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  1. 33 points

    Female advice needed, thank you

    Find a place where you're not going to be interrupted by other people, then start small talk etc, show you're interested.. then when the silence hits, tell her you have a 4.0 GPA and 132 CARS. She'll ask you for your number
  2. 27 points
    I got mixed responses when I asked if I should do this but I did it anyways. I ended up sounding like fucking shrek so I do not advise doing this. Hopefully the interviewers thought I had a speech impediment or something
  3. 25 points
    Here's a visual of what @rmorelan said. Hopefully this helps you visualize your future path Hit us up if you have any more questions, we gotchu fam
  4. 24 points

    2017 Backpack?

    I personally found it to be an interesting reminder. We can be proud and patriotic and still leave room to constructive autocriticism. Md Financial said the backpack was about the CMA's 150th anniversary, so I mean, in a way it is still linked to Canada's 150th celebrations. And CMA's history is also one of being involved with at-risk minorities. So I don't think it was that off subject, though I also understand why some might think it is. I'm actually more than surprised to see the reactions this has brought. No one is being told that because you want a red backpack and/or because you want to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary that you are being intransigeant to indigenous communities. It's merely a reminder and a way to bring awareness. If that doesn't interest you, fine just dont reply and post a comment on a different facette of the subject. As for the restaurant analogy, well it is held in a private setting, whereas this forum is a public space where anyone can contribute in any way they see fit as long as they are being respectful. To be fair, there is no right place to talk about those kind of subjects. They will always make some people uncomfortable, or bore them, or annoy them, or kill their fun. As for being involved with indigenous communities. That is a great and commendable act. I find that amazing. But it would be equally amazing to not discourage someone who tried to open a discussion about the social injustices they're living. I'm pretty sure they would be thankful for that too. And yes, it's just a backpack. Like it was just a seat in a bus, or just an apple that fell from a tree. From trivial objects can emerge amazing discoveries and history-changing events. I'm not saying this backpack is gonna start a revolution, but hey, if it can start a conversation on one, if not the most marginalized community in our country: it is a good thing. Telling someone that it isn't pertinent, that SJWs are invading again, that it should be discussed elsewhere, that it isn't about race/gender, that they are overreacting; well, it just stops all forms of debates. It's like taping someone's mouth and writing SJW on that tape. Anyone can be easily discredited and shushed like that, and change doesn't emerge without communication. Just because you don't want to be part of a conversation, that doesn't mean you have to prevent that conversation from happening. And even if you think the conversation should happen but elsewhere, there are respectful ways to say it. "Hey, you should create a thread about indingenous communities in Canada so you can have a more appropriate environment for that debate" is better suited than "take your unnecessary comments elsewhere", don't you think?
  5. 20 points
    I typed this really long post but was almost going to delete it. I felt like it sounded so silly. But I will keep it in the hopes that some of you find it helpful/encouraging because I've always enjoyed and was motivated by reading this thread. I tried injecting some context into this, so hopefully it doesn't bore you guys too much with being somewhat long. I grew up in a relatively rough neighbourhood. I'll give you an example to highlight the point: in grade 7 while my friends and I were going trick or treating, we ran into three of my older brother's friends profusely bleeding from stab wounds. Turns out they had been ambushed by a group they had bad blood with. Anyway, one of them had a pretty bad gash in his neck, close to his jugular, but thankfully none of the major vessels were cut. My friends and I had to help them to a nearby clinic (which was thankfully open). Scary stuff, but it was the reality of the place. My parents worked really hard to provide for my siblings and I (I have two older brothers - let's call them Alpha and Bravo). They tried their absolute best to keep us shielded from the bad stuff, but there's always an inevitable influence by the environment. Being males in a rough neighbourhood meant keeping up a “macho” facade. You definitely didn't get overly sentimental, and so my brothers and I were walled off emotionally not only from friends, but each other as well. So what was the culmination of these early childhood experiences? The "climax" of it all came during my senior year of high school. Well, I should say my SECOND senior year. At this point in my life, I had never had the experiences to develop an appreciation for education and knowledge. I would skip classes to go play sports. There was a point in grade 12 where I had skipped more classes than I had actually attended. This meant that I was forced to do an extra year in high school to try and salvage my marks enough to try and apply to postsecondary. This extra year was tough. You question the decisions you’ve made so far, you watch all your friends move on to the next stage of their lives, and you're in classes with kids younger than you. Unfortunately, this wasn't even the tip of the iceberg. Within the span of 3-4 months, my life literally spiraled out of control. My high school sweetheart (who had started university at this point) had just broken up with me. I already mentioned how I came from a background where I was extremely insular about keeping my feelings to myself. My