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  1. 33 points
    SoraAde

    Female advice needed, thank you

    Find a place where you're not going to be interrupted by other people, then start small talk etc, show you're interested.. then when the silence hits, tell her you have a 4.0 GPA and 132 CARS. She'll ask you for your number
  2. 30 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.
  3. 29 points
    TIME STAMP: 9:00AM Result: Admitted with Condition (MDCM) cGPA: 3.80, pre-reqGPA: 3.4 MCAT: Not submitted ECs: Lots. Year: B.Sc. + B. Sc. + M. Sc. Interview preparation : Did 0 preparation. Not a single book. Nothing. Post-interview feeling right after : I had no regrets and I was proud. That was enough for me. Post-interview feeling weeks after : You start to question everything. That's normal. Let it go. Attempt : Fourth attempt IP/OOP/International: IP I never thought I would ever post on here. I was already enrolled for next semester to re-take my pre-requesites and I had paid the tuition for it. I had accepted that I would be refused. It is very hard to summarize a 10 years long journey in a few sentences. I could write a book about my journey, my feelings and my doubts. If I had to give advice to a future applicant, here is what I would say : Before getting accepted, try to accept the idea that it might never happen. Define yourself beyond your medical path. Don't do things because they would look good on a C.V. Live your life. Take every extra year as an opportunity to grow your life. Don't see it as an extra year of suffering and waiting. When you get accepted, everything makes sense. Every doubt you had suddenly turns into sparks of hope. It is very hard to describe. After you get accepted, life feels lighter but you realize that it's another journey that starts. I wish I could explain myself but I had the worst odds against me and I made it. Not because I am unique. Because I was lucky. I truly believe I am. Therefore, if it is your dream, follow your heart and never give up. Never give up. Never ever give up.
  4. 27 points
    I got mixed responses when I asked if I should do this but I did it anyways. I ended up sounding like fucking shrek so I do not advise doing this. Hopefully the interviewers thought I had a speech impediment or something
  5. 25 points
    sna

    I am so confused in becoming a pathologist

    Here's a visual of what @rmorelan said. Hopefully this helps you visualize your future path Hit us up if you have any more questions, we gotchu fam
  6. 24 points
    humhum

    Unfilled carms spots

    People obsess over what electives they took, and how many specialties they can apply to, with who they are doing research etc. and how it all gets interpreted by the selection committee. All of these factors are absolutely dwarfed by the monstrous magnitude of one singular factor: that is, someone on the selection committee really liking you. You could have done 20 weeks of psych, and 2 weeks of plastics, and if you have one guy on the plastics selection committee that will go on the bat for you, not only are you guaranteed an interview, but you have a higher chance of matching to plastic than someone who has done 10 publications in the field. I have seen this scenario over and over- if you don't believe me, ask the residents in each competitive specialty what they did in their third and fourth year. How do they get to like you, and be your champion? It helps if have someone on the inside who is a family member, or buddy of your mom or dad, or someone that lives in your own hood, or has early male pattern baldness like yourself, or finds you sexually attractive, or likes that you are ugly so you don't threaten their self-esteem, or maybe plays the trumpet like you, likes the sound of your voice, likes that you talk a lot, or likes that you don't, etc. etc. etc., and a million other unmodifiable factors that are pure luck and circumstance. I'm telling you this because I have personally been on both sides of this. A selection member of a surgical specialty asked me to apply and told me point blank I would rank me top 3, and I had done nothing but be a friend of a friend. For fuck's sake, my suturing skills were poorer than the psychiatry gunner on rotation with me. (I didn't want to do that specialty so I didn't apply). Another PD point blank told me she would not write me a letter of reference, after I was basically running half her clinic independently and demonstrated I could manage her patients at an R2 level. Why? She could not even remember my name when I asked for the letter. Another selection member wrote me a glowing letter that got me an interview at the country's most competitive program for that specialty, but I didn't even get an interview at my own home university. Why? Because on the first day we talked about our love of indie music, and didn't stop talking about it for next 4 weeks. On one of the interviews, the interviewers sounded shocked I had actually done an elective with them just three months prior. They had no recollection of me whatsoever. That program was my number 1 rank. I didn't match to it, but my classmate who had it as one of his bottom choices, matched to it. At the end I matched to my second choice program, but had not even done an elective there. And you can guess why I got in. This is why you have to hedge your bets, and pay attention to the stats. If you apply to FM, Internal, and Psych, across the country, you are guaranteed a match. Based on the stats, it is nearly impossible not to match - short of showing up naked at the interviews. But if you are applying to Derm/Plastics/Emerg, etc, you better do a very realistic appraisal of yourself: do you have someone to be your champion on the inside? No amount of studying, elective time, volunteer call hours, and publications will make up for this. If you bust your ass, maybe you can make it to the interview. But from those 30 they are interviewing for the 1 spot, they will pick the one they like in their gut over the forgettable contender, no matter if the latter can clinically perform at a level of an R2. Which brings me to my last point, if you are an MSI1/MSI2/MSI3 reading this, find a back-up and learn to LOVE it. Better yet, stop calling it back-up. It is your parallel plan. How on earth do people do 4 years of med-school, and decided at the end of it, they rather risk going unmatched than do something like FM or IM? It is all a matter of finding a charismatic mentor in any field to convince you that at the end, the work becomes the same crap - the impact and meaning is what you bring into it, not the speciality. It is idiotic for a urology gunner to think 10 years from now, doing their billionth DRE in a row of their 70th patient of the day is somehow more glamorous than consulting a mother who just got the news that they son has autism. It is all medicine.
  7. 24 points
    HalfBaked

