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  1. MSWschnoodle

    Question Regarding being "On call"

    You're not even in medical school yet and you are worried about call? This is putting the cart before the horse. Hate to break it to you, but depending on what province you are in and where you are practicing even family docs have a call group obligation. With very few exceptions you should absolutely expect that call shifts and weekend/holiday work will be part of your life as a physician. I'd also echo what others have said: so far you've expressed views that medical training is a punishment, are more concerned about the prestige of being a physician than the social accountability of the medical field and are already posting about disliking call before you've even done a call shift... it might be worth reflecting on whether or not medicine is really a career you want or if you have been drawn to an idea of what medicine is that is different from reality. There are plenty of careers where you can make just as much as a physician with regular hours and won't be expected to be on call. Medicine is not this kind of career. It is a career where you can expect to sometimes work late (even when you have other things to do), sometimes treat patients without getting paid (even halfway into clerkship I've seen this arise multiple times) and do call (there are a few exceptions when you can potentially have no call as an attending, which others have talked about, but you'll still have multiple years of call in clerkship and residency before you get to that point). If this is going to be a major issue for your quality of life then it is worth thinking carefully about whether or not this is the career you want or if a different career might fit your goals and personal values better.
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    Top ten entry question

    If you can write meaningfully about it then there's no reason not to use it. My Top 10 was a mix of single events in time and longer term projects. I wouldn't use all single events in time, but if you have one that really speaks to you and shaped your interest in medicine then it's not wrong to include it. You can always draft it in for now and if you wind up with another "Top 10" that is a better fit later you can substitute the new one in.
  3. MSWschnoodle

    CMA backpacks

    You are correct. Purple was before teal.
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    Landmark Internal Medicine Studies

    EMPA-REG has come up a few times in my clerkship so far, even though it's newer.
  5. MSWschnoodle

    Confused Part 2

    I wouldn't say your academics are a hot mess... you have a break that you can explain and your first year was maybe a bit suboptimal but that's not that uncommon when people transition to university. The rest of your academics are solid and you've got some extracurricular things you did because you care about them, including some good research. If the U of C is one of the schools you are considering the only challenge you might have is whether or not you have enough full time years (4 classes or more per semester). Year 4 is golden. Year 5 is also great as long as you have a full course load in your last semester. If you aren't taking a full course load in your final semester then it would come down to whether you can use 1 semester from year 5 and 1 semester from year 3 to make a full time 'year'. I honestly don't know the answer to that (I would ask admissions). I would agree with butterfly... you'll have to do a bit of legwork to double check your availability for some schools, but there's no harm in writing the MCAT and taking a shot at admission if that's what you want to do. In terms of your other question: clinical neuropsychology vs behavioural neurology is not my area of expertise. I would spend some time really thinking about where your 'cold feet' have come from and why you are wondering if medical school might be the better option for you. That's a question only you can answer. Another thing worth exploring is having a look at what kind of job you want at the end and which degree will get you there most effectively. The final question to think about is whether or not you are willing to give up your guaranteed offers to go to clinical neuropsychology to pursue a medical school admission that is not guaranteed. Again, there isn't a 'right' answer to that question - it's a personal decision that only you can make. All the best going forward! :-)
  6. MSWschnoodle

    Needing some advice...

