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  1. Welp that's concerning. I was trying to put together a really quick estimate of my total debt load (ignoring interest) after 4 years, which is when this came up. i think it was the long form? It asked me about my savings etc.
  2. Sorry to resurrect a dead discussion, but I'm a little confused about this. I was trying to figure out OSAP, and went into the estimator to try to figure out what I will get in my second year of med school, considering the fact that I will have all my income from my 4th year of undergrad + summer work. The first time I did it, I forgot to put my money earned in, so I went back and re-did it, adding about $20k in income. The automated number it spit out didn't change. Is the estimator just bad?
  3. Also are you talking about applying for grants through your school, or are there random ones online to apply for too?
  4. I just tried to look for a general Canadian medical student housing FB page so I don't forget in 2 years and didn't see one. Is this school specific?
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    Blacked out Med bags

    I'm super excited for Ottawa, but a little sad I don't get a red bag (favourite colour lol). Is there any difference between the 2021 and 2022 bags, or will they not be following the different colour each year theme?
  6. I had a 132, but still felt uncertain on a fair number of questions. It don't think anyone ever feels confident in the MCAT the way you do in normal tests - every time I wrote a practice exam I'd feel like I failed and then get like a 518-523. On the real thing, I had quite a few 50/50s in both CARS and psych/soc, plus some utter confusion in c/p and b/b, but still somehow did very well throughout. I think what helped me with CARS was just having a really strong background - a lot of reading, AP English in high school (catch-22 is WAY harder to read than any CARS passage lol), and taking a challenging philosophy course the semester before to tune up my skills. I also used a strategy where I'd pick which answer seemed the most right, explain to myself why it seemed right, and then go through and try to figure out what was wrong with all the others. If there wasn't anything wrong with one of the other options, I'd reassess my first pick. This led to quite a few questions where I felt like several answers could be right, but it let me see the strengths and weaknesses of each option so I could make an informed guess.
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    St. John Ambulance to Primary Care Paramedic

    Haha ya it takes like 10 years of experience in the regular military (the 5 the article mentions are very rare) before you can even try to go through the SAR Tech selection process, plus they're essentially advanced care paramedics, with high end flight training, rock climbing skills, remote survival capabilities, diving abilities, etc. Definitely the masters of SAR, the only real comparable individuals of whom I'm aware of are US rescue divers. I was suggesting more CASARA or coast guard/coast guard auxiliary for OP, although the ski patrol option mentioned above is also super cool.
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    St. John Ambulance to Primary Care Paramedic

    Some units do, some units don't. But they don't tend to be super active (maybe 1 search per year) as far as I'm aware. If you're interested in SAR, I'd look into marine/air opportunities.
  9. So I'm having trouble getting ahold of someone from scotiabank, and RBC wants to talk on the phone instead of in person because they want me to talk to someone where my school is, not where I currently live. Is there any point trying to talk to any of the other banks? Or are they way too far behind?
  10. So if I'm understanding this thread properly, Scotia is offering the infinite momentum and infinite passport, OR Amex gold and infinite passport? I haven't started talking to banks yet, but I want to start doing so. What are the other banks currently offering? I don't live in a huge city like Toronto, so it's a little harder to make sure I'm getting what I'm supposed to be. I want to know what's offered in case I have troubles finding an expert in professional lines of credit/the expert I do find is a little less experienced.
  11. Kind of a silly question: when choosing an advisor based on location, is this the location of the school, or the student's home location? I live quite far away from the school that I'm going to be attending, so I'd prefer to speak with bank representatives near my home, not my school (I won't be moving for several months).
  12. My city and the one I did my undergrad in aren't all that much larger than kingston, so that part likely wouldn't be an issue - but I'm not admitted there anyways!
  13. Is this not the standard? I thought you were able to explore whatever specialties interested you during electives. Man it is really hard to find information about this stuff. IT would be awesome if clerkship information about all the schools could be compiled as the websites tend to be a bit vague.
  14. Is UBC core before electives? How do I find out clerkship set ups? Edit: also, if people do have concerns about UBC as mentioned above, please contact me too