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Everything posted by theevilsloth

  1. @AlteplaseStat Thanks you for the update, I'm in the situation you described and it's nice to be able to start the EC section without locking in the 2 references.
  2. I think the way the math works is that removing 30 credits in the year with your lowest average will always help you.
  3. I love this argument so much, this is really all that needs to be said. Almost every single time a 'Winter 2020' thread is posted, this response is all that is needed to show OP how selfish they're being.
  4. The BPEs seem easier on the surface and less philosophical than last years quesitons
  5. Thank you for sharing your experience with the application process. Just curious, what was your concrete plan B?
  6. Hey, I had a very similar experience to yours this cycle, and I know how bewildering the process can be. Like you, I practiced for a long time and feel like I improved my interview performance greatly this cycle, but the results didn't reflect that. I don't have any practical advice for you (as I'm in the same situation) but if you need someone to talk to feel free to DM me.
  7. A side note to your main question, in case you haven't looked into it, having Metis status gives you IP status at UBC and Calgary. Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta have specific streams for Indigenous applicants that bypass their regular In-Province requirements.
  8. Yes to many of the above. There are definitely other professions that I would be happy working in for the rest of my life, but medicine is my #1 goal. Unfortunately, most of these options would require me taking 1+ cycles off of applying for med, and I feel like this is just prolonging my wait in limbo.
  9. What are some options here? I feel like a lot of premeds get a BSc. and then get stuck in the gap year struggle of trying to find meaningful employment with a BSc - at least this is my situation.
  10. Exact same situation currently but Rs from different schools, following.
  11. Also, you don't need to fill out the About Me section if you have nothing relevant to add there. I didn't fill it out and got interviews the past 2 years.
  12. Same situation here. Last year, interviewed and rejected from 1 school. This year, interviewed and rejected from 3 schools. All we can do is keep moving forward! We are both getting stronger with each application cycle, you got 3 WLs which means you are almost there. Don't give up! Take a year off from applying if you feel you have to to stay mentally healthy, then come back to it.
  13. Thanks! Yeah non-profits would be a perfect match, I'll start there. And while I realize that nothing is beneath me, I worked in a retail clothing store for 4 years throughout university and I don't see myself going back to a retail environment.
  14. Hey everyone, for those who didn't matriculate right after completing their Bachelor's degree, what did you do while applying to med again? My GPA and MCAT are juuuust good enough to get interviews in Ontario and OOP, so I'm not worried there. My ECs were good enough for 2 Ontario schools and an OOP school. That being said, they can be stronger. I think my weakest points are lack of research productivity, no career progression, and no ECs outside of the premed norm. It's clear to me that my weak point is definitely the interview, and that this will be the #1 area to improve upon next cycle. However, I don't want to waste this year, and I want to do everything in my power to ensure that if I don't get in this cycle, I'll at least have a better chance for 2021-2022. I'm thinking that it's time to look for a full-time job, although this is hard with only a BSc, especially since my interests lie more in health science, policy, and clinical research type positions. Also, COVID. Did anyone have success finding these sorts of jobs with just a BSc and some RA experience? I can also take a 2 year masters, but my GPA is decent and I'm already getting interviews, so I almost feel like taking an application cycle off would be shooting myself in the foot. Is / was anyone in a similar position to me? Are there options I'm not considering that I should be looking at? I'm just feeling a bit lost right now. Any advice is appreciated!
  15. I read CMAJ and CBC Health articles every day for months, and took notes on all the controversial and topical health issues in Canada. Pros and cons for MAID / forcing referrals / doctor strikes etc. I had studied and was prepared for the ethical / health type questions I got in the interview. I practiced staring into my webcam, recording myself answer questions, and looking at my body language to try and get better at the soft skills. I'm at a loss of how to move forward at this point.
  16. As a rejected OOP its hard to not feel like this is accurate
  17. Hey, I feel this. Last year I practiced mostly by myself, and looking back the content of my answers was lacking. I got rejected post-interview. This year, I practiced for like 6 weeks straight with med students, other med applicants, friends / family etc. I felt confident in the interview, prepared with answers for most of the questions asked, and practiced for a total of probably about 150 hours. I got low-waitlist at western and rejected from two other schools. Not super sure what to change moving forward..
  18. I got rejected post-interview, but when I did the breakdown from the AFMC data, it seemed as if out of the 60 "extra" offers given, about 33 of them were from cycling through OOP people. There were 57 OOP acceptances given in 2019, but only 24 OOP in the class. That would mean there were about 27 "extra" IP acceptances given, from the 60 total surplus. Whether the "extra" offers are from WL or a surplus of acceptances, I'm not sure. That being said, things may be quite different this year - There were quite a lot of OOP rejections posted on the forums, much more than previous years. Its possible that this year, the waitlist is mostly IP students, and less OOP students will be accepted into the class.
  19. Exact same feeling, and outcome for me. We'll get it next cycle
  20. Yeah same. Rejected last year, thought this interview went a lot better, and was low waitlisted.
  21. It may feel that way now, but I guarantee you aren't the only one. People generally don't like to post bad news online, especially if they feel alone. There are always very few low WL and rejection posts for Western for some reason.
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