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  1. Hey all I was just wondering if anyone here applied for McMaster's MSc in Global Health for Sep 2020? I was wondering if anyone heard any update with regards to when admissions are going to be out with the current situation! Thanks
  2. Hi! I have created this thread as I am deciding between UofT, Queens, and McMaster for OT (and I am sure others are as well). I was wondering if any current OT students or graduates would be able to answer some of the questions I had or just share some of their experiences at these schools. So far from my own research I gathered the following: UofT seems to have more of a research focus, with a couple of the courses being research-based (e.g. learning methodologies, how to write a proposal). They also have LEAP placements where one can be placed where there is no OT present or OT role. Queens seems to have a mental health and communication focus (one mandatory placement in mental health). It also seems their program is shorter than the others (it can potentially end in June depending on when we schedule our last placement), and has 4 terms of classes rather than 5 like the other schools. I think they also say not to expect all fieldwork to take place in Kingston? McMaster- I don't know a lot about them other than problem based learning- which I am still trying to wrap my head around what that is, would appreciate if someone could explain PBL to me! Please correct me if I am wrong with any of the above info and I would appreciate if current students or grads could share their experiences.
  3. Hello, Has anyone here done an MPH, and then pursued med school? Or is currently in an MPH program and thinking of applying to med? I'm starting my MPH at McMaster this fall and wanted to receive some advice from someone who is/been in the same shoes! Thank you!
  4. Been asked this question a lot in PMs so here it goes, I will advise you to keep your eyes open. In every year, students come into medical school "thinking they know what they want" when every year they really don't. Premeds know nothing of the medical field because they haven't experienced anything yet. No matter what people tell you or some half-measure to compensate for it, you need to be in the hospitals to know what you want to do. Every year most people from (in your case) august 2020 to march 2021 have to narrow down specialties to 2 at most and they will need to pick 1 if they want to start early for something very comeptitive (ie plastic surgery, dermatology, ophthalmology, etc.). Students will change their mind up to 10 times before March but they can only do this because they get to see the clinical enviornment. People get stressed without COVID, I'm sorry to say but this will be worse for incoming McMaster students. For example, some people think they love the brain because it is the coolest organ they have learned from textbooks. Then they get to see neurosurgery and say, wow I hate the lifestyle, I hate that I have to wake up every night and not sleep at all, I hate that my days are 12 hours long, I hate how much risk it has, and more. All of these things no matter how much you read won't help you. The only way to decide your future for something as patient-centered as medicine is to early on be in the hospitals AND SEE PATIENTS. I have been getting lots of questions from PMs about choosing specialties. The unfortunate reality is that people generally struggle picking specialties in time before clerkship since you have less than a year to plan in advance. When students every year enter, they will go on a lot of shadows (horizontals) to see doctors. Your first year at Mac will be online, you will not have these oppurtunities, and you will be at the bottom of the food chain, anyone who tells you otherwise to decide before Post-MF4 (summer electives) and clerkship is lying to you or trying to sell their school. I will tell you why. Right now many residents (specialty trainees) are not being trained how they should be for a variety of reasons. For example, surgical residents who are not doing elective surgeries to train because the province stopped them for COVID-19 are now behind in their surgeries. Many non-surgical residents have been sent to the COVID-19 ward areas to help with demand so now they are not getting trained in their specialty fields. All these residents need more time in the clinical enviornment because they still need to graduate on time. Residents take first priority. Secondly, all medical students have been not allowed at the clinical enviornment or in hospitals because of COVID-19. They don't care if you are deciding specialiteis because that is what they had to do. McMaster has already announced that the class of 2021 will be first priority after residents to return to the clinical enviornment which is not for another few months (and possibly longer if there is a second peak in COVID-19 cases but nobody if that will happen). Then it will be the class of 2022 which need to start clerkship but they will probably be pushed signficantly back and if they haven't explored specialties by now, well they are probably screwed and they will go through clerkship and have to decide with less experience because the province demands everyone graduate on time. Then at the very very bottom ARE YOU GUYS where you have no medical use as incoming students. You are least priority to get into the clinical enviornment because you are the newest with the least training. Clerkship students actually benfit the hospital by helping out, you guys as incoming students slow doctors down more than you can help because you all know nothing, so it will be a long time before they let you guys go back to clinical experiences because we don't have that luxury now. McMaster and students can spin this anyway they want but if you are not getting into the clinical enviornment with a good amount of time before important elective selections (at McMaster this is March 2021 for you guys) then you will just not have enough time to explore specialties. McMaster is a fantastic school and I believe it is the best school if there are no interruptuions in their normal schedule but COVID-19 has thrown a meteor right through it. If people want me to cite statistics, I can post them here to PM them to you about specialties. You have to decide for your own benefit. If you think you can decide a specialty without much clinical experience, then go for McMaster, if not go for a four-year program. Simple as that. You can either start making important decisions about specialties in March of 2021 at Mac or the summer of 2022 at a four year program. Tl;DR - Read the bolded (lol sorry for the long post) or PM me.
