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  1. Yes they will. Usually a couple days after. I sent mine by email on Wednesday last year and got a response on Friday. They probably have a lot of emails to go through (over 500) so you'll probably receive a reply next week. Last year I got my reply from Patricia Drochner in the MD admission's office.
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    Applying as a pharmacy student

    Many people switch from different programs and careers when applying to medicine. As long as you have a good rationale for why you are switching then it’s fine in my opinion. I personally had a degree in commerce and several random careers (6 years of full time work) before switching to medicine.
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    Retaking MCAT

    Next Step has good practice tests and I also used Kaplan for content review. Kaplan tests I found overly complicated and not representative of the real mcat.
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    How to set myself up for success

    I think picking something that you’re interested in is very important. Studying something boring can be mind numbing and you may end up getting bad marks from lack of motivation. I come from a non-science background and I found that students in med school with strong anatomy and physiology knowledge are way ahead of the game. So whatever discipline you choose, taking some courses in biology and anatomy would be beneficial to you. Like the previous poster, I think a psychology program is a good choice (if you have interest in it). It’s a good mix of science and arts incase you want to go the latter route.
  5. Good luck everyone :)!!
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    What are my chances for mcmaster med?

    I found reading Doing Right helpful for Casper and MMI preparation.
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    Backup Plans

    I haven’t worked as an EMR, but I’ve worked 6 years full time prior to entering medical school in investment banking and travel. I think full-time work experience teaches skills and allows for personal development that is different from what you can gain from being a student. School life is very different from work life. Plus when you work, you can earn some money and pay off school loans. If your goal is med school and you have great grades and interview invites already, I don’t think spending money on another master will improve your chances much. I’d rather work or take the year off to travel.
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    Backup Plans

    I think working as an EMR and gaining some real life work experience in a healthcare profession can provide you with invaluable insight and strengthen your application.
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    Working in office jobs

    I wouldn’t worry about it.
  10. I think the best time to have kids is during residency. You get paid mat leave, benefits, and a guaranteed job when you come back. I’m 28 now, graduating at 31. Aiming for 2 kids before I’m 35 No matter what you do, it’s always important to maintain a work life balance.
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    TRU-OL Courses

    I took two indigenous literature courses with TRU-OL. It was easiest and convenient. Self-Paced. Had testing centres close to home. Also courses aren’t too pricey either.
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    Interview Invites date?

    I was in the same boat last year. Waiting is always the hardest part! Hang in there everyone. Wish you all the best and good luck !
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    What Am I doing Wrong?

    I don’t understand what you think medicine is. If it’s not about treating people who are sick and diagnosing their illness and how to ethically care for people, then what is it? Even in surgery you can’t just cut into people without doing all the above. Finally, you can still go into nursing. You just have to get a nursing degree. In any case, I think you should speak with a career advisor and get advice from healthcare professionals about their jobs and daily life to have a better understanding of what they do.
  14. I feel like that at times as well. But I know alot of my med school classmates are like that too. So you’re definitely not alone in feeling that way. I think it’s okay to have your own space as long as you’re still happy and motivated. I love staying at home and spend max 12 hours a week at school.
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    Are there any normal non arrogant pre-meds?

    They sound like a bunch of jerks and what they said was beyond rude. The fact that you are in medical school means that the school thinks you have what it takes to succeed. In my experience, arrogance, meanness, and exclusion usually ends up biting the person in the butt. I’m sure there are some nice med students in your class somewhere. Try to make a study group with other students.
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    Losing My Mind!

    Dont need to be so hard on OP. Passion for medicine can start at any time for any one. Students don’t have to take chemistry or science courses to get into med school. The only person that can judge whether or not OP can get into medical school is OP themselves. They’re just in first year undergrad, the possibilities are endless. I did a degree in Commerce and worked 6 years full-time in industries completely unrelated to medicine and now I’m in medical school. Never took a science course in undergrad either. Doing just fine. You have to dream before your dreams can come true.
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    Losing My Mind!

