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I hear you. Second-degree-er and re-applicant here so it's anxiety-provoking and sometimes debilitating thinking about how the odds are stacked up against me.

 

But then I ask myself, what's the alternative? What if I really avoid rejections and not apply? Would I be happy then? Nope--I'd be infinitely more miserable knowing I gave up just like that. What if someone told me I'm only allowed to apply for one cycle?  I'd beg and plead for someone to give my file a second look. I'd be so mad to not have gotten a second shot.

 

So this is what it is--a privilege. Realizing that I have the will, capacity,and resources to keep going after what I want. Yes, it sucks to make sacrifices in my life just to stand in line and wait to be picked, and I may never, ever get picked. It's grueling, defeating, and even humiliating--but it's the path I chose and I'm only here because every part of my life has lined up perfectly to allow me to pursue this path. At some point in my life my answers to the above questions will change, but as long as I still want to do this, then what I should do now is pretty clear.

 

Your brain wasn't evolved to get you through trivial things like med school admissions; it only wants you to feel accepted, and it doesn't want you to keep spending resources on stuff that may never pan out. It doesn't realize this isn't a life or death situation (even though it may feel like it!). Fear is not rational, no matter how much evidence your brain has come up with for you to not keep going. Failure is ok--it just means you were not successful the first time. Expecting to be successful the first try in everything is pretty unrealistic.

 

Everything will be ok :)

 

Well said. As a multi-cycle (and I MEAN multi) applicant, I'm a big believer in try, try again. It's an automatic rejection if you don't even apply. You never know who will be reading your application, and who will be interviewing you. So if you can, if you have the means available and can will yourself to create a strong application, go for it! Yeah, it's hard (time consuming, you need to ask for LORs, all those essays....) and maybe at times it can feel disheartening. BUT, you've got what it takes, you know what you want, so keep at it.

 

Never stop never stopping :P

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Just got my MCAT re-write back... 506 127/125/126/128. Scored was a 513 129/128/127/129 so this one hurts. Got a 127 CARS last year so the 2 point drop makes me feel even worse ugh.

Hey man, I feel ya. Score expectations vs reality sometimes stinks.

 

But you need to keep your chin up. UP I SAY!!!

 

You can do this, your scored is indicative of that. If you are going to be re-writing, really take some time to think about what you may have done wrong/felt was wrong during your exam.

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Just submitted OMSAS app. Feeling really good.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE APPLICANTS THIS YEAR!! :)

I submitted my OMSAS app with the greatest filling, cause this is the first time I actually know I have a shot in Ontario.

 

Like. I feel good.

 

But even then I worry, I worry about things I really -can't- control (UWO raising a certain cut-off >.> Don't you do it UWO, I tried too hard for this! I'M COMING TO YOU, UWO.)

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The deadline for applying to CIBC for medical student LOC at prime less 0.25% expires on Friday, October 14th or, at least, expressing intent by then. So, forthose interested, trot down to CIBC quickly if interested.

 

did they expand that out to more areas or is it still stuck in a few places. 

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did they expand that out to more areas or is it still stuck in a few places. 

Well, it is on offer in Montreal!! I am assuming it is across Canada but I did not ask that specific question. Deadline is tomorrow. And I am a resident. This shall be my 3rd bank since entering medical school and it is the best deal on offer.

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Well, it is on offer in Montreal!! I am assuming it is across Canada but I did not ask that specific question. Deadline is tomorrow. And I am a resident. This shall be my 3rd bank since entering medical school and it is the best deal on offer.

 

WAIT, this prime less 0.25% is available in MTL?

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WAIT, this prime less 0.25% is available in MTL?

 

Absolutely! Tomorrow is the last day. I dealt with a non specialist who found out about it b/c I told him. Call around, make an appointment for tomorrow. I am about to leave the RBC (unless they can match the rate!). The interest really adds up when you are a resident and makes a difference each year.

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I fucking hate 4th year :( You'd think by then they'd stop dishing out midterm after midterm (I have 6 this month) and test you in manners more connected to the real world but no. Whoever said 4th year was the best year academically totally deceived me :( Spread myself way too thin and am really considering dropping to 28 credits and throwing out UofA from the running. That is what is on my mind :3 Was 4th year a roughl year for anyone else?

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I fucking hate 4th year :( You'd think by then they'd stop dishing out midterm after midterm (I have 6 this month) and test you in manners more connected to the real world but no. Whoever said 4th year was the best year academically totally deceived me :( Spread myself way too thin and am really considering dropping to 28 credits and throwing out UofA from the running. That is what is on my mind :3 Was 4th year a roughl year for anyone else?