  5. Hello!! I’m applying for OT in fall. I am currently a psychology student, my cgpa is around 3.5 and my sgpa for this year is around 3.7. I’m currently taking some summer courses to boost my sgpa. I have some volunteering and research experience as well. Last year I had a very bad year and failed 2 courses, I also WDN a course due to my mental state. This year I have retaken those courses and I got back into honours, but due to the coronavirus situation I WDN a course and now I realize this may have been a bad choice and that it will look bad on my application next year. Does anyone have experience of getting into OT with 2+ WDN on their transcript? And not to forget the 2 failed courses. I would appreciate any answers!! Thank you
  6. Hello all, At the moment it seems like McMaster is my best chance of getting into medical school. How much of a disadvantage would I be in if I don't have any publications going in (I wanted to write one this summer but our labs have all shut down). In 3 years how much can you feasibly do in the research aspect at McMaster. I am not aiming for anything super competitive, thinking either IM or FM for the most part.
  7. I’m renting a room out in my house starting May 1st. My current housemate is moving out then. The house is fully updated. Lots of parking. Backyard with BBQ. Wifi etc. I can furnish the bedroom if you need me to. I am moving to BC for Rural Pre-Med program in September so the longest I can rent the room for is 4 months. My house is quiet and I’m a great person to live with. I’ve been a paramedic for 11 years, I don’t have parties, drink, or do drugs. I am fairly clean, I dislike clutter but can survive the occasional dust bunny. I don’t do much outside of work, study for MCAT, gym and yoga. So if you’re looking for a great spot to call home for a few months while your in residency or school or clinical my place will be ideal for you. $700 all inclusive. 289-921-6667
  8. Hey OT/PT hopefuls, I am anxiously awaiting to hear back about interview invitations from various PT Schools across Canada. I study in a small town so there are not many other prospective PT/OT students around to do mock interviews, and I was wondering if anyone would be interested in making a facebook group (or similar) where we do video chats with Mock MMI/Answer Feedback? I've read about the importance of actually practicing answering questions and think this could be very helpful for students in a similar situation! *given that most if not all in-person interviews are cancelled I did not make a group, but may be a great idea for next year!*
  9. My GPA's not stellar but my MCAT and ECs are decent. What would be my chances to get into med school in Ontario? I'm in Life Sciences at McMaster. Would taking a masters be a good idea? And if so, which degree should I be thinking about? First yr: 3.3 Second yr: 3.87 Third yr: 4.0 MCAT: 525 ECs: Hospital shadowing, exec position for Doctors without Borders, Global Medical Brigades, research, design reviewing for devices for patients with disabilities, multiple awards for social justice debates and research competitions Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you!
  10. Hello all, Im an IMG interested in General Surgery and was wondering what the different pros and cons of each program are, and what respective residents think about their programs
  11. Hello! I have the opportunity this summer to have my own research project. It will likely be a 9-5 with about 3 hours of commute a day. Is it possible to perform well on the MCAT while doing this (520+ with a 129+ CARS)? or should I just use my summer to study full time (summer meaning may-august exactly, looking to write at end of august). As a reference, by the end of this year (2nd year), I would have taken: 2 courses gen chem 2 courses anatomy/physiology 1 course biochem 1 course organic chem 1 course physics (basically kinematics and dynamics only) 1 course sociology I have a choice to do my research the summer after, and don't have to do it this summer.
  12. Just wondering what the general consensus is on the available general surgery programs in the country, which are considered “the best” and what are the pros and cons of each?
  13. I know that there is Western Medical Science which sends a lot of students to med other than health science, are there any other programs like these? I want to know this because I am in grade 12 and want to be a doctor. I want to take a bachelor's program which is science oriented while also giving me the best shot possible for med school. Most of time what I hear is that if you don't get into the two courses I mentioned your best choice will be to go to an easy university so you can still get a high GPA (rather than a life science program which are generally tough), like you would in health sci due to grade inflation, is all of this true? Finally, if it is true, what are some science based programs I can take at one of these easy universities like Guelph and York, while also having opportunities for extracurriculars and research at the university. I live in the GTA by the way.
