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  1. Totally agree. I definitely think this situation will help some and hurt others. I truly think showing commitment to a given specialty (especially smaller competitive ones) may be looked at more favourably and may bear more weight when it comes to securing interviews across Canada since they may have to look more at the C.V. this year (I have heard in some smaller surgical specialties that the C.V. is not even read by staff, and mostly residents).
  2. We were told at UoT we will likely know whether or not visiting electives will occur by the end of the month
  3. Do we think some schools will go back sooner? UoT, Ottawa and Western for example are set to go back April 6 I believe. What are the chances these get delayed until July as well? I am assuming more likely than not, that most schools will be delayed longer than initially communicated. But jw others thoughts on this.
  4. This is what I am afraid of. Anyone else willing to chime in?
  5. Have not heard this being a thing. Will look into it though.
  6. Hello everyone, Had a question regarding elective planning for 4th year (currently a CC3). I have been interested in General Surgery and ENT since M1 and have done extensive networking and research in both fields to date. As of right now I have not yet decided which I'd rather pursue, and am pretty much divided 50/50. I dont get to do my cores in these specialties until next summer, and have to choose my electives before experiencing them in clerkship. Since I have the 8-week cap, I thought splitting 50/50 wouldnt be a bad idea, but I am wondering if that will hurt my chances for either specialty? So essentially: Option 1: Split 50/50 doing 4x two-week electives in both GS and ENT Option 2 (if I decide ENT is #1): Do 4 electives in ENT, 2-3 electives in General Surgery, 1 elective in anesthesia or radiology, 1 elective in CCU or ICU Would like to hear any feedback/tips on these strategies! Thanks!
  7. Would redo a second UG if you really want medicine. To have a decent shot, IMO need cGPA at least >3.8, or a nice weighted GPA to the Ontario schools. If you were to get a really good MCAT with a high CARS then youd have a shot at some of the other schools. Without the excellent MCAT, will need a high GPA to make up for that. So if high MCAT isnt possible, redo 2nd UG would be best bet. Id seriously consider how much you want medicine/how OK you are with doing a 2nd UG. Feel free to DM me if you have any more questions.
  8. 1) Rewrite MCAT - not sure when your last rewrite was but Id try to get that CARS up. Would open many doors for you based on your cGPA. 2) Potentially do a 3-year undergrad and aim for high marks (although this option would be pretty tough and $$$) Unfortunately your GPA is on the lower side, same with the MCAT - harsh reality of the Canadian med app process. You wont be looked at in the file review stage based on those marks. Alternatively you can try going abroad - this is also $$ and its becoming increasingly difficult for an IMG to match back in Canada - especially if you are not interested in FM. Feel free to PM me for more advice, however it looks like a stellar MCAT (~90%) would be required in your case to have better odds at interview. Best of luck!
  9. Seems like your best chances are Queen's/Western. If medicine in Canada is your top goal, Id maybe rewrite MCAT and aim for high CARS to get Western invite. I heard they may be possibly changing their application process to include ABS too so maybe they will lower their CARS. Anyway your stats screen Western/Queen's - although Queen's is more a blackbox. Hope you hear some good news, feel free to PM me if you have any more questions. I did a MSc and was offered a few acceptances across Canada after applying in my 4th year and receiving 0 - albeit my wGPA for most schools was ~3.93 and my MCAT was a 510 (probably my weakest component of my apps).
  10. There was also a medical student in Colorado who mass murdered dozens of people in a movie theatre. There are bad apples everywhere.
  11. Currently I am just struggling to find time between 9-5 during the weekdays to shadow due to school, ECs and research. I definitely see your point though, Ill try to find some closer-knit contacts within these fields and form more longitudinal relationships. Thanks for the advice!
  12. Thanks for your response Bambi. I have been following your posts and you give genuine advice for those interested in pursuing surgical specialties. I find it difficult to spread myself broadly but I suppose after CC3 perhaps I’ll have a better understanding of my interests and the system to help tailor my elective approach. Side question: how important do you think shadowing physicians in the two different fields are? Most of my colleagues are shadowing quite routinely. Although I did this in first year to get a better sense of my interests, in second year with EC involvement, research and studying for upcoming exams, I find it difficult to find time shadowing. Thanks again!
  13. Yes, Otolaryngology I was trying to preserve some level of anonymity, but I guess for the sake of the question, more transparency is required.
  14. Id do a low-yield practice test and check your baseline then go from there. As an engineer I'm certain you favour efficacy. Why do more work if you have to? If you have a high baseline, chances are you dont need to overprep for the CARS section. Some other resources to help practice and stimulate the CARS mentality are things like Khan Academy. There are lots out there. If you have extra $$ you can also look into NextStep, Kaplan, TPR, Prep 101 and buy some of their passages/tests. Id try not to use AAMC material and too many practice exams though. But doing 1-2 low-yield ones may help establish your baseline and future planning. Hope that helps - I did my MCAT years ago so I apologize if there are better prep companies out there these days
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