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  1. 4 points
    I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE THIS IS HAPPENING Result: Accepted to London Time: 10:25 am 2YGPA: 3.9ish cGPA: 3.6ish MCAT: 128/128/128 ECs: Lots of competitive team sports, 4 years of volunteering on crisis lines, lots of work with survivors of sexual assault / domestic violence, some shadowing, and have a second author pub. Interview: Was an awesome day - so thankful for the 2021 meds for making the interviewees feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. All three of my interviewers were so friendly and engaged throughout the interview. The next day the doubt started to kick in. So glad to see this result - should have stuck with my gut feeling! Geography: IP, SWOMEN Year: Finished undergrad in 2017
  2. 3 points

    U of T vs. MacMed

    If you don't have a good reason already to go to McMaster, I would choose UofT. 1. 3 vs 4 yr curriculum - Unless you are rushing to get out, a 4 year program gives you time to explore specialties. Do not underestimate how tough a 3 year program can be on your wellbeing, doing med school without breaks is not without challenges and sacrifices. 2. Mixed vs PBL - UofT has the better curriculum especially since it has updated it to include some PBL, the Mac pre-clerkship is essentially do whatever you want, very little contact time and very little direction, you don't know what is important or not important to study, people just end up reading Toronto Notes for tutorials 3. Toronto vs Hamilton - Up to you to decide, but I would argue most people would do better in Toronto. If undecided, pick the big city, it is easier to leave the big city than to leave and come back. 4. Research - This is the one area both schools are excellent in. Toronto has more breadth, but may be more self directed and hard to navigate due to size. Hamilton is insane in certain areas like clin epi, weaker in others but it is very easy to get research in Hamilton, very little competition 5. Surgery vs Non-surgery - I've heard people say UofT convinces you to specialize, just by virtue of exposure to all these super sub specialists. However, if you are thinking surgical specialty, Toronto has much more support for that, from strong anatomy teaching to skills labs to SEAD to a longer surgical clerkship. 6. Where do you want to be for residency? - If the answer is Toronto, choose Toronto, if the answer is Hamilton, choose Hamilton, if the answer is other, it is basically the same, although i've heard rumors that it seems to be a little harder to convince other schools that you want to go there as a UofT student. 7. Culture - This varies year to year, but generally speaking Mac has a friendly and collaborative class, people share resources and advice and there is a bit of a "we are all in this together vibe" which may or may not have something to do with being a 3 yr program in a 4 yr world. Toronto, from what I hear is a bit more competitive, close within each academy but people tend to do their own thing.
  3. 3 points

    DMD 2018

    Dépôt DMD enfin !!!!!!!! Après 32 ans d’attente
  4. 2 points
    fwiw, from my experience if you miss the early bird deadline but are on top of it and are checking for the email to come out you'll still have plenty of space in each time slot to choose from. Go for the early deadline if you can tho!
  5. 2 points

