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  1. 5 points
    If people are wanting to take legal action regarding a single medical school rejection, then I think admissions is doing their job correctly in keeping you out.
  2. 2 points
    Problem with your logic is that you think the system is goofed up or that the incoming class is somehow "screwed". They aren't. The wheels will keep turning and those that get in will continue along the process with zero functional difference. Just so happens John Doe took a seat instead of you. Got in on slightly different requirements/process but equally as qualified and capable of doing well in medicine. Dont get sucked into a false sense of superiority by having a marginally better GPA or MCAT score.
  3. 1 point

    MMI Prep Help

    I've received a couple of med school interviews across Canada and although I'm really excited about them, I'm also nervous more than ever. I'm not a socially awkward person, but I do suck at handling stressful social situations! I've always hated being in the spotlight. I instantly turn very red and you can see obvious signs of nervousness/embarrassment when I'm put on the spot. I honestly can't handle it. When I'm comfortable with someone I'm able to have full-blown conversations without any problems. But I've always had an issue with being put on the spot and having to think on my feet with someone watching me. I'm naturally introverted and never seemed to care about trying to be more extroverted until now. I feel like in MMI's and any medical/dental school interviews, extroverts naturally have an advantage and us introverts really gotta step up our game and train really hard to perform just as well as an extrovert would without any training. I've been seeking methods to enhance my interview and communication skills. I've been trying to put myself out there more often, engage in more conversations with people I don't know too well, and I've been practicing MMI's with my sister. But I'm still not sure if I'm on the right track or if I'm getting any better. Does anybody have any recommendations for increasing communication skills or overcoming the fears that I've just mentioned?
  4. 1 point
    stats arent everything man. Maybe he came off as arrogant and entitled in his ABS.
  5. 1 point
    For my undergrad thesis, I put an oral and poster presentation at two different conferences under one entry. I think you could put some things separately if you want, but just letting you know what I did.
  6. 1 point
    This is very saddening for the medical community at large - no one wins here. The government and her colleagues invested time and money into her training and the population was to reap the benefits of that investment. That skill set/talent is now wasted. Let me clearly define my position before going further - her punishment is absolutely warranted. It is clear (from the facts available for us to review) that she is not fit to practice medicine. It does nothing but strengthen our relationship with patients when they know harsh punishments are handed out by our governing bodies for inappropriate conduct. My personal feeling (having read the facts available to me - however, as a disclaimer, I do not know this person) is that she has deeper issues (personality disorder, lack of insight, sexual addiction, etc). The reason I feel this way is the manner in which she conducted herself - 1) Giving out her instagram contact early in the relationship (you should NEVER do this btw - IF I give any contact information to my patients, it is my work email that can serve as medico-legal documentation if required) 2) Continuing to treat the patient despite engaging in a sexual relationship (this is wrong on so many levels that I wont go into it - here's a general rule for those in training (and practice): IF YOU HAVE EVER OR ARE TREATING A PATIENT, DO NOT ENGAGE IN SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THAT INDIVIDUAL, EVER) 3) Engaging in sexual acts while the patient is in hospital receiving active treatment (......WTF) 4) Breaking up with said patient because you are committed to a relationship with a colleague (which was also an affair - again, highlighting poor decision making). This demonstrates to me that there is some other issue at play here (again whether it be a personality disorder, sexual addiction, lack of insight, etc). While some of these decisions may not be rare or 'illegal' with regards to practicing as a physician (engaging in an affair, connecting with patients via social media) engaging in a sexual relationship with a patient and the constellation of these poor decisions points to a deeper issue. Ultimately, she is not fit to practice medicine (nor be in any position where there is a 'power dynamic'). I am glad that the CPSO has handed out harsh justice - it is a reminder to all of us that we sit in a very privileged and powerful position and that with our patients our decisions should always be guided by the notion to 'First do no harm'. My thoughts
  7. 1 point
    Ok I edited that slightly as to avoid an attack as it happens - people on both sides can get heated, and there is a lot on the line so that is understandable. and as usually both sides have valid points. For instance I have no problem with a school changing its admissions criteria in the face of some further logical analysis or shifting values in the medical system as a whole - this goes back all the way the very creations of CanMeds which caused radical at the time shifts in selection and evaluation criteria country wide requiring a lot of changes. So they will change their rules, have done so before, will do so again. What I have always had issues with is changes within a single year or rather less than a year - I mean yes they all post they can change at any time, and the past system is no guarantee of a future one. That is all true. Yet they are also aware that under this kind of competitive system people map out multi year plans all trying to optimize their chances to achieving something. Giving people some heads up 2 years in advance rather than at most 3 months when the new OMSAS rules come out in July I think would be just generally more fair. Doesn't have to be all that specific either - just a heads up that they are considering evaluating X. There are a lot of people out there that have quit ECs they would love to be doing on hold to get the GPA required for the school - strongly encouraged to put those on hold in effect by the school's old rules. These people may be exactly the sort of candidate the school may even want to attract but they went into hiding under mountains of MCAT prep. Now those people are left making some pretty big adjustments after the fact that may take a long time to correct if ever. Just because the school can change something at any time - doesn't mean they should with little notice. They can get away with it because there are an overwhelming number of applicants which really buffers them against any choice they make. They schools will all tell you, and I completely agree, that after a reasonable level of GPA/MCAT and yes ECs you can basically randomly pick from 1000s of solid candidates and wind up with very similarly high quality class of doctors I also feel I personally kind of dropped the ball here. Maybe I was distracted with my royal college, or just lulled into a false sense of security with our boringly predictable Western was in the past. However once a schools starts to experiment with new admission rules - ABS or the onsite essays etc it means there is some element in that school that is dissatisfied with current evaluation system, and they are starting to try to change things. Myself and the community I suppose at large was tone deaf to that, and we usually aren't. Not sure in hindsight we could have predicted this but it still bugs me. Anger will lead to people exploring options - to try to do something, anything to express the impact of these changes. I can say people have gone down the legal route before and it hasn't gone very far - schools all state they change things at any point, and the new system has no obvious bias and is no less subjective than every other school in the province (which I am sure in part the new system is based on). TO, Queens, and Ottawa for instance all have a couple of people reading and subjectively evaluating under some structured guidelines ECs. The school can argue they have simply caught up with modern admission standards. If anyone finds anything different than that I would very curious what legal attack they are using. In the end we are still stuck with the fact the rules changed and now we are going to have to do what we always do when they change - figure out what can be done to help people improve their chances under the new system. Once this is all over we will have to get some sense of what they are looking for and go from there.
  8. 1 point
    I would make sure I was happy with community ANYWHERE in the country. If you aren't, pick something that will let you stay in your preferred location. A job is a job. Friends and family are really what makes your life happy.
  9. 1 point
    I very much doubt 1 single individual read all 8 of your essays. It was likely divided among 8 people, with the average of your responses being taken as your final score. This is how it works in CASPer, for UoT, MMI, etc. The admissions office of every school has the right to change their admission criteria from one year to the next. Western is not unique in this circumstance. To be honest, I actually admire Western for changing their criteria to allow character elements to shine through compared to the archaic method of using only GPA and MCAT. As I mentioned to you before in a previous post, possessing a good MCAT or GPA, while important, are not the sole factors that determine whether or not someone is good enough for med school. IMO, focus on your other interviews at those Ivy schools. Perhaps take a little bit of time to reflect. Likening yourself to a 'Syrian refugee' screams to me that your line of thinking needs to come down a notch.
  10. 1 point
    They definitely should have said this upfront or made an announcement "for next cycle onwards.." type of thing. BUT it is well within their right to do so and change it, but would be professional and prudent to give some sufficient notice. I would strongly caution "law" in this matter. Schools reserve the right to do anything they want whenever they want, its in the fine print. You wont have a leg to stand on. It's just surprising that Western would make a big change without an announcement!
  11. 1 point

