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    @CapriciousCapricorn you just made my day, thank you so much. Good luck to us both!
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    @PopShoppe to quickly chime in - this year you will be considered a grad applicant at U of T! They've changed their admission requirements slightly so that if you have a course-based master's conferred at the time of application, you'll be in that pool. https://applymd.utoronto.ca/domestic-requirements --> you can check under the graduate tab As someone with similar stats and also a re-applicant, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for us
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    canadian primary care guidelines

    This is the closest to what you're looking for: https://www.cfp.ca/content/cfp/62/2/131.full.pdf https://canadiantaskforce.ca/guidelines/published-guidelines/ In terms of knowledge in daily practice you'd probably want to familiarize yourself with the following. Peds: rourke, vaccination guidelines IM: diabetes canada guidelines, canadian cardiovascular society guidelines, hypertension canada guidelines Cancer: cervical, breast, colorectal in above links, generally don't screen for others in canada Other: chronic non-cancer pain guidelines from McMaster 2017, topalbertadoctors.org has good primary care flowcharts for common issues, choosing wisely canada has many recommendations, CANMAT guidelines for depression and anxiety, bugs and drugs for antibiotic recommendations, Rxfiles if you want an book with tables comparing drugs within categories with regards to side effects, costs, etc.
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    Hi Everyone, I have been requested to make a mental checklist for the Western med sketches/essays (similar to my post on the UofT forum on the BPE's) for a few weeks now. I finally found the time to do it and I am excited to share it with you! Feel free to message me for individual questions if you like me to help you! I also do provide application services if that is something you are interested in. Credentials (AKA where my reasoning comes from): I have helped 60+ students receive acceptances to Canadian medical schools across the country this past cycle. Specifically, 15 were admitted to Western in the 2018/2019 Cycle and 10 are currently enrolled. This is advice I have accumulated over time. Statistical facts about the admission process as posted on Western’s website: 2,100 applicants --> 480 interviews --> 171 Acceptances (131 in London and 38 in Windsor). 10 General highlights: Phase 1 (Thinking Phase)-- This is usually the hardest part. 1) With 2,400 characters at your disposal, you have room to explore and describe what kind of person you are. Remember that the essays should display a character and identity. Ideally, it should be your character and identity. Don’t shy away from pouring your soul into this! 2) Some people jump into the writing/production phase without the initial planning. I don’t think this approach is as methodical or efficient. For those of us that are spontaneous, it can work. But most people need time to reflect and select. It is easier to think and design what narrative or experience you are going to talk about and then use point form to draw out your progression of ideas. Phase 2 (Writing/Production Phase)--This should be the easiest part. 3) When you start the writing process, make sure that you can explain to yourself why you are writing x, y or z sentences and what it aims to signify. You don’t need to be this specific at the early phases, but it is important that you have an inner awareness about the purpose of every word that you type. This helps remove fluff. 4) It is perfectly normal to restart and rewrite your essay. Often, I recommend people to write multiple drafts if they have more than two strong activities they like to talk about. The stronger ones would win. 5) Don’t think about the overall word limit yet. Take the time to explore your ideas without word constrains. This is your production phase. You are advised to present original ideas and representative examples from your life! Creating a rational outline for is certainly worthy investment in your time. 6) Piecing the topics together comes later with each round of revision. Phase 3 (Revision Phase)-- This is typically the most time-consuming part. 7) The purpose of the revision is to reduce, revise and rethink. Probably in that order. Also, when you review your sentences, they should not be too long. They should also not be too short. A good advice is keeping them about 10-15 words max. If you go further than that, chances are they could sound awkward. 8) Your first sentence is very crucial. It should be exciting. It should enlighten the reader. You can allude to a quote. You can begin with a rhetorical question or interesting facts. Don’t start with generic statements. 9) Once you have a draft, you need build a logical progression into it. On a micro-scale it would be the transitions from one sentence to another. On a micro-scale it would be from paragraph to paragraph. This should come in your both your writing step and be improved on in your revision step. 10) Ask your friends or family members to give you feedback once you get to this stage. You can also fix small syntactical points by reading every sentence aloud. This is where you ensure your verb tenses match, your use of punctuation is sound and you do not have faulty parallelism, etc. 3 Specific Advice for writing Sections A through F: 1) When you think about the lessons you have learned, and the experiences you have gained, they should first and foremost reflect your opinions. The admissions committee wants to know what kind of person you are and why you are suitable to be at Schulich. They do not want you to create laundry-lists of adjectives. In other words, aim for a broader perspective when it comes to the lessons. I will give you a personal example. I attended a one-week model NATO conference (more on the side of international relations) and represented a country’s interests. When talking about this activity, the lessons I highlighted were the deductive/inductive reasoning I used to make points at the committee sessions and in the debates. However, the bigger picture I mentioned were the diplomatic relations I established and how those were central to reach agreements in the committee. I made parallels between this and medicine. Namely, how there are multiple POV's in both disciplines, how it takes time to digest each thought without preconceived biases, etc. You would want to make these lessons separate from one another. You can use a numerical list to show what each of those are. 2) Most people think that the best example for a category is the most representative example. This is not always the case. For example, for section A, if you were involved in an initiative and orchestrated it, you can select it and elaborate on the leadership qualities you gained. However, a less traditional example, but equally valuable, would be if you were involved in a position where you were a great listener. If you reflected on other people's concerns and gave them suggestions, you would also be a leader! My point is that there is a spectrum to things. It’s not a discrete 0 or 1. 3) If you are involved in an activity for a long duration (more than a year)show how you grew in that position. The change in your roles should hint at what new responsibilities you had and why you value them. Development is something you can also talk about on your panel interviews. Note: I will be editing and adding more points to this post later this week. I wrote this while on commute, so you can expect an updated version to appear in the next few days. I hope you find this helpful!
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    Is it just me who noticed that diversity of experience went from 12 activities max to 10 for the 2019/2020 cycle?
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    If mentioned by a psychiatrist/family doctor: Usually means they see a bit of themselves in you. Often some element of quirkiness, willingness to explore feelings and thoughts at length, etc. as mentioned above. If mentioned by a surgeon: Usually means they think you'd be a bad surgeon.
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    Hi guys! Much gratitude in advance for the replies/advice/insight! I'm an M3 in Montreal, Med-P background, and only have eyes from Family Medicine. I just wonder too often whether, at this point, I'm strong enough of an applicant? I have no research experience, but do have years worth of community involvement (mostly from before Med-P, about 1 years worth during) and my own health literacy initiative. Apart from this, so far, my clerkship evaluations are good. I plan on pursuing electives that could help me refine skills that would make me a better Fam Doc. I am "well-rounded" with respect to my extracurriculars. However, that is about it. What can I do to make myself a stronger candidate? To match here in Montreal would be a dream, but I certainly will be applying broadly. To summarize, here are some questions I would hugely appreciate having answers too. 1) What makes a strong family medicine applicant? 2) Is research worth pursuing during M3/M4 given I have no previous experience? 3) Are some strong reference letters more valuable than others (i.e surgery vs psych vs fam med) 4) What do you recommend as far as electives for a Fam Med applicant? Thank you so much! Please excuse my anxious med-p energy (it's chronic).
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    It's a great score, but I can see why you would be disappointed with your CARS score, based on your great practice score. I feel for you as I had to rewrite my MCAT several times just to break above 128 for my CARS so I could interview at Western (this was before their recent changes). You mentioned Western- have you looked at their Access Pathway application (https://www.schulich.uwo.ca/med_dent_admissions/medicine/access_pathway_applicants.html) which gives you flexibility on your MCAT score? How is your GPA for Ottawa, Toronto? How are you with OOP schools? Based on your numbers and extracurricular experience, you would be receiving interviews at Queen's- have you?
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    Western looks at your top 2 years and UofT drops your lowest year. Kill this year and next year and make sure you do well on the DAT. Research might not help you much unless you do a masters but the way things are going in terms of the new changes to the admissions process it could be one more thing you write about in your ABS/essays. Don't lose hope, it can be done.
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    As long as it was presented at the level specified, and it was not after June 1st, it should be fine. If the committee has any questions, they would contact you asking for more information.
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    canadian primary care guidelines

