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  1. 1. I specifically bought a surface pro for this as I wanted to use a device but prefer to hand write and annotate the slides in class rather than type. It's been working very well! 2. I make new notes and try to be as concise as possible with them. Totally depends on how the lecturer's slides are organized but I found I could usually fit 30-40 slides of info on 1 sheet of paper, double sided. Most lectures ended up being 2 pages back and front handwritten. (yes there is a theme here and I definitely learn better when I handwrite vs type things out. These are what I used to study for exam
  2. DL is usually every week, Mon-Wed-Fri. Tbl and other small group sessions are a bit more sporadic and spread throughout. You might have TBL once every week in some blocks or once every 2-3 weeks in others. I didn't quite get the hang of this until cardio block but doing weekly review is super helpful. I usually used Thursdays (day off) to review what was covered in the beginning of the week. And then friday and Saturday for weekly review. Foundations and Endo block are probably the only ones where there is different material each week but in all of the others, it all build on itself. So
  3. The schedule on Medsis will show what type of session it is. Didactic lectures typically say "whole class lecture" and can be attended live or vodcasted whenever. Discovery learning, TBL, and communication sessions must be attended live as those are small group sessions. And other random group sessions usually say your group number in the schedule so that's how you know what it is and attend live. And being more than 1 or 2 days behind on didactic lectures isn't recommended since you fall behind and aren't able to keep up with the others during group sessions.
  4. Campus area is pretty safe. Lots of students live near campus or downtown (10 mins away on lrt train). Years 1 and 2 its really nice since you don't have a commute to classes. Yrs 3 and 4 it matters less since you'll be at sites all over the city for various rotations and will likely do rural and even out of city, out of province electives. But yes, living near campus is what a lot of students in all 4 years do mainly for convenience.
  5. I'm a 2nd year at UofA and gave a pretty detailed answer to a very similar question in the UofA thread on here. Thread is called UofA med experience.
  6. Hey sorry I'm tagging on to this thread but what if you worked directly with the PI (got lots of facetime) and then are able to do an elective with them in their specialty? I was told that would make a good letter since they could speak to your research and clinical work but is that not the case? (I'm starting clerkship in fall so still don't know much about LORs)
  7. Diversity isn't too bad, definitely not where it should be but they are trying. They made some changes regarding Indigenous applicants in 2019 and this cycle made changes regarding Black applicants. Still a long way to go for other PoC and LGBTQ+ students, although each class is more diverse than the other. Basically, I'd say the med class diversity reflects AB's population pretty closely. FM clinic placements happen in 1st yr and there are a number of mandatory sessions you have to complete. When and how you do them is up to you and your preceptor. Most people go once a month since you t
  8. Hey, 2nd year here! Chose UofA over UofC for med for personal reasons and since I wanted the pacing of a 4 yr program, and no regrets! I'll try to touch on everything you asked but if I miss something, lemme know. Culture is very friendly and welcoming with both students and faculty. I knew no one going in and am an introvert, and found a great group of friends and am on good terms with pretty much everyone. Plenty of mentorship opportunities. Right off the bat you get a 2nd yr, 3rd, yr, and faculty mentor so lots of brains to pick. And most people are chill with you asking them questions
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