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  1. dude just buy the porsche i can live vicariously thru your PM101 posts
    12 points
  2. As a 4th year UBC Med student, I don’t think there is any chance that this will actually happen for one reason: it makes no sense. It would take minimum 8-10 years to produce a single independent doctor if they started developing a new medical school today, compared to 2 years if they increased the number of residency seats and accepted more highly qualified IMGs. Secondly, there are barely enough residencies for current graduates and believe me, you don’t want to be >100k in debt in 4th year and scared you won’t match. Thirdly, UBC is already poised to fill the need for incr
    7 points
  3. The way that you are feeling isn't uncommon in medical school. COVID sucks and I'm sorry to hear the effect it has had on your experience. The unfortunately reality is that this pandemic is really adversely effecting the social lives of young people and pre-clerkship is a valuable time for social connections. However, it's not going to be your only chance for it. Even if you feel that you're not that close with people right now, there's clerkship, 4th year and residency where you will have a chance to connect with like-minded people. I would say that residency is an even better bonding op
    7 points
  4. Sorry to hear about the rejections everyone. If this is truly what you want, don't give up! Given that Dal recently changed their MCAT requirements, I imagine there's been a steep increase in applicants, and thus some stiff competition. Not to mention all the many ways the pandemic has affected our lives... Regardless, just being able to apply is such a privilege. Not many people can even get to this stage. Keep your head high!
    7 points
  5. Good morning all, the below was pulled from an email sent to me by DAL today. This might clear up why some IP applicants received a rejection. Given that DAL had a 1.5SD cut-off for the CASPer published on their website up until yesterday, this saddens me. I expected better from them. See you all next year, fellow 20th percentile psychopaths.
    6 points
  6. we get a ton of questions like this - which makes total sense. The problem is it assumes some form of uniform approach from all the programs. That in my experience is not the case. This isn't like med school with extensive research into how to select people and a ton of people involved and comparatively a lot of resources to figure things out - and then then often are kind enough to even let you know what they are looking for. These are individual programs that are much smaller in comparison that even lack some of the tools med school admissions has to work with (like GPA, MCAT to name a
    6 points
  7. McGill Med class of 2020 here. I would be careful with pressing the adcom on this too much. I understand this is an important position, but there are people dying from COVID right now, and some members of the adcom are physicians who are very much on the frontlines of this pandemic on a daily basis. I don't think there's any chance they will take the risk to expose standardized patients, evaluators and candidates (that's a lot of people!) to the virus. Also keep in mind that the residents and attending involved in MMIs are very much needed in the hospital right now and can't afford to qua
    6 points
  8. Although I definitely understand the frustration from a lot of the OOP applicants, please try not to let it get to you personally! Applying to OOP med schools is such a low percentage payoff statistically, and sometimes it's hard not to feel like it's a rejection of you as a person. But, just think of the numbers, and that might help take the sting off it! Say there's 10 OOP seats at Dal (no idea what the actual numbers are), but there could well be 500 OOP applicants, especially this year with COVID throwing off all previous years estimates for literally everything. It's really hard to
    6 points
  9. 5 points
  10. On the face, it isn't - but we live in a society where the same behaviour can be perceived very differently based on who it is coming from. For example, behaviour that would be "confident" or "assertive" from men is more likely to be read as "bitchy" or "aggressive" when it comes from women. Especially women of colour. So these biases could certainly come out in a free form recommendation letter, but when these kinds of things are explicitly asked about, it does make it more likely that gender or race will contribute to the perception that someone has had these "lapses".
    5 points
  11. acrylicblue

