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  1. xiphoid

    CaRMS 2019

    I think it'll be very hard but I don't think it's impossible to practice as a general surgeon in Canada. It's also not necessarily mandatory that you redo residency in Canada, but a clinical and/or research fellowship would probably be needed. I worked with a general surgeon in Toronto (quite recently hired too) who did medical school and residency in general surgery in Spain, then came to Toronto for a fellowship and was offered a full-time assistant professor position.
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    Need some advice (premed)

    I want to add the disclaimer that I wouldn't say getting a >95th percentile MCAT makes OP basically competitive for Queen's. Queen's is black box and a substantial part of their admissions is based on subjective review of extracurriculars/ABS. Whereas with a certain MCAT, GPA, CARS or combination thereof, you can objectively say if someone is more or less competitive for Western and Mac based on previous applicants (Western does seem to be moving away from this though with the introduction of the abbreviated ABS this cycle), we've seen time and time again that there is no analogous formula for Queen's. Those with high GPA and/or MCAT have indeed been turned down in favour of those with lower GPA and/or MCAT but "better" (according to the admissions committee) extracurriculars or lived experiences. Also from what I know (but I don't know for sure), Queen's uses the MCAT as a screening tool (i.e. higher MCAT score does not result in a higher applicant ranking, you just need to meet the cutoff in order to get to file review).
  3. Welcome Pegcity92! It's great that you are interested in pursuing medicine in Northern Ontario! The commitment to Northern Ontario and your geographical area is considered in the context score that NOSM gives applicants - it is very hard to receive an interview with a low context score as roughly a third of the pre-interview decision is based on an applicant's context score. No one knows the exact algorithm they use for determining the context score, but it's been generally accepted that living in Northern Ontario is the biggest factor, while coming from a rural and remote town can also help the score. The living in Northern Ontario component takes into account the length of time that you have lived in Northern Ontario, whether you went to high school in Northern Ontario, and/or if you stayed to work in Northern Ontario after finishing university. Pursuing undergraduate studies in a Northern Ontario school (e.g. Laurentian, Lakehead) does not contribute to the length of time that you have lived in Northern Ontario. Since you are from Winnipeg, realistically your only chance of receiving an interview from NOSM is if you grew up in Northern Ontario (or a very remote and rural town outside of Northern Ontario, though this will be less helpful) and then moved to Winnipeg (and essentially are now moving back to Northern Ontario for university) or if after you finish your Bachelor's degree, you stay in Sudbury (or other town/city in Northern Ontario) to work for at least 3-5 years (in the past, applicants who worked for 2 years were told that their context score was too low to have given them a realistic shot at receiving an interview). You might find this thread helpful:
  4. I was a verifier for someone's application and was given the same deadline, so it's possible it was a standard deadline. I don't think it'll reflect negatively on you however, because ultimately it's out of your control. If anything, I think it'll be a broad overview - if none of your verifiers responded, then that might be a sign that the candidate isn't being truthful on their application but if all except 1-2 reply, I don't think it'll be a big deal.
  5. Mac health sci admissions are based on three arbitrary essays once you meet the 90% minimum. That's it. They don't consider your resume, your awards, your extracurriculars, none of that. It's a very subjective admissions process and depends on the questions that year, and who you happen to have scoring your essays (they're scored by fourth year health sci students; some tend to give out higher scores than others). As someone who was accepted to Mac health sci back in the day and turned it down, getting into that program does not have anything to do with being "really passionate" about "going into med school". You can truly get into med school from any program and any school. Really consider what Mac Health Sci is like as a program - I have tons of friends who went through it, and some loved it while others went solely for the reputation and the supposed increased chances of getting into med later on and absolutely hated their 3/4 years in the program.
  6. xiphoid

    McMaster Health Sci Students

    The questions change every year. Seeing what other people wrote isn't going to help your application because the questions are very specific and different year to year.
  7. Investing with the LOC is definitely the exception, not the norm. It's quite risky and likely means you wouldn't qualify for provincial student loans/grants (in Ontario at least). Based on my calculations, even with a decent chunk of savings before starting med school but no family support, I'm looking at about $200k principal debt (i.e. not including the compounding interest) at graduation. Tuition alone for the 4 years is $110k, and living expenses are about $13k/year living quite frugally compared to most of my peers. This also doesn't factor in CaRMS and electives costs, which are probably another $5k easily in fourth year. I think the average med school debt is over $160k in Canada according to the AFMC, and that's quite skewed given the extremely low tuition costs for schools like Memorial and those in Quebec. I'd be over the moon if I only had $100k in debt by the end of these four years. But that's just not possible, and not possible for most students.
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    MCAT Cut-off for C/P

    As mentioned above, no one really knows. But I don't think I've ever heard of anyone getting an interview with less than a 126 in a section, and even then they were around 515 or higher. The 125(s) likely screens you out from reaching file review.
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    An hour and a half before the PGH midterm? Priorities.
  10. My only connection to anything in the West is having been asked by one of those schools to verify an applicant's activity. I go to school in Ontario, and I was told when I was applying that the verification happens quite systematically.
  11. Odds of them contacting at least one verifier? Pretty good. I think they contact a random sample of verifiers for every applicant. If that specific entry happens to get randomly contacted, your description and what your supervisor confirms might show up as a huge red flag for the admissions committee. 1st and 4th are very different.
  12. I completely agree that unprofessionalism is very important; also agree that the med school seems to use a very broad definition of the word professionalism. Things like if we RSVP for an event but then do not go to the event without giving at least 24 hours notice, is written up as unprofessional conduct on our part. I think my annoyance is simply with the fact that it seems to be used against us by the med school to get us to do exactly what they want us to do and make their lives easier. At the end of the day, we're all adults, life happens, sometimes things just don't go according to plan and that shouldn't come as a point against us for professionalism.
  13. My class has started joking (but really only half joking) that you're most likely to fail out of med school for not being professional, not for being not smart enough. Honestly though, I fail to see how making me stressed about having to get to an exam 15 minutes before the start time on the dot is going to make me a better physician in a few years time or a better clerk in 1.5 years. Like sure you want to be early to impress during clerkship and electives, and probably residency too, but in the real world, preceptors will not have the world clock projected in their office/patient's room to see if I'm exactly X minutes early.
  14. THIS. We just automatically lose 50% if anything is submitted late Showing up less than 15 minutes before the start of an exam however (and yes, even 1 second is considered late when they have the world clock projected at the front of the exam room), that's a different story... Have to literally sign a form acknowledging that you showed up late before you're allowed to enter, and then the year director is notified of your "unprofessionalism".
  15. No post bacc program will guarantee acceptance into any medical school in Canada. In general, medical school acceptance is much harder and much more competitive in Canada than the US because there are simply way less seats compared to the number of students who want to be in medical school. Here's a list of programs in the US with linkages: https://rampages.us/preprofadv/wp-content/uploads/sites/17261/2016/09/Post-Bac-Medical-Programs-With-Guaranteed-Admissions.pdf