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  1. Hey, I don't have advice but I can relate to some of what you've said. Like you, I've been dealing with mental illness for a looooong time. I anticipate that it's going to continue being a big part of my life... those are just the cards we were dealt and we have to make the best of it. Also like you, my condition did interfere with my academics, my self-esteem and my social life. So I can relate a little. I did both an extra year and a year off. For the fifth year, I needed it to graduate and the only choice I had in that was deciding whether to take a full course load. So that probably doesn't help you much. But for the year off, it was initially because I didn't have other plans, but also because of the reasons you mention: relaxing, maybe working, dealing with my issues. And it did work for me. Gave me the time I needed to start paying attention to myself... like, I started exercising regularly, I learned how to let things go, I can deal with negative self-talk a lot better now. I have lots of room for improvement but even being able to realize that without guilting myself is huge. So based on my experience, I'm going to say that it likely won't be a waste. If you can manage the financial side of it, I would recommend it. In the grand scheme of things, a year isn't huge anyway. You'd still be doing something. You mention that you're worried your family will look down on you for taking a year off; have they told you this? I had similar concerns as well. It actually was a source of friction with my parents initially, doing both a fifth year and taking a year off. But I was fortunate because my family supported me even if they didn't agree with my decisions. And now they've seen how much of a difference it made and they've come around. I don't know how your relationship with your parents is but perhaps they will react similarly? But even if they don't, you have to figure out what's best for you, whether that's doing a second undergrad or taking a year off. And echoing what Bambi says above, seeing a mental health professional is something to consider as well. It can help a lot in the long run!
  2. Yep, the struggles of falling outside average size! And I have the similar issues with heels but mine, I can trace back to spraining my ankle wearing platform sandals in the third grade, ha! I did wear kitten heels during interviews though, which felt like a huge accomplishment. Thanks for the offer! I'm sure your friends really appreciated the advice too. Maybe you can mention your skills as a freelance stylist when you get an interview. I agree though, shouldn't matter too much as long as it's not casual.
  3. Black dress sounds like a good idea! I guess because you could accessorize as much as you want? I think my problem is that I'm having a hard time figuring out what makes a dress formal versus semi-formal versus business. They mostly look the same to me unless they're full-length gowns, which I avoid because of my height. I have no idea what category my own dresses fit into... I just figured dress = fancy because I don't wear them often hahaha. I guess I should build up my special occasion wardrobe. Admittedly, I'm not too excited about it because: dresses are pretty damn expensive for the use I get out of them; the selection for short people sucks; and I usually prefer sleeved dresses (these are a rare breed when you account for the previous two issues). I should've started thinking about this months ago, maybe years ago! As it is, maybe I'll go shopping next weekend Hahahaha, my reaction as well!
  4. I don't know what to wear! Is it a formal-formal or a semi-formal? When I went to formals in undergrad I just wore whatever I had because: 1) idgaf; and 2) I thought all dresses were the same! I mean, I obviously knew there was a difference between a summer dress and an evening gown... but everything in between looks the same to me! How did I miss these nuances!!! What if I've been committing fashion faux pas all my life?!!!1!1 Okay, I may be exaggerating. But I have a few dresses at home now and I don't know if any of them are appropriate. I'd rather not buy something new because dress clothes shopping for short people is a major PITA and I'm extraordinarily picky. I mean I guess I could buy something but I don't especially want to, you know? Halp pls.
  5. lol I've been kind of lonely lately, probably because I had a relapse with a mental health issue recently. A+++ timing considering I'll be going to med school next month. I don't think your experience is uncommon. I had a gap year after I graduated and that was sorta lonely sometimes because I don't have any close friends nearby. Plus I suck at staying in touch. If it bothers you, try changing things up? Someone I know has been having similar issues since he moved to a different city where he doesn't know anyone. So he goes out with his coworkers when they plan things and he's exploring new hobbies to spice things up. Anyway, you're definitely not alone. Plus, even people who seem to be on the up and up might be dealing with issues. When I used to look at my fb feed (which was full of people in med school), I would feel kinda down because these people looked so happy and social and successful. But I imagine they had their own struggles that I wasn't privy to. Same as when I was talking to someone recently about what I was doing next year, I didn't tell them about the problems I've been having... maybe they think I've got everything sorted out but tbh that couldn't be further from the truth!
