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  1. Anatomical Pathology: Queens (Feb 16), Calgary (Feb 16), McGill (Feb 16), McMaster (Feb 16), Western (Feb 17), Manitoba (Feb 19), Alberta (Feb 22), UBC (Feb 22), Dalhousie (Feb 24), Université de Montreal (Feb 23), Université de Laval (Feb 23), Ottawa (Feb 26), MUN (Feb 26) Anesthesiology: NOSM (Feb 22), UBC (Feb 22), Alberta (Feb 23), Usask (Feb 25), Laval (Feb 26), Queen’s (Feb 27) Cardiac Surgery: Toronto (Feb 16), Manitoba (Feb 22), Alberta (Feb 23), Montreal (Feb 24), Ottawa (Feb 24) Dermatology: ULaval (Feb 23), Calgary (Feb 23), UdeM Montreal (Feb 25), Ottawa
  2. As a 4th year UBC Med student, I don’t think there is any chance that this will actually happen for one reason: it makes no sense. It would take minimum 8-10 years to produce a single independent doctor if they started developing a new medical school today, compared to 2 years if they increased the number of residency seats and accepted more highly qualified IMGs. Secondly, there are barely enough residencies for current graduates and believe me, you don’t want to be >100k in debt in 4th year and scared you won’t match. Thirdly, UBC is already poised to fill the need for incr
  3. I don't think this is completely accurate. Winter break is usually only 2 weeks from my understanding. It's actually extremely stressful for students moving to distributed sites. It was only 3 weeks this year because of the way the holidays landed - we would have either been in class until Dec. 21st or had to start class on Dec 30th (a Wednesday), so they gave us 3 weeks at December but took one week away from summer. There's a possibility that there will always be 3 weeks going forward (I was part of submitting a complaint that 2 weeks was not enough time for distributees to move, unpack
  4. It doesn't differentiate, but often OOP are more likely to get in because 1) a higher percentage of accepted OOP people decline their offer, freeing up space within the 10% available OOP seats and 2) the OOP people on the waitlist tend to have stronger overall applications, otherwise they wouldn't have made the interview stage.
  5. I was honestly shocked by how much people drank in med school and how many social activities revolved around drinking/partying. I enjoy a good beer or cider, but generally dislike getting drunk and at times felt a bit awkward - not really ostracized because people were nice and there wasn't too much pressure for me to join in drinking, but it was a bit awkward at our first midterm after party when the majority of people were pretty drunk by 9pm and I was still sober. No judgement, just not my scene. There can also be some pressure to spend money, since a lot of social activity can revolv
  6. The semester I spent in Vancouver I didn't get a car (really needed one once I got to the IMP, but that's a different story). I strongly recommend not buying a car. Sign up for either Evo/Car2Go AND either Modo/Zipcar. I'll explain why: Evo/Car2Go are one way car shares. You can pick it up and then leave it anywhere within the "home zone" (most of Vancouver, part of North Van, and part of New West - check the online map) and it's ~$15 an hour. Modo/Zipcar are return car shares - you have to put the car back exactly where you picked it up, but it's only $8 per hour. So if you want to drive
  7. I hope it's ok if I hop on @casajayo's post. Each week is CBL Monday Wednesday Friday from 8-10. Lectures M, W, F morning. FoS on M afternoon (until it becomes FLEX in spring). Either lecture or lab W/F afternoons. Either clinical skills or family practice T/Th afternoons (half the class will have FP on Tuesday with clin skills on Th and half the class will be the opposite). T/Th mornings are generally free for personal/study time, but sometimes there are interprofessional or indigenous cultural sensitivity sessions during that time. After a long weekend, they almost always make you come
  8. Probably plan to write at the end of Year 2. UWorld and First Aid are amazing (haven't used Pathoma), but most importantly start studying early. If you did just a half hour a day starting beginning of year 2, and then buckled down pretty intensely for 1 month or so at the end of year 2 before writing it, you'd probably be in a decent position if you're not too worried about score. I gave myself approximately one month to study total and I want to die. If you want to aim for a better score, I think going through First Aid once between 1st and 2nd year, and then working through UWorld, Fi
  9. No, it means that their scores are ineligible for admission to a ‘regular’ seat. The committee that oversees rural admissions can basically do whatever they want, so if someone has an amazing rural application but their scores are just below the regular cutoff, the committee can choose to interview them anyway. Even if you didn’t get an email, you’re still hypothetically in the running for an NMP seat, if that’s what you want. My hypothesis (unconfirmed) is that it is their method of filling the NMP with good quality rural candidates, since NMP is by far the least popular site and th
  10. I don’t know exactly how the process works, but I’ve literally seen the email a current classmate got that said they were only being considered for NMP. So there’s at least one person in my class who was accepted after receiving the same email good luck @bluewhale!
