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  1. Hi everyone, Currently, I'm interested in psych and derm, but I haven't completely ruled out family medicine yet. Reading the CaRMs website, most of these programs want diversity in their electives. However, how do you balance showing interest in the program by taking the max number of electives in one specialty (8 weeks) vs having diversity in electives? For the 20 weeks of electives we are allowed, I'm thinking of taking 6 weeks in each of psych and derm, 4 in family, and 2 weeks IM and 2 weeks emerg, or 4 weeks emerg. I would still enjoy a short rotation in IM or emerg and would not be taking them just for the sake of showing diversity. I would not pursue either specialties as a career though. I have also thought about 8 weeks in psych and derm, and then 4 in family, but wonder how much difference two additional weeks in each specialty will make and whether it is better to use the extra four weeks to explore careers/show diversity. On the other hand, I would assume that for a competitive specialty like derm, schools would prefer (some more explicitly than others) that you have taken electives at their location. Taking 8 weeks in derm would let me take derm electives at more schools. Also, I would assume it is ideal to take an OOP elective in a specialty you're interested in applying to, but how much does it matter if you take an OOP elective in another specialty? Is taking an OOP elective at another school enough to show interest? Any thoughts would be appreciated!
  2. Updated the schools I am waiting to hear back from. The Excel file I used to keep track of the schools wasn't quite up to date. So just waiting from UBC (after interview), Kimmel and Wayne State (both pre-interview). Still waitlisted from Stony Brook post interview, and SUNY pre-interview I read about medical ethics (CMJ, Doing Right), healthcare issues (White Coat Black Art, Canadian Health Policy in the News, books by Dr. Atul Gawande, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Dr. Mate), First Nations issues, and determinants of health (took a course). Also prepped in groups at UBC. Got like 3 sessions from friends in medicine about the interview. Felt okay after each time, but found that feelings do not accurately predict performance. Yep, MSc to increase GPA is something I've considered. I am trying to weigh how much the 2 years of GPA will boost my 3-4 years of crummy GPAs as well as the fact that doing an MSc doesn't necessarily guarantee acceptance vs just going to international schools. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  3. Average x 2 years leading to rejection. Below average for one year, but led to waitlist strangely...
  4. Oh shoot sorry everyone I think I wasn't really clear: I only got an interview from UBC and this is my fourth year getting an interview and being rejected x 2 and waitlisted then rejected x 1 afterwards. Other schools that say waiting from (eg. McMaster, Kimmel, Wayne) I am waiting to hear back for an interview
  5. Just thought that I'd have no chance with my GPA. cGPA is like 3.7 or 81%.
  6. This was my fourth interview at UBC.... it's getting hard to stay optimistic just based on past results
  7. Hey everyone, After applying to many Canadian and US schools as a Canadian (BC resident) this year, I am back at square one to map out my future plans. Here are some options I have considered. Please correct if any of my pros/cons are wrong: 1. Work in Yukon, NWT, or Nunavut for 2 years (assuming I find a job there), become in-province for Sask, Manitoba, Ontario, and Alberta, take MCAT 2015 and apply 2. Go for a MSc/post-bac/second degree, increase my GPA (not guaranteed of course), apply 3. US DO a. Pros: 70% match rate in US vs 50% match rate for IMGs b. Cons: no presence in Canada, tend to be primary care doctors (I am looking at neurology/psychiatry), cost, recommended to take both COMLEX and USMLE to be competitive for MD residencies, some people may look down upon DOs 4. Duke-NUS a. Pros: Though not guaranteed, SG poses a higher chance of landing a residency in SG and transitioning into a PR/citizen. Also, SG is a great place to live b. Cons: Cost. Work-life balance seems to be poorer in SG than in Western counterparts. Higher cost of living with slightly lower wages for physicians 5. Australia/Ireland a. Pros: would not mind living in these places b. Cons: no guarantees of practicing in respective countries as non-EU, non Australian citizen or in returning to Canada. Cost 6. Caribbean a. Pros: Easier to practice in US vs Aus/Ireland? Not sure if true b. Cons: If no match in USA, then stuck in Caribbean. Cost Here is my position with all the schools: Waitlisted on: SUNY Stony Brook after interview, SUNY Upstate (yet to interview) Still waiting from: UBC (rejected twice, waitlisted once so far in previous years. Finished interview this year), Wayne State, Kimmel, Rejected from: Queen's, Sask, Boston, Dartmouth, George Washington, Case Western &Cleveland Clinic Cannot apply to (due to low GPA OOP and/or new MCAT requirements): Western, Dalhousie, Calgary, Alberta Did not apply to: Tulane, Oakland, Howard Stats: Full IB program grad cGPA: 81% including summer courses, 80.4% without; aGPA (drop lowest 30 credits): 83% with 82% without; Prereq: 83% (So around 3.7) MCAT: 28 first, 34 the second (11VR/12PS/11BS) Nonacademics from senior year of high school: Pharmacist since 2016 working in rural BC, 3 years in community pharmacy as an assistant, 1 month rotation in hospital under a pharmacist, 4 years volunteering at hospital, 3 years cadets -- co-led squadron band, playing in church band, martial arts for 11 years, president for a club x 2 years, vice president for student society. Toastmasters x 3 months. Duke of Edinburgh Award level gold, recognized provincially at a poster competition in senior year of high school. Publications: 2 as second author Volunteering at a crisis line One award Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  8. Hi everyone, Does one need to resubmit reference letters this year if you got rejected last year? Would like to minimize the # of times I bother my referees.
  9. So I called MUN the other day, and they said they still don't have strict cutoffs even for OOP. But they suggested 3.7 and 10's on all MCAT section to be competitive...But they do only take like 5 people in a 70 people class. I think the lady said 350 OOP's applied last year. Thoughts? Year 1: 28 credits, 3.82/4.33 without summer, 4.33/4.33 in that summer semester summer Year 2: 33 credits, 77.5% without summer, about 75% that summer Year 3: 28 credits, 78.8 without summer, nothing that summer Year 4: 30 credits, 80.2% without summer, 9 credits of 94.5% average that summer Year 5: 12 credits and 18 P/F. The average of 12 credits = 92%, graduated
  10. Hi guys, How does being of a low socioeconomic status affect your competitiveness? On one hand, med schools love diversity and most applicants come from middle to upper class backgrounds. But on the other hand, wouldn't the schools want to know that you can afford the education as a foreigner who's not eligible for a lot of subsidies/scholarships available to US citizens?
  11. Thanks for your input! What do you think about the fact that they can ask you anything from the primary or the secondary application? The secondary is asking what's your most significant volunteer and clinical experience. Of course, I put my most significant experiences in the primary already and even marked them as one of the three most significant experiences. So if I put some other experience that's not one of my most significant ones for the sake of putting a different experience compared to the one I put in primary, what if they ask me about this less significant experience instead and I can't elaborate on it as well as I could on a more significant experience?
  12. Hi guys, Are we able to reuse what we said on the primary application on the secondary application? I guess ideally you shouldn't because then what's the point of having two separate applications if not for the secondary to cover what was not covered in the primary.. but it's hard to think of completely new examples from my life.
  13. Thanks everyone for your responses I'll call MUN and ask them what the OOP cutoffs are What are everyones' thoughts about McMaster and Queen's? For Queen's, seems like people who got invites with my GPA are those finishing up their MSc...
  14. Thanks for your reply . Yep, I'm looking at neuro or psych right now, with a small possibility of dabbling into research. Wow! Thanks for this very thorough information! Even admissions was kind of unclear regarding the visa/PR/citizenship issue LOL
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