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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
  5. 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.
  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. 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.
  13. 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.
  15. 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.
  23. It’s going to be a long one. I wrote all of this before I got in, because there is something wonderfully raw and vulnerable about documenting my reflections while I’m still on the outside looking in. I knew that if I was unsuccessful this cycle, I would still read it to remind myself of how far I’ve come. -- My non-trad path is nothing unusual- I suppose I am just a late bloomer who paid her dues after the fact. The biggest challenge for me, throughout this whole journey, was lacking the protective factors to cushion the falls. I have been financially independent, which means choices were often made to have a financial safety net rather than for improving my med school applications. I had no one within my social network to guide me; my family has not been supportive of my decisions, so I felt like I could never turn to them (as of now they still don’t know that I interviewed and got accepted). This forum taught me everything I needed to know about getting into medical school, and that being a physician is still a possibility for someone like me. I began university when I was 18, completely lacking in self-awareness and nowhere near ready to make any sort of decisions about my future. I went to UofT for life sciences. There’s that joke: “How many UofT students does it take to change a light bulb? Four; one to change it and three to crack under the pressure”. Well, I was one of the three. My time at UofT was the closest I’d come to being depressed. My marks were atrocious; I felt worthless and incompetent all the time. My family didn’t understand- and didn’t know how to- help me; no one told me “you should stop and figure your shit out before completely ruining your transcript”. I tried going to counselling but felt like I was not being listened to, so I never went back. Something was very wrong, I didn’t know what or how to fix it. Things at home were bad. In my final year, I cut all financial ties with my parents, and moved out- I needed to become my own person. The independence was exhilarating. The financial stress was real, but my mental health also improved 100%, and I gained the energy and mental clarity to finally start thinking about what I wanted in life. Unfortunately, at this point my marks (cGPA of 3.1, no year above 3.5) were useless for any post-grad program. I applied to Michener’s medical radiation program, a second-entry bachelor program, to become an X-ray tech. I got accepted, but opted to not attend-- for the first time, I thought about what I wanted in my career, and decided it was not for me. I decided to take a year off and consider other second degree options. I started to look into becoming a dietitian (other RDs on this forum, like Real Beef, were very helpful). This would be a competitive process with a lot more uncertainty than going to Michener. I had a lot to prove and nothing to show for it. I used the year to work several minimum wage jobs in healthcare to save up money for a year of unpaid dietetic internship that would follow my second undergrad, while getting volunteer experience in nutrition to start building my resume for dietetic internship applications. I started my second degree in nutrition with a lot of self-doubt. After UofT, I was uncertain that I could even pull off low 80s. I was sure that everyone was smarter than me, and that I was the loser who flunked a whole degree but still couldn’t keep up. But I also had a level of mental clarity and focus that I’d never felt before. And low and behold, I ended up finishing my first year with the highest average in my program. A 3.94. It was then that I realized I was onto something-for the first time, it seemed like medicine could be a possibility. I decided to extend my second degree into 3 years, to be eligible for Ottawa (ironically, I never interviewed at Ottawa), while building my application for dietetic internships. This led me to different opportunities in leadership, teaching, and working with low SES populations. After 2 years into my second degree, I wrote the MCAT while working full-time and self-teaching myself the material despite taking (and flunking) my pre-reqs 4-5 years before that. I was pleasantly surprised with a balanced 514 (however, with a CARS of 128, it was never good enough for Western). The year after, I graduated from my second degree with the highest cumulative average in my program. It took me 3 cycles to get my first and only interview at Queen’s. During my second cycle, I was completing my dietetic internship, which provided many opportunities to gain clinical and counselling skills, work with marginalized populations, lead QI projects, and work within interdisciplinary teams- I learned more about my interest and suitability for medicine in this 1 year than I had in my whole life prior to this. Internship was hard work, but also gave me small boosts of confidence and signs I am not a complete dumbass (e.g. a nephrologist who had no idea that I was applying to med, after listening to my renal case presentation, told me how impressed he was that I’ve shown level of knowledge that he’d only expect from a senior medical resident; 2 of my preceptors said that in their 10-20 years teaching, they’ve never seen a student work so hard to improve herself and be so dedicated to her patients; rotation after rotation I was praised for my critical thinking skills and natural