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  1. 4 points
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. I grew up middle class. We never went without but we didn't buy anything full price if we could get it on sale. That said, we often would save so we can get nicer things when we wanted it. I have always loved couponing, getting things on sale, saving money...child of immigrants No debt from undergrad or master's, but lots from half of another bachelors, med school, and then residency and getting married (husband is also a student who is non-med). I like seeing my debt go down. I don't like spending more than I have to...but I'll go for a guilty pleasure (and feel slightly g
    2 points
  7. 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
    2 points
  8. I feel a ton of nostalgia looking at those old 90s cars. Might buy a 90s Corolla just to remind myself of being a kid in my dad's car
    2 points
  9. CocoZ

    Trop vieux?

    Je vous remercie beaucoup de vos encouragements et de vos conseils. indefatigable: English is fine. I'm glad to hear that the CEGEP route is a huge advantage for me. I know medicine is extremely competitive, so I'll do everything in my power to get good grades on every exam. I can type pretty fast ; - ) Thanks a lot for your encouragement. Médicomage: Merci pour les liens vers ces témoignages inspirants, ainsi que pour vos conseils pour mieux me préparer. Je vais regarder tout ça plus en détail en fin de semaine. Je porterai une attention particulière à ces deux cours. Heureusement j
    2 points
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. I applied into OBGYN as a super late interest (like fell in love with it a couple weeks before CaRMS closed late interest) and applied in with an application that screamed psychiatry and/or family medicine... and I was interviewed. I wrote a strong personal letter talking about how I had fallen in love with this discipline I'd never even considered before and how my core OBGYN rotation happened right before CaRMs closed and that's where I discovered I really unexpectedly liked OBGYN. I hadn't done my surgical rotation at the time I applied and interviewed in Carms. So I had zero surgical skill
    2 points
  15. À la fin de ta session, tu vas avoir un GPA qui est sur 4.3 habituellement. Avec ton GPA et la table des étalons de 2021, tu peux calculer ta cote Laval pour l'admission à l'automne 2021 à partir de la formule (page 7). Dans la formule, ta moyenne de session correspond à ton GPA et tu peux trouver les autres valeurs pour ton programme (biochimie) dans la table des étalons. Honnêtement, essaye de mettre toutes les chances de ton côté que ce soit avec ton GPA, ton CASPer ou ton QA. Ça se joue parfois par des dixièmes ou des centièmes de point entre les candidats. Sache juste que le CASPe
    2 points
  16. 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
  17. It is pretty rare to be accepted after third year. Don't worry it isn't the end of the world if you don't get in after third year. Just keep the grades up and you will be fine. It is better to have an easier time not stressing out too much. It sounds like you are on a good path so far.
    2 points
  18. Hey! Yeup! I felt the same. A few questions I felt really good about, a few I felt like they were way more complicated and multi-faceted than I expected. I ended up rambling a bit more on those questions than I felt comfortable with but, you win some you lose some. Now the waiting game begins! See you in March. Good luck to everyone who is interviewing this weekend!
    2 points
  19. 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
  20. 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
    2 points
  21. 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
    2 points
  22. STUDENTS She thought, understandably, David's enthusiasm needed tempering, straightforwardness.
    1 point
  23. KEYBOARDING Ken eats yams, blueberries, oranges, apples, raspberries - delicious! It's necessarily good.
    1 point
  24. Usually when you do enough research with someone for them to know that you are interested in their specialty, they will go out of their way to get you into clinical scenarios so they can write you a letter. If they don't go out of their way, then usually they are receptive to the suggestion if you bring it up. Don't underestimate the important of having good people in your corner go to bat for you when the time comes. (sorry for the mixed boxing/baseball metaphor).
    1 point
  25. 2 different letters. Each letter should address your skills, experience, and suitability for the specific specialty you are applying for. Both letters can include common elements about your soft qualities (work ethic, interpersonal relationships, problem solving, etc.), but programs will need to see that current staff in that field feel you are a good fit.
    1 point
  26. keipop

    Politique pass/fail.

