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  1. 4 points

    Udem Médecine expérience

    off topic (vraiment): ahhh classic, imagine si ce fiasco apparait aux MEMs et on doit donner une réponse de facon neutre pour voir si Tati ou James a raison ahahahahah
  2. 3 points
    Thank you for your kind words, everyone. I'm so grateful - and in part relieved it's not just me. Honestly, it's been really challenging watching everyone around me get in. I'm happy for my friends, I'm happy for my acquaintances, but there's a huge narrative about "having one interview but making it count" or how easy it is once you have an interview/how it just basically guarantees an acceptance as long as you're not a shitty human being with a bad/boring personality. Honestly, I've had so many weird responses to everything that just crush my heart a little bit. Two people laughed when I told them I didn't get in and then told me to tell them the truth. That was awkward. A few other acquaintances told me how they got in and how "Yeah, it's basically impossible to get an interview but once you do you're set, unless you're like, a keener with no personality". I get it. I'm happy for you but man, do I wish you'd stop talking right now. I don't share anything until I'm asked but I'm just so tired of people saying that kind of stuff to my face. I know it's not the truth but it just feels like people are laughing about me and how insanely dumb this is, that I couldn't even get in with so many chances given to me. I'm so, so relieved it's not just me, as ridiculous as that might be. Some part of me was just really questioning if there is something incredibly obvious wrong with me, if it's funny to even try to apply again given that post-interview rejections to this extent aren't the norm, if everyone else is seeing something I've been blind to. I couldn't afford an interview coach this year but I guess since I'll be working this year, it'll be an investment in the next year. I've wanted to do medicine for...4 or 5 years now. You guys are right - I have a better read on that than admissions committees do after 1 hour each and this represents a snapshot in time. With luck and practice, maybe things will change. Who knows? Maybe things will even work out this year. I have a shot on two waitlist (for the last school, a better waitlist exists so I doubt it'll go this far). But realistically, any Canadian school is a great school, and two of them would be okay with me, and who knows where things will go in a few weeks. If not this week, then next year. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement.
  3. 3 points
    For me just letting time pass always helps. It can feel slow but as my memories become more distant so do my feelings associated with them. Failure is a part of life and everyone goes through it so you are not alone. No matter what, you will find your place, and develop meaning for yourself regardless of what you do specifically. When I was not offered a spot last year I decided what to do to keep moving towards my goals. I prioritized my professional, academic, and personal development in spaces that WERE made available to me. I didn't focus on what was NOT available to me. You will always have opportunities if you look for them and act on them. You can always keep developing. I have learned to enjoy the journey, and do my best to take care of myself while still aiming for ambitious goals. You should always be proud of the hard work you've done to get where you are. Be confident that your drive will take you somewhere meaningful. Let yourself be sad for now, it is healthy and normal to let yourself feel. But also realize you have that sadness because you know what happiness feels like and you will feel happiness again too.
  4. 2 points

    McMaster Waitlist Party

    Just declined my offer, best of luck to those on the waitlist!
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  6. 2 points

    IMG and CARMS residency

    Yeah, sorry...you are mistaken. Many of them were not competitive for med in canada or went straight out of high school. But this discussion has been had over and over in many other threads.
  7. 1 point
    X Æ A-12

    IMG and CARMS residency

    Is the NOSM program not as successful as they advertise in retaining rural physicians? I know they have general specialties but nothing fancy like plastics, ophtho, ENT, etc. Regional campuses at McMaster are a massive failure at retaining students in their regions (despite doing everything they can to take care of such students during their schooling). These students are forced there and had no choice in the matter. How much is the ROS fine? I had no idea the terms were so loose. Everywhere but Toronto and Ottawa? Seriously? London and Hamilton count? When I think of someone doing a ROS I don't imagine them being a staff at Victoria Hospital... If I ran CaRMS, I would have first 2 iterations with CMGs only and 1/2 iterations with IMGs for the remaining spots. No programs will be able to designate IMG spots for the later rounds. I wonder what the % of CSA v.s. immigrant IMGs are. I believe there will be an overwhelming %of CSAs which defeats the purpose of IMGs. If you're a Canadian high school or undergraduate student who doesn't want to apply or couldn't get admitted, you could study in Ireland/England/Australia/Carrib (programs targeted at foreign students are very different in terms of intensity to programs training local physicians) and apply back for CaRMS. Since you could afford the studies abroad, you're likely rich and well connected. You use your connections to secure a spot in your desired specialty in CaRMS (I know an Ortho gunner at RCSI who left Western after 1st year whose father is an Ortho staff at UofT, etc.). You finish your specialty and your parents pay off your ROS fine and voila you made it as a board certified Canadian physician without doing any of the work - the system is so fucking broken
  8. 1 point

