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  1. This is exactly what I did when I was applying! I submitted in the last hour lol. You're good to go
  2. Hey! None of my referees were verifiers for anything on my abs. It wasn't a problem for me!
  3. The Western essays are an "abbreviated autobiographical sketch", so yes! those are the only essays Western has ever had
  4. Just want to clarify bc I think it might make some ppl happy to hear - in person OCLOs will be allowed! You'll be good to go for things like EM and surgery. What this part means is basically that Schulich isn't allowing you to participate in virtual clinic from your home for privacy reason. They don't want you 'seeing' patients from your bedroom when theres a possibility your roommate is standing by the door listening in kinda thing. If you are participating in virtual care, you'll have to do it from the same facility as the supervising physician. There will be some COVID training so things will be delayed but you CAN go to the hospital!
  5. What's really odd is I talked to admin yesterday and today about this and they're sticking with the 'strongly suggest you move to your campus city' thing they sent out in the first memo! Apparently there's still an expectation that you guys will be able to attend on campus stuff at relatively short notice should things change...which I don't see happening tbh but who knows. In all honesty, there are still lots of things that will be going on that it'd be worth it to be in the city for ... observerships are definitely a go, and I think it's a selling point bc in the new curriculum Western is really trying to hype up their focus on getting us clinical experience. Doctors tend to have very little expectations of first years doing observerships (in my experience) so it's actually a great time to do them bc theres no pressure. There's also research you can do in person and they're working on getting the longitudinal clinical experience set up if they can figure out a good way to run it! Then theres all the student led groups and clubs that will definitely still be having activities (we're missing our classmates a lot lol). All that being said I 100% understand the frustration and I think what Western did here was totally thoughtless. Trust me when I say we're all very frustrated at the situation as well....
  6. Hey! The requirement is five full courses (i.e. ten single semester courses or anything equivalent) between the months of September and April. The courses you're taking this summer are not eligible to be counted towards reaching the full course load requirements. Basically if you take 5 courses first semester and 5 second semester, or 4 first semester and 6 second semester, or some other equivalent combination you've met the requirements. Because you've taken less than 10 courses in each of your years you unfortunately won't be eligible to apply. If you were to take 5/5 (10 courses) in your fourth year and then complete a fifth year before graduating (with 10 courses), or a special year after graduating (with 10 courses) you'd be eligible! I hope this helps clear things up!
  7. Still figuring out exactly how we're going to get them to you guys but it'll definitely be during/very close to orientation week so that you guys can show them off along with everybody else
  8. TRAFFIC LIGHTS! This is the best thing that could've happened to you guys
  9. The day class clothing orders comes in feels like Christmas! It's like getting new varsity kit at the beginning of the season - nothing wrong with wanting to rep your team Not to mention we could all use a little something extra to look forward to coming into this school year.
  10. I grew up in Windsor and now I’m at Windsor campus so if you have any questions you think I may be able to help out with please don’t hesitate to reach out. Anything I can’t answer I’ll be able to direct you to the appropriate Windsor faculty!! I think what you’re feeling is pretty common to some extent for those who didn’t think they were going to be in Windsor (even I was feeling a bit of it at this time last year)! The Windsor 2023s are going to do everything they can to make this transition as easy as possible so don’t be afraid to let us know what we can do! we are very excited to have you
  11. I’ve heard of it happening once under an exceptional circumstance and that was a transfer from London to Windsor - keep in mind I’ve only been here for a year so that may not be the full picture though! I’d encourage you to look a little further into the merits of doing clerkship at London vs Windsor bc there are definitely benefits both ways. this is something that LEW may be able to give you more insight into as I’m pretty sure they usually handle these cases. I think we put their contact info on the fb group but if you can’t find it just private message me on here!
  12. Hey! In the past (pre-covid schedule) we have had mandatory sessions 3-4 days of the week most weeks (Tuesday is off) so that would be a lot of commuting. It may be possible during first semester of this year as in person mandatory sessions will be scaled back. You’ll also want to consider the fact that your ‘extras’ (longitudinal clinical experiences, service learning) will likely be located in Windsor as well. You may be able to do observerships in London but admin has made it clear to me that there will be no crossing campuses for mandatory class sessions (something other students were wondering about) so it would be wise to check in with them on cross campus observerships instead of just taking my word for it! in third year during clerkship you will be located at the Windsor hospitals - I haven’t experienced clerkship yet but from what I know it would be near impossible to commute for that. overall my personal opinion is that it would be wise to have a housing situation in Windsor starting in January at the very least. A good number of my classmates go home for weekends quite regularly (even to the GTA) - the drive to London is pretty short so you could probably count on being back in London most Friday afternoons to Sunday evenings/Monday mornings if that eases any of your anxieties! It would even be pretty easy to jump in on a car pool if you don’t have transportation :)
  13. Everything is subject to change unfortunately but the current plan does involve some in person stuff - the priority is our interviewing/physical exams skills course (PCCM) and anatomy as those have been identified as the two toughest things to translate over to virtual learning. We're not completely clear on how frequent these sessions will be but I would imagine there will be updates as we get closer to September, and I think it is safe to say that unless things go really off the rails we'll have some in person component! Admin is also working hard with the hospitals and community partners to get observerships (OCLOs) up and running, so that's another in person thing that will be happening (fingers crossed)!
