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  1. Thanks so kindly for your replies, everyone! I can't address all the wonderful points made here of course, but I'll give it my best shot. I have been working in public health research as a data analyst. Don't get me wrong, I'm enormously fortunate and thankful to be able to work in a health care environment, but I've been suffering from depression the last few years. I'm very good at what I do but I don't want to work with spreadsheets and coding my whole life, and every year I get rejected is another year where I know this is going to be my reality. I was not born to work at the same
  2. I'm a non-traditional student in my early 30s. Last year I received interviews in Calgary and Edmonton but was not accepted in either school. This cycle I once again received interviews at these schools and failed to get in. I'm beginning to think after 4 rolls of the dice there is simply something wrong with me at the interview stage and I'm wasting my time. Given my age and the fact that medicine is the only career I can see myself doing, I'm at a place where I just want to start studying and practicing ASAP. I was accepted last year to study in Australia but turned down the offer due t
  3. Sounds like they're going by accepted/waitlisted/rejected, in that order. The panic is setting in.
  4. You're right, it does start in early July - that's the tradeoff for having a 3 year program!
  5. If your whole life is revolving around what is essentially winning a lottery, as a reviewer/interviewer that would be a big red flag to me that you're not quite ready for the responsibility of med school just yet. Having a contingency plan in place for a decision that is much more likely than not to go against you shows insight and maturity. Making med school your one and only thing in life, and I'm sorry if this comes across as pejorative, demonstrates a real lack of understanding of how the world works. It's like betting your life savings on a game of roulette and saying that you're more des
  6. I don't often post here, but I feel this is kind of an important point. With all due respect, I think I'd tend to agree with the officer on this. It's a cliche nowadays but I think it still holds some weight: medicine is every bit as much an art as a science. Having a well-rounded application demonstrates to an admissions committee that you have real world experience - that when you are dealing with patients, you will be able to operate on the same level as them. This is what compassion and empathy are all about. When I go to the doctor, certainly I want someone who is intelligent and apprecia
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