    Need feedback on my ABS

    I'm happy to help!
  9. 1 point
    Don’t compete. Get good grades in spite of your experience and show what you’re made of through your own original and unique experience. Believe me, it won’t go unnoticed. We need people from all walks of life in medicine if they have the passion, aptitude and academic ability.
  10. 1 point

    Need feedback on my ABS

    I can try to help! I interviewed at Queen's this year (currently waitlisted).
  11. 1 point

    Need feedback on my ABS

    I'd love to, PM me! I recieved interviews at Queens and UBC so I may be able to help.
  12. 1 point
    Got into medical school just fine, sure it may be "harder" than those who are well off, but its not that much more insurmountable. People will say "oh but i have to work two jobs to support myself through undergrad, i cant get involved" - to that i say, great, you are already building up your CV with those two jobs, keep it up. You dont need clubs, typical pre-med stuff to get into medical school at all. You dont need contacts. You just need to work smart and hard, and prioritize your time. Not everyone in medical school comes from silver spoons(most do however!). Those experiences with sociopathic drug dealers? include it as an entry in how you live and relate with marginalized populations. Its all relevant experience.
  13. 1 point
    My parents were very supportive but didn't have the means to provide me any financial help. I was personally fortunate to be able to get a couple of grants/scholarships so that I didn't have to work during school (but I did either work full time or do paid research every summer). If I didn't seek out and eventually win those scholarships, I would have needed a part time job while studying and avoiding this situation at all costs was my main driving factor. It was discouraging to see peers that didn't have to plan out these things at all and could solely focus on GPA, volunteering, etc. while still getting to go on nice vacations during their breaks to "de-stress" while I had to go back to work, but ultimately you just need to focus on yourself (I know, easier said than done). Put your head down and work smart for a few years, and once you get in you are set for life. Plan out some days every week or two to spend on yourself to maintain your own mental health so you don't get burnt out. Unfortunately I think that's the needed mindset for us minority of people that get in from disadvantaged backgrounds. It's challenging, and unfair, but it is doable. Happy to chat further if you have any questions or need to get anything off your chest.
  14. 1 point

    Opto 2019

    25, donc ce samedi!
  15. 1 point

    Opto 2019

    Je sais c’est Ordinaire de leur part... mais quand on y pense, la liste d’attente contient un nombre fixe de personne donc ils doivent attendre de savoir si accepte/refuse leur offre pour après savoir qui va être sur la liste d’attente et finalement ils vont envoyés les derniers refus (ceux qui ne font pas parti de la liste d’attente). Je ne pense pas qu’ils font exprès, je pense juste qu’ils veulent laisser la chance à tout le monde et attendre d’avoir le plus de réponse possible!
  16. 1 point

    IMG and CARMS residency

    I'm pro IMG's. Our system treats them absurdly - much more than any other country out there. As a Canadian grad, I simply don't believe our education is that much better than the rest of the developed world (although definitely better than the third world). It is very difficult for me to accept that countries with superior healthcare systems are somehow producing inferior doctors. Sounds more like something we would tell ourselves to preserve our jobs and income rather than a statement based on fact. https://interactives.commonwealthfund.org/2017/july/mirror-mirror/
  17. 1 point
    It's tough, but do your best and don't give up. The rewards are worth it. Once you're in, you're set from a financial perspective assuming you follow a few simple rules. Unfortunately, there's no easy way. There will always those who come from money who have everything laid out for them. I try not to focus on that (it would be depressing to persevere on), but instead focus on doing my best and hope for a good outcome.
  18. 1 point

