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    Canadian Surgery Resident Youtuber

    I see you Meditech 1992. I mean its to each their own, this kind of information is actually pretty useful if honestly given to pre-clerks and premeds. It wasn't easy trying to find information about the "real" hours of residents. A lot of rumors fly around about 100 hr weeks, which is true on certain rotations, but often it is only for a period of time, not the entire month.
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    In the Help Guide they say that if you are continuing an activity, then enter the "end date" as June 1 2018.
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    Future PT students

    Mac assesses the online interview at 75% so get lots of practice with Kira. Queens cares more about the experiences you've had with physiotherapy so I would suggest that you take your time with the sup app and talk about experiences in your masters program and anything else. You may also want to look into applying to UofT since their CAP cutoffs have previously been in the low-mid 3.8. Just try to do lots of research into the profession and the skills and competencies required as a PT. Become proficient at communicating about how your previous experiences will make you a great candidate for this program which will come with practice. Good Luck!
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    MCAT deadline for Western

    people have submitted the scores from the last offering before and it was used, so yeah you just have to take the test this year
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    Canadian Surgery Resident Youtuber

    Hold on, he's a surgery resident at 22?!? That's impressive. Even with QuARMS' 2+4, that would leave most people at 23-24
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    yeah which seems kind of fair really. I mean the interview is testing for particularly things, and have three times (which is quite a while really as getting an interview each year is hard enough) you probably had enough time to perfect things. I really wonder how often that rule is even applied.
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    Confused about Abbreviated Sketch

    I would say start pretty early. It is easy to procrastinate with these and you really want the time to revise, revise, revise etc.
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    there is so much diversity in the applicant pool and their ECs that I would agree that there are basically no requirements etc like that. Just do what you like to do, work hard at it, and achieve some success in it.
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    Short answer is no.
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    Self MCAT prep as non-trad???

    Happy new year! My undergrad and masters were in mechanical engineering. I have no background and have not taken any courses in biochem, psych, sociology. I have taken the equivalent a half first year in chem and bio about 11 years ago (95% of the MCAT material felt completely new). English is not my native language. I wrote my first MCAT in January 2017 after about 6 weeks of intensive study. I had underestimated the breadth of knowledge we had to master and scored 503. I rescheduled a test for August, and this time I felt much better prepared, although I wish I had started practice tests sooner. I scored 516, and the bio section was the hardest section I've ever seen out of all my practice and also my lowest score. The overall score is still more than ok though, and I improved in all sections. So to answer your question, you definitely do not need to take prerequisites to score great on the MCAT. If you know you're capable of performing well on your own at anything you set your mind to, self-study is a good way to go. Only you can tell it that suits you! There's nothing wrong with taking courses if it gets you a great score! I just don't think it would have worked for me.
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    Self MCAT prep as non-trad???

    My UG was also Psychology. The only "hard science" courses I took were intro chem, bio, physics, 3 years before I wrote the MCAT. My psych major definitely helped for the P/S section of the MCAT, as well as CARS. Because I had no background in orgo/biochem/genetics, I knew I would have to put in extra days to self-teach/practice those topics. I studied Jun-Sept, using ExamKrackers books, KhanAcademy passages, the AAMC official materials, and YouTube. I was lucky to not have to work during this time but I know that's not possible for everyone. I probably could/should have studied in less time, but I gave myself a lot of break days so I wouldn't burn out. Lmk if you have any specific questions about the process or would like to see my schedule.
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    Self MCAT prep as non-trad???

    I wrote my Mcat before my organic chem courses, anatomy and physiology and before my 2nd bio. I scored a 509 and am applying with that score. I started studying in November for a July date, while working 50 hrs a week and raising 2 kids. l am a single mom. I wasn’t going to quit my job and go back to school if I couldn’t do the mcat. It was hard but can be done. I used Kaplan and khan academy.
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    Casper simulation tests

    I wish all these prep companies would stop spamming this forum. @med56893 I reported you for soliciting me in PM about MDconsultants. I would never use any company that stoops so low to gain business!
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    ECs don't have much direct value to CaRMS matching. They're considered, and it's important to show you've done something in medical school besides simply showing up and doing the bare minimum, but since most people have some ECs and very few are meaningful or overly impressive to programs, it's unlikely to move the needle much in convincing a program to take you. ECs can help though in overall career development and determining your path through medicine. They can help you get contacts which do become useful for CaRMS. They let you explore various specialties and aspects to working in medicine that can clarify what your goals are. They can also help improve your knowledge base and functional abilities for when clerkship comes around. So, while you shouldn't be fighting hard for opportunities just to make your CV look better, it's definitely worthwhile to pick up some activities which hold some interest and have personal value to your potential career. Basically, whatever you do, do it for yourself. When it comes to programs differentiating applicants, the main consideration is clinical performance, either directly through electives, core rotations and (rarely) observerships, or indirectly through LORs. Research can matter, depending on the program, but often doesn't make much of a difference. As a pre-clerk, since there are no grades and no clinical opportunities, the ECs and research become really the only ways to directly improve your CaRMS application, even though neither is going to make a huge difference directly. Alternatively and additionally, you can be taking the extra time to improve your likely performance in a clinical setting. Studying for higher grades doesn't matter, but studying to improve your clinical performance certainly can.