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  1. 30 points
    can't think of an opinion i disagree with more tbh. 1. Schools didn't exclude winter2020 grades for people that failed, they did it because it was an outlier. Many people thrived off of cancellations and empathetic professors and had their "first 4.0 semester". This high achievement is attributable to the pandemic and thus, is not a fair data point for peoples' performance. Thus, the most fair approach is to ignore it. 2. Please do not assume you have the competence or experience to occupy high-ranking academic positions in faculties of medicine that have been around longer than many COUNTRIES. I am Black, grew up quite poor and had no mentors or role models through my journey. I still pushed myself through every obstacle required to get into medical schools. I didn't complain, and still don't. Why? Because there are thousands of students who would kill for the chance to be in my position. You think premeds won't happily put themselves through the application process regardless of recent changes? The only revolution that needs to happen is with your attitude.
  2. 27 points
    Anon1

    MD Class of 2024 bag colour

    Oh we're looking on the bright side alright...
  3. 24 points
    Birdy

    MD Class of 2024 bag colour

    Clusters of 2015 matriculants were called grapes because of our purple bags. You guys get to be busy bees! I think it’s nice. I’d have been happy with it. The colour is a dandelion yellow. Nice and rich. Dandelions thrive on any surface in any conditions no matter what you do to them. Maybe you guys can be like them.
  4. 22 points
    This was too fitting not to post
  5. 18 points
    Dr. Shqipe

    2020 Waitlist Thread

    Hey everyone! I just wanted to let you all know (and future years looking at trends) that I got in yesterday! Thank you all again for the incredible support and being there for each other and myself every step of the way from interview invites to the waiting and the OMSAS button controversies. Each step both good and bad was a pleasure to experience with you all! I wish you all incredible luck and please know my inbox is always open if you wanna have a chat! Once again thank you all <3
  6. 18 points
    Aryanenzo

    MD Class of 2024 bag colour

    I've been so happy today. For the past five years of trying over and over to get into UBC with below average interviews, I kept telling myself If I ever get in, and the backpack color is yellow that year (My favorite color. Also the color of my car, and many clothing I own), then it is destiny. I was meant to get that year. This feels really symbolic. Yellow is the color of happiness.
  7. 18 points
    Boater223

    MD Class of 2024 bag colour

    I was in your shoes for the past three cycles, seeing a lot of my friends get accepted and talk about how excited they are about this year's bag color, among many other exciting things about starting medical school. I felt disappointed and feel left out when I'd received my rejections, two of which post interview. To some, the bag shows how far people have come and overcome the rigors of the admissions process and view the bag as an achievement, along with things like the white coat ceremony / stethoscope ceremony, as a small welcome to the medical community. Others don't consider it much of anything, just a free bag and it gathers dust in their closet at home. I think you should recognize that to some it matters quite a bit, and can have considerable disappointment when the look isn't something they were hoping for, so it's completely legitimate for incoming medical students to express some disappointment. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions on a color, and should be free to voice that opinion. We're not discussing this on the pre-med section of the forums, this is the section for medical students. Furthermore, nobody is forcing you to read these discussions.
  8. 12 points
    dooogs

    MD Class of 2024 bag colour

    You know everybody is just joking right? Im sure 99% of people are truly grateful - it's just stuff to talk about while we wait for med to start
  9. 11 points
    Air2222

    Backpack?

    Wednesday mid morning
  10. 11 points
    Fast_Layne

    Backpack?