girlfriend was a sweetheart - I could open up emotionally to her and it was a welcome change. Losing her in an already difficult time was tough, and unfortunately things kept getting worse. Soon after the breakup, I injured myself playing sports, effectively ending my entire sports year and requiring surgery. Sports had always been that one pseudo-emotional outlet of mine, so removing it was definitely a huge emotional hurdle. I even started losing my hair from stress (this is a contentious topic haha, but I genuinely believe acute stressors can potentially act as a trigger). Unfortunately, I would soon realize that all of these challenges would pale in comparison to what was to follow. I will never ever forget this day. It still seems so vivid. I came home from school one day to see my brother, Bravo, in our driveway with this very confused/sad look on his face. He was very inebriated, but that confused/sad look still haunts me. He looked so vulnerable. He was being arrested for drug charges. It was heartbreaking. We would later find out that he had been battling severe mental health issues and masked them through substance abuse. Being arrested wreaked even more havoc on his mental health. We couldn't bail him out because my other brother (Alpha) had already tried. The first time he was bailed out, Bravo's mental health lead to him acting very erratically. He broke his bail conditions and disappeared. We were able to track him down after a friend of Bravo’s contacted the family. So I had to watch from afar, yet again, as my brother got arrested. My mom was with me this time. We later learned from the friend that Bravo had been really hungry, yet we saw him get arrested as he about to take the first bite of his food. My mom started getting very frequent panic attacks soon after this incident. I remember visiting him in jail on multiple occasions, only to be received by non-nonsensical and hysterical laughter. This was absolutely brutal for me. I grew up always being Bravo’s sidekick. I followed him everywhere he went, being that annoying little brother. He really was my role model. So to see him there, unrecognizable, was very gut wrenching. We were unable to convince the penal system of the clear mental issues he was exhibiting and he was retained in a normal jail. His condition worsened and he was eventually placed in solitary confinement due to bad behavior. He stayed there for 2-3 weeks. Being a witness to this and unable to help was absolutely excruciating. Like, the breakup, surgery, extra year of high school seem bad right? They genuinely felt like a walk in the park compared to this. It was during this ordeal that I had made up my mind to commit myself to working hard, getting into university, and getting into the field of psychology so that I might help others that had gone through similar situations as my brother. Thankfully, after a few months convincing, we were finally able to get through to the courts. We had been able to convince the judge to transfer Bravo to a mental treatment facility as opposed to a jail. I still remember the day we found out that they would transfer him: June 12th, 2009. It is probably on the top of the happiest days of my life. Getting into medicine definitely pales in comparison to that day. Anyway, he received a diagnosis and began treatment, which he has continued to this day. I started university soon after. Motivated with my desire to pursue psychology, I had a relatively strong start. However, I was faced with quite a few additional hurdles on the way that reflected in my GPA trends. Beyond the typical academic struggles (taking time to find field of interest) and personal struggles (breakups, dealing with limitations after surgery etc.), helping Bravo navigate his mental health condition and potential substance relapses was quite challenging. Additionally, my other brother (Alpha) also developed a very bad substance abuse problem due to the stress of the events surrounding Bravo. It's been an ongoing thing for a few years and still continues to this day. This caused my mom's panic attacks to become even worse/frequent. However, Alpha has significantly improved in recent months. But to tie in an earlier theme, I strongly believe that there is a component of emotional support to this. My siblings and I were raised to be very insular about our feelings, and substances may be seen as an easy “alternative” to having to deal with these emotions. That’s why I think it's so important to cultivate the ability to share your emotions with others, and make others feel comfortable in sharing their emotions with you. Especially so as a physician. So that's my journey to med in a nutshell. It took me 5 years to do a 4-year high school degree, 6 years total to do a 4-year BSc, three MCAT writes, and three additional years off. But I've always been one to challenge myself and improve after every failure. I've been fortunate enough to have amazing parents (though we might not agree on everything) and lucky enough to find amazing professors/mentors in my life. I owe literally all of my successes to these people. Although I continue to be faced with some of the same challenges that seemed completely insurmountable before, I really believe I am stronger than ever, not only individually, but also because of the social support network I’ve been able to establish. I understand the responsibilities I carry because of these events, but believe me, that doesn’t stop me from being the silliest and happiest person that I can possibly be. I hope to carry these experiences into the field, and hopefully make a positive impact. Here is a thread to some of my more CV-like details: http://forums.premed101.com/topic/69931-lost-with-updates/ if you’re curious about what type of stats, ECs etc. I was working with. Good luck everyone!
  6. 19 points
    Ottawa gonna drop these emails January 32nd
  7. 18 points
    I feel like I’m on a never ending roller coaster today, I got all the kinds of butterflies
  8. 18 points

