C’est pour l’UL, si tu n’as pas fait l’épreuve uniforme de français au Cégep tu dois faire le test de français et si tu es aller dans un cégep francophone tu dois faire le test d’anglais :) donc si tu es allé dans un cégep francophone et que ton épreuve uniforme a été annulé tu dois faire les 2
I am a Dalhousie student (grew up in NS) going into year 3.
I know all of these courses very well except KINE3500 which I will be taking in the fall.
KINE 2310 : Unless you are very strong on physiology material, I would say this is the most challenging course in our entire kin program. Derek is the prof; he is really nice and super passionate about teaching this course. However, the content is very heavy and he expects you to have a strong background in physiology knowledge in order to build layers for exercise physiology material. I honestly took this course twice and did much better the second time, and I even enjoyed it more (only because I do enjoy learning physiology). Additionally, the lab component is heavy in terms of writing lab reports; however, hoping you will have the opportunity to do the labs in person, this will be the most FUN and coolest lab you will ever experience!!!! You will get to use a bunch of equipment and software to literally test VO2 max/repiratory function/physicality etc !! I legit died from participating the VO2 max and wingate test on the cycling machine but I learnt so much because of these hands-on experience. Be prepared ;)!
KINE 2320 : up until this year, we had the BEST prof in our program and her name is Janice Moreside. I can't express enough how amazing she was at teaching this course; but it was very intense! Another heavy material course because you literally have to know all the muscles and actions, some ligaments and finally, movement analysis (the most important component) which Janice was incredibly good at teaching. Unfortunately, she just retired this year :(, she definitely will not be returning. So I have no idea who is going to teach this now, though I have some ideas who could teach this (some of previous TAs in the department I know, and if they are the ones, they are amazing!). When Janice taught us, my most favourite thing in the course was the lab exam (you are given 10-15 stations and each stations have models with colors indicating what it is that you have to write, and you're given 50 seconds to figure it out, then the bell rings you have to go to the next station XD. nerve racking but so fun)
KINE 2430 : I had an interesting experience with this course. This course has been a struggle for Dal to find any prof or instructors that can teach this course consistently throughout. I signed up for this course last year originally, but dropped it without W because the instructor we had at that time was a horrible teacher. He was a PhD researcher candidate that got accepted to Harvard the year after. He was incredibly smart but no social cues and teaching experience, unfortunately. Anywho, I took this again this year and the instructor we had this time was AMAZING- she is a researcher and works at rehab centres working with people with parkinsons and other neuro disorders- the way she presented slides and coherent + articulate speech along with engagement with students was it for me. I got A in this course and could not thank her teaching skills and personality more. It is a very interesting material though if you enjoy psychology and physiology combined aspect.
KINE 3250 : hah, Jo Welsh... lol she is quite something. She is a senior prof in the kin department so she has been around for a long time. She is a very nice lady, but when it comes to teaching... she is incredibly disorganized. Her disorganization showed even more when she had to deliver the course online :S it was brutal. However, the course material is not heavy especially if you enjoy learning about nutrition (her lectures are very hard to follow because she is boring unfortunately). This might be due to her disorganization though, because she was so behind that we simply did not cover more materials we should have. The exams were all online so we had the opportunity to check our notes and books too. So in person class may be quite different. Additionally, this course contains a lot of group work- hopefully in person style help you to meet people along the way. I did this virtually which made it really difficult to actually connect with people, per say. None-the-less, this course can be fun and challenging at the same time!
PHYC 1310 : :S so.... unless you have a strong background in physics, this course.... gives you the most pain that every KINE student can relate to ahha. The content of this course unfortunately does not prepare or relate to the second year course called Biomechanics. This course is heavy driven for vectors, force, kinetics and some fluids which are actually useful for Kinesiology but they teach you based on physics theoretical approach, if you know what I mean. Biomechanics content are much more applied to the real world (human bodies) where as this course is just very physics driven because all the medical profession students including radiology and dentistry have to take this course. The material is very very heavy even though we had the BEST prof in our school that was awarded numerous times (Ted Monchesky). Unfortunately, it doesn't look like he is going to teach this year, not sure what happened :(. The TAs are super helpful though, they host weekly sessions where you go and get help from which helped me a lot. Be prepared for this one unless you love physics!
