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  1. We designed a new calibration phantom for ultrasound machines that was smaller, portable, required less fuss from the tech ( no silly water bath) and very cheap to manufacture.
  2. Honestly, I think half of it is what you say and the other half how you said it. For example stating what you did is fine but it's just a description, I think people get more out of the 300 characters( or whatever it is now), if you talk about the impact, what you learned, how you did it. Say you volunteered at X club. There is a difference when you say I was the VP of Y, responsible for a, b, and c. VERSUS In this role I learned to plan, organize and execute a, b, and c by using skills 1, 2, 3, etc. I know it can generally be assumed that if you were the Captain of a sports team let's say, you had some level of leadership. Otherwise you might not be the leader, right? But if you included the things you did, that showed you were a good leader( helped resolve conflict between team members, liaison between coaching staff and team, motivation of team), I think that can be very helpful to an application and also to the reviewer because then it is very obvious to them what you have done and they don't have to infer. To use someone else earlier example of Olympic athlete. It's not enough to just say that, the level at which you competed is actually not important, it's the dedication, time management , etc. that you explain on the app, that showcases the skills the file reviewer is looking for. I think a med school app is less like a CV or list and more like a narrative of all the skills and traits you have acquired.
  3. I'm not sure the enjoy your summer and relax advice so far given is what you were looking for, although it sounds nice! I think the biggest thing is to find something to do in your hometown, where your SO and family are. I don't know what schools are there but you could reach out to professors or doctors there to find a research position. I think If you could find a good project to work on there fro at least part of the summer you'd be happier because you've gotten something productive down in the summer as well. You could always get a part time job as well or travel a bit. I'm currently trying to decide what to do during the summer break as well. Although many people have told me you don't realllly need research for Carms matching, I think most people have some, and I think it definitely looks good on your application. So my thinking is to try get do some research just so one doesn't prematurely close any doors?
  4. I had one research project/ senior design engg project, in my undergrad and zero publications
  5. As with most changes, the pendulum will over swing before it comes back to a middle ground equilibrium point. Stats that I think would be interesting to have are a breakdown by year of acceptance (2, 3, 4+), number of attempts, age, and gender. Are women being accepted earlier, or applying more times before switching career paths than men? Or applying at an older age which may help them in interviews with maturity etc.? For instance are 90% of the applicants in the 2/3 year pool females? or maybe 3rd year applicants who are applying for a second time are more often women, who may have received an interview last year and then are better prepared for the next cycle? I don't know any of these things but it'd be interesting to know
  6. I have never heard that schools look down on students who have studied in the US. There are definitely a few US educated students in my class at UofA
  7. I attended an US university and played varsity sports. It is an amazing experience for sure. However, looking back, I think the road to medical school may have been easier if I had stayed in Canada. This is partially just depends on what university you attend. The grading scheme at my university didn't convert well when I was applying to med school, and I was getting dinged on my Gpa. If you are looking at LAC make sure they have the classes, majors etc that you want to take. I actually think it will be easy to find research opportunities at larger schools because there is just may more funding and projects going on. I didn't know anyone during university at a large american university who wanted to do research and couldn't. Since you are hoping to play a sport and attend university at the same time, I will tell you right now that it will be difficult. You will miss out on many fun activities your friends are doing etc, sleep, and you will have less study time then everyone else. That being said, you learn an amazing amount about time management, teamwork, leadership from sport. (which is a great EC unto its self) I personally wouldn't suggest the LAC, because I think the science courses and variety will probably be lacking in comparison to larger universities. Also, be prepared for culture shock if you move to the US, everyone thinks we are basically the same, but the culture is definitely not the same and varies greatly across the states. Is there any possibility of playing for a Canadian university? I wouldn't trade anything for my 4 varsity years in the US, so if you find the right school for you on a recruiting visit, I highly recommend it. But it will be a tough road, doable, but tough road to med school. Good luck!