    2017 Backpack?

    I personally found it to be an interesting reminder. We can be proud and patriotic and still leave room to constructive autocriticism. Md Financial said the backpack was about the CMA's 150th anniversary, so I mean, in a way it is still linked to Canada's 150th celebrations. And CMA's history is also one of being involved with at-risk minorities. So I don't think it was that off subject, though I also understand why some might think it is. I'm actually more than surprised to see the reactions this has brought. No one is being told that because you want a red backpack and/or because you want to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary that you are being intransigeant to indigenous communities. It's merely a reminder and a way to bring awareness. If that doesn't interest you, fine just dont reply and post a comment on a different facette of the subject. As for the restaurant analogy, well it is held in a private setting, whereas this forum is a public space where anyone can contribute in any way they see fit as long as they are being respectful. To be fair, there is no right place to talk about those kind of subjects. They will always make some people uncomfortable, or bore them, or annoy them, or kill their fun. As for being involved with indigenous communities. That is a great and commendable act. I find that amazing. But it would be equally amazing to not discourage someone who tried to open a discussion about the social injustices they're living. I'm pretty sure they would be thankful for that too. And yes, it's just a backpack. Like it was just a seat in a bus, or just an apple that fell from a tree. From trivial objects can emerge amazing discoveries and history-changing events. I'm not saying this backpack is gonna start a revolution, but hey, if it can start a conversation on one, if not the most marginalized community in our country: it is a good thing. Telling someone that it isn't pertinent, that SJWs are invading again, that it should be discussed elsewhere, that it isn't about race/gender, that they are overreacting; well, it just stops all forms of debates. It's like taping someone's mouth and writing SJW on that tape. Anyone can be easily discredited and shushed like that, and change doesn't emerge without communication. Just because you don't want to be part of a conversation, that doesn't mean you have to prevent that conversation from happening. And even if you think the conversation should happen but elsewhere, there are respectful ways to say it. "Hey, you should create a thread about indingenous communities in Canada so you can have a more appropriate environment for that debate" is better suited than "take your unnecessary comments elsewhere", don't you think?
  8. 20 points
    I typed this really long post but was almost going to delete it. I felt like it sounded so silly. But I will keep it in the hopes that some of you find it helpful/encouraging because I've always enjoyed and was motivated by reading this thread. I tried injecting some context into this, so hopefully it doesn't bore you guys too much with being somewhat long. I grew up in a relatively rough neighbourhood. I'll give you an example to highlight the point: in grade 7 while my friends and I were going trick or treating, we ran into three of my older brother's friends profusely bleeding from stab wounds. Turns out they had been ambushed by a group they had bad blood with. Anyway, one of them had a pretty bad gash in his neck, close to his jugular, but thankfully none of the major vessels were cut. My friends and I had to help them to a nearby clinic (which was thankfully open). Scary stuff, but it was the reality of the place. My parents worked really hard to provide for my siblings and I (I have two older brothers - let's call them Alpha and Bravo). They tried their absolute best to keep us shielded from the bad stuff, but there's always an inevitable influence by the environment. Being males in a rough neighbourhood meant keeping up a “macho” facade. You definitely didn't get overly sentimental, and so my brothers and I were walled off emotionally not only from friends, but each other as well. So what was the culmination of these early childhood experiences? The "climax" of it all came during my senior year of high school. Well, I should say my SECOND senior year. At this point in my life, I had never had the experiences to develop an appreciation for education and knowledge. I would skip classes to go play sports. There was a point in grade 12 where I had skipped more classes than I had actually attended. This meant that I was forced to do an extra year in high school to try and salvage my marks enough to try and apply to postsecondary. This extra year was tough. You question the decisions you’ve made so far, you watch all your friends move on to the next stage of their lives, and you're in classes with kids younger than you. Unfortunately, this wasn't even the tip of the iceberg. Within the span of 3-4 months, my life literally spiraled out of control. My high school sweetheart (who had started university at this point) had just broken up with me. I already mentioned how I came from a background where I was extremely insular about keeping my feelings to myself. My girlfriend was a sweetheart - I could open up emotionally to her and it was a welcome change. Losing her in an already difficult time was tough, and unfortunately things kept getting worse. Soon after the breakup, I injured myself playing sports, effectively ending my entire sports year and requiring surgery. Sports had always been that one pseudo-emotional outlet of mine, so removing it was definitely a huge emotional hurdle. I even started losing my hair from stress (this is a contentious topic haha, but I genuinely believe acute stressors can potentially act as a trigger). Unfortunately, I would soon realize that all of these challenges would pale in comparison to what was to follow. I