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  1. 5 points
    GivinPTaShot

    Personal PT Program Experiences

    Good morning After the release of Ontario admissions yesterday, I'm sure a lot of you (myself included) are on the fence about what program to choose if you received multiple offers. Especially with the pandemic restrictions complicating things, a lot of us are looking for more program information to help make our decisions. While it's easy to start weighing the pro's and con's of each universities curriculum, tuition, catchment area, geographical location, commute, etc., its hard to get an idea of what the experience of each program is like. I'd love to invite current students to reply to this thread and share some of their experiences. Simply, where you attend and what program (PT/OT), something you love about the program (could be a professor, a teaching style, a research highlight, anything), and one thing you don't (i.e. commute, class size, difficult placements, whatever). Hopefully sharing some of these stories can help give us prospective students some more insight to help with our decision making.
  2. 5 points
    anonpurple

    2020 Waitlist Thread

    Hi guys, I keep forgetting to post this, but I accepted my offer at uoft so I'm officially off of the French waitlist! I really hope it works out for all of you who are waiting to hear back!! Feel free to message me if you have any other questions
  3. 4 points
    brattatat

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    This was nice to read, I think you've learned from your mistakes. I don't speak for all minorities except myself but I can say I personally would accept this as an apology, and I am pretty sure others would too.
  4. 3 points
    frenchpress

    Affording Med School

    Think about all of your money and debts in one big pot - what’s going to save you the most overall? The point of rainy day savings is to allow for cash flow when you have an unexpected or big purchase, to avoid having to borrow money expensively (e.g. pay day loan or credit card debt). But what is the point in ‘rainy days savings’ when you are actively using your LOC in parallel? You have the low-interest LOC to provide cash flow in an emergency. I think only makes sense to keep money in savings on the side if your savings interest rate is more than the loan interest rate... if that’s not happening, then you’re actually costing yourself more money every month, because you’re accruing interest on debt you don’t need to carry. I think it usually makes the most sense to use your savings first, and only then borrow from your LOC, otherwise you’re paying more in interest than you have to. (I'm assuming we're talking regular savings here and not, for example, an RRSP which has potentially expensive tax implications and may need to be draw down more wisely). . . . can any of the more financially informed on here can think of a situation I’m missing where this doesn’t make sense? So to answer your interest payments question: I let the interest payments get added to the loan. When I have income here and there (for example when my student loan comes in, bursaries, side jobs, etc.) I am paying down the LOC as much as possible. Not just paying down the interest, but the principle. Then when I need money, I take it from the LOC again. I accrue as little interest as possible every month by keeping the principle as low as I can. For example, say I get a $8,000 student loan, but my tuition isn’t due for another 2 months. I pay down my LOC while I have the cash, and for those 2 months I’ve reduced the total loan I have to pay interest on by $8000. I’m still taking money out of the LOC for rent, etc. every month. But it’s still a relative savings.
  5. 3 points
    Result: Accepted off the HWL to Windsor Timestamp: May 29th, 11:30 Am 2-year GPA: 3.87 MCAT: 128/132/130 Interview: Online- I did not practice as much as I should have, but based on some good advice I received, tried to relate each answer to how I’m going to become a good doctor/ medical student. Felt like I bonded well with the panel, even though half of my responses felt like rambling to myself and I totally missed a hint that a panel member dropped at some point! Year: finished B.A. Geography: OOP Can’t believe that after so many years of undergrad, repeating courses, making up for mistakes, changing schools, and feeling like my dream was sooo out of reach, I’m finally here...! Big thank you to everyone who answered my questions and gave encouraging words on this forum! I just want to say no matter where you start from, dedication and hope is going to carry you where you want to be. Here’s to hoping the rest of the way works out with the same formula!
  6. 3 points
    AdamMD

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    Thanks for the responses. They were really idiotic times in my life. Times when I used slurs without thinking of what they meant, rather just because they helped me sound cool. It's definitely something that I've been contemplating, especially with the tragic thing that happened to George Floyd. I've worked extensively with minorities and individuals that would be offended by the slurs I used, and I think I matured through the process and learned the weight these words carry. I am just a little bit ashamed and paranoid. If one of my friends that I used to joke about this decides to try screwing me over and sending these messages to my dean (VERY VERY neurotic thinking) I don't want to be forced into giving up medicine and being kicked out.
  7. 3 points
    fingerscrossed2020

    When to pay Deposit?

