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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. ...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 This calculator (which is probably out of date) is an estimate based on some posts on this forum before.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)
  4. 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.
  5. Thanks - I posted this 7 years ago. Didn't drop out, just got more disciplined. I'm a M2 now.
  6. 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
  7. Update: I'm a second year medical student now.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Hey man (or woman), sorry to hear you feel like this. I had a similar situation with moving for med school. It's a tricky conundrum, and one that too, will pass. I moved for med school after matching to my top med school. I was excited to go, excited to see a new city, and begin a new life. For me, that meant breaking up with my girlfriend (long distance wasn't in the cards). Immediately, that euphoria of starting med school faded. I missed her, wanted to go home, and wanted my old life back. It's weird, and I sometimes wonder what life would have been like if I took the schools closer to home (which, were also great schools). I chose this school far away because on paper it seemed great - significantly cheaper tuition (almost graduating debt free), fun city, new life etc. But a part of me was 100% left behind, and I don't think I've been the same person since I left. I'm not sure if it's simply because I'm older, because I'm in med school, or because I miss my day one friends and ex-gf. I'm not sure what to tell you. Life will continue, and you can choose to make it just as good in the new place. In a weird way, it's the optimism that's important. I focused most on what I had lost by moving, rather than the opportunities and new things to be seen/gained. In the life story of "garlic", this will be a blip or a major turning point. Either way the story continues. You can here decide to do many things - break up with your gf, go long distance, or find a way to transfer/match to another program close to home. With respect to your parents, I'm sure you'll find a way to see them. At the end of the day, there are reasons why this was your top choice, and evidently those reasons outweighed the other "life" considerations when you chose it. If you remind yourself of why you chose those reasons, you'll never have a real regret. Unfortunately, as we get older our choices have consistent trade offs. We choose one or a few of the following, money/status/prestige/family/friends/free time, and relinquish some of the others. Hopefully that helps somewhat. If you want, feel free to PM me. Life's hard, especially as we get older.
  12. Yes, those "lost years" would be irrelevant. Med school applicants aren't judged based on the years of life they've lived, but on the things they've achieved. If you do an undergrad like everyone else, and have accomplishments that are better than the other applicants (at whatever age they are) then you'll get in. But getting a near-perfect GPA, doing well on the MCAT, and strategizing ECs is no easy task. It will take time and hard work. It's your decision whether it's worth the sacrifice! But it's definitely possible - your past will not hinder you in any way.
  13. That logic is flawed. It's not that the majority of people want those jobs, it's that there are a few jobs and slightly more people than jobs, creating demand. The # of people who want the jobs > the # of jobs -> demand. Not that the # of people who want academic jobs > # of people who want clinical/basic medical practice jobs.
  14. I'm not sure if that's true in a broad sense. It's about personal preferences. Those positives aren't as big for some people, whereas having true free time might be more important. Also the majority of people don't become academic clinicians, so I think most prefer free time to prestige. This is coming from someone who's considering an academic career.
  15. 87% I think? Sask doesn't care about GPA if you're OOP. It's a cutoff, then it's purely competitive on MCAT total score
  16. I was waitlisted for an interview with a 521 (129 CARS), and then got in after getting the interview.
  17. 1) That's entirely false. In fact, if you're Out-of-Province, you have to sign a form indicating that you *won't* work in Quebec. More specifically, it states that if you work in Quebec, they can place you wherever the need is greatest, and you pay a penalty if you're adamant about working in a given location. However, you're free to go anywhere else in the world and work without issues. As well, tuition in QC is cheaper, so it actually ends up being better for the student provided they don't want to work in a specific place, like Montreal. 2) Yeah, they do really recommend being bilingual. However, I know many, many students who aren't even close to being bilingual. Being able to interact, understand written and spoken French to a basic level is probably ideal. But it's not an official requirement.
  18. Pour moi, j'ai travaillé à temps partielle durant cet été. Pour moi, l'argent m'aider avec les frais d'école, mais pour la plupart j'ai travaillé seulement parce que j'ai eu temps libre après mon internship. La chose plus important est planifier pour ton futur en medecin (et l'internat). Si vous pouvez travaillez sans compromettre tes buts grands, je crois qu'un job peut-etre un bon idée.
  19. Some/most dress casually, but I think in general med students dress better than most. Probably the whole perfectionist personality seeping into their fashion choices. You can see that some people are basically wearing their LOC
  20. I think it would be useful, because it shows you're a good applicant. In a way, you can show CaRMS residencies that you're qualified. On the other hand, it could hint to them that you'd rather go to the US. It's one of the reasons I'm still considering the USMLE.
  21. Great questions. I don't think the residency matters. What matters is that you've signed the contract, and then if you decide to practice in Quebec (at any time in your life it seems, or until that contract is deemed void by another, new law) you are required to practice for 5 years in whatever region they specify. It's largely avoidable by simply... not practicing in Quebec. I took the deal and go to a QC school as an OOP. My tuition is basically halved (if not more), and the only stipulation is not practicing in Quebec. Seems easy enough. Furthermore, a friend of mine (who's from PEI and OOP through some PEI-QC agreement) told me that the CEQ can actually be used as a backup way to get a job if necessary. If you're really out of luck in a tough specialty, they could help to line you up a position (albeit far out in the middle of Quebec). That could be useful as well.
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