    Passport photo

    Try London Drugs! I know they give digital copies
  19. 1 point

    Udem Médecine expérience

    Salut! je suis dans la même situation que toi est ce que tu pourrais m'envoyer la réponse de heavenhunter stp? :)
  20. 1 point
    Beautifully written, thank you! I'm sure many now and in the future will appreciate these sentiments
  21. 1 point
    Hanging in there. Just checking: has everyone replied to the waitlist poll? Link below. I'm curious what proportion of the waitlist pool the current number of votes (22) represents.
  22. 1 point
    I had to pick between the two this year as well. I ultimately ending up choosing U of Guelph. I personally picked it because of the following factors: location, access to academic support, research/volunteer opportunities, student satisfaction/rankings. In my opinion, these factors play a pivotal role in the likeliness of getting a higher GPA. Location: I live in the GTA and don't want to live in Ottawa. I won't be able to come home from Ottawa every weekend. Access to Academic Support: For some reason, U of Guelph puts a higher emphasis on helping students than other schools. They have something called SLGs, which are supported learning groups. They are basically tutoring sessions outside of school for specific first year classes (specifically chem, bio, physics and math). They give out practice tests and quizzes. From what I've heard, there is a strong correlation between participating in these groups and high grades. The faulty is apparently supposed to be amazing and super nice. They are always willing to help you. Research/Volunteer Opportunities: If you do good in SLGs, you could volunteer as a peer helper. I've heard that it is easier to get TAing positions at smaller schools as well. Moreover, it is completely possible to get a undergraduate research assistantship during the summer. Guelph, as a city, is also very easy to find volunteer work in. Student Satisfaction/Rankings: Comes in at second in Maclean's Canada’s Top School by Student Satisfaction 2019. Only second to Laurier, which is a notorious party school. Also, ranks fifth in Maclean's best biology universities in Canada list; it's just above McMaster. https://www.macleans.ca/education/university-rankings/canadas-top-school-by-student-satisfaction-2019/ https://www.macleans.ca/education/best-biology-universities-in-canada-2019-ranking/ These are the main reasons why I chose U of Guelph. Make an informed decision. Thanks for listening to my TED Talk.
  23. 1 point


    yes. i mean i only asked up to 6 years but the same would rule would apply, shoot them a quick email and they will confirm
  24. 1 point

    Udem Médecine expérience

    Coucou tatisnapped (props pour le nickname hahahaha #jamesvstati), je voulais savoir si tu pouvais stp m'envoyer la réponse que t'as eu de bambi, je serais intéressé de savoir! Merci :)!
  25. 1 point

    U OF T vs UBC PT

    I believe in Canada everyone writes the written and practical exams put on by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy. Once you're a registered PT you need to gain membership from the provincial college for which you are practicing in, however I believe this just consists of fees and regulations and no "additional" testing. This is just what I have gather from peers/instructors as I am currently an out of province PT student as well
  26. 1 point
    Honestly it sucks and you can only do your best. Medical schools seem to be trying to make admissions more accessible so that their classes more closely reflect the general population, but that will take years and there will still be a ton of privilege in medicine. MCAT + study materials + interviews can be a huge financial burden that many applicants don't even have to think about because their parents are footing the bill. Once you get in, your LOC somewhat helps level the playing field. The tradeoff is the stress of increasing debt while many of your classmates will graduate debt free. You can do quite well in medical school building your own connections, but there will always be nepotism in all levels of medical school even all the way up to residency selection. People seem to turn a blind eye to it and there's not much you can do about it. The good thing is there will be people in the same situation as you and lots of students have been successful. It just takes more work and determination and relying more on what you build vs. relying on parental connections.
  27. 1 point

    Opto 2019

    Pour ceux ayant été admis, vous aviez jusqu'à quelle date pour accepter/refuser l'offre ? J'aimerais savoir si on va obtenir une réponse bientôt !!
  28. 1 point

    Application Médecine Vétérinaire 2018

    Sérieux si ça ne fonctionne pas après mon BACC et bien en espagne pourquoi pas!!!! Est-ce que tes amies ont eu de la difficulté à faire reconnaître leur diplôme au Canada? À quelle université ont-elles étudié? J'ai vu qu'une des universités la langue d'enseignement pour toute la première années est le français.....
  29. 1 point
    Hey, made an account to respond as I am in the same situation as you! Interviewed at 5 canadian schools this cycle and didn't get one acceptance, but was waitlisted at two. Honestly, what you wrote is an exact reflection of how i've felt the last week, the rejection feels very personal and I have so much self-doubt. Talking to other people, I think a more productive view is that you are very close to an acceptance and have a very clear aspect of our applications to work on - the interview. If 3 schools have waitlisted you, that means that there isn't "something about your personality that isn't fit for medicine." 3 schools are willing to have you as a student if they have enough space in their class so that clearly isn't the case. Also, your application must be awesome to interview at every ontario school. Honestly, it feels like absolute shit to be rejected like this. I like you was told I had to get in somewhere cause of how good post-interview odds are and similarly practiced with people and was told I was good / didn't have much to improve. So much about this process is a coin flip - who you interview with, what questions your asked, what you do that could be seen as great by one panel vs only ok by another panel. It feels like a huge failure, but I think it really comes down to a so-so interview skills paired with a lot of bad luck. Sorry I dont' have any useful insight/advice but thought it may make you feel better to know that theres other people in the same boat.
  30. 1 point

