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  1. It's surprisingly uncommon, actually. I wish it was more common! The purpose of publicly funded medical schools are to produce doctors for the public system, so these endeavours are often seen as running counter to the goals of the system. MD/PhDs on the other hand are more likely to get involved in these things, simply because they have the resources to tinker, and the time (3 years for research).
  2. One of my best purchases ever was a set of construction grade ear muffs. I used them to study for my MCAT and sleep in a noisy house. Best $20 I've ever spent.
  3. Preclerskhip isn't a "joke" - it's kind of a grind, but I agree it doesn't feel super important. Study as much as you can and want, and don't stress - the real learning will come after. You'll realize that most of the detail you're taking in during preclerkship will go out the window, and those major concepts that will be important will stick.
  4. ...honestly, if CASPer is killed, you could get into McMaster. This calculator (which is probably out of date) is an estimate based on some posts on this forum before. https://casperfect.ca/mcmaster-medicine-2#calculator With a 132 CARS (100th percentile), you could cancel out a 3.1 GPA (almost 0th percentile, since 3.0 GPA is the Mac application minimum). If you score well on CASPer, you could get an interview. Post-interview, it's 70% interview score, 15% GPA, 15% CARS. Assuming again that your CARS and GPA cancel out to make you "average", it becomes almost entirely based on your interview score. You can see the formula here: https://mdprogram.mcmaster.ca/md-program-admissions/how-we-select/selecting-our-students It's really a math problem here - your ECs don't matter, and if you kill CASPer (the only subjective part in this equation), you could get in. The CASPer marking scheme was also sort of leaked by an Australian university. PM me if you need any advice! P.S. I also went to UTSG, so I feel your pain (by GPA was more competitive, but I still feel your pain lol)
  5. Hey! Yes, I know one former nurse in my class. They're a great student, and honestly seem super knowledgeable. So it's definitely possible.
  6. Thanks - I posted this 7 years ago. Didn't drop out, just got more disciplined. I'm a M2 now.
  7. tbh man just email the admissions department, they'll give you a firm answer in writing. But I also don't think anyone really seriously looks at your grades post-acceptance, as long as you've got passing grades and a decent GPA (probs not necessary to have a 4.0). I got in after a gap year (so no pending grades) and pretty sure my acceptance was "conditional" too LOL
  8. Update: I'm a second year medical student now.
  9. I had the exact same choice, and chose McGill! PM me if you want more info. I'm in 2nd year now, and do want to match back to UofT.
  10. From what I remember you had to put in your OMSAS number to be able to even register. A way to prevent people from using it for practice or seeing the questions beforehand or something.
  11. Honestly, the trick is to worry most about your own progress and no one else's. I used to be like you, and had people like "Josh" in my life. Over time, I just stopped caring, and wanted to work at being better for my own sake. These days, I'm starting to lose that perspective, and your post reminded me that I need to do that. If we live to compete, we'll win at games we never wanted to win. Don't become a doctor to beat Josh, do it for you. It's a tricky thought. There's also a whole branch of philosophy that says our desires are *all* copied from seeing what others want. Now that I'm in med school, I find myself wanting the dumb things my peers want - money, prestige, instagram likes - instead of being my happiest self (which at the end of the day, only needs *some* of that). Good luck, PM me if you want any more advice.
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