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  1. Your choice of biochem vs IHI will make no significant difference in your application. If you’re motivated in both, you’ll do well with either choice. Keep in mind though, GPA is still king. Do inquire around regarding the required courses for either program to get an idea over ‘GPA’-killers. Statistically, I know of more peers that are McGill immuno alumni vs biochem alumni. Biochem is definitely a tough major, and you may feel less supported on the Med track (there tends to be more biochemies on the research/academia track), but it’s still very do-able. Scep, McGill b
  2. At McGill, medical students without a bachelor's degree interested in concurrently earning a research degree can only enlist in the MD/MSc stream, whereas the others can enlist in the MD/PhD stream. As for earning your research degree after medical school, I have no idea (I assume it's on a case-by-case basis by the graduate department). Scep
  3. I'm entering PGY1 rads at McGill (also my home school). When planning my rads electives, I decided on one out west (to appreciate the differences in practice and culture outside of QC) and one in UdeM (to appreciate reporting in French). I know that my peers interested in rads did more external electives than I have, and outside of QC, there is more of a push to do outside electives in general. Also, given how rads electives are generally set up, it may be difficult to secure a good letter of recommendation from a staff radiologist, so signing up for more rads electives increases those chances
  4. Source Article: http://www.journaldemontreal.com/2017/06/23/quebec-veut-recruter-150-medecins-francais The Province of Quebec is looking to recruit 100 family physicians and 50 anesthesiologists from France to reduce wait-lists. Comments?
  5. Also, keep in mind that McGill specifically looks at prereqGPA (biol 6cr, chem 6cr, orgchem 3cr, phys 6cr) rather than the broader "science GPA". When I applied ages ago, I submitted my MCAT results because I did much better than in my prereq courses. In your case, McGill notes that successful applicants score a prereqGPA of about 3.8 on average (source: https://www.mcgill.ca/medadmissions/applying/selection-process/academic-evaluation) so I don't think there's an added benefit in submitting your MCAT score. Then again, Haribo is correct in that McGill will only consider your MCAT scores
  6. Yes. McGill rads also tests their candidates during the CaRMS interview, and likely for the reasons previously stated - challenges in evaluating a student during their rads elective. And to answer OP's question - it doesn't matter if you graduate with a BSc or a BA. I'd even argue that by getting a BA, you'll have a more interesting story to tell come interview time. Scep
  7. I got myself a Tromner because I like heavier hammers. It's somewhat less portable though (doesn't quite fit in the white coat pockets). Sceptical
  8. I'm still using my Cardiology III, but tbh, the II series sounds more or less the same to me. I also got myself a reflex hammer, because the Taylor/Tomahawks that are handed out as swag don't have the right weight to me. All online purchases. You don't really need any other equipment (despite the companies trying to 'convince' you otherwise). Sceptical
  9. The following qualities can help orient you when writing your personal statement. After writing a draft, you can ask yourself e.g. "Does [Quality X] show up in my personal statement?" AED non-academic criteria: http://www.mcgill.ca/medadmissions/applying/selection-process/non-academic-criteria CanMEDs: http://www.royalcollege.ca/portal/page/portal/rc/canmeds/framework Scep
  10. I got rejected from McGill post-interview in my first cycle. Got accepted the following year. In between that time, to be honest, I didn't really do anything different or extra to prepare, except that I remember taking the second time a lot more lightly and being more relaxed (my submitted application was nearly identical for both times). My success the second time around could be a combination of luck, experience from MMIs, and less concern in trying to guess at what each station was looking for. Scep
  11. Seems like option 1 is the correct interpretation based on the wording of the quote. Don't let any of that discourage you from applying though! I did also very poorly in my CEGEP courses, and started doing better in my undergrad. Scep
  12. To answer your questions: 1. Yes, but submission is optional 2. Yes 3. Then it's not used in your assessment Directly from the McGill admissions website: Consideration of the MCAT Where the MCAT is required, results will be considered in conjunction with academic results in the relevant science prerequisite courses. Where valid MCAT results are submitted, results will be considered in conjunction with academic results in the relevant science prerequisite courses (50/50 weighting). Where valid MCAT results are submitted, the Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences and Verb
