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  1. it's been a while since I wrote the MCAT but the key to MCAT studying is not memorizing or reading textbooks. Doing well has to do with doing practice AAMC passages and getting used to their way of asking questions. It's more about reading comprehension and critical thinking than memorization. Of course there are some things that you'll have to memorize, like amino acid structures or formulas, but you don't need a textbook for those. In terms of online resources, I used Khan Academy MCAT which was pretty useful. I'd recommend doing a few of the AAMC passages first to get a feel for the te
  2. most likely in addition to the MMI. there's only so much you can learn about a person from a CASPer. you gotta see if they're a weirdo or not in person lol
  3. It’s never a bad idea to shadow early on to get a feel of the specialty. It’s just that sometimes it might be hard to find time to shadow with all the things going on around you, but definitely doable. I know some ppl who skipped lectures to shadow, which is not a big deal considering they’re recorded
  4. our class is making a purple book to help in the transition to first year. it has information about schedules, curriculum, what to buy, etc. It should be available soon But generally in first year MWF 8-10am you have mandatory CBL (small group sessions) followed by lectures until 5pm. Lectures are recorded and you may have labs (histology/anatomy) in place of lectures from 2-5pm. On Mondays from 12-5pm you have designated FLEX/FOS time (lectures, small groups) Tuesdays and Thursdays you have alternating clinical/history skills sessions and family practice, which takes up either the w
  5. i went back during Christmas break and planning to go back for the summer after FLEX. I managed to went back during a long weekend in first semester and could've done the same thing again in second semester. The faculty's planning to give students a week of no classes before your first midterm so you could go back then as well. this should be similar in second year. looking at the mock 3rd year schedule you get about a week of winter break and 4 weeks of summer before 4th year (compared to 3 weeks Christmas break and 11 weeks summer break for 1st year). not sure if they get long weekends
  6. Hey, Ill try to answer your questions. I know people in my class who live by themselves (lil me), room with others, or live at home. It did get a bit boring living by myself with no one to talk to but you get the perks of not having to share anything with others. You'll find your group of friends in med pretty soon and your class holds a lot of social events so I wouldn't worry about not experiencing the social aspects of med so to say. With that said I will be rooming with friends closer to VGH next year to cut down on the cost of rent. It's true that you wouldn't necessarily have to wor
  7. 1. I don't really know much about electives because I'm just finishing MS1 but I don't think it's any more difficult to do electives in Ontario or BC. It's a centralized system as far as I know and doesn't really depend on where you go to school. Someone please correct me on this. In terms of research, it's far easier for me to get one in Vancouver because of our FOS curriculum. I'd had to email multiple profs in Ontario in different universities for one to say yes, but this is because I haven't done much research in undergrad. If you've already built those connections in Ontario, I'd imagine
  8. I personally loved the transition. Vancouver has rainy days but I'd take rain over snow any day. Now there's the odd day where you'll get snow in Vancouver, but that's not often In my year I felt people were pretty open with each other. Cliques do form as you find your own group of friends but generally you'll be able to strike up a conversation with anyone As a class there are social gatherings every now and then, mostly after midterms and exams. With my group of friends we normally do dinners, karaoke, hiking, running
  9. hey ya'll, MS1 here from Ontario If you have any questions about moving to Vancouver, shoot me a message!
  10. we are in a cohort of amazing and talented individuals and sometimes we might wonder how we even got in (I definitely did!). but just as much as you are admiring your classmates, im sure your classmates are admiring your achievements at the same time. we all worked extremely hard to get in, so don't discredit your achievements!! plus, we're all starting this race together. some may have more research, more knowledge, etc. at the start but we all have 3 or 4 years at our disposal to prepare for CARMS. im finding that a lot more opportunities are open to me now as a med student compared to
  11. unfortunately, yes you will be screened out with a 127 cars as an oop. but AWESOME score nonetheless!
  12. Med schools have different opinions on this matter. Taking online courses for Canadian schools are ok (not sure about gpa calculation) but for some American schools, it is not. I’m assuming that you don’t have the science pre requisites to apply to med school atm? If so, I would contact the schools directly to see what their policies are (ie taking online courses during your degree vs taking them as a continuing student when you graduate) and also how that would affect your weighted gpa calculation.
  13. Much of the mcat tests you on reading comprehension and critical thinking, even for the science sections. You’ll most likely will not have learned some of the topics tested in the science passages. With that said, you do need a base level of knowledge for the sciences, which you can get through your prep materials or an online course like khan academy. But for others, taking the pre requisites might be needed. It’ll depend on your situation of course. What kind of difficulties did you encounter doing the science passages? Was it more of a knowledge issue or a reading comprehension issue?
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