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  1. Well that's nice to hear! How are you find the workload in your final year? Do you get ample time to prepare for the Royal College exam? My partner spent his final year in intense study mode (every day essentially) for his Royal College exams in pathology, which I'm not sure I'd be willing to hack. Is the demand in psychiatry similar?
  2. I'm still in my pre-clinical years but very curious about psychiatry. It sounds like psych residency tends to be a lot more relaxed than other specialties, which is a major plus for me as I will be in my late thirties by the time I start residency and considering family planning. I am wondering how much more catch up you'd have to do if you had very little psych in your medical curriculum (other than the standard psych clerkship rotation). I have never studied psychology or much of neurology prior to medicine, so wondering how much of the theory I'd have to grind through and catch up during residency. Can any current residents or recent grads comment on having a family while working through a psych residency and making time to study for Royal College exams, enjoy life, etc? Essentially, I'm wondering how this intensity would compare to doing family med and then focusing on mental health in practice (money aside). Appreciate any words of wisdom out there!
  3. Thank you very much for your kind words! It certainly feels good to say it was worthwhile to keep pushing. Stay strong you guys. This process feels random and can make you feel crazy. Over the years, I like to think I got better at not taking the admissions decision as personally. It's a combination of factors that we don't really understand. Trust who you are and all the very best to everyone still waiting.
  4. Result: Accepted (off waitlist) to SMP Timestamp: 2:05PM PST IP: MSc completed in 2013 and have been working for a couple of years aGPA: 84% MCAT: 28 (9/9/10) Interview: I have been waitlisted four times with varying scores for interviews, so I'm not sure that your subjective interpretation of how you feel about your performance is accurate. But I tried to be as authentic as my nerves allowed each and every time. I'm also a fifth time applicant. Good luck to the waitlisted folks! Know that being selected for an interview or waitlist is an impressive achievement. Keep pushing!
  5. Accepted off waitlist to SMP (my 1st choice) I have perused this forum for many years as I applied over and over again and the positivity of some of the contributors really helped me put things in perspective. I hope I can do the same for those who are still waiting on a response. Please don't give up hope and do realize that being waitlisted is an impressive achievement itself. I have been applying since 2012/2013; waitlisted four times, and rejected once flat out (in no particular order). IP with an MSc (completed 2013) so, a non-trad applicant as you might say aGPA: 84% MCAT: 28 (old version...which was my FOURTH re-write, the test anxiety here was bad) EC's: Lots including volunteering in areas I was interested in/passionate about (i.e. mental health, sexual violence support/prevention, and obesity research/management), a bit of research, some publications, and 6 years of work experience (much of it concurrent with studies but varied from serving at a restaurant to being a research assistant and working as a sessional instructor). My NAQ last year was ~42 but AQ was low 20's. I have experienced periods of frustration, despair, hope, and now--elation. For those of you who don't feel like it might happen, if it continues to excite you when people talk about medicine, or their work in this field, and you feel a fire in your tummy to keep going, please push ahead. One way or another this will pay off. PM me if you have any questions you'd like to bounce off me. I would love to pay it forward with any limited understanding I have of this process (and taking my advice with a grain of salt, of course). Or if you just want to rant at this process, that's cool too. It's a tough road for many! Good luck everyone waitlisted. Feel proud of having made it this far!
  6. Thank you! This was my original take and then I began to overthink things.
  7. Can anyone weigh in on the value (or possible disadvantage) to referencing CanMED qualities in the descriptions for non-academic and employment activities? The Help Guide explicitly mentions this in the Non-Academic section: "We are interested in learning more about you through your non-academic qualities and experiences. This means that we would like to know what you have been doing, what you are passionate about, and how you spend your time. We do not want to know how you are like a doctor, and encourage you not to think about your application in such a limited way. Please include experiences that will tell us something about you, even if they are not your greatest achievements or accomplishments. However, also be aware of how committed you were to that activity....Giving us a clear, specific description of the context, duties, and people involved in the activity will help us evaluate this section more accurately than a summary of what you learned from the activity." This sounds like I do not have to spell out why a certain activity made me an effective communicator if I simply say that I had to foster trusting relationships in said role--if I practice forming relationships with people then I probably had to work on communication as well. Or do you guys think that you have to be very explicit?? There are only so many times I want to use the word 'communicate' and 'communicator' before I feel like reviewers will lose their eyes in their heads from rolling too hard.... Or am I totally off base and it is best to lead them straight to what they want to see?? Thank you all in advance for your thoughts!