KINE 1108 : I did not enjoy this course as much only because the class times were too early for me and the exams were definitely more challenging than the difficulty of the course material. Lori has been teaching this for quite a while I believe; she is a good professor and many kin students like her, and many do seem to enjoy this course. If you pay attention and do not skip classes, you will definitely get A grades in this course :).
I hope my views helped you to build some plans to take the KINE program at dal ! I honestly love my program and many teachers feel super passionate about what they do! they support us a lot (physically and mentally). Wish you the best in the journey to Nova Scotia!
Given the opportunity to take the QE1 from home via ProProctor, I'm wondering if others have had success/difficulties with this? I'd like to know if remote is a better option compared to the test centre? (I thought it might be somewhat more simple remotely due to no need for travel to test centres/masks/etc).
Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts.
Just chiming in on the posts here, I know many won't want to hear this, but the odds of getting in at this point are so low that it's best to move on. The "class is full" email should be here soon.
I know it hurts, I've been on multiple waitlists before, but hang in there. It's not worth tearing yourself apart over something you have no control over. I've been there and it doesn't make anything better. Life doesn't wait for you to get into medical school, every year is special and one you'll never get back. Make it count, there's so much to experience out there.
This process can beat you down, and it's okay to spend time working through those emotions, but don't get lost in it and forget to get back up. You're all smart and capable people, I'm sure you'll find your way. Learn from your mistakes, then take your next step forward, whatever that may be.
We might meet again in next year's waitlist thread and I hope by then we will all have grown with all sorts of new chapters written in our personal life stories. Chin up, everyone .
I really don't think research is that important. It's nice to have though as it can show commitment to the specialty and demonstrate CANMEDS scholar role. Also allows for something to talk about during interviews.
I feel like it’s a checklist for many people but some have presented and published (wouldn’t say it’s a majority though but this is just my feeling). I would say that what Quebec schools seem to value in IM is strong clinical performance during clerkship (particularly in IM), good letters and a decent interview. Research isn’t essential but it never hurts. I encourage you to read up on the program descriptions on the CaRMS website to see how important each selection criteria is for each program.
Damn great job with your NAQ and interview! It seems like a higher MCAT possibly may have pushed you over into an acceptance, given the slightly lower GPA and CARS.. could I ask if you were a traditional or non-trad applicant?? (how long ago did you graduate/complete ur undergrad courses?)
Hey! So I didn’t actually have a really great average - it was 3.1 at the end of my fourth year but I guess I did well in the interview and Casper so I guess focus on prepping for those. I mainly focused on trying to embrace the type of personality traits they look for in a pharmacist and applying those to questions (for example compassion - so in the case where you’re in the position of authority over someone else you have to answer in a way that shows you sympathize for them but also that you uphold your code of ethics and rules). The interview and Casper are really focused on getting to know you as a person (professional and personal) so just be honest and try to answer in a way that follows what you think a pharmacist should be like
Thanks! Do you find that research is more of a checklist thing or does the research have to be top-notch. I would like to do a few research projects in internal med if I can and I’m trying to get involved, but since I don’t have a research background i’m worried it might not be enough.
also do you think some research would strongly increase the chances of matching (along with doing all IM electives, good letters, etc.?)
They're the same thing for the semester system and Ontario schools.
They say semester hour because some American schools like Stanford, UChicago, Caltech, Dartmouth, Northwestern, the University of Washington, and all of the UC's barring Berkeley are on the quarter system and have different weights for their credits and hours. I don't think any Canadian school is on the the quarter system.