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  1. 11 points
    3 dodos! 10 repas (Ou 6 si vous préférez les brunchs, ou encore 3 iftars)! 76h et 19 minutes! 3 saisons de Glee! 1 conserve de bouffe molle pour mon chat! 32 tomates! 26 bouts de roller derby! et Bonne fête des Mères!
  2. 10 points
    Maybe I’ll be the bad guy for this, but is anyone else getting a tad bit irritated by how much this thread is being dedicated to just one school? This thread is meant to be a place for all schools and it sucks that it gets spammed with dozens of pages that we have to read through in case there’s anything relevant to everyone. Not saying to not discuss it here at all, but 80% of this thread is about McMaster rn- I know for individual schools there’s separate threads. Idk I think it may be worth moving some discussions there so this remains a place for general OMSAS applicants.
  3. 9 points
    Dr. Shqipe

    May 12 Countdown Thread 2020

    I'm in the same boat as all of you haha. All my eggs are in one basket, being Ottawa; and having a 3.90 makes me a bit more nervous. Though, it's important to remember our memories are often flawed and as terrorizing as it is now, there's no way to know specifically how the interviewers received our responses and behaviour. All that's important is to acknowledge how far we have all come throughout university and any other "unconventional" life paths. Really acknowledge each of our unique life experiences (whether it be work/volunteer experience, our ability to make new friends anywhere we go, dealing with failure/imperfect performance, and other unique personal challenges or successes we've faced). It's really been a long path, for some of us it may be the end and you may get in, while for others, you've made progress and may be even closer to getting in next cycle). Just remember that resilience is one of those key attributes they always bring up--and just see it as another "test" that you'll be successful at too! We're almost there--good vibes all around for all!
  4. 8 points
    I never thought I'd be debating the meaning of website design classes but here I am. The "default" bit is a reference to style, not purpose. It has nothing to do with the button purpose. https://stackoverflow.com/questions/34541954/why-class-btn-btn-default-instead-of-only-class-btn-default
  5. 8 points
    mdhopefullyidk

    May 12 Countdown Thread 2020

    Obviously a huge coincidence, but if you find the average score for those with a button (based on the data above), you get CARS = 129 and GPA = 3.87 which I think is the exact admission statistics average from last year. This likely means nothing because of our small sample size but thought it was funny
  6. 7 points
    MedGoldfish

    May 12 Countdown Thread 2020

    Regarding McMaster, I know that a lot of people are saying that anyone in the top 550 can be a good physician and is well qualified to do so, but I want to argue this point. Just because someone has a high GPA, CARS, and/or CASPer, does that really make them a good physician? People are arguing that out of the 550 interviewees, it doesn't matter who you pick because they are all great candidates, but I disagree. I think it does matter who you pick for your class among the 550 interviewees. Great numbers do not = great physician. Mac doesn't look at ABS. Mac doesn't look at references. I don't think Mac actually knows who you are as a person before interviews. Yes, there will be many good, qualified people amongst the 550 interviewees, but there will also be some bad apples. And when Mac uses a lottery to select its class, you will inevitably have some bad apples slipping through and gaining offers they might otherwise not have through an MMI process. Yes, I know that MMIs aren't perfect and that they have their own flaws. I know that people can practice for them and become good at them, but I still think that they are better than nothing. I firmly believe that selecting physicians without speaking to them, either online or in-person, is not the way to go. Anyways, my point is that justifying a lottery system with the argument "anyone in the top 550 would make a good physician" is not right. Again, great numbers do not = great physician. I do not believe that everyone in the top 550 would make a good physician.
  7. 7 points
    Crunch