    2017 Backpack?

    LEGOLAS, WHAT DO YOUR CALGARIAN EYES SEE? Edit: okay wow I just now read the entire thread and realized how serious this got. Oops.
  9. 16 points
  10. 16 points

    Lowest Point In My Life

    There is a lot of misconstruing going on this thread and words being taken out of context on both sides. However, I agree with a lot of points made by everyone. 1) Yes. It is not ideal to work at a fast food chain following 4 years of undergrad, and obviously nobody enters their degree with that goal in mind. Does that make the OP successful, no, but does it make them a failure? Also no. Everyone has their own path and although they were not successful this time, it seems unfair to call someone a failure while in the middle of their journey. Furthermore, nobody has the right to look down at anyone else for the job they do. You can't go through life categorizing and judging people based on the job they do and using that as a rationale for how you look at or treat people. I am not saying anyone here would do that, but the idea that certain jobs are "pathetic" is not far removed from that path and certainly conducive to being a compassionate person and physician. 2) There are a lot of people in my program and who apply (based on applications I read this year) that have a lot of growing up to do. There is nothing wrong with having to take a path you weren't expecting into medicine. Maybe some people have shit experience working in retail or fast food, but whether you realize or not, there were things you learned from it (maybe not hard skills, but maybe you have a new appreciation for how you should treat people who work those jobs). That in itself is something valuable. More "premeds" need to adopt an understanding view of how the world actually works, because things don't always go your way and the blinders of undergrad will eventually come off to a world where you don't always succeed and get what you want. 3) Lastly, I also don't think it is wrong that people choose to pursue medicine for prestige and salary. Some people grow up with nothing and would love nothing more than the opportunity to provide for their family and give their parents, spouse, children a good life. That is respectable in my opinion. Should it be the ONLY reason....probably not because there are certainly easier ways to make money, but I don't think that prevents someone from being a good doctor. Anyway, my two cents.. take it for what its worth.
  11. 15 points
    Hello everyone, As an old reader of the site, I wanted to return to share a short documentary on the match process I recently created. It features my fellow uOttawa MD 2017 classmates. Enjoy and feel free to spread and share! https://vimeo.com/222682284
  12. 15 points

