the ER is already feeling the heat from that. Level 3’s taking 4-5+ hours to be seen by a physician some days. There are no residents/PAs/NPs in these hospitals and the staff physicians are overworked big time, normally 1 staff physician in the ER from 11pm-11am for an area of 20000+ in Pictou County for example. I don’t know what the ROC is like but it’s bad here and only gonna get worse.
  2. Hey, take a look at the medical officer thread on the army.ca forums. There is lots of info there. I’m not a med student or doctor but I was in the regular forces for a few years, and have looked into MO before so I’ll tell you what I know from that perspective. There is a big difference between reserve and regular force in general and for MO’s. Reserve medical officer is people who have their own civilian practice and then work “part-time” for the forces doing various clinical or administrative things, usually onenight a week-ish plus some weekends. You are paid an hourly/daily wage during those times. There is no free education/guaranteed residency spots associated with this. You usually complete your basic training on weekends with your reserve unit and then your MO health services training in Borden Ontario. You can choose whether or not you wish to deploy. Regular force MO, you are employed full time with the forces. They pay for medical school if you’re a med student and if you’re a resident/practicing physician give you a large signing bonus. They also pay you wages as a med student on top of paying your tuition. As a reg force MO you are salaried, there is no fee for service in the forces. The pay is slightly less to substantially less than civilian physicians however there is zero overhead, they even pay all your licensing/exam fees. You also get a very very good pension along with full benefits. In the past, you were guaranteed a family residency spot (thats all they let you do out of school). You have to already be a med student/resident/physician to be accepted into the MOTP. You normally complete your basic training full time in Quebec during the summer between m1 and m2 or sometime after residency. You do MO training in Borden. You can be posted anywhere in Canada or abroad and you have no choice whether or not to go if you’re deployed. Hope that gives you some info. Most of it should be correct, check the other forum or talk to a recruiter to be sure though.
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    Spring Semester Intake Question

    Hey, I’m in a similar but a bit different situation so I’ll tell you what I know from speaking to a few schools. Do you have the winter semester (Jan-April) off? I’m in an accelerated nursing program with a January start so I won’t have 2 full semesters of September to April when I’m done (I took 15 credits between May-August for 2 summers). I was concerned with the more 2nd degree friendly schools so only spoke to those. Queens told me they will ONLY look at Sept-April for their 2 year gpa but will consider any courses taken outside that time in their cumulative gpa. UWO said they look at non-traditional start dates on a “case by case” basis. I took that as it was and didn’t push for further details. Dal also said they look at non-traditional program formats case by case however you need a letter from your program explaining the format and that you completed the program in the normal amount of time/are able to work at the capacity of a full course load. University of Calgary also says something in their application instructions about how they will consider programs with non traditional formats outside their normal requirements. So yes as rmorelan said it definitely impacts your application but schools will still consider it. If I were you I would consider taking a full course load in the fall semester as you might be able to convince some schools to look at the 8 months between May-Dec the same as Sept-April. That’s pure speculation on my part although I feel like when UWO says “case by case” they are probably looking for something like that.
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    second degree any chance to be?

    In the non-traditional/grad student sub forum there are stickied threads with tons of info on 2nd degrees as well as success stories. Give those a look.
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    Running in elections while applying

    I feel like most who are interested in politics follow that path after they have completed med school and established themselves as practicing physicians. Running a successful political campaign even at the provincial level can be expensive and people generally want to have some sort of good stable income before they do so. Would you be independent or affiliated with a party? Is there any reason why you couldn’t do med school/residency and then run for office later in your life? As a voter I think I would have more faith in someone with that level of education and “ability to care” than I would for someone who just had an undergrad/masters. Maybe that’s just me. The former premier of Nova Scotia, John Hamm was a family doc in in his hometown before he went into politics.
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    Transcripts - urgent

