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Current uOttawa Med Students: How do you like it?

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Honestly it is a great school in terms of the atmosphere amongst classmates. Everyone is pretty chill and having a life outside medical school pretty much just happens naturally but it is a lot of fun. You get to know so many people during frosh and throughout the year.

The program feels solid, good mix of didactic lectures, case based learning (small groups of 8 students usually with a physician leader), anatomy/radiology/histology on Thursdays in first year, physician skills development which gets us into the hospital seeing patients right from the 1st/2nd week.

Quite a few students in our class travel back home often, some do every weekend. There are carpool facebook groups and students coordinate with each other. You don't have to stay in the summer, but there are research opportunities in the summer in Ottawa with various MD's, joint opportunities at places like Shanghai that you can do, as well as some other cool programs or just staying to do some clinical electives. 

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Just thought I would add that travelling home becomes much harder in clerkship (since the hours are long and you work weekends not infrequently depending on the rotation and often need weekends to study/ keep up). Just something to keep in mind if you see yourself being potentially homesick if you can’t travel back home for a few months at a time.

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Wow, that's not bad. So for 4 days a week, you have the entire afternoon off to study. That's pretty nice. Also, are the lectures posted online? Are they mandatory to attend? 

How does the schedule for second year look? 

Thanks again for your help. I appreciate it. 

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14 hours ago, Bawgg said:

Wow, that's not bad. So for 4 days a week, you have the entire afternoon off to study. That's pretty nice. Also, are the lectures posted online? Are they mandatory to attend? 

How does the schedule for second year look? 

Thanks again for your help. I appreciate it. 

Most lectures are posted online. Most lectures are not mandatory to attend. CBL is mandatory as are SIM (basically social medicine class) and PSD (physician skills development). Anatomy and labs are also not mandatory though most people go.  

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