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    5th time the charm got a reaction from RedLily in May 12 Support Thread   
    all the best to you all tomorrow. Back in my day.....I actually had to wait for the mail to determine if I got in or not.....the year I got in, the envelope was stamped on the back in red with  "reply requested" so I pretty much knew I was accepted without even opening up the rather big thick envelope.  Staring at the letter certainly made up for 4 years of rejections.
     
    I still remember that feeling like it was yesterday!! The best day ever, after my wedding day and of course having my daughter.  
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    5th time the charm got a reaction from B3.572A in May 12 Support Thread   
    all the best to you all tomorrow. Back in my day.....I actually had to wait for the mail to determine if I got in or not.....the year I got in, the envelope was stamped on the back in red with  "reply requested" so I pretty much knew I was accepted without even opening up the rather big thick envelope.  Staring at the letter certainly made up for 4 years of rejections.
     
    I still remember that feeling like it was yesterday!! The best day ever, after my wedding day and of course having my daughter.  
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    5th time the charm got a reaction from Birdy in Pregnancy During Residency   
    Mothersinmedicine.com
     
    Interesting blog on why you absolutely have to have a baby in residency
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    5th time the charm got a reaction from shimshim in Pregnancy During Residency   
    Probably much easier to do this during fellowship even instead of when you are on staff somewhere
     
    My family doctor friends had to pay a locum to cover their practice so it can be expensive when you are on mat leave and mat benefits aren't the greatest when out in practice. I think our mat benefits paid up to 13 wks, no where near what a resident or fellow may get through EI with the top up so as to get by my recall (ontario) 85% of your pgy year salary.
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    5th time the charm got a reaction from shimshim in Pregnancy During Residency   
    My 2 cents....
    It may take longer to get pregnant than anticipated
    If you are trying to get into a canadian residency? I'm not sure from your post....you can have up to 3 months of residency time excused that you don't have to make up which though is at the discretion of the program director from what I understand
    Most residents I know in this situation took off a year and in ontario Atleast the benefits are very generous and would definitely be better than anything you may get when out in practice.
    If and when you become a mom it may change your perspective somewhat on how quickly you want to return to work. The program can and will wait, but the milestones with your child will only come around once and you don't want to miss being a part of that.
    There is a med mom blog that birdy on this forum knows of that may help you as well
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    5th time the charm got a reaction from LittleDaisy in Pregnancy During Residency   
    My 2 cents....
    It may take longer to get pregnant than anticipated
    If you are trying to get into a canadian residency? I'm not sure from your post....you can have up to 3 months of residency time excused that you don't have to make up which though is at the discretion of the program director from what I understand
    Most residents I know in this situation took off a year and in ontario Atleast the benefits are very generous and would definitely be better than anything you may get when out in practice.
    If and when you become a mom it may change your perspective somewhat on how quickly you want to return to work. The program can and will wait, but the milestones with your child will only come around once and you don't want to miss being a part of that.
    There is a med mom blog that birdy on this forum knows of that may help you as well
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    5th time the charm reacted to Fleming in What's On Your Mind?   
    Just an unreal feeling getting accepted. Good luck to everyone still waiting. It's totally worth it!
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    5th time the charm reacted to rmorelan in What's On Your Mind?   
    well that is 1/2 of the class of 2013 off to start their own practises!
     
    always a moment for a pause - I could gone that route and fully be out there in 6 weeks as opposed to 6 more years
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    5th time the charm reacted to wallaroo in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    HOLY @@@@
     
    Time Stamp: 11:02AM
    Result: Accepted into VFMP
    IP
    AGPA: ~85%
    MCAT: 11/10/11 (32)
    Last year's NAQ: 30.11
    Lots of long term extracurriculars (with leadership), a handful of volunteering (both short term and long term), some shadowing, oversea trips, tutoring, music, sports, etc. 2 research (unpaid) positions for 2 years each in psychology.
     
    Graduated BScH last April

    Third time applying, first time interviewing!
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    5th time the charm reacted to StayHappy in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Accepted.
    VMFP - first choice. 
    GPA: ~91
    MCAT: 33
    NAQ: Scored a 30 last year
    Interview: The #1 difference by far compared to before. I walked in this year and decided to not follow ANY of my prep. I talked like a normal person would in a conversation; I barely used any of the "explore perspectives" sort of thing. UBC in my opinion is looking for genuine answers, not much more. I felt I bombed 2 stations and laughed about it when I walked out of the room.

    Don't give up people. If you can land an interview, you CAN get in. I hated to hear it but it is the truth!
     
