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  1. 4 points
    you can find a bunch of posts on the broad topic of how to be more competitive. Perhaps its time to make a sticky on it. In terms of extracurriculars, i really didn't give a damn about what kind of volunteering or committees candidates had. The attendings in our carms committee didn't bring up much of that stuff either. Had no bearing on whether we thought they'd be a good fit. Came down to whether we liked them or didn't.
  2. 3 points
    Hey BobSmith, I'm gonna be real with you and give you advice that will save you a lot of heartache. I will preface this comment with the context that this is coming from. As someone who has been applying for literally half a decade, I've come to truly understand the nature of this beast. My advice is to stray away from what you're trying to do. In all honesty, you'll spend countless hours trying to determine your chances and worrying about your chances. Maybe you'll come to the conclusion that you're a highly qualified candidate. But be warned, even the highly qualified candidates may not make it. This process is extremely unpredictable. Maybe one year you'll get an interview and it'll build up your confidence only to have it crushed the next year when that same school which placed you on the waitlist the year before decides to not even offer you an interview despite you making your application better. In all honesty, the best thing to do is to ensure you have the minimum to be considered and put your best foot forward. It will save you a lot of stress and anxiety. And FYI queens is a black box. Nobody knows and if they do, they're part of admissions and wont spill. What I can say is that their website in past years has explicitly stated that once you reach the interview stage, your MCAT and GPA are no longer factors. If it's still there, then it'll still be the case. GL
  3. 3 points

    Desired salary vs work hours

    you know we have at ton of discussions on the forum about various fields making XYZ doing some particular combination of work etc, etc, but not really enough discussion about this sort of stuff. Money after all is almost completely useless by itself - the very purpose of money is to merely act as an intermediate for something else. The question then is what exactly is that something else? It is almost pathological for people loving staring at a pile of money. It is like staring at the ingredients required to make a cake, and then NEVER actually making the cake so you can enjoy it. Mmmmm cake. In a very real sense in medicine you "buy" vacation and time off just like you buy anything else. You can work almost all the time, and of course the more you make the more you earn. Then you need to spend that money or save it to spend it later but in the end the point is to spend it on something (I am more of the saving camp so at some point I can "buy" the freedom to do whatever I want with my time. My long term freedom is actually what I value the most). What can you buy that gives you the most happiness/well being? That is a personal choice of course and everyone has a different answer. So I feel when people just throw around the income numbers and nothing else, I feel there is just 1/2 the picture being used. Great you have a high income, and it if fair to talk about how to have an high income - particularly if it is maximizing the income per hour spent getting it, but what is the next step. Without that you miss out of a ton of really good things in life.
  4. 3 points

    Adding Awards

    Personally I’d only add awards and scholarships that you actually accepted, because that is what I’ve generally found people expect to see for awards on a CV in other areas of academia. And it just feels more honest to me. There’s no issue with having only one or two awards. Many applicants invited for interviews will leave that section totally blank. Edit: And after I thought to check, I see the help guide also says not to include them. So there’s your answer! https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/admissions/help-guide-2018-2019/
  5. 2 points
    The Ace of Spades

    BA vs BS

    I really wouldn't concern yourself with CaRMS prior to admission to medical school.
  6. 2 points

    Speciality Closest to Derm

    I suggest you shadow a few internists ASAP.
  7. 2 points

    Queens ABS

    You are probably overthinking this. Think about who you are and the activities you're displaying and how they represent the qualities that you want to display as representative of yourself as a future doctor.
  8. 2 points

    Cap in number of Electives

    i oppose central planning in most forms, including this one
  9. 2 points
    To get your I-20 (the document you show at the US border to legally enter as a student) you have to prove to your school's international office that you have the means to pay your cost of attendance for just your first year. This can be through a combination of financial aid offers, scholarships, bank statements, etc. However, schools can require international students to put as much as the 4 year cost of attendance into an escrow account to matriculate. I've found this to be common for schools that accept internationals but don't give any financial aid. It's also up to the school whether you pay 4 years of tuition upfront or if you're billed every year/semester/quarter/etc.
  10. 2 points
    there is so much diversity in the applicant pool and their ECs that I would agree that there are basically no requirements etc like that. Just do what you like to do, work hard at it, and achieve some success in it.
  11. 2 points
    I think it is better to say - you need to know the contents of doing right, and more importantly how to use the concepts in real world situations. That means going way beyond the cases in that book which focus on examples just to highlight usually one at time the various ethical concepts. Any real interview question given will have multiple ethics concerns all at once, and you have to make a decision on how to apply them.
  12. 2 points

    Top 10s

    You are correct that the UofC application doesn't have a specific "ECs" section. But the point of Top 10s is not to state all the ECs that you have ever done, it is to outline the Top 10 most impactful experiences and how they have shaped you as a person. This doesn't have to be volunteer activities, it can be single moments in time that have really impacted you (family struggles, single day activities, etc). If an EC/Volunteer activity doesn't make that list then there isn't really any point in mentioning it in my opinion.
  13. 2 points

    Adding Awards

    yeah but as mentioned by frenchpress, the help guide explicitly says not to include them! just an fyi!
  14. 2 points