  14. I'm a grade 12 student that is graduating this year. I want to go to medical school, but I want to go to an undergrad that prepares me the most for it (GPA, MCAT) and other requirements. My options I'm thinking of right now are: Waterloo Biomedical Science (no co-op) Pros: Good structure and has many courses that are perquisites for med schools Cons: I heard it was hard (courses like embryology) which I won't be able to get a high GPA Waterloo Honours Science (no co-op) Pros: Lots of flexibility in terms of electives (so you can boost GPA) Cons: Idk (no structure?) Waterloo Life Science (co-op) Pros: Idk Cons: Idk McMaster Life Science (co-op) Pros: McMaster is known for their sciences Cons: Enrollment says 1000 so large class sizes? Waterloo ranks higher than McMaster in terms of reputation (if that matters). Waterloo is known for co-op. Guelph Biomedical Science (don't think so) Pros: Idk Cons: Haven't heard much about it (like it doesn't have a big reputation) Would co-op matter? Like if I don't get into med school would it get me a higher chance to get jobs and would it be good for graduate school? Which school has the better co-op? In terms of GPA, which program is the best? In terms of preparing me for the MCAT, which program is the best? Which school is best in terms of marks, ECs, community? I'm thinking of McMaster Life Science because they have a medical school and I've heard McMaster is a good school for science (not sure tho). In general, which program would give me the highest chance of getting into med school? Can you provide me a more in-depth explanation of why this program is good (if you took it)? Are there any other programs I should consider (other than McMaster Health Science and Western Medical Science which I did not get into)? Correct me if I'm wrong with any of the programs (I really don't know much about them).
  15. Did you get put on the waitlist today at 7:53? Is McMaster your only hope at becoming an MD? if so, then please join the party. Feel free to discuss anything and everything regarding the waitlist. Here is a link to last year's waitlist thread: http://forums.premed101.com/topic/99542-mcmaster-waitlist-party/ Have fun, keep us updated, and I hope to see you all in August!
  16. I'm a grade 12 student that is graduating this year. I want to go to medical school, but I want to go to an undergrad that prepares me the most for it (GPA, MCAT) and other requirements. My options I'm thinking of right now are: Waterloo Biomedical Science (no co-op) Pros: Good structure and has many courses that are perquisites for med schools Cons: I heard it was hard (courses like embryology) which I won't be able to get a high GPA Waterloo Honours Science (no co-op) Pros: Lots of flexibility in terms of electives (so you can boost GPA) Cons: Idk (no structure?) Waterloo Life Science (co-op) Pros: Idk Cons: Idk McMaster Life Science (co-op) Pros: McMaster is known for their sciences Cons: Enrollment says 1000 so large class sizes? Waterloo ranks higher than McMaster in terms of reputation (if that matters). Waterloo is known for co-op. Guelph Biomedical Science (don't think so) Pros: Idk Cons: Haven't heard much about it (like it doesn't have a big reputation) Would co-op matter? Like if I don't get into med school would it get me a higher chance to get jobs and would it be good for graduate school? Which school has the better co-op? In terms of GPA, which program is the best? In terms of preparing me for the MCAT, which program is the best? Which school is best in terms of marks, ECs, community? I'm thinking of McMaster Life Science because they have a medical school and I've heard McMaster is a good school for science (not sure tho). In general, which program would give me the highest chance of getting into med school? Can you provide me a more in-depth explanation of why this program is good (if you took it)? Are there any other programs I should consider (other than McMaster Health Science and Western Medical Science which I did not get into)? Correct me if I'm wrong with any of the programs (I really don't know much about them).
  17. I'm a grade 12 student that is graduating this year. I want to go to medical school, but I want to go to an undergrad that prepares me the most for it (GPA, MCAT) and other requirements. My options I'm thinking of right now are: Waterloo Biomedical Science (no co-op) Pros: Good structure and has many courses that are perquisites for med schools Cons: I heard it was hard (courses like embryology) which I won't be able to get a high GPA Waterloo Honours Science (no co-op) Pros: Lots of flexibility in terms of electives (so you can boost GPA) Cons: Idk (no structure?) Waterloo Life Science (co-op) Pros: Idk Cons: Idk McMaster Life Science (co-op) Pros: McMaster is known for their sciences Cons: Enrollment says 1000 so large class sizes? Waterloo ranks higher than McMaster in terms of reputation (if that matters). Waterloo is known for co-op. Guelph Biomedical Science (don't think so) Pros: Idk Cons: Haven't heard much about it (like it doesn't have a big reputation) Would co-op matter? Like if I don't get into med school would it get me a higher chance to get jobs and would it be good for graduate school? Which school has the better co-op? In terms of GPA, which program is the best? In terms of preparing me for the MCAT, which program is the best? Which school is best in terms of marks, ECs, community? I'm thinking of McMaster Life Science because they have a medical school and I've heard McMaster is a good school for science (not sure tho). In general, which program would give me the highest chance of getting into med school? Can you provide me a more in-depth explanation of why this program is good (if you took it)? Are there any other programs I should consider (other than McMaster Health Science and Western Medical Science which I did not get into)? Correct me if I'm wrong with any of the programs (I really don't know much about them).
