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    I_AM got a reaction from SnowmanTheSWOMEN in May 12 Countdown Thread 2020   
    Good luck to everyone tomorrow. I definitely checked at 12 last year randomly and received a nice surprise. Remember to enjoy the day and your summer, you literally only get accepted to med school once!  (not entirely true but you know what I mean)
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    I_AM got a reaction from :(( in May 12 Countdown Thread 2020   
    Good luck to everyone tomorrow. I definitely checked at 12 last year randomly and received a nice surprise. Remember to enjoy the day and your summer, you literally only get accepted to med school once!  (not entirely true but you know what I mean)
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    I_AM got a reaction from dynamite17 in May 12 Countdown Thread 2020   
    Good luck to everyone tomorrow. I definitely checked at 12 last year randomly and received a nice surprise. Remember to enjoy the day and your summer, you literally only get accepted to med school once!  (not entirely true but you know what I mean)
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    I_AM got a reaction from reginageorge in May 12 Countdown Thread 2020   
    Good luck to everyone tomorrow. I definitely checked at 12 last year randomly and received a nice surprise. Remember to enjoy the day and your summer, you literally only get accepted to med school once!  (not entirely true but you know what I mean)
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    I_AM got a reaction from reginageorge in May 14 Countdown   
    lets wait till the morning emails before we literally quit our day jobs 
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    I_AM reacted to tavenan in Canadian Family doctors are overpaid and entitled   
    What is the point of this 
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    I_AM reacted to ploughboy in Being in your 20s   
    Youth is wasted on the young.
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    I_AM got a reaction from Lost98 in Next steps?   
    western, queens, ottawa, uft, dal, ubc and more? im pretty sure none of these schools will even look at your first year gpa with weightings applied. you're perfectly fine, if anything, your weighted gpa is high 
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    I_AM got a reaction from Lost98 in Next steps?   
    The wgpa for ottawa only looks at the 3 most recent years using the same weightings you just described, no inclusion of any year x4. GPA year 2 x1, year 3 x2, year 4  x3 is how it would be if 4 years have been completed by time of application. (also not a big deal but averaging comes after summing all years, to avg after multiplying each year would result in the same original number without weighting) 
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    I_AM reacted to sinusoid in Next steps?   
    You’re right sorry; I edited my post 
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    I_AM got a reaction from sinusoid in Next steps?   
    The wgpa for ottawa only looks at the 3 most recent years using the same weightings you just described, no inclusion of any year x4. GPA year 2 x1, year 3 x2, year 4  x3 is how it would be if 4 years have been completed by time of application. (also not a big deal but averaging comes after summing all years, to avg after multiplying each year would result in the same original number without weighting) 
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    I_AM reacted to Hanmari in Clothes   
    It's been a long work in progress but I'm slowly easing these thousand year old conservative blockheads into tolerating me in increasingly casual wear
    Society needs to grow the hell up and realize what I wear won't change the efficacy of the meds I prescribe
    I fully expect t-shirt and beach shorts by end of residency
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    I_AM reacted to LostLamb in Clothes   
    Don’t wear scrubs to class in preclerkship. 
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    I_AM got a reaction from avocado_toast in Best Course of Action at the moment?   
    I had a similar cgpa and then pulled off 3.99 in my last 2 yrs, so it can be done. I'd say you should be focusing on the gpa to make sure you can do it, then once you pull off your first yr of good gpa and feel confident in your skills to do it again, you can start thinking about what comes after. Gpa is most important because once you have a solid gpa, its just a matter of time for building everything else, but without the gpa, the ship will never leave the harbor. 
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    I_AM got a reaction from sinusoid in Best Course of Action at the moment?   
    I had a similar cgpa and then pulled off 3.99 in my last 2 yrs, so it can be done. I'd say you should be focusing on the gpa to make sure you can do it, then once you pull off your first yr of good gpa and feel confident in your skills to do it again, you can start thinking about what comes after. Gpa is most important because once you have a solid gpa, its just a matter of time for building everything else, but without the gpa, the ship will never leave the harbor. 
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    I_AM reacted to lurker25 in UofT- Changes to the Admissions Process   
    Not sure I like these changes. Personally, I think U of T should decrease the weight they give GPA, not the MCAT.
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    I_AM reacted to canadianguy7 in A flawed process?   
