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  1. Who to ask: 1. schools themselves 2. people who've been admitted to the program. 3. Something that I've always done that I found to be helpful for any post-grad program I've applied to, is creeping people on LinkedIn. Look up what people who are where you want to be have done. Gives you an idea of what types of experiences is "good enough" and opportunities you can pursue, and organizations that take on students. If those people fill in descriptions for their roles, even better- you can draw inspirations for keywords or ways of phrasing things on your own resume.
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    Home/Tenant Insurance

    I think the best way to find out would be to call a bunch of places and get a quote. I personally got a better deal ($20 cheaper) with OMA than my current insurance company (Belaire), for bundled car + tenant insurance- it's supposedly cheaper when you bundle them. But some other people said they got a better quote from Belaire than OMA, and others said their school alumni discount was cheaper than OMA.
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    50% off Lasik Eye Surgery?!?!

    FYI re: discount. I just came out of my consultation- they offered me a 40% discount for the custom option, but a 60% discount on the standard option. That's only for the surgery- no discount on any enhancement plans. Sorry I should add I'm in Kingston not Ottawa. Regardless though the discounts are the same across the cities from what I know.
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    What's On Your Mind?

    Was just searching through my inbox for something. Apparently I applied to work as a telefundraiser for OMA 6 yrs ago I never got a call back LOL
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    Cheap and FREE MCAT books (EK, TPR, NS, BR)

    bump I'm moving soon so this will be your last chance! Even if you're planning to write the MCAT next year and just want the free stuff
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    Registered Dietician (RD) vs Pharmacy

    Re:RD salary. It depends on where you work. Within Ontario, generally I've seen clinical gigs start at $33-35/hr, public health jobs start at $30-38/hr (for jobs that don't require a masters). Community jobs are probably the easiest to get, but also pay less ($30 ish to start at some places). Other provinces can pay less or more. If staying within a certain geographical area might be a concern (as it is for many) pharmacy will be a better bet. The RD job market is tougher to break into, from what I gather. Your friend can do a quick Indeed search to get a sense of the demand and pay for each profession.
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    Is it even worth it with my grades?

    Is it worth it? That depends entirely on how badly you want to be a physician and whether there are alternative careers from which you would find a comparable level of satisfaction (both professionally and in your personal life). It's possible, but definitely an uphill battle. I graduated from my first degree with a lower GPA than yours, spent the next 6 yrs making up for my failure during my first degree (ECs, MCAT, GPA), and will be starting med school in the fall. I kept going because the value that I assigned to being an MD is greater than the time and dedication that I sacrificed (and will continue to sacrifice). Have you calculated your weighted GPA for each school? Is there a strong upward trend? This will determine how much more work you have ahead of you. Think carefully about what it is specifically about being an MD that appeals to you, and how you might be able to achieve your goals through another route.
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    MPH/RD to Med

    The good news is you have two years of competitive GPA. Absolutely take the MCAT. If you do well (i.e. meet the cut-offs) you'll at least get your file looked at by Queen's and Western. Have you calculated your weighted GPA for each of the other schools? That's where I'd start. Not sure about what kind if brownie points your MPH will get you at schools so I'll let others chime in here.
  9. If you think moving won't significantly impact your quality of life (what that means is entirely based on your preferences and priorities), do it. There may be some pretty unique ECs that you can pick up there to further boost your applications for the ON and non-ON schools in the mean time- think outside of the typical cookie cutter pre-med stuff, use your geographical location and what comes with it to your advantage in every way possible. If you think you can do better on the MCAT, rewrite it while you're there. You can always move back if you find it really difficult to adjust living there. Nothing wrong with that. And no it won't be a year "wasted", because of the life experience accumulated and now you learned that it's something you've tried and didn't work out. In sum I think IF you are ok with the lifestyle changes it's a no brainer to just go where the opportunities are to open up more possibilities for your future. It's not like Ontario will give you more points for staying in Ontario.
  10. I did a second degree in foods and nutrition. It took me 3 yrs but definitely could've been possible in 2 years (many of my colleagues with a science background took 2 yrs with one or two courses in the summer, no overloading in the school year). It prepares you to become a registered dietitian as well, provided you complete one year of internship post grad. Definitely possible to do well in the program (this is key!)-- this year myself and another classmate in my year made it into med school. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
  11. For sell: In great condition, with the exception of minimal highlights/writings in some books. EK MCAT set (9th Ed)- $ 60 https://www.amazon.ca/ExamKrackers-MCAT-Complete-Study-Package/dp/1893858707/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1530470026&sr=1-5&keywords=examkrackers+mcat TPR Complete MCAT (written in 2014 for 2015 MCAT)- $20 https://www.amazon.ca/Princeton-Review-Complete-MCAT-2015/dp/0804125082/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1530469920&sr=1-11&keywords=princeton+review+review+mcat Next Step Strategy and Practice set for chem and physics, bio and biochem, psych/soc, CARS (written in 2014 for 2015 MCAT); brand new condition- $50 Free for pick-up: Awesome condition/never/hardly used. They were written for the old (pre-2015) MCAT but should still be useful for content review (hence why I held on to them for so long): Berkeley review physics and chemistry (part I & II)- 4 books in total EK 16 mini-MCATs, 1001 series for bio, orgo, chem, and physics EK MCAT review set (7th ed) TPR Hyperlearning Science workbook (2010) + full set of review books I'm in the Etobicoke area in ON.
  12. Hi all, I’m looking to sell the following as a bundle for $50. All books are in excellent condition. Doing Right (3rd Ed), Philip Hebert- $77.36 on amazon (link here) Multiple Mini Interview for the Mind- $23.55 on amazon (link here) Medical School Interview Guide- $16 on amazon (link here) I’ll throw in a free pep talk too if you buy I'm in the Etobicoke area in ON. **SOLD**
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    5th year for GPA?

    I wouldn't do it. Another year of courses comes with its own risks. Your GPA is fine for most of the schools on the list (a bit low for Ottawa I think- maybe someone else can chime in). I think your efforts are better spent on the other aspects of your application.
  14. Don't mean to derail the thread....you graduated from residency at 33....so you started med school at 25 after applying 5 times?
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    Med YouTubers

    MDPospect is a med student in Alberta.