will never ever forget this day. It still seems so vivid. I came home from school one day to see my brother, Bravo, in our driveway with this very confused/sad look on his face. He was very inebriated, but that confused/sad look still haunts me. He looked so vulnerable. He was being arrested for drug charges. It was heartbreaking. We would later find out that he had been battling severe mental health issues and masked them through substance abuse. Being arrested wreaked even more havoc on his mental health. We couldn't bail him out because my other brother (Alpha) had already tried. The first time he was bailed out, Bravo's mental health lead to him acting very erratically. He broke his bail conditions and disappeared. We were able to track him down after a friend of Bravo’s contacted the family. So I had to watch from afar, yet again, as my brother got arrested. My mom was with me this time. We later learned from the friend that Bravo had been really hungry, yet we saw him get arrested as he about to take the first bite of his food. My mom started getting very frequent panic attacks soon after this incident. I remember visiting him in jail on multiple occasions, only to be received by non-nonsensical and hysterical laughter. This was absolutely brutal for me. I grew up always being Bravo’s sidekick. I followed him everywhere he went, being that annoying little brother. He really was my role model. So to see him there, unrecognizable, was very gut wrenching. We were unable to convince the penal system of the clear mental issues he was exhibiting and he was retained in a normal jail. His condition worsened and he was eventually placed in solitary confinement due to bad behavior. He stayed there for 2-3 weeks. Being a witness to this and unable to help was absolutely excruciating. Like, the breakup, surgery, extra year of high school seem bad right? They genuinely felt like a walk in the park compared to this. It was during this ordeal that I had made up my mind to commit myself to working hard, getting into university, and getting into the field of psychology so that I might help others that had gone through similar situations as my brother. Thankfully, after a few months convincing, we were finally able to get through to the courts. We had been able to convince the judge to transfer Bravo to a mental treatment facility as opposed to a jail. I still remember the day we found out that they would transfer him: June 12th, 2009. It is probably on the top of the happiest days of my life. Getting into medicine definitely pales in comparison to that day. Anyway, he received a diagnosis and began treatment, which he has continued to this day. I started university soon after. Motivated with my desire to pursue psychology, I had a relatively strong start. However, I was faced with quite a few additional hurdles on the way that reflected in my GPA trends. Beyond the typical academic struggles (taking time to find field of interest) and personal struggles (breakups, dealing with limitations after surgery etc.), helping Bravo navigate his mental health condition and potential substance relapses was quite challenging. Additionally, my other brother (Alpha) also developed a very bad substance abuse problem due to the stress of the events surrounding Bravo. It's been an ongoing thing for a few years and still continues to this day. This caused my mom's panic attacks to become even worse/frequent. However, Alpha has significantly improved in recent months. But to tie in an earlier theme, I strongly believe that there is a component of emotional support to this. My siblings and I were raised to be very insular about our feelings, and substances may be seen as an easy “alternative” to having to deal with these emotions. That’s why I think it's so important to cultivate the ability to share your emotions with others, and make others feel comfortable in sharing their emotions with you. Especially so as a physician. So that's my journey to med in a nutshell. It took me 5 years to do a 4-year high school degree, 6 years total to do a 4-year BSc, three MCAT writes, and three additional years off. But I've always been one to challenge myself and improve after every failure. I've been fortunate enough to have amazing parents (though we might not agree on everything) and lucky enough to find amazing professors/mentors in my life. I owe literally all of my successes to these people. Although I continue to be faced with some of the same challenges that seemed completely insurmountable before, I really believe I am stronger than ever, not only individually, but also because of the social support network I’ve been able to establish. I understand the responsibilities I carry because of these events, but believe me, that doesn’t stop me from being the silliest and happiest person that I can possibly be. I hope to carry these experiences into the field, and hopefully make a positive impact. Here is a thread to some of my more CV-like details: http://forums.premed101.com/topic/69931-lost-with-updates/ if you’re curious about what type of stats, ECs etc. I was working with. Good luck everyone!
  9. 19 points
    Ottawa gonna drop these emails January 32nd
  10. 18 points
