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    TheStern got a reaction from meiosis in Applying through the black student application program   
    I think that some pre-meds are so focused on getting in, that they look at things through the lens of "is this fair to me as an applicant?", which is understandable. But the admissions committees have to consider more than just fairness for the applicants - they are deciding who become the physicians in our communities. That's a tremendously important task. The lack of black and Indigenous physicians in our society is an issue that needs to be addressed so that different demographics can feel represented by the medical community and be properly advocated for.
    Does this put students who cannot apply through these streams at a disadvantage? Maybe, depending on whether you think the "advantage" of these streams outweighs the disadvantages that certain minorities face throughout other aspects of the process. But creating a more equitable healthcare system is in the greater interest of our society more so than having as fair an admissions process as possible, in my opinion. Even though some people going through the admissions process could be negatively affected, and that is a legitimate concern for a pre-med who is grinding their butt off to get in
    For the record, I was just admitted this cycle and would have had the same response a few months ago
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    TheStern got a reaction from Anon_9 in Applying through the black student application program   
    I think that some pre-meds are so focused on getting in, that they look at things through the lens of "is this fair to me as an applicant?", which is understandable. But the admissions committees have to consider more than just fairness for the applicants - they are deciding who become the physicians in our communities. That's a tremendously important task. The lack of black and Indigenous physicians in our society is an issue that needs to be addressed so that different demographics can feel represented by the medical community and be properly advocated for.
    Does this put students who cannot apply through these streams at a disadvantage? Maybe, depending on whether you think the "advantage" of these streams outweighs the disadvantages that certain minorities face throughout other aspects of the process. But creating a more equitable healthcare system is in the greater interest of our society more so than having as fair an admissions process as possible, in my opinion. Even though some people going through the admissions process could be negatively affected, and that is a legitimate concern for a pre-med who is grinding their butt off to get in
    For the record, I was just admitted this cycle and would have had the same response a few months ago
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    TheStern got a reaction from burnerboy in Applying through the black student application program   
    I think that some pre-meds are so focused on getting in, that they look at things through the lens of "is this fair to me as an applicant?", which is understandable. But the admissions committees have to consider more than just fairness for the applicants - they are deciding who become the physicians in our communities. That's a tremendously important task. The lack of black and Indigenous physicians in our society is an issue that needs to be addressed so that different demographics can feel represented by the medical community and be properly advocated for.
    Does this put students who cannot apply through these streams at a disadvantage? Maybe, depending on whether you think the "advantage" of these streams outweighs the disadvantages that certain minorities face throughout other aspects of the process. But creating a more equitable healthcare system is in the greater interest of our society more so than having as fair an admissions process as possible, in my opinion. Even though some people going through the admissions process could be negatively affected, and that is a legitimate concern for a pre-med who is grinding their butt off to get in
    For the record, I was just admitted this cycle and would have had the same response a few months ago
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    TheStern got a reaction from MedicineLCS in Applying through the black student application program   
    I think that some pre-meds are so focused on getting in, that they look at things through the lens of "is this fair to me as an applicant?", which is understandable. But the admissions committees have to consider more than just fairness for the applicants - they are deciding who become the physicians in our communities. That's a tremendously important task. The lack of black and Indigenous physicians in our society is an issue that needs to be addressed so that different demographics can feel represented by the medical community and be properly advocated for.
    Does this put students who cannot apply through these streams at a disadvantage? Maybe, depending on whether you think the "advantage" of these streams outweighs the disadvantages that certain minorities face throughout other aspects of the process. But creating a more equitable healthcare system is in the greater interest of our society more so than having as fair an admissions process as possible, in my opinion. Even though some people going through the admissions process could be negatively affected, and that is a legitimate concern for a pre-med who is grinding their butt off to get in
    For the record, I was just admitted this cycle and would have had the same response a few months ago
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    TheStern got a reaction from LivySmall in Pre-med Frequently Asked Questions   
    There isn't (in Ontario at least). As long as you apply by the due date there is no advantage to applying early
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    TheStern got a reaction from FingersCrossedPls in Applying through the black student application program   
    I think that some pre-meds are so focused on getting in, that they look at things through the lens of "is this fair to me as an applicant?", which is understandable. But the admissions committees have to consider more than just fairness for the applicants - they are deciding who become the physicians in our communities. That's a tremendously important task. The lack of black and Indigenous physicians in our society is an issue that needs to be addressed so that different demographics can feel represented by the medical community and be properly advocated for.
