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    In case some of you didn't know, they are hosting a bunch of information sessions this year throughout October and November (across various local universities and CEGEPs, and even places outside of Quebec) Some notables: -Re-applicant session on Oct 4 -for the RI-MUHC community on Oct 15 at the Glen and many more... Complete list and info here: https://www.mcgill.ca/medadmissions/events
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    Omsas scale

    Hey, if you meet the cut-offs for MCAT so 383 total and 126/129/128 min in each section w/o psych I would 100% apply if money is not an issue.
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    Omsas scale

    Hey, if its a 3.7 on the dot even but not rounded then you are good! If you meet the MCAT cut-offs as well I would 100% apply. Are you SWOMEN?
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    How does everyone study?

    Ya, I found that rewriting my notes was also a waste of time. Most of the time I spent rewriting I wouldn't even pay attention. I just passively wrote and my hand hurt afterwards lol. Now I reread my notes once actively while creating a list of questions that could come up on the exam. Then, I test myself with those questions later to make sure it's memorized, otherwise, I review it again. I like to use quizlet for this because I can practice it on my phone anywhere and can play matching games and stuff. Stops me from being bored, lol. Something I also used to do instead of rewriting all of my notes, was to force myself to condense the whole lecture down to one page. Then all of the lectures down to one for the exam, like a cheat sheet. This made me really pay attention and think about what is important.
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    How does everyone study?

    For sure, re-read multiple times as opposed to writing out, which waaaay too long imo.
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    Omsas scale

    Even if its a 3.7 your good. But it has to be 3.7 in EACH of the 2 best years used. And for Western you must be in final year of UG or have completed UG to apply. The way you calculate with OMSAS is use the scale to convert each percentage to a number out of 4.00 using the correct column, then add and numbers for one year and divide by 10. if its a full year class, just add that number in twice and still divide by 10 in the end. If you overloaded any year, use top 10 credits only.
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    I'm not sure I feel like I have that much control as staff either...
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    Paying for US med school tuition?

    Similar situation to Serendi... I have a max loan from BMO, about 60K (in theory by the end of yr4) from gov BC, and about $140K from the school.
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    How to stand out in medical school?

    You don’t need to stand out in medical school. Just be yourself, work hard and life will unfold.
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    This is literally the worst example. If you watched the Winter Olympics recently you would have heard about this story: https://www.google.ca/amp/s/globalnews.ca/news/4035507/how-a-skier-who-can-hardly-jump-made-it-to-the-olympic-halfpipe/amp/ There is always an alternative way to achieve your goal. I am quite concerned about your ability to demonstrate empathy. Medical school admissions are not black and white. Having been on the interview committees for medical school selection on a few occasions, I can assure you that there is a greater portion of luck involved in the whole process than you may think. There is generally a handful of amazing applicants that are easy to identify, a handful of terrible applicants and the rest fall into the middle where how you rank them would most likely vary significantly from interviewer to interviewer. The fact you are so sure that you will be accepted into a Canadian Medical School before even applying is a little concerning. My only suggestion for you is to try and develop more tolerance and humility before interviews come around. Also, please keep in mind that if you get into medical school, many of your staff will be IMG’s. If you come into interactions with them with this mindset, you will burn a lot of bridges. Finally, if you do get into medical school, you will soon realize that medicine is not as prestigious as you may think it is.
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    I agree with everyone above. First you should worry about getting into medical school. Until then, everything else is just wishful thinking. Second, I also agree that you should not turn down an offer with the hopes of eventually getting into UBC. That may be a decision you regret forever. What most med school applicants don't realize is that as a medical student and resident, you will have relatively little control over your life (how much you work, where you work, sometimes even what specialty you will practice). All you can do is suggest your preferences, but at the end of the day, those decisions are all made for you. Took me a while to realize this, but its not one of the glamorous, advertised components of training in this field. It is good that you know what you want, but entering medicine, you should be prepared to make sacrifices.
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    Doing well on surgery electives

    If you are a staff surgeon (or staff anything) and you are yelling at med students, you are a pathetic loser. I feel bad that you have to push around the students to make up for your small penis. Just saying.....
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    no honours

