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  1. 6 points
    I understand the point of view that you are trying to portray. However, there are several factors you have omitted in your assessment that, in my opinion, point to luck playing a larger role than you are inferring. When applying to an ultra competitive specialty (re Ophtho, Plastics, Derm), getting your desired elective at a specific site is challenging. Often times, people will be unable to secure electives at certain schools despite applying several times (sending in an application right as the portal opens for that select week for every 2 week elective slot they have). This is completely random and not in your control. Furthermore, schools will infer interest in the program based on your elective set (which you may have limited ability to decide). Now in ultracompetitive schools, they will only interview you if you have done an elective at the school. Now let’s talk about preceptors. You can be a super star medical student but if you don’t work with the right people, this won’t mean a thing. What do you do if during your elective the PD took a 2 week vacation? What if none of your preceptors are part of the ADCOM? These are all things that influence your ability to match that you have no control over. Now you have submitted your application. Maybe the person reviewing your application doesn’t value your hobbies, research etc. Maybe they are in a bad mood when they read your application...etc The system we currently have has no objective measurements to compare students. We rely on subjective measurements that are easily influenceable by luck. We create an artificial rat race to try and select the ideal candidate, however I would argue that the criteria we use, often time have little to do with your ability to perform your job.
  2. 5 points

    What kind of applicant DOESN'T match?

    A BIG part of CARMS is just luck. You can be the most deserving, hardest working, skilled me student functionning at an R2 level, with first author papers, but if you are unlucky and someone doesn't like you for whatever reason, someone seemingly less competitive candidate will get that spot. Here are some real reasons some random candidate seeming less competitive or deserving might get that spot and not you: A family member knows the selection committee and they will get that spot and not you. Someone might find a candidate more attractive than you and might pick them over you. Someone else is more of a smooth talker than you. Someone has the same hobbies as the PD. The PD has a different personality and doesn't want you around. A nurse trash talked behind your back, or you got bullied by nurses. A resident blacklisted you and you will never even know it, and it might not even be a legit reason. There sure are things that you can do to max out your chances of getting unmatched. A few true examples (I have seen students or residents at some point doing a combination of things on this list): - never admitting your mistakes - lie - thinking that you know more than your residents or your staff - being arrogant - absolutely no sense of what your limits are - arrive late - repetitively show that you have absolutely no common sense - lazy and doesn't read the few things you ask them to - not polite - thinking you are somehow a superhuman and applying for only 1 uber competitive program like plastics or emergency medicine and thinking that you will get that spot, but not someone else - treating other people like shit (other med students, residents, nursing etc...) But honestly, most unmatched folks that I know don't fit with any of the above. They were: - unlucky - too many candidates for the number of spots - someone else had connections - someone else was more charming and was a better smooth talker - had a bad interview etc... At the end of the day, the entire CARMS process is a whole lot of BS. A lot of it is still luck Most unmatched candidates are just fine people. Your worth shouldn't be based on your CARMS match. You can only work hard, do your best, and hope the process doesn't screw you.
  3. 4 points
    Could not agree more with @JohnGrisham and @Aetherus To provide a different perspective to all the apparent doom and gloom: sometimes luck works in your favour too. I did an elective at a school that was not my desired location for an important, long, OOP 4 week slot. I didn't know anyone in the program or even have friends of friends who were in the city. There wasn't a schedule, and I was told to just pick a preceptor's clinic for the day...and repeat that for the whole month. I ended up getting along great with a guy who I later found out was the PD's fishing buddy. Another preceptor I randomly chose was subsequently named Head of Department. On my last day, one of the seniors pat me on the back and said, "looks like we'll be seeing you in january" (Whether that'll actually be true or not, I don't know, but I'll take it for now hahah) It is understandable to have anxiety when the stakes are so high and you've worked so hard. I never believed upper years when they told me how random this whole selection process is. But now that I'm here, staring down the carms deadline, all I can say is that it's true.
  4. 3 points
  5. 2 points