    The U of C will drop your worst year (only one). So if you do decide to complete more full time years your 2.73 will be dropped but the 3.02 year is going to hang around. If you have IP status (sounds like you would based on the work you describe) then you already have a GPA that meets minimum criteria. If you are OOP it will be substantially more difficult to reach the minimum GPA cutoff (though at some point the 10 year exclusion might help you outl). It is more difficult, but not impossible, to get in with a lower GPA. GPA only counts for 20% of your application score and if you look at the interview invite threads and acceptance threads from years past there are always a number of people invited with GPAs in the 3.5-3.7 range. If you look at the stats published by the U of C you can see where your GPA lies in relation to interviewed and admitted applicants. If you are able to maintain a high GPA for additional full time years then that certainly won't hurt you, but in the mean time there is no reason (other than the cost of applying**) not to put in an application and see how things go (provided you have written the MCAT). Best case scenario you get an interview and admission offer. Worst case scenario you get your pre-interview file score so you can see where your application is weaker and focus your efforts more efficiently. All other scenarios lie somewhere in between those two outcomes. You can put anything you want in your Top 10 so if your practicum experiences were important to you there's no reason you can't talk about it. **Unfortunately the application fee is $150 and the MCAT is expensive, so there is a potential financial barrier there... but there is a new Canadian MCAT fee relief program starting this year (or next year?) and hopefully that reduces the barriers for applicants who have typically been excluded because of cost.
  7. There's just a lot of moving pieces. The visiting electives coordinator has to go through every single application submitted and make sure they are actually eligible for an elective and included all the right documentation. Then they have to email the department. The department has to check for availability and reach out to preceptors to determine if they are able to take a student at that time. This is in addition to all the home students also requesting electives. Once the department makes a decision it goes back to the electives coordinator and they have to process everything for the AFMC portal before the AFMC portal will finally email you with a decision. It's frustrating at times but it's really not that bad. You put in your application(s) for each block then you sit back and wait to hear from them. Most of the time you'll be too busy to think about it until an email from AFMC pops into your inbox. If you start to notice a particular application is dragging on, then you can get advice from the electives coordinator at your home school about what the next steps should be. NOTE: Talk to your HOME electives coordinator as many of the away electives have a policy that they will not provide updates to students on applications in progress (to prevent themselves from getting 16,000 inquiries a day)
  8. This is HUGELY variable not just between schools but between programs at the same school. Sometimes you'll hear back in 24 hours. Other times you'll wait weeks. Some schools won't let you know that they are refusing your elective until 8 weeks before the start of the elective.
  9. It depends on how competitive the discipline you are applying for is and how many preceptors they have that are able to take students. I know for some of the more competitive surgical disciplines some of my classmates are submitting multiple applications to multiple schools for any given block (and the answer to your question is yes, if you are applying for 3 different blocks then it's 3 separate applications in most situations. Some schools might let you select multiple dates on your application but all of those dates would need to be open at the time of your submission so if you want to apply as each block opens then it would be multiple apps). For psych you'll probably be OK as long as you pick a few different choices, especially if you're applying for something like "adult inpatient" where there will be lots of preceptors. If you are picking more niche areas (specialized clinics) then you might not get your first choice but with 6 on the list your odds should be alright :-) I've successfully booked an elective with every application I have put into AFMC so far, but a couple of my friends who are wanting very competitive or in-demand electives have had an unsuccessful application or two.
  10. MSWschnoodle

    Interview Invites

    I do indeed! :-) I just submitted my registration for 2018, in fact. Awesome to see more of us applying in!
  11. MSWschnoodle

    Interview Invites

    Congratulations to all of you who scored interview invites this year! I remember going through this process 2 years ago and I had a great time meeting everyone when helping out at the interviews last year. I'm sad that I will be away on electives this year during the interview weekends but I know the Boops-Boops will welcome you all to campus and give you a great experience!
  12. Even when I only knew a small part of your story, I knew you as someone who refused to give up. I am so, so happy that you reached your goal in medicine. Your perspective and the compassion you so obviously have for populations that are so often marginalized and villainized by others will undoubtedly be a gift to not only your patients but your colleagues.
  13. MSWschnoodle

    How do people afford going to the US?

    We had a PM101 member a couple years ago who received a big scholarship equivalent to about half the cost of their USMD, so it's not completely impossible to make it work on a Canadian LOC but you're right, it's not easy. You could also see what your options are in terms of working during your preclinical MD if the US is something you want to pursue (if you can get the required work visa/green card/paperwork required). I'm sure there are also students who take a few years off, work their behinds off at multiple jobs, save every penny they can and use their personal savings to fill the gap between their LOC and USMD cost. For lots of folks the answer is definitely wealthy parents or parents willing to remortgage the family home but there will always be students making it work by maxing out loans, making the most of scholarships and working while going to school. Unfortunately a lot of scholarships are only offered after acceptance, so it's a bit of a gamble to apply and potentially get an offer at a school you cannot accept for financial reasons (we've had a few forum members in that boat as well if I recall correctly).
  14. Some people may also wind up applying without knowing their MCAT scores. I had to do that the year I applied. I was IP so it didn't matter as much, but for an OOP it's possible they wrote (or re-wrote) the MCAT and applied blind, hoping for the best, then fell short of the cutoff.
  15. MSWschnoodle

    Parking Question

    McMahon is almost exactly 15 minutes from closing your car door to arriving at Libin :-D And it's cheap! ($52/mo). I've parked there for a year now and it's really not bad - if anything the walk to your car gives you a good way to clear your head and forces you to get outside and move around a bit every day :-)
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