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  1. 16 points
    6th time applying, 3rd time interviewing, still in shock to be posting this... Time Stamp: 12:25 PST Accepted, VFMP (first choice) AGPA: 86.55% MCAT: 512 (balanced, 129 CARS) ECs: Student government, orientations leader, crisis line volunteer, volunteering with various charities, hospital, lab assistant at various research labs (paid), CIHR funding for a summer, working at a gas station, currently working as a policy analyst for government, and a few very random but unique hobbies (honestly could have either really helped or not counted for anything, they're pretty out there) Geography: IP Year: BSc completed 2013, Master's completed 2016, currently working full-time Interview: Honestly felt like the best interview I've ever had, and I've done 12 (!) of them in the past 5 years. I walked out of every station this year feeling pretty good, and knew I absolutely nailed at least two of them (the acting station went almost perfectly, and there was one where I really felt I connected with the interviewer). There were some that were probably average, but I didn't feel like I bombed any of them - which was a first. Usually I walk out of them unsure and crossing my fingers that things worked out (it never did), this time was completely different. Stats from last year: NAQ: 29.00 AQ: 25.58 TFR: 54.58 Interview: Below Average (below average the year before as well) I feel so blessed to have finally received an acceptance to a Canadian medical school. I've been applying for years now, and have been given so many opportunities - which I always ended up blowing. I've interviewed at UBC the past 3 years, but I've interviewed at Calgary, McMaster, Alberta, and Saskatchewan (I had a really high old MCAT score) over the years. May has consistently been the worst month of the year for me, and last year was especially awful because I spent a lot of time practicing - every week for a couple hours since the previous summer - and still received a rejection. That was a pretty low point in my life tbh. The practice did help, but I think the thing really holding me back was my lack of maturity. I had always been very academically focused, and to be honest hadn't really had a chance to live a life. I think doing that the past few years - falling in love, going to bars with friends, arguing about politics, moving to my own place and dealing with laundry and dinner - has really helped me grow as a person, and I think permanently changed who I am. I went into each of those stations as if I was talking to my girlfriend about an interesting topic over lunch. I had fully formed opinions and thoughts on subjects because I'd argued about these things over beer with friends (and on reddit). I'd had cool experiences to talk about not just from volunteer activities, but also from disagreements with a roommate or co-workers, or from moving across the country for a master's program. Anyway, wanted to get that off my chest. This year really did feel different, and I'm glad it ended up being different. I interviewed at Calgary as well this year but felt terrible after (question style is very different from UBC imo, which I focused my preparation for), and got a rejection. I also interviewed at a US school and received an acceptance, but the tuition kind of terrifies me so I was still really stressed out this week. To those who didn't get an offer this year, trust me when I say I know how it feels. I've had a lot of experience trying to improve my application over the years, so if anyone wants some advice, or even just to chat or rant, please reach out through PM. This process really involves a lot of luck, and there are so many amazing people who don't get accepted every year. If you really want this, it'll happen eventually.
  2. 3 points
    Can't believe I finally get to post this... TIME STAMP: May 8, 8:43AM RESULT: ACCEPTED GPA: 3.94 MCAT: 515 ECs: Working RN, research, health-related volunteering, some RN-related provincial awards. GEOGRAPHY: IP INTERVIEW: Walking out I felt like I killed it, but as time went by I started doubting my answers. To those who are still trying, don't give up! I did 9 years of undergrad including 1st/2nd degrees to get to this point; if you want it bad enough you'll find a way eventually!
  3. 2 points
  4. 2 points
    PTapp2018M99

    The final countdown is on!

    Good Luck everyone! The wait is almost over. I really hope to get into Uoft PT. I did meet the CAP cut-off but I'm probably on the lower end of the gpa spectrum. I'm somewhat confident in my CAP but of course there are always those questions that you think you could have answered differently. A previous student did tell me that some people in the program wonder how they even got in. Haha. so there is always hope. Anyway, good luck to all! No matter what the decision, you all have a degree already with amazing GPAs that made you eligible to apply, so you are all qualified. You will do great things no matter what. Also, UofT is admitting 110 this year, so more hope! yay!
  5. 2 points
    OThopeful18

    The final countdown is on!

