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  1. We have now roughly reached the halfway point between the start of Wednesday and the end of Friday. Good luck everyone! I'm making sure to add some extra self care into my day to de-stress. If we can jump through all the other hoops in this process, we can handle another day and a half
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  2. time Stamp: 1:04 Result: AcceptedGPA: 4.0MCAT: 528Current/Past Degree: BSc 04',MSc 06', PhD 09', BEd 11', GDL class 5, forklift license, WHMISGeography (IP/OOP): IPExtracurricular Activities score /16 (awards, achievements, volunteering, employmenct, research, etc.): I recently decided to change career paths from being a conquistador. Although I was apprehensive at first most of my crew passed of scurvy and because we had no oranges I decided to be a doctor. CASPer: For I have sailed the sea's for many a time at once, this was no challenge for beneficence, non-maleficence, justice, and autono
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  3. I just wanted to pop on here and tell you that if this is your dream, DO NOT GIVE UP <3 Take some time off, take a year to re-group, but I believe in you. A few points, my fine internet homie: - Dr. Walker (the past dean of admissions @ U of C) said in some video I watched last summer: "if you've applied 3 years in a row, and have not received an interview, that's when it's time to rework your application". It sounds like you are 2 cycles into this process, and as we all know, it is a process indeed. You're not alone <3 - Apply to more schools!!! It sounds like you're ap
    9 points
  4. Just a friendly reminder to everyone to study/do assignments if you have them like me
    8 points
  5. Yes! I keep reminding myself that feeding my kids is still a priority Good luck to everyone!
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  6. In advance, I hope this encourages the poo out of people, because I have been super hard on myself - although medicine is most definitely my dream I understand my GPA and MCAT is all very below average, so this is my first time applying now that I am finishing my MSc. I LOVE YOU ALL. Keep trying if it didn't work out because if there is hope for me, anyone can do it. For real. I swear they got to randomize these things (I don't want to be-little my life experience however). time Stamp: 1:04 pm Result: INVITEGPA: 3.43MCAT: 492 -> 502 (wrote it in my 3rd year, & wrote it last fall.
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  7. 'Cause past is prologue? And actually, it seems U of C does care- moreso than many schools given their dedication to keeping applicants informed, etc. Lots of people apply to both schools, esp IPs, and some will get two Rs. Rs are hard to take- read this blog- they clearly gut people. Historically, the two schools do not do that to their applicants on the same day. I don't think it's a coincidence.
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  8. Lastly in residency there will be staff who make you feel bad, useless, make you think you gotta beg them for a fellowship or something. That's their game to get you to become their academic slave. It's all mind games. You gotta remember what I said earlier, YOU PASS EXAM = YOU GET BOARD CERTIFIED = YOU GET PAID THE SAME (or even more than those losers, if you are smart with billing and accounting). That's why it's so important to feel confident for your board exam. Never a bad idea to start studying early. Just like MCAT, find out early what's high yield, and start using all the resource
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  9. time Stamp: 1:04 MSTResult: Invite!!!!!GPA: 3.48 ...right!?! (UofC’s gpa is a 3.61) (4th yr 4.0 gpa with 30+ credits)MCAT: 516 (129/128/129/130)(506–>513–>516)Current/Past Degree: BSc 2020Geography (IP/OOP): IP (rural applicant) CASPer: (41-60% for Manitoba OOP) Extracurricular Activities score /16 (awards, achievements, volunteering, employmenct, research, etc.): filled all 16 entries. Lots of life experiences and not health related. volunteering: 2 yrs missionary work in England before my undergrad, 8500+ hrs. Led a couple clubs that did volunteer work for two years. E
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  10. I agree with this, except that Derm isnt super high-paying everywhere in Canada. You'll have to break into cosmetics for the big bucks as well.
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  11. Anatomical Pathology: Anesthesiology: Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Diagnostic Radiology: Emergency Medicine: Family Medicine: General Pathology: Calgary (Feb 9) General Surgery: MUN (Feb 9) Hematological Pathology: Internal Medicine: Medical Genetics and Genomics: Medical Microbiology: Neurology: Neurology - Paediatric: Alberta (Feb 9) Neuropathology: Neurosurgery: Saskatchewan (Feb 11) Nuclear Medicine: Obstetrics and Gynaecology:
    3 points
  12. Just a bit of thought, I think we're naive to think that the two schools do not communicate and make some decisions together. However, my thinking is that U of C wouldn't have released yesterday because they're still ensuring their GPA mishap did not effect interview invites. I know this is a stressy time for everyone so try to take a breath and practice a little self care this week. Good luck friends!