    3 CYCLES LATER!!!!! May 15, 2013/2014 I will always remember you and the fire you lit under my ass
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    5th time the charm got a reaction from rural_roots in May 12 Support Thread   
    yes it can!!!
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    5th time the charm got a reaction from RedLily in May 12 Support Thread   
    yes it can!!!
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    5th time the charm reacted to ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) in May 12 Support Thread   
    Wow that perseverance is incredible. I will straight up admit that I don't think I could do that. I'm glad you both finally got the chance to pursue what you're so clearly passionate about
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    5th time the charm reacted to vcklo in May 12 Support Thread   
    I'm trying not to think about May 12 as it does seemingly make time pass by faster for me, but admittedly it's much easier said than done. As a fifth time applicant, I really would like to avoid playing the admissions game again in pursuing this career path.
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    5th time the charm reacted to sucotai in May 12 Support Thread   
    I applied 5 times before finally getting in, it can and will happen!
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    5th time the charm reacted to vcklo in Post-Interview Stress And Analysis!   
    Yes I like family_med's advice a lot. This is my fifth time applying and year after year I seem to do better (e.x. more interview invites) but I still haven't gotten in. Despite that though, I'm happy with the alternate career I've built so far, and saved up quite a bit. Whether it will be for a down payment on a home or for medschool tuition remains to be seen but definitely don't stop the rest of your life for this!
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    5th time the charm reacted to Med30s in Accepted/rejected/waitlisted/deferred (Current applicants)   
    Accepted!
    NL resident.
    Non-trad. Applicant
    GPA ~3.7
    Undergrad: Pharmacy
    MCAT 29
    ECs: lots
     
    Wow. What a great feeling. This was my 4th time applying so don't ever give up!
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    5th time the charm reacted to sael in Calgary Interview Invites/regrets 2015   
    invite
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    5th time the charm reacted to Hope2bMD in Interview Invites 2015   
    Timestamp: 8:50 am
    Interview: Yes!
    GPA: OMSAS 4.0 scale: 3.61 (B.A Psyc) + (0.20 boost from Masters in Cog. Sci)= 3.81
    Context:  Born and raised in Sault Ste Marie. Completed my undergrad there as well. 
    ECs: Worked in variety of health settings: walk in, NP office, family doctor's office, mental health hospital. Volunteered 3 years at hospital. First aid instructor. Currently in Compressed RN program. 
    Non-trad?: Non-trad
    # of previous applications: 4!! (This is my 5th application! haha I will not give up! interviewed all 4 times. Ranked waitlist for first time last year-made it to #9 on the waitlist- so close yet so far)
    Interview Location/Date/Time Sat March 28 @1
     
    Good luck to everyone! 
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    5th time the charm reacted to pablo_yike in Urgent - Documents Not Received   
    I've been able to get it all sorted out.  Both OMSAS and the universities felt the problem was on the other end, but they've been able to sort it out.  I received an invite from McMaster and apparently won't be disqualified from U of T either.
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    5th time the charm got a reaction from LostLamb in The Future Of Non-Traditional Applicants?   
    I wasn't an illusion......happy to be a "non-existent" success story
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    5th time the charm got a reaction from lokiki in The Future Of Non-Traditional Applicants?   
    I wasn't an illusion......happy to be a "non-existent" success story
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    5th time the charm reacted to della19 in Interview Invites Are Soon!   
    I know the frustration that fuels that feeling, but you shouldn't think of it that way. If I thought about it that way, I've probably "wasted" a good deal more than a thousand dollars in my three cycles, and that's not true.  I applied to several schools each year and was only ever going to attend one, so technically speaking all the apps each year but one was a "waste," and if I'd thought like that, I'd have never applied to MUN as an OOP with so little a chance of getting in.  At the end of the day, that money is an investment into your future that will pay off when you get accepted somewhere, and until then, rejection sucks, but don't let it sour you.  Not to quote from Batman here, because I am serious, but it really is true: med school isn't full of people who got knocked down and stayed down, it's full of people who got knocked down and then got back up, and tried again.  
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    5th time the charm got a reaction from MDee2B in Is It Time To Move On?   
    It seems hard but please don't give up if this is your dream
    The average age of my med school class was about 24-25
    I finished residency at age 35
    Despite "late maternal age" I became a mom post residency.
    You are still young and you can do this.
    There is lots of time to start a family and pay off debt.
    I share my life despite a busy specialty practice with a very energetic and inquisitive 4 yr old and I wouldn't have changed a thing !!!
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    5th time the charm reacted to Med0123 in Med Students/residents..what Surprised/dissapointed You The Most?   
    As rogerroger said there are a LOT of dogmas in medicine that you can't even question (withdrawing of a chest tube when the draining is less than 200 cc/24h, thoracotomy if 1500 cc of blood, and so on…)
     
    In addition the emphasis of Evidence Based Medicine is sometimes SO important that you can't prescribe a drug / do a procedure if it has not been correlated to improved outcomes by a p < 0.05.
     
    The contrary is also true and you see sometimes a "revolution" in medicine with the super-duper-new drug costing 12314 times more than the old one with a not so clinically significant improvement on patients...
     
    What disappointed me the most? Cost of medicine related to 
    1- cost of medicine related to MDs habits and inertia toward requestionning what they learnt
    2- administration-related bs
    3- crazy-lazy patients
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