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  1. If you are serious - I suggest talking to a counsellor (not a psychiatrist). It sounds like you need to do a lot of soul searching to figure out what you really want out of your job/career as well as personal life... If you think your mental health and depression will be suddenly relieved by going into medicine - I highly suggest you look up mental health outcomes (anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, suicides) among med students/residents/physicians. It is not a rosey picture and actually quite scary for those actually in all stages of the profession.
  2. I honestly can't tell if this poster is serious (i.e. lacking insight) or a really good troll... The continuous number of red flags beyond their original post is outstanding.
  3. what is your cGPA and MCAT OP? If you finish your PhD, McMaster gives you a +4%. Considering weighting of GPA/Verbal/CASPer is based on the pool of other applicants, getting 4% regardless of the applicant pool is a huge +++ I would also take a look at Calgary as I believe they convert GPA from grad school as an additional year of UG for GPA calculation. Best of luck!
  4. I think you should enter the MMI being yourself. You could either be someone who's willing to overlook the rules (with good intent and reasoning) or someone whose by the books - just like in real life. Whatever your line of thinking is, you'll provide a better answer if you think like yourself. I don't think there is a correct answer per se, but you would need to justify which ever answer you choose. For instance, lets say you decide to rat them out. I would say something on the lines of: Understand why they are cheating in the first place If they have a good reason - advocate for them to talk to the prof to write the exam on another day No good reason = convince them to confess to the prof of their own actions (i.e. don't jump the gun and rat them out) If affects the grade of everyone in the course if the overall grades were to be bell curved Some people in the course may be depending on a good grade for academic scholarships for tuition It's unfair for those who studied hard, and unfair for those who didn't study and are willing to accept the consequences of their actions After all attempts, I would tell the prof in private as you are advocating for yourself and the rest of class but acknowledge this would negatively affect your friendship and you are willing to accept that. You could also decide not to rat them out. I would say something on the lines of: Understand why they are cheating in the first place Talk to them about other options besides cheating Try and help them see the repercussions and how it could be unfair to others Suggest you could form a study group for subsequent exams so everyone can keep each other focused and improve If they still decide the cheat Suggest that you've done the best you could convincing them, and that you won't ever understand the circumstances they are under (i.e. sympathize) Ratting out your friend doesn't mean that there couldn't be others in the exam who are also cheating and ruining it for everyone Also suggest that they may be a very good friend, who's a good person and helped you a lot in the past - their one mistake/action shouldn't be a reason to ruin a good friendship over. I know other people in the forum would suggest there is one right answer over another, but it really comes down to what you honestly think about the situation and why. I always advise people to be the best version of themselves in the CASPer/MMI and not try to play games (i.e. what would the interviewer want to hear?). My two cents.
  5. This just the normal pre-med neurosis talking. The score is out of your control. You could decide to rebook the test, see the score and if your satisfied you can cancel or not.
  6. It really depends on how everyone else did because your score is based on a standardized score and not based on raw score. Other people could have butchered those two passages and more, and you could end up with a 130. But other people could have also found the CARS section very easy overall and you could end up with a 123. Standard deviations... It's a blessing and a curse.
  7. Just a warning that you don't have more pass/fail courses than is allowed in a given semester and in a given academic year (Sept - April). If you have one too many pass/fail courses (i.e. more than one in a semester), schools will not use those years towards your GPA calculation.
  8. I strongly dislike nepotism and don't condone it, but out of all white collar professions - I think medicine is Canada isn't nearly as bad as other fields. If anyone graduated in finance or commerce or law, they'd tell you how blatantly rampant nepotism is. In medicine, even if nepotism helps secure med students a residency spot, they still have to put in the work during residency. If not, they will fail the royal college exam and will not have favourable job prospects (unless nepotism pulls through again) So I have to agree with all the sentiments other posters have expressed. Yes who you know is important, but this only gets you so far. Residency programs and faculty still need to be convinced that you won't be a pain in the ass through your training. Dealing with someone who's rude to the nurses, super lazy, and doesn't study is a recipe for disaster - and that's the last thing any program or faculty want for 2-7 years.
  9. I understand MD Financial used to be associated with National Bank (i.e. they'd offer LOC to med students through National Bank) How was MD Financial's relationship National Bank? How will MD Financial's relationship differ with Scotia Bank with respect to Canadian Physicians? I'm not very familiar of MD Financial's history. Were there previous banks associated with MD Financial before National Bank and Scotia Bank? I do understand they are a subsidiary(?) of CMA (i.e. CMA created MD Financial for Canadian physicians). Interested to know why current physicians aren't too happy about the move. Will ask my staff
  10. If you plan on returning to Canada, be aware that DO graduates are considered IMG's like students graduating from the Caribbean, Ireland, or Australia. I don't think obtaining a green card is that simple, but if it is as straightforward as it sounds - I think your strategy sounds decent. A 2.7 GPA is very hard to climb up from by doing additional courses here and there. You'd really want to look at doing a second undergraduate degree, or taking advantage of some clause for mature students. For instance, I believe U of Calgary has a 10 year clause where grades from courses 10 years prior will not be looked at (something on those lines, please double check). Best of luck
  11. Not sure how many guys' fragile masculinity will be shattered by this. I would suspect there would be outrage and no straight guy would wear it
  12. First of all - congratulations! You probably feel like you've been given a ticket to the worlds best buffet and you can only pick one dish to eat. I would suggest to try and eliminate schools that seem "attractive" but are ultimately not contenders. For instance, if city desirability trumps tuition cost, eliminate U of Alberta. If closeness to home trumps all - eliminate anything outside of Ontario. If 4 year programs trump 3 year programs, get rid of McMaster. If you hate 100% didactic curriculum or 100% PBL curriculum, get rid of Mac and any school that doesn't have a good chunk of PBL. Then you'll be down to schools that are actually comparable! Personally, I chose my school because I had already made many connections with diverse faculty members in my institution through undergrad. I wanted the ease in finding research opportunities and the flexibility to switch specialties if I wanted. SIDE NOTE: I know others reading this may feel jealous that this person have 6 acceptances (it's natural to be, when you've been waitlisted or rejected), but look at it this way - OP will only be able to accept one, and the rest will be given to those on the wait list! That's 5 fellow applicants on the waitlist who will get an acceptance!! It could also be you!
  13. Apply OOP. Seems like you'd be fairly competitive at UofA and, depending on how you write your top 10, UofC as well!
  14. Yeah agreed with @Butterfly_ Just keep yourself busy with activities that you like. Go have a drink or two with friends, plan a board game night, go watch the new Avengers movie... If you work full-time, then focus on that. It's a waste to put so much brain power into something you have no control over. Thinking about it 24/7 doesn't change the outcome!
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