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    Koopatroopa reacted to NLengr in Worried about how I’ll meet my spouse.   
    If you get all the way to staff and are a single male, don't despair! As long as you don't care if your spouse is a terrible person, there are plenty of women in the hospital who will be with you because they see you as an easy source of cash....
    /doesn't seem to be that way for female staff near as much. Probably because females are smarter than we are....
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    Koopatroopa reacted to PhD2MD in Preparing meals in med school   
    Become friends with beans. Take a few days/weeks for your gut flora to shift and stop making you gassy. After that, you've found the holy grail of in terms of fast, easy, tasty, cheap AND healthy!
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    Koopatroopa got a reaction from MDC3P in Help me please! Really need it...   
    I completely agree with the above advice. 
    All I would add is that, while things may make an acceptance harder or further away, if medicine is what you want to do... you can do it. The most important thing is learning from everything you do, and don’t get caught up in absolutes. 
    I have two bachelors degrees (BA in psych and then BSc in biology) and am starting med school next week. It didn’t go exactly how I’d planned, but I’m here. 
    Best of luck! You’ve got this. 
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    Koopatroopa reacted to ralk in Disappointing summer research experience (med student)   
    Yeah, that's a tough spot. Polite persistence is what I would recommend. Be direct in asking what you're looking for, whether that's a chance to get further into the research project or clinical opportunities. Often these preceptors won't say "no" to any requests, but will try to string you along with vague promises or by saying they'd like to but can't for whatever reason. They want you to keep working for them. Just keep asking. They can't take you along with them in clinic? That's fine, do they have a colleague who would be willing? They'd love to go over your research questions but never sit down to do it? Ask when, provide times. None of those times work? Give a bunch more. Get them to set timelines and firm commitments. When they go past their timelines to get back to you, send them another message reminding them of your earlier discussion. Do it politely, do it respectfully, and don't do it excessively (for example, if they ask for a week to get back to you, give them at least that week), but do it persistently.
    Don't avoid being a nuisance, just be a reasonable nuisance. My first real research supervisor was an incredibly busy person who was upfront about telling me to annoy them. Best research advice I ever got. It is a bit of a balancing act, as it's possible to go to far, but doing nothing gets you ignored. Keep holding up your half of the deal (do the scut work and do it well) while gently pushing them do hold up their implicit end of it. If in doubt, start slow and ramp up as necessary.
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    Koopatroopa reacted to Scorbix in Orientation Packages   
    As I recall, orientation packages came out in the middle of July, so you should be receiving something within the next week or two. With regards to your concern about schedule, Koopatroopa is bang-on with the on45 schedule posted above. That is essentially what your year will look like. Generally speaking, you should expect to have classes on most days from 8:30-16:30, with the exception of two half-days off (on average) per week to accommodate clinical skills sessions. 
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    Koopatroopa got a reaction from King74 in Orientation Packages   
    I’m also eager to get the orientation package! 
    As for the schedule: Did you receive an email (to your application address) with your paws login? 
    Once you log into paws, check your sask email and it includes the details for how you can register for the courses. That gives you an idea of the schedule. 
    I also found a weekly fall 2018 schedule here (https://share.usask.ca/medicine/one45/kbase/Curriculum Calendar.aspx) I’m not sure if it’s completely accurate, but it’s way more detailed. 

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    Koopatroopa got a reaction from Riemann in Orientation Packages   
    I’m also eager to get the orientation package! 
    As for the schedule: Did you receive an email (to your application address) with your paws login? 
    Once you log into paws, check your sask email and it includes the details for how you can register for the courses. That gives you an idea of the schedule. 
    I also found a weekly fall 2018 schedule here (https://share.usask.ca/medicine/one45/kbase/Curriculum Calendar.aspx) I’m not sure if it’s completely accurate, but it’s way more detailed. 

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    Koopatroopa reacted to Mbmoose in Round 2: June 4   
    Just got in off the first tier of the IP waitlist!! Good luck to everyone still waiting, its moving!
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    Koopatroopa reacted to indefatigable in I'm done   
    It's a societal aspect - easier to get into Ivy League, med school, honor society (one of many criteria residency PDs use)...  No one even really questions the idea of Legacy admits, since it's so ingrained in society (in contrast to affirmative action which gives similar advantages).  Otoh, the story of the Carrib grad with extremely high Step 1 scores, unable to land a surgical residency shows that there's a limit to the "objective" selection criteria that people seem to think occurs universally in the US and equate with merit.  
