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    marauder4life got a reaction from BeeDoc in Uoft Interview Discussion 2015   
    Really hoping it's today and not tomorrow. I don't think I can wait another 24 hours lol :$
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    marauder4life got a reaction from boggie111 in Uoft Interview Discussion 2015   
    Is it just me or is this weekend going by really slow?? Waiting anxiously for the "early next week" when rest of the invitations go out! Good luck to those still waiting to hear back!
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    marauder4life got a reaction from medhopeful2015 in Uoft Interview Discussion 2015   
    Is it just me or is this weekend going by really slow?? Waiting anxiously for the "early next week" when rest of the invitations go out! Good luck to those still waiting to hear back!
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    marauder4life got a reaction from MartinA in Uoft Interview Discussion 2015   
    Is it just me or is this weekend going by really slow?? Waiting anxiously for the "early next week" when rest of the invitations go out! Good luck to those still waiting to hear back!
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    marauder4life got a reaction from numero0121407 in Uoft Interview Discussion 2015   
    Is it just me or is this weekend going by really slow?? Waiting anxiously for the "early next week" when rest of the invitations go out! Good luck to those still waiting to hear back!
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    marauder4life reacted to MathToMed in Uoft Interview Invites/regrets 2015   
    TIME STAMP: March 25th - 2:06PM
    Result: Regrets
    cGPA: 3.6, 3.8ish if eligible for weighting
    MCAT: 12/10/11
    ECs: Extensive IMHO - some research, lots of teaching, work with underprivileged youth, elder populations, some hospital
    Essays: Felt great, spent nearly two weeks working on them because I was so close to an interview last year
    Year: B.Sc, M.Sc (Math), B.Ed complete, second masters in progress
    Geography: IP
     
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    To be honest, if I hadn't already resigned myself to giving up medicine and pursuing other goals, I'd be utterly crushed by this. Absolutely devastated. Last year I was held onto until the last second when interviews were full (interview wait-list I assume?) so I figured I needed to better myself and I'd be pushed every so slightly up the list, into a coveted interview spot.
     
    Either the applicant pool was much stronger this year (I'm not sure about this, as the applicant pool has actually shrunk by several hundred!), or whoever reviewed my file last year determined that I was eligible for weighting, and this year I wasn't...I've bettered myself in almost every way this cycle (sinking many hours into an MCAT re-write, substantial amounts of volunteering with "difficult patients" among other things, meticulously agonizing over every minuscule detail of my application, picked up a second masters), and it hasn't shown at all. In fact, I've absolutely no idea how long ago I was actually cut which makes things even harder (for all I know, this year they took one look at me, went "Pfft" and figuratively threw my app in the garbage).
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    marauder4life reacted to medhopeful2015 in Uoft Interview Discussion 2015   
    Oh my gosh I seriously can't handle this wait!! I know a large proportion of people who got rejection emails yesterday. There is hope for us still! Good luck every one I hope that we all get to see each other in April. Remember: Good things come to those who wait! 
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    marauder4life reacted to BeeDoc in Uoft Interview Discussion 2015   
    Sorry to hear that, MathToMed. I haven't been on PM101 long, but in the time that I have been active I've seen you give members of this community nothing but support and encouragement. I think this just goes to show that the admissions process is far from perfect. Best of luck to you in the future!
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    marauder4life reacted to dreamcometrue in Uoft Interview Discussion 2015   
    No one knows for sure. Just hope for the best. Could be another wave by the end of the week.
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    marauder4life reacted to frostycappuccino in Uoft Interview Discussion 2015   
    If we haven't been rejected yet, are we on the waitlist for interviews or will there just be more rounds of rejection coming later?
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    marauder4life got a reaction from swell9 in Uoft Interview Discussion 2015   
    I know what you mean. I feel awful even though they said they will continue to send invites next week. I feel like majority of the invites might have already gone out today and with that the chances of getting invited decrease
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    marauder4life got a reaction from Fleming in Uoft Interview Discussion 2015   
    Not sure at all, but that's what I feel based on how it was for all of the previous interview weekends. To me, it seems like they send majority of the invites on the first invitation day and then very few afterwards. I would love to be proven wrong about this though. 
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    marauder4life reacted to Field87ven in Uoft Interview Discussion 2015   
    Thank you! Got the invite at about 2:42pm today. 
     
    PS - Hang in there, I only wish you the best of news .
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    marauder4life reacted to Field87ven in Uoft Interview Discussion 2015   
    Just got the invite as well. Hang in there everyone!
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    marauder4life reacted to RichardHammond in Uoft Interview Discussion 2015   
    Me too! I didn't have high hopes for Toronto so this is a huge pleasant surprise. My hands are shaking like mad.
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    marauder4life reacted to penguin04 in Uoft Interview Discussion 2015   
    I just got an invite!
     
    Good luck everyone
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    marauder4life reacted to ralk in Think Twice About Medicine   
    To the OP - I can't imagine what you're going through right now, it is every student's nightmare to go unmatched, especially when going for what has historically been considered a non-competitive specialty. The last two years have been rough for the CaRMS match, as spots have not kept pace with the expanded number of graduating Canadian Medical Students, and Family Medicine didn't escape that change in overall competitiveness.
     
    Please don't give up - you're not the only one this has happened to and many unmatched applicants in the first round do eventually find a residency. There's still the second iteration with many Fam Med spots available. Talk to your school and lobby hard for their help in finding a position - most schools work hard help their students land a residency and unlike other specialties, Family Medicine programs often have some wiggle room when it comes to taking on an additional resident or two. It sucks, this is the time you want to just stop, but it's also the time you have to push harder than you ever have to get what you want.
     