    May 12 Countdown Thread 2020

    you know like i know like everybody knows that you’re going to check at midnight we all are
  8. 7 points
    Le problème, c'est pas tant la CRU en soit. Sur papier, ça fonctionne très bien. La preuve avec la Cote R collégiale. Et les facultés de médecine ont essayé de s'entendre sur une CRU commune. Mais McGill aurait dit non. Là où le bât blesse, comme tu le soulevais, @AB2 , c'est que chaque fac a son propre petit calcul et ne regarde que ses propres cours et ses propres programmes pour attribuer une cote aux personnes qui viennent d'ailleurs. Les facs de médecine se fichent de savoir si le programme de la personne candidate est contingenté ou pas si le leur l'est/ne l'est pas. Un bon exemple, c'est psychologie : le programme de psycho de uLaval n'est pas contingenté, mais celui de UdeM et Sherbrooke l'est. Sherbrooke et UdeM vont (probablement) accorder une belle cote aux gens de psycho, toutes uni confondues, mais pas uLaval, parce qu'aux yeux d'uLaval, psycho, c'est poupou. Quelqu'un comme moi, qui a fait psycho dans aucune de ces 3 uni, obtient une CRU différente selon les facs de médecine. Un autre exemple que j'ai vu passer à force de lire le forum : pharmacie. On s'entend que pharmacie, c'est en général un bon tremplin pour médecine. Mais à une époque, les gens qui provenaient de pharmacie et qui appliquaient en médecine à Sherbrooke se voyaient accorder une CRU de poupou parce que Sherbrooke comparait le doctorat de pharmacie à leur bac en biopharmaceutique (un truc du genre) qui n'était pas contingenté. La bonne blague! Aussi, c'est même pas toutes les uni qui accordent les notes lettrées de la même façon. Une personne avec une note de A+ aurait tout aussi bien terminé son cours avec une note de 85% et + (certains programmes à uSherbrooke) que 92% et + (psychoed à l'UQO), que 75% (dans un système courbé où la meilleure note de la classe obtient A+, comme certains cours à uOttawa). SI, comme c'est le cas au niveau collégial, toutes les universités québécoises s'entendaient pour s'échanger les moyennes, les écarts-types, les CRC moyennes des personnes admises dans leurs programmes respectfs, etc., oui, la CRU serait un bon outil pour mesurer la force académique d'une personne candidate. Mais ce n'est pas le cas, malheureusement. And it sucks. Et puis il y a la nature même des programmes contingentés et des bacs connexes. Et le programme le plus perdant dans toute cette histoire, c'est assurément sciences infirmières, qui a la seule tare... de ne pas être contingenté dans la plupart des universités. Pourtant, on s'entend-tu que y'a pas plus connexe à la médecine que les soins infirmiers? Si ce n'est pas le cas, pourquoi les IPS ont-elles autant d'actes réservés partagés avec les médecins? Comme tu le dis si bien, @Mel96b , il faudrait tenir compte du taux d'attrition et de la moyenne des personnes qui graduent du programme. Au moins... AU MOINS pour les programmes qui ne sont pas contingentés! Pour donner un exemple, quand ma soeur a commencé ses études en soins infirmiers, il y avait, je crois, 50 personnes dans sa cohorte. À la fin de leur dernière session, il n'en restait plus qu'une vingtaine. On s'entend-tu que c'est probablement pas la personne avec genre 21 de CRC qui a gradué de soins infirmiers cette année-là (une personne qui aurait obtenu 21 de CRC de manière legit, on s'entend, pas une personne qui aurait eu pleins de bad luck et d'obstacles au cégep et qui a été capable de les surmonter pour bien performer à l'université)? Pis ouais, comme tu le dis, @AKtoQC, t'es vraiment pas la seule personne que ça écoeure. Même les comités d'admission de ces so-called programmes tremplins en ont plein le cul. Quand j'étais en ergo à uLaval, à la rentrée, la directrice du programme avait demandé à toute la cohorte qui parmi nous avait l'intention de changer de programme et d'aller en pharmacie/dentiste/médecine/physio. La MOITIÉ de la cohorte a levé la main. Pour une profession qui s'attend à avoir 100 ergo 4 ans et demi plus tard, RIP, il n'en reste plus que 50 ish. Résultat : pénurie de main d'oeuvre. Sans compter que le rêve de devenir ergo de 50 personnes est détruit (bon j'exagère un peu hein) parce que 50 personnes (et je m'inclus là-dedans) leur ont "volé" leur place en voulant se la jouer stratégique et se servir d'ergo comme tremplin vers leur programme de rêve. Et enfin, juste avec les infos fournies par la table des étalons de uLaval, les programmes jugés forts sont complètement "arbitraires" par rapport à la médecine. En quoi actuariat ou architecture sont meilleurs que genre biologie? Ou Génie des eaux par rapport à génie du bois? Ou musique interprétation classique par rapport à musique interprétation jazz? Ou histoire de l'art VS histoire? Littérature française VS littérature québécoise (ça, ça doit être notre complexe d'infériorité face à la littérature de nos cousin-es outre-atlantiques)? Et celui qui me fait marrer le plus... Espagnol VS allemand (pauvres germanophones...)? Heeeey let's mess with their system a bit. Let's all register to the Certificat en français, langue seconde and have straight A+. 34,951 guarenteed! Et que remarque-t-on aussi, dans cette fameuse table des étalons? La plupart des programmes aux CRU élevées... sont des programmes traditionnellement masculins. Et ceux à CRU faibles, même pour un GPA de 4,33/4,33? Des programmes traditionnellement féminins... à quelques exceptions près. Au moins, Sherbrooke reconnaît la valeur d'un GPA de 4,3/4,3 en lui attribuant une CRU de 35 minimum... TLDR : Bon système, mauvaise application qui entraîne pleins d'inégalités, dont certaines systémiques. Je suis d'accord avec vous.
  9. 7 points
    AgainOmsasSmh