    Psstt anyone who's attending the U of C orientation right now - If you could ask about when the backpack reveal is, the rest of Canada's class of 2024 would really appreciate it
  11. 10 points
    People are not obligated to tell you "nicely" when they are asking you to look at your own racism. When somebody tells you to look at your own racism, you are obligated to swallow the instinctive urge to deny it and really take a good hard look at yourself. Even if it's painful and doesn't line up with your own self-concept. Tone policing is yet another form of violence that is rooted in privilege. Even those of us who do not see ourselves as consciously believing that Black people are inferior still a) benefit from living in a society that is systemically racist and b) are steeped in that normalized racism such that even "good people" can believe, say, and do racist things without meaning to. I also don't understand how it is possible to argue that Black students are not systemically disadvantaged in Canada today. If that is true, how do you explain the underrepresentation of Black people in the medical profession? It can't be purely moderated by SES without any interaction between race, racism, and SES - otherwise you wouldn't see the racial disparity. SES is absolutely also important and we should be supporting low SES applicants as well - but that does not directly address systemic racism, which is in fact still alive and well in Canada.
  12. 10 points
    Personally I think they should just disband QuARMs and move the seats to the undergrad pool. I really wonder how requiring sky high high school grades and crazy ECs supports "Diversity and Equity". As I see it, the people benefiting from it are those who are well-connected enough to have impressive high school ECs+high grades AND know about QuARMs. This also means these high schoolers only get one shot at the seats, just move those reserved seats to the undergrad pool and select indigenous/black students there, where you're more likely to get a more diverse pool anyway since this move blocks out mature/undergrad students from applying to those seats. I applaud them for adding the seats, but they could do it better by making those seats more accessible to the general population of indigenous/black Canadians.
  13. 10 points
    Holy cow. $4000???? This forum needs to get paid more...
  14. 10 points
    Hellothere77

    MD Class of 2024 bag colour

    Maybe don't go on a thread about the bag colour if you're that bitter. This thread is specifically to get excited or talk shit about the bag colour. Do you think med students should never be allowed to complain about anything or be negative ever because there are people who didn't get in? Jeez
  15. 10 points
    xiphoid