    Talk to your bank if you haven't, explain your situation and outline the extreme lengths you're going to in order to secure a residency. They're not idiots - they know the best way for them to get their money is for you to get a residency. As long as you can show that everything's being done to make that happen, I'd hope they'd be willing to work out an arrangement on the off chance you don't find something this year. Talk to your school if, for whatever reason, this doesn't happen. Other banks may be an option as well, to transfer your LOC.
     
     
    To those considering medicine reading this thread - going unmatched in the first iteration of the CaRMS match is, even these days, uncommon. Nearly 97% of Canadian Medical Graduates applying in their graduating year matched in the first iteration. More than a few of those remaining 3% match into a position in the second round, find a position after the match, or find a position in the following year. There are tried-and-true strategies to prevent going unmatched - applying broadly, backing up appropriately into less competitive specialties, ranking all programs that you would consider an acceptable match. Sometimes, even with a good match strategy and no obvious weaknesses on an application, people do go unmatched. When applying to Medical School, you should be aware that this is a possibility, however remote it may be. But don't let it scare you away from the field. There are good reasons to choose a career outside of medicine, but as of this moment, difficulty finding a residency is not a major one - the vast majority of individuals successfully match.
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    marauder4life got a reaction from medhopeful2015 in Uoft Interview Discussion 2015   
    Was going through the comments on the UofT blog and it seems like invitations for April 18th won't really come out before April such a long wait...need to stop obsessing over this, but I can't help it. :$
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    marauder4life got a reaction from MDtingz in Uoft Interview Discussion 2015   
    Was going through the comments on the UofT blog and it seems like invitations for April 18th won't really come out before April such a long wait...need to stop obsessing over this, but I can't help it. :$
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    marauder4life reacted to Organomegaly in 2015 Post Interview Discussion   
    http://www.md.utoronto.ca/Assets/FacMed+Digital+Assets/Undergraduate+Medicine+Education+MD+Program/Admissions$!2c+Awards$!2c+$!26+Financial+Services+Office/Considerations+for+unsuccessful+applicants.pdf
     
    Look at slide 24
     
    Applicant received interview, had a strong interview performance, no offer
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    marauder4life reacted to makingfetchhappen in Ethical Questions   
    Totally agree that this is why they are asking. But, this is why I hate this question.
     
    The analogy is not apt at all!
     
    If you were a doctor, and you saw another doctor acting unethically, you are pretty much duty bound to report them. Also, you can call the college and ask them anonymously what is the best thing to do. 
     
    Yes the stakes are higher (a student failing vs. another doctor facing discipline), but it's almost easier when you are in that position of responsibility. It's like "sorry, my hands are tied, I have to do this".
     
    Of course, you can try to work out certain problems privately without reporting the person. The example above about coming to work drunk. If another doctor came to work drunk or high, you would need to figure out what was going on. Maybe he found out that day that his wife was cheating on him, and this was a one-off thing. But, maybe he has a problem and his patients' interests are at risk. You would need to do some investigating, and if you thought it was the former, you could talk to your friend and keep an eye on him without reporting him. I would still make an anonymous call to the college to make sure that this approach was acceptable of course. If they disagreed, I would follow through on reporting my peer. It would not be pretty, but you do what you have to do. Your obligations to your patients and the public are paramount and that is the end of the story.
     
    With the other examples above, the same considerations are not at play. I really dislike cheaters, but would I report them? I don't know. Sure they are compromising the fairness of the system, and I would want to stop them. I might try to take other steps to stop them than reporting them. It's much more of a grey area and I feel like schools asking this question are almost asking students to lie.
     
    Would you really tell on your cheating friend, really? Probably not. Would you really report the negligent doctor working with you? I hope so.
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    marauder4life reacted to AIsForApple in Ethical Questions   
    Yeah sorry, I was going to elaborate, but I had to rush that response because I had to run. In my mind, I would talk to him first to encourage him to come clean on my own. Say it will only be worse if he's found out later, ask him why he cheated in the first place, was there something going on in his personal life that prevented him from studying and compelled him to cheat to make the grade, etc. etc. Ultimately though if he is adamant not to confess, I would report him anonymously, and yeah, he will probably figure out it was me, but that is a consequence I would have to live with. I don't think there is really a way to play both sides and come out unscathed on this one.
     
    Regarding the friend vs stranger thing, I would only say the friendship matters because it is telling of the persons character. Hopefully you make good judgement calls when choosing your friends, so in my mind it is more likely that the the person would've cheated out of desperation or ignorance (maybe it's a plagiarism case or something). Other than that I would still choose the same course of action ultimately
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    marauder4life reacted to decentcigars in Ethical Questions   
    Second chance sounds good to me- shows that you're compassionate, understand that people make mistakes, and frankly not a tattle-tail lol. The only thing I would add is perhaps try to engage the person on WHY they feel they had to cheat/come to work drunk. Try and address the underlying causes of these actions to see if they can be prevented/dealth with.
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    marauder4life reacted to robclem21 in Uoft Interview Discussion 2015   
    It said University of Toronto (don't know the number since caller ID put the name there). They sent me an email once I told them I would be able to attend the date they offered.
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    marauder4life reacted to MedBeats101 in Uoft Interview Discussion 2015   
    Hi everyone,

    For those of you who got a phone call from U of T regarding an interview, what number came up on your phone? Also, did they send you an email as well?
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