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  1. First and last authors are typically most coveted. First author should be the individual who contributed the most to the paper in terms of research/ideas/data. I'd say if you hypothetically removed that person's contribution, the paper couldn't be published since a large chunk of the story is gone. Last author is typically the lead investigator. After that, second author and after are ordered based on contribution to the paper (e.g. smaller projects that help tell the story of the paper, contributions to data production, idea generation). Each lab and PI can have different expectations at that point. Some are considerably more lax in who they include in authorship while others are very protective and want the shortest list possible. Sometimes PI politics can also play a role, especially with collabs. Things can get messier if you have inherited projects where contributions may equal out and you just have to compromise with authorship order. Ultimately, it can depend on the situation. If you have questions, your PI should be the best person to ask with regards to how they envision publications. Hope that helps!
  2. Thank you! For my essay, I heavily focused on my weaknesses, my mistakes, and particularly my mental health challenges (which can be a bit of a taboo subject for some). I've encountered a lot of premeds (and MD candidates) who thought you had to be some sort of flawless, super strong, multitasking hero to be a doctor. That asking for help meant you couldn't "handle it." I just wanted to prove them wrong lol. And that weaknesses aren't shameful, instead, they help shape who you are and help you to be more well rounded, empathetic and understanding of the people around you because everyone has them.
  3. Time Stamp: Mar 14, 1:36 pm AST Accepted IP/OOP: IP NS wGPA: 3.9 MCAT: 512 Essay: Took a risk, guess it paid off! ECs: ~9 years research (7 publications, 2 first authors; conferences; various research awards and scholarships), long-term volunteering, various hobbies, work. Interview: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Guess it wasn't too bad. Didn't feel good or bad for any except my last station where I flubbed a bit. Year: Completed master's, working Whelp, well... damn! Wasn't really expecting this considering last year's scores. To everyone still waiting or looking towards an uncertain future, life can be a roller-coaster, but it can certainly surprise you in great ways, and I wish y'all the best of surprises and the best that life can offer! Disappeared from these forums to focus on my job, but now that it appears I'm going back down this path, I'll lurk around in case anyone wants perspectives from a non-trad with a more unconventional journey to MD. Pm's work best! Good luck y'all!
  4. Hi Larry! Those are some excellent stats! I just wanted to comment because I understand your sentiments and am still debating whether or not I should give the application process another shot for the next cycle or pursue a career and potentially revisit medicine at another point in my life instead. I also feel the impatience to start actively pursuing a stable career and get my life started. For now, I'm job hunting and seeing where I land and how much I like it. Who knows, I may find something I never thought about before and discover I love it. Or I could lean back towards medicine. I honestly wouldn't mind being a 40 year old MD student if it meant I was satisfied with where my life was heading and I was qualified for the job. RE: grad school. I went through a master's (albeit to gain experiences to enter industry rather than med). There are pros and cons that sometimes I feel many incoming students are not aware of. My advice is to only pursue a master's only if you really love research and have a good idea of who would make a good supervisor. If you want more insight into what that entails, I can make a list of important qualities based on my and others' experiences. I was incredibly lucky to have gotten fantastic supervisory experiences. I've grown a lot since I first started grad school, and I appreciate the opportunities that grad school has given me (i.e., networking and exposure to various fields, international conference, independent project management, scientific writing, publication submission, presentation skills, gaining technical expertise, collaboration, mentoring students, etc.). My lab environment has always been amazing. I've made incredibly close friends (nothing like trial and tribulation to bring people together). My supervisors are incredibly supportive and always willing to give me excellent references. However, I also know of many who haven't been so lucky. Some of my fellow grad students have become incredibly bitter due to bad (sometimes abusive) experiences where reporting can result in backlash against the student (bad letters of reference, public humiliation, bullying, being viewed as whiny/weak/incapable). Grad student vs. tenured professor (god forbid if they have massive CIHR funding to boot) has a huge power imbalance. Some supervisors can be nice people but be the type to forget/ignore your desires to finish and push to add more and more and more experiments (sometimes unrelated to your own research) to your plate. Depression, anxiety, imposter syndrome are common. It can also be disheartening to have your research fail, and you find you ended up with 2 years of troubleshooting and no publications. Toxic academic environments and department/faculty politics can also be embittering. Some students actually end up isolated and lonely depending on lab environment. Really depends on the culture and people around you. In terms of job prospects, it really depends on what you're looking for and what degree, what experiences, and what accomplishments you achieved over the course of your program. Clinical research coordinator positions can only require a bachelors. Many internships in R&D companies as well. I am in the middle of searching for jobs, and I have tended to see either minimum bachelors or PhD requirements. PhD can be more useful for consulting positions, scientific patent agents, research associate, etc. Master's can be helpful for mid-range cogs-in-a-wheel R&D positions, but it can depend on your experiences and how you present them in your resume. I'll get back to you if I get hired anywhere (fingers crossed)! Best of luck on the waitlist! Who knows you may get called and this conversation is moot.
