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  1. Just want to say this is an amazing thread. I was having doubts too (esp today) but there's some great perspectives here. Thanks!
  2. Yeah, I think the size was just a bit over which is why I got confused. I simply used a picture from a while ago instead and it worked great!
  3. TIME STAMP: 2:15 pm MST Result: Invite cGPA: 4.0 MCAT: 517 ECs: A lot of employment in research, retail, and community services. Volunteering. Pretty standard I think. Year: MSc Geography : IP Long time lurker (kind of), but this is my first interview out of like 3 cycles. So needless to say this is pretty exciting
  4. Have you been in Alberta since August of this year?
  5. Just out of curiosity, do you know if this deferral policy applies to other schools such as UofC? That is, can you ask for a deferral if you get accepted at UofA and are attending graduate studies at UofC?
  6. I think like, you are ultimately the person to make the call. If it were me though, it sounds like you don't really know her too well, and I would do that first before trying for anything serious. Maybe like just talk to her and get to know her more first? See if she is seeing anyone? Does she have any rings? Maybe go for a coffeebreak sometime after the shift? it is a volunteer position so I would watch out for professionalism, but at the same time, you are probably not going to be working with her forever, and if a potential, meaningful relationship comes out of it I think it might be worth at least attempting. But do so with caution and preparation. But uhh dating advice on premed101....yeah...I dunno what else you expect.
  7. I really don't like this move from UofA, and I understand that I may be biased, but I also feel like that there are some things that are not emphasized enough. First off, as many people have pointed out, a 4.0 GPA or so has nothing to do with an individual's social skills and ability to interact empathetically with their community. The stereotype of the bookworm student is a remnant of the past that holds little water in today's medical admissions process, with its increasing emphasis on subjective, personable experiences. I'm sure many individuals with these "4.0 GPAs and stellar MCATs" are fine, perhaps even better, at holding conversations, facing adversity, or advocating for a just cause. We need to distance ourselves from this perspective. I guess my other concern is in general, the deemphasis on GPA across Canada. Now, I understand the importance of extracurriculars and the growing grade inflation in university, but dam, did I have to really work at it to attain a decent GPA. And no, not every student that has had decent grades is from an affluent background or has, in some way, "grade-grubbed" or taken "bird courses" to attain such grades. My GPA is more than just a number or a measure of intelligence...its an indicator of my perseverance, hardwork, and willingness to go above and beyond what is taught in difficult courses. As I've advocated in the past in this forum, it completely appalls me that such a number may now be meaningless at so many schools, in favour of arguably more subjective forms of assessment such as ECs and casper. Of course, this is all hypothetical considering that the information we received from OP may or may not be real. But dam, this is discouraging. UofA was the best shot I had at a medical career, and now with all these changes...I don't even know!
  8. I think the MCAT requirement would be 518+. I applied with a 517 for 2 consecutive years and couldn't receive an interview.
  9. Going onto my third cycle and fifth mcat rewrite. Just wanted to reach out to everyone here and say that you are far from alone. Don't give up hope! But I do understand though, that statement is far too redundant nowadays and appears disingenous. We hear it too often that "you will become a great physician someday" or "you just have to keep trying", but then you think to yourself, "you do not have the slightest clue" or "but how can you be so sure?". We also hear "but the fact that you are trying so hard will make you a better, more determined physician in the future", but it gets to a high enough point where you ask "how could so much unnecessary agony justify or make someone a better person?". At what point are we delusional about trying to become physicians? Time and time again I've watched the people close to me move on with their lives, almost effortlessly while I'm stuck here in limbo. You begin to critically review yourself, thinking "what the hell is wrong with me?" or maybe "I just don't have what have it takes" or "some people are just not meant for this". I've always had to try harder than my peers, as I wasn't exactly a smart person...so... But look, we need to be our own therapists. You have a place here. This is your life, and you need to take a hold of it as much as we can. I think we get too wrapped into the mindset of a premed that we forget to look at things objectively, and how much we have actually accomplished. My suggestion is that if you ever do feel robotic or out of place, to look up CBT, or cognitive behavioural therapy, and treat yourself. I try to reflect on my actions in a purely objective light, away from any negative social or personal influences/thoughts. What steps, would I need to take to get to the place where I want to be? Is there really a justified need to be worrying about this thing x? Does it really matter if "person X" got into med school and I didn't? What's the backup here? Just take one step at a day, and from what I've known, everything tends to work out in the end. 2-3 years is nothing when you're older. -Just wanted to add: By no means though, should this replace professional mental health counselling. Please seek help if you really feel like you need it.