    The OP is going through something which  few other CMG goes through - that is med school in a second language.  And he's struggling, which is a completely  expected result (with research even on the phenomenon), but he's working on overcoming the barrier.  Not only that, he's in a faculty which has much greater attrition and failures, despite exclusively focusing on academic ability for admission.  To not consider the difference in context, would be akin to not looking at all the evidence.
     It's easy to blame the OP, for a potential blemish on his record, whose already struggling, but really there's not much the OP could do when admitted and matriculated that would have greatly changed the struggle - a second language environment is provably disadvantageous.  Except for my earlier post, there's very little publicity regarding this issue.  
    It's possible the OP may have to continue to work harder, even during clerkship or residency, due to his situation, but in my view, some leeway should be given.  If the OP were to impress during electives and interview, like Bambi, then I think this aspect would be much more important rather than having struggled and overcome in a provably difficult situation.  
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    Koopatroopa reacted to VanillaUK in My ultimate premed package (completed Khan Academy notes, reference documents, schedule, interview prep, CARS tips, ethics, etc.)   
    Hi all, I got accepted to med school in Canada this year first time applying, and since then I've been working on a massive premed package that includes all the Khan Academy (KA) notes (complete), supplemented with a personal spin to make things easy. The package also includes my schedule, my activity log, a score predictor, 100 helpful reference documents with mnemonics and graphics of common topics, formulas, interview prep, cars tips ethics... everything that got me from premed to admitted, and now I'm passing it on to you.
    You can find it all here: UltimatePremedPackage.ca
    I hope this is helpful for you all!
    Please let me know if you have any questions or queries.
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    Koopatroopa reacted to futurefamilydoc in MD Financial 2018 Backpacks?   
    Probably Scotiabank red
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    Koopatroopa reacted to Glass Cannon Applicant in Waitlist 2018   
    Hey everyone,
    I am an OOP applicant and I received a Regina offer off the waitlist on Monday June 11th at 11:14 AM MST. Today I was offered a Saskatoon spot, which is my preferred site. I have accepted this position as I have had no other offers but I may decline Saskatchewan if I get an offer off the Manitoba waitlist. Assuming I do not get a Manitoba spot, there could still potentially be two Regina spots left for OOP (assuming that most OOPs chose Saskatoon over Regina). I'm not sure where they are in the OOP waitlist, but if you are on the waitlist, there is still hope! I am also thinking that they are probably in the middle or maybe even close to the bottom of the OOP waitlist since it has been a month since initial offers and there were probably ~20 on the OOP waitlist. This means that there is a chance that some remaining OOP spots will turn into IP spots.
    Good luck to everyone who is still waiting! 
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    Koopatroopa reacted to Dadscookies in Waitlist 2018   
    I got accepted off the waitlist today!
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    Koopatroopa reacted to apple_med in Waitlist Support Thread 2018   
    I was accepted off the waitlist (IP)
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    Koopatroopa reacted to Tam531 in Waitlist 2018   
    Hey everyone, I’m new to this forum but have been checking it religiously since being waitlisted and just thought I’d let you guys know that I’ve been accepted today to Regina! Best of luck to everyone still on the waitlist!!
    UAA: 81%
    MCAT: 513
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    Koopatroopa reacted to clever_smart_boy_like_me in Feeling Torn   
    I'm in my early 30s looking at a 4th application cycle. I see nothing else I want to do and will pursue this as strongly as I can. 27 is when I began *considering* medicine. You got this! Enjoy the masters! 
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    Koopatroopa reacted to rmorelan in Physician political orientation   
    It is a delusion and not a good one - but sometimes I wonder if that phrasing, which is so very common, is also not a cry for being more left or right but actually a way of trying to say they are centralist. I find at time the entire left vs right arguments artificially polarizing . People are often not that articulate at saying they are close to the middle - which when examined most people are. We don't really even have the language and certainly not a political party that promotes "a little bit of that, and a little bit of this". It is not an all or nothing thing, but going too far either way seems to break things
    And of course people want social nets/benefits without paying for them. That isn't so much political as human . It is dodging the hard choices mind you sometimes but where possible, and often it is possible to extend and promote various freedoms without any real negative costs. What exactly for instance does same sex marriage actually cost in terms of money? 