    6th time applying, 3rd time interviewing, still in shock to be posting this... Time Stamp: 12:25 PST Accepted, VFMP (first choice) AGPA: 86.55% MCAT: 512 (balanced, 129 CARS) ECs: Student government, orientations leader, crisis line volunteer, volunteering with various charities, hospital, lab assistant at various research labs (paid), CIHR funding for a summer, working at a gas station, currently working as a policy analyst for government, and a few very random but unique hobbies (honestly could have either really helped or not counted for anything, they're pretty out there) Geography: IP Year: BSc completed 2013, Master's completed 2016, currently working full-time Interview: Honestly felt like the best interview I've ever had, and I've done 12 (!) of them in the past 5 years. I walked out of every station this year feeling pretty good, and knew I absolutely nailed at least two of them (the acting station went almost perfectly, and there was one where I really felt I connected with the interviewer). There were some that were probably average, but I didn't feel like I bombed any of them - which was a first. Usually I walk out of them unsure and crossing my fingers that things worked out (it never did), this time was completely different. Stats from last year: NAQ: 29.00 AQ: 25.58 TFR: 54.58 Interview: Below Average (below average the year before as well) I feel so blessed to have finally received an acceptance to a Canadian medical school. I've been applying for years now, and have been given so many opportunities - which I always ended up blowing. I've interviewed at UBC the past 3 years, but I've interviewed at Calgary, McMaster, Alberta, and Saskatchewan (I had a really high old MCAT score) over the years. May has consistently been the worst month of the year for me, and last year was especially awful because I spent a lot of time practicing - every week for a couple hours since the previous summer - and still received a rejection. That was a pretty low point in my life tbh. The practice did help, but I think the thing really holding me back was my lack of maturity. I had always been very academically focused, and to be honest hadn't really had a chance to live a life. I think doing that the past few years - falling in love, going to bars with friends, arguing about politics, moving to my own place and dealing with laundry and dinner - has really helped me grow as a person, and I think permanently changed who I am. I went into each of those stations as if I was talking to my girlfriend about an interesting topic over lunch. I had fully formed opinions and thoughts on subjects because I'd argued about these things over beer with friends (and on reddit). I'd had cool experiences to talk about not just from volunteer activities, but also from disagreements with a roommate or co-workers, or from moving across the country for a master's program. Anyway, wanted to get that off my chest. This year really did feel different, and I'm glad it ended up being different. I interviewed at Calgary as well this year but felt terrible after (question style is very different from UBC imo, which I focused my preparation for), and got a rejection. I also interviewed at a US school and received an acceptance, but the tuition kind of terrifies me so I was still really stressed out this week. To those who didn't get an offer this year, trust me when I say I know how it feels. I've had a lot of experience trying to improve my application over the years, so if anyone wants some advice, or even just to chat or rant, please reach out through PM. This process really involves a lot of luck, and there are so many amazing people who don't get accepted every year. If you really want this, it'll happen eventually.
  11. 18 points
    Ok sorry for this long post but I had to share my thoughts to all current and future applicants that are facing disappointment. Everything written here is based on my humble opinion. If it can help one person, than I have achieved my goal. Introduction Since decision came out, a lot of amazing candidates learned that they were rejected. They may feel emptiness, doubts or sadness, thinking that their efforts were wasted. They may feel that even after re-doing basic sciences, reading books and working hard, it wasn't enough. I am just writing this post to let you know that we all go through that feeling. You are human and it is normal to feel that way. What I did in the process, is write letters to myself. I never wanted to forget how I felt because it would help me later on in life. I was questioning if writing a post about this was a good idea. I am no one. And I like motivation but would hate to sound like a cheap version of Anthony Robbins. About me I got in this year at my fourth trial. I was granted a single interview and rejected everywhere else. It was my first interview. I am not different form all of you and I got in. I am a normal student. I am not smart. I just try my best and try to forget about the rest. You're more than a medical school acceptance or rejection Challenges come along all the time, may they be medical or not. Resilience, persistence and dedication are traits that can be developed. In my case, I was trying to become a better person. I improved myself and that could have been useful in every circumstance. Had I decided to go into healthcare management, financial services, etc. Sure, rejections letter meant I wasn't fit for medical school. But no one could take away the skills I had developed and the experiences I gained. The best way to prevent regrets is to give your best today For me, there are 2 types of rejections : Rejected while knowing I did not do my best : leads to regrets Rejected while knowing that I did my best: no regrets at all This year, I was ready for the second type of rejection. So all I can tell you guys is : just do your best. If you truly give everything you have, then you can be proud and happy. Control what you can control. The increasing competition and the decreased amount of seats : you can't control at all. Your GPA, your MCAT score, your pre-req scores : all in your hands. You can still change your mind and that is not a failure I think that medicine is not for everyone. Some amazing potential doctors become public health researchers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, etc. And they leave a trace on our society that exceeds what most doctors did. Don't give up because they refused to give you a spot. BUT accept that there there are other ways to make an impact. If you decide to move on because you discover another passion : it is fine and you should be proud. It is not a failure. It is a decision. We can have more than one passion