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  1. 10 points
    offmychestplease

    Mortgage as a Resident Physician

    you havent even got into medical school yet tho..
  2. 9 points
    insomnias

    Are residents actually happy?

    Every time somebody says that, I like to point to the example of Switzerland which has residencies of comparable length to ours in most specialties while abiding by EU work hour restrictions (48h/week max with no more than 13h of continuous work), and the RCPSC recognizes their training as equivalent for the purposes of exam eligibility. The reason we have long hours during residency isn't because it's a trade-off between hours worked vs competency but because resident labour is significantly cheaper to the government/hospital than that of attending physicians.
  3. 8 points
    Air2222

    MD Class of 2024 bag colour

    Apparently July 8 during u of c orientation
  4. 7 points
    Got off Mac's PT waitlist today!! I received the email around 4pm
  5. 6 points
    How's everybody feeling, aside from all of the exam drama? It feels completely surreal to me! I've been a resident longer than I've been anything/anywhere else in my adult life, so even though I'm staying at the same hospital it's still a bit bizarre. However - CONGRATS everybody!
  6. 6 points
    Bambi

    Leaving career for med

    I would think out of consideration to your employer, you want to give them Notice ASAP. There is absolutely no downside to you other than perhaps an awkward moment. I would simply tell them it was “a long shot” application as you did not want to live with any regrets and as it turned out, you won the lottery, but realize you are putting them in a difficult position. Tell them you will accommodate them in any way possible. I would have this conversation later in the week.
  7. 6 points
    you know I like to think I am pretty good at keeping up with all the changes but this year they are making me work at it!
  8. 5 points
    yeet9876

    Everything online

    I’m pretty dissapointed with the news of everything online since Ubc was getting my hopes up of there being more in person learning as we are expected to go to our sites... seems odd to me that I have to move to a new city to sit in my room all day :/ I hope they reconsider this!
  9. 5 points
    mdpwns1763

    One more go..

    Well I lucked out and ubc just validated my what was expired (2015) mcat for one more go around the block. Not sure how to feel... 2 below average interviews back to back doesn’t give me the confidence but I guess a free shot at applying is worth it!
  10. 4 points
    Hey OP, While I feel your pain that you studied super hard and got the amazing grades you deserved, and it's super painful that you were showing how great you improved since early in undergrad, I think it's important to recognize your privilege that your life was minimally impacted by COVID-19 and you were able to study like usual. There are many students out there whose lives were completely flipped upside down by what's been going on. Whose loved ones got sick and passed away Whose loved ones were quarantined in a high risk area and anxiety was high But for the most, the financial impact of COVID-19 has been devastating. other students who lost their part-time jobs that they were using to make rent and afford their meals Other students whose family-run small business went under Others' whose family members lost their jobs It's a rough time out there so it's amazing and good on the medical schools for not punishing these students who are going through a hard time if their grades dropped in the midst of a global pandemic. Again, I feel your frustration and pain, but count your blessings.
  11. 4 points
    Got an offer off the waitlist for UofT PT, going to accept tomorrow. That should knock me off the Queen's PT waitlist and hopefully open up a spot! Best of luck.
  12. 4 points
    Aryanenzo

    Everything online

    It's likely completely out of their hands and must be a pain for them. It's probably health authorities and university's own rules, directives etc. that are preventing them from having more in person instructions. Given that OAS isn't even open yet, it must be quite a hectic time for them trying to figure this all out. I never thought in my life that if the day finally comes that I am attending medical school, it would be in front of my computer in my room. I'm grateful either way, but this is unexpected. Hopefully the winter semester will be in person. 2023s already had their winter AND summer AND fall semesters get screwed up and we may (hopefully) only have to endure one semester of this.
  13. 4 points
    Bruhmoment

