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    dooogs reacted to G3BMed in Didn't get in, would appreciate any advice   
    Hi everyone! 

    I am just finishing a Master's and unfortunately didn't get into any schools this year. So I'm just wondering if any of you nice people have some advice. Here are my stats:
    B.Eng Mechanical Engineering: 3.57/4.3, converted to 3.50/4 by OMSAS this year; science GPA 3.95/4.0 M.Sc.: 4.0/4.0 French speaker, Québec resident I own a medical technology startup and have a variety of clinical/leadership EC's throughout university My parents are caretakers for children and adults with down syndrome, so obviously spent a lot of my time helping out until I left for university I have two first-author papers, and a couple other papers lower down the author list; couple patents I haven't written the MCAT I'd appreciate any feedback/help. I know a lot of people will recommend a second undergrad, but given my student debt, and the fact that many of my friends still haven't gotten in following their 2nd degree, I'm less inclined to go that route. 
    I'm working full-time for my company and love it, but interacting with doctors gave me such a deep appreciation for what they do. I'm wondering: would a solid MCAT be enough to make me competitive in the rest of Canada? How about the US? Any other options I should be looking at?
    Thanks so much!
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    dooogs reacted to Hanmari in Learning Nothing in Clerkship   
    All of medical education is a tug of war between learning and exploitation that synthesizes into a steady deterioration of everything, punctuated by replenishments that become fewer and further between. And that is not okay, but it is not the hill you want to die on. Expect nothing from the system and look at the daily work in terms of its utility - will it help you match? Is it actually good learning? At rare times it actually is. And sometimes you may want to show initiative to make good impressions even if it isn't. But if you decide it is truly useless, do not hesitate to claw back as much time and energy as you can from the system and put it to your own use. Take frequent breaks, refuse to do procedures, call in sick within the limits afforded by your school. Bear in mind the potential consequences of doing such things and balance those risks with the benefits of having more free time. Play the tug of war right, and you can get through the hoops with less burnout. 
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    dooogs reacted to zoxy in Why is MD considered more prestigious than PhD?   
    The Germans are title obsessed. If I ever become an academic, you can be damn sure I'll be putting Prof. Dr. on my Lufthansa boarding pass. Heck, I'll even make my mother call me that.
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    dooogs reacted to bellejolie in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    Ahha that’s ok - but try to distract yourself. You know a good show is handmaids tale - and everything is based on stuff that actually happens in other parts of the world. So it makes it all seem Like this is a blip in the grand scheme of things! And a very good distraction. Also another new show I discovered on Netflix is snowpiercer and loved it. Plus u know nature and walks? LOL. 
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    dooogs reacted to MedHopeful93 in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    Business Idea: a spa/resort for M4s 2 weeks leading up to match, but everyone is kept under moderate sedation the whole time and entertained with movies, mud baths, 24 h access to a petting zoo of puppies and other animals.  
     
    Anyone got leftover LOC? DM to invest.
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    dooogs reacted to keipop in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    Now open it to M1/M2/M3s during summers and premeds during application season too and it’s a deal
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    dooogs reacted to Haribo7173 in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    What I find comforting is that no matter what, time goes by... even if it feels outstandingly slow. Like even as I type this, we’re seconds closer 
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    dooogs got a reaction from imz in Need Some Help   
    I also joined medical school at 26 later than many of my classmates. Ive also had family members that were not supportive. I've heard comments like why are you doing medicine, you're going to be a student forever, how about staring a family etc. 
    I would say that it's not necessarily a disadvantage - like other have said you end up doing the job all your life. The other milestones are more or less social constructs. Maybe figure out what is important for you in your life. Medical school shouldnt be your only goal or joy in life. I echo the travelling part but obviously that is not possible not (SIGH). Maybe you also feel this way because of the whole pandemic situation? A lot of people have been feeling more down than usual. 
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    dooogs reacted to MaudeB in Need Some Help   
    If you feel like you are so depressed that you cannot get out of bed, maybe get some help first. The pandemic and life in general can be very difficult and sometimes we need outside help to get keep our head out of the water. Please take care of yourself!!
    As for what other people say, the best advice I can give is stop thinking about it... You are there depressed and they are carrying on with their lives... its no not worth it... Comparing yourself to other never brings anything positive. 
    If you want to go to med school, maybe start looking at the steps you have to take and do something small towards it... baby steps will get you closer to your goal. The big picture can feel overwhelming... Do you have to take somes classes, MCAT, or anything else? Start looking at programs requirements, etc? 
    25 is seriously so young! Don't let it stop you. I will be starting next fall at 40 yo! Its never too late!
    You can do it!
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    dooogs got a reaction from Butterfly_ in Need Some Help   
    I also joined medical school at 26 later than many of my classmates. Ive also had family members that were not supportive. I've heard comments like why are you doing medicine, you're going to be a student forever, how about staring a family etc. 
    I would say that it's not necessarily a disadvantage - like other have said you end up doing the job all your life. The other milestones are more or less social constructs. Maybe figure out what is important for you in your life. Medical school shouldnt be your only goal or joy in life. I echo the travelling part but obviously that is not possible not (SIGH). Maybe you also feel this way because of the whole pandemic situation? A lot of people have been feeling more down than usual. 
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    dooogs reacted to Butterfly_ in Need Some Help   
    Me and Persephone are both oldies ! I didn't start medical school until 28! 
     
