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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from jfdes in Interview Invites date?   
    I feel so much empathy for you guys - best of luck to everyone! However, as @ATG4B said, it’s all character building 
    One day you’ll all be in med school and have to deal with the frustration of faculty constantly being 1-2 weeks late on sending marks/schedules/updates, but if you’re even an hour late submitting an assignment, you’ll get an email about how timeliness is a ‘professional’ responsibility. The mystery of bureaucracy is unending. 
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from IMislove in Interview Invites date?   
    I feel so much empathy for you guys - best of luck to everyone! However, as @ATG4B said, it’s all character building 
    One day you’ll all be in med school and have to deal with the frustration of faculty constantly being 1-2 weeks late on sending marks/schedules/updates, but if you’re even an hour late submitting an assignment, you’ll get an email about how timeliness is a ‘professional’ responsibility. The mystery of bureaucracy is unending. 
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from UWCC in Interview Invites date?   
    I feel so much empathy for you guys - best of luck to everyone! However, as @ATG4B said, it’s all character building 
    One day you’ll all be in med school and have to deal with the frustration of faculty constantly being 1-2 weeks late on sending marks/schedules/updates, but if you’re even an hour late submitting an assignment, you’ll get an email about how timeliness is a ‘professional’ responsibility. The mystery of bureaucracy is unending. 
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from frenchpress in Counselling?   
    I struggled with pretty bad depression and a little anxiety starting in Gr 8 and persisting through university. I got counselling for the depression around Gr 9 and went back again for anxiety in second year of undergrad when O-chem gave me panic attacks. I was lucky to have a really good relationship with my counsel or and it helped enormously both times.
    I will admit that counseling isn’t a cure. First year of Med school made my anxiety return to some extent (it was weird - I rationally and emotionally felt fine, but had resurgence of a benign arrhythmia and cancre sores that I get when stressed), but I still felt much better equipped to cope with it.
    One day, you’ll learn in med school that a strong therapeutic relationship with your counsel or is the most powerful predictor of whether or not therapy will have a positive outcome, so don’t be afraid to try a couple different counselors until you find one who ‘clicks’.
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS reacted to xiphoid in ..   
    Coming from a family who has a family income of more than 100k (pre-tax) , I'd just like to add my perspective of these stats: what 100k gets you varies greatly depending where you live. Only my dad works and happens to make more than 100k a year from working 2 full time jobs and a part time job on the side  (my mom hasn't been able to find any work for over 10 years). I have 2 other siblings, and we live in Toronto (the only place my dad is able to find employment). 100k gets us a one bedroom + den apartment in North York and only buying groceries that are on sale in the weekly flyers. We don't go on vacation, I went to public school my entire life (and never went on any class trips because my parents could not afford it without making sacrifices) , and worked all throughout undergrad to be able to afford to go to school. 
    I know my example of n=1 of course does not prove anything, but I do think making statements like "half the class are rich" simply because half of medical students come from families that make more than $100k/year before taxes is a gross overgeneralization.
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from TheSand in Recommended Hours of studying per week   
    My school also recommended 2-3 hours studying/work per hour in class. I usually took a 16 credits plus 2 uncredited labs so it would have been literally impossible to study 40-60 hours per week. Most weeks I only spent ~10 hours per week out of class studying and working on assignments. 
    I have absolutely no idea where college administrators got the 1:3 ratio, it’s an unrealistic, unnecessary and discouraging standard.
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from Wasteman in Recommended Hours of studying per week   
    My school also recommended 2-3 hours studying/work per hour in class. I usually took a 16 credits plus 2 uncredited labs so it would have been literally impossible to study 40-60 hours per week. Most weeks I only spent ~10 hours per week out of class studying and working on assignments. 
    I have absolutely no idea where college administrators got the 1:3 ratio, it’s an unrealistic, unnecessary and discouraging standard.
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS reacted to VigoVirgo in Losing My Mind!   
    I think the other poster was pretty harsh in his words but to an extent I agree with him. Are you really sure you're passionate about medicine? If so, why? I personally never really took many sciences in high school either besides some basic biology and chemistry which were ok but frankly medicine was never on my mind until well over half my degree was already completed, and I discovered my love of the medical field through direct experiences. There is absolutely nothing in your post that indicates to me medicine is beyond your reach. A sizeable amount of non science students get into medical schools (although usually they take some science courses and write the MCAT). While it's easy to compare yourself to others it's also incredibly detrimental and unhealthy if you do so frequently. Keep working hard, keep your grades up as much as you can, do things you enjoy and you should be a fine applicant. But really, my honest advice is keep an open mind. Medicine is not some sort of holy grail. It's a lot of tough work, and you'll probably be underappreciated by a lot of people. You may very well discover later on in your academic path that maybe you like something else (i.e psychological research). But if I had to give advice to someone in 1st year, it's utilize the resources you have available to do well. My first couple years were very overwhelming and stressful due to life circumstances and as such my grades are not very good from those years (about a 3.1 GPA or so).  Talk to your professors, TA's, counselors, academic advisers and such. In other words, don't be afraid to ask for help. Good luck, I am sure you'll do great.
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS reacted to PhD2MD in .   
    I've been wondering that as well lately...I think I do come off as trying to dissuade. It's not really a sourness about medicine, it's more above the process and the "med-or-die" culture that exists. I think the obsession with medicine is unwarranted and most premeds know very little about the think they're obsessed with (heck, many med students don't). Medicine is nice, but it's not what most people think it is, and I'm trying to be the counterweight to that prevailing view.
    If you know what medicine is, and you've fairly compared it to other things...than sure med-or-die. Buy most haven't done that before committing themselves and ignoring other opportunities. Now if med were easy and didn't present a large opportunity cost, I wouldn't care. But it's a huge opportunity cost and so deserves a fair evaluation before committing/obsessing.
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS reacted to frenchpress in Adding Awards   
    Personally I’d only add awards and scholarships that you actually accepted, because that is what I’ve generally found people expect to see for awards on a CV in other areas of academia. And it just feels more honest to me. There’s no issue with having only one or two awards. Many applicants invited for interviews will leave that section totally blank.
    Edit: And after I thought to check, I see the help guide also says not to include them. So there’s your answer! https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/admissions/help-guide-2018-2019/
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS reacted to InstantRamen in Capacity to Work with Others?   
    Sometimes I found that the activities I participated in could fit multiple sections. When this happened, I strategically placed them in sections that maximized my ability to have the most entries.
    My GPA was >90%, for context, so I may have very well shit the bed in the NAQ and not actually know what I'm talking about.
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from Popetopus in Which CPR Course to take?   
    I believe they there is a Heart and Stroke course that is required for residency and many people take it before clerkship, which may have cause the confusion.
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS reacted to InstantRamen in NAQ - Overcoming adversity   
    Honesty doesn't need to be abrasive. 
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS reacted to InstantRamen in NAQ - Overcoming adversity   
    Thanks for emphasizing my point.
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS reacted to CantConcentrate in Backpack colour   
    The poll is super tricky - I think the exact wording is something to the effect of "what colour would you like?" No way they actually go with what people vote for year after year (or else we would have gotten red grrr).
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS reacted to frenchpress in Time Off - Summers and Christmas   
    Roughly, based on the past couple of years and what they’ve published so far for next year:
    1st year: ~ 2 weeks at christmas, 11 weeks June - mid august
     2nd year: ~ 2 weeks at Christmas, 6 weeks May - mid June 
    3rd year: ~ 2 weeks at Christmas, 5 weeks June - mid July
    Not sure about 4th year - The first group of 4th year students to go through the new curriculum are just doing so this coming year, and I haven’t seen anything published for it yet (and it may shift in the future anyways).
    This schedule isn’t set in stone and there has been a proposal to shift around some of the weeks, at least in 2nd year, but I believe the total amount of vacation is supposed to stay about the same.
     
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from Persephone in Interview Invites & Regrets 2017/2018   
    Even the initial offers do not guaranty that 29 OOP offers will be sent  29 is simply the absolute maximum number they will accept. Post-interview, every single applicant is ranked in order from 1 to ~650 (how ever many interviewed) and then invitations are sent and site locations assigned in order of rank. If 29 OOP applicants aren't part of the top 288 ranked applicants post-interview, the administration will extend fewer than 29 offers. 
    However, typically about 45 to 50 OOP offers are sent as they cycle through the applicants who receive an offer but decline it. 
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from Persephone in Housing for 4 months in Vancouver before going to other site   
    It is hell. I managed to get one of the 20 spots on campus and had to sleep with earplugs in almost the whole semester because of randomly people screaming in the middle of the night in the parking lot behind Fairview. We also had black mold and plumbing issues. A friend paid $1600 a month for a bachelor suite because it was the only thing they could find for 4 months. Another friend lived in their car for a month because they couldn't find a place until September 15th. 
    I personally see no benefit to making everyone start in Vancouver (I really don't understand the rational) and it's incredibly stressful then needing to move during the 2 week winter break, especially for people assigned to Prince George or Kelowna where weather can making moving difficult or dangerous. I think UBC needs to reevaluate why they put the distributed students through this experience. 
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from frenchpress in Housing for 4 months in Vancouver before going to other site   
    It is hell. I managed to get one of the 20 spots on campus and had to sleep with earplugs in almost the whole semester because of randomly people screaming in the middle of the night in the parking lot behind Fairview. We also had black mold and plumbing issues. A friend paid $1600 a month for a bachelor suite because it was the only thing they could find for 4 months. Another friend lived in their car for a month because they couldn't find a place until September 15th. 
    I personally see no benefit to making everyone start in Vancouver (I really don't understand the rational) and it's incredibly stressful then needing to move during the 2 week winter break, especially for people assigned to Prince George or Kelowna where weather can making moving difficult or dangerous. I think UBC needs to reevaluate why they put the distributed students through this experience. 
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from apple_med in Housing for 4 months in Vancouver before going to other site   
    It is hell. I managed to get one of the 20 spots on campus and had to sleep with earplugs in almost the whole semester because of randomly people screaming in the middle of the night in the parking lot behind Fairview. We also had black mold and plumbing issues. A friend paid $1600 a month for a bachelor suite because it was the only thing they could find for 4 months. Another friend lived in their car for a month because they couldn't find a place until September 15th. 
    I personally see no benefit to making everyone start in Vancouver (I really don't understand the rational) and it's incredibly stressful then needing to move during the 2 week winter break, especially for people assigned to Prince George or Kelowna where weather can making moving difficult or dangerous. I think UBC needs to reevaluate why they put the distributed students through this experience. 
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from clever_smart_boy_like_me in Housing for 4 months in Vancouver before going to other site   
    It is hell. I managed to get one of the 20 spots on campus and had to sleep with earplugs in almost the whole semester because of randomly people screaming in the middle of the night in the parking lot behind Fairview. We also had black mold and plumbing issues. A friend paid $1600 a month for a bachelor suite because it was the only thing they could find for 4 months. Another friend lived in their car for a month because they couldn't find a place until September 15th. 
    I personally see no benefit to making everyone start in Vancouver (I really don't understand the rational) and it's incredibly stressful then needing to move during the 2 week winter break, especially for people assigned to Prince George or Kelowna where weather can making moving difficult or dangerous. I think UBC needs to reevaluate why they put the distributed students through this experience. 
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS reacted to Butterfly_ in Doctors with revoked US licenses apparently still able to work in Canada   
    Sorry you had to write this essay. I think you missed the second part of what I said: “unless they’ve been properly disciplined and retrained.”
    Thanks for your contribution though.
     
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS reacted to F508 in Doctors with revoked US licenses apparently still able to work in Canada   
    Ummmm I for one do care if my physician was a convicted killer, fraudster or sex offender. And I do not think they should be allowed to practice medicine if they committed one of the aforementioned crimes.
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS reacted to PilotMD in CPSO Blood Borne pathogen policy   
    Come on......
    There are many reasons not to become a surgeon - this one should be positioned right at the bottom of the list.
    What next - don't drive because you have an increased chance of dying in a car accident if you drive versus if you don't? Don't fly because your chances of dying from a plane crash increase if you fly versus if you don't? 
    Yes - a surgeon can loose his/her privileges if he/she contracts a blood borne illness. The statistically likelihood of this is extremely low. Couple that with PEP for HIV and the cure rates for HIV C, and I think you have very little to worry about. There are a million  'what if's' that could impact on your ability to do surgery.... what if you loose a limb/an eye etc in a terrible accident? What if you develop severe arthritis or a neurological condition that impacts on your ability to operate? What if you get cancer and die right after residency (seen that)? Should we all be worrying about this as well prior to a decision?
    There are many future events waiting for us that are beyond our control - why worry about them? Instead, focus on the things you do have control over - like double gloving in surgery (many don't), wearing eye protection (many don't), tying without holding instruments especially when there is a fu$king needle present (many don't). Just like you wear a seatbelt while driving and choose an airline with an excellent safety record, there are things you can do to mitigate risks in your surgical practice. 
    Choosing not to do surgery because you are afraid of what MIGHT happen while in practice is a poor decision at best. There are numerous other factors that will significantly impact on a successful and enjoyable career that should be weighed in your decision - in my opinion, this is not one of them.
    2 cents from a surgeon in practice
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from macd in 2017 Backpack?   
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