    I can assure you there are a ton of conservative physicians out there (in fact the studies historically show the majority are conservative - been that way for some time), and it doesn't impact their job - and doesn't have much to do with it at all actually. Empathy and skill are not traits owed by any particular branch of the political spectrum - and it is a bit easier being more left leaning when you don't see the costs for things coming out of your personal pay cheque at the rate of 58% of your total income when you do the math and people keep constantly asking for more one way or the other. 
    But it isn't just about the money - that is a trap when thinking about conservatism. It is merely the most vocal and easiest to access aspect of this (jobs and lower taxes ha, always the cry - that is what they say to get elected. Mind you so do most of the parties).  I think there are more important aspect of it that when ignored make conservatism sound evil, cold and unfeeling. Which considering roughly half of both the Canadian and US population leans that way just seems odd to me - demonizing your competition is a very political thing to do but in the long term very damaging. There is so much more than that - it is political philosophy that believes that we have reached the amazing place in history and the world on the basis of particular set of values and social structures - basically what we have and how we do things works extremely well based on historical and current world status - and if you change too much or too quickly you very likely will break it (and that has happened many times). That includes preserving social structures that have existed for some time and shown to work (a  conservative Canadian may very much support public health care for instance - by definition conserving an aspect our our system). And second they believe that you have to be careful with providing government support to people . A strong society is based on strong citizens and quite often efforts to help people don't actually change the source of the problem and make people actually weaker and in turn the society weaker (all while still being expensive along the way and dragging down other people).  The logic is that there are many things that people can only fix for themselves - and if you try to fix it you just make it worse. My take at least on the major points of the conservative mindset - none of that is actually self centred at all - it is all still about the country mostly. 
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    Koopatroopa reacted to Persephone in Physician political orientation   
    You've made no case that it wouldn't be a good thing. Actually read any leftist thought (which is never as simple as pay the same to everyone, but more make sure everyone has what they need for a good quality life) and you will see plenty of arguments for why it would be better than the nightmare world we live in now.
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    Koopatroopa reacted to Butterfly_ in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Accepted off Waitlist to Hamilton Campus!
    Timestamp: Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 at 11:02am PST
    Can’t believe it!! Now I’m going nuts!!
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    Koopatroopa reacted to psk.taengoo in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Accepted/Waitlisted/Regrets: Accepted
    In Province (IP)/Out of Province (OOP): IP
    AGPA (x.xx/4.5): 4.46
    MCAT (xxx/528): 516
    Rural/Non-Rural: Non-rural 
    Advanced Academics (PhD, pubs, academic appointment): 0
    SO RELIEVED. All the waiting has been worth it. Congrats to others who got accepted and goodluck to those who got rejected for your future applications!
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    Koopatroopa reacted to vellichor in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Posting for stats!
    Accepted/Waitlisted/Regrets: Accepted
    In Province (IP)/ Out of Province (OOP): OOP
    AGPA (x.xx/4.5): ~4.5
    MCAT (xx.xx/528): 523
    Rural/Non-Rural:  Non-rural 
    Advanced Academics (PhD, pubs, academic appointment): 0
    Declining offer as I’ve already accepted my IP school! Good luck everyone  
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    Koopatroopa reacted to WinterMD in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Accepted/Waitlisted/Regrets: Accepted
    In Province (IP)/ Out of Province (OOP): IP
    GPA (x.xx/4.5): 3.95
    MCAT (xx.xx/15): 511
    Rural/Non-Rural:  Non-rural, some ses
    Advanced Academics (PhD, pubs, academic appointment): 0
    Super happy, must have nailed the MMI. 
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    Koopatroopa reacted to Egg_McMuffin in Success Stories- Non Trad Style!   
    It’s going to be a long one. I wrote all of this before I got in, because there is something wonderfully raw and vulnerable about documenting my reflections while I’m still on the outside looking in. I knew that if I was unsuccessful this cycle, I would still read it to remind myself of how far I’ve come.
    My non-trad path is nothing unusual- I suppose I am just a late bloomer who paid her dues after the fact. The biggest challenge for me, throughout this whole journey, was lacking the protective factors to cushion the falls. I have been financially independent, which means choices were often made to have a financial safety net rather than for improving my med school applications. I had no one within my social network to guide me; my family has not been supportive of my decisions, so I felt like I could never turn to them (as of now they still don’t know that I interviewed and got accepted). This forum taught me everything I needed to know about getting into medical school, and that being a physician is still a possibility for someone like me.  
