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  1. I applied in 2015 (accepted summer of 2016), but had also applied on two earlier occasions; the first time I didn’t get an interview, but the second time I did. I wouldn’t say a medical school explicitly looks for applicants who have done something earlier, but having life experiences certainly can help (though does not necessarily give one an advantage). I completed all my my undergraduate, graduate and medical school at the same university, and because I was such a, relatively speaking, uncompetitive applicant on paper, I did not apply out of province. There were not other PTs in m
  2. I applied to medical school in my final year of an MPT program. My GPA (~80%) was not certainly not stellar, nor was my MCAT (<500) particularly competitive, but the timing worked out for me. Had I been applying to medicine now, I likely wold have not gotten accepted; I suspect my interview is really what got me in as I had experience with interviews from both my MPT program and previous attempts at getting into medicine. For what its worth, I finished medical school and was able to match to my top specialty/location, so your MCAT/GPA does not reflect on your abilities. If you have particu
  3. I’m a big fan of ProCompression. They have good compression and I also like very “loud” and obnoxiously coloured socks when I wear scrubs. I think I have about 10 pairs. I used their code on Facebook a long time ago, “FB95” and got 5 for the price of two or something since they’re relatively expensive for socks.
  4. Incorrect. There will always be ~100 seats per year. If a deferral is granted, they will move down the waitlist and accept the next available applicant. The following year, the College will accept one less student as the deferred student has effectively been given one of the spots for that subsequent year.
  5. The Committee consists of the follow members (18 with vote):  Chair (Director of Admissions)  Dean of Medicine or Designate  Director of Northern Medical Services  Seven Faculty Members  Faculty Member/Site Director - Regina Campus  Three undergraduate medical students (one representing each – Year 1, Year 2, and Year 3)  College of Medicine Indigenous Coordinator  The Dean or Designate of the Faculty of Science, University of Regina  Two general public representatives - appointed by the Saskatchewan Urban and Rural Municipalities Associations, SUMA and SARM, respe
  6. I have my LOC through Scotiabank, and I felt very comfortable working with them. When I started medical school, my student debt was below their cut-off for the maximum allowance; however, as my student loans grew yearly, they were still very accommodating and worked to get me the most money possible as their limits increased.
  7. Admission offers generally have come out around the 15th of May, and most times -- if not always, I remember correctly -- come out on the Friday closest to the 15th of the month. Until then, try to relax.
  8. One of the later programs I interviewed at had some candidates unable to attend due to last-minute severe weather in the east coast. The program was very understanding, and despite the interview being a mini-MMI of sorts, the staff walked around with laptops, and it seemed to run smoothly. Of course, now that there is much more notice, programs will have a much longer period of time to prepare. I don't anticipate a great deal of trouble conducting interviews this way.
  9. All of those students who were due to write in April/May are still waiting to write, and our exam dates have been postponed at this time. Future registration has been cancelled -- I suspect -- because there will be a large cohort of students that have had their exam postponed, and understandably want to write it as soon as possible. I believe there are discussions of possibly being able to write as early as June, but this whole situation is very fluid and likely to change.
  10. No, it does not. The College will try to place you in your site of preference, but you are not more likely to be accepted if you rank one site over the other. You are, however, more likely to get your site of choice if you are ranked higher in the admission ranking list.