    Everything online

    Honestly, I got to say as a 3rd year at UBC I find this decision quite strange, especially for distributed sites. Specifically regarding making students go to their sites for a handful of in person sessions throughout the year. There's many students that aren't from the cities that they'll be doing medical school in (especially oop applicants) that now have to go to brand new cities and basically do online school from home. Not only is it a huge waste of money for accommodation , you're not even getting a smidge of the typical med experience or have the chance for social interaction throughout the day. I wasn't living in my current site when I started medical school, and the transition to moving and starting medical school was hard enough as it was. If the situation due to covid calls for online classes then that should be understandable. But then adjust the curriculum to allow students to live where they want. When they changed our curriculum at the end of last year to go online , they let us return home as soon as the changes were made and they stated very clearly that we would get at least a 4 week notice to return back to our site if we needed to. Not sure why they're not treating you guys similarly.
  14. 4 points
    Ottawa is officially hybrid! Some online, some in-person
  15. 4 points
    ancientsoul

    U of S invites

    i think they mean as in the spots are already open and they're still pending on sending us the offer. because we now know the waitlist moved 4 spots, and its probably likely that it moved more, they just haven't informed us yet. but this is just an assumption like everything else we've been saying. lol they could not have left us more confused
  16. 4 points
    medigeek

    Are residents actually happy?

    NPs can do patient communication and referrals just as well as we can. I mean, if you're not offering much more than an NP - how do we justify our pay compared to them? Doctors are being displaced by NPs and PAs in the American system and they're competing with doctors in Canada too now. Also, in my experience, doctors who do very little for the patient in terms of workup/management tend to also be weaker on the communication side as well. I think you become a much better trained FM doc if you go to a very intense residency that has great inpatient exposure and culturally relies less on referrals (this sometimes is due to lack of access too lol). Part of it is also how much develop you can develop on your own time/how much reading and studying you do yourself. And lastly, how patient oriented you are. If you have a patient with transaminitis without a clear cause - are you ordering all the ceruloplasmin and autoimmune and a1 trypsin labs or are you just doing a hepatitis panel then referring out? As the patient, I want a doctor who will actually work something up properly to save me time. Excellent communication skills do not compensate for delayed diagnosis. As for the money issue, I diagnosed a case of pheo a few weeks ago. Took me an extra 2 minutes to order a full comprehensive set of labs to workup the refractory hypertension. You might make marginally less money (maybe, probably not), but it's much better for the patient.
  17. 4 points
    BBALLCBMJ

    Winter 2020 AdCom Letter

    Winter 2020 term was the best term of my undergrad. Am I happy with Winter 2020 term not counting for most schools? No. But do I think it is the most equitable way? Yes, absolutely. Some cities like Toronto and Montreal were hit the hardest with COVID and I wouldn't be surprised if some applicants themselves were tested positive for COVID. On the other hand, less urban cities and rural areas were not as affected by COVID relative to large metropolitan areas. In my opinion, it is just silly for giving applicants an option to choose whether or not they can include Winter 2020 marks if it increases/decreases their GPA. For example, applicants who WERE NOT affected by COVID would choose to include their inflated Winter 2020 (mainly due to cheating) whereas applicants who WERE affected by COVID and performed poorly would choose not to include their marks. See the problem here? The problem is that it is not the applicants' fault that they were affected by COVID, it is just the nature of the virus and how it spreads more rapidly in densely-populated cities. In addition, some schools like UAlberta did not give students an option to get numerical grades (they all received P/F) so how is it be fair for some applicants' grades to count but not others just because their school did not want to provide students with numerical grading? On top of this, some applicants may choose to "hide" courses that they did not do well in with P/F but keep courses that got 3.9 or 4.0 in, ultimately inflating their GPA. Again, I am personally not happy with Winter 2020 term not counting, but this is one of those situations where you just accept it and move on. It is tough to swallow but it is what it is. Life goes on.
  18. 4 points
    BIG CONGRATS TO YOU!!! So glad that you achieved your goal and all your hard work paid off! I'm so happy for you and I'm sure posts like this will encourage and inspire future applicants to follow their heart and never give up on their dreams
  19. 4 points
    Hi all, I also got mine this morning. I am also a recent grad, my stats were pretty decent both pGPA and oGPA are around 3.8-3.9. I am typing this up for those who haven't heard anything back yet because I want to let you know that DO NOT GIVE UP. I have applied 4 times already. Yes, you heard that right, 4 times!!! so if you do not get in its fine, you will get in eventually!
  20. 4 points
    greysweater