    I began university when I was 18, completely lacking in self-awareness and nowhere near ready to make any sort of decisions about my future. I went to UofT for life sciences. There’s that joke: “How many UofT students does it take to change a light bulb? Four; one to change it and three to crack under the pressure”. Well, I was one of the three. My time at UofT was the closest I’d come to being depressed. My marks were atrocious; I felt worthless and incompetent all the time. My family didn’t understand- and didn’t know how to- help me; no one told me “you should stop and figure your shit out before completely ruining your transcript”. I tried going to counselling but felt like I was not being listened to, so I never went back. Something was very wrong, I didn’t know what or how to fix it.
    Things at home were bad. In my final year, I cut all financial ties with my parents, and moved out- I needed to become my own person. The independence was exhilarating. The financial stress was real, but my mental health also improved 100%, and I gained the energy and mental clarity to finally start thinking about what I wanted in life. Unfortunately, at this point my marks (cGPA of 3.1, no year above 3.5) were useless for any post-grad program. I applied to Michener’s medical radiation program, a second-entry bachelor program, to become an X-ray tech. I got accepted, but opted to not attend-- for the first time, I thought about what I wanted in my career, and decided it was not for me.
    I decided to take a year off and consider other second degree options. I started to look into becoming a dietitian (other RDs on this forum, like Real Beef, were very helpful). This would be a competitive process with a lot more uncertainty than going to Michener. I had a lot to prove and nothing to show for it. I used the year to work several minimum wage jobs in healthcare to save up money for a year of unpaid dietetic internship that would follow my second undergrad, while getting volunteer experience in nutrition to start building my resume for dietetic internship applications.
    I started my second degree in nutrition with a lot of self-doubt. After UofT, I was uncertain that I could even pull off low 80s. I was sure that everyone was smarter than me, and that I was the loser who flunked a whole degree but still couldn’t keep up. But I also had a level of mental clarity and focus that I’d never felt before. And low and behold, I ended up finishing my first year with the highest average in my program. A 3.94.
    It was then that I realized I was onto something-for the first time, it seemed like medicine could be a possibility. I decided to extend my second degree into 3 years, to be eligible for Ottawa (ironically, I never interviewed at Ottawa), while building my application for dietetic internships. This led me to different opportunities in leadership, teaching, and working with low SES populations. After 2 years into my second degree, I wrote the MCAT while working full-time and self-teaching myself the material despite taking (and flunking) my pre-reqs 4-5 years before that. I was pleasantly surprised with a balanced 514 (however, with a CARS of 128, it was never good enough for Western). The year after, I graduated from my second degree with the highest cumulative average in my program.
    It took me 3 cycles to get my first and only interview at Queen’s. During my second cycle, I was completing my dietetic internship, which provided many opportunities to gain clinical and counselling skills, work with marginalized populations, lead QI projects, and work within interdisciplinary teams- I learned more about my interest and suitability for medicine in this 1 year than I had in my whole life prior to this. Internship was hard work, but also gave me small boosts of confidence and signs I am not a complete dumbass (e.g. a nephrologist who had no idea that I was applying to med, after listening to my renal case presentation, told me how impressed he was that I’ve shown level of knowledge that he’d only expect from a senior medical resident; 2 of my  preceptors said that in their 10-20 years teaching, they’ve never seen a student work so hard to improve herself and be so dedicated to her patients; rotation after rotation I was praised for my critical thinking skills and natural ease in developing rapport with patients). This wasn’t just about ticking off boxes to get into med, but about developing my passion for hands-on learning and learning about my strengths and weaknesses as a professional. For the first time in my life, I thought “maybe I am good enough to become a doctor.”
    When I submitted my application for the third cycle, I had just graduated from internship and started working in public health in Northern Ontario. I moved here because I wanted to continue to step outside of my comfort zone. I wanted to do more advocacy and upstream work, and this was the place to do it. At around the time of decision day, I had applied to RD jobs in Alberta to gain IP status for U of C.
