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  1. Hey friend, I feel what you're saying, I too just started med at 25 and have these thoughts sometimes. Here's what helps for me: try not to compare yourself to others. Other people's paths really don't mean anything to you. Focus on your next goal at hand and your success will come with time. I always think about how I will look back at my mid 20s when im like 65 years old after a 30+ year career (probably drinking beer in the backyard too). And ask myself: "why did I worry so much back then?" "Everything turned out perfectly fine". I speak to my dad about this sometimes and he basically always tells me to chill out. I'm pretty sure he was in an 80s rock band when he was my age and he turned out perfectly fine. Bottom line, try not to get ahead of yourself or you're going to turn 50 before you're 50 (as my dad would say). Im just a naive first year med student but I feel like medicine is a great career and I expect it to be a challenging road with some "life delays". But id rather have those delays than have a whole life of not being fulfilled. Think about your mid 20s as an investment for a future that will be fulfilling to you for many many years. Cheers
  2. Sorry to hear about the score drop. I asked the same question as you last year when I got a 124 CARs. I decided to let it go and just focus on my app for the very few schools I was eligible for. For you specifically, depending on your other MCAT section scores, a 127 isn't the end of the world. You're truly only on the fence for Western as their cutoff fluctuates between 127/128 and possibly mac depending on GPA. Can't speak about non-ontario schools tho. Goodluck
  3. Im a newb too but if you wanna do critical care medicine following anesthesia you need a fellowship (two years?? I think).
  4. Interesting discussion. On the CARMS stats it says that the ratio between first choice discipline to number of spots available in anesthesia is 0.82-ish. Would this be considered a moderately competitive speciality? Also, if you check out individual program descriptions, for example at uOttawa, there's approx 600 applicants for like 8 positions.. am I reading that right??? Seems super competitive haha
  5. Isn't the limiting factor residency position funding, and not number of medical graduates LOL
  6. In all seriousness, im pretty sure this will not affect you whatsoever. I think I had a friend who got in and had some typos. I dont think the admission committee is that harsh LOL
  7. I agree with the above posters. I know people who did kine and got into: med, law, physio, optom, pharm, etc. I even know of others who transitioned from kine to a business masters who are on their way to completing an MBA. Even know of a couple doing a JD/MBA. At the end of the day, kine isn't super focused on one area of science that will limit you. I think it gives you the opportunity to learn health but also be marketable to other professions of society - but you need to be willing to make those transitions if a healthcare field doesn't work out. A BSc and even a MSc in basic sciences can really trap you for jobs down the road.
  8. Write the academic explanation essay and apply. Worst case you apply again next year
  9. Yeah if there is formal proof you recieved it then I think you're good. If you "think" you're going to get it (maybe because you hit a certain GPA for example), but they have not yet officially sent out the award then I dont think thats okay
  10. Just a curious question because I think this is interesting: what kind of "cons" would come with a decision like this? What has happened at other schools in the past?
  11. 0 publications is still considered adequate
  12. I think that's a great score tbh (for ontario specifically, can't comment on other provinces). The only school that you're on the fence for is western - their CARS cutoff may be 127/128.
  13. Don't we have both anatomy (optional) and PSD in person? Starting relatively soon
  14. In the FB group its mentioned that 1 day a week is mandatory for in-person (thurs for psd). And then another day is optional but highly recommend we come in (for lab). So its safe to say we will be in person for 2 days a week.. unless I'm mistaken!
  15. I can only speak about physics. Never took a physics class in my life and I self taught it. It wasn't that bad at all. I watched alot of Kh@n academy and pretended they were my lectures
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