    2020 Waitlist Thread

    If anyone gets in after the email of death please still feel free to still post it here! We will be salty that we are not you but we would still be grateful to know Before anyone comes after me for having false hope, just please don't lol. Odds are 1-2 people will get in so let's keep the platform open and supportive to them regardless of how we feel.
  21. 4 points
    HighAltitudeMedicine

    Ottawa Housing

    For the out-of towners coming to Ottawa I would recommend the Glebe, Old Ottawa South, Old Ottawa East, Hintonburg or Westboro. These are all walkable neighbourhoods close to cafés, patios, and grocery stores ( I can't overstate how much of a huge plus it is to not depend on a car/bus for groceries!) In the glebe/OOS you're close to the canal and Dow's lake for winter skating, festivals and summer running/cycling paths/kayaking. You're close to Lansdowne park which in non-COVID times has football games/soccer games/music festivals/beer markets/yoga in the park and markets almost every weekend of the summer. Yes, these are way more expensive than living beside the hospital but if you rent a room in a home or go in on a place with other med students it can be affordable. The question you have to ask yourself is: are you the type of person who will spend 99.9% of your time inside the school (in which case rolling out of bed to go to class is pretty sweet!) or will you also be studying from home/ a café? Do you intend to do other activities outside of school? If so, I wouldn't recommend living in the neighbourhood by the hospital. There's nothing there and Smyth is practically a highway when it comes to traffic. There is a lot to be said about your living environment and how that plays into your quality of life/mental health. As someone who has lived in Ottawa for many years, I find those who arrive here and live in uninteresting/unwalkable areas have a much harder time adjusting and those who choose a more vibrant area end up loving it. If you can come here before making a decision I would at the very least take a walk around the different neighbourhoods. There are pros and cons to each.
  22. 3 points
    Congrats! I am done 18 years of post secondary education...multiple degrees and a part degree in there... Happy to be done. I billed my first code and made 20 bucks before taxes today (it isn't my clinic day but I had a phone call to a parent to do and after 2 attempts with no answer earlier this week i finally got through!) Hurray for staffhood
  23. 3 points
    yeet9876

    Everything online

    I’m going to reach out to student affairs as I’m in a situation where I will be moving to my site, and I’m nervous to leave behind my support system and connections to be in my room all day. I hope in the least student affairs can offer me some support through this. I definitely encourage other people to do this too if they are in a similar situation! Maybe if more people reach out they will get a better understanding of how this affects us
  24. 3 points
    Bruhmoment

    Everything online

    Since I'm further along in the program I would highly recommend contacting student affairs now and before you get to Vancouver to let them know how you feel. It's completely confidential and I think it's important to let them know your guys' thoughts on this announcement. You'll learn as you go through med that you definitely have a say in some things regarding your curriculum so don't be intimidated reaching out to faculty. It's possible they have not fully taken into consideration the impact the decision will have on some students.
  25. 3 points
    vmed88

    Everything online

    Anxious to be making the move from Ontario to Vancouver for only a few days of in person learning... it's going to be super isolating moving away from family and friends to sit in my room and learn online. If anyone OOP (or local!) is feeling the same, feel free to message me. We can plan some in-person social activities (following health guidelines of course)
  26. 3 points
    bruh

    Everything online

    While I appreciate that everything moving online has been feasible and even academically beneficial to the 2023 class, it's important to also understand the difference in impact these changes have for the 2024 class. Most of us are actually not so concerned with the educational experience but more so the med school experience in general. This encompasses more than just taking in info and doing well on exams. I think I can speak for most, if not all, of the incoming students that this unprecedented shift to online curriculum will undoubtedly impact opportunities to make friends, socialize and enjoy fun med related events. It's something many of us have been waiting for many years to experience, and now we will not get it, at least for the first term. This is unique to the incoming students because upper year med students have all had the chance to participate in their orientation events, made friends, and built a support network- an authentic and welcoming transition into the medical community. It makes sense that after you have all adapted to this transition, you would welcome a shift to online curriculum; most people who are already in school are pretty happy that things moved online, so it's not surprising.
  27. 3 points
    rmorelan

    MD Class of 2024 bag colour

    I predict in advance that if it is yellow that class will be known as the "lemons"
  28. 3 points
    stethoscope2019

