Docmcstuffins__ reacted to Butterfly_ in Success Stories- Non Trad Style!
Three years flew by just like that. I can't believe I'm graduating next month!
Re-reading this post has brought back so many memories.
I fortunately matched yesterday and will be going back home for Family Medicine! It's my dream specialty and location--I am so excited!
Medical school has truly been an amazing journey. There hasn't been a single day that I regretted making this decision.
I know recent times have been extremely difficult for all. If there's anything I learned in my last few years, it is that the toughest experiences are the ones that bring out the best in us and allow us to grow the most.
Hang in there everyone. I sincerely wish you all the best.
Stay safe and take care!
Docmcstuffins__ reacted to DarkRoastBlaq in Success Stories- Non Trad Style!
It’s been a few days now since I’ve received my acceptance and it’s so surreal. I’m hoping this post will touch at least one person and help motivate them to never give up on their dream.
PART I - Failure
I started my first undergraduate degree in 2008 in a city away from my family. I was 16 years old at the time and chose to study biomedical sciences. I was also a member of a varsity sports team and was super motivated to get good grades and eventually attend a Canadian medical school. Then life hit me in the face with a sack of bricks. During my first year of this degree, my father lost his battle with leukaemia. The loss of my father flipped my world upside down. With extended family members fighting over his estate, feeling isolated while attending school, and my grades suddenly plummeting...I lost my path. My grades suffered heavily and instead of taking the time to grieve I tried to push my feelings aside. Instead of taking ownership of the situation I blamed my poor academic performance on the degree. So I switched into engineering, performed even worse, and then ultimately ended up switching to a degree in chemistry. I was the captain of the varsity team at this point and then retired from sport. I finished my chemistry degree with a 2.x GPA but managed to get my name on a research paper. I also wrote the MCAT and decided not to study...you can imagine how well that went. Thankfully, after graduation the legal disputes surrounding my father’s estate was resolved shortly after graduating. I took some time to evaluate my life and figure out what was important to me. I also attended therapy sessions and took the time to grieve. I knew that I wanted to practice medicine in Canada so I figured out a plan to make that dream become a reality.
PART II - Road to Redemption
I moved back home and came to this forum to see if it was possible. I’m grateful to have found and read some of the stories on here because it helped me figure out what to do. In 2014 I chose to enrol in a second undergraduate degree. My plan was to be accepted to either Western or Queens Med since they look at your best two years. This time I studied economics because I was interested in learning something more applicable to everyday life. It would also only take me 3 years to complete. I worked full time in a factory, volunteered, and researched during this time. There was no room for error. It was challenging and after my first year of Econ I had a 3.83 GPA (only considering the Econ grades here). I felt it had to be higher so I studied even more and cut my hours at the factory to part time. In the summer between the first and second year I wrote the new MCAT, studied, but only scored a 505 (damn it). I brought my second year Econ GPA up to a 3.98 and studied for the MCAT the following summer...508 (damn it). I put my head down for the final year of my Econ degree and graduated with a 2 year GPA of 3.95. Good enough for Western and Queens. I graduated with the gold medal from economics and received other academic awards based on my performance. Things were starting to turn around for me. I needed to bring my MCAT score up so I left the factory and took the year to solely focus on Med school apps. I studied in the summer of 2017 for 60+ hours per week and wrote the MCAT in July. Shortly after, I began doing contract work for the university as a research assistant. I started on my Med school app just in case I scored well on my 4th attempt. I got my score back and it was a 515. I was relieved that it was above the cutoffs for Schulich. I submitted my app and worked in the mean time. I received an interview invite to Western and prepped like there was no tomorrow. Though looking back on it, I didn’t prep adequately. I interviewed and was normal wait listed. Unfortunately I waited all summer and didn’t get an offer.
