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    Hello, PT People! This video is all about the work and volunteer experience I took on prior to applying to PT school. A lot of you may not know what work and volunteer experiences to seek out to make you a suitable candidate for PT school, which is why I wanted to share my experiences in order to provide you with somewhat of a guide. I hope this helps! Enjoy the video!
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    school interviewing at: Ottawa specialty: Internal Medicine current interview date: Jan 18 date would like to switch to: Jan 25 or 23rd any additional notes:
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    School interviewing at: Dalhousie Specialty: Internal Medicine Current interview date: Jan 31st at 1500h Date would like to switch to: Feb 1st (any time) any additional notes: Please PM me if you can swap! Thank you!!
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    obviously a more competitive app is better but 4.0 GPA is extreme ha. There are advantages 1) you can get in....I mean that is the goal ha. 2) you may not get in - but by doing it you are forcing yourself to get all the ducks in a row early, which exposes weaknesses and give you practise. You will get key things possibly out of the way - MCAT, LOR, personal statements in some cases, figure out all your ECs. 3) Planning to do this "makes it real" - you are even more focused on getting the grades, the ECs and so on. Nothing like a deadline to be motivational. 4) Regardless of the outcome if you get interviews then you get practise. Practice is usually good. Downsides - it is not all rosy 1) you can so focused on doing it with so much energy you may be overworked, and so do less well than you would other wise. Burnout is a risk, and will be stressful and so on. 2) some people cannot handle rejection - even if mentally they know they will get another pass at it. It is a blow to their confidence - and of course the odds are lower as a 2nd year applicant. If you are strong enough to take that as just a learning opportunity to prepare for the future you will have a better mindset. You cannot allow the distraction of waiting for invites/acceptances to stop you from maxing your 3rd year GPA. 3) Speaking of that - doing all this is time consuming - that has impacts on your 3rd year. True doing it in your 4th year also has time constraints but the odds of needing your 4th year grades is lower than needing your 3rd year grades ha. It is a personal choice - you just have to make sure doing the attempt doesn't weaken your chances rather than add to them. Med school admission does involve luck - you can get mad at that but regardless it does. Having more than one pass can help with that
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    I just wanted to let you know that I really appreciate your videos! Keep doing what you're doing
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    MCAT for MD/PhD Interviewees?

    Happy New Year everybody! I was wondering if anyone who got an interview invite for the MD/PhD stream would be willing to share what their MCAT marks were? Thanks!
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    school interviewing at: University of Toronto specialty: Family Medicine current interview date: Jan 23rd 5pm date would like to switch to: Jan 17th Addendum: Trade Completed.
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    Quality of Family Med programs

    Every single program out there has its own sets of advantages and disadvantages. I think the most important thing for family medicine is to be in a location where you will most likely enjoy your life and have family and friends. Regardless of the program, if you are a good and responsible resident, you will take ownership for your own learning and work hard towards independent practice. I think both Calgary and Mcgill programs will make you a quality family doctor as long as you are willing to want to become one and overcome the challenges that come with the individual program.
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    Struggling in Med School ...

    99% of people who match to internal were not co-chairs. Preceptors are often hard to get a hold of. There is nothing in your story that is worrisome. Also, uderstand that imposter syndrome is quite real. Even with my PhD, productive clinical research, and recent awards in my field, I feel inadequate and unprepared. It's a feeling that is hard to shake, no matter what.
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    Struggling in Med School ...

    Internal medicine is the second largest field in all of medicine - that means the vast majority of your class going into that field will not have any special co-chairing experience related to it. If your school is average sized dozens of people will be going into internal medicine - only 2 will be a co-chair etc. Plus I will say from the other side having such ECs doesn't really matter that much in the application process if at all. It also has one of the highest match rates, i.e. it is one of the easier things to get into for sure. Now getting a particular subspecialty in internal is another matter mind you - their real challenging part comes later. I could go through each of those and point out how little that matters to get into internal medicine (preclerkship shadowing is nice for you to know what you are doing but not super exciting for actually getting into internal medicine as an example) but I think that might be targeting the wrong part of this. You are making things in a sense more competitive by thinking the bar is set where you need to do all the things you are proposing to get into internal medicine. Over time you will get a few preceptors that know you and support you - you don't need to shadow a ton of people. It can be a slowish process but that is fine. Preclerkship is to make sure you know the basic medicine so that you don't sound like an idiot in clerkship where things really count and matter more. I know it can be a bit scary starting off - particular as unlike premed times there are no real goal posts like GPA or the MCAT to guide you. I too was the first person in my family to go to university - it wasn't a barrier really
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    That's assuming one would get into the Canadian school even after the 2 year masters. Masters doesnt usually make a significant difference in most dent school admission processes. If you can afford the funds, go to the US and Australia asap and get the process going.
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    Success Stories- Non Trad Style!