    Coming from a low income background, I was one of those that did the bare minimum for volunteering (I went once a month during certain periods of time, but I wasn't a burden to the program). However, I spent all of my summers working full-time, worked part-time during school, did co-op, etc just to have enough money to finance my living expenses and tuition. Volunteering is a privilege in itself if your parents can help finance your education. I had to bust my ass working 9-5 pm, then study the MCAT from 5-11pm during the summer to compete against other students that had the luxury of not working jobs while volunteering modestly over the summer to study for the MCAT. At the end of the day, I think it was my extensive amount of job experiences that helped me grab some med interviews. Everyone comes from different backgrounds and I am sure the amount of involvement/care that they put into their work is reflected into their application. Ie) If Applicant X only did 50 hours vs. Applicant Y that did 500 hours, I am sure the volunteer coordinator would write a much better and tailored reference letter for Applicant Y...
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    I_AM reacted to rmorelan in What are my chances?   
    I agree it can be hard and slow to improve and people can start off in a better place than others in terms of foundation. There is a selection bias here - most premeds are better at sciences than the average person and have spent years and years practicing them. To the point where they have internalized a lot of it and don't even realize how much work they put in there. They also surround themselves with people of similar skills so it seems normal.  
    CARS is similar I think - to achieve your absolute maximum potential in that area  you almost need an arts degree or similar multi year deep practise in exactly what CARS is (which is unreasonable thing to ask people to need to do). My score on the similar but older version on the MCAT jumped considerably after I completed my arts degree for instance - 4 years of doing CARS related stuff just resulted in shockingly improvements ha. Just like I cannot really easily explain how somethings in the sciences seem completely obvious (the feeling of being asked to show my work, when my work was looking at it and immediately knowing what was the answer ha), I found I was doing the same thing in the arts (so I read the passage and looked at the question and the answer was C). 
    My point I suppose is this really is less about "naturally" being good at something than people simply never really practising it to any degree close to what they have done for the sciences. Which is completely normal of course - You cannot do everything of course but CARS isn't magic - you just have to put in a lot of time and put it in early (just like you say). The problem is like most skills cramming has very little real effect. 
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    I_AM reacted to Premed_Girl in Lines of Credit for Medical Students (Scotia is the best option)   
    Hey everyone! I'm new to this whole LOC thing. I called a small businesses advisor in Scotiabank to go in and talk about LOC, but the guy told me that I have to fill out a form for them to do a credit and background check (which can take 2-3 weeks), and once that is approved I can come in for a signing. He also said that depending on my credit score I may not get approved for the entire amount. Is this usually how it works? Is it true that I can't talk to an advisor for 2-3 weeks until I am approved? If not, does anybody know a good advisor in North York or Toronto in general that I can talk to? Thanks!
     
    EDIT: called another advisor and he told me to come in right away to get everything signed. He said he has had experience with medical and dental students. He said that it would take max 1 week for me to access my LOC. Just wanted to let everyone else know to be careful who you speak to!
     
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    I_AM reacted to anonymouspls in GPA chance   
    troll post?
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    I_AM reacted to Kez in GPA chance   
    Better pack your sunscreen, Ross is waiting for you !
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    I_AM reacted to Instagrammar in GPA chance   
    Honestly, when I found out my GPA was only 5.0 on a 4.0 scale, I almost just gave up. I realized my GPA would hold me back so I just grabbed the holy CanMed infinity stones - Cerulean Communicator, Carmine Collaborator, Lilac Leader, Salmon Scholar, Hazel Health Advocate, and a Purple Professional Stone. When I combined my CanMed infinity stones, I was able to overcome my GPA. I hope this helps!
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    I_AM reacted to anonymouspls in Ireland vs. Australia   
    If I did not get in this year I would have applied again, perhaps moved to a province in the Maritimes or Alberta to gain IP status. If all else failed, I would have pursued another career instead of going the IMG route. It is simply not worth the risk at this point. Things are already so bad in Canada and the US, it's hard to imagine what it will be like for IMG's 4 years down the line.
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    I_AM reacted to ellorie in .   
    Was asked to post this in this topic by one of the authors, who doesn’t want to reveal her PM101 username
    https://healthydebate.ca/2019/06/topic/low-ses-medical-students
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