    Does this put students who cannot apply through these streams at a disadvantage? Maybe, depending on whether you think the "advantage" of these streams outweighs the disadvantages that certain minorities face throughout other aspects of the process. But creating a more equitable healthcare system is in the greater interest of our society more so than having as fair an admissions process as possible, in my opinion. Even though some people going through the admissions process could be negatively affected, and that is a legitimate concern for a pre-med who is grinding their butt off to get in
    For the record, I was just admitted this cycle and would have had the same response a few months ago
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    TheStern got a reaction from James Nystead in Applying through the black student application program   
    I think that some pre-meds are so focused on getting in, that they look at things through the lens of "is this fair to me as an applicant?", which is understandable. But the admissions committees have to consider more than just fairness for the applicants - they are deciding who become the physicians in our communities. That's a tremendously important task. The lack of black and Indigenous physicians in our society is an issue that needs to be addressed so that different demographics can feel represented by the medical community and be properly advocated for.
    Does this put students who cannot apply through these streams at a disadvantage? Maybe, depending on whether you think the "advantage" of these streams outweighs the disadvantages that certain minorities face throughout other aspects of the process. But creating a more equitable healthcare system is in the greater interest of our society more so than having as fair an admissions process as possible, in my opinion. Even though some people going through the admissions process could be negatively affected, and that is a legitimate concern for a pre-med who is grinding their butt off to get in
    For the record, I was just admitted this cycle and would have had the same response a few months ago
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    TheStern got a reaction from pnpclear in Applying through the black student application program   
    I think that some pre-meds are so focused on getting in, that they look at things through the lens of "is this fair to me as an applicant?", which is understandable. But the admissions committees have to consider more than just fairness for the applicants - they are deciding who become the physicians in our communities. That's a tremendously important task. The lack of black and Indigenous physicians in our society is an issue that needs to be addressed so that different demographics can feel represented by the medical community and be properly advocated for.
    Does this put students who cannot apply through these streams at a disadvantage? Maybe, depending on whether you think the "advantage" of these streams outweighs the disadvantages that certain minorities face throughout other aspects of the process. But creating a more equitable healthcare system is in the greater interest of our society more so than having as fair an admissions process as possible, in my opinion. Even though some people going through the admissions process could be negatively affected, and that is a legitimate concern for a pre-med who is grinding their butt off to get in
    For the record, I was just admitted this cycle and would have had the same response a few months ago
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    TheStern got a reaction from AB27 in Applying through the black student application program   
    I think that some pre-meds are so focused on getting in, that they look at things through the lens of "is this fair to me as an applicant?", which is understandable. But the admissions committees have to consider more than just fairness for the applicants - they are deciding who become the physicians in our communities. That's a tremendously important task. The lack of black and Indigenous physicians in our society is an issue that needs to be addressed so that different demographics can feel represented by the medical community and be properly advocated for.
    Does this put students who cannot apply through these streams at a disadvantage? Maybe, depending on whether you think the "advantage" of these streams outweighs the disadvantages that certain minorities face throughout other aspects of the process. But creating a more equitable healthcare system is in the greater interest of our society more so than having as fair an admissions process as possible, in my opinion. Even though some people going through the admissions process could be negatively affected, and that is a legitimate concern for a pre-med who is grinding their butt off to get in
    For the record, I was just admitted this cycle and would have had the same response a few months ago
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    TheStern got a reaction from Coldery in Is being a doctor worth it?   
    Do you mean billing 1M+? If you think derms can "easily" take home 7 figures after overhead working 40 hours, you are incorrect
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    TheStern got a reaction from TheFlyGuy in Are residents actually happy?   
    I've noticed a trend of you being extremely hostile in these threads. In fact, you accused me of propagating lies and speaking about things I don't know about in a thread about how Western utilizes GPA - until another user confirmed my story.
    We're all pre-meds, med students, or residents/physicians just trying to find some support, information, and advice in these threads. We're all on the same team here. I really think you should work on using them for their intended purpose rather than immediately becoming combative 
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    TheStern got a reaction from zxcccxz in Are residents actually happy?   
    I've noticed a trend of you being extremely hostile in these threads. In fact, you accused me of propagating lies and speaking about things I don't know about in a thread about how Western utilizes GPA - until another user confirmed my story.