    CASPer Guide 2019

    Hi. I'm an incoming med student, who got into McMaster despite having a weak GPA (3.45). My MCAT/CARS was good (129 CARS). People keep asking me how I managed to get in. In fact, when I had told people that I was going to apply with my GPA they told me: I wouldn't get interviews I would need to do a fifth year of undergrad OR I would need to do a Master's and possibly a second undergrad. And to be honest, they were completely right. With my GPA and MCAT, I wasn't really a good candidate for anything. But, I placed all my hope on the wildcard that is the "CASPer" test. It's up to you whether or not you want to take it seriously, but I'll explain how to approach CASPer the best I can. The CASPer is a 90 minute test of your ability to answer ethical problems... and realistically to just type fast. They want to see you see both sides of every issue they give you and how you'll solve the ethical dilemma without breaking the rules So I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to tackle the CASPer test. Here's what I did: PRACTICE It literally drives me nuts to hear people say "You can't practice/study, so I won't even try." For me, it was going to be as important as my GPA (which I poured my blood, sweat and tears into) and the CARS section of the MCAT (which also killed me inside as I studied). I practiced my ass off. For me, I used the CASPerfect tests. I paid for their evaluation, which gave me good advice and the tips I list below. Even if you don't go through with paid evaluation, consider buying unevaluated practice tests. Take the time to analyze your responses and figure out how you can get better at this. Once again, it is entirely up to you to pay for prep - but it worked for me. You decide if you want to pay for prep - there are free services, and free official practice materials from the CASPer test makers too. For me, practicing for CASPer meant: Prepared by reading up on medical ethics. This sounds silly, but I read [Doing Right](http://www.amazon.ca/Doing-Right-Practical-Trainees-Physicians/dp/0195428412) before even doing the test. It's a classic book for interview/MMI prep, so I figured I'd get a head start on it. By practicing for CASPer, you're really strengthening the skills that come in handy for the MMIs. For that reason, when you're done with your apps, working on CASPer is pretty much prepping early for interviews (which you can get! You've got this bro ) The UWashington Bioethics page is also great. I reviewed my ECs and application The CASPer has a personal statement every third question where you have to discuss yourself and your background. Here, they're looking for you to be thoughtful and self-reflective. Ultimately, I believe they want to see that you can take what you've learned from your experience and apply it to your future in medicine. For me, I ended my paragraphs with "I will take what I learned from this example into my future in medicine someday." or something like that. Have a game plan and strategy For me, I planned my responses like this: Discuss the issue from both sides (there are usually two parties involved). Discuss the issue in the context of "society." (How would cheating on a test affect the student cheating, other students, and then all of the future employers/patients/etc that will rely on the cheating student someday?) Answer with a decision that is ethical and doesn't break any rules. (If possible) Come up with a creative solution that minimizes punishment/harm/damage to any of the other people involved. Improving my typing speed: While the CASPer markers say that the amount of text isn't important, logically if one has more ideas down they'll likely score better, right? That seemed to be pretty basic to me. I practiced typing with the practice tests I mentioned at TenFastFingers. Note that this typing practice isn't as good as real CASPer practice tests because the time it takes to think and type >>> the time to type these random paragraphs quickly. Getting better at thinking through the formula I devised quickly. This is where the practice tests were extremely useful for me. I recommend practice for this reason - you need to strengthen your ability to type fast and ethically. How the CASPer is scored Knowing how CASPer is scored is important as well. To begin with, CASPer markers mark a given question for a set of test-takers. For example, a marker may mark 1000 applicants answer to Question 1 and only that question. Why is this important? Because of two reasons: It means you can be repetitive with what you say, the style and phrasing of what you say And importantly, you need to stand out against other writers who are writing that same question. What this means is that showing that you think/reason more clearly, show more empathy, and/or come up with a creative solution will all push you higher up that bell curve. The CASPer is scored using z-scores (a type of statistical measurement that is similar to a bell curve). You can check out the official CASPer marking guide from the people who made the CASPer here. Finally, realize that saying the wrong thing can get you and your exam red-flagged. That likely means a score of 0, or potentially having your application removed entirely. It's not clear what that means, but you can read about it in the official marking guide above. If CASPer is holding you back, you may be getting red-flagged. Endnotes: Unfortunately, regardless of how you feel about the test, it matters. Here's how much it matters, in Canada (I'll add US values if people know them): Feel free to DM me with questions, or ask here.
  29. 3 points
    ShadesofCyan

