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    Your insights are highly appreciated

    No, you are not a loser and shouldn't think of yourself that way. Can you improve ? Everyone can. Remember that you made it to the very last step and still didn't get rejected. That's impressive. Message me if you would like to practice MMI at some point, I would be happy to help, no fees.
  2. Congrats, you deserve it
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    How Do You Guys Manage Fitness With School?

    I think it is a challenge but I see students, residents and staff do it. If you can be consistent, this will be the key. I try to go 5x per week, even though sometimes it will only be for 40 minutes. My approach is use it as a study break ; work-out instead of watching a Netflix episode. On a final note, I don't know a single student that failed because there wasn't enough hours in a day to study. The real challenge is self-discipline and we are all trying to improve that in our lives. Best of luck!:)
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    2nd Degree: Course load for eligibility

    You have to be careful with that rule. You need to have completed 45 credits in the new undergraduate degree by November 1st of the year that you apply. As long as you have completed 45 credits by the time you apply, they don't care In my case, to meet that requirement within the first year, I took full-time semesters for Fall, Winter, Summer. Currently, unless I wrong, your plan is : Fall 2018 : 12 credits Winter 2019 : 12 credits Fall 2019 : 12 credits Winter 2020 : 12 credits Therefore, by Fall 2020, you will have 48 credits completed. You're good.
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    Good luck to all McGil interviewees this week.

    Unless it changed, you won't be allowed to walk around with a water bottle in every station. Water will be available outside the stations.
  6. A year ago, I was in your shoes. I did not know if all the years of studies I had worked towards were worth it. If all the volunteering, wishing and dreaming was going to lead me somewhere. An interview is unpredictable and I could very easily throw it all away. I just want to tell you all to have confidence in yourself. You were selected for a reason. You all have the potential to become medical students. This year or next year, don't give up. Whatever you are feeling is normal. Everyone feels this way. Every single person in the room you will be in. Here is my advice for interviews : There is no definite answer key for scenarios. Complete the required task. Don't be afraid to verbalize your thought process. No one is trying to trick you. Don't overthink the scenarios. One bad station happens to everyone. Actors and interviewers will sometime seem 'distant' because they have to remain neutral. Don't take it personally. If you have completed a station and are satisfied within time, you don't need to force yourself to add more information. I guess all I am trying to say is : I truly wish you all the best on your interviews. May our paths cross soon!
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    Q&a With Mcgill Med Ambassadors

    Yes and no. Yes The reason that you don't get interviewed is always : you overall ranking was lower than their cut-off. For that, they will give you your rank for each component (CV, Casper, etc.) There is a link to inquire about that information. No They will not tell you about why you were ranked X/200 for each component. It just was ranked by them that way. For example, you won't know why your CV is only #85/200.
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    Second interview - Advice?

    Hi there, First, I admire your dedication and efforts to not give up after numerous interviews. Sometimes, devotion to something that didn't work turns out to be a source of anxiety. The fact that you have interviewed before should help you but the fear of doing something wrong could also be stressful. I think you are over-thinking this process. Since the shift to MMI, you will rarely get asked a question such as : why are you the best future doctor ? Instead, they assess the required skills through different scenarios. And even if you do get asked about it, there is no need to be arrogant or exaggerate your credentials. Give an honest response about how your skills and experiences have helped you. That is really not unique to medical school. Any traditional job interview would entail such a question. If a friend asks you, why do you think you are ready for medical school? I am sure you would be able to answer. Once again, the goal is not to seize your whole persona in 8 minutes. Every station tries to assess specific skills. You don't need to try to cover all CanMeds components in every sentence you say. You need to be able to develop of a bond with these actors quickly. Just like any healthcare professional can become friendly with a patient without 15 minutes. Just like a waiter becomes friendly with you when you go grab a coffee. There is no need to fake anything or exaggerate traits. I am sure you have that humanity within yourself. You have to stop worrying. Just be yourself. Act naturally. How would you react if you saw an old lady that needs help carrying her bags at the groceries? You don't need to pretend anything. You would be nice and help her. I am not sure if that helps. Some strategies could include : Filming yourself and seeing how you behave; Try to talk out loud when practicing so that you improve your confidence; Try to do mock interviews with friends and families and get feedback from them. Best of luck !
  9. I don't think it is worth it in your case, for McGill. For other schools, maybe it is. Working 2-3 more years to improve your GPA from 3.7 to 3.9? I think you can spend that time improving many other aspects. There is also a lot of luck involved. As you may know, many 4.0 applicant do not even get interviewed. Best of luck!:)
  10. I think you heard it before and read it in many posts on here but let me repeat it : age is just a number. In your context, you are slightly above the average age of the entering classes, but it does not make any difference at all. About a 25% of the people I met in my class are in this range. Also, there is no reason why pursuit this path would prevent you from lifelong commitments : children, family, relationships, other dreams, etc. Wishing you the best of luck !:)
  11. With Scotia, you have to negotiate. They offered me 12 months after residency but I got it up to 24. Also, be careful about the fees related to your checking accounts and the free credit cards. RBC offered me no fees until after medical school. On the other hand, with Scotia, I was able to get no fees at all until the end of residency. You can always negotiate.
  12. My recommendation would be to finish the masters and start a second undergraduate degree. While graduate grades don't count, holding a masters degree is a bonus on the application. She should plan ahead of time which second undergraduate she plans to complete. If everything goes well, she can have that second degree in hand in 2 years. I am not sure about other schools but I know that if you hold 2 undergraduate degrees, McGill only considers your last one. Best of luck !:)
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    OOP - need some advice on the application

    https://www.mcgill.ca/medadmissions/applying/help
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    Using "I" and "My" in the CV??

    I would put myself in the shoes of the person reading the CV. On the other end, they will be reviewing about 100+ documents. Each under the same format and involving very similar extra-curriculars : eg. hospital volunteering, research assistant, teaching assistant, the classics. Therefore, I would keep it concise and simple. I highly doubt your chances will increase if you write : 'I work in a team' vs 'Teamwork'. I would not overthink it. Your involvement is far more important than the reason for inclusion in my opinion. Best of luck!
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