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  1. Thanks for taking the time to reach out to me. It means a lot to me right now when anyone posts on here because I'm feeling very disheartened. I guess it makes me sad. I am trying really hard not to be. But I can't understand why others behave this way, I just never could. I really don't think they are worried about replacement...without going into too much detail, my position essentially won't exist anymore when I leave so the replacement question isn't an issue. So if it's not a question of being annoyed in finding a replacement, then what is it??? Why would they be jelous if they didn't want to do this with their life? It's not even the same as a jilted pre-med, which I could almost understand *but not to OK that kind of behaviour because it's never OK) Done in a few days, planning a road trip with my besties right after and then another trip with my mom and sis, and then to school it is... it's going to be awesome! i take it to heart that this time matters. Thanks for the reminder.
  2. I am not a fan of this policy one bit. Did they give a rationale as to why they made this change? Did they get any questions on it?
  3. Thanks so much for your empathy. Unprofessional yes, for sure. They aren't worried about finding a replacement tho...relatively new, plus I'm not permanent....and they hadn't been treating me well anyway before this. But it just got kind of worse. You think they muster up enough to just be respectful and courteous. My boss did make the announcement...finally...and no one said a word and most looked away from me at the staff meeting...after like a full minute of silence....one person said congrats....no one else followed...it was like awful...but anyway...the worst is hopefully over now and things will be a bit better. Yes, onwards!! I closed this door on purpose and on my terms so at least that was nice. Super excited for the next chapter.
  4. I just felt like writing here as I am really not having a fun time working out my notice and just wanted to vent. Since I gave my resignation, things have been really awkward...when I handed my letter to my boss, they didn't even say congrats or anything...just kept a pretty hard jaw and basically was like "OK." Maybe I shouldn't have expected any salutations, like good luck, my best, or congrats etc...but I am definitely the kind of person that would, so it just....ugh.. also I don't think anyone else knows as no one's said anything. I dunno, it's the first time I've ever had to resign (vs a contract ending etc)...so...I guess I didn't know what to expect. Well, at least I can look forward to some me-time soon.
  5. Thanks G!! That's quite the compliment coming from you. It would be awesome to work with you too, who knows what the future holds! This is going to be such a ride, I'm getting ready for the ride of my life (in reference to both the ups and the downs!!). Thanks again for your warm wishes.
  6. There will always be questions that refer to topics you don't really know about or haven't thought of. The first thing you must do is not even approach it like there is a way to do enough reading or knowing enough that you can know the question that is coming- because then you will feel super anxious and let down when the inevitable happens and there's questions you didn't see coming. It's just what the MMI is almost designed to do- see how you think on your feet. There are ways though to get better at dealing with these foreign questions. My strategy kind of goes something like this: 1) Acknowledge to myself that this is a question I don't know much about but let's take a deep breath, it's all about piecing it together (more to follow on what this means in the following steps) 2) Forget the specifics- what broader issues does this example actually point to? So in this case, we had a large group of fans who went ballistic when their team lost a major game (see how general I am making it?), people went crazy basically did things they never would normally sanely do, and it was way too much to handle at that point with people turning up injured everywhere and hospitals being overwhelmed and underprepared (likely) for the crazy influx of patients. The question asks specifically about how the police chief would handle it, but I would still talk about the broader societal reasons that these things can happen...some of it may be controllable by greater enforcement, other elements may not be. For example, mob mentality makes people do things they normally might not otherwise do...the police chief would first need to recognize that that could be a factor in a scenario like this and therefore treat it differently than a regular event, which maybe was not part of their approach before (most likely, given how many people got hurt). You can speak a little more here about the concept of mob mentality in a situation your familiar with, for example, it's a common part of how one kid might be really bullied in school and things could happen that wouldn't happen on a one-on-one basis with many of the kids that ended up being part of the bullying in a larger group setting 3) Now more get into answering specifically the last part- so what can the police chief do? How were these people able to get close enough to the cars etc to burn them? Maybe a much larger area surrounding the games should be barricaded off, so parking would be a good walk, but this way it would at least minimize some chance of the fans getting to the cars. What about checking whether they had weapons when they came into the arena? Like at the door. At that point, they aren't as rowdy so when tickets are