    McMaster Waitlist Party

    I must say, I’ve been around these forums for some time, and the neuroticism never ceases to amaze me. It’s all good folks, just enjoy the beautiful weather if you got it, and keep moving forward. You ain’t rejected til you get the reject email. Be cool.
  31. 1 point
    Don't all schools vary in the ability to match to those programs? All this tells me is that the 3 year programs are in the same mix as the 4 year programs when it comes to matching. Something they're better, sometimes they're worse, but not systemically different as far as I can tell from experience or data. That being said, I'm not denying the challenges of a 3 year school, but I am addressing the myth that it systemically impacts your ability to match.
  32. 1 point

    low GPA lost hope

    Depending on the school, they may not count your GPA if you retake courses in a year - I looked into doing this because there was two classes that were really dragging me down, but repeat courses generally do NOT count towards a full course load - basically they only consider novel courses as 'counting' towards your course load. An extra year may be a good idea to up your best two years GPA, but be sure that you actually raise your GPA by doing this (I hate to say this, but consider a bird course or two provided you can motivate yourself to keep on top of them), otherwise it's kind of pointless. As far as I'm aware, most of the universities in Ontario will count a fifth year towards your GPA. If in doubt, you can always call the medical admissions offices (but maybe wait a couple of weeks cause I think they're going to be pretty inundated considering the recent admissions) and they will clarify exactly what that university will count.
  33. 1 point

    low GPA lost hope

    If it's any hope, I was accepted to Western straight out of undergrad with cGPA of 3.72 on my application this year. First year was 3.8, second was 3.69, and third was 3.75. Western only requires a 3.7 average in your best two years to consider for interview - however if your ABS is truly outstanding they can offer you conditional acceptance/interview if you already have one year at 3.7+, provided that you also achieve a 3.7+ in your current year of study.
  34. 1 point

    McMaster or Western?

    McMaster grad and current resident here. Also did my undergrad and Masters in London/Western: A) 3 year program - absolutely can be daunting up front to figure out what you want. However, to some degree the onus is on you as an adult learner to explore, shadow specialties you might be interested in. McMaster is an excellent program if you're more open to structuring your own learning (if I might add, this is sort of how you learn in residency anyways - you will have half days and stuff, but a lot of learning is through your day-to-day and reading around cases, etc.). Not having summers does suck a bit, and that third year of clerkship can feel like a bit of a grind. You will have 2 months off between end of med school/LMCC and residency though. An often-neglected point (mentioned by someone above though) is opportunity cost - 1 year of staff salary is equivalent to 250000-400000 in terms of opportunity cost. That's 1 year year earlier to retire, buy a house, marriage, etc. Something to think about. B) PBL - once again, this is how you learn and review things in residency. You pick a "problem" (e.g. chest pain, acute coronary syndromes, pneumonia) and review an approach to it. You do also have lectures ("large group sessions") - so don't go thinking McMaster has zero lectures. You will do PBL 2-3x/week, and LGS 2x/week. I do find sometimes I had a bit less book learnin' compared to folks from 4 year schools, particularly with regard to in-depth cell biology but this usually evaporated around the time of clerkship. C) Knowledge during placements: see point 1 - you need to be driven and read on your own to some degree as a learner. For your placements, there will always be a feeling of "I don't know enough" - that's normal, you are a medical student, you should not be showing up on a subspecialty service feeling comfortable knowledge-wise in my opinion. Myself and colleagues didn't have issues getting reference letters for CaRMS, and all matched well (I will note that McMaster has had 1 or 2 bad years in the match - extenuating factors in at least one of those years was an abundance of people wanting smaller subspecialties and being very restricted geographically). D) Hamilton is a very safe city; equivalent to London in my opinion . Some areas are less safe than others - keep your wits about you in those areas and you'll be fine (there are similar areas in London like EoA, Toronto, Edmonton, etc.). The food scene in Hamilton >> London, nightlife is slightly better if you're >25 (if you're <25 and like clubbing, London is better). Lots of hiking and things to do on the escarpment. Cost of living is going up steadily relative to London though - if you're thinking of getting a house for residency/med school London is much cheaper to my knowledge. This is just my perspective on Hamilton/Mac - others may disagree. PM me if you have any questions.
  35. 1 point