    My Experiences Being Unmatched

    I am not one to frequently post in the forums (I am more of a lurker), but this conversation is one that I feel pretty passionate about. This thread seems to have started as a supportive thread for students who have gone unmatched, whether it was through one or both iterations. I think that it is very important to have such to show support to our colleagues and friends. That being said, the way that this conversation has derailed is upsetting to see. It is easy to talk about matching and CaRMS academically and comfortably from the position of one who matched. I think that this has lead to some in the forum forgetting that we are talking to our colleagues who, very understandably, may be more emotionally invested in the topic. The reality is that when ~3000 CMGs apply through CaRMS and ~150 don't match in first iteration (https://www.carms.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Table_1_Summary_of_Match_Results_English.pdf), the problem is obviously going to be multifactorial. Sure, some individuals won't match because they had a bad reference or poor interviews, but some non-negligible percentage of unmatched applicants had excellent references, a fair number of decent interviews, and fair prospects. Yet, these outlier candidates are branded as 'not good enough' or 'flawed' in what amounts to an information vacuum. That's a ridiculous assault on logic and you should consider rethinking your position on this subject. We shouldn't make unmatched applicants in a heartbreaking situation feel worse because we think we understand an incredibly complex process better than they do. Hamham, you attribute your matching to your first choice to luck? But someone stating that, for a lot of unmatched applicants, it comes down to luck is deluding themselves? I am having trouble with your logic here. You seem to think that you are somehow helping by pointing out to amichel that they are unmatched for a reason. But I fail to see how you talking to one student about their experience going unmatched and implying that they are an unlikeable person is helpful. I agree with amichel that the anonymity of the forums can lead to hurtfulness. You state that you sympathize with people who have gone unmatched, yet you go on to try to enlighten them that other people are "better" than they are. This attitude contributes to the idea out there that doctors have a 'god complex.' I am sure you worked hard to get to where you are, but the fact that things worked out for you and you were fortunate enough to match to your first choice in no way makes you better than those who did not match. You mention that your posts here are in an attempt to help future applicants - with that in mind, you may want to consider a more appropriate context for your help. I don't follow your logic in posting in a thread in which many already unmatched applicants are discussing their experiences to pretend that that helps future applicants. If you think for a minute that unmatched individuals don't do some serious self-scrutinization, you are deluded. Knowing unmatched applicants personally, I can assure you that the first question they ask is "what is wrong with me?." This is a system that stigmatizes and penalizes people for going unmatched and then goes on to refuse to provide feedback as to the reasons why, and I have a fairly obvious problem with that. If you would seriously like to 'help' people not go unmatched, I think a more realistic approach is to have an open and honest dialogue about the issues that occur in the system, rather than placing all of the blame on people who are going through one of the worst experiences of their professional life. CaRMS is a flawed process, and most people I have spoken to about it seem to feel that way. It is the process that we currently have and must work with, but it is certainly flawed and there is a large component of luck to it, which you seem to acknowledge in part in your posts. Knowing the people in my class who did not match, I can honestly say that it could have been anyone going unmatched this year. While there will always be some students with 'red flags' who go unmatched and you may be able to attribute reasons to it, that was not the norm at my school this year by any means. I count myself very lucky to have matched to one of my top choices, and I feel that I could certainly have been in a different position had it not been for luck and subjective variables. The CaRMS process is incredibly subjective and I think that dismissing luck in it is absurd. Saskgrad001 - really? Trolling through someones post history and posting it as if their concerned posts MID INVITES somehow means that they got what they deserved when they went unmatched? You somehow convinced yourself that behaviour bolstered the idea that you have any sympathy for those who didn't match? I have so much more I would love to say on the topic, but I am at a bit of a loss in articulating how disturbing I find it that a thread that was intended to support those going through an awful process has been turned into a personal inquisition into one individual who had the BAD LUCK of being in that position.
  13. 15 points

    GPA no longer considered (!!!!)

    @YesIcan55 I'm sorry but it's disgusting how insulting you've been our high GPA and/or young classmates. These "19 to 20 year olds" were among some of the best students in our class personally.....I speak for those in my class at least when I say that they are some of the most diligent and well rounded individuals, who are qualified to interact with patients. Not to mention.... there's like < or = to 5 in a class of ~162..... like come on ... Or the fact that the 4.0 students "spent days in their room"..... does that explain how despite the average hovering between 3.90 and 3.96 across the country that a majority of those students just study??? are you for real? I didn't have a high GPA going into medical school but never thought those that had a higher GPA were less social than I was... if anything, having a low GPA was my fault and I should have done better. If you want to make jabs at people at least have some actual sources/evidence before you make a claim like above. You have done this repeatedly in your posts.... whether it's looking down on typical science grads, or think med students feel "high and mighty" just because we got into a school in Canada, and now trying to put down people with a high GPA and marginalizing their hard work while trying to justify your cognitive dissonance with your warped perception ... We get you're upset with not getting into medical school and that sucks given the work you put into it, ... but seriously stop trying insulting those that have. - G
  14. 15 points
  15. 15 points

    Pre-meds Sabotaging other pre-meds

    The most "premed" thing I've ever done was in second year: I used to have a crush on this girl but she already had a bf so I convinced myself that he prob has a shit GPA to feel better about myself. I've grown a lot since then pls don't judge me haha
  16. 15 points

    2017 Queen's Waitlist Poll

    I know I am not on the wait list or anything, but I just wanted to say, I am proud of all of you. If this year wasn't your time, then maybe next year, or the next year. Myself, it took me awhile to overcome the negative feelings associated with this rejection I got after landing my first and only interview, after doing these applications for 4 years, and working so many months at interview practice. I've been here before and know how some of you may feel, witnessing friends and fellow forum pre-meds getting in while being left behind, and I get it. But know this, you are all intelligent, wonderful people. You got an interview, Queen's believes in you too. We will work together next year to get those interviews, and finally, land a spot in a coveted acceptance. Cheers to the 2021's, and here is to the future 2022's, '23's, etc :).
  17. 13 points

    Dating Profiles

    I usually emphasise that I'm a surgeon and put at least one full line of dollar signs. /$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
  18. 13 points

    Queens MD Invites/Regrets 2018

    Time Stamp: Jan 31, 2:57 pm EST Result: Invite IP/OOP: IP cGPA: atrocious 2YGPA: 3.92-3.93 (I can't remember) MCAT: 128/128/128/130 (130 in soc/psych) ECs: Currently working as a public health dietitian in Northern Ontario, experience working as an RD in ICU and surgery. Completed one year of internship, from which I got experience along the whole spectrum of healthcare. Lots of leadership-related employment experience while I was in school, some volunteering. 1 pub. I did a second degree. This is my first and only interview after 3 years of applications. I've been pretty removed from the premed community in the last 1.5 years because on some level I had given up, but I'm ready to put my best foot forward and convince the admissions committee that my life and work experience are worth something.
  19. 13 points

    Queens MD Invites/Regrets 2018

    Result: Invite! Time Stamp: Jan 31. 2:57 PM Interview Date: TBD wGPA/cGPA: 3.97 Year: 4th year Undergrad MCAT: 518 (131/126/130/131) ECs: See previous posts Geography: IP Can't believe I finally got an interview here. It feels so fuckin good to finally feel rewarded after writing the MCAT 5 times over 4 of the past 5 summers. I'm also shocked that I'm sitting here with 3 interviews after spending my past 5 years telling myself Ottawa will be the only shot that I'll get.
  20. 13 points

    uOttawa Interview 2018 Discussion

    "I feel like I forgot to do something before closing the office"..
  21. 13 points

    Interview Invites & Regrets 2017/2018

    Invited! Anyone in Vancouver want to start prepping for interviews?
  22. 13 points

    Casper Guide

    Hi All, Soooo now that i got into medical school I really wanted to give back to the premed 101 community and share some of my experience with other people on this forum. I thought I would post a thread about how I prepared for my Casper test this year to answer some of your questions. I started roughly 2 months in advance 1) Read doing right... i read the whole thing and talked out-loud about the case studies in the books with friends/family 2) I would play with typing websites (i.e. typeracer) to speed up my typing 3) I bought Astroff practice tests and other practice tests and did about 8 of them... In my opinion this really helped me with timing and articulating my thoughts... I reviewed the tests and my answers with friends/ med students to get their feedback on what they thought 4) Prepare a document answering the following questions to help brainstorm for the personal stations Note: These questions are random things I came up with/ got from other resources... it is a good idea to just think about significant situations in your life where you learnt/ grew in some way... below are guiding questions: A time you dealt with conflict what are your strengths/ weaknesses a time you had a conflict with authority a time you collaborated effectively a time you lost your integrity a time you felt awkward future goals a time you demonstrated professionalism overcoming a difficult situation when you were unjustly criticized a time you took initiative were asked to do something that conflicted with your values a role model you have brainstorm about how you support others in difficult times a time you failed That is pretty much how I prepared.. I am open to answering as many questions as I can you can PM me or comment below Some useful links: Websites and Resources: Free practice test on this website: https://www.apetest.org/us/product/casper-sim-for-the-mind/?c=f64cca7c8fbc Casper sample questions: http://www.caspertest.com/casper-sample-questions/ http://bemoacademicconsulting.com/casperprep http://www.caspertest.com/casper-sample-questions/ Really good advice and link to practice tests: http://www.mockcasper.ca/casper-guide/ Bioethics link: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/eppp-archive/100/201/300/cdn_medical_association/cmaj/series/bioethic.htm Sample videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWfDgu8nIF0 http://www.medhopeful.com/archive/mcmaster-casper-2012-4-sample-videos-and-my-thoughts/
  23. 13 points

