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Zacky

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  1. I'm an incoming medical student curious about the field of dermatology but not attending one of the Ontario medical schools with a derm residency program. What are some tips for starting connections with faculty members in these residency programs? Would I cold email them with the intent of working on research with them? Or should I try to schedule observerships first? Are there ways to build long-term relationships with these faculty despite the distance? And lastly, would there be any benefit in connecting with dermatologists in my own university? Please go easy on me. I am quite cluele
  2. I think the reason why you’re getting quite a bit of blunt and harsh feedback is because it seems like there is lack of understanding of how competitive med admission really is. You’ve said it yourself that you’re more a noobie when it comes to premed stuff. Many of the users here, including myself, have browsed this forum for years prior to receiving admission. With that much exposure, you get a pretty good sense of what is considered competitive and what is considered not. And we are just referring to competitiveness in receiving a single interview. I have applied multiple times pri
  3. If the medication is currently used around the world, then its safety profile clearly isn't hindering its use
  4. I recommend you go to the admission website for each school you are interested in and look at their requirements for international students and/or email the admission team with your specific questions. They will likely have the information that you are looking for.
  5. To my knowledge most schools on their admission website explicitly state that they look at undergraduate grades for admission (eg. Mcmaster, Ottawa, Western). If you are doing a two year research-based masters or a 1-year course based masters U of T will look at those grades. But the assumption is that you completed your undergrad here prior to starting the masters.
  6. Just a heads up, many schools in Ontario consider 70 to 74% as 3.0, 75-79 as 3.3, 80-84 as 3.7, 85-89 as 3.9, and 90+ as 4.0. Also in Canada, the MCAT CARS score is most important for determining competitiveness
  7. I have noticed in your post that you use a lot of extremes to describe your situation: eg. “I have always been I ignored”, “I could never keep friends...”, “I will definitely tank my interview...”, “no confidence, no sense of self”. Maybe that is truly how you feel right now, but I would find it unlikely that everyone has always ignored you and that you have never maintained any relationships. So I would recommend reflecting on some things that you are grateful for. It doesn’t have to be anything big, it could be the support of family, the understanding of professors, or your amazing dedicatio
  8. Anyone in Western want to practice MMIs together?
  9. Hey guys, How long did it take to receive the email with the Minerva ID? I submitted the online form last night (after 9 PM) and have yet to receive an email. Thank you!
  10. Yes, you are right. The text boxes in the PDF file only allow a certain number of words--and it seems to align with 2400 characters, spaces included.
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