    La personne en question parlait de l'UdeM, alors ma réponse était plutôt ciblée à l'UdeM hahaha!
    1 point
  27. Je vais essayer de répondre à tes questions du mieux que je peux!:) 1- Selon moi tu ne perds rien à t'essayer! En opto ton casper vaut 40% alors si tu as un score de fou, ça pourrait être possible! Mais considérant que ta cote du Cégep comptera encore pas mal, je crois que 3.9-4 va être serré... Mais tu ne perd rien à t'essayer on sait jamais!:) 2- Sincèrement essaie de viser au moins 4.15-4.2. Je sais que ça a l'air haut mais c'est faisable! Si tu as besoin de conseils ou quoi que ce soit hésite pas à m'écrire en privé:) Par contre, si tu finis le bac, je crois qu'un 4-4.1 pourrait
    1 point
  28. SURPRISINGLY Swimming underwater Ron presents really interesting surprises. I'm not good looking, yikes!
    1 point
  29. PERIODS Pleasing everyone really is often difficult - surprisingly.
    1 point
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  31. Hell I am staff and I still don't have a car....let alone a luxury one. (have bike, will travel.....) Also the range of doctors' vehicles is so broad that unless you are driving a Columbo special (see below) no one will care....and well no one ever should either. Don't buy things to impress other people.
    1 point
  32. 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
    1 point
  33. If you are offered admission they will request finalized transcripts if, like Medicomage said, you are completing prereqs or are still completing a year of university. They won't request them before. UdeM assesses the Fall semester of the application year, which is why they request you send transcripts after those grades are finalized. McGill does not assess that Fall semester.
    1 point
  34. You can be sure that if patients started finding out, there would be at least one of them who would be glad to expose this person (because people like to gossip and bash on MDs).
    1 point
  35. SUCCEEDS Swimming underwater can cause every effort decided sensations.
    1 point
  36. Carms and electives is a process that typically burns out even the most resilient individuals, and COVID on top of that isn’t helping. from my experience however, after the match you have few months of pretty stress-free time, not to mention the two months of vacation post lmcc you ll have before July 1. I felt very burnt out through CaRMS, but that few months after match really rejuvenated me so unless there is a specific reason to wanting a full year off, I feel like most people will be fine (again, only my opinion and not sure how others feel)
    1 point
  37. LGMed2021

    MEM

    McGill a déjà annoncé que les MEM du mois de février seront en ligne. Je m'attends à la même chose pour l'UdeM/Sherbrooke/Laval..
    1 point
  38. Oh ok je vois maintenant, c'est vrai que les quelques crédits d'un deuxième bac (si je fais juste comme 1 an) va peu changer la note globale en considérant les 90 crédits du premier bac. Merci de me l'avoir avisé, je n'avais pas pensé à cela du tout ! Je vais d'abord me concentrer sur mon bac actuel pour avoir les meilleures notes que je peux, comme ça au moins je ne regrets pas dans le future. Je ne voulais pas changer de programme parce que j'avais pensé: sachant qu'en med, on ne peut appliquer qu'après l'obtention du bac, et que je suis déjà à ma 2e année, alors si au moins je termine
    1 point
  39. SUCCESS Seek understanding - continue courageously, every step succeeds.
    1 point
  40. RESULTS Read every Saturday until light trickles, slowly.
    1 point
  41. From the other threads on here I gather that the most important things for matching are references, followed by interviews. I think the rest (research, ECs) will depend on how competitive a year it is. People who have done more will probably look better. So I doubt lack of research will significantly disadvantage you, but it may put you behind others who also receive good references and have it. That being said, I get the sense that EM in particular values advocacy as an EC. So I think that will help to some degree. I'm also still in medical school so take what I say with a grain of
    1 point
  42. - both radiology and pathology are basically visual pattern-recognition specialties that generate a ddx, so fundamentally there are a lot of similarities in how the two field functions. - the on call pathologist should not refuse a liver assessment for fat/cirrhosis for transplant, one can argue that constitutes below standard practice and may be subject to College complaints. I assume you are in an academic setting? Some old timers there are entrenched and they know they can't be fired or they're near retirement so they don't give 2 ****s, so that could be the reason. There are too man
    1 point
  43. SCORES Some children ordinarily reveal educational success.
    1 point
  44. SBM_PHT_43

    TAED Nov 2020

    Sauf Udem où c'est 10/30 pour la partie visuelle
    1 point
  45. 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
    1 point
  46. Waitlist movement varies by year for obvious reasons. However, for IP it usually is ballpark of 15-20+ spot movement in previous years. Last year ~24 people got in from the waitlist, the year before ~28. For OOP I don't remember but the movement is usually ~10-15 spots on average but can be more too. All things considered this year for IP there are two campuses and that may change the movement of the waitlists, that is to be seen.
    1 point
  47. Hi Gumballs! I matched to psych last year. It's a wonderful discipline if it is the direction you decide to go with! :-) Figuring this out partway through year 3 is not the worst place to be - psych tends to be an area where quite a few students discover a late interest and programs are pretty familiar with that narrative. Here are a few ideas on what to do to start shaping your psychiatry application: 1. As Bambi suggested, talk to your attending for an LOR and let them know that you have a late interest in psych and want to know how to build your application 2. Plan your electives
    1 point
  48. @cristinayang I can't stress how important it is to always remember that not getting into medicine isn't a failure on your abilities or character. Setting aside the realization that you can make a difference in any role, many people don't get in on the first or even second try. I certainly didn't. You only see the success stories but there's easily tons more that are still going through the process. Don't let other people's success discourage you from achieving your own in the future. - G
    1 point
  49. A better question would be "Why is anyone interested in surgery?"
    1 point
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