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  1. Hey gang, Anyone out there have tips on preparing for surgical foundations (used to be Principles of surgery (POS) Exam)? Any resources to share? Many thanks
  2. Highly Highly recommend "Something The Lord Made". Movie about the first cardiac surgery by Alfred Blalok and the African American Vivian Thomas who basically pioneered it. Its both interesting from a medicine perspective and from a social perspective highlighting how medicine was quite unwelcoming to colored folk.
  3. Wouldn't call this realistic... But I'm in love with Ferrari's 458 Italia!! It's so gorgeous! I recommend the Top Gear episode where they test it out
  4. Awesome, thanks for all of your help guys! If there's others with experience in with these programs I'd love to hear your advice as well!
  5. Ps. Youngdad, what kind of a joint is the xxx fire hall, sounds sketchy bold to put that on an application, even if you were the volunteer of the year.
  6. Hey, As you can see, advice on this is quite variable. I think both sides have valid points. I went for a combo of the two approaches. I did use point form, however, I was sure to include a heading "significance" where I briefly mentioned the skills, characteristics, goals, relevance to medical career. BUT, I absolutely tried to keep my words to a minimum AND tried to keep things reasonable. For example, if you casually run for pleasure, don't make it sound likes it's this incredible thing that brings you to nirvana and hah everything to do with your love for and compatibility with a care
  7. Hey gang, This is another one of those, tell me which program is better threads. I am trying to decide between which of these is a better program which will dictate which elective I cancel and which I keep. I know Ottawa is probably a nicer place to live... It would be AWESOME if any of you are gen surg residents from either program that can comment. Thanks peeps, L
  8. Might add Pagani Zonda to my list. As long as we are staying realistic
  9. +1 definitely on my list. I could also go for a veyron I need to stop watching top gear. It makes me car lust too much.
  10. Haha that's really funny! I just wasted a couple minutes searching for the gorilla based off the hint they give that it is in the right lung... Pretty sure it is in the left lung... haha thought I was pretty blind for a couple of minutes
  11. I never thought of the end of semester exams as a downside. Sure it can make for a more stressful exam period, however, I liked being held accountable for knowing all of that info at the end of the semester. It means you have to revisit the material a couple of times, and for me it takes a couple of times for information to stick around. This isn't undergrad where you just learn for the sake of getting credit for the class and then ditch the information, one day we will have to make decisions about patients' medical care based on our knowledge. I don't know of any studies comparing retention o
  12. I would've been pretty choked if I had to write that MCAT twice... I mean, the results are given as percentiles. Whether the tests are different or not you can still get an idea of where someone ranks relative to their peers. They used the old MCAT and they will use the new MCAT, so for those overall years I would vote that they just look at the percentiles and treat as equivalent.
  13. I was under the impression that you have to maintain the GPA that you applied with, and that the offer was conditional. Too lazy to check website but it should be on there somewhere.
  14. Take time off. I strictly limited my mcat studying to week days and kept weekends for going to the lake, hanging out with friends, camping etc. It made the summer enjoyable despite that idiotic exam. I was able to motivate myself to study hard and make good use of my study time during the week because I knew at the end of the week was my reward: saturday and sunday study free. I still ended up with a score I was pretty happy with and had a great summer.
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