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  1. If anyone would like to get together to prepare for the CARS and the psychology/behavioural sciences sections I'd be happy to meet at a cafe somewhere or on campus at UBC.
  2. You're right about the tuition and SES. This is undeniable. However there are other factors I meant. First not all international medical schools have insanely high tuition. Australia and Ireland, yes, but Poland for example is probably comparable to the cost of U of T. Also many who do go abroad are non traditional and had other careers/savings/spouses who are willing to support them. Banks do offer lines of credits for international medical schools, however, these often require a co-signer who is willing to put up collateral. So some parents will stick their necks out. https://ww
  3. That makes sense, I agree with you to an extent. Good study habits/self discipline is crucial to academic success, whether one is in medical school or not. The extremely high attrition rates in Caribbean medical schools for instance is probably a reflection of the quality of candidates they accept (I mean for profit diploma mills let's be honest what can we expect?). However life is unpredictable and circumstances that impact a persons ability to do exceedingly well in undergrad do occur. I won't get into my own personal story but there was a family related matter that significantly impacted m
  4. Haha, the main point I was making is that some of the schools Canadians attend outside of Canada are world class and provide an excellent medical education. I routinely see Canadian med students bash CSA's/question their credentials and education which I think is pretty shortsighted.
  5. Very true. Someone feel free to correct me if I am wrong but you probably have a greater chance at certain schools if you live in the Yukon! It's a very different situation nowadays compared to the past.
  6. Yeah seriously....doesn't this amount to about 19% of the class going unmatched? That is worrisome for a Canadian medical school. While I understand what you are saying, and I mean fair enough, there are some things I would like to point out. First, getting into medical school in Canada is extremely difficult. Much harder than the United States (I have American friend's who got into state MD schools with a GPA of around 3.5 and an average MCAT for example). Most of the time you need grades in the A to A+ range to have a real good chance in Canada. Having high standards is good.
  7. Thank you for sharing this. Great read and basically sums up exactly how I feel about these sorts of things. Sanfilippo also highlighted as issue I never even thought about and that is the divulging of information after signing a non disclosure agreement. If someone is basically offering insider information about the process for let's say $400, well, what an ethical dilemma. They are essentially saying their integrity is worth that much. And most of these people are medical students or residents. What about if they are in a clinical situation which involves preserving confidentiality or patie
  8. These services are scams that often charge ridiculous amounts of money for advice you could probably get for free on SDN, Premed101, or by participating in MMI prep groups often formed on facebook by applicants who were invited for an interview. The process of getting into medical school is simple. The better your grades, EC's, and MCAT are the better chance you have. Paying some company who offers to "review" your application is a waste of money. But of course, where there is an opportunity to make money people will flock to it right?
  9. This is disgusting. All you're doing is essentially capitalizing on the fears, hopes, and dreams of students who will probably throw a bunch of money at you in the naive hope that they are able to somehow get ahead in this rat race. Nice job promoting yourself. Totally pathetic, maybe you should have gone to business school.
  10. Don't get your hopes up too much. Both your GPA and CARS are below the average you need. But if you can bring it up to a 3.6+ and get 130+ on CARS you have a much better shot. Consider also taking a 5th year perhaps and make sure you take full course loads so you meet the weighing forumlas for other schools. Honestly your GPA is salvageable just work hard. And I know what you mean. It can be disheartening comparing your stats to others and the whole process has become a rat race. But there is nothing you can do except do your absolute best and try to get in after a few cycles. If you thi
  11. Admittedly that is why I am attracted to medicine. I am a sick, twisted individual and enjoy psychologically tormenting myself by working long hours and getting burnt out. I'm not kidding either.
  12. It's like a mild, slightly smug, condescending god complex lol. To the OP, honestly, just do a second degree. Do sciences and do good on the MCAT so you at least know you have the aptitude for the technical aspects of medicine and if you still feel that medicine is the only thing for you and you can't get into a Canadian school, look into international schools in the UK or Ireland and Australia. The whole IMG terror thing is seriously overblown. You just need to be very flexible in where you can settle down. If you go overseas make sure you write the USMLE and apply to residency spots in
  13. Tell me about it. A friend of mine lives in what is essentially a rodent infested box. The place I live in now is clean, quiet and relatively close to work/school, no way I'm going through the long uncertain process of trying to find a new place again. I'm not taking a full course load. I'm taking 4 in each semester (24 credits) which is technically considered a full course load for U of C but not any schools in Ontario as far as I know. Congrats on getting in, it does give me hope that someone in a similar situation did but ultimately GPA is king and it's going to be an uphill battle I think
  14. Thanks yeah he was, I explained to him about my family circumstances too and things and he was sympathetic to my situation but it's seriously taking a toll on me. I doubt I'll get into medical school in Canada because I can't dedicate all my time to academics like some other people who are in a better position. UBC med is where I'd like to go but I have a 81% average and it could drop since this semester has been bumpy. I don't even want to convert that average to an OMSAS GPA. Probably horrible. I live in Vancouver the housing situation here is ridiculous and finding a n
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