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  1. Hi guys! Much gratitude in advance for the replies/advice/insight! I'm an M3 in Montreal, Med-P background, and only have eyes from Family Medicine. I just wonder too often whether, at this point, I'm strong enough of an applicant? I have no research experience, but do have years worth of community involvement (mostly from before Med-P, about 1 years worth during) and my own health literacy initiative. Apart from this, so far, my clerkship evaluations are good. I plan on pursuing electives that could help me refine skills that would make me a better Fam Doc. I am "well-rounded" with respect to my extracurriculars. However, that is about it. What can I do to make myself a stronger candidate? To match here in Montreal would be a dream, but I certainly will be applying broadly. To summarize, here are some questions I would hugely appreciate having answers too. 1) What makes a strong family medicine applicant? 2) Is research worth pursuing during M3/M4 given I have no previous experience? 3) Are some strong reference letters more valuable than others (i.e surgery vs psych vs fam med) 4) What do you recommend as far as electives for a Fam Med applicant? Thank you so much! Please excuse my anxious med-p energy (it's chronic).
  2. Hi to anyone who sees this. So I am going to do my best not to whine or complain because I know many people have had it far worse than me, but I don't know what to do and don't know how to handle this situation. So this is my second time taking the MCAT. The first time I took it, I voided it. I was foolish to think that I could manage a full time job, a prep course and study at the same time. Other may have done it, but I did not and could not. This time around, I did not go back to work and devoted the summer to just studying and taking a prep course. There have been some family issues going on in the house (fighting, yelling, etc.) which have made studying in a quiet environment difficult. Jump to the last month of prep, and my grandmother has fallen ill. This has resulted in me having to take her to the ER multiple times, doctor's appointments and physical therapists as she is physically weak. I hope I don't sound like I am complaining because I want to be there for her and help in any way I can. But it has progressed into me having to care for her throughout the day with meals and helping her around the house. My younger brother is not helpful and will not help. My parents are always at work and don't see how much I have to help her around the house. I'm getting more stressed with my test date coming up on Sept 1st and with my grandmother's health deteriorating. Again, I do not want to sound like I am complaining but I am starting to get very anxious multiple times throughout the day. I don't feel in the mindset to write the test and focus, but I am so angry with myself for a) not being able to manage and b) not doing it right the first time around. Should I not take the test this time around and wait until next summer? Or should I push through and go with it? Thank you for any input in advance.
  3. Any elective advice for someone who is looking to match family med at McMaster (or somewhere in Southern Ontario)? I've heard it's good to be diverse, but maybe some electives are better than others? Thanks in advance!
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  5. Hi there, Is anyone on this forum who applied to medical school as a mature student who can offer advice about studying for the MCATs? I'm a postdoctoral fellow working in the area of research that I would like to do clinical work in (after medical school). I have a family that I support, so I cannot take 4 months off and move home with my parents to study for the MCATs! I also work full-time, but flexible hours. I'm currently studying the MCAT material one hour per day with the hopes that I can do the test next Summer (so in about 10-12 months). I find moving through the material is going quite slow, as I am relearning material that I knew 10 years ago! The material is also so basic that I find it hard to memorize (although the flashcards/practice tests help). Has anyone switched fields later in life that has tips for studying MCAT material at a slower pace? I expect to stop teaching in the Fall so that I can study 2 hours a day, but that is likely the maximum amount of time that I can spare. Thanks in advance for your time/suggestions.
  6. Hi, So say I had the opportunity to spend the summer doing research, but the PI just happens to be married to a distant family member. UofT is really strict about family friends/family being references. Should I avoid using this reference even though they are no where near being an immediate family member? Thanks!
  7. I need some advice/encouragement and a good reality check. I want to be a physician. It has been on the periphery of my dreams since I was a kid but didn't solidify into a actual goal until a year or two ago. My problem is that I'm 35 and my spouse and I want to start a family so becoming a physician seems out of reach. I worry about the realities of this journey and the sacrifices required vis a vis personal life and raising children. I feel like if I was single and had no intent of having children for the next decade, it would be a no-brainer and I would dive in happily. Unfortunately, the reality is that I have long and arduous road before I will reach my career goal: I completed a BSc in Physics in 2002. My GPA from this degree is realistically not competitive enough to get into any med schools. Consequently, I am studying full-time right now to get pre-requisites for an accelerated 2 year RN program with the intent of applying to med school using this 2nd degree as a way to improve my GPA while acquiring a back-up profession in healthcare. I am looking at 2 years of RN training, then 2-3 years (realistically) to apply and get into med school, then 4 years of med school and 2-3 year of residency. I would be 45+ by the time I came out on the other side (and possibly divorced??). I have considered going the RN to NP route, breaking up my studies into two 2-year periods separated by some reasonable amount of time that would get me enough RN clinical experience, while simultaneously minimizing impact on my spouse (and potential future children), but I strongly feel that I would be frustrated by the limited scope of work afforded an NP. Ultimately I don't think I'd be happy in any other healthcare role other than a physician. I need feedback from people who can comment about the impact med school had on their spouse and children. How did you manage it? Is it viable to go to med school and with toddlers at home? Do you have any regrets about missed family time? I don't want to be an absentee mom/spouse. Thanks for your comments/advice!
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