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LostLamb last won the day on October 29 2018

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  1. Saaaaaame. posts here are biased and people are ashamed to post if they DONT have 3.9+... (I had one C+ On my undergrad transcript...it’s not helpful but not impossible to surmount!) In contrast, no grade issues in med or with qualifying exams.
  2. Same. Also, glad that I ruled out academia via this route.
  3. As an undergrad science student I met a PhD student while I was doing a lab project whose exact words were “grad school is where med school dreams go to die.” i suspect he was one of the people he was talking about, and bitter and cynical because he did not get in. Grad students have their motivations to say what they want. Sometimes there is this divide, whereby grad students who really want to do grad school look down on those who mention they have applied or intend to apply to medicine...as if the latter group weren’t really committed to grad school or something. as a result, most keep these dreams close to the chest to avoid unnecessary drama. ultimately, do what you want. Let haters hate.
  4. Have you looked at Athabasca or TRU for the missing labs? not sure if you can get away from doing the full course with labs...that’s a question for the schools you’d apply to. English isn’t as bad as you think if you choose wisely. If you do make up courses make sure that they are from a uni or are university equivalent. your gpa is not horrific, despite what you might see on this board. It becomes a barrier when it comes to schools that begin selection by hard gpa cut offs. Hence, you need to do your research about other schools’ applications I will leave mcat commentary to others who more versed in it. grad school is a double edged sword, tread carefully it’s not a one year commitment—and it’s not like undergrad where if you do the time you get the degree chin up and do your research on schools and policies, really that’s the key here.
  5. If you’re only IP in Ontario examine processes for obtaining IP status in other provinces. On average applicants apply at least 3 times before getting in. There’s many examples on this forum of people applying 5+ times (myself included!) before matriculating. Too soon to jump ship to another continent unless you are informed about the risks for this.
  6. Yes. I'd be concerned if they were NOT involved in the process at a program...suggests other issues...
  7. I’m sorry you got frightened away. I hope it has been a learning experience for you. Even if you choose not to post again, I strongly suggest you follow some of the advise above and read through others’ threads to get a sense of the stats of the competition...and then put your skeptic hat on and take it all with a grain of salt. Therein is where the value of the forum lies. Best, LL
  8. tough spot to be. you can try moving, but I think your chances are slim. your primary focus right now needs to be demonstrating you've made a good choice and are succeeding your new specialty. You will need to find ways to bulk up your supports: visits from family and friends, vacations and conferences to areas where your family and friends are located, lots of phone calls and skype/facetime, and finally, probably you need to expand your social circle and supports where you currently are located. Once you are done core rotations, do electives where your family and friends live. The fastest and perhaps more certain way to move away will be to position yourself to pursue subspecialty training and move in PGY5. That's far off but not far in the big scheme of things. Good luck! LL
  9. Unless your dad is on the admissions committee and actively involved in admissions at every school in Canada, then he doesn't have a full picture of admissions to medical school in Canada today. Agree with @theevilsloth who said that GPA gets you in the door. A 3.9 will do that. I strongly suggest that you do some research on the med school admissions websites, some are very transparent with statistics of matriculants vs the general applicant pool, and what goes into the "recipe" of selecting medical students. It is a variable recipe, depends on the school, and it's vital to understand how it works from place to place. Wishing you all the best on your journey, LL
  10. This will be rounded to the lowest whole integer, so it will be 3.00. . . . J/k seriously, it doesn’t matter. It’ll probably be higher than 90+ % of applicants and hopefully the rest of your application is similarly strong. Don’t expend any more cognitive energy on this question. Have fun and sleep well at night. LL
  11. Doing something for the sake of filling the box is neither meaningful nor rewarding. Sounds like you’ve filled your free time well, and lacking hospital volunteering is NOT a red flag.
  12. No. But you definitely need extracurriculars.
  13. Think long and hard about why you’d want to go to med school. Your income may not be equivalent now to an MD, but it sounds more than adequate—plus you have benefits and a pension and NORMAL work hours and minimal call. You have clinical exposure without having the full responsibility and liability as most responsible practitioner at the end of it all. Frankly, many MDs are seeking out ways to achieve your lifestyle because of burnout, health problems, other life commitments. Not sure what you are looking for to “do more” if you were a doctor—you are doing a LOT as a PA—and owning a “small business” of a clinic is no small task—and itself comes with a lot of grief of the balancing of overhead versus income generated. Your parents have some good instinct on this one...again, think twice...maybe apply and see if you want to go through this rigamarole...acceptance isn’t guaranteed on first try...and take it from there. Good luck! LL
  14. Meanwhile, I haven't had even a pee break 12 hours into 24 hour call and I'm concurrently being told to hurry up and see the consults or urgently attend to ward patient with a K of 6.5 which was a result of a hemolyzed sample from 18 hours ago... (did I mention that the person who paged about the K immediately went on break right after? )
  15. Honestly, every psychiatrist and psych trainee that I know is so different I don’t know how you’d lump them in one pot as a “psychiatrist” personality. While @ellorie makes some good points, I disagree about most being artsy and quirky. I would say we are an overall eclectic group, not unlike family doctors. There is a lot less in common amongst us than, say, surgeons. We also have many in our ranks who were previously internists or family docs or paediatricians or pathologists who retrained (not just because they were IMG and couldn’t match to their previous specialty). like I said, eclectic.
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