    GPA no longer considered (!!!!)

    UofT has one of the highest GPA (or wGPA) admission in Canada (3.96 in 2015). I can assure you that there are plenty of my classmates with GPA 4.0 with "superior experiences/communication skills/personality/etc" who are perfectly capable of "dealing with real people". There is no need to stereotype hardworking students with GPA 4.0 as bookworms who are deficient in social skills.
  24. 13 points
    point bleu du Saint Esprit mes chèr(e)s frères et soeurs. J'étais 7e sur la liste d'attente pour le paradis et le ptit Jésus m'a offert la clé de la porte pour 300$! Je vais faire un emprunt à Dieu parce que j'ai oublié mon portefeuille à la chapelle... Bonne chance à tous!!
  25. 13 points
    Si ça peut t'aider, j'ai vécu une situation similaire, je t'explique. Au cégep j'ai foiré ma technique avec 21 de CRC, un programme qui ne m'intéressait pas vraiment, car c'était le seul que je pouvais faire en santé sans mes cours de sciences de secondaire 5. Un des problèmes que j'avais était l'argent. J'ai trouvé un bon emploi dans un hôpital, et hop, par magie mes notes ont augmenté et mon anxiété a chuté. (Pyramide de Maslow tsé, quand le bas de la pyramide ne va pas bien, n'espère pas que le reste va bien aller comme par magie) Je suis retourné finir les cours de secondaire 5 en sciences puis sciences nat., j'ai adapté mon étude à ma condition : dyslexie : je passe Antidote à la moitié de ce que j'écris, même un message Facebook, dyscalculie : tutorat chaque semaine, un cours incluant des maths à la fois, ne pas forcer les choses). Pour le remboursement de l'AFE, ils me prenaient 100$ par mois dans mon compte, c'est pas siiii pire. Et si tu fais une session temps plein, le chrono recommence et tu as 6 mois APRÈS ta session comme délais, donc 6 mois sans devoir la rembourser. Ça peut peut-être d'aider, car si par exemple tu fais une session en informatique (ou génie informatique, ça doit donner une meilleure CRU), tu peux quitter à l'hiver et tu auras ton délai pour le remboursement de l'AFE, et du temps pour penser à ton avenir. Il y a aussi des programmes de remboursement différé, si tu es en situation précaire, tu devrais appeler. N'oublie pas que le cégep s'efface, MAIS PAS L'UNIVERSITÉ. Vaut mieux prendre du temps pour bien planifier que de faire un programme so so, et devoir faire deux bacs avant de faire ce qu'on aime. Il y a TOUJOURS des options qu'on a pas envisagées (du genre un DEC en informatique, avant le bac, comme ça tu vas voir si tu performes bien dans le domaine, tu penses à ton avenir, et tu accumules moins de dettes qu'à l'Université et tu appliques dans un choix plus éclairé l'an prochain), ou même faire une session en mathématiques, mais prendre des cours d'informatique seulement, car le bac en math à l'UdeM est vraiment bien coté, et changer pour informatique ou génie info à l'hiver tout en terminant tes préalables avec une admission conditionnelle. 8 ans après la fin du secondaire, une CRC de 21, de la dyslexie, dyscalculie, coulé deux fois philo, coulé algèbre deux fois, et many many more, j'ai ENFIN été admis dans un programme qui m'intéresse, en physio, so, si tu as déjà eu 35 de CRC au cégep, je suis pas mal certain que tu peux t'en sortir à merveille, il faut juste prendre le temps de respirer et ne pas prendre une décision précipitée, car l'université est vraiment difficile à effacer.