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  1. 6 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.
  2. 3 points
    crysally

    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.
  3. 2 points
    For UofT, there were 308 offers given after 607 interviews for a class size of 261 (about 51% acceptance rate). Source: UofT Admissions 2017 Video (Youtube)
  4. 2 points
    Turned down my MMI Interview to McMaster's OT Program as I just got into my first choice program (different profession). Best of luck to those on the waiting list!
  5. 2 points
    WOW I thought I was the only one. Yes, I've been obsessing over it. Literally terrified that I misread the instructions.
  6. 1 point
    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
  7. 1 point
    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 !
  8. 1 point
    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
  9. 1 point
    markup

    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.
  10. 1 point
    I haven’t heard from my references either, but my last name is towards the end of the row. Felt pretty good about the interview. This wait is suspenseful. Anyone else in the same boat?
  11. 1 point
    Yes. That's what I did. I did 203-NYC-05 at Dawson, and was accepted to US MD schools. It wasn't even an issue. AMCAS will not evaluate the grades, nor will they require a transcript, but you will enter the grades in AMCAS anyhow and they will appear as un-verified grades, just to show that you have completed the prereqs. EDIT: You may want to ask the individual US schools, perhaps it differs.
  12. 1 point
    Thank you for the advice! However, I am looking to apply to US MD and DO schools as well, and I was told that Prerequisites done in CEGEP are not evaluated by AMCAS or something.. What does this mean? Can I finish Physics 1-2 and Biology 2 at a Cegep like Vanier/Dawson and then still apply across Canada and the U.S?
  13. 1 point
    ZBL

    Calling other professions Dr?

    Regardless of setting, I’d still call them Dr if they have any kind of doctoral degree. Especially so in academic settings where there’s no patient involved (eg being introduced at a conference, email etc). I’m not sure why you wouldn’t call them Dr in this case. I’ve even seen this in clinical settings, classic example is psychiatry. The psychiatrist will often introduce themselves as “ Hi I’m Dr XYZ, a child psychiatrist, and this is Dr ABC, a clinical psychologist.” In med school, colleagues with a PhD were sometimes introduced to patients by their preceptor as “Dr John Doe, who is a medical student and has a PhD in whatever” if the PhD was somewhat relevant to the clinical specialty. I think it’s an earned title, it just needs to be properly clarified what they are a doctor of - just like you want the internist to distinguish themselves from the surgeon (though I’m sure the surgeon will already be on top of that)
  14. 1 point
    I emailed the Admissions Comittee out of concern that one of my verifiers who is out of country may not be able to verify. They told me that verifiers had not yet been contacted, and that they would notify us if they have trouble contacting a verifier.
  15. 1 point
    synch

    The Perfect Clerk

    In addition to the excellent advice that everyone here has already given, bear in mind that your senior resident may be completing your evaluations and treat them with respect and courtesy. It's also important to remember that residents often feed back their assessments of clerks to attending physicians. You may not hear a ton of gratitude when you take on extra work, but it is almost always going to make it back to somebody important. If you want to match to that particular specialty and you make it clear, then it is all the more likely that information about your performance is going to be communicated to the important people. Residents can be your best ally. The corollary is that residents can really hamper your ability to match if they feed back that you were weird, rude, or not a hard worker.
  16. 1 point
    Histolytica

    The Perfect Clerk

    I agree with all of this. A good attitude and strong work ethic is 95% of it. If a clerk is lazy or arrogant, they will be judged poorly no matter how smart they are and how much they know. The best med students are eager to help and learn. Also, know what your limitations are and ask for help when you need it.
  17. 1 point
    Just got an email from McMaster for the MMI interview for OT at 8:58am EST. Finally got out of the waitlist!
  18. 1 point
    about as annoyed as medical doctors are introduced as Mr. so and so
  19. 1 point
    MRMD

    Admissions Médecine 2018

    Il m'on calculé ma CRU a 33.781 et sa prennais 35.1 pour avoir un entrevue. Je ne comprend pas nonplus comment ils ont calculé la CRU car j'ai eu un entrevue à Laval et Montréal avec les mêmes résultats scolaire.
  20. 1 point
    PhD2MD

    Calling other professions Dr?

    I might be able to give a bit of insight from the PhD side. Although I have a "traditional" non-clinical/basic science research PhD so I don't know much about what allied health PhDs prefer. When I lived in academia, this wasn't really a question. Everyone who had a PhD was a doctor. In fact, many argued that PhD was the "original" doctor, and that historically it was reserved for people who had achieved the highest possible degree in their field, with a dissertation, and were given licence to teach. Meanwhile the modern MD has dropped the dissertation and is equivalent to a bachelors degree, but someone somewhere in Europe (Scotland?) Kept the title going and eventually it became synonymous with MD. But despite the historical arguments, when you're in a hospital, people think Dr = MD. Which is why my peers in 1st year MD knew they could really mess with me by calling me Dr when we were practicing clinical skills on real patients. I would always have to pause my exam and spend a few minutes on the "yes I'm a doctor, but I'm not you're medical doctor" conversation. Cheeky bastards. It got worse during clerkship, especially when I was on a Neuro ward or Neuro clinic because STAFF would introduce me to patients as Dr ___, if they knew my PhD was in neuroscience. Some times it was clearly going to take more time to correct then it was going to take to do the exam, so I would just get the exam over with. All that is to say that as a medical student with a real old-school PhD, I don't like being called Dr in a clinical setting (at least for another 12 months). I don't know what it's like for allied health, whose PhD is more relevant to the setting. I do agree though, there's been a "doctorization" of everything, but the old PhDs would argue that includes calling MDs "doctor", haha.
  21. 1 point
    I see. I will strongly recommend doing physics at a Cegep over the summer. The intro phys courses are not well structured at Concordia, and they are quite difficult to do well in. If you do them at Dawson or Vanier etc., it will be much easier, include the lab in the course, give you the prereq you need for med, save you a potential drop in gpa, and save much frustration keeping up with a bad course. Best of luck!
  22. 1 point
  23. 1 point
    geri..endo..rheum
  24. 1 point
    AlexFox

    Course Load

    amazing. Thanks so much for your help! I will definitely email them!
  25. 1 point
    You forgot to mention the French schools - their waitlist movement is the size of another class!
  26. 1 point
    markup

    Written Component Performance

    I suppose now it's just a matter of agonizing over whether or not I wrote something that was coherent and actually passed!
  27. 1 point
    FlameGrilledChicken

    Written Component Performance

    It is for sure pass/fail
  28. 1 point
    unname2

    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 ?
  29. 1 point
    Thanks! #jesustakethewheel on my interview date lol
  30. 1 point
    amelie20

    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
  31. 1 point
    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.
  32. 1 point
    mdent

    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.''
  33. 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.
  34. 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
  35. 1 point
    Bambi

    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!
  36. 1 point
    NOOO MOVVVEEEMENT TODAAAYYYY T.T
  37. 1 point
    jul059

    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!
  38. 1 point
  39. 1 point
    Readyforthis2018

    Post-Refusal

    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.
  40. 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.
  41. 1 point
    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.
  42. 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
  43. 1 point
  44. 1 point
    I shoulda checked myself before i shreked myself
  45. 1 point
    lol in a few months we'll see another post titled "PSA: faking accents = med school admission" You've got this bro
  46. 1 point
    PTT2018

    PT chances?

    lol.... seriously?
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