  8. I have zero abroad volunteering. I do not think it is very common, I can only think of a few people in my class who did these trips. The most common volunteering activity I think was with University clubs and programs. There is an Other section that you may speak about your traveling/tourism in. Many people travel to learn about other cultures and customs. Traveling can have a big impact on people.
  9. I think that it is really important that you have identified early on that it can be difficult to relate to people who are different than you. I think many people ignore this and then lack the skills to communicate with patients and other physicians who think differently, come from different backgrounds etc. Being able to find common ground with the person you're interacting with can be challenging but very helpful in forming a solid relationship with someone (patient , colleague.). I also think it is important to keep in mind when you are comparing yourself to your classmates, that people will only disclose the 'good things'. Most people are not going to share their most challenging parts of their life, roadblocks they've experienced, the fact they are struggling in a certain course, or with certain material. Most people want to be seen in the best light possible. I think most people will or have experienced the same feelings as you. I have to constantly tell myself I belong here. It can be hard to adjust from being part of the top of your class to just being part of the average when everyone is quite exceptional. Everyone is studying hard in medical school. Everyone. Some people might study more or less, but they are all still studying hard, likely much harder then they did in undergrad for many. I relate to your post even though my background is different than yours, and I have had different experiences than you, but I often feel out of place still too. Look at us relating already haha Good luck!
  10. I'm sure you already have looked into this, but many schools have a wide array of bursaries that you can apply to especially if you are in financial need. Even if you think your chances of getting these bursaries is low, it's still worth a shot because free money. I would agree with the above comments about meeting with an adviser at school. They will definitely have a financial counselor at your university, it may not be within med but they should have one on campus somewhere. Also, for some government loans you can apply to put off repayment and interest for 6 months or 1 year. You should look into that as well. I believe you would have to apply for that as well. Good luck!
  11. I would definitely look at all the requirements for schools across Canada. I was missing pre reqs for Manitoba and UBC, so I did not apply there. Some schools like UofA no longer have many of the prereqs they used to have. I agree that I wouldn't over burden your last school year as this could hurt your gpa if you are too busy and stressed out. Many schools don't count summer courses as part of the gpa so if you want to take some prereq courses that will help you on the mcat without jeopardizing your gpa potentially, I would suggest taking them in the summer. EC can be a whole range of things from volunteering, working, hobbies, family responsibilities, clubs, sports, music, research etc. As a nursing student you probably have access to a lot of different populations, is there any that are particular interest to you that you would be interested in volunteering with. If so, it's a nice way to do some good in an area that you can actually be passionate about.
  12. I think the thing of most importance to file reviewers is what skills you've showed/gained and CanMed attributes. I believe that is what they are trying to glean from your application. Have you displayed the ability to be organized, responsible, work in a team environment, be a leader etc. So getting back to the main thread I think having work/volunteer experience, volunteer trips to Ecuador or whatever it is, I think as long as you can display the traits they are looking for you will have a solid application! Ps in your previous posts, I would agree with pterygoid, in that it is unfair to categorize people who have little work experience in the way that you have. I would also note that making blanket statements about groups of people is not the best practice for MMIs! Try to think broadly about all the different reasons that people have had different experiences. For instance if you are getting into Med school at age 20 you may have only had 2 summer jobs or none at this point! And working is not the only way to gain team work or conflict resolutions skills. Perhaps sports or debate clubs? Just trying to give you some examples into the diversity of applicants Also, your tone comes off a bit petty/bitter in your initial post and I am sure that is not your intention, but it has the effect of making you appear very one side, which I am also sure was not your intention
  13. When I went on my interview last year I recall them saying classes were Mandatory. ANy Queens students out there to confirm?
  14. I believe you will be fine. I think the most important thing is to showcase your skills that you have demonstrated or gained during that work or volunteering experience. I had fewer work/volunteer experiences (hours and events) that many people I knew but was heavily involved with other ECs. OMSAS also allows you to put in hobbies and stuff in 'other'.
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