    I also applied to 4 OT schools in Ontario and being able to make the cut for McMaster's MMI makes me hopeful this year. Realistically, it's probably the same applicant pool that are applying to all the OT schools in Ontario. All we need is 1 admission offer and many people do end up with multiple offers. So being able to get on the waitlist would also seem hopeful. But I completely understand the frustration of how competitive admission is. Uncertainties are hard to live with and unfortunately it's part of the admission process. The wait is almost over. Wishing eveyone all the best!!
  6. 2 points
    How many of you guys hoping to get into Montreal/Sherbrooke/Laval?
  7. 2 points
    lemon_tree

    need some advice

    Well do you want to study dentistry or medicine? Haha they are quite different in terms of jobs. Can always do a 5th year if you need too!!!! You have a lot of EC so maybe med? Haha maybe shadow some dentists to see if you even like it though...
  8. 2 points
    Butterfly_

    McMaster Waitlist Party

    Gooood luck!!!!!
  9. 2 points
    Persephone

    McMaster Waitlist Party

    Ugh I was so hopeful that UBC decision day would end the stress fest, but now I must find my inner calm place for a bit longer lol. Thanks! Same to you
  10. 2 points
    Congrats to all those who were accepted (welcome to the fam and make sure to join the FB group!). To all those who weren't accepted, I know the disappointment, frustration, sadness as I went through 4 years of that before I was accepted. If you're considering of reapplying and need advice on your application on how to write a better NAQ, how to improve the MMI interview or just want to chat, feel free to PM me!
  11. 2 points
    Don’t be scared of re-writing the MCAT. The first time I took it (2013), I took Prep 101, studied for 3 months, but hadn’t taken a science class since grade 10 general sciences so I was really behind the game. I got a 28 (for reference on the MCAT, they used to say you needed 30 to be competitive). I applied to med school anyway. The second time, I didn’t take the course, and only gave myself 2 weeks to study. You can imagine how that went. The third time in 2015 with the new MCAT, I took all my first year university sciences, retook Prep 101 for free, studied for 3 months and... got a 520. I just got into UBC yesterday with that score. The MCAT won’t get you in by itself (note that it took 4 applications for me to get in), but retaking it is worth it. It was also a major source of comfort to me after so many rejections knowing that I still had 2 more applications before my scores expired. Do it now while you’re students, save a summer for it. It’s worth it.
  12. 2 points
    DenTali

    DMD 2018

    Merci mais non absolument aucune idée ...je viens de mcgill en physiologie alors le gpa est sur 4 et ya pas ce programme à udem (mais j'ai 3.9 alors ca doit pas être plus que 34-35)
  13. 2 points
    DenTali

    DMD 2018

    J'ai reçu mon offre!!!!!! c'est pas finit alors perdez pas espoir
  14. 2 points
    I'm so happy for you and I hope to one day post that I have been accepted. Your perseverance is inspiring. Going to rely a lot on the stories of you and others like you who have been rejected multiple times and finally received acceptances... congratulations, it is well deserved!
  15. 2 points
    Lesigh2

    Waitlist Support Thread 2018

    Yes. So if you look over the last few years, it is typically 30-40 declined offers. I assume that if there are offers, there are spots, and therefore would equal the number of waitlist movement.
  16. 2 points
    Just received my acceptance letter for PT at UOA!!!
  17. 2 points
    TIME STAMP: 12:25 PST Result: Accepted to VFMP Early or Regular Deadline: Regular AGPA: ~85% MCAT: 512 ECs: Diverse and long-term commitments, volunteering, clubs, sports, 2+ years working in clinical research Geography: IP Fourth time applying and third time interviewing. When I found these forums ~ 6 years ago, I recall being overwhelmed by how incredible applicants were - with GPAs way higher than mine, and incredible extracurricular activities. I must say that I have this community to thank for all of the education and sharing that I've found helpful on my journey. To all those not receiving the news you were hoping today, I've been there and it hurts. Don't give up if it's what you truly want. Persistence is key!
  18. 2 points
    mlyPT

    OT/PT Accepted/Waitlisted/Rejected 2018

    I was wondering the same!! I'm also from Newfoundland. I just sent Kelly an email asking what documentation is required - I'll post here with her reply! So excited guys, can't wait to meet everyone!
  19. 1 point
    OTdokie

    The final countdown is on!