    Program Transfer

    Not matching in Quebec means defaulting into the 4 year GIM program. It is impossible to practice in Quebec with this, so if that had happened I would have become a GIM that worked somewhere else in Canada. All around that seemed pretty bad to me hence why I decided to back-up with something that I don't particularly want to do, but preferred when compared to the alternative outcome. Thanks for the info everyone and the support. It has been a very difficult few days so I appreciate it. Luckily my current IM PD seems to be quite knowledgeable about alternate routes I might be able to take to end up where I want to be one day. Whether it be attempting a transfer within Canada or applying to the US, I have a few options and I will do everything I can to pursue them.
  6. 2 points
    My comment was in response to the other user:Procrastinating which essentially asked "how do you get a preceptor to go to bat for you after only knowing your for 2 weeks".... and user:GH0ST responded with the list of things to do...and my response to them was "Most students already do that".....which my point was being, most students are eager, try hard, are pleasant - yet most people aren't having preceptors go out of their way to go to bat for them. The process is a crapshoot, and lots of luck with who you get and the circumstances surrounding your clinical rotation. Essentially, if you're already being a strong student and doing your best, and not showing those negative attributes - you're doing the right things! Still doesnt mean you will get someone to go to bat for you, or even get a strong letter of reference, but at least you did your due diligence and best you can, to at least optimize things from your own standpoint within your control. Rest is dumb luck.
  7. 2 points

    The slow decay of dentistry

    It confuses me to no end that there is bashing of ITDs and students that want to return to Canada after attending US/Australia/Irish/etc schools. If I wanted to become a dentist in Canada but couldn't get into a Canadian school, I would find other ways of achieving it (e.g. coming back after completing a dental degree elsewhere). If I were a dentist from a third world country and learned that one can earn a respectable income in the same profession, I would try to come to this country to benefit myself and my family. Don't hate the players, hate the game. Our enemy isn't those that become licensed in Canada to practice dentistry. Our enemy is the legislations that have allowed the saturation to occur in the first place. It would be in the best interest of everyone to find ways to minimize how many dentists get certified in Canada (https://ndeb-bned.ca/en/dental-programs/historical-pass-rates) It would be nice if they didn't accept dentists from other countries the country does not need any more than how many it produces internally. Unfortunately, immigration plays a major role in Canada's growth hence it is not necessarily a viable option.
  8. 2 points
    Hate to say it, but other than big intra-persona red flags; the process is mostly random. The biggest asset is having done a favorable rotation with staff active on the selection committee who will push for a given student when the final rank order decisions are made. The process is capricious.
  9. 1 point
    Your marks and MCAT are stellar as you probably know. The thing is that the 3 schools you applied to are relatively EC heavy, and those are subjective. I think you still have a good shot but no guarantees technically. If for whatever reason things don't go your way this year (although hopefully you don't cross this bridge), I would definitely recommend applying to more schools if you have the means/are eligible. Especially schools that would weigh your high total MCAT and cars more (McMaster, schools in the prairies, western, etc) Good luck!
  10. 1 point
    UBC has a strong preference for In-Province applicants, but UofT and Queen's definitely don't care and I don't think they even make a distinction between students from here or the US, except for your A and A+ counting as 4.0 in the US-scale, but OMSAS would convert your A to a 3.90 instead. But despite that, your GPA and MCAT are solid so you stand just as good a chance of getting invited as everyone else with those stats in Canada to UofT and Queen's! But honestly, only that much is known. Queen's is notorious for having really non-transparent admissions practices and seems to be very EC-based. Your GPA is a little bit on the lower side for UofT but I still think you're really competitive with decent ECs and research. That GPA from UPenn is great though! So I don't doubt you'll be getting into a first-tier school in the States anyway? Good luck!
  11. 1 point

    MMI/Panel practice (mostly Skype)

    I'm also interested. I've applied to similar places and have previously been interviewed to Ottawa.
  12. 1 point
    You can definitely get to the interview stage at a number of Canadian medical schools, where did you apply?
  13. 1 point
    I would suggest thinking about the interests you have and about pursuing those interests. The way your question reads makes me wonder if you're looking for something because it would look good on a cv.
  14. 1 point

    MMI/Panel practice (mostly Skype)

    I'm interested!
  15. 1 point

    OMSAS Transcripts

    I honestly have no idea I think the best thing would be to contact OMSAS directly, since you're in a pretty unique situation and I'm not sure if anyone here would be able to give you an informed/correct answer Fingers crossed that everything is okay!
  16. 1 point
    Some of them apparently(per 1 doc i chatted with) have decent facilities, of course no CT scan, but X-ray, decently stocked "operating room" for minor procedures or emergent cases for stabilizaton and helivac. haha. But yes, not for the faint of heart - though 50% of cases are solved with ORS and Gravol.
  17. 1 point
    Stuck in the middle of the ocean on a ship full of decrepit octogenarians and limited medical resources at hand. What could possibly go wrong?
  18. 1 point
    I did a fair amount of research a few months ago, and talked to 3 docs who did cruise ship medicine for 5-10 years earlier in their careers on big name ships. Definitely not that its all cracked out to be, good when you're young, single and want to travel around a lot. Not terrible from a monetary perspective, but definitely nothing like just practicing full-time FM. Just different, and different opportunities. Not lucrative, but an "experience" and adventure for some.
  19. 1 point


