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  1. vbear

    Interview Invites

    I get the sense that the invites so far, especially last week, were candidates that exceeded the set GPA and MCAT standard for this year, and that invites today and tomorrow are the candidates who might have been on or below this standard, but whose file is being reviewed to select more candidates for interview. I'm probably wrong, but that's my thought track.
  2. Thanks everyone for your responses, especially The Mist. Actually, after long thought, I decided to go with your suggestion, since I think they can glean the relevant info about my employment through my application, while my volunteer supervisor can comment more thoroughly on the stuff that perhaps counts more ie. compassion esp with poverty. Thanks a lot, wish me luck! Take care and have a relaxing weekend too!
  3. Hi everyone I'm immensely unsure who to select as my second reference and I know this section carries considerable weight for interviews and offers. My first referee is my supervisor in a health care setting, where she's known me for two years and seen me progress from a Hospital Patient Attendant to a licensed and practicing PSW, and i feel confident she could write great things about my professional and personal qualities. For the final reference, I've got two referees to choose between, both with strengths and weaknesses in the sense of how they know me and how current the reference would be. Referee "A" was a professor I knew well in two advanced 4th year courses, I scored top marks in my class for one of them, doing very well in both. However this was roughly 3 years ago. The following is an excerpt from a reference letter she wrote for me previously. "Overall, (Name) was a very motivated, rigorous, conscientious and hard working student. During both courses (Name) has been one of the most engaged students, asking questions and participating in class discussions. He appears as a mature person with good work ethics. He is also very enthusiastic and good-natured, and seems to be a very active and involved person, interested in various things." She also mentions a fair bit how I led the class in discussions and also demonstrated leadership in project groups. Referee "B" is my volunteer supervisor at Habitat for Humanity, where I volunteer primarily. We have a solid professional relationship from my two years working there. I know he could speak to my dependability, adaptability, maturity, attitudes towards society etc. Most of what i do is help collect donations of furniture or building supplies by loading it onto trucks to be re-sold to help fund build projects for the unfortunate (which i participated in on a few occasions). I know I'm closer to this referee than Referee "A", and also this referee is much more current since it's been 3 years since I've met with Referee "A". I guess what it boils down to is whether a previous, but more academically oriented person would be more or less desirable as a referee than a current volunteer supervisor who knows me more and routinely sees what I do. I get that sense that MUN favors well-rounded applicants, which I hope I am, but I know on the website they indicate preference for academic referees. I promise in my writing I don't mean to sound self-absorbed or boastful (I really hate writing about myself haha), i just mean to try and draw out whatever qualities i think MUN would see on my application. Any advice is very very much appreciated as it will be my first application to MUN. I can provide more background info on me or my references if that would help too. Thank you!
  4. I think the Nurse Practitioner is a good alternative. Like others have mentioned, the PA program isn't well established in NB yet. A career as an NP is similar in several ways to MD, you are independent and work in collaboration with doctors, not under them as PA'S do. As well you see patients, perform examinations and order tests and can write most prescriptions. The only con I can think of is it takes time, first you need a Nursing degree leading to RN plus 2 years experience, followed by a master's in nursing.
  5. vbear

    Accelerated Nursing Applying To Medicine

    Thank you as well for your input. After 2 unsuccessful application cycles (and a year of serious consideration) I'm starting the Accelerated Nursing program in September. From what I've heard about this program, it is, for the most part, exactly as you described. One thing to add. If anyone is unsuccessful, or decides to leave the "rat race" that is med school applications, going into the field of nursing doesn't have to end with a career as an RN, though if that is your passion go for it . A career as a Nurse practitioner, as far as I can tell, is very rewarding from both the abilities and responsibilities that they share with MD's, and also the fact that NP's work as an independent unit much like MD's do. I know for certain that here in New Brunswick when someone is put on a list to find a Family Physician, they can be referred to a NP instead. With all that said, I'm definitely not trying to discourage anyone from continuing to apply to medicine, keep at it if medicine really is your passion! I know for some, like myself, who look forward to a career examining patients, ordering tests and writing prescriptions, being unsuccessful in your medical school application can be a bummer. Hopefully anyone reading this can gain some comfort knowing there is another option that is similar to a career as an MD. Sorry for the rant, and please feel free to correct me on anything!
  6. This is very much true, this trend of specialized programs pumping out exceptionally high GPA applicants needs to be examined and/or taken into account by the AFMC.
  7. Does anyone know if the English pre-req of 6 CH has to be completed before applying or if it actually is prior to admission as posted on the website? I'll call next week to confirm, I just figured I'd ask you awesome folk beforehand. Have a relaxing easter weekend!
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  9. Hello everyone Has anyone used The Princeton Review's CARS accelerator workshop? Both positive or negative feedback relating to the course is welcome and appreciated!
  10. Yup its a BN technically. Thanks for the input. Best of luck on your applications frank!
  11. Sorry I forgot to explain that while I would have the ASNP as a backup,I would keep applying to Dal Med while studying. For anyone wanting background info before considering my post. Suggestions how to improve in EC's are welcome as well. GPA: 3.7 (best 2 years) MCAT 125/123/125/126 CP/CARS/BIO/PSYCH EC's: Average (IMO). 2 years of undergrad research which led to a publication, 2 years volunteering for various projects with Habitat for Humanity, UNB redshirts for several years, lots of work at the hospital as a patient attendant, personal support worker for a senior lady in her home, did Karate for 2 years with some instruction roles, lots of student clubs and various awards/scholarships.
  12. Howdy all To everyone getting ready for interview day, I wish you all best of luck you survived university and you wrote the beast that is the MCAT so you all are great candidates for Medicine! Now onto my question. I was scored ineligible this cycle due to MCAT (missed CARS by 1 point - planning to study and re-write). In the meantime I've worked on a backup plan (just in case), specifically the Advanced standing NP in Moncton (then hopefully on to NP). For those not aware, the ASNP is an accelerated nursing program for those who have completed min 60CH which runs for 2 years. So now my question. On Dal Med's degree assessment page it states "The calculation of your GPA consists of the two consecutive most senior years of baccalaureate degree being submitted". So If I complete the ASNP, could I submit this degree for my application and GPA calculation? Or could I submit my first year's marks in the ASNP in conjunction to say my final year of my BSc? (If I understand Dal's webpage correctly I highly doubt this is possible). Any insight is greatly appreciated!
  13. vbear

    Biochemistry

    I found this video to be helpful with memorizing properties and structures of the amino acids, It might seem basic but I found it extremely useful when i was faced with a seemingly complicated Biochem question. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m130s94pMjE
  14. On Dal's website they state no section can be less than 124, and that only a single score of 124 in any one section is permitted for IP applicants. Also total score needs to add up to 499. I feel you on the CARS section unlucky. I thought CARS was my best too but apparently not (125/125/123/126 Chem-phys/CARS/Bio/Psych). Adds up to Dal's 499 req but the 123 renders me ineligible (another IP applicant don't have to worry about )
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