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    Butterfly_ got a reaction from marine in Would writing that I've been a dishwasher after uni be detrimental to my application?   
    Dishwashing is a tough job. Definitely include it and be proud of it  I used to dishwash, deliver newspapers, and clean toilets. I’m glad I did it. Taught me discipline, respect, and resilience at a young age. 
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    Butterfly_ reacted to marine in Would writing that I've been a dishwasher after uni be detrimental to my application?   
    I graduated 3 years ago from UBC biology. I'm currently running 2 jobs, one of which is a dishwasher for a restaurant.
    I'm not going to try to embellish the position in the description from what it really is. I'm doing it to make ends meet and save more money for additional schooling. Would the adcoms think negatively of this position thinking that I'm just not trying to find a job? I've just gotten used to the looks on people's faces when I tell them what I do for a living after graduating from UBC over the years, but it is one of my longer commitments.
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    Butterfly_ got a reaction from FutureS in Unfilled positions after R1 match 2021   
    I think being a non-trad student during CaRMs was an advantage. Our diverse life experiences enable us to standout from the crowd. We have interesting stories to tell. Our unique experiences and perspectives are valued by residencies. 
    My close friends, all non-trad students, none of us backed up, and we all fortunately matched to our #1 choices this year in various specialties including cardiothoracic surgery, pediatrics, family medicine, and psychiatry.
    Please feel free to DM if you need any help!
    All the best!!
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    Butterfly_ got a reaction from jb24 in Paleobiology- A good Pre Med program or not?   
    Studying topics that you’re passionate about is always a great idea.
    Make sure you maintain a high GPA!!
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    Butterfly_ got a reaction from mdhopeful26 in Success Stories- Non Trad Style!   
    Three years flew by just like that. I can't believe I'm graduating next month! 
    Re-reading this post has brought back so many memories.
    I fortunately matched yesterday and will be going back home for Family Medicine! It's my dream specialty and location--I am so excited!
    Medical school has truly been an amazing journey. There hasn't been a single day that I regretted making this decision.
    I know recent times have been extremely difficult for all. If there's anything I learned in my last few years, it is that the toughest experiences are the ones that bring out the best in us and allow us to grow the most.
    Hang in there everyone. I sincerely wish you all the best. 
    Stay safe and take care! 
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    Butterfly_ reacted to sterntaler in Is it normal to be scared/worried to start residency?   
    I feel this 100%. I have been reviewing random topics because I'm afraid that I will do even worse than third year clerks :<
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    Butterfly_ reacted to rmorelan in Is it normal to be scared/worried to start residency?   
    yes - anyone that isn't nervous is not appreciating the gravity of things in my mind. Plus more likely to injure someone out of arrogance. 
    I was "slightly" terrified. Starting on ICU - running the precode pager? What the hell did I know about that kind of thing? Am I going to kill someone? 
    Truth is I don't think ever goes away fully. First night of solo call - scary. First time doing procedures in residency basically without supervision - scary. The exams - scary. First time as a fellow when your word drives entire management plans - scary. First time doing anything as staff? - very scary (yeah 10 mins on an X ray because well, it is now MY xray). Every once in a while as staff it is still scary (what the hell is that is not what you want your radiologist to say when looking at your scan). 
    Medicine is scary at times, but you being there is no mistake. Most med students are "average" and the average med student is pretty smart. 
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    Butterfly_ got a reaction from zoxy in Is being a doctor worth it?   
    I'm currently in my final year of medical school and there's hasn't been a single moment where I regretted quitting investment banking. 
    If I had stayed in IB, I would probably be making way more money than I ever would be as a doctor. 
    However, no amount of money can replace the shitty, dreadful feeling of waking up everyday to do something that I had no passion for. It's just fucking horrible.
    Also, the competition  in IB was cut throat; you always had to watch your back; you're easily replaced by the next person if you don't perform; you constantly have suck up to your boss; your body is destroyed by alcohol and lack of sleep; and you can be fired at any time if the market suddenly turns to shit. To me, IB sucked ass. 
    However, if asked the same question to some of my former IB colleagues, they would probably paint you a completely picture.  Some people love that kind of life and that's completely cool too. 