    May 12 Countdown Thread 2020

    The most creepy thing in this thread -in my humble opinion- is how Mac students and graduates are trying to justify this weird flawed lottery decision that no other school in Canada even came close to, and trying to convince applicants to “just swallow it, because well life is unfair so what you gonna do about it?”. This goes to show you that people are willing to defend their social group’s acts no matter how bizarre and illogical they deem. No wonder nationalism, which is a more public example of the same attitude, is the biggest problem of today’s world.
  10. 6 points
    3 jours 2 heures 10 minutes et 40 seconde guys!!!! On y est presque
  11. 6 points
    theinbetween

    May 12 Countdown Thread 2020

    I don't think we should be strongly advising applicants against going to Mac because of this. I think all applicants who received an offer at Mac should be proud. At the end of the day, being the top 500 at Mac is a huge achievement to begin with since Mac does not consider ABS and it is solely based on Casper, cGPA, CARS. So out of 5000 applicants, you were the top 500. That's big and that alone should reassure applicants that they are well deserving of their spot in the top 500. Those who received an offer won't even know if it was because of the lottery or if it was because they made it to the top 100 (out of 500, out of 5000, still a huge achievement). Even for those with a lower cGPA and CARS, they can still be in the top 100 because we have no idea how they scored the top 100 (could be 70% Casper, which is a blackbox). If you're one of the lucky ones that made it via lottery (which you won't even know), you should still be proud! No one that received an interview to begin with isn't deserving of an acceptance because at the end of the day, Mac is very numerical is picking the top 500.
  12. 5 points
    James Nystead

    May 12 Countdown Thread 2020

    Yall scare me lol, sleeping slightly after midnight is staying up for yall? My crackhead ass has been up till 3am on regular nights
  13. 5 points
    Hi OP! I'm helping coordinate things for our incoming students so hopefully I can clarify. If you are accepted you will be provided with a 'checklist' of what needs to be done before school starts. Things may look different from previous years due to COVID-19, but it will be clearly outlined for you - usually this consists of making sure you're up to date on vaccines, first aid certifications, etc. At Western our individual 'courses' flow together really nicely, and every student does the same stuff, so no decisions need to be made about academics - all of that is planned out for you! We also try to provide some guidance about getting an apartment and finding a roomie if you want one. I would actually recommend starting to look sooner rather than later because the process may be slower right now - I think some landlords are doing 'virtual walkthroughs' or providing pictures so that should help! If you are accepted with your campus undetermined, hold off until you know whether you're London or Windsor. All in all try not to panic! Enjoy the ride as much as possible and take some time to celebrate before you start worrying about the details - there will always be someone to reach out to if you're confused or need help! feel free to message me if you have more questions
  14. 5 points
    MedicineLCS

