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  1. A little late, but here goes. Timestamp: 9:08am Interview: Yes GPA: OMSAS 3.91 Context: 19 years rural Northeast, 5 years Sudbury, 1 year Thunder Bay. Done all Postsecondary at Northern institutions. ECs: 1.5 years of Nishnaabemowin, 1 year of Cree. Community based research on Indigenous Communities and Restorative Justice. Other research projects involving best practices in mental health in Anishinaabe communities. Various other miscellaneous experiences. Currently working as a developmental services worker for individuals with intellectual disability/ dual diagnosis. I'm sure I'm forget
  2. The second degree only policy will only apply for the current cycle. Sucks eh?
  3. OP I went undiagnosed until my third year of undergrad, and struggled enormously up to that point. I finished my first degree with a 2.5 GPA having attended very little class, failing to make an impression on any professors, and really failed to thrive whatsoever socially. I had functioned at an extremely low level. What stood out to me was what you said about being "unsure" about ti for a number of years. A lot of people don't understand why it took me so long to get a diagnosis and seek the appropriate help. I think for the longest time I was in denial, and also didn't want the stigma of bei
  4. Hi all, was hoping that someone can shed some light on this. I appreciate any and all comments. So I recently started studying for the CARS section of the MCAT. All in all I have spent the past month and a half at it. I didn't initially have too too much trouble with the passages as I have 5 years of sociaI sciences/humanities in UG. I started with the Khan Academy because it's free and I just wanted to test the water, but quickly ran out of material so I decided to give a month of Gold Standard a try. I'm really freaking myself out here. Ran through all of the Khan Academy's practice
  5. This is my exact situation. I could probably complete 3 or 4 additional years getting 3.9s and completely bankrupt myself financially and might only be marginally competitive. Looks like a move out West might be in my near future. For those who are relying on a second degree, have you considered writing the MCAT and trying for Queens, Western, Dal, etc?
  6. If you aren't familiar with it already I would read over the FAQ on context scores. I'm certainly not saying that it's impossible for someone to get an interview from urban Southern Ontario, but it will be a major uphill battle. Context is based solely on where you grew up/ went to high school and it is roughly one third of the pre-interview score. Assuming that you grew up in Toronto, you likely would not score anything on the context section. You can however, make up a few points in the autobiographical sketch and questionnaire by showing an interest in rural/northern medicine but it would b
  7. Nobody can really say what is sufficient, everything seems to be kept under lock and key. Take what I say with a grain of salt of course. But if volunteering at a rural hospital is something you want to do, outside of any perceived benefits that it might yield to an application, then I say go for it. But if it makes a difference, I would guess that in the grand scheme of the application it would likely be negligible. The breakdown of pre-interview scores are roughly 1/3rd context (where you grew up, went to high school) 1/3rd GPA and 1/3rd ABS. I suppose that it could give you a few points in
  8. I had an undiagnosed learning disability when I started university. For two and a half years I really didn't know anything was wrong, I just assumed that I wasn't very studious and wrote off any plans of education past UG. Once I got everything figured out I thought, "it's alright, all I have to do is return to school and work my a** off for an additional 2 years," Did that, took on more debt, got a 3.9 and now this change in policy. Was told by NOSM that there are no exceptions made for students with disabilities and that I should try to contact my school and see if I can get some of the gra
  9. Regardless of reserved seats I think NOSM has tried very hard to engrain principles of equity right into their admissions process, which may or may not be even more important than reserved seats. Many of the other schools just seem to pay lip service to equity and diversity without actually having policies that reflect that. For example, NOSM is one of the only schools that gives students a second chance regarding a second degree. This makes a huge difference when individuals may have transitional difficulties. Many of my peers when they started out in university, were just leaving there rural
  10. Two years ago prior to setting out on completing my second degree I sent NOSM a number of emails asking the very questions that you are asking now. Before I started I was very discouraged due to the amount of misinformation out there regarding second degrees Furthermore I was very discouraged because with some schools like McMaster you can never escape first degree marks. I was pleased to find out that NOSM does not treat a second degree any differently than a first, in the sense that they do not look down upon individuals who are applying with a second degree regardless of their performance i
  11. We would need more information to provide accurate advice. You aren't delusional, but it will definitely take a lot of planning and forethought on your part before jumping in to another degree. First things first, what is the year to year breakdown of your grades and did you take a full course load every year? Have you done any prerequisites in your first degree? It doesn't matter where you do your second degree in the sense that no one school is looked more favorably upon than another. Where you really have to do your research, is in finding the program/ school that will provide the grade
  12. I guess pretty much all of our friendships will come to a point where their mettle will be tested. I think for most of us it happens when those common bonds and shared circumstances such as geography, family connections, school etc. begin to come apart. Although it sucks this is a time to reexamine what deeper shared values you have with your friend, aside from simply the shared goal of medicine. It is also a time of opportunity to find out what you really want from life. I have contemplated the US too, and when you think about the debt it's such a large amount of money that sometimes it's
  13. First off, I want to say that it's awesome that you have maintained this friendship into adulthood and I can understand perhaps worrying that you may be going in two separate directions. Please don't take this the wrong way but I think it might be a little bit romantic/idealistic to want to be doctors together. You are two separate people, your friend has to do what's best for him based upon his motivations and you have to do what is best for you based on yours. I think you have to take time and ask yourself why do YOU want to do medicine (independent from anyone else.) Even if you went to med
  14. You did kind of come out the gate swinging geriatricsdoc haha. By the way, what is your experience in geriatrics? I minored in gero in my second degree. I understand, it's a frustrating and heartbreaking process at times. Also it's important to debate these things, and they are the most important questions in policy and health care. Ultimately, even if we felt compelled to none of us on this board have the power to change policy on a macro level (at least I don't think so.) But what we do have is a fair amount of collective wisdom/ experiences to tap in to. Best of luck to you too NOCat,
  15. Instead of arguing and finger pointing, we could have perhaps helped you. All we know thus far is that you are from Uxbridge. There are 16 other schools out there. I completely empathize with you given how competitive it is, and although I wouldn't go to the Caribbean myself I am not prepared to disparage this option for every single person. For people who aren't dead set on returning to Canada, and who may be independently wealthy it might not be that bad of a choice - we all have different values and who are we to judge. I don't know anything about the quality of the education in the Caribbe
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