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    Sanctaphrax reacted to propofolsquad in Med bag color   
    Dat backpack is #goals 
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    Sanctaphrax reacted to Clapton in RIP "Premed101 ChatRoom"   
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    Sanctaphrax reacted to freewheeler in Life, Philosophy & Perspective Thread   
    Just watched this great short video on life and philosophy. 
    Really puts things into perspective, which I think is something we all too frequently lose sight of in society and perhaps even moreso within the very driven, Type A and neurotic group that the medical and pre-medical communities attract.
     
    It would be great to read others' thoughts on this and have some discussion.
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    Sanctaphrax reacted to End Poverty in GPA no longer considered (!!!!)   
    FYI: most people who score high on ECs did not travel abroad or volunteer in Africa...
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    Sanctaphrax got a reaction from ballsortahard in Diversity of Experience   
    With academic research it's generally the impact and significance of the end result that matters more, rather than the time taken to reach the result. This is kind of why adHominem mentioned that only some actives warrant mentioning a specific time commitment. 
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    Sanctaphrax reacted to plane in Summer Elective - Canada or Abroad?   
    UofA offers several international electives through partnerships with a myriad of institutions, in addition to the IFMSA-led international electives available to all students in Canada. If you do one through either channel, most of the paperwork is taken care of for you.
    After you finish M1 your options might be limited for other Canadian institutions or schools in the USA, who less likely take preclerkship students; you might have to find your own contacts for these.
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    Sanctaphrax reacted to ralk in Summer Elective - Canada or Abroad?   
    Many schools have opportunities to gain some experience abroad during your pre-clerkship summers, so always check with your institution. If you've yet to start M1, that information will likely be coming during or after your orientation. Whether these are called "electives" or not is mostly a matter of semantics - at most schools, they wouldn't be considered on the same level as clerkship electives due to the earlier stage of training.
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    Sanctaphrax got a reaction from m236 in 2017 Backpack?   
    Should be orange camo next year to add some zing to the 2022s.
    Whoever gets inducted into the "Secret Order" make this happen

     
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    Sanctaphrax got a reaction from Ozymandias in 2017 Backpack?   
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    Sanctaphrax reacted to psycoforpsych in 2017 Backpack?   
    Yeah I was kinda shocked it wasn't red, but the colour is growing on me I guess. Then again, I feel like any colour would have (eventually) cause I'm just happy to be getting one haha

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    Sanctaphrax reacted to MountainAmoeba in 2017 Backpack?   
    It is a nice blue! And there is a little Canadian flag on it. Which is nice!
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    Sanctaphrax reacted to Log in 2017 Backpack?   
    Idk about that, they hyped up the Canada aspect a ton. (see pic below)
    Looks like they just want to avoid controversy completely by choosing every safe option. No mention of Canada (it says CMA150) and no red. Boo.

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    Sanctaphrax reacted to lulu95 in 2017 Backpack?   
    Yep! I'm just glad it's not neon, which last year's turquoise was bordering on (would take pink over neon any day).
    Edit: on hindsight, we probably should've known, they always said #CMA150, not Canada 150, haha. Also, the brief serious interlude in this thread seemed to come true, the backpack isn't red and doesn't celebrate Canada's 150th birthday.
    Anyway, looking forward to our own orientation! 
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    Sanctaphrax got a reaction from ballsortahard in GPA no longer considered (!!!!)   
    I have noticed this trend as well, with people strategically choosing courses to maximize GPA. While there is nothing technically wrong with what they are doing, I too feel that those who choose to take on more challenging programmes/course-loads should be awarded as such. Just looking at numerical GPA doesn't really tell of student's academic prowess. I know PIs look at courses taken when selecting students for graduate studies, so why not do it when considering entrance into Medicine.
    UofA have started checking almost all EC verifiers last application via an E-mail form. I think is a good move and will prevent people from stretching the truth, if combined with the requirement that all verifier emails be organizational e-mail addresses (as does Calgary). However this doesn't make it foolproof, it just makes it very hard to spoof.
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    Sanctaphrax reacted to palefire in 2017 Backpack?   
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    Sanctaphrax reacted to elucidator2341 in 2017 Backpack?   
    LOL MAAAN I'm right there with you...
    Don't get me wrong it's a beautiful shade of blue, but "Very special colour" blue???
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    Sanctaphrax got a reaction from mollypercocet in GPA no longer considered (!!!!)   
    I have noticed this trend as well, with people strategically choosing courses to maximize GPA. While there is nothing technically wrong with what they are doing, I too feel that those who choose to take on more challenging programmes/course-loads should be awarded as such. Just looking at numerical GPA doesn't really tell of student's academic prowess. I know PIs look at courses taken when selecting students for graduate studies, so why not do it when considering entrance into Medicine.
    UofA have started checking almost all EC verifiers last application via an E-mail form. I think is a good move and will prevent people from stretching the truth, if combined with the requirement that all verifier emails be organizational e-mail addresses (as does Calgary). However this doesn't make it foolproof, it just makes it very hard to spoof.
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    Sanctaphrax reacted to mollypercocet in GPA no longer considered (!!!!)   
    I see what you're saying because of the large number of applicants they won't be able to accommodate enough interview spots. However, consider NOSM's policy: they look equally at 3 things for an interview invite GPA, ECs, and Rural context. NOSM on average has the same number of applicants every year and the biggest factor that determines if you get an interview comes down to ECs and rural context. NOSM has also accepted people within the range of 3.2-4.0. 
    People with high GPAs and MCAT have also taken up interview spots in many cases. Many of these individuals were not even ready for the interview or had very poor ECs and would not have been accepted anyway. Whereas someone with a lower GPA may have been more successful. 
    I understand that IP policies in other provinces put people in Ontario at a disadvantage, but Ontario has more schools compared to other provinces. If they allocated seats according to the area in which you live in Ontario and had similar requirements for offering interviews I think they would be able to accommodate a lot of people. In this case if you were from the GTA you'd have more of a chance at UoT. I think that many people with 3.7-3.8s in Ontario fail to get an interview because every school has its own GPA calculation. Like UOttawa, UoT, Western weigh GPA by a lot compared to McMaster where people with a 3.3 in any random degree with a high CARS and Casper can get an interview. 
    Although every school has autonomy, I think that because med seats are funded by taxpayers there should be some leeway especially in Ontario.    
    We also need to keep in mind that there is a greater demand for family physicians in Canada not specialists, especially in rural and remote areas. 
     
