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  1. 3 points
    Blank7

    BC residency question!

    I know its a risk, I thought about it a lot beforehand but I still wanted to go to UofT. Plus I can't exactly turn back at this point. I'll just have to do my best. Plus, if someone attending Uoft made it in, then why can't I? The reason I would fail is because of my own lack of effort
  2. 2 points
    popfossa

    Registration for MD2024 Class

    I would check with Faculty because they may not be counting for that many people in RGN! They may not allow them to enter the building but once you get the coat, you can take pictures outside and what not.
  3. 2 points
    DrOtter

    Chances getting into McMaster?

    McMaster is an extremely long shot even with a 130+ CARS given your cGPA. They only look at numbers, so your experience unfortunately isn't considered here. If your 2-year GPA at least above 3.7, you maybe have a shot at Queen's but you need at least a 126 CARS (according to the posted stats on the forum in the last few years). They look at your ECs a bit more. Otherwise, I'd recommend getting a second BSc degree in something you can excel at if med is truly your lifelong dream.
  4. 2 points
    Blank7

    BC residency question!

    Thanks lol, I'll be lurking until I start applying in a few years
  5. 1 point
    If you self-identify as a BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ and want some help with your UBC Med application for the 2020-2021 cycle, PLEASE PM me! I’m a medical student and want to help folks who may be using this forum and aren’t able to access other resources. I am willing to offer help *for free*. I can help with your NAQ and/or answer any questions you may have about your application. If you aren’t a BIPOC, but self-identify as trans* or non-binary/gender-diverse, please reach out as well!! The reason why I’m doing this is that LGBTQ2S+ BIPOC are not represented in medicine and face intersectional barriers that their peers don’t. This is my way to help others who may not have the resources for application support. There were only 7 trans/non-binary applicants out of 2398 in the 2018/2019 cycle, and only 1 was accepted/matriculated to UBC in the 2023 and 2021 years. All communication can be through confidential and private means (if you’d like).
  6. 1 point
    1D7

    Is family medicine really that bad?

    This is most specialties. There are not many specialties out there that have a slower pace built into the culture, except maybe pathology. Everyone else either is incentivized to go through high volumes, pressured by hospitals/referrers, or it is built into their culture. Family physicians are in general at much lower risk of being sued because you see less sick patients. Family physicians pay some of the lowest CMPA fees. https://www.cmpa-acpm.ca/static-assets/pdf/membership/fees-and-payment/2020cal-e.pdf
  7. 1 point
    Even with a high GPA you still need a high NAQ score to receive an OOP interview. No GPA will allow you to get away with mediocre non academics as an OOP unfortunately.
  8. 1 point
    MedicineLCS

    Chances with a 126 in CARS

    It's your money but I kinda doubt it. The cutoffs are set based on the applicant pool, and going from a 127 to 126 represents going from the 82nd to 72nd percentile, which is a far bigger jump then going from 130 (98th) to 129 (95th), or even 130 (98th) to 128 (90th). There's always a possibility, but don't get your hopes up.
  9. 1 point
    Trunkate

    Chances with a 126 in CARS

    There's no way of knowing if the cutoff will drop to 126 this year, but it is possible. I'd apply if I were you seeing as you meet all the other cutoffs. You don't want to be beating yourself up in January if you don't apply and find out the cutoff dropped.
  10. 1 point
    TheFlyGuy

    Chances getting into McMaster?

    Even with a stellar CARS score (I’m talking 130+), I think you would still be held back by your GPA. Seeing as how Mac looks at your cGPA (i.e. doesn’t drop any courses), and doesn’t care about any of the experiences you’ve had (ECs, work, and volunteering are irrelevant to them, unless it’s a graduate degree), unfortunately I don’t see you having a realistic shot there regardless of how well you do on CARS or Casper. Gpa is crazy important for Canadian med schools, so if you had an upward trend in your degree, some of the schools that let you drop certain courses to produce a wGPA, or use only your two best years, could be on the table (particularly if your experiences are strong), but that’s hard to judge without knowing your GPA breakdown year-by-year, if they were full course-load, etc. Realistically though, unless your upward trend is REALLY strong, you’re going to have a tough time getting your foot in the door anywhere for an interview, especially in Ontario; I think the GPA is too low to meet the cutoffs to even be considered. Likely, the remedy here would have to be further undergraduate studies to bring it up. I’m sure not the answer you wanted to hear, but I hope it helps!
  11. 1 point
    Oui c’est exactement ce que je crois (et redoute) mais bon, comme tu le dis plus bas, on verra si ils vont clarifier ça prochainement
  12. 1 point
    sorrynotsorry

    BC residency question!