    We're officially into the last week before Ontario admissions decisions are released. It's been a torturously long wait, but it's almost over! I just wanted to wish everyone good luck!
  20. 1 point
    Please stop emailing everyone. It’s annoying. The program coordinator said so in the email but for some reason you continue to send out emails to everyone. You will not get brownie points for responding so please just stop it. Every time I see a message I think it’s an admissions decision that is all
  21. 1 point
    member_225

    DMD 2018

    son parcours au complet: BSc Sciences Biomédicales uOttawa2014 MSc Sciences Pharmaceutiques uLaval2016 PhD Sciences Biomédicales UdeM2020
  22. 1 point
    Starburst

    need some advice

    Have you considered applying to US medical schools? Your GPA would be really competitive there
  23. 1 point
    kinestudent23

    The final countdown is on!

    what was the cap cut off? I made the CAP but I think I'm on the lower end of the spectrum as well
  24. 1 point
    Happyness

    Apartments near Dalhousie

    Thank you this helps a lot!
  25. 1 point
    Cell bio counted toward USask's requirement but not UBC's At first USask said I was missing my biochem requirement, but I emailed them and they said it was their mistake and cell bio counted. Sources: Myself from my 2018 application.
  26. 1 point
    Persephone

    McMaster Waitlist Party

    haha no worries, I get it completely. When I found out about good/bad waitlists at the other schools this week I kept rereading my waitlist emails from Queen's and Mac...to no avail of course lol
  27. 1 point
    meromelo

    Pharmacie 2018

    Les réponses ne sont pas toutes sorties encore. Soit patient un peu. Dès que les offres sont envoyés, ils vont également envoyer les rangs des listes d'attente par courriel.
  28. 1 point
    Persephone

    McMaster Waitlist Party

    No, they explicitly state in the waitlist email they cannot tell you your placement on the waitlist. Everyone got the same email as far as I'm aware
  29. 1 point
    Persephone

    Imposter Syndrome

    ugh that would be the best
  30. 1 point
    like seriously? these people are like "okay, we will discard it" Why do they have to reply back? I am sure the person from McMaster is probably annoyed because they don't expect you to email them back..
  31. 1 point
    ZBL

    Internal Sub-specialties Salary

    Usually more slack or slightly less hours, usually fewer patients per day, usually much less acuity/stress, usually group practices so vacation is a bit easier, usually minimal call, and more likely to be salaried positions through a university so less need to worry about billing. However, like every specialty, there’s a ton of variability in everything I just listed. Some earn more than FM, some earn less, some work more hours, some work less and same goes for FM. Truly the best way to see what they’re all like is to just get some clinical experience in these specialties and chat with residents/staff as the CMA data only goes so far (though I’d doubt you actually have clinical interest in all of them, as they’re pretty different). To that end, based on your recent posts about various specialties, I think your best bet is to do some soul searching as to what it is you really want in a specialty. There’s no shortage of specialties with good lifestyles, and really most specialties can be tailored to some extent to get you close to the lifestyle and salary you want (either scaled up or down), so I think rather than wondering about the average lifestyle/salary ratio for everything you should focus on what you actually want to be doing clinically with your time, then narrow in from that.
  32. 1 point
    Butterfly_

    Imposter Syndrome

    Haha love the meme. I heard Mac is already sending out more offers. FlamedGrilledChicken got one today and they just rejected it. So hopefully you'll hear from Mac on Monday!!
  33. 1 point
    Persephone

    Imposter Syndrome

    I also maxed out my likes earlier today lol, I got them back in the evening strangely though! So stupid that there are limits on that. I'm glad I was helpful. It's easier to cheer other people up than myself right now lol. Although, I did just read my monthly horoscope though and some good changes should be coming my way next week! haha Yay! Welcome to my pity party!
  34. 1 point
    TIME STAMP: 12:25PM Acceptance/Waitlist/Rejection: Accepted VFMP! AGPA: 3.97, not sure how it was converted but probably around 90-92? MCAT: 523 ECs: Diverse ish, nothing super long term (mostly 1-2 years), PM for details Geography: IP Interview: Overall felt good except one acting station!
  35. 1 point
    T-cell

