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  1. Just to be clear : I don't want to rub salt in people's wounds. Rejection is hard no matter the circumstances, and it's OK to be upset. I was upset last year too. However, it is important to remind ourselves that in Quebec, we are lucky to even be allowed to apply to Med School straight from Cégep. All other Canadian schools (with some very rare exceptions, i.e. in a very limited stream at Queen's I believe) require applicants to have completed a degree. I wish everybody success, but if things don't work out this year, here's an opportunity to become a better applicant the year after and to wa
    8 points
  2. I think what Bambi is trying to say (and correct me if I'm wrong), is that this a long arduous process for some. I have applied 6 times to medicine at McGill and have received 3 interviews (including this cycle). After each rejection (pre MMI or post MMI), I have constantly tried to improve my application each cycle (whether that's completing more undergrads/education, retaking classes such as basic sciences, improving and reflecting on myself). It's okay to feel sad and discouraged, but don't let this feeling make you feel like you cannot become a physician. It's much easier said than done bu
    6 points
  3. Something people don't usually think about: Get disability insurance first. Otherwise, it'll be hell afterwards.
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  4. masterofnone

    Poll

    people who have heard back are probably not hanging around the forums...
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  5. This is a lottery where Lady Luck plays an important role at every stage, same for residency spots. This is our real world where you need to be flexible, adjust to the reality, take some hard knocks, or go for another profession, however, liuck plays an important role everywhere. You do your best and learn that what you don’t control has to play out it’s hand, and the chips fall where they may. You do the best you can with the cards you are dealt.
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  6. You canNOT have a feeling of entitlement no matter how well you believe you have done compared the pool of similar applicants in any given cycle. No reason to be angry. The motto is if you don’t succeed at first, try, try again. what appears to be a blow can be a benefit in disguise. By doing your undergrad and having more life experiences, you will mature, gain perspective, learn humility, which is required of physicians, and become a better applicant. Moreover, you are not in a position to judge the pool of applicants this cycle. I was not ready after Cégep, matured so much in the next
    3 points
  7. My doctor is unaffiliated with the faculty, so whenever I needed a prescription or a referral to a specialist/physio, I knew that she wasn't going to be brushing shoulders with faculty members in charge of program assessment. I also always asked for referrals to be to specialists uninvolved with the faculty. Personally, I choose not to talk to anyone associated with the faculty about sensitive health issues. I know that everything you discuss with student affairs is supposed to be confidential, but I worry regardless. Unfortunately, if you need counselling and can't afford to pay for it
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  8. I had taken the weekend off and went on a small trip with my mum (trying to avoid the situation with my third year application where I got the rejection email at work and almost cried in front of my thesis supervisor and then actually cried that night in front of the director and cast of a play while I was in the middle of rehearsal). I tried to hike and relax and not check my phone until the end of the day (but in reality was checking every time we had reception). I finally got the email while driving back to town from a hike and literally shrieked in the car. I think my dad was the fir
    2 points
  9. I don’t think this is a silly thread at all... I remember reading a similar one a few weeks before we got our results a couple years ago, too! I had taken the day off work and planned to sleep in until 10:00 so I wasn’t checking my email every 2 minutes. Of course, I wasn’t able to sleep well, and I kept waking up every half hour or so. I woke up at 7:00 and had no emails, so I went back to sleep and woke up again around 7:30. My emails had just come in, and I found out that I was accepted. I think I was pretty shocked and whispered “oh my gosh”, lol. My SO was still asleep and wasn’t a
    2 points
  10. DoctorArts

