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  1. Persephone

    What school did you choose?

    No problem! You can come prepared with questions for your med student guides (at interviews they stick you in groups with 1st year med student leaders to navigate you to where you need to be and answer questions). That's really the best resource I found.
  2. Persephone

    What school did you choose?

    That they sent me an offer of admission But seriously, I just applied everywhere I was eligible and had a decent shot at. Then when it came down to 2 offers off of waitlists the decision making process was much simpler. My recommendation is to increase your chances of acceptance by applying to several schools. The process is very competitive so you want to give yourself the best shot you can at acceptance. I chose McMaster in the end because the location is close to Toronto, it's larger than Kingston (the other offer I got was to Queen's), the 3 year program appealed to me, and I got a great feeling from the school at my interview. You're going to find a diversity of students at any medical school, there's not really a generalization you can make about what kind of people end up where. The best way to get a feel for what the culture of the school is like is during interviews. Every school I interviewed at (I did 4 interviews this cycle) gave you the opportunity to ask questions of medical students, of the dean, and to watch presentations which would give you some insight into what they have to offer and to take a quick look around the city. To sum up, my strategy would be 1) apply widely 2) get a feel for the school & city when you interview 3) if you are lucky enough to get multiple offers then that info you gathered at interviews will come in handy.
  3. Persephone

    Pre-mmi score for UofC

    I think they said they would send those scores out / release them in July?
  4. Persephone


    You have to rewrite the CASPer test each cycle you apply, so do NOT write it a year early, you will just be wasting your money.
  5. I honestly think it would be helpful to talk to a counselor to help you untangle which thoughts are low self worth issues and which are fears grounded in reality that can be addressed through planning or approach. Finding a counselor that you have a decent rapport with is important for outcome though, so keep that in mind too if you do decide to talk to someone. When I'm having moments of fear or self doubt I try to take a step back from those feelings and examine where they're coming from. That allows me to get a handle on those feelings and respond to them appropriately. Also, try to be kind to yourself, it's normal to feel some imposter syndrome! This is a big step. Humility is a valid stance to take and can keep you open to learning, but also recognize that you worked really hard to get where you are and that says something positive about you that's worth recognizing. If it turns out this isn't what you want to do after all that's totally legitimate and it's okay to be in limbo about what you actually want to do. But figuring that out means spending some time reflecting (journaling can be helpful for this) and really discerning your reasons for why you feel the way you do. Best of luck, I know it isn't easy, I almost did so many different careers before deciding on medicine!
  6. Persephone

    Immunization form deadline

    Just make sure you email em I think to let them know what your progress is and what's holding it up. I think there's something on there explicitly about it being ok for Hep B vaccinations to be in progress (b/c you need 3) so as long as it's done before school that's probably ok.
  7. I got a 131 on the actual MCAT CARS section. In practice tests I tended to get 0-2 wrong. That's sorta what I was going based off of as well.
  8. I would say 0-2? That's the rough estimate my instructor at Prep101 gave me. It's hard to say.
  9. Persephone

    Doug Ford & OPC clinches majority government...

    I wouldn't expect more funding for the ministry of health in the next 4 years?
  10. Persephone

    McMaster Waitlist Party

    Yay! Excited to meet up in August! Very happy for you
  11. P.S. if having any grounding in theory or philosophy is holistic than I'll gladly take that qualifier on. Bye "boiiiii" lol
  12. Classic med student. Misgendering ppl on the internet. Pretty humble to tell ppl to humble themselves.
  13. Persephone

    Physician political orientation

    Just posting to add I am gonna bow out of this thread now for my own sanity, since my nervous system cannot differentiate between an attacking cougar and an online argument and it is really hard on my body *sigh*. Peace.
  14. Persephone

    Physician political orientation

    No I'm not trying to equalize any outcomes. I want the world to be a fairer and less cruel place. That's markedly different. Whatever differences people may have I don't think they should impact whether or not someone should be able to have shelter and eat. 1) Yup, taxes aren't voluntary. But charities definitely don't solve social problems (and businesses only by accident). They're band-aids. You ever see a charity put itself out of business because it solved a social problem like homelessness? Those are problems which only a restructuring of our systems can solve. That is to say, I'm not sure taxes will even fix it. We need to dismantle and rebuild from the ground up. 2) Why are you so keen on punishing government employees when there are billionaires that definitely don't work 20 thousand times harder than the average person, and somehow we think they deserve 20 thousand times the amount of money? What useless social programs are you referring to? How much funding do you think they're getting that you believe that would be the capital needed to fix social problems? I am not arguing for doctors to make less while others make more. I am arguing that we need to look at our society and how it's structured and ask ourselves if the way it currently runs is moral (imo it is not). 3) I do not wonder why. They were living under an oppressive regime. Despite that oppressiveness those regimes did value technological innovation and many North American scientists had to fight with their own governments to be allowed to visit the USSR to be able to receive their knowledge. Science doesn't need to have anything to do with profit motive. We just have to decide as a society to put our resources towards developing it. And once again, stop pretending like I'm arguing for authoritarian communism over here, it's disingenuous and I've already asked you to stop once. The profit motive is powerful, but it's not the only motive that creates productivity and as a motive it produces a lot of waste and greed that could be de-emphasized under more cooperative models of societal organization.
  15. I had 3 courses per semester while taking my pre-reqs for med school. I didn't list any interruptions. But I also didn't apply to U of T. Just Queen's and Mac.