    Reassurance

    Hey, thanks so much! This is the exact "success story" that I needed right now! You have given me hope and the motivation I need to study hard for the MCAT this summer! Congrats on your acceptance:)))
  36. 1 point
    SO SO SO SO SO excited to get to post in this thread! TIME STAMP: 12:01pm PST Accepted SMP (First choice!) AGPA: ~84MCAT: 503ECs: Mostly did things that I loved, lots of travelling, hiking, sports, hobbies. Hospital volunteering for 2+ years, board of directors for a volunteer organization, regional harm reduction coordinator for a volunteer agency that distributes necessities and harm reduction to the homeless. Volunteer and employee for organization teaching children with autism athletic skills. Solid employment history, currently senior consultant for a natural health consulting firm. Message me for more info! Only really started heavy volunteering after undergrad (graduated in 2015)Geography: IPInterview: Came out of it with a massive smile on my face and just a crazy feeling of gratitude to have been there to have that opportunity. Definitely got mixed up on a station and felt I said the wrong thing. Told myself if I didnt get in that I was still just so grateful to have had a shot. I didn't realize fully I wanted to do medicine until my second year of university. Applied twice and rejected pre-interview. This was my first interview. If you feel like your grades or MCAT aren't high enough DON'T GIVE UP!! It may take a few tries but don't ever give up! Excited to meet all you!!
  37. 1 point
    Arztin

    Imposter Syndrome

    Dude, it is normal to feel like an imposter. Everyone does, no exception. I remember showing to orientation at McGill on the first day, and upon arrival I started to panic a bit because I thought for sure they made a mistake and I wasn't actually accepted. I don't know when it stops, if it ever will, but it will stay with you for quite a while. It's part of the proces and it's normal. Now I'm done with med school and I have a resident number already, although I haven't started residency. It's like "wow, I can prescribe for patients now? Wow should I be trusted with this?" Congrats on your acceptance!
  38. 1 point
    rmorelan

    Imposter Syndrome

    ha, so common. I mean it is so common that one of the first slides you see when you get to orientation is exactly on that subject. The entire "shortly they will figure out there is a mistake and I don't belong here". Those extra stuck with the feeling somehow even factor in their removal will involve being hauled out in front of the class. In any case completely normal. Getting in is a process - officially it starts when you get the email, but it isn't over until eventually you become comfortable with the idea. Takes time but if you got in then you got in
  39. 1 point
    Lesigh2

    Waitlist Support Thread 2018

    My number is from the number of declined offers in the interim statistics.
  40. 1 point
    FlameGrilledChicken

    McMaster Waitlist Party

    Timestamp was 9:18 am! Will be withdrawing this offer as I got my first choice of UBC! Hopefully one of you will get an email on Monday for it!
  41. 1 point
    The debt seems like a lot now but in the grand scheme of things it is little. Go where you will feel comfortable and enjoy yourself, as that, above all, is more important than a year here, there, or a few tens of thousands of dollars. I know that thought seems strange but in your long, storied career you will make more money than you know what to do with, so go with your gut for now.
  42. 1 point
    TIME STAMP: 12:25pm Acceptance/Waitlist/Rejection: Accepted to VFMP (first choice) Early or Regular Deadline: Regular AGPA: ~85% (mother of all upward grade trends though) MCAT: 512 ECs: Extensive and diverse. 5 years research experience in various settings (wetlab, clinical, and bioinformatics; 4 conference presentations and 1 pub; several research awards and grants including NSERC); volunteering (hundreds of hours between hospital ER, HIV/AIDS foundation, kid clubs, summer camps); lots of travel and international experience, athletics (provincial level gymnast, won a half-marathon, martial arts); leadership (founded an AMS club, residence advising, peer tutoring); grew up rural so lots of rural exposure; