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  1. As far as I know this isn't true - I went to the interview training for med students (but didn't end up interviewing) and they told us they were using the telephones as timers/buzzers for the MMIs! No mention of recording applicants at all.
  2. This is actually a really important point, and one I hadn't really considered until now. When we talk about jobs where men are overrepresented, people like @uwopremed tend to point the finger at women and say we can't measure up, or we aren't qualified or smart enough. But in cases like medicine and nursing, all of a sudden the system is "favouring women." To me it seems that this whole situation is due to a combination of two (probably more) things, 1. that women are simply graduating from university in higher numbers and therefore applying to medical school in higher numbers, and 2. that the way women are socialized in society lends itself better to interview skills than men's socialization might. To think that there is some kind of active bias against men in the entire admissions process (that is somehow being implemented at most schools across the country) to keep men out of medical school is completely insane. Schools do research on which aspects of applications are actually predictive of success as a physician, and clearly the majority of schools have settled on verbal reasoning scores and interviews as the best predictors of success. It's not a random, haphazard process by any means.
  3. To be completely clear, the people who create room for Trump and people like him are the people who vote for him - not people like me who advocate for equal rights and social justice. If you think the world is becoming "too PC" or any other ridiculous variation of that, that's your problem and not mine. It's called the advancement of society, and I wouldn't even be enrolled in medical school right now without it. If anything, "people like me" are far more willing to actually believe and help men who are abused by women, and far more likely to advocate for equal rights for men when it comes to child custody. The unfortunate reality is that men often don't assume the role of caregiver (in large part for the reasons I mentioned above), but somehow most men only seem to care about/bring up the custody issue, etc. when women try to have conversations about the sexism they experience as women. Funny how that works. It doesn't matter to me whether or not there are innate aspects of womanhood or manhood, and it's certainly not something that keeps me up at night, but assigning me a role within society based on perceived boxes that I should fit in simply by virtue of being a woman isn't really ok with me. I'm not sure why you think I don't support trans people because somehow I doubt that you're any more supportive of LGBTQ+ people than I am, given that I'm a member of the community myself. Things like higher rates of suicide, unemployment and incarceration among men are actually very important issues that I'd bet most if not all "people like me" would love to talk about and try to fix, because more than likely they're products of a patriarchal society that benefits exactly nobody (not even men, believe it or not). The problem is that you only mention them to try and silence women when we talk about our own issues, which leads me to believe you don't actually care about these issues at all.
  4. Look dude, it's pretty obvious that this is something that bothers you a lot for whatever reason but have you ever thought about why certain fields skew male or female? I get that you can look at numbers and statistics and that's all the information you need, but there are reasons why things are the way they are. In very very general terms, jobs that are seen as "women's work" are considered less valuable, and as a society we actively push men away from these jobs because the worst thing a man could possibly be is a sissy. The reason why women work fewer hours is because we as a society think (and teach our men and women) that tasks like cooking, cleaning, doing laundry and taking care of children are for women, so women disproportionately take on these roles within the home. Women can have sexist views about women just like men can, so I'm not sure why you keep bringing up discriminatory practices carried out by women as if that proves a point. Maybe you're uninformed or maybe you just don't care to inform yourself, but if I'm being completely honest here I'm a bit confused about your critical thinking skills and more than a bit concerned about your obvious biases and how you'll treat your female patients in the future. Just my take.
  5. I was gonna post something about your weird vendetta against women and how you seem to think we end up in medicine in higher proportions only when "unfair" methods are used.. but considering this lovely previous quote of yours that I found in your comment history: "I was one of those 2nd years helping out today. I loved my first year - and thoroughly enjoyed O-Week. Definitely try to do everything. The white coat ceremony was fun - as a guy it's nice to see all those new first year women in the skimpiest and shortest of dresses with high heels and hair and the old people in the crowd showing disaproval; especially because in a few weeks those clothes will be replaced by much more bummy clothing." ... I think it might not be worth the effort
  6. Re: this, see @sunny_'s post above. All the provinces you've mentioned do have a vested interest in keeping their residents within the province for med school. Ontario has NOSM to cater to students specifically from rural, underserved areas who would be more likely to practice in those areas upon graduation, but the Atlantic and Western provinces only have their "big city" schools. Sure, someone from Vancouver or Halifax might not be as likely to practice in Northern BC or rural NS, but I'd argue they would be quite a bit more likely to practice there than someone from the GTA (or any other OOP applicant, really). Sure, it sucks that our chances of getting into medical school are all based on statistical likelihoods, but life isn't fair. I had to apply twice to get into my IP schools (the ones that are apparently super super easy to get into ), and I know people from the Atlantic provinces who had to apply many more times than I did.
