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  1. You aren't wrong but those companies in many ways are worse - it is in their best interest for people to think they have a shot but only a shot if they have their help which of course they are willing to provide for a "reasonable" fee. Realism is not exactly the top priority. My work on the forum, along with many others, has been in many ways a direct counter response to those companies. We do what they do, often much better, and for no fee. I do take a certain amount of pleasure knowing we annoy them.
    7 points
  2. Ishk

    MCAT Score on Portal

    OOP here, mine has been verified since the 12th, but it's important to note that Dal did officially say they were verifying THROUGHOUT October, so I'm not sure if being unverified at this point is a major red flag. I would recommend emailing Dal for posterity though if you are unsure and worried. Also apparently being unverified on the official portal is meaningless, according to this forum from years passed some people have been accepted without their MCAT being stated as verified on the portal (that being said they did send it to Dal and AAMC said that the scores had been released).
    3 points
  3. Unfortunately I notice some medical students try and do this to pre-meds and offer "consulting" for fees. Look, I know medical school is expensive, but please just don't do this. Never sat right with me.
    3 points
  4. I would think a 30+ year old premed with a PhD+post-doc would have more self-awareness....btw you are only making it worse when you say a 128 (90th percentile) is "nothing to brag about" when OP posted that they are distressed about getting a 123 (or lower)... it's like someone in grade school getting a C+ and getting upset, and then someone tries to "cheer them up" by saying it's ok I got an A-...and when called out says but I only got an A- , it's nothing to brag about, how could I be bragging!
    3 points
  5. You have already submitted so just wait and see what happens, there is literally no good reason to withdraw your application at this point unless you are having second thoughts on med in general. I know people that got into calgary last year with a 124 CARS score
    3 points
  6. Oh most certainly. I don't think anyone can deny that. It will definitely result in people who would've got interviews 5 years ago not getting them now. What can we do about that though, yanno? What I was trying to express is that I kind of have a Type B approach to medicine - it would be nice to do, and I'm certainly confident in myself to get into + thrive in medical school, but there are things in my life that will forever be more important to me. So that's why I'm kind of indifferent to if there is crazy GPA inflation. Medicine is a job, an amazing one and a privilege yes, but a jo
    3 points
  7. Nope not really, and the amount of ECs even for school that care about such things would be low to hit any imaginable thresholds. It certainly wouldn't impact it as much as say not mastering the material enough to get great LORs and elective experience. It is annoying that even at the med school level there is take that ECs should be something more than what they were originally supposed to be - activities you take for personal enjoyment or growth rather than yet another vector of evaluation (and this is coming from someone who was highly active in ECs in med school ha. ). Als
    3 points
  8. TLDR: Application —> follow structure of keeping it very very simple Essays —> follow the structure they give you in the question. Make it as simple to follow as possible! CASPer —> Simple structure. Make it easy to read. Throw in some easy points to get you points on the CASPer (listed below). Practice typing. Practice scenarios. Interview —> Confidence and practice. DM me for my Anki deck to practice key topics for interviews. Find ppl to practice with, there’s a discord and a facebook group. I apologize for the delay, I promised multiple users online/friends/pals that I wo
    3 points
  9. coco chanel

