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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. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. Thats really interesting advice and it makes a lot of sense.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  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. I want to get ahead on my applications for the next cycle. However, I am having a hard time finding application templates aside from the very superficial ones provided by university admission-info websites. For example, UAlberta's application guidelines note that the non-academic requirements include a description of employment, leadership roles, and volunteer work among other things, yet they do not provide a word count which is a crucial parameter to consider when crafting an application. I wonder if any of you have encountered resources, or are aware of any solutions regarding my issue. Thank you all so much.
  16. To your recommendation, I just the career centre to no avail.
  17. (I posted this in r/MCAT to no avail... to many 'merican students who don't understand the Canadian system and are stuck on the fact that someone would try to write the MCAT without STEM background). I have not taken any hard-science courses (aside from HS). Here is my question: How much time (hours) should I spend studying for the MCAT given that I have no science experience? (Background: 4th year BA Honours in Philosophy, strong student. My reading comp is obviously very strong, I also have a strong psych/ soc background). Also, here is my plan: First week of summer, begin prep-course Study 8hrs a day, 5 days a week Continue studying after prep course ends Take the test either end of July or end of Aug (by this time I should have put in around 480-640 hrs). (Also, would you recommend studying four months and then writing the test at the end of Aug (cycle cut-off for many schools), or, instead, should I write the test after three months, wait a month and get my results back, and then have the chance to write the test again before the end of Aug if i dont like my grade?) Thank you so much for your time and energy.
  18. I am a fourth year philosophy major and applying to medicine--so it seems we are very much in the same boat. I have spent a lot of time researching tactics of applying to medicine with a non-science background, so here are my two-cents with respect to your question and a little bit extra: --I would avoid taking the 'recommended' science pre-req courses. I say this because your 4th year is also your last year to bump up your GPA (unless you go ahead and take a 5th year, which I wouldn't recommend taking outside of Canada due to grade transfer issues), and GPA is really important. Personally, I could also take those recommended courses to better prepare for the MCAT, but then I think to myself: "Why risk getting poor grades by taking classes that do not play to my strengths when, instead, I could just take classes that I know I am going to get an A in?" Moreover, entrance committees are going to be indifferent as to whether they see those science classes on your transcript or not. In fact, entrance evaluators like to see that you are pursuing your passion, such as studying philosophy in my case, even if that is an arts degree--there is no shame in it, and it shows you are a curious and dedicated applicant who isn't just jumping through hoops to achieve the prestige of becoming an MD or something like that. On the other hand, if you do poorly in those classes (which is a significant risk due to the fact that you have not taken many science classes in your university career), it will be a major red flag for application evaluators. Instead of taking those science classes, take the summer off and get some Kaplan books off of Kijiji, study Khan Academy, take a prep-course if you have the $, and just spend several months of dedicated study for the MCAT and you'll be fine. Don't risk harming your GPA which, to be frank (and I say this with kindness and encouragement for the future), isn't super competitive to begin with, for a fairly trivial reward. Also, why go through all the trouble of taking these optional pre-req courses when you are applying to U of C, which does not recommend taking those courses at all? --If I may, from what you have posted on this thread so far, your application needs some work. Getting into medicine isn't something that can happen quickly--I don't say this because I am feeling crusty, but because most successful applicants take a long and strategic approach where they not only achieve extraordinary grades, but also become involved in a great deal of activities that demonstrate their suitability for a career wherein they will be required to provide care, work in teams of sometimes difficult, and commit themselves to a cause. Med applications are built up over years. So, I hope you have something you can offer in that respect, and if not, that you get started on that soon. OR just wait a couple years and gain those experiences and then re-apply. Best of luck.
  19. Happy September everyone. I was wondering about if any of you had thoughts or opinions related to the following question: I feel like reference letters are often a big favour--it is request for the time and dedication of someone who is likely very busy. Given that it often takes several application cycles for an applicant to get into an MD program, and that each cycle may require the submission multiple LoR from the same person, what have been your strategies for not asking too much of your LoR people?
  20. LiconC

    Student satisfaction ratings?

