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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
  15. Thanks for your reply. Yep, I'm looking at neuro or psych right now, with a small possibility of dabbling into research.
  16. That's true and I intend to apply again this year to UBC. But I've also been rejected twice and WL'd once now. I really don't want to delay any longer in doing what I always wanted to do..
  17. Hey guys, Just want to clarify a few things after having read through various forum posts about international schools. After reading Premed101 and SDN, it seems like the UK (not sure about Ireland) is the best option for an overseas medical degree for people who only have a Canadian citizenship. From what I read, it is easy to acquire a work visa/become a PR/citizen in the UK when you go to medical school there, and your residency prospects are similar to those of UK citizens. They require UKCAT, high school, and college GPAs. Another option is Duke-NUS, but you have to be okay with living in Singapore. There's a mandatory 5 year service that you spend in Singapore and most people do residency there. There's still a very small chance of doing your residency in North America, but you still gotta do that 5 year service at some point. Australia is a nice place to live, but it seems like it's hard to find residency positions in Australia as a non-PR/citizen, and it's also hard to come back to North America. So people can be stuck in a limbo where they have a degree, but neither their home nor their new country will take them in to become residents. For Caribbeans, it looks like the chance of coming back to North America is becoming smaller each year. Combined with the high fail rate, I'm not sure if this is an option that's in our best interests at this time. So my questions are: 1. My biggest fear is not being able to work as a doctor anywhere after you graduate. Having said this, is it true that you're pretty much on equal footing/guaranteed a residency position without discrimination due to citizenship status in the UK? Are you really likely to become a UK PR/citizen if you go to school there? 2. What is the case like for Duke-NUS? How likely are you to become a PR/citizen of Singapore if you go to med school there? Thanks!
  18. I'd love to apply to Dal, but I don't meet the minimum 3.7 GPA for every year requirement . Thanks for your input though! What is the MUN GPA cutoff? I thought it was 3.7?
  19. Hey all, Thanks for your replies. I've narrowed the list down to MUN, U of M, U of S, and UBC. *Edit: MAC as well U of T and McGill will obviously be reach schools. I can't apply to Albertan schools or Queens because of the new MCAT requirement. Not sure if I can apply to Western, because my two "best" years with 30 credits from Sept to April had a GPA < 3.7 (I had 28 credits for two of my years, and a year with 30 credits which had 18 credits of pass fail because it was a practicum) U of T I think I qualify for GPA adjustment, but even then my GPA is like 84-85 at best. Side note: does anyone know how to calculate your GPA if you went to two different schools that use two different grading scales (4.0 and 4.33)?
  20. Hey guys, After third time of being put on WL/rejection from UBC as an IP, I'm considering applying to all Canadian schools. My question is, should I even bother applying even to the most competitive schools like Toronto or McGill? I'd greatly appreciate your feedback on how realistic my chances are in getting into those schools. Thanks! Stats: Full IB program grad cGPA: 82-83%; aGPA: 84-85%?; Prereq: 83% (Basically 3.7-3.8) MCAT: 28 first, 34 the second (11VR/12PS/11BS) Nonacademics: Graduated from a pharmacy program this year, 3 years in community pharmacy as an assistant, 1 month rotation in hospital under a pharmacist, 4 years volunteering at hospital, 3 years cadets (think 1 step below military reserves, and for teens. Similar idea as scouts but military based) -- 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 (new this year): 2 as second author Volunteering at a crisis line (new this year) One award (new this year)
  21. Hey guys, So the fourth round has been announced, and I am starting to figure out my alternative plans for next year as I am still yet to hear back from UBC. My question is, how likely is one going to hear back from UBC at this point (speaking realistically)? On one hand, judging from the posts on this thread, it seems there were only 5 or so people accepted off the waitlist (since the first movement). There were ~6 rounds last year, and so we're 2/3 way through already. On the other hand, you always hear about people who were accepted like 2 days before class started.
  22. Hey guys, Thanks for your reply I applied to UBC only (IP) x last 3 years and been rejected x 2 and on WL x 1 this year. I plan to apply to literally all the schools in Canada this year. From what I read on SDN, I heard some schools rank students and give this info out to residencies/clerkships. So you're fighting tooth and nail to be one rank higher than your classmate, which fosters ridiculous competition (from my understanding of how the ranking system works anyways). As for the competition in general, yeah I get that med schools are competitive. But it's how they grade their students. If you have H/HP/P/F, you're essentially divided into quartiles. But if you're getting ranked from #1 to #144 (or however big the class size is), getting percentages, or getting letter grades A to F, you're gonna be pretty focused on getting the last 1% of your grade to beat out the person sitting next to you. Can you guys comment on living in Detroit for Wayne State? Things I've hear about Detroit weren't too positive tbh (high crime rates, bankrupt city etc).
  23. Hey guys, Canadian pharmacist here applying to the states for the first time. Would greatly appreciate some feedback on the list of schools I have narrowed down to after a lot of searching on Premed101 and SDN. Also, I read schools that rank students, give letter grades, or percentages are not as desirable because everyone's competing against each other. Can anyone comment how "bad" these schools are? Stats: Full IB program grad cGPA: 82-83%; aGPA: 84-85%?; Prereq: 83% (Basically 3.7-3.8) MCAT: 28 first, 34 the second (11VR/12PS/11BS) Nonacademics: Graduated from a pharmacy program this year, 3 years in community pharmacy as an assistant, 1 month rotation in hospital under a pharmacist, 4 years volunteering at hospital, 3 years cadets (think 1 step below military reserves, and for teens. Similar idea as scouts but military based) -- 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 (new this year): 2 as second author Volunteering at a crisis line (new this year) One award (new this year) How I chose schools: 1. Found a list of schools accepting Canadians on Premed101 (http://forums.premed101.com/index.php?/topic/19041-list-of-us-schools-accepting-canadians/) 2. Got MSAR, and calculated # of international students/total class size for each school, compared my stats to matriculating class of 2016's 3. Applied to all the schools with international acceptance rates >2.5% or higher Applying to (not sure if this is too few..): 1. Boston 2. Dartmouth 3. Central Michigan 4. Howard (must confirm whether IB transfer credits will be accepted for humanities) 5. Kimmel 6. Stony Brook 7. Case Western Schools I am considering, if I'm gonna apply to any more (any thoughts on learning environment? Match rates? Livability?) 1. Tulane 2. SUNY 3. Wayne State 4. Loyola Not eligible for (due to prereq requirements) 1. UCLA (Do not accept IB bio) 2. Utah (no IB humanities credits accepted) 3. George Washington (it's not RECOMMENDED to have IB bio as bio credits.. they told me I could apply technically as these are all recommendations, but may not be considered competitive... thoughts?) Ruled out (due to the fact that they rank students, give letter grades, or percentages -- I presume the program will be super competitive from what I read on SDN) 1. Emory 2. Virginia 3. Maryland 4. Kentucky 5. Oakland 6. Rosalind Franklin Thanks for reading
  24. Hi guys, How lenient is AMCAS with calling in afterwards to add a few more courses? What happened was I was going off of my official transcripts as requested by AMCAS, but forgot to take into account some transfer credit from the IB program as my official transcripts don't list individual courses but list them as bulk. IB credits aren't too important, but they are in my case as I didn't take any more humanities (other than English) after IB and some schools require these courses as prereqs. While I do have borderline humanities courses (determinants of health, [mycurrenthealthprofession] and society), it would be way more explicit to list my French, Geography, and philosophy credits I got from IB. If AMCAS won't help me out, how lenient are the individual schools if I email them? Thanks!
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