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  1. Hi @ellorie yeah I had heard of them a few years ago, but I'll definitely reach out again to see what resources are out there. Thanks so much!
  2. Hi Birdy! Thanks for sharing all these details about your experience. You sound incredibly resilient and I'm glad to hear that people were receptive to your needs. Re: White Coat Black Art - the exact podcast I had in mind was the one featuring a woman with a certain form of spina bifida. Whenever she had to take care of herself on the job, she felt pressured to hide this fact from her colleagues, saying instead that she needed to take a call or otherwise. I'm sorry you experienced pushback in sharing what sounds like an important story. If there isn't a general one for medical learners, then perhaps I'll gather a small one (~5 ppl) for undergraduate medical learners, to start. Do you think you would have benefited from such a group when you were going through your medical education? I'm also considering finding upper-years who can better speak to the group about what they can expect, but again, with this issue being fairly stigmatized it may be hard to find those who are willing to share. Re: your edit - I'm absolutely on board with your frustration around the able-bodied assumptions! Hearing about the different O-week activities that were going to happen got me stressed out - for example overnight camping, which is technically doable for me but would be very difficult and uncomfortable (I'm almost glad that O-week activities might be virtual this year). To be fair I don't know whether or not they had alternative activities planned, but even then I got the feeling that most activities would assume everyone was perfectly healthy and able-bodied. It can be so lonely and isolating. I understand that institution-backed events must meet certain accessibility standards, but I can see how these considerations are overlooked in smaller activities. Since meeting the people I have through my current social support group, I've come to realize just how critical it is to invite those requests for accommodations - these aren't the kinds of issues that can simply be solved via one-on-one counselling services.
  3. Hi @Maggiie19 incoming to U of T? no worries and I'm glad this thread could connect us on this topic. I only asked for accommodations once during my undergrad/masters combined - but it wasn't even a formal accommodation, just a sick note that I got. I always wonder whether or not I can categorize myself as being "disabled". From the googling I've done on my condition, some severities are considered disabling, while other severities are not. It's a bit stressful and lonely falling into a grey zone. I might gauge interest amongst health profession students (med, dent?) in starting a little online group chat or regular discussion group in August for people like us - with no need to disclose one's condition, of course.
  4. Hello! Incoming medical student to U of T here. I have two questions. 1. Can any current medical students (not necessarily at U of T, but would be a plus) speak to specific resources or accommodations made available to medical students who live with a chronic physical and/or mental condition? For example, I've read somewhere on this forum about someone who did not have to do their rural rotation, some on-call shifts, or had exam deferrals due to their specific circumstances. I'm not sure what I'd need for my condition specifically, but it would be helpful to know what kinds of rules are in place. 2. Are there any organized groups where such students can gather and get to know one another? Having a chronic condition can be pretty isolating and difficult, even with any accommodations that are offered. I know that it's still a pretty stigmatized topic especially in medical school but based on what I'm hearing from some parts of the medical community, and features on White Coat Black Art, I'm hopeful that the scene is changing a bit. I am part of a social support group at my current institution for students with chronic conditions and it's been great to have a safe space where we are able to respect each other's privacy, but still share our experiences and feel understood. Thank you!
  5. Thanks for the insights, it's reassuring to know that everyone is more collaborative :)
  6. Thank you and congratulations on finishing medical school! In your opinion, is it enough to "do what you're genuinely passionate about" throughout (i.e. specific research, purposeful extracurricular activities) or is the atmosphere more "premed" (i.e. sense of competition / secrecy, doing things that look good on the resume). Do either help when aiming to land the residency of your choice? I know this question is a bit strange and hard to answer objectively but would love your take.
  7. Hi @QMed12345 - thank you for taking the time to write out such a thoughtful and organized response! Of all the schools I interviewed at, I was most excited for Queen's and even intended to bring my parents (neither of whom got to attend university) to the interview day events. Unfortunately the pandemic measures kicked in before that and my interview moved online so I didn't get a chance to "feel out" Queen's for myself. I appreciate all the details about each school and your advice about what factors to consider prioritizing, bias disclosure and all. This was very helpful . Congrats on finishing your first year of med!
  8. Hello - I have a question for any current Queen's med students or alumni (or anyone who knows someone in this position). Have you, or anyone you know, been accepted to both Queen's and Toronto, and chosen to attend Queen's rather than Toronto? If so, I would appreciate some insight into what prompted this decision. Thank you! Note: This question isn't intended to try and start a whole "Queen's VS Toronto" debate, pros and cons list, or dwell on hypotheticals, but rather to gain insight into an actual decision that someone has made.
  9. Lol hold up we were recorded during our prep time? Awks I hope I didn't do anything weird hahaha
  10. I had quite a lovely experience, in general everyone was alert, friendly, and welcoming, even if some didn't smile you can get good vibes. Connection did go down about 3/4 of the way through but I knew they probably had a contingency plan so I didn't panic on my side either. Just switched to my cell data (lol) and restarted the Zoom call. That, and I later checked my phone and found a missed call from them, looks like they had my number handy just in case too! It was comforting to read on this forum that they allot you more time than needed in case something like this happens. Very professional of them. Don't forget that the U of A is a professional institution, and they do know how to handle these kinds of things - statistics can certainly be used to make things more comparable and fair. For example - and this is just a guess / how I might approach it - stratifying by type (online vs in-person) and day of interview.
  11. Hi! Long time lurker and first time poster here. Very grateful for these forums - thanks in advance for everyone's input. I see that most Early Decision Programs in American schools are targeted towards people with extenuating or specific circumstances - e.g. husband and wife want to remain in the same state/city, wife applies EDP to school in said state/city detailing her circumstances. Some schools specify the type of people they are looking for, other schools say "get in touch with us before you decide to apply EDP" - I presume because they know that applying EDP is a big deal for an applicant (significantly lowers your chances of acceptance to other schools) so they want to help make sure that you're the "type" they're looking for, and that it's worth your shot? I've been considering applying EDP to Wayne State because a) their acceptance rate via EDP is really high (although < 15 people apply) and b) I feel like my chances of acceptance in any other mid/high tier American school are low. If I apply, I'd be banking on the assumption that applying EDP offers me a higher chance of acceptance. BUT, I don't know if I'd have a similar success because I'm a Canadian and would be treated as such even in the EDP process - heck, what if their EDP process is only targeted to Americans and they just want my application fee? I don't know what the EDP applicant pool looks like at Wayne State. Unlike other schools, Wayne State offers nothing about their target audience for EDP - I've been trying to contact them but all the information I've received from them thus far are the minimum cutoffs for application. TLDR: Is it worth it to apply to Wayne State's EDP as a Canadian? My AMCAS GPA would be ~3.83 and my MCAT is 520.
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