    Verifiers contacted

    Anyone else kinda weirded out by their verifier form? Not only are they asked to verify the activity but also describe characteristics that you have and rank you among all the med students they know. Seems more a reference's job...I feel bad for all my verifiers having to actually fill this whole thing out LOL
    5 points
  12. IMO those are mostly subjective or reflect gamesmanship, even awards to an extent (some are influenced by a nomination process).
    5 points
  13. Some people like to start enjoying their life before 65
    5 points
  14. Am I crazy or did the website used to say that the Casper cutoff was 1 (or maybe 1.5?) standard deviations below the mean but now says it "will be adjusted annually depending on interview capacity and the size of the applicant pool"? For some reason I thought that they had a specified number before.
    5 points
  15. If you absolutely have to take time off for mental health then talk to your med school to take a LOA and defer graduation a year. Applying after YOG is an automatic red flag as it usually implies that you didn't match. You will be expected to explain, and using the excuse that you were tired after med school is going to be pretty lethal for most programs looking at how you will cope in a generally much more intense residency
    4 points
  16. Its all over for Trump! He is about to officially be a loser - he has been calling others losers when they are not, now it is his turn to really be a loser.
    4 points
  17. Salut! Je suis les forums de med vet depuis un petit bout (étant moi-même à ma 4e application!) Je voudrais seulement répondre à Mich.35 : fais attention avec ton choix de programme comme plan B! Je me suis inscrite en maths à l'UdeM comme plan B à ma première année universitaire parce que j'avais d'excellentes notes en maths (des cotes r entre 36 et 38 si ça peut vous donner une idée!), mais j'ai réalisé que les maths n'étaient vraiment pas une passion pour moi dans ma première session et j'étais aucunement motivée, j'ai fini ma session de peine et de misère en abandonnant un cours
    4 points
  18. Le but ici n'est pas de choisir un programme qui ne nous intéresse pas dans le seul but d'avoir une cote suffisante pour être admis dans un doctorat X. Ce qu'il faut avoir en tête c'est que même si on n'a pas beaucoup d'info sur l'IFG des programmes, ça serait de se mettre la tête dans le sable de dire que tous les programmes sont équivalents. De plus, l'idée ici c'est de se trouver comme tu dis un programme qui t'intéresse, mais si par exemple tu as plusieurs programmes qui t'intéressent, ça peut être vraiment avantageux de chercher sur les forums, par exemple, le programme qui semble avoir l
    4 points
  19. You definitely aren't alone in feeling this way. Even outside of a COVID environment, I don't think everyone gets into cliques and becomes best friends with their med school classmates. I moved provinces for my first degree before med and also felt extremely isolated and lonely. It definitely got better over time as I found friends out of my degree. I'm not fond of the narrative that you have to make the friends of your life during med school, because this simply won't be true for everyone. I struggled a lot with it at the beginning of this semester but I've found that it's felt so m
    4 points
  20. Well forgive my language, but this is absolute malarkey. I totally get that they need to narrow down the field somehow, and honestly CASPer is probably a good way to do it, but to do it this way seems sneaky and underhand. Very unimpressed with Dalhousie's transparency. This would have taken one email to update applicants, instead of changing things at the last second. Be better, Dal.
    4 points
  21. Wow that's a hell of a Maritimes connection. Seeing as a 250 word essay is basically the only factor that determines if you get an interview if OOP, I can't believe that this isn't enough (and ditto to some of the others I've seen on this page).
    4 points
  22. Beware that if you buy a luxury car, you'll be that medstudent/clerk/resident that some will laugh about because it is an aggressive demonstration of your wealth (perceived, projected, or otherwise). I echo the leasing thing someone above posted about. LL (the frugal one lol)
    4 points
  23. OOP invite at 2pm EST GPA: 91 MCAT: 520 EC: standard, a lot of employment and the typical premed ECs does anyone want to form a MMI prep group?
    4 points
  24. OOP Invite (1:59pm EST) GPA: ~91 MCAT: 520 (131 cars) EC’s: Average I'd say? Lots of employment (work study, somewhat research related), did a co-op year CASPer: Met Dal’s cut off Year: 4th undergrad
    4 points
  25. Médicomage

    Trop vieux?

