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  1. yeah usually - sometimes there is a bit of lag updating the site etc.
  2. it is a hard system - no question about it. I think that most university students if they are relatively careful and importantly know they have to can get above 85% in most of the classes (that doesn't mean that again doesn't require work - one big premed problem is just not knowing you even have to). At least I hope so - I don't like the idea of all these extreme measures being required.
  3. the system is set up exactly to make learning for learning sake harder - much harder. When I give talks on this stuff, I have to explain exactly these points. I really annoys me because I think university should be for self exploration and developing the sort of skills etc you get by challenging yourself. That doesn't help you get into medical school though. Point 3) above is something I mention (to add to it for completeness - your premed clubs can help you learn about all these courses as well in advance including details that would improve your grade, DE courses give you the materials in full at the start so dropping them after you get the materials can extend your prep time if you take the course in the future, some people even attend classes they are aren't enrolled in so when take them later as well they have already seen everything, .......the list of these "tricks" is pretty long and the ones that work require well basically work.
  4. unfortunately I don't believe Ottawa gives you any advantage for overloading like that.
  5. yeah we need to so a better job at creating different pathways of advancement (education, research, management/leadership (and start calling it) etc.). Just because you are good at any of those doesn't mean you are good at the rest ha. Part of the problem is it is all academic positions are designed for the full time researcher etc in terms of promotion. Well doctors have other things to do - like treating patients ha. Even our publications don't always count as proper research in their eyes (I know one staff that publishes constantly in our top radiology journal but writing articles explaining how to do our job better isn't original research so she is still an assistant professor despite being highly respected). and absolutely - a) the colleges have to make this a priority and b) someone - likely the provinces - have to create a reward/punishment system to force the training programs to consider the HR implications.
  6. what is missing? taking some course obviously to hit some prereqs quite often is quit fine.
  7. while sure in general but while rare in the grand scheme of things there are enough with interest/training to be useful I think. It isn't that unusual for a doctor to have a MBA for instance - there were 2 of them alone in my old radiology department on a personal example. They are an accessible resource if needed - a lot of those MBA types are looking for senior admin positions in hospitals for instance. Mentoring is something you would think is more common in academia than elsewhere - yet we don't talk about that much either. what we don't have is the willing or foresight to add it to residency programs and so on. Ha instead as I recall I had a 3 hour lecture on recycling of all things, a 2 hour lecture on using excel and word and using pubmed basic searches (required lecture for some stupid reason), and some questionable wellness lectures (something that annoyed me because that subject is very important but so poorly done). Somehow we can get that stuff in but cannot talk about how to actually get a job, personal finances, or realities of our specialities in actual practice - stuff that we all actually have to do.
  8. exactly this is the main issue - if you are repeating the course they cannot be used directly for med school. If you are doing well that can be annoying Despite that though it is isn't a pointless exercise - far from it actually. Redoing it demonstrates you fixed the issues causing the problem which is really the major blockage to advancing. Again many schools have a lot of ways of overriding the poor grades - dropped years, dropped courses, weighting things etc - you were always going to use those anyway if you continued to med school. You have to set yourself up for future success and this is the year to do it. (even mcmaster that yes counts all counts GPA, does so a lot less than other schools)
  9. and on top of that those are all really hard problems. Too many variables, too many unknowns and so little flexibility in the system. No obvious solution either. plus people quite often ignore the evidence even if the are told it - after all med students as rules literally have been "winning" at things for so long they almost cannot imagine that not happening. I have had many people not even blink when they are presented the odds of getting something (who cares, odds don't mean anything to them in effect). We all know people that in the end didn't get that residency position/fellowship/or job in the end though. It is a bitter pill to swallow. and I am what almost staff now, and many others on the forum are well beyond that point. I haven't been trained anywhere along the way about any of those those topics above - it is somehow assumed you know about them just by going through the process. That is rather insane I think. Cannot do the same things we have been doing for years and expect a different outcome. It would be actually nice on some level if a training program was punished in some fashion if its grads didn't get a job in a particular field in a particular time - something to remind them what the point of a publicly funded training program is.
  10. that repeat course issue mentioned above is important - as they don't count repeats. that being said there are a bunch of grading schemes from several schools that will ignore earlier issues like this. Plus more importantly getting to the point where you can overcome your health issues is critical for this and more importantly life in general. Looks like you are doing well so of course congrats! To extend your example - if you do it correctly and got 4.0 GPA in your 2nd, 3rd and 4th years (of extremely good grades, nice to target but beyond necessary) would give you an application GPA eventually of 4.0 at several schools. Careful understanding of those rules (and awareness of them) is simply critical then. You don't want to accidentally make a mistake. Read the schools' policies, ask any questions you have have, seek out council from those that know about these things etc. Whatever it takes to make sure you efforts are towards the right milestones you need.
  11. yeah never over think things like this - it doesn't mean anything. Nothing at all....
  12. all about priorities in the end - if you love cars and make it a priority......
  13. Median was 140K at Western if I recall late 2000s. Average I am assuming would be higher Life often is unfair - but that doesn't mean we cannot do things about it (either for ourselves or the system ha). and for us that make it to the other side ha, don't forget to help pull a few other people up along the way.
  14. oh it is clearer ha, but nothing is as clear as an abrupt cut off in GPA/MCAT and you know here is something that really confused/surprised me. Western is objectively the most obvious school - cannot use your parents money to pump up the ECs, or use family connections to get LORs, or access to research etc. It is simple and clean. so it should be a school where it is less impacted by family wealth you would think. It is literally PURE merit after all with no surprises. and yet Western's student body was one of the HIGHEST in terms of socioeconomic class (130K+ if I recall correctly). blew me away! exactly opposite of what I thought should be going on - and this brought me to a major point I guess. It seems very likely that having a high income family really helps with GPA and MCAT. Likely the removal of all that financial stress, better supports etc plays a measurable role. Also possible high income parents are smart people, and smart people have smart kids more often with again better supports all along. So while I was at Western I went to more than one insanely amazing house to say the least. As someone from a much lower socioeconomic background earlier in life that was always a weird experience ha.
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