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  1. 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
  2. 25 points
    TIME STAMP: 9:00AM Result: Admitted with Condition (MDCM) cGPA: 3.80, pre-reqGPA: 3.4 MCAT: Not submitted ECs: Lots. Year: B.Sc. + B. Sc. + M. Sc. Interview preparation : Did 0 preparation. Not a single book. Nothing. Post-interview feeling right after : I had no regrets and I was proud. That was enough for me. Post-interview feeling weeks after : You start to question everything. That's normal. Let it go. Attempt : Fourth attempt IP/OOP/International: IP I never thought I would ever post on here. I was already enrolled for next semester to re-take my pre-requesites and I had paid the tuition for it. I had accepted that I would be refused. It is very hard to summarize a 10 years long journey in a few sentences. I could write a book about my journey, my feelings and my doubts. If I had to give advice to a future applicant, here is what I would say : Before getting accepted, try to accept the idea that it might never happen. Define yourself beyond your medical path. Don't do things because they would look good on a C.V. Live your life. Take every extra year as an opportunity to grow your life. Don't see it as an extra year of suffering and waiting. When you get accepted, everything makes sense. Every doubt you had suddenly turns into sparks of hope. It is very hard to describe. After you get accepted, life feels lighter but you realize that it's another journey that starts. I wish I could explain myself but I had the worst odds against me and I made it. Not because I am unique. Because I was lucky. I truly believe I am. Therefore, if it is your dream, follow your heart and never give up. Never give up. Never ever give up.
  3. 23 points

