SunAndMoon

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  1. SunAndMoon liked a post in a topic by Soon2BeMD in Science prereqs   
    My science prereqs have been a major issue for me in the past so I can help you with this! I'm from Concordia as well. I took EXCI 257 for the physiology requirement, CHEM 221 for the university level organic chemistry. I took these 2 courses during my undergrad. I am now taking BIOL 266 (cell bio) as an independent student and BIO1101 (Biologie Moléculaire) at université de Montréal as an independent student as well, since Concordia doesn't have a 200 level molecular biology course that is an equivalent to the BIOL 200 at McGill. If you search each of these courses in McGill's course equivalency system, they all match with the corresponding "recommended courses" at McGill. PM me if you need more details. Hope this helps
  2. Cuttlefish liked a post in a topic by SunAndMoon in Keeping a smile during interviews   
    Smile but under no circumstances should you show teeth. 
    Showing one's teeth is a submission signal in primates. When someone smiles at me, all I see is a chimpanzee begging for its life.
  3. SunAndMoon liked a post in a topic by freewheeler in Keeping a smile during interviews   
    Gotta be liberal with that /s, this is premed101 after all... 
  4. SunAndMoon liked a post in a topic by Cuttlefish in Keeping a smile during interviews   
     
    Hah, I should've included /s in mine as well
  5. medreamer liked a post in a topic by SunAndMoon in Science prereqs   
    Are you in town? If so I'd recommend dropping by then sending an email follow-up to have it in writing.
    I don't know how rigorously the Faculty of Med follows the Course Equivalency System. I wouldn't want to mislead you but I think they are significantly less strict than that.
    Another option you have is going through Athabasca. 
  6. Cuttlefish liked a post in a topic by SunAndMoon in Keeping a smile during interviews   
    Smile but under no circumstances should you show teeth. 
    Showing one's teeth is a submission signal in primates. When someone smiles at me, all I see is a chimpanzee begging for its life.
  7. Cuttlefish liked a post in a topic by SunAndMoon in Keeping a smile during interviews   
    Smile but under no circumstances should you show teeth. 
    Showing one's teeth is a submission signal in primates. When someone smiles at me, all I see is a chimpanzee begging for its life.
  8. SunAndMoon liked a post in a topic by shakeshake in Lying on med school applications   
    I would start by informing the person that what they are doing is absolutely unacceptable and unethical and that if they submit their application with said lies you will and should feel morally obligated to report them. Do you want someone with this character trait taking care of your family members?
    I think if I was in your shoes I would need reasonably substantial proof that they've submitted an honest application if they told you they would be falsifying it to the extent you've described. Even then, I would probably still report it and trust that the system will look into it and act appropriately (ignore your claim if he didn't falsify his application, or take your claim seriously if he did). Contacting individual medical schools might be a lot of work, but a clear professional email with your concerns to OMSAS +/- any OOP you're aware of would be reasonable. 
  9. SunAndMoon liked a post in a topic by JohnGrisham in Anthropology?   
    Sure why not? Anything that gets you a high GPA is good. IF you like it and can excel, then do it. 

    Most canadian schools dont even have pre-reqs anymore, so you can self teach yourself the material too, to score well on the MCAT.
  10. SunAndMoon liked a post in a topic by Ecilaa in I Am Done   
    OP, PM me their names (or something that can identify them) and I'll report them.
  11. SunAndMoon liked a post in a topic by JohnGrisham in Lying on med school applications   
    If you know for a fact they are lying, and not just inferences and heresay. Collect your evidence and report them.

    Anyone with a brain should know that lying on the application is wrong, and shouldnt be going into medicine. We already have enough people who didn't lie, but are still equally as pathological in medicine. 
  12. SunAndMoon liked a post in a topic by shady in With a total of 145 Canadian medical student participants who were unsuccessful in securing a residency position after both iterations, this is the highest number of unmatched CMGs our nation has ever seen.   
    Grads don’t have a right to match. They need to earn it. I dont believe we should hand out residency positions to people who are having trouble matching in the current already lopsided system, with more positions than grads
     
