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  1. Thank you for sharing this. Great read and basically sums up exactly how I feel about these sorts of things. Sanfilippo also highlighted as issue I never even thought about and that is the divulging of information after signing a non disclosure agreement. If someone is basically offering insider information about the process for let's say $400, well, what an ethical dilemma. They are essentially saying their integrity is worth that much. And most of these people are medical students or residents. What about if they are in a clinical situation which involves preserving confidentiality or patient information/privacy? Would their integrity all of a sudden not be for sale or would they give in for a dollar amount? Or what about if they are asked to endorse certain medications which might have serious side effects? It's not a secret the pharmaceutical industry has bribed physicians in the past. What a time to be alive. I mean, just look at this stuff. "We are trying to offer authentic tips and information that isn't found online or in other prep courses." Yeah, maybe it's not supposed to be found online for a reason pal.
  2. These services are scams that often charge ridiculous amounts of money for advice you could probably get for free on SDN, Premed101, or by participating in MMI prep groups often formed on facebook by applicants who were invited for an interview. The process of getting into medical school is simple. The better your grades, EC's, and MCAT are the better chance you have. Paying some company who offers to "review" your application is a waste of money. But of course, where there is an opportunity to make money people will flock to it right?
  3. This is disgusting. All you're doing is essentially capitalizing on the fears, hopes, and dreams of students who will probably throw a bunch of money at you in the naive hope that they are able to somehow get ahead in this rat race. Nice job promoting yourself. Totally pathetic, maybe you should have gone to business school.
  4. Don't get your hopes up too much. Both your GPA and CARS are below the average you need. But if you can bring it up to a 3.6+ and get 130+ on CARS you have a much better shot. Consider also taking a 5th year perhaps and make sure you take full course loads so you meet the weighing forumlas for other schools. Honestly your GPA is salvageable just work hard. And I know what you mean. It can be disheartening comparing your stats to others and the whole process has become a rat race. But there is nothing you can do except do your absolute best and try to get in after a few cycles. If you think medicine isn't the career for you, keep your options open, but as I said to someone else on this forum before, if you don't have any luck at Canadian med schools, consider applying to the US, and possibly international schools in the UK or Ireland and Australia. Seriously everyone makes a huge deal about it but the whole IMG terror thing is completely overblown. As long as you don't go to some no name school in the Caribbean you're fine. The UK/Ireland/Australian schools have a very good education that is on par with the Canadian system. These are medical schools in first world countries vs diploma mills in developing nations. The only thing is you need to be very flexible when it comes to where you will settle down for at least 8-10 years. If you do in fact go overseas write the USMLE and apply broadly to residency spots in Canada and the USA and the country you studied medicine in. Australia is relatively friendly/accommodating towards foreign med students but Ireland and UK is a bit harder without an EU passport. But bottom line is you'll probably end up practicing medicine somewhere as long as you're not trying to get into an ultra competitive specialty like neurosurgery. So if you truly feel that medicine is the only thing you see yourself doing, your stats are fine for a school overseas. I wish you the best of luck and much success. Work hard and don't give up.
  5. Admittedly that is why I am attracted to medicine. I am a sick, twisted individual and enjoy psychologically tormenting myself by working long hours and getting burnt out. I'm not kidding either.
  6. It's like a mild, slightly smug, condescending god complex lol. To the OP, honestly, just do a second degree. Do sciences and do good on the MCAT so you at least know you have the aptitude for the technical aspects of medicine and if you still feel that medicine is the only thing for you and you can't get into a Canadian school, look into international schools in the UK or Ireland and Australia. The whole IMG terror thing is seriously overblown. You just need to be very flexible in where you can settle down. If you go overseas make sure you write the USMLE and apply to residency spots in both Canada, and the USA and even in the country you studied med in (Aus is pretty friendly towards foreigners, Ireland/UK is a bit harder) but bottom line is you'll probably end up somewhere as long as you're not gunning for some ultra competitive specialty.
  7. Thanks for the encouragement, I appreciate it.
  8. Tell me about it. A friend of mine lives in what is essentially a rodent infested box. The place I live in now is clean, quiet and relatively close to work/school, no way I'm going through the long uncertain process of trying to find a new place again. I'm not taking a full course load. I'm taking 4 in each semester (24 credits) which is technically considered a full course load for U of C but not any schools in Ontario as far as I know. Congrats on getting in, it does give me hope that someone in a similar situation did but ultimately GPA is king and it's going to be an uphill battle I think. Most of my semesters have been either 3 or 4 courses. I think I only have one with 5.
  9. Thanks yeah he was, I explained to him about my family circumstances too and things and he was sympathetic to my situation but it's seriously taking a toll on me. I doubt I'll get into medical school in Canada because I can't dedicate all my time to academics like some other people who are in a better position. UBC med is where I'd like to go but I have a 81% average and it could drop since this semester has been bumpy. I don't even want to convert that average to an OMSAS GPA. Probably horrible. I live in Vancouver the housing situation here is ridiculous and finding a new/cheaper place is literally impossible. As far as being a student goes I won't find better/cheaper housing than my current situation and that's a fact unless I am willing to move 2 hours away and then I'll have to commute 4 hours back and forth everyday for school/work which would not help at all.
  10. Because I'll be homeless if I don't.
  11. I have an exam in 5 days and honestly given that I've been dealing with a lot of personal stress and also since I need to work 8 hours a day every single day until then I have doubts about my ability to prepare well enough. The exam is worth 11% of my final grade. My professor offered to shift the weight of this exam to the next (which is in 1 month), so that exam will be worth 22% of my final grade. Exams are non cumulative. Slightly torn on what I should do here, any advice would be great. Thanks.
  12. Hey thanks for your input to be honest this is basically what I am gravitating towards.
  13. Out of curiosity what do you think about an OOP applicant with a 129 CARS/3/65 cGPA? Probably unlikely but just curious. I just started my 4th year and will likely take a 5th. My hope is that I can raise my GPA to 3.75-3.8.
  14. TalsKnight

    CARS advice

    Khan Academy + AAMC practice tbh.
  15. My cGPA right now is about 3.65 so not competitive. At UBC with my lowest year dropped my % average is around 82 at the moment. However it should be competitive for U of C. I'd be an OOP applicant but should things go the way I'd like them to my final year my wGPA should be about about 3.85 because I had a pretty strong 3rd year. Very seriously considering a 5th year or possibly going to Australia/Ireland. Any advice would be appreciated, thanks.