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  1. I think the OP had a specific question, and rather than respond to the posed question the respondent came in with their own agenda. Twice in the thread. We get it. Everyone gets it. It’s hard to get into medical school. The op is asking if it’s worth the effort. It might be a useful statement, but it’s not a useful response to the question.
  2. This is a useless post. Man. Get off it. Also news flash. Some people are competitive and get in with one application without upgrading. Also residents make cash. So it’s really only the investment of Medical School, especially for people considering family medicine where the residency is typically more civilized than most others.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Meh everyone is/isnt impressive. It's all lipstick at one point or another. Source: graduating this year, and we are all impressive/losers.
  10. 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
  11. *=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)
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. I hope people aren't waiting until invites to come out to start preparing for interviews.
  16. you still get scored on the sections you don't write, so it doesn't really matter.
  17. I think it’s difficult to remedy this situation easily. You could consider explaining to the original referee, that you apologize, and should have given a clear outline on your needs (both the having the reference letter, and the timing you needed it by). That you recognize that you failed to clearly define the timeline at which the letter had to be complete for you to feel prepared for the application. Then you can explain that you were worried by the lack of email response, and recognizing a lack of clearly agreed upon timeframe of when the letter needed to be completed, that you had change your reference request and unfortunately the system only allows permanent removal of the referee, and only one person to hold a position as a reference at a time. Of course you feel terrible, but the reference should hopefully understand that you were in a compromised situation as they had not provided you insight into their situation until a week before the application was due. This might not have been in their control, but it certainly wasn’t in your control either. As for why you should have trusted them? I’m not sure I understand. It’s difficult to know why you should have trusted them, unless they explicitly said “I will be hard to contact, and I might not have the reference complete until a week before its due”. It seems like its a huge burden or trust and vulnerabity on you otherwise. Hopefully you wont have to worrry about this in the future as this application will be successful. Good luck!
  18. I think you should read through the responses on this forum by doing a top ten search. This question has been answered. Edit. That came across kind of terse. You can search for the answer to your question by using the search function. I promise you will find a lot of well thought out responses to this question in a search history. Good luck. But coles notes - the top ten should not read as a resume. If your work experience made you who you are, you should absolutely include it. Your top ten should provide the file reviewers insight into what kind of person you are, what you value. Then you should link those experiences to how they helped you grow. This is not a time to brag. Be thoughtful, and be reflective.
  19. People have a lot of opinions, and frightfully are willing to tell you what is or isn’t okay. The truth. You have no control over your file reviewers, and the reality (for all people) - we submit ourselves for review, and hope that the people reading our file resonate with our story. There is a chance you will have someone with strong implicit/explicit bias against muslins read your file. They may rank your letter and file lower because of this. However, there is also a chance that it will really resonate with someone quite strongly. For the simple reason that this is chance based, I would recommend choosing the letter that you’ve feel most speaks to who you are, and I would be less concerned about whether or not someone will judge you for the affiliation with the Muslim religion. By not submitting the letter you are potentially denying the file reviewers the opportunity to see your strongest attributes. That’s the only thing in your control. -MA
  20. They must fill out the u of c reference letter template specific the quality they are asked to comment on.
  21. You must release your mcat scores to the u of c. I believe you can do that before you actually get your scores back. MA
  22. No. More that it’s an attribute, not an accomplishment. So how can you show that attribute?
  23. Search this thread. This has been talked about again and again, and there are amazing responses to this question.
  24. I think you can demonstrate intellectual curiosity without taking about academics. You will have to think hard about how to demonstrate that with your current top ten. Ask what does it mean to demonstrate curiosity? How can you show that? You probably already have that, but you probably failed to demonstrate it.
  25. That seems a “bit” extreme. I work quite a lot, I love my job, and it’s nice sometimes to work at something that’s just yours. I would consider working two weekends a month, rather than one shift a weekend (that way you can have entire weekends off). Also set some boundaries, and know when you need to quit. I will be quitting in clerkship. Good luck.
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