    I am around 6 + Years of experience with Data Analytics Especially with Oracle ERP analytics (ETL & Reporting). I would like to peruse a master's course(Part time) in Data science , Can you please suggest an apt program with UoT. Request you to please kindly share some insights which would be an apt program for me. I am currently employed in Toronto.
  20. 1 point

    Reference letters

    On the UBC website it states that 3 reference letters are required and typically include 1 academic, 1 professional, and 1 community service. Does anyone know how UBC would define community service? I am asking as I have not volunteered in a role that is obviously service to the community for an extended period of time (only one-off occasions), however I was a volunteer and president of a student club for 4 years and have done some work professionally that I would argue served the community. Any insights on who/what activities would count as community service? Thanks!
  21. 1 point

    Reference letters

    It’s a ‘service’ reference, which is not strictly from volunteering. They’re generally looking for someone who managed or supervised you who can comment on elements of your NAQ related to service to your community, e.g. altruism, service ethic, ability to work with others, relate to others, etc. It doesn’t have to be the classic unpaid pre-med volunteer role. It could be from a workplace or a community you’re very involved with (like a church), etc. A club could potentially work if it was very service oriented, but you may find it difficult to find a suitable referee if everyone else involved was just other students like yourself. If you use a workplace reference, you just have to be mindful that the same person cannot also give you a professional reference (which would need to focus on different qualities).
  22. 1 point
    Hey all, Pretty sure I'm just neurotic but: Does uAlberta verify every verifier? Because only about half my verifiers informed me that they had received a form. What happens if a verifier does not send in their form before the deadline? Do I get punished? Does uAlberta contact me and the verifier? Should I mass email all my verifiers to check their inboxes?
  23. 1 point
    Historically yes to 18-19 as an RC cutoff. My guess is scoring below 18 on any section puts you in hot water. Last year they changed their website to say they look at all sections instead of being more specific.
  24. 1 point
    Luck is a tiny bit overstated in this thread. Yes there is luck, but most luck factors can be controlled/mitigated, including reference letters and evaluations. The main one that you truly have no control over are the number of applicants to your specialty of choice in your year. The less you excel and the fewer skills you have, the more you leave exposed to luck. E.g. Someone with an excellent research background prior to medical school will be able to succeed in publishing some research if desired. Someone with no prior exposure at all will rely mostly on luck to find an opportunity and luck to succeed with the opportunity. The system isn't quite as black and white as that but it's a similar idea. Soft skills (communication, observation, adaptability, resilience, personality, etc.) are the most important in setting up opportunities for excelling and thereby reducing luck. I think the situation is controllable to the extent that an excellent applicant, even the most competitive specialties, will certainly match somewhere in the preferred discipline. I have not met many such exceptional applicants but the ones I've known have all matched to their first choice—there is a vast gap between them and average applicants in their respective specialties of choice. Just to be clear though, the opposite isn't true. Most unmatched applicants would make (or are) fine residents. Usually it was a combination of applying to match to a competitive specialty and not backing up that led them into that situation. The devastating part is that the system is unforgiving and going unmatched significantly decreases your future chances of matching; hopefully someone will finally improve the medical school-to-residency position ratio.
  25. 1 point
    I don't think admissions care about how you apply. I applied through UTDAS after checking out both portals. AADSAS is more complicated and expensive.
  26. 1 point

    Electives question

    All of the above is likely true, and each program is different unfortunately. Unless there's a specific rule against it from the electives office, I'd recommend contacting staff directly and introducing yourself. Usually staff in surgical specialties (at least the programs I know) volunteer to take medical students. If you have inside information, target someone who is active on the selection committee. Again, there are limited things in this process under your control. Even the staff may have no control over which medical student they get beyond saying they have 'availability for a medical student'. There are lots of territorial fights between clinical staff and admin here. If things don't/can't happen then I'd suggest accepting the things you cannot change. Sadly, residency selection isn't about keeping medical students happy. Or anyone happy as far as I can tell.
  27. 1 point

    MMI Prep

    hey! i was locked out of my original account (MCatt), so I just made a new one and unfortunately lost everyone who contacted me about prepping MMI's early There actually is a FB group, but it's not really active at the moment. It usually gets busy when interviews are out: https://www.facebook.com/groups/310025279516123/ I would be happy to start prepping now! pm'd you
  28. 1 point
    Funny enough I know someone from Ontario who got into UBC and McGill first round but didn't even get an interview at Western and was waitlisted at UofT lol
  29. 1 point

    Stethoscope Choice?