    PCE Clinical Exam fail

    I recently graduated from U of T and passed both exams on the first try. Now that my credentials are out of the way, I'll add some advice: 1. I'd recommend PT Development Institute if you're going to take a prep course. Not sure if they offer it in Alberta, but it's probably the best prep course out there. 2. Analyze why you failed, was it because of a lack of skills or did you get nervous/flustered during the exam itself? For the skills, have a partner and/or study group and practice running through scenarios endlessly. After each scenario, look at what mistakes you made and write them down, so you eliminate them for next time. Use the exact timers that are used in the exam itself, a minute to read and a buzzer at 4 mins 30 seconds or whatever, make your practice just like the exam, as the cliché goes, perfect practice makes perfect. Take a look at your exam score when it comes and spend more time on the sections that were weaker. If you get nervous when entering/during the exam, it's probably a good idea to work on mental training just like athletes do. Now that you've done it once, you can envision the location, reading a scenario and the entering the room. Spending time visualizing success was crucial for me, additionally I spent time listening to podcasts on performing under pressure and developing a strong mindset. You will likely never feel 100% ready, but it's important to have faith in your abilities and don't doubt yourself. 3. I spent about two months full time studying for the clinical, which was definitely overkill but I have no regrets. I was able to study without having to work part time or full time which made things easier but a fair amount of my classmates managed to work part time with no issues. 4. For the exam itself, patient safety is paramount. Know your precautions and contraindications, check in with the patient frequently, especially with any transitional movements. For example, if getting them up from lying, ask if they're dizzy/short of breath etc. Other than that, just do the skill the scenario asks, you should have done more than enough practice scenarios by this point, and the task itself should be the easy part. 5. The exam itself is more about whether you can perform under pressure, versus your actual skills. That being said, make sure your skills are impeccable. If you've got any specific questions, feel free to ask. Tl;dr: Analyze your mistakes, fix your weaknesses and succeed.
  12. 1 point

    What to wear? (men)

    So much of me wants to be that guy who flies over the cuckoo's nest but man.. I don't have the testicular girth.
  13. 1 point
    For what it's worth, those of us who were waitlisted for interviews but eventually got one last cycle actually received the same rejection email as everyone else on Jan 31, and then we were eventually surprised by emails/phone calls letting us know that we were on the waitlist and a spot had opened up, in the weeks that followed. No idea if they've changed how they're doing it for this year, though. I went from getting a rejection email to getting an interview off the waitlist to being accepted, though, so it definitely is possible.
  14. 1 point

    Phd2Md's Advice On Interviewing Well

    I've been getting lots questions from people entering the new interview season. Most of the answers can be found in my original forum post, so I thought I'd give this a little bump to put it on people's radar. Hopefully it helps a few more people out!
  15. 1 point

    Queens Interview Invites/regrets 2019

    No one can deny you the right to feel angry about the decision, however, I can assure you taking a legal route is not going to end positively. The policies are not meant to be transparent. Given that you also applied to American schools, you should know that there is a lot of ambiguity in the process, even more so there. Ontario is known to have some of the highest competition to enter medicine. While ~45-50% of people who apply to American medical schools will succeed in being granted admission (as per AAMC statistics), Ontario schools admit less than 10% of the applicant pool. When you apply, you are mixed with thousands of applicants of whom many will also possess amazing credentials. How do you sort out those thousands of applicants? Subjectivity. We all know by now that GPA and MCAT alone are not the sole indicators of how one will perform as a doctor, which is why all the medical schools have transitioned away from using those as the sole criteria (and in this year's instance, UWO was the last of the Ontario schools to reform their admissions criteria). Something about the aABS of the applicants they chose to interview resonated with the assessors. This ambiguity in the process carries forward even at the interview stage. You are correct, there are a lot of 'deserving students'. All premeds sacrifice a tremendous amount of their lives to apply to medical school. The unfortunate reality is that there are not enough positions for everyone.
  16. 1 point

    What to wear? (men)

    So... funny story but I don't judge Last time I interviewed, I remember there was this guy who had khaki shorts on, tucked-in short-sleeve almost Hawaiian green shirt, with a cool looking white bowtie. I have no idea if he got in, but he looked awesome and confident! Not sure how he got graded on professionalism though
  17. 1 point
    Invite (Feb 24) Timestamp: Jan 31, 12:52 PM wGPA- not sure, somewhere between 3.9-3.95 for sure. MCAT- 128/128/130/130 - 516 EC’s - diverse, I think. Basically no research though (only 4 months as a research assistant back in 2014). 7 years employment as a lifeguard/swim instructor. Also worked as a liaison officer for my local university, travelling the province to recruit students and conduct presentations. Hospital volunteer hours (around 2 years), Rotary club member (also about 2 years), mission trip to Haiti to help in a medical clinic in 2014. Numerous university clubs - was part of the mental health awareness club, a club that raised money for the homeless shelter in my hometown, an instructor for student exam review sessions for intro psych courses (students offering support club), Golden Key social media chair for my local chapter. Guest speaker at a few youth leadership events. That's kinda the gist of it. Lots of teaching experience and public speaking. Essays - felt good about them Last year of masters program IP Honestly shocked. Got rejected from western today (my dream school), so I really needed some good news. Third time applying, first cycle with interviews. Keep working hard everyone! I know how draining this process is but don’t give up!!
  18. 1 point
    Result: Invite! I was rejected last year with a 507 MCAT score. Time Stamp: 9:20 AM Interview Date: Leaning towards the earlier weekend wGPA/2 year GPA: 3.98 Year: 4th MCAT: 521 (131/127/131/132) ECs: Student-mentor, NSERC-USRA, 2 yrs medical receptionist, 250h hospital volunteering, international medals for karate, 300h volunteering with people with intellectual disabilities, some unique and diverse ECs Geography: Permanent address in BC, but studying in Ontario.
  19. 1 point
    This is my third year applying (9 rejections, 1 interview), and with nothing changing, I received 4 interviews this year. I have absolutely no idea what the process is, but seriously do not give up. There is such volatility in each application year that I have decided there is no predicting each cycle.
  20. 1 point
    After the crushing blow of UBC interview rejection in December I am really glad to say I have an invite. Sorry to all those who received regrets today Result: Invite!! Time Stamp: 9:20am EST Interview Date: --- TBA wGPA/cGPA: wGPA 3.96-3.97 Year: BSc granted MCAT: 511 (127 CARS, evenly weighted) ECs: lots... medic, music, sports, research, presentations, co-authorship, etc. Geography: OOP
  21. 1 point