    DMD 2018

    J'ai mon dépôt pour dmd !!!!!!!!
  6. 2 points

    U of T vs. MacMed

    Any school in Canada is great, but I would generally advise anybody to go with a 4 year program over a 3 year program, if they have a choice unless you are completely set on your specialty at this point. Specifically for U of T vs. Mac, you also want to consider if you prefer self-directed learning/PBL since that is the primary method of education at Mac whereas U of T has more of a mix of things. You also should consider whether you want to stay in Toronto or would prefer Hamilton (or whatever campus you're at for Mac). One benefit of Mac is that there are likely fewer learners at the hospitals you would be in so you might get better hands on experience through Mac. Ultimately, I would probably go with U of T in your situation (though I actually go to a different med school), but I'm sure people have things to add that might affect your decision.
  7. 1 point
    In the last week, I've finished my second undergrad degree and have been accepted to medicine. I constantly see people posting both here and in the general forum about whether doing a second degree is the right option, and there really aren't any stickies or any other resources addressing it. I thought posting my experiences might help others down the road. Doing a second undergraduate degree is not a great way to apply to medicine. If you are an applicant who has a GPA that is almost competitive (or better), a second degree is a waste of time. A graduate degree is a much better option because it not only improves your chances of getting into medicine, but it might improve your chances of landing competitive residencies later on. However, if you are an applicant with an uncompetitive GPA in your first degree, a second degree may be your only option. For instance, my GPA through my first four years was a 2.1 - not only was I ineligible at all Canadian (and international for that matter) medical schools, I would not be accepted at any graduate program. To pursue medicine, it was necessary to do a second degree. Doing a second degree to enter medicine is extremely difficult. There is much less room for error than in a first undergrad degree (a bad semester can ruin everything). You will be the odd person out in classes - you'll be the sixth-year student in a first-year class. You will be joining clubs with 17 year-olds. Your friends will find success in their pursuits and you will feel left behind. If you're in a relationship, it will suffer. You will probably enter into even more debt. And the worst part is that during the application process, medical schools can (and will) judge you based on your past mistakes rather than on more recent successes. The application process can be both capricious and arbitrary - even if you get a 4.0 in your second degree, kill the MCAT, and have amazing extracurriculars you may still never get in. Be Honest and Take Time If you are considering a second undergraduate degree, begin by being brutally honest with yourself. You should first consider where you went wrong. If you did not do well in your first undergrad because you had a physical or mental health issue, has it been completely resolved? Do not begin a second undergraduate degree if not. Take time off and get well - or at least take that time and learn ways to succeed despite the challenges you face before trying again. Did you not do well in your first undergrad because you weren't motivated to succeed? If so, are you really motivated now? Someone PM'ed me saying they had just finished their first undergraduate degree and had done very poorly, but within the first week after finals they had suddenly become motivated to succeed. This is highly unlikely. They might suddenly realize they have graduated and now have to face the real world, but this feeling is not the same as being motivated to succeed. Probably within a month of re-entering a university program this person would lose motivation again. Again, my advice is to take time off of school. Take a minimum of two years and try out different jobs, volunteer, travel, make new friends, live in a different city (or country), just do something different. Time has a way of granting increased clarity - maybe with time you will discover your "motivation" for medicine was simply your perception of what others wanted you to do (which appears to be very common). Or maybe you will discover an innate desire to become a physician. Maybe you didn't do well in your first undergrad because the program was too hard. This is a tricky one. There are a number of reasons for a program being too difficult - maybe it's something you don't enjoy, maybe you haven't adopted the right learning styles for the material you're being taught, maybe you work best in teams and your program is brutally individualistic, or maybe (and this is highly unlikely) your program really is just unfairly difficult. Again - be honest with yourself. One of my friends once asked me about doing a second undergrad to get into medicine, saying that they did poorly in life sciences because they hated it. My first question: "If life sciences was too hard because you don't like the material, how are you going to find medical school?" Another one of my friends was considering a second degree in life sciences after doing three years of a business program - she didn't do very well in her business major but said she hated it. On the other hand, she LOVED her life science