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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. 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
  8. 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
  9. IMO those are mostly subjective or reflect gamesmanship, even awards to an extent (some are influenced by a nomination process).
    5 points
  10. 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
  11. 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
    4 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. 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.
    3 points
  38. Je crois que c’est du cas par cas... est-ce que le proprio ne veut pas ou ne peut pas payer pour la chirurgie? Est-ce que la chirurgie coûte très cher, ou bien est-ce que c’est un montant plus « raisonnable »? Est-ce qu’il y a moyen de maintenir une certaine qualité de vie sans la chirurgie en contrôlant avec des médicaments moins chers par exemple? L’animal a quel âge? Est-ce que ça serait de l’acharnement thérapeutique de faire la chirurgie? Je crois que l’euthanasie reste à la discrétion du vétérinaire, selon son avis professionnel. Mais si par exemple je pense que l’animal va vraiment
    2 points
  39. Salut! J'ai fait droit à l'UdeM mais oui ils vont t'accorder une CRU plus élevée. Pour te donner une idée, je connais quelqu'un en droit qui a eu 33 de CRU avec 3.3 de GPA. J'ai été admise directement avec 3.7 cette année en med à l'UdeM. N'hésite pas à m'envoyer un message si tu as d'autres questions!
    2 points
  40. I'm a new staff and bought the black Friday promo Nintendo Switch that includes the mariokart 8 game and i feel guilty, too. Different strokes for different folks. Still remember the doc who proudly pointed out his 90-something tercel in the parking lot
    2 points
  41. You are setting yourself up for a lot of anxiety in regards to your grades if you think having 3.9 in one course is bad... speaking from experience. A 3.9 in one class will definitely not decrease your chances of getting into dental school. I had a pretty low GPA (cGPA was around 3.2 and wGPA around 3.9) and got accepted this year, so don’t lose hope. And dropping a course at this point in the semester, especially because you are expecting a 3.9, is a very bad idea! Keep working hard! The semester is almost over
    2 points
  42. In true Canadian fashion, I decided "why not both" lmao - I'm going to look for full-time work and enroll in some courses part-time that are part of the Counselling program up here. (Which I'm confident I'll do well in - I really feel like my GPA is only as low as it is because of bad study habits in the beginning of uni, been killing it last year and this year). Then, if I keep being unable to get into med, I can just take the extra 1.5 years (or whatever) to finish my Counselling degree and call it a day. This was crucial, he must be like Dumbledore, keep a cool head, make sure there were b
    2 points
  43. During clerkship, I was in the OR in the middle of the night for organ harvesting before donation and the liver looked like it was cirrhotic. We asked the on-call pathologist if he could check liver biopsies to see if it was viable. He asked if it could wait until tomorrow. I guess that gives you a clue about the lifestyle in pathology.
    2 points
  44. Hey! I am a first year at Queen’s OT & had zero shadowing experience before applying! However I had experience working with both children & adults with disabilities through work, school, & volunteer positions. I think direct shadowing experience is of course helpful, but definitely not a requirement. Hope that helps, good luck!
    2 points
  45. There is a blog post up about the details. Invites will be sent out later than usual. https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/admissions/admissions-blog/
    2 points
  46. A standardized form would have been good choice if you are hiring a large number of relatively uniform, low to medium skill workers (eg. warehouse employees, cleaning crew, laborer) as it reduces burden on HR and can screen for people with relatively uniform basic level of traits and skills. Also these types of jobs are mobile and a worker is typically not expected to stay with the company, or even the job/field, forever. To hire a FMD who will likely be practicing for the next 30 years and who will likely have significantly higher individual impact than the aforementioned jobs, a narrati
    2 points
  47. Also where is the text in this form? Are they really reducing family medicine to text boxes and checklists when every other discipline is still using reference letters which can show more about an applicant? A major change like this should've had more time invested (and those massive flaws may have been avoided) and given applicants more of a heads up because there were definitely people who asked for letters and now will have to go back to their referees and ask them to fill out this form instead
    2 points
  48. ....

    Abandon

    okok je vois thanks ! J'ai fait le demande hier donc ils vont commencer a regarder tout ca demain parce que c'est le weekend. J'ai envoyé un email a ma TGDE + envoyé le formulaire Lundi matin j'ai un exam, so je dois le faire quand meme lol ._.
    2 points
  49. J’imagine que peut importe le programme que tu choisis, si tu maintiens une moyenne de 4.3 partout, ça doit te donner une CRU suffisante pour rentrer (saufs exceptions, mais c’est difficile de savoir quels programmes sont VRAIMENT mal cotés par UdeM). Le truc c’est qu’une moyenne de 4.3 dans un programme avec un IFG plus bas te donne moins de jeu dans ton casper qu’une moyenne de 4.3 dans un programme bien coté où ça te donne une CRU de 36-37 et où tu peux donc te permettre d’avoir un Casper moins bon. Aussi, les gens qui se font accepter en médecine par des bacc en sciences humaines viennent
    2 points
  50. W0lfgang

    Dating Profiles

    If the issue is that women are pressured to work less, I don't think it's appropriate to argue that female physicians "make less." Saying "women make less" implies that they make less per hour or per patient, which is not true in our business. Do you have stats showing women make less per hour of work? I don't agree with using maternity leave as an argument for inequality. It's human physiology. Ain't no other practical way to have babies. It's almost like like you want women to be paid more than men to compensate for maternity leave. Women take longer to get ready in the morning and have
    2 points
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