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  1. Very dependent on the site. At my site there was one person tapping their pencil on the desk (this is what it sounded like, at least) for the entire CARS section. It was extremely annoying. Although we were provided ear plugs, it was not enough. I had no idea why they didn't take the effort to stop this individual. I've also heard stories where people were writing their MCAT in the same room as people writing another standardized test (don't quote me on this, but I think it was a test for MBA?) where they were typing the entire morning (their test ended halfway through the MCAT). Of cours
  2. Thanks Bambi! I will definitely sign with a specialist now haha. Although the advisor at my local branch was very nice, and still offered a similar deal as other branches, it made me slightly uncomfortable that he didn't know what residency was.
  3. Is there any advantages to getting my LOC from someone who specializes in LOCs for med/dental students? I'm trying to decide whether to stay with my regular branch, which is minutes away from my house, or to a farther one to sign with a specialist. Thanks
  4. Hi all! I haven't even started medical school yet (starting this September), but I had a question regarding family medicine. Of course my interests will probably change, but family medicine is something I've always wanted to do. I know that in family med you have the option to do an extra year of residency in various fields (e.g., EM, maternity care) to learn additional skills. I was wondering if I did decide to 'specialize' and do an extra year, how would this change my future career? For example, if someone does an extra year in emergency medicine, how will their work be different than
  5. Thanks for your response I've never taken notes by hand (I do all my studying through my laptop). If this is the case, would you not recommend me selling my Air and buying a Surface Pro since the Air clearly has the better keyboard? If I were to just buy a completely new device to use alongside with my macbook air, would you still recommend the surface pro over the ipad, even though if I were to get the ipad I'd have 2 apple devices (easy syncing)? I'd primarily use the surface pro/ipad for work (reading study notes / annotating slides) rather than media consumption. Thanks
  6. Hey everyone I currently have a Macbook Air that is approximately 1.5 years old (switched from windows). I LOVE the Mac interface compared to Windows, but I am very disappointed in the Air's performance. Emails, note-taking, and studying is fine, but as my primary laptop I notice that it gets really slow when I have a lot of tabs open or streaming videos. I was wondering which of the following options you guys think is the best for me: 1) Keep my Macbook Air, and buy an ipad pro on the side for studying while commuting and consuming media. 2) Selling my Macbook Air (hopefully I
  7. If you're aiming for Ontario only, I would say a CARS score is the most important section. I would choose a high CARS score over a high score in the other three sections, however, you would still need a decent score in all sections. Here's a brief summary: 1) Ottawa: No MCAT required 2) U of T: Only a cutoff/scores aren't used competitively. You only need a 125 in each section, which is not that high. 3) McMaster: Only looks at CARS section, and a high CARS score will greatly help you get an interview. I know several people who did poorly on the MCAT, but did decent in CARS (12
  8. Hey everyone I was wondering if medical students get any additional coverage at school for health and dental costs, compared to the original amount we got covered as an undergraduate student. My family doesn't have an insurance plan, so I always make use of all they offer? I'm attending queen's by the way. Thank you!
  9. I got the same offer at RBC. I'm thinking of taking it. What interest rate did you get after the grace period, was it still prime-0.25?
  10. Hey everyone I'm very new to this and I read the last several pages on this thread - super helpful! I still had a few general questions: - Lets say I'm choosing between banks, which all offer prime - 0.25. What is the next thing(s) I should be considering to ensure I get the best deal? - This may be a stupid question, but what does it mean when the LOC converts to a 'professional LOC' or 'loan' after a specific grace period? Thank you !!
  11. Especially in Ontario, it's very difficult to aim for 1 school, and many people go wherever they're accepted since it's so difficult. Therefore I wouldn't recommend just aiming for one school (just my opinion). I have very little financial support and will have to use a lot of financial assistance (from LOC to OSAP), and I have found so far banks are very, very willing to help you out. I live in Toronto, and I hoped to go to Toronto, but I got rejected post-interview and had to choose between Queen's and Ottawa. Although I will be borrowing a lot of money, i found out a lot of people/friends w
  12. Thank you Unfortunately, 3.82-3.85 (I'm assuming this is with the DROPPED courses) is on the low side for U of T for a undergraduate applicant, and it will be difficult for you to get in. Maybe check out how much it'll go up by the end of 5th year (if you apply after fifth year you can drop 10 half courses or 5 full courses or any combination of both). If it's still not in the 3.9s, I think if you want u of t, the best shot is to do a thesis based masters and 'be productive' (check their website what this entails, but it's essentially having a first author pub). For Queen's it's dif
  13. Any upper year Qmed students willing to revive this thread?
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