    1:1.2 ratio is way to low. 1:1.01 is more reasonable
  13. SunAndMoon liked a post in a topic by ellorie in With a total of 145 Canadian medical student participants who were unsuccessful in securing a residency position after both iterations, this is the highest number of unmatched CMGs our nation has ever seen.   
    While the CFMS push for increasing CMG spots is getting the most attention here - I actually think that the other measures they suggested are super reasonable and important.  Standardizing and implementing supports for unmatched students is a great idea, and particularly standardizing the "extended clerkship" concept.
    I also think that the distribution of spots continues to be an issue.  If residency spots are added, they should be in those specialties where additional physicians are needed (FM [especially rural FM], psychiatry, etc), and I'd say many unmatched students would not be willing to practice those specialties.  A large chunk of those 145 did not even go into the second round for whatever reason, likely due to unwillingness to end up in any of the available specialties.  We can open up more spots, but if the unmatched folks are only willing to accept, for example, surgical specialties, and that's why they've gone unmatched, it's not going to solve anything.  Many of the spots that IMGs end up in are spots that CMGs don't want, including spots that require ROS.
    I think there needs to be a major re-allocation of residency spots to align supply with demand for physicians in those areas, and to prevent people from finishing specialties and finding that there are no jobs for them.
  14. qnzjlo liked a post in a topic by SunAndMoon in Recommencer à 40 ans...   
    Yeaaaaaaah no, none of that is true. 
    Personne n'impose quoi que ce soit a quiconque. McGill est une bonne faculte pour des gens un peu plus ages.
    Xanoreem, pour ce qui est de ta situation, tu dois faire tes cours de science prerequis et probablement faire un bacc avant de rentrer. C'est vrai que tu serais un des plus ages par contre et que c'est un long parcours.  Donc autant pour toi que pour le comite d'admissions, il serait peut etre important d'avoir des motifs plus approfondis que "pourquoi pas"
  15. SunAndMoon liked a post in a topic by m_jacob_45 in U of T Frequently Asked Questions   
    If you accept McGill, you are still able to get accept an Ontario school. You will however lose your deposit, but that's the only negative effect. 
  16. trimethoprim liked a post in a topic by SunAndMoon in 6 failed classes - MD chances????   
    Submit them. You can still make it in schools that look at latest undergrad, 2y, 3y, etc. If you get caught you are absolutely done. In terms of fairness it's also a really shitty thing to do. I've failed a class, I've gotten a whole bunch of C's, still ended up getting in.
  17. Snowmen liked a post in a topic by SunAndMoon in Correction Examens - Injustice?   
    McGill donne pas les points non plus. questions do get taken off and i think that is the norm 
  18. Snowmen liked a post in a topic by SunAndMoon in Correction Examens - Injustice?   
    McGill donne pas les points non plus. questions do get taken off and i think that is the norm 
  19. SunAndMoon liked a post in a topic by GabriellaGE in 6 failed classes - MD chances????   
    Agreed thanks 
  20. SunAndMoon liked a post in a topic by rogerroger in Why not family med?   
    Old post but just noticed this response. 
    If taking great satisfaction in successfully managing multiple critically ill patients gives me a "complex", then I will wear it with pride.
    But if you or a loved one ever require the services of my colleagues or myself then you should be thankful such career satisfaction is found in these trying circumstances. Otherwise there would be few people around to help. Such motivations are found often in critical care, trauma, emergency medicine and many other specialities that manage the most acute patients day and night. 
    Such motivation is every bit as valid as those who enjoy building longitudinal patient care relationships etc. in family medicine or elsewhere. 
    Different people like different things. It is a good thing it's like that considering the diversity of care settings existent. 
  21. SunAndMoon liked a post in a topic by ItsBeenReal in Why not family med?   
    I'm not trying to start an argument but to say that PT is a limited field is just wrong. Ortho (inpatient, outpatient, post-op LE & UE, sports injury) Neuro (post stroke rehab, CP rehab,pakinsons, CNS tumours and so much more), Cardio resp (COPD patients, lung and heart transplants, bypass surgeries etc.), Burns, amputees, pelvic floor rehab, cancer rehab, etc. I don't care about why you left PT after a year, but to reduce the entire field as being limited is just wrong.
  22. SunAndMoon liked a post in a topic by ralk in Why not family med?   
    I completely agree that prestige is part of the typical M1 resistance to FM. However, I think there's a practical argument for the initial aversion to FM as well. It's comparatively easy to make a late switch to FM, but harder to make a late switch away from FM. As students can get type-casted based on their preferences early on, it's probably advantageous to publicly lean towards something more competitive (and typically prestigious), while keeping FM as a real option privately, than to advertise a desire for FM while harboring ambitions for another, more competitive specialty. In that sense, I don't think it's maturity that's lacking for M1s in avoiding FM, but experience and certainty about what would be the best option for them - in the face of doubt, better to aim "high" (ie more competitive) than "low".
    It's fair to say you want depth rather than breadth as a reason not to choose FM, but if you're talking about being limited by your specialty's scope overall, that's not really a fair criticism of FM. Every specialty has limits on what they can or should do, and FM arguably has less of those restrictions than specialists, because of the breadth of being a generalist. FPs essentially get to choose which cases they keep and for how long, while specialists are limited by what's in their field. While referrals are often recommended at certain stages, FPs can handle complex cases if they feel comfortable doing so, and often that does happen. Where referrals are often done, it's a much a matter of resources as it is expertise - specialists typically have equipment, supplies, and supports that FM docs don't. It's also worth pointing out that few specialists handle truly complex cases independently - they very often refer these patients out for help from other specialists, in addition to calling on the patients' FPs for help on aspects of care.