    MD Class of 2024 bag colour

    Hey @LittleFrog - I understand that it can be frustrating seeing posts and threads from people who have been fortunate enough to get to where you're hoping and trying really really hard to get to. Medical school admissions is a tough process for most people, and we know that we're in a privileged position. With that being said, I don't think it's fair to insinuate that incoming (and current) medical students have no right to [lightheartedly] complain. There is a reason that there are different sections on premed101, targeted towards different demographics, and it would similarly be completely out of line for current med students with a lot of debt and no income to say residents and staff have no right to complain about salary and compensation because at least they're getting paid for example. Good luck with the upcoming cycle!
  16. 9 points
    Lol, just applying available US data to Canada and trying to justify your claims isn’t going to cut it my guy. Here are some actual statistics. As you can see from the most recent Canadian data available from U of T, 17/92 = approximately 18.5% of Black applicants are accepted which is absolutely no where near your 90% estimate. I assume that the number of applicants to U of T has increased greatly with the implementation of the BSAP, which has in turn increased the acceptance rate of Black students. This increase is also likely due to the reduction of implicit bias which often negatively impacts Black applicants. Even with 24 BSAP students being accepted at U of T, that equals 9.2% of the class being Black as you said. In a city like Toronto where 10% of the population identifies as Black, it is great that the makeup of a medical school cohort will match the demographics of the city where the students will be learning and practicing for four years. I really encourage you to read this article written by two Black students at U of T which clearly explains the necessity of this program. And for a (presumably) non-Black person to be stating that there is no systemic oppression of Black people in Canada in 2020 ... are you serious? Here is literally one article of the many available with a simple Google search to disprove your point. In addition to the income disparities, Black people face many health disparities in Canada as well, along with Indigenous people. I encourage you to read up on this as someone who is an aspiring healthcare professional.
  17. 9 points
    For those of you who are wondering what student life in pharmacy is like please feel free to go through our student association (APSA)'s instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/apsalutely/ . A lot of our yearly events have been documented in the stories highlights and posts, up until COVID stopped us. I know things probably wont be quite the same in the fall semester, but APSA will do everything we can to make sure you guys have a good time! Welcome to the pharmily!!
  18. 9 points
    ............yeah. well thank goodness for the discount. we wouldn't want any abusive pricing.
  19. 9 points
    OP, you posted just this past April asking about whether you should mention your hobby for brewing beer in your med school apps/interviews... are you really in clerkship? Doesn't add up + sounds like BS to me lol.
  20. 8 points
    I'm not sure if you're consciously trying to troll or genuine, but stating it's not nice to accuse people of being bitter/racist/jealous and to stop doing this, and then almost immediately say someone is prejudiced/disdainful/intolerant is a self-defeating line of thought. I don't understand the hostility to the Indigenous Streams/BSAP programs (the original and UofC's copycat) based on anything but a zero sum argument or "Affirmative action is bad" vein. The first is selfish, the second is usually an ideological question in my experience. At this point everyone should understand that Indigenous peoples got the short end of the stick, over and over again, and dedicated seats help create Physicians who can connect with communities who have had a bad history with outsider authority figures, be it the RCMP or various churches. I also don't see how being black is a "Straight ticket to Medical school", I'd like to see evidence of this. It doesn't even make sense since programs like the BSAP one don't have any quotas, they simply remove opportunities for implicit bias (whether you believe in it or not, that doesn't matter, the test itself isn't a great measure, but I don't think anyone would dispute that people tend to connect better with people more similar to them). Canada is not a country which is big on collecting racial data (the Americans, in comparison, seem to love doing so for whatever reason, we historically focus on ethnicity and have only recently begun to examine race in the same vein). I've never seen any sort of evidence that black people who apply with above average GPAs are guaranteed admission. You can't look at raw numbers without any context and claim it's evidence of anything, or we go down foolish and short-sighted arguments. For instance, why are there consistently more female medical students than male ones nowadays? Is the system anti-male, or pro-female? No, a closer look shows you that way more women apply than men, and according to CMES data the success rates are very similar/per application (the Male one is actually marginally better!). I'm sure you can draw other similar comparisons, the point being that context matters. Canada's black population has doubled since 1996, and it's a young population, so it's not surprising to me that we're seeing more successful black applicants, BSAP or not, since there are more young black people who may apply. Here are some actual stats for proof since truth and evidence matters, not unsupported statements: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/89-657-x/89-657-x2019002-eng.htm. You can argue that low SES is better than racial-based, but it's not a zero sum game between the two. I'm not black so I'm not going to pretend to understand what life as a Canadian black person is like, but from the accounts I've read there is still bias and racism in Canada. There is no need to argue that "SES diversity is better than racial diversity", schools are moving in both directions so why not both? ACCESS and SAI. UofT BSAP and UofC BSAP. There are high SES black people who've experienced racism and bias and there are low SES non-black or not Indigenous people who've experienced their own barriers, acting like one is better than the other strikes me as short-sighted and kinda offensive to everyone. The existence of Syrian refugees doesn't invalidate any of the challenges any other group has ever encountered and each group has faced. And for the record, my opinions did not change between pre and post admission.
  21. 8 points
    I think that some pre-meds are so focused on getting in, that they look at things through the lens of "is this fair to me as an applicant?", which is understandable. But the admissions committees have to consider more than just fairness for the applicants - they are deciding who become the physicians in our communities. That's a tremendously important task. The lack of black and Indigenous physicians in our society is an issue that needs to be addressed so that different demographics can feel represented by the medical community and be properly advocated for. Does this put students who cannot apply through these streams at a disadvantage? Maybe, depending on whether you think the "advantage" of these streams outweighs the disadvantages that certain minorities face throughout other aspects of the process. But creating a more equitable healthcare system is in the greater interest of our society more so than having as fair an admissions process as possible, in my opinion. Even though some people going through the admissions process could be negatively affected, and that is a legitimate concern for a pre-med who is grinding their butt off to get in For the record, I was just admitted this cycle and would have had the same response a few months ago
  22. 8 points
    ZBL

    Situation in Alberta?

