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  1. I've actually never seen a premed this entitled LMAO. I'll reiterate this again. The med school admissions does not owe you anything. If you don't like it, don't apply (I don't understand why this is so hard to understand). If you want a job but hate the hiring committee, don't apply to that job? Cause chances are, everyone in that job is going to have the same mentality. 

    "My post is about how med.schools are detached from what premeds are going through. The admins are so out of touch with the public, they lost the perspective. The admins need real people to correct the admission process and make it more premed oriented, more individualized, more open-minded and eventually more inclusive." 

    Yes because it's not like they haven't been having countless numbers of meetings to find the most fair approach. It's not like they've asked for feed backs from medical students. You don't have any idea how hard they've worked throughout this pandemic to ensure that it is most fair for everyone. 

    There are many barriers to getting into medical schools like SES, racial inequality, gender biases, etc. that the admissions committee would rather focus on to improve. Sorry but "taking out 1 semester of marks because of A PANDEMIC" ain't it. 

    Again, sorry everyone else for the rant. It's just frustrating to see this kind of entitlement. I've personally had convos with people on the admissions committee at my med school during the pandemic and I know how hard they are working. It's just disheartening to see this kind of post...


  2. @yesandno No one is saying your situation doesn't matter. Of course it sucks that you do well this semester and it's not counted. Anyone in your shoes would agree. HOWEVER, you have to realize that we are in a midst of a pandemic. This is probably the first time medical schools and the admissions committee had to resort to such measures. There are plenty of things that happened that people might consider to be unfair. For example, people had their interviews cancelled (what if they shined at interviews but not as much on paper?). Remember you aren't the only one affected by this pandemic. Maybe look at the bigger picture instead of focusing on inclusion of 5 courses on a stupid transcript.

    Negating the winter semester marks was the way they thought was MOST fair to the students. I can assure you that this decision was not made lightly and that they discussed this at length. 

    And "I think med. schools need to be way more flexible with premeds."

    No, they don't. No one owes anyone anything. Medical school doesn't owe you flexibility. If you don't like it, don't apply. There are thousands of premeds who would gladly take a spot. 

    I'm sorry but with this attitude, where it's always about "me, me, me", you would not get very far in the medical community. With that attitude, you'd get eaten alive even if you, one-day, managed to get into medical school. You might consider CASPer to be bs, but at least people who succeed in it know to look at multiple perspectives of a situation. 

    Honest advice, I don't even know if it's worth applying this year for you. Unless you are able to see what is wrong in the statements you've made so far, your attitude is not going to get you far. I'm almost 100% sure that it's not going to fly at the interviews. Save your money, reflect, and come back when you are ready to grow up. 


  3. 3 hours ago, Jennifer_Dickens said:

    I started medical school at 32, years after traveling the world, gaining rich and varied work experience, and becoming fluent in multiple languages.

    I feel sorry for your friends who got into medical school on the first try at the tender age of 20 or 21. Many of them are likely to graduate and become disheartened as residents because their young, idealistic minds expected much more than managing bed issues at 3:00 AM. They're also more likely to get burned out, get divorced and become severely suicidal; if you've applied four times, that means you've become familiar with the taste of rejection, and you've had to continue working hard despite that bitter experience. In brief, you've developed your resilience. Your colleagues, on the other hand, have not had the same, valuable opportunities to strengthen themselves. And how many of those colleagues who got in on the first try now feel stuck because they've incurred debt, don't know how to get out, and feel miserable pursuing a career that doesn't fulfill them in the least?

    We need way more medical students who are older and have unconventional backgrounds; medicine - especially in Canada - is quite stagnant and in need of original approaches. 

    LMAOO Which younger colleague hurt you? There's a way to bring people up (including yourself) without putting others down haha. I don't know who you've been speaking to but most of my colleagues are not "young, idealistic minds". Most med students I've talked to (of ALL ages) love what they are learning. And many graduated to love residency. Yes residency is tiring and can burn people out. But that's not because of their age or "how they never experience rejection" (just because they didn't get rejected to medical school does not mean they never faced rejection else where). We all have different things to juggle in life at different ages and residency is time consuming for everyone. Relationships, finances, kids, houses, debt. All these things play a factor in that. Sorry for the rant, I just don't want new medical students to read this and freak out because it is 100% not true. If you don't believe me, you can ask around and ask the residents themselves and see if they believe their "young age" played a role in them feeling burnt out. 

    As for OP, honestly 25 is not that old. I've had plenty of classmates older than that, or perhaps even older. Once you are in med school, no one really cares about the age or even pays attention to it. Everyone kind of just blends in together in class. This is nothing to be embarrassed about. 

  4. 4 hours ago, Jumpman said:

    Thats strange, why does Uottawa have the lowest rating in ontario?

    Because rankings are really biased and based off of surveys LOL (even at UofT, I don't ever remember getting a survey about "student satisfaction" so I don't even know who they are even asking for this data...). Ranking doesn't really matter since all Canadian med schools are considered equivalent. No residency will care about which Canadian med school you came from. Selecting med school is really about the way they teach and if it's conductive to your own learning style :).  It might also be good to look at the match rate at each school (but again, this is also very subjective to the year and the cohort of students in that year). 

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