PART III - Success
During the waiting period I started thinking of contingency plans. I knew that it was a gamble to just wait around for an acceptance. I also needed to start working because whatever money I had saved from the factory was disappearing. It’s nearly impossible to get a professional job with an undergrad so I looked into Masters programs related to Econ. It was past the deadline for all masters applications. However, I took a chance and emailed the admissions committees of two programs. The Toronto program said tough luck, while the Western program indicated that a student had declined their offer so there was an open spot. I wrote my essays and gathered my transcripts in 24 hours and applied. Within a few days the director of the program scheduled an interview and I was accepted. In 2018 I started my Master of Financial Economics degree with the goal of starting a career in investment banking. I put the thought of medicine out of my mind for a while because I couldn’t apply until this degree was over and I wanted a solid plan B career in place. I networked with over 100 finance professionals (cold calls, emails, blind coffee chats in Toronto, networking events etc.) - little did I know all this talking to strangers would help down the road . I ultimately landed an internship at a global finance firm with their boutique investment banking team in the summer of 2019. In May 2019 I moved to Toronto for my internship. The hours were long and I spent that summer grinding to get a full time offer. In August I received a full time offer at the end of my internship and breathed a sigh of relief. Around this time, the idea of medicine started creeping back into my mind. I started to question whether investment banking was aligned with my values as a person. After some introspection I realized it would not offer me the personal fulfillment that I’ve been looking for. I sat down with my partner and explained to her that I wanted to give medicine another shot. She supported me completely. I was scheduled to start the final semester of my Masters degree in Sept so started on my Med application in August. I spent two months refining every aspect of my application (essays, ABS, picking good references etc.). I applied to Toronto, Western, Queens and Ottawa. In October my employment contract came in the mail and I asked for a March 2020 start date because I wanted to use the time between graduating from my masters and starting work to prepare for interviews (hopefully). I felt comfortable with my interviewing skills because of all the networking I did during my Masters and all of the finance interviews I had. However, I still spent a lot of time preparing because I didn’t want to leave anything to chance. I received one interview at Schulich and scheduled an early March interview date because I knew my workload would start to pick up if I delayed the process. I interviewed and felt okay about it all. Now the waiting began...luckily I had work to keep me distracted. As May 12 (decision day) grew closer I started picking apart every answer and felt nervous. Try not to do this. I woke up on May 12, 2020 to some fantastic new from Schulich and started to cry tears of joy with my partner. All of my hard work finally paid off. I am truly honoured and thrilled to be a part of the Schulich Med family.
PART IV - Takeaway
It took me 12 years to receive an acceptance to a Canadian medical school. That time consisted of 2 undergraduate degrees, 4 MCAT attempts a masters degree, working on Bay St. and 2 application cycles. There were a select few people in my corner and honestly I’m sure some of them lost faith in me. I remember being told to try for the Caribbean, Ireland, or Australia. I ignored their suggestions and chose to remain steadfast and believe in myself. By taking the harder path I grew a lot as an individual and was able to have some really cool experiences that I hope to draw from as I begin my journey as a medical student and beyond. Please never give up on your dream, the time it takes to accomplish something should not deter you from striving towards long term happiness and fulfillment.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. If you have any questions feel free to PM me
Docmcstuffins__ reacted to shikimate in Rank the 4 years of medical school from easiest to hardest
1st (easiest) > 4th > 2nd > 3rd
you feel like a million bucks going to medical school,
spend the summer lounging and dipping in a pool;
white coat ceremony you feel ever so blessed,
smile for camera because you are sharply dressed.
banks eager to loan you 250K at less than prime,
no longer rely on ramen counting nickels and dime;
no need to aim for 4, because courses are all pass or fail,
fancy yourself high class reading "Desire Caught by the Tail".
4th (not bad)
fall of 4th year is a hectic and busy with electives,
going new places and taking staff's stupid directives;
feeling good you're gonna match to your first,
hiphop to the hospital feeding that energy burst.
come carms panic set in and not feeling so hot,
worry not match, unemployed and you'll go rot;
match day, and you get your second prize,
hey, at least my debt is only half your size.
2nd (so so):
excitement of first year is already wearing thin,
write a research paper only to throw it in the bin;
do observership and feel like senior resident's tool,
have no answer to the questions and look like a fool.
go on vacation this summer and LOC is getting tight,
can't repay, you know who'll call you day and night;
how come everyone else know what they'll do?
not match, and my pants will be soiled by poo.
first day at the hospital don't know where things lie,
hyperventilate at arounds feeling you are gonna die;
get asked to name 20 diseases, you can only name seven,
the other 13? they are named after guys already in heaven.
try to set up electives at some distant faraway land,
COVID hit, and they might as well chop off my hand;
finally finished calls and clerkship is coming to a close,
better ace my electives or gonna regret the life I chose.
Docmcstuffins__ reacted to Unacafeteria in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020/2021
Just got an R this morning have been feeling so heartbroken, this is my 3rd time applying and I really had hope this year but sadly things did not work out for me
WGPA was 3.8, maybe 3.85? EC’s were my strong suit with lots of extra curricula’s and leadership position in undergrad, grad school such as varsity sports teams, being president of clubs, being a part of the student union, having my own small business etc. I also had and a ton of research experience, locally and nationally. Completed a course based masters and had 3 publications. I worked on my essays pretty hard and felt good about those too. MCAT was 515, all sections were 125+, I also have professional experience now as I’ve been working for the past year.
wishing everyone who got interviews or who are about to get interviews this cycle the best of luck! ❤️ Proud of you guys ❤️
Docmcstuffins__ reacted to canada747 in Students who bought luxury cars during clerkship, how do you feel about them now?