    For those who say that this policy would mean that people won't work hard and try to maintain a 3.3. I think they're wrong because maintaining a high GPA opens up opportunities that add to your ECs as well. For instance, you'd be more likely to be getting awards, scholarships, research funding and positions. A high GPA would also still keep other career options open.  Many people realize in their UG that becoming a doctor is not for them.
    People in the rest of the world get accepted from high school and still become fairly decent docs. High school education is nothing in comparison to going through UG. 
    I feel that this policy would allow a person like myself to consider those challenging or more interesting classes where I know the prof only gives out 2 As or whatever and I would not be sucking my profs dick to get an A/A+.
    Maybe this new policy would have rules like you need to have taken challenging courses and this would be indicated by the median of the class. 
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    Sanctaphrax reacted to Log in 2017 Backpack?   
    LEGOLAS, WHAT DO YOUR CALGARIAN EYES SEE?
     
    Edit: okay wow I just now read the entire thread and realized how serious this got. Oops.
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    Sanctaphrax reacted to plane in .   
    Sounds like you are already good on paper, and I would not personally go abroad if you have been getting interviews. Focus on naturally getting better on speaking and verbalizing your thoughts, and not just practicing "interview speak". Join groups like the debate society or toastmasters to get a chance to form your own thoughts and defend it within a time limit. Work a job where you have to think and talk on the spot (customer service, tour guides, tutoring small groups). Remember that the interview is testing exactly those attributes, as you undoubtedly need them as an aspiring doc. 
    Only do an MPH if that would be a career you can see yourself going into, else you would just be more miserable. If you've done research, your academic references can come from your supervisors; just remind them of your work with them. They are used to students asking for references years after--the worst they can do is say no.
    Hope this helps.
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    Sanctaphrax reacted to Mouse in I Just Want Someone To Talk To   
    Man, first of all, I'm so sorry.  I hardly post on these forums because I don't feel super comfortable putting myself out there, but when I read your story, my heart broke a little.  You are not alone in your experience, and I remember this same time last year when I got my rejections I was devastated. I distinctly remember the day as I didn't have the energy to even have the energy to get out of bed again for the day.  I remember telling my mom the results, who seemed to blame the rejection on me, for being lazy or ignorant or something else that seemed to be beyond my control.  We didn't talk for a very very long time because, to me, the idea that I gave any less than 100% was infuriating.  For the first and only time in my life I slit my own wrists and truly thought I would be better off dead.  I went to my family doctor and I remember bawling my eyes out in front of him as I told him my story, but he gave me a piece of advice that I don't think I will ever forget.
     
    On my wall, he told me to tape a little piece of paper which reads, "You are a worthwhile person."  That is something so often forgot in the face of the arbitrary selection system that is medical school admissions.  Regardless of whether you are accepted or rejected, fundamentally your value as a human being does not change.  You will do great things and help many people in your lifetime.  I know you are someone who is kind, compassionate, hard-working and loving.  This day is not your day, and this year may not have been your year, but keep your chin up.  
     
    Please take some time for yourself.  It will take weeks, maybe months for that sinking feeling to go away, and I pray that you will feel even remotely better soon.  Know that you have the support of other people, such as myself.  If and when you can stand to look at all the broken pieces and dare to try again, please do not hesitate to throw me a PM if you have any questions or are looking to bounce some ideas off of.  Cheers, and I hope you get a good night of sleep.
     
    -A friend you didn't know you had
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    Sanctaphrax reacted to GH0ST in I Just Want Someone To Talk To   
    Hey dude,
     
    First off your parents doing that to you is borderline abusive parenting. If they had any idea the struggles people go through and the thousands of people that try repeatedly for their chance to get into medical school, they wouldn't do what they did to you. Heck if caring or passion was enough to get into medicine then most people would be in on their first try. 
     
    EDIT: I agree with 1997 that some parents may be poorly communicating their concerns... I shouldn't so hastily judge them based on the OP's posting and I'm sorry.
     
    You also can't reason with anyone if they refuse to listen. Sucks that it has to be your family but just like they aren't listening, you don't have to listen to them either. 
     
    Not getting into medical school does not make you a failure, mean there's something wrong with you, or you've screwed your future. If anything it can be a blessing in disguise, a chance for you to use the time you have to better yourself in ways that you haven't imagined, meet new people, learn new things.
     
    I didn't get in after the first year and took some time to do my masters degree. Not only did I pursue a passion that was useful for an alternative career if I wanted it, but I used the skills that I've gained to better myself in medical school. I know that had I gotten in right away I would never have appreciated it as much as I do now, nor be able to understand things as well as I do (not just the content, but the humanistic side).
     
    Whether you decide to try again or give up is your choice, but don't let "intelligence" or the fact that you failed once decide whether or not you try again.
    If you need an ear PM me. I'll tell you my journey.
     
    Best wishes and chin up,
     
    - G
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