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  1. Psych made it to the competitive specialties this year (more demand than supply at 0.94) according to the new CaRMS data, so that might explain some of what the OP went through back in Dec. Looks like the CaRMS landscape is changing, with gen surg being barely competitive (0.92) while Psych and others traditionally non-competitive specialities (eg, PHPM) now are. http://carms.ca/pdfs/2020-carms-forum.pdf
  2. If there is one thing for sure, it’s that there’s always going to be a Josh. I had Joshes in my pre-medschool professional working life. I had Joshes in undergrad as a premed, even as an older applicant. And now in med school, there are a couple Joshes too. You won’t be able to get away from them, so the goal is to stop obsessing about them. Really. Stop now. Focus on you, and how you can be the best you can be (as stated above). It shows maturity and well-roundedness to stop obsessing and competing over other people. Comparing yourself to others is the key to suffering, period.
  3. How old is older? If "older" means under 30, it's not old and you'll be pretty close to the average age in med school. If you mean mid-thirties or more, it's still totally feasible if you're willing to go all in and accept the sacrifices that comes with trying to get into med school. I was in my late thirties when I got into med school. Feel free to reach out!
  4. +1. Her blog is honest and offers good insights into the premed and medical life. I read it as a premed, I read it as a med student, and a lot of her experiences resonate. Plus, she is a very good writer.
  5. Hello. I was exactly in your situation a few years ago, starting an undergrad at 29. I am now in first year med. The premed era was a long and frustrating and disheartening process, but so worth it imo. One month into med school, I can tell you that all the sacrifices were worth it for me, and this is exactly what I want to be doing. There is nothing better than doing something meaningful everyday (studying medicine), especially after grinding 9-5 in jobs I was too good for (sorry for how that sounds) for many years. As for advice, everyone's situation is so different that it's hard to say wha
  6. In my twenties I was deeply involved in the arts scene and having a really good time. It was also a terrible time in terms of figuring myself and my path out. Tbh, I am enjoying my thirties a lot more (despite no longer going to cool parties), because I have a lot more clarity and self-awareness. I would not go back to being in my twenties, but also do not regret how I spent them.
  7. I'm hoping that the policy-makers will have the long-term vision to also add 16 residency positions to match the additional med school seats... Otherwise CaRMS 2024 might see an increase in the amount of people unmatched.
  8. I would be remiss if I wouldn't share the experience I had with MD Financial. I met with the advisor in case he had any cool tricks on reducing debt during med school beyond the obvious. I made very clear that my short- and medium- term goals were to keep that debt low. Well, he made a budget for me that would almost max out my LOC after 4 years (with his budget I would have ended up with nearly 290,000 debt- an insane amount even for me who is starting with significant undergrad/masters debt). The advisor kept insisting that it is important that I take trips and vacations as this will help me
  9. How strong is your motivation? I was never able to not try to get into med school, even in my thirties when I had a pretty good other job and life in general. The pull of wanting to go into medicine was much too strong to ignore, even if that meant waking up at 5am and going to bed at 1am to study the MCAT while working >40 hours per week. I went back for an undergrad at 29 and getting back into studying was pretty seamless after the initial learning curve, and I was able to get the GPA I needed for med school. I can't yet speak of what it is like to go back to med school specifically later
  10. What to wear to clinical activities is literally my biggest stress right now as an upcoming medical student. Appropriate clothing feels like it should be super obvious and at the bottom of my stress list, but it really isn't. And I've worked for years in academia and in the offices of a non-profit, but somehow, I feel my current work clothes don't fit the conservativeness expected by my school (e.g, they don't have the right neckline, pans may be tighter than what is considered conservative, dresses and skirts are above the knee so probably considered too short, ect...). So I've been trying re
  11. OP: 1D7 and Bambi are giving you good, pragmatic advice. When I decided to go for med school at 28, I heard countless variations of the quote above. I went for it anyways because the "pull" of wanting to do medicine was too strong and frankly, I had nothing to lose. But it is true that it was a frustrating, bumpy, and discouraging road. And note that it took me 10 years to overcome all the adversity I was facing and get an acceptance. So if you decide to go for it, keep their advice in mind. It will be hard, and probably longer than you hoped. But not impossible.
  12. Sigh. To offer a different perspective, I was rejected for student loans because I have reached my lifetime maximum. Meaning I will have to pay the remaining student loan balance (nearly 35,000, down from 78,000 at the end of my Masters) with the LOC. Meaning after tuition and the cost of relocating across the country, I will be STARTING med school with a nearly 70,000 dent in the LOC. Right off the bat. Oh well, it’s not like I have a choice. It’ll all be worth it in the end, right?
  13. I so hear you. Being rejected multiple times is crushing, and it takes a lot of resiliency to do it all over again every year. I applied 5 times. So by the time I was finally accepted, I had many friends who were one year into residency already. I know it is better said than done, but try not to compare yourself with friends, it can't help you and will just make you feel bad about yourself (l learned that the hard way). Personally, I got an interview during my 4th cycle applying, and an acceptance after my 5th time (just like IMislove so there's a pattern ). Tbh, there was not much diff
  14. Congrats on persevering! It sounds like you will indeed need very strong 4th and 5th year to stand a chance at schools that only look at your last 2 years (Western and Queen's), or you can also do a second undergrad (for McGill, for example). My take-away from your post though, is that it would be crucial to develop some self-care strategies, and make sure you take care of your mental health before even starting to apply. It may be worth taking a break from school to focus on developing resiliency and good coping strategies for when stress hits. Focus on something you like to do (like sports,
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