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    Unmathched Human Rights Complaint

    This is the kind of quote that makes me wish there is a dislike button. You have #1 contributed nothing to the conversation and #2 put down some random stranger who is going through a difficult time. From your posting history you seem to be interested in surgery as well, so maybe one day you might be in the same shoes. Why bother writing it at all? As a recently unmatched student I too found myself angry+bitter for quite some time after reading Robert Chu's letters to the minister. I feel like all the medical schools were trying to make his death a mental health issue when there is a looming employment disaster they should have addressed with the press coverage. To OP, I am in the opinion that media would be better than human rights complaint, and rmorelan made really good points in the previous post iirc. As the child of an immigrant, I saw my highly educated parent getting rejected at costco job fairs. It really sucks, but like everything, this will pass too.
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    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
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    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 !
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    I'm sure many of you have seen this already (especially if you are stats obsessed like me) but this table gives you an idea of the expected wait-list movement at each medical school (except Toronto). You can check out how many offers are sent out and compare it to the final class size at each school. https://www.afmc.ca/sites/default/files/CMES2017-Section8-Applicants.pdf
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    Written Component Performance

    Is anyone else (unreasonably) worried about how they performed on the written component of the interview? I have read/heard on these forums and from some current students that it is not supposed to be a BIG DEAL and that it is likely(?) a pass/fail component, but I find myself worried about it nonetheless.
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    Written Component Performance

    It is for sure pass/fail
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    Convocations entrevues MD 2018

    Pensez-vous qu'il y a des chances d'être convoqué en entrevue si on est sur la liste d'attente des convocations ?
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    Thanks! #jesustakethewheel on my interview date lol
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    médecine dentaire 2018

    Probablement aucun des deux. Les premiers refus sont généralement du à des formalités administratives, tels que des pièces manquantes ou même des absences au TAED. Toutefois, vaut mieux confirmer avec Sandra Racine, elle répond généralement à tous les courriels
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    My Major is actually Film Studies, I'm doing all the pre requisites as electives. I just finished the Math Sequence (Finished up Calculus) and am looking to finish Chemistry and Biology Sequence my second year, with the Physics and Organic (Semester of Biochem) during my Last Year.
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    médecine dentaire 2018

    Les refus sortent depuis la semaine passée selon ulaval (je viens de recevoir un email pour des infos ) !!! : ''Les refus ont également débuté de façon progressive, soit depuis la semaine dernière, donc vérifier si votre candidature a été refusée sur le Portail, la raison du refus y est indiquée.''
  12. 1 point
    Here is what I would do in OPs (understandably terrible) position. I would find a remote family med program that has trouble filling its Carms spots. Like really remote--northern Saskatchewan or some equivalent to that. Set up a meeting with the program director and go there. Explain the situation in detail--hated the original program you were in, dropped out, have had trouble matching since, but now are committed to and passionate about family medicine and would be happy to train in a rural setting. Ask what you can do to maximize your chances of getting into THAT program next year. Offer to volunteer, do research, shadow, whatever. I can see a strategy like this potentially drastically increasing the chances for next year. And hell, you really just need to get into ANY program, and the nightmarish situation resolves itself. Note that this is more a thought experiment and isn't meant to demean OP, maybe you intend to or have tried this.
  13. 1 point
    As none of the posters here are lawyers (I assume), all comments are really based on personal opinion and interpretation of the charters of rights (including yours ABU). I can appreciate your frustration and I don't disagree that the system has serious flaws: you trained many years to be a physician, investing a significant amount of your time and money to do so. Further, you can't practice medicine without residency training. This fact is poorly understood by the general population, including our government. It's a shitty deal when you don't go matched. Do I think it's a violation of the charter of rights - my personal opinion: not a chance. Nothing is owed to you (or anyone for that matter) because you have post-secondary education. There are no guarantees in school nor in life. When you were accepted to medical school, there was no contract signed stating that you would be employed as a physician once completed. There was no guarantee that if matched it would be to the specialty of your choice, or in the city of your choice, or as many medical students feel it owed to them, both. The same goes for all students in university investing time and energy into training - there are no guarantees for them either. Law students are not promised a job at the end of law school, nor are engineers, graduate students, teachers, etc. etc. There are many individuals that spends thousands of dollars and invest significant time into pilot training that never find work. Again, is this a violation of their rights - no - it's reality. I know this sounds harsh - and it is. But this is the truth - many physicians have it in their minds that they somehow deserve 'better' because they trained longer, sacrificed more, etc. etc. The harsh truth of it is - we are not special. We are not owed anything more than the fellow members of our society that did not go to medical school. Physicians can die young, get divorced, commit criminal acts and yes, be unemployed. We are not immune to these things. Many individuals are working in society outside of their 'area of study.' Physicians can (and do) as well. Do I think it's unfair that someone trains so long in medicine and not be employable. Damn right I do (BTW - this can also happen after residency training as well. You think it sucks to finish medical school and not be employable - there are individuals finishing years of residency training with fellowships and graduate degrees that can't find decent work. Again, nothing is owed to you regardless of training/dedication, etc). Do I think its a significant waste of taxpayer money when this happens. Damn right I do. Do I think we need to improve the system for training physicians. Damn right I do. But life is tough and can be unfair - fairness is not guaranteed (nor owed) to any of us. So you have some big decisions to make - you have done so much work to this point. You have been handed a shitty deal. If you want to practice in medicine, you can apply to the second round or improve your application for next year and go for it. This may require self reflection on the type of physician you want (or can) be. It will take a lot of effort - but there are a lot of success stories on this forum for those that applied to second round/re-applied the following year. Or you can talk to a lawyer and push this violation of the charter of rights agenda - personally, I think this will amount to a dead end for you (and possibly the final stake in you medical career). Or you pursue other avenues of employment - there are lots of jobs out there waiting for hard working intelligent individuals like yourself. Again, just my opinion. PMD
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    Admissions Médecine 2018

