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    mmd7 got a reaction from ADGJ9687 in 2015 Backpack Colour Voting   
    Yeah brown is definitely the worst one of the lot for sure. Nothing says "yay medical school!" like a shit coloured backpack!
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    mmd7 reacted to Birdy in What's On Your Mind?   
    Today is a day of victory. If you guys haven't heard the news, the US Supreme Court voted in favour of marriage equality. I hoped I would see this day before much longer.
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    mmd7 got a reaction from LeBronto2019 in Looking For Mmi Interview Prep Coach / Prep Class Edmonton Area\sherwood Park   
    In this vein, if you're looking for a really good real-life book on this read "A Healthy Society" by Ryan Meili. It is a little bit political, but hes a practicing family physician in a low income neighborhood in Saskatoon and gives lots of real life examples of social determinants of health. It's only about 100 pages and it's a really lovely read. Since y'all have an NDP provincial government now, maybe  you'll be more open to the socialist undertones (or not as subtle overtones by the end)
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    mmd7 reacted to virgil in 2015 Waitlist Anonymous   
    Sherill just emailed me saying I can move from Regina to Saskatoon because one person OOP declined, so it should be moving very soon!
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    mmd7 reacted to virgil in 2015 Waitlist Anonymous   
    ACCEPTED OFF THE WAITLIST!!!!@!@!@!@!@!@ Nearly dropped my phone when I saw the email. God bless all of you and good luck everyone still waiting!
     
    Edit: WHATTTTT my email disappeared
     
    Edit 2: Holy jesus they scared me half to death. Turns out they just had to edit the email so they retracted it for a few minutes. I thought they made a mistake.
     
    Edit 3: Regina Campus
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    mmd7 got a reaction from haps in 2015 Waitlist Anonymous   
    I can't imagine the giddy feeling you must have cancelling your MCAT date haha. What a great feeling! You can relax now!
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    mmd7 reacted to haps in 2015 Waitlist Anonymous   
    Accepted!! I will be accepting.
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    mmd7 got a reaction from cbarne01 in Going Into My 2Nd Year..how'd You Get Through It?   
    Everyone struggles, but being motivated is key! I didn't even want to apply to med so that wasn't my motivation for studying... it was like an inner pride thing, like... I know I can beat my previous marks. I competed against myself (block out all that pre-med bullshit grade humble bragging, ie. people in classes "disappointed" they only got a 90 on that midterm, or whatever) and didn't tell anyone my grades, nor did I ask anyone else's.
     
    Story time about my journey (skip if bored already): At the end of first year my average was ~81, and I knew I could totally do better than that. I rocked first year bio, but struggled a little bit in chem and quite a bit, unexpectedly, in first year calc. So, in second year I went into it just trying my best... and I'll be damned, I was succeeding at classes I never thought I would be good at. I always assumed I'd like ecology and macrobiology because biochemistry and microbiology sounded scary and hard. I took intro biochem and did pretty good (85, not my highest mark that year, but my hardest earned mark for sure) but absolutely loved the content. I also loved intro microbiology and got a pretty good mark in that, but had a general sense from other students that the micro department was a death trap (it was - so thank god I picked biochem, we have an amazing biochem department of professors who care about teaching and awesome support staff). So anyway, changed major from biology to biochem and my average went up to probably ~83 cumulatively after 2nd year, and I was like wow... I can do this. I set a number goal: I wanted my cumulative average to be above 85 by the end of 3rd year. And, sure enough, by the end of third year I managed to bring it up to 86! I continued to get even better grades in 4th year and ended my degree with a cumulative avg of 88 at the end of my degree.
     
    So... how do you get the upward trend? Well I fumbled my way through without any advice from anyone, really. So maybe if I was in your shoes where you are right now getting advice, I could've skipped a bit of fumbling. I didn't focus on finding "the best way to study" - I just went with my gut instincts of how I learn best. This could take trial and error if you didn't figure that out in high school/first year. I knew I learn best by reading what I've handwritten, and by orally explaining concepts to myself - I am very much an auditory/visual learner. I remember the way words look written in my writing, the kinesthetic aspect of physically hand writing helps, and hearing myself say something helps. For memorization - drawing and redrawing. Flashcards are meh for me, I need to write and write again. This all lead to a style in which for each and every class, for every exam, I would go through my notes and make organized study notes condensed to usually 8-12 pages for a midterm, and up to 30 for a final (but I'd reuse my previous study notes for the first half of the term from the midterm). Then I would go through them, read a sentence and explain concepts out loud to myself until I could basically recite all the concepts in my notes from memory. I would go over things I struggled with several times. Hopefully getting through all the notes at least 2-3 times. You also have to distinguish between theoretical classes where that technique works really well, and problem solving classes like chemistry, physics, etc. Problem solving classes I would do the theory learning, but weeks before an exam set goals for problem sets I needed to work through. Old exams are the best practice! Write practice finals if you can in the same type of setting you'll write the final in.
     
