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  1. Sooo now that CASPER is finished (and miraculously seemed to go ok for someone like me whose French was quite rusty...) would anyone be interested in prepping for a potential French interview in Toronto or online? Also, could previous applicants or current students in the French Stream kindly give suggestions on the best ways to prepare for the interview? Any specific prep companies or resources? I think I will need a lot of prep and help to express myself well during the interview if I am lucky enough to receive one. Merci!
  2. aspiringdoctor14

    Learning French From Scratch?

    Hi everyone! I just have a quick question to ask all of you. I was just wondering if its possible to learn French from scratch while still at University. I think that French is such an amazing language and aside from English, I already speak another language and I want to add French under my belt. The last time I was ever in a pretty serious French class was during Junior High when we were doing some very basic French and doing French bingo (ever had those in your school?). Anyways, I took a basic French class in High school but had to drop it because everyone in the class already knew how to speak and write French fluently and I simply felt inferior to everyone (most of them were French immersion students who have been speaking French since Kindergarten)... It also doesn't help the fact that I failed my very first French assignment in high school (if memory serves me right, I believe that I received 10% out of a 100%). I couldn't right a simple sentence, let alone a paper on a topic. And, according to my teacher, I will not succeed in her class if I continued to take it and I will just be a failure in her class... It was quite mean of her to say that but I somewhat understood where she was coming from and I've already forgiven her for her action. So here's the million dollar question, Would it be possible to learn French again from scratch? I think that learning how to speak and maybe even write French could be beneficial in my future. Can anyone please refer me to a website or maybe a good book to help me learn French again (aside from a French-dictionary which is quite dry)? Or does anyone have an app that they would recommend? Thank you all in advance and Have a great day!
  3. Hi everyone! I've been looking into the difference between applying to the French vs. English stream at Ottawa med. I understand that the French stream is less competitive so I was thinking of applying for that stream. French is not my first language but I can express myself well enough to make it through I believe. Has anyone who has studied English applied for the French stream and gotten an interview? How did things go and how strict are they with assessing your proficiency in writing/speaking? I would really appreciate any advice/help! Also, how important are extracurriculars with OttawaMed?
  4. medschoolapp