    I remember feeling the exact same way you did when I was a first year undergrad many years ago. First year can be overwhelming with all the life adjustments that you go through. But you’re right that it’s normal and you’re definitely not alone in feeling that way. As you adapt, things will eventually get better. It just takes some time. When we look at our peers, we usually don’t see their anxieties and flaws on the surface, so it’s easy to think that everyone else around you is doing a lot better. But in reality, everyone has doubts about themselves and may probably be thinking the same thoughts as you. My advice is to ignore the competition and just focus on doing your best. Regarding math, as a child, I almost had to repeat grade school due to my horrible math skills, so I wouldn’t worry about it at all. You can make it to med school without any advanced math. I would also focus on doing a degree with courses that interest you. Nowadays, most med schools in Canada don’t have prereqs anymore. But if you’re aiming to apply widely, then of course make sure you have your prereqs covered as well. Don’t give up! Good luck!
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    Dropping out of Dental School

    If you want a lucrative lifestyle and prestige, perhaps you should consider careers outside of healthcare.
  19. Just keep in mind that if your end goal is to practice in Canada, it’ll be more difficult to return from an overseas program.
  20. Many years ago when I graduated from finance, I thought just like you, thinking money would bring me happiness and success. It was a naive and immature thought. Money can’t buy you everything. I hope you find your way.
  21. If there was a tracking number saying that the mail arrived at the OMSAS address then OMSAS should take responsibility.
  22. I honestly think that’s excessively priced.
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    Women's attire

    Those checkered pants look stylish and professional. You'll look great with a buttoned up shirt and black blazer. I did my interview in a popping bright blue dress and a navy blazer and that got me into med school just fine. Good luck on your interview!
  24. Thank you for sharing your story. It must have taken a lot of courage to post it and I am listening. You’ve been through so much and I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for you right now, but I truly commend your resilience. The fact that you are here today and able to post your story, shows what a strong and amazing person you are. In undergrad, we meet many intelligent, seemingly perfect people; however, in reality, no one is truly perfect. Everyone has their own anxieties and flaws that they deal with. We think others are perfect because we can’t read what they’re really thinking in their minds. My best advice for you is to stop worrying about what others are doing. I know it’s hard, but please try. Statistically, medical schools do tend to favor applicants with higher GPAs; however, that’s only one aspect of the application. I know many students who were able to gain entrance with low GPAs by excelling in other parts of their application. Things like the MCAT, extracurriculars, jobs, Casper, volunteer activities, sports , letters of recommendation, and etc., can all make an impact on your application. Medical schools are looking for people who can become good doctors and not people who can just score well on exams. I am a medical student and I didn’t have a 90% average in undergrad. I am definitely not perfect and I have made many mistakes throughout my life. I have anxieties about school and I worry a lot. However, after talking with many of my classmates, most medical students (and students in general) in fact feel the same way. And that’s okay. I also got into medical school quite late —at the age of 28. So don’t worry about having to get to medical school within a certain standardized time frame or age. I understand being delayed one year in grade 10 may seem like a setback, but the path to medicine is different for everyone. Do what is best for you. If medicine is truly your dream, definitely do not give up. Focus on your strengths and improve your weaknesses. Do things that have meaning for you and things that make you happy. Spend time with the ones you love and take care of your health. Lastly, please remember to Give yourself more love. Give yourself more kindess. Give yourself more forgiveness. I wish you all the best and please take care. Feel free to pm if you need to talk.
  25. Hey everyone, It’s the second week of school and I am constantly trying to find better ways to learn and to increase my productivity. Lately, I’ve been finding didactic LGS sessions very ineffective. Sometimes the lecturers talk too fast or the content is redundant. I never feel like I’ve truly learned anything as I am just being told this and that. Also, most lecturers run out of time, so we almost never get to ask any questions. Since almost all the lectures are recorded, I’m thinking of just watching them at home and studying by myself. At home, I am not distracted by students next to me, I can speed up the lectures, skip portions of the lectures that I already understand, and pause the lectures to search up something when I don’t understand. It’s also more flexible for my schedule and saves me time commuting to school as I don’t live on campus. As an undergrad student, I had attended most of my lectures. I feel bad/guilty for thinking of not attending them. Can I succeed and do well in medical school without attending LGS? Most of the classmates I’ve talked to have said they found the LGS useful and disagree with my opinion. Would love to hear more opinions on this topic. Thank you for your help!