in life. It's not a one size fits all world. Just be sure you are making that decision because you want to : not because a letter forced you to. Everything you are feeling is normal and we all felt i So I said earlier that I used to write letters to myself when I was tired. It is very personal but here is one that I wrote about a month ago. I wrote it after the interviews when I was reading about the statistics. Let's just say the numbers are not very encouraging. Just to show you that you are not alone in this. I'm not even making that up. Just try to be the best version of yourself Remember that everyone that got in, every current resident and practicing physician, everyone encountered obstacles. That is also true for plumbers, janitors, lawyers, cashiers and engineers. It is part of life. Don't try to become a better doctor thinking it will make you a better person. Do your best, be the best version of yourself regardless of medical school. THAT will make you a better doctor. Good luck to all !
  12. 18 points
    Time Stamp: April 12, 2:00PM With tears in my eyes... ACCEPTED!!!!!!!! (OOP WL) GPA: 3.9 MCAT: 515 Essay: I tried my hardest on this section bc im not very confident in my essay writing but ended up having to rush it more than I thought I would have to due to work. Weakest section by far really recommend taking extra time on this!! ECs: Research for a couple of years in Biology and Humanities (no pubs but impact was significant curriculum changes to 2 large uni courses), curriculum design assistant (published 2 interactive books), digital media assistant (mostly videography), undergrad TA for 2 terms,1300+ hrs of paid mentorship and tutoring, Crohns/Colitis volunteer, some unique placement experiences, cofounder of a startup. Interview: First interview of my life so I had a lot of trouble sleeping the night before. I felt like most of the sections were okay, 2 stations I felt really good on, but there was a station I completely bombed because I didnt read the prompt correctly and there wasn't enough time to save it. My total score was 77.63 I am a non-trad applicant and ive worked through so many failures and uncertainties its hard to describe how amazing this feels. I was put on academic probation after first year because I couldn't handle this idea of trying to out-compete my peers, the anxiety was too much and I was too scared to reach out for help. It took a break from uni for 1.5 years for me to be able to face my fears and accept being vulnerable/reaching out for help. I told myself that if this didn't happen for me this year, I would have to start pursuing a realistic backup. At a time where my family has been struggling, being able to call my momma and update her with this is unbelievable. This process almost feels like its designed to test your constitution constantly, I can't tell you how many times I nearly gave up. Don't let the process make you forget your own intrinsic value in this world, we all mean so much more than an application!!!
  13. 18 points
    Hey guys. This is Ana Safavi, the resident referred to in the articles. I did used to post here under a different username, but right before I went public, I sort of panicked and asked to be perma-banned from the forums in order to delete my entire post history. I don't think you can un-perma-ban a user, so here I am under a new profile. Oh well. I debated whether or not to post in this thread. Initially I stayed off premed 101, because I didn't want people to feel inhibited from discussing my case freely amongst themselves, for fear of offending me or something like that. Please don't worry about hurting my feelings -- trust me, I have been called way worse in the comment sections of the Sudbury Star and National Post by now. I wouldn't have gone public if I didn't have a thick skin, and I want people to feel like they can criticize me in this thread if they want. The reason I am posting in this thread is because I want people to know that I am available to help anyone else going through something similar. Medical student or resident. Male or female. Harassed -- sexually or otherwise. Unfairly targeted, discredited, silenced, or maligned by your institution. Whether you want advice, referrals to (non-shitty) lawyers, or just want to vent to somebody who gets it, I'm here and happy to help in any way that I can. I have learned so much over the past two years about how to navigate the system and protect yourself as a learner trapped in a broken, corrupt system, and I feel obligated to pass on that knowledge to anyone else who can benefit from that hard-earned insight. And my schedule is wide open right now. If you are afraid to put your thoughts in writing, my cell phone number is 519-859-9334. Text me anytime. Or you can add me on whatsapp. Just please no unsolicited d*ck pics (unintentional side effect of going public, I have recently learned). Btw, feel free to ask me questions. Don't worry about prying -- if I can't answer something for legal reasons, I'll let you know. The articles are a bit confusing, and some of my actions may seem somewhat illogical as a result. I will do my best to clarify things (like why I haven't released the name of my sexual harasser). You can also ask me personal questions if you like (what it felt like being sexually harassed, how to cope with something like that, etc). I will let you know if I don't want to answer and I promise not to be offended that you asked. Finally, if people want to discuss what it's like from the accused person's perspective (issues of due process, etc) I have some insight to offer as well there. After all, I was unfairly accused and punished by NOSM for making so-called 'unfounded accusations' after a one-sided investigation done without my knowledge, so while I am a victim here, I do have sympathy for the other side of the issue as well. Due process is paramount, and should never be sacrificed out of expediency.
  14. 18 points
    Ervin

