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  1. Wow, the 5-year program sounds amazing. I would have loved that. Yes, I do feel the 3-year program was a detriment to my success, but I'll qualify it again by saying there are many just like me who thrive regardless of length of program. But personally I feel a 4-year program would have been a better fit for me. If I could go back in time with that option available to me, I would definitely choose it!
  2. Hey! I actually disagree with some on here. Came from a totally non-traditional background. Was a social worker and almost 29 when I started my first year. I hesitated to write this post because I’m not super open on social media and I think some of my classmates will recognize my story. But I think this is important so I’ve decided to post anyways. I wrote the MCAT for CARS only and managed to get accepted to U of C and Mac - their admissions policies were friendly to my strategy. Everyone in my life at the time, including those already in medicine, echoed the same ideas as the th
  3. Was planning to write the USMLE and apply broadly to Canadian and US neuro programs. I'm now wondering if I should still put myself through that hassle if I won't be able to do electives in the US due to covid. Pending a good step 1 score, will programs consider me without having worked with me? Can anyone comment on difficulty of matching to the US without electives?
  4. Please stop overthinking. This happened the year I interviewed - I did not have the interview tab and others did. Turns out, the ones that did in my year were the ones who had applied and interviewed in previous years. It had no bearing on who got an interview during that current application cycle.
  5. Honestly, I don’t remember anymore. Something like 3.86 but it was different for both schools.
  6. This question is asked from time to time and the answer is yes, it is possible. This was my strategy and I am a current U of C med student. I decided to write the MCAT on somewhat of a whim, one week out from registering for it, as that was the last possible date that would allow me to apply the year that I did. I came from a non-science background so I knew the science sections would be pure guessing. Took this approach knowing I would only be able to apply to U of C and McMaster and scored 123/129/123/130 which was enough to get me into both schools.
  7. That happened for some people, but not all. I did not have an interview tab the day before official emails came out, and I received an interview offer the next day, at which point the interview tab came up.
  8. What he likely meant is that it will not be a comprehensive discussion of each entry in your top 10. The panel stations are more about your ability to reflect deeply + show the interviewers who you are, as opposed to an opportunity to re-iterate your application at the surface level. This will be done via your top10 as a vehicle. I know being an interviewee is super stressful and you probably just want to claw for any info you can get, because you feel it provides some certainty to a process fraught with uncertainty. But there's really not much that can be added to what Dr. Walker said.
  9. I was IP for both Calgary and Mac. I honestly forget my GPA, it was 3.8something. It was different for both schools because they calculate it in different ways.
  10. This was my strategy. I registered for the MCAT in August last year and wrote it a week later, just for CARS. Applied to Calgary and Mac and got into both.
  11. It sounds like you are trying way too hard to overtly articulate CANMEDs qualities in your top 10. I personally did not take this approach. What things contributed to who you are as a person? Write about them and talk about how they made you better, but be careful re: saying things like "I gained leadership skills because of this" or "I improved my communication because of that". In my opinion, that kind of writing is painful to read. You want to make it clear you embody those qualities (and others), but I would avoid being so blatant and mechanical with it.
  12. I'm not going to lie, that does happen in medicine to some extent. When I first started, I couldn't believe the number of unexplained concepts and acronyms on lecture slides. It was overwhelming at first, but not a big deal ultimately. I spend a little more time catching up and google things I don't understand. Wikipedia is my friend. The superpower of having a social work degree (and work experience) is that I am very comfortable talking to patients and I form strong connections with them. This is therapeutically advantageous and helps to produce good outcomes. Similarly, someone with a music
  13. Okay, a couple of things First, a science background is helpful for many parts of medical school but it is not necessary. A sizeable minority of my class did their undergrad/master's/PhD in things like music, business, psychology, sociology, political science, law, epidemiology, public health, engineering, nursing, math, and urban planning. Because medicine is the compilation of a number of different areas of study, including some of those disciplines, there is no perfect pre-med degree. Each will have strengths and weaknesses, and this is evident to me when I notice my non-traditional pe
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