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Everything posted by bearpuppy

  1. Similar situation to Serendi... I have a max loan from BMO, about 60K (in theory by the end of yr4) from gov BC, and about $140K from the school.
  2. whats up with the skeleton post bumps?
  3. Your MCAT is going to hurt you big time :(.
  4. Overall your app looks decent?.. obviously MCAT is a bit low for some places, but your new clinical volunteering should help a lot. I would personally never have done DO, because I want the flexibility an MD offers you, but i'll probably get a lot of fire from people about that. I'm hopeful for you. Make sure to review EVERYTHING in your app and improve everywhere you can (write about what you learned, not just what you did, for activities, etc.)
  5. I don't think Psych is a pre-req, but I might be wrong. It will help you on the MCAT though.
  6. Your MCAT isn't super competitive, but the rest is decent. Clinical (i.e. your hospital volunteering) hours are OK but could do with more. I'd say aim for mid-tier. As to your TMJ, you could mention it in your personal statement. Work hard on showing why you're a unique applicant.
  7. Pick what you think is best, and then just make it clear in the description. It's not a big deal as long as you dont purposefully misrepresent.
  8. I think you'll do relatively well. Try to spin everything clinical. Good luck!
  9. There are some weird ones though... take SUNY Upstate for instance.. they love their Canadians more than they love OOS Americans. Bizarre, but it's very obviously the case.
  10. I would say just describe with as much detail/depth as the space allows. The more they are convinced that you know what medicine is truly like, the less they'll question your intentions.
  11. How are your clinical experiences? This is super important in the US.
  12. I've been told by 2 different administrators at Case (about separate incidents) that this has been a problem and that the students ended up getting very few interview invitations. The faculty members had to make calls for them to find out what was going on, because they were otherwise very competitive applicants. The calls helped, but obviously there's only so much that can be done at that point in the residency application. Both faculty said I should do EVERYTHING in my power to get a green card before entering the match. TBH, this makes sense, but as you said, probably worse/mostly for
  13. I’m not sure why it matters? MSAR should be indicating Canadians as internationals, and as far as tuition is concerned there’s no difference between OOS and INTL
  14. Ive heard recently from multiple sources that internationals (incl Canadians) graduating as USMDs are having a much harder time in the match. Residencies are using screens that keep them from even interviewing candidates, so do whatever you can to get a green card or know that this is definitely a risk.
  15. Can’t really comment too much on the list but I do think you’re competitive enough to get in. Key point: the US schools absolutely care about how much clinical experience you have (shadowing, volunteering, etc.). Make sure to emphasize this as that can be an app killer.
  16. Also remember that american schools REALLY care about clinical ECs and experience. but yeah, there's no recipe for success at a top 10/25.
  17. Yeah, agree with all the other posters.. I'll just add that the following is also relatively true: Good MCAT = Good Step 1 = Good Board Scores (you'd think people wouldn't fail these, but they do, and they make residency programs look bad, especially in smaller specialties)
  18. I'm not sure you can do what you suggested (go OPT and then ask for an H1-B), but I don't know that for sure. I would think that programs might be pissed off if they didn't know they had to sponsor you on H1-B. I've also been told that residency programs have become very.... harsh.. during interviews, and that some students who are excellent candidates, graduating from US MD programs, have been pushed aside because they didn't have a green card. I was personally told of one such story by a dean at my school. He made some phone calls and it was rectified, but yeah.. it seems like you may not ev
  19. LOL - I think what happened is they thought this was the way to go given political climate, funding, number of good candidates applying, etc., but then the President of CWRU did not agree and doesn't want to lose the diversity that that brings to the table... so I suspect this is how it will be going forward.
  20. The problem is if you apply for a residency and then can't get the VISA for that, it's going to really anger the program and you may even be at potential breach of the contract (although I'm speculating here). Canada has been incredibly resistant to issuing J1s for specialties that Canada is not in need of, despite that many individuals are wanting to use this as a route to end up practicing in the US and not return to Canada. I wish they would change this policy because it's outdated and unnecessary difficulty for Canadians. My guess is as a DO you may have additional issues in getting a
  21. I just wanted to make a comment about the MCAT at US schools. Research has repeatedly shown that MCAT score is one of the highest correlated metrics with USMLE Step 1 scores. And, in turn, Step 1 is not only a gigantic beast, but it also very much determines where people can match to and in what programs/specialties. So, in case it wasn't clear to people why there's such an emphasis on MCAT, this is what I believe the reason why is. So, all that to say: work your ass off to get a good MCAT score. It'll go a long way to help you in getting into a US school.
  22. MCAT *really* matters at US schools, more than GPA... so you need to ace it.
  23. You can add CWRU/CCLCM to your list.
  24. I'm at Case :).. hehe. (not dual). There are a few other Canadians in my class, but they are dual. They excluded internationals in their most recent application year, and then reversed that policy. This policy was implemented after the current M1 class, which also has at least 2 Canadians I think? Side note: my understanding is that CCLCM has always accepted international students. I don't know how many they have, unfortunately.
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