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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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    2. Medical Student General Discussions

      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 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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  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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    5. Primary Care Residencies

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    9. General Resident Physician Discussions

      An area for Canadian residents to interact and share information. Find physician salaries here.

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

    1. Textbook and Equipment Reviews

      Your Consumer Reports for medical textbooks and equipment.

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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

    • Thank you so much for your information. Do you know other med schools nationwide which do not have out of province bias? I don't think I will apply for the super competitive schools. 
    • oh no. I have similar situation. Does UAlberta have the same policy? I haven't find a application manual from Alberta website.
    • what is a competitive GPA ? is it hard to get in? Does the admission consider graduate degree?
    • Just out of curiosity, did you get into med school in the end?
    • Salut ! Est-ce que vous savez si ULAVAL demande le test Snapshot ou si le test casper suffit (pour médecine) Merci ! :) 
    • Choose a major that genuinely interests you. Of course, each medical school admissions have specific prerequisites requirements, so make sure you take those accordingly. However, you'll get the best GPA when you're studying something you're passionate/motivated about. Trust me, I learned the hard way! I wouldn't say there's "easier" majors because it depends on your motivation for learning, and that motivation stems from genuinely caring about the topics, whether that's biology, history, chemistry, music, literature, psychology, engineering, etc.   Good luck!
    • I remember UNBC/ NMP was similarly first announced at first as “BC’s second medical school” before it later was confirmed as an extension of UBC distributed program. The distributed sites are actually quite distinct from one another. While we share a curriculum and the MD will say UBC, we have eg. a UNBC student number and pay UNBC student fees. Each site has their own full complement of non-clinical staff (histo, anatomy profs, regional dean and assistant deans) who are UNBC employees. The cohorts do everything on their own after 1st semester. So it really isn’t that much of a stretch to call it “UNBC medical school” or “SFU medical school” as it stands. 
    • I'm a current FM resident. Through my CaRMS tour, I interviewed at all of the FM programs in Canada. I have mostly enjoyed my program so far, but  I can tell you the following pros and cons to doing my residency in Calgary ( from my experience and from witnessing the experiences of other residents). Pros: - Calgary is beautiful city - close to the mountains. - Program is very manageable overall. - Other residents are very collegial and friendly. - Block system overall has been a major positive change in the program. - We get Thursday academics every week and it is usually either lecture based or procedural skills. I've enjoyed procedural skills so far.  Cons: - Overall, most faculty are supportive and are willing to teach you/easy to work with. However, some faculty are more on the 'abusive' side and can be unpleasant to work with. Some residents may get in conflict with their preceptors, and when that happens, residents are always the ones to be blamed.  I have also seen residents get into further conflict with worse outcomes when they share concerns with leaders in the program.  So although most faculty are great and pleasant to work with, some are quite passive-aggressive. If you decide to complain, you will probably get worse outcomes or evaluations.  I agree with the sentiments described above.  - Pts at home programs have lots of psyco-social issues, you may be learning minimal medicine at times and instead doing lots of care co-ordination for pts. - Sometimes, during your blocks you are supposed to go to various clinics in the city. However, sometimes you show up and the doctor you are supposed to work with is away ( due to admin errors). So, sometimes you may end up doing readings at home instead ( unfortunate given that clinical experience is so much better than doing readings). - During some of the blocks, you may be just shadowing allied healthcare professionals, which is great if you only do in for few hours, instead of doing it for several days. 
    • The only issue for you is what Program will maximize your opportunity to attain the highest GPA. Biology per se is not, in my opinion, a great prep, however, pre-meds study almost anything. I took the Specialization Program at Exercise Science in Concordia which I thought prepared me well for med, especially with the internships involving the elderly chronically ill and I attained straight A's. Taking a Program that interests you usually motivates one to work hard and attain high grades.
    • The best major is the one you can get the best GPA in, in this post-pre-req era. Anatomy, cell biology, microbio, etc. would be more relevant than biology, but in the long rung not really any better for medical school, if you could do better in biology. Can't speak to specific McGill programs.
    • Me - it’s definitely possible. I agree with shadesofcyan that the accepted/waitlisted thread is a good place to look
    • Any updates on this, particularly from recently matched residents? Have things changed with new leadership?
    • Oui seulement le quartile de ton résultat, mais pas la note exacte 
    • No UBC doesn't. But unless the province is ear marking the money they're giving to the FHA for SFU specifically, who knows how it actually gets spent. The FHA has also committed to provide dedicated spaces for a UBC medical school school clerkship cohort starting with the year 3s in 2024, and I suspect UBC did not agree to that without a long term commitment for spaces. 
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