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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. My guess is Gina Linetti.
    6 points
  4. 6 points
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Merci Raton et 8blue pour vos réponses. Personnellement, depuis toute petite je m'imaginais vétérinaire, mais aujourd'hui, à 20 ans, je me rends compte que je suis peut-être trop empathique envers les animaux... L'idée de ne pas être en mesure d'offrir au patient l'essentiel, comme quand nous, humains, allons à l'hôpital (radiographie et toute la batterie de tests), me fait très peur. Bien sûr, rendu là, il faut commencer par rentrer, mais je trouve le processus d'admission tellement anxiogène et en plus d'être, pardonnez-moi, mais décalissant, que je ne sais pas si ça vaut toujours la p
    5 points
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. IMO those are mostly subjective or reflect gamesmanship, even awards to an extent (some are influenced by a nomination process).
    5 points
  11. Here's a visual of what @rmorelan said. Hopefully this helps you visualize your future path Hit us up if you have any more questions, we gotchu fam
    5 points
  12. 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
  13. 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
    4 points
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
    4 points
  19. Today it says: QC Residency Verified Verified by RD finally!!
    3 points
  20. Hahaha 32.4 c’était ma CRU à UL... À UdeM, ma CRU était vraiment plus forte! Chaque université font leur propre évaluation... avec 32.4 à UdeM, c’est un refus direct lol
    3 points
  21. Personnellement, j'ai l'impression qu'elle sera plus basse, étant donné que la première session est historiquement basse en général, parce que période d'adaptation, transition du secondaire au cégep, nouvelle ville pour certaines personnes, etc. Quant à la 3e session, elle est historiquement plus forte, mais le contexte actuel fait en sorte que ce ne sont vraiment pas des conditions idéales pour étudier, donc, à mon avis, elle serait plus basse qu'habituellement aussi. Mais tout ça, ça concerne tout le monde, à moins d'être un-e champion-ne de la résilience et de passer à travers le contexte a
    3 points
  22. The other thing to consider if you are planning to change your name as part of your transition, is that once you begin practicing under a particular name, it tends to follow you. For example, you start accumulating documents and certifications with your dead name on them (diploma, MCC, etc), and Colleges will sometimes ask about and display former names on your public profile (CPSO does display any former names you’ve had since you started practicing). Hospitals and clinics may also ask for former names as do police record checks. So if your eventual hope is to be totally under the radar prof
    3 points
  23. If you have 15 first-author publications during medical school, that actually sounds really shady. Hard to be that productive and have anything of adequate quality.
    3 points
  24. Probably a combination of different life history, different values around money, and different personality. I certainly didn't grow up in poverty myself (though my father has told me he didn't have much growing up), but we sure weren't rich, and if we wanted something as kids we were mostly expected to save for it, and it was very clear that large purchases (more than 50-100 dollars) were a Big Deal to be thought about carefully and made infrequently, especially if they were purely for enjoyment. I didn't grow up having the nicest or newest anything, and I still mostly don't, nor do I partic
    3 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. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. FreddyHeff

    Trop vieux?

    l'année où j'ai débuté en physiothérapie, à 35 ans, j'ai aussi été accepté en médecine (oui, je sais, c'est rare, mais je me passionne beaucoup plus pour la physio, ça vient avec l'âge et l'expérience, on sait ce qu'on veut). Les facultés ne discriminent pas, donc vas-y fort!!
    2 points
  38. indefatigable

    Trop vieux?

    You're definitely not too old for medicine and you have a great plan! The fact that you've never been to CEGEP before is a huge advantage - most spots in Quebec are for CEGEP students so it's easier to get admitted from CEGEP. It's more common in other parts of Canada for older people to go into medicine, but it sill happens sometimes in Quebec. Getting a great R score should be your top priority and I'd suggest doing everything you can to prepare for your academic entry into CEGEP. Your maturity and professional experience should work to your advantage and use these to take your stu
    2 points
  39. Ouai c'est vrai chacun sa façon de voir et d'aborder les choses. Moi je considère que c'est une grosse perte de TEMPS et D'ARGENT de rentrer à l'université simplement pour ''gagner de l'expérience''. Ce que je veux dire par la c'est que la plus part du temps les programmes en santé vont nous faire ingurgiter des quantités de matières monstres qu'on aura oublié 3 semaines après l'examen. De la manière que système est fait on gagne rien à part du stress et de la fatigue alors a part rentrer dans son plan B il devrait éviter a tout prix l'université si ca ne le sert pas dans ses objectifs.
    2 points
  40. Parce que chacun à son avantage ! L'année sabbatique permet d'acquérir de nouvelles expériences, mais avoir de l'expérience universitaire c'est non négligeable et ça donne un avantage certain en med. Je ne peux même pas faire de liste en quoi avoir fait 3 ans de pharmacie m'a bien préparé à être étudiant en médecine. Que ça soit la connaissance des médicaments, l'attitude professionnelle, certaines connaissances en pathophysio, la liste est sans fin! Oui c'est un pari de faire de l'université, mais ça peut être extrêmement payant à long terme
    2 points
  41. ellorie

    Psychiatry or FM/EM

    You're going to have to provide a bit more detail about what you like about each one and what you're hoping for for your career. Otherwise it's almost impossible to give a relevant opinion. Definitely can't do all 3. Maaaaybe some approximation of 2/3.
    2 points
  42. Allo:) Pour l'UdeM, les notes de ta première session universitaire ne seront pas comptés pour l'admission de 2021, c'est une nouvelle règle. Tu seras donc compté parmi les collégiens avec ta CRU originale. Tu trouveras cette information dans l'onglet '' exigences et admission'' de n'importe quelle doctorat du premier cycle Pour l'ulaval, Pharmacie ne compte également pas ta première session à l'université. Donc, elle a besoin de tes relevés de notes du cégep, qui sont normalement disponibles par ton code permanent (je pense que tu n'a rien à présenter à ce moment-là) La seule qu
    2 points
  43. Si tu reçois dis moi le ! Haha je vérifie mes e-mails à tous les jours ... Si quelqu un d’autres reçoit également , ca serait apprécié de nous le dire !
    2 points
  44. 8lue

    dmd udem/ulaval

    Il faudrait que tu verifies mais il me semble que Ulaval ne compte pas les cours d’année préparatoire... tu as encore le temps de te rattraper! En ce moment ta cru pour bio est de 33,3 environ
    2 points
  45. Bonjour à tous, j'ai souvent évité ce forum parce que ça me rendait anxieuse de lire toutes ces discussions parlant de gpa, cru ,crc ,ifg, (lol) d'autant plus que j'y comprenais rien. Alors j'ai commencé l'université il y a 3 ans en me disant : ok faut juste avoir des A+ dans tous tes cours et tu finiras par être accepté dans le programme que tu veux(dmd). Finalement , j'ai commencé à lire sur le forum et comprendre. Quelqu'un (DMD0145 merci à toi ) m'a expliqué ce qu'était l'indice de force de groupe et ça m'a permis de comprendre que mon bac en sciences biologiques avait un impact n
    2 points
  46. Je crois qu’ils n’ont pas le choix mais de garder la cote R cette session-ci, comme il serait très injuste pour le monde qui auraient eu des mauvaises cotes R à la 1re session, pas parce qu’ils sont incompétents, mais simplement à cause de la période d’adaptation entre le secondaire-cégep... certaines personnes peuvent prendre plus longtemps pour complètement s’adapter, and that should be totally okay étant donné qu’ils sont capables de le rattraper dans les sessions subséquentes. Également, le fait de limiter la cote R à une seule session ne serait aucunement représentatif de la performance r
    2 points
  47. Yes definitely hope for that - the whole "gunner" thing is a very overt way of expressing your interest/intentions, but there are lots of other, quieter ways that are equally effective and sometimes better received. The "gunners" are just the loudest voices in the room.
    2 points
  48. En admin par exemple, j'ai fait 8 cours au total. De ces 8 cours, j'ai eu 7 A+ et 1 B-... Le B- était dû à un cours qui contenait un géant projet d'équipe qui durait toute la session et qui vallait 50%. J'ai été placé avec des gens qui n'avais aucune intention d'aller dans un doctorat de premier cycle... Ainsi, lorsqu'on additionne les 8 cours, ça m'a donné 4.12 de moyenne générale pour 7 A+ et 1 B- ... seulement un cours que j'ai foiré a fait descendre ma moyenne de 0.21 point de GPA! C'est pour ça que je dis que maintenir une moyenne de A+ est clairement une des choses les plus stressante qu
    2 points
  49. You will be exposed to trauma no matter what specialty you go into. Medical training itself directly exposes you to traumatic things, both that you witness directly, and that you hear about, and if you have pre-existing trauma, you are vulnerable to getting triggered and/or retraumatized. No matter what specialty you go into, you'll be a much better doctor if you learn to navigate your own trauma such that you don't avoid your patients' trauma. Lots of psychiatrists have histories of trauma. And I think it's a myth that you have to reach some kind of state of perfect healing for that t
    2 points
  50. I personally hope this model doesn't happen....I just don't think cheating is as rampant as people think. As well, over-relying on ECs will really benefit privileged people more - A lot of ECs depend on connections, time, luck, wealth, etc. I think academics (though not perfect) is somewhat of a more even playing field than ECs are.
    2 points
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