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  1. Hi MountainAmoeba, 

    I am an 20-year old practical nurse. I just joined Premed 101 today after i read your reply on a thread stating that you also have a nursing background before joining med school. I graduated 2 year RPN from Humber College last year and have been working at a care facility in Burlington since. Although I just did my nursing diploma, I have always wanted to be a doctor but couldn't due to very high international student costs + family issues due to the cost (I am the eldest and a girl, not the best deal in my culture lol). Hence, I always wanted to get back to it once i was financially independent from my family. I am very committed to doing this after I apply for permanent residence (Thank god for Canada!) and know that I have a long road ahead.

    I am amazed at your dedication and hard-work you must have put in (and still are!). I wondering if you could share your experience and guide me on this: Since i only did a college diploma, as far as i know, I still have to get a degree to be eligible for med school right? Do you think this means I have to start from the very beginning at like, U of T...?

    If I do have to start from Year 1 of a 4 year undergrad with pre-med courses, don't you think it's better if i go all the way and get my RN first (which will increase my income,something i really need with all the upcoming adulting things) and then do a post-bac of missing courses? 

     

    Thanks and warm regards

  2. I say go for it. I’m 35 and just starting residency. Life is singular, and limited. Spend it pursuing your dreams. Life hard man. Good luck
  3. You could really increase your overall chances by doing a second degree, or even a part of a degree. Your old grades won’t hurt too much, if you can do say, two years of undergrad course work at a very high GPA level. You can explain this by justifying the need for increasing your gpa to demonstrate overall academic capability. Don’t do throw away courses, as that is harder to justify. It doesn’t have to be sciences, but it could be helpful for writing the MCAT. Personally I went back to school for a year and got a 4.0. It’s doable, but takes commitment.
  4. its difficult to know the meaning of this because you are blind to the admission results in your specific instance. Ei, were you a special admit under the alternative admissions pathway because in some important way you were identified by the admissions committee. I would recommend re-writing. The spread in CARS scores is greater than spread in GPA. You potentially have more points to earn by increasing your CARS score than your overall GPA, with probably considerably less work. Of course, it can be argued that CARS is traditionally the hardest score to improve so YMMV
  5. I’m not even sure which was first. By the time I went to the email, I had one. They are probably nearly simultaneous events.
  6. Traditionally an offer tab will open up on UCAN. That’s how I found out, I was refreshing the page periodically, and the offer tab was up. Emails are also sent out.
  7. It depends on the academic center. The handoff point in patient care is culturally defined and differs for each center. Many large centers do significantly more than just the initial work up. Some barely even do an initial work up.
