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  1. I think this is an incredibly tone deaf post to make on a forum full of many people who are currently working on the front lines and bearing the brunt of multiple waves of trauma caused at this point largely by the choices of unvaccinated people. That's what I think.
    26 points
  2. Unfortunately not. How do covid variants make you feel like a guinea pig? Or are you saying the different types of vaccine? You understand that there can be more than one medicine that treats something right? Clearly, you're not. "Science" overwhelmingly suggests getting the vaccine is the most rational choice.
    20 points
  3. You aren't wrong but those companies in many ways are worse - it is in their best interest for people to think they have a shot but only a shot if they have their help which of course they are willing to provide for a "reasonable" fee. Realism is not exactly the top priority. My work on the forum, along with many others, has been in many ways a direct counter response to those companies. We do what they do, often much better, and for no fee. I do take a certain amount of pleasure knowing we annoy them.
    11 points
  4. To be honest, most bachelors degrees aren't worth the paper they are printed on. Undergraduate biology courses provide such a rudimentary understanding (like the one you tried to explain above and those of cartoon drawings meant to explain things to the public) of the field that you really don't know enough to do draw your own conclusions or suggest those with PhDs, MDs, multiple fellowships, and other advanced degrees who know much more than you do are wrong. So yes, what you are writing here is incredibly ignorant. I don't pretend to understand every bit of science that goes into the vaccine
    8 points
  5. When the majority of the community is not vaccinated, this gives the virus an advantage to stay within a host and also spread and infect multiple people. Giving the virus this luxury allows it to replicate much easier which means giving it an opportunity to mutate. With everyone vaccinated ASAP, the virus has less of a chance to replicate and less of a chance to mutate and generate a "variant". Rapid replication = rapid mutation development = stronger or weaker variant. Being unvaccinated gives the virus a ticket to make variants as it pleases. We can prevent this by working together getting v
    8 points
  6. Has this been brought up here before? These for-profit vultures already piss me off for preying on the bright-eyed hopeful premeds that may be a bit lost. But this is next level BS to slander premed101 to further their own gains. https://bemoacademicconsulting.com/blog/top-5-reasons-to-avoid-online-premed-forums
    7 points
  7. Respectfully, This is not a good look. It wont be a large enough sample to be representative of the applicant pool and there’s no way to verify who is telling the truth or not. Be confident in your own Casper performance, and have faith that you get through and get a chance for an interview. Let’s foster empowerment as a cohort. Comparing wont do us any objective good as a whole. + There is no where to tell where you fall in the actual quartile. Patience, my friends.
    5 points
  8. TLDR: Application —> follow structure of keeping it very very simple Essays —> follow the structure they give you in the question. Make it as simple to follow as possible! CASPer —> Simple structure. Make it easy to read. Throw in some easy points to get you points on the CASPer (listed below). Practice typing. Practice scenarios. Interview —> Confidence and practice. DM me for my Anki deck to practice key topics for interviews. Find ppl to practice with, there’s a discord and a facebook group. I apologize for the delay, I promised multiple users online/friends/pals that I wo
    5 points
  9. It's normal to be hesitant about getting a vaccine that just came out and wanting to wait a few years before finding out the long term effects of said vaccine. But you're comparing getting the vaccine vs. not getting it provided you don't catch covid. A better comparison is which would you rather roll the dice with, long term effects of a vaccine or long term effects of covid 19? Do you know the long term effects of covid- 19 on your lungs? Do you know the long term effects of getting intubated on your trachea? Do you know the long term effects of ECMO cannulas being stuck in your neck fo
    5 points
  10. Bon, à mon tour maintenant de donner mon opinion sur le sujet. Je me présente de nouveau car la dernière fois que j'ai été sur ce forum, c'était encore lorsque j'essayais de rentrer dans le programme. Je n'ai pas mis les pattes sur ce site depuis. J'ai gradué en mai 2021, donc il y a 4 mois. D'abord je veux commencer par dire que je respecte ton opinion, elle est basée sur ton expérience personelle, donc elle est complètement légitime. Je suis vraiment désolé que tu aies eu cette expérience et que tu te retrouves dans ta situation actuelle. Être un dentiste heureux, financi
    5 points
  11. In the English version this says don’t modify the page margins, like the blank spaces on the outermost left and right sides of the document, from my understanding, not specifically the margins within the table. Also, I’m not sure if you meant for your suggestion to sound a bit judgemental or mean, but just remember to be kind, this whole process is hard enough as is Definitely safer to just not touch any formatting whatsoever though. Good luck @Romina!
