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  1. 21 points
    Butterfly_

    Success Stories- Non Trad Style!

    This thread inspired me and gave me hope to pursue my medical school dream. Thank you to all that have posted on here before. You have all truly touched my heart. It is because of your stories, that today, I also have the pleasure of posting here and sharing my own journey. When I was younger and about to head to university, I had a tough time choosing between pursuing a business degree or a science degree. At that time, I knew my interests were in biology and psychology, but seeing my parents labouring hard on the farm, I felt pressured to help support the family and make money fast. So, I decided to pursue a finance degree, work in investment banking, and provide enough money to make my family comfortable, then pursue my interests afterward. It was a naïve and misguided plan. From the first moment in business school, I already felt like I didn’t fit in. This feeling got worse 4 years later when I began working in investment banking. The hours were grueling, and I was completely uninterested in what I was doing. I kept at it for 2.5 years because it helped me pay my debts, supported my family, and made my parents proud. But one day, I reached my breaking point. I was out of shape, burnt out, and depressed. I woke up dreading the new day to begin. So, I finally quit, at the shock of my parents. They didn’t understand why I would give up a lucrative and prestigious career. I didn’t know how to explain it to them either. So, I decided to travel. Backpacked by myself across Southeast Asia for 6 months. When I was in Cambodia wandering the night markets, I walked past a bookstand selling novels for $1 USD. Not sure if it was fate or intuition, but I chose to buy the book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It was a book that changed my life. It helped me rediscover my passion and interests in life. I started focusing on things that I loved to do. Travel. Eat. Exercise. Health. Science. Languages. During this process of self-discovery, I developed a strong interest in healthcare and medicine. However, I was still too afraid to pursue it. The time, the commitment, and the financial burden all seemed too daunting. I also convinced myself that I wasn’t good enough to be a doctor. That I wouldn’t be able to handle the responsibilities that came with life and death. So, I became a travel agent instead. I had a lot of fun, met many amazing people, and excelled at the role. I traveled to over 35 countries. Life was exciting, and I felt content. However, the idea of medicine never left my mind. It kept gnawing at me every day and I eventually began to feel too comfortable at my job. It was at this time I met my fiancée (on Tinder, lol.) He was in his 3rd year of pharmacy and applying to medicine at the same time. His mother was a nurse. His grandmother was a military doctor. I was suddenly immersed in a world of healthcare. Watching my fiancée work hard and challenge himself every day made something click in me. I started to think that I might still have a chance at medical school. Couple months later, I went on a Mediterranean cruise with my family. I was sitting in the hot tub and decided to strike up a conversation with the person next to me. We talked, and he asked me what I did. I'm not sure what came over me, but for the first time in my life, I told someone out loud, "I'm going to become a doctor." It was a liberating moment. Everything suddenly felt real and achievable. And fate would have it, the person whom I was talking was an army doctor who graduated from McGill Medical School. He was traveling with his wife in Europe before beginning his next station in the UK. He said, "Go for it!" And I did. I quit my job in December 2016 and began studying for the MCAT full time. I also enrolled in 2 semesters of English to obtain enough credits to meet the UBC admission requirements. After 5 years without reading a textbook, it was a brutal transition. And with zero science prerequisites under my belt, it was so much harder than I thought. Furthermore, some of my friends and family did not take me seriously and discouragingly told me not to "waste my time." It was a challenging few months. Many days, I felt overwhelmed. But, I survived due to a wonderful support network. I listened to those who believed in me and ignored the ones who were negative. I acknowledged my weaknesses and sought help and advice. I studied 8-10 hours a day, 6 days a week, for 7 months and self-taught myself the sciences. I took the exam in July 2017 and achieved a score of 508. It was below the average admission score, but good enough to give the application a try. I applied widely to as many schools as I could. 5 schools rejected me. 3 schools interviewed me. And a miracle happened. I got an acceptance. It was an unbelievable moment. I felt all the worry, pain, and doubt just wash away. All the time I spent, all the risks I took, all the sacrifices I made, paid off. Everything was worth it and I was the happiest girl in the world. Finally, at 27 years old, I will begin medical school in Fall of 2018. The moral of my story: Don’t ever let anyone tell you what you can or cannot achieve. Only you can decide that for yourself. Also, remember that: "We are, at any moment, capable of pursuing our dreams... And, when you want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." - The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho If medicine is your dream, don't give up. Never, ever give up.  I sincerely wish you the best of luck on your journey.
  2. 12 points
    Can't believe I finally get to post this... TIME STAMP: May 8, 8:43AM RESULT: ACCEPTED GPA: 3.94 MCAT: 515 ECs: Working RN, research, health-related volunteering, some RN-related provincial awards. GEOGRAPHY: IP INTERVIEW: Walking out I felt like I killed it, but as time went by I started doubting my answers. To those who are still trying, don't give up! I did 9 years of undergrad including 1st/2nd degrees to get to this point; if you want it bad enough you'll find a way eventually!
  3. 11 points
    chevre123

