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  1. Sure, you're free to feel that entry into Medicine should be exclusively on a competitive basis. I just think that it has some serious consequences. There are far too many of these highly competitive top-notch GPA/EC having Med Students that have the exact personality that patients describe to me as a nightmare to deal with. Maybe if Medicine was less of an "elite profession" we wouldn't have people flaunting their superiority to others and giving the profession an image that ultimately hurts patient-physician trust. I'm not implying that you're contributing to this image because you want it to be a competitive process. I just find that this type of selection tends to bring the worst out of certain people, and thus feel favorable to make Medicine less of an "elite profession" if it means that the lay population can feel more confortable with opening up to us. Besides, you can solve your specific problem by introducing yourself as "Dr. X, graduate from McGill/UofT/UBC/*insert any highly competitive school here*".
  2. From my understanding, you want the profession to maintain the "Competitive" part of it intact via screening for excellence and making sure that only qualified candidates (those who put in the sacrifice and work necessary to get in) can pass through. Which I totally get, you have the right to feel that way. But what you seem to be ignoring, as I assume based on the portion that I quoted from you above, is the fact that there is no guarantee of admission into CAN medschool EVEN IF one excels at academia, ECs and interviewing! The fact of the matter is that you could be a very hardworking individual dedicated to the study and practice of medicine and still not make it into, let's say McGill University, as long as there are at least 170 students that better than you! 170 students who are also just like you. Some of them may have worked harder, some of them may have been born with better circumstances, who knows. There's always going to be (more) people that come out as "losers" from the application process, despite being more than qualified to be a med student by all accounts. You could have done everything right and still not make it in. Some people facing that issue deal with it by strengthening their application and reapplying. Others go to elsewhere. In both cases, they make huge sacrifices (some combination of time, money and study environment/obstacles they face with the school of choice), and must pass the true barriers of medicine (the national exams and getting into residency) like everyone else.
  3. *Sigh* I wasn't gonna write on this thread cause I thought you were really just a troll... but seeing your reply above it's pretty clear you're actually unaware of how terribly informed, for a lack of a better word that I could use on this forum, your opinion on this matter is. Those students learn real medicine, partake in real clinical situations, have to do the same national tests as every other US MDs, have to fight for the same residency spots (with major handicaps on this regard compared to other students), etc. Let the hospitals taking them in for residency or later as staff worry about whether they do "real medicine" or not. The whole "supreme excellence in academia and extracurricular" thing that you need for CAN Medschool is not inherently necessary to the practice of medicine; it's a product of the fact that about 10x more people apply for the amount of available spots, which artificially increases the expectations of what a Med student should look like. People that reach the Caribbeans are, more often than not, just slightly below the mark for getting into that top 10% (or less) and just prefer to start studying ASAP instead of spending a whole Med program long lifetime of reapplication cycles to get into a CAN school. When in fact, of all the people that I have known that have talked to me about their experience as patients, not a single one mentioned about they were amazed by their doctor's list of extracurriculars or scholarly achievements, but rather the deciding factor in every conversation about whether they liked their doctor or not was about how much they felt that their doctor truly cared for them and treated them with empathy and respect as a human being. Excellence in extracurriculars/grades have nearly 0 correlation with this. "Pardon me if this sounds arrogant, but I am very haphazardly going for medicine now because I feel like I shouldn't have to share the profession with people who are less qualified than me in terms of ALL admission criteria. " This was probably the most agreeable part of your writing. For the sake of your future patients and their families and your future colleagues, please follow your heart and reconsider being in this profession.
  4. bigboydyo

    CARS question - TOP URGENT

    1. It's very unlikely that you will find a seat for an exam in the near future, though it would depend where you live. Just check on the AAMC for availabilities around your area 2. It was prometric last year not sure what it is this year. 3. It's a reading comprehension exam. You read 3-4 paragraph passages. You answer 5-7 questions (Multiple Choice) about the passage. 4. It is. Though a lot of it will depend on how your natural talent in reading/comprehension. 5. CARS is probably the section the most overloaded with resources because there is no perfect way of teaching it, most people that are bad at it struggle to become better at it, which creates a big demand for CARS resources. Check out Khan academy's guide for CARS (it's like 2-3 videos) for a free overview. + they have questions you can try out My suggestion is to first check on AAMC if you can take the test, if yes, do some Khan Academy problems --> do the AAMC Full Length Test 1 ---> review your answers, then do Test 2 and Test 3. Learn from your mistakes and hope for the best.
  5. For applicants from QC, are transcripts from our CEGEP education required to be sent? They mention in some areas that it counts as a Grade 12 equivalent (which is basically high school for them, and thus not necessary), however in other areas they mention to send transcripts from all universities and colleges you have attended. Now, college obviously means a different thing whether you're from QC or outside of it, and I wanted to make sure if they wanted CEGEP transcripts (which we refer to as college in QC) or not.
  6. bigboydyo

    Verification proof?