    Everything online

    I was pretty crushed when I saw the email today. I feel very deflated at the idea of school online and now it seems that it will be almost completely online. Earlier emails we received made it seem like they would try to have as much of the program in person as possible. They told us we had to be at our site location... I don't know why. It seems very unfair and unnecessary to ask people to move to their site when everything is online. Moving is expensive and stressful at the best of times. I feel guilty for being sad as I know how lucky I am to have been accepted. From chatting with other future classmates today, I think many people are feeling very disheartened right now. This is not what we have been working towards and hoping for. Many of us were so excited to be able to shadow and get hands on experience and no one knows when this will happen. I think we all should allow ourselves to be a bit sad and disappointed if that is where we are at. I think that is valid. All of that being said, this is an extremely challenging time for UBC and for the Medical Program (and for the world). I do not envy UBC in trying to make this work and please all involved while following public health guidelines. I'm sure they didn't want to have everything online either. So I'm going to tell myself that this is not ideal AND this is not forever. We will have decades of amazing medical learning experiences ahead and this is just a bump in that road.
  30. 3 points
    premed72

    Rejected as 3rd year Undergrad

    Scrap the whole "time line" mentality. I personally fell victim to this and it stressed me out more than it should have. I often thought way too much about the future and hitting specific milestones at specific time periods of my life. The final result: absolutely nothing went to plan and ended up getting in 3 years after than I expected and it was a very choppy ride. Let things flow naturally and just put your next best foot forward. Looking back, I dont think I would have been ready for med school if I got in "earlier". I feel like this year was the true year I was meant to start the med journey. I gained new experiences along the way and I felt like I developed great skills that I cant wait to apply in medicine. Just keep doing things you enjoy, spend time with family and friends, maybe drink a couple beers every once and a while and everything will be fine. Wishing you best of luck!
  31. 3 points
    IMislove

    Rejected as 3rd year Undergrad

    Yeah medicine never goes to plan, this pandemic is just one of many many examples. Don't beat yourself up about it, you'll get in when you're meant to, or maybe you'll find something more fulfilling. I got in 5 years later than planned lol, but the experiences I've had changed me to be a better medical student, a better person, and in the future, a better doctor. You got an interview and that's amazing. Just keep up the good work, practice your interviewing skills, and good luck on next cycle.
  32. 3 points
    Dr.Dent

    U of S invites

    ikr!! It literally takes 2 minutes to write an email saying this is going on, keep your patience. Plus the fact that we were all so close to getting in, now seeing other people getting spots that might've been ours, sucks !
  33. 3 points
    medigeek

    Are residents actually happy?

    This is strictly for family med - but given the duration (2 years), if it's an "easier" residency then how in the world are you supposed to become competent? There's just no way to train someone to do full scope if the 2 years are not very intense. And even if someone is dead set on doing strictly outpatient 100% of the time (minds can change though), you can't build competency with an easy 2 years. It's a good way to train a referologist who can't start and manage insulin for diabetes. I fully agree that being very intense for 5 years is just not a good. But 2 years? You get scammed out of your training. And this is how you waste the system money and lengthen wait times for people who actually need a specialist. Why exactly are you unable to treat a cirrhotic patient? You should know what diuretics to use, how much and how to manage their other (bread and butter) comorbidities. Same goes for every similar patient. CHF, COPD etc. really do not need referrals unless they're out of control and you don't know what to do. If I don't need a procedure (ex. a scope), starting things like biologics, or I'm not needing something like an insulin pump etc. then there's no reason to refer. I also strongly think that family doctors should be working up and ordering more specialized tests to diagnose the lesser common conditions prior to referral. This also saves the system money because then the specialist can focus on treating rather than starting from scratch. It also saves the patient time in getting treated quicker.
  34. 3 points
    JackSprat

    Waitlist Party 2020

    I also just got regrets. I've been moping for the past few weeks but I actually do feel really good about my results too. My GPA could be higher at 84.6 but my interview was above average and my NAQ was in the 75-100 percentile. It's a little easier getting regrets now as I just found out that we have our second baby on the way! Congrats to everybody who got in and good luck to those who also got regrets. See you guys next cycle!
  35. 3 points
    Well this whole thread sure is a blast from the past (and my adolescent coming out experiences). Kinda sad to hear that 12 years hasn't improved all that much - except that I think it's been a long time since anyone actually called anyone a homosexual. Happy Pride.
  36. 3 points
    offmychestplease