    DMD 2018

    Dépôt DMD enfin !!!!!!!! Après 32 ans d’attente
  4. 10 points
    Result: Accepted (Windsor Campus, 1st choice) Timestamp: 10:20 AM EST 2YGPA: ~3.9 MCAT: 520 (128/131/131/130) ECs: A bit off the beaten curve; dropped out of school to work full-time from age 15-19 to support the family by myself and worked hard to get back into school, did lots of advocacy work for people with developmental disabilities (both solo and w/ an organization I helped found), ran several after school programs (both as a facilitator and behind the scenes as a member of the advisory board), some overseas volunteering, interesting hobbies, etc. Zero research. Interview: I felt the beginning was strong but I faltered towards the end. I went against Schulich's interview advice and disclosed that I had a neurodevelopmental disability (because it was a big part of my answer to one of the questions), and the doctor on the panel did a huge double take lol. I guess I should have seen it as a positive sign of how articulate I was up to that point rather than worried about it like I did. Geography: OOP (BC) Year: Graduated BSc, 2018 I'll be accepting this offer and I'm thrilled about the opportunity. My 17-year-old high school dropout working a dead-end job self would have never seen something like this coming. Edit: Added a few ECs in case it helps anyone - I got in with no research or clinical experience, so I think that's an interesting takeaway.
  5. 10 points
    Internationals hear early..... the only benefit of paying triple tuition :/ Result: Accepted to St. George Timestamp: April 17, 2018 GPA: 3.79 wGPA: 3.90 MCAT: met cutoff ECs: I have a professional degree (weird BHS + diploma program), so I have been working in health care for 3 years (technical staff, and now manager of clinic). At school - Founder and president of several societies, volunteer teaching self defense to youth and uni students, international student coordinator, student leader etc. Outside - 3 years with St. John ambulance. Essays: Spent a few weeks on them, spoke with some physicians for feedback. Research: Spent a year as a Research assistant at a medical school. Interview: TBH, it was awesome. Every station felt like a conversation, I listened to the questions and felt like a real discussion. Best interview style in Canada (IMO) Year: Graduated 2016 Geography: INT
  6. 9 points
    Result: Accepted! Stream: English Time Stamp: May 8th, 6:34am wGPA: 3.93 CASPER: Felt great ECs: Working RN, health-related volunteering and research, RN-related provincial awards Interview: Felt terrible about this one, cold panel, rambled a lot, fully expected a hard reject. Just goes to show interview perception rarely correlates with actual performance. To those who are still trying, don't give up! I did 9 years of undergrad including 1st/2nd degrees to get to this point; if you want it bad enough you'll find a way eventually!
  7. 8 points
    GH0ST

    Words of support and encouragement

    It's that time of the year again where we can hear the echos of tearful joy or sorrow spread across the country as MD admission decisions get released. It's also common for those who's facing the pangs of disappointment from a rejection to ask why... why was I not good enough? why did I fail? It's hard to see it right now, but a rejection is not a reflection of your worth as a human nor a measure of your integrity as a person. The admissions process just another set of criteria that can be overcome with time. Having been rejected once before narrowly achieving my acceptance (my story is buried somewhere in the non-trad success forums) I can definitely relate to the pangs of guilt, disappointment, and frustration from a rejection letter. However, it gave me the opportunity for great introspection and self-improvement. Now having succeeded in getting into medical school, I can confidently say I am a better person and will be a better doctor now than if I had gotten in right away. In general, it's not a question of why... simply a matter of when. If anyone would like to talk I'm more than happy to provide what support I can. Otherwise hang in there and know that there's support for you somewhere out there. As always ... best wishes to everyone, - G
  8. 8 points
    Loulou39

    DMD 2018

    J'ai mon dépôt pour dmd !!!!!!!!
  9. 8 points
    ArchEnemy

    Official May 8 Countdown Thread

    Hi everyone - just wanted to wish you all the best of luck tomorrow -- from all of us old timers/geezers I still vividly remember the day I received news of my medical school admission. It was one of the happiest days of my life!
  10. 8 points
    rmorelan

    Official May 8 Countdown Thread

    wow that did sneak up on me there - the big day is almost here. Good luck everyone!
  11. 8 points
    Hagrid