  10. Yeah, the subjective assessment of academics dropped for me by more than 30 points, even though my GPA improved and now demonstrates an upward trend. Quite puzzling, but I suppose it's because the pool has changed or they are looking for different things.
  11. Uh wtf? Seriously? Who do you think are to judge and patronize people? Great, you got into med school, but you know what? That was seriously uncalled for and I truly hope that you were trolling or just in some weird/drunken mental state to make this post. My god... also, OP feel free to pm me. You're not alone in this marathon!
  12. No doubt we have heard it before: The incessant narcissm and egoism of millenials and generation y is too widespread and causing us to take everything we have for granted. We don't "work hard enough". We "have it easy". We just don't know "what true hardship" really is. My contention with the author is that, as others have posted, he seems to strongly appeal to the aforementioned belief and older generation. I also find it it ironic that he quotes C.S. Lewis, as he himself appears to partake in this "chronological snobbery". I believe he goes overboard in asking medical admissions to implement lectures on humanities and philosophy, when a closer examination and more revealing self-reflection can be just as achieved through experience and community involvement. Possibly, his bias towards the humanities and philosophy could be a factor towards such radical suggestions to a curriculum that is already heavy as it is. Yes, he does mention that a lot of his concerns are generalizations ("many educators and learned do not fit this broad picture"), but I would appreciate if he could have placed greater emphasis on the "learners" being a generalization rather than the "mentors". Such focus only further reveals his bias and favour to an older, "wiser" generation. Hardship is extremely personal and subjective; not every med student I'm sure feels entitled and I think he needs to stress that even more. I do not entirely disagree with the author. however. To his credit, many of his statements may serve as potential warnings to certain groups in the medical student community, and encourage change to those groups. His application of the humanities and philosophies provokes thought on the non-scientific aspects that affect how physicians present themselves within the broader community. All in all though, I just think he takes it too far. Moving on. On the other hand, I do find that his comments regarding the backpacks and white coat ceremony to have some validity. First off, the backpacks I believe do encourage a sense of community, but does impart a sense of separatism from the community. The white coat ceremony offers a chance for future physicians to connect with their peers, celebrate their achievements with friends/family, and reinforce the hippocratic oath, but again may promote elitism. Personally, I do not have an issue with any of these, except for when individuals seemingly flaunt their new backpacks and white coat ceremony pictures over social media repeatedly. One time is alright, but entire photo albums and comments on aspirations for the future? Even though I'm not a current or upcoming med student, I can see how individuals may feel bitter or envious of their peers who are finally taking their next steps in life. I can also see how, as the author posits, a sense of entitlement may be fostered among med students. However, I disagree with a proposition above that only the most anxious or neurotic individuals are susceptible to such negativity->every individual is vulnerable, especially for something that takes years and years of hard work. Out of respect for my peers, if I ever do enter medicine, I would like to only use the backpack during my time in school; otherwise, my current backpack will do just fine. I would even prefer to use my current backpack. Sure, it's none of my business how others feel, and I doubt that their feelings would reach me, but why not take that step to avoid the aforementioned negativity?
  13. I don't think the rejection letter specifies what you "need" to get on the EC section, but you can sure infer what you need to improve or "get". For example, I received the rejection letter with a 6 in personal activities despite above average GPA+MCAT+being an employed OOP non-trad, and thus my grades weren't able to compensate. Therefore, it seems like I would need a slightly higher EC score like a 7. Moreover, it seems like a point or two off the "mean" resembles a bell curve, in that the further away you are, the more it hurts you. Other thoughts...Alberta's move to a more EC focused school, as noted by other users, parallels that of UofC. The interviewee pool will definitely shift, and I'm sure this can only be a good thing in increasing our healthcare's diversity and social attributes. With the introduction of casper, it will be really interesting to see if UofA continues on this path in the future and how it will impact the applicant pool/application grading scheme. However, I only hope that there is sufficient recognition that GPA+MCAT is more than just a number or measure of academic ability. It really is an indicator of hard work, dedication, and perseverance...and yes, some programs are different than others, but the non-academic attributes derived from academic measures, in my opinion, were just as important for me in growing through university and learning to push through hard times despite external circumstances.
