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  1. Sorry if this is the wrong sub to ask this !! Wasn't sure where to ask this. I'm starting my second year in med school in September. I realize that it's still early to know exactly what I want, but I'm heavily leaning towards internal medicine for residency. I know that could change but, for now, I'm working with the mindset that that's what I will be aiming for. I've recently started a summer research job and, as of now, getting a publication out of it hasn't been brought up/discussed by my supervisor. It seems to me that my supervisor mainly wants me to enjoy the research experience, get some new skills out of it, and get a poster to present at some conference/research event. I realize I should've been more transparent with the supervisor about wanting a publication, but I just didn't want her thinking it's all I'm here for since she doesn't know me that well, because it's actually not - I'm genuinely interested in the research topic. That being said, I saw that the number of applicants for IM this year increased a lot. I'm starting to worry about how much more competitive it will be by the time I'm applying. Most of my med friends who are working on research this summer, have discussed the potential of publishing and that they'd be getting something out of it. Now, I'm worried that I'm behind and not getting the most out of it I guess my main question is, how important are research publications for internal medicine?
  2. It's best to send the admissions office an email explaining your situation. Is there any way you can write the exam in June? If so, I don't think it'll be an issue since they ask for the prerequisite to be completed by then. On the other hand, if you can't, perhaps providing them with medical documentation would help. Definitely contact them though as only they can give you a firm answer on this!
  3. Hi! I was wondering if any current uOttawa med students could comment on the class culture/environment (positives/negatives)? I'd really appreciate it!
  4. I don't think there's one yet! The one I found was created in Feb and doesn't look like it's the real one lol
  5. were the wrong offers sent out through OMSAS though?
  6. Based on what I've read on the forum, you receive one score and I think it's out of 4.
  7. Hi all, I feel like the post-interview scoring question has been asked quite a few times so sorry about this haha I'm just confused as to how applicants are evaluated following the interview. Looking through the forum, I've read a lot of posts that say it's 100% your interview score. Ottawa's website says the following: "Following the interview, preliminary rank order lists are prepared based on a combined score using the WGPA and the interview performance (a poor interview may not be ranked). In the event of ties in the final scores, candidates with the highest WGPA will be ranked higher. The admissions committee may take other factors into consideration when ranking each candidate" Based on the first sentence, does it mean that they actually take your GPA into account or are they pretty firm on the interview score being worth 100% of the evaluation? Sorry if this question has been asked in the past!
  8. If you don't have much research experience, chances are the tasks you'll be given in the lab won't allow you to really understand what research is all about (e.g. when I first started, I worked on data entry). Research is a learning curve and I feel like you need to be willing to give in order to get back. If you're not into working full-time in a lab. I'd suggest volunteering weekly in a lab for a few months to a year. If you find that you enjoy it, your PI will give you more complex task and that's how you advance in the "research world". I've always been transparent when meeting with a PI. When I first met with my current supervisor, I told her that I wanted to give research a chance and see if it would be something I'm interested in integrating in my future goals - she was very understanding of that. I went in with the mindset that I'd only be there for the summer - 3 years later and I'm loving it! Research isn't for everyone but I think you should give it a chance if it's on your mind.
  9. I know this varies a lot but do offers usually come out early in the morning?
  10. Most, if not all of those who get an offer will pay their deposit even if they are waiting on other schools. The reason is that no one can be 100% they're going to be accepted elsewhere so they save their spot wherever they have received an offer thus far (in this case DalMed). You'll probably see more WL movement in May when the Ontario schools release their offers. This is where you'd see what courses are offered and how many people are registered for them: https://dalonline.dal.ca/PROD/fysktime.P_DisplaySchedule?s_term=202000&s_subj=MEDI&s_district=All
  11. Just want to say how awesome it is that you have risen above your past negative experiences! You’ve succeeded in getting into medical school. I think this shows that you have great interpersonal skills. Don’t decline an offer based on past experiences. Best of luck with medical school, I’m sure you’ll be great!
  12. I believe you’re allowed to complete it post-application. I have a friend who received an interview invite and still hasn’t completed one of the prerequisites. He’s currently enrolled in it and will complete it in April. You would just need to prove that you did in fact complete it when you submit your transcripts if you were to receive an offer.
  13. I find it hilarious how we all slowly begin to disappear around 11 AM and then all show up the next morning :')
  14. I think the timing of when they come out doesn’t necessarily have to be in the morning. It tends to be a trend. However, I’m now inclined to think it would be a Monday just cause I read on the forum that the adcom meets on Mondays. So maybe they’ll finalize things? That being said, I’m still going to refresh my email the next 2 days
  15. I really hope it’s this week! If it’s not tomorrow, I’ll just assume it’ll be Monday
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