    Honours has many definitions depending on the university, by without an honours, do you mean: That your school offers an honours thesis in order to get an HBSc? If this is a 4 year program, i don't think there's an issue here. As long as you have some type of research/relevant clinical/voluntary background. Or do you mean that the program you're in doesn't have an honours designation (BSc)? If this is a 4 year program, i don't think there's an issue here. As long as you have some type of research/relevant clinical/voluntary background. Or do you mean that you're in a general bio program (guelph?) that's only 3 years long? If this is the case, you absolutely need to go and do a 4 year degree if you want to apply to Western or NOSM. Not sure about schools outside of Ontario. Usually grad schools won't accept students from 3-year programs either. Or by honours do you mean that you're getting less than an A-, 3.70/4.00 (OMSAS), 80% cGPA -- without distinction/latin honours? Yes, it's possible to get into grad school without latin honours. Most grad schools require, at the very least, a 70%/B- average within the last two years, some are obviously higher. And if you get struck by lightning, you can be one of the very lucky people to even get into med school. If you're in an honours program and are graduating with less than the required cGPA for that honours status (at UofT, it's a 2.00/4.00 (C) to graduate with a B.Sc (hons.) minimum), you have bigger problems to worry about than getting into med school because grad schools won't look at you unless you have at least a B-/70%/ 2.60/4.00 average at the very least for a masters.
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    Write the reference with where you’ll be submitting it and add “in preparation”
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    Paying for US med school tuition?

    There are schools that you can attend for less than 400k (might be tough with current exchange rate). There are schools that give out funding (grants/loans) to Canadians - Yale, JHU, Northwestern, Sinai, Harvard, Vandy, Duke, Dartmouth, Columbia(Free), NYU(Free) and so on. ofc there are no guarantee that you can get into these as they tend to be one of the most difficult schools to get into. I'll use myself as an example. My school's total cost will be ~450k incl. tuition, housing, etc. I'll be getting ~160k from school grant, ~200k from CIBC loan, ~30k from OSAP, which leaves ~60k for family contribution. My family's definitely down there in the SES scale so this wouldn't have been possible without that grant, and getting loan took a while too. It's doable, but tough.
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    Paying for US med school tuition?

    If youre family is willing to support 100-200k, then you can definitely make it work without much issue. You can get up to 275k CAD or more from the bank with parents as cosigners, then you can get government student loans 10-15k/year (or more depending on the province), and then the family savings. First you need to figure out your list of schools to apply to and where youre competitive.
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    Result: ACCEPTED!!!!!! Timestamp: 8:45AM GPA: 3.53 cGPA / 3.96 wGPA MCAT: 515 ECs: Diverse/Unique feel free to PM me Interviews: I had two interviews this cycle. The fact that this was my second interview really primed me for this one. I felt like the MMI was shaky but I stuck with all my answers and the panel was so friendly and supportive. I felt like I was in a movie the whole time I was at Queen's, loved talking to all the M1's Year: Graduated HBSc last year
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    270k at the end of med school. Had to maintain two houses and fly from one side of the country to the other every 3-4 weeks to maintain a long distance marriage. No help from provincial loans as I've never qualified for them.
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    Female advice needed, thank you

    Find a place where you're not going to be interrupted by other people, then start small talk etc, show you're interested.. then when the silence hits, tell her you have a 4.0 GPA and 132 CARS. She'll ask you for your number
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    Casper Guide

