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  1. I'm from Montreal, and I just wanted to say to everyone not to worry too much about finding a place. Finding a place in Montreal is very easy (it may be less easy after July 1st), but most students who move to Montreal for the first time make the move in August or September anyways (and it may be easier this fall since many new undergrad students won't be making the move). Montreal is a very student friendly city and it'll be pretty easy and affordable to find a place here whichever month it is
  2. Can someone post such table's number or the link to that data? I have been able to find every other piece of data except this specific one...
  3. You're right in the sense that my initial commet was vague.; I never meant that the competition was among the medical students themselves. Since this was posted in the medical students forums, I didn't worry too much about promoting false stereotypes since I assumed most people here are familiar with U of T's medical school. Your explanation about the curriculum and academies is certainly helpful for who are unfamilair with U of T. I simply didn't appreciate how you called my comment evidenceless and assumed I was feeding into negative/false stereotypes.
  4. I am very well aware about the differences between undergrad and med culture at U of T, and you don’t need to explain to me the differences between the two. Since you’re an incoming student yourself, I wouldn’t necessarily 100% trust your perspective on the school either. Of course, the upper med students will not tell you that U of T is competitive, they are happy, and I assure you almost every med student is satisfied with their medical school (not just U of T, but likely every other medical school in Canada). When I said U of T is competitive, I didn’t mean that everyone is a gunner or out to get their classmates. Simply put, U of T highly values research and extracurriculars and thus produces competitive students, and this is facilitated by the structure of the curriculum (which I already mentioned and then you tediously elaborated on; I meant it as a good thing). If you look at Carms data, you’ll see more U of T students listing top competitive specialties as their first choice (along with McGill I believe) and yes I’m factoring in the large class size of U of T. This is what I meant by high(er) chances of encountering gunner students at U of T. What also makes U of T more competitive are the giant renown hospitals it runs, and the sheer amount of students, residents, staff and opportunities that come with those. Also keep in my mind that many students from Ontario Med schools eye Toronto for research, networking and residency, making the overall atmosphere more competitive compared to other medical schools. This is not a bad thing, and it’s not a false stereotype I was enforcing in any way. I’m sure U of T med students are kind, and I have known many of them as well. You’re going to have a great time at U of T, and it will be what you make out of it. Chill.
  5. The gunner mentality itself doesn't hurt your chances, it's just an issue with higher chances of dealing with annoying people like you said lol. U of T would definitely not hurt your chances for competitive residencies.
  6. U of T is known for research, and being extremely competitive. U of T students are also more likely to be gunners compared to any other school (this is fuelled by how the curriculum is structured and student mentality).
  7. We need to respond by June 10th (so in two weeks)
  8. I found this! https://www.mcgill.ca/ugme/mdcm-curriculum-joint-programs/special-notices-covid-19-updates-ugme/faq With this in mind, perhaps it's best to prepare for living in Montreal for the fall...
  9. Also 10:29 (posting on behalf of a friend). Although this could be by alphabetical order btw...
  10. Yes, Toronto has more hospitals, but it is also more competitive to get opportunities. When it comes to doing electives and residency, all of Ontario students (and the country) will have their eyes on Toronto, which may not work in your favour and may make it harder for you to stand out. For competitive specialties, this will suck because you may not benefit from the home-school advantage as much as you would benefit from the home-school advantage at McGill. So in a sense, one could also argue that it would be easier to network at McGill when compared to Toronto. Also, I'm not sure about the following (so someone please correct me if I'm wrong), but if you go to McGill, it may be easier to stand out among your school when applying to residency since almost half of your class would be coming from CEGEP. i.e. you'll have more experience, stronger research background and more maturity.
  11. Yes, Toronto has more hospitals, but it is also more competitive to get opportunities. When it comes to doing electives and residency, all of Ontario students (and the country) will have their eyes on Toronto, which may not work in your favour and may make it harder for you to stand out. For competitive specialties, this will suck because you may not benefit from the home-school advantage as much as you would benefit from the home-school advantage at McGill. So in a sense, one could also argue that it would be easier to network at McGill when compared to Toronto. Also, I'm not sure about the following (so someone please correct me if I'm wrong), but if you go to McGill, it may be easier to stand out among your school when applying to residency since almost half of your class class would be coming from CEGEP. i.e. you'll have more experience, stronger research background and more maturity.
  12. I agree! The mentality that a certain applicant only got in because they were X certainly exists, and it is horrible and it undermines the accomplishments of said applicant. If I were to have any reservations about this program, it'd be because of the small number of people who pose or "pretend" to be a certain group just to gain a statistical advantage in the admissions process.
  13. I see, I apologize for the mistake in numbers. Thank you for correcting my mistake. Thank you for sharing your experience. As I mentioned earlier in my previous comments, I absolutely believe that there is underrepresentation in medicine. I am aware of those additional factors and I am not arguing against the existence of the program. I just had to raise the question against the statistics of applicants admitted under BSAP. 17 offers were made, and I am guessing that the number of people invited for interviews was significantly higher than 17. Given that the acceptance rate at U of T is about ~8%, I do believe that BSAP applicants have a slight edge in the application process (purely statistically speaking). That is the point I was trying to highlight.
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