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  1. I don't know much about either program, but for what's it's worth I'll say that I app/interview prepped 4 students from Guelph Biomed this year, and 3/4 of them got into Ontario medical schools.
  2. Look, mac is awesome and provides plenty of opportunities for success. I've mentioned previously about how good the match has been lately. In my year alone, we matched all our neurosurgery, ENT, dermatology gunners, and we've done well in ophtho for a few years. It gives u tons of flexibility and lots of time. If you need structured resources to learn...you'll have to get them yourself. The truth is the best structured resources usually isn't what your school gives you, even if it's a traditional lecture based school. That being said, I would have preferred to live in Ottawa. Huge QOL dif
  3. I'm in the same boat. Never understood why people like digital notes when typing is so much more organized/organizable. That being said I got an HP spectre with a pen in case I wanted to draw something...but then never really used it through med school.
  4. Don't all schools vary in the ability to match to those programs? All this tells me is that the 3 year programs are in the same mix as the 4 year programs when it comes to matching. Something they're better, sometimes they're worse, but not systemically different as far as I can tell from experience or data. That being said, I'm not denying the challenges of a 3 year school, but I am addressing the myth that it systemically impacts your ability to match.
  5. 3rd year chipping in my 2 cents: For context I have to mention that Mac has done quite well with ophthalmology and Neurosurgery in the last couple of years. For example, this year, all 4 of our neurosurg-potentials matched. So did all of our peds-neuro gunners (an unexpectedly competitive specialty because of the very few spots). We also matched all of our neurology gunners. With respect to plastics and derm, I don't know what the ratio was, but I know a couple that matched to each. We also had the highest overall match rate this year (I think?). Maybe we've just been getting lucky, but
  6. I'm from the GTA and did a degree at U of T...I wouldn't be overly enamoured with the big shiny city. Opportunities abound just by virtue of being med school, not much is better in Toronto. Unless your friends are in Toronto, don't take the financial and social hit...stay around family and save your time/money.
  7. Financially it's usually better to try friends one if not two years in Canada before considering an American School.
  8. People always warn about Barton. I've walked down in at 2am on a weekend....didn't see a soul. There are notoriously streets in every city, plenty that I've been told to stay away from in London and Hamilton.
  9. Hamilton neighborhoods are the same as London neighborhoods...I've lived in both. 3 years isn't really that bad.
  10. 3 years really isn't that bad...plus it saves you the opportunity cost of 200-500k.
  11. U of A or C just makes so much sense. Yes UBC is pretty...it's also going to put you into a completely different debt bracket. Yes Mac saves you a year of opportunity cost + all the other Mac benefits. Still...just do U of A. If you want any of the benefits of the other schools (location, resources, or 3 year program) then compromise with U of C.
  12. Best of luck to everyone who's got their fingers crossed today. Hope to see you as future colleagues :).
  13. Very true haha. Plastics seems better as staff. Also, they're very different surgeries. People tend to think brain surgery is very delicate, but it's actually quite crude most of the time (notwithstanding the 16 hour microscope-assisted super fine tumor resections).
  14. OMA does not charge any premium for starting with hem later. If your 50, you'd pay the same rate whether you signed up with them at 20 of 50.
  15. 1. Calgary probably is prettier 2. McMaster does have a pretty solid international rep, especially for research. It's a clinical-research powerhouse and pound for pound I believe it IS the highest productivity/impact school in Canada. 3. International rep has no impact on your career...Canadian MDs are recognized as among the best trained in the world, regardless of school 4. Personal supports are important. Don't take that bit too lightly.
  16. FM to IM, especially at your home institution might not be too hard given how many large IM programs are and there is only 1 year of funding missing. Neurology might be a bit trickier because for the exact opposite reasons.
  17. My closest friend in med school did a completely non-science degree, got in OOP on a fluke, and then became our class superstar, publishing in the highest-end journals that exist. Success definitely exists outside of traditional science degrees.
  18. No medical as long as you start before end of residency. OMA has the theoretical risk of changes to the plan because it's a group plan, not a contract between you and the provider. Realistically the changes are made by a group of insured docs...so, and I've pressed several brokers to provide examples of negative changes over that last 40 years, and they have none. In fact it seems all of the changes have been positive (lower fees, fee reimbursement). Makes sense since it's our colleagues, and not the insurance company, that makes the changes. It still is theoretical risk, so insurance brokers
  19. That's curious...wonder about the politics behind something like that.
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