    May 12 Countdown Thread 2020

    Honestly, is there anyone who looks back on their interview day experience and thinks "I got this"? I certainly don't, I managed to botch one interview (in my own feelings) HARD, but doesn't everyone feel that way to varying degrees? Honestly, I hope to get in somewhere and then laugh over some of the incredibly dumb comments I made. How many of us have walked out of a test/job interview thinking we did horribly only to find out it went well afterwards? I remember walking out of my MCAT thinking I bombed the B/B and C/P sections and later finding out that that was only partially true (thanks physics!). I'm sure we've all felt we've "bombed" job interviews that later went the other way. I've remember completing a competitive job interview where I was very clear that I didn't have a certification they said was optional (which they said was fine). Question 1 was a question that required a great deal of knowledge from exactly that certification, and I was left sitting there talking about "What I think would work" and how I would ask my coworkers for help. Thinking back to my own interviews, I was sure I bombed Queens as soon as I started reflecting on it. A week or so later, a panel invite (which I've now reflected on and cringed a little). The mindset that allow someone to get top marks in school, on admissions tests, and more is the same mindset that seeks perfection and focuses on the 4% of questions you got wrong, rather than the 96% you got right. Personally, I reflected after my interviews on what I would do the same, on what I should probably not do again, and what I definitely would not do again, and then stored those reflections for future reflection if needed. Beyond that, what more can we do? Most schools accept around 50% of people, so it's not like you need to nail every single question, and you can't change anything now.
  15. 5 points
    rmorelan

    What are my options?

    this system is being odd here - not sure if it is letting me clean this up correctly. and of course again groan ha. reports flying all over the place here - but the advice given is correct and I don't see anything wrong with it - the only thing I will add is that if you take more than 10 credits per year then Western will consider historically your best 10. So your GPA may be higher than you think, and you may actually have two years that work. However you will also have to be very careful with Westerns best 2 years rules with new degrees - their 3/5 course rule policies are a bit strange and I would 100% check with them (you cannot just take first year course in the your first year of the new degree and expect that to work). Bottom line is people are actually trying to be helpful here.
  16. 5 points
    JohnGrisham

    May 12 Countdown Thread 2020

    IF they are worried about 47 -1 hour drive, they shouldn't go to medical school. Strong chance that you will have to move for residency, and for some across the country. Something every applicant should be aware of as a realistic possibility.
  17. 4 points
    DrOzuma

    May 12 Countdown Thread 2020

    anywho, in less than 48 hours, well know if we were accepted, rejected, or on some sort of waitlist. are we shitting bricks or logs lads how we feeling
  18. 4 points
    baloneymaloney

    DMD 2020

    Salut tout le monde! Voici un groupe pour médecine dentaire: https://www.facebook.com/groups/241953486912692/ Ajoutez-vous!
  19. 4 points
    James Nystead

    May 12 Countdown Thread 2020

    I feel like this thread rn is group therapy for Mac applicants for both the button and the lottery
  20. 4 points
    To all those with an interview, it's not a matter of if you get in, but when. Just a reminder to my fellow applicants who are waiting for UBC results to come out. UBC does not send interview invitations to people they wouldn't consider accepting. For people who didn't receive an interview this year, I was in your shoes for several years: you've just gotta keep working at it. There are plenty of anecdotal examples floating around on the forum of people with below average GPAs/MCATs/etc getting in, and of cases where people are rejected with above average interviews/GPAs/MCATs/etc. One friend of mine was rejected with an above average interview one year and accepted the following year, even though the rest of their application remained unchanged (aside from increased hours due to the added year). ---- With that in mind, I'm definitely quite nervous about the upcoming results, so I'm interested to see what others are worried about. Please share what you're nervous about (& reassured by?). I'll go first, and will be formatting mine based on that "panic - calm - panic" meme template, which is a bit more interesting to read. Panik: One thing that made you panic about your application Kalm: One thing that made you calm about your application : Something that made you no longer calm about your application
  21. 3 points
    All I can say is: AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH
  22. 3 points
    James Nystead