    Stethoscopes are already obsolete on the wards. By the time you enter residency and definitely by the time you finish residency ultrasound will likely become the new stethoscope.
  30. 1 point
  31. 1 point

    CASPer - TECT en ligne

    Premièrement, NE PAIE POUR AUCUN SERVICE DE """"COACHING"""" CASPER EN LIGNE. Ces services-là sont complètement inutiles (et chers) à mon avis, et même le fait de recevoir du feedback pourrait te nuire en plus, vu que des fois avec du feedback tu auras tendance à le suivre et perdras donc toute ton originalité!! Honnêtement, je crois que le test CASPER est fait pour que toute personne avec une capacité à raisonner (même average) puisse réussir - il suffit juste de montrer tes valeurs et de décortiquer toutes les situations en utilisant une approche qui respecte toutes les parties impliquées. En gros, si tu sais comment montrer que tu es une personne qui sait relever et explorer tous les points de vues possibles lors d'un dilemme éthique, c'est SÛR et CERTAIN que tu vas bien t'en sortir. Deuxièmement, cherche des sites de simulation CASPER gratuits (oui, y'en a) et pratique-toi souvent pour te familiariser avec le genre de questions qu'ils vont te poser et aussi pour améliorer ta vitesse de frappe. Un conseil que je peux te donner, c'est d'utiliser une méthode que j'appelle PPRDJ - donc : Problème (relever le problème PRINCIPAL, et quand je dis principal c'est vraiment le problème CENTRAL que tu dois relever) Points de vues (faire ressortir tout ce que chaque partie impliquée pense de la situation) Responsabilité (c'est quoi ton rôle dans le problème - ex: "en tant que coéquipier, ma responsabilité serait d'assurer que le travail est complété à temps, mais aussi d'assurer une relation harmonieuse entre les membres de mon équipe") Démarche (ce que tu vas faire pour réaliser ton objectif) Justification (pourquoi tu fais ça et non une autre action) Évidemment, tu n'auras PAS le temps de faire ça à chaque question. Dès que tu fais ça à la première des 3 questions, tu auras déjà répondu à 90% de la situation, et les autres questions consistent vraiment à dire tes propos personnels. Dans ces questions, POUSSE ta CRÉATIVITÉ au max, sois ORIGINAL, ils vont vraiment aimer ça. (source: j'ai fait ça et j'ai fini dans le top 15% des CASPER à McGill Med-P (pourtant je n'ai pas eu d'entrevue à cause de ma cote R et de mon CV), et j'ai été accepté directement en optométrie/pharmacie avec une cote average. now pourquoi j'ai pas été accepté en médecine? parce que les MEMs sont une completely different beast comparativement au Casper :'>)
  32. 1 point
    Just a heads up so that you have a date to look forward to, the averages were shown on the website around Nov 15th last year.
  33. 1 point

    First Year GPA

    You've got lots of time to improve GPA still, don't sweat this too much! Work on identifying your weaknesses and how to improve them for next semester. And remember there's more to application than just GPA, e.g., volunteering, research, extra curriculars, letters of references, MCAT etc. There's some good advice here on how to handle low GPA for med school - read the part for "after first year". although 3.9+ doesn't sound low to me lol i think you're ok
  34. 1 point

    First Year GPA

    I wouldn't worry too much yet, buddy You're in your first year and there is still plenty of time to "fix" your GPA. With that said, with the except of UofT with their astronomical wGPA, and McMaster with their low cGPA, most other Ontarian schools either look at your best two years (Western), your most recent 3 with weighting for latter years (Ottawa), or your most recent 2 (Queen's looks at both cGPA or 2YGPA, depending which is higher). And even with UofT, as long as you maintain full course load for all your undergrad years, you qualify for wGPA that drops your lowest FCE per year, which is part of the reason their average GPA is so high. I'd focus on gaining ECs and studying for the MCAT, rather than worrying about GPA if I were you.
  35. 1 point

