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    1. General Premed Discussions

      Premed topics on Canadian med school admissions. Specific med school topics go below in their respective medical school forums.

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      An area for Canadian medical students to interact and share information.

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    3. The Lounge

      Non-medical discussions go here.

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    4. Research Discussions

      Discuss research topics and opportunities here, including NSERC.

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    5. Non-Traditional Applicants/Grad Students

      A forum for non-standard applicants who have taken a less direct pathway to medicine or dentistry. Discussions including applications, family, and career changes.

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    6. MCAT Preparation

      Discuss MCAT review courses and strategies for the Medical College Admissions Test.

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    7. Medical School Interviews

      Got a medical school interview? Debates, discussions, and ethical scenarios go here.

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  2. Healthcare Professions

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      An area for Canadian dental students to interact and share information.

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      An area for Canadian optometry students and applicants to interact and share information.

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      An area for Canadian veterinary students and applicants to interact and share information.

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      An area for Canadian podiatry students and applicants to interact and share information.

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      An area for Canadian PA and NP students and applicants to interact and share information.

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      An area for Canadian physiotherapy and occupational therapy students and applicants to interact and share information.

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  3. Ontario Medical Schools

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      General Ontario med school topics: eg. tuition, seats, cutoffs, OMSAS applications.

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  4. Quebec Medical Schools

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      General Quebec premed and med school discussions, including CEGEP.

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  7. Resources for Med School, Residencies, and Practising Physicians

    1. Med School Orientation 101

      Incoming med student? Discussion on Orientation topics: eg. financial aid (loans, LOC's), insurance, etc.

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    2. The Preclinical Years (Med 1 and 2)

      Doing your basic sciences? Share links on the basic sciences and the USMLE Step 1.

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    4. CaRMS and CaRMS applications

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  9. Information Exchange (Book reviews, For Sale, and Housing)

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      Your place to sell old premed and medical items (eg. MCAT/DAT supplies, textbooks, etc). No dealers please.

