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Zacky

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  1. I'm an incoming medical student curious about the field of dermatology but not attending one of the Ontario medical schools with a derm residency program. What are some tips for starting connections with faculty members in these residency programs? Would I cold email them with the intent of working on research with them? Or should I try to schedule observerships first? Are there ways to build long-term relationships with these faculty despite the distance? And lastly, would there be any benefit in connecting with dermatologists in my own university? Please go easy on me. I am quite clueless about this, so any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  2. I think the reason why you’re getting quite a bit of blunt and harsh feedback is because it seems like there is lack of understanding of how competitive med admission really is. You’ve said it yourself that you’re more a noobie when it comes to premed stuff. Many of the users here, including myself, have browsed this forum for years prior to receiving admission. With that much exposure, you get a pretty good sense of what is considered competitive and what is considered not. And we are just referring to competitiveness in receiving a single interview. I have applied multiple times prior to being admitted. The first time I applied, I didn’t get any interviews. At that time, I thought I had a pretty good chance (3.9+ GPA, 515+ MCAT, half a dozen research experiences, shadowing, volunteering in a few different organizations, awards, etc). No luck. And for many in my friend circle, there were at least a dozen who had stellar stats and kept busy with unique ECs, but they had to apply multiple cycles (2-3 at least) to even get any interviews. Keep in mind that these people have above average stats and ECS and that this is even after applying to all the schools in Ontario. And if we look at the numbers, this makes sense because on average each school receives around ~4000 applications each year and they interview only around 10% of those applications, so around 400 people. Of course we don’t hear much about the other 90% who don’t receive interviews on this forum because it’s pretty devastating to have your admission journey cut short early on. In the end, if you don’t apply, then your chances are a guaranteed zero. So I think you should definitely apply because you should give yourself that chance, and you never know. However, I wrote this to provide a bit more information on the competition you will face: which will be at least a few thousand applicants with stats that are likely higher than yours, especially for Mac’s cGPA. Perhaps your ECs are more extensive and diverse than you’ve described them to be here. In which case, the OMSAS portal has just recently opened and there are 32 entries available to fill. Myself and some others opted to fill all of them, although that’s not required (quality over quantity). However I do think you should fill as many as possible in order to stand out to adcom and to paint a clearer picture of your life experiences suitable for medicine. Best of luck!
  3. If the medication is currently used around the world, then its safety profile clearly isn't hindering its use
  4. I recommend you go to the admission website for each school you are interested in and look at their requirements for international students and/or email the admission team with your specific questions. They will likely have the information that you are looking for.
  5. To my knowledge most schools on their admission website explicitly state that they look at undergraduate grades for admission (eg. Mcmaster, Ottawa, Western). If you are doing a two year research-based masters or a 1-year course based masters U of T will look at those grades. But the assumption is that you completed your undergrad here prior to starting the masters.
  6. Just a heads up, many schools in Ontario consider 70 to 74% as 3.0, 75-79 as 3.3, 80-84 as 3.7, 85-89 as 3.9, and 90+ as 4.0. Also in Canada, the MCAT CARS score is most important for determining competitiveness
  7. I have noticed in your post that you use a lot of extremes to describe your situation: eg. “I have always been I ignored”, “I could never keep friends...”, “I will definitely tank my interview...”, “no confidence, no sense of self”. Maybe that is truly how you feel right now, but I would find it unlikely that everyone has always ignored you and that you have never maintained any relationships. So I would recommend reflecting on some things that you are grateful for. It doesn’t have to be anything big, it could be the support of family, the understanding of professors, or your amazing dedication to school and extracurriculars. Second, perhaps you can consider appraising your situation with more balance. This can be as simple as avoiding the use of extremes, like “never, always, none, everyone.” Although it may feel horrible sometimes, there is likely a silver lining and you can appraise the situation by trying to see both sides. Maybe no one noticed you in class in the morning, but you worked with some friendly people in your ECs in the afternoon. So acknowledge when good things happen and avoid seeing a situation as “always“ like this, or “never“ like that. Third, if things don’t turn out how you hope, then take things into your own hands! As I’m sure you’ve learned in psychology, people with an internal locus if control uphold the belief that they have control over their lives and subsequently they show greater resilience when faced with challenges. So if no guy seems to ask you out, then why not ask them out instead? If you don’t feel like you belong, then maybe try exploring another group. If people are not taking the initiative to get to know you first, then why not take the initiative to make the first move? At the end of the day, the interviewers will be looking to understand how you overcome challenges and that you are capable of working cordially with others. You don’t have to be best friends with everyone and you don’t have to be the life of the party. So this might be a good opportunity for you to re-appraise your situation, reflect, and take the initiative to make changes for the future. Because as a doctor, you will likely face countless other challenges and the interviewers will want to see that you have the ability to question your own beliefs and to take the initiative to improve for your future patients.
  8. Anyone in Western want to practice MMIs together?
  9. Hey guys, How long did it take to receive the email with the Minerva ID? I submitted the online form last night (after 9 PM) and have yet to receive an email. Thank you!
  10. Yes, you are right. The text boxes in the PDF file only allow a certain number of words--and it seems to align with 2400 characters, spaces included.
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