taken, this could also be checked. Is there enough man-power? Would one of the things the police chief need to look into is how much man-power is going to be required to set up all these measures and then prioritize them based on their historical/other data on which are the most effective ways? Maybe a few policeman in each section of the arena patrolling especially towards the end of the game may be effective as well to deter this kind of behaviour. Then you can talk about general limitations of setting up these policies. No matter what, there is going to be the element that some people could get hurt or something could happen regardless of law enforcement (but again, this is a general thing about society, it's not specific to this example)...so then what to do if someone gets hurt? Were there first responders present? If so, did we need more? How many ambulances were on standby in the surrounding area? Do hospitals need to be more aware that this kind of event can lead to a massive influx of patients and perhaps try to allocate some resources towards having an area of ER ready to go post-game where there are some empty beds for the injured? If there are less injured than they are ready for, these beds can still be given to those regular patients waiting in the ER. In some hospitals (and yes, this comes from volunteer experience, but again as others have said, life experience is key), there are short-term stay units equipped with beds not used too often and not always staffed, for that reason, maybe it's a matter of organizing it so hospital staff are prepared in this area to take in some of the injured. Not all of this can the police chief implement alone, but he may be the liason or the main planner to basically decide on the different elements of the game plan that are required....and then partner with other agencies, like hospital admin, in order to address the other parts. See how this is general too? It does speak to leadership and partnership, two important skills as a physician as well. There are more things that will pop into your head as you think of this, but just think BROAD...don't freak yourself out thinking I don't know the minutia of detail that had to do with this riot...it's a riot...and shit happened...now how can I use my critical thinking skills to a) tackle the general issues that lead up to basically anything like this , b)think of ways to potentially minimize this occurrence in the future and c) better deal with bad outcomes, as bad outcomes are a fact of life everywhere. The interviewer will see you've made an honest effort to think hard, be comprehensive and use your analytical skills. They will be happy with it and your score will reflect it. After doing the MMI's, I really have come to realize knowing the specific question is just not as important as your ability to relate it to the broader threads of society. If you can emphasize some canMEDS qualities (which is often hidden in the broader theme of the question like this one was)...then that is for sure a bonus, if it slips your mind in a station or two or you don't quite get to hit that part, don't stress, the thinking piece I really do believe is what's most evaluated. For ethics questions, I'd say it's far more important to emphasize the relevant canMEDS throughout (often, it's much easier to pick out the canMEDS at play in an ethics question too though). What makes an answer even better I think is if you can inject even a little personal example that can touch on any of the things mentioned....because we are talking in a more general way (while still answering the specific question), it allows for room for you to pull examples from your life and for them to still sound relevant to the question. Now you've personalized it more, made your answer more memorable (and hopefully emphasized a canMEDS quality of yours in your example!) and it's that much better. Make sense? Hopefully that helped. Other than this, what really helped me was reading about social determinants of health, how to make health care most cost effective, current issues like the aging population situation (this reading will also talk about the overburdening of the system), of course Doing Right (this actually helped the least as most of my questions were not ethical in nature) and also reading a little about other health care systems...some to look into are USA, Australia and France. You'll see why, it gives you different approaches to thinking about health care delivery and also health care focus..as well as health outcomes in different areas, like mental health etc...there may even be some others I haven't thought of etc. Whenever you see something that talks about overburdening health care system (like this question did), I would also inject one thing I had read that could make health care more streamlined, efficient and less burdened...just to show that I had thought about this before and to fill some time. Not too much to get off topic, just a few seconds on it to complement the question stem. Hope I was clear enough here and that this helps your prep!! We've all been there, and it really can be a stressful experience...but you can turn it into a fun experience because it's cool to see what they come up with and it's time for you to show off how you can come at a question in different ways, relate it back to you and think like a boss!
  7. Who is going to the Financial Aid presentation in Thunder Bay on June 24th? Hopefully, there will be some good info to ease our minds a bit about the financial burden of all this. They are also having the Web Ex seminars for those of us who can't physically make it to Sudbury/TBay.