I bought an iPad Mini and felt guilty lmfao
Docmcstuffins__ reacted to SunAndMoon in Is It Okay To Punch Nazi's?
The use of violence can be justified based on context, but I would find it hard to justify simply on the basis of encountering someone whose views differ from yours, irrespective of how extreme they are. It could definitely be understandable imo, but not necessarily justifiable.
Sit. 1: A person you are talking to reveals that they are a nazi, and therefore they hate jews. You punch them. Imo this would be something that I do not understand nor find justifiable.
Sit. 2: A person you are talking to reveals that they are a nazi, and therefore they hate jews. You are Jewish yourself and this reminds you of family who was put in concentration camp. You punch them. I can understand why, but I am unsure as to whether that is justifiable. It is a human reaction though.
Sit. 3: A person you are talking to reveals that they are a nazi, and therefore they hate jews. Every day, they go to the local synagogue and intimidate or shout antisemitic remarks at the people of faith who go to the synagogue. Someone punches them. Definitely understandable, closer to something that I would consider to be justifiable.
Sit. 4: A person you see is a nazi, and therefore they hate jews. They are about to attack someone based on their ideology, and you punch them to stop them. Understandable and justifiable.
Short answer, it depends.
PS: comparing it to socialism is absolutely ludicrous and despicable.
Docmcstuffins__ reacted to Wasteman in Is It Okay To Punch Nazi's?
You're drawing false equivalencies here my friend. One is a person that is, in some way, inspired by the political ideologies, movements, and or theories associated with a democratic control of the means of production. The other literally supports an ideology where the ultimate goal is genocide. I'm on the side that punching Nazi's is okay and should be taught to school children the world over. Much in the same way that we were taught to stop, drop and roll and our ABC's.
Haha, but In all seriousness, I'm against violence. But I do understand the reasoning behind how and why people rationalize violence against Nazi's. I guess it's the same way how people are okay with violence against child rapists, terrorists, and murderers. All in all I do like that most people are resisting the idea that Nazism and totalitarianism is a simple matter of political opinion.
Docmcstuffins__ reacted to BoopityBoop in Dating Profiles
1) You are assuming that women and female medical students freely choose work life-style friendly specialties and work less hours for themselves, without external influences/pressure. Many of the reasons for choosing life-style friendly specialties and working less hours is because they feel pressured to be the flexible one who can care for children/maintain a family - in the present or in the future. Women are at many times pressured to work less and therefore be paid less because of the responsibility that society put on them.
2) Just because women aren't locked out of these field, does not mean that it is just as easy for them to enter into these field as it is to enter the nursing profession or obgyn.
3) Women don't simply "tend to have different priorities", they grew up in a society where they are told their priorities are different from a man. In the 50's, it may have been about being a good mother and housewife. Today, society is more accepting of women entering STEM field, but only under the condition that it doesn't affect her ability to rear children and take care of their families.
4) We need to consider the reasons these women are working part-time and more men aren't working part-time. I never suggested women shouldn't work part time. What I'm trying to say is that many times, they work part-time because they also have to balance their full-time job as a mom and home maker. We already address this problem in a similar context of clinician scientists, who can't take on as much clinical duties because they also do research. Departments will often pool a small proportion of billings from staff who are clinicians and use this as salaries for clinician scientists to help offset their disproportionate incomes. Even with this, clinician-scientists earn less than the sole clinicians, but the gap is somewhat reduced. This also happens in departments that value research and care for the work their clinician-scientist colleagues do.
5) You don't recognize that there ISN'T equality of opportunities because you aren't a woman going through medical school, or practicing medicine. This is an article by CMAJ that explores why we don't have more women in leadership positions medicine, when there have been more females entering medicine than males in 1995, and consistently more in the last decade: https://cmajnews.com/2018/03/26/rise-of-women-in-medicine-not-matched-by-leadership-roles-cmaj-109-5567/
6) I agree women nor man should be shamed for valuing family over career, but women are shamed for valuing career equally to their families. When men take more time for their families and decide to work less, they are seen as being a good husband and a good partner. When women take more time for their careers and less for their families, they are viewed as a less competent parent, and not welcomed in their leadership positions. Read the article by CMAJ above.
7) I never protested for equality in the # of women in individual specialties. I agree that entering specific fields such as Urology and Orthopedics is much easier for women in 2018 than it was back in 1980. But that doesn't mean that there's an even playing field. There are faculty who still believe that women shouldn't go into surgery, and there are faculty who are hesitant accepting female residents who are married or engaged and may choose to become pregnant during their residency/training.