    So here’s what I’ve learned in the last five years:
    ·         Know yourself. Know your identity outside of being a premed. Figure out what your values are, what kind of a person you want to be, what drives you to take action, what triggers your mind to go down dark rabbit holes. This takes time and effort, and self-reflection from life experiences, but it helps to build resilience against the hurdles along the application process, medical training, and set-backs life in general. Knowing who you are and what you have to offer the world protects you against having your self-esteem and identity shattered when things don’t go as you had hoped; it gives you the courage to say “let’s try again.” when the world seems to tells you “you are not good enough.” Similarly, I hear too often that when people have spent their whole life dedicated to getting into med school, that when they finally get in, they feel a bit lost- “now what?”. I suppose that happens when you see getting in as a final destination rather than one of the stops along a never-ending journey of building yourself up. People around me couldn’t fathom where I got the persistence to keep at it despite facing setbacks and watching the years go by. It’s because I knew there is nothing valuable that a rejection can take away from me. I have been building myself up as a person. I am still going to be me, no matter what happens inside that interview room, and what May 8th brings. I still possess all the traits that I worked hard to develop and love about myself- my grit, self-awareness, intellectual curiosity, empathy, open-mindedness- and these are all going to carry me far in life, medicine or not. No rejection letter can take that away from me. ·         Figure out what you want to accomplish in medicine, outside of medicine. I always ask myself: what's appealing about a career as a physician, and how can I try to achieve it through another route? What skills do I want to use on a day to day basis in my career? What core values and beliefs will motivate me to do what I do in my career? I think reflecting on this helps to flesh out your motivations for pursuing medicine, helps to identify alternative career paths, and should you pursue an alternative path while you reapply, helps you to gain insights and skills that will be useful for medicine. Hopefully the adcoms will recognize this. If not, well, at least your satisfaction with your alternative path will still be pretty high. ·         Be kind to yourself. The playing field is not even, and you don’t need to add an additional layer of self-inflicted cruelty to the mix. It’s ok to not feel 100% determined all the time. When the self-doubt starts to creep in, sit on it, talk to someone (in my opinion, everyone should have a therapist). Use the insights from the above 2 points to ground yourself and as motivation to keep going. ·         Develop yourself in areas outside of academics. What saved me was working minimum wage jobs since I was 16 (I actually started out cleaning bathrooms, after I was fired from scooping ice cream for being too socially inept. True story.). 75% of my activities on my ABS were employment. I had to work, because I did not come from a background as privileged as that of many premeds. If the circumstances were different, perhaps I would’ve gotten in earlier. But the real world was the best teacher I’ve ever had- it helped me develop financial independence and literacy, character, resilience, and interpersonal skills that helped me along every step of this journey. It helped to shape my convictions of the kind of physician, what kind of person, I want to be. Ease yourself into uncomfortable situations today to build resilience against shit-hitting-the-fan moments later in life. ---
    I also want to say that sometimes on these forums, we read non-trad stories and it seems like people were 100% determined from the get-go while they stayed on this one path for 4-10 years. I know I wasn’t…and that’s ok. As a non-trad, you have more life decisions to make along your journey, some big, some small. I know that I had to make many decisions over the years to favour either my nutrition career, chances for med school, or my personal life- many times, these three conflicted. There’s no right way to go about it- it depends on your risk tolerance, other responsibilities in life, and priorities. Know yourself…this is so, so important.
    I feel so privileged that everything in my life lined up so perfectly to allow me to pursue this path long enough to eventually get accepted. I’m always happy to chat about second degrees, being an RD, or anything related. Stay positive and kind to yourself, PM101.
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    Koopatroopa reacted to broclivity44 in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Haha wow good to see I'm not the only one alone on this. Canada post tracking stated it arrived in SK today and I asked the CoM if they received it. They said it was still not received so that worried me a bit, but if they're generally slow about it then I feel more relieved. Only thing is that my deadine is to have it in by May 28th, so I'm hoping that they will have received it by then. Does anyone know how strict they are about this deadline?
    And @Koopatroopa I totally feel you, I can't wait for August to come!
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    Koopatroopa reacted to medhopeful55 in OOP Wait List Scores   
    Three MCAT attempts, two application cycles, a low GPA in my first two years, lots of hard work, a Masters degree and several tears later...so so honoured to receive this offer. For anyone still on the waitlist, I’m holding out hope for you. The wait is excruciating and I’m here to encourage you if I can in any way. 
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