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  1. For a while I was doing anki cards (pre-made decks, for most part). But I droped the project about 2/3 through my first year because cards were piling up after weeks of adding more and more.... so I felt like I didn't have time for anything else. I was also doing hand writting note summaries for every lecture (tables, drawing, etc), but that also took a bit too much time after all. So I switched everything to computer notes, where I would still make tables to organize the info (if can't be put in table, I'd do bullet points). What's practical about it is you can copy-paste straight from
  2. Not sure about your home university (since away electives are not happening at the moment I'm assuming you're at UoT?), but at McGill they made it clear that cancelling less than 4 weeks before an elective is a direct profesionnalism red flag. I suggest you look at your school's elective policies first, and then contact the person in charge of electives at your school to see if you can get an approval.
  3. If you really want to study I'd go for anatomy. Less likely to change by the time you graduate
  4. Don't feel pressure to buy Mac because everyone has that (if you really like it that's another matter). I currently have an ASUS laptop (touch screen, 2 in one, bought in 2015) that already lasted longer than the 2 previous Macbooks I owned altogether. In then end it really just depends on your preference. In fact, the computer you own doesn't matter as much as your wi-fi connection these days
  5. Par curiosité, as tu essayé McGill ou le contingent pour doctorants à ULaval? Il me semble qu'avec ton parcours tu serais une bonne candidate!
  6. Salut Gizz! J'ai un parcours un peu similaire à @elime, sauf qu'en plus, j'ai fait la bêtise de suivre des cours universitaires dans un programme mal coté (en arts aussi), ce qui m'a rendu la vie très difficile par la suite! J'ai fait un BSc et MSc en Sciences biologiques à l'UdeM. J'ai appliqué plusieurs fois mais côté francophone, même si je faisais de bonnes entrevues, ma CRU cumulative m'empêchait d'avoir mieux qu'une mauvaise position sur les listes d'attente. La dernière année que j'ai appliqué, j'ai (enfin) eu mon bonus de maitrise complétée à l'UdeM, et j'ai donc été acceptée en Dent,
  7. Pretty sure they do, but most people with a degree would apply to QY, so it's less common.
  8. Hey folks! it's absolutely normal not to know if you performed well or not at MMIs! It's always been challenging to self evaluate after an interview performance, and it's probably even more difficult in a virtual setting. Try not to think too much about it after it's done (more easier said then done, I know), and find something to keep yourself busy for the next couple of weeks. Hope to meet you next year!
  9. I've known people who were able to finish their master's thesis during med school/pharmD. I think it's something that could be discussed with the admission office, and considering the COVID situation it's more than understandable if your project took more time than initially planned. I've also heard of people using the summer break in med1 to finish their degree.
  10. Hey Medonedayyyy, so sorry to hear about your rejection - I think everybody on this thread knows how it feels. I think PhD is a great path if you really see yourself as a researcher, keeping in mind that if MD doesn't work out you'll probably need to do 1-2 post-doc and that it might be difficult to find a job afterwards, especially if you find yourself bound to a city/province/country. It also depends largely on your age and life goals (ie having a house, children, etc). I've had the opportunity to start a PhD, but I didn't end up choosing that path. That being said, PhD gives you quite
  11. Mes amis de Sciences biologiques qui ont été admis en med vet n'ont eu aucun cours crédités, et même en ayant été auxiliaires d'enseignements pour des cours qui couvraient la même matière. C'est dommage sur le coup, mais au final ça fait un petit cours bonbon quand tu le fais la 2e fois!
  12. Le seul avantage de faire des cours que tu crois "utiles" pour la médecine, c'est que ce sera plus facile pour toi quand ces concepts là seront abordés en classes! McGill ne crédite aucun cours, et à ma connaissance l'UdeM fait pareil. Et pour préciser, l'UdeM te donne un bonus pour ta maitrise non pas quand le mémoire est déposé, mais bien à l'obtention du grade (qui peut se faire 6-9 mois après le dépôt final de ton mémoire). Bonne chance
  13. McGill doesn't divulgate exactly how much extra points are given for having an MSc, PhD or a degree from a professional program. We just know they are some of the things that can get you extra points from (ranging from 0-10%) of the non GPA part of the academic portion. This is a very obscure part of the evaluation process....!
  14. Hey, thank you for sharing your story! I don't really have answers, but I can share a few thoughts that I had. So as you said, even if the world is more open to diversity than it was before, you'll (unfortunately) face stigma at some point, whether you transition before of after residency. I think the challenges you may encounter will possibly be quite similar in both cases, the major difference being that as a resident you are still in training and it's already a mental burden by itself. Though in terms of how it will be perceived by peers and collegues, I might be wrong, but I feel like it's
  15. Je ne veux pas répéter ce qui a déjà été dit, mais oui c'est tout à fait réaliste! Je connais plusieurs personnes qui ont commencé la médecine passé la mi-trentaine. Mettons qu'on jase, l'âge moyen des cohortes en 1ere année de médecine tourne autour de 22 ans (varie selon les universités, les années, etc), mais c'est parce qu'environ la moitié du monde (variable aussi) sont des cégépiens et ça baisse pas mal la moyenne! Pour le reste, il y a beaucoup d'étudiants de plus de 25, début trentaine également. C'est sûr que des étudiants de plus de 35 ans il y en a moins, mais ce n'est pas une
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