  7. The bolded part here is what bothers me. I don't think it's fair that Ontario schools consider applicants from all provinces instead of implementing regional quotas, but having the "good fortune" of being born in New Brunswick? PEI? Manitoba? The Ontario schools all have different requirements and preferences, but many people from these apparently "fortunate" areas only have one school they can reasonably apply to (I was lucky enough to have two). Like @ralk said above, you can't assume you'd have the same experiences and opportunities had you been born in an entirely different province. Half the people making comments like this have probably never been to a rural maritime or aboriginal community, so I do try to be understanding here, but come on...
  8. On a related note, my home province apparently has "anglophone rights" associations lmao. The joys of being a bilingual province... http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/english-rights-billboard-moncton-1.3696111
  9. Yeah, this advisor specializes in these types of LOCs so I have a hard time believing it's ignorance. It's frustrating to feel like you're being taken advantage of - I don't know anything about insurance/banking at all really, and I was pretty up front about that with him from the beginning.. Maybe not the best way to go after all, ha.
  10. Well I wish I had seen this thread before I got life insurance with my scotiabank LOC haha.... My advisor told me that most people get it, and that not many people get the critical illness insurance (so guess which one I didn't get). I'm 99% sure he also told me it would be my parents' responsibility to pay off the LOC if I passed away. Damn this sucks haha
  11. I wasn't! I had two poster presentations but that's it. Neither were at big/impressive conferences by any means. Both my interviews were closed file so it never came up - I'm not a huge fan of basic research so I had more exciting things to bring up during my interviews
  12. Re: an OOP school you could apply to - what's your yearly GPA breakdown? If it's 3.7+ for each year on the OMSAS scale you could consider applying to Dal, if you have any connection to the maritimes and/or interest in studying there. Your ECs look unique, and Dal's a pretty EC-heavy school, so it could be a good fit! They do require medically-relevant experience though, so be sure to keep volunteering in the hospital setting to keep it open as an option again next year, should you need to reapply.
  13. There's no such thing as "top" med schools in Canada the way there is in the states. I would say don't bother applying to NOSM since you've been away from Canada (and therefore any rural areas within Canada) for so long, but you should be set for all other Ontario schools. I believe Sask/Manitoba are MCAT-heavy so those could be good options, and you'd be fine applying to Calgary, UofA and UBC (assuming very good ECs for the latter). It's your pick, really! Edit: Omg, as a future (almost current?) MUN student I should mention that with your stats you'd be very likely to get an interview with MUN - although there are only 5 seats for OOP applicants and the application fee is relatively expensive - so that's another option as well!
  14. From what I've seen on previous threads by accepted OOP applicants, I'd say your best bet would be to research what makes Dal med unique (i.e. what draws you to study at Dal specifically), as well as the realities of healthcare in Halifax and the maritimes in general, and go from there. I've said it somewhere else on these forums before, but as a general rule, try to avoid waxing poetic about landscapes/beaches/perceived friendliness of maritimers, haha
  15. I didn't apply to UofT so I'm not sure about their requirements specifically, but including canMEDS roles is a great idea - I didn't do that for my referees because I wasn't really aware of their existence/importance at the time, ha. But for schools where there isn't as strict of a criteria/structure for the reference letters, having the option of framing them around canMEDS competencies could definitely be helpful for the referee. One of my referees for the hospital setting where I volunteered asked if there were any particular patients/experiences I had encountered during my time that had stuck with me or intrigued me so that she could include those in my reference letter. You would have to be pretty close with your supervisor/prof to ask them to include that kind of information, but it's another aspect to the reference letter that you could consider talking with your referee about if you're comfortable enough with it. Other than that, I think CV/transcript/canMEDS is more than enough!
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