    CNFS

    Hey! Did anyone apply through the CNFS or applied in previous years and got in?
  5. Hi everyone! I've been looking into the difference between applying to the French vs. English stream at Ottawa med. I understand that the French stream is less competitive so I was thinking of applying for that stream. French is not my first language but I can express myself well enough to make it through I believe. Has anyone who has studied English applied for the French stream and gotten an interview? How did things go and how strict are they with assessing your proficiency in writing/speaking? I would really appreciate any advice/help! Also, how important are extracurriculars with OttawaMed?
  6. Salut! Longtime lurker, first time poster-- and I'm working on my written French, so I'll stick to English for clarity. After a lot of soul searching, I have realized that I cannot see myself as anything but a physician. However, I have a different situation that is leaving me confused at the application process for the QC schools. I went to a university in the States that technically doesn't calculate GPA. They give A, B, C or NC; with the option of taking a class P/F to explore your intellectual curiosity. With that, I'm unsure/ worried on how the French schools will convert my grades to a coteR, since I'm unsure if they will consider the grading system of my school (plus standard conversions that McGill will do are ROUGH; A= 4.0, B= 3.0, C=2.0... courses were curved hard so I have quite a few A cusps (>85%) that were curved down to Bs which kill the arbitrary GPA). I have a BA in Health and Human Biology ("3.4" thanks to a couple of C's in my first year ), with a MSc in Biotechnology ("4.0"). Since graduating 2 years ago, I've been working as a research assistant. 1- Am I totally screwed for the French schools? I know they only look at your GPA, but I want to work in QC and really believe that I need to do my studies in French to be 100% comfortable (and completely competent) to work with Francophone patients. Do they put any value in MSc degrees or weigh the grades the same as UG grades? 2- I'm missing a few prereqs (physics :/), will they be considered if taken as an independent student, or do they need to be apart of a bachelor's? I could also take a few other classes to try to up my UG GPA... 3- I need to take the MCAT for McGill since my UG is from outside of Canada. The French schools do not require the MCAT, but, if I have a score (which I will for McGill) would they consider it in the application? This would help me immensely... 4- McGill admins have suggested a second degree to help with the poor GPA conversion of my GPA-less school. Does UdeM have second degree programs? If so, would you apply as normal and then get exemptions afterwards for courses? Sorry for the long post, I've been unsuccessful at contacting the appropriate admins for info or finding relevant topics here, so I thought I would start a new thread for some advice. Thank you in advance
  7. Hi all, Just wondering about the level of French proficiency needed on day 1. I do understand there is some interaction with francophone patients and staff, and I want to make sure I am ready. I have never officially studied French, and most of my education has been informal - family, tv, books etc. I have decided to put a lot of time improving my French skills this year, and was wondering what goal should I sat for me, to be comfortable at day 1.
  8. Salut tout le monde, I created this thread so applicants to the French Stream 2018 can post their wGPA and ECs to gauge the pool and to support each other. Bonne chance à tous et à toutes!
  9. Hello everyone. i hope you are all doing fine. i have a question regarding the hidden minimum gpa for successful applicant in the uOttawa french stream. i'am currently in my third year undergrad in biomedical sciences and i'am applying this year to uOttawa. my weighted gpa (using only full time sessions and dismissing summer courses while multiplying my second year x 2) is a 3.8222 gpa. i know that for gatineau residents the minimum for applying is a 3.7 and that is fine. but since there is no available information at all regarding the averages of each years successful applicants or interviewees. i can only speculate upon what my chances are to get an interview. i was told by one of my professors that my chances to get an interview is a 3.822 is 0. so i would like to have some input from anyone in the know, or who is currently in the french stream and knows the lowest gpa in their class or some kind of average. thank you all and sorry for my horrible english.
  10. Here are my stats for my uOttawa application: Location: OOP (Quebec) Stream: French GPA: 4.0 Research: Summer internship with CRSNG scholarship in gyneco-oncology. Education: Second year university with CEGEP diploma. What are my chances to get an interview?
  11. Hi everyone, I have been questioning my CEGEP choices recently. I will be a secondary 5 in September, so cégep is approaching very fast. To be honest, I've been looking at cégeps and universities since 6th grade, but I never settled on a cégep. I want to get into honours sciences, more specifically honours health science. Then, I’d like to pursue a career in medicine and for that I will need an R code of 35 and higher. Short academic description : My average is about 91% (not full potential at all : I’m always last minute, I gave up on homework, etc.) in secondary 4 so far (we haven't gotten our final grades yet, it’s probably going to be different then). The thing is, I'm conflicted because I don't know whether I should choose an English CÉGEP or French CEGEP. I go to a French IB school with enriched English courses, in which I have a 92% average. I'm more fluent in French than I am in English, but my strength in both languages is writing. I’m letting you know this because I heard that most works in cégep are written ones. English language choices : My ideal CÉGEP in terms of size, classes and programs is John Abbott, but it’s way too far from my place (1h20+), it's too bad Dawson cégep is super close to my place (10-15min), very accessible, it has a first choice program and it's a good cégep. However, I find that it has way too many students, which will make the student-teacher relationship more difficult I think. It's also a huge cégep, which makes makes me think it will have more strong students. Then comes Vanier college. It’s 45 minutes away from my place, just like my current high school. It’s not the best cégep, but it's not the worst one either. Also, it has a honours health science program. However I don't know if it’s an advantageous cégep for a high R code. Also too many people from my current high school are going there and that throws me off. --------------------------------------------------------------- For French cégeps, I have BdeB, which seems like a really good cégep, but a very competitive one too. It's also kinda far from my place (+- 1h). My ideal CÉGEP would be Brébeuf, but I can't afford it :(. Then there's Maisonneuve, which I only heard of recently. People say it's a good cégep for sciences but I don't know what to think about that. I haven't heard a lot of positive things about this cégep. It's an hour away from my place too. Which cégep should I choose ? There's the whole English French dilemma. I'm mostly worried about the literature course and the humanities course. Do you know if it was hard for French high school students to adapt to English language classes, especially humanities ? Was writing essays hard ? I don't know. I'm sorry if these questions are bothersome. Thank you for reading this and if you have any answer for me please let me know. P.-S.: I don't know if this is important, but I am planning on pursuing my studies in English, at UofT, McGill or a foreign uni.
  12. Hi guys (Salut!), I saw that there was a waitlist poll going on but I wanted more accurate data since it's a different waitlist for each stream. Here, you can let us know your situation (anonymously if you want) so we can have as much info as possible for us people on the FRENCH waitlist ( might make more sense of the chaos)! Thanks! ps. This goes without say but, please, people on the english waitlist, don't vote here!
  13. Premedstudent0307

