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  1. I'd include them. As long as you note they're abstracts, I think it's legitimate, and researchers always list their abstracts too. I doubt they compare last year to this year. Just update them, and I think it is fine. The one question to ask yourself is whether improvements are possible. Obviously it didn't work out for you last year, so somewhere your application needs to be improved. There might not be room to do so here, but be sure to think about it. thanks!
  2. UofA and UofC have allowed it, but it is extremely rare for them to get in. They almost always go to UofA over UofC. I think UofC decided that since they're overloaded with applications already, they'd stop the year 2 applicants since it wasn't yielding anything beyond more work for the admissions committee. Obviously, if your heart is really set for UofC, you can just wait a year and apply then (I'm of the opinion that being older in medical school is a benefit).
  3. Not to disuade you in any way, but don't get too attached to anything—many of us changed our minds of what we wanted to do during medical school. The older I get, the more I realize I had no idea what choosing a career meant in grade 11 or at the end of my undergrad degree. It shouldn't matter when you do those courses—they only matter so that you can do the university-level courses later. You'll need to be able to do both biology and physics (and chemistry!) at the university level so make sure you get the pre-requisites for the university level courses. Generally that means the 30 l
  4. Do you guys still get the "Glaber Guide"—a short orientation manual? That had a textbook guide the last couple of years, but I don't know if they're continuing to give that though. Below is advice I prepared on textbook advice a couple of years' back. Davidson's and Netter's Atlas of Anatomy were 95% or more of my studying so I strongly recommend both of those (obviously learning styles vary). General Medicine Davidson’s Principles and Practice of Medicine. (by Boon et al., ISBN: 0443100578). A simple, colourflist book that covers all of clinical medicine at a level intended for stu
  5. My experience is that it's about 3-6 weeks for most people (complicated pregnancies being an obvious exception). As for the medical students I knew who had children, I don't know exactly when they started their leave, but I'm pretty sure it was no more than a month before delivery.
  6. I went to medical school in Calgary and two of my classmates took time off because they had children during clerkship. Each got 10 weeks off (I think) which was the maximum they could take and still finish medical school in 3 years and start residency right away. They started their leaves of absence before their children were born. I assume they could have taken more time off but then they would have had to delay residency for 1 year. I had another classmate who took time off before clerkship as well. I don't know about McMaster, but I'm sure something would be possible. Obviously
  7. A couple of quibbles: You can actually do these at most schools—Calgary just requires that you do them. At other schools they're for fun. Historically this was true, but we've converged to where most other schools are in terms of average age. 11. The #8 reminded me that we learn with clinical presentation schemes. You learn how to approach patients based on how they present to you (rather than on pathophysiology or something similar) and you learn potential diagnoses in a structure that mimics how you'll need to recall them. This has been shown to be advantageous for memo
  8. Expect to be in class 08:30–17:30 every day except for Friday afternoons. You'll get another half-day off every week, but it will change at different points through the year. You'll probably start with a Tuesday or Thursday morning off, but you won't know which until classes start. In a long weekend week, you'll usually lose this half-day off. Extra-curriculars sadly get relegated to evenings and weekends (unless you want to skip class).
  9. 1. Superb, friendly, uncompetitive atmosphere. Everyone gets along, shares study resources, etc. I can't imagine there's a better environment out there. This extends to staff-student relationships. 2. Very little basic science teaching. Good or bad depending on your point of view. Some like just memorizing the clinical stuff and leaving the physiology et al. behind. Others hate not understanding anything and just being memorizers. 3. Three year program. Shorter, but no holidays. 4. Somewhat innovative. Not as much as McMaster, but moreso than a UofA. eLearning is an area with a
  10. Rarely. They may examine for side-effects of psychiatric drugs being administered, to confirm that physical complaints suspected to be psychogenic in nature are in fact not true physical injuries, and to examine anything that may just catch the eye (e.g. examining a stuporous patient for signs of alcohol abuse). As a matter of normal patient interaction, physical examination aren't done, and certainly a thorough physical exam is never done. This may be different in smaller centres though—I have no experience with that. In large centres, a patient is generally cleared of medical problems by
  11. There's one student who entered the Leaders in Medicine program without having completed an undergraduate degree, though she did this two years into the MD program. It is still an option for you. It's a "longitudinal" course in second year where you have to do two 20 hour projects or one 40 hour project: either clinical, research, or "directed study". You can mix and match if you do two 20 hour projects, though generally research is done as a 40 hour project (but not exclusively). Clinical projects are basically shadowing and then doing a couple of write-ups on the evidence (i.e.
  12. I also note that clinical medicine, if done well, the diagnosis is mostly known before tests are ordered, and the tests are to confirm the diagnosis or to decide between 2 or 3 most likely ones. In psychiatry, you just don't do that confirmatory step, or you have to start treating not being completely sure between a couple of diagnoses. The psychiatry residents I know are the happiest residents I know. I don't know anyone who regrets choosing psychiatry.
  13. I'd more or less agree. Reviewers look at your application and score them. It'll really be up to chance how much weight the reviewers who look at yours care about the pre-reqs. It likely has some impact, but probably not enough to get you rejected unless you're a borderline applicant.
  14. I doubt there's a specific rule and it probably comes down to the chance of how the reviewers who look at your application think.
  15. Most students add comments to the pdf files of the powerpoint lectures. Some students use OneNote. Some students use OmniOutliner on the Mac. Some students make very few notes. Some students take their notes on paper. It's really with what you find you are most comfortable.
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