    Unfilled carms spots

    People obsess over what electives they took, and how many specialties they can apply to, with who they are doing research etc. and how it all gets interpreted by the selection committee. All of these factors are absolutely dwarfed by the monstrous magnitude of one singular factor: that is, someone on the selection committee really liking you. You could have done 20 weeks of psych, and 2 weeks of plastics, and if you have one guy on the plastics selection committee that will go on the bat for you, not only are you guaranteed an interview, but you have a higher chance of matching to plastic than someone who has done 10 publications in the field. I have seen this scenario over and over- if you don't believe me, ask the residents in each competitive specialty what they did in their third and fourth year. How do they get to like you, and be your champion? It helps if have someone on the inside who is a family member, or buddy of your mom or dad, or someone that lives in your own hood, or has early male pattern baldness like yourself, or finds you sexually attractive, or likes that you are ugly so you don't threaten their self-esteem, or maybe plays the trumpet like you, likes the sound of your voice, likes that you talk a lot, or likes that you don't, etc. etc. etc., and a million other unmodifiable factors that are pure luck and circumstance. I'm telling you this because I have personally been on both sides of this. A selection member of a surgical specialty asked me to apply and told me point blank I would rank me top 3, and I had done nothing but be a friend of a friend. For fuck's sake, my suturing skills were poorer than the psychiatry gunner on rotation with me. (I didn't want to do that specialty so I didn't apply). Another PD point blank told me she would not write me a letter of reference, after I was basically running half her clinic independently and demonstrated I could manage her patients at an R2 level. Why? She could not even remember my name when I asked for the letter. Another selection member wrote me a glowing letter that got me an interview at the country's most competitive program for that specialty, but I didn't even get an interview at my own home university. Why? Because on the first day we talked about our love of indie music, and didn't stop talking about it for next 4 weeks. On one of the interviews, the interviewers sounded shocked I had actually done an elective with them just three months prior. They had no recollection of me whatsoever. That program was my number 1 rank. I didn't match to it, but my classmate who had it as one of his bottom choices, matched to it. At the end I matched to my second choice program, but had not even done an elective there. And you can guess why I got in. This is why you have to hedge your bets, and pay attention to the stats. If you apply to FM, Internal, and Psych, across the country, you are guaranteed a match. Based on the stats, it is nearly impossible not to match - short of showing up naked at the interviews. But if you are applying to Derm/Plastics/Emerg, etc, you better do a very realistic appraisal of yourself: do you have someone to be your champion on the inside? No amount of studying, elective time, volunteer call hours, and publications will make up for this. If you bust your ass, maybe you can make it to the interview. But from those 30 they are interviewing for the 1 spot, they will pick the one they like in their gut over the forgettable contender, no matter if the latter can clinically perform at a level of an R2. Which brings me to my last point, if you are an MSI1/MSI2/MSI3 reading this, find a back-up and learn to LOVE it. Better yet, stop calling it back-up. It is your parallel plan. How on earth do people do 4 years of med-school, and decided at the end of it, they rather risk going unmatched than do something like FM or IM? It is all a matter of finding a charismatic mentor in any field to convince you that at the end, the work becomes the same crap - the impact and meaning is what you bring into it, not the speciality. It is idiotic for a urology gunner to think 10 years from now, doing their billionth DRE in a row of their 70th patient of the day is somehow more glamorous than consulting a mother who just got the news that they son has autism. It is all medicine.
  4. 19 points
    Ottawa gonna drop these emails January 32nd
  5. 18 points
    Ok sorry for this long post but I had to share my thoughts to all current and future applicants that are facing disappointment. Everything written here is based on my humble opinion. If it can help one person, than I have achieved my goal. Introduction Since decision came out, a lot of amazing candidates learned that they were rejected. They may feel emptiness, doubts or sadness, thinking that their efforts were wasted. They may feel that even after re-doing basic sciences, reading books and working hard, it wasn't enough. I am just writing this post to let you know that we all go through that feeling. You are human and it is normal to feel that way. What I did in the process, is write letters to myself. I never wanted to forget how I felt because it would help me later on in life. I was questioning if writing a post about this was a good idea. I am no one. And I like motivation but would hate to sound like a cheap version of Anthony Robbins. About me I got in this year at my fourth trial. I was granted a single interview and rejected everywhere else. It was my first interview. I am not different form all of you and I got in. I am a normal student. I am not smart. I just try my best and try to forget about the rest. You're more than a medical school acceptance or rejection Challenges come along all the time, may they be medical or not. Resilience, persistence and dedication are traits that can be developed. In my case, I was trying to become a better person. I improved myself and that could have been useful in every circumstance. Had I decided to go into healthcare management, financial services, etc. Sure, rejections letter meant I wasn't fit for medical school. But no one could take away the skills I had developed and the experiences I gained. The best way to prevent regrets is to give your best today For me, there are 2 types of rejections : Rejected while knowing I did not do my best : leads to regrets Rejected while knowing that I did my best: no regrets at all This year, I was ready for the second type of rejection. So all I can tell you guys is : just do your best. If you truly give everything you have, then you can be proud and happy. Control what you can control. The increasing competition and the decreased amount of seats : you can't control at all. Your GPA, your MCAT score, your pre-req scores : all in your hands. You can still change your mind and that is not a failure I think that medicine is not for everyone. Some amazing potential doctors become public health researchers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, etc. And they leave a trace on our society that exceeds what most doctors did. Don't give up because they refused to give you a spot. BUT accept that there there are other ways to make an impact. If you decide to move on because you discover another passion : it is fine and you should be proud. It is not a failure. It is a decision. We can have more than one passion in life. It's not a one size fits all world. Just be sure you are making that decision because you want to : not because a letter forced you to. Everything you are feeling is normal and we all felt i So I said earlier that I used to write letters to myself when I was tired. It is very personal but here is one that I wrote about a month ago. I wrote it after the interviews when I was reading about the statistics. Let's just say the numbers are not very encouraging. Just to show you that you are not alone in this. I'm not even making that up. Just try to be the best version of yourself Remember that everyone that got in, every current resident and practicing physician, everyone encountered obstacles. That is also true for plumbers, janitors, lawyers, cashiers and engineers. It is part of life. Don't try to become a better doctor thinking it will make you a better person. Do your best, be the best version of yourself regardless of medical school. THAT will make you a better doctor. Good luck to all !
  6. 18 points
    Hey guys. This is Ana Safavi, the resident referred to in the articles. I did used to post here under a different username, but right before I went public, I sort of panicked and asked to be perma-banned from the forums in order to delete my entire post history. I don't think you can un-perma-ban a user, so here I am under a new profile. Oh well. I debated whether or not to post in this thread. Initially I stayed off premed 101, because I didn't want people to feel inhibited from discussing my case freely amongst themselves, for fear of offending me or something like that. Please don't worry about hurting my feelings -- trust me, I have been called way worse in the comment sections of the Sudbury Star and National Post by now. I wouldn't have gone public if I didn't have a thick skin, and I want people to feel like they can criticize me in this thread if they want. The reason I am posting in this thread is because I want people to know that I am available to help anyone else going through something similar. Medical student or resident. Male or female. Harassed -- sexually or otherwise. Unfairly targeted, discredited, silenced, or maligned by your institution. Whether you want advice, referrals to (non-shitty) lawyers, or just want to vent to somebody who gets it, I'm here and happy to help in any way that I can. I have learned so much over the past two years about how to navigate the system and protect yourself as a learner trapped in a broken, corrupt system, and I feel obligated to pass on that knowledge to anyone else who can benefit from that hard-earned insight. And my schedule is wide open right now. If you are afraid to put your thoughts in writing, my cell phone number is 519-859-9334. Text me anytime. Or you can add me on whatsapp. Just please no unsolicited d*ck pics (unintentional side effect of going public, I have recently learned). Btw, feel free to ask me questions. Don't worry about prying -- if I can't answer something for legal reasons, I'll let you know. The articles are a bit confusing, and some of my actions may seem somewhat illogical as a result. I will do my best to clarify things (like why I haven't released the name of my sexual harasser). You can also ask me personal questions if you like (what it felt like being sexually harassed, how to cope with something like that, etc). I will let you know if I don't want to answer and I promise not to be offended that you asked. Finally, if people want to discuss what it's like from the accused person's perspective (issues of due process, etc) I have some insight to offer as well there. After all, I was unfairly accused and punished by NOSM for making so-called 'unfounded accusations' after a one-sided investigation done without my knowledge, so while I am a victim here, I do have sympathy for the other side of the issue as well. Due process is paramount, and should never be sacrificed out of expediency.
  7. 18 points
    I feel like I’m on a never ending roller coaster today, I got all the kinds of butterflies
  8. 17 points
    Time Stamp: April 12, 2:00PM With tears in my eyes... ACCEPTED!!!!!!!! (OOP WL) GPA: 3.9 MCAT: 515 Essay: I tried my hardest on this section bc im not very confident in my essay writing but ended up having to rush it more than I thought I would have to due to work. Weakest section by far really recommend taking extra time on this!! ECs: Research for a couple of years in Biology and Humanities (no pubs but impact was significant curriculum changes to 2 large uni courses), curriculum design assistant (published 2 interactive books), digital media assistant (mostly videography), undergrad TA for 2 terms,1300+ hrs of paid mentorship and tutoring, Crohns/Colitis volunteer, some unique placement experiences, cofounder of a startup. Interview: First interview of my life so I had a lot of trouble sleeping the night before. I felt like most of the sections were okay, 2 stations I felt really good on, but there was a station I completely bombed because I didnt read the prompt correctly and there wasn't enough time to save it. My total score was 77.63 I am a non-trad applicant and ive worked through so many failures and uncertainties its hard to describe how amazing this feels. I was put on academic probation after first year because I couldn't handle this idea of trying to out-compete my peers, the anxiety was too much and I was too scared to reach out for help. It took a break from uni for 1.5 years for me to be able to face my fears and accept being vulnerable/reaching out for help. I told myself that if this didn't happen for me this year, I would have to start pursuing a realistic backup. At a time where my family has been struggling, being able to call my momma and update her with this is unbelievable. This process almost feels like its designed to test your constitution constantly, I can't tell you how many times I nearly gave up. Don't let the process make you forget your own intrinsic value in this world, we all mean so much more than an application!!!
  9. 16 points
  10. 15 points

