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  1. school interviewing at: Toronto specialty: Paediatrics current interview date: Jan 21 date would like to switch to: Jan 22 in the AM
  2. Anatomical Pathology: Queens (Dec 3), Calgary (Dec 3), Alberta (Dec3), Western (Dec 4), Memorial (Dec 5), Laval (Dec 5), Toronto (Dec 6), McGill (Dec 6), UBC (Dec 6), Dalhousie (Dec 7), Manitoba (Dec 7), McMaster (Dec 10), Ottawa (Dec 17) Anesthesiology: NOSM (Dec 7), Ottawa(Dec 8), Memorial(Dec 12), Western (Dec 12), Dalhousie (Dec 14), McMaster (Dec 17), Montreal (17dec), Queens (Dec 18) Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Alberta (Dec 4), UBC (Dec 13), Toronto (Dec 17),Ottawa (Dec 18) Diag
  3. Attempt 1: Rejection pre-interview Attempt 2: Rejection pre-interview Attempt 3: Rejection pre-interview Attempt 4: Interviewed and offered admission When I interviewed, I made sure to not put too much pressure on myself. I tried to have fun, and it ended up being a lot of fun. I know it's high stakes and you want to get in, but I honestly didn't think about it that way! I knew that I would be a good medical student, I just needed to get the interview to show them that I was more than a number.
  4. Also drove across the country from Ontario. Put my stuff in a moving van though. Didn't want to stress about a U-Haul. It wasn't that much more expensive than getting a U-Haul. I also packed everything in Frogboxes which was my LIFESAVER because I didn't have to run around looking for cardboard boxes and nothing got squished. The cheapest way to get a moving company is to have them bid on your move. I think this is the website I used: moving bids canada Downside: you can go a bit with no stuff, like a bed. Upside: you don't have to move your stuff
  5. I use my CMA membership and get a $400 yearly pass to Goodlife. Reasons for doing this: 1. I'm not bothered to go to an overcrowded gym at main campus 2. I like Kinetix but you're restricted on the times you can go on the student rate 3. The GoodLife membership lets you go to any Goodlife in Canada which is going to be awesome for Clerkship and great for when I travel on breaks.
  6. This needs to go in the "How to be a Good Clerk" presentation lol
  7. You can park at that park at the intersection of Memorial and Shaganappi and walk up the hill. Not explaining this well but I know some of the animal famjam parks there.
  8. I have come to embrace being in debt. It is a part of who I am.
  9. I moved from downtown Toronto too and chose the beltline - I love it. A lot of people live in Kensington - I personally don't think it's isolating at all but that's just me. If you're not going to have a car though, you'd probably want to live near school. I think I would hate having to take the bus to school - but it's really a personal thing!
  10. There are a lot of options for living in Calgary. I'll summarize your options here in terms of most popular! (Note: this list is not the most popular in terms of order) 1. Live in Foothills Village/Parkdale to walk to school or take a super short bus ride up the hill from Parkdale (lots of ppl walk from there to though). 2. Live in the neighbourhoods north of UofC like Brentwood; it's a 20 minute bus ride or so, or a shorter drive. 3. Live in Kensington/Sunnyside, about a 30 minute bus ride or 10 minute drive 4. Live downtown/beltline; 45 minute bus ride or 15 minute drive. 5. Live som
  11. If anyone needs to chat about choosing between a 3 year and 4 year program (if you are lucky enough to have a choice) please feel free to PM me! I had the choice last year and had a variety of reasons for choosing the 3 year program, but there were a lot of pros to the 4 year program. A lot of the choice should depend on learning style, where you are at in your life, etc.
  12. The anatomy lab is open obviously during scheduled class time. As examinations approach, the lab opens up in an open lab format where all of the specimens and cadavers are on display. Sometimes there are instructors present in the lab, sometimes not. Often students will go down to the lab in groups and use the sheets that detail what can be found on each cadaver and work identifying structures together and working through clinical correlations. If an instructor is there they are often found answering questions and explaining concepts to large groups of students.
  13. The only thing I'll add is that the UME knows about this issue and really tries to help students who have trouble getting out-of-province electives. Most of the time, they are able to resolve the issue with the school. Additionally, this is not something that happens the majority of the time. We also know that despite perceived disadvantages of front-loading electives, students get really good/excellent evaluations in general during their electives, which is super important for CaRMS.
  14. Not sure you can assume that this means that everyone's verifiers will be contacted... I am 90% sure that none of mine were. There is of course a chance that someone was contacted and didn't tell me, but I would be surprised if that were the case.
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