    In your previous career, did you need to pay 200K just to get through school? Did you have to be up at 3:30am running on zero food or sleep as you are making life and death decisions or physically intervening to save a life? Did you have to work Christmas, take 26h call q3 days, and regularly work 70-90h weeks? Just curious, because that's what a first year resident does. There's a reason doctors are paid well. You are quoting an AB earnings report as all-encompassing fact without really knowing where the data came from, why the data was collected to begin with, and what actually came of all of it, to say nothing about how much you may or may not know about what actually goes into physician billing, operating expenses, or how a practice is run etc. Also, no idea where you are getting the private earnings estimates since they are, you know, private.... and it seems you are assuming that if government billings are low, a physician's private billings must be huge? You are making a lot of data assumptions that are incorrect or unsubstantiated. Not going to argue these points any further than what I have here.
  23. 8 points
    This is such a good question. I’m gonna answer this the best I can, as honestly as I can. The community: This faculty is such a tight community. From orientation, you meet people that become your best friends in a matter of days. Seeing everyone everyday is such a joy, even on the bad days. The social events are unparalleled. The student association (APSA) takes this very, very seriously and does everything possible to ensure we’re all having a great time, taking our minds off of school, and keeping that mental health strong. I wish I could better describe to you how great the events are, but wow. So so good. Going online: To put it lightly, going online sucked. Not only were we ripped away from each other without notice, but we had to cancel two of the biggest events of the year: pharm/dent hockey game and Blue&Gold. It was devastating. As for school, it was a stressful transition, but the faculty worked so hard for us and made everything literally as easy as possible. How we managed: We were still a tight group, so we met on online forums like Discord, Zoom, etc., all the time and talked, played music, played games, and helped each other with assignments. It wasn’t ideal whatsoever, but it’s all we had and I’m so glad we had it. I don’t know how I would’ve managed without it. How this affects the class of 2024: Academically, I wouldn’t fret too much about this as a first year student, as I know the faculty will do their absolute best for you. It won’t be perfect by any means, but you have us upper years to help you out as well :). Socially, I’m very optimistic. I don’t speak on behalf of APSA, but I know they’re gonna do their very best with online orientation in order to get you all familiar with each other. The thought of this is awkward to me too, but my advice is be as open minded as possible, put yourself out there even tho it’s scary, and make the best of it. I know the other social events so far are being planned online, but as the pandemic relaxes, you can bet we’ll transition to in-person, and we’ll finally throw you guys a proper orientation ;). There’s so much more I could touch on, but I’ve already written too much lol. Hopefully I didn’t discourage anyone, because this is truly gonna be the best four years of your lives. It has to start a little weird, but we’ll all be together in no time and I’m so excited to meet all of you!!
  24. 8 points
    gogogo

    Is being a doctor worth it?