    And lmaoo aren’t you a med student
  8. 3 points
    I remember this part taking forever - the administrative stuff will take time, and some of it comes out via many emails over June and July and August! Possibly longer this year, because of COVID and adjustments. They’re also desperately trying to get things ready for 4th year clerks to go back in July, and there’s overlap in some staff who help with more than one year of the program. Once you’re enrolled in classes you’ll be able to print out a proof of enrolment letter - that’s the ‘confirmation letter’ many banks want for the LOC. That usually happens in July, same time as when many of the banks will have updated their LOC offers.
  9. 2 points
    So many of us have been asking about the waitlist movement. I’m on the Queen’s OT waitlist & I know we’re all so anxious! But I think we all need to breathe & wait until the first round offer deadline of June 12, movement from other years can’t predict what this year’s could be. Shortly after then, there will definitely be some movement in the lists. It sucks that we can’t make time go faster, but just remember that even being placed on the waitlist shows that we have something special about our applications. Just keep hoping & the day will come eventually! Good luck everyone
  10. 2 points
    RehabJunkie

    Personal PT Program Experiences

    Hello! Current Queen's PT student here! Things I love about Queen's PT - Kingston is stunning and campus is so close to the water, our class of 67 is super tight-knit (though I'm sure most programs are), and I'm not sure about other schools but I really like how our curriculum is laid out/the teaching style at Queen's. Our first semester is very MSK-based and then we have a placement earlier than most if not all of the other programs, which I found really consolidates your first semester learning before diving into CR/neuro/geriatrics/paeds. We also have a nice mixture of mostly lectures and labs, with some group/case-based learning which I personally enjoy (I wouldn't like much more group work than we have tbh) Things that are meh about Queen's PT - We have a MASSIVE catchment area that honestly spans like 2.5 hours in most directions from Kingston, so you could very likely end up with a few placements out of Kingston. But that being said, many classmates have ended up in their hometowns which is great, while others have had to pay double rent during placement. Please do not hesitate to reach out via DM if you have any more questions!!
  11. 2 points
    No correlation with PT and OT waitlist and acceptances those are two different programs. So it won't impact your PT waitlist
  12. 2 points
    ellorie

    .

    I actually a couple years ago found the published manuscript for a qualitative research study I participated in when I was early in medical school (like MS1), which included some quotes that made me feel very bad about myself and some of the viewpoints I had at that time. I didn't quite grasp the idea of privilege and systemic injustice, and I saw discrimination and bias as something that happened on an individual level, rather than a broader societal system that needs to be dismantled on a systemic level. My understanding of these things now (while not complete by any means) is greatly informed by a lot of reading, learning, lived experience, and working with a really diverse population including people I would never have met if not in medicine. I think our society is such that most of us at some point have benefited from or in/advertently engaged in behaviours or words that were racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or any number of other things. Even those of us who are marginalized in some ways/based on some identities likely benefit from privilege in other aspects of our lives. I wish that I had had more education about these topics growing up, not just about overt behaviours but also about stigma, implicit biases, and other ways that most of us participate in systems of oppression on a regular basis, but I didn't. I think this is work that all of us have to do in one way or another, no matter what we have or haven't written online. There are very few people who can't learn more/do more in these areas. I have tried to focus on reading about different people's experiences in their own words, and trying to educate myself as best as I can. I'm trying to do the uncomfortable work of noticing the ways in which I benefit from some of these systems of oppression, and I am trying to think of ways that I can help to dismantle them. I think I have a lot more work to do there.
  13. 2 points
    pleasehelp

    McMaster Waitlist Party 2020

    Does anyone know of masters programs in life or health sciences that accept applications during the summer? I didn't really have a plan B
  14. 2 points
    Intrepid86

