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  1. Thanks all for your perspectives and feedback. I have come to the realisation that I am not cut out for this profession and have decided to drop out. Cannot help but feel a little guilty that I took up a seat which could have been occupied by a more suitable applicant. But, as alluded to in a post above, this is the price we pay in figuring out what suitability for and success in medicine actually entails. I sincerely hope the system can work towards selecting applicants from a culture which allows them to be accepted into the medical community for the benefit of not just applicants
  2. Med1 here and count me among this group. Going unmatched after being 100's of thousands of dollars in debt is nothing less than catastrophic imho. And the bandage solutions and preformative "action" of higher ups has done little to mitigate the risk of not matching in recent years. To potentially make matters worse, the ramifications of the pandemic may make life even tougher in the near future. I hate to be all doom and gloom but at the end of the day, negative outcomes in the future may simply be attributed to a worldwide pandemic.
  3. Hi all, So something I have been contemplating over the past few weeks is whether I actually have what it takes to succeed in medicine. This post is not meant as a means of finding a "shoulder to cry on" but rather perhaps some incite into whether someone in my position should actually consider dropping out. I find that the curriculum involves pass-fail exams and though I have not failed any exams, I feel I am sorely lacking in the necessary knowledge base needed to successfully complete clerkship. I find the study methods needed are very different than were needed for undergrad and
  4. I would caution against purchasing such services. I used such services and was not successful in gaining admission and felt even if you do well there may be incentive for these companies to rate you poorly during "feedback" so that you purchase more services to help you "improve." This may destroy your confidence which is vital for doing well on test day. In the year prior to getting admitted I worked on my typing speed and working on sample questions and scenarios to get acclimated to the test itself. This is all I would recommend a potential applicant doing to prepare for the casper and
  5. @shikimateAs a first year student who was actually homeless as recently as a few years ago your conclusion left me speechless. As an aside though, things are not looking any brighter than they have for the past few years in terms of matching at all, much less into competitive programs (for some of us anyways). I personally just want to match into something at all at this point. In the limited clinical exposure I did have (admittedly any conclusion based off of which is a hell of an extrapolation) matching to a large extent may come down to networking. This is particularly concerning for p
  6. Not a very good strategy for U of M medical school, in particular the non-indigenous application pool. They specifically look at your GPA, MCAT, Casper scores and if offered an interview then your MMI scores and any extra-curricular activities are not factored in. I would focus my energy in improving these areas (in particular the MCAT and MMI as they are the most heavily weighted both pre and post-interview). Good luck with your future application.
  7. Hello everyone, First time poster and I am sorry if this is the wrong thread to post this question but I wanted to know if anyone has received a message from admissions regarding their calculated AGPA. I received a message about 3 weeks ago regarding the MCAT scores on file but have not heard anything for AGPA. I am probably being paranoid and jumping the gun but any response would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks
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