    Udem Médecine expérience

    Hey! Could you share with me as well please?
  36. 1 point

    Udem Médecine expérience

    See my PM and share it with the other person who replied.
  37. 1 point

    Udem Médecine expérience

    moi aussi! cela peut maider parceque je suis dans la meme situation!
  38. 1 point
    Accepted/Waitlisted/Regrets: Accepted - will be declining the offer. In Province (IP)/ Out of Province (OOP): OOP AGPA (x.xx/4.5): 93% MCAT (xx.xx/528): 520 Rural/Non-Rural: Rural  Advanced Academics (PhD, pubs, academic appointment): 0
  39. 1 point

    Unexpected Below Average Interview

    Forget all of this. The interview process is a complete sham. The people I expected to get in, the ones where you sit down and hear them speak, and you just know they're going to be a great doctor, who explore both sides of the issue, who empathize with everyone involve and you look into their eyes and you can just see compassion...for the most part did not get in. And the ones I would've never ever expected in a million years to get in, the most arrogant people with the most one sided answers were accepted, including someone who got in a big argument with me and literally scared the crap out of me for challenging their position a bit when I practiced with them. This is probably the snappiest person i've ever met to the point of it being a psychological disorder or under the influence but consistently....I have never been more uncomfortable speaking to someone in my entire life and they got in. Another example was someone who literally said a certain group of people's (don't want to get into details) cultural practice is "savage". Thinking back to all the people I practiced with, some of the worst ones were waitlisted or accepted and although some of the good ones did get in thankfully, the majority did not. I would say out of the hundreds of people I practiced with that this process is a complete toss up and there is no pattern or anything to it at all. It's a lottery. The MMI is a broken system. This should be a panel interview and the questions should be based on your experiences and other aspects of your personality directly...not this. Do whatever you can do to improve, but don't expect it to mean anything to them.
  40. 1 point

    Housing Near University

    I think you should perhaps specify which university/ province you are looking in!
  41. 1 point

    Waitlist Support Thread - 2019

    Policy on Interference Individual applicants, or their family members, delegates, and friends, are not to contact the Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Vice-Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education or Vice-Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, directly or indirectly via telephone, letter, e-mail, any other electronic social medium or in person, regarding the application process or her/his application. To do so will be considered a breach of professionalism and any such contact or overtures will be noted and may jeopardize the individual's application
  42. 1 point


    Je laisse ma place en pharmd uni en cours de bac!
  43. 1 point
    Also looking for an LOC - is there a website that has all the perks of each LOC listed? Can't find anything by googling that has compiled this
  44. 1 point
    You need to complete a second undergrad to become competitive.
  45. 1 point
    Incoming neuro R1, this book is excellent. Received this book as a gift, I've been sifting through it for a few weeks now. I'm just kicking myself for not having known about this prior to rotations. I'll write something a little more concrete once I've done the book justice by reading it cover-to-cover, but hats off @e_is_hv!
  46. 1 point

    D-DAY 2019 — Discussion Thread

    Accepted! VFMP
  47. 1 point

    Q&a With Mcgill Med Ambassadors

    I honestly do believe it is better to dedicated your medical school years to medical school activities. If you do have extra-time, use it to relax, enhance your curriculum or simply spend time with friends and family. It is extremely hard to compare it to undergrad but I think the best way to put it is : every week is comparable to your final exam week. Congratulations on your acceptance and looking forward to meet you!
  48. 1 point
    Little late, but was overwhelmed with the joy and excitment during the day. Result: ADMITTED WITH CONDITION Sci GPA: approx 3.60 --> after retaking several courses. 6th application, 3rd interview - DO NOT GIVE UP.
  49. 1 point

    Waitlist Support Thread - 2018

    @Hungry Hungry Hippo what’s your SIN number???
  50. 1 point
    Leaving this for future applicants, not that it matters much if you are IP... Accepted GPA: 4.0 MCAT: 511 Casper: crap, wrote it 14 hours after my mcat. Tried to find the middle ground while pointing out both sides of the problems. Didn’t get Mac or Ottawa so I’m assuming it wasn’t the best. EC and Essays: definitely my strong side, your basic premed 101 volunteerism, worked minimum wage jobs from highschool till application, academic based scholarship and very strong research background Interview: was a blast. Loved every second of it and definitely the best part of this crazy premed journey. Be ready to think on your feet, think critically and back up what you mean. Reflect on your experiences, know “contemporary” issues in medicine and the Dal curriculum.
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