    This thread inspired me and gave me hope to pursue my medical school dream. Thank you to all that have posted on here before. You have all truly touched my heart. It is because of your stories, that today, I also have the pleasure of posting here and sharing my own journey. When I was younger and about to head to university, I had a tough time choosing between pursuing a business degree or a science degree. At that time, I knew my interests were in biology and psychology, but seeing my parents labouring hard on the farm, I felt pressured to help support the family and make money fast. So, I decided to pursue a finance degree, work in investment banking, and provide enough money to make my family comfortable, then pursue my interests afterward. It was a naïve and misguided plan. From the first moment in business school, I already felt like I didn’t fit in. This feeling got worse 4 years later when I began working in investment banking. The hours were grueling, and I was completely uninterested in what I was doing. I kept at it for 2.5 years because it helped me pay my debts, supported my family, and made my parents proud. But one day, I reached my breaking point. I was out of shape, burnt out, and depressed. I woke up dreading the new day to begin. So, I finally quit, at the shock of my parents. They didn’t understand why I would give up a lucrative and prestigious career. I didn’t know how to explain it to them either. So, I decided to travel. Backpacked by myself across Southeast Asia for 6 months. When I was in Cambodia wandering the night markets, I walked past a bookstand selling novels for $1 USD. Not sure if it was fate or intuition, but I chose to buy the book The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It was a book that changed my life. It helped me rediscover my passion and interests in life. I started focusing on things that I loved to do. Travel. Eat. Exercise. Health. Science. Languages. During this process of self-discovery, I developed a strong interest in healthcare and medicine. However, I was still too afraid to pursue it. The time, the commitment, and the financial burden all seemed too daunting. I also convinced myself that I wasn’t good enough to be a doctor. That I wouldn’t be able to handle the responsibilities that came with life and death. So, I became a travel agent instead. I had a lot of fun, met many amazing people, and excelled at the role. I traveled to over 35 countries. Life was exciting, and I felt content. However, the idea of medicine never left my mind. It kept gnawing at me every day and I eventually began to feel too comfortable at my job. It was at this time I met my fiancée (on Tinder, lol.) He was in his 3rd year of pharmacy and applying to medicine at the same time. His mother was a nurse. His grandmother was a military doctor. I was suddenly immersed in a world of healthcare. Watching my fiancée work hard and challenge himself every day made something click in me. I started to think that I might still have a chance at medical school. Couple months later, I went on a Mediterranean cruise with my family. I was sitting in the hot tub and decided to strike up a conversation with the person next to me. We talked, and he asked me what I did. I'm not sure what came over me, but for the first time in my life, I told someone out loud, "I'm going to become a doctor." It was a liberating moment. Everything suddenly felt real and achievable. And fate would have it, the person whom I was talking was an army doctor who graduated from McGill Medical School. He was traveling with his wife in Europe before beginning his next station in the UK. He said, "Go for it!" And I did. I quit my job in December 2016 and began studying for the MCAT full time. I also enrolled in 2 semesters of English to obtain enough credits to meet the UBC admission requirements. After 5 years without reading a textbook, it was a brutal transition. And with zero science prerequisites under my belt, it was so much harder than I thought. Furthermore, some of my friends and family did not take me seriously and discouragingly told me not to "waste my time." It was a challenging few months. Many days, I felt overwhelmed. But, I survived due to a wonderful support network. I listened to those who believed in me and ignored the ones who were negative. I acknowledged my weaknesses and sought help and advice. I studied 8-10 hours a day, 6 days a week, for 7 months and self-taught myself the sciences. I took the exam in July 2017 and achieved a score of 508. It was below the average admission score, but good enough to give the application a try. I applied widely to as many schools as I could. 5 schools rejected me. 3 schools interviewed me. And a miracle happened. I got an acceptance. It was an unbelievable moment. I felt all the worry, pain, and doubt just wash away. All the time I spent, all the risks I took, all the sacrifices I made, paid off. Everything was worth it and I was the happiest girl in the world. Finally, at 27 years old, I will begin medical school in Fall of 2018. The moral of my story: Don’t ever let anyone tell you what you can or cannot achieve. Only you can decide that for yourself. Also, remember that: "We are, at any moment, capable of pursuing our dreams... And, when you want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." - The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho If medicine is your dream, don't give up. Never, ever give up.  I sincerely wish you the best of luck on your journey.
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