    uOttawa Interview 2018 Discussion

    I feel like I’m on a never ending roller coaster today, I got all the kinds of butterflies
  15. 18 points
    Log

    2017 Backpack?

    LEGOLAS, WHAT DO YOUR CALGARIAN EYES SEE? Edit: okay wow I just now read the entire thread and realized how serious this got. Oops.
  16. 16 points
    Result: Accepted Geography: OOP GPA: 3.96 MCAT: 508 (129 CARS) <--Yes, you can get in with a low MCAT as an OOP! Degree: Bachelors of Commerce (2012) (No science prereqs) E.C: Non-trad applicant. Years of work experience in Investment Banking, Travel Agency. My volunteering activities are mainly cultural or entrepreneurship related. Won some top-level business awards. Black belt in Taekwondo. Grew up working on a farm. Traveled to over 35 countries. Fitness Mentor/Advocate. (No research at all) Interview: Felt most prepared for the U of A interview as it was my last of 3. The questions were more straightforward than UBC or McMaster. I really, really enjoyed the panel. I felt like I finally had a chance to talk about myself and show my personality. The panel interviewers were very nice and conversational as well. I felt iffy on the MMI. On 2-3 stations I did blah and the rest of I did okay. I think my ECs and Panel Interview really pulled through for me. I'm just so grateful right now to have received this opportunity. As I am writing this, I still can't believe it. After 6 years of contemplation, denial, and self-doubt, I finally now get the chance to become a doctor. When I found out that the results were released on this forum, I was at my desk at work. I literally just got up and ran out the door. I nervously tried to login to my account and ended up keying my password wrong 3 times. To avoid getting locked out, I had to call my fiancee to check my result on my home laptop where the password was already saved. When he read the admission decision to me over the phone, I crumbled to my knees and started crying. It was an unbelievable moment. I felt all the worry, pain, and doubt just wash away. I'm sure everyone that walked past me thought I was crazy. But I didn't care. This was the best day of my life. We are, at any moment, capable of pursuing our dreams. - The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho If medicine is your dream, don't give up. Never, ever give up.
  17. 16 points
  18. 16 points
    robclem21