    4 points
  12. Bambi

    CV content- end date

    You are overthinking it. Ongoing is good, changes in life are normal!
    4 points
  13. Emerg doc here. Get vaccinated. The risk benefit is a no brainer. Nearly the only patients I’m intubating now are unvaccinated. The risk calculus is a no brainer.
    4 points
  14. As others have said, I'm not going to get into a long argument with you here, but in short, you are taking a very over-simplified approach to a very complex problem and a very complex field in immuno-histochemistry (such as ignoring the biomolecular details of how these antigens are processed and presented to the immune system, the many different subtypes of MHC and their location and role in developing immune response, and the complex mechanisms of T-cell response *hint, it isn't a single schematic like your first year biology textbook would have you believe* ). Often this approach lead
    4 points
  15. agree dont feed trolls. I literally see covid patients all the time, all of them unvaccinated. The *few* patients I have seen with a significant vaccine side-effect (Myocardititis) were not actually that sick and just needed to be monitored for a day before discharging them. The ones with covid stay in hospital forever or end up dying. I think the choice is relatively easy. I also think anyone who doesn't believe in vaccines (including the mRNA ones) should not be allowed into medicine or to practice. Unfortunately there are a *few* already practising physicians that fall into this c
    4 points
  16. Ishk

    MCAT Score on Portal

    OOP here, mine has been verified since the 12th, but it's important to note that Dal did officially say they were verifying THROUGHOUT October, so I'm not sure if being unverified at this point is a major red flag. I would recommend emailing Dal for posterity though if you are unsure and worried. Also apparently being unverified on the official portal is meaningless, according to this forum from years passed some people have been accepted without their MCAT being stated as verified on the portal (that being said they did send it to Dal and AAMC said that the scores had been released).
    3 points
  17. Bonjour, Avec l'école qui recommence et le stress du CASPer qui commence à se faire sentir, j'ai décidé de partir une nouvelle conversation pour tout ce qui a trait à la prochaine admission de médecine vétérinaire à l'UdeM. N'hésitez pas à poser vos questions Voici des liens utiles pour orienter vos recherches : https://admission.umontreal.ca/programmes/doctorat-de-1er-cycle-en-medecine-veterinaire/presentation/ https://admission.umontreal.ca/examen-casper/ https://takecasper.com/ https://www.facebook.com/FMVUdeM https://www.facebook.com/groups/
    3 points
  18. Unfortunately I notice some medical students try and do this to pre-meds and offer "consulting" for fees. Look, I know medical school is expensive, but please just don't do this. Never sat right with me.
    3 points
  19. I would think a 30+ year old premed with a PhD+post-doc would have more self-awareness....btw you are only making it worse when you say a 128 (90th percentile) is "nothing to brag about" when OP posted that they are distressed about getting a 123 (or lower)... it's like someone in grade school getting a C+ and getting upset, and then someone tries to "cheer them up" by saying it's ok I got an A-...and when called out says but I only got an A- , it's nothing to brag about, how could I be bragging!
    3 points
  20. You have already submitted so just wait and see what happens, there is literally no good reason to withdraw your application at this point unless you are having second thoughts on med in general. I know people that got into calgary last year with a 124 CARS score
    3 points
  21. Oh most certainly. I don't think anyone can deny that. It will definitely result in people who would've got interviews 5 years ago not getting them now. What can we do about that though, yanno? What I was trying to express is that I kind of have a Type B approach to medicine - it would be nice to do, and I'm certainly confident in myself to get into + thrive in medical school, but there are things in my life that will forever be more important to me. So that's why I'm kind of indifferent to if there is crazy GPA inflation. Medicine is a job, an amazing one and a privilege yes, but a jo
    3 points
  22. Nope not really, and the amount of ECs even for school that care about such things would be low to hit any imaginable thresholds. It certainly wouldn't impact it as much as say not mastering the material enough to get great LORs and elective experience. It is annoying that even at the med school level there is take that ECs should be something more than what they were originally supposed to be - activities you take for personal enjoyment or growth rather than yet another vector of evaluation (and this is coming from someone who was highly active in ECs in med school ha. ). Als
    3 points
  23. One's experience as MS3 is often diluted, for example seeing less acute patients. I'd say keep IM in your mind, but keep an eye out in the next 2-3 months for something else that might catch your eye. As MS3 it's rare to be good at something, unless you've had extensive exposure to the field. What I would more consider is how does the field match your general skill set. For example, if you are a visual pattern recognition person, pathology, radiology and dermatology will be good choices. If you like verbal communication, then FM, psych might be good. etc etc. If you like physiology and t
    3 points
  24. Interview Updates 2021/2022: For the 2021/2022 application cycle interviews will be held virtually in an Asynchronous format on Saturday November 27th, 2021 at 1:00pm Atlantic Time. All applicants will be contact via email in early November with regards to the status of their application.