    DAT Manual Dexterity Test

    No worries:) If you have any questions, don't hesitate!
  36. 1 point
    Sure. I'll make a few disclaimers. First, my view is through the lens of orthopaedics which may not be universally applicable. I'll also put in the caveat that I'm trying to be practical and not trying to impugn my training. I'm grateful for my opportunities. BUT my career path had a practical back-up plan. If that had not happened I'm not sure where I'd be now. I find it scary and somewhat problematic that the potential of a dead-end career after training in Canada was never frankly discussed when I was initially planning my career path or during residency when the market failed to improve. Surgical teaching staff generally act as though the relationship they have with residents is mostly educational with optional mentorship aspects. If the teaching staff were acting altruistically towards the latter ideal, training spots in fields with scarce job opportunities would be closed until the market changed as mentoring someone towards harm is ethically unacceptable. It's really not that hard to look five years down the road. To be fair, training spots in ortho have decreased but obviously no where near the level they should. Arguably, there's a freedom of personal choice involved where teaching staff simply fill trainees wish to learn and future extra-academic difficulties are irrelevant to the passing on of knowledge and skill. I'd buy that if there was no financial incentive and at least an open acknowledgement of the inherent risks but there is neither of those things. In actual fact, the relationship has a strong indirect (and sometimes direct) financial aspect as staff benefit economically through ward, clinic, and call coverage. There is absolutely no way a single provider will get through an 100+ patient clinic day without resident support. There is also secondary benefit to the university to keep residency spots filled to secure provincial funding. Given these competing pressures, it's very easy to see which priority has won out. I think that at very least, well meaning career advice from our mentors should come with a disclaimer. If I benefit financially from using a certain implant that's something I ethically have to disclose. How is this different? Saying "orthopaedics is great!" has a different tone when its followed by "WARNING I will profit off of your underpaid/unpaid labour for the next five years after which I have no further obligation to ensure the marketability of the skill set I'm offering you as compensation and all further risk is solely borne by you the trainee"
  37. 1 point

    Non-traditional Applicant

    Pharmacy has been good to me , but it’s incredibly tough . I own a pharmacy and I was a manager of a very busy pharmacy . I am satisfied at the life it has given me, I don’t worry about bills I guess . I want to leave pharmacy because I practiced to the limits of pharmacy as a profession, and I am not satisfied with the limits. I spent my entire pharmacy career working in a small rural town 3 hours from Toronto . This town has a severe shortage of physicians . As a pharmacist I would do everything I could to mitigate the fact that these individuals had no physicians including bringing in telemedicine clinics , occasional NP, I even created a online blog which I used to educate patients about various medical topics. After a while I began to loathe the fact that I had to always think of techniques to go around the fact that I was not a physician. To see your patients that you know personally suffer while you stand idly by is horrible . To know that you are standing literally in front of a wall of medications that could probably help with their problem is the worst feeling in the world. I am considering applying to become a physician because I am tired of the barrier that exists in front of caring for my patients. Becoming a physician I will finally be able to actually act on what I am thinking. If you are considering pharmacy , know that it’s not a bad profession, but it’s full of extremes. It’s nice in that you can disrespect your profession, and work for some big company, mindlessly filling prescriptions. You might be happy because you will go home each day, and forget about all the decisions you’ve made. At the same time you can respect the profession, and put everything you can into it, and you’ll suffer, but you’ll make a difference. *Sorry for the bolded text, I tried posting this several times but the forum kept crashing, i had to copy and paste the reply from google docs.
  38. 1 point

    MDCM 2020 Application

    As my username suggests third time was the charm for me too and the average number of applications is 2.5 for most people so you are not alone. Try and keep the faith!
  39. 1 point

    Changing OMSAS ID on CASPer

    I wrote the CASPer last year and I applied to write it again this year, only this time my OMSAS ID is different and I can't seem to change the OMSAS ID on the account I created last year. Do I have to create a new CASPer account with a new OMSAS ID?
  40. 1 point

    Changing OMSAS ID on CASPer

    I messaged them about this earlier this month and they said to send them a message through the chat button on the lower right side. Include your new OMSAS id and they can take care of it!
  41. 1 point

    Federal Election 2019

    I don't know who called you trash but it wasn't me. This is a sensitive topic for me because I've seen so many people adversely affected by conservative policies that I've lost my patience. Economic opportunism does not absolve you of your responsibility in bringing into power people who will do serious harm if elected.
  42. 1 point

    Federal Election 2019

    What you're essentially saying is you're ok with making the lives of minorities a living hell as long as you get your tax cuts. That doesn't make you any better in my eyes.
  43. 1 point