    DMD 2018

    Selon la TGDE, ils n’ont fait qu’à peine 20 offres pour le moment, car ils savent que les réponses de médecine et pharmacie ne sont pas encore tout sorties voire pas du tout. Ils ne veulent pas faire des offres pour rien, voilà. C’est logique, car je sais que l’année passée la liste des admis avait beaucoup changé du début à la fin. Voilà, en espérant que cette information. vous rassurera:)
  12. 8 points
    Sauna

    Official May 8 Countdown Thread

    Hello friends, I thought I'd drop by and share a few tips I've learned from going through this process last year - memes = the life support that will get you through - Literally anything can happen. I have classmates who cried after their interview because they thought they blew it, and they got in. I have classmates who have tried for 4-5 cycles, and they got in. One classmate had his fly open the entire time, and he got in. How you think you did on your interview(s) is a horrible predictor of what goes down on D day, anything can happen! - May 8th may not necessarily be the last day of waiting for you, a huge chunk (1/3 - 1/2 depending on the school) of people get accepted from the waitlist. That means that you could possibly be doing a little more waiting, so don't put your life on hold until May 8th. Work, spend time with friends, travel, hobbies.. just, if you're thinking of sitting in your room, shades drawn, in beard-growing isolation playing video games and watching Netflix until May 8th, from personal experience, I wouldn't recommend. - If things go south on May 8th and you hear bad news, please don't be too hard on yourself. You've reached the farthest point in the admissions process. I know it sucks, I know what it's like to not know what your future holds while your friends and seemingly everyone around you is celebrating their acceptances and making fb posts with 500 likes. It's incredibly frustrating and it's okay to be upset. Take a few days off, read some of the success stories in the non-trad forum (some of those are very inspiring), remember why you started, and start planning how you're going to improve your application. It's normal to take a few tries. Good luck to all of you Only 11 days left until you hear back!
  13. 7 points
    Result: accepted off waitlist May 22nd, no words can describe my joy, OMSAS and I know each other like best buds at this point. Waitlist (actually happy since rejected last year :D) Timestamp: 8:46 AM EST GPA: 3.95 MCAT: 514 ECs: diverse Geography: IP Interviews: MMI felt meh.... some decent, one I keep thinking about all the time ug lol. My panel felt great though, showed my personality and the one panelist really seemed to be interested in what I had to say. They had a ton of questions for me. Year: working I want to add: to those that got rejected, I know it sucks. It sucks a lot and it's hard to process. But do that, process it, take the time to do whatever you need to do to relax, feel better, etc. There are just SO many good people getting interviews, it's tough to get the acceptance. I think most people will lose sight at the privilege they had of receiving an interview. But do not lose hope. If you think this is the thing you want most, then recuperate your strength and your passion, channel it, and do another rocking application. Maybe you'll land an interview again, maybe you'll get waitlisted (and get in hopefully), or maybe you'll get a straight acceptance. You have a year to work on interview skills, I believe in you, so believe in yourself. Fellow Waitlisters, I hope the best for all of you. Hopefully, I will meet most of you if we get in. Hold in there, we made it a long way but the journey is NOT over yet.
  14. 7 points
    Result: ACCEPTED to St. George WHAT WHAT Time-stamp: 9:17 AM wGPA: 3.99 ECs: Unique projects with Indigenous population and within the mental health field (what a humbling experience - I'm so utterly thankful for these experiences), multiple volunteering, presentation and research awards. I lived in a very small town during the summers and after graduation - which gave me the opportunity to initiate a lot of projects, clubs, organizations etc... A strong focus on leadership. AND OF COURSE, I did the regular pre-med stuff: hospital volunteering, research clubs, etc... Message me for more detail. Take on creative/unique projects that give you the "thrill". MCAT: 131/125/132/132 (It took me three tries to get my cars from a 121 to 125). Never give up. Essay: I took the essays very seriously, and worked on each one for a very long time. I'm not a good writer when it comes to writing actual structured essays. BUT I am a great poet and story teller. So guess what, every essay was me telling them a story about a certain part of my life. And it worked! :') Just be yourself. Interview: I was super comfortable with the interviewers and the format of the interview. I connected very well with two interviewers and had a fun side-conversation with them. One station was very formal but I still think I did extremely well in that. And then there was this one station where the interviewer kept giving me the look and as a result, I forgot to say a lot of important points that I should have. After that station, I convinced myself I wasn't getting in. SO THANKFUL FOR THIS PLEASANT SURPRISE. Year: Graduated in 2017, worked as a research assistant in three labs (one full-time, two part-time) Geography: IP; I never lived in Toronto but all my dreams since age 1 have been set in Toronto. I CANNOT WAIT to move, and this time - FOREVER. I love you, Toronto. Interviewed at: Ottawa, Toronto, UBC, Michigan, Arizona Accepted: Toronto, Michigan, Arizona, UBC Will most likely be accepting Toronto Med. Actually, I WILL BE ACCEPTING TORONTO MED ngl. My Story: Last year, I only applied to Ottawa since my MCAT CARS score was below 125 and I didn't qualify for any Canadian schools. Despite my interview going well, I was devastated to be waitlisted, and then finally rejected. This year, I applied to States, UBC and all Ontario Schools. I'm so thankful for receiving five interviews and four acceptances so far. So, please don't give up if this is what you truly want. I know it can get very tough, especially without enough support. When I started university, I really wanted to get into med school right after third year. My parents and I are so thankful that I did not, since all the additional years gave me a chance to grow into a more humble and knowledgeable person. Trust me, I know the whole process is a very difficult one! But keep trying, and one day - it'll happen. And most importantly, if anyone needs absolutely any resources for casper, mcat, interviews, or any advice regarding applying to American med schools, a listening ear, a friend, please message me. I really want to be able to give back. Thanks for all the support, and I hope the best for you all! GOOD LUCK!
  15. 7 points
    meddent2018