  11. Ok, good to know and a bit frustrating for me. I worked the summer between my 3rd and 4th year undergrad and got nothing 1st year and worked the summer directly before med school and got nothing The system for allocating bursary money makes no sense to me.
  12. All UBC students apply for bursary in the fall. If you meet the need threshold, there is a very large pot of money that is divided amongst everyone in the Faculty of Medicine who met that threshold. The money you get is usually ~7000 - 10000 per year, aka about what most people would make by working over the summer. I can't remember the exact details of the application and how they assess need, but basically it's usually better to just not work.
  13. Just so people know, working over the summer (working at all really) means you almost definitely won't get a bursary and you'll end up with the same amount of money as people who took the summer off and qualified for funding (everyone who qualifies for the need threshold gets some funding). For people who have already been working prior to May, you're probably already disqualified from funding and the decision is up to you.
  14. A perspective from someone who moved out for the first time for med school: I love it. I love living alone. I don’t think I could ever go back, even though I have a great relationship with my parents. I am also constantly jealous of my few classmates able to live at home through med school because they are saving SO much money. Like, they could literally go on a $4000 vacation during break and still have saved around $10,000 compared to me. So if you’re happy living at home, I’d recommend continuing to do so because you’d save a lot of money and once you experience living on your own, it’
  15. My doctor is unaffiliated with the faculty, so whenever I needed a prescription or a referral to a specialist/physio, I knew that she wasn't going to be brushing shoulders with faculty members in charge of program assessment. I also always asked for referrals to be to specialists uninvolved with the faculty. Personally, I choose not to talk to anyone associated with the faculty about sensitive health issues. I know that everything you discuss with student affairs is supposed to be confidential, but I worry regardless. Unfortunately, if you need counselling and can't afford to pay for it
  16. I had taken the weekend off and went on a small trip with my mum (trying to avoid the situation with my third year application where I got the rejection email at work and almost cried in front of my thesis supervisor and then actually cried that night in front of the director and cast of a play while I was in the middle of rehearsal). I tried to hike and relax and not check my phone until the end of the day (but in reality was checking every time we had reception). I finally got the email while driving back to town from a hike and literally shrieked in the car. I think my dad was the fir
  17. If you’re willing to volunteer your time, definitely still worth it. If you need a paid position, you’ll probably find the search much more difficult.
  18. So I don't think liking biology or chem or psych or philosophy necessarily correlates to whether or not you will like medicine. I have classmates who enjoyed and majored in all of these subjects who all say that they are very happy in med school. To me, it's more concerning that you don't like the subjects based in memorization (as opposed to chem/physics which I would describe as being based on concepts and patterns). Med school is almost entirely memorization and even understanding the physiology/pathology behind diseases doesn't necessarily help you memorize syndromes or names of medi
  19. If you have nothing more recent/better to fill the spots, I see no harm. Especially if you’re applying as a third year, you could be like 20? You just haven’t had as much time to acquire post high school activities compared to other applicants. I had several high school activities on both my third and fourth year applications and got interviewed 3rd year and accepted 4th year.
  20. I did take a prep course, since I hadn't taken bio chem yet and had personal health issues affecting my second semester of o-chem and physics. Studying just through the prep course and on weekends for about 2 months, I got 98th percentile. However, I was near the 100th percentile in CARS and Psych and near the 80th-90th percentile in the science sections even though I majored in biology and took tons of chem courses. So things didn't turn out how I expected at all.
  21. I’m fine with a 5 day week, but on some rotations (especially surgical) a ‘day’ can be 6am-6:30pm plus whatever the call schedule is. And for some sub-specialties call only goes to 11pm so you don’t get a post call day.
  22. Based on your post history and recent account creation, I'm pretty sure you're just a Caribbean adcom shill. Please don't go to the Caribbean - there are so many posts on this forum on why that is a very risky investment with relatively poor prospects. I think you have a great chance at Western and Queen's, unfortunately multiple F's in your first two years probably rule out all the other Canadian med schools. Good luck!
  23. Keep in mind that even if you can handle working, any income often reduces your bursary eligibility and amount of student loan grants, making it a waste of time.
  24. Customer service, sports, and some types of volunteer work and many other activities can highlight ability to work with others. Just emphasize any groups based activities in your application, or consider trying to join something new if that’s an aspect of you application that’s really lacking. I would say a significant number of med students are introverts - it’s easy to forget in view of all the parties and social activities because introverts don’t generally publicize when they aren’t going out.
  25. NMP is entirely designated rural, SMP has about 10/32 seats designated rural. The 510 guy was waitlisted on his first app and then rejected from the wait list with a below average interview, but presumably wouldn’t have been waitlisted at all if they didn’t consider him admissible. No idea whether he improved or how the other’s interviews went. Keep in mind that I’m IMP and generally got to know other distributies far better than any VFMP people. I haven’t mentioned any VFMP scores because I don’t know any - not because they were all super high. The 508 SMP might have been.
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