  8. Meh everyone is/isnt impressive. It's all lipstick at one point or another. Source: graduating this year, and we are all impressive/losers.
  9. Hey guys. I know this past bit has been a ride through the extraordinary. I would say to all of you who are sleepless and worried like me. Good luck. Sincerely. MA
  10. *=CaRMS Status Update Anatomical Pathology: Laval (Dec 4), UofT (Dec 5), UBC (Dec 9), Memorial (Dec 10), Queens (Dec 13 IMG), Dalhousie (Dec 11), McMaster (Dec 16 IMG) Anesthesiology: Manitoba (Dec 6), NOSM (Dec 9), UBC (Dec 11), Ottawa (Dec 12), Dalhousie (Dec 13), Queen's (Dec 14), Calgary (Dec 16*), USask (Dec 17), Alberta (Dec 17*), Western (Dec 17*), Memorial (Dec 18), McMaster (Dec 18) Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Alberta (Dec 4), Ottawa (Dec 16) Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatoon (Nov 28), UBC (Nov 29), MUN (Dec 4), Calgary (Dec 6) McMaster IMg (Dec 18) Emergency Medicine: Queen's (Dec 9), Calgary (Dec 16*), McMaster (Dec 16 - phone call), Manitoba (Dec 16) Toronto (Dec 18), Edmonton (Dec 19) Family Medicine: Sherbrooke (21 Nov), Laval (21 Nov), Montreal (21 Nov), Ontario IMG (30 Nov), UBC (10 Dec IMG/CMG), McGill (Dec 10), Alberta: Edmonton (Dec 12), Red Deer (Dec 15), Grande Prairie (Dec 15), Saskatchewan: North Battleford (Dec 11 IMG), La Ronge (Dec 17 CMG) Western (Dec 13), Ottawa (Dec 16), Queens (Dec 16), McMaster (Dec 16*), Memorial (Dec 16*), La Ronge (Dec 17 IMG), Regina (Dec 17 IMG), Prince Albert (Dec 17 CMG/IMG), Saskatoon (Dec 17 IMG), Moose Jaw & Swift Current (Dec 17 CMG/IMG), NOSM (Dec 17), Toronto (Dec 17), McGill - Châteauguay, Val-d'Or, Gatineau (Dec 17 IMG*), McGill - Montreal (Dec 18 IMG*), Manitoba (CMG-Dec 18*), Calgary - Medicine Hat (Dec 18*), Calgary (Dec 18 CMG/IMG), Montreal (Dec 19 IMG), Manitoba-Northern remote stream (Dec 19* IMG) General Pathology: McMaster (Dec 6 IMG), Saskatchewan (Dec 16 IMG) General Surgery: McGill (Dec 10), Manitoba (Dec 13), Toronto (Dec 14), Toronto (Dec 15* IMG), MUN (Dec 16), Dalhousie (Dec 16*), Edmonton (Dec 16), Vancouver (Dec 16*), Niagara (Dec 17), Calgary (Dec 17 - CMG), Western (Dec 18), Saskatchewan (Dec 19) Hematological Pathology: UofT (Dec 13* IMG) Internal Medicine: Sherbrooke (Nov 26) Medical Genetics and Genomics: UofT (Dec 6) Medical Microbiology: Neurology: Manitoba (28 Nov), Ottawa (Dec 9, IMG/CMG), Dalhousie (Dec 9), UBC (Dec 9), Calgary (Dec 11), McGill (Dec 11), McMaster (Dec 13th CMG), Western (Dec 16th CMG), U of T (Dec 16, IMG), Western (Dec 16, IMG), U of T (Dec 17th CMG), Alberta (Dec 18*) Neurology - Paediatric: McGill (Dec 16) Neuropathology: Neurosurgery: Ottawa (Dec 3), McMaster (Dec 12*), Dalhousie (Dec 13), UBC (Dec 16), UofT (Dec 17) Nuclear Medicine: Western (Dec 9), McGill (Dec 17) Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Montreal (Dec 10), Alberta (Dec 12), UBC (Dec 12), Montfort (Dec 16*), Saskatoon (Dec 16), Regina (Dec 16), Calgary (Dec 16), Queen’s (Dec 17), uOttawa (Dec 17), Winnipeg (Dec 17), U of T (Dec 17), Dal (Dec 18), NOSM (spots NOT OFFERED, no ministry funding), Western (Dec 18), Dalhousie (Dec 18), McGill (Dec 19) Ophthalmology: Manitoba (Dec 11), McGill (Dec 12*), UBC (Dec 13*), Western (Dec 16), Edmonton (Dec 16), USask (Dec 17), Dalhousie (Dec 17), Ottawa (Dec 18*), Dal (Dec 18), NOSM/UoT (Dec 18 - PROGRAM NOT OFFERED) Orthopaedic Surgery: Calgary (Dec 11), Dalhousie (Dec 12), McGill (Dec 12), Alberta (Dec 13), UBC (Dec 16), Sask (Dec 16), MUN (Dec 16), McMaster (Dec 17), UofT (Dec 17), Ottawa (Dec 18) Otolaryngology: Alberta (Dec 9), Ottawa (Dec 10), McGill (Dec 11), Manitoba (Dec 11), McMaster (Dec 16), Dalhousie (Dec 16), Toronto (Dec 17), Western (Dec 17), Calgary (Dec 18) Pediatrics: McMaster (Dec 13 IMG), Manitoba (Dec 13 IMG), Western (Dec 13 IMG) Western (Dec 16* IMG, Dec 17* CMG), Dalhousie (Dec 17), Memorial (Dec 17), McGill (Dec 17), Toronto (Dec 17 CMG), McMaster (Dec 17), Manitoba (Dec 17), Saskatchewan (Dec 17 IMG/CMG), Calgary (Dec 17), Alberta (Dec 17), Western (Dec 17), UBC (Dec 17 IMG/CMG), UBC-Island (Dec 17), uOttawa (Dec 17 IMG/CMG), Montreal (Dec 17*), Sherbrooke (Dec 17), Toronto (Dec.18* IMG), Queens (Dec 19 CMG) Plastic Surgery: McGill (Dec 14), Laval (Dec 16), Dalhousie (Dec 16), Ottawa (Dec 17), U of T (Dec 17), McMaster (Dec 17), UBC (Dec 18), Western (Dec 18), Manitoba (Dec 18) Alberta (Dec 19) PM&R: Sask (Dec 6), Alberta (Dec 6), Manitoba (Dec 6), Montreal (7 Dec), Ottawa (9 Dec), Laval (10 Dec), Calgary (Dec 10), Dalhousie (Dec 11), Toronto (Dec 11), Queens (Dec 12), Western (Dec 12) Psychiatry: Memorial (Nov 22), McMaster-Hamilton (Dec 3), McGill (Dec 3), Manitoba (Dec 3), Western-London/Windsor (Dec 4) McMaster-Waterloo (Dec 6), Sherbrooke (Dec 10), Saskatchewan-Saskatoon, Regina (Dec 11), Calgary (Dec 11), UBC - Greater Van, Van, Vic, Prince George (Dec 11), Queens (Dec 11*), Toronto (Dec 11), Ottawa (Dec 13), NOSM - Thunder Bay (Dec 13), Dalhousie (Dec 16), Ottawa - Monfort (Dec 16*), Queens (Dec 16) Public Health and Preventative Medicine: Sherbrooke (Dec 6), UBC (Dec 6), Toronto (Dec 11), McGill (Dec 17) Public Health and Preventative Medicine with Family: UBC (Dec 9), McMaster (Dec 12) Radiation Oncology: Alberta (Dec 2), Calgary (Dec 5), McMaster (Dec 6), UBC (Dec 10), Queen's (Dec 11), McGill (Dec 11), Dalhousie (Dec 12), Ottawa (Dec 17) Manitoba (Dec 17*) Urology: Western (Dec 2), Dalhousie (Dec 4), Manitoba (Dec 5), McMaster (Dec 5), UBC (Dec 5), Toronto (Dec 6), Ottawa (Dec 10), Alberta (Dec 10), McGill (Dec 11), Queens (Dec 16), Laval (Dec 18) Vascular Surgery: (Western, Mac, Manitoba, UBC "CMG" Dec 12) [Mcgill "CMG" Dec 17] (Calgary CMG Dec 17 - CMG)
  11. Stay where you have family and friends, unless you have a real good plan in place for survival. Med school isn’t so hard. Clerkship on the other hand.....it turns a sane person a little crazy. The rest of it? Who cares. It’s preference.
  12. I think they will send them out when they are done and they have finalized the lists. I don’t think they wait for a “Tuesday” because it’s Tuesday.
  13. Buy a suit. Tailor it. This is an interview to be in the top 1 percent of income earners in the country. It might not be fair to expect you to wear a suit, but believe me, on interview day the last thing you want is any unintended negative perceptions about the sincerity of your efforts that day.
  14. I hope people aren't waiting until invites to come out to start preparing for interviews.
  15. you still get scored on the sections you don't write, so it doesn't really matter.
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