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Preclerkship - 100 person class size is perfect. You can have a core peer group but will know and get along with almost everyone. These people will know you and support you - no need to try impress everyone with your brains/looks/accessories - your classmates know you for who you are - feel free to enjoy yourself, be yourself and learn medicine.

 

Clerkship - great balance of supervision and responsibility in a medium sized hospital. Remember, medical school is about learning the basics of all areas of medicine and taking that experience to your specialty in residency. There is plenty to see and learn without too many other learners around and too much subspecialty goobledeegoop. Want to observe a seventh year resident do a reverse ventral transtracheal aortic root transplant? Go to a larger school. Want to manage a patient in heart failure on your own? Come to Queen's. There will be no other learners between you and your attending (or very few at most). Also, the school/community is small enough that you will have great mentorship opportunities and will be on a first name basis with lots of staff physicians by the time you are done.

 

Facilities - the med school building is new and although not perfect, has lots of bells and whistles. You don't really have to share the med school building with students in other programs much. The hospitals are old but charming, that is not unique to Queen's.

 

City - Kingston is an awesome city and I miss it so much. Wicked waterfront literally on campus. Great restaurants. Great downtown. Plenty of outdoors activities to do (kayak, hike, Prince Edward County tours/wine/beaches). Plenty of patios. Everything is walking distance.

 

In summary - Queen's medicine provides a welcome and comfortable COMMUNITY for you to learn medicine.

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Preclerkship - 100 person class size is perfect. You can have a core peer group but will know and get along with almost everyone. These people will know you and support you - no need to try impress everyone with your brains/looks/accessories - your classmates know you for who you are - feel free to enjoy yourself, be yourself and learn medicine.

 

Clerkship - great balance of supervision and responsibility in a medium sized hospital. Remember, medical school is about learning the basics of all areas of medicine and taking that experience to your specialty in residency. There is plenty to see and learn without too many other learners around and too much subspecialty goobledeegoop. Want to observe a seventh year resident do a reverse ventral transtracheal aortic root transplant? Go to a larger school. Want to manage a patient in heart failure on your own? Come to Queen's. There will be no other learners between you and your attending (or very few at most). Also, the school/community is small enough that you will have great mentorship opportunities and will be on a first name basis with lots of staff physicians by the time you are done.

 

Facilities - the med school building is new and although not perfect, has lots of bells and whistles. You don't really have to share the med school building with students in other programs much. The hospitals are old but charming, that is not unique to Queen's.

 

City - Kingston is an awesome city and I miss it so much. Wicked waterfront literally on campus. Great restaurants. Great downtown. Plenty of outdoors activities to do (kayak, hike, Prince Edward County tours/wine/beaches). Plenty of patios. Everything is walking distance.

 

In summary - Queen's medicine provides a welcome and comfortable COMMUNITY for you to learn medicine.

 

You just made me fall in love with the school/city even more :'(

 

That was super informative though - thanks for taking the time to write all of that! :)

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common point to all the medical schools - really you are going to get a good education anywhere. Beyond there is some personality matching but no matter what if you get into a school you will make it work and enjoy your time there.

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Preclerkship - 100 person class size is perfect. You can have a core peer group but will know and get along with almost everyone. These people will know you and support you - no need to try impress everyone with your brains/looks/accessories - your classmates know you for who you are - feel free to enjoy yourself, be yourself and learn medicine.

 

Clerkship - great balance of supervision and responsibility in a medium sized hospital. Remember, medical school is about learning the basics of all areas of medicine and taking that experience to your specialty in residency. There is plenty to see and learn without too many other learners around and too much subspecialty goobledeegoop. Want to observe a seventh year resident do a reverse ventral transtracheal aortic root transplant? Go to a larger school. Want to manage a patient in heart failure on your own? Come to Queen's. There will be no other learners between you and your attending (or very few at most). Also, the school/community is small enough that you will have great mentorship opportunities and will be on a first name basis with lots of staff physicians by the time you are done.

 

Facilities - the med school building is new and although not perfect, has lots of bells and whistles. You don't really have to share the med school building with students in other programs much. The hospitals are old but charming, that is not unique to Queen's.

 

City - Kingston is an awesome city and I miss it so much. Wicked waterfront literally on campus. Great restaurants. Great downtown. Plenty of outdoors activities to do (kayak, hike, Prince Edward County tours/wine/beaches). Plenty of patios. Everything is walking distance.

 

In summary - Queen's medicine provides a welcome and comfortable COMMUNITY for you to learn medicine.

 

If only it wasn't insanely hard to get an interview/accepted there ;). But I guess the same could be said for all Canadian schools. Sounds amazing though, def in my top 3 (been to queens for 2 conferences, Kingston has a special place in my heart :P)

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