    It's hard to have a resource that has everything up to date AND specific to your province. But in general you can rely on what you learned in residency, and then tailor that to the approach specific to that province you're working in. But just for some province-specific examples: Alberta: http://www.topalbertadoctors.org/cpgs/ BC: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/practitioner-professional-resources/bc-guidelines
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    Yes they do regardless Only time they don't is maybe like a thesis masters with like 1 class without grades. - G
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    2020 Entrance Stress

    I know atleast 1 of my verifiers has been contacted today. I am also an early applicant!
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    Hi everyone: I wanted to share with you some successful strategies for achieving a high (35+) NAQ for the UBC application. I have helped many clients receive acceptances from UBC, and based on my experiences, these strategies are helpful: I begin with initial premises about the application process: 1) UBC receives a few thousand applications each year. Therefore, they cannot treat each entry with enough detail as one would imagine. It is best to use key-words that convey the theme throughout. 2) UBC values community work and what you do for others just as other medical schools. However, being able to contextualize it in your NAQ, can give you strong points when you get the MMI to elaborate on them. 3) A coherent entry should be easy to read for someone who has no idea what medicine is. In other words, parsimony, without comprising the essence of the activity, should be used at all times. These are check-lists to have in mind when writing every entry. Active voice > Passive voice Past tense action verbs for activities that you are not involved with anymore. Progressive form verb tense for ongoing entries that show progress at some point in time. General schema: What you did (descriptions), what you learned (analytics), why it matters (pragmatics) Directionality/progressionist approach in each activity. 1-3 specific examples for meaningful entries Impact of work to others (For example, enumeration if worked with a team larger than 30, or led an event) Balance in each category (in terms of hours, commitment, role) Maximize use of titles: • CANMEDS • Medical expert, communicator, collaborator, leader, health advocate, scholar, professional • Make sure each activity shows at least 2 of these in each entry • The CANMEDS MUST be distributed equally • You need not use these words repeatedly. Rather, you must show it. Some key words to have in mind: understanding, advocating, discussing, leading, mentoring, publishing, &.c. If you worked in a team, mention the size • Show that you are great at working in both small and large groups (use numbers) If you did advocacy, show how many people you engaged with If anyone would like more detailed help, including edits for their application, feel free to send me a message. I would be happy to help.
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    2.7 cgpa please help

    Caribbean time
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