    Hi All, Soooo now that i got into medical school I really wanted to give back to the premed 101 community and share some of my experience with other people on this forum. I thought I would post a thread about how I prepared for my Casper test this year to answer some of your questions. I started roughly 2 months in advance 1) Read doing right... i read the whole thing and talked out-loud about the case studies in the books with friends/family 2) I would play with typing websites (i.e. typeracer) to speed up my typing 3) I bought Astroff practice tests and other practice tests and did about 8 of them... In my opinion this really helped me with timing and articulating my thoughts... I reviewed the tests and my answers with friends/ med students to get their feedback on what they thought 4) Prepare a document answering the following questions to help brainstorm for the personal stations Note: These questions are random things I came up with/ got from other resources... it is a good idea to just think about significant situations in your life where you learnt/ grew in some way... below are guiding questions: A time you dealt with conflict what are your strengths/ weaknesses a time you had a conflict with authority a time you collaborated effectively a time you lost your integrity a time you felt awkward future goals a time you demonstrated professionalism overcoming a difficult situation when you were unjustly criticized a time you took initiative were asked to do something that conflicted with your values a role model you have brainstorm about how you support others in difficult times a time you failed That is pretty much how I prepared.. I am open to answering as many questions as I can you can PM me or comment below Some useful links: Websites and Resources: Free practice test on this website: https://www.apetest.org/us/product/casper-sim-for-the-mind/?c=f64cca7c8fbc Casper sample questions: http://www.caspertest.com/casper-sample-questions/ http://bemoacademicconsulting.com/casperprep http://www.caspertest.com/casper-sample-questions/ Really good advice and link to practice tests: http://www.mockcasper.ca/casper-guide/ Bioethics link: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/eppp-archive/100/201/300/cdn_medical_association/cmaj/series/bioethic.htm Sample videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWfDgu8nIF0 http://www.medhopeful.com/archive/mcmaster-casper-2012-4-sample-videos-and-my-thoughts/
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    Accepted Off Waitlist!!!!! Time Stamp 13:01 I cannot believe this EDIT: I'll post my stats. cGPA: 3.5 LOL. 2 yr GPA 3.87-3.9 MCAT: 513 this year, 126 CARS, 510 last year with 127 CARS EC's: Extensive - lots of experience in mental health, and I tried to make my ABS personal Interview: MMI - I'd say I felt like I rocked a few, mediocre on like 2 and one I was really disappointed with. Panel was fine but they definitely tried to push me to my limit lol.
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    The case against family medicine

    Sorry you feel this way, but I have to disagree on a few things. I am an IM resident. 1) Re: peers not respecting you. I don't think this true. With IM, we rely on our complex patients having follow-up with their GP who can tie in their multiple medical co-morbidities together and provide comprehensive. Care. We cringe when we hear a complicated patient doesn't have a family doctor because we know they are more likely to bounce back. At least from my experience, we rely on a family physician quarterbacking a patient's multiple issues. When a GP refers, he is asking a 'question', hence a consultation. You are referring to an area where someone else knows more. Other services do it to. Cardiologists consult GI, Resp, etc for a question. THey are deferring to the expertise of someone else. That is automatically a power bias right there for the person asking the 'question'. It's what happens when you are a generalist. But you have a role that's different than ours, not necessarily less important or more important, but different. Additionally, a lot of this "peers not respecting you" bit comes from how you practice. For example, I worked in a neuro clinic where a family doctor did a thorough job writing a consult letter and booked all the appropriate tests that the staff found it very helpful and said she had nothing to add vs another GP who just refers and says assess re: ?x. 2) Patients respect you if you if give them a reason to. I worked in a GP's office where I had 2-3 visits over two weeks from patients who wanted to make sure that the GP was ok with a specialists recommendation because htey trusted her more. I've had to call a GP and put him on the phone with his patient because we wanted to start her on warfarin and she didn't want to start anything without him knowing then and there. She was an inpatient. 3) Maybe this is true. If you are passionate about family medicine, own it. I get a lot of why not a surgeon, and I was once a surgical keener but I changed to IM. I love what I do and I own it when I talk about why IM and not 'surgery'. 4) A lot of these random things are part of medicine - it's called patient reassurance and management of their personal wellbeing. Just because GPs don't own their own area doesn't mean they are left with the scraps. YOU OWN A PIECE OF ALL THE AREAS. Your patient may get to that hematologist sooner if your history reveals B symptoms, and may get his diagnosis sooner. THey may get to that cardiologist before they have that MI, or get that colonoscopy before they get their colon cancer. You are the first point of care for many things, and while many diseases reveal themselves, patients benefit from preventative measures and early intervention which is what a good GP does. Unfortunately, society favours tangible results, and a patient population under a GP who practice preventative health won't be tangible immediately, that doesn't mean that the benefit isn't there. It sounds like you aren't passionate about what you do, or are flat our insecure. Have you thought about switching?