    3 points
  13. Time Stamp: 1:04 MSTResult: Invite!!GPA: 4.00 (based on UofA, Ucalgary was 3.99)MCAT: 517 (129/126/131/131) - definitely weak in CARSCurrent/Past Degree: MScGeography (IP/OOP): IP ECs: Last year I scored 4/17 (very disappointing). This year I filled 16/16, but tbh I feel like my ECs are pretty average. Employment, student researcher (several funded positions), residence advisor, digital consulting and some retail work. Leadership: mentorship roles, Teaching assistance, campus tour guide, and some other university positions. Volunteering: Clinical research, general hospital volunteer, re
    3 points
  14. Why would they care about UofA’s II release timing? Seems inconsequential. Regardless though, they sure didn’t come today, haha.
    3 points
  15. Time stamp: 1:04PM MST Result: Rejection (I also got the "Should an interview position open up you may be contacted at that time" so I think its sent to everyone) GPA: 3.84 MCAT: 512 Current/Past Degree: Graduated Geography (IP/OOP): IP Extracurricular Activities score /16 (awards, achievements, volunteering, employment, research, etc.): I thought this was my strong point. Oncology research job (multiple conference presentations), work with vulnerable populations through interning at a hospital and some related non-profits/rural communities, after school teaching job where I desig
    3 points
  16. Back in the day, I had a 25 and could not even apply from Cegep. So, I took the specialty program in exercise science at Concordia (which then required only 25, today, I believe 27), got straight A's, then went to med school and today after residency, I am a surgeon. I matured during undergrad. It was a longer but good journey. If you truly do not have persistence in this marathon, then medicine is not for you. Otherwise, enjoy the journey and see you as a colleague in the future.
    3 points
  17. Anatomical Pathology: Anesthesiology: Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Diagnostic Radiology: Emergency Medicine: Family Medicine: General Pathology: Calgary (Feb 9) General Surgery: MUN (Feb 9) Hematological Pathology: Internal Medicine: Medical Genetics and Genomics: Medical Microbiology: Neurology: Neurology - Paediatric: Alberta (Feb 9) Neuropathology: Neurosurgery: Saskatchewan (Feb 11) Nuclear Medicine: Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Ophthalmology: Orthopaedic Surgery: O
    2 points
  18. De ce que j’ai compris, dent-p c’est réservé uniquement aux cegepiens. Ca speut que je me trompe puisque je n’ai jamais appliqué la bas hahaha
    2 points
  19. time Stamp: 1:04pm MST Result: RejectionGPA: 4.00MCAT: 518 (130/128/129/131)Current/Past Degree: BSc. Psychology (Honours), Currently in 4th yearGeography (IP/OOP): In-ProvinceExtracurricular Activities score /16 (awards, achievements, volunteering, employment, research, etc.): Research continuously from Summer 2018 to Summer 2019 and have been doing my honours thesis from Summer 2020 onwards Research awards, no manuscripts, no conferences, no proper presentations (one department level symposium) Long term, but low cumulative hour volunteering as a day care type work
    2 points
  20. Time Stamp: 1:04 MSTResult: InviteGPA: 4.0MCAT: 518 (129/129/130/130)Current/Past Degree: BScN 2018Geography (IP/OOP): OOPExtracurricular Activities score /16 (awards, achievements, volunteering, employment, research, etc.): I filled out all 16 - highlights were mostly employment/healthcare related including: ER RN x 4000ish hours across 2 different hospitals, both rural/remote although as an OOP I couldn't apply rurally Working at a coffee shop x 3800 hours, 1300 of those in a leadership role Co-chair for a council within my health authority Nurse lead for modificati
    2 points
  21. Honestly I have no idea, when doing my own research, I came across someone that got in with a 3.4 cGPA, but from what I remember they had a lot of experience, and extracurriculars. UCC takes a very Holistic approach, and I know they place great emphasis on your letters of recommendation, your statement of interest, and seeing whether or not you have improved over the years during undergrad. To put it into perspective, I had a friend who applied with a 3.9 cGPA, with barley any extracurriculars/shadowing, and she submitted her application early January. She ended up getting accepted by a Canad
    2 points
  22. I usually lurk nowadays but I remember when I went through this process well... As someone that's been rejected once before and got in after a master's degree and some introspection I really think it can be easy to feel discouraged but also a worthwhile learning opportunity. That said it's still important to live out your life and have contingencies. Don't stop living because you're constantly chasing that acceptance. Many applicants apply multiple times before getting into medical school. Similarly many people have other careers prior to medical school. If anyone needs
    2 points
  23. Anatomical Pathology: Anesthesiology: Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Diagnostic Radiology: Emergency Medicine: Family Medicine: General Pathology: Calgary (Feb 9) General Surgery: Hematological Pathology: Internal Medicine: Medical Genetics and Genomics: Medical Microbiology: Neurology: Neurology - Paediatric: Alberta (Feb 9) Neuropathology: Neurosurgery: Nuclear Medicine: Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Ophthalmology: Orthopaedic Surgery: Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surg
    2 points
  24. haven't gotten anything yet, are they to your email or just on UCAN?
    1 point
  25. ROAD is for fields that are well paying and have good lifestyle + bonus of good job prospects. It does not necessarily correlate to competitiveness (anesthesia is much closer to the ROAD definition than plastics and is much less competitive). It also does not correlate to how "interesting" a field commonly is or so-called 'prestige' (which is BS anyway and for insecure immature people). The only true field that fits the bill is Derm as it is both very high paying and great lifestyle and amazing job prospects (no need for fellowship). Radiology is very high paying but the residency is
    1 point
  26. Haha! So happy you found it.
    1 point
  27. omg lol... I didn't even know I had a Ualberta email... I had gotten messages to my personal email prior to this. What would happen if you didn't tell me? Thanks! Result: INVITE GPA: 3.95 MCAT: 521* Current/Past Degree: Pharmacy Geography (IP/OOP): OOP Extracurriculars: Mostly work experience in healthcare, much of which was rural.
    1 point
  28. I built a pretty strong candidature for dermatology from the first day of medical school and then decided not to apply. I became pretty jaded around the middle of clerkship, I looked at everyone around me (including the derms) and didn't see anyone living a life that I aspired to live, it all just seemed a bit underwhelming... I ended up applying to family medicine only. I chose family medicine because the flexibility of the career is extremely important, I want to be able to shape my practice around my interests at whatever stage of life I'm in (didn't see myself doing ONLY derm fo
    1 point
  29. Je crois qu’avec ta cote r, tu as plus de chance à dent udem. À mcgill, il y a très peu de personnes qui sont prises (8-9pers en dent-p) alors ca va etre bcp pljs difficile de compenser avec ta cote. Pour mcgill med-p, tout dépend de ton cv/casper. Si tu arrives à passer aux entrevues, tout reposera sur les mem! Je te souhaite bonne chance avec les admissions!
    1 point
  30. Applique aux 4 universités. McGill regarde le CV si je me trompe pas, alors ça peut compenser une cote R plus moyenne
    1 point
  31. Well my experience was somewhat different. I applied to 2 specialties and FM, and felt that I would enjoy whichever field selected me. In my mind, I considered them equal but I did rank my choices. I was not prepared to compromise on location, so I only applied in one city, realizing I might not match. However, it worked out for me and the surgical specialty selected me. You can choose location where to apply and can rank your choices in order of your preference. After that, it is totally out of your hands. Good luck!
    1 point
  32. Comme les programmes de médecine et en réadaptation sont enseignés en APP, les élèves doivent être très autodidactes... Les grosses cotes R ne sont pas nécessairement associées à des personnes très structurées, mais bien à des gens pouvant souvent tout apprendre par coeur. Comme il n'y a pas de cours magistraux, cela déstabilise bien des gens et ce ne sont pas ces personnes qui vont le plus performer rendu dans le programme.
    1 point
  33. I mean they say at least 2 weeks before interview date so we're hoping it might be this Friday since decision came out on Friday for the first wave, IIRC