    Lowest Point In My Life

    There is a lot of misconstruing going on this thread and words being taken out of context on both sides. However, I agree with a lot of points made by everyone. 1) Yes. It is not ideal to work at a fast food chain following 4 years of undergrad, and obviously nobody enters their degree with that goal in mind. Does that make the OP successful, no, but does it make them a failure? Also no. Everyone has their own path and although they were not successful this time, it seems unfair to call someone a failure while in the middle of their journey. Furthermore, nobody has the right to look down at anyone else for the job they do. You can't go through life categorizing and judging people based on the job they do and using that as a rationale for how you look at or treat people. I am not saying anyone here would do that, but the idea that certain jobs are "pathetic" is not far removed from that path and certainly conducive to being a compassionate person and physician. 2) There are a lot of people in my program and who apply (based on applications I read this year) that have a lot of growing up to do. There is nothing wrong with having to take a path you weren't expecting into medicine. Maybe some people have shit experience working in retail or fast food, but whether you realize or not, there were things you learned from it (maybe not hard skills, but maybe you have a new appreciation for how you should treat people who work those jobs). That in itself is something valuable. More "premeds" need to adopt an understanding view of how the world actually works, because things don't always go your way and the blinders of undergrad will eventually come off to a world where you don't always succeed and get what you want. 3) Lastly, I also don't think it is wrong that people choose to pursue medicine for prestige and salary. Some people grow up with nothing and would love nothing more than the opportunity to provide for their family and give their parents, spouse, children a good life. That is respectable in my opinion. Should it be the ONLY reason....probably not because there are certainly easier ways to make money, but I don't think that prevents someone from being a good doctor. Anyway, my two cents.. take it for what its worth.
  19. 15 points
    lmck

    Countdown to decisions [doomsday]

    I am in the MDCM/PhD pool, but I got my acceptance today! Good luck to all!
  20. 15 points
    Hello everyone, As an old reader of the site, I wanted to return to share a short documentary on the match process I recently created. It features my fellow uOttawa MD 2017 classmates. Enjoy and feel free to spread and share! https://vimeo.com/222682284
  21. 15 points
    elr