  14. It will 100% NOT be online! We've told admin that we think that would completely defeat the point of the ceremony and they agree. No firm date yet for obvious reasons but I would guess probably at the end of second semester. I'm actually kind of jealous of you guys - I think it will be way more fun to watch all of your friends that you've just spent the last (crazy) year with walking across the stage to get their white coat instead of a bunch of people that you don't know yet! As soon as there is a date confirmed it'll be passed along to you guys
  15. Windsor matches to all the same competitive specialties as London. In the fall admin will release CaRMS info from the most recent match to you, with stats split up by Windsor and London so that you can compare. You’ll find that there isn’t much difference. Our clerks also have an excellent reputation for being very well prepared.
  16. Very relieved to hear that they're responding!! Thanks for the update!
  17. Last Tuesday (May26th) was the last day to accept for all offers sent out on May 12th. In my experience waitlisters are given seven business days to respond to their offer, not sure if that timeline is the same this year!
  18. Nope! They've been talking about getting us back in observerships before we're allowed to congregate in groups again for class. I believe it has to do with the availability of PPE at the observership and the fact that we wouldn't be allowed to have 100+ people in a lecture hall even if we wanted to due to gathering restrictions. Honestly I didn't really catch all the details of why because I was very excited when they told us observerships would possibly be opening back up. I think going with roomies would probably be a smart choice, even if only for the year. Of course you'd have to work out between all of you how things would work if you were travelling back and forth from your family homes but many of our classmates have roomies so definitely something a lot of people are working on rn.
  19. Hey! From what I've heard nobody has been hearing back from admissions about anything - I would assume they were just overwhelmingly busy last week because I have confirmed with admin that the admissions email is the place to go to get questions answered. Full legal name and current address are all thats needed for the TPS letter - I assume they will be sending those out sometime this week. If you think a current student could help with any of your questions plz feel free to DM, but otherwise please let me know if you haven't heard back by the end of the week. That would be a major issue and I'll start sending emails out to individuals to see what's going on. Hope thats helpful
  20. Not weird at all, many people have been asking the exact same question! Totally get where you guys are coming from with the commuting. The only issue I see with this is that admin is actively trying to get us back in person ASAP. This means that if things improve, they could easily say "okay we're going back to in person 3-4 days a week and you need to be here on Monday" and then you'd be in a tough spot if you don't have housing. Admin has suggested to us that it is probably smart to be in Southwestern Ontario, but are hesitant to make any official recommendation in the case that everything has to stay online the entire semester and then you've been paying rent for no reason. The optimistic side of me wants to say that you should have housing in the area in case we get to go back more frequently, but I would hate for you to sign a lease on my suggestion and have everything stay online I also know that this is a financially daunting option for those of us who could potentially be commuting instead. I think the safest option would be signing a lease, because if we do get to go back in person regularly (fingers really really crossed) I would say it is near impossible (or at least just very inconvenient) to commute with our schedule - but again this is just my opinion, maybe some people are better commuters than me LOL. This uncertainty really sucks and a lot of the 2023's are asking themselves this same question right now, I really don't think theres a good answer unfortunately. happy to chat more about logistics if I can help at all
  21. Oof I guess I should've posted first semester - good call! In all honesty foundations of medicine had been wiped from my mind LOL. Just for Windsor friends - your ISGL will always be on wednesday 1:30-3:30 no matter what group you're in, and your PCCM will always be on Thursday 1:30-4:30, except for two groups that are on Friday instead. Also forgot to mention - keep an eye on your email inbox because admin gave the OCos a heads up that you'll be receiving some more info soon. ( @yobologna and I are the London/Windsor info dream team )
  22. Wait wait I got it to work!! Anything with an asterisk is a mandatory session, and this isn't a carbon copy of what your schedule will look like bc it all depends on when lecturers are available.
  23. Schedule varies a lot from week to week - I tried uploading some pictures but I guess they're too big? I can try to message them to you/anybody else who is interested!
  24. September will start out largely virtual - that being said, admin is doing there best to make a good balance of 'synchronous and asynchronous' learning, i.e. you will have components you can complete at your own pace but you will also have components that are being taught live giving you the opportunity to ask questions and interact as if you were in person. I wouldn't expect 2 hr long recordings of lectures tbh, they've made it sound as though it will be more 'modular' learning as this tends to be nicer for online learning. As soon as possible, components of the curriculum will be transferred with priority given to anatomy and patient centred clinical method classes (interviewing and physical exam skills). The structure will be entirely consistent across both campuses! Admin is hesitant to fully commit to a timeline right now for obvious reasons.
  25. Not silly! As long as you responded to your original offer (which I'm assuming you did because the deadline has passed LOL) you should be good to go. Student centre does take a while to update - when I got my call off the waitlist they told me to give it 24 hrs to update so I would assume it'd be the same for any changes made to your student centre! You should see it tomorrow
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