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  1. Calling all medical school applicants… This is a reminder that interview acceptances are coming soon… BUT, before complete terror sets in, we are pleased to announce the return of the annual uOttawa Med Prep Day. Overcome your fears by joining students from the class of 2024, as you learn how to tackle medical school interviews, strategize your way through ethics questions, and receive helpful tips for your interview day. This full day of activities includes small-group practice of interview questions with second year medical students as well as lectures on medical ethics and well-being. All proceeds from Med Prep Day go towards the MD2024 class charity, A New Day. By joining us, you will not only strengthen your interviewing skills, but also support an incredible organization. Med Prep Day is open to all students who have applied to medicine, regardless of your chosen school or interview invitation status. Presentations are in English, while small groups will be available in English and French. Date: Saturday, February 5, 2022 Location: Virtual on Zoom Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Cost: $13.75 Capacity: 96 students (48 Anglophones et 48 Francophones) Link for registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/medprep-day-2022-virtual-tickets-239430100877 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Med Prep Day organizers Marielle and Hadi, at admissionsmd2024@gmail.com. --------------------------------------------------- Appel à tous les candidats à l'école de médecine... Ceci est un rappel que les lettres d'invitations aux entrevues s'en viennent bientôt....mais avant que la terreur complète ne s'installe, nous avons l'honneur d'annoncer le retour de la Med Prep Day de l'uOttawa. Surmontez vos peurs en rejoignant les étudiants de la classe de 2024 en apprenant comment surmonter les questions d’entrevues, explorez les questions d'éthique et recevez de judicieux conseils pour votre journée d'entrevue. Cette journée complète d'activités comprend la pratique en petits groupes de questions d'entrevues avec des étudiants en médecine de deuxième année ainsi que des conférences sur l'éthique médicale et le bien-être. Tous les fonds amassés iront à la charité choisie par la classe de MD2024, A New Day. En nous rejoignant, vous allez non seulement améliorer vos techniques d'entrevue, mais vous allez également soutenir une organisation incroyable! Med Prep Day est ouvert à tous les étudiants qui ont appliqué en médecine, peu importe l'école ou le statut de l'invitation d'entrevue. Les présentations seront en anglais, alors que les séances en petit groupe seront disponibles en anglais et en français. Date: Samedi 5 Février 2022 Endroit: Virtuel sur Zoom Heure: 9h00 à 16h00 Coût: 13.75$ Capacité: 96 étudiants (48 Anglophone et 48 Francophones) Lien pour inscription: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/medprep-day-2022-virtual-tickets-239430100877 Si vous avez des questions, sentez vous libre de contacter les organisateurs de la journée, Marielle et Hadi au admissionsmd2024@gmail.com.
  2. Wanted Female Roommate Ottawa Listing #1887 Looking for a female roommate to share my apartment at L'Avantage Suites. The room available is the 2nd Bedroom with its own private bathroom. - Rent: $1200/month - Lease: 1 year (option to renew upto 4 years) - Available: 28 August 2021 (negotiable) - Includes: 1 Bedroom (furnished with a double bed, mattress, night table and desk) 1 full private Bathroom Shared access to fully furnished Living/Dining areas and Balcony. Full Kitchen (5 appliances including dishwasher) In-suite Laundry Full access to Fitness Centre. - Utilities: Gas and Water included. Hydro and Internet would be split 50/50. - Parking: Indoor parking is available ($100/month extra) but not included. Outdoor parking at the University of Ottawa ($77.45/month) is also available and located next door. Location: L'Avantage Suites is a new 12-storey apartment building with a quiet, contemporary setting and big, bright windows. Less than 10 mins walking distance from Roger Guindon Hall. Close proximity to amenities (grocery stores, restaurants, etc.) Contact here.