  11. The sites are generally the same in a lot of regards. Both centres are excellent for teaching, as everyone gets the same lectures; some are streamed from Saskatoon, while others are from Regina. In every practical sense, the first two academic years in Saskatoon or Regina are the same. As a student in the Regina cohort due to graduate in June, I can speak more to what I enjoyed about Regina specifically, but I will preface by saying that my experiences are my own, as are my opinions. Regina, generally speaking, has less residents training in the city, which may translate to more one-on-one fac
  12. I'll try to answer this as best I can. I come from a University that does not have a great deal of surgical sub-specialities, but I still managed to match this year, so hopefully my insight might still be useful for you. 1. How do you find a research supervisor? What are the criteria that I should be looking for when choosing a research supervisor (e.g staff that's on adcom etc.)? If your school has summer research projects for students, then that would be a good place to start. Alternatively, you can try emailing staff who have a history of doing research, and explain to them that y
  13. As someone with a different health/professional degree before entering medicine, I think having a degree in nursing is tremendously beneficial not only for your learning and experience, but also as it related to your future CaRMS application. The classmates that I have who have been a nurse, pharmacist, etc., are incredibly competent, and this, I can only assume, helped them in their successful match this year. Also, for what its worth, you might very well be asked about your experiences as a nurse, "what sets you a part from other applicants", etc. when it comes time to apply for residency po
  14. Anatomical Pathology: Laval (Dec 4), UofT (Dec 5), UBC (Dec 9), Memorial (Dec 10), Queens (Dec 13 IMG), Dalhousie (Dec 11), McMaster (Dec 16 IMG) Anesthesiology: Manitoba (Dec 6), NOSM (Dec 9), UBC (Dec 11), Ottawa (Dec 12), Dalhousie (Dec 13), Queen's (Dec 14), Calgary (Dec 16*), USask (Dec 17), Alberta (Dec 17*), Western (Dec 17*), Memorial (Dec 18), McMaster (Dec 18), Montreal (Dec 19), McGill (Dec 19) Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Alberta (Dec 4), Ottawa (Dec 16), Calgary (Dec 19) Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatoon (Nov 28), UBC (Nov 29), MUN (Dec 4), Calgary (Dec 6) M
  15. *=CaRMS Status Update Anatomical Pathology: Laval (Dec 4), UofT (Dec 5), UBC (Dec 9), Memorial (Dec 10), Queens (Dec 13 IMG), Dalhousie (Dec 11), McMaster (Dec 16 IMG) Anesthesiology: Manitoba (Dec 6), NOSM (Dec 9), UBC (Dec 11), Ottawa (Dec 12), Dalhousie (Dec 13), Queen's (Dec 14), Calgary (Dec 16*), USask (Dec 17), Alberta (Dec 17*), Western (Dec 17*), Memorial (Dec 18), McMaster (Dec 18) Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Alberta (Dec 4), Ottawa (Dec 16) Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatoon (Nov 28), UBC (Nov 29), MUN (Dec 4), Calgary (Dec 6) Emergency Medicine: Q
  16. Anatomical Pathology: Laval (Dec 4), UofT (Dec 5), UBC (Dec 9), Memorial (Dec 10), Queens (Dec 13 IMG), Dalhousie (Dec 11), McMaster (Dec 16 IMG) Anesthesiology: Manitoba (Dec 6), NOSM (Dec 9), UBC (Dec 11), Ottawa (Dec 12), Dalhousie (Dec 13), Queen's (Dec 14), Calgary (Dec 16*), USask (Dec 17), Alberta (Dec 17*) Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Alberta (Dec 4), Ottawa (Dec 16) Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatoon (Nov 28), UBC (Nov 29), MUN (Dec 4), Calgary (Dec 6) Emergency Medicine: Queen's (Dec 9), Calgary (Dec 16*), McMaster (Dec 16 - phone call) Family Medici
  17. Anatomical Pathology: Laval (Dec 4), UofT (Dec 5), UBC (Dec 9), Memorial (Dec 10), Queens (Dec 13 IMG), Dalhousie (Dec 11), McMaster (Dec 16 IMG)Anesthesiology: Manitoba (Dec 6), NOSM (Dec 9), UBC (Dec 11), Ottawa (Dec 12), Dalhousie (Dec 13), Queen's (Dec 14)Cardiac Surgery:Dermatology: Alberta (Dec 4), Ottawa (Dec 16)Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatoon (28 Nov), UBC (29 Nov), MUN (Dec 4), Calgary (Dec 6)Emergency Medicine: Queen's (Dec 9)Family Medicine: Sherbrooke (21 Nov), Laval (21 Nov), Montreal (21 Nov), Ontario IMG (30 Nov), UBC (10 Dec IMG/CMG), McGill (Dec 10), Alberta: Edmonton (Dec 12)
