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  1. UofC is known for it's communications program and was the first med school in north america to establish this I believe. I've heard from a couple different sources that UofC students are known to have strong patient rapport and history taking skills--but I'm still a pre-clerk so I have no personal experience with this. I'm not too familiar with the UofA curriculum, but I know compared to some other schools such as UofT, UofC places a bigger emphasis on clinical teaching and less emphasis on basic science teaching. In terms of student support, I think you'll find once you get into med sch
  2. Nobody is using applicants per seats as a metric though... if you just compare the total number of applicants to the total number of seats, it makes no difference if the average applicant applies to 20 schools of 1 school, there X% number of applicants will get a seat, and if the number of applicants who ultimately get admitted is lower (as it is in Canada vs. US), then it's more difficult to gain admission. And acceptance rates for top Canadian schools are so high because we have a public education system that aims first and foremost to educate as many individuals that want post-secondar
  3. It actually funny you bring that up... I was speaking to some of my engineering friends yesterday, and one of them turned down a high-paying job at Facebook because "A 60-hour work week would kill me", and I'm here actually paying tuition to work 80 hours/week. I feel that we just have a warped sense of what "insane hours" mean, because to us that's the level that a neurosurgeon would work, but to anyone normal, even a family doctor works pretty long hours.
  4. I'm still a pre-clerk but I probably work ~80hrs/week with school taking up about 50-60hrs, and 2 research positions taking up another 20-30hrs/week. Many of the grad students in my lab are there ~80hrs/week as well. It certianly varies by program and lab group, but I think many of the students, especially at research intensive universities like UofT are willing to put in those hours, if for nothing else than to stay competitive with all the other students who are doing the same. It's so difficult to find an tenured position as it is, you really have to make every hour count. Back when I did m
  5. Would agree with the above. It’s also important to consider other factors such as impact of the journal/paper. I would reckon a 1st author paper in some low-tier journal won’t exactly impress anybody but a 3rd author Nature paper would get you some second looks for sure. People understand that you could knock out 2 retrospective chart reviews if you really want to, it’s much harder to publish a basic science/translational project. Other factors to consider include (1) is the paper published in the field your are applying to (2) how important is research to matching to your desired special
  6. One thing that I think it might be good to point out is that even if the majority of people who eventually match to FM/IM did rank them first, this is also contributed to by most applicants who backed up with those specialities just matching to their first-choice specialities. It's impossible to say whether these applicants would have eventually matched to FM/IM if they didn't match to their first choice, but I don't think the numbers your provided above give the true picture. Of course, programs across the board definitely do have a strong predeliction for applicants who have shown inter
  7. I agree that looking at the admissions rates per capita is a pretty crude measure. Also definitely valid that there is a lot of selection bias going on due to most Canadian schools having hard cutoffs on GPA/MCAT scores, while this is not common in the US. But your other point doesn't make sense. If the average applicant in Canada is a lot more competitive and many sub-par candidates are applying in the US as you say, then the US should have a lower acceptance rate, because their no. of applicants is being inflated as compared to Canada (which is arguably also the case when you look at sc
  8. Thanks for that info! I used population/seats as a surrogate because using the sum of the no. of applicants to each school wouldn't make sense since most people apply to multiple schools and would be counted repeatadly, and I couldn't find data on the total number of unique applicants when I looked initially. 18% acceptance is definitely a lot higher than I thought it would be though, since every individual schools in Canada seems to have at least a sub-15% rate even when considering total acceptances/total applicants. But the AFMC report you linked does say UofT and western did not contr
  9. Really just wondering out of my own curiosity here. For the 2020-21 cycle, the AFMC reported that there are ~3023 seats for first-year matriculants among Canadian medical schools. Comparatively, there were 21869 first-year matriculants to US med programs in 2020, as reported by the AAMC. This translates to ~80seats/million population in Canada and ~67seats/million population in the US. I would probably guess too that there are more applicants per seat in the US because their schools are in general way more liberal to accepting international applicants compared to Canadian schools. Canada
  10. I don't think that says anything. You have to consider (1) Notley is from Edmonton, not Calgary (2) the 2015 vote for the NDP was a protest vote by Albertans, and not necessarily a change in political views in the province, which is also why they promptly lost by a landslide in the 2019 election (3) the Albertan NDP are more conservative than the conservatives in most non-prairie provinces, so their party afilliation doesn't really make then "liberals" per say (kind of like how most democrats in the US are more conservative than the conservatives in Canada—it's all very relative). Not say
  11. The best and easiest way is cold emailing! Think about what areas of research you might be interested in (unless you're really set on a small niche, keep it broad like cardiology vs. oncology) and then go to the websites of the departements for those specialities and read up on faculty conducting that type of research. Craft a brief email detailing your interest, attach your CV, and send! That's pretty much it. Believe it or not, as a med student you're in high demand as a researcher because there's a certain assumption of competence and work ethic combined with they fact that they don't
  12. I started med school in 2020 (last year's class) and many of the students in my class were allowed to begin med school without having defending their thesis/having their degree conferred. Of course this meant that they had to deal with defending their thesis in the fall while being a full-time medical student which was super stressful. I'm unsure if they will be as accomodating this year given that COVID is no longer a "new unprecedented development", but you can definitely inquire with the appropriate admissions offices to see what accomodations they have in place for students who cannot comp
  13. UBC will be happy to accept a letter from a graduate student, as will any medical school in Canada really. The point of these letters is that the person who is writing it is supposed to someone who knows you the best, not someone who has a flashy title or renowned name. I had 2 of my reference letters written by graduate students, and only one from a prof (although I never applied to UBC I guess). That said, it's pretty standard practice for these sorts of things that your direct supervisors (in this case, the PhD student) will write the letter and it will be signed and submitted by the P
  14. You went unmatched to an Uber competitive speciality and now want to match to a different Uber competitive speciality despite knowing that as a re-applicant you have a reduced matching chance to begin with? Unless you are willing to go unmatched once again, I would recommend that you choose a less competitive speciality.
  15. Sorry to ask a bit of an off-topic question, but I've always wondered whether a recheck on these types on exams ever really yield a change in the score? I was under the impression that the knowledge (not clinical skills) portion is completely MCQ and scored by a computer so unless there was some software malfunction, the score should always be the correct score, no? Was also similarly confused about the same policy with the MCAT, not sure what there is to gain from re-scoring a computer graded test.
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