  3. Hello everyone I need help choosing a university that will offer me better opportunities for grad schools. I'm hearing so much different things from everywhere, so I thought i'd ask here. I was wondering which program/university of these would be better for med school in terms of networking, opportunities (research/volunteer/clubs), gpa? They both seem to have their pros and cons, but I am stuck between them. Thank you so much, in advance! ---- Both will cost the same for me in the long run and I'm going to have to get some part-time jobs near the universities to help me pay for tuition and bus fees. General: do researchers care about which university you go to when you apply to do research with them? (i.e. is prestige worth something?) ----- uOttawa: -health science seems to be helpful in terms of the gpa aspect -biomed seems to fill more prerequisites -i need to know more because not many people talk about it—why? UofT life sciences: -utsc: smaller class sizes but smaller campus and not all courses would be here, but seems to be better for high gpa than utsg -utsg: more opportunities than utsc -overall hard (but aren’t all universities hard? So how does this difficulty compare to mcmaster for example? Are the profs purposefully making tests harder, do they not teach well so the self learn is getting to people, is curving down a thing?)
  4. I got into honours health sciences at uottawa, western science (major in biology) and health sciences kinesiology. I eventually want to pursue a career in medicine, so I was wondering if anyone can rank those three schools and programs and see which one will be the best pathway to get into medicine.
  5. Un message en français suivra… Do you have an interview at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine? The first-year medical students of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine are hosting virtual mock interviews, which aim to give you a practice run before your real interview. The mock interviews are reserved for interview candidates of the University of Ottawa (proof of interview invite required) and are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please don’t wait as spots fill up very quickly! This year we have also reserved time slots for people applying to the MD/PhD program and CNFS! Registration begins: February 2, 2021, at 8:00 am. Cost: $12 All proceeds will be donated to the MD2024 class charity, A New Day. Link to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4DACAB23AAFBC34-uottawa Once you register, you must send an e-transfer of $12 to admissionsmd2024@gmail.com before 11:59 pm the day of your registration to secure your spot. Before February 5, 2021, please send a copy of your uOttawa interview invite and a signed copy of the waiver (attached to the sign-up) to admissionsmd2024@gmail.com More information will be provided in the registration confirmation email. If you have any questions, please contact the uOttawa Admissions Committee Representatives at admissionsmd2024@gmail.com ______________________________________________________ Avez-vous une entrevue à la Faculté de médecine de l'Université d'Ottawa ? Les étudiants en première année de la faculté de médecine de l'Université d'Ottawa organisent des entrevues simulées virtuelles, qui visent à vous permettre de vous exercer avant votre véritable entrevue. Les entrevues simulées sont réservées aux candidats interviewés à l'Université d'Ottawa (preuve d’invitation à l’entrevue requise) et sont proposées selon le principe du premier arrivé, premier servi. N'attendez pas, car les places sont limitées ! Cette année, nous avons également réservé des plages horaires pour les personnes qui postulent au programme MD/PhD et au CNFS ! L'inscription débute : 2 février 2021, à 8 h. Coût : 12 $ Tous les fonds amassés seront versés à l'organisme caritatif de la classe MD2024, A New Day. Lien pour s’inscrire : https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4DACAB23AAFBC34-uottawa Une fois inscrit, vous devez envoyer un virement électronique (e-transfer) de 12 $ à admissionsmd2024@gmail.com avant 23 h 59 le jour de votre inscription pour sécuriser votre place. Avant vendredi le 5 février 2021, vous devez envoyer une copie de votre invitation à l’entrevue de la Faculté de médecine de l’Université d’Ottawa et le formulaire de déclaration (en pièce jointe au formulaire d’inscription) à admissionsmd2024@gmail.com Si vous avez des questions, veuillez contacter les représentants du Comité des admissions de l'Université d'Ottawa à admissionsmd2024@gmail.com
  6. Fall 2019 I will be starting an Honours B.A in Psychology at UOttawa and plan on studying in medicine, completing all my science prerequisites. I know that there isn't a specific degree for medical school but every now and then I worry. Is it really a problem? Should I make the program change(if I can)? Did you or do you know anyone who has gotten into medical school with my degree? sincerely, a (slightly) worried pre-med student
  7. Hey guys, does anyone have any insight on how the top 3 activities of each section will be used? Will these be the only activities screened pre-interview, and used to allocate interviews? Any insight is welcomed thanks!
  8. Hi everyone, I applied to uOttawa this year and thankfully got an interview. However, IF I get accepted , I will need to have completed a pre-req from Athabasca University before June 30th to send my transcript to OMSAS. I was planning on doing my midterm and final exams in the upcoming months, but since all universities in my province have closed due to COVID-19 I will not be able to be invigilated (aka take my exams). Depending on how Athabasca deals witht the situation, I am unsure if I will be able to finish my pre-req before the OMSAS deadline. I know that everything is extremely uncertain at the moment, but does anyone have any idea of how pre-reqs will be handled by med schools in the event that unforeseeable circumstances like this one make it impossible for us to finish them before the deadline or, even worse, entering med school in the fall? Hope everyone is safe!
  9. Hi everyone, I will be applying to the French stream at uOttawa this year (Social Accountability Initiative). For the OMSAS application, do I need to complete it in french? Do you know where can I attach the financial documentation necessary for the Social Accountability Initiative? Also, I come from a single-parent household. Do I need to write an explanatory letter as to why I am only including my single-parent's financial documentation? Thanks for your help!
  10. Hey! Did anyone apply through the CNFS or applied in previous years and got in?
  11. Hi everyone, I am currently a second year student at UOttawa in Biomedical sciences. My GPA for first year was very low due to mental health reasons, in fact, it was so low that I was put on academic suspension for second year. In my school, you can still take classes while you're on academic suspension, but they count as "academic upgrading" classes. So far, I am doing really well in my classes, I've gotten A+'s on all of my midterms. Assuming the best, assuming I get a 4.0 in every single class for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year, and end up with a 3.8+ GPA (repeating the classes I didn't do well in in the summer to replace the grades) do I still have a chance in getting into UofT's med school? I am doing many extracurriculars, doctor shadowing, and plan on doing some research work as well. Is my academic suspension/withdrawal going to be visible on my transcript? If it is, is it completely impossible to get into med school with it on my transcript, even if I get a very high GPA, very high MCAT score and many extracurriculars?
  12. Hi, I'm applying to the French stream at uOttawa this coming semester. Is anyone willing to look over my ABS (in french) in the next few days please? Thank you!
  13. Hi, I requested my transcript from uOttawa using OMSAS but it says I cannot see the status of my request until I have submitted my application. Say I submit my application on October 1st, how would I be sure that uOttawa has sent the transcripts to OMSAS?? Does uOttawa even send the transcript before I submit my OMSAS application? Thank you,
  14. Hi! I recently asked a prof (by email) to write me a reference letter for my med school application. They agreed but also asked what aspects I wanted them to emphasize in the letter. It’s my first time applying and I have no clue what that means. I thought the prof would know better than me what to focus on (because they can tell what I’m good at?). I don’t want to say « i don’t know » because that sounds bad to me. Does anyone know how to respond to them? Any advice is greatly appreciated. —— Also, for the reference letter, do I just contact the referee through OMSAS (once they agree)? Is It an actual letter or just a form they have to fill in? Thanks!
  15. Hi, I'm a 4th year biomed student at the university of Ottawa. My questions are: - Does NOSM use a weighted GPA system? Or is just my cGPA? - Is there a difference between the English and French applicants like there is at uOttawa? Thanks
  16. Hi, So I'm applying to med school this fall and I'm a bit confused about the OMSAS application. For each activity, I have to enter the number of hours but is that hours/week? or hours/month? or total hours? uOttawa specifies that it can be either hours/week or hours/month? But what if I'm applying to different schools at a time? When I'm doing my app do I have to specify which it is? Thanks in advance
  17. I'm about to go into my 4th in biomedical science at uOttawa and I'm in a French extended program. Here's my info: - 1st year GPA: 3.3 2nd year GPA: 3.9 3rd year GPA: 3.86 wGPA with OMSAS: 3.81 - Applying to the French stream at uOttawa and NOSM - EC's: French/English tutor, pianist at a church, choir, band, physiotherapy clerk, volunteered at a hospital, piano teacher at elementary school, private tutor (very brief), Sunday lesson teacher for kids, president/founder of a club and VP of another, etc. - I live in Ottawa A lot of my EC's are centered around music and tutoring. I don't have 32+ entries like most people and honestly, I feel like my GPA is quite mediocre for med school. I am going to try my hardest to raise it in my 4th year and then write the MCAT (so I can apply to more schools if uOttawa doesn't work out). But, right now what are my chances of even getting an interview? Thanks a lot in advance!
