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  1. As far as I know this isn't true - I went to the interview training for med students (but didn't end up interviewing) and they told us they were using the telephones as timers/buzzers for the MMIs! No mention of recording applicants at all.
  2. This is actually a really important point, and one I hadn't really considered until now. When we talk about jobs where men are overrepresented, people like @uwopremed tend to point the finger at women and say we can't measure up, or we aren't qualified or smart enough. But in cases like medicine and nursing, all of a sudden the system is "favouring women." To me it seems that this whole situation is due to a combination of two (probably more) things, 1. that women are simply graduating from university in higher numbers and therefore applying to medical school in higher numbers, and 2. that th
  3. To be completely clear, the people who create room for Trump and people like him are the people who vote for him - not people like me who advocate for equal rights and social justice. If you think the world is becoming "too PC" or any other ridiculous variation of that, that's your problem and not mine. It's called the advancement of society, and I wouldn't even be enrolled in medical school right now without it. If anything, "people like me" are far more willing to actually believe and help men who are abused by women, and far more likely to advocate for equal rights for men when it comes to
  4. Look dude, it's pretty obvious that this is something that bothers you a lot for whatever reason but have you ever thought about why certain fields skew male or female? I get that you can look at numbers and statistics and that's all the information you need, but there are reasons why things are the way they are. In very very general terms, jobs that are seen as "women's work" are considered less valuable, and as a society we actively push men away from these jobs because the worst thing a man could possibly be is a sissy. The reason why women work fewer hours is because we as a society think
  5. I was gonna post something about your weird vendetta against women and how you seem to think we end up in medicine in higher proportions only when "unfair" methods are used.. but considering this lovely previous quote of yours that I found in your comment history: "I was one of those 2nd years helping out today. I loved my first year - and thoroughly enjoyed O-Week. Definitely try to do everything. The white coat ceremony was fun - as a guy it's nice to see all those new first year women in the skimpiest and shortest of dresses with high heels and hair and the old people in the crowd
  6. Re: this, see @sunny_'s post above. All the provinces you've mentioned do have a vested interest in keeping their residents within the province for med school. Ontario has NOSM to cater to students specifically from rural, underserved areas who would be more likely to practice in those areas upon graduation, but the Atlantic and Western provinces only have their "big city" schools. Sure, someone from Vancouver or Halifax might not be as likely to practice in Northern BC or rural NS, but I'd argue they would be quite a bit more likely to practice there than someone from the GTA (or any other OO
  7. The bolded part here is what bothers me. I don't think it's fair that Ontario schools consider applicants from all provinces instead of implementing regional quotas, but having the "good fortune" of being born in New Brunswick? PEI? Manitoba? The Ontario schools all have different requirements and preferences, but many people from these apparently "fortunate" areas only have one school they can reasonably apply to (I was lucky enough to have two). Like @ralk said above, you can't assume you'd have the same experiences and opportunities had you been born in an entirely different province. Half
  8. On a related note, my home province apparently has "anglophone rights" associations lmao. The joys of being a bilingual province... http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/english-rights-billboard-moncton-1.3696111
  9. Yeah, this advisor specializes in these types of LOCs so I have a hard time believing it's ignorance. It's frustrating to feel like you're being taken advantage of - I don't know anything about insurance/banking at all really, and I was pretty up front about that with him from the beginning.. Maybe not the best way to go after all, ha.
  10. Well I wish I had seen this thread before I got life insurance with my scotiabank LOC haha.... My advisor told me that most people get it, and that not many people get the critical illness insurance (so guess which one I didn't get). I'm 99% sure he also told me it would be my parents' responsibility to pay off the LOC if I passed away. Damn this sucks haha
  11. I wasn't! I had two poster presentations but that's it. Neither were at big/impressive conferences by any means. Both my interviews were closed file so it never came up - I'm not a huge fan of basic research so I had more exciting things to bring up during my interviews
  12. Re: an OOP school you could apply to - what's your yearly GPA breakdown? If it's 3.7+ for each year on the OMSAS scale you could consider applying to Dal, if you have any connection to the maritimes and/or interest in studying there. Your ECs look unique, and Dal's a pretty EC-heavy school, so it could be a good fit! They do require medically-relevant experience though, so be sure to keep volunteering in the hospital setting to keep it open as an option again next year, should you need to reapply.
  13. There's no such thing as "top" med schools in Canada the way there is in the states. I would say don't bother applying to NOSM since you've been away from Canada (and therefore any rural areas within Canada) for so long, but you should be set for all other Ontario schools. I believe Sask/Manitoba are MCAT-heavy so those could be good options, and you'd be fine applying to Calgary, UofA and UBC (assuming very good ECs for the latter). It's your pick, really! Edit: Omg, as a future (almost current?) MUN student I should mention that with your stats you'd be very likely to get an interview wi
  14. From what I've seen on previous threads by accepted OOP applicants, I'd say your best bet would be to research what makes Dal med unique (i.e. what draws you to study at Dal specifically), as well as the realities of healthcare in Halifax and the maritimes in general, and go from there. I've said it somewhere else on these forums before, but as a general rule, try to avoid waxing poetic about landscapes/beaches/perceived friendliness of maritimers, haha
  15. I didn't apply to UofT so I'm not sure about their requirements specifically, but including canMEDS roles is a great idea - I didn't do that for my referees because I wasn't really aware of their existence/importance at the time, ha. But for schools where there isn't as strict of a criteria/structure for the reference letters, having the option of framing them around canMEDS competencies could definitely be helpful for the referee. One of my referees for the hospital setting where I volunteered asked if there were any particular patients/experiences I had encountered during my time that h
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