    L'âge, ce n'est qu'un chiffe. Dans quelques années, tu auras 37 ans de toute façon (ou 36, parce que 2020 n'existe pas #déni). Que préfères-tu accomplir d'ici là? Quelques histoires québécoises pour t'inspirer : https://www.ellequebec.com/societe/cest-mon-histoire/c-est-mon-histoire-je-suis-entree-en-medecine-a-40-ans/ https://www.lesoleil.com/actualite/education/etudiants-atypiques-luniversite-laval-diversifie-le-profil-de-ses-futurs-medecins-cd221d9e88e9f5a8cb0ae1ccbd1bc56a https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/711582/etudier-faculte-medecine-universite-de-sherbrooke-plus
    3 points
  26. Si ton but ultime est vraiment de rentrer en médecine et rien d'autre alors surtout ne commence pas de bac ca va plus te nuire qu'autre choses. T'as 36 de cote et tu pourra pas la faire monter de bcp plus avec un bac. En plus si t'es refusé t'aura pas le choix de faire 3 ans et tu sera pas plus avancé que maintenant. Je te dirais choisi un doctorat plan B pour le quel ca te dérangera pas de finir dedans et ft le. Comme ca si t'es refusé cette année il te restera une chance d'être éligible l'an prochain et si tu te fait refuser une deuxième fois tu sera dans ton plan B intéressant au moins. S
    3 points
  27. I have a different take from the other commenters. You can build experiences anytime, but GPA is something you can only build right now. If you have a shot to tangibly improve your GPA, I would do it now rather than later. Getting stuff for the NAQ is kind of a blackbox, and it's easier said than done. But improving your GPA is something that's really concrete and will undeniably improve your app. Good luck deciding!! Just wanted to offer an alternative take
    3 points
  28. CC4 medical student applying to a competitive surgical specialty. Ill say a few things for OP 1. Never too early to start practicing suturing, and it is one of the few skills in the OR you may actually get to do as a medical student. If you are really keen on getting some experience, I'd suggest getting a suture kit and watching youtube videos. Start learning common suture techniques, how to hold instruments, the fundamentals etc. I just recently started using pig's feet for practice and I must say its a lot better than the rigid suture kits, so you can always consider that (other objects
    3 points
  29. I like how they listed "spirit of adventure" as being necessary to do rural medicine. The people who designed this rubric obviously practice in an urban area.
    3 points
  30. Just a thought to all of you applying this year OOP. Yes, it will likely be more competitive, but probably not as much as you think. 518+ MCAT's are still extremely rare. My guess would be that most of those added applicants are not highly competitive, but people who thought that the uncertainty from COVID gave them a chance. Also, Premed101 is not indicative in any way of actual applicants, so asking for stats here does nothing more than to feed your anxiety. Take it from someone who repeatedly checked Premed101 when applying last year, stay off of this site!
    3 points
  31. It strikes me that the approach here in general is not ideal - it seems to be a way of asking the question "does this applicant have flaws/vulnerabilities?" Except that that is inherently the wrong question, because every medical student has flaws and vulnerabilities. Maybe some people succeed in never showing them at work - but I'm sure lots of good doctors don't always succeed at that. And asking these kinds of questions just encourages people to hide things rather than asking for help. In my opinion, the information they should be trying to elicit should be whether the applicant is
    3 points
  32. It's inevitable without parental support, a spouse earning substantial income, or substantial savings of your own. Unfortunately it's just part of medical training that we all have to accept. I am also very uncomfortable with debt but there's really no way around it. I started medical school with no debt from undergrad (very lucky), no savings, and no parental support. Went to medical school in a low cost of living city (London) partly to save money, partly for other reasons. I personally tend to live fairly frugally - I never travel, don't drive, etc - but I didn't severely restrict
    3 points
  33. When I went to medical school (pre-COVID obviously) I think I had the same expectation that I would immediately feel "part of the group" and that didn't happen for me either. Some people it happens easily for, and some it's harder. I am only in touch with a very small number of people from medical school - maybe about 3 people - and all of them were people I became close to in the later years. I think it can actually get easier once you start to learn what other people are interested in the same things you are clinically, and when you're doing more in small groups, like your clerkship r
    3 points
  34. TheArtfreeArtist

    CASPer

    Si ça peut intéresser quelqu'un: J'ai fait ma demande à la fin août. Presque tout de suite après, la tâche Casper est apparue dans mon centre étudiant. La tâche est disparue quelques jours après, quand j'ai fait la réservation de mon test Casper. La tâche est donc disparue 1 mois avant que je fasse le test.
    3 points
  35. Hey, I just wanted to let you know that I am also feeling the exact same way- it seems like cliques have formed and many people know each other, yet I feel quite left out of all of this. However, like many have said, I'm trying to let go of these feelings and focus on being thankful for the relationships I do have (my housemates, my partner, etc.). It's also important to realize that some of this may be an illusion- it may "seem" like cliques have formed (and probably some have), but we don't really know what actually goes on with these people and I think there are more people feeling this way
    3 points
  36. Psych

