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  1. School interviewing at: Université de Montréal Specialty: Psychiatry Current interview date: January 30 Date would like to switch to: February 6 Please and thank you!! EDIT: Resolved
  2. School interviewing at: McMaster Specialty: Psychiatry Current interview date: January 23 Date would like to switch to: January 30 Any additional notes: Same as above! Edit: RESOLVED
  3. School interviewing at: Toronto Specialty: Psychiatry Current interview date: January 30 Date would like to switch to: January 31 Any additional notes: Double-booked with another interview, also really inconvenient in terms of travel logistics. Would love to swap Edit: RESOLVED.
  4. Maybe you could benefit from speaking with an academic counsellor at Marianopolis? Choosing a university program can seem daunting, especially if you want to strategize for med school afterwards. As others have said, for McGill, it really doesn't matter where or what you study, as long as you do really well. However, the French schools will consider the difficulty of your program (ie, PT > Biology) when considering your GPA. Majors that seem to be popular among med hopefuls are Exercise Science at Concordia, and Anatomy & Cell Biology at McGill. Some programs are more challenging to get
  5. One of my verifiers was called 2 years ago for a current volunteer position, and it wasn't for anything too outrageous or impressive. They can randomly fact check whatever you've listed as part of that activity on your CV (responsibilities, start/end dates, etc) - nothing more, nothing less.
  6. Many people start knowing little to no French on day 1, and even into second year. That being said, the more you practice ahead of time, the easier it will be to pick up before hitting the wards. The faculty expects you to be functionally proficient by the time you're seeing patients.
  7. I found it useful to practice Fermi questions - you can find tons of problems to solve on Google. The point is to assess your reasoning capabilities, not your mathematical prowess.
  8. Are you a student applying to medical school? Looking for advice on your apps, or feeling down about repeat application cycles? We have the event for you. On October 10th, we will be hosting “Mingle with the Med Kids,” where current medical students studying at McGill will share their application experiences. Come listen to a panel discussion where students from a variety of backgrounds (undergrad, master’s, PhD, non science background etc.) will discuss their journey to medical school: how they built their applications, the struggle of multiple rejections, how to strengthen your app, and bonu
  9. Typically for large undergrad courses, the profs themselves don't make the final exam schedule - the university does. Usually it's only released about halfway through the semester. Exams could be scheduled in the evenings if this is during final exams week(s), once all classes are over - so you should not have a class conflict with a final exam. Midterms and other evaluations are typically scheduled by the profs, so you should be able to find out when these are held once the course outline is posted, usually on or shortly before the first day of class. Unfortunately it's often not possible to
  10. I was recently speaking with someone in med who enrolled in two overriding classes in undergrad at McGill for exactly that reason. Recordings were not a problem, but you might run into difficulty with the exam schedule. This person had two exams scheduled at the same time and was not granted any accommodation by the professors, or the dean of students. They had to drop one class past the drop deadline, leaving them with a "W" (withdrawal) on their transcript... which isn't good. Based on this, I wouldn't register for two concurrent classes unless I knew I could complete all required coursework
  11. There are several points raised about the curriculum and program in another similar thread: http://forums.premed101.com/index.php?/topic/95222-mcgill-vs-mcmaster/ Do you have any specific questions that aren't answered in that thread? Montreal is a great city to live in, with tons of diversity, great food, lots of culture - but November to April, it is a frozen wasteland. Winter isn't all bad, but the drawn-out months of cold and snow can certainly take a toll on your morale.
  12. I had it done a year ago - closest thing to magic I've ever experienced. LASIK MD told McGill there are discounts available to med students, but I had the procedure before med school so I don't know the details. You should be able to get a free consult and quote - that's your best bet to gauge pricing, because there are lots of specifics related to your particular eyesight that may affect cost. My eyesight was something like -5.75 and -6 with astigmatism, and the cost was substantially more than what is typically quoted in ads. The procedure was standard, and took five minutes, maybe less.
  13. They're both important. How you reason through a challenging social scenario is as much a measure of your personality as it is of your critical thinking. Some stations focus more on critical thinking than others, but I don't think you can get away with a good personality alone, just as strong critical thinking skills paired with a crap personality won't get you far either. Don't stress about how you think you did - it's very normal to second-guess your answers. And the people who feel really good coming out of the interview aren't necessarily the ones who get in. Good luck
  14. I can't speak to the issues encountered beyond first year, but unlike Arztin, I don't find that we have absolutely no time at all - it certainly felt that way until winter break, but over time you find your groove and learn to cut corners where it best suits you. The week before an exam will be very busy, but that's no surprise. The curriculum is pass/fail for a reason; you're encouraged to do things outside of med, and not expected to know everything. I'm not particularly organized, I certainly don't spend all my time studying, and so far I'm doing just fine. As for the curriculum more ge
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