  8. Thank you for your input. Congratulations on your offer! Do you happen to know your NAQ from previous years?
  9. Thank you all for your input! Sounds like working on the MCAT is my new goal.
  10. Big time lurker here who would really appreciate some advice from experienced souls on how I should proceed moving forward. I am determined to make medicine happen, but I have been trying for a number of years now and am afraid I am doing the same thing over and over again. Some fresh insight might be helpful..... Applied: 2009 (no interview), 2013 (waitlisted; above avg. interview), 2014 (refused; average interview), 2015 (waitlisted; above average interview), and 2016 (waitlisted). Academics: Bsc Hons. (2010), Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research (2011), then MSc. (2013). The first two years of my undergrad (and prereqs) was a complete disaster, personally and academically, so I was pulling a cGPA 2.6 by the of my second year. Then got my act together, but still graduated with a cGPA of 3.4 and 144 credits. Then went on to do ~40 credits of grad course work (with marks) and finished with a 4.0GPA. My aGPA is 84%. Pre-req average is AWFUL, though who knows how this matters now. Highest MCAT score is 28 (9PS/9VR/10 BS). That, too, is obviously not my forte. But I have done it 4 times and try as I might, that's the bet I can pull. Some EC's: -6 years of employment in food service among other part-time jobs during summers or school year -TA'ing undergrad classes -Designed and taught three college courses -5, 000 hours + of clinical health research (through employment or school) -Volunteering with various organizations working with all kinds of populations including survivors of abuse, hepC/hiv+ youth, pediatric cancer patients, youth, people with mental health issues, and people living with obesity. Chaired a non-profit organization for a year and served on their exec for 2 years. Collectively, I have about 2,300+ hours of volunteering. -Travel and outdoorsy things like skiing and cycling that I do just for myself -Published 5 journal publications, 3 oral presentations, and 3 posters, working on another journal pub. right now -CIHR Masters Award and some smaller research awards. -NAQ ~32 from previous years I spent 3 years following my partner around the country as they completed their career training, living in various cities. As such, I haven't always indicated continuity in my commitments, and it has impeded my growth in various organizations as a result. I am now settled but getting a stable job has been my priority and I am figuring out what organizations I can contribute to that align with my interests and passions. Does anyone know if it matters if your EC's look patchy?? I am not a commitment-phobe-- I was just moving around a lot. I have changed up my references for this year to be more recent and possibly stronger. But my academic reference was from my undergrad because my Honours supervisor had also taught me in numerous upper level classes. My Masters supervisor and graduate professors had very little interaction with me, and most of our lectures was a compilation of guest lecturers, who would not be good to comment on my academic strengths. The issue is that my academic reference is quite dated. My other references come from more recent engagements that I have put quite some time into, so I think they had some fodder to work with. I don't know how I can further improve my application. Do I go back and do another undergrad?? Though I have so many credits already, I don't know how much more my aGPA would move. And there isn't much else I am interested in studying. Do I just sit and wait and bide my time? I am exploring ALL options here and would love to hear from anyone who has been in the same situation (waitlisted or refused multiple times). I know we are all just speculating but perhaps there are some paths that I haven't thought of taking. Thank you all for your time! And congratulations to those who have received an offer!
  11. I have an interview at UBC in early February but currently reside in Montreal, QC. Anyone in the Montreal area looking to practice MMI? This is my first rodeo, so to speak. Would be a good head start for the McGill interviews later on!
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