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  1. This is making me question my ECs now. You have good numerical stats, so it must be that.
  2. TIME STAMP: 4:56pm ESTResult: RegretswGPA: 3.76MCAT: 128 CARSECs: Thought they were pretty good manYear: Undergrad CompleteGeography : IP
  3. You are preaching to the choir, I agree with you about the mannerisms, small talk etc being an enormous advantage. You. Are. Right. But I think this image that you are painting of spoiled brats driving around in sports cars is utter fantasy that you are using to paint all high SES people as immoral gluttons. Sure, we all know and have seen people who are privileged to these luxuries, but it isn't really a thing. You have to be making an enormous amount of money to be doing that shit. Like, more than doctor money. Remember, a salary of 300k is like 170k after taxes. Moreover, its not really a cultural thing. I know plenty of academics in a high SES bracket who probably make $300k a year and I have literally never heard of someone buying their kid a luxury vehicle.
  4. I think that it is a bit of a stretch of the imagination to assume that having a parent who makes 100k a year (or even 300k a year) is buying their children luxurious cars and sending them to private school. Maybe in the US, but this is Canada. So, I don't think you can make a broad stroke in that regard as you try to support your argument that people from a higher SES have a lower capacity for empathy. I like to think that in Canada, we do a fairly good job at interacting with people unlike ourselves, compared to other nations, anyways. And I agree, you cannot teach empathy, but you can learn it through experiences. And no, having lived the same experience as a patient is not the only way to have empathy for them... thats the entire point of empathy--feeling compassion for someone different from yourself. That being said, appreciating the struggles of the Other becomes easier when you see yourself reflected in them. But again, not the only way. Also, the way you are framing this complaint seems almost like you are assuming that adcomms have a favourability bias towards rich applicants. Although this is true in the sense that interviewers will be more likely to have positive feelings about an applicant more similar to them (assuming the interviewers are, themselves, of a high SES), I think that it is more so a problem with academia. Some of the big reasons academia is elitist are: applicants with financial support have less stress and are able to do better; higher SES status is attached to post-secondary education, which creates a system of parents with university education sending their children to university and also giving them the tools to succeed. And, although medicine becomes a clinical practice, medicine is ultimately a highly academic system. I just think that people sometimes attack the instances of high SES in matriculated applicants as if it is some sort of conspiracy, and I think doing so misses the point that it is more so a systemic issue. Like, it's not a bunch of good old boy doctors liking applicants who come into the interview room wearing a rolex. Rather, I think it is more akin to the idea that if your parents own a drywalling company, you are going to have a much easier time succeeding as a dry-waller. Moving into different careers may entail moving into different SES realms, none of which is easy because they all involve their own implicit skills and educations.
  5. Holy shit bro. Are you seriously feeling really down? Cause we can give u a boost if u need.
  6. I recently scored a 500 (122/128/122/128) on the MCAT with a 128 (90th) in CARS. Now I'm sitting here wondering if a high CARS score but a low overall MCAT can actually get you in. Is there anyone out there who has heard of anyone getting in with low sciences but high CARS? Thank you for your time and energy.
  7. Another good one is the New Yorker and the Walrus. My favourite is the New York Review of Books, but it is a subscription.The reason I am recommending these is because they are very difficult to read while at the same time being very engaging. Thus good practice for CARS
  8. The bright side of your MCAT is that you only really need to work on a single section. That being said, it is a hard section to increase quickly. Therefore, hope is not lost, simply take time to work on it. My gut feeling after hearing what you have to say is that you don't need to be focusing on strategy right now. Rather, you need to work on your basic reading comp. Once you have increased that, move on to strategy. Look at ways to increase reading comp. Although the advice of reading "the economist" is cliche, I think it would benefit you a lot in your case. If you can be patient, then I have no doubt that you can bring your score up to 125-126. And just think, u can work on ur other sections a bit too. An extra point in each section, plus a 125 CARS will give u a sexy score of 509. Its gunna take time tho.
  9. ....I mean, you're right, but at the same time I want to challenge you on a few things. Mainly, I think it is really easy to criticize the flaws of a system, but it is also important to realize that, ultimately, it was created by smart people who want things to be fair, and who are trying to deal with some of the inequalities you mentioned. The problem is that medical schools want to recruit intelligent and compassionate people, yet have a hard time finding them. In the process, they yse as many tools as possible to help them in this effort--metrics like GPA, CASPer, MCAT, ECs etc. But you're right, none are sufficient to fully explain an applicant. So, given this short-coming, what can we look at instead? You've suggested full file reviews. That would be amazing, but the problem is that a full file review takes a lot of resources to accomplish. A full file review requires many pairs of eyes and man power. I have no idea how much, but probably like 30 minutes multiplied by 4 reviewers at least. So, maybe 2hrs. Now multiply that by 5'000 applicants that some schools like McMaster recieves. 10'000 hours of file reviews that needs to take place in the short period of time between application deadlines and interview invites. The alternative option is to make some hard cut-offs to reduce that pool of applicants. Honestly, if I was running that organization, i would feel bad about being so cut-throat, but do it anyways for the sake of not sinking my organization. As for the nepitism you mention, I'm 100% sure it exists, but my feeling is that medchool does a pretty good job at reducing it as compared to other industries. Finally, medical education is heavily subsidized by the province it takes place in, which is why these schools get to decide exactly how their admissions are going to work. For instance, a school from Alberta is going to be more comfortable hiring Albertan residents who have roots here because the province knows that, at the end of the way, those medical graduates are going to give back to the province. It is less clear that someone from BC who gets accepted to an Albertan school will do the same (especially when it is so green in BC and a winter waste-land in AB). I think you are right that the financials required to get into an MD program are bullshit. But I don't think it is limited to medical school. Rather, its everwhere. People with less financial stress have more resources to perform better. How is a single mom working two jobs going to be able to get the same grades as a student who lives at home, regardless of how driven? The world is frustratingly unfair. Anyways. Also, are you serious about Harvard? It comes off as an almost comically strong flex. If you actually got into Harvard, good job. If you didn't and are just saying that, then you confuse me.
  10. I'm applying to McMaster (CASPer is 33% of pre-interview scoring), so I really want to knock it out of the park, but I am having trouble determining what is a reasonable amount of time. The BeMo book said 6-8 weeks which, to me, seems like an insane amount of time. Given its important to me to get a really good score, how long do you think is sufficient of full-time studying. Thank you for your time and energy.
  11. Thank you for your input. I really appreciate you taking the time to parse this--I agree, it is a tough one. I think you're right about opening doors with the other sections on the MCAT, even if its just making me eligible for UAlberta and Western. Conversely, I've gotten some advice from some mentors in my life that have suggested that I just leave it alone because my motivation won't be strong if I am re-writing for something I am not certain about.
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