    Third Year Clinical Experience

    I teach third years on occasion. You guys have literally just started interacting with patients in a way that goes beyond hygiene/cleanings. It's completely normal for this to feel foreign, awkward, nerve-wracking, anxiety-inducing, the-walls-are-closing-on-me-please-end-this-now. And in a school environment, it can be really strange since you feel like there are multiple people breathing down your neck. It's for this reason I really try to take a different approach most instructors do with students; I'm there to help you guys learn, to make the situation enjoyable and fun and as casual as possible, not berate or put you down for doing something I wouldn't do or differently than I think you should. It's completely unreasonable for me to expect you to know exactly what to do, how to do it, when to do it, and then execute it to my standards. The truth is, when you walk out of clinic, you shouldn't be pondering "Did I do good? Did I do that well?" you should be thinking, "Did I learn something today? Yes. Okay. Good. Onto the next." I know it's hard not to get tunnel vision with what you're doing, but try to take a step back and realize that you're there to learn. You are indeed, there to make mistakes. I know that sounds catastrophically wrong, but it's the truth. It is a school, first and foremost, not a dental clinic. The patients receiving care bit is sort of just a necessary consequence. I assure you that, in the end, although it's a long road, it all evens out, and your learning continues heavily into private practice. I'm 3 years into private practice and only now can I say that I feel pretty confident with 90-95% of the situations I encounter on a daily basis in general practice. I still refer things out, and even with some bread-and-butter things I still run into trouble, because it's the nature of it. But I approach situations like this differently. I used to approach it with the occasional "I'm not sure what the fuck is going on here" mentality and allow fear or anxiety to take hold. Now I approach it with the mindset of "I'm just here to do my best and take good care of my patient and maybe learn somethign along the way" and I allow that to take me wherever it may. It has allowed me to become a better dentist, both clinically and non-clinically. You're not just a student of dentistry, you're a student of life. Treat it that way and you'll feel less anxious about your situation. Zoom out a little bit. It'll be fine.
  22. 1 point

    admission en Médecine dentaire

    salut, je suis étudiante en science de la santé et j'aurai bientôt mon DEC. Je suis très intéressée par la médecine dentaire mais je n'ai malheureusement pas la Cote R pour pourvoir appliquer dans ce programme. J'ai une cote R de 30 et le dernier admis en médecine dentaire en 2018 avait une cote R de 34,9. Je compte faire un bac pour pouvoir augmenter mes notes et avoir plus de chance d'être acceptée dans ce programme et j'aimerais bien que vous me proposez des bons programmes (BAC) afin que je puisse améliorer ma cote R. merci
  23. 1 point
    Result: Accepted (Windsor Campus, 1st choice) Timestamp: 10:20 AM EST 2YGPA: ~3.9 MCAT: 520 (128/131/131/130) ECs: A bit off the beaten curve; dropped out of school to work full-time from age 15-19 to support the family by myself and worked hard to get back into school, did lots of advocacy work for people with developmental disabilities (both solo and w/ an organization I helped found), ran several after school programs (both as a facilitator and behind the scenes as a member of the advisory board), some overseas volunteering, interesting hobbies, etc. Zero research. Interview: I felt the beginning was strong but I faltered towards the end. I went against Schulich's interview advice and disclosed that I had a neurodevelopmental disability (because it was a big part of my answer to one of the questions), and the doctor on the panel did a huge double take lol. I guess I should have seen it as a positive sign of how articulate I was up to that point rather than worried about it like I did. Geography: OOP (BC) Year: Graduated BSc, 2018 I'll be accepting this offer and I'm thrilled about the opportunity. My 17-year-old high school dropout working a dead-end job self would have never seen something like this coming. Edit: Added a few ECs in case it helps anyone - I got in with no research or clinical experience, so I think that's an interesting takeaway.
  24. 0 points

    Ontario's 53 extra residency spots

    Honestly at this point I would just like to be able to get out now and go back to being an engineer. I could make good money, work better hours, not be bullied and disrespected and have a job in a location I want. Unfortunately that won't happen. I'm trapped in medicine till retirement. I am looking for other jobs. The locations still aren't ideal but I can't stay where I am. This place is killing me and my family. Anything is better than the current situation.
  25. 0 points
    Non moi c'est ben chill