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  1. I appreciate viewpoints such as this, that demonstrates maturity and not merely a laughing stock at someone’s voice. I don’t have an intention on applying to Mac, as I am beginning my first year studies, I certainly have time to digest the idea of schools across Canada. Again, thanks for the level headed response.
  2. And for that matter, he has sat in on the MII panels on I believe two occasions.. just my two cents.
  3. Don't shoot the messenger. This was through a direct conversation from a physician who is 39 years old right now, and he was accepted roughly ten years ago.. so it is not that far off present time. Perhaps it is when you are into the interview process, and when the selected panel of mini interviews are being done, they get to see a side of you that is not just your marks. Alas. I suppose that is the purpose of all interview processes..
  4. I'm not a medical student yet, nor have I gone to McMaster for undergrad. But I work at a rural hospital site in northern BC and a few of the physicians here went through McMaster. One who I am closer with than the others had a very diverse background. He studied design (maybe industrial design?) for his undergrad, worked in industry for a number of years and at age 28 decided to apply to school. From what I've learned, schools such as McMaster appreciate a more experienced life, and a holistic approach, with their unique application process.
  5. Yes, this is being done. I’m excited to get the ball rolling. I have learned much as to what rural medicine demands.. in all areas. What a challenging and rewarding vocation. I’ve learned an incredible amount within my laboratory scope of practice. Haida Gwaii is incredible! The strong indigenous culture, the natural beauty, and the rural medicine...! Woot! Selkirk merely is suggesting that a small college has a difficult time recruiting strong, academically focused students, because they typically flock to larger institutions. I have been accepted to ubc and uvic, but feel compelled to attend Selkirk. Although, it may be a difficult transition, due to the fact that Haida Gwaii is a water wonderland, within wondrous surfing during the winter... hmmm... overhead, clean waves.. only a 10 minute drive away!!
  6. Feed me your thoughts on this program... will use a critical eye when taking unsolicited advice from strangers in the other side of a computer. But go on, have your say. It should be known that no program will guarantee you admissions. You simply have to become an interesting and competitive candidate. You either have the drive, or not. The drive, or not. I don’t need to know more. I don’t need to live in a larger city and attend a large institution. Sincerely, silent knight.
  7. Valid question.. in my early twenties, which was not far from present, I traveled through California and worked on a family run permaculture farm. Not sure I will add this into my future application but yes, they also grew cannabis. Regenerative farming methods indicate using resources only within a looped cycle.. organic fertilizer made from fungus etc.. as well as compostable teas to enhance the soils microbial biomass.
  8. As it turns out, Selkirk has adapted their admissions and they have given me a deferral into the next cycle. So, I have a guaranteed seat!! All worked out in the end. Gives me time to review next years material, surf, create community, hunt... Excited!
  9. I’m going for it. I try to avoid comparing myself to others, or the timeline which I find myself in, and thinking I should get this process faster and become a physician as soon as I can. But I suppose everyone has their own story, and you have to walk your own line. If I become a doctor at the age of around 30, it’s really not the end, in fact, it’s the beginning. It will be a 1 year thing, then I’ll be stepping back into Selkirks program the following fall. I’m kind of delaying the process, but I’ll be able to sharpen my soft skills, and work more in healthcare and live in a rural, and beautiful area of BC. One of my mentors and professors said to me that working 12 months or 3 months in the medical assistant position won’t really make a difference when it comes to being accepted. They want to see you be able to grow as doctor, and not labelled as a med tech. This is true. He makes a valid point, and he mentioned the rural experience that i would get will give you personal growth and maybe some points in the application process. Silent Knight
  10. Hi guys, I"m a 24 year old, non traditional student, i've been accepted into Selkirk College's Rural Pre Medicine program, which has a bridge to obviously UBC, and U of C for their admissions, able to apply as an in province applicant for both. It is a great program, with a tightly knit community. I begin this September. This past year I have completed a Medical Lab Assistant certificate. And now i've been offered a job in Masset, BC, as an MLA in their hospital. This is SUCH a wicked opportunity and I honestly see it as once in a lifetime. This can possibly give me a better idea of medicine, and to look at rural health issues at a closer scope. I've had quite the interesting background, after highschool I took a forestry job, and worked in this industry for 4.5 years, in the off season I would travel, living abroad for one year, and I found myself working in Northern California on a regenerative cannabis farm, in the span of 2 years on and off.  I'm a very non traditional student, and i'm not necessarily in a "rush" to get things completed. I'm more healthy now than ever, and I truly believe I am able to pursue medicine and get accepted. I've been encouraged to pursue medicine by my professors.. But this Haida Gwaii opportunity seems like a great way to live for the next year, and possibly post pone my Selkirk program for one year. I"m not freaking out, but i'm trying to reflect on a tough decision, and it would be amazing to hear some of your opinions. I tend to keep these thoughts to myself, but this is life altering, and will post pone the program another year, while I will be working in a rural area of BC.  What do you guys think of this? Have you guys dealt with similar dilemmas? For those that are willing to shed some light on my situation, i'd love to hear your words. Sincerely,   Silent knight
  11. This is something I'm currently in correspondence with. They are probably thinking what a nut job this guy is haha. This definitely has given me a favorable point of view. Thank you. I'm waiting on a reply from Selkirk.
  12. Thanks sangria! Good words, much appreciated. I believe this is a great opportunity, and I have been getting so caught up in the process, the race, the physician dream to being able to apply medicine and help people directly. But life is long and I have a long time to do this. I believe one year isn't the worst that I can do. I'll be 25 by the time I start the program at Selkirk, and possibly getting accepted in 3rd year, which makes me 28. If I get accepted into U of C, i'll be 31 by the time I am in residency. This is not old by any means, and I truly believe I'll be a great medical provider. Thanks again for your taking the time to reply.
  13. Hi guys, I"m a 24 year old, non traditional student, i've been accepted into Selkirk College's Rural Pre Medicine program, which has a bridge to obviously UBC, and U of C for their admissions, able to apply as an in province applicant for both. It is a great program, with a tightly knit community. I begin this September. This past year I have completed a Medical Lab Assistant certificate. And now i've been offered a job in Masset, BC, as an MLA in their hospital. This is SUCH a wicked opportunity and I honestly see it as once in a lifetime. This can possibly give me a better idea of medicine, and to look at rural health issues at a closer scope. I've had quite the interesting background, after highschool I took a forestry job, and worked in this industry for 4.5 years, in the off season I would travel, living abroad for one year, and I found myself working in Northern California on a regenerative cannabis farm, in the span of 2 years on and off. I'm a very non traditional student, and i'm not necessarily in a "rush" to get things completed. I'm more healthy now than ever, and I truly believe I am able to pursue medicine and get accepted. I've been encouraged to pursue medicine by my professors.. But this Haida Gwaii opportunity seems like a great way to live for the next year, and possibly post pone my Selkirk program for one year. I"m not freaking out, but i'm trying to reflect on a tough decision, and it would be amazing to hear some of your opinions. I tend to keep these thoughts to myself, but this is life altering, and will post pone the program another year, while I will be working in a rural area of BC. What do you guys think of this? Have you guys dealt with similar dilemmas? For those that are willing to shed some light on my situation, i'd love to hear your words. Sincerely, Silent knight
  14. Right on. Any certification goes under education. I am just wondering as it isn't apart of my bachelors degree, and I would have considered it an EC/Employment since it is non credited towards my GPA.
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