ease in developing rapport with patients). This wasn’t just about ticking off boxes to get into med, but about developing my passion for hands-on learning and learning about my strengths and weaknesses as a professional. For the first time in my life, I thought “maybe I am good enough to become a doctor.” When I submitted my application for the third cycle, I had just graduated from internship and started working in public health in Northern Ontario. I moved here because I wanted to continue to step outside of my comfort zone. I wanted to do more advocacy and upstream work, and this was the place to do it. At around the time of decision day, I had applied to RD jobs in Alberta to gain IP status for U of C. So here’s what I’ve learned in the last five years: · Know yourself. Know your identity outside of being a premed. Figure out what your values are, what kind of a person you want to be, what drives you to take action, what triggers your mind to go down dark rabbit holes. This takes time and effort, and self-reflection from life experiences, but it helps to build resilience against the hurdles along the application process, medical training, and set-backs life in general. Knowing who you are and what you have to offer the world protects you against having your self-esteem and identity shattered when things don’t go as you had hoped; it gives you the courage to say “let’s try again.” when the world seems to tells you “you are not good enough.” Similarly, I hear too often that when people have spent their whole life dedicated to getting into med school, that when they finally get in, they feel a bit lost- “now what?”. I suppose that happens when you see getting in as a final destination rather than one of the stops along a never-ending journey of building yourself up. People around me couldn’t fathom where I got the persistence to keep at it despite facing setbacks and watching the years go by. It’s because I knew there is nothing valuable that a rejection can take away from me. I have been building myself up as a person. I am still going to be me, no matter what happens inside that interview room, and what May 8th brings. I still possess all the traits that I worked hard to develop and love about myself- my grit, self-awareness, intellectual curiosity, empathy, open-mindedness- and these are all going to carry me far in life, medicine or not. No rejection letter can take that away from me. · Figure out what you want to accomplish in medicine, outside of medicine. I always ask myself: what's appealing about a career as a physician, and how can I try to achieve it through another route? What skills do I want to use on a day to day basis in my career? What core values and beliefs will motivate me to do what I do in my career? I think reflecting on this helps to flesh out your motivations for pursuing medicine, helps to identify alternative career paths, and should you pursue an alternative path while you reapply, helps you to gain insights and skills that will be useful for medicine. Hopefully the adcoms will recognize this. If not, well, at least your satisfaction with your alternative path will still be pretty high. · Be kind to yourself. The playing field is not even, and you don’t need to add an additional layer of self-inflicted cruelty to the mix. It’s ok to not feel 100% determined all the time. When the self-doubt starts to creep in, sit on it, talk to someone (in my opinion, everyone should have a therapist). Use the insights from the above 2 points to ground yourself and as motivation to keep going. · Develop yourself in areas outside of academics. What saved me was working minimum wage jobs since I was 16 (I actually started out cleaning bathrooms, after I was fired from scooping ice cream for being too socially inept. True story.). 75% of my activities on my ABS were employment. I had to work, because I did not come from a background as privileged as that of many premeds. If the circumstances were different, perhaps I would’ve gotten in earlier. But the real world was the best teacher I’ve ever had- it helped me develop financial independence and literacy, character, resilience, and interpersonal skills that helped me along every step of this journey. It helped to shape my convictions of the kind of physician, what kind of person, I want to be. Ease yourself into uncomfortable situations today to build resilience against shit-hitting-the-fan moments later in life. --- I also want to say that sometimes on these forums, we read non-trad stories and it seems like people were 100% determined from the get-go while they stayed on this one path for 4-10 years. I know I wasn’t…and that’s ok. As a non-trad, you have more life decisions to make along your journey, some big, some small. I know that I had to make many decisions over the years to favour either my nutrition career, chances for med school, or my personal life- many times, these three conflicted. There’s no right way to go about it- it depends on your risk tolerance, other responsibilities in life, and priorities. Know yourself…this is so, so important. I feel so privileged that everything in my life lined up so perfectly to allow me to pursue this path long enough to eventually get accepted. I’m always happy to chat about second degrees, being an RD, or anything related. Stay positive and kind to yourself, PM101.
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    Queens Waitlist 2018

    They never gave me a metal (I just got a Foods and Nutrition Award on a piece of paper) because I wasn't at main campus! BOO! We done Foods and Nutrition proud.
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    Queens Waitlist 2018

    Thank you!! Today at 3:25pm got the email! I have until June 4 to accept the offer.