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  1. macd

    50% off Lasik Eye Surgery?!?!

    Yes, the same discount for med students was also available for residents.
  2. My last point is referring to disability insurance, not life insurance.
  3. Thanks for your help! As someone with a spouse, I assume it would be a good idea to get life insurance then? Would my LOC essentially get dumped onto my spouse if not? I was told by my bank that you cannot get disability insurance until you are a resident because it doesn't apply to students with no income.
  4. Do people generally get life and critical illness insurance on their LOC?
  5. Same^, I wouldn't be surprised if we are dealing with the same advisor.
  6. I was also told this. I basically told them that I'm going to scotia if this is the case, and they didn't do anything about it. It seems silly for a bank to give up a lifelong customer with high earning potential just to not waive fees for VIP account for 3 extra years.... Anyways, at least they made my decision easier.
  7. I don't know about uOttawa specifically, but I know Lasik MD has a pretty sweet deal with med students and residents. I think I was quoted $800 off per eye compared to the original quote I received.
  8. Scotiabank also offered me a 2 year grace period after residency FYI.
  9. OP, I can certainly relate to your situation. I also applied 4 times and had interviews at both UofA and UofC for 2 years without getting in. I finally was accepted this year. Some advice I wish I could tell myself before I got accepted: -I know you say that medicine is the only career you see yourself happy doing, but I think it's really important to challenge this belief. I went "all in" for medicine for 3 years, which is soul-crushing when it doesn't work out. This cycle I took a completely different approach, where I started to really think about other career paths that I could see myself doing. I decided to apply to other programs, which took away the pressure of my life depending on my med application results. -This actually goes against some of the other advice on here, but as for the interview, I actually took a more laid back approach this year. My third time applying, I practiced excessively with several people, and I still wasn't accepted. This year I decided to do a little bit of prep on my own and that's it. Although this may not work for you, I think it ultimately worked for me because I was better able to be myself at the interview without sounding rehearsed or insincere. -Lastly, this process is exhausting and cruel. I think the biggest thing that changed in this last cycle for me was shifting my mentality from med being the end all, be all for me. I realized I would enjoy and be successful at a lot of other careers. To sum up, I would keep trying in Canada. Stop putting pressure on yourself and work towards something else in the meantime that you think would be a good option for you if med doesn't work out. I'm sorry you're going through this, but just know that your rejection does not define you (something I have to convince myself for 3 years). Good luck!
  10. Thank you!!! Is there a Facebook group started yet?
  11. macd

    crying during interview?

    I agree that it does have a lot to do with the interviewers. I disagree that it is a way to ensure your application is rejected (as I am proof this is not the case). At the end of the day, it is probably best not to cry if you can, but don't beat yourself up over it if it happens. Ultimately, it's something you can't control and it's not something worth stressing over in preparation for your interview. Just be authentic and the interviewers will appreciate it.
  12. macd

    crying during interview?

    I got emotional during one of my interview stations this year and teared up quite a bit. I thought I was completely screwed after the interview and out of all the interviews I've ever done, I thought this one was the worst. Well I ended up getting in at that school! So in my particular case, it wasn't detrimental BUT I agree with bearded frog that it probably has a lot to do with the timing of it. It was a very personal question where I cried, but you probably shouldn't start crying at every simple question haha.
  13. Hello! I just had a couple questions about the start of the MD program for current students: 1. It says on the letter of acceptance that August 27th is the start date - I just wanted to confirm that this is the start day for orientation? I'm planning out a trip in August and want to make sure I won't need to be home any earlier than that date. 2. Do we have to get any first aid/CPR training before we start school? I didn't see anything on the offer about it, but I remember hearing about it at some point. 3. Should we be worrying about getting a stethoscope yet or will this be done when we start school? Thanks in advance for your help!
  14. I got in to u of a today so i will be taking my name off the waitlist. Good luck to everyone still waiting. This is my 4th time applying so if I can give any advice, it is to honestly never give up if this is something you really want to do.
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