    R score

    just wait for your real r score; with the ministerial exams that got cancelled, it’s really unpredictable. focus on your grades because they’re not determined by how the others perform.
    2 points
  10. Ha, ok I just laughed. Man I just cannot escape this debate even when surrounded by people dying from this bloody virus. I have the great joy of reading all the ICU films every day from my hospital prior to their morning rounds. People think radiologists don't have the same sort of patient relationships - which can be true - but on the other hand I have personally seen radiographically each person who died from this slowly degrade over and over again one plain film at a time going through the same process each time for unending months, and I know they reach terminal point when I just sto
    2 points
  11. Chez certaines personnes l'adaptation aux études collégiales peut être plus difficile. Être excellent au secondaire ne met pas à l'abris d'avoir des difficultés à s'adapter, malheureusement. C'est une grosse étape l'entrée au cégep. C'est stressant et ça demande du temps d'adaptation de s'habituer aux nouvelles exigences et d'ajuster sa méthode d'étude. Personnellement ça m'a pris du temps prendre le rythme du cégep et surtout trouver ma méthode d'étude, vu que j'étais assez brouillon au secondaire. C'est correct de douter de soi, mais ce n'est pas ta performance actuelle qui t'empêchera de de
    2 points
  12. There is so "stress". You paid an application fee, this is what that fee covers.
    2 points
  13. You can try asking your student affairs contacts for your program if they have an archive of examples they provide to students going into CaRMS. Many programs have put together this type of resource from previous years’ students.
    2 points
  14. I matched in 2021 with no visiting electives to a school that was not my home school and so did a large portion of people from my class in both competitive and non-competitive specialties. There may be stats on home vs away matching somewhere in the forums from this year. If I am not inventing a memory, I think I saw something that said there was no major differences from previous years, but take that with a grain of salt, b/c that is a very vague memory. The biggest change is that you have to discern things about the program without visiting it directly. That can be challenging, but I di
    2 points
  15. Hey all, I am in a precarious situation and I'm in desperate need of advice. Long story short, I am currently entering my third application cycle having only received one interview invite during my second cycle to U of C. Having been waitlisted last cycle without receiving an offer in the end, I started a 1 year course based masters degree. My impetus for pursuing this graduate degree was twofold: I needed to establish a career for myself, and the subject matter of my graduate degree really interested me. I spent a gap year (last year) working and making not much above minimum wage, so th
    2 points
  16. In the past, 2 week is the norm for competitive ones. Actually I know people used to do unofficial site visits on weekends or vacation days just to get their face known. But with COVID I don't know how that would work now.
    2 points
  17. One's experience as MS3 is often diluted, for example seeing less acute patients. I'd say keep IM in your mind, but keep an eye out in the next 2-3 months for something else that might catch your eye. As MS3 it's rare to be good at something, unless you've had extensive exposure to the field. What I would more consider is how does the field match your general skill set. For example, if you are a visual pattern recognition person, pathology, radiology and dermatology will be good choices. If you like verbal communication, then FM, psych might be good. etc etc. If you like physiology and t
    2 points
  18. It sounds like academic FPs in Montreal can do really well - way, way above average for QC! Maybe it's Montreal or having residents do a lot of billable work? According to this official guide from the Quebec student's association, the average internist bills ~450K/year with minimal overhead while the average FP bills ~310K/year with about ~250K after-overhead (average 20%). What's interesting is specialties like path/psych (along with ER) bill about as much as IM and 1.5 times FM . In Ontario, I think it's maybe closer in in terms of overall billings for FPs and IM, but mostly
    1 point
  19. Basique

    R score

    Within general education courses you're compared with students having the same teacher and course. For sciences all the cohort is taken into account, so you shouldn't rely on your class average/SD.
    1 point
  20. In my experience so far, family medicine hospitalist wards have less intense patients (less sick, less acute, more stable, LOI 3) than IM and fam docs are more than equipped to handle it. That being said, we have had our fair share of difficult cases and we consult the specialists to help. I'm at a big tertiary care centre in montreal and I am in awe with the ability the fam docs have to do hospitalist medicine. My knowledge has definitely improved a ton as a resident and think all new staff increase exponentially their knowledge in their first few years of practice. In terms of the money
    1 point
  21. Getting an interview is half the battle. You can definitely improve your interview skills if you're willing to put in the effort. Not doing well on the interview does not mean you won't be a good physician!
    1 point
  22. My friend, You have been roaming these forums far a while heckling and belittling a lot of people posting on here with high GPAs. Myself included. It is acceptable to have a high GPA and be worried about applications, it is entirely normal and there is no reason for you to go after someone with a decent GPA who had a question or God forbid got accepted. Some People have high GPAs some people don't. Give it up. And just because yourself or others don't get admitted or don't have a superb GPA does not mean the people here simply asking questions or posting information hoping to HELP future
    1 point
  23. Page margins and cell margins are two different things, generally, in English
    1 point
  24. Take the 128 and run
    1 point
  25. Sarcastic comments aside, OP what would be your purpose to achieve a higher CARS score? AFAIK, 128 is good for every school in Canada. Maybe a few years ago, retaking for a 129 CARS is worthwhile for a guaranteed Western interview but that is no longer the case since they dropped their MCAT requirements and are now a lot more holistic with one of the longest written component of any medical school. Again, not sure of your other circumstances but I can't see a score higher than 128 significantly impact your chances anywhere (except maybe McMaster, but then again you could score lower on y
    1 point
  26. Yeah for sure! If you get anything below a 130 CARS or 518 you should definitely retake! Also a 3.91 GPA is way too low. I recommend doing a second degree or doing an additional year.
    1 point
  27. mid