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    In situations like these, it's often hard to tell whether someone is truly apologetic because they've changed, or whether they're apologetic mainly because they suddenly realize the grave consequences it could have on their career. I'm also not certain what "years back" in this context means, because if you're a student who's in their mid-20s, then you're likely referring to things which happened within the last 7 years, which isn't exactly a remote history of ill-conceived actions. If you were not in medical school, would you still feel as compelled to address this? Clearly this is all hypothetical, and your motivations will have to be taken at face value, but good on you for at least trying to remedy it.
  15. 2 points
    Hi Everybody, congrats to all who were accepted into the program of choice. You should be very proud!!! I applied for OT at UofT only because I’m unable to relocate anywhere else but unfortunately was rejected. I’m looking to apply next year but was wondering if there is a way to increase my GPA after completing my BA? So If I take more courses as a non-degree, will they be counted in my GPA? also for people who have volunteered with an OT, how do you go about this? by sGPA was 3.63, I had field work experience working with disabled individuals and currently working in the disability management field for 3 years .. I don’t know where I went wrong. I hate that they don’t provide you with feedback again congratulations to all who were accepted!! Also what were your essay topics for the OT trends question? Now that I’m thinking about it, maybe my essay wasn’t the greatest either. Thanks for those who’ve responded, its super helpful knowing what to improve on.. getting into OT is my dream.
  16. 2 points
    Trem

    APPLICATION MÉDECINE VÉTÉRINAIRE 2020

    Aux portes ouvertes La doyenne Marie Archambault a dit au gens d’aller dans ce qu’ils aiment et dans lequel ils vont préformer exemple en musique en langues...ensuite une des étudiantes qui nous faisait visiter nous a expliquer qu’elle était avant genre étudiante libre ( désolé je viens du Cégep alors pas certaine des thermes) et qu’elle avait choisit plein de cours dans lequel est savait qu’elle préformerait et pas nécessairement des cours qui avait rapport entre eux et sa technique a fonctionné pour monté sa cote. R Donc on pense tous devoir aller dans un programme qui a rapport mais ce serait pas vraiment nécessaire, pas oublier que les seuls préalable c’est sont ceux de sciences Nat. Et tu peux refaire une demande chaque année sans problème. il faudrait juste que tu te fasses expliquer la façon dont la cote r change ce que j’ai compris exemple, 15 crédits universitaire ça devient 30% de ta cote et ta cote collège compte pour 70% et plus tu as de créditS plus ta cote r Prend le bord ....mais ça c’est la façon que je l’ai compris vérifie avec l’université et aux portes ouvertes elle a aussi dit que quand il voyait que c’était une deuxième troisième. Quatrième demandes....ils en tenaient compte
  17. 2 points
    Efficiently go through a set of prep books and complete discrete questions after you read a chapter. Do as many practice passages / questions as possible. Review them after and understand the rationale behind why each answer choice is incorrect / correct. Do timed practice test from a 3rd party (EK, Kaplan, Altius etc) and then take them up the day after. Review weak a topics and knowledge gaps. Rinse and repeat. Save the AAMC Practice material until ~1 month before your test date. Treat the AAMC material like gold and review their rationale behind incorrect / correct. Review weak areas and gaps in your knowledge. Try to chill the day before your test. Crush MCAT.
  18. 2 points
    OMG I LOVE THE BURGUNDY! Fingers crossed for that (or purple)! Its so chic and won't look as dirty as the blue one. I strongly dislike the yellow and orange lol my eyes hurt looking at them
  19. 1 point
    Hello everyone! I can only imagine how differently difficult this pandemics is for everyone. Having perceived the type of impacts this quarantine can have on mental health, and how many of us simply need someone to talk to (especially after receiving rejections) , I made a page called Allone where I answer any questions, converse, or keep company for those who feel isolated, alone, or however else you may be feeling. The facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/Allone-111909780529377/?modal=admin_todo_tour This page is ran solely by myself, and everything is confidential and could be anonymous if you wish it to be. I am NOT a professional, but I am open to discuss about any topic. Cheers, everyone! I, as well, was faced with rejections this cycle but I found connecting with others tremendously helpful.
  20. 1 point
    anyone know/have insight into how much the U of T OT wait list moves?
  21. 1 point
    Not yet, in the following days/weeks. Just be patient, there is no hurry.
  22. 1 point
    Trem

