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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).
  9. everytime this comes up and I just idk i really enjoyed UofT ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  10. https://mdprogram.mcmaster.ca/md-program-admissions/how-we-select/selecting-our-students I'm not going to Mac but their process is the easiest to understand so we can go off that. As you can see, GPA matters but only 1/3 for pre-interview; if your CASPer and MCAT are good enough, you're competitive for an interview, so to get an interview you don't even need ECs. Then if you snag an interview, GPA matters even less. ECs will matter here a bit in terms of general life experience to bring up during interview answers, but again it's not like there's a concrete list of stuff to assess In general - and this is my limited experience from a few US and Canadian schools - GPA gets your foot through the door but is not the be all end all. If you demonstrate other qualities that can bring you to the interview stage, you're pretty much as competitive as any other applicant. Again n=1
  11. I’ll be going even though I’m lazy af and pretty much made up my mind about WB since it’s so close to campus/home lmao
  12. ... phone calls? I didn't even get the Student Connections call that was supposed to go out May 9/May 10 to "all of our newly admitted applicants" per their email lmao. Sure hope they didn't forget I exist
  13. sounds like a damn easy way to get blacklisted in future applications
  14. new iPad has higher latency because it's not running a 120Hz screen like the Pros are. Writing is slightly less responsive. The screen is also smaller (9.7 vs 12.9/10.5) that being said, the only way to know if this will bother you or not is to go to an Apple store and try it out. I watched tons of reviews on Youtube and spent hours deliberating, but the only thing that really helped me make my mind up was to go to a store, download a couple papers, and write with the pencil as if i were actually studying for a couple mins on each device. Sounds really stupid though now that I type it out lmao Edit: FYI WWDC is coming up in less than 2 weeks. If you plan on getting a brand new iPad I would wait because last year the new Pros were announced during WWDC. Don't pay full price for an older device if you can However, at the risk of sounding like an Apple shill, if you want a deal on an iPad but don't want the hassle/uncertainty of eBay/Kijiji/Craigslist, I would check out Apple's own refurbished store (https://www.apple.com/ca/shop/browse/home/specialdeals/ipad/ipad_pro_105/wi_fi). They are usually 10-15% cheaper and you can find last generation devices on there. So if you don't need to absolutely have the newest iPad I'd go for one of these. I personally got the 10.5 Pro and it's basically new
  15. If you're getting interviews I don't think your GPA or ECs are holding you back, because to me that means you are a solid candidate on paper. I have a friend who was admitted this year with 0 publications and ~8 months of clinical volunteering, and while he does have a higher GPA than you I really really doubt it made a significant difference since you both made it to interviews. What did make a difference, I think, was his focus this year on figuring out good reasons for wanting to do medicine and putting all of that into hours and hours of interview practice. He severely underestimated the value of interviews last cycle, and while he got interviews at Yale MD/UBC MDPhD/UofT MDPhD he told me he winged all of them and had his smug ass look wiped off his face when he was straight rejected from all of them. Probably did him some good maturity wise lol. Anyhow, he had no problems getting interviews again this year (Penn/NYU/UofT/Queen's) despite changing nothing on his application, but this time he focused hard on some deep introspection and did a lot of interview practice with me and his other friends. Must've worked cause he's gonna be a doctor in 4 years. Anyway, I don't think you should dwell too hard on your application because to me it looks quite deep and interesting; I don't think there's anything wrong with it except maybe GPA and MCAT if applying out of province/in the US. You certainly have very strong ECs in my opinion compared to myself and other people I know who were admitted. I know you felt the interviews went well but I'd get a friend or two and do a mock interview with them and see what they say. Hope this helps
  16. I submitted it in person and aside from the folks there giving me a thumbs up I haven't gotten any communication haha
  17. Hi everyone, I was newly admitted to UofT this week, and while I'd hate to be too much of a tryhard before school even starts it's all I could think about for the last few days so here we are Right now, I'm mainly wondering how/in what ways research impacts residency. I did my undergrad at UofT and have a basic science lab I've been at for several years/have good rapport with/enjoy the work I do there. I'd really enjoy continuing my work there throughout med school. But in terms of basic vs. clinical research, does one or the other have any bearing on residency applications? This wasn't really a debate I cared about in undergrad as I just joined the lab whose work I found interesting, but now I'm wondering if it'd be better to transition to clinical research in the same field or continue what I'm doing. Thanks for any help
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