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  1. Haven't read it myself, but if I had to interview again this year I'd check out this book by Dr. Danielle Martin: https://www.amazon.ca/Better-Now-Improve-Health-Canadians/dp/0735232598 if you want to absorb some info passively, I really enjoyed the Agenda with Steve Paiken (look it up on YouTube) and the podcast White Coat Black Art. Also have read Outliers and Freakonomics. Both are really really interesting, might change your perspective on some things...you should read them anyway :p
  2. ^ I completely agree. This is something I've contemplated as well. I started applying when I was 25, got in at 28, and will be 32 when I graduate. I had already started working in a great career with a similar salary cap. I can totally understand your concerns, especially when as a woman, there's the worry of the ticking biological clock and whatnot. To echo what others have said, it's do-able- your two goals are not mutually exclusive. Conversely, just because you decide to give up pursuing medicine, it doesn't mean that you'll find a partner and be on target for your timeline either. Or, you think you're on track and then something throws you off-course...that's life. I'll get super practical here- finding a partner will probably be harder in school/during your training than if you work a 9-5, just because you have less time (it also depends on whether you're able to find someone who can accept the demands of your training). It depends on the city you're in (i.e. your dating pool- probably the biggest determinant), size and composition of your class is (again, your pool of potentials), how keen YOU are in going out and meeting different people, etc. etc. My point is, there are just so many variables! I think it's important to ask yourself how important making that career switch is. How, practically, will it improve your overall fulfillment in not only your career, but your life overall? That depends on the values you assign to your potential rewards vs trade-offs. For me, I decided that it just doesn't make sense for me to give up on a career change that will improve my advancement trajectory, fulfillment, and overall financial freedom by A LOT (which are SUPER important to me), over a marginally higher yet uncertain probability of being in a partnership (with someone who hasn't even arrived in my life yet!) and on track to having 2.3 kids, buying a house, etc. I also thought about what kind of a role model I'd want my kids to have (if I decide to have any)- I mean technically you don't need a partner to have kids, especially on a physician's income. But that's just me and my very biased opinion. But honestly, work at your dream job for a while, throw in a couple of med school applications, all the while work on finding a partner- then see how things pan out, and re-evaluate. You may have a better inkling of what you want then.
  3. 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
  8. 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.
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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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  16. 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.
  18. Hearing about the large volume of info they throw at you in med school has got me concerned. That, and a little bit of the imposter syndrome and the fact that I've been out of school for 2 years. So: 1. What is your note-taking/organization routine? 2. What is your study routine? What additional resources do you use aside from lecture notes? 3. Anything you wish you'd done differently? I'm asking this mostly with pre-clerkship in mind...but if you have any tips for studying in clerkship, throw them in too. Thanks in advance
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    Queens Waitlist 2018

    Yay!! Looks like being hopeful paid off! Congrats!
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    Deposit deadline

    I'm feeling neurotic here. To secure our spot, we: - accept the offer on SOLUS - firm accept the offer on OMSAS - pay our deposit, which is applied to our account as a credit Is that it?
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    What's On Your Mind?

    Yeah, totally, about the sleep thing LOL. Hang in there- you're almost done!!! I'm sure you'll get to enjoy that feeling again soon.
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    What's On Your Mind?

    It honestly feels like the last couple of days has been a fantasy dream of some sort. I still can't believe it. ='] I know they say that all your problems don't just go away with an acceptance...but for me it honestly feels like that's been the case lol. Damn, I just feel so....blessed.
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    Boosting a Low GPA

    The bad news is no amount of unique experience will make up for an uncompetitive GPA. You know that you need to go back to do a second degree if this is what you really want. I suggest picking wisely- something that would be possible to do well in and provide a solid, fulfilling career should medicine never work out. There are just so many hurdles to overcome as a non-trad. You may even change your mind about medicine (hard to imagine, I know) a few years from now as other aspects of your life take over. I was in your position 5 years ago. Graduated from UofT with a similar GPA. Just got into Queen's this cycle. Read my previous posts for my advice to anyone in a similar position. Good luck!
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    What's On Your Mind?

    Ha. Well I mean I eat them occasionally....it's all about moderation, right? It's definitely not the worst thing in the world. Even the sausage one has just 430kcal, 25g fat, 20g protein, and 850mg sodium- that's 1/3 to 1/2 compared to ordering a burger at, say, Boston Pizza. I always ask for no margarine on the English muffins, and get it with ham instead of sausage to cut the fat and salt down.
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    Career Change

    Just want to echo the value of your work experiences as an EC-- and I would say that is exactly how you stand out from the rest of the applicants. 75% of my ABS was work experience, and insights from my professional training and work experience were extremely helpful during my interview. Sell the heck out of those. Do you have any hobbies outside of work? Those are ECs. As for the worry that it seems like you're picking stuff up to pad the resume...I'd say if that is truthfully an area of weakness, then doing something is certainly better than nothing at all.