    APPLICATION MÉDECINE VÉTÉRINAIRE 2020

    Non augmente plus tu en fais, ils se disent my god cette personne ne lâche pas le morceau c’est vraiment ce qu’elle veut faire c’est la doyenne qui nous a dit ça aux dernières portes ouvertes de novembre c’est pas négatif désolé si je n’étais pas clair sur ce point
  23. 1 point
    Klark

    Competitiveness of CV for Med-P?

    Hey! I was shortlisted at McGil this year (unfortunately interviews were cancelled this year as you probably know) and later got accepted in Med-P Personally, my CV wasn't competitve at all (I originally didn't consider applying to McGill so my CV didn't seem that important to me). I didn't have any volunteering experience (I've done volunteering but it wasn't a weekly thing so I didn't put it on my CV) and didn't have any work experience and I still got shortlisted (my R score was around 37,7 by the way) so honestly you don't need to worry about it! I know some people who worked on their CV for weeks and I literally did mine in 1-2 hours so you don't need to think about it too much. Also, most people are in a similar position because of COVID-19 (work/volunteering is cancelled) so it's not like you are behind everyone else.
  24. 1 point
    Hi there! Congrats on your acceptances! I'm a current Year 2 OT student at McMaster and have really enjoyed my experiences at Mac! You're correct, we do follow a PBL style of learning, though this mostly applies to our Problem Based Tutorials that are an integral part of each of our five academic terms. You are placed in a group with 5-6 other students as well as a tutor, who is either a community clinician or a member of faculty. Together as a group (with the tutor available for assistance), you work through a variety of case problems that align with the material that is being covered in the term. PBT groups meet 2x/week in Year 1 and 1x/week in Year 2. Every session you leave with learning goals and things you need to research and come back ready to contribute to the group. Personally, I really like this style of learning, as it allows you research areas that are of particular interest to you, but also work to fill your own gaps in knowledge depending on the case. I think having to engage that way in a small group helps me work on my communication, research and time management skills. It can be stressful at times to balance the demands of the program with the responsibilities of bringing back good research to the group, but honestly, I can't imagine having gone through OT school without PBT at this point! Also, McMaster also requires each student to complete at least one placement in mental health so that's something to keep in mind. Hope that was helpful!
  25. 1 point
    I'm in the upper third bracket too and wondering the same thing. I looked back at 2019 forum and someone from middle third heard back in the second week of June and last bracket heard back on June 18. Therefore, I'm assuming we're going to hear back not too far after June 12th....since we're in the first bracket.
  26. 1 point
    I did it at UofC
  27. 1 point
    Not in industry, haven't completed a MSc. I can note however, that the insight and awareness that you have and would develop in pharma (drug design, related pubs, concerns with bribes etc) makes all the more reason you'd be a potentially good doctor. It's one thing to note that it is unethical to take bribes from pharma, it is a bit of a slipery slope to assume anyone related to the career is unethical/negatively connotated/unfavorable with medical schools. Some of my classmates have pharmacy backgrounds or orgo backgrounds, some even with gap years from these programs, and are some of the most insightful students I have ever worked with. Professional careers are valued and the life experience from it would provide a unique perspective that differ from RA/scribe/cashier.
  28. 1 point
    So Vet

    APPLICATION MÉDECINE VÉTÉRINAIRE 2020

    Salut, je crois que l'important est de choisir un programme avec des cours que tu aimes, où tu seras plus porter à performer. J'ai fais ma première année de bac en biologie à l'UdeM cette année (la bio c'est ma force) et je suis maintenant 2e sur la LA. Alors si tu veux mon avis, choisis un programme qui te donnera le goût d'étudier et de performer, même si ce n'est pas en lien avec la médecine/bio. Et non, tu peux réessayer à chaque année. À la fin de mon parcours collégial j'ai été refusé direct en vet, et après 1 an en bio, 2e sur la LA. :)
  29. 1 point
    waitlistlurker

