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  1. Just be honest. The people on the admissions panel are real people who care about others, including their journey. Therefore, do some sole searching, and be sure you know the answer - and then tell your story.
  2. I would think that there are schools in Canada where you are already eligible. Queen's, Western and Dal all come to mind. When I applied a number of years ago, I had a worse cGPA than you, and had not recovered nearly as well (ie: I had a good GPA and a good MCAT - but not a 4.0 nor a 43!). I received interviews and acceptances at all three of the schools listed above. Go through the requirements very carefully, especially repeated courses. If you are eligible, apply this cycle. (Sure, adding in the US option is probably a good one as a back-up.) Don't worry about the past years at the schools that I listed. They really don't matter. Truly. They will only consider what you did in the actual years that they are looking at. As for a Masters - do one only if you are passionate about it. Otherwise, go out and get a job in something that you love, that will give you something to talk about in your interviews. Best wishes, and please let me echo the comments about a fantastic turn-around!
  3. Ensure you have two years in your new degree program, each with 5.0 courses (and no repeats). Do your second degree in whatever you have a passion for, as you will have the best motivation to study to get the marks you require if you like the subject matter. Be realistic about the marks that are obtainable in the program you've chosen, based on who you are and how you best succeed. When I went back to university, I chose Ryerson over U of T (I was working in Toronto at the time.) as much because I knew I could be more successful in an applied program rather than a basic science program. Best wishes!
  4. Make a list of all of the medical schools in Canada, and their requirements, including previous cut-offs (found both on school websites and by searching the forums). Focus on those schools that will look at only your most recent years. Determine which ones you can apply to with less than a full course load. Then, determine the MCAT required for those schools. Re-write your MCAT - but first figure out why you didn't get the mark you need. I wrote the MCAT four times, but for the first three, I studied the same way, which didn't work for me. Only after I took a step back and determined what the issue was (for me, a lack of basic knowledge, rather than difficulty applying that knowledge), did I pick a different method to study, rewrite the exam, and get the mark I need. Yes, there are probably options out of the country for you. However, when I was in a similar situation a number of years ago (though with a much worse cGPA), I opted to spend the time getting in in Canada rather than having difficulty getting a residency spot from out of country. In addition, like you, I was already working, so I didn't want to give that up if I wasn't going to be successful in getting into medical school and landing a residency. I made the conscious decision that if I couldn't get into medical school in Canada, I was going to keep working at my old job. It all worked out for me - but even if it hadn't, I think I would have continued to be happy at my old job. Best wishes!
  5. It's been a while since I looked at all the different schools' requirements; however, I suspect the advice I'm about to give will still apply. If you are looking at applying to the schools that look at only your most recent years, then ensure that you take a full 5.0 courses during each of those years, even if your degree doesn't require it. That way, you can apply to all the schools that will ignore your earlier years. When I applied a number of years ago (with my earlier years much, much worse than yours), I applied to Queen's, Western and Dalhousie, as they looked solely at my latter years. However, your earlier years, while perhaps not as competitive as you'd like, are not bad, so you may certainly have other options. Best wishes to you!
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    CFPC exams failures

    It is possible to get a restricted license if you fail your CFPC/LMCC part 2 exam. Here is the link: http://www.cpso.on.ca/policies-publications/policy/restricted-certificate-of-registration-for-exam-el Whether you are able to work or not will depending on where you were planning on working. I am taking over a practice as of Jan 1, and serving as a locum for the same practice until then. The person I'm taking over from is very motivated to retire, and I believe I would have been able to work had I not passed my exam, as a supervisor would have been arranged. However, I'm not sure. Whether or not a physician would want a locum with a restricted license is uncertain. Again, it probably depends on the situation. The bigger question is what you can do leading up to the exam in October. If working is going to make it harder to do the necessary study, then don't work. The exam in October is the last one until May, so you really want to be successful. What do you think caused you to be unsuccessful? (While I passed, I walked out thinking that if I hadn't, I'm not sure what would have helped - so I'm not sure I can provide you with much information to answer that question. There were definitely some obscure questions on the exam.) Best wishes to you. Try to remember, hard as it is, that this is just a few month set-back in a career that will be many decades long.
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    Advice on FM residence in ontario

    Queen's has programs based in Belleville, Peterborough and Oshawa. These aren't particularly rural centres; however, they are non-academic centres which means that you get a more well-rounded experience. The programs are small, so there is a sense of belonging. The staff are very directly involved with ensuring the success and experiences of their residents. I opted to remain in Kingston for my residency, for family reasons. However, I believe that I would have gotten an even better experience had I gone to one of these other sites.
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    Geriatric Medicine

    The geriatricians here are very well respected, all-round, including at the medical school, among the residents and by the staff physicians. As someone in family, it is nice to have another resource to consult for the overly complicated complex older patients who don't fall into the realm of just one specialty. I wouldn't have chosen geriatrics, as I like all age groups in medicine. I don't want to have to give up delivering babies in order, providing preventative health for people through their lifetime, dealing with both acute and chronic illness and doing palliative care, just to focus on one time in a person's life. However, I do enjoy dealing with the geriatric population. It can be quite rewarding.
  9. I'm looking for accommodation for my husband and I during an elective in Fergus, March 27 to April 15, 2011. We need to have internet access, as my husband works from home, and will be continuing to work during our time in Fergus. Please email me at 8efi @ queensu.ca. Thanks!
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    OOP Waitlist

    Agreed. I have been cleaning my office today, and ironically, came across a little piece of paper with some numbers for OOM waitlist offers from previous years: - Sept 2002: 7 - Sept 2004: 32 - Sept 2005: mid-20s - Sept 2006: 16 - Sept 2008: 30s - Sept 2009: mid-teens Best wishes to everyone! Elaine
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    OOP Waitlist

    For the class of 2012, the OOP waitlist moved into the 30s before September. It may have been that they were trying to fill one last spot. That said, the waitlist certainly moved more than 11-15 spots. Congrats! Elaine
  12. Those who podcast believe it is their responsibility to be in class. As such, them not showing up on a day when they are to record a lecture isn't an issue. Elaine
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    anyone here from Ryerson?

    Ryerson, like all universities, has professors for whom teaching is a strength and those for whom teaching isn't as much of a strength. In the last 15 years, I've taken courses at 6 different universities. The best professors I had were at Ryerson. As an example, I had a physiology prof there who was absolutely amazing - the best university prof I ever had. She had done a great amount of research during her education (U of T/McGill/Cornell). I asked her once why she taught at Ryerson and not at U of T (arguably a better research school). She told me that while she enjoyed research, she loved teaching, and Ryerson gave her an opportunity to teach without having to do research (which was important for her as she was working part time raising her children). The greater emphasis on teaching (rather than research) at Ryerson can help attract instructors who may be more interested in teaching than other duties. Elaine
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    anyone here from Ryerson?

    My degree is from Ryerson. I finished my Bachelor of Health Administration in Health Services Management in 2004, and started in medicine in 2008. Elaine
  15. It depends which bank you are with. MD Management has non-negotiable caps of $50K per year, which is difficult if you have pre-existing debt. When I tried to get the cap increased during first year, I was told that they would issue me a second LOC, but not at prime, for the additional funds. I went with another bank (TD), where I have a cap, but can increase it at any time (and it was higher than $50K for first year). Elaine