  5. Time Stamp: Mar 5, 10:01 pm AST Waitlisted (Total: 64.27; NS Average: 69.6) IP/OOP: IP wGPA: 3.94 MCAT: 512 Essay: Looks like it wasn't too great. Rather low essay and supplemental total score, which is a little disappointing. Perhaps I could have described my activities better, or maybe I am not as well rounded of an applicant as I could be. Ah well, live and learn! ECs: ~8 years research (7 publications, 2 first authors; conference; various research awards and scholarships), >5 years hospital volunteering, >4 years sighted guide, >2 years tutoring, student societies, hobbies: art, recreational sports, and long distance running Interview: Expected the lower score here. Went into my interview day already exhausted and running on fumes. Year: Completed Master's My score's probably too far from the average for an acceptance in the NS pool. Looks like I'll have to keep my fingers crossed for Western and UofT for now. Congratulations to those who have received an acceptance today, and all the best to everyone still traversing this rocky journey towards medicine!
  6. I'm also a grad (completed my master's last term) and just heard back, but they may have only just started on grad applicants, so there's still hope! Seems to be no news yet on March 25 and April.
  7. Time Stamp: Feb 28, 1:44 pm EST (edit: put wrong time stamp) Interview Date: March 24 (MD) Result: Invite wGPA: 3.95 MCAT: C/P 126; CARS 129; B/B 129; P/S 128 (512) ECs: ~8 years research (7 publications, 2 first authors; conference; various research awards and scholarships), >5 years hospital volunteering, >4 years sighted guide, >2 years tutoring, student societies, hobbies: art, recreational sports, and long distance running Essays: Okay, I guess. Was in the process of completing my master's so I did my best with the available time I had. Tried to hit all points. Year: Completed Master's (grad stream) Geography: OOP Holy cow! Mind blown! I was prepared to wait til next week for the next wave and a likely rejection so definitely wasn't expecting this. I went through the RSVP form like a robot, hit enter, and then immediately forgot if I pressed "Yes" or "No" for interview availability confirmation (after some mild breathing exercises I started to recover my lost memories, and I am fairly certain I clicked "Yes" lol). Methinks they might have finished some of the grad stream reviews! All the best to everyone still waiting and good luck at the interviews for those who've heard back!
  8. I love the Stormlight Archive series far too much to have not enjoyed it, but there were certainly many pieces and players being set up (plus aaaallll the flashbacks) that slowed the pace of the main story a little. The love triangle thing was also handled a little oddly, but I'm honestly glad it ended the way it did because I didn't feel much chemistry between anyone, and I just wanted it over and out of the way. I mostly missed Kaladin chapters (my favorite main of the bunch just because of how hardworking he is, and I do empathize with his depressive episodes having gone through unreasonable bad thoughts myself in the past). I'm still excited to read the rest (how many more years will this be lol, I hope it's not gonna be like Winds of Winter), but Oathbringer was my least favorite of the three so far.
  9. If you're applying to UofT, Ottawa (cut off is 3.87 for OOP), and Queens (black box), might as well add McMaster (unless you don't like the PBL and 3-year program they have). You'd need to write Casper for Ottawa and McGill anyways and McMaster is just another checkbox (and extra $145 application fee). McMaster does have IP bias for interviews though (only 10% of interview spots go to OOP), but you have a decent GPA and CARS, so if you blow away the Casper you might have a chance.
  10. As HoopDreams discussed, I've also had both blind and real attempts at applying for medical school. The first two times I applied in undergrad, I honestly had no heart for medicine. Becoming a doctor was my mother's vicarious dream, and because she wanted it, I grew to hate it (long story short: I had a helicopter tiger mom). Of course, those attempts failed. I had the undergrad final year OMG-I-have-a-life-sci-degree-and-don't-know-what-to-do-with-it freak out before I decided to take over my life, move out, and pursue a master's because I wanted to gain more research and life experience so that I could potentially work in industry R&D. Funnily enough, the experiences I gained while pursuing a new goal and just doing what I enjoyed ended up leading me towards medicine. So you really never know in life whether it's really the last time or not. I always find it a little amusing when early 20-somethings talk as if their life is over because they didn't achieve their goal yet and they're already so old at 21. We all walk at different paces and turn at different roads. As the Knights Radiant say "Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination." Gonna keep on keeping on doing the best I can and deal with whatever life brings me! Current plan is to find a more stable job somewhere once March results come out (if it's a rejection) and try again, but maybe my next experience will make me think otherwise. Who knows? Excited to find out either way!
  11. Time Stamp: Jan 31, 3:07 pm EST Result: Regrets IP/OOP: OOP cGPA: 3.86 2YGPA: 3.90 MCAT: C/P 126; CARS 129; B/B 129; P/S 128 (512) ECs: ~8 years research (7 publications, 2 first authors; conference; various research awards and scholarships), >5 years hospital volunteering, >4 years sighted guide, >2 years tutoring, student societies, hobbies: art, recreational sports, and long distance running Year: Completed Master's Another regrets! Congratulations to everyone who got an invite! All the best on your interviews!
  12. Couldn't apply to Ottawa, but my bestie did. Hoping good news drops on y'all soon! Fingers, eyes, and toes all crossed! I think I'm more nervous for her news than she is lol.
  13. Time Stamp: Jan 25, 4:11pm EST Invite: Invite IP/OOP: OOP 2YGPA: 3.95 MCAT: C/P 126; CARS 129; B/B 129; P/S 128 (512) Excited for the opportunity! Never been to London before. All the best to everyone!
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