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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Holy shit bro. Are you seriously feeling really down? Cause we can give u a boost if u need.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. ....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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. I disagree with the above--I believe that the more familiar you get with the classic interview questions, the more confident you will be, and thus the better you will be in terms of sounding natural. An actor doesn't limit the amount they understand a script in order to sound more convincing.
  11. 122/128/122/128 (500) ; AB resident ; 3yr GPA 3.76 ; above average ECs, but not insanely so ; very good interview skills (greatest strength) I have just applied to UCalgary and McMaster because of my decent CARS score, Calgary being my top pick. However, the ultimate goal is to get into med, regardless of where, and so I feel the need to cast out my net to as many schools as possible to increase my chances of acceptance. Currently, my low overall MCAT score (500) prevents me from applying to many schools. As such, I am tempted to re-write my MCAT so as to be eligible to apply to more schools for the next cycle should I not get in this time. So, here is my issue: If I want to re-write the MCAT before the deadline for the next application cycle (Oct 2020), the only time I can do it is this coming January (due to needing to work the rest of the year). However, interview invites won't come out until Feb. In other words, if I write the MCAT again in January, then I will be doing so without knowing if my original score was sufficient or not to get an interview. Thus, I risk going through the hell of re-writing the MCAT for nothing (given that I receive an offer). So, do you think it is worth it to study for the MCAT for several months even if it may not be necessary to do so? Is it unreasonable to gamble on a 90th percentile CARS, an OK GPA, good interview skills, and applications to only two schools? I'm not sure what to do. Thank you all for your time and energy. This is sort of a convoluted one, but I'm not sure what to do which is why I'm asking. Thanks again.
  12. So, it seems to me like you have achieved the stable job, and are now looking to infuse your life with some more meaning, such as through a greater scope of practice, the potential to own a business, and the prestige of having an MD (no shame in it--anyone on this board who denies being attracted to the prestige of an MD is a psychopath--human beings enjoy being the envy of others, for instance jewelry has existed for a bazillion years). If i were to weigh the pros and cons, I would say that you need to pursue this calling towards bringing more meaning to your life. You are not satisfied with what you have now, so you should do something about that. Whether the MD is the correct way to do this is another question entirely. My answer would be: Probably not. Seems like becoming an MD is an enormous sacrifice at the best of times, and one that seems like it is only going to bring you marginal returns. Let me frame it another way: "Would you be willing to go to school, loose a million dollars, and take on an extremely stressful lifestyle, all to end up in the same medical office but now be able to write out prescriptions?" Seems like a bad deal to me. Also, from what you have posted, it seems like the intrinsic enjoyment of learning about medicine is not one of your primary factors in decision making. Also fine, but if true, maybe something to be concerned about as it probably should be one of your primary factors. And if it is, then you could maybe justify going back to school based on that argumentation. Here is my final two-cents: I think you should say "fuck no" to becoming an MD, and instead start your own small business. Honestly it is an incredible way to bring a lot of meaning and purpose in your life, and will probably be a ton of fun. Best of luck.
  13. Kind of in a pickle--my MCAT scores are being released on Oct 1st. If they're good, I obviously won't re-write, if they are bad, then I will, but if they are mediocre, then what do I do? If I need to re-write, I would like to start studying as soon as possible so as not to forget the material I have been studying for the past several months. However, the mediocre score may still be good enough to get me an interview and get me in--however, I won't know this for several months. In other words: I am at risk of studying and re-writing the MCAT when it was never necessary to do that. Thank you for your time and energy.
  14. I would contact the admissions office. I would also ask them if it is necessary to put all of the jobs you've ever had, as they may suggest only putting in the highlights. This is all 100% conjecture from me, just some thoughts. They're pretty quick at getting back to you via email, I find. Or just call if they still allow it .
  15. There is most likely a high volume of paper transcripts currently being processed, hence what appears to be a lag. Double check you sent it to the right place and that it was, in fact, printed and mailed by your educational institution. If it hasn't, resend--there is still time for it to arrive. Thats all you can do for now, just chill.
  16. If I am a UAlberta alumni, did I already submit my transcripts to UAlberta FoMD during the first, general application? Or is it something I need to do in the secondary application? Thank you for your time
  17. There is something so weird about this whole thread, and I think it is because OP is enjoying the attention. I feel like they are subtly trolling us... like why else would OP keep this thread alive without earnestly entertaining any of the information presented. OP knows that their predicament is one that captivates a lot of attention because it is a bit ridiculous/ concerning, but instead of using the posts to help their own situation, they merrily dance around the information presented instead of appreciating its gravitas. smh.
  18. No, you don't have a good change, you have a shitty chance, just like the rest of us... arguably 10%. So think of all the brutal inconvenience it will take to get your ducks in a row, all for a measly 10% chance. If this really is a job you want then get over your ego and do a second degree. Do one more term. See how it goes. If you get the grades you think you will, then keep going. The thing about a career as a physician is that you are going to be in school for years and years, thus you had better be alright with doing school that you don't want to do. All the best man.
  19. When I filled out the UCAN gpa calc, I input all of the grades I had received regardless (even those that would be removed) and it did the correct calculation for me. Thus, to answer your question: Yes, it is the GPA you will apply with.
  20. I agree with you in that the three references are quite specific. I think that, from the options you have mentioned, choose the reference who is going be the most expressive when speaking about you. I am always wary of volunteer coordinators writing reference letters as they get innundated with them and are thus liable to write you a crummy reference. Besides, references are yet another dimension of your application that you can use to stand out... don't just select some boring old volunteer coordinator.
  21. Yknow, this is a really strong application, but it is missing one important thing, and I am going to be frank: It makes you seem boring as fuck. Like, if i were an ad comm reviewing your application, I don't really see anything in there that makes me inspired, draws my attention, or makes me think "Wow! This person really has something novel or powerful to offer!". Your academic stats are good... but so are everyones. You need to do something more to stand out. And to do that, you have two choices: 1. Better emphasize something unique that you have done. 2. Use your time to actually do something amazing and unique. Personally, if I were in your situation I would go on some sort of badass adventure. Go volunteer with medecins sans frontieres. Go treeplanting, the most brutal job in Canada. Its really the only thing standing in your way. You are in a good position, and you know what to do.
  22. Meridian is right about GPA in that it is not competetive. But you need to consider something else on top of it. Not only is 2.7 not competetive in the slightest, but you also do not satisfy the minimum GPA for practically any MD program in the country. This means that even if you have a GPA that is not competetive, you are not eligible to be considered as an applicant. My further two cents: If you have the gumption, grit, and courage to become an MD, you can do it. Unfortunately in your case it is going to take you several years, perhaps as much as a decade. You need to do a second undergrad and perform flawlessly. You need to slaughter the MCAT. You need to continue to bolster your ECs. This is going to take a lot of time and money. I truly think anyone can get there if it is what they want, but also, fuck being a doctor. There are a thousand and one amazing jobs that will be perfect for you that do not require you to do all of that stuff. Good luck to you. Remember you can do it, but be prudent and don't destroy yourself/ your future.
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