  18. Anatomical Pathology: Laval (Dec 4), UofT (Dec 5), UBC (Dec 9), Memorial (Dec 10), Queens (Dec 13 IMG), Dalhousie (Dec 11)Anesthesiology: Manitoba (Dec 6), NOSM (Dec 9), UBC (Dec 11), Ottawa (Dec 12), Dalhousie (Dec 13), Queen's (Dec 14)Cardiac Surgery:Dermatology: Alberta (Dec 4), Ottawa (Dec 16)Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatoon (28 Nov), UBC (29 Nov), MUN (Dec 4), Calgary (Dec 6)Emergency Medicine: Queen's (Dec 9)Family Medicine: Sherbrooke (21 Nov), Laval (21 Nov), Montreal (21 Nov), Ontario IMG (30 Nov), UBC (10 Dec IMG/CMG), McGill (Dec 10), Alberta: Edmonton (Dec 12), Red Deer (Dec 15), Gr
  19. Anatomical Pathology: Laval (Dec 4), UofT (Dec 5), UBC (Dec 9), Memorial (Dec 10) Anesthesiology: Manitoba (Dec 6), NOSM (Dec 9) Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Alberta (Dec 4) Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatoon (28 Nov), UBC (29 Nov), MUN (Dec 4), Calgary (Dec 6) Emergency Medicine: Queen's (Dec 9) Family Medicine: Sherbrooke (21 Nov), Laval (21 Nov), Montreal (21 Nov), Ontario IMG (30 Nov), UBC (10 Dec IMG/CMG), McGill (Dec 10) General Pathology: General Surgery: McGill (Dec 10) Hematological Pathology: Internal Medicine: Sherbrooke (Nov
  20. Anatomical Pathology: Laval (Dec 4), UofT (Dec 5), UBC (Dec 9) Anesthesiology: Manitoba (Dec 6), NOSM (Dec 9) Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Alberta (Dec 4) Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatoon (28 Nov), UBC (29 Nov), MUN (Dec 4), Calgary (Dec 6) Emergency Medicine: Queen's (Dec 9) Family Medicine: Sherbrooke (21 Nov), Laval (21 Nov), Montreal (21 Nov), Ontario IMG (30 Nov) General Pathology: General Surgery: McGill (Dec 10) Hematological Pathology: Internal Medicine: Sherbrooke (Nov 26) Medical Genetics and Genomics: UofT (Dec6)
  21. Anatomical Pathology: Laval (Dec 4), UofT (Dec 5) Anesthesiology: Manitoba (Dec 6), NOSM (Dec 9) Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Alberta (Dec 4) Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatoon (28 Nov), UBC (29 Nov), MUN (Dec 4), Calgary (Dec 6) Emergency Medicine: Family Medicine: Sherbrooke (21 Nov), Laval (21 Nov), Montreal (21 Nov), Ontario IMG (30 Nov) General Pathology: General Surgery: Hematological Pathology: Internal Medicine: Sherbrooke (Nov 26) Medical Genetics and Genomics: UofT (Dec6) Medical Microbiology: Neurology: Mani
  22. I did rotations in both Toronto and Vancouver in a surgical sub-specialty and certainly working in these larger centres can be challenging, particularly in the ORs, as you've already mentioned. Where your opportunities are greatest to stand out is 1) being helpful and eager during rounds in the morning, and helping out the residents whenever possible (without being an annoyance or a hinderance); and 2) showing your stuff in clinic. Most of my time with quite nationally "well-known" staff has come primarily from working with them in clinic without residents. This is your prime opportunity to sh
  23. The U of S is not on probation, nor will the history of such prevent you from matching into any specialty at any University. The University of Saskatchewan is actually a very strong program in my opinion.
  24. Any benefit you might gain is likely already achieved by having your OT degree. Maintaining a license solely for the purpose of being able to put it on your CV and potentially practicing during the summer for a short period of time at the expense of potentially missing out on other more beneficial opportunities seems to not be in your best interested. I have classmates who have maintained professional licenses, but they worked on weekends throughout pre-clerkship and now no longer practice due to time commitments in third -- and soon to be fourth -- year. I personally would focus on other oppo
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