    Winter 2020 AdCom Letter

    lol unfair grading? There are countless threads online, discord groups, group chats, newspaper articles, etc etc where a HUGE proportion of students were openly cheating in various forms on their online exams..it dosent take a rocket scientist to understand why most universities (rightfully so) are not including winter 2020 marks....
  37. 3 points
    Suivi des admissions 2020 Rang sur la liste d'excellence de la dernière personne de chaque groupe d'admission à qui une offre a été acheminée en date du 26 juin 2020. Groupe d'admission Rang sur la liste d'excellence Contingent québécois, catégorie collégiale Sherbrooke =396e Saguenay = 401e Contingent québécois, catégorie universitaire Sherbrooke = 71e Saguenay = 70e Contingent québécois, catégorie universitaire (profils particuliers) Marché du travail = 2e Sciences humaines et sociales = 1er Doctorat de recherche = 1er Contingent du Nouveau-Brunswick, catégorie DSS 24e Contingent du Nouveau-Brunswick, catégorie universitaire 6e Contingent de la Nouvelle-Écosse 3e Contingent de l’Ouest canadien 2e Contingent de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard 1er Contingent international 1er
  38. 3 points
    Sorry for the late reply, I've been away from this forum for a bit. Thank you so much for the book recommendation, it seems very intriguing and it being from a Canadian perspective I think will help me better understand the challenges that POCs face. And yeah, I agree re. your point of implicit biases. I would've never thought that I was racist, or supported an unjust system that discriminates against non-white people, but I'm starting to realize that some of my thoughts and actions (or lack thereof) are telling of the opposite. I'm really thankful for this thread, for kind people like you who are educating me without judgement of my ignorance. I would hate for my implicit biases or complacency to hurt any of my friends irl or any others in general Anyway, I should probably be quiet now I'm excited to get started on the book and also the documentary!
  39. 3 points
    Result: Accepted (VFMP) off the Wait-list 6/8/2020 Geography: IP Early or Regular Deadline: Regular Timestamp: 3:45 PM PST aGPA: 85.1% ~22.5 AQMCAT (CPBS / CARS / BBFL / PSBB): 513 (128/126/129/130)Current Degree (UG/Bachelors/Masters/PhD): SFU Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 2015 ECs: ~34 NAQ last year. Various things: Volunteered at shelters, Big Brother, some clinical volunteering, NSERC (no pubs), helped the elderly, charities etc etc etc. My application included a lot of my hobbies as I tried to paint a picture of who I really am: I like wrenching on cars so I restored an old Japanese car. I really enjoy photography, and drawing. I also repaired computers and phones on the side. I provided evidence for all my hobbies with links (an album for example). I've had quite a few jobs as well from selling cars to manual labor. For example when the town of Fort Mcmurray burned down I lived in a camp near there for 2 months to help with the clean up. Interview: 7 stations went okay, bombed 2 stations (I might as well have gone in there and screeched for 7 minutes). My essay wasn't great. I can't believe I am posting this. After 4 applications of straight rejections and 4 MCATs, I finally got wait listed and accepted in the 5th application and 3rd interview. This has been...quite a long and difficult journey. You can look back on my 8 year old account and see all the times when I lost hope completely or when I was researching schools in Poland/Australia/D.O. Schools. No way in hell I expected this. I had completely given up. Last year I quit my job and practiced 250-400 hours for the interview and got below average and rejected. I had practiced with residents, med students, other applicants, professors, teachers, my parents, friends, I gave it my everything so to be rejected like that was a clear message that I am not cut out to be a doctor. I moved on completely. I decided to do a second degree in Computer Science, nothing even health care related. The past 10 years of my life were considered forfeit. I talked to an advisor at SFU about CS requirements and he told me I have everything I need for Jan 2020 intake. Two weeks later as I am applying, they changed their requirements to needing more math courses, I was no longer qualified and UBC's BCS (CS) program wasn't until next September. I was in complete despair at this point. I