    There's no answer here because you need to integrate both to fully understand the material. To get 95+ you need: 1. A conducive marking scheme. Most of my A+s are in non-lab courses with MC tests AND high participation marks. There's a reason for this. There are courses where it is simply impossible (or not worth the time investment) to get and stay in the upper 90s. 2. An aptitude for the material. My A+ courses follow a pattern that mirrors my academic interests/strengths. If you are already knowledgeable about the area/love it it's easier to learn quickly. Some courses I didn't really "learn" anything since it matched pre-existing knowledge bases. Find those courses. Take those courses. Convert them to A+s. 3. Balancing courses. If you take 5 hard Science courses at once life is going to be rough. Space out tough courses, mix in courses you like/find easier. I have yet to encounter a course in my (non-Science) minor I have not enjoyed/been in the mid 90s. Find your passion and pursue it. 4. It's not about time, it's about how you use the time. The semester I had 20 hours a week to study, on average (including time to do labs/projects/essays) I had higher grades than in first year when I had 40 hours a week... and wasted at least half of them. I sometimes joke to first years I'm tutoring not to worry about grades, being a senior student is worth a GPA bump just for knowing how University works. Ultimately though, individual differences will exist in the time needed, we're all different. There is no one size solution. I'm a fast reader, that made it easier. When I tutor students with some learning disabilities I need to slow everything down so they grasp the content (To be clear, I'm not saying you are anyone else has a learning disability because they take longer, just a point of comparison to point out individual differences. They're not bad students, they just need more time to read than I do. That doesn't make me better or them worse. ). Some people need more time, others can get away with less. It's HEAVILY dependent on knowing the course, Prof's testing style, luck, generous marking schemes. Personally, I can't study for more than 3 hours without getting angsty and wanting to go run. So I built an MCAT schedule where I studied for 3 hours, ran, ate lunch, studied for 3 hours, ran again. Know yourself, and remember GPA>ECs. One of those is way more fixable than the other.
  44. 1 point
    Salut, pour ma part j'ai fais la mineure en arts et sciences, et c'est la meilleure décision que j'ai prise de toute ma vie! Je t'explique pourquoi!! Et mon background pour bien comprendre. En sortant du cégep, j'avais 32,7 de cote r. Je voulais aller être admise soit au bac en physio ou au doctorat en optométrie. Impossible avec cette cote. J'ai été voir une orienteure qui m'a ensuite dit, choisit toi un bon plan B, genre un bac en biomédical ou en biologie comme ça si tu n'es pas prise les années suivantes, tu termineras tout de même avec un diplome entre les mains qui te servira a qqch! C'est vrai, mais ce qu'il faut savoir c qu'il faut vraiment avoir des notes de FEU tout au long de ton bac si on veut espérer être prit dans un de ses programme (opto ou physio, surtout opto). Donc, si malgré tous mes efforts je ne réussi pas à me démarquer suffisamment de la moyenne dans ses bac, c'est un échec assuré pour rentrer dans mon programme de rêve. (Pour te donner une idée, j'ai une amie qui a fait un bac complet en sciences biomédical, elle a terminé avec 4/4,3 et elle a réussit à rentrer en opto, mais c'était la dernière à rentrer dans le programme cette année là!! Imagine 4/4,3 en biomed et il faut que tu pries les 4 dieux pour rentrer... pourtant c'est excellent comme note!! ) Personnellement je sais que je suis le genre de personne à devoir étudier bcp pour réussir, alors ce genre de bac m'assurait pratiquement une défaite avec tous les labos à rédiger et la difficulté assez élevée des cours. L'orienteure m'a donc proposé une autre alternative! Elle m'a dit, «Ok, si tu penses ne pas réussir dans un de ses bac à te démarquer, il y a aussi l'option de la mineure en arts et sciences. Par contre ce que tu dois savoir avant tout c'est que chaque université évalue différemment les dossiers qu'ils reçoivent. Donc, quand tu décides de prendre le programme Mineure arts et sciences dans le but d'augmenter tes notes, il faut que tu le fasse en te disant que ton dossier scolaire sera bien vu aux yeux de l'université de montréal, mais pas aux yeux de l'université de Laval par exemple. Pourquoi? Pcq l'udem accorde moins d'importance à l'indice de force de ton programme que les autres universités et plus d'importance à ton écart entre toi et la moyenne de ton programme. (ce n'est pas le cas de ulaval pour qui le programme mineure arts et sciences est TRÈS mal côté).» Donc si tu penses ne pas appliquer ailleurs qu'à l'udem la mineure en arts et sciences peut être géniale pour augmenter tes notes, à la condition que tu aies des SUPERBES bonnes notes (genre A+, A c'est le minimum metton). Mais ce qui est intéressant dans la mineure c'est que tu peux choisir des cours ULTRA ULTRA faciles! Donc oui tu dois avoir du A+ pour compenser l'indice de force plus faible que les autres programme (qui je le rappel, est moins prit en compte à l'udem qu'aux autres uni) mais dans des cours que TU auras choisis selon TES forces, donc bcp bcp plus facile de torcher!!! Pour te donner une idée, j'ai fais 9 cours durant cette année de mineure en arts et sciences (et chaque cours valait 3 crédits). J'ai eu A+ à chacun de mes cours sans trop de difficulté (j'ai étudié beaucoup oui, mais honnêtement comme c'était des cours de par coeur, tu apprends les diapos et A+ assuré!!) J'ai trouvé cette année de mineure arts et sciences bcp plus facile que mon sciences de la nature au cégep et j'ai eu que des A+. D'ailleurs un autre avantage de la mineure c'est que comme tu peux choisir ton horaire et tes cours, rien ne t'empêche d'aller regarder sur Rate my Teacher voir tes profs ont