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  • Posts

    • There are instances of ppl getting in with a gpa of 3.5, 3.6 etc, but these seem to be more the exception rather than the rule. I think if you want to significantly increase your chances, working on raising your undergrad gpa is the way to go.
    • Hey, I’m a non trad too  I’m not very familiar with Ontario, but I think it’s more or less a universal rule for med school in Canada: You’d have to get your undergrad gpa up, closer to ~3.8 to be competitive.
    • Salut Pour les candidats universitaires ayant un minimum de 60 crédits, est ce que seule la CRU est prise en compte ou bien ils prennent aussi en considération la CRC? Si oui est ce que cette dernière peut influencer notre CRG? Et comment se fait le calcul dans ce cas là? Par exemple si j'ai une CRC de 30 et une CRU de 36 qu'elle sera ma CRG?  
    • Calgary Alberta www.Medshousing.com The Annex is a recently constructed condo building in the heart of the popular and vibrant Kensington district in Calgary. It is centrally located: 2 min walk to neighbourhood Safeway, 3 min walk to Sunnyside C-train station, 5 min drive to Foothills medical campus, and 6 min drive to UCalgary campus. Take the C-train 1 stop north to reach SAIT and 1 stop south to reach downtown core. For outdoor enthusiasts and pet owners, you will also be a stone’s throw away from the Bow River pathway for running and cycling as well as ample green spaces, including Riley Park and McHugh Bluff Park. Many shops, cafes, bakeries, restaurants, fitness facilities, and other amenities are steps away from your front door. This is the PERFECT location for healthcare workers who need to be close to the hospital and/or students who want to be near the university. This is a brand new building so everything is new (fresh paint, modern flooring, stainless steel appliances, contemporary fixtures, and convenient in-suite washer/dryer)! To give back to the healthcare community during the pandemic, a discount of $50 per month will be applied to your rent for the first 12 months if you can provide proof of your healthcare professional status (including students/trainees in healthcare disciplines). Thanks for all that you do! Price local currency : $1,850 unfurnished. contact landlord here
    • Interestingly... the afmc document (pg 58) claims they will be mmi & panel in March 2021... though I don’t know if this is just copied from previous years or if it’s been confirmed form admissions.  https://afmc.ca/sites/default/files/pdf/2021_admission-requirements_EN.pdf
    • humor aside - I still think it is a valid question. I mean there are all levels of pain we are willing to endure  
    • Je suis cégepien en 2e année. Est-ce que neurosciences et physiothérapie à McGill sont des bons tremplins pour med? Est-ce que les bac à McGill en général sont une bonne idée pour un tremplin en med? Si oui, lesquels suggèreriez vous? As a cegep student, would neuroscience or physiotherapy at McGill be good options if I want to get into med? Are bachelor degrees at McGill good pre-med degrees in general? If so, which would you recommend?
    • Also consider family clinics focused on specific populations you’ll no doubt encounter in practice, like palliative care, lgbtq+, addictions, etc.
    • Regardless of whether you plan to go inpatient medicine or not,  a good outpatient urban family doc needs lots of generalist skills. It may be difficult and a bit of a disservice to do only outpatient electives. Some inpatient experience will also help you prepare for residency, because you won’t be able to avoid it during training. Various things I’d suggest are Derm and Opthomology, if you can get them. Psych. Pediatrics. Physiatry/rehab med. Geriatrics. A more gyne/women’s health focused obgyn elective (paps, iuds, contraception, etc). If you’re willing to go rural(ish) for some training, general internal medicine with a focus on outpatient (but you’d likely have to do some inpatient) would also likely be very useful. 
    • What electives are worth doing for someone who only wants to practice outpatient community (non-rural) family medicine? I have zero interest in in-patient medicine and I'm considering doing electives in sports medicine, outpatient neurology and family medicine. Any other electives that people would recommend for someone who is all in for outpatient community (non-rural) family medicine? Thanks!
    • Je suis d'accord sur le fait que ça sert à rien de comparer les cégeps publics avec les cégeps privés, mais à Mariano tous les élèves en SN sont rassemblés sous un seul et même groupe pour le calcul de la cote R, qu'ils soient en honors ou non.
    • À mon avis c'est un métier super prometteur! Le marché n'est pas autant saturé car c'est un métier pas mal nouveau au Québec (les premiers gradués sont sortie en 2008) à ce jour il y a environ 270 podiatres membre de l'ordre et il n' y a que 25 personnes qui s'ajoute par années. Les cliniques se marche sur les pieds pour embaucher les nouveau gradués (les personnes en 4ème recoivent plusieurs offre de plusieurs clinique pour être embauché dès le moment de graduation)  car il y a bcp de demande et pas bcp de podiatres. De plus la proffession prend de plus en plus sa place dans notre société, en mai 2020 il y a eu un nouveau règlement sur les médicaments qui permet au podiatre de prescrire encore plus de chose qu'auparavant. Petit à petit il devrait aussi avoir de plus en plus de podiatre en milieu hospitalier ( il y en a déjà quelque un pour les soins de plaie des diabétiques).  Perso je trouve que les conditions de travail sont awesome, un petit peu comme le dentiste on peut dire ( tu travaille en cabinet/clinique privé, tu peux travailler 3-4 jours semaines comme tu peux décider d'en faire 7, tu travaille avec une grande variété de patients ect..). Du côté du salaire c'est un petit peu dure de te donner un chiffre exact mais sa se compare très bien à ce qu'un dentiste/pharm/opto fait
    • Not sure how you can say that, unless you've attended both... Honestly, if you want to be a doctor you will be served by any program in Canada. 3 years is more intense, less breaks, and the pace is quick...but before you know it you're done. I don't know if I would have wanted to lollygag through a final year of electives based on what I heard from a few friends who went to 4 year schools. I went from the frying pan of clerkship straight to the fire of residency. It was worth it. I felt ready. Calgary has made changes to their schedule and incorporated more breaks since I graduated. 
    • good to know!! lol i was getting worried too - they seemed to be taking a while haha 
    • Hi everyone,  I emailed the admissions office since I was getting a bit worried. I thought they would come out by the end of the month.  This is what they said:  "Interviews are still being finalized. Interview invites will likely be sent early next week".  So they still haven't been sent out to anyone and would most likely come out in early March!   
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