    For the MEMFI, I found the best preparation was no preparation as my cumulative life experiences had been my preparation. I had encountered a variety of complex, different, ambiguous situations and felt I could handle snything that they threw at me. I went in with the attitude to have a fun experience. Also, review the first 2 posts of this thread: Good luck!
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    Convocations entrevues MD 2018

    À titre d'information pour ceux qui n'ont pas été convoqués ni refusés, voici les dates où ça a le plus de chances de bouger: 6 avril: date limite pour s'inscrire aux MEM suite à l'offre du 3 avril. 24 avril: date après laquelle les frais de MEM ne sont plus remboursables suite à un désistement. Bon courage!
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    Hi cardiolove01, Thank you for your inspiring words. I'm sorry to hear about the refusal this year as well. It seems that you're doing everything right (in terms of prepping for the interview) and it must be tough. However you're an inspiration to those of us facing our first refusal and not really knowing where to go from here. You seem like an incredible person and I wish you the very best! I'd like to take you up on your offer in a few months - it'd be helpful to process together. Good luck with your jobs!! Thank you again for staying positive and inspiring us to do the same.
  19. 1 point
    Residency is truly what you make it to be. There are ups and downs but for me there were far more ups than downs. I felt like by the end of residency I truly felt like a doctor. You look back on all that work that you put in in undergrad, in preparing for the interviews, in doing those interviews, that elated moment when you find out you're going to med school, and then putting 4 years of hard work in med school and then another 2-5+ years in residency. Your job involves constant learning, a propensity for curiosity, making connections with people from all walks of life, and job security and a comfortable income. I wouldn't trade my life right now for any other.
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    I'm sure she will. As a resident, I saw the university/program unfairly screw over more than a few students for very sketchy reasons (personal feelings, gossip from other residents, persecution for health issues etc). I have zero faith in the medical establishment doing the right thing when it comes to trainees. Not only is it a university involved, which tends to be full of bureaucratic morons, it's physicians (particularly academic ones) who are prone to being self serving, narcissistic, assholes.
  21. 1 point
    Thanks for the update. Hopefully she comes out of this ok. I am curious as to what her thought process is at this point. We had suggested in the original thread she contact PARO and a lawyer (which thankfully she has). Going to the media though may not have been in her best interest (I'm not sure if I would have recommended that). Mostly because now she has been publicly identified and this will be known every time she starts a rotation in residency (which would bother me, maybe shes ok with it). I probably would only have advised going to the media as a more "nuclear option", like once I exhausted PARO and a lawyer and the school was digging in or threatening to escalate. The suspension still seems super bizarre/unnecessary though unless they have some knowledge we aren't aware of
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    I shoulda checked myself before i shreked myself
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    lol in a few months we'll see another post titled "PSA: faking accents = med school admission" You've got this bro
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    PT chances?

    lol.... seriously?