    May 12 Countdown Thread 2020

    Thought they killed the interview --> Got in Thought the interview killed them --> Got in Thought they killed the interview --> Rejected Thought the interview killed them --> Rejected This is a classic 2by2 table you can use to calculate sens spec PPV NPV
  23. 3 points
    Western: high gpa/mcat sections but aabs and interview were pretty crummy. would be really excited by a high waitlist placement Toronto: felt good about my application, interview was quite good for 2 stations, 1 was a slight cringe at one point and another was outright bad. i've heard similar tales from people who've been accepted though. Queen's: felt bad about MMI until panel invite came out, and felt okay about panel (still do) Mac: 3.88/129 + uO/OOP rejection so not top 100 but I'm a member of the Canadian Association of Button Havers (CABH for short) so hopefully that's not a random error
  24. 3 points
    Brush up on the francais or fit your language learning to the geographic region of your medical school (Cree or whatever for NOSM, Mandarin for Missisagua Academy of Medicine etc)
  25. 3 points
    3 iftars hahahaha tu m'as dead merci, ça c'est de l'inclusion
  26. 3 points
    Oasis123

    Hypothèque étudiant en médecine?

    Salut, J'étais exactement dans ta situation, J'ai facilement réussi a avoir une hypothèque... J'ai payé les versements avec ma marge et j'ai payé une bonne partie du 20% de cashdown avec ma marge et l'autre parti avec des Celi que j'avais rempli avec mes prêts et bourses! J'avais déjà des dettes d'études antérieures et ça n'a pas causé de problème ni pour la marge ni pour l'hypothèque. Pour l'hypothèque il faut que tu t'adresse a certaines institutions spécifiques qui considèrent le revenu potentiel que tu feras car la plupart des institutions regarde seulement ton revenu actuel. Desjardins du réseau de la santé le font (peut-être d'autres succursales aussi mais réseau de la santé c'est la meilleure option car ils ne font que ça s'occuper des gens en santé versus les autres succursales qui ne vont rien comprendre de quoi tu leur parle avec ta marge et ton hypothèque ils vont te trouver fou/folle). Je crois que certaines banque le font avec des conseillers spécifiques mais il va falloir que tu fasses tes recherches car je ne sais pas lesquels. J'ai plusieurs exemple dans ma cohorte de personne qui ont acheté comme moi avec leur marge, certains ont vendu pour la résidence et acheté ailleurs . Selon ce que tu achètes tu peux facilement revendre après (du moins dans le marché Montréalais) et récupérer une bonne partie des coûts (c'est le cas d'un ami de classe qui avait pratiquement tout repayé sa marge avec les profits de vente de son condo). Il faut juste que tu acceptes de vivre avec un gros montant sur ta marge et acceptes de payer +++ d’intérêt puisque tu as des intérêts d'hypothèque et des intérêts de marges.... mais les taux sont tellement bas... Actuellement tu peux te prendre un 5 ans fixe quand même assez bas et tu te dis que tu n'as pas a te casser la tête avec la variation des taux pendant tes études pour l'hypothèque. Selon la ville ou tu vas en médecine louer n'est pas toujours facile ni moins dispendieux pour loger une famille... À Montréal un appartement assez grand pour la famille pas trop loin de l'université et qui n'est pas un trou à rats c'est plus de 2000$/mois. Moi j'ai préféré acheté et même si ça coûte un peu plus cher je vais en récupérer une partie à la vente. voilà, à toi de faire tes calculs et voir avec quel niveau de stress financier tu peux bien vivre ... sinon perso je trouve que le déni fonctionne bien pour pas que ça t'empoisonne!
  27. 3 points
    Typing this as I'm shitting bricks. McMaster: probably going to be lotteried given 128 CARS Ottawa: some days I feel like I killed it, some days I say "it was fun while it lasted" Toronto: the entire interview was a virtual recording, I cringe every time I think about it. Oh well.
  28. 3 points
    SnowmanTheSWOMEN

    May 12 Countdown Thread 2020

    Your nickname gives me PTSD on the Drosophila experiments I did
  29. 3 points
    BernieMac

    What are my options?

