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Everything posted by apple94

  1. Send them an email or call them. Mistakes do happen sometimes and they will correct them.
  2. Bernier!! Just Kidding . On a serious note, I used to think that Scheer was a shoe in to win but not anymore as he is being associated with Doug Ford and Steven Harper. It'll be close between Scheer and Trudeau, not dissimilar to Trump vs. Clinton's election. And i feel like a big issue will be pharmacare.
  3. No. It won't help you. I wrote mine last minute, literally the day it was due, so i know i have a couple good ones and a couple bad ones. I don't know which hit it off with the reviewer though. I don't want to send you down a rabbit hole with one of my entries. I can however help you out by reading your entry and then bouncing some ideas off you. I'm on vacation rn so PM me if you're interested in that and we can setup a time next week.
  4. Yes I repeated an activity but I discussed completely different aspects of it (relevant to the subheading it was under in the aABS).
  5. "For patients, the question remains: Are we getting good value? When a general practitioner bills $400,000 for looking after 1,300 patients while a nurse practitioner looks after 800 patients for $120,000 and gets better satisfaction on average, serious questions must be raised." source: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2019/07/03/what-next-for-ontarios-top-billing-doctors.html
  6. This is exactly what I meant earlier about the politicization of the issue. I think there is a general consensus that opthos and other specialties could use some readjustment in the billing codes. However we don't want to give the government leverage in using healthcare professionals as scapegoats for their lack of fiscal responsibility. Which is why we need to be so careful about public perception - we need to be careful how we talk around this issue and how much power we give journalists with their "opinion" pieces for "transparency purposes". The problem with interview prepping for med scho
  7. Politics is unfortunately at its crux all about pointing fingers at someone else. And I don't like doing that, especially when it comes to our important system of healthcare. But if I had to do it (and you may be right that it may be hypocritical), I would point my fingers at the absurd government spending in other areas outside healthcare (ie. Ford's love for convenient beer) and even within healthcare (i.e. hospital construction contracts).
  8. We have to balance income inequality among doctors with encouraging innovations in return for higher salaries. I don't like the politicization of this issue by The Star as it will lead to an unbalance and an unfair attack on the profession of medicine as a whole. Furthermore Ford is spending around $1 billion dollars so we can buy beer from Loblaws... ostensibly beer is worth more than healthcare to the people of Ontario.
  9. I actually know the top biller in Ontario through a friend - not that well though. He is a hardworking dude who basically has his own private hospital. Sure the money he makes looks ridiculous, but the number of patients he services (and the quality I bet) reflects the billings. So he is working within the legal framework why malign him and other top billers and the whole practice of medicine as a rip-off? Is it for more transparency? Give me a break. This is going to lead to more misinformation. People will think all doctors make millions, people will not appreciate why they make millions or
  10. I didn't read your whole post but i understood the sentiment. And ysera's first sentence is exactly what i was thinking. I think it is well known that the process is flawed - to the extent that there is an element of doing what needs to be done (aka "gaming" the system). Why do we need reference letters when they are subjective? Why do we only get 2 sentences to talk about each activity on our ABS when these experiences should be valued for their depth and not quantity? Why do we need CASPER when not everyone types at the same speed? I can keep going on but ultimately you can point out flaws e
  11. Toad and Rainbow Road What would be your favourite city to live in if you had all the money in the world and could bring your whole family with you?
  12. apple94


    Haha yeah I missed that comment. I still stand by what I said though - that threads like this are a symptom of a wrong mentality that many pre-meds unfortunately fall victim to. If you stay optimistic, you can relate to and find yourself more privileged then almost everyone in some way or another.
  13. apple94


    I grew up in low-SES neighborhoods most of my life and I've found success in life whenever I learned to appreciate others who work hard to take advantage of their privileges rather than complain that they have certain privileges that I don't. By focusing on the positive it made me work harder and be happier. I really dislike these kind of threads because of the assumption that every low income person has it harder than a middle income person. This is true on average, but its a broad generalization. Don't assume that students from middle income or even high income families haven't built u
  14. Great change. Reference letters are the stupidest part of this whole process. Absolutely no objectivity nor standardization across applicants.
  15. because he's on premed101... LOL im joking - i just made fun of everyone including myself.
  16. Does anyone know if Western over-accepts initially like the other Ontario schools?
  17. You can only hold one date at once. But yeah planning to write in July and then again in August is not uncommon.
  18. Yeah you're right, it's expected you're being productive that day, but who knows to what degree they are going to hold students accountable to that
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