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iFlayx

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  1. Also first year Class of 2021 here! I honestly think that you could be just overwhelmed at the moment because everything is new. I also don't know anyone in my class previously so everyone was a stranger at first. I've made acquaintances but to say they've become close friends is far from the truth. I think you should give this a bit more time because a lot of the social gatherings and events like interest group meetings, student council, musicals and etc have yet to happen so you will have opportunities meet those with similar interests. Don't force yourself to meet people whom you don't see eye to eye. It's important to find those that share the same passions and interests because that's just how we naturally make friends. One thing I like to say is I do believe that it will help if you can always try to take a bit more initiative by going to these social events or perhaps by asking your peers or group members in class to hang out outside of class. I think 99% of med students in first year are always eager to meet new people and make new relationships, especially during the first couple of weeks. I think you will find it harder as time goes by because people will become busier and less open in general.
  2. The thing is everything judges themselves differently. The best if you are consistently scoring 129 or higher on the practice exams, then it should demonstrate that you can perform equally well on the actual MCAT.
  3. Definitely felt comfortable with all questions. My feeling was that I could always justify my answers in some way. If you feel like you are guessing too many questions, I would go over those questions when practicing and try to explain why the correct answer is correct.
  4. iFlayx

    GPA Worry Med School Hopeful

    I don't believe OP would qualify for Western as they require a full course load for their two best years (10 courses). OP will only have a shot at Queen's after another year of 3.9 at least to give them a last two year GPA above 3.8. To be brutally honest with you, your shot at Canadian medical schools are very very slim. GPA is the single most important factor in admissions and you are no where near competitive for any Canadian school at the moment. Your GPA would qualify for Queen's with another year but Queens is 100% a black box school (check the sub forum) and their post interview odds is also the worst out of all Ontario schools. In regards to the strike, I doubt the schools will accept that as an excuse. If you are dead set on med, you will definitely want to do another undergrad or at least 2 additional years to have better odds and in those two years you should aim very high (at least 3.9). In the meantime I would do the MCAT over the summer. Drop your extracurriculars down so you can focus on school and MCAT first. I cannot stress it enough that extracurriculars are only looked at after your GPA+MCAT.
  5. Nope! You get the same amount of OSAP.
  6. Why not consider USDO schools?
  7. iFlayx

    Effective Personal Statement

    MCAT scores are used as cutoffs in most Canadian medical schools and rarely do Canadian medical schools ask for a personal statement. If you are interested in the US then I would advise visiting SDN forums as there are much more resources there to help you with the PS.
  8. Realistically, the letters behind your name doesn’t matter as long as you can practice as a doctor there is no use to a MD if you can’t find a residency position. If you are competitive for Canada (at least one school), the prevailing advice here is attempt three cycles. So your plan is pretty spot on. Just ace that MCAT because it’s critical at the Ontario schools where you have a shot (Western, Queens, Mac).
  9. Sorry I did make a mistake here. IMGs and CMGs both participate but only about 10% of the seats are available to IMGs. Thanks for the correction
  10. To clarify, the data I am looking at is here: https://www.carms.ca/data-reports/r1-data-reports/r-1-match-interactive-data/ In addition, news outlets have also reported more and more CMGs are unable to find a residency position in Canada. http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/residency-ontario-1.4623120 https://www.thestar.com/vancouver/2018/04/17/official-data-confirms-more-canadian-medical-grads-are-without-residency-positions-than-ever-before.html I apologize if I made any factually incorrect statements. I was suggesting that if you do decide to go abroad, both USDO and Ireland are reasonable options for matching back to Canada because both will be considered IMGs in CaRMS. Therefore it would be up to the individual to set up rotations/electives here. Both are equally required to pass the necessary boards/examinations as well. If you look at the match results of MSUCOM, the most Canadian friendly DO school probably. Their results are here. http://com.msu.edu/Students/Career_Guidance/Match Data/Canadian Match Data 2015-2018.pdf It is very obvious that most end up matching in the US. Now we can look the match list of say RCSI, one of the most popular international destinations. http://rcsi.ie/files/admissions/docs/20170214033104_2017_North_American_Supplement.pdf They also match many to both Canada and the US. In my opinion, IMGs from Ireland and USDO are on equally competing grounds because they are both considered only in the 2nd iteration. At that point, it really is up to the individual to jump through the necessary hurdles to ensure a successful match in the 2nd iteration.
  11. Which part is incorrect?
  12. Yes it is very common for doctors to move back to Canada after completing a residency in the states. However if you go to a DO school you won’t have the MD initials behind your name, if that’s something you care about. If you notice, there are many doctors here with different initials behind their name (MD, MBBS, DO) but in the end once you complete residency in North America, you will have no problem settling up practice in Canada or the US. The reason you don’t see many DOs here is because 1. Most end up in primary care and 2. Most choose to stay in the US. Imagine paying US tuition and cost of living, would you want to make CAD wages to pay back that USD debt? All IMGs(Ireland or USDO) are considered in the second iteration. All Canadians in USMD and Canadian MD schools are considered in the first iteration. Yes you hear people come back as IMGs but you don’t hear about those that don’t come back. It is a very risky route to apply as IMG in Canada.
  13. If your goal is to practice in Canada, you have two options. 1. Doing residency in Canada (this is very very difficult for IMGs. Just look at the CaRMS data. Also keep in mind that CMGs in recent years have had worse and worse match rates due to increased enrollment numbers in Canadian medical schools. So I would expect it to become even harder for IMGs to match here. Not recommended. But if you want to go abroad and match in Canada, Ireland and US will both be equally reasonable. 2. Doing residency in the US then moving back. This is a lot easier. US DO schools have great match rates due to excess residency spots in the US.
  14. Does having contributions in a TFSA with an investment firm like wealthsimple reduce OSAP qualifications? I have some personal savings and would like to max out my yearly TFSA contributions ($5000), which I feel is not a huge risk over the course of med school ($20000/4 years). Anyone with experience in this regard?
  15. iFlayx

    Not sure about my chances

    To add to the above. Once you hit 129 for CARS you will be guaranteed an interview at Western (assuming full course load for your 1st, 3rd and 4th year) and you will be competitive for Queens and MAC (dependent on CASPer). Uoft you will need to calculate your wgpa first. Ottawa is out of reach.
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