  6. I agree with ralk. Doing Right and the CMAJ series are both good resources. Your preference will probably depend on how much detail you're looking for, what format you prefer (i.e. articles or a book) and the amount of time you're willing or able to dedicate to this. The advantage of the CMAJ series is that it's concise and free. If you're looking for more, there's also this. Also, yes, learning about medical ethics (and other medical topics) is good preparation but you'll likely have questions that aren't related to medicine in the slightest. Imo, the big thing for Casper (and MMI) is being able to frame and present your thoughts when you encounter a new situation, even if you don't have any existing knowledge about the topic. There were quite a few questions like that in my experience. Finally--and this is further down the line--one of the things I wished I knew was that different people have different needs when it comes to preparation. Practicing with other people is good for the MMI, and it's a good idea to set it up as a mock MMI so you have a feel for how you perform. But the amount of time people need to practice will vary. It's important to be able to evaluate your progress... what's working, what's not, do you feel confident, etc. I had noticed at one point that practicing out loud was making me sound mechanical and was more stressful than beneficial, so I dialled it back a bit. But I remember worrying in the days leading up to the interview that I hadn't practiced as much other people. (In hindsight, it was a good decision to avoid this forum until after my application and interviews!) Anyway, figure out what works for you because it's different for different people.
  7. If you're interested in the topic, go for it. But if it's just for interviews, maybe not necessary. I only had two interviews--maybe it's different for different schools--but I didn't think a lot of depth was necessary in terms of knowledge of ethical concepts. I read the Bioethics for Clinicians series (linked above by doctak) when I was "studying" for CASPer and felt that was more than sufficient. You could probably get away with reading only a few of those articles. As for "ethical reasoning," I don't know that the interviewers are looking for very high level stuff... just the ability to look at different sides of an issue, discuss implications/consequences, communicate your ideas, recognize your biases and limitations, etc. If that's something you want to practice, there are lots of examples available on the internet, clinical and non-clinical. So a course may be overkill if you're only taking it for the interview. But still, do what makes you comfortable. Everyone has different needs and approaches--you have to figure out what works best for you.
  8. I imagine it also depends on which part of the process you find more difficult. I found the process of putting together the application (i.e. essays, the ABS, contacting references and verifiers) to be really cumbersome so Aug/Sept were pretty busy. But if you plan to do a lot of preparation for interviews or find that stressful then second term may feel busier. Ideally you would start with the essays and ABS over the summer but sometimes there are other priorities. Another thing you might consider is if you're applying for grad programs. That process can eat up a lot of time too (or at least it did for me). And the deadlines vary so it might make things busier in either term.
  9. Here:https://resuscitation.heartandstroke.ca/catalog/guestsearch
  10. When I was thinking about this myself last year, I came across medical illustration. There's an MSc program at UofT for it. Amazing people, amazing curriculum. I'm a little regretful I won't be pursuing this professionally tbh. Anyway, if you like the combination of visual art/science, this is a really good option. Pretty competitive though!
  11. TIME STAMP: 12:03pm Result: Acceptance; London Campus GPA: Not sure; I think it's around 3.8-3.9 for the two year calculation MCAT: PS10; VR12; BS12 ECs: Not a lot? I just did what I liked... a small research project, medical illustration, tutoring, other hobbies Year: Graduated last year, 2nd time applying Interview: Better this time (connected with the interviewers more) but I was pretty nervous at the beginning. But I may be declining, in which case I hope it makes someone on the waitlist very happy!
  12. Accepted (Hamilton campus) GPA: 3.77 VR: 12 Hard to believe since this was my second time... But I'm very excited!
  13. Medical illustration. I think I would find it just as rewarding, if for different reasons.
  14. Thanks for replying, ubc2012 and hopeful_med. I guess I will ask for an extension if necessary, and the option of registering/pulling out is still there as a last resort.
  15. Hi everyone, This cycle I applied to several grad programs as well as med school. My understanding is that offers are sent out in April for the former and May for the latter. I'm wondering what I would do if I receive an offer from a grad program while I'm waiting to hear back from MD admissions. My questions: - Are applicants typically given some time to deliberate before they must accept/decline offers to grad programs? How much time? - Do grad programs accommodate requests for more time to consider an offer? I'm almost certain I will be getting one offer from an MSc program in early/mid-April so that means I'd waiting at least a month until MD decisions are sent out. Is that going to be too much? If anyone has gone through this process before, I would really appreciate some insight/advice. Thanks!
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