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  1. Hello! I'm wondering if anyone has transferred residencies here (or knows someone closely who did), and would be open to answering a few questions via DM? I've read all the transfer guidelines and am looking for some personal anecdotes on how they maximized their chances, set up electives, and explained their reasons. Thanks very much!
  2. Hey everyone! I read a thread that there was a shuttle bus between CHEO/General Campus and the Civic Campus - anyone know if this runs in the summer? And what the schedule might be? Thanks in advance for your help! Here's the old thread for reference http://forums.premed101.com/topic/42964-shuttle-between-ottawa-hospitals/
  3. I assume these appear differently on the CaRMs application, does anyone have a sample application/screenshot of what this would look like? And any thoughts on the differences in weighting given to these in the application process? For instance do 4 submitted projects appear less impressive than 1 published? Thanks in advance!
  4. Yeah I guess that's fair. I was lucky to find the necessary information *before* I made any bad moves per se so I though it was a pretty straightforward process and was surprised with the acceptances I got because it was made out to be this unreachable goal. I just say this because I know many people who don't even apply - they're so sure they won't get into med because it's been made out to be this unreachable goal. It's definitely reachable, and for ordinary people like myself too! Also I should add that balancing top grades with volunteering, clinical experience and working was the mo
  5. Aiming for a tenure professorship is definitely more risky because there are far more uncertainties and subjective variables involved. Getting an acceptance into med school is honestly not "hard" because there are very clear cut ways to increase your chances and many, many people get multiple acceptances once they have figured it out. Reading this forum might artificially inflate the sense of "difficulty" involved in the process but there are many deliberate actions you can take and variables you can control to get med school acceptances. This forum, as an example, provides some great advice o
  6. I would also echo the above advice and recommend not working solely for money. There's OSAP/government provided financial assistance, scholarships and needs based bursaries that you can receive for schooling. The only situation where it would make sense to work is if you really enjoy the activity (hence it can be considered an EC that builds soft skills). Otherwise the opportunity cost (in terms of time spent, other activities forgone etc.) might not be worth it. Good luck!
  7. I do think it's a fair point to consider shortening training to ease debt load/make the field more friendly to older applicants. Undergrad: In high school I thought undergrad was just a means to an end and didn't understand this requirement when many places around the world accept applicants straight out of high school. However now that I've completed undergrad, I personally think undergrad is invaluable. This is when most people change their minds about pursuing medicine/gain maturity and life skills. Undergrad was the 4 most important years of my life (so far). Without it I really thin
  8. With a little more than a month to go, I'm finding myself very, very, very anxious to start. I'll be moving to a new city from a small town, coming from a non-science background. The rumours on premed101 don't really help either (albeit most of those are written by students from other schools) so I've read the FAQs/myths thread. I was wondering whether some current/past students can share what they love/d about UofT Med so I have an idea of what to look forward to. Especially if you chose this school over others, if you could explain whether you are happy with your decision and why. T
  9. This post reminds me of a similar thread I started about 4 years ago. Like you I was entering undergrad and was nervous about doing everything I possibly could to maximize my chances. I received a lot of good advice but here's what I've learnt 4 years later. The 4 years of undergrad can be the best 4 years of your life if you choose to make it. Sometimes there's this notion that you have to choose between having fun and getting into medical school. The summer before undergrad I prepared myself for the worst, but was pleasantly surprised. As someone who got 6+ interviews to Canadian me
  10. I wouldn't say that HS success means nothing. If you got your 90s in HS by working hard e.g. going to class, doing work, and above all understanding material instead of memorizing information and problem sets, you'll do well in university. The biggest difference is that in university, in most classes you must understand the info in order to apply it, don't expect to have a surface understanding and to do well. I had a 99 in HS and last semester didn't get a grade below A+. Having said that, I know many people who had high 90s and dropped and that is because they didn't develop a work ethic
  11. How would it help? I would argue that if I weren't in BHSc, my GPA would be higher. Every course I take outside the faculty is a like a respite from the madness and I find it MUCH easier to get a 4.0 in the Life Science courses.
  12. Woah at this misinformation in this thread! First of all 90 is the cutoff. After that, it is all your supp app. There are people I met with 90 or 91 in our current class. 90% of people have 98 or above? Lol. Our current class is slightly above 200 people. So more than 180 have above 98? As if. Medigeek, without evidence your statistics are highly suspect (something we learn in first year Inquiry lol). Work on getting to the cutoff or slightly above it to be safe. Then make sure your supp app is unique and admission-worthy. If you don't get in, its no big deal. The program has many
  13. Since starting university, people ask casually about marks. I hate these questions because you can't win either way. If you tell someone you have a higher mark than them, there's automatically going to be some animosity there. If you avoid the question you're being a jerk. Usually I say "I did well" but when people ask "how well" I have no choice but to tell. Also when people are standing in a group and everyone shares how much they scored and suddenly its you. You can't just be like "I did well", when an answer is expected of you. Here's the problem, I've shared marks that were significantly
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