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  1. Pretty sure nobody said that. Just reporting the facts. The other sections may not have as much weight as CARS, but the are considered in your application score, and they are required for an application to UofC. As well, you can't be certain whether or not the people veiwing the files will look negatively upon someone who has a okay CARS score, but has bombed all the other sections. It can be a subjective process, thus its hard to say what will make the difference between getting an interview or not getting one. So it's best to prepare for all for the sections if you can.
  2. Just as a heads up, the rest of the MCAT is looked at in the 10% Global Assessment of Academic Merit section at UofC. Section 5.1.3 of the Applicant Manual:
  3. This... Is not at all the idea behind 5.4. Did you miss the 'social accountability' information there? I am sad to see that people think that Dr. Walker and the admissions committee, which is constantly dedicated to trying to get a more diverse population into medical school (ie: people who come from lower SES, aborignal applicants, rural applicants who will likely go home to their rural areas to practice etc..) would promote an admissions process allowing a special back door for children of doctors or faculty members. Come on guys! I am sure Dr. Walker will discuss this at his info sessio
  4. If you want to apply to UofC you'll have to do the full MCAT unfortunately. While VR has it's own section in the application, the rest of the MCAT is still assessed with your academics in the 10% global academic assessment section. I forget exactly what it's called, but you can check when the new applicant manual comes out. However if you write the full test I don't see why you shouldn't apply to UofC as well!
  5. Hmm. It's really tough to put an actual amount of time on it, as it depends a lot on what kind of person you are. I don't study every night, so some days I do classes and then come home and watch tv all night, while others I do classes, come home and prep for small group and then study for two hours. You basically just need to find of pace of studying that works for you, and then fit that (and everything else haha) into your schedule. Sorry I can't give you a more definitive answer, I think the amount of time spent on medicine a day is really something you have to work out on your own in the f
  6. 1. OneNote is great, I use it on my surfacepro for note taking! The pen is awesome. 2. Completely variable. The earliest is usually the next morning (ie: Monday's classes up Tuesday am), but sometimes it takes 24-72 hours. Most have been up lately around 24-30 hours later, but it varies by course and whether or not there are any technical issues haha. 3. Can't reallly help you with that, as I'm not a textbook person haha. But we have access to a few texts (I think!) and lots of journals through the library. 4. Some people don't attend, some do! Variable by course as well. 5. Hmm. Average
  7. Thanks for helping out with that post s3lf! I always find it a bit hard to answer 'do I have a decent chance' questions, because really there is no perfect application for getting into med. No matter what you do, there is always an aspect of chance when you apply, which is a little bit scarier as a non-trad leaving a good job to go back to school! I agree that you have to take a very serious look at the committment that getting into med will take, and ask yourself whether it is worth it, especially considering that you may not get in on your first, second, or even third attempt at applying. Yo
  8. I haven't had much, but the majority of people who get rural placements for their family med experience have had an amazing time. There is also a rural family group that sets up shadowing opportunites for students, and all of the students I know who do this on a regular basis love it. If you're interested in rural experience, you won't have to look hard to find it through UofC. If you are not looking for rural experience, chances are you probably won't be forced to do it. I am sure they put the disclaimer up for their own purposes, as like it was stated above, the odd person gets tossed into t
  9. 1. Work life balance isn't so bad. We are pretty busy, but most of the class finds a lot of time to go hiking, play sports, go to movies, etc. Some weeks are busier than others, but I usually find it easy to fit in other life stuff. 2. Unfortunately living alone in Calgay in the best areas of the city can be pretty expensive, so as long as you are aware of that and willing to spend the extra cash you should be okay! In my opinion the best area closest to the hospital is Parkdale, as it's about a 10 minute walk to school, and super close to downtown. Close to campus and still great are Bown
  10. The admissions office will print you a letter confirming admission. That was enough for me when I got my LOC from RBC.
  11. The hospital should provide scrubs if necessary. If you're shadowing on your own time, you may have to organize scrub aquisiton through the surgeon you're working with or their department. For clinical rotations otherwise, the dress code is professional. So like, dress pants and a dress shirt/blouse, or for ladies a knee length skirt/dress etc. Bascially you don't want to wear jeans/sweatpants/anything too revealing/look like a slob and you should be good haha.
  12. Not a lot of basic science in UofC's curriculum, so bchem textbook might not be as useful as you'd like (unless you want it to help explain concepts otherwise not covered). I'm not sure about the bioethics one.. We do an Ethics course, but I think everything you need to know about ethics is covered within and will likely not require much outside reading (once again, unless you are super interested in bioethical issues, in which case it may be beneficial to you). As for shadowing early.. I would recommend it! It doesn't matter if you know anything or not, the experience is more to get a gen
  13. Each Course we take comes with a 'Core Doc', which has a ton of info in it, and will often recommend text books that fit with the course. However, I haven't really had to use much in the way of textbooks myself so far. There's the odd thing that isn't explained well in class that I might look up, but otherwise I get by okay with the class notes. Everyone is different though, so if learning from textbooks works for you, they will suggest some good ones! Oh also, we have a bookstore in the hospital, and the girls that work there have been doing it for ages, so they have really great suggesti
  14. Nah, probably not a huge amount of change, especially between two years.
  15. Happy to help! (Aka procrastinate from studying diabetes.. ) Interesting question! I suppose the hardest things for me have been to re-learn how/what/how much to study for the courses. It's been a few years since I finished undergrad, andd I had to re-evaluate how I was learning after the first course, as there is a huge amount of information thrown at you in a short time period. It's impossible to remember everything when studying for exams, so you really have to spend time figuring out what's important, must-know info, and what you can spend less time on. That's probably the big
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