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  1. 1. this is really up to you and I really doubt you'll be penalized for putting something in the "wrong category". But take a moment and think about the experience: what category would best represent it? If you put down volunteering, can a file reviewer reasonably expect that you felt a sense of service to the community in that activity? That is, while it is true that volunteering is just doing work for no pay, realistically your volunteering activities should demonstrate learning beyond that pertaining to service/community/supporting others, etc. In this sense putting down research is a much better category, because I think you likely received a lot more academic growth/research ability through it than learning about what it means to serve your community. Now, if it were a difference between research/work, maybe you'll choose to put it down as work because it shows you received an award/were good enough to be paid by your PI etc. As for publications, yea you can just put down N/A or expected publication (*only if you do have a pub in the works though!). For example, I put down my first lab experience as work, as I was paid after my supervisor discovered me at a high school science fair. But realistically I didn't do anything significant in the lab. But my second lab experience (spanning many years) I put down as research, even though I could have put it down as work, since I gained significantly more academic learning / research ability, and contributed a lot to the lab's findings through that position. 2. Personally I used full sentences so my experiences didn't devolve into checkboxes of competencies, and I could connect them altogether with a little bit about what I learned/how I grew from the activity. 3. I think it'll automatically be ordered based on year.
  2. i bought it straight from apple's own store haha. if you can find a certified refurbished seller it's probably just as good, but i just went with the link i supplied above. edit: fixed above, but i meant 10.5 256gb; the 10.5 doesn't have a 128 model
  3. Maybe I’m being a bit defensive because I’m a UofT alum, but I feel like I should say something good about the school since no one else has said a good thing about it. Idk I guess majority rules in these cases and maybe UofT really was a shit undergrad, but that really wasn’t my experience. academics first. I really don’t consider myself incredibly intelligent, probably just average. But I did my readings as they were assigned (not in-depth either; just as a preview of lectures), asked questions and went to office hours when I was stuck, and there really weren’t any surprises on tests and exams. Did I have to work harder than in high school? You bet your god damn ass. But which university isn’t more rigorous than secondary? But my undergrad also provided me opportunities and more importantly the support to pursue these opportunities. I came to undergrad with the mindset to bunker down as a premed and getter done asap to apply to med, but midway I got distracted for a bit in business and the school had resources to support me and my team with tens of thousands in funding + extras in in kind, free mentorship, technical expertise, legal counsel, equipment, etc (in addition to funding many other teams). When I wanted to start research, there were research courses for all life science students starting as early as second year, giving you lab experience from that point and the opportunity to establish connections. and if you gun hard enough the researchers (on campus or off site at our many associated hospitals) are sometimes down to take on first year students. if you have any kind of extra curricular event you want done, there’s support again in terms of funding, professors who will co-write applications and proposals with you, etc etc. downtown Toronto is also pretty great. I guess the commuting aspect would suck but I cant comment on that since I lived close to campus. idk. A lot of what I said is also available at other universities and not at all exclusive to UofT, but I feel the academic difficulty is a bit exaggerated and the wealth of opportunity you can receive while at the school, should you reach for it, really enriches the experience and makes it a pretty good undergrad in my opinion. The things I got to do through the university’s and my professors’ support were certainly, certainly big parts of the things I spoke of during interviews and idk if I could’ve gotten in without that experience and maturity n=1 please don’t lynch.
  4. that's the feel im getting from this haha. still, given the job market it's probably better to have a phd than not right?
  5. but maybe that's because a majority of those PhDs were done with the intention of getting in and out ASAP and use the credentials for a job?
  6. soo what I'm looking at is 12+ years of training for maybe a chance at a job? assuming i like what i see during med school surgery wise
  7. Christ Can someone comment on job availability for other surgical specialties? Neuro, cardio, more niche ones?
  8. whatever else you do, do NOT do this. If GPA really ends up being a big hurdle for you, you could always apply to mid/lower tier MD schools in the states, or even DO schools. Anything is better than carib (read: vastly superior).
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