I'm in 4th year right now... sounds like a brutal courseload/midterm schedule man.

 

I'm taking 15 credits , but it's by far my lightest course load i've had. With that said, I have a really strong feeling that this could be my lowest year lmfao. 

 

I've been working minimum 14 hours/week  (max 24 hrs) which is minimal compared to what most people do, but I never really did extracurriculars before (yes that's terrible but can't change the past). That said, I don't think it's the job that's killing me, I've just been a lazy f***. You're not alone in feeling fed up with this education/application system!

 

I wrote the DAT in the summer, so perhaps it could be burnout? Pretty weak excuse though seeing as the DAT is a joke compared to the MCAT and my buddies who wrote the MCAT are still slaying it -.-. It's weird, f****** around has never been apart of my code, but I just can't motivate myself. All in all, I just hope I can get my shit together when finals roll around. If not, this will be my lowest year hands down. 

 

 

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I'm in 4th year right now... sounds like a brutal courseload/midterm schedule man.

 

I'm taking 15 credits , but it's by far my lightest course load i've had. With that said, I have a really strong feeling that this could be my lowest year lmfao. 

 

I've been working minimum 14 hours/week  (max 24 hrs) which is minimal compared to what most people do, but I never really did extracurriculars before (yes that's terrible but can't change the past). That said, I don't think it's the job that's killing me, I've just been a lazy f***. You're not alone in feeling fed up with this education/application system!

 

I wrote the DAT in the summer, so perhaps it could be burnout? Pretty weak excuse though seeing as the DAT is a joke compared to the MCAT and my buddies who wrote the MCAT are still slaying it -.-. It's weird, f****** around has never been apart of my code, but I just can't motivate myself. All in all, I just hope I can get my shit together when finals roll around. If not, this will be my lowest year hands down. 

 

 

 

Senioritis man, we all gonna make it I hope  :mad:  Would be terrible to get this far with a good academic record and blow it 4th year.

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Babies are cute and can be fun (when not screaming/pooping which accounts for the majority of their waking moments.)

 

That said, they are awfully distracting while trying to get stuff done. Great excuse to procrastinate, though. 

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Today I learnt that some Canadian provinces don't require a coroner to be a doctor. Same with the US. An online source states that many coroners aren't doctors. Some are cops or funeral home directors. Not surprisingly, the National Academy of Sciences called for all states to move away from the coroner system and to make medical training a mandatory aspect.

 

Wiki says that in Canadian provinces not requiring medical training, coroners "generally" come from legal, medical, or investigative backgrounds. But in my jurisdiction there is a job opening for a coroner and it pays like 30 bucks an hour. That is honestly not enough money for such an important job.

 

Honestly what a joke. If a loved one is found dead on this continent there's a chance a cop or funeral home director could be determining anatomical or pathological cause of death?? How does this make any sense?? Even if most are doctors, the fact that medical training isn't mandatory is obsurd. Why even leave it up in the air then? I highly doubt all the board certified forensic pathologists are lining up to to get paid 30 bucks an hour (60k a year) like in my jurisdiction. End rant.

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Today I learnt that some Canadian provinces don't require a coroner to be a doctor. Same with the US. An online source states that many coroners aren't doctors. Some are cops or funeral home directors. Not surprisingly, the National Academy of Sciences called for all states to move away from the coroner system and to make medical training a mandatory aspect.

 

Wiki says that in Canadian provinces not requiring medical training, coroners "generally" come from legal, medical, or investigative backgrounds. But in my jurisdiction there is a job opening for a coroner and it pays like 30 bucks an hour. That is honestly not enough money for such an important job.

 

Honestly what a joke. If a loved one is found dead on this continent there's a chance a cop or funeral home director could be determining anatomical or pathological cause of death?? How does this make any sense?? Even if most are doctors, the fact that medical training isn't mandatory is obsurd. Why even leave it up in the air then? I highly doubt all the board certified forensic pathologists are lining up to to get paid 30 bucks an hour (60k a year) like in my jurisdiction. End rant.

 

A coroner doesn't really require specialized medical knowledge. Anatomical/pathological cause of death is determined by a pathologist. The coroner coordinates investigations and writes up a paper documenting everything. My preceptor did it on the side, you can make good money by signing all the death certificates.

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