felt like anything I tried to do with my life, there was a massive obstacle. Like there was some divine force preventing me from progressing while everyone else moved on. It was really hard to not have these negative thoughts. It was the uncertainty around getting into CS for January at SFU that led me to decide to apply to UBC Med one more time, I wasn't planning on it. After UBC MD application was sent in, the CS department decided to ignore their own requirements and admitted me. Finally, I could move on. December comes around and I was surprised to get the interview and grateful, but really did not have the energy or time during my studies to practice like that again. I practiced 2 weeks before the interview and went in. Bombed two stations utterly and completely, and the rest were okay. Nothing as good as my last year's interview. I walked out out LSC thinking to myself this is the last time i'll walk here. A chapter in my life had ended. I just wanted to go home, I had midterms. I didn't even eat the pizza. I didn't think about medical school or the interview again and focused on my studies. In May I get an email that I got waitlisted. I was really surprised but not that excited, given results of the last 4 years, I probably wasn't very high on the list anyways. I was too jaded to be excited. Yesterday was like something out of a dream. I was writing out a strongly worded email to UPS for damaging my car's coilovers when my gmail widget popped up "UBC Undergrad Admis..". I thought it's probably a COVID 19 message or they started rejecting people earlier because the waitlist isn't moving. I opened the email and it said "Congratulations". I stared blankly at the email for 20-30 seconds. I won't go into detail what happened afterwards, you can just imagine what happened. As I trembled for the next hour, I thought to myself...they made a mistake. There's no way. How? The interview was awful. How did this happen. There's got to be a mistake. It honestly still hasn't sunk in yet. I am not going to write that perseverance pays off. This could've easily gone the other way and I know many for whom it did not pay off. Despite all the years of applying and taking rejection after rejection and seriously starting to think there's something wrong with me, I still think I got very lucky. There are risks to pursuing this path. I always thought not having backup would make me more motivated for volunteering and doing well in school and that might have been true, but I think the only thing that changed this year was my attitude towards the whole thing ( I didn't do anything new compared to the previous year's application, just a few more hours in what I already had). I didn't have desperation in my eyes anymore, the interview was taking up my time that could've been used for my midterms. The prospects and promises of the CS degree seemed a lot more realistic vs going up against a hyper competitive application pool. I had other plans, I was pursuing something else at the same time. Something else I enjoyed, but it wasn't necessarily my dream. The outcome of this interview was no longer a zero sum game. It wasn't really as important as last year when there was so much to lose. It had become something I had to do. And perhaps that attitude is something they like. Perhaps it comes off as being more confident. If future applicants have questions about my ECs feel free to PM me! I look forward to meeting my classmates soon! (well with covid...maybe soon?)
  40. 2 points
    For reasons @hvem mentioned above I think it's fair to exclude this semester's winter grades. HOWEVER I think they should've made the Fall 2019 term worth the whole year. That's fair in my opinion since the Winter 2019 grades should be reflective of an applicant's typical abilities. The current scheme of excluding Winter 2020 completely is NOT fair in my opinion since many people did full year, thesis courses etc., and making a whole year's work worth just 2 or 3 courses (like your case for example) is dumb. This way I think would even out the impact covid had while not kicking honour, thesis, or special year students to the curb. Also re. your point of giving students options, this was addressed by one of the UofT adcoms in their webinar – I can't remember exactly what they said – something like how that would simply benefit the already privileged students more – but I remembered it made sense, so feel free to check that out
  41. 2 points
    DrOtter