    ECs in Med School

    I definitely find that people in my class are feeling pressured to be super involved, but I don't think it's necessary. Multiple upper years have said that ECs barely matter for carms, and it's good to take the time in first year to relax, make friends (difficult right now lol) and get used to med school. Many people do nothing at all in first year and only start research/ECs in the summer or in second year, and they do completely fine
    3 points
  37. Je fais le CASPer today, c'est ma troisième fois cette année, je connais le format et tout mais ça me stress comme si je l'avais jamais fait de ma vie hahahahah
    3 points
  38. Hi there. I used to suffer from debilitating panic and generalized anxiety that very inconveniently began in my senior year of undergrad. It's the single toughest thing I've ever had to endure and I am actually thankful it happened to me! I gained so much strength and insight from the experience and I see myself as being part of a small community of survivors who have made it through being betrayed by their mind and body and have had to fight just to get through every day. Through it all I fought every minute of every day to keep going to work and then onto graduate school in a challenging hea
    3 points
  39. From the Medscape Physician Lifestyle & Happiness Report 2020 Most of my classmates who bought expensive cars - ended up selling them or trading it for something low maintenance. Clerkship/residency is busy, the last thing you want to do is spend time looking after your car. Usually the opposite happens. Your life style inflates as your income goes up, you get caught in the hedonistic treadmill and adaptation makes material objects not as fulfilling. The Porsche that was your "dream car" ends up being meh, and you start to look for the next car to replace that one.
    3 points
  40. You're not crazy, I definitely remember this as well. 1.5 below SD, I even calculated the percentile for this.
    3 points
  41. R - (OOP) MCAT: 512 GPA: 3.9 Maritime connection: Not the strongest/most direct connection, but I definitely put a ton of effort into the essay. I felt pretty good about it and connected it to a lot of tangible experiences I had that were relevant to maritime issues, and several users on this site were nice enough to help me with crafting it. Man, I just want to be able to receive an interview for once lol. Definitely disappointing, but I cannot believe some of the people that have gotten rejected today. Meeting the IP cutoffs apparently isn't an automatic interview, and plen
    3 points
  42. If you can afford it and will use it, then buy it. People who buy expensive stuff just to park it there and show off are the type that draws the ire. Every time I see someone with a Steinway salon grand parked in their house I ask if they can play some Beethoven or Chopin for me, 9/10 times the best I get is twinkle twinkle little star lol.
    3 points
  43. if 2020 were a thread
    3 points
  44. OOP (MB) - Interview - Received 5 min ago GPA : 4.0 MCAT : 522 EC's: 2 jobs and volunteering especially in rural MB
    3 points
  45. Goldfish1234

    Invite Countdown

    Just to provide some insight - I got an OOP interview last year, and from my understanding, if you met the GPA and MCAT cut-off for your pool and the CASPER cut-off, the only differentiating factor in whether you were offered an interview as an OOP student was your connection essay. I know that Dal doesn't look at your extracurriculars or other personal statement until after the interview.
    3 points
  46. ellorie

    Advice? addiction

    This is my suggested approach to having any kind of mental health condition in this field: keep your head down, your mouth shut, and play your cards close to your chest. Trust the people who are bound to you by confidentiality (i.e. your own care team). Find people you can trust as a priority, especially if you need to move at any point - if you no longer need specialist care, find a good family doctor and develop a relationship so that you have a point of contact, and so that you have somewhere to go if things hit the fan (as they always can, and more than ever with the stress of medica
    3 points
  47. A couple of points I’d like to comment on: Unless I missed something, I’m pretty sure your McGill-GPA would not be 3.33. This looks like it was obtained with a rule of 3, that’s not how the conversion is done. Given you said you don’t have any A+, your McGill-GPA should be the same as your UdeM one, 3.57. You can actually fill out the McGill academic workbook right now to see for yourself (or just make an excel sheet yourself to simulate their workbook by listing all your course grades and calculate your GPA whilst taking into account credit weight for each course and replacing
    3 points
  48. keipop

    French Casper Prep

    Bonne chance tout le monde, vous êtes capables, prenez bien le temps de vous reposer/décompresser avant le test pour pouvoir être à votre 100% quand vous allez commencer le test (même si vous stressez et le fait de relaxer juste avant le test vous paraît impossible, faites-le quand même, trust me it helps)! Petit conseil d’ami venant de la part de quelqu’un ayant fait le test 3 fois (et ayant quand même relativement bien réussi tous mes tests si mon impression est correcte (première fois en anglais - admis direct à UdeM pharm/opto, top 15% McGill med, 2e fois en français - admis direct e
    3 points
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