    Ultimately, it comes down to your personality, values, and what gives you meaning in life. What is worth a lot to you may be worth nothing to other people and vice versa.
    Also, to all the people who think these other careers like tech, engineering, business or whatever is "easier" than medicine--that's just bs.  I personally feel that I worked a lot harder to get into IB than to get into medicine. I also have lots of friends in engineering, tech, consulting, and real estate who are successful in their careers but stressed af. I also know quite a few who are struggling. They talk to me about their work stressors and I can't imagine going through some of the things that they go through. 
    Ultimately, comparing IB or whatever other career to medicine is comparing apples to oranges.  Every career has its own stressors and difficulties. It really depends on what you value and what you're willing to deal with. 
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    Butterfly_ got a reaction from Persephone in Failing a clerkship exam after matching   
    Don’t worry. Most students who fail an exam just need to do a makeup exam. I’ve failed a clerkship exam before. It really sucks and it’s stessful.
    But honestly, It’s no big deal. Just pass the re-take and it won’t even show up on your transcript. 
    I know someone who had to retake a clerkship exam 3 times and still matched.
    Trust your dean. You’ll be okay. 
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    Butterfly_ reacted to 1D7 in Why you should pick McMaster?   
    My experience is that Mac medical students are not as well rounded in terms of knowledge, especially in fields heavy in anatomy or anything related to the more esoteric topics like embryology. Some of it I think is because some elective rotations are done really early on in clerkship (whereas most other schools have you finish core rotations first).
    This isn't some hidden secret... Quite a few of the senior residents and attendings on my surgery rotations had similar thoughts.
    Anyway I think in the end people end up fine in residency and beyond since lacking knowledge outside your own field is rarely critical for patient care.
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    Butterfly_ reacted to MDIA in Why you should pick McMaster?   
    Hey guys, congratulations to everyone who got accepted. And to those who received multiple offers, let me convince you why Mac is the best school to attend.
    1. Mac is great for your mental health. The schedule is laid back and flexible, allowing you to pursue multiple interests like research, ECs and hobbies. You take control of your education and can decide how you want to spend your time. Can't count the number of TV shows I've binged this year. Just recently the class of 2023 was offered a weekend off + flex days to avoid burn out. Exams are also quite low stakes.
    2. 3 years. Need I say more. Less tuition and a chance to finish in 2024. 
    3. 3 great campuses and quite close to all GTA amenities.
    4. The faculty actually cares. The way MacMed admin has handled COVID, shows that they put students first and are committed to making sure we are in no way disadvantaged. The incoming Associate Dean is an education scientist and I expect nothing short of amazing work from him.
    5. Competitive match rates. Mac students go all over Canada for residency and consistently go for competitive specialties. 
    6. Some of the strongest researchers in Canada. McMaster is extremely productive in research and faculty loves working with medical students. 
    7. McMaster ranks 11th in the world and 2nd in Canada for medicine according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021.
    I am a current c2023 student, feel free to message me with any questions.
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    Butterfly_ reacted to resident1234 in CPSO application question about communicable disease - implications for start of residency, licensing   
    Update for anyone who has a similar question in the future - Called CPSO and they told me that it is only necessary to answer "Yes" in the case of active TB
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    Butterfly_ got a reaction from microglia in McMaster Med Waitlist Party 2021   
    Back when I was applying in 2018, I got off the waitlist on June 5th! I then rescinded my offer at Alberta and accepted Mac! 
    Don't lost hope and hang in there everyone! The wait was worth it 
    All the best! 
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    Butterfly_ got a reaction from DNAPol in McMaster Med Waitlist Party 2021   
    Back when I was applying in 2018, I got off the waitlist on June 5th! I then rescinded my offer at Alberta and accepted Mac! 
    Don't lost hope and hang in there everyone! The wait was worth it 
    All the best! 
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    Butterfly_ reacted to justamom in May 11 Countdown Party 2021!   
    Me !!! Mac and Western .. hoping the best for all of you 
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    Butterfly_ reacted to hellolettuce118 in May 11 Countdown Party 2021!   