    Using LOC to max out TFSA

    I mean it could be slightly profitable if the net rate of returns on the TFSA is > interest rate, but this is not guaranteed in 4 years and the interest rate can change depending on prime. e.g. 3% for TSFA and 2.2% for the LOC -> you'll potentially (and ideally) be earning net 0.8% interest. Bear in mind, though, that the interest rate on the LOC is guaranteed (and is calculated and compounded every month), whereas the return on the TFSA is not (you can lose money in market fluctuations one month to the next, so there will be months where you'll either lose money at more than the 2.2% interest rate, or where the return is not high enough to cover the 2.2% LOC interest). Longer terms than 4 years might be a little bit safer since the risk is averaged out, but again the LOC calculates and compounds interest consistent vs. the monthly unpredictability of TFSA (or any investments really). So personally, I would be too risk averse to take out loans to play with.
  42. 2 points
    Aryanenzo

    Everything online

    The labs being online is quite unfortunate. Especially the anatomy labs and dissections. I was really looking forward to it. I feel like it doesn't make much sense to charge us the same for tuition since there's some pretty important components missing entirely. It made sense for the big lectures to be online but everything else? Movie theaters have opened up and we can't have CBLs and labs in person?
  43. 2 points
    Does anyone have any information about the chances of getting accepted off the Dalhousie waitlist? Thanks!
  44. 2 points
    mdmd2019

    DMD suivi 2020

    Salut! Si tu viens de québec, j'ai écrit à une compagnie et ils donnent la formation présentement ils m'ont dit de prendre celle là https://secourismercrquebec.com/produit/rcr-dea-niveau-iss-intervenant-en-soins-de-sante/ Je vais probab la faire le 25 juillet si jamais il y en a qui veulent se joindre à moi hahaha
  45. 2 points
    coffeeandmed

    Waitlist Party 2020

    Just received regrets. I’m incredibly pleased with my stats though: GPA was 90.1, interview was above average, and my NAQ score was in the 75-100 percentile. Good luck to anyone applying again in the upcoming cycle!
  46. 2 points
    ellorie

    Are residents actually happy?

    I think it varies by province - in ON we get 4 weeks, 7 conference days, a floating holiday, and then 5 consecutive days for Christmas/New Year (you get one of the two off). TBH I get through it by reminding myself that all over the world, people have jobs where they work horrifying hours for terrible pay basically indefinitely and get much less respect/appreciation than we do. Like long haul truck drivers. I would way rather be a resident than do that.
  47. 2 points
    ellorie

    Are residents actually happy?

    Depends what you mean by happy. I had a reasonable amount of time outside of residency to do the things I needed to do. In my program we do about 1/7 call on service, which is miles better than the 1/2 to 1/4 that many specialties do. We also don't do any off service after PGY1. But it's exhausting and stressful and I don't think I know anybody who isn't burned out. Like Rob, I hit the wall around mid PGY3 and didn't fully recover. I still don't regret it - knowing what I know now, I'd have given much stronger consideration to social work or clinical psychology but ultimately I imagine I'd probably have still chosen psychiatry.
  48. 2 points
    Because in Canada, they don't want Family doctors going into only niche-focused areas with laser precision. We know many will do just EM, or just hospitalist, but they ideally want people who will still do full-scope family medicine clinics and primary care. There is nothing wrong with going into EM or doing mainly hospitalists after a FM residency, programs just want to be able to say they are recruiting the best applicants who will want to do full-scope practice. Its a moot point when we need FM docs to do all those roles anyways, so by someone "only" doing EM or hospitalists, isn't as if there isn't a need for that as well! So it's just optics and semantics, in a zero sum game.
  49. 2 points
    futureDr.C

    U of S invites

    I think the college can really do anything they want sadly, and give us "we cant disclose any information" because at the end of the day they're getting paid no matter what and we play their game. We always will. I really hope that something comes forth with this though, because it isn't right. We've been in the dark too long tbh! I never fully believed that 2 months went by and barely any movement IP, but it could happen we don't know all the people that applied, all i know is that the UofS Dentistry Class of 2024 has only 23 members and 1 new member joined last week. All the people that emailed merissa just post on the forum what comes from it, and hopefully it's good news
  50. 2 points
    I am a U of A student and just graduated this spring with my BSc. My pGPA is not that good (3.3 not including physiology because I just got CR). Additionally, the upper level microbiology course that I took to replace MICRB 265 was also CR. I got letters for both stating my ranking in the class/mark I would have received so I'm not sure how these letters factored into my pGPA calculations . I have taken many biochemistry courses and received high marks in those so that might have strengthened my application? My GPA from my last 60 credits was 3.9 and showed a strong trend upwards from my 1st and 2nd year. My volunteer experiences involved helping out with the campus community over the span of ~2 years. My work experience listings were all customer service based over the span of ~6 years. I believe my LOI was strong but I did not feel confident about my interview, I think I butchered 2/4 questions
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