l'air de quoi! Je choisissais quasiment mes cours en fonction de si le prof semblait correct ou hyper sévère!! Mais si tu choisi ce programme, ne tombe pas dans le piège de choisir des cours de bio ou de chimie en te disant qu'ils pourraient peut-être t'être crédités dans ton futur programme, pcq même si c'est des cours intéressants, c'est des cours bcp plus durs!! Aussi, un autre truc c'est d'assister à plus de cours que ceux auxquels tu es inscrits à la première semaine, comme ca si tu réalises dans le premier cours que le genre d'enseignement que le prof donne ne te conviens pas ou que les travaux à faire semblent trop lourds ou que c'est simplement pas un cours qui t'intéresse du tout et bien tu peux te désinscrire à ce cours et en choisir un autre ensuite qui te conviens plus et dans lequel tu te sens confiant d'avoir 90% et +. Personnellement, j'avais choisi des cours de psychologie, de criminologie, de victimologie et psychoéducation... tu vois le genre de cours... Par coeur à fond, mais si tu étudies, BONJOUR LES A+++. Bref, avec seulement 5 cours de la mineure en arts et sciences considérés dans ma prochaine admission (car seulement la session d'automne est considéré pour l'admission à l'année suivante), mon dossier est monté de 32,7 à minimum 34,4 , car j'ai été accepté au bac en physio à l'udem l'automne suivant sans même avoir été sur la liste d'attente (et la dernière personne acceptée dans mon année avait 34,4) j'ai donc peut-être facilement 34,7 et +. *Il faut considéré aussi dans cette cote le boni de 0,5 que j'avais étant donné que j'avais fais 15 crédits à l'udem, mais si vous faites comme moi vous l'aurez aussi!! C'est donc une tres grosse augmentation de cote!! (Mais comme je l'expliquais plus tôt, votre dossier sera mal vu aux yeux des autres universités, pcq cette meme année j'avais fais une demande en physio à ulaval, et malgré mes A+ j'étais 5e sur la liste d'attente [et savez vous quoi, la dernière personne admise en physio l'année d'avant à ulaval était de 30,4, donc mes A+ en mineure arts et sciences avait diminués de bcp la valeur de mon dossier à ulaval, il est passé de 32,7 à peut-être 30,6 environ, de la l'importance de ne pas choisir mineure arts et sciences si vous voulez appliquer dans d'autres universités, car l'indice de force de ce programme est dans les pires pour les autres universités]. Ensuite, du a un choix personnel, j'ai décidé que le programme de physiothérapie n'était pas fait pour moi donc 2 semaines apres le début du programme, j'ai abandonné! Je voulais me réessayer pour le doctorat en optométrie pour l'automne 2019. Donc dans ma demande pour l'automne 2019, mon dossier universitaire comptait maintenant 9 cours de mineure (3 crédits chacun) + la balance de ma cote du cégep de 32,7 + 0,5 (boni de l'udem). Et savez-vous quoi, j'ai été admiseeee!! Encore une fois sans être sur la liste d'attente! Prenez en compte que pour rentrer en opto il faut avoir encore un meilleur dossier que en physio, car il y a également le CASper à passer, donc avec un CASper dans la moyenne, il faut avoir minimum pt 35-35,5 de cote! Alors en résumé, en un an de mineure arts et sciences (9 cours à A+) , j'ai augmenté d'environ 2,8 de cote (35,5-32,7 = 2,8). et j'ai pu rentrer dans mon programme de rêve. Si vous comparez ca à mon amie qui a fait un bac complet en sciences biomédicale (donc ultra difficile) avec 4/4,3 (A) comme moyenne cumulative finale et qui est rentrer en opto en étant la dernière admise, je crois que la mineure en arts et sciences est plus qu'une bonne option à considérer!! Voilà, je voulais partagez mon parcours sur ce forum, parce que je sais que c'est tellement difficile d'être admis dans des programmes contingentés que si un parcours peut permettre plus facilement d'y arriver, je crois qu'il vaut la peine d'être partagé!! Je vous souhaite à tous d'accéder à vos rêves! Bonne chance à tous!
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    Anyone want to revive this thread?
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    Result: Regrets Time Stamp: 9:00 am Interview Date: N/A wGPA: 3.97 (last two years of undergrad) Year: finishing masters at harvard MCAT: 509 (128/126/128/127) <- probably the issue ECs: executive on same clubs for 4 years, president of 2 clubs, founded not for profit, 1 first author publication and 1 co-authorship under journal review, work study research position in undergrad, various other miscellaneous activities in student society and clubs, I think I had strong referees? (had Rhodes interview based on them so don’t really think it could’ve been an issue with the letters...) Geography: Ontario Ive never posted on forums before because I really struggle with imposter syndrome and am super self conscious comparing myself against all the amazing candidates here. However, since Queens makes the application process extra difficult by not posting any statistics/criteria I thought I would contribute in case it could help someone. I also just wanted to say that I have a few friends that didn’t get any interviews for 2 years in a row and then managed to gain admission to multiple medical schools in their 3rd attempt. A lot of these admission processes can be quite flawed and may take students that may not make the best doctors while missing out on those that would. Even this year I know of someone who received an interview invite who not only failed a class due to a breach of academic integrity but also obtained a few publications in their name because their uncle was a surgeon. I’ve personally found it difficult to reconcile feeling like I’m not good enough in the face of knowing of cases like this. At the end of the day though what keeps me going is that (hopefully) hard work will pay off and things will work out for the best. I hope we can all take invites and rejections with a grain of salt, and continue to be kind to ourselves during this process. Wish you all the best :)
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    Challenges of Family Medicine