    Need Help/Advice

    You can still get involved in academics, radiology & pathology, some other non-surgical niches. If you're still interested in dentistry in general there are absolutely avenues through which you can stay in the field. Your time in dental school doesn't have to be a waste. And sure, stick with it. Even if you graduate, practice for a bit, and just find you can't muster or don't enjoy clinical dentistry, that's okay, you can still figure something out within the field.
  15. 2 points
    It’s awesome that’s youre interested in medicine so early! There is really no wrong way to go with extra curriculars, do stuff that interest you that you would consider continuing and growing in for the long term. Leadership is another great thing to develop in your senior high school years. Make sure you keep your grades up but also have fun and keep your interests open you may end up liking something more than med!
  16. 2 points
    haha I gotta say I'm very curious if I've met you guys at orientation yet not sure about scholarships at McGill, but some schools award them once the semester starts, so it could still be possible..?
  17. 2 points

    Desired salary vs work hours

    Depends how important money is to you I think everyone has a point where earning $1 more doesn't make a difference to their happiness, but having a day off per week can make a huge difference to your happiness For example (just arbitrary numbers), but I could make $150k as an FM doc working full-time, but I'd be happier working 4 days per week and making 80% of that (125k), and as I get older, I may even be happier working 3 days per week and making 60% of that (~100k) Leisure time is so important to me
  18. 2 points

    The slow decay of dentistry

    Umm...every ex I've ever dated has made over 6 figures, several of them without even having an undergrad degree, some had pensions, almost all had benefits, and very few worked evenings or weekends like many dentists do. NONE needed to go into mortgage sized debt either. I jokingly refer to my DH as my "sugar daddy" because he earns 6 figures plus a full pension, plus full benefits, plus paid sick days and vacation days or leave if my mom needs care, or if he feels like volunteering, or if his dog gets sick...you get the idea. Lets not pretend that dentistry or other professional degree is the only option for making a 6 figure income. If you are smart enough and hard working enough to cut it as a successful dentist, you are good enough to be very successful in a wide range of careers. You can't compare the career options of a new grad to the career options of a dental grad. That's comparing apples to oranges. Compare a dental grad with a mortgage sized debt to another brilliant grad who is at least 4 years out and has worked their fucking ass off to develop their career. I bet the non-dental grad is actually in a better position financially, especially if they've slaved as brutally hard as the dental student did for 4 years...while making money the whole time instead of *paying* to slave...with interest. Just because the non-professional-degree path to success is less obvious doesn't mean it's a bad path and can't be as successful as dentistry. Don't do dentistry unless you think you will love it. Period. Any other reason is stupid. I love dentistry, I do. I'm glad I chose it. However, I'm also glad I don't have kids, I have a spouse with a stable job with benefits, and I have the flexibility to take time off, change my hours, or change jobs if I want to/need to. I can't fathom the pressure of doing this job as a primary bread winner in a family with kids. The stress would be astronomical. I work in dental consulting in addition to clinical dentistry. I talk to A LOT of dentists about their stresses, especially their financial stresses. Do not underestimate how difficult a life you've chosen if you choose dentistry. DO NOT do it just because you want "a chance of making 100k+"; there are a thousand other ways to make 6 figures. Do this job because you want to do this job.
  19. 2 points

    CMPA fees by specialty

    It's the price neurologists pay for wearing unfashionable bow ties to work.
  20. 2 points

    Success Stories- Non Trad Style!

    Hi all, after 5 applications to UBC, countless rejections across the ocean, states and canada, and three interveiws at UBC I am in!!!! 42 years old, 21 yrs as paramedic. Still in disbelief, have printed off acceptance letter so it is in black and white......Rachel
  21. 1 point
    Hi! I'm from JAC so I might be a bit biased, but I liked its friendly, not-too-competitive atmosphere. The teachers were helpful as well. Also, many of my friends from JAC (Honours or regular science) have gone on to competitive programs such as med school, pharmacy, etc... Ultimately though, you must work hard to get a good R score, since your school doesn't matter all that much. More transit means less study time, so there is also that to consider. All in all, it's your choice and it would be helpful if you could find out what drives you to succeed, whether it's being surrounded by competition, a campus far from distractions, etc. Good luck in your decisions and PM me if you have any questions
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  23. 1 point
    This is probably the last post I'm going to be making on these forums and I think this a good way to send it off. 1. It's completely and 100% normal now, specifically in Canada, working on getting in for a couple of years after undergraduate. We have few schools and more applicants than there a seats. So the economics behind it makes sense as to why it's competitive. Plus, the upside of getting into a Canadian school is huge (way less debt, etc). All in all, it's a marathon. 2. Break down all your years of education into Fall semester/Winter semester structure and look at how many courses you took in each year. 3. Look at each schools admission policies, using that, calculate your GPA for each school. 4. Take the MCAT, a huge roadblock for many, as people with high GPA's get screwed over by this test. This could take a couple of retakes as well. 5. See which schools you are competitive for, which schools are doable with more years of school, and which are absolutely impossible. I can tell you University of Toronto is out unless you have a PhD (next point relates to this). 6. Since some schools consider PhD in there calculations, look at how specifically they take that into consideration. It seems Western, Dal, and Queen's might be doable since you say your 3rd year and 4th year are 3.7 and 3.9 respectively. Your situation is not bad at all, your just limiting yourself since you say you can't go back for my UG years.
  24. 1 point
    You’re definitely still eligible to apply for English residencies if you’re in the French program! I know a few people who have done this, and it’s worked out great for them
  25. 1 point
    As a urologist, I would warn you that urology, as NLengr has stated, is not a lifestyle specialty. If you want lifestyle (again, as NLengr stated - notice a trend amongst surgeons?), do not go into a surgical discipline. PMD