  8. I really can't speak to what the requirements are in Quebec...but I think in Ontario, the OMSAS GPA weighs the higher year courses more towards your GPA as well as full year courses more than one semester courses. I don't know what your first degree cGPA would be...it probably would be middle of the road or on the lower side as your grades were poor in year 1 but better in yr 2 and 3... I don't think in ON that is the business school GPA is a competitive one..again it depends on what the OMSAS GPA is...but this gives us an idea already though of how it might be. I don't think ON schools do a separate calc for pre-req GPA, most of us don't even have pre-reqs, or they are very general for example, 1 year in life sciences etc...but you can look up each individual school to see the specifics I believe most schools don't give extra points for grad work...but some do (I'm aware my school does, NOSM)....correct me if I'm wrong here guys. I think doing another undergrad opens more doors than grad work if you are coming from a purely GPA perspective..however, grad work gives you more experiences to speak of which is always really helpful for interviews...but you won't be able to get to the interview without a competitive GPA in the first place. I just really really wanted to say though that 27 is NOT too old...everyone I talk to tells me that is pretty young actually, I mean in the grand scheme of things, it may be above the average age of a med school matriculant but it isn't old in the grand scheme...we have so much left in us to go to school, work our butts off, train and become a great physician! If anything, I feel I have more energy now than before because 1) I know how to manage my time way way better, and it just comes more naturally now instead of having to feel like I am always forcing it or struggling with it, of course I still get behind but even then it doesn't feel like the end of the world like it used to in undergrad 2) I have worked a string of jobs where I was discriminated against, and just not treated like everyone else, seems like sometimes people just like to go out of their way to exclude you/make you feel different like you don't somehow deserve the same treatment. Also shit pay for working your butt off with no appreciation and no intellectual stimulation is pretty tough on me too. Realizing how much worse life can be staying out of school (specifically referring to our field, of course, not every field is the same), I am excited to go back to start my first year in the MD program come August.
  9. Just stuff like a premium cc from both and at RBC their VIP banking package with that with fees waived. They don't usually do it though and she just did it for me because of the extra delays and stress this all was on me that for the most part it didn't need to be.
  10. med schools seem to always be doing things to change the game in the last few years...be grateful that it's not U of Ottawa where there was a bit of a scare that the MCAT would be introduced for the coming cycle...and apparently that has been changed so it will be for the cycle after that...but people are losing their **** on that board, I don't blame them. I agree this is a really unfortunate change. I like that NOSM seems to be a school that values life experiences, maturity and their second degree option always indicated to me that they believed in second chances, which was refreshing to see in a med school. I only needed to do one degree but I know how much I've grown in the past few years out of undergrad. People grow up and change a lot between the times that they do the second and first degree so to lump it all together and say that it all reflects that person's current academic potential isn't as accurate as their old system. Conformity and what not is not something I typically value...I like diversity and uniqueness, and loved that for a med school, NOSM was (and is still in many respects) all that..they need to remember what makes them special and is not a weakness but a strength to their admissions system, but I am sure some guys in admissions view these things negatively that could make it seem less stringent than other Canadian medical schools in their evaluation of academics to the outsider (those of us who have gone through it know that it's uber difficult to get an interview let alone accepted....)...disappointed that NOSM is joining the pack, their beta adoption of the CASPER also alluded to hints that they are trying to do that, and they hopefully will never bring the MCAT because I can't even imagine the upheaval that would be...oh wait, I can, it's currently UOttawa...
  11. Thanks for all your comments guys and all the advice. RBC just let me know my LOC came back approved! I don't really know that any of that was as a big deal as she was making it sound but anyway..They are offering me quite a few perks now beyond the regular deal without me asking...but since I was waiting for them for a while and stressing, in the meantime, I got talking to CIBC and Scotia...CIBC went to their lead or whoever to ask for the exception and is offering me a great deal as well, Scotia's deal is as is what is on their site, so nothing extra there although I agree that Rod is great:) Anyone have any experiences here about CIBC's perks? Please share if so. I am super grateful that I won't have to worry anymore about having the funds to go to school and can focus on the rest of the less stressful and more fun stuff about this process.
  12. These are just my thoughts so take it with a grain of salt. Personally, I don't think there's enough context here to give a competitive score in this area if really only one year has been in TBay after post-secondary with the other locations being no/iffy for context...just my opinion. They do consider other areas pre-interview too, so maybe if you knock the academics/ABS/Supplementary questions/EC's out of the park, you could still get an interview. In the final hurdle, it will be really tough though I think.
  13. Talking to Scotia at the moment, will let you know how it goes!
  14. Update: RBC says this is really unfortunate and they will need to have their manager add some support notes and then send it back out...I was hoping she would have already done that but I am still waiting and hoping she can do this for me quickly as I really need to get this squared away... they also say that although bankruptcies are on file for 7 years, late bills are on for life....so I will always have a problem getting credit in the future regardless of the fact that I do use credit responsibly. Very disheartening to hear that a few "late" bills will follow me around forever even though bankruptcies don't even do that... Anyway....I am feeling at a loss and have an appt with CIBC tomorrow...and prob Scotia if I can manage to make it work with my hectic schedule by the end of the week...I really wish this was a done deal.
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