    -
  30. 3 points
    wowfactor

    May 12 Countdown Thread 2020

    * UPDATED with Proxy Casper Measure * I divided you guys into 3 groups. 1. People with Button GPA 3.58 / 131 - BUTTON GPA 3.83 / 128 - BUTTON GPA 3.92 / 127 - BUTTON GPA 3.93 /129 - BUTTON GPA 3.6 / 130 - BUTTON GPA 3.96 / 125 - BUTTON GPA 3.79 / 128 - BUTTON GPA 3.75 / 129 - BUTTON GPA 3.85 / 128 - BUTTON GPA 3.91 / 127 - BUTTON GPA 3.92 / 129 - BUTTON GPA 3.90 / 128 - BUTTON GPA 3.91 / 129 - BUTTON GPA 3.96 / 129 - BUTTON GPA 3.97 / 127 - BUTTON GPA 3.95 / 130 (did not apply to Casper-heavy school) - BUTTON GPA 3.99 / 129 (did not apply to Casper-heavy school) - BUTTON GPA 3.85 / 131 - BUTTON GPA 3.96 / 130 (Rejection from UOttawa) - BUTTON GPA 3.98 / 130 (Rejection from UOttawa) - BUTTON 2. People without Button with higher stats (3.95+/130+ OR 3.97+/129+) GPA 3.98 / 132 (Invitation from UOttawa)- NO BUTTON GPA 3.97 / 130 (Invitation from UOttawa) - NO BUTTON GPA 4.0 / 131 (Invitation from UOttawa) - NO BUTTON Another GPA 4.0 / 131(Casper ?) - NO BUTTON GPA 3.95+(?) / 131 (Invitation from UOttawa) - NO BUTTON GPA 4.0 / 129 (Invitation from UOttawa) - NO BUTTON Another GPA 4.0 / 129 (Casper?)- NO BUTTON GPA 3.98 / 130 (Invitation from UOttawa) - NO BUTTON Another GPA 3.98 / 130 (Invitation from UOttawa) - NO BUTTON GPA 3.98 / 129 (Invitation from UOttawa) - NO BUTTON GPA 3.97 / 129 (Invitation from UOttawa) - NO BUTTON GPA 4.0 / 130 (Invitation from UOttawa) - NO BUTTON GPA 3.96 / 130 (Invitation from UOttawa) - NO BUTTON GPA 3.97 / 132 (Casper?) - NO BUTTON GPA 3.95 / 130 (Invitation from UOttawa) - NO BUTTON 3. People without Button with similar stats with people with Button GPA 3.87 / 125 - NO BUTTON GPA 3.96 / 128 - NO BUTTON GPA 3.84 / 132 - NO BUTTON GPA 3.89 / 129 - NO BUTTON GPA 3.90 / 129 - NO BUTTON The button should mean something, and I am really excited to see which one (group 1 or 3 ) will be accepted at Mac with group 2. Every one of us must be curious about it, so let's add button/no button on the acceptance/ rejection thread. Great Casper score seems to be required in addition to the high GPA and CARS stats to be in the top 100.
  31. 3 points
    lizaloo223

    May 12 Countdown Thread 2020

    Rn in the poll 50 people have already replied saying they got a button. If there are only 100ish lottery seats, a 50% response rate is very high. I agree, we have a bias to assume people with high gpa, high cars automatically should be top 100. In reality, if they bombed Casper they could have the same ranking as someone with okay stats
  32. 3 points
    MedicineLCS