    For me, when studying, prioritization is absolutely key, too. I make study schedules based on the priority of classes (how much time I'll need to study, how much the exam is worth, etc). Studying was never a "choice" I made, really. It was a habit and a part of my life in undergrad. It was just something I had to do, like a job! It sounds like you have the kind of motivation to treat studying that way already... so that's awesome!
     
    As far as electives... do what you are interested in. Honestly. I fell into the trap of "oh, first year sociology is a marks booster all multiple choice!" and did classes like that, but absolutely dreaded them... and ended up doing WORSE in them than the "harder" classes like women's and gender studies (those can be 'easy', but mine was a lot of work with many essays, written assigns, etc), and 2nd year english (fantasy and speculative fiction, amazing class!). I also did a lot of science electives (against the advice of my advisor who said I should take lighter 1st year humanities credits) like microbial genetics and advanced molecular biology... which i also did better in than my crappy 1st year sociology and psychology classes I wasn't into. In my experience, you will tend to do better in classes you are interested in. So if you love history, take some history electives! If you do really love science, do science electives (if you can)! You can look up classes and profs on rate my prof (especially for 1st/2nd year classes) and that can give you an idea of what a class/prof is like.
     
    Hopefully that helps you'll make it through the other side, trust me!
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    mmd7 got a reaction from Head Squeeze in Going Into My 2Nd Year..how'd You Get Through It?   
    Everyone struggles, but being motivated is key! I didn't even want to apply to med so that wasn't my motivation for studying... it was like an inner pride thing, like... I know I can beat my previous marks. I competed against myself (block out all that pre-med bullshit grade humble bragging, ie. people in classes "disappointed" they only got a 90 on that midterm, or whatever) and didn't tell anyone my grades, nor did I ask anyone else's.
     
    Story time about my journey (skip if bored already): At the end of first year my average was ~81, and I knew I could totally do better than that. I rocked first year bio, but struggled a little bit in chem and quite a bit, unexpectedly, in first year calc. So, in second year I went into it just trying my best... and I'll be damned, I was succeeding at classes I never thought I would be good at. I always assumed I'd like ecology and macrobiology because biochemistry and microbiology sounded scary and hard. I took intro biochem and did pretty good (85, not my highest mark that year, but my hardest earned mark for sure) but absolutely loved the content. I also loved intro microbiology and got a pretty good mark in that, but had a general sense from other students that the micro department was a death trap (it was - so thank god I picked biochem, we have an amazing biochem department of professors who care about teaching and awesome support staff). So anyway, changed major from biology to biochem and my average went up to probably ~83 cumulatively after 2nd year, and I was like wow... I can do this. I set a number goal: I wanted my cumulative average to be above 85 by the end of 3rd year. And, sure enough, by the end of third year I managed to bring it up to 86! I continued to get even better grades in 4th year and ended my degree with a cumulative avg of 88 at the end of my degree.
     
    So... how do you get the upward trend? Well I fumbled my way through without any advice from anyone, really. So maybe if I was in your shoes where you are right now getting advice, I could've skipped a bit of fumbling. I didn't focus on finding "the best way to study" - I just went with my gut instincts of how I learn best. This could take trial and error if you didn't figure that out in high school/first year. I knew I learn best by reading what I've handwritten, and by orally explaining concepts to myself - I am very much an auditory/visual learner. I remember the way words look written in my writing, the kinesthetic aspect of physically hand writing helps, and hearing myself say something helps. For memorization - drawing and redrawing. Flashcards are meh for me, I need to write and write again. This all lead to a style in which for each and every class, for every exam, I would go through my notes and make organized study notes condensed to usually 8-12 pages for a midterm, and up to 30 for a final (but I'd reuse my previous study notes for the first half of the term from the midterm). Then I would go through them, read a sentence and explain concepts out loud to myself until I could basically recite all the concepts in my notes from memory. I would go over things I struggled with several times. Hopefully getting through all the notes at least 2-3 times. You also have to distinguish between theoretical classes where that technique works really well, and problem solving classes like chemistry, physics, etc. Problem solving classes I would do the theory learning, but weeks before an exam set goals for problem sets I needed to work through. Old exams are the best practice! Write practice finals if you can in the same type of setting you'll write the final in.
     
