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  1. If you have friends with contacts, you basically have contacts. Use them! Send an email to those people and say you heard great things about them though your friends, that you read their latest paper, something like that... researchers LOVE when you show interest into their work.
  2. @zackattack881 For your CV, what I did was try to think about "what experiences have helped to shape the person I am today, and how they will help me become a better doctor?". And that's what guided my choice of experiences to present and what I put forward. Some sections got longer because they were more important for me, and I completely deleted one because I had no relevant experience to write in it. I had not read about the CanMEDs roles at this time, but it's just common sense that these soft skills are important for medicine. I never got involved in anything in the goal of applying in medicine, just out of personal interest, and I think that maybe it made a small difference... because I sound very passionate when I talk about all of it. I never planned on applying at McGill (since I'm french) before doing it on a whim last October haha! Anyway, that's just my personnal experience, it doesn't mean that you should do the same. Buuuut my GPA & ECs were not nearly as good as yours (except for research), & I still got in. Ans I truly think that there's no right or wrong answer, so you should do it in the way that enhances you the most. Don't forget that they probably don't want you to only tell what you did... but instead, they surely want to know about you through the things you did! Good luck
  3. Just wanted to give a small update to you guys. I talked to my financial advisor at Desjardins and they agreed to give me a credit card equivalent to that offered by scotia (world elite) for free will all the advantages. The interest rate will be the same for the LOC, but the limit is 275k instead of 350k (which doesn't bother me at all since I don't want to use all of it). The only thing I won't have is the 300$ opening bonus + credit card award points, but I could still got them later if I decide to make the switch after all. The reason why I decided to stay with Desjardins is that they always gave me a great customer service, I got bursaries from them a few times and I will probably get some again in the future... and my very short experience was HORRIBLE (and apparently I'm not the only one). Soooo that will be it for now, and I may change my mind later over the years if another institution become more advantageous for one reason or another.
  4. I have no idea yet, but will apply to both. I'm native in french, but I will be going through med school in english (which is stressing me out a little bit)... So at this point I suppose I will not make much of a difference, but I still have plenty of time to think about it!
  5. I already started (officially in january '20, but less officially in august '19) & I'll be continuing during my MD (part-time + summers). RIP my free-time, lol! (like I ever had any anyway)
  6. Thank god I have one hahahaha! Now good luck figuring which one I am, future supervisors.
  7. My name is SO COMMON, more than 30 linkedin profiles are coming out HAHAHA Also I'm not the only researcher with that name so everyone must think that I'm that woman working with rats who published A LOT of papers on genetics (even researchgate can't make the difference and keeps asking me if these are my articles). Thanks for the advice anyway lol, I was a nice experiment!
  8. Postule partout & figure it out selon où tu es accepté Plus sérieusement, il y a plein de facteurs à considérer, et ça dépend ce qui est le plus important pour toi. La vie sociale, le campus, la ville, le coût de la vie, la proximité avec ta ville d'origine, le curriculum, tes spécialités d'intérêts, les activités extracurriculaires offertes, dans quel hôpital aimerais-tu évoluer, où tu aimerais faire ta résidence, la langue, la culture, la diversité multiculturelle, les valeurs de l'institution, tes expériences personnelles, les témoignages que tu as entendus, ta petite voix intérieure / ton gut-feeling... il n'y a pas de bonne ou de mauvaise réponse! Dis toi que si tu as la chance de pouvoir faire un choix... c'est un très beau problème. Bonne chance!
  9. Even if you find someone, which is extremely unlikely, I don't think the university will allow that... idk, correct me if I'm wrong.
  10. I tried to register anyway and it's not working lol, so I guess we don't have to! I was also wondering if we were really supposed to register right now for summer 2021... because we can't, courses are not yet available for registration. I'm surprised they did not send any email yet. No 2020 immunization form, no news regarding the BCLS that we cannot do for now, no facebook group, no reminder for registration... idk, it feels weird.
  11. It depends on your situation and your area.I just found out this calculator, it's very interesting! https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/upshot/buy-rent-calculator.html In my area at least, buying is usually as affordable as renting (and sometimes more affordable, especially with the low interest rates right now), and can be litterally twice less expansive than living in a university residence. With the same amount of money taken out from my LOC, or even less (!), I would rather recover some of it later, even if the investment is overall not that good. Anyway, a girl shared her experience about getting a mortgage recently on this forum and I found in very interesting (see below). She already had debts, so it was probably even more difficult for her, but she also got the support of a partner working full-time, so I'm not sure if it's possible otherwise.
  12. Following as I'm also considering buying (with my partner however, and he's working full time!)
  13. Everyone out there saying ''relax because you'll never get to relax again'' and I'm here doing research like crazy to get as much done as I can before August x) why did I choose this life hahaha Well idk if it help,s but my mom bought me this colouring book and I find it fun & instructive as well (yes, I'm a total nerd) https://www.amazon.ca/-/fr/Anatomy-Coloring-Book-4th/dp/0321832019/ref=sr_1_1?__mk_fr_CA=ÅMÅŽÕÑ&crid=2H9M380BRAYKB&dchild=1&keywords=anatomy+coloring+book&qid=1591537289&sprefix=anatomy+%2Caps%2C151&sr=8-1 I don't know what you're already doing, but you could also see your friends outside from a 2 meters distance, read a book, play video games, work out and get in shape (take zoom classes and try something new!), cook... if I had nothing to do, I would definitely volunteer for the closest hospital, but maybe you live with someone who's at risk and it that case I would not recommend of course.
  14. I did not read any book for the Casper, but I like this one about the MMIs (every advice also apply to the casper anyway): https://www.amazon.ca/-/fr/Secrets-Multiple-Mini-Interview-Strategies-ebook/dp/B01CQNF42W/ref=sr_1_3?__mk_fr_CA=ÅMÅŽÕÑ&dchild=1&keywords=seven+secrets+mmi&qid=1591286539&sr=8-3 There are a few good advice in the Be*o one, but you can find them elsewhere & it's just so frustrating to read when you don't want to pay 10k for their program... Also they just really hate the admission tools in place and it shows. I don't like their approach, their philosophy, the way they almost tell you that you have to fake your entire personality to get in... idk, maybe it's just me. Anyway, if you listen to them, you should not ask anything here in the first place hahaha https://bemoacademicconsulting.com/blog/top-5-reasons-to-avoid-online-premed-forums
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