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  1. FeelingTheBern

    Dropping out of Dental School

    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.
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    Dropping out of Dental School

    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. FeelingTheBern

    MMI/Casper Question

    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. FeelingTheBern

    McMaster Scholarships

    They come out on MOSAIC in October.
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    MD Financial/Backpacks

    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
  11. 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
  12. FeelingTheBern

    What colour backpacks will next year's class carry?

    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
  13. 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!
  14. FeelingTheBern

    Just Graduated from Undergrad, what now?

    Apply OOP. Seems like you'd be fairly competitive at UofA and, depending on how you write your top 10, UofC as well!
  15. 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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    Pm & R REAL salary

    to add on to this, the insurance companies also stop giving you work if you don't take their side on cases.
  17. all institutes, courses, and profs are supposed to keep the class average at a certain range. TA are instructed by their profs when they grade their students' assignments too high or too low.
  18. Yes it is true that the courses are specifically calibrated to bring the averages down - but this isn't exclusive to UofT. UofT is notorious for it, but it also happens in other schools (such as Mac - exception = health sci program). I would recommend you to keep it simple and enter a program you truly like. Take a look at the required courses for each program and read the course description. If a majority of the mandatory courses are appealing to you and gets you excited to take it - enter the program. It also doesn't hurt to google individual courses and do research on how hard the individual courses are.
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    McMaster Interviews Cancelled

    They do remote MMI's for certain residency programs! It's doable!
  20. FeelingTheBern

    Engineering to Medical School

    Hey OP - make sure to really use the skills that you have to develop your CV/EC. That is how you stand out from the typical cookie cutter pre-meds in lifesci/healthsci. You can increase advocacy while combining engineering skills by being involved in organizations like Engineering Without Borders. It's actually better to demonstrate the CanMEDS competencies outside the scope of "healthcare" because it shows them that you demonstrate these skills in your community, current field of work, and etc... It makes you stand out in applications in a superb way.
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    Calling other professions Dr?

    Inside the clinical setting, I think it can get really really confusing when you have new faces coming and going all the time. Like @Edict and @LittleDaisy suggested, I would only call my attending Dr. in the clinical setting. I appreciate and greatly respect that allied health professionals have their PhD's and hold academic positions, but this doesn't change their scope of practice or make them more special in the clinical setting. In the clinical setting, they still do the job that they are clinically trained to do: I.e. OT, PT, RN, Social Work... etc. Now if they were giving a lecture at grand rounds or during academic half day or collaborating on a project, I will address them as Dr. X,Y,Z.. etc.
  22. You should go to the website of schools you are interested in applying for and look at their pre-reqs and admissions process. If you don't find an answer, send them an e-mail, and then proceed with a phone call.
  23. Definitely been in this position and had the dreaded outcome of NOT getting in at May (I got in the subsequent year - phew). It's hard because all you can think about is getting in, and you know if you are accepted you wouldn't have to continue studying for a grade that no longer matters. So I get it! That being said, you have to, "hope for the best, but prepare for the worst". Hold on to the hope that you'll get in at May, but prepare yourself mentally and academically for the situation you don't. You have to bite the bullet and push through it. Just tell yourself that the next 2 weeks of exams and papers are nothing you haven't faced before. It's the same big exams and same big papers you had to face at the end of 1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year and so forth. The challenge hasn't changed, the time length hasn't changed. The only difference is that your psyching yourself out. If you are thinking about D-day all day, you are spending too much time thinking about things that are out of your control. Beyond studying for the good grades you need, keep yourself extra busy: Gym in the morning, study all day, cook yourself a healthy dinner in the evening, game a bit, pop 5mg of melatonin, go to sleep - and repeat. TL;DR. If you don't get good grades on your last exams and you also don't get into medical school: you're at a bigger disadvantage for not getting an interview/not getting in the subsequent cycle. Everyone knows it only gets harder to get in every year, so don't shoot yourself in the foot.
  24. Not too surprised considering they asked to be paid a max of $197,300 https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-opposes-midwives-rights-challenge-seeking-higher-pay/article15643506/