    Countdown to decisions [doomsday]

    I am in the MDCM/PhD pool, but I got my acceptance today! Good luck to all!
  11. 14 points
    It is most certainly a possible option to still get your choice next year. You will hear many things. Some physicians will tell you that going unmatched in this new era means nothing, they don't care about it due to the current issues. Some older physicians will tell you however that you are damaged goods. It hurts. You will also realize however when talking to alot of these physicians that they have really no idea how the new match system works or how you should rank programs. I had many people tell me not to waste my time with my top choice this year, Radiology, as it was too competitive. If you truly know how the match works you know that ranking long shots above realistic expectations WILL NOT HURT YOU. I'm glad I did not listen and tried to not get discouraged as I matched to Radiology this year. Your biggest support will be a mentor in the field, if you don't already have one find one quick, preferably at your home school. I also heard alot that I should just "settle" and do Family medicine, the funny thing is that I received zero interviews as I applied across the country for Family. Family is a great choice but I knew I wouldn't be happy doing it and no one wanted me for it. Despite references and electives in family the climate for the match has changed, it's a different world and it's alot about luck and who you know. It's an unfortunate situation. Please keep your head up high, it will be the worst year but you'll get through it. Now that I've matched my wife and I plan to do some advocacy work. No one wants to rock the boat while waiting to match the next year, don't. Hopefully those of us that matched after not and our colleagues can push for the change that's needed. For reference, my school offered minimal support so I could not do electives. I continued working with a mentor in research, attempted to do a Masters which funding flopped on and needed to support my wife and kids. You will have the worst time getting a job as an MD. I eventually found employment but they threatened to fire me if I went to residency interviews... I quit. I'm very happy now but still looking for ways to make some money until July. Sold my car, left our rental to live with family. LOC maxed. It's been a heck of a year. Lean on family and friends for support. Good luck and God Bless.
  12. 13 points