    2020 Waitlist Thread

    Hi all, Long time lurker here.. thought I would finally add my stats to add to the document. Thanks again to everyone who's helped put it together! Stream (EN/FR): ENTime You Received E-mail: 7:45"Created" Time: 7:45:27wGPA: 3.97
  30. 1 point
    mlac123

    Admission PharmaD 2020 Ulaval

    Hello, seulement pour vous informer que j’ai décliné l’offre de pharmacie de ULaval, car j’ai été acceptée à Montréal. Il y a donc une place de plus et la liste d’attente devrait avancer!
  31. 1 point
    medicallyricalmiracle

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    very true, and I agree. I think the primary need for addressing these issues is the potential loss of trust of patients based on the person's words. in this case, it's all about demonstrating that this instance doesn't reflect who you truly are, currently. and that would vary on a case-by-case basis like you said. part of me just thinks that maybe addressing this shouldn't be the school's responsibility, since the conduct occurred before their enrollment. things like suspension, etc might be unjust if the student hadn't displayed this conduct while being a student of the school. perhaps encouraging the student to reflect and grow, and them having to explain their actions at further stages of their career (matching, etc...) would be the better path.
  32. 1 point
    SquirtleMD

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    I do agree that the context, age, and what exactly you said does matter, however I think this last bit is a slippery slope. If you only stop using racial and homophobic slurs when you get into medicine/professional school bc it can now backfire on you, and not because you see and really understand why what you said was wrong, then you lack a lot of emotional maturity/understanding about why this language is harmful. (I'm not saying you don't have it supadupafly, just people in this situation.) And I really disagree with the direction this conversation kinda went with trying to delete the evidence here. The point should be about what this would look like to a dean of medicine, and what this says about you as a future physician. Do you truly understand the impact of using those words? Do you still reach for them when you're mad or upset or drunk? Have you truly done the reflection needed to realize why you said them, and the impact ingrained or subconscious racism and homophobia can have on your future patients? We all mature and we're not the people we were in high school, and if these are public posts you should delete them so they can't cause further harm, but there's more to this conversation than burning the evidence and moving on. To go back to Adam's question, it will obviously be on a case by case basis on what could hypothetically get leaked to a dean of medicine. If you have conversation after conversation from 2 years ago where you're throwing around slurs like it's no tomorrow, it wouldn't be surprising if they did use it as a reflection on your character. Then it would be on you to show how that isn't you anymore and the actions you've taken since then to demonstrate that you understand why what you said was wrong.
  33. 1 point
    keipop

    Ergo UdeM ou UdeS?

    APP c'est "apprentissage par problème", alors c'est un type d'apprentissage en petit groupe où t'es en groupe de 8-10 personnes avec un tuteur (un prof) et vous vous échangez des diverses informations sur les différents problèmes cliniques en apprenant. Normalement ça marche comme suit (selon ce que j'ai compris, corrigez-moi si j'me trompe): vous vous rencontrez deux fois par semaine en petits groupes. La première fois, on vous présente une situation, et vous discutez entre vous sur ce que vous savez déjà sur ça. Ensuite, on vous donne des objectifs, et entre les deux rencontres, vous devez chercher le plus d'information possible sur le cas en lien avec les objectifs que vous aurez, que ce soit en lisant les manuels de référence, aller chercher de l'info sur l'Internet, blabla. À la 2e rencontre, vous allez revenir en petits groupes et partager tout ce que vous aurez trouvé sur la situation, et dans un sens vous vous "complétez" les notes de cours de chacun entre vous avec ce que vous et vos coéquipiers auriez trouvé, et le tuteur est là pour s'assurer que vous êtes dans la bonne voie
  34. 1 point
    HarryS2878

    DMD suivi 2020

    J'étais en biologie médicale et j'avais une CRU de 4,23/4,3 Et en passant, ma cote à Ulaval était considérée à 35,4XX et à mtl à 33,6XX
  35. 1 point
    Tabarouettejsuisloin

    Ergo UdeM ou UdeS?

