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  1. I have no doubt about them being pragmatic, which is fine. However, practically speaking, if someone is not wanting to work hard (which this person clearly is not wanting to do by suggesting they want an easy way to get grades) then it does not bode well for their success later on. It's important for them to learn how to study in a rigorous program and to be able to manage their time well (balance study with other aspects of life). Their prior undergrad experience (whatever the reasons were) makes it seem that there is room to grow as a student. If they do not possess those skills going into m
  2. Like the person above stated, there is no best major for getting the most competitive GPA (even if you think there is, there isn't). If you would prefer sociology or psychology (which are great courses), then go for one of those. Challenge yourself, do something you want to do, and enjoy it. No one on this website can give you the answers you're seeking. It also seems like you haven't done much of your own searching, have you tried googling what programs are available at the different schools in NS? Have you reflected on why you found engineering hard? Or why you weren't able to obtain a
  3. Sorry, yah electives in 4th year are typically national, some people do international electives for fun. You are travelling to the programs/schools and doing 2 week (or so) long electives. Then in the winter of 4th year you do CaRMs tour, which you are interviewing for residency spots at programs/schools.
  4. The year that you could potentially be away from the Saint John campus is really just the 3rd year of med school, because in 4th year you travel for electives and interviews the majority of the time. You have plenty of work between now and then; so I would not worry about it too much. However, that being said, the 5 teaching sites are Saint John (Block style) and the 4 LIC sites (Fredericton, Moncton, Miramichi, and Waterville). You do not rotate between the sites; for third year you will be selected to go to one of the 5 sites and study/train at that site. You may sometimes be required to wor
  5. Hey, It has been a couple of years for me; however, the supplemental/essay section is an area where it is easy to lose points, but also easy to gain if you do it correctly. Firstly, it is crucial to have an excellent essay; one that actually answers the prompt Dal provides and is well written (I cannot express how important your writing is)!! I have read essays before and a lot of applicants try to write a fluffy essay saying that they are a "good person" and that this has "always been their dream" or that they want something "better/more"......this does not answer the question. If you w
  6. It's a tough situation! If your interview score is low (I believe below 24 or so) you're not admitted, no matter your other stats.
  7. If you're waitlisted you'll be told in your letter. If you're rejected, there is no getting on a waitlist after that, its final!
  8. Hey, The MMI at Dal does not ask any questions about your CV. In fact, the interviewers are blinded to any personal info besides your name. That being said, you have opportunity to talk about your experience/life in the MMI style interview, there just won't be a direct question about it. MMI questions are looking at your critical thinking and inter-personal skills. There are many examples on the internet about MMI questions. Many deal with ethics, current topics, healthcare, vulnerable populations, etc. Its important to understand why you want to be a doctor and reflecting on that can cer
  9. Hey, Dal puts a lot of emphasis on the essay! It is good that you're considering it seriously! As an OOP it is MOST important to have a connection to the maritimes and understand why you are choosing to apply to Dal; it heavily factors into your ranking. For the general essay, the links you provided are good, here is a link (hope it works) to the dal objectives, which are based off of the CanMed guidelines: https://projects.cs.dal.ca/daedalus_med/daedalus/medical/browse/structures and http://www.royalcollege.ca/rcsite/canmeds/canmeds-framework-e You must remember that these objectiv
  10. Have you attempted to apply to Maritime schools being from NB? You're stats are certainly competitive and demonstrate that you can succeed at rigorous studies. I had been applying since 2010 as well, and got in on my 4th try. Do not give up if you truly feel like this is what you want.
  11. Hey jbeelen, No, I don't know! Memorial has released their decision letters, so I am assuming there will be a little bit of movement soon. However, I think the majority of the movement for this waitlist will occur once Ontario schools release their decisions.
  12. I'm not sure what you mean. The NB campus is typically only for NB residents; the NB seats that were in Halifax were moved when the new campus opened. 30 seats are allocated here. Because of the empty seats this round, Dal will be filling the positions with OOP students. I don't know the official reasons, but I am assuming that they are going with OOP because there tends to be more OOP waitlisted in "reserve" compared to in province applicants, and Nova Scotia/PEI students go to the Halifax campus.
  13. Hey, Current Med 1 here. So, without giving too many details, the number of NB applicants eligible for interviewing this round was low. Meaning that, the number of NB applicants interviewed was close to the number of seats available (30). Remember, all in-province applicants that meet the GPA, MCAT, and Casper requirements are automatically interviewed. Speculation that with the introduction of the casper, the number of eligible applicants decreased. Dal is not going to fill the NB seats with NB students that did not meet the acceptable application score for this round. Meaning that the
  14. Just to give you some insight......tomorrow is Residency Match Day for the 4th year med students. I realize that results are released via CaRMS, but I have a feeling that the school would not send out acceptances the same day as match day. Fingers crossed I am wrong though!!
  15. I would contact the admissions office to make sure what status you would have. Where were you living prior to high school in NS? It seems that, according to their guidelines, you could be considered in province, but I think it would be crucial to hear it directly from them. If so, then you have proof that they said you are in province.
  16. Good to know! I wasn't sure if that was the case, but it makes more sense. So, someone who meets (or is above) the minimums for OOP and has a strong connection essay could potentially have a stronger pre-interview application than someone with extremely high GPA/MCAT and no connection.
  17. It appears to be that way according to the 2016 Admissions Review Committee Report. GPA/MCAT, as stated in the report, are used as screening tools when it comes to deciding interviews. I am not speaking on behalf of the admissions committee; I am just using past experience and what the website states. You could imagine that the interview process would be nearly impossible if every Canadian applicant who met the minimum requirements were to receive an interview. I guess I am curious, what about it astonishes you?
  18. No, The image you posted states that the Non-Maritime applicants are held to a higher threshold, which means that, even if you meet the minimum, you are not guaranteed an interview. What that threshold may be is the mystery; however, I would think that it depends on the statistics of the non-maritime applicant pool. The supplemental is part of the overall scoring, not a factor for the interview in either maritime or non-maritime applicants.
  19. I wouldn't worry about it! If you look back further in the forums, this happens every year. Pretty sure they are just in the middle of assessing the applications and, in the past, the system down time has related to that. But, if you are really worried about it you can always contact the admissions office for clarification.
  20. Last year the invites went out on October 20th. I'm not sure if the inclusion of the Casper will impact that; however, I'd guess it will be late October.
  21. Hey, Although I will not be attending MUN, I was accepted this past cycle and I believe that these essays give you a great opportunity to express yourself in a unique way. I would suggest taking time to reflect on your desire to become a physician, write these thoughts down, and begin to formulate a response. With the first question, I did not over emphasize becoming a physician; that is why the second question is asked. Look at the the CanMed Framework for qualities that schools look for in students/future physicians and attempt to apply/demonstrate those in your everyday life and the a
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