    3 points
  25. I mean........you would be good enough for the field. That probably shouldn't be a consideration in your thought process (that way madness lies....ha). You passed your premed classes? Your staff you are working with don't think you are an idiot? Then you have the capacity. They vowed to train you, and you have been trained. I am a diagnostician - a radiologist - and that has overlap in some ways with pathology. If you like reading around the complexities of each case and deep diving into the pathology of things about a patient you may be disappointed in my side of the fence. If it is isn'
    3 points
  26. I used to care about the scary GPA inflation a lot more (ex. earlier in 2021 and a bit into the summer), but now that I have all applications submitted, I simply don't really care. You know? Of course everyone has their own worldview, but I kind of just think, if I'm going to get in then I'm going to get in, and grade inflation isn't going to be the thing that stops me. Also, there is solace in knowing we literally cannot change the grade inflation. It's not our fault, so we should just accept it. The things we should dwell over should be how to make ourselves more well-rounded, expe
    3 points
  27. I applaud your commitment to expanding your med application chances by applying to the US! I went through the same in the 2020-2021 cycle. Depending on your GPA/MCAT and citizenship status, it unfortunately could've hurt to try by submitting your primary this late in the 2022 cycle. I'll explain: If you are only Canadian and neither a US citizen nor PR, then I would expect there to be about 2% of MD interview invites left for applicants like you on October 1st (I wouldn't know about DO but should be significantly higher perhaps in the 50% range). Normally if your GPA is >= 3.80 and you
    3 points
  28. I remember seeing these guys post here. Annoys me to the end... Aren't you glad you used a premed forum? best advice and friends made from here!
    3 points
  29. Hey everyone! I found this resources for CASPer test prep and thought I’d share. It’s practice test scenarios and you can review your peers and have answers submitted to be reviewed. Kinda stressful lol but it feels like it’ll help! https://prepmatch.com
    3 points
  30. My personal thoughts, as I have also been following closely the advent of the NP explosion down south. - the ones I work with are helpful in a specialty clinic followup setting. I personally would prefer that this care be delivered by GP-oncologists, however, their care has been well received and they are respected integrated professionals in the care team. Why is this care not being provided by underemployed specialists? Financial, and no desire to have this less desirable area of practice (eg survivorship) as a sole point of oncology consultant practice - the US NP mill scam with s
    3 points
  31. There are older FM docs more than happy to employ NPs to increase their bottom line and make money. It slowly makes things worse for the younger generations. In BC, the recently introduced salaried primary care contracts pay NPs more per patient than MDs, and then to double the insult - NPs generally will have much less complex patients, and are allowed to simply say "not in my scope" and defer to an MD. Ultimately if it takes off, you'll have MDs getting more and more disproportionately complex patients. This would still be a long ways away though - and the easy solution is not to succmumb
    3 points
  32. I'm in Ontario in a major city. At the hospital across various specialties, I've only seen PAs and NPs play a supportive role and they seemed to prefer to do so (they enjoyed their regular schedule, benefits, etc.). In the community, I think NPs in particular (haven't seen PAs) are very slowly creeping. Some of it is our own doing. For instance, I know of one family physician who basically doesn't see patients and just employs NPs. Another I know has been able to significantly increase his roster size by pawning off some to his in-clinic NP. They bill a lot, but it's very unethical, if yo
    3 points
  33. I never thought I would post in this forum, however as the new admission cycle rolls around, I want to share my story and hopefully inspire those of you still trying. Result - Accepted in June. Waitlisted (1st Quartile), then offer to Regina Campus (2nd choice). GPA - 83% MCAT - 503 Location - IP Second time applicant - 2nd quartile last year (20') Now, you are probably looking at my stats and thinking HOW. Well I want to share that with you. After completing 2 admissions cycles, I have learned a few things that I hope helps you. 1. The interview is the MOS
    3 points
  34. coco chanel

    R score

    just wait for your real r score; with the ministerial exams that got cancelled, it’s really unpredictable. focus on your grades because they’re not determined by how the others perform.