    I didn't say non-physicians need a PhD to earn a lot. I was talking specifically about tech and brought up the example of data science, which is one of the hottest jobs in tech right now. Many of the people in data science have a PhD, meaning they have almost just as much training as a family doctor, but are earning half of what the average family doctor does. And that's just family medicine, which is one of the lower paid specialties (on average). The cardiologists, ophthalmologists, etc. making 500k+ are making a salary that you won't touch in tech/corporate unless you're the very best of the best and have decades of experience (or are in Silicon Valley, which again, is rare, can come with long hours too, and is usually a short-term option for Canadian tech grads who eventually move back to Canada and take a huge paycut). Here are the notable jobs in our society that make 250k+ (I'm not including insanely rare jobs, like professional athlete, artist, etc.): 1. Partner at a professional firm (e.g., law, accounting) 2. Corporate executive 3. High up at a consulting firm/investment banking 4. Independent business owner/founder All of the jobs above usually require just as many hours as medicine, if not more. Consultants, for example, are in a different city *every week* from Monday to Thursday. One consultant I spoke to was married and had to take a project in Sweden, meaning he wouldn't see his wife for 6 months. People in IB are basically working nonstop everyday (100 hours a week is typical). The same for law firm partners. And being an independent business founder/owner is so rare that it's probably not worth discussing. Also remember that these jobs are not guaranteed like in medicine. There's no guarantee you'll become partner at a law firm, for example. In medicine, once you're in, you have the job for life. If you choose a lifestyle specialty (e.g., family medicine, endocrinology), you will make a salary that the people in the above jobs are working a minimum of 60 hours a week to achieve. Except they also have the risk of being fired any time, losing their job during a recession, have to travel for corporate events, etc. For instance, a friend who was making 150k in investment banking 2 years after undergrad seemed to have it all. The bank was even paying for her taxis to drive her home at night. But then I realized that she was working every day from 7am to 1am. And that's for 150k, a salary you could easily double as a family doctor working on your own terms. The level of autonomy, stability, and salary for the hours worked in medicine is not easily replicated in other industries. If you are working resident hours as staff, you are doing it because you chose a specialty with those hours, and you are being compensated nicely for it. For instance, the cardiologists working insane hours are making 500-600k. That would take beating a lot of competition in corporate after 1-2 decades just to get there. It's not any easier. As for debt, unless you're bad with money, you can pay off medical school debt within 5 years of practice. There are also scholarships during med school that can offset costs, as well as the tuition tax breaks I mentioned above. Finally, again, it's not like people in other industries don't have debt. MBA and law school costs ~100k.
  25. 8 points
    $20/hr does not sound unreasonable, however, for more than a decade I have been helping applicants on this Forum, as have others, pro bono - and I would not think of charging. I have chased those who have sought to charge our members away to the maximum of my ability as they were taking advantage of the vulnerable. It is unnecessary to pay for good advice.
  26. 8 points
    Introduction Bonjour à tous, comme vous le savez il y a beaucoup d'incertitude et de spéculation quant aux CRU qui ont été calculées pour 2020 et le changement par rapport à 2019 et les années précédentes. Également, le programme de biochimie a toujours été considéré comme étant un des programmes donnant les meilleures CRU pour UdeM et un tremplin intéressant pour ceux désirant changer de programme. J'ai donc tâché de recueillir quelques conversion de GPA vers CRU au travers du forum et avec des personnes que je connais pour 2019 et 2020 afin d'avoir une meilleure idée de la force du programme de biochimie et d'en voir le changement entre les deux années. Résultats Voici l'étalon des cotes pour 2019. La colonne nom est le nom de la personne qui a mis l'information sur le forum. Pour les cases sans nom, c'est parce que l'information provient de personnes que je connais. La colonne bonus ajusté indique si le bonus de 0,5 a été enlevé et à quel point j'en suis confiant. Pour les cases vertes c'est que je suis assez certain que le bonus est ajusté correctement, pour les jaunes j'en suis moins certain et les rouges c'est parce que je n'ai pas ajouté la valeur dans le graphique. J'ai également mis des exemples de notes pour un A+, A, A- et B+ avec la relation obtenue. Sur le graphique, on voit que la relation est linéaire avec un coefficient de détermination R2 assez bon de 0,995. Voici l'étalon des cotes pour 2020. Ici on peut voir sur le graphique que le coefficient de détermination est nettement moins bon avec un R2 de 0,8223. Ici, j'ai fait un tableau comparatif de 2019 et 2020 en fonction des notes. Également, j'ai fait un tableau pour estimer les notes nécessaire afin d'avoir une entrevue (bien qu'il n'y ait pas eu d'entrevue cette année) pour médecine. Discussion En 2019, biochimie était définitivement considéré comme un programme fort donnant prêt de 39 avec le bonus de 0,5 pour un 4,3 et plus de 37 pour un 4,0. La relation entre les conversion GPA vers CRU était également assez linéaire. Or en 2020, non seulement des GPA ont baissé dans l'ensemble d'environ 1,5 dans leur conversion en CRU, les CRU ne semblent plus suivre une relation aussi linéaire. Il serait peut-être possible que par exemple les personnes qui ont terminé le bacc ou qui ont repris des cours ne soient pas évalué de la même façon que ceux en cours de bacc (Cinnamxn qui a fait qu'une seule session a eu prêt de 2 de CRU de plus pour un GPA similaire qu'une personne qui complétait son baccalauréat en 2020). Conclusion Il serait intéressant d'avoir plus d'échantillons de 2020 en biochimie afin de voir s'il est possible d'expliquer ce qui fait en sorte que la relation n'est plus linéaire comme en 2019. Je crois que biochimie reste un programme correct si une personne veut s'en servir comme tremplin à l'UdeM surtout en considérant que d'autres baccalauréat semblent également ne plus donner d'aussi bonnes cotes.
  27. 8 points
    MedGoldfish

