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  1. You are completely wrong. I’m going to say it again to make it very clear to you, you are completely, completely, wrong. Your love of medicine is somewhat average for those that come to the site so I don’t think that’s particularly compelling. What is compelling, is that your grades have improved over time, and that you faced very personal, and significant adversity in generating those improved grades over time. You can absolutely, 100%, gain admission to a medical school in Canada. Your path might be a bit different than others, and that’s alright. Look
  2. It will probably be noted. But probably in itself wont make a difference.
  3. I think the OP had a specific question, and rather than respond to the posed question the respondent came in with their own agenda. Twice in the thread. We get it. Everyone gets it. It’s hard to get into medical school. The op is asking if it’s worth the effort. It might be a useful statement, but it’s not a useful response to the question.
  4. This is a useless post. Man. Get off it. Also news flash. Some people are competitive and get in with one application without upgrading. Also residents make cash. So it’s really only the investment of Medical School, especially for people considering family medicine where the residency is typically more civilized than most others.
  5. I say go for it. I’m 35 and just starting residency. Life is singular, and limited. Spend it pursuing your dreams. Life hard man. Good luck
  6. You could really increase your overall chances by doing a second degree, or even a part of a degree. Your old grades won’t hurt too much, if you can do say, two years of undergrad course work at a very high GPA level. You can explain this by justifying the need for increasing your gpa to demonstrate overall academic capability. Don’t do throw away courses, as that is harder to justify. It doesn’t have to be sciences, but it could be helpful for writing the MCAT. Personally I went back to school for a year and got a 4.0. It’s doable, but takes commitment.
  7. its difficult to know the meaning of this because you are blind to the admission results in your specific instance. Ei, were you a special admit under the alternative admissions pathway because in some important way you were identified by the admissions committee. I would recommend re-writing. The spread in CARS scores is greater than spread in GPA. You potentially have more points to earn by increasing your CARS score than your overall GPA, with probably considerably less work. Of course, it can be argued that CARS is traditionally the hardest score to improve so YMMV
  8. I’m not even sure which was first. By the time I went to the email, I had one. They are probably nearly simultaneous events.
  9. Traditionally an offer tab will open up on UCAN. That’s how I found out, I was refreshing the page periodically, and the offer tab was up. Emails are also sent out.
  10. It depends on the academic center. The handoff point in patient care is culturally defined and differs for each center. Many large centers do significantly more than just the initial work up. Some barely even do an initial work up.
  11. Meh everyone is/isnt impressive. It's all lipstick at one point or another. Source: graduating this year, and we are all impressive/losers.
  12. Hey guys. I know this past bit has been a ride through the extraordinary. I would say to all of you who are sleepless and worried like me. Good luck. Sincerely. MA
  13. *=CaRMS Status Update Anatomical Pathology: Laval (Dec 4), UofT (Dec 5), UBC (Dec 9), Memorial (Dec 10), Queens (Dec 13 IMG), Dalhousie (Dec 11), McMaster (Dec 16 IMG) Anesthesiology: Manitoba (Dec 6), NOSM (Dec 9), UBC (Dec 11), Ottawa (Dec 12), Dalhousie (Dec 13), Queen's (Dec 14), Calgary (Dec 16*), USask (Dec 17), Alberta (Dec 17*), Western (Dec 17*), Memorial (Dec 18), McMaster (Dec 18) Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Alberta (Dec 4), Ottawa (Dec 16) Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatoon (Nov 28), UBC (Nov 29), MUN (Dec 4), Calgary (Dec 6) McMaster IMg (Dec 18)
  14. Stay where you have family and friends, unless you have a real good plan in place for survival. Med school isn’t so hard. Clerkship on the other hand.....it turns a sane person a little crazy. The rest of it? Who cares. It’s preference.
  15. I think they will send them out when they are done and they have finalized the lists. I don’t think they wait for a “Tuesday” because it’s Tuesday.
  16. Buy a suit. Tailor it. This is an interview to be in the top 1 percent of income earners in the country. It might not be fair to expect you to wear a suit, but believe me, on interview day the last thing you want is any unintended negative perceptions about the sincerity of your efforts that day.
  17. I hope people aren't waiting until invites to come out to start preparing for interviews.
  18. you still get scored on the sections you don't write, so it doesn't really matter.
  19. I think it’s difficult to remedy this situation easily. You could consider explaining to the original referee, that you apologize, and should have given a clear outline on your needs (both the having the reference letter, and the timing you needed it by). That you recognize that you failed to clearly define the timeline at which the letter had to be complete for you to feel prepared for the application. Then you can explain that you were worried by the lack of email response, and recognizing a lack of clearly agreed upon timeframe of when the letter needed to be completed, that you
  20. I think you should read through the responses on this forum by doing a top ten search. This question has been answered. Edit. That came across kind of terse. You can search for the answer to your question by using the search function. I promise you will find a lot of well thought out responses to this question in a search history. Good luck. But coles notes - the top ten should not read as a resume. If your work experience made you who you are, you should absolutely include it. Your top ten should provide the file reviewers insight into what kind of person you are, what you value.
  21. People have a lot of opinions, and frightfully are willing to tell you what is or isn’t okay. The truth. You have no control over your file reviewers, and the reality (for all people) - we submit ourselves for review, and hope that the people reading our file resonate with our story. There is a chance you will have someone with strong implicit/explicit bias against muslins read your file. They may rank your letter and file lower because of this. However, there is also a chance that it will really resonate with someone quite strongly. For the simple reason that t
  22. They must fill out the u of c reference letter template specific the quality they are asked to comment on.
  23. You must release your mcat scores to the u of c. I believe you can do that before you actually get your scores back. MA
  24. No. More that it’s an attribute, not an accomplishment. So how can you show that attribute?
  25. Search this thread. This has been talked about again and again, and there are amazing responses to this question.
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