Docmcstuffins__ reacted to коронавирус in Changes to Admission Requirements 2020-2021
All of your points make total sense. This change does not make the admissions process more equitable, and it certainly punishes more people than it benefits. The reality of the situation is that there are no truly standardized metrics to measure applicants. Thus, medical schools must make do with the imperfect tools that they have. I think this change is indicative of that reality.
Keep in mind, while we Canadians are cursed with low medical school acceptance rates, we are blessed that our medical schools do not use the same methods to assess applicants. This is true even if we focus on Ontario schools only. Lower GPA? Queen's and Western use forgiving cutoffs. MCAT not your thing? Look at uOttawa and NOSM. Can't access ECs? Aim at McMaster. Can't type for CASPer? UofT, Queen's, and Western gotchu. Even in Ontario alone, there is a niche for any type of applicant. I sincerely hope you all find one that works for you moving forward. Keep sweatin'!
Docmcstuffins__ reacted to JigsawMD in Changes to Admission Requirements 2020-2021
I'm not necessarily arguing for whether a student is less deserving of medical school because of a few extra courses with less satisfactory grades. But how else are they supposed to differentiate applicants?? If everyone has a 3.95+ GPA, GPA becomes obsolete and now they only evaluate you based on your essays and extra-curricular activities, which are much more subjective and prone to luck. If you really feel that this new change is unfair to your particular situation, you can always write an academic explanations essay, as William Osler stated above.
The unfortunate truth about applying to medical schools in Ontario is that there are many deserving applicants, but not enough seats.
Docmcstuffins__ reacted to struggles12345 in Changes to Admission Requirements 2020-2021
Wow, this was so well said! Thank you! This was also exactly my point ... UofT assesses GPA competitively, but just removing 2.0 FCE gives limited flexibility and only values people who already have a VERY HIGH gpa and a few poor grades. What if you had a bad year because of extenuating circumstances but recovered after the following years? Isn't this type of consistency and resilience valued despite the fact that they went through a few setbacks in life but then had the energy to recover?
"June 23, 2020, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. EDT (webinar details TBA) to learn more about this current and future admissions cycles and share your feedback"
Yes, I will be attending the above webinar to share how I feel and tell UofT how these changes are not very equitable or fair ... You aren't adding "diversity" to your program but rather making it difficult for students who have had setbacks to have a chance. You clearly aren't valuing one important quality that every physician should have ... this ability to bounce back from difficulties or setbacks.
The feedback from applicants is the most important. We are the most important stakeholder in determining how these changes should be made and I really hope to see all of you there who are not happy with these changes. I hope our voices can be heard.
Docmcstuffins__ reacted to Birdy in Toronto doctor loses licence after she admits to sexual relationship with cancer patient
I honestly don’t have any sympathy for her. Her behaviour was unacceptable and she is receiving professional consequences, as she should.
This is not unprofessional in the manner of stressed out doctor snapping back at some rude patient. I could feel bad for that sort of conduct. This is big-U Unprofessional, the consequences of which are clearly laid out and explained to us in med school. There was an inherent inequality in the professional relationship which made true consent impossible. This is one of the really big no-nos in medicine.
Docmcstuffins__ reacted to freewheeler in Toronto doctor loses licence after she admits to sexual relationship with cancer patient
I mean yes, it's sad that someone who invested that much time and effort into their training to become an oncologist is now no longer able to practice, but also don't date your patients. It's something that is communicated to us quite clearly on a routine basis.
While I have no interest in observing the downfall of a colleague, it is reassuring to see that she didn't get a free pass.
Docmcstuffins__ reacted to xiphoid in Toronto doctor loses licence after she admits to sexual relationship with cancer patient
I read the news coverage of what happened and definitely felt like she had crossed a boundary, but then I read the hearing summary on CPSO and feel awful for her. It was two consenting adults (seems like his family had at least some awareness of them having a relationship that was more than doctor-patient) and he didn't object and wasn't coerced into the relationship, both physical and emotional, with her. In his own words, he was most affected by her ending their relationship, not in her having started or during the course of the relationship itself. He didn't complain when she was initiating the relationship, and he didn't complain as it progressed and became more sexual. Sounds a lot like a scorned ex trying to get back where it hurts her the most. Based on his own words to the College, I wonder if he ever would have brought up this complaint to the College if she hadn't ended their relationship.
Long story short, never date patients, current and past. (Definitely further limits the pool for those of us entering med single... ugh LOL)
Docmcstuffins__ reacted to zxcccxz in Is ANAESTHESIOLOGY, GENERAL SURGERY AND INTERNAL MEDICINE A RECIPE FOR DISASTER?
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