  18. I'm about to go into my 4th in biomedical science at uOttawa and I'm in a French extended program. Here's my info: - 1st year GPA: 3.3 2nd year GPA: 3.9 3rd year GPA: 3.86 wGPA with OMSAS: 3.78 - Applying to the French stream at uOttawa and NOSM - EC's: French/English tutor, pianist at a church, choir, band, physiotherapy clerk, volunteered at a hospital, piano teacher at elementary school, private tutor (very brief), Sunday lesson teacher for kids, etc. - I live in Ottawa A lot of my EC's are centered around music and tutoring. I don't have 32+ entries like most people and honestly, I feel like my GPA is quite mediocre for med school. I am going to try my hardest to raise it in my 4th year and then write the MCAT (so I can apply to more schools if uOttawa doesn't work out). But, right now what are my chances of even getting an interview? Thanks a lot in advance!
  19. Hi everyone, I'm from and living in the Gatineau region and I want to know what's a competitive gpa for the french stream at uOttawa ? My current gpa is 3.76 with pretty solid ec's ! Is it worth the try ? Thanks a lot !!
  20. Hey there, I’m a grade 12 student and I’m indecisive on what program to choose at uOttawa: Biomed or Biopharm. My future aspirations are to have a career in the medical field so maintaining a good GPA would be crucial for me. I feel Biomed would be better for a course for me as it has more prerequisites for med school, but i think that doing COOP would boost my application for med school for the other activities they look at. If biomed had COOP I would have chosen it but the program I applied to didn’t. I was wondering should I take biopharm with coop and do the prerequisites for med school as electives or choose biomed. Also, is it possible to switch into a coop program of the same program? Thank you for any input !
  21. Hi, I'm applying to uottawa med school this year, but as I'm studying in NB and enrolled in a french university I'm considered in the CNSF french stream. Has anyone been down this path and if so do I have a chance?
  22. Is uottawa health sci good? how does it compare to Waterloo lifesci biomed or McMaster life sci?
  23. Hey guys, I'm about to finish CEGEP soon and I'm still very confused about the path i'm supposed to follow in order to get in medschool since i'm from Quebec! I even spoke to Diane Parent . She told me that all i needed was to get the right Wgpa in my pre-requires courses to get in. But now i'm reading what you guys wrote here and i'm lost.. haha can i just do my pre-requires and apply as an undergrad at Uottawa? Or do I have to go get a BAC frst? thanks
  24. Wondering if anyone received an email from University of Ottawa (French or English stream) acknowledging receipt of their application? It's my first year applying to their medical program, but third year applying via OMSAS (McMaster and NOSM) and I've always received an email from the individual schools acknowledging my application, in addition to the confirmation email from OMSAS. I received emails from McMaster and NOSM in December, but nothing from Ottawa... Is this normal? Do they simply do things differently? Or should I be contacting them to make sure there hasn't been an issue? Thanks in advance!
  25. Hey all, here's the thing. I've been accepted into UOttawa's Biology (BSc), Health Sciecne (BHSc), and Biomedical Science (BSc) and I'm struggling to decide which of these programs I should go for. Anyone faced this dilemma before? Does one degree stand out over the rest or could Med schools care less about what the degree is and just look at the GPA? I'm into most of the courses in BioMed but really dont want to take physics or calculus. Biology is pretty basic and 3rd/4th year are basically all electives so very customizable (but BIOLOGY just sounds really general and doesn't have the ring BioMed does lol). Health Science is a wild card as it all seems ok (not really interested in all the socialogy and physcology involved in that) but its BHSc so it might narrow my path if Med school doesn't pan out. I really like anatomy and tangable things and less into pure sciences and math. Any thoughts on this matter? Cheers, Richard
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