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  1. I also did a BScN and am now going into my first year of medical school. Making sure you get the GPA up there is key. Otherwise, take summer courses to hit prereqs/do your MCAT sciences. If you can get your GPA to where it's competitive -- which, yes, can suck and be especially annoying because nursing has a lot of subjective grading -- you will be extremely well-suited as an applicant. You'll already have patient care experience, you'll have a better idea if the profession is right for you after all, and you'll hopefully have MDs/RNs who can give you a letter or two. Plus, all the ethical bus
  2. Improving diversity in medicine generally is how you improve diversity in some areas specifically, I'll assert. One way you improve diversity in medicine is by removing barriers that disproportionately stand in the way of minority applicants. For example, we might want to do something about racist school boards that automatically shunts many non-white kids into college/trades streams (https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2020/03/22/peel-school-board-report-leaves-readers-devastated-now-its-up-to-the-education-minister-to-fix.html). Or police services that unjustly target and brutalize
  3. Check this page: https://www.nosm.ca/education/md-program/admissions/class-profiles/ As you can see, ~10% of each class is from outside of Northern Ontario.
  4. Nursing isn't an easy job and it pays a lot less than what you make. But if your job satisfaction is this low, I'd say go for it. I was an RN myself, and I, like you, didn't want to do floor nursing and just wanted to go work in an ER. I couldn't get hired in any ER I applied to without floor nursing experience, so I ended up doing that for a year. And... I actually enjoyed it. Of course, I knew as a student I didn't mind it because we had to do floor placements as part of the degree. But it wasn't time wasted, by any means. A lot of the skills you learn as a nurse will go to waste in the ER c
  5. Unless your part-time job doubles as legitimate leisure, or you can effectively study during much of the time you're doing it, working during medical school would seem unwise. You still need to succeed in your classes. Not everyone does. You still need to get into the residency program that works for you. Not everyone does that, either. After all, if your part-time job isn't going to help you do either of those things, what is it going to help you to do? Avoid a little extra debt, perhaps? Is that really the priority right now?
  6. 1. If they were going to penalize people for reusing questions from prior years, they'd let you know with a warning somewhere. They aren't out to trick you. 2. Definitely put your master's progress in your sketch. I embellished upon my own educational entries in this way, e.g. listing specific areas of the hospital/community I did placements in as a nursing student if I thought they were worth extra note. At the end of the day, unless you run out of entries (unlikely unless you include a lot of chaff) I can't see any harm in adding these additional details. If you think an aspect of your
  7. I'd done in-person interviews in prior years and did an online one this year. I thought it went pretty much the same as in-person interviews in terms of my performance. Having an interviewer in front of you can be more engaging, but fortunately I was able to talk about some issues that I will get fired up discussing whether I'm speaking into a microphone or not. I don't know. I was sceptical at first, but I ultimately got accepted, so I guess it didn't go as poorly as I imagined. That said, I'll add that NOSM handled it pretty flawlessly. I found it very straightforward and everything wen
  8. St. John Ambulance and possibly other groups are running BLS courses now.
  9. Thanks. I'm actually an RN myself, so hopefully my experience can help you. I put the clinical placements in but in my case I grouped all the sort of mundane ones (regular floor nursing) under a single entry and then picked out my community placements or otherwise interesting placements as separate entries to differentiate them and show the breadth of experience. Not everyone knows what nursing students get up to, so I think it helps to be a bit more descriptive. With that in mind, one thing to consider for your 4th year placement, if you can, is the option of going up north for your placement
  10. I was accepted to NOSM this year. What are your questions?
  11. To that I'd speculate probably it's better to be from the north no matter what with respect to context, if only because the classes are typically ~90% Northern Ontarian, despite rural Southern Ontario having a population much more proportional to all of Northern Ontario, I believe. So I'd expect a much higher percentage of people from the south if being rural and being northern were roughly of equal weight, because there are only 750k of us northerners.
  12. I wanted to be more involved in my patients' care and able to do more for them as well as, I hope, society more generally. I also think MD work will groove more with the kind of person I am. And being an RN definitely helped me get accepted, of that I have no doubt. I have worked up north in places like Moose Factory and Attawapiskat as a nurse. Being able to speak directly to one's own experiences when elaborating on various medical/N.Ont.-specific topics during the application and interview is helpful. As well, nurses are concerned with the exact same ethical issues that MDs are. So, similar
  13. I'm not going to stand out much more wearing my normal backpack while a gross yellow one sits in a closet somewhere, forgotten forever.
  14. I'm living in Sudbury and starting at NOSM here this fall. What up. I've not had much success myself in finding a BLS course near Sudbury, and assume those of us who don't want to travel a long ways for a short course may have to wait for the COVID business to settle down a bit more. I'm an RN and checked with HSN, where I normally do BLS here in town, and was told that they won't even be running these courses for staff until at least 30 Sep. So it may be that we end up relegated to a date closer to 2 Sep. That said, good luck in getting your private course organized.
  15. It's not exclusive to rural folks. Around 90% of its students tend to be from Northern Ontario, and there are cities like Sudbury and Thunder Bay in Northern Ontario. The remainder tend to be from rural/remote locations elsewhere in Canada. That having been said, one would assume the odds are against you if you're from a non-rural locale that is also not in Northern Ontario. This page may be helpful: https://www.nosm.ca/education/md-program/admissions/class-profiles/
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