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    Hopeful got a reaction from Distancea in The Most Unfair Undergraduate Program   
    I'm pretty amazed with what I've read here. I understand the goal of this program and of the health sciences degree at Mac but the problem I see is equality. 
     
    For QuARMs... Yes, they are most likely exceptional students. However, only a select few people will have access to this opportunity. Also, I ask you if you could pick out the "most likely to succeed as a physician" from your graduating class. I doubt you, or anyone could. EVEN if they could reliably select 10 people with the absolute ability to become physicians, there is no purpose for this program. If their goal is to fast track education then why not simply allow second year undergraduates to apply? If their theory is right, they would select the same 10 people after the first two years of their degree. However, everyone would have the ability to apply, the applicants would be much more mature with a greater life perspective, and the main goal of fast tracking education would persist. For example, an 18 year old was accepted at the U of Alberta this year. 
     
    For the health sciences degree... Again, my argument is based on equality and accessibility. If medical schools are going to accept applications from all schools then all of the schools should have equal acceptance rates. You shouldn't be selected based on an advantage your school gives you. Sure I could fly east and go to McMaster but how many people do? If that is your argument, the same could be said for the lack of access to health care for northern populations. Someone can say "well they can just fly to large cities." That's not equal access in my mind. If the program does in fact provide a benefit to becoming a physician then it should be offered at all the major schools. Either that or it should not be seen as a benefit in your application, which it obviously is currently. 
     
    The medical community has worked VERY hard to achieve equality to access a career as a physician. Whether it be due to costs, race, sex, or location you live, efforts have been made to seek equality. These programs undermine that goal.
     
    My question for the forum is this... What kind of actions (other than typing on a forum) have occurred for our voice to be heard?
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    Hopeful got a reaction from cookacola in The Most Unfair Undergraduate Program   
    I'm pretty amazed with what I've read here. I understand the goal of this program and of the health sciences degree at Mac but the problem I see is equality. 
     
    For QuARMs... Yes, they are most likely exceptional students. However, only a select few people will have access to this opportunity. Also, I ask you if you could pick out the "most likely to succeed as a physician" from your graduating class. I doubt you, or anyone could. EVEN if they could reliably select 10 people with the absolute ability to become physicians, there is no purpose for this program. If their goal is to fast track education then why not simply allow second year undergraduates to apply? If their theory is right, they would select the same 10 people after the first two years of their degree. However, everyone would have the ability to apply, the applicants would be much more mature with a greater life perspective, and the main goal of fast tracking education would persist. For example, an 18 year old was accepted at the U of Alberta this year. 
     
    For the health sciences degree... Again, my argument is based on equality and accessibility. If medical schools are going to accept applications from all schools then all of the schools should have equal acceptance rates. You shouldn't be selected based on an advantage your school gives you. Sure I could fly east and go to McMaster but how many people do? If that is your argument, the same could be said for the lack of access to health care for northern populations. Someone can say "well they can just fly to large cities." That's not equal access in my mind. If the program does in fact provide a benefit to becoming a physician then it should be offered at all the major schools. Either that or it should not be seen as a benefit in your application, which it obviously is currently. 
     
    The medical community has worked VERY hard to achieve equality to access a career as a physician. Whether it be due to costs, race, sex, or location you live, efforts have been made to seek equality. These programs undermine that goal.
     
    My question for the forum is this... What kind of actions (other than typing on a forum) have occurred for our voice to be heard?
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    Hopeful got a reaction from Friendly Magpie in Accepted And Have Questions   
    Alberta is a poor man's BC haha. Great comment. I would say that's fairly accurate but there's also some things Alberta wins over BC. For me it's the outdoor rinks that most places in BC can't make. The river valley is awesome though and campus is basically on the river valley. There's actually a ton of cool things to in and around it. There's 3? ski hills in Edmonton but they are VERY small. Like the poster above said, the rockies are the place to go skiing. 
     
    I live east of the city in the country and there's a couple cool things to do that I know of out here. Lots of people don't know about the blackfoot provincial park which has some cool hiking and cross country skiing trails. 
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    Hopeful got a reaction from Friendly Magpie in Accepted And Have Questions   
    Hey guys, 
     
    so I've been accepted to the U of A and will be choosing to stay here rather than other options. As I start thinking about I realized a lot of people probably have a ton of questions about U of A, Edmonton, living here etc. I know I would if I was moving away. 
     
    MOST OF ALL I AM VERY EXCITED TO MEET THE CLASS. I FEEL LIKE WE HAVE JOINED A FAMILY TOGETHER. 
     
    I have lived in Edmonton my whole life so if anyone has questions about where to live, stuff to do in Edmonton, what the U of A facilities are like etc. I am here to answer some questions and help out my future colleagues. Like I said, can't wait to meet everyone. 
     
    Also...rumour has it that once you accept your invitation you are invited to a Facebook group with everyone in your class so that's an option for questions too. 
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    Hopeful got a reaction from medlink in Calgary Interview Discussion 2015   
    I blame this person
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    Hopeful got a reaction from nick in Calgary Interview Discussion 2015   
    I blame this person
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    Hopeful reacted to sunday in Calgary Interview Discussion 2015   
    jesus. I saw the email with a bit of the preview. they're gonna give people heart attacks when they start emails with the first word being "unfortunately".
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    Hopeful got a reaction from coldpizzahotsriracha in Stubble To Interview   
    I had the same problem last year. I had actually planned to go into the interview with a little bit of stubble (2 days ish) mostly because I was a 2nd year applicant and wanted to look a bit older. 
     
    In the process I did some research. A lot of scientific studies have actually looked at this question and after reading them I basically got the feeling that it made you appear wiser, more mature, and older. That being said... the interview day dawned on me and I decided to shave that morning. 
     
    One cool study actually found that in rating situations people who had stubble when everyone else was clean shaven were selected and vice versa. Here's the link:
    http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/10/4/20130958
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