    MD Class of 2024 bag colour

    By random number generator, inspired by Mac.
  28. 7 points
    “Move on, seriously.” — Spoken from a true place of privilege. Imagine being able to move on from decades of having your identity questioned. If we as BIPOC don’t call out racism and microagressions when we see them, then no one else will. That is why I always come after comments like these.
  29. 7 points
    rmorelan

    #MedBikini

    good grief - of all the things a research team could study in all the world to improve the treatment and care of patients this is the topic they decide to cover? Then they actually trolled hundreds of doctors to look at their social media accounts and graded them on various behaviours....... The morality police are out in full force - this crap shouldn't have even be published. also from a purely experimental design point of view isn't this study horrible? I mean only 1/2 of the vascular residents were actually found - so what you really saying is of the residents that even care to be open on socially media this is what they are doing. Good reason to think that group is different than the group they couldn't find so you cannot really extend the findings. Plus they don't even make any conclusion - they restate the findings, and say beware that things are online. Ok we knew that prior to the paper even saying anything - so what was the actual science done? " It has been demonstrated that publicly available social media content may affect patient choice of physician, hospital, and medical facility" in what way? How - positive or negative? How does that impact patient outcome (and yes that is the primary thing I care about)? A lot of vague statements there - may impact, could play a role in future hiring blah blah.
  30. 7 points
    monocor

    Ma préparation au CASPer

    Mise en contexte : Les critères de mon année d'admission en médecine était ceux-ci : 50% CASPer / 50% Notes scolaires. La cote minimale universitaire était de 32,389, la cote moyenne 34,216 et ma cote était de 32,810. J'ai été placé sur la liste d'attente en 20-ish position, ce qui m'a valu une offre d'admission dans la première vague. Vu la faiblesse de ma cote, il est logique de croire que j'ai bien réussi le CASPer. Il est également à noter que c’était mon 3e CASPer. Préparation : J'ai commencé par lire l’information sur le site examencasper.com. La FAQ est pertinente, ainsi que la section ressource, où se trouve un webinaire d'un peu plus d'une heure que j'ai trouvé particulièrement instructif. Il est particulièrement intéressant de noter les valeurs de l’examen CASPer, qui sont la collaboration, la communication, l’empathie, l'équité, l'éthique, la motivation, la résolution de problème, le professionnalisme, la résilience et la conscience de soi. Ces valeurs sont ce qui se rapproche le plus de critères de correction, il faut donc laisser transparaître que nous possédons ces valeurs. Il est également pertinent de prendre en compte les valeurs de la Faculté de médecine d'ulaval, soit l'expertise clinique (non démontrable au CASPer), la communication, la collaboration, l'érudition, la promotion de la santé, le leadership et le professionnalisme. Les valeurs communes au CASPer et à la Faculté sont selon moi les plus essentielles. Il existe une agence anglaise de formation payante au test CASPer nommée **DELETED**. Je ne l'ai pas utilisé, vu que j’ai vu un peu partout que **DELETED** forme tous ses étudiants de la même façon et que ça parait lors de la correction quand un étudiant à utiliser **DELETED**. Par contre, cette agence donne d'excellents conseils de rédaction. Ce que j'ai fait, c'est d'utiliser les capsules gratuites sur Youtube de **DELETED**, qui donne la base d'une rédaction efficace, tout en nous permettant de conserver une spontanéité naturelle qui permet de différencier son CASPer des autres. **DELETED** apporte un point que je suis particulièrement d'accord, qui est de rester sans jugement et de ne rien prendre pour acquis dans les situations qui nous sont présentées. Précisément, j’ai écouté les capsules suivantes : « CASPer Test Prep : How to Prepare For and Ace Your CASPer Test », « 5 Official CASPer Questions and Our Expert Response », « 5 Pro Tips to Ace ANY CASPer Question & Scenario » et « 4 Things You Must Avoid On The CASPer Test » La chaîne YouTube est « **DELETED** Academic Consulting Inc. ». Il y a également des YouTubeurs qui peuvent être pertinents, j'ai notamment écouté la vidéo « My Top 5 Tips to CRUSH The CASPer » de Darius Med. Dans ma préparation, je me suis créé un document contenant une liste de qualité, de défauts, de forces et de faiblesses avec une mise en contexte et une explication de chacun, une situation problématique que j’ai rencontrée et ma réaction à cette situation, ma démarche de résolution de problème, une situation conflictuelle et ma réaction, une situation stressante et ma réaction, ma démarche complète de résolution de conflit (pour ça je suis retourné à la façon enseignée au primaire, elle est très efficace). J'ai aussi dressé une liste de priorité ainsi que les valeurs que j’ai à cœur. Finalement j’ai inscrit certaines expériences de vie pertinentes et le bénévolat que j’ai fait, afin de m’inspirer des réponses durant le test. J’ai appris les grandes lignes de ce document avant de commencer mon examen, afin de bien le connaître, car pendant l’examen il n’y pas de temps de le consulter. J'ai effectué les questions et les situations en exemple sur le site du CASPer et des questions du même format que j’ai trouvé sur internet, notamment celles de l'Université McMaster (pas sûr que ça soit cette uni ou une autre). Finalement tout le monde est différent. Certains s’attaquent au CASPer sans aucune préparation et réussissent, mais selon mon expérience et celle de mon entourage, ce sont des cas d'exception qui ont de bonnes cote R/CRU. Il n'y a pas d'étude à faire pour le CASPer mais une bonne préparation est essentielle, comme on se prépare avant de passer des entrevues. Ça termine donc ma préparation au CASPer. Si dans les prochaines années **DELETED** retire ses vidéos vous aurez juste à m'aviser, j’ai conservé dans mes notes l'essence de ce qui est dit dans les vidéos. Je ne l’ai pas inscrit par respect pour la propriété intellectuelle, car les vidéos sont disponibles en date de juillet 2020.
  31. 7 points
    ZBL