    Oublie pas que ta 0.5 de plus à ludem
  36. 1 point
    keipop

    Ergo UdeM ou UdeS?

    Petit point à savoir: le programme à UdeM est aussi un bac-maîtrise (tu vas rentrer direct à la maîtrise après ta 3e année de bac)! Effectivement, tous les programmes de physio et d'ergo au Québec sont des bacs-maîtrises vu qu'une maîtrise est obligatoire pour pratiquer au Québec!
  37. 1 point
    Hey everyone, I have created a Facebook group for people who are accepting and attending OT this fall 2020 at UofT. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/703043580459554/
  38. 1 point
    FreddyHeff

    Ergo UdeM ou UdeS?

    Le programme de Sherbrooke est en APP, mais bcp d'étudiants en ergo arrivent, en 1ère année, à obtenir > ou = à 4.1/4.3 de gpa
  39. 1 point
    I chose it for a few reasons, the mentorship with an OT seemed like it would be helpful, I liked the catchment areas for placement, the international placement options, and that we can pick two intensive courses to specialize our program a bit. I also have some family living there! Hope that helps
  40. 1 point
    Has anyone heard the plan for UofT PT/OT program delivery? Im honestly kinda worried since Toronto is a huge covid-19 hotspot right now... compared to the other main cities (london, kingston, etc.).
  41. 1 point
    Ouille je m'y attendais mais ça fait quand même mal. Refus mais je suis déjà en mode préparation pour l'an prochain.
  42. 1 point
    YOGHURT Your other gig has unusual resonating tones.
  43. 1 point
    Hey guys i just got off the waitlist!
  44. 1 point
    Slideindmd

    DMD suivi 2020

    Il me semble qu'on a rien à faire pour l'inscription à nos cours.. corrigez-moi si je me trompe svp, mais c'est ce que j'ai lu dans le courriel d'admission.
  45. 1 point
    DrOtter

    Multiple Financial Need Bursaries

    Yeah I'm so debt-averse too but hopefully we'll make it through and be able to manage it.
  46. 1 point
    monocor

    Admissions MD Laval 2020

    Je te réfère à ce thread, ça déjà été discuté
  47. 1 point
    The banks often take a month or two to get their offers up to date, and it might be slower than usual because of COVID. I wouldn’t rush into it unless you’re really needing the cash. Usually June/July is when it’s clear what the offers are for the incoming class.
  48. 1 point
    p12345c

    Declining and Reapplying to UBC PT

    Hey all! I am super grateful to have gotten a spot in at UBC for PT for this Fall. Due to some personal reasons I am not 100% sure about entering the program this year. I already accepted the position as the acceptance date was coming up. I have been doing some thinking about my career choice and my personal life and I am thinking it could be best to wait a year before entering the program as I don't want to take a spot away from other people who are 100% certain this is what they want to do! I know it's an awesome program and I'm super luck to have this spot, but I don't want to regret anything. I have two reasons for making this post: 1) Does anyone have insight into the program? What are your opinions on PT vs OT vs Medicine? What is the program itself like and the career options? I have obviously researched this a lot but I am having second thoughts and any other opinions would be really appreciated. 2) If I were to contact the school and decline this offer would I ever have a chance at getting in again? I may want to reapply in 1-2 years after I have gotten some more in person experience and am certain this is the path for me. I would obviously ask for a deferral first but I'm not sure that's an option as I already accepted and don't have a completely valid reason for deferring I would assume. Thank you so much for any advice on this! If I decide in the next month or so that PT is for me I am super excited to meet some of you in the Fall (in person I hope!).
  49. 1 point
    hartk48

    Let's Discuss Finances

    Got it. Still better than nothing! Thanks
  50. 1 point
    I wish I was as organized as you
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