    May 12 Countdown Thread 2020

    I'll preface my point by repeating that speculation is pointless (but it does pass the time!). That being said. The % of buttons in the thread has remained consistently between 50-60% for Mac interviewees (32 as of my last count). If there are still a 100 applicants who get offers this percentage skyrockets. Even if you believe in response bias/a more competitive pool (which I do) that would be extremely high for first round offers. The whole "high CARS/GPA=top 100" is missing that CASPer makes up a solid 1/3rd of the preinterview score. It's perfectly possible that the majority consists of people with high-mid stats (130+, 3.8+) who really nailed CASPer. At the same time, it's possible the person with the 4.0/132 bombed CASPer (comparatively) and was carried to an interview on their stats largely. Before making theories it's worth checking the assumptions, which I don't think are valid. I did something similar to the stats grouping previously posted, and I can tell you, when you sort by GPA or CARS score it's not "no button" from the top to some random place in the middle where they shop up. Buttons pop up, randomly seemingly, up and down the range of possible scores reported. Someone with a 132 has a button. Someone with a 4.0 has the button. Both are not slouches in the other number. Add in self-reported scores bias and it's quite apparent that it's all over the range. Add in a MASSIVE CASPer black box and I think making theories is pointless. The button is tied to acceptances in the past and in videos, we'll see if that's true on May 12th.
  33. 2 points
    if you're the kind of person that hates uncertainty (me) then just wait till you get an email. im personally planning on waiting until my phone dings four times. then i'll slowly go through each one while covering the majority of the screen lol
  34. 2 points
    meiosis

    May 12 Countdown Thread 2020

    i’m not gonna check at midnight for this very reason - if i didn’t see any offers it would be a horrible sleepless night and a painfully long wait for the emails.
  35. 2 points
    Great for them. But how do they know that? Ultimately it's not their opinion that counts, it's the opinions of the people sitting across from them. I'm sure we've all encountered confident people before who seemed to believe that they are god's gift to humanity (not to say those people are like that necessarily) who overstate their own performance in any number of areas, some to succeed, some to flop. Some people are naturally confident and feel fine about their performance, some to get in, some do not. On the same token, some people feel that they bomb everything they touch, but they end up getting in, while others don't. If the person sitting across from you thinks your "great interview" reeks of some tendency they dislike (maybe arrogance?) you may have actually bombed it. At the same token, someone who interviewed in a way they think leads to rejection may actually have come off as a very thoughtful, careful, person. None of this undermines my main point, that our own perceptions are finicky, flighty things and we shouldn't put too much trust into them.
  36. 2 points
    James Nystead

    May 12 Countdown Thread 2020

    This is not the end of the journey, but merely the beginning. Best of luck to all of you, I hope we will one day work together and learn from each other as future colleagues.
  37. 2 points
    Spaced repetition and having the discipline to study on a regular basis. Doing well in med school has nothing to do with intelligence.
  38. 2 points
    theinbetween

    May 12 Countdown Thread 2020

    Smart thinking. gives me a tiny 0.15 bit of hope
  39. 2 points
    MedGoldfish

    May 12 Countdown Thread 2020

    I think that the arguments presented above are valid, and I do see where you are all coming from. I noticed that some of the replies to my post are from current medical students. I think it is easier to justify the lottery system as someone who is already in medical school, but it is a harder pill to swallow as an applicant. As an applicant, I feel like it is tough to not have any control in this process. At least with the interview, you feel some control over the process. Anyways, I get your arguments above. And if you are a current medical student, I do think it is harder to see it from your point of view when the rest of us are applicants who are currently experiencing this whole lottery process. Keeping in mind the arguments above, maybe this sheds a light on the medical admissions system in general. Regardless, it kinda sucks to go through all of this. But c'est la vie!
  40. 2 points
    pretomd