     
    At 25 years old, I also had no idea what I was doing. I decided to backpack around, slept in hostels and train stations. It was fun  
    No regrets! 
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    dooogs reacted to offmychestplease in UWO 2021 Waitlist Movement   
    if this isin't a troll I can already confirm your interview was not as "strong as you felt" ..
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    dooogs reacted to bellejolie in Getting reference letters from CaRMS   
    You have to ask 30 days in advance minimum. In jan they had a lot of requests so the turn around was extended by another 30 days. 60 days total. I didn’t get mine before hand but I know colleagues who did just to see what they had before feb 7th (so they asked Jan 7 regardless of how many had been submitted). 
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    dooogs reacted to RicardoKaká in Backing up for Small Surgical Specialty   
    Applicants have to put this on the CARMS application online and traditionally most include it on their CARMS CVs as well. However, if it is a closed interview they wont have access to these documents during the interview and thus wont know where/what you did electives in.
    Have heard from many of my colleagues doing 1 elective in FM and getting a lot of interviews, so if you can see yourself backing up with FM and are willing to put the time/effort into that and additional interviews then it is a reasonable thing to do!
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    dooogs reacted to lovemedicinesomuch in Backing up for Small Surgical Specialty   
    I only had 1 week of FM electives and got 10+ FM interviews.. most of them are closed and won't know that they were a back up lol...
     
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    dooogs reacted to robclem21 in How do you develop surgical skills?   
    I think maybe your expectations are also a little bit unreasonable here. I don't think anybody is "mastering" a skill in 4-5 minutes, regardless of what your classmates are telling you. Consider that it takes many residents and staff surgeons their entire residency and well into their career to master anything. Who cares if it takes you 15 more minutes to get good at something, when the grand scheme of things when you spend 80 hours a week in the hospital for 5+ years. That 15 minutes is a drop in the bucket. To answer your question, you master any skill in medicine by doing it over and over again for years and years. Just takes practice and time.
    At this stage of your training the expectations for your technical skills are minimal. What's more important is your work ethic and willingness to learn and help the team get things done.
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    dooogs got a reaction from hijkl in What would you tell your yonger self in the earlier years of medschool?   
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    dooogs reacted to Persephone in How much do transcript comments matter for CaRMS?   
    I mean people talk and if you do this it can get around and you'll be seen as insincere, especially if your peers know you're gunning for one specialty. It's not guaranteed to happen but I would not recommend it. If you are truly considering multiple areas I think it's fine to state that you are very interested if you actually are and let them know it's one area your considering for CaRMS. A fair number of students are undecided well into clerkship.
    I would say to get good evaluations show you're invested in taking good care of your patients and in improving your relevant clinical skillsets. To get them more detailed try to ask about where you can improve early on in the rotation. Also, I found letting doctors know about my specialty of interest meant they would sometimes tailor their evaluations to highlight the strengths I demonstrated that are seen as valuable in my specialty area of interest. YMMV
     
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    dooogs reacted to lovemedicinesomuch in What would you tell your yonger self in the earlier years of medschool?   
    Hmmm... research is not very important; you need to focus on developing outstanding clinical knowledge to  get outstanding grades in clerkship !! 
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