    1 point
  34. Thank you, I'll definitely check that to prepare for it!
    1 point
  35. time Stamp: Result: regretsGPA: 3.92MCAT: 518Current/Past Degree: current PhDGeography (IP/OOP): IPExtracurricular Activities score /16 (awards, achievements, volunteering, employment, research, etc.): last year got 8/17 which was slightly above average vs acceptedCASPer: Really upset since I have interviewed the last two years, but good luck to everyone else
    1 point
  36. Catégorie : Uni COTE R/ GPA pré-covid : 3,94/4,3 COTE R / GPA post-covid ( si applicable) : 3,94/4,3 Programme : Bac + Maîtrise en microbiologie (l'année passé ma CRU était d'environ 33) CASPER impressions: Très bien été, j'écris vite, j'ai mieux performé que l'année dernière selon moi! Commentaires : J'ai été invité aux entrevues de Mcgill cette année!! (2ième fois que j'applique et première fois entrevue). Je sais que bon nombre d'entre vous focus beaucoup sur les notes (et je comprend), mais personnellement, ce n'est pas juste une question de performance académique
    1 point
  37. Here's the ORPAS conversion table! You can find your school in the chart beneath
    1 point
  38. Same thing happened to me! :/
    1 point
  39. Ouai au moins ils sont conscient du fait que ca peut engendrer des complications pour certains candidats c'est déjà ca. Merci
    1 point
  40. My own challenges with French may have been more extreme as I've lived most of my life in areas without many French-speakers - and my exposure was really mainly through some very early education (also in-class only - no real immersion). I was probably more naive and optimistic when it came to a French environment. In the summer before med school I completed an advanced undergrad human physiology course (and also taught MCAT review); but, I would have been probably been better off going to a beach in Martinique as my French would have made greater improvement. If anything, I've tried to make
    1 point
  41. Great stories in this thread! I'm not an anglophone so I can't really comment on the experience but let me tell you, most anglophones in my class were very sociable and integrated well within the cohort. If anything, their background was a plus! To get a feel for the way health professionals speak in their day-to-day, I recommend watching De garde 24/7 (a docuseries shot in Hopital Maisonneuve-Rosemont in Montreal).
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  42. F508

    Etudiant "anglophone" en med

    I studied only in English and was in an Anglo bubble before med school. Went to one of the francophone schools and knew a handful of students in the same situation. Unfortunately, hard to generalize.. I will say in general, most Anglo students will get through med school without any problems. Some went on to match to competitive specialties. I think I would have performed better both during preclinical and clerkship if I went to an English program. During preclinical, there's a lot of small group learning and I found it hard to follow all the discussions especially during the first year. Howev
    1 point
  43. I went to a French medical school away from home and my French was horrible. For the MEMFI, I answered questions that were not asked got zero on these stations. I was put on the wait list and was accepted many months later. For lectures, either the profs mumbled and I could not understand or thy spoke too fast, and I could not understand. I stopped attending lectures before the first week was over, and became self-taught. Receptors routinely complained about my French. However, I was living and breathing in a French milieu, I embraced it, made friends, graduated and am now bilingual. Other Ang
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  44. I think it's really important to be as pro-active as possible to avoid becoming a victim of the language 'issue'. Spend as much time as possible between now and September being in French environment and exposing yourself to French, preferably medical French - try watching medical dramas, preferably with Quebec accents. Maybe spend time in the regions of Quebec or doing reading or questions in medical French. Take advantage that everything is now P/F to learn in French as much as possible while you're enrolled. Look at it as a marathon. Unfortunately, I didn't know much about the 'issue' b
    1 point
  45. It’s been a few days now since I’ve received my acceptance and it’s so surreal. I’m hoping this post will touch at least one person and help motivate them to never give up on their dream. PART I - Failure I started my first undergraduate degree in 2008 in a city away from my family. I was 16 years old at the time and chose to study biomedical sciences. I was also a member of a varsity sports team and was super motivated to get good grades and eventually attend a Canadian medical school. Then life hit me in the face with a sack of bricks. During my first year of this degree, my father lo
    1 point
  46. sorry for the late post, been busy pinching myself and crying all day!! TIME STAMP: ~14h30 pm (heart attack since 9 am)  Result: Admitted with condition !!! pre-reqGPA: 4,00 (redid my 4 basic pre-reqs at Athabasca, Thomson Rivers), old pre-req GPA was 3,01 MCAT: Not submitted Feeling About MMI (please be mindful of NDA): This was my 4th time interviewing at McGill, so I felt confortable with the process (I could've basically rehearsed their ppt slide), so I was a lot more relaxed and went in there being 1000% authentic (cheesy I know but its true). Felt like I
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  47. It’s going to be a long one. I wrote all of this before I got in, because there is something wonderfully raw and vulnerable about documenting my reflections while I’m still on the outside looking in. I knew that if I was unsuccessful this cycle, I would still read it to remind myself of how far I’ve come. -- My non-trad path is nothing unusual- I suppose I am just a late bloomer who paid her dues after the fact. The biggest challenge for me, throughout this whole journey, was lacking the protective factors to cushion the falls. I have been financially independent, which means choices
    1 point
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