  14. On the flip side, rewriting the mcat might be a good idea to at least consider. I'm in a similar situation to you OP (actually pretty much exact same stats over multiple cycles) as a non-trad currently working, and suffice to say, I haven't done anything truly amazing in extracurriculars or in school. I've also rewritten the mcat more than enough times that I'm pretty confident to do well enough on the sciences, and thus rewriting just for CARS seems reasonable to me and something I'll do this year. The reality is that the process is getting more competitive with a seemingly greater emphasis on non-academic attributes. I believe that many people are like you and myself (at least from what I read from your post). I'm definitely an average joe kind of person (undergrad exec for clubs, volunteering in places that I'm passionate about, publications, retail work, lots of employment, etc), and feel that I can't really stand out without a better CARS. Another (albeit more radical) option could be moving to another province. A masters perhaps if you like research? OP, feel free to pm me if you want more info! Good luck!
  15. Seems like an interviewing issue, or perhaps just bad luck. How are you practicing for interviews? Perhaps look to groups that can give you an objective evaluation on your performance (premed groups on campus or toastmasters), or maybe a consulting company (be cautious of these though). Can definitely relate to the "something is wrong with me" feeling. However...you are already ahead of the game having received interview invites. Stay connected with peers and colleagues, and continue to live out life...sometimes, it's hard to remind ourselves that life doesn't revolve around med apps. You seem like a great candidate, and I would be thinking not "if", but "when".
  16. I think it's also good to always try to keep in mind the "big picture". Like what is the instructor trying to get at? What is the point of this slide? How does this impact these other concepts that I'm trying to learn? What does this really mean?
  17. Hey, I am truly sorry that things didn't work out for you and I can only imagine how hard it must have been, but it seems like you are taking the right steps at getting yourself back on track. Take the 8 months, recover, listen to the doctor, and truly reflect to see how you can improve when you start school again. Have you tried using office hours? Study groups? Do you understand the material rather than having just memorized it? Practice tests? University is a whole different ballgame, but I feel that from your previous grades and how you handled this situation/took initiative that you can absolutely do well in university the next time around. I've graduated, but if you want you can message me and perhaps I could help. Also on a side note, 4chan is a dangerous place to be imo and I would probably take any advice you get from it with a grain of salt, especially from areas like soc, r9k, adv, and such. Some of the stuff may be interesting and funny (sometimes its 10/10 hilarious) and provide new perspectives, but I find that it can be overtly misogynistic/alt-right/racist/sexist...just not a good place to be as it can be really, really depressing/shift your worldview to a negative light. Just from what I think, stick to reality and (sometimes) premed forums for serious advice.
  18. On a side note, if this is in fact casper, do you think we will have to write it again if we already wrote it for other schools this cycle? I know no one has a crystal ball, but do you think it's possible we could just send our previous scores somehow?
  19. I was really thinking hard about if I should reply to your post, seeing as that you frequently make posts like these on the forums and I'm really not sure if me posting would help anyone. I want to emphasize how I think there's a lack of respect for the middle ground in your overall trend for posts. What I mean is, you have a right to state your perspective, but you cannot state that as truth. I may be wrong and being way too sensitive (sorry if that's the case), but I feel as if there is an underlying cynicality and arrogance in your posts and I am concerned that it might offend people or cause things to be misinterpreted. For example, in this post, do you have stats to really back up your claim? Are you part of the ontario secondary educational system? It seems like you are pulling out an approximate number, and that you are judging others way too fast and stating things as exaggerated truths. It's a bit far-fetched to first pinpoint chinese canadians from the gta, and then say that they are a cause for all this. There are tons of other possibilities that we should consider first, and I'm sure, even though I'm not one, that chinese canadians from london reading this may not be so happy to hear that such assumptions exist in the premedical community...the future representatives of our healthcare system.
  20. This is against the confidentiality agreement you signed last year. Please don't do this.
  21. There are statistics posted online, which should have already given you a good enough indication. That's why he/she was being sarcastic.
  22. I honestly have no idea. I believe that the AAMC stats are correct. Thus the only real explanations are either there are a ton more people who wrote the new MCAT and people who wrote the old MCAT did better in interviews, or Canadians were miraculously amazing on the MCAT this past year. I think we are in a tricky phase where the old mcat is still being phased out.
  23. I agree. It's not volunteering, but great for "diversity of experience". Shadowing is truly a privilege that can help your application if you reflect back on what you have learned and how this relates to your pursuit of medicine.
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