electives and had nearly straight A+'es in them. A second degree for her was a no-brainer. You may also have done poorly because you feel that you are not smart enough to succeed. This is VERY rare. I only mention it because I have seen one case of someone who was doing everything right but just couldn't crack 80's. This person loved the material, was working extremely hard, had very good study habits, was very motivated, and found good balance and had a great support network. If this is legitimately your situation, I would question whether medical school would be a good option. I'll just leave it at that, but honestly, this situation is very rare and if you think you fit into this category, consider first if you have actually done everything possible to succeed. If you are still set on a second degree, you need to think about the answer to this question: Why do you want to be a doctor and not a worker in an allied health field? Again: you need to be honest. If your first answer is "because I enjoy helping people," I would reply with, "do nurses help people? Do police officers help people?" and so forth. Write out a list of why you want to go into medicine and figure out if that list is exclusive to being a physician. If it turns out you'd be equally (or more) happy being a nurse or an EMT - do that instead. If, after working in that field, you decide you'd like to apply to medicine (or do a second degree) at a later point you still can - and your application now has some very relevant work experience on it. I don't mention all of this above to discourage you. I only mention it because getting into medicine through the second degree route is very difficult. If you are realistic, in a good place health-wise, motivated, had some proven academic success, and are certain that medicine is the right career, then you have a decent chance of success. Most importantly, remember that there is absolutely no rush to get into medicine. We are always pushed to get ahead and succeed. This works great for some people but not for everyone: some of us need more time to find our niche. Life is a marathon, not a sprint - take some time to sort everything out, it will be worth it in the end. The Practical Side For those of you still reading, I'll get into the more practical side of things. Your primary consideration should be where and in which field to do a second degree. Consult the sticky at the top of this page regarding second degree policies at schools. Be VERY CONSCIOUS of what each school looks for in terms of a second degree - for instance, Western has very strict requirements for that degree. Take the time to review everything before selecting courses within a program (if you aren't paying attention you can very easily kill your eligibility at Western). Also, make sure you are going to be eligible at more than one school. Schools can change their admission requirements which can completely ruin you. It happened most recently with UBC's abolition of the 10-year rule which has seriously compromised the chances of some pretty incredible people both on and off this forum. As for picking a program, send lots of e-mails to departments. Unfortunately, in Ontario it's becoming increasingly difficult to do second degrees (I suspect this may be due to "reach higher" funding being tied to increasing enrolment and second degree students may not count as this). Lots of schools will let you though, so check with programs. Pick one that you're very interested in, and have done well in academically during your first degree. It may be best to pick a program that can also let you review for the MCAT - but this is going to vary for people (if you haven't taken a physics course for instance, try to take one at some point). Generally speaking, it's best to make yourself into a traditional applicant. In addition to performing well academically, you should balance this with extracurriculars - research, clubs, volunteering, etc. A great tip I can offer is to do your best to turn your life and experience into a narrative - if you did poorly during your first degree because you spent too much time playing video games, develop some resources for people who play video games excessively on campus. If, during your time off from university you became a parent, develop resources for other parents on campus or work on programs to empower parents to find change. This makes your application - and your answer to interview questions - much more compelling. Just remember, GPA is king. If you have engineered world peace in your second degree but only have a 3.6 GPA in it, you're going to have a very hard time getting into medical schools in Canada. Also, do start thinking now about the MCAT. Doing well on the MCAT will make your life easier by enabling Queen's and Western as options. You are much more limited if you cannot make cutoffs at these schools. So start practising early (for instance, if you find the verbal section difficult, start reading a lot). Above all, remember that if you are pursuing a second degree you probably have an advantage (however small or obscure) over many first-year students coming in. Make sure to utilize it. As someone with a second undergraduate degree, you not only have to be as good as someone who has only done one degree, you have to be better. Think carefully about ways you can accomplish that. It IS possible to enter medicine from a second degree - but you need to do everything you can to maximize your chances.
  8. 1 point

