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  1. How did you interview at UBC if your GPA is 3.7, which is below the OOP requirement for UBC (which is approximately 3.8)
  2. LiconC

    Whats the point ?

    Also, AI gets insanely hyped up but it kind of sucks. For instance, I plant trees for a living and people have been talking for years and years about how AI and tech is going to replace the job, but at the end of the day a human brain and a shovel are so much more efficient and precise with microsite selection than any machine will be, likely for many years to come. The other thing you can't forget about medicine is the non-tech dimension--the doctor holding your hand, telling you that everything is going to be OK, that counts for an astronomical amount in terms of care.
  3. Thats really interesting advice and it makes a lot of sense.
  4. MSF would be pretty good actually, the thing though is that they usually want you to commit to an entire year away, like a full 12 months. Honestly, I would be willing to do that. i am qualified for some of the jobs due to my experience doing bush work/ running remote camps, but I would also like some more hands-on medical care-based stuff, rather than running a camp.
  5. I've thought about this, but I have noticed that a lot of the organizations that do it seem to be really profit driven. Like I feel like I can't even research volunteer abroad opporunitites because there are just like 10 pages of really profit driven companies trying to sell me stuff on google.
  6. I am just about to finish my degree and I'm writing the MCAT this summer, so BEST case scenario I won't be starting in an MD program for a whole year. So, I am trying to figure out what to do, and I thought I would ask all of you what you, personally, would do if you had a year off like I do. I'm looking for ideas!
  7. This comes off as a troll to me. Especially with your post history.
  8. Whoever makes this thread for next year should write "geography" instead of "ip/oop" because I can't control+F "OOP" with how it was written. I hate myself for complaining about this.
  9. LiconC

    Why do people want this so bad ?

    I think that a lot of pre-med are not able to fully appreciate that laundry list of issues with medicine, myself included. The route to becoming an MD is overwhelming, and one strategy of dealing with all of the ambiguity and complication is to just fully commit ones-self and charge straight ahead. Why are people so interested specifically in medicine? It is multifaceted--pressure from family, the desire to stand out and prove one's self, the ability to engage in a really cool career. Another aspect is that, through people's commitment, people often feel that they cannot turn back or question the direction in which they are going. Speaking for myself, probably 80% of people I know intimately know that I am aiming for an MD. I've registered thousands of hours of medicine related commitments and time spent thinking about being an MD, and thousands of dollars on MCAT prep. My identity is based around medicine at this point, so challenging that can be really uncomfortable. And on top of all of that, the uncomfortable alternative career is, well,... nothing. Like I haven't really spent any time seriously considering or planning for a plan B, namely because the process of getting into med in the first place is so consuming. All in all, I think that if medicine were easier to get into, people would think more about whether it was something that they actually thought was worth their time. I am very very convinced that the vast majority of applicants want to go into med for the wrong reasons, and it is a shame because it ruins everything, or at the very least means that people might have to take a lot longer to do what they want to do.
  10. I honestly don't know what you could do for light reading, but something I would suggest is listening to the White Coat; Black Art podcast--easy listening, super interesting. You can go through the titles and find ones you think would be related to ethics and then take a listen.
  11. Doing Right is actually pretty good. It gets you nice and grounded in the notion that 'it's all about the patient,' and is concurrently orientating with respect to medical language and procedure. The issue with studying ethics is that it is often complex and involves dilemmas/ situations that do not admit of clear answers, the reason for which often involves incompatible premises etc. My point is that its rare to be able to approach ethics in a sort of "sit on the beach on vacation and chill while reading this enjoyable book" kind of way. It is usually frustrating and involves a lot of brain power and thinking outside of the box. Conversely, it is extremely rewarding and after having studied ethics heavily for four years I can say that, if anything, it has made me more respectful of other people's opinions and curious to hear what they have to say and the values that they hold. Studying ethics is ultimately a great way to entertain how people other than yourself think about really important things.
  12. Fairness is a tricky thing to put one's finger on. I think of myself as a very fortunate, well-rounded, and capable person, and y'know what? I often find life to be really really hard. So my thoughts are that if my own very privileged journey is marked by difficulty, I cannot imagine what it would be like if you came from a background like most indigenous people in Canada. Lets be real here: If you are browsing on this forum and looking around, there is higher chance than not that you come from an educated, supportive, wealthy, family that is not definitively marked by a horrendous and injurious part of one's past (I am not directing this statement at you, Baljinderthecrow, it is a general statement). Lets not kid ourselves--achieving the high level of functioning required to get into medical school is not entirely our own grit and perseverance--often times a huge amount of support is involved. Thus, the system entails that someone who doesn't have that support or healthy starting-point is less likely to succeed in the process. In other words, unless equitable measures are put into place, the need for Indigenous doctors will not be met.
  13. LiconC

    Best and Worst thing about Alberta?

    Edmonton is a multi-cultural city primarily made up of blue-collar people, which is fantastic (esp. compared to Toronto and Vancouver) in that people really love to small talk, etc. That being said, we have an enormous university and a lot of government here, as well. Edmonton is not a place that you would come for a vacation (although there are plenty of gems), however it is a really great place to be if you are engaged in something, like work or school. Second sunniest city in Canada. Amazing river-valley network. Not too far from the Rockies. Great restaurant scene.
  14. People get butthurt about this type of stuff, but honest to god it is the right thing. I have done some work in rural Indigenous communities and one thing that I found to be striking (but concurrently made perfect sense) was that often times Indigenous people want nothing to do with the white man (and by white man, I pretty much mean anyone non-Indigenous). Indigenous people need physicians who truly understand them, and frankly, white people are just too epistemically disadvantaged in that regard.
  15. To your recommendation, I just the career centre to no avail.
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