    Situation in Alberta?

    lol this thread is a joke. I wish you all the best.
  32. 7 points
    ptRN

    Queens Waitlist Party 2020

    It’s over friends, the class is full email just came out. Wishing you all the best and see you next year
  33. 7 points
    teeezyyy

    MD Class of 2024 bag colour

    I regret deferring from last year
  34. 7 points
    aeoaeoaeo

    Queens Waitlist Party 2020

    just got off the waitlist! - timestamp: 2:03pm
  35. 6 points
    I was hoping I could get some advice for how to approach medical school, especially since classes are completely online for the first semester so it wont be as easy to ask other student what they're doing. I'm starting classes at the UofA this August. I did a degree in mechanical engineering and I haven't taken anything related to biology since the middle of high school. In my undergrad I mostly took exams which required me to solve 2-5 problems over the course of a couple hours, about 80% of the time these exams would be open book. The only content heavy closed book exam I had to take was the MCAT, which I don't think I did a great job studying for (ended up with a 502); all I really did was watch khan academy lectures (while writing down notes) and do practice problems. My concern is I don't know how to study content heavy coursework, something most students are familiar with by now. Does anyone have any advice on how to study/what the workflow of a typical first year student is like? Furthermore are there any supplemental materials I should consider using? I've seen some people on this forum talk about using american resources in their first two years (even if their not interested in writing the step 1 exam) such as reading first aid prior to each new block, watching boards and beyond videos in tandem with their lectures, and using pre made step 1 anki decks. Does that make sense, or would it be better to spend more time studying my schools lectures since they will likely be the most similar to the exams we write? Really I'd appreciate any advice
  36. 6 points
    Biohedonist

    International medical schools

    Thank you so much everyone! This helped a lot❤️ I am just going to do my undergrad here and apply for med school in Canada!!
  37. 6 points
    Dr. Shqipe

    Registration for MD2024 Class

    I can confirm from my email (I was the one who just received acceptance) that the person had personal circumstances so no worries about revocation! I hope it was a deferral and/or everything is ok with them
  38. 6 points
  39. 6 points
    Have you ever considered that maybe this year there were some stellar black, biracial, or mixed race applicants who crushed their interviews, have amazing GPAs, and a great CV? This smells a lot like the “well if I’m white and I can’t do it then certainly someone of colour can’t do it,” trope that we see far too often in any competitive professional or academic setting. Seriously yesandno, every thing you are saying sounds very rooted in jealousy. I know you said earlier that I’m policing your thoughts and speech (which I would never because we need to defund the police but that’s besides the point )and I am really sorry that I made you feel that way since you are more than free to speak your mind; but consider how someone with a different experience may interpret everything you have been saying. I don’t think you’re ill-intended but this is not the way to go about it. More opportunity for other people does not mean less for you.
  40. 6 points
    DuDu