  13. There are no extra points for the graduate student status or degree per se, but it positively adds to your application e.g. research, publications, teaching experience, knowing the faculty/professors well (letters of rec), generally older candidate (more opportunities for extracurricular / volunteer activities). Scep
  14. Here's a few useful links regarding the accreditation status of McGill's Faculty of Medicine (i.e. the details). The faculty has decided to make publicly available the accreditation letter issued by the CACMS/LCME to the university. "Faculty of Medicine addressing accreditation issues, Eidelman says" http://publications.mcgill.ca/reporter/2015/06/faculty-of-medicine-addressing-accreditation-issues-eidelman-says/ Preliminary Action Plan Framework https://www.mcgill.ca/medicine/files/medicine/cacms_2015_accreditation_preliminary_action_plan_framework.pdf Accreditation Letter https://www.mcgil
  15. Okay, that's not a problem! You have plenty of time to decide. I only considered medicine during my grad studies (never crossed my mind during undergrad). Enjoy your undergrad, and take advantage of all the opportunities you get (incl. your internship) to meet people and explore what's out there. Cheers! Scep
  16. Hey El, I usually tell medical school aspirants to apply broadly and apply often, no matter their stats. Writing the MCATs will only open more doors (of course, your personal finances and time commitment to other stuff will factor into this decision). I personally wrote the MCATs and got accepted at McGill but nowhere else (I applied to ON+QC schools). I submitted my MCAT scores in my McGill apps, and I suspect that played a factor in my acceptance. Sceptical
  17. I would say 3.9+/4.0 would be considered competitive for OOP spots (some may even argue you need a 4.0/4.0), although I usually encourage all OOPs to apply to QC schools, especially prospective students from Ontario. Since the applicant pool is rather large for that category, I would expect everyone to have equally high grades (including yourself), and therefore the non-academic profile (extracurriculars, personal statement, etc.) and interview performance should be a lot more significant in determining the application outcome (I'm speaking more about McGill than the 3 other schools). TL;D
  18. Hey Almighty, Regrettably, I don't have the numbers with me. The AFMC does publish admission statistics, broken down by tuition (Quebec resident, out-of-province, international). Français: https://www.afmc.ca/pdf/AdmissionRequirementsfor2015_fr.pdf English: https://www.afmc.ca/pdf/AdmissionRequirementsfor2015_en.pdf Sceptical
  19. From the admissions page: "Stations are designed to evaluate the various abilities and skills that form the basis of the Physicianship curriculum component." (Not super informative) The MMIs are used to assess non-academic qualities as listed here. Keep in mind that Admissions does not divulge their evaluation scheme, so we don't really know what the evaluators are "looking for". Sceptical
  20. Grad school, especially in the life sciences, is an extremely tough and grueling process, given the expectation for research productivity, publications, and aiming for a career in academia. Looking back, I've enjoyed the time spent in my Master's, but even then I've had my moments of stress, depression, and the need to flip tables. First and foremost, before even considering quitting, you have to address your mental health issues. As the previous poster mentioned, look for mental health resources within your university. Go seek help. Panic attacks are not something you should be living thr
  21. I think I read somewhere there is a slight bias against introverts for the MMI (in general). Don't by shy to verbalize your thoughts. The McGill MMIs are very engaging, and many of you will really enjoy the stations. Sceptical
  22. Yes, I highly encourage all interviewees to sign up for these awesome events! No need to dress (semi-)formally.
  23. Congrats on all who've received invites! (And fingers crossed for the wait-listed folks.) Be sure to sign up for the awesome activities held during the MMI weekend to get to know more about the students, the program, and Montreal! I might drop by the Dinner or Meet and Greet events if time permits. Cheers. Sceptical
  24. Hey Mr. S, It never hurts to apply to McGill as an OOP. I know of many folks who choose not to apply to McGill due to language (even though your training is mostly in English - and language has no bearing in admissions) or limited spots open to OOP applicants (the numbers/chances are still comparable to ON med schools). Once you get an interview invite, your score will be overwhelmingly weighted towards your interview (MMI) performance. In your case, I strongly suggest you apply. Sceptical
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