    I would email Dal Admissions and clarify because that’s the safest answer you’re gonna get. Ask if you can have your transcripts faxed by your current school. There is an admissions fax number on the Dal Med website so I’m guessing you can. That should allow them to get there in time if they actually need to physically be at Dal on the 31st.
  7. Yeah I’d definitely put it in somewhere. Each school may consider it differently though, and that is definitely true for schools outside Ontario. Dal for example considers clinical program experience as “Employment” on their supplemental app.
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    Visible Minority

    Dal also has an affirmative action policy where if you’re an African-Nova Scotian or Indigenous Maritime applicant it definitely has an impact on your application if that’s what you mean by visible minority.
  9. Currently finishing up a 2 year nursing degree (not in Ontario) with a 3.9+ gpa. It’s definitely possible to do well in them. Besides the sometimes subjective marking a couple things to investigate if considering nursing are the pass/fail courses which could impact your med application at some schools and also any non traditional start dates or curriculum formats that some 2 year nursing programs have. You have to make sure you have enough courses between September and April for 2 years to meet most app requirements. The benefits of doing nursing for a second degree are that you learn a lot of soft skills and working in a professional healthcare environment which can help with med apps and especially interviews. You also have a guaranteed job with decent pay at the end of it with plenty of areas to work in and opportunities for career advancement if med doesn’t work out. Even if you do poorly in nursing you will still have that. If you take something like biology and do poorly or don’t get into med then your gonna have to do something ELSE on top of that.
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    Public Servant to MD

    You say your dream would be Dal, do you have any connections to the maritimes or strong desire to work/complete residency in the maritimes when you graduate? For OOP, if you meet the gpa, Casper and mcat minimums they base your interview offer on the maritimes connections essay only. The rest of your application including general essay, ec’s and scoring of your academics is not looked at for determining an interview. They basically want to see that you have a strong existing connection to the maritimes or that you want to practice in the maritimes. So consider those things if applying to Dal as OOP. If you truly want to go to Dal I’d move to NS or NB and get IP status and then apply. It won’t really impact your Ontario or other apps (except for Mac/Nosm) and Dal gives all maritime residents who meet academic minimums an interview. Also the post interview acceptance rates are quite high in the last few years especially for NB.
  11. CRNA is not a thing in Canada. There are a handful of NPs with an “Anesthesia” specialization but it’s not the same thing at all.
  12. Normally if you have a legitimate program reason (ie curriculum format) why you can’t meet their credit requirement you submit a letter from your program explaining this, and the adcom decides if it’s a good reason or not. That’s very close to a full course load which works in you favour.
  13. Remember that Dal only takes ~9 (although it may be more this year) OOP students every year and get ~700 OOP apps of which they interview 50-60 based off the maritime connections essay. They want you to demonstrate a connection to the maritimes and/or a desire/willingness to work in the maritimes on graduation. The average gpa for admitted OOP at Dal has historically been 4.0, so at 3.7 youre behind the curve a little and the OOP admission scores are quite high/competitive compared to IP. It’s worth an app rather than going international but just something to think about. If you’re serious about Dal then I’d get NS or NB (especially NB) IP status and apply then. All maritime residents who apply to Dal and meet the academic minimums are given an interview and the post interview acceptance rates are very high.
  14. Different schools absolutely evaluate ECs differently. Some don’t look at or care about them at all. I’m from Nova Scotia and at Dal ECs are 20 points out of 100 and broken up into 4 areas with 5 points for each area. Employment is only one of those areas so if all you did was work as a RN and did very little or nothing else then you would pretty much only get points for the employment section and your overall score would be bad. Perhaps McGill evaluates in a similar way? Working as a nurse or doing related things is a great employment EC but you’re still expected to do volunteering and other activities, and shouldn’t be the only thing you’re doing. And I’m not saying that you didn’t do anything else, but that could be a reason based on the (very) limited info you gave. I think the real benefit of being a RN comes in the essays/interviews where you could draw on your experience of working in direct patient care and collaborating with physicians and allied health on a daily basis.
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    Volunteer Training Hours

    Yes it is. Thank you.