    For me, when studying, prioritization is absolutely key, too. I make study schedules based on the priority of classes (how much time I'll need to study, how much the exam is worth, etc). Studying was never a "choice" I made, really. It was a habit and a part of my life in undergrad. It was just something I had to do, like a job! It sounds like you have the kind of motivation to treat studying that way already... so that's awesome!
     
    As far as electives... do what you are interested in. Honestly. I fell into the trap of "oh, first year sociology is a marks booster all multiple choice!" and did classes like that, but absolutely dreaded them... and ended up doing WORSE in them than the "harder" classes like women's and gender studies (those can be 'easy', but mine was a lot of work with many essays, written assigns, etc), and 2nd year english (fantasy and speculative fiction, amazing class!). I also did a lot of science electives (against the advice of my advisor who said I should take lighter 1st year humanities credits) like microbial genetics and advanced molecular biology... which i also did better in than my crappy 1st year sociology and psychology classes I wasn't into. In my experience, you will tend to do better in classes you are interested in. So if you love history, take some history electives! If you do really love science, do science electives (if you can)! You can look up classes and profs on rate my prof (especially for 1st/2nd year classes) and that can give you an idea of what a class/prof is like.
     
    Hopefully that helps you'll make it through the other side, trust me!
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    mmd7 got a reaction from lady.dmd in Lines of Credit for Medical Students (Scotia is the best option)   
    Pretty sure with Scotia you get the line of credit at prime like every other bank, plus a free ScotiaOne account (usual chequing kind of account) with unlimited free transactions with the card (I get that now already as a student with them), plus you can sign up for the ScotiaGold Passport Visa and the Scotia Gold AmEx card - both of which have sweet travel rewards especially the amex because it's 4x the points. And both cards have their fees waived. If this is truly the deal (meeting with my advisor today) I'll edit this post and let you guys know but that sounds like an awesome deal to me. I would love to spend every dollar on travel rewards cards, pay them off with the LoC and get some free flights and hotels!
     
    Edit: After talking to my advisor at Scotia it sounds pretty similar to RBC's plan people have talked about here - She said that the funds are not released until proof of enrollment (but the line of credit can get approved with just the letter of offer). They tend to approve without a cosignor unless you have bad credit.  It's 200 K at prime - only 50 K allowed per year but in years 2, 3, 4 they are flexible on how much you can use, if you find you need a little extra one year you can use it but then you get less for other years- AKA the whole 200K is not freely accessible from the get go. And then once you get to residency they can extend if you need more money (she didn't say how much but I'd assume up to 275 K or so). She said you get the ScotiaGold passport visa with all fees waived with a 5K limit, but if you want the AmEx card you can get that instead but you have to pay the fees for it (and it's still only 5K). If you have another credit card through somewhere else, they subtract that credit from the credit they'll give you. So, I have the Chase Amazon Visa right now with 1K limit, so they'd only give me a 4K credit card if I don't consolidate which is kinda dumb (I bet I could negotiate them on that cause it's sort of ridiculous).
     
    To be honest, although I do mostly trust myself, I personally don't mind the limits set out on how much I can use per year because I think it's easier to budget if you're like "Ok I can't spend more than 50 K this year" as opposed to "WOO HOO I HAVE 200 K AT MY DISPOSAL!" but I'm also quite young (23) and not married and all of that so I might be more tempted than others to blow money because it's available. Which I'm gonna try my hardest NOT to do!
     