    2018 UofT Interview Video

  13. 13 points

    uOttawa Interview 2018 Discussion

  14. 13 points

    uOttawa Interview 2018 Discussion

    Well that post-interview survey email just gave me a heart attack
  15. 13 points

    Dating Profiles

    I usually emphasise that I'm a surgeon and put at least one full line of dollar signs. /$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 13 points

    uOttawa Interview 2018 Discussion

    "I feel like I forgot to do something before closing the office"..
  19. 12 points
    Posting for the first time hopefully to give others hope, particularly OOP's with underwhelming stats. I know that this may not be a perfectly representative sample of all applicants, but I've checked this website for a long time and have often been overwhelmed by the stats of others. TIME STAMP: Mon Mar 26th @ 10:09pm (Checked Minerva for the first time around 12:30 and it was up) Result: Accepted Region: OOP Year: Graduated Masters in 2016, Undergrad in 2014 cGPA: 3.87, pre-reqGPA: 3.86 MCAT: 510 (125/127/127/131) - Again pretty underwhelming but I contacted the admissions office directly and they from what they said submitting your MCAT can only help you. For post interview (80% MMI, 20% prereq) if you submit your MCAT they calculate your prereq score using 1) just your courses and 2) using courses and MCAT at 50:50 (their words). They then take the higher of the two. Unless your MCAT is atrocious I can't see why submitting it would hurt. ECs: I've always tried to do things I loved and not for the sake of boosting my resume. Not criticizing anyone of doing the latter but had been advised to take this approach by many people in the medical field early on in my university career and I think it boded well for my personal development and growth. I have one first author pub submitted, 3 conference presentations, captain of a varsity rugby team, a few big scholarships and grants, 4 pretty diverse medical placements that involved patient contact (more for my own understanding of if this is what I wanted to pursue), a couple service trips abroad, and a few other odds and ends. Interview Prep: I probably over prepared but knew that was what I needed to do to feel my best. I do think running through MMI situations and practicing them out loud can be incredibly helpful, especially doing it with a variety of people to get a variety of feedback. Also knowing yourself, the experiences you've had and what you've learned I think can be really valuable. I had an awesome girl in Med-1 give me some guidance and advice for how to prepare, in addition to showing me around the school the day before my interview. I'm not in the program yet so it's hard for me to know, but based on what she said and my impression - McGill really cares about who you are as a person and how you interact with other people, especially at the interview stage. The best advice she gave me was to relax and be yourself and if you can walk out of the interview feeling like you did that then you have nothing to regret. Everyone is going to feel like there are little things they would've done differently - that's normal in challenging and time constrained situations. It's been 8 years since I started undergrad. I went straight from undergrad to a masters and applied to 3 schools without the MCAT for 2016 (including McGill) and was granted 0 interviews. Took a year off and worked and wrote the MCAT and reapplied to all the schools I met the cut-off criteria for across the country this time (10 schools). I got 9 outright rejections and one interview waitlist (at McGill). Was pulled off the waitlist 2 weeks before interviews (which I would think means I was pretty close to the bottom of the barrel) and was lucky enough to be in the 10 selected on Monday. This doesn't mean I'm imploring you to never give up. If I was rejected that would've been it for me, my physiotherapy pre-requisites are all expiring after this year and I wanted to start moving forward with the schooling process and my life in general. I get both sides of that discussion. Perhaps this message can be hopeful for one person though, and if that's the case I'll happy I did it. So so excited for the opportunity. See y'all in August.
  20. 12 points

    To those who didn't match

    Just wanted to write a post to you guys because a year ago I was in your shoes and I know how it feels. Here is my best advice based on what I went through, feel free to contact me if you ever have any questions: - First off, it sucks. I know it does. This is a big day and a lot of people are happy and even more are pretending to be. Please know that it is always better to be unmatched than to be stuck somewhere you would hate. - Allow yourself a few days of being sad/pissed and then starting getting on it. Is there anything you like in round 2? If so apply and start calling people. If not start forming a plan. Meet with PGME and make sure there are no red flags. Hopefully this was just a case of being screwed by carms. - The first big choice you have to make is whether to graduate or (if possible) take an extra year as a student. Taking the extra year as a student is great because you can still do electives. I chose to graduate, but because I liked path/rads doing observerships was not different than electives. If you like patient based specialties delaying graduating may be best. - If you do graduate get an educational license and start shadowing/observing as much as possible. Do a month at one place, a month at another etc. Always look to do research. I committed to a few research projects and they were big for me. Also, please realize your best chance next year is your home school. Definitely. So spend time with them. - There is actually way less time than you think. Interviews are out in November, thats not a lot of time. You have two goals: Observerships/electives and research. Finally, realize its not the end of the world. Not matching isn't like it was 5 years ago. There are record numbers of unmatched people and its growing. Its likely a problem with the system and not with you. I just matched to my number 1 pick and taking this year was 100% worth it, wouldn't change a thing :).
  21. 12 points
    karl heider