  18. Hello All, I got accepted in Life science at McMaster, Health studies at Waterloo and Health Science at Western Ontario. I am aiming for Med school. My family wants me to go at McMaster or Life science, While my friends says Western Ontario. Waterloo - Health studies offers Co-Ops but not sure everyone get placed. What you guys think? Please share your opinion, Thanks in Advance. Axu
  19. Hello! I was wondering if anyone could give me some insight on applying to McMaster and Queens... I am applying to both through the aboriginal stream. cGPA: 3.35 wGPA: 3.86 EC: vet clinic, humane society, large animal vet, worked with the head pediatrician at my hometown hospital, environmentalist for a mining company in Canada and another for in the States, volunteered at a therapeutic riding center, research experience I have yet to write my MCAT (I plan to this August!)....so far I am having a very hard time with the chemistry/physics and bio/biochem sections. I am acing the CARS however - it is consistently my best score (131-132 on all the practice tests). Do you think I have a good chance of getting in? I have read that McMaster puts less emphasis on grades, however they take into consideration your cGPA, and as you can see above, mine isn't the most competitive! While my wGPA is much better, I am still not sure as to whether I will be considered competitive, especially if I cannot get higher scores on the chem/phys and bio/biochem sections on the MCAT. Any advice/insight would be much appreciated:)
  20. Hey guys! I recently got into both mac health sci and western med sci with scholars electives. Obviously my end goal is med school and I know most people say mac is the safer bet but I just wanted to see if anyone had any more advice for choosing between the two programs. I like both the programs and I'm mostly considering western because I liked the campus, the atmosphere, and the guaranteed research opportunity. However mac health sci I've heard also has an amazing and supportive community. Idk I think I'm leaning towards mac, but ya lemme know your opinions!!
  21. Hi all, I received my offer of acceptance at Western MedSci back in December and didn’t really consider Mac ArtSci + Health Sci considering their competitive nature. Though I got rejected from Health Sci, I recently got accepted at ArtSci. I was wondering if there was anybody currently in the ArtSci program who could speak on their experience or anybody currently in medical school that have graduated from ArtSci. Would ArtSci be a good program as a pre-med? I was planning on combining it with Biochem but I am still slightly worried. MedSci is a lot more specialized (overwhelmingly so) and I’m worried about maintaining a high GPA in a program that appears to want students to fail. Can anyone speak on this? So confused about what to do! Any guidance would be greatly, GREATLY appreciated! Thank you so much !
  22. Hey everyone! We are three physiotherapy students from McMaster University who have created both an instagram page and podcast to connect with students, physiotherapists and other health professionals!Our page serves as a place to update you all on our lives as we progress through our program, placements, and practice. We highlight many aspects of our daily student life while trying to give people advice on making it through the program! Check us out at: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therabaes_physio/ Itunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/therabaes/id1451321143 Don't be shy! Please feel free to reach out to us for any questions about PT, McMaster, student life, etc.
  23. Hello, I'm a student atyorku planning to transfer to macU, I know that yorku uses a 9 point while mac uses a 12 point, if I transfer tomac does that mean that my GPA will be in mcmaster standards now? (forexample if I got an A in one course will it go as a 3.9 as opposed to 3.8 at york?) Thank you
  24. Can anyone provide insight on choosing between Calgary and McMaster for med school? In terms of program, matching for residency after, heaviness of schedule, etc?  Any insights would be hugely appreciated! My friends and family are all closer to Mac but I think Calgary is a way more beautiful place to live.
  25. Can anyone provide insight on choosing between Calgary and McMaster for med school? In terms of program, matching for residency after, heaviness of schedule, etc? Any insights would be hugely appreciated! My friends and family are all closer to Mac but I think Calgary is a way more beautiful place to live.
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