    CNFS waitlist

    Hey, I was just waitlisted in the CNFS stream and I am aware that because of the same size of the pool the waitlist does not move much. I was wondering if anyone who was accepted in the CNFS stream are thinking of rejecting the offer for another school? Thanks and congrats to those who were accepted!
  9. 1 point

    médecine dentaire 2018

    Comment avez-vous trouvé l’entrevue pour ceux et celles qui l’ont fait à ce jour?
  10. 1 point


    Si cela peut vous donner une idée, je suis 28e sur LA en ergo, avec 31.89 de côte (j’ai été refusé en pharmacie), candidat universitaire.
  11. 1 point

    U of Alberta vs. McMaster

    I used to think about the enrichment year like you do. However, the issue is, it remains a pretty niche program, you go out of sync with your friends in your class, you kind of set yourself on your own and you ultimately are responsible for explaining why you needed that extra year when you apply to CaRMS. Some people have great outcomes, others don't, the issue is, you have to declare relatively early on that you want to take an enrichment year, you can't be midway through CaRMS, change your specialty of interest and get an enrichment year to gun for it. Mac may be over-represented in ophthalmology (truthfully don't know the data on this), but we are also under-represented in many of the specialties listed above including plastics, ENT, derm. Mac just doesn't send many people to these specialties and much has to do with the fact that these specialties are so competitive, that they are asking for the absolute maximum of applicants and McMaster as a 3 year school and with its curriculum doesn't give you the appropriate elective time and training to really succeed or excel. To OP: Congrats first of all! I think if you can genuinely see yourself being happy as a FM/EM in the GTHA with or maybe without research, despite potentially liking plastics or ENT or ophtho, choose McMaster. I really do think McMaster provides you with the advantages that help you achieve the 2+1 goals you mentioned. If you do choose McMaster, you will have the first year to really explore those competitive specialties you listed, but please please hit the ground running with this kind of stuff. You may end up liking some of these competitive specialties, but not fall in love with them, the issue with McMaster here is that it doesn't give you as much time to explore them and crucially, the clerkship experience to really understand them, so you may end up with a foot on two boats that are heading in opposite directions. This happens to a lot of people and many make the decision to drop one and continue with the other. The one thing you can try to do at McMaster is, pick one highly competitive specialty, gun for that specialty like your life depends on it, back up with FM and perhaps do some ER shifts on the side. You will probably burn out, but it is doable. If the things I said don't seem to appeal to you, you may want to choose UofA. UofA can still give you a FM/EM match, but you may have to delay a lot of the start of that stuff until you hit residency in Toronto, however, UofA would give you time and preparation to succeed in those competitive specialties, but also understand these competitive specialties come with a lot of sacrifices, including the fact that you are more likely to match at UofA or other west coast schools in those specialties rather than come back to Ontario.
  12. 1 point
    congrats everyone accepted! as a reminding we do try to keep this thread "clean" so will either move or delete conversations not reporting stats shortly. Of course post away in a separate thread - we just want it easy to scroll through here.
  13. 1 point

    DMD 2018

    On sort souvent des entrevues ou des CASPer en pensant que le résultat est mauvais mais la plupart du temps le vrai résultat est bon
  14. 1 point

    Pharmacie 2018

    salut j'ai reçu mon dépôt - pharm cote R cegep ; 33,6 1 an de nutrition avec 4,20/4,3 voila:) bonne chance à tous !!! et liste d'attente laval !-> elle sera libérée !
  15. 1 point
    This is from an era ago but I found IQ Publications useless for the PAT. Its answers were blatantly wrong. Questions made by someone who didn't bother checking anything.
  16. 1 point
    Anyone with a conditional offer of admission?:)
  17. 1 point

    Bonne méthode d'étude

    Au moins tu t'es rendu compte assez tôt de ce que tu veux faire. Felicitations. Pour mes cours de biologie en Bacc, ceux qui étaient complexes, c'était d'enregistrer les cours et de les écouter, en répetition pendant que je marchais ou faisait autre chose qu'étudier devant mes notes. Ceci m'a donné de la répétition pour bien assimiler les notions plus complexes. Rédiger des notes de cours pour résumer ce dont qui a été couvert. Et de reviser car plus que le cours avance, plus les notions s'accumulent. Et si tu as des questions, pose les tout de suite à la prochaine personne que tu peux pour éviter que le confusion s'accumule
  18. 1 point
    Honestly there isn't one resource for RC that I personally would recommend. I would suggest perhaps seeking out MCAT CARS exercises. CARS is a bit harder than DAT's RC but it's always better to challenge yourself. Maybe dabble in Kaplan RC, DAT Prep, and other DAT RC books first. Then using CARS once you feel like you have a feel of the strategy/method you want to use. Always time yourself though so that you build up endurance for the real thing. I used Barron's DAT and thought that was a medium-ish level for RC. McGraw Hill's resources were also a bit more challenging than Kaplan's. Another useful strategy would be to read scientific literature like review papers and some introductory philosophy readings. I literally used every textbook that I could get my hands on in my library for some free DAT resources and some MCAT to supplement some areas. I got a 23 RC on my first try of the DAT (I think that it helped that I minored in Philosophy so I had some experience with critical reading). I would also recommend practicing RC on paper rather than on a computer monitor. Good luck!
  19. 1 point
    I feel like I'm going to throw up... Result: Accepted!!!! Timestamp: 9:22 EST May 8, 2018 wGPA: 3.87 MCAT: met cutoffs ECs: (copy and pasted from invite 2018 thread) Lots of music stuff (RCM for piano at high level, played music/led a band for my youth group for 5+ years, self-taught guitar, song writing but tbh nothing really to show for it). Majored in an allied health profession in undergrad so really tried to incorporate my clinical experiences as much as I could. ZERO research...zilch...nada...nothing. Thought for sure that would make me dead on arrival (in combination with my sub-par wGPA). Had a bit of typical premed stuff - hospital volunteering, tutoring etc... Also tried to include some of my hobbies - stuff you would NEVER expect to see on a professional application lol. When I showed my app to a friend he said "Bro are you sure you want to include that?" I literally tossed them in there because (1) Yes I'm passionate about them (2) I thought there was no way I'd get interviewed so might as well show "all of me."  tl;dr - BELOW average imo (but I guess not the adcom's opinion lol) Advice to future applicants (based on my experience): Be yourself and most importantly be true to yourself. Show the adcoms the person you are, not the person you think they want you to be. Use discretion of course though lol Essays: Spent way too many days thinking about them and not enough days writing them. In the end I'd say I was moderately content with them - some more than others. Advice to future applicants(based on my experience): Be impactful and use stories. Research the school well, find out what qualities they're looking for and show how you've demonstrated those qualities through your story telling. Interview: I was fairly confident walking out, but I knew how I "felt" about it may not have any relationship to how I actually "did." Am stunned that it worked out! Overall, I'd say 3 interviews were rock solid, and 1 was moderately shaky but I think I handled myself well. Advice to future interviewers (based on my experience): It's stated on the forums everywhere but I think it makes a difference. Be a human in there and keep calm. I used PHD2MD's thread (below) to help in prep, but honestly I believe as long as you know yourself well, are prepared to see issues from both sides, and are able to "connect' with your interviewers, you are good to go. Year: Graduated undergrad in 2017 Cannot believe this. Dreams come true. I can guarantee you that I am FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR from an exceptional candidate (lower than avg wGPA, meh ECs, decent essays) and yet I landed a spot at U of T Med. I really want to drive home this point (because it is something I truly did not believe for the past 5 years): that you DO NOT have to have a 4.0 GPA, ridonkulous ECs, 10 first author pubs etc etc in order to get into U of T Med. Believe in yourself, and believe in the work you've put in. Best of luck to all future applicants. ....Holy balls I'm gonna be a doctor!!!!!!
  20. 1 point

    Pharmacie 2018

    J'ai oublié de dire: CRU de 30.953. Je pense avoir bien réussi le CASPer et aussi le questionnaire autobiographique. J'ai travaillé beaucoup en recherche en sciences de la santé et j'ai gagné plusieurs bourses. Il ne faut pas se décourager si vous êtes refusés; mettez des efforts pour vous bâtir un bon CV. J'ai eu le temps de terminer une maîtrise avant d'être finalement admis.
  21. 1 point

    Nutrition ou soins infirmier

    Je ne sais pas! Y’a pas de meilleur métier: le meilleur est celui qui passionne plus!
  22. 1 point
    Ummmm I for one do care if my physician was a convicted killer, fraudster or sex offender. And I do not think they should be allowed to practice medicine if they committed one of the aforementioned crimes.
  23. 1 point

    DMD vers medecine

    Pharmacie, c'est pas vraiment mieux.Moins de cours/crédits, mais beaucoup de cours devraient valoir plus de crédits à mon avis (cours à 1 cr avec une charge aussi lourde que 3 cr). Le seul avantage de pharmacie, c'est qu'on évite les frais d'équipement, mais tout les autres désavantages sont les mêmes. Très fort groupe, moyenne fixée à B et une première année très lourde si on vient directement du cégep. Je suis un des meilleurs exemples qui démontrent que ça peut mal tourner.
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    Pharmacie 2017

    C'est tout à fait possible d'obtenir un 4.3/4.3 lors de la première session de nutrition et ça donne probablement environ 40-41 de CRU (c'est un excellent programme pour faire le saut). Bonne chance.
  25. 1 point
    Normal Waitlist Time Stamp: 12:26PM GPA: 3.96 MCAT: 522 (132/131/130/129) Interview: Cringiest experience ever. Wanted to leave after the first question. Either my interviewers gave me pity points or they mixed me up with someone else, cuz I have no idea I didn't get a outright rejection. Non SWOMEN 4th year UG Was really really surprised I didn't get rejected.