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  1. Congratulations on your acceptance! As a mother-of-two who has commuted 2 to 2.5 hours a day to McGill for the past 2 years for med school, I would say it is very doable. Lectures are recorded so I rarely attended morning classes. I would come to school 3 or 4 times a week for small groups or Anatomy labs. I would use my commute time to listen to lectures and found I was able to keep up. The downside is I sometimes had to miss social events but that was more because of family responsibilities more than anything else. Now that I have started rotations, I would say the commute is more tiring be
  2. It could have something to do with the level of courses you took. For example, 300 and 400 level courses are viewed as more difficult than 200 level courses so I think they want to see that you have progressed in difficulty from 200 to 400 level courses. Hope this makes sense.
  3. I agree with the above posters and just wanted to add that I personally mentioned that I write a blog on my med school application. I framed it in such a way as to highlight the benefit of the blog to others, for example, "informative", "challenging" and "encouraging". I think your friend could certainly mention his YouTube channel if he frames it in the right way and also if it is not at the expense of other stronger EC activities on his application. All the best!
  4. Hello, I am interested in pursuing OBGYN or family medicine with a focus on obstetrics. I am curious about the job outlook for OBGYN and also whether doing OB as a family doctor would be feasible or not. Also, are the residencies for OBGYN in Canada competitive? Thanks in advance.
  5. I agree with the above posters. Having research experience is very helpful for the new MCAT due to the increased emphasis on interpretation/reasoning skills. I would add that I think 1-2 hours per day sounds like a good plan since you are starting well in advance of when you plan to sit the exam. I found Khan academy videos, Examkrackers and all the AAMC resources very helpful (question packs and full length exams). The AAMC resources will be of most use closer to the exam so that you can get a feel for the actual MCAT format and practice how to answer questions under pressure/timed conditions
  6. Hello, You have a similar profile to me in terms of age and GPA. From my experience with the admissions process in Canada, it seems that 3.8+ is considered competitive (so you are in the ball-park). However your science GPA may be considered on the low side. I would aim for 510+ on the MCAT. If you have in-province status for Quebec, you could consider applying in the non-traditional pathway at McGill which is for applicants like yourself whose science prerequisite courses are more than 8 years old and who may have some compelling life/work experience to put down on your application. It's a
  7. Wonderful news! Congratulations! Let us know if you have questions about the next steps. All the best! ????
  8. Thanks a lot for the information! All the best on your journey!
  9. Interesting! I also wonder if more than 3 NTPs could have been accepted this year. Wishing you the best!
  10. I feel your pain BTJJ! If I understood correctly, two people actually got off the waitling list (myself and another person) for the NTP category and we were accepted the week after decisions were released in May. Hang in there. I know how hard it is having been waitlisted 3 years ago. But there's always hope right up until classes start.
  11. I am interested in knowing this too. I live even further west (in Saint Lazare) and will be doing a long commute daily
  12. I love reading all about these inspiring stories! I will add a short version of my story here. I started thinking about pursuing medicine in 2005 after graduating from my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at McGill. Due to various factors (including waiting to get permanent status in Canada, pursuing my career and having kids), I did not apply until 2012. I did the MCAT 3 times and applied twice (I was waitlisted twice post-interview). This year I got off the waiting list and I am thrilled to have been accepted to medical school (at the age of 35 with two young kids). All this to encourage
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