    My MCAT Guide

    Hello fellow wannabe doctors, I am currently a TA at SFU and I made the following MCAT guide for my students since I had quite a few of them asking me how I succeeded on the MCAT. I figured I might as well share the love! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OVjOBp8jB2mDGp7x27uZTeMpp4qdA0ugYTvbatvNL8c/edit?usp=sharing
    1 point
  11. The vast majority of residency positions are not anywhere near this competitive. I would even argue that the areas where physicians are most needed are the least competitive. As per the CaRMS data, the most competitive specialties have a 1:3 position:applicant's-first-choice ratio, so I'm not even sure what specialty you were applying to that was 3:40 unless you're an IMG. Re: OP. If you see your fourth your being on track for high 3.8_ to 3.9, I would do one additional year of undergrad since you'll be needing your fourth year's gpa to be truly competitive. While I think you have a shot wi
    1 point
  12. À Sherby, les stages sont réussite ou échec. Il est possible de travailler 10h-15h/semaine pendant les études. Pas de choix de cours avant la troisième année, mais cela veut aussi dire, cursus complet qui forme des généralistes aptes à travailler dans tous les domaines (seule Uni offrant physio à utiliser ce genre de cursus, qui est basé sur les modèles européens). De plus, comme on passe un examen terminal, on est déjà accrédités pour travailler partout au Canada (pas besoin d'aller passer et payer l'examen du board canadien) ainsi que dans plus de 25 pays dans le monde!
    1 point
  13. Let's assume you're paid 40% of billings. That means you have to bill $1.25 million (after lab fee deductions) in 6 months. That's ~210k a month or 52.5k a week. That's 10.5k a day on 5 days. Even on 50% of billings it's still billing $10k a day. Are they some sort of robotic machine that's made of carbon fibre & titantium? Forgive me for my skepticism. Visiting oral surgeons can bill 5 figures daily on the regular (but I doubt many of them bother working 5 days a week, month after month), but as a fresh grad staring at Northern Canada teeth, MODBL caries & gross fractures in
    1 point
  14. TIME STAMP: March 18th, 2019 Interview Date: Apr 7, 2019 Result: Interview (MD) cGPA: 3.95 wGPA: 3.99-4.0 MCAT: 509 (125/128/128/128) ECs: Lots of research (2 first author, 2 coauthors pubs, NSERC, posters, invited speaker, etc.), and a good balance of other activities with leadership, employment, etc. I also felt like I had 2 very strong LoR and one average to strong LoR. Essays: I wrote them during an all nighter the day before applications were due so I wasn't expecting much. However, I did go back and reread them, and maybe due to the time crunch, I c
    1 point
  15. Hope you'll do great on the French interviews, you deserve it ^^ and yeah Casper is REALLY not representative of you as an individual imo. Also if you get refused, you can ask for your rank (cote R, Casper, CV) so if you ask the admissions for your rankings you'd know where you messed up and you can improve further upon it!
    1 point
  16. Baljinderthecrow

    Poll

    based on this poll, it seems like they have yet to release their infamous annual colossal rejection wave.
    1 point
  17. It’s My feeling , canot control it, worked too hard for 2 years to get a good cote r! Casper canot représent my real capacities or Any Other person to cope with this job requirenent now and in 30 years of career, i guess we can improve and adapt with the practice! Anyway I applied for French médical Schools, also , so At least with my cote r i ´ll be interviewed before being rejetted!
    1 point
  18. How do you know their casper is good ? I hope youll get that interview :)
    1 point
  19. He explicitly said invite wave early next week, the 2 week thing is more something they try to do but it's not like a law or something
    1 point
  20. Just talked to them and confirmed there will still be one more wave next week
    1 point
  21. I just called the Admissions Office and they confirmed that results will come out on Monday (March 25) "during the day".
    1 point
  22. It’s just their terminology as you can see here: https://www.mcgill.ca/applying/nextsteps/track/terminology
    1 point
  23. It means you’re also on the waiting list!
    1 point
  24. Answer as of March 22: Waitlisted pre-interview [April 3 Invited to the interview!!!!] Programs where you applied: medicine, optometry and pharmacy  R Score (cegep): global is 35.3 (Vanier) Your feeling about the Casper test: I had a good feeling and I think I performed well considering my lower than average r score for people invited to interviews (looking at last years’ stats)  Extracurriculars, a quick overview of your CV: lifeguard, swimming instructor, volunteering at the hospital, tutor, etc A bit disappointed but at least I didn’t get refused right aw
    1 point
  25. Filling this out late, but I know everyone is anxious and the wait is horrendous so wanted to share my stats for other's future use. Time stamp: March 18th 2019 1:28 pm Interview date: April 7th, 2019 Result: Interview (MD) Year: Graduated MSc, IP wGPA: 3.8ish MCAT: 128,127,128,127 ECs: A lot of volunteering: palliative care, hospitals (adult and children), executive or founder in a variety of clubs, small public health initiatives, peer support and advising (which is my love), grunt work in clinical research. Research: 1 co-first authorship (shared with 3 o
    1 point
  26. U of T: You are not excluded - just can no longer use their weighted wGPA option - can still apply with cGPA For other schools, it is a mix. Some consider 4 (out of 5) full credits as still full time. Unfortunately some schools will also want to know about those dropped credits on your transcript.
    1 point
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  28. I wrote thank you e-mails to people I connected well with after my interviews. I don't think it's necessary, but I do think that reaching out to places where you really think it would be a good fit is worthwhile. I wouldn't be sending out a copy-and-paste thank you template e-mail to every program. I view that as disingenuous and maybe a little tacky. Politely thanking people and showing gratitude on the day is enough in that regard. And I certainly got replies that said more than "you're welcome". Good luck with interviews this year! It's a super fun (and tiring) time. Try to enjoy it!
    1 point
  29. Good morning friends, welcome to doomsday
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