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  1. I think that saying "contributed to work leading to a published meeting abstract" might be appropriate if it has been confirmed that the abstract will be published in the conference booklet. Any sciency person reading this should have a clear understanding what this means. An abstract such as this wouldn't stand on its own, but would increase the "quality" of the research activity that it is presented in.
  2. Just wondering what the opinion is of top liberal arts colleges in the US. I'm attend one and I don't think it's any easier than a comparable University. In fact, we send a greater proportion of students to graduate school that Harvard or MIT. I dunno, threads like this make me seriously question my choice of undergrad and wonder what Canadian adcoms will think of my school choice.
  3. I would be very careful here, it is VERY common for undergraduate students to work in labs that subsequently publish and for the papers to not cite the undergrads as authors. This is because there are a lot of misconceptions about what being an author is. An author needs to have reviewed each draft of the paper and contributed edits. Furthermore, an author needs to be able to intellectually defend all aspects of the paper.* Brief rant over... Onto your question! You can definitely reference the research in your application, and you could probably go so far as saying that you contribute
  4. Cell Biology, best course of my life thus far, so much fun! In terms of a course that fills a hard requirement, Orgo II was tons of fun as well!
  5. Sorry for the mis-type, it was meant to be 9.8 hours/day including weekends so it would be about 68.6 hours per week in lab
  6. Hello, I have been spending more time on this forum and I wanted to post a question that I've been thinking about (I will preface this by saying that I am not trolling nor anything like that, I'd rather like to pose this question to this forum and see if other people feel this way) Does anyone else feel like they don't get enough done? This isn't to say that I'm doing badly, I get lots of things done and am in good standing for medical school admissions. I still feel, however, as if I can never get enough done and am never as efficient as I should be. I spend most of my time
  7. Thanks for the replies everyone, I will definitely contact the schools in question and OMSAS in general to try to find out how this should be transferred. And when I get clear answers I will post them! Also, to jock2doc's question, yes I will be applying to a bunch of American schools and hope to get into a good program but I'm not banking on it and would much rather come back to Canada.
  8. I guess it was overly hopeful to hope for a response
  9. Hello, Long time lurker and occasional poster, I am in a somewhat unique (but not in a good way) situation. I am a Canadian citizen currently going into my 3rd year of an undergraduate degree at a top 5 U.S Liberal Arts College. It's a great and wonderful place and I love my school dearly but it has a very odd academic schedule. Instead of semesters, it has 3 terms each year, during which a full load is taking 3 courses each term (each course is equivalent to a semester half year course) . This definition of a full load is clearly stated on the transcript so based on my school, I have
  10. Hello All! Asking for advice here, I've been accepted to two really awesome summer programs and I can't decide between them. I really am not intending to brag or anything silly like that, I'm just asking for advice. The Programs Are: The Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Farm Neuroscience Program Mayo Graduate School's Summer Research Program I think they're both great programs and I can't decide where to go! The former is significantly tougher to get into (10% vs 2% acceptance rates) and might be a slightly cooler research program but I worry that the latter has great
  11. Well, if you can get some Chloroform... just kidding, I'm waiting till Med School
  12. I considered bemoaning how this thread has been completely hijacked, but I've been waiting for a funny conversation on Muse's posts and therefore wholeheartedly approve of this hijacking.
  13. I agree with the point that admissions will obviously never be guaranteed, but I wonder what a "very good chance" would be. Would 90% be considered a very good chance? 95%? 97%? Also, I would posit that a majority of the "excellent" applicants in anecdotal stories who are rejected may have actually had a lacking in at least one of these traits (likely compassion or courteousness)
  14. I realize that corruption, racism, and xenophobia are all interesting (read, flame/arguing) topics, this thread was not meant to address these issues. Also, these issues are just as prevalent if not more so in the United States: - U.S Schools preferentially accept in-state applicants - U.S Schools have different standards for applicants from traditionally underrepresented ethnic groups - I am sure that in the 100+ american schools, you will find at least some racism Therefore, the real question is whether the aforementioned traits would practically guarantee acceptance to a Canadian
  15. Hello, I read a really interesting post a while back on SDN about how, despite the anecdotal evidence to the contrary, medical school admissions are actually fairly easy to predict and if a certain number of qualifiers (MCAT, ECs, Research, GPA) are met, admittance to at least one American school is practically guaranteed. This made me wonder, does the same hold true in Canada? While there will obviously never be an exact guarantee, would the listed criteria also guarantee admittance to any medical school in Canada? I've always thought that Canadian admissions are more stringent than Amer
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