    Fair enough, I am glad that you made an informed decision. I wish you all the best with your studies
  13. 1 point
    keipop

    Médecine ou Optométrie?

    Hey! Juste pour vous dire que j’ai enfin settle sur une quasi-“décision” après beaucoup de délibération Bref, j’ai choisi de commencer mon année en med pour avoir un meilleur aperçu du domaine (j’ai envie de savoir les “insider stuff” des 2 professions afin de faire un choix plus éclairé, comme ça a été le cas pour moi en opto (jamais j’aurais choisi opto sur med si j’avais pas passé une année en opto, j’me rappelle encore de comment j’me sentais l’année passée quand j’étais accepté en opto et non med en tant qu’étudiant fresh du cégep hahah)) et pour voir lequel des 2 programmes me va mieux (you’ll never know what med’s like if you don’t try)! Cependant, je garde quand même l’option de retourner en opto ouverte en ré-appliquant en opto cette année (yes je me suis renseigné auprès de la direction de mon programme et j’peux pas prendre une sabbatique à cause d’une situation comme ça, faudrait que je me fasse réaccepter avec ma combinaison CRU/CASPer si je veux réintégrer le programme donc de un, eh oui ça va être ma 4e fois à faire le CASPer, et de deux, y’a aussi une chance que ma CRU en opto soit trop basse pour être admis en opto lmaooo). Le pire des cas (aka si je suis refusé en opto), j’vais juste être pogné en med, what’s there to complain about ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (p.s.: désolé du franglais )
  14. 1 point
    Symphonie

    Charge de travail prémed

    Il n'y a pas de prémed à ULaval.
  15. 1 point
    UwoToUo

    Registration for MD2024 Class

    Thanks, I can see it now. Got the email to work as well. Before it kept taking me to the UWO outlook email site and it didn't let me log in, but I went to outlook from google and it worked. Also deleted my history/cookies and now it takes me to the proper uottawa version when I go from ottawa's website.
  16. 1 point
    Hi all, I got a response from Dal! It seems like we can include activities during our undergrad degrees even if they are past 5 years. Hope this helps!
  17. 1 point
    Of course the acceptance rate of a stream created to remove barriers during the application process and increase representation is higher than that of the general stream… that is the whole point of a pathway like this. Would you ever expect the ACCESS or SWOMEN stream at Western, or Indigenous applicant stream at any school to have an acceptance rate that matches that of the general stream? You’re trying really hard to push this narrative of less qualified Black students stealing seats at Canadian medical schools using US data and it’s not making sense.
  18. 1 point
    Yes it does - it varies in a lot of ways - there are various call configurations - old school 24+ hour call, night float style call, various call splits......, you can have busier and less busy centres while on call, you can places where call is more frequent than others (it is a function of the number of residents, the number of people on call at the same time, and the call configuration), and some have staff 24/7 so you aren't alone, and others you are alone for all or part of the night. Some places have you also review you cases in the am with staff and finalize reports, others you do only preliminary reports, and some full reports. Each of those patterns has advantages and disadvantages - and I should add that call really is a huge learning opportunity and particularly if you are alone you really do learn to be faster, better and more confident (when you have to make the call and the buck stops with you then yes forcing you to commit is a powerful experience it is like that with anything you do). Trouble is the better the learning experience the worse the call structure tends to be ha (sweat now or bleed later type of learning). It is in part for that reason that many staff really do believe in the necessity of that sort of training (and I have to say you can usually tell if someone has come from a heavy or light call environment at the fellowship level. Heavy call people tend to be more "practical" radiologists and faster). Vacation varies but say around 10 weeks just to put a flag in the ground. Now that isn't like go sleep on a beach time as a lot of it you have to spend maintaining your college certifications, fitting in research, doing admin work, and so on. In the US some radiologists only get 4 weeks vacation but provisions are made for the above in other ways.
  19. 1 point
    Fast_Layne

    Student Club Verifier?

    LOL thanks for letting me know....the blog post is right here: https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/2016/08/17/verifiers/
  20. 1 point
    Fast_Layne

    Student Club Verifier?

    I don't have much to add on to the above response, but I also think this post from the MD Admissions Blog (and the subsequent comments) might be helpful!
  21. 1 point
    I wanted to bump this back up if any applicants now applying want to reach out to myself or others who want to support!
  22. 1 point
    Excel-erate Your Breath

    Student Club Verifier?