    I GOT A MAC OFFER ALSJDHKKASDHJSHAK!!!! I am hoping the best for everyone still waiting <3
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    Butterfly_ reacted to Philosesquipedalian in Western Accepted/Waitlist/Regrets 2021   
    Time Stamp: 12:01 am 
    Accepted/WL/R: Accepted (London Campus) ~ First MD in the family! 
    IP/OOP: IP
    SWOMEN (Y/N): N
    2YGPA: 4.0
    MCAT (CHEM/CARS/BIO/PSYCH): 128/127/127/128
    Interview Experience (good, bad, neutral etc): Great overall!
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    Butterfly_ reacted to CanNonTrad in McMaster Accepted/Waitlisted/Rejected 2020-2021   
    Result: Accepted (edit: Hamilton)
    Timestamp: midnight
    cGPA: low 3.7s
    CARS: 131
    CASPer: Must have been good (OOP interview at Manitoba)
    MMI interview thoughts: I was one of those who had to interview twice. I felt better about the first one but the second was still solid.
    Year: Graduated a long time ago
    Geography: IP
    Guaranteed interview from last year: No
    Not sure whether I'll be accepting yet, waiting on other schools
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    Butterfly_ reacted to AB27 in McMaster Accepted/Waitlisted/Rejected 2020-2021   
    Result: Accepted (idk will update)
    Timestamp: 12:00 am
    cGPA: 3.99
    CARS: 132
    CASPer: bottom 20%
    MMI interview thoughts: One of my worst interviews tbh, I came out feeling pretty awful
    Year: 4th
    Geography: IP
    Guaranteed interview from last year: No
    Waiting to see what happens with other schools but would love to attend!
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    Butterfly_ got a reaction from pinkneuron in Success Stories- Non Trad Style!   
    Three years flew by just like that. I can't believe I'm graduating next month! 
    Re-reading this post has brought back so many memories.
    I fortunately matched yesterday and will be going back home for Family Medicine! It's my dream specialty and location--I am so excited!
    Medical school has truly been an amazing journey. There hasn't been a single day that I regretted making this decision.
    I know recent times have been extremely difficult for all. If there's anything I learned in my last few years, it is that the toughest experiences are the ones that bring out the best in us and allow us to grow the most.
    Hang in there everyone. I sincerely wish you all the best. 
    Stay safe and take care! 
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    Butterfly_ reacted to GH0ST in Failing a clerkship exam after matching   
    I wish I can agree with the above posters but I've heard of a recent situation involving a medical student who did fail their final exam of clerkship and the school tried to use that as leverage to force the student out of the MD program. They even had their CaRMS residency match annulled. 
    You definitely need to take measures to protect yourself and ensure to the best of your ability you at least get your MD... at least then you'll have a chance to pursue a career. 
    - G 
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    Butterfly_ reacted to aray623 in Next steps   
    I haven't received an email from the CPSO yet. I called them last week and they told me that they're having an issue with the "data pull from CaRMS" and that I "need to be patient". I asked whether they thought it would be an issue with us starting on July 1 and it being a shortened timeline this year, they said they weren't anticipating any issues in getting the applications reviewed and that it would take about 4 weeks from the time we submit it. 
     
    I called the CMPA last week too and talked with them. They told me that I should apply online myself. When I asked why it says that new residents should wait for an email, they told me to disregard that and just make a new application myself. 
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    Butterfly_ reacted to idontwannabehopeless in Success Stories- Non Trad Style!   
    WOW! Congrats! You're an inspiration!!!
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    Butterfly_ got a reaction from idontwannabehopeless in Success Stories- Non Trad Style!   
    Three years flew by just like that. I can't believe I'm graduating next month! 
    Re-reading this post has brought back so many memories.
    I fortunately matched yesterday and will be going back home for Family Medicine! It's my dream specialty and location--I am so excited!
    Medical school has truly been an amazing journey. There hasn't been a single day that I regretted making this decision.
    I know recent times have been extremely difficult for all. If there's anything I learned in my last few years, it is that the toughest experiences are the ones that bring out the best in us and allow us to grow the most.
    Hang in there everyone. I sincerely wish you all the best. 
    Stay safe and take care! 
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