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  1. Hi guys, I was told a couple weeks ago that in Ontario, the mean gross billings for neurologists is actually lower than that of family doctors. I was quite surprised by this, and since I'm very interested in neurology as a profession I just wanted to see if I could get some clarification about how much they actually make. Thanks so much, scared
  2. Same, I got a message saying that my health screen record was cleared. Thanks everyone for your help
  3. Hey guys, I just submitted my medical health record electronically a couple of weeks ago. I'm a little anxious because I haven't heard any kind of confirmation that it has been received or reviewed as of yet. Now I'm beginning to doubt whether I uploaded it properly. Has anyone heard back about their health record? Did you receive any kind of confirmation that they successfully received it? How long did it take for them to get back to you? Thanks!
  4. Ty for the help guys!!! I ended up getting an offer to mac
  5. Hey guys, I have my interview at Mac coming up and honestly I feel terrible about how I go about MMI. I'm still trying to figure out an MMI style that would work for me so I'd love if I could get some feedback about this answer! A physician went to vacation for 2 weeks. He did not find another physician to cover him. One of his patients with hypertension developed severe headache. The patient has an appointment with the doctor as soon as he comes back from vacation. The patient did not look for another physician and decided to wait. The patient suddenly collapses and was diagnosed to have intracranial hemorrhage. Is the physician responsible for this patient? In my 4:50 second response this is the gist of what I said: I gave a quick summary of the situation. I then stated that I would be assessing whether the doctor is responsible in this situation by examining the key elements of the prompt. 1) I talked about the physician going on a vacation. Practically, is it important for physicians to go on breaks? Has it been shown in evidence to promote a work-life balance/ prevent burnout? I answered this myself by saying that although it may partially conflict with the notion that a doctor needs to act in a fiduciary manner, they also need to do what's important for themselves to ensure the longevity of their career. Did he give his patients a fair warning that he was going to go on this break? 2) I then talked about the fact that he did not find a physician to cover him while on his vacation. Was that due to laziness on the part of the doctor? Did he fear that referring his patients to another doctor would take away from his patient-base? (I gave a quick personal example to back this up) Was there absolutely no doctor available? 3) I examined the person with hypertension and a headache next. I said that it would be important to examine whether the doctor exhibited prudence by ensuring that he left none of his patients in a state that was likely to lead to a state of emergency. If they were, I mentioned that the doctor should have advised them on what contingencies to take if their condition worsened. In conclusion, I would say that whether the doctor was responsible or not in this situation depends on various contextual factors that need to be taken into account. If he gave his patients fair warning, tried with a reasonable effort to ensure that his patients had access healthcare while he was gone, and made sure that none of his patients were in a vulnerable state without help during this time, then this action could be deemed responsible. If not, then it is could be that this action is negligent in some manner and therefore open to litigation. *** Is this okay? This would be like an average to below-average answer quality for me. I feel like the way I answer these questions doesn't really prompt me to take a stance, I somehow find a way to say "I need more details" and that's why I feel like I'm doing something really wrong. I think others would somehow ascribe a pros-and-cons approach to this question? I'd love feedback because I think I'm about to fail this MMI, lol. Thanks in advance!
  6. Thank you to you all. My interview is on Sunday March 6th. I've booked a greyhound with multiple backups if anything is to go wrong on Saturday the 5th. I've booked a hotel near Western and hope to be well-rested going into the interview!
  7. Hey guys, I have my interview over this weekend. I will unfortunately not be able to drive to Western for my interview. I was wondering if any of you would recommend any reliable methods of transportation? I've looked at the greyhounds and VIA Rail and I'm open to any opinions or advice you would have for travelling on either of them. Right now I'm more stressed about getting to my interview than the interview itself, . Thanks!
  8. Nope, I average about 130 and max out at about 162. Honestly, I don't think it was my fingers that held me back, it was more my ability to quickly analyze the scenarios. That being said, I have to restate that I would absolutely hate to be an individual with a low wpm and I do feel that this test promotes a barrier for them.
  9. Well that was interesting. First time writing the CASPer here. I had the 8pm slot on the 29th. A med friend of mine had told me to really focus on evaluating multiple perspectives from everyone involved, so that's what I did and I hope it came out okay. A little annoyed that I did not completely finish my idea for 2 sub-questions, but I think the rest of my responses were strong. I really, really feel for people who are not quick typists writing CASPer.. I average about 130 wpm (lowest 120 highest 160) and I still felt strapped for time in spots.
  10. This is a really silly thing to be worried about but it's getting to me. I have only one laptop and it's prone to crashing semi-often. I'm also not super confident about the fidelity of my home internet. I was wondering .. what are the consequences if something were to go wrong with your PC or internet during CASPer? If my computer crashed, would I be able to restart and continue? Should I just surrender the comfort of my home and write CASPer on a school computer? Any input would be wonderful, thanks!
  11. So I've been seeing some scattered discussion about this and I think it's an interesting topic that warrants a thread. I'm very curious to see how adcoms will compare scores between the old MCAT and the new one. As you guys are probably aware, both tests follow a 15 point scoring system for each of their sections. It is important to note, however, that the percentile ranks of a score on a particular section are not equal across exams. For example, an 11 on the verbal section of the old exam would be in the 95th percentile. The numerical equivalent of this score on the MCAT2015, a 128, would be in the 87th percentile. An easy solution that many have suggested would be for adcoms to look at the percentiles alone. Unfortunately, a comparison with percentiles across exams would only be justifiable if the sections of both exams are very similar to one another. I guess my argument here is that with the changes to the materials being tested in MCAT2015, like in the Physical Science section, the two sections may not represent the same skillset being tested (?) across exams and therefore would not make much sense to compare the percentiles across them. (I'd love to hear your opinions about this point in particular). I think we can all agree that comparing based on numbers alone would not be the ideal way for adcoms to handle this. An 11/11/11 =/= a 128/128/128. I think it would be strange for the adcoms, especially for Western to set the same #-based cut-off for both exams. Anyone who had written the old MCAT would be disadvantaged in this scenario. Finally, the last point I have seen made is to compare WITHIN exams. In other words, for a school like McMaster, apply a z-score to verbal scores of the old mcat and new mcat individually, and grant invitations based on how those applicants faired against others that wrote the same exam. This is definitely a route that could be taken... but I think this is also biased against writers of the old MCAT. Those who score poorly on the old MCAT would be more inclined to re-write, and those who re-write would probably make up a certain population of MCAT2015 writers. This would serve to increase the competitiveness of the old MCAT pool and disadvantage them as a result. Well, that's it for my late night musings. I thought that this was a particularly unique problem due to the MCAT switch and I just wanted to share my views on it! I hope I was coherent (too tired to re-read x_x). Let me know what you guys think!! I'd love to hear what you guys make of all this!
  12. Same boat as you guys. One of my LORs mailed the letter off last Friday and it still appears as outstanding on OMSAS. If my application to U of T comes back rejected because of it, I am going to be so frustrated because of the time I invested into those essays, lol. I think our best bet is to wait it out until OMSAS updates the document section and then find out if they were actually received by the deadline.
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