    May 12 Countdown Thread 2020

    An interview is not an accurate screener for "great physicians", nor one for "bad physicians". Regardless of what measures you're using to define a great physician. You may not want to accept this, but the reality is that most of the 550 would make fine physicians. Will there be some people who slip through who should not be physicians? Yes. This is true with Mac's 2020 selection strategy, and is also true with any other current selection strategy. You are also not inherently born with traits that destine you for medicine. A lot of what goes into being a good physician, you will learn while in medical school (+residency and practice). Shocking, I know. Let me be clear: I agree with you that an interview is better than nothing. But not because it'll separate the "good" from the "bad". Because it requires you to put in work and learn to think in a certain way. But to suggest that an interview will accurately let you determine who will be good and bad physicians is ludicrous.
  41. 2 points
    This is just what I've heard second-hand, but each interview is ranked out of 4 in 0.5 increments. So your interview may be ranked 4.0, 3.5, 3.0, 2.5 and on... All 4.0 interviews will be accepted. Probably all 3.5 interviews will be accepted. Then when looking at 3.0 interviews, those with the highest GPAs will be accepted (if that's the lowest interview bin they have to dip into to fill their class)
  42. 2 points
    Symphonie

    casper

    Je pense pas qu'il soit nécessaire de dépenser de l'argent pour tout ce qui est pratique Casper/MEM et autres (à l'exception possiblement du TAED en DMD, de ce que j'ai entendu). Personnellement, j'ai fait le casper une seule fois dans ma vie, pour rentre en pharmacie, et j'ai pas dépensé un seul sous. Idem pour tous mes amis. Les réponses plus haut sont très pertinentes, surtout celle sur les enjeux éthiques! Très important d'être capable de déceler et d'indiquer quels sont les enjeux illustrés dans la situation et aussi les valeurs impliquées. Aussi faire un lien avec toi-même, par exemple en énonçant quelles valeurs sont importantes pour toi et comment cela guide ta prise de position. Je dirais que d'identifier les valeurs et les enjeux éthiques à chaque question est un must. Sinon, les autres conseils techniques comme exercer sa vitesse de frappe est important.
  43. 2 points
  44. 2 points
    MK.

    PharmD 2020

    J'étudie à la fac, et je te confirme qu'il n'y aura pas de cérémonie de sarrau...en automne! Ils la reporte à après le confinement, t'inquiète. (: C'est un évènement trop important pour être annulé for good.
  45. 2 points
    BernieMac

    Med School Application Question

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  46. 2 points
    keipop

    deleted

    Je crois que OP veut dire qu'ils ont envoyé des offres de trop (dans ce cas, par exemple 13 offres de trop), alors la 14e personne qui n'a pas eu une offre serait placée au 1er rang dans la LA au lieu du 14e rang... je sais c'est confusing hahah mais du moins c'est ce que j'ai compris
  47. 2 points
    Panik: Had a dream that we would hear about admissions on May 40th. Kalm: Woke up, and recognized that date does not exist. Also then we got the actual d-day email. : Realized that notifications from the waitlist would extend further than a hypothetical May 40th...
  48. 2 points
    pretomd

    May 12 Countdown Thread 2020

    I understand you're upset. If I were in your shoes, I would be upset too. And this might be really hard to hear - but an interview was always just a dressed up lottery. I've read a lot of outrage about the absence of "merit" in this thread, but the reality is, there's little merit to an interview. An interview does not select for success in medicine (whether MMI or otherwise). An interview selects for the ability to interview well. That's it. The process was extremely luck-based before. That hasn't changed. What's changed is that you (and many of your colleagues) believe your agency has been taken away from you. And that's fair. Whether it's true or not is another question. Final thing to consider (and this is another hard pill to swallow) - these are extenuating circumstances and this is bigger than you. A bit of perspective will take you a long way, especially as an aspiring physician. I implore you, as difficult as it is, to understand that everyone in the entire world is affected by this. Nothing about this situation is fair. Accept it for what it is and at least wait until Tuesday before lamenting your own hardship.
  49. 2 points
    Hi I’m a first year student! I really don’t know if there’s a benefit or not. I did my interview on the day it was due. I know many students that waited until the last two days to do it. If I were to wager a guess, I’d say it doesn’t matter when you do it. Best of luck!
  50. 2 points
    Prendre un appart à Quebec ou ne pas prendre, telle est la question
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