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  1. Before I started med school, I thought that being in a class where 1/2 my classmates were younger and hadn't done at least an undergrad would be a bad idea and somewhat annoying. But, after spending almost two years with my classmates, I can tell you that for most of the med-p class, they are motivated, mature and dedicated to becoming physicians. Sure I think that maybe some of them would benefit from a few extra years of undergrad to learn "life lessons" and gain extra life experience, but when it comes down to patient care, I don't think there is any difference between the med-p's and those
  2. I haven't started clerkship yet but in the pre-clerkship (ICM) rotations, whenever our tutors would assign patients to interview, all the interesting cases seemed to be in French (maybe just the way it was at the hospitals I was at) and the french speaking students volunteered to take their Hx, etc... My french is minimal (non existent) and I have found that it can be difficult sometimes. I don't know what it will be like having to always find a translator to be able to communicate with french patients but I guess I'll see next year... Just something to consider. I do agree with you that you
  3. both schools are absolutely fantastic. I can't tell you much about U of T but do know about mcgill's med program Simulation center: It's a great learning resource but so far (up to my 2nd year), I haven't spent THAT much time there. Yes, there are some skills sessions but working on manequins, no matter how realistic they are supposed to be, is not the same as on real people. It is a great learning experience but it's not exactly as great as i thought it would be. anatomy: we do have a dissection program but from what i've heard, it's no where near as in depth as U of T's. We only dis
  4. unfortunately, being on the IP waitlist isn't a great place to be. The reality is that most of the accepted IP applicants accept their spot and study at McGill for a number of reasons: low tuition, great reputation, great city, etc... The waitlist won't start moving until late May/early June when the Ontario acceptances become firm. Although the stats aren't in your favor, don't give up hope. You may just be at the top of the list and might get a call. do your best on your finals to keep you gpa up in case you need to reapply next year and try to think of what on your application could be i
  5. I was in a similar situation in my first year (U1) with less than 15 credits that semester (14 credits). I called the admissions office and asked them and got the same answer as you. Being the paranoid person that I am i decided to add another course to not give mcgill med any reason to lower the score on my application even though I was told I could submit a letter explaining why that semester was 1 credit below the required magic number of 15. If I were in your shoes, I would add maybe a 1 or 2 credit independent studies course so that you have 15 or maybe a bird course to get to the right
  6. no mcgill doesn't have a laptop program like other med schools do. honestly, you don't need a laptop if you have access to a computer at home. In the first year and a half, we are given notes for each unit and most of us write notes directly on the handouts. If anyone brings a laptop to class, it is for checking email/playing games during class and not for taking notes. During the day, there are computers everywhere in mcintyre (less so in stratcona) that you can use for checking email during the day, etc.. During the clinical years, you are on the wards and carrying your laptop with you is n
  7. oh i rememberthat first day in the anatomy lab very vividly... there were a few of us who felt a little lightheaded. i would like to add that, along with whatever was mentioned above, having a wide range of extracurriculars shows that you can balance doing well with school with interests outside the classroom. once you're in med school, it gets so much harder to maintain a good life-work balance even though its so important to have a life outside of med school to keep you grounded and sane. EC's are a good way for adcoms to judge how well you can handle balancing activities with school work.
  8. i don't know too much about it and I'm not sure if anyone in my class went this route, but it's very expensive for what you get. It's located near the main campus so its great location-wise since the dent lab is on the main campus. hospitals are further away (dent rotations are at the montreal general, maybe a 25 min walk away..). the traditional meal plans is for theundergraduate residence halls. there are other meal plans that you can buy to use at the campus food services (any student can buy these) but its very expensive (especially considering what you get) and the food selection is prett
  9. Every year there is at least 1-2 med p's who either don't make the 3.5 cut off or decide that medicine isn't for them. Usually around 1 but can be 2 med-p's. it isn't so rare although usually there are other reasons why they don't make it (family issues affected their gpa, deciding thta they want a difference profession). also, you need to consider that everyyear, there are small number of people who fail a year or decide to defer, etc.. In my year, in first year we had one person who failed (he was in the class ahead of us) and joined us in first year, then in second year, two more people joi
  10. I believe that it only applies to IMG's (or international students who studied medicine in Quebec and want to stay for residency) who choose to do their residency in Quebec. They must sign some sort of agreement staying they will practing in a rural region for X amount of years before they can leave Quebec or practice in an urban setting. There's lots of rumors floating around and I can't guarantee that this is correct but it is what I've heard the most.
  11. during BOM (first year and a half), you've got plenty of free time and depending o nthe unit (and the number of smallgroups, which are mandatory), you can take quite a few days off during the week. Wednesday afternoon classes are mandatory (physicianship lectures). I started off BOM going to 99% of lectures for unit 1-2 but then my class attendance decreased as I started going through the material on my own. Some units are more suited to "independent" learning than others (for example, the included lectures notes may be better or the readings in the textbook closely follow the lecture). The ea
  12. The international waitlist actually moves quite a bit (the OOP waitlist does as well but only once the other schools start to give out their answers in May-June). Most of the people who apply as international apply to many other schools and dont have the same allure (ridiculously low tuiton for IP) for McGill as IP students do. The only waitlist that doesn't move is the IP for reasons I've mention above and that it is the only english med school in quebec
  13. i have to agree with solocup. Do whatever interests you. I can't believe that people think certain science programs are more "prestigious" than others. if anything, from what i've heard from my classmates, physio is actually one of the most challenging life science undergraduate programs at mcgill. I didn't have a physio background and I did well on the mcat and very well in my first year of med school. I think it's better to enjoy your undergrad and worry about the material in med school when you get there. as a side note, if you really want to take a course that will help you in med school,
  14. 1. The hardest part was dealing with all the uncertainty. Although I knew that I had dedicated 110% of myself towards getting into med school, nothing is ever certain and after I had submitted my applications, I found I was doubting myself a lot. It wasn't until I sat in the amphitheatre on the first day of orientation that it finally felt real. 2. The best part is sitting in that amphitheatre on the first day of orientation/classes and taking a deep breathe and realizing the adventure is about to begin...
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