    DMD 2018

    Hey Salut je pense qu'on a tous suivi une partie de ton parcours à travers ce forum.. Je voulais te dire, met toi pas autant de pression.. Ça sert à rien de définir ta personne basé sur ton programme universitaire. Les études médicales, dentaires, name it, c'est un sacrifice en soi. Ce sont des métiers, je trouve, vraiment vocationnels! Ton entrevue est faite, essaie de ne plus y penser tu vas avoir les résultats bientôt et c'est certain que notre impression est toujours pire que ce qu'il en est vraiment! Fais confiance à la vie, if you're meant to be there, you'll get there, trust Je comprends que ce soit difficile par moments, mais si c'est vraiment ton rêve, la route, qui peut parfois être quelque peu semée d'embuches, en vaut tellement la peine! Il y a plein de chemins qu'on peut emprunter pour arriver à réaliser son rêve d'étudier la médecine (ou autres)! Tu sembles être au cégep, comme moi Dis toi que la majorité des gens font un bac avant d'entrer en médecine, donc le chemin qu'on a décidé d'emprunter oui, en est un, mais c'en est un parmi tant d'autres et c'est certainement le moins emprunté En tant que futurs médecins et dentistes, on va avoir à veiller au bien-être des autres 24/7, mais notre propre bien-être est d'abord nécéssaire pour réussir à soigner les autres. Sur ce, gêne toi pas à m'écrire, j'suis là pour toi ! Ne te laisse pas abattre par cela, garde la tête haute et surtout, n'abandonne pas! <3
  16. 6 points
    mccannjx01

    The final countdown is on!

    We're officially into the last week before Ontario admissions decisions are released. It's been a torturously long wait, but it's almost over! I just wanted to wish everyone good luck!
  17. 6 points
    Booked the day off work about a month ago. My plan is to binge watch anime with ice cream from midnight to 4am and then pass out. I'll wake up at noon and hopefully all the results will be in my inbox.
  18. 6 points
    Toujours rien de mon bord ! Rassurant de ne pas être la seule
  19. 6 points
    J'ai appelé aux admissions. Ils m'ont dit que ça sort en petites vagues. Ils ne savent pas quand la LA va sortir. Mais une chose est sûre. Les refus vont sortir cette semaine.
  20. 6 points
    Any advice for housing in London from upper years?
  21. 5 points
    beepboopbot

    Official May 8 Countdown Thread

    My moms like: you want eggs? You want bread? You want rice? You want breakfast? You want water? Me: no no no no I want emails :((((((((
  22. 5 points
    pine138

    Official May 8 Countdown Thread

  23. 5 points
    chevre123

    DMD 2018

    omg merci Hagrid !! Pt nous reverrons nous a poudlard
  24. 5 points
    Monocyte

    Official May 8 Countdown Thread

    To the very few people who know I'm going through this process, they've asked "when do you find out"? I told them late May to get them off my case lol.
  25. 5 points
    Guess how many JVPs I've seen EVER? Hint: 0 I've definitely pretended to see some though The key is to crouch, look thoughtful, and make vague hand gestures in the direction of the neck. Bonus points if you fuss around with the bed elevation a little bit.
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