    Admission PharmaD 2020 Ulaval

    Aucune chance que je trouve une photo acceptable pour un tel événement, y va t'avoir du filtre Snapchat cette soirée là XD
  41. 6 points
    TheFlyGuy

    MD Class of 2024 bag colour

    If the yellow is pretty deep/rich I could be on board, though it was second from the bottom on my list (above orange). Guess we'll have to see in person! Either way, #Team Bumblebee let's go. I'm just happy to have finally gotten into med lmao I'll take any free backpack they'll give me.
  42. 6 points
    Psych

    MD Class of 2024 bag colour

    I'm obsessively refreshing the cma insta page
  43. 6 points
    meddent2018

    DMD suivi 2020

    Hello Nouveaux étudiants, vous pouvez aller chercher notre groupe fb pour la nouvelle cohorte "Intégrations DMD Ulaval 20-24" Écrivez à l'administratrice du groupe pour montrer une preuve d'admission et demandez à join! Vous serez admis au groupe lorsqu'on sera prêts à vous fournir les infos concernant la rentrée On est désolés que ça prenne autant de temps, mais avec la pandémie, c'est particulier. Partagez le mot avec vos amis de la cohorte!!! Merci
  44. 6 points
    Pakoon

    MD Class of 2024 bag colour

    2022 - red 2023 - green If 2024s are yellow we'll make a traffic light!
  45. 5 points
    DrOtter

    Registration for MD2024 Class

    Diane got back to me saying that the registration email should come a week from this Friday y'all
  46. 5 points
    Hey guys I just got my acceptance letter this morning and I can’t wait to meet all of you!!! My GPA was around a 3.9 and I felt like my LOI was relatively strong but my interview was absolutely terrible so I’m surprised that I got accepted lol
  47. 5 points
    youbesee

    MD Class of 2024 bag colour

    The only way to recover from this travesty is to ensure the next year gets the most hideous shade of NEON PINK
  48. 5 points
    MedicineLCS

    MD Class of 2024 bag colour

    Let's look on the bright side. The 2023/2022s were obviously very concerned about our safety and ensuring high visibility, and definitely not using this as a funny opportunity to make traffic light photos or take advantage of the opportunity to saddle the next year with the most outlandish colour they could. I'm sure the 2024/2023s will be similarly considerate next year.
  49. 5 points
    anonymouspls

    Is being a doctor worth it?

    I went to Uwaterloo. I also know people who did engineering / CS at Uwaterloo making barely 60-80k in boring jobs. Don't assume you'd be making tons of cash working 40 hours a week if you went to engineering, that's not the average experience. Being an average physician is imo superior in everyway to being an average engineer / computer science grad etc.
  50. 5 points
    Training is finite, and your current rotation is temporary. This perspective is important regardless if you are a student or resident. You will not enjoy everything equally. It is not required or expected. You thought your IM experience would be one thing, but it turned out to be another. Your expectations of medicine are starting to hit up against some of the realities. This is normal. When things get difficult, it is helpful to keep in mind that most personal struggles boil down to one binary decision; you either keep going, or you quit. This might sound callous, but it is by far the most important decision to make, and the decision most people are actually wavering on in their minds, whether they realize it or not. You always have the option to do one or the other, so make the decision first, then you'll realize things get simpler after that initial mental hurdle. For the sake of discussion, let's say you keep going. Now make the next important distinction. What things do you have control over, and what are the things you don't? It is wasted effort and energy to worry about things you have little or no control over, such as which rotation you're on, who the attending is, how they act, etc. What you do control is your own work ethic, attitude, and response to criticism. This type of stoic reflection is helpful to peel the layers of a problem, and also for one's own mental health, but it is skipped by 90% of people.
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