    Well, that entirely depends upon your practice. A good chunk of my patients I would consider to be not healthy. Obesity and obesity-related conditions plague the general population. I can agree with you though that most of my patients are of minimal acuity, i.e., they are not on the verge of serious complications and death at that instant in time, but I still see 10-20 patients a week I would consider high acuity, and many patients who are just a Big Mac away from an MI. Physical procedures I am not entirely sure what you mean, but I still do a lot of procedures such as intra-articular injections, suturing, biopsies, wedge resections, and cautery. You have to recognise murmurs and pathological lung sounds, sure, but you don't necessarily need to know what specific disease entity correlates with a particular abnormal finding. If you can recognise that something is abnormal, then read up on what it could be or talk to a colleague. You have lots of tools, such as imaging, lab tests, or specialists to narrow down the specific diagnosis, but by the time you are done residency you should know when a finding is bad and warrants further investigation and when a finding is innocuous or inconsequential. You could refer them to a specialist, but like I said above you also have other things at your disposal such as imaging or other tests. An abnormal heart sound could always be checked with an echo or an ECG. A skin lesion can always be sent for a biopsy. These are things that you can do as a family physician and residency programs should be training you to be relatively autonomous within the scope of family medicine. It is important to recognise the limits of your knowledge and there's no shame in that, but I would say I am comfortable handling 95% of what comes through my office without needing to refer to a specialist. This can be challenging and not always obvious, that's true. I had an elderly patient once who came in with vague bilateral calf pain after hiking a few days prior, thought it was muscle strain, but ordered a d-dimer anyway because he had a prior history of clots. His Well's score was low. A few hours later he ended up in the ER with a PE. Seems like he did have a clot in one of his legs whereas the other leg was just a muscle strain. Sometimes you just can't know what is truly high acuity, but residency programs in family medicine do train you to recognise obvious high emergency situations. I still look things up a lot. I can't possibly know what to treat with for a guy who drank a bunch of dirty water in Nicaragua and ended up with a Blastocystis hominis infection. I mean, I know now, but for the most part my patients have appreciated after I told them I need to research more about their condition, or more about how to properly manage their kid's catch-up schedule for vaccines, than trying to fake knowledge you don't have, which is both dangerous and unethical.
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    Advice regarding bipolar diagnosis

    i would probably leave medicine tbh...
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    Advice regarding bipolar diagnosis

    With all due respect, if you're letting that diagnosis limit you and drastically alter your career aspirations like that, then I'm not sure you're suitable for Family Medicine either.
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