    Edit edit: Advisor just emailed me and apparently it was recently changed so that you CAN get the AmEx card with fees waived.
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    mmd7 got a reaction from amanda48 in 2015 Waitlist Anonymous   
    My fist aid + cpr C was 116 through the city of saskatoon! So it's not more expensive to do cpr too but maybe its an extra day or something
     
     
    edit: just checked, same length of course at SIAST
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    mmd7 got a reaction from haps in Where to Live   
    Haha totally fair I know lots of people who survive without cars here just fine! I am probably just a diva who "needs" to go to Costco. But man you can't beat the deals on toilet paper and dishwashing detergent. Living without roommates would probably make that a non-issue
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    mmd7 got a reaction from amanda48 in Does Saskatchewan Medical School Count More On Extracurricular Activities?   
    The U of S is not asking for ECs at this time so if you're doing that... it might be irrelevant. But they've also been revamping their admissions process so I wouldn't be surprised if that changed in the next 4 years while you're doing your degree so it would be good to be prepared. Hobbies are great, but yeah I think they want things that are verifiable. You can become involved with campus rec if you're into fitness and health - they have volunteer and paid positions! Become a member of the pre-med students club, join the students association for your major, get on the exec of some of those clubs in your 3rd and 4th years (it's a ton of fun anyway!), pick something you would like to volunteer in (there's SWITCH - a medical clinic that students can volunteer at, or there's volunteering through the university library as a tutor or peer mentor, or big brothers big sisters, you name it! Pick something you really enjoy doing!). Also don't forget to try to land research positions in summer months - email profs early (like fall) to inquire about applying for scholarships and research summer positions (NSERC scholarship apps are due in early January and there are college of med undergrad student scholarships due in late Feb or March). It's really easy to do ECs if they're things you genuinely enjoy doing so push yourself out of your comfort zone and you'll make some friends, learn some skills, and have fun
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    mmd7 got a reaction from amanda48 in Where to Live   
    Those are all nice neighborhoods and are indeed family friendly but are kind of higher income unless you go for a condo. If you're looking for something cheaper you should check out Sutherland too. Some of the places are kind of dumpy because it is an old town that was annexed by the city, but some places have been kept up very nicely and there are lots of infills (new homes built on lots that were knocked down) and reasonably priced semi-detached houses, condos, single family homes, etc. It's a mixture of old people, students, and young families in the neighborhood and there's a school. Also, forest grove is very close to that and similar but maybe slightly newer for the most part. Sutherland is probably the closest neighborhood to school next to varsity view. There are tons of buses going through there because it's populated by a lot of students.
     
    Additionally, some of the older areas like Buena Vista and City park are quite beautiful (big old trees, wide streets, character homes) and you can find cheaper small homes. Like most neighborhoods undergoing gentrification, some homes are a little dumpy but others are well kept up and renovated or infills. City park is just  northwest of campus across the bridge, and Buena Vista is a little farther south then Broadway and Varsity View which have become sort of expensive due to proximity to the university and becoming more of a hip artsy neighborhood that's now attracting people with money.
     
    Most people don't reccommend the "west side" or "alphabet city" or "west of idylwyld". Honestly, Blairmore is a new development in the far west that has some really nice new places and a huge big box development with some restaurants, grocery stores, a gym, etc. So I wouldn't say ixnay the west side options. Also, Mayfair isn't too bad I don't think - it's older like city park and just across idylwyld from it. Most of the west side isn't "too bad" but if you didn't grow up here you might not be that comfortable because some streets are great and others are meh and you end up living next to a crack house and you're having a bad time. If you aren't familiar with the neighborhood you might have a tough time picking a house on one of the good streets or sections.
     
    The commute from suburbs is gonna be kinda brutal though - looking at you Arbor creek (40 minute bus ride there and back to campus... takes 25 mins to bike and only 12 to drive). Also evergreen, blairmore, stonebridge (new south development), rosewood (new southeast development) anything that's kinda spread out and out in the boonies. But they're also the newest homes and usually have access to lots of grocery stores (downtown is especially bad for grocery shopping).
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    mmd7 got a reaction from meer in How To Become An Mcat Instructor   
    I'm going to be teaching for TPR starting in a few days and these are my experiences so far:
     
    I had to write a qualifying exam that was purely content and had to score at least a 70% on it to prove I have mastered the content. Then I did a phone interview (as the office is in Toronto and I live elsewhere). The phone interview included a 5 min or less "teach us something" with pre-approved topics given to you beforehand that you could select from. It was just to assess your interpersonal skills and affirm that you are not a weirdo and to educate you about compensation and training and such. Then they flew me down to Toronto to do 2 solid days of training. Arrived on a friday evening, had 4 hours that night, then went 8-5 with a 30 min lunch break and a couple ten minute breaks on the 2nd and 3rd days and flew home Sunday night. Training was HARDCORE and intense. You're evaluated - if you don't pass you've already signed a 2 year non compete and you won't be hired. It's essentially a 3 day interview. Both Sat and Sun you have to do a portion of a lecture and an in-class problem  teaching lesson and then you get feedback and you're told things you MUST fix by sunday to be hired. Now, where I'm from they're struggling to find teachers on time for my topic so I think they MAYBE went easy on me because they sort of HAD to hire me.... but if they had their pick of the litter it might have been even worse. I'm not the kind of person to blow something off just because I think it's a given, though, so I still worked hard for certification and did my best. I also have teaching experience so that helps. Honestly... even leading up to my first class I kind of have this sense of dread so I don't know if I'll do this again.
     