    French Test

    I'm just going to write in english to avoid confusion. Today I got an email from UdeM asking me to take the TFI french test. I am really confused because I didn't even receive an interview. The test isn't available in my province, so from my understanding, they want me to spend money on a plane ticket and a hotel to go to another province and write this test without a single guarantee of the interview? That is going to cost me A LOT of money! Is there any way I can know that this will be worth it? Like do you automatically get the interview if you pass that French test? Also, last year I applied to the French schools and just got rejected without them asking to write this test.. why is this? I'm sorry, I am just so confused and I am new to the Quebec system, any help would be appreciated
  14. Hey guys, if I am applying to both McMaster and the Ottawa U French stream, I would have to write CASPer in both French and English. I was just wondering if it's possible to register for both exams after submitting my OMSAS application? Thanks in advance.
  15. Hi all, I'm looking to apply to the Quebec medical schools, but my french is the greatest and needs some practice. I was wondering whether anyone else ( with the same dilemma) would be willing to meet once a week in the downtown Montreal region for a couple of hours to practice? Also, if anyone has any tips on how to practice and improve conversational french in Montreal, that would be much appreciated!
  16. Deleted. Not applying to French schools!
  17. Hi! Received news of being selected for an interview at NOSM. I self-identified as a Francophone my OMSAS application (I grew up speaking french and was enrolled in a Francophone school but it has been a few years and I'm feeling a little rusty). I am wondering if anyone has any advice on what to study for the French fluency assessment in the interview? Looking for a breakdown of the assessment and if anyone has gone through this process before. Thank you for your help, appreciate any advice!
  18. Hi! Received news of being selected for an interview at NOSM. I self-identified as a Francophone my OMSAS application (I grew up speaking french and was enrolled in a Francophone school but it has been a few years and I'm feeling a little rusty). I am wondering if anyone has any advice on what to study for the French fluency assessment in the interview? Looking for a breakdown of the assessment and if anyone has gone through this process before. Thank you for your help, appreciate any advice!
  19. Hi everyone! I am new to these forums, but I have always searched these forums for help and important information. You guys have a wonderful community going on here. I have a question that is specific to my particular application, however, so I am hoping that you guys can help me out! My question is this: in the NOSM application "supplementary questions" section where you have to declare languages that are "spoken fluently by the applicant", I want to know whether or not I can (or should) include French? I may be answering my own question with this follow-up statement, but I was looking for someone else's opinion to be 100% sure. I am not exactly fluent to the point where I can engage in constant conversations with confidence, however, I have started taking French conversational courses at my university to show my dedication to NOSM and their Francophone focus. I hope to soon be fluent as I have always wanted to master the French language. Basically, I just want to know whether I should include French in the language options, where I could always explain to the ADCOMS that I am practicing French through additional educational courses if it came up in the interview, or whether it is better to leave it out and avoid any problems from the ADCOMS as they may find my inclusion of French misleading. I don't know how else to show them that I want to be confidently bilingual on the application without selecting French in the language options menu. Any help with this is greatly appreciated!
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