    My Experiences Being Unmatched

    I am not one to frequently post in the forums (I am more of a lurker), but this conversation is one that I feel pretty passionate about. This thread seems to have started as a supportive thread for students who have gone unmatched, whether it was through one or both iterations. I think that it is very important to have such to show support to our colleagues and friends. That being said, the way that this conversation has derailed is upsetting to see. It is easy to talk about matching and CaRMS academically and comfortably from the position of one who matched. I think that this has lead to some in the forum forgetting that we are talking to our colleagues who, very understandably, may be more emotionally invested in the topic. The reality is that when ~3000 CMGs apply through CaRMS and ~150 don't match in first iteration (https://www.carms.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Table_1_Summary_of_Match_Results_English.pdf), the problem is obviously going to be multifactorial. Sure, some individuals won't match because they had a bad reference or poor interviews, but some non-negligible percentage of unmatched applicants had excellent references, a fair number of decent interviews, and fair prospects. Yet, these outlier candidates are branded as 'not good enough' or 'flawed' in what amounts to an information vacuum. That's a ridiculous assault on logic and you should consider rethinking your position on this subject. We shouldn't make unmatched applicants in a heartbreaking situation feel worse because we think we understand an incredibly complex process better than they do. Hamham, you attribute your matching to your first choice to luck? But someone stating that, for a lot of unmatched applicants, it comes down to luck is deluding themselves? I am having trouble with your logic here. You seem to think that you are somehow helping by pointing out to amichel that they are unmatched for a reason. But I fail to see how you talking to one student about their experience going unmatched and implying that they are an unlikeable person is helpful. I agree with amichel that the anonymity of the forums can lead to hurtfulness. You state that you sympathize with people who have gone unmatched, yet you go on to try to enlighten them that other people are "better" than they are. This attitude contributes to the idea out there that doctors have a 'god complex.' I am sure you worked hard to get to where you are, but the fact that things worked out for you and you were fortunate enough to match to your first choice in no way makes you better than those who did not match. You mention that your posts here are in an attempt to help future applicants - with that in mind, you may want to consider a more appropriate context for your help. I don't follow your logic in posting in a thread in which many already unmatched applicants are discussing their experiences to pretend that that helps future applicants. If you think for a minute that unmatched individuals don't do some serious self-scrutinization, you are deluded. Knowing unmatched applicants personally, I can assure you that the first question they ask is "what is wrong with me?." This is a system that stigmatizes and penalizes people for going unmatched and then goes on to refuse to provide feedback as to the reasons why, and I have a fairly obvious problem with that. If you would seriously like to 'help' people not go unmatched, I think a more realistic approach is to have an open and honest dialogue about the issues that occur in the system, rather than placing all of the blame on people who are going through one of the worst experiences of their professional life. CaRMS is a flawed process, and most people I have spoken to about it seem to feel that way. It is the process that we currently have and must work with, but it is certainly flawed and there is a large component of luck to it, which you seem to acknowledge in part in your posts. Knowing the people in my class who did not match, I can honestly say that it could have been anyone going unmatched this year. While there will always be some students with 'red flags' who go unmatched and you may be able to attribute reasons to it, that was not the norm at my school this year by any means. I count myself very lucky to have matched to one of my top choices, and I feel that I could certainly have been in a different position had it not been for luck and subjective variables. The CaRMS process is incredibly subjective and I think that dismissing luck in it is absurd. Saskgrad001 - really? Trolling through someones post history and posting it as if their concerned posts MID INVITES somehow means that they got what they deserved when they went unmatched? You somehow convinced yourself that behaviour bolstered the idea that you have any sympathy for those who didn't match? I have so much more I would love to say on the topic, but I am at a bit of a loss in articulating how disturbing I find it that a thread that was intended to support those going through an awful process has been turned into a personal inquisition into one individual who had the BAD LUCK of being in that position.
  22. 15 points
    GH0ST

    GPA no longer considered (!!!!)

    @YesIcan55 I'm sorry but it's disgusting how insulting you've been our high GPA and/or young classmates. These "19 to 20 year olds" were among some of the best students in our class personally.....I speak for those in my class at least when I say that they are some of the most diligent and well rounded individuals, who are qualified to interact with patients. Not to mention.... there's like < or = to 5 in a class of ~162..... like come on ... Or the fact that the 4.0 students "spent days in their room"..... does that explain how despite the average hovering between 3.90 and 3.96 across the country that a majority of those students just study??? are you for real? I didn't have a high GPA going into medical school but never thought those that had a higher GPA were less social than I was... if anything, having a low GPA was my fault and I should have done better. If you want to make jabs at people at least have some actual sources/evidence before you make a claim like above. You have done this repeatedly in your posts.... whether it's looking down on typical science grads, or think med students feel "high and mighty" just because we got into a school in Canada, and now trying to put down people with a high GPA and marginalizing their hard work while trying to justify your cognitive dissonance with your warped perception ... We get you're upset with not getting into medical school and that sucks given the work you put into it, ... but seriously stop trying insulting those that have. - G
  23. 15 points
  24. 15 points
    sna

    Pre-meds Sabotaging other pre-meds

    The most "premed" thing I've ever done was in second year: I used to have a crush on this girl but she already had a bf so I convinced myself that he prob has a shit GPA to feel better about myself. I've grown a lot since then pls don't judge me haha
  25. 15 points
    IMislove

    2017 Queen's Waitlist Poll

    I know I am not on the wait list or anything, but I just wanted to say, I am proud of all of you. If this year wasn't your time, then maybe next year, or the next year. Myself, it took me awhile to overcome the negative feelings associated with this rejection I got after landing my first and only interview, after doing these applications for 4 years, and working so many months at interview practice. I've been here before and know how some of you may feel, witnessing friends and fellow forum pre-meds getting in while being left behind, and I get it. But know this, you are all intelligent, wonderful people. You got an interview, Queen's believes in you too. We will work together next year to get those interviews, and finally, land a spot in a coveted acceptance. Cheers to the 2021's, and here is to the future 2022's, '23's, etc :).
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