    2 points
  35. You can try asking your student affairs contacts for your program if they have an archive of examples they provide to students going into CaRMS. Many programs have put together this type of resource from previous years’ students.
    2 points
  36. I matched in 2021 with no visiting electives to a school that was not my home school and so did a large portion of people from my class in both competitive and non-competitive specialties. There may be stats on home vs away matching somewhere in the forums from this year. If I am not inventing a memory, I think I saw something that said there was no major differences from previous years, but take that with a grain of salt, b/c that is a very vague memory. The biggest change is that you have to discern things about the program without visiting it directly. That can be challenging, but I di
    2 points
  37. 2 points
  38. Bonne chance futurs applicants! Pour toutes question concernant la première année de PharmD udem, hit me up
    2 points
  39. Have not heard back about the gift card yet. It has been a few weeks. Also just to add a data point for everyone, I was able to get prime-0.3% at TD. This brings my rate to 2.15% which is the lowest I've seen so far.
    2 points
  40. I agree that many of the posts here are reflective of the highest of high achievers so posted gpa or mcat or extracurricular achievements might tend toward the extremes and those with lower scores are less likely to post. As long as one takes the info with a grain of salt about this bias and doesn’t let it dissuade them, then it is a great FREE resource and community.
    2 points
  41. We have proven ourselves for many many years in providing excellent advice to our membership and so many of us got into medical school from what we learned right here! There are greedy vultures everywhere.
    2 points
  42. Perception creates reality in politics If the public thinks NPs "care" more (spend more time with their patients) and the governments pay "less" (since benefit and overhead costs are often not properly/fully accounted for as they fall in different buckets) then NPs will continue to gain traction. Higher patient volumes of MDs can be perceived as cold business logic and any higher downstream costs of NPs explained away as health care is expensive (esp. MDs). OTOH the public will often see gross billing information for MDs which confirms their suspicion that doctors are overpaid
    2 points
  43. I think it will happen here as well. Inevitably as health care costs continue to rise and technology gets better and better, people will start to realize that some work that doctors currently do, does not need to be done by doctors. We joke about how the ABCs of emerg has become: 1. assess from the doorway 2. back away slowly 3. CT, but this and the rise of cover your ass medicine has led to much of medicine becoming simply algorithmic. You don't really need to understand the medicine as long as you know how to follow your guidelines and over order investigations so you don't get sued if somet
    2 points
  44. A lot of it has been in the works for a long time I'd say. Here's my take on it: - the # of MD spots has not increased much for many years, same with residency, so no matter how you view it, there's always a "doctor shortage". - government come up with some half **** ideas about this "doctor shortage", like announcing they want to open up a new medical school somewhere 3 weeks before an election. - "doctor shortage" becomes legitimate excuse to get more NP/PA and what not. The way I see it, primary care value-add on is easily eroded. The services rendered by FMD are often s
    2 points
  45. Sure I'll give this one a go, I'm a current PM&R resident. I'm pretty convinced it's the best specialty in medicine as long as you like neuro and MSK. That said, it's a really tough specialty to get any exposure to because there's few lectures in pre-clerkship and rarely rotations in clerkship (school-dependent), so try your best to shadow and learn more about it. Scope: The scope is very broad. The primary practice areas are inpatient rehab (MSK, amputee, brain injury, stroke, and/or spinal cord injury), outpatient rehab (clinics to follow those patients, with other domains like car
    2 points
  46. You're definitely not too old. I understand that you were disappointed with you rejection last time, but you've been able to achieve a solid GPA in your second degree which should give you a chance at medicine with a good CaSPER. I don't think age should really factor in your thinking at this point except in terms of opportunity cost as mentioned above. But as IP, med school tuition is probably the best in the country in QC and you will have good career choices through medicine. I was well into my thirties and I was able to go back to undergraduate, getting a good GPA, d
    2 points
  47. Mise en contexte : Les critères de mon année d'admission en médecine était ceux-ci : 50% CASPer / 50% Notes scolaires. La cote minimale universitaire était de 32,389, la cote moyenne 34,216 et ma cote était de 32,810. J'ai été placé sur la liste d'attente en 20-ish position, ce qui m'a valu une offre d'admission dans la première vague. Vu la faiblesse de ma cote, il est logique de croire que j'ai bien réussi le CASPer. Il est également à noter que c’était mon 3e CASPer. Préparation : J'ai commencé par lire l’information sur le site examencasper.com. La FAQ est pertinente, ainsi que la sec
    2 points
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