    Had a similar situation for two of my entries, one of them I used the Club President and another one where I was the Club President I used an adult who knew of us starting the club and the type of work we were doing. Two points: 1) verifiers only need to verify the details you provide on the application, not speak to your work extensively; 2) UBC will contact you if they feel one of your verifiers is not appropriate. For the present moment I think it'd be a good idea to use the Club President/someone who was aware of your work and if this isn't good enough in UBC's eyes then you can worry about finding someone else later
  23. 1 point
    Also, as of this year requirements for practicing physicians have changed. The most significant change is that the site the physician is working at must have advanced imaging such as CT. This means that docs working in smaller rural centers with no CT cannot use those hours to qualify to write the exam. A lot of people who have been working towards practice eligibility are now excluded and quite upset. https://www.cfpc.ca/en/education-professional-development/examinations-and-certification/examination-of-added-competence-in-emergency-medic/eligibility-and-application
  24. 1 point
    WELL DONE, well done indeed!!! Seeing such a success story after years of perseverance deserves congratulations in its truest form. I cannot wait to welcome you to the UBC med family, my friend, and cannot wait to become colleagues with you Cheers to you and all your classmates, well done !!!
  25. 1 point
    I got in this year and I also identify as LGBTQ2S+ and POC. Would be super down to help anyone identifying as such for free.
  26. 1 point
    For those who are starting MD2024, there’s an LGBTQ2S+ Mentorship Group (student-run with invited Physician mentors) that you’ll be able to join. It is a confidential space for participants and you’re able to connect with other queer folk in medicine. (You should get the details in August)
  27. 1 point
    this is a great idea! i'm an incoming first year at VFMP who identifies as an LGBTQ2S+ PoC. would love to help out any similar folk out there with applications for UBC or Ontario!! feel free to DM
  28. 1 point
    Result: Accepted (London) Timestamp: 9:04am EST 2-year GPA: 3.895 MCAT: 129/126/129 Interview: Online. This was my first cycle applying so I really had no idea what I was walking into, but I spent almost a full month preparing for my interview. Leaving the interview I felt really good about it. I was able to highlight important experiences and made it clear how much I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. During the scenario-type questions I felt kind of iffy for at least 1 of them. The interviewers were very friendly and one of them really seemed to take an interest in my experiences. Over the past ~1 month I really started doubting my answers and thought I could have improved them. I finished the interview almost 15 minutes early, so I was asked a couple of extra questions about my experiences, but overall had a good feeling about the interview. Year: Not sure. Took a 5th year and graduated in 2019. Was currently taking some pre-requisite courses over the 2019-2020 year as a part-time non-degree student. Not sure if this would count as a 6th year or a gap year. Geography: Non-SWOMEN, IP I interviewed at Ottawa as well, but was placed on the waitlist this morning. Western was my #1 choice and I am so grateful and beyond ecstatic that I have received an offer. Never in a million years would I have thought I'd be going to medical school here in Ontario, especially with my CARS score :| . My cGPA was ~3.6 which isn't amazing for most people, but I worked extremely hard to bring it up to this after an incredibly shaky start in my first year (~D+ average). I wrote the MCAT twice, with a score of 513 the first time, and then a 511 the second time (went from 124 in CARS to a 126 in CARS though). At this point I had 0 confidence in myself but decided to apply anyways through the ACCESS Pathway. Despite the tears and disappointment, it all paid off in the end. Moral of the story: please, please, please don't give up. This forum and **DELETED** have been incredibly insightful, and I want to help pay it forward using my own experiences, so if anyone has any questions or needs advice, message me and I will do everything I can to help you out. Congratulations to everyone offered admission, you will all make amazing doctors! To everyone who has been wait-listed, be proud of how far you have made it. Simply getting an interview invite is an incredible accomplishment and I sincerely hope everything works out in your favour!!! Never give up on your dreams people, I promise you it'll work out in the end.
  29. 1 point
    Result: Accepted (London) Timestamp: 9:01 am EST 2-year GPA: 3.92 MCAT: 129/131/130 Interview: In-person. I practiced a fair bit, once or twice a week starting in November, though slacked off near the end. I read a lot of articles online about ethics, healthcare issues, and news, which was really helpful for interview questions. I went through my personal activities and thought about what I learned from them and how it applied to medicine, and how to talk about it concisely (which was hard). For critical thinking/ethics issues, I tried to be honest about my limitations and lack of knowledge, and how I would address that. I tried to frame some questions from my own experiences growing up in a low SES family and the hardships we faced, not just in terms of health. I rambled a bit and went way overtime during my actual interview though, and I'm pretty sure I didn't actually finish answering all the interview questions LOL. But I guess it worked out somehow. I started off pretty good, rambled a bit in the middle as I got tired, then ended off okay but not finishing all the questions I think. I don't think I really personally connected with my interviewers or made them laugh, they were pretty neutral for the whole thing. But I overheard them discussing my interview after I had left the room (I couldn't make out actual words of course) and it seemed to be pretty active, positive chatter. So I felt pretty good about the whole thing, like a 4/5. Glad it worked out! Year: Graduated, working Geography: Non-SWOMEN Growing up poor and without access to much support or connections, I was never really sure I could get or afford a university education or even be a doctor. When I was finally able to afford university tuition, this made it hard to do well in school and I ended with a 3.5~ cumulative GPA. Nevertheless, I didn't want to give up and after 3 cycles, I'm so excited to hear the good news today. I'm grateful to everyone (family, friends, coworkers, supervisors) who supported me or took a chance on me -- it's been a team effort and I'm excited to give back going forward. I've accepted this offer.
  30. 1 point
    rmorelan

