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    Labs and imaging should complement your physical exam and history, not the other way around.
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    Nova Scotia has its sights set on the growing pool of unmatched medical students in Canada as the province is finally moving forward on a plan to increase residency spaces. Ten more medical residents will be able to receive their family medicine training starting in July 2019. The placements will be based in rural parts of the province. Six will be in Truro, two in Inverness, one in the southwest region and one that will rotate depending on need. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/n-s-increasing-residency-spaces-for-medical-students-1.4741484 I just checked CaRMS 2019 and all 10 will be CMG-designated in first iteration of the match.
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    Hammmmmy

    Western Now Looking at ECs

    I disagree with you on this. In the new application that Western has put out, they have a section similar to UofT in which they give you the opportunity to mention any relevant obstacles in your career in medicine and any gaps in your transcript. This would undermine your point about their holisticness being a front for making it easier for rich kids to get in. I also think that even those who are not rich and cannot afford to volunteer (which I have found out this year, is truly a privilege and not a norm) can still get in. I have seen several personal examples in my own life of students that worked multiple jobs and could only afford to do 1-2 extracurriculars while balancing home and family life get into medical school. I do agree that there is a certain barrier to entry (such that not even the poorest vagrant can get in) but it is certainly getting better, not worse like you're implying.
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    Otot

    OT/PT Accepted/Waitlisted/Rejected 2018

    Got accepted into Queens OT off the wait list yesterday, so things are still moving!
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    Some clinics have portable ECGs. A patient could be having a heart attack in the absence of traditional MI symptoms, sure, but your training should be preparing you to properly evaluate and refer, not evaluate and then refer anyway because you're thinking of the worst case scenario. 85% of chest pain causes in the ER not being threatening is exactly why ERs are swamped. The FP should be able to reasonably differentiate between cardiac and non-cardiac chest pain. Referral to a neurologist can take months. On/off headaches in the absence of any other findings again need proper evaluation. A family doctor should be well equipped to deal with headaches. If red flags are present, then of course more urgent referral and imaging is needed. If you refer everyone out or order every single test to rule out every potential diagnosis you are not doing yourself, the patient, or the system any favours. This is where your differential diagnosis and pre-test probabilities come into play.
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    Depression can have severe impacts on the body and mind. The ability to think and take decisions are greatly affected by depression. It is true that the severity and the extent of depression can vary according to the root cause of depression. Other than consuming antidepressant, there are many ways to overcome from such situation like healthy food habits, talking with the voyance direct experts for consultation, meditation along with regular exercise.
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    I agree with wachaa. If you want to do FM obstetrics later on and wants it to be a significant part of your practice, you need to go rural to get more exposure. In large urban centers, a lot of patients have the option of being followed by OBS-GYN, FM-OBS (referred by their GPs), midwifes, the vast majority (uncomplicated healthy patients) decide to be followed by OBS-GYN. Well, if you have the luxury of choosing, and if you were pregnant, I think that it is common sense to pick the physician with the most experience, and who is prepared to deal with the worst post-partum complications or proceed to C-section if necessary. A lot of FM obs staff in urban centers still book regular FM clinic when they are on FM obs call, which gets really tricky, because you will be running behind for your clinic's patients or might have to end up cancelling. The reason of double-booking is that the calls are quite light-volume, and you don't want to waste a day sitting around at home. So if you want to have a good exposure, it makes more sense to set up a FM obs in the community or rural setting.
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    Posting for data Accepted off Waitlist to Hamilton Campus!!!! Timestamp: June 20, 1:53pm Geography: IP cGPA: 3.95 CARS: 129 Year: 3 Casper: Felt alright about most prompts. Did not finish quite a few of my responses but I guess that was okay! MMI: Pretty bimodal- had a couple great stations where I felt I really connected with the interviewer, and a couple that were just terrible, stone-faced responses, tough role-play. Honestly, I had given up this cycle and did not expect to receive an offer so late. To future applicants: there's still a chance even late into the year—you never know!!
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    Decided to post for future applicants - to inspire and give hope! Result: Accepted (off Waitlist) Timestamp: June 7, 2018 GPA: 3.87 (Last 2 years) MCAT: 514 (126 CARS) ECs: Diverse, things I enjoyed, a lot of employment, a decent amount of research but no publications at time of application Geography: IP Interview: Pulled off waitlist for interviews... the week before the first weekend of interviews. So flustered. Felt really good coming out of panel, MMI was not so great. Continued to feel exponentially worse as I had flashbacks of my interview until June. Year: Graduated UG 2017, a part-time retail job and a part-time research assistant I honestly didn't think I could do it. My chances were low (statistically). But trust your intuition and truly be your (best) self at the interview. Show that you are passionate and have your own story for pursuing medicine. Take the time to reflect on that whenever you can. Sometimes I would have random bursts of "Why am I even doing this?" and I would journal all these different thoughts which helped me prepare for interviews. Also my stats weren't great, my GPA and MCAT aren't amazing, but aren't bad... still a testament that you don't have to be a perfect student to get in. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I feel incredibly lucky to be in this position and I want to pay it forward.
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    Accepted off Waitlist to Hamilton Campus! Timestamp: Tuesday June 5th, 2018 at 12:10pm Geography: IP cGPA: ~3.77 CARS: 127 Year: Gap Year working (Graduated 2017) Casper: Thought I did okay! I'm a fairly fast typer so that probably helped. Must have gone well with my pretty low stats. Interview: Didn't feel great about the first of couple stations, but eventually I calmed down and think I did decent on the others! Hopefully this encourages people with lower stats to still apply/have faith!!!
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    Accepted off Waitlist to Hamilton Campus! Timestamp: Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 at 11:02am PST Can’t believe it!! Now I’m going nuts!!
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    I'm black and just received my interview recently. I have a 3.95 wGPA and I met all cut offs with various long term volunteering commitments (between 5-10 years).
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    CXR