    We're all pre-meds, med students, or residents/physicians just trying to find some support, information, and advice in these threads. We're all on the same team here. I really think you should work on using them for their intended purpose rather than immediately becoming combative 
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    TheStern got a reaction from Scrubadubdub in Western Waitlist Party 2019-2020   
    The admissions office is closed until Thursday
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    TheStern got a reaction from Mozza in Western Waitlist Party 2019-2020   
    The admissions office is closed until Thursday
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    TheStern got a reaction from rawshrimp in Online First Aid and CPR Courses   
    Hello!
    Are people planning to do online versions of these courses, and if so which ones? I am very busy with work currently, and am hoping for one that would not be too time-intensive and would still be accepted by Western. Any recommendations would be very much appreciated 
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    TheStern got a reaction from lostnconfused in .   
    No need to sad react, plenty of people have gotten into both Mac and Western with GPAs below 3.8 
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    TheStern got a reaction from lostnconfused in .   
    As far as my understanding goes you would have the best shot at Western, which has cutoffs at 3.70, and at McMaster as long as you killed CARS and CASPer since they are weighed equally with GPA. 
    U of T and Ottawa would be less likely, and I can't speak to Queen's or NOSM since I don't know as much about their admissions process
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    TheStern reacted to Dodo in Why is MD considered more prestigious than PhD?   
    I'm about to finish a PhD and start med school, so here's my 2 cents. 
    Time is right to say that many discoveries are found by people without PhD. But more importantly, think of how many people with a PhD will NEVER discover or invent anything that is slightly relevant not only to non-initiated people, but even within their own field of study. And this is true within science, not only in humanities. I can't help but think that there's a huge part of academia that seems so disconnected it only acts as a self-licking cone (publishing research to add papers in your resume to get more funding). Just ask any PhD student out there to talk about their dissertation, and you'll find so many people with amazingly pointless research that will still earn them a PhD. I suspect many students go on to pursue a PhD and waste years researching a topic to delay their entry into the job market. School is all they've ever known and it seems like a safe place for them, especially with widely available graduate grants and scholarships.
    Now please don't think that I put all PhDs in the same basket. Most are obviously amazing people. I just want to point out that there's a massive difference between having a PhD and being a university professor or researcher doing groundbreaking research.
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    TheStern got a reaction from TheFlyGuy in Are GPA and MCAT considered to get an interview after meeting thresholds?   
    Sorry, I will clarify that I am not sure at which phase, whether pre or post interview, GPA is looked at more closely. But I was told it is looked at beyond cutoffs
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    TheStern got a reaction from SBrown in McMaster Waitlist Party 2020   
    Really glad to have helped, good luck!! 
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    TheStern got a reaction from SBrown in McMaster Waitlist Party 2020   
    I was in the exact same position last year - rejected from med school and looking at Masters programs. I decided I wanted to apply the next cycle so a Masters wouldn't work, and instead I applied to tons of research positions. I was able to do research for a year and then was accepted this year.
     
    It's just one story, and it may be harder to find positions for this year due to COVID, but there are other options besides a Masters. Even just a different non-research job and volunteering to help round out your application even more. And then, worst case scenario, if you do not get in next cycle you can apply to one year Masters earlier in the cycle (e.g. McMaster Global Health). Then even in the worst case scenario, you are completing a Masters at the same time that you would have completed the two year Masters program
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    TheStern got a reaction from meiosis in McMaster Waitlist Party 2020   
    I was in the exact same position last year - rejected from med school and looking at Masters programs. I decided I wanted to apply the next cycle so a Masters wouldn't work, and instead I applied to tons of research positions. I was able to do research for a year and then was accepted this year.
     
    It's just one story, and it may be harder to find positions for this year due to COVID, but there are other options besides a Masters. Even just a different non-research job and volunteering to help round out your application even more. And then, worst case scenario, if you do not get in next cycle you can apply to one year Masters earlier in the cycle (e.g. McMaster Global Health). Then even in the worst case scenario, you are completing a Masters at the same time that you would have completed the two year Masters program
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    TheStern got a reaction from spooked in McMaster Waitlist Party 2020   
    It's absolutely insane to me that Mac cancels interviews and holds a lottery, effectively pissing off virtually all applicants... and then decides to torture everyone further by waitlisting virtually everyone? Giving so many applicants false hope? 
    God Mac has been a disaster throughout this
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    TheStern reacted to daphodile98 in McMaster Global health MSc 2020   
    Okok I see! Hopefully it moves soon  
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    TheStern reacted to CHG in Western Waitlist Party 2019-2020   
    Thank you that is so nice of you to say! I remember feeling totally overwhelmed this time last year and can't even imagine the extra layer you guys are dealing with. I'm so happy to hear that my posts have been helpful!   
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