    Is family medicine really that bad?

    well I cannot speak for all fields even in ROAD - but I can break some some of the math for radiology, and perhaps suggest that really isn't much different than other fields. So lets take what you are saying as base - M-F 8:30-5 for 45 hours a week (note - that is wrong for me - we started at 7:30 and went to 5 - but what is 3 extra hours a week among friends). For the first 3 years of residency as a radiologist I did 5 call shifts every 4 weeks, with 2 of those on the weekend. So I will average things out over 4 weeks. During that time I would be on weekend call for 2 daysX24 hours, and 3*15 = 45 hours for the week day call going from 5pm-8am. A couple of times a month I would get the following day off as post call (saving me 9*2=18 hours for the post call days - obviously not on friday shifts as I am off anyone on Sat). Note you may be "post call" but it isn't like a day off - I collapsed and was lucky to get up before the evening, was up for a bit and the back to bed ha. So just the absolute base would be over 4 weeks (4*45+2x24+3*15 - 18)/4 for 64 hours a week as base level. Assumes you NEVER have to work late because you ran over (like that never happens but we are being conservative here). On those call shifts by the way - you really are basically up the entire time. Radiology only sleeps when every other field is also asleep - if they are up they have a problem, and that means you have a problem most of the time. That would be great at 64 hours but we aren't even close to being done yet. For starters you also have to add the actual study time, which you simply cannot get away from (and of course you won't want to). Residents in radiology should be spending 1-2 hours a night studying and I would say that simply is a part of the job, and yeah I am counting those hours. If you even did a single hour a day - and that I would take as a minimum you are up another 7 hours a week - so now we are at 73 hours. In reality for myself that was much higher, and I would already be above 80 after that alone. Ha, other fields many have longer days, but usually shorter amounts of study required - simply because they learn their stuff on the job more. So then we are left with research, which is another basic requirement. Pretty variable but everyone has to do some of it if you want those nice fellowships (or any fellowship), and it does help with the job as well. I cannot even begin to quantify the amount of time I did on that - lets just say it is a lot. You wouldn't have to do all that but many do. Sure in the senior years your call drops - but exam preparation then just goes into high gear. I spend way more than 80 hours - well over 100 hours actually in my late 4th and 5th years preparing for my board exam. 4 hours of studying a night on week days, and 12 hours a week on the weekend (did take Friday night off - gotta decompress at some point ha). All I did was work and study for the most part. So that gives you a basic picture for ball parking radiology. Let's say about 73 hours if you do minimum required work, and minimum required studying, and no research. You can see that the odds of actually doing those minimums would be rather low. Plus if you backwards average in the extra 5th year studying time over the other 4 years then yes you are over 80 from that alone. Your first year may not be quite as bad on every rotations to be fair (the off service rotation year) - some will be very bad (ortho and nuero surg come to mind ha). Rad onc was much easier as a counter point. My point is - and I really need to stress this for people considering the field of radiology - that whether you think rads belongs still in ROADS (strong arguments it doesn't as staff) the residency program itself is very challenging, and consumes vast amounts of your time. We get people accepted into our program from time to time that don't understand this - possible from the bias of the ROAD term etc. Those people quickly find out how incorrect their prior expectations are, and not all of them make it through the program.
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