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  1. one point I should make here particular with respect to the liability - there is still a lot more wiggle room there than people often give credit - even a robot doesn't have to work perfectly - you have to make sure though that the patient is completely aware of the risks and benefits. To put it another way - just because now you have a bad surgical outcome or infection doesn't mean you get to sue (or at least sue and win). You know up front that infection or a bad outcome are possibilities and agree to continue, and as long as reasonable precautious and care is taken then things are as bad as people make it out to be. It isn't quite as black and white as people make it out to be.
  2. That would be below average so not bad at all. The average now probably about 150K.
  3. rmorelan

    What are my chances?

    I agree it can be hard and slow to improve and people can start off in a better place than others in terms of foundation. There is a selection bias here - most premeds are better at sciences than the average person and have spent years and years practicing them. To the point where they have internalized a lot of it and don't even realize how much work they put in there. They also surround themselves with people of similar skills so it seems normal. CARS is similar I think - to achieve your absolute maximum potential in that area you almost need an arts degree or similar multi year deep practise in exactly what CARS is (which is unreasonable thing to ask people to need to do). My score on the similar but older version on the MCAT jumped considerably after I completed my arts degree for instance - 4 years of doing CARS related stuff just resulted in shockingly improvements ha. Just like I cannot really easily explain how somethings in the sciences seem completely obvious (the feeling of being asked to show my work, when my work was looking at it and immediately knowing what was the answer ha), I found I was doing the same thing in the arts (so I read the passage and looked at the question and the answer was C). My point I suppose is this really is less about "naturally" being good at something than people simply never really practising it to any degree close to what they have done for the sciences. Which is completely normal of course - You cannot do everything of course but CARS isn't magic - you just have to put in a lot of time and put it in early (just like you say). The problem is like most skills cramming has very little real effect.
  4. yeah exactly - some of them are pretty strict with that sort of thing, others that have particular relationships with the school are more forgiving. It can be a bit annoying but I do understand the bank's position on these deals - there have been cases of loss with some of these LOCs with them being liquidated quickly and the person being "hard to reach"
  5. that would depend on the bank but usually if they are allowed to extend it immediately (some want some official paperwork you get after you pay the deposit or tuition etc) 5 business days is enough. I ask all of them a few simple questions - the most important one being how many professional LOCs do you currently manage. The answer should be dozens ha - my advisor has hundreds. That tells me I have the right person.
  6. classic not having the right person initially - comes up every year but requires repeating - you cannot just walk into your bank and get this done - you need the professional student line of credit person
  7. rmorelan

    Medical LOC denied

    ha I will say again - I am glad it worked out - really getting the right advisor is simply critical to the process. Be aware of your options
  8. wow this thread really is 69 pages long ha! I didn't have any number changes based on new OSAP funding during medical school. I haven't heard of that changing.
  9. I had a huge number of online courses from Waterloo and they didn't blink
  10. Not sure we are in disagreement on that . I didn't say how the pass fail system impacted studying and student performance - only that that the school still knows the actual grades people got on their tests even if they only ultimately it leads to a pass or fail grade. And I know with certainty some schools have looked at - and honestly I think they all have - peoples GPA in various ways to med school performance. .It just hasn't created any results that have prompted them to change anything.
  11. may be P/F on the outside but on the inside they know people's grades. They can and do some of this internally just in part with their QA. Better problem is smaller sample size. All of Waterloo is a bit bigger ha than a med school program. Plus high school such as it is somewhat standardized - grade 12 math is supposed to be grade 12 math. Doesn't work with every possible university course. Take myself as an example - at Western at the time I was the only computer science major at the med school. What are you supposed to do with that ha.
  12. I mean I agree - but there is asymmetry here in incentive. Those schools with grade inflation have basically no reason what so ever to actually change anything, and a lot of reasons not too. It is hard to create a tougher course in a sea of courses where no one wants to - you get a ton of complaints and it is more work to do in the first place. In the long run it can even work against the school - you want your people to get into med school or whatever - those become your high paid alumni and obviously schools want grateful high paid alumni. plus - and this is a bit controversial - there is a point beyond which improved academic ability seems pointless to becoming a great doctor. From a med school system point of view - small potatoes in the broader academic community - if you go out and somehow rank schools or force them at huge expense etc to standardize will you actually graduate better doctors? The system is unfair in many ways but it doesn't seem to be hurting the outcome in many people's eyes. Just makes it harder to motivate anyone to fix it (even though we should). Which in part I think why it has been so slow in adopting other ways to deal with it. We have other ways - reducing GPA's importance, upping things like ECs and MCAT etc. These are not solutions without their own problems mind you but the schools are aware and coming around to do "something".
  13. only way to really do that realistically is to adopt the MCAT as a proxy for academic performance - in fact that is exactly why the MCAT exists. It would be very hard to rank various programs - the difficulty is hard to assess with such variety in degree of challenge, class size, and strength of the incoming students. The US made the MCAT as they figured it was just impossible to do.
  14. yeah missed that but really all the evidence we have suggests that is true.
  15. There are always to important or at least clear points in the process - one is when people on the normal waitlist start reporting getting pulled, and the other is when people that selected London as their first choice are accepted off the waitlist to Windsor. The reason for the latter being important is we actually know the size of the Windsor class, and that puts an upper bound on the number of remaining positions. You can estimate the number of people that picked it as first choice - relatively smaller number even though again honest Windsor is a great place to do med school - and start to see how close we would be to the end. I wouldn't say it is abnormal - I just lost track of where we were with the ha rather long schedule I am on right now.
  16. wow are already going through Windsor - good luck everyone! and for those that get it the Windsor campus really is a pretty special place (speaking from my experiences there)
  17. rmorelan

    McMaster Waitlist Party

    congrats! Hopefully more to come
  18. rmorelan

    McMaster Waitlist Party

    good luck to everyone!
  19. rmorelan

    IMG and CARMS residency

    so hard to predict all that because fields change, and financial situations change. One thing that constantly pops up is people underestimating how long doctors stay in the game. Ha we collectively aren't the retiring types.
  20. we have to wait until close to the acceptance deadline to see real movement :)
  21. good point I think - we will have to encourage full disclosure with the changing times!
  22. in case someone hasn't replied - it means your overall score was enough to be in the top 171 candidates (assuming the class size is the same) - and thus you got a spot but not high enough to initially fit into the london class. However very likely with people declining some spots new spots will open in London and you probably will get your first choice location eventually. You just have to wait until all the declines are processed etc. They just cannot 100% guarantee you will get it currently because in theory at least everyone could accept and there are no spots opened.
  23. yeah it has been awhile since it hasn't cleared.
  24. I will just add my two cents - it is very tricky doing this to be honest - and I know because I did directly answer one my interview questions using such an example way back when I interviewed for medical school. I cannot say that went particularly well ha. First no matter how well you have dealt with the trauma you are basically bringing up one of if not the most painful events in your life in an already stressful situation - that psychologically is quite distracting to say the least. Can you turn that on and then turn it off? I for one cannot ha. It is also often quite overwhelming for the interviews as well - they are trying develop a relationship with you in a sense and you certainly changed the tone of the immediately. Some will take that well other will not.