    My main problem is ethical: I don't agree with how they teach the MCAT material all of the time, and I don"t agree with 2500$ prep classes in general and the philosophy that you can "pay for your MCAT mark" if you have the money. I also don't like how strict they are on teaching style. I have to do a lot of boardwork and theres no powerpoint or visual aids other than what I draw - I find it a little awkward and cringey. You also must teach in a "socratic method" which they have interpreted as a billion rapidfire bite-sized questions for the students. So you're drawing a diagram and asking them "Alex, what would be this label?" .."Right, so Jason, does that mean insulin is going up or going down?" etc. while also writing on the board at the same time. Its so hard to not make mistakes and to be thinking of questions and responding to other peoples answers. So it's a little nuts. But I think once I start teaching my own lectures I'll get into a groove. It's just a little stressful to completely change the way that you teach people. I guess I'm not completely changing but I prefer a more relaxed style and  don't necessarily want to do that much board work... especially since the room they got for my class has a chalkboard... Anyway that's my thoughts on it.
     
    The workload would be really intense to teach your first class DURING med. I'm doing mine during summer so it isn't a huge deal... but if you had to do this while doing a full courseload it would be hell to prep all your lectures. Depends on your topic too - bio has the most content and most lectures (30 hours of teaching) so.... its a lot. If you do want to do it, though, they require a minimum 12 in the section you're going to teach and no minimum overall score but I can't imagine they want somebody teaching who got less than a 30 or so... They told us not to tell our students our MCAT score unless we got 35+ and to not tell them our scores in sections less than 12. I got 11/12/12 (PS/VR/BS) so I mean.. if my student's ask what I got on PS I'm not gonna lie, but I'm also not supposed to shout I GOT AN 11 ON PS on the first day or something haha. If you got an 11 in bio you wouldn't teach that. I can't speak to the other sections but it is a little bit less teaching. I think the new PS is only 5 or 6 lectures and CARMS is like 4.
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    mmd7 got a reaction from momMD2B in Success Stories- Non Trad Style!   
    I found your blog a few days before acceptances rolled out after reading a comment somewhere on here and I ended up spending over an hour browsing your old posts - you really have a knack for writing so I hope you continue to blog through your journey in med school and as a doctor. It's nice to see the whole story summed up here - what a journey . To me, and I'm sure you agree, one of the real champions of this story (aside from yourself, of course, as the #1 champion ) is your husband - he must be an amazing person! Congrats!
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    mmd7 reacted to sunday in Does Saskatchewan Medical School Count More On Extracurricular Activities?   
    are you oop or ip? not sure if they'll change for next year but this year for oop it was 100% mcat for interview (as long as you met the gpa requirements). after that 100% decision based on interview.
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    mmd7 reacted to ... in 2015 Backpack Colour Voting   
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    mmd7 got a reaction from AS9Wave in 2015 Backpack Colour Voting   
    Yeah brown is definitely the worst one of the lot for sure. Nothing says "yay medical school!" like a shit coloured backpack!
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    mmd7 got a reaction from Heisencat in 2015 Backpack Colour Voting   
    Yeah brown is definitely the worst one of the lot for sure. Nothing says "yay medical school!" like a shit coloured backpack!
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    mmd7 got a reaction from thatbananaaaa in 2015 Backpack Colour Voting   
    Yeah brown is definitely the worst one of the lot for sure. Nothing says "yay medical school!" like a shit coloured backpack!
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    mmd7 got a reaction from sunday in 2015 Countdown   
    In for top choice (Saskatoon) time stamped at 11:57 am SK time! Woo!
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    mmd7 got a reaction from acdhdrls in 2015 Countdown   
    In for top choice (Saskatoon) time stamped at 11:57 am SK time! Woo!
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    mmd7 got a reaction from acdhdrls in 2015 Countdown   
    Still waiting for IP!
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    mmd7 reacted to virgil in Good Luck Tommorow Guys!   
    OOP is out
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