    Second-choice program

    Haha I'm definitely going to try for pharmacy!! it's just not certain bc of my low r score Thank u for your input tho, you're so right
    1 point
  28. Med-dream101

    Second-choice program

    Hey! I cant really tell you what to do, but I can tell you what you should not do: get into a program which you have low to none interest for. Trust me, the best thing to do is find a program that'll make you happy nonetheless, don't look at numbers and stuff. If med interests you, go for pharmacy, there's a lot of bio I promise
    1 point
  29. Hey to the OP, I'm in a similar position to you in that I am a Canadian who studied in Australia and did 2 years of training there. I eventually got on to BPT training in Australia and FM in Canada, and decided to come back to Canada and have now finished my training. Working in Ontario as a Hospitalist. and clinic-based FM you can easily make 250-300k. You can also make 500k but you would just have to see a lot more patients. There are also different models of care here (FHO, FHT, CHC) where you don't have to churn through patients like cattle as you do in a fee-for-service model. Ho
    1 point
  30. As pessimistic as this is going to sound, grade inflation (if it does in fact occur) will certainly have repercussions. The process is just too competitive and saturated for it to not matter. Significant inflation would almost certainly result in some people not getting interview invites that otherwise would have. I wish this wasn't the case, but I can't see it not having an impact
    1 point
  31. 2 weeks is perfect for almost all specialties and locations, the only time i'd do 4 weeks is if u have an absolute clear 1st choice program and it is a competitive specialty in a competitive location you want to perform and really stand out. 4 weeks can be a double edged sword if you perform well the first 2 weeks but start to lag in the last 2 for ex.
    1 point
  32. For the later question the common CV often makes that obvious (at least historically) as you are probably aware but just to state it. You didn't do a large number of plastics electives, have plastics research.......without there being a high probability you want plastics. You may be willing to also do FM (for some that is settling for FM, for others they really would be happy doing it about as much as the other thing they also were looking at) but you cannot easily hide the ground work for all the other field you were looking at. Plus most people by temperament that want plastics classically a
    1 point
  33. Typically if you wanted to maximize exposure at as many sites as possible, 2 weeks were the norm. Now that things are local/ regional because of COVID, 4 will be more common. Plus most people will do fam with one of the rural placement organizations like ROMP or ERMEP and do 4 weeks. But generally 2 was the norm to answer your question. Sometimes people did 2 weeks in a related but not exact speciality and tried to pick up call for the speciality they were interested in (heard more in surgery based ones) but again with covid these last two years electives were whack.
    1 point
  34. Ce n'est pas « vraiment plus avantageux », je dirais que c'est juste moins risqué. En allant à UL tu t'assures que tes efforts ne seront pas « gâchés », dans le sens qu'à UdeM si tu as 90 dans un cours mais que t'es sur la moyenne, et bien tu n'auras pas une cote extraordinaire, comme tu le sais probablement déjà. À UL, si t'as 90, tu as A, même si la moyenne est de 95. Donc c'est moins risqué de le faire comme tremplin à UL. D'un autre côté, si disons pour toi déménager à Québec c'est de t'isoler de ta famille, de tes proches, ça engendre plus de coûts et qu'au final tu performes moins b
    1 point
  35. I mean........you would be good enough for the field. That probably shouldn't be a consideration in your thought process (that way madness lies....ha). You passed your premed classes? Your staff you are working with don't think you are an idiot? Then you have the capacity. They vowed to train you, and you have been trained. I am a diagnostician - a radiologist - and that has overlap in some ways with pathology. If you like reading around the complexities of each case and deep diving into the pathology of things about a patient you may be disappointed in my side of the fence. If it is isn'
    1 point
  36. As you allude to, everyone does this, but I would be very careful, as a mini-scandal has occurred at one IM program where someone reported a study group using materials to the Royal College and how they're investigating.
    1 point
  37. In the English version this says don’t modify the page margins, like the blank spaces on the outermost left and right sides of the document, from my understanding, not specifically the margins within the table. Also, I’m not sure if you meant for your suggestion to sound a bit judgemental or mean, but just remember to be kind, this whole process is hard enough as is Definitely safer to just not touch any formatting whatsoever though. Good luck @Romina!
    1 point
  38. Bambi