    Is there not one person from your workplace that could serve as a verifier? I would worry that it would be a major red flag for the adcoms if they find that your verifier is someone from outside your work. They could interpret it as you not being able to maintain a basic professional relationship with anyone from your work environment for them to consent to being a verifier for you. Of course, it may not be your fault that you are getting screwed over by unfair people at work, but it's worth keeping in mind that adcoms do scout out for red flags (as it is the easiest way to screen out from the exceedingly high amount of applicants they receive), and so in your shoes I would either still ask my previous boss or other management if they could serve as a verifier (most reasonable people would understand how important that is for someone, and how little of work it actually imposes on themselves), or otherwise I would even consider not putting that as an entry out of worry of being red flagged.
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    u got an IV at uOttawa with a 3.80 cgpa? For the English stream or French?
  8. bigboydyo

    MCAT advice - Take or not take?

    Your situation is definitely hard as hell so don't feel so bad about having a hard time coping with it; I honestly dont think many of us would do well on the MCAT if we were in your shoes (as you describe it)! Whether you should put it off or not will depend on how well you perform on practice tests like the FL1/FL2/FL3. If you are capable of hitting around the numbers that you are aiming for, in test conditions, then you should probably take on the MCAT. The positive news is that if you do well on the FL, chances are it will translate well into the actual test because you would have done well on the FL WHILE going through a lot of stress, and so the stress during the exam might be something that you are accustomed to already! However, if the stress just keeps on piling up and your FLs don't come out as high as you would hope, then perhaps it would be better for your overall health to reschedule the test; though trying the test and voiding it if necessary could also be a great way to try a jab at it without risking getting a bad grade. I hope you can make it! And if you need any support for the MCAT I'd be happy to help!
  9. bigboydyo

    Chance me?

    Def go for UofT. They only use MCAT to screen out 125+ for each subject, which you meet with your CARS. + GPA is king and you have a good one for UofT, + ECs are good. As long as you have the prereqs for UofT, I think you have a good chance to get an IV
  10. Hi, do you know what would be the min required undergrad wGPA for the french stream by any chance?
  11. bigboydyo

    MMI/Casper Question

    do mention that you have reasons to not want them to turn themselves in (you care about them and their professional life and don't want them to face the massive consequences of being caught) but ultimately you have more reasons (of greater magnitude; ex.: can't let someone that cheats become a doctor and possibly destroy someone's life) for telling your friend to turn themselves, and you should conclude that it's better to tell them to turn themselves in (or at least encourage them to do so). Compassion/empathy are important in MMI/CASPer, but professionalism is also pretty high up there.
  12. If you don't mind me asking, what would be the (few) advantages/things that you do like about your experience in rural medicine, if any?
  13. bigboydyo

    OOP GPA requirement

    Thanks for your answers, guys. Just for your information, I received an e-mail from their admissions saying "GPA for each year assessed is rounded to the nearest tenth.". Good news for me I guess.
  14. bigboydyo

    OOP GPA requirement

    Also, just to be sure: the online transcript filling section rounded my 2-year GPAs as follows: 3.7 and 3.9 => final GPA of 3.8 I know that for OOP you need 3.7+ for both year 1 and 2. In my case, my year 1 is more exactly = 3.67. I was wondering if anyone knew whether they would be strict with having 3.70+ or if something like 3.67 cGPA that rounds to 3.7 would make the cut. Thanks peeps
  15. To be honest, I felt very good about pretty much every answer I had put for my CARS during the actual test day and I scored a 129 despite some unfortunate circumstances (servers going down mid-CARS leading to having to wait, lose momentum, and rush a lot of questions as a result). However, my performance and confidence in CARS definitely increased with every passage and question I would do; going from sub 125 in the first practice exams to 127 in my last practice exam (3rd one) to 129 on the final, so practice does help a lot. Ultimately, the goal should be to be able to deliver answers with 100% confidence as you would for any other section for which you would study for (ex.: for biology/physics/chemistry, if you study for it, you can generally give answers with confidence). I believe that what stops people from being confident in 100% of their answers in CARS (as they would be for another section for which they have studied extensively for) is their inability to separate something that they assume when reading a text from what the text explicitly says. Oftentimes, you will feel torn between two answers, and will have to make a guess. But with each passage and question where I guess wrong between these 50/50s, I look back and ask myself: "This answer (the wrong one) looked so right to me before. How come?" And this way I was able to find out what biases/assumptions my brain would automatically make when reading these texts; and by recognizing them, I was able to filter the wrong answer out for every 50/50 question that I had during the actual test. Hope this helps.