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  1. Hey all, Selling a Uworld subscription with roughly 3 months left on it. Message me if interested.
  2. Use Uworld if you have not already. I would do Kaplan books for a quick content review (don't spend more than a month), Anki to keep up your knowledge, do Uworld WHILE practicing, start doing nextstep/Altius/EK FLs (don't bother with Kaplan or TPR, they're too hard/underrepresented), and AAMC stuff in the last 4-5 weeks.
  3. How would they know if it was a friend, a colleague, a distant family friend, etc.? I'm not saying to go out of your way to lie, but the way ECs/volunteering worked at my school, all the club presidents and execs were peers, sometimes very close friends, so... this was kind of unavoidable. And I haven't come across anyone having any sort of issue about it...
  4. In the US, yeah, it could have a negative effect on your application. Again, I'm not sure the extent, but I know they take rewrites into consideration. In Canada, no. There is no penalty for rewriting the MCAT multiple times. The schools take whichever score works best in your favour. I also want to make sure you know that the US MD programs go on the basis of rolling admissions, so even if you write your MCAT this summer, you shouldn't apply until next summer anyways to give yourself the best shot, especially as an international applicant.
  5. That might not be the last sitting cut-off for this cycle, depending on the school. Some schools only require your score to be in by November 1st, so you could write on the last September date if you wanted to. The only problem is you wouldn't know your score in time to submit your application, so you'd be applying blindly.
  6. I can't comment on the US situation, other than to say that if you score poorly the first time around and do much better on a second rewrite, you're not necessarily disqualified. I know that to be true for US citizens, not sure about international applicants. Personally, I have decided not to pursue US med if I cannot get in to Canada because the debt is suffocating and I come from a low income family. When in August are you writing? Toronto just lowered their cutoffs slightly, so you need a 499, with minimum 124 in one section and 125 in the rest, so you might be able to still apply there. If you're SWOMEN, the cutoffs for Western are also much more forgiving.
  7. Hi, I know that from the title alone that I will be receiving a bombardment of “don’t do it if you’re not passionate!!!” That’s a fair response, but let me preface with this: I’m not not passionate. I like biology— a lot. The idea of being a doctor doesn’t fill me with dread, and it is something I can see myself doing and being good at. The problem is I mentioned that it doesn’t fill me with dread, but it doesn’t necessarily excite me either. Everybody else I know who is on this path seems bursting with drive and passion and an absolute “I will be a doctor, or I will die" attitude. I feel virtually none of those things, and I have been wondering for a while if that means I shouldn’t do this. I just finished an undergrad in a pretty distinctly pre-med major with a cGPA of 4.0. I have been doing research since 2nd year and have decent ECs. I have not yet written the MCAT, but the plan is to begin studying next week and write mid or late August. I am a curious person, I really do enjoy helping others, I like solving problems, and am pretty empathetic, so I would like to think I would make a competent doctor. But I always hear people say if you can imagine yourself doing anything else other than being a doctor, do that instead. Well, I can see myself doing lots of other things. But every time I think of making a plan to pursue one of those interests, I just feel this overwhelming push to stick to my current medical path, because I know that I am capable and it would be such a waste not to. For example, I could see myself being a professor, because I quite like teaching, but that involves a similar workload as becoming an MD does, so I think “why not just be a doctor?” (+ not passionate about research). I have a very business-oriented mind and love entrepreneurship, but then I think of the overwhelming risks and odds against you and think “why not just become a doctor? Stability + great career” I like computers a lot and could go into computer science, but again, I think “why not just become a doctor and make 3x that doing something you still enjoy?” I know and know and know that it isn’t about the money, certainly not the prestige (trust me, could not care less about that), but in the end, money does dominate to a great extent the type of life you will have. I just feel like I have to do this, because it would be such a huge waste of potential (in my own mind; rationally, I know there’s nothing wrong with pursuing other careers) and work I put in these last four years. And again, it’s not like I hate the idea of medicine. I love most of biology (anatomy does does bore me, but physiology/cell bio is really cool to me). But then I wonder if I will feel regret at not pursuing other things, since this career is so absolute + difficult + time-consuming. I just feel like maybe I’m too much of a dreamer and have too many other interests and I need to crush them and think realistically, to put it bluntly. I don’t really know what the point of this post is. I’m just really sick of being on the constant teetering edge of “do I really want this?” It’s driving me crazy, to be honest, and it’s the reason I haven’t written the MCAT earlier, and it is starting to mess with the quality of applicant I would be in this already difficult journey. I guess what I’m asking for is some guidance. How do I make up my mind on this? Is this a sign I will be extremely unhappy in med school + as a doctor? Has anyone else felt this? Sorry for the wall of text.
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