    Yup. And it seems like there is a disjunction between ranking and student satisfaction--hmmm. http://www.macleans.ca/education/university-rankings/medical-doctoral-universities/
  21. So I still need to write the MCAT, but this summer I am going to be too busy with work and research to engage in sufficient study for an optimal score. However, I will have ample time to study for the CARS section alone. Here's my question: Because McMaster only take the CARS score into account, would be it be a good idea to write the MCAT this summer and disregard every other section? Would the poor marks I incur in the non-CARS section be held against me in the application process, or anywhere else down the road? I couldn't find anything to suggest that McMaster looks at MCAT scores "globally" (as they do at U of C), but is it possible that they do so, anyways? Thank you for your time.
  22. LiconC

    A Crazy CARS idea

    @Med Eye @Meridian What if I restricted this strategy to the upcoming cycle, and then re-wrote the MCAT for the next cycle? Would that safely get over the "all the eggs in one basket" issue, or am I missing something crucial here?
  23. LiconC

    Why do you want to be a doctor?

    I don't give a rat's @ss about your opinion, but what confuses me is your claim to be helping the people of this forum--warning us that we may be falling down some sort of cognitive hole that you, with your incredible intellect, are able to rise above. In other words, you are an arrogant and generally unlikeable fellow for simultaneously overestimating your own wisdom and underestimating the wisdom of the people of this forum who work very f***ing hard and take great personal risk to pursue the mere possibility of a career as a physician. And no, even if your GPA is "high enough for admission to all med schools," you are not one of us. In other words, you cannot claim that your decision to abstain from attending medical school is virtuous if you never applied and never got in. And to be frank, with the size of chip on your shoulder, I would really avoid applying because you are going to be shut down hard if you ever make it to interviews. To dig a little deeper, I think your use of language is odd--you throw around some vocabulary that connotes logical discourse, yet your argumentation is wrought with emotion. Simply put, there is no such thing as a 'neutral' statement. This is 'bolstered' by the fact that you often mention your own opinion--we all have an epistemic position that is deeply influenced by our phenomenological experience. Speaking of personal experiences, let's get psychoanalytic. You keep mentioning this "insult to intelligence" thing. It really makes me think that that's what this whoooole thing is all about. Are you so scared of not being smart that you feel the need to walk into the room with all of the smart people and start hitting them over the head with your copy of Atlas Shrugged? In other words, shame on you for coming onto this forum in order to get a rise at the expense of others. I see on your profile that you are looking at becoming an OT... I would consider reorienting your career choice away from a livelihood that entails helping others and instead towards one that accommodates your complexes without putting you in close contact with others--maybe a blog where you talk about how smart you are, yet ultimately never do the personal work to realize that, somewhere along your life's journey, you mistakenly identified relative cognitive capacity with your own self worth, thus making even the mere thought of someone smarter than you such an unbearable sensation that you need to do what you have done here. Also, the reason I am making fun of the language you used in your post is because using pompous language is something that was beaten out of my system in the first year of my philosophy undergrad--it's just annoying to readers and actually detracts from your argumentation. So, just consider my being a dick as, actually, a very good willed attempt to make you a better writer. ...or, maybe I am just trying to get a rise out of you, like you were to Hellothere77?
  24. This is inspiring. Thank you.
  25. LiconC

    100 lvl course in final year.

    To add to this thread for future readers: As I asked this same questions to some friends and mentors of mine, one piece of advice was this: Beware of first year courses because of the fact that they are sometimes taught by PhD students. I find this to be a reasonable cause for concern. Teachers/ profs who are new to the game are often inconsistent in their marking from year to year, and far from the mean in terms of how they grade--either extremely generous or extremely punishing. As such, I think we should try to follow the teachings of one of the crustiest professors of all, Aristotle.