    uOttawa Interview 2018 Discussion

    there is a power outage in my heart right now
  22. 12 points
    ha classic academic narrow mindedness. As if UG working in labs are the ones being taken advantage of - all your work/free labour is such a burden on him. Plus the education you receive there is hardly wasted if you get into medical school. Obviously in any case he simply won't provide you a letter of reference for a 3rd year application so you don't have to factor that into anything. I don't like lying or misleading to people but your situation I would be sorely tempted to simply tell him no problem, the odds of getting in 3rd year are small anyway and the research is important to you and your long term academic goals (and boosting your medical school goals). Plus having a degree does help you I feel down the road (not to the point that I wouldn't apply in 3rd year but enough that having it is useful) Assuming you would still have enough time to prepare for the mcat (which sounds like your plan was that anyway) then still write that test (many people applying in the 4th year still write that test in the 2nd year summer anyway - you just did all the courses, and if you don't do well enough you can rewrite - not a lot of negatives really). If you do well then what exactly would be stopping you from applying regardless of his wishes? How exactly would he even know anyway? If this person is the sort to provide ultimatums how sure are you that they will write a suitable LOR or not force you into some other scheme for more work down the road? In any case staying on in the lab, and getting that publication etc buys you time to figure out ultimately what you want to do. It would also give you leverage - "ok, I am willing to put my goals a bit on ice for you and the lab - I expect support down the line when I do need it when applying as fair is fair". People in positions of power are suppose to help you reach your goals not get in the way. Academics are also supposed to teach - that is literally their job. They aren't supposed to be bullies and create high pressure scenarios . Regardless of what you do in the point be clear - he is looking out for his interests ultimately here regardless of the wording used (you cannot take advantage of a lab, he feels you are taking advantage of him or at least not giving him what he wants). You have to do the same. If he can teach you one lesson in the lab outside of the research that would be it
  23. 11 points
    Up until dental school, a big motivation for doing well in school is just to get good grades. In dental school, you're studying to become a healthcare professional. Thus, you start realizing that learning is not just about doing well in school but you're also trying to learn how to best treat and help your patients. It's not so much about the grades anymore as it is about learning what is relevant and important to your future career. What you learn, a lot of it will be applicable down the road unlike in undergrad. Academically: Everyone is pretty bright in dental school and were top students in undergrad. It means many are amazing memorizers, test-takers, and are very detail-oriented. You may end up being average and this requires some getting used to. Just do your best, pass your courses, and try not to compare yourself too much to others. Also, people may be book smart but their hand skills may not be the best. Some people are good at both. Understand that hand skills and clinical judgement are key as a budding dentist. Even if you have memorized all the requirements for an ideal prep, if you can't use indirect vision and drill this prep to the ideal specifications, then it leaves a bit to be desired. Another thing is that you will have less time to study more content. Often I went into exams not fully confident/ready - just do your best. Socially: Amazing. You will have a wonderful group of classmates of which many will be your friends for life. Always so much going on and it's so easy to get to know upper years. Upper years are so helpful and will help find you extra teeth, good patients to assist, shadowing opportunities, etc. Faculty: Super approachable and they treat you as equals/colleagues. Learn as much as you can from them. Professionally: From dental conferences to companies wining-and-dining you (insurance and financial advisors, etc.), you will have a lot of opportunities to learn about life after graduation. This means a lot of free food, dressing up fancy, and networking. Maybe it won't be today, tomorrow, or next week but as long as I work hard every day, I will eventually be a good, competent dentist. I am very lucky to study a field I enjoy and attend a school in one of the most awesome cities in the world and I wouldn't trade it for anything else. I have made so many new friends but I also cherish time with non-dental friends, family, and myself. I make sure to work hard but also play hard.
  24. 11 points

    Why Western?

    Beeeeecause admissions are competitive and you apply broadly and take what you can get? What kinda question is that? Zeja, look up their website and look through the forum, you can easily come up with stuff.
  25. 11 points
    So after my 9th rejection for this cycle alone, I decided to celebrate with Chinese food and here's what came out of my fortune cookie. The universe is literally trolling me.