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  1. Hi everyone, I am in first year medicine and many of my classmates have started shadowing physicians in their specialty of interest already. I hadn't contacted anyone yet and was starting to get nervous that I was dropping the ball on this one. I got in contact with several physicians in pediatrics and pediatric subspecialties this week and I have set up some dates in the next few months to shadow. What I am wondering is: what should I expect? What will shadowing be all about (ex. will I be strictly observing or will there be some opportunities to practice my clinical skills)? I was also concerned about dress code and equipment; do I need my white coat and stethoscope or is that overkill? Any tips for a first time shadower? Thanks!
  2. drang

    Not sure what to do.

    I have already posted something similar in the Non-trad group, but seriously consider U of M in Winnipeg. They drop your worst 30 credit hours (if you have a hypothetical four year degree of 120 credit hours).
  3. For some reason, your initial post isn't showing up, so I have quoted it at the bottom. Here are my thoughts: Don't be worried about your age! I am 27 and I am in my first year of med school now. I applied several years in a row (5 years) and I finally got in this past summer. I am also definitely not the oldest person in my class either! Age is just a number. And often, being "older" allows you to have more life experience that you can use in your interviews, courses and interactions with patients. I perform the highest in my Professionalism and Clinical Reasoning courses out of all of my medicine courses. Your GPA is not that much different than mine was. At U of Manitoba, they do an AGPA where they drop your worst 30 credit hours out of your whole degree. So maybe try and calculate where you are at for fun. I have written the MCAT 4 times and the most significant improvements that I noted in my scores were during the times that I did not work or go to school while I was studying. The last (and the one that got me in!) MCAT that I wrote, I quit my job for the summer and spent the entire 3 months studying. That's something you might have to seriously consider (I know it sucks when you have bills to pay and rent and possibly dependants to support). Think about applying out of province beyond those ones in Ontario you mentioned. Manitoba is pretty cool.... Good luck!!! " I’ve never applied to medical school before. In fact, I spent many years telling myself that I’d never get in, that it’s too competitive, that I didn’t have the personality or confidence to become a physician. However, I slowly found all of that change after spending a year working as an RN in one of the most acute neonatal intensive care units in Canada. Parents, managers, and colleagues all trusted me and believed in me, so why did I spend so much time belittling myself? I’ve done a lot of self-reflection over the last couple of years. I don’t regret being a non-traditional applicant or picking the path that I chose. I used to be insecure about applying to medical school in my late twenties (I’ll be 26 when I first apply, 27 if I get in on my first try...and I know that you often have to apply more than once). Now I’m confident that this was the path that was needed and I obviously would not be here today if nursing hadn’t helped me to change in such positive ways. At one point in my life, it was my absolute dream to become an NICU nurse. However, I find myself wanting to do more. Last August I seriously told myself I was going to get into medical school and haven’t looked back. I don’t have any family members who are physicians and therefore often wonder if I’m on the right track. I am actually the only individual in my family who possesses a university degree. This is my weighted GPA: 3.93 (last two years full time) So far: I’ve shadowed a family physician. I will have over 4000 hours of direct patient care by the time I apply. I’ve been volunteering at a facility that serves as a community resource for underprivilaged populations since 2013 (off and on). I’ve had many roles In this facility, but currently I’m tutoring children. I’ve taken on numerous volunteer positions in university (orientation leader, peer mentor for first year nursing students, etc.). I’ve also started my first clinical research position a couple weeks ago. I’ve never written the MCAT. This is the aspect of the application that I’m struggling with the most. I’ve started studying a year in advance given that I am working a full time job on top of the research position and volunteering in the community food bank. I met with my manager and discussed dropping my hours in April, and she agreed. I’m currently booked to write the MCAT in June, but am contemplating pushing it back to August to allow more breathing room. In terms of references: I have a good relationship so far with my research advisor (I obviously hope to develop this over the next year), my manager, and many of my clinical instructors from nursing school. I’d like to apply to UofT, McMaster, Queens, and Dalhousie (I went here, loved it, wish I could go back) Do you experienced premed students feel that I’m on the right track? Do you think there is anything I could be doing better? Thanks for reading all of that. I appreciate you. "
  4. drang

    OOP worried about weather

    I would agree, wear pants and a blazer. I wouldn't recommend a skirt cause your legs would get cold. If you are looking for hotels, book the CanadInns inside the Health Sciences Centre. That's directly attached to the med school, so you shouldn't need to go outside.
  5. I had this happen to a friend of mine. She contacted Admissions to let them know that there was a delay. I would recommend doing that ASAP. In the end, she changed her reference to someone who could get it done in time.
  6. I would agree. I had someone from admissions tell me that they are literally only to make sure you are not an axe murderer. Don't worry about the strength of your references, there is no difference.
  7. I agree! Your AGPA is always better than your actual GPA. Don't give up!!
  8. drang

    Round 2: June 4

    Thanks for the information and advice! I was feeling really down and thinking that I wasn't going to hear anything but I was just accepted off the waitlist! So beyond ecstatic!
  9. Hello everyone, Just wanted to share my happy news- I have been accepted off the waitlist! I just found out yesterday!!! Thanks again for all the helpful advice and encouragement. :)
  10. drang

    Round 2: June 4

    Way to go!!! I wonder what place you were on the waitlist. I guess we'll never know. I am in second tier....how likely is it that I could get a spot?
  11. Congratulations! Just wondering, you said OOP waitlist. Are there two seperate waitlists? Or is it just one? I didn't realize that there was an OOP and an IP waitlist.
  12. drang

    Round 2: June 4

    Hello everyone, Did anyone get on the waitlist? Let me know if anyone has tips or experience being on the waitlist. Thanks!
  13. Okay now my turn haha Accepted/Waitlisted/Regrets: Waitlisted, Tier 2 (Does anyone know any information about the length of the waitlist or getting accepted off the waitlist?) In Province (IP)/ Out of Province (OOP): IP AGPA (x.xx/4.5): 3.93 MCAT (xx.xx/15): 512 Rural/Non-Rural: Had some rural job experience, had some S.E.S. points Advanced Academics (PhD, pubs, academic appointment): 0
  14. Thanks!! :) Those of us on the waitlist thank you very much!!