    CV content- end date

    You are overthinking it. Ongoing is good, changes in life are normal!
    1 point
  39. Hey! I am a current Med-P and I will do my best to answer any of your questions or link you to any resources that could potentially be of use to you. 1) This is definitely a foggy area. The French schools likely won't have a problem with this, though you may have to apply for the following year, however McGill is pretty strict about these types of things. If you have a strong reason, it could serve you well to email your questions to McGill's medical admissions office at admissions.med@mcgill.ca. 2) While many people do not receive interviews or acceptances with R-Scores like t
    1 point
  40. Have not heard back about the gift card yet. It has been a few weeks. Also just to add a data point for everyone, I was able to get prime-0.3% at TD. This brings my rate to 2.15% which is the lowest I've seen so far.
    1 point
  41. Emerg doc here. Get vaccinated. The risk benefit is a no brainer. Nearly the only patients I’m intubating now are unvaccinated. The risk calculus is a no brainer.
    1 point
  42. The organization that is behind this production is based in Miami, land of anti-communists cubans. Recently, through the demonization of Cuban doctors as slaves, Countries like Brazil expelled all of the Cuban doctors for example. In total Cuba lost 100s of millions of dollars for their healthcare system, this didn't help at all. This is just another brick in the campaign to demonize Cuba by the United States to further complete the ostracisation of the cuban people... Maybe look at what both sides have to say on a complex issue before showing your bias to Western hegemony. If you conside
    1 point
  43. ACHQ

    Not wanting covid vaccine yet

    I don't think you are alone on this one among real M.D.'s
    1 point
  44. Bon, à mon tour maintenant de donner mon opinion sur le sujet. Je me présente de nouveau car la dernière fois que j'ai été sur ce forum, c'était encore lorsque j'essayais de rentrer dans le programme. Je n'ai pas mis les pattes sur ce site depuis. J'ai gradué en mai 2021, donc il y a 4 mois. D'abord je veux commencer par dire que je respecte ton opinion, elle est basée sur ton expérience personelle, donc elle est complètement légitime. Je suis vraiment désolé que tu aies eu cette expérience et que tu te retrouves dans ta situation actuelle. Être un dentiste heureux, financi
    1 point
  45. lol same As Keipop said you could contact your coach but if you can't put it in your CV anyways. I included it in mine without a verifier. You don't have to have a verifier for every single activity, I had 4 for my whole cv and was still invited but that's like the minimum. Don't go lower than 4 and like the more the better
    1 point
  46. I'll try to explain it how I conceptualize it in my head: To become a Family doctor (FM) it takes 2-years after medical school (excluding +1 years). Residency for most specialties is 5-years (4 if you do IM without subspecialty -> but GIM can be 5-years if you go down that route). Therefore, there is a difference, on average, of three years where the FM is making attending income while the specialist is only making resident income. Because there is a wide spectrum of incomes within an individual specialty it is hard to say who will come out ahead or how long it would t
    1 point
  47. 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
  48. Last year les réponses sont sorties le 5 mai et c'était un Mardi soir
    1 point
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