    McMaster Interview Invites/Regrets 2018

    Getting a Reject with your stats...did you by any chance say "shithole countries" on your Casper?
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    Yes, it does mean less seats for everyone, but the focus of my point was that if UofT is trying to be Socially Accountable then why choose black students specifically? Why not target a larger underrepresented demographic? A great example of what a program could be modeled after is University of Manitoba's socioeconomic coefficient, where they ask specific questions such as a history of adverse childhood experiences, race, sexual orientation, and of course family income. Based on how many descriptions you fit, they apply a multiplier to your score. University of Saskatchewan is introducing a similar program this upcoming cycle called DSAAP (details still to be confirmed). University of Calgary also has something for people who have experienced adversity although I am not familiar with the specifics. It doesn't technically mean less seats for other underrepresented groups, I'm just saying that it adds an extra layer of difficulty (for everyone). This extra layer of difficulty is compounded on other underrepresented groups who have to apply through the regular application stream.
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    The way I am seeing it right now is that with BSAP there will be an increase in the # of black students at UofT meaning less seats more competition for seats for other underrepresented groups (Latino, Philipino, low-SES, rural). Having a low-SES application program would encompass a larger demographic and help the most amount of applicants. To better illustrate my point, here are some figures that show the level of underrepresentatio in medical schools Black students 0.5% vs 2.5% of the Canadian population Low income students (0-40K/year): 10% vs. 42.5% of the Canadian population These are just rough #'s I put together from looking at the bars and the scale, but I think you get my point. Edit* changed less seats to more competition Link to the figures: https://caper.ca/~assets/documents/CAPER_Poster_AAMC_Physician_Workforce_Conference_May-2012.pdf
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    A well worded and thought out post. Still however, I disagree with your premise and reasoning. I reject the notion that one needs to be of the same race/complexion as another to provide adequate care. If a certain demographic has a particularly strong interest in seeing a physician of the same race, there should be no obligate responsibility from healthcare providers to match this demand even if it prevents optimal care (though not if it prevents adequate/standard care). A recent high profile situation recently occurred with a similar line of reasoning being used by a very unreasonable patient. https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/06/21/mississauga-womans-demand-for-english-speaking-doctor-spoke-volumes-paradkar.html Given her attitude and mistrust towards physicians of certain demographics, it's very likely that in fact she would receive suboptimal care (because she'd be less trusting, potentially less compliant, etc.). Would her demands have been acceptable if was more tactful/nicer about it? Would her demands have been reasonable if she was of another race? Did the "system" fail the patient by not having a physician of a certain race available? For me the answer to all of these questions is no. Fundamentally to be able to provide adequate care, a physician must be a medical expert & good communicator. These are skills that are chiefly determined by individual characteristics, not race. A Canadian physician of any race would have almost certainly been able to provide the Missisauga woman with adequate care (the standard with which we are and should be held to). In addition to that, given the fact that affirmative action is inherently unfair to applicants via racial preferences, I am very much against affirmative action and similar policies being implemented in Canadian medical school admissions especially if it's under the guise of better care.
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    If I'm white but self-identify as black, can I apply ?
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    Although I am admittedly more conservative than my friends who have worked to implement this new program, I have yet to engage in any discussion that went beyond "this is progress, check your privilege white boy." To me, I still do not understand how a separate application process is different than Separate but Equal, so I am confused as to how this is a progressive movement. Many are in support of this because, "the standards are the same." This is not true. UofT, at least when I applied, had ridiculously low cut off points for it's stats (9/9/9 and low 3.0s GPA). The average accepted applicant had stats much higher than this. I can see the accomplishments of new Black matriculates marginalized due to being vetted through this alternate process. Lastly, I do not feel that there is a need for this like there is a need for practitioners who understand populations such as Aboriginals. I have not encountered any systemic barrier to communication with Black people in my training, whereas I certainly have with Aboriginals. I am also unaware of any Black communities large enough in Canada to benefit from dedicated physicians, although I could be wrong about this (Nova Scotia?) I am aware that I am not an expert on "experiences outside my race," but I do feel that the biggest barrier to application at this time is socioeconomic status and not race. I am sure UofT will enjoy the publicity though.
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    Accepted off the IP waitlist! GPA: 3.9/4.0 MCAT: 27 (8,8,10) ECs: Lots of various things; Leader of the Bladder Cancer Canada Halifax Events Group; long-time volunteer at the Canadian Cancer Society; Lots and lots and lots of undergrad research and a few awards; conference attendance and presentations; diverse job portfolio (worked as a solar technician for a while, medical research, and grocery store clerk haha) etc etc. Interview: Read Doing Right and took a free prep seminar course offered at Dal. If anything, take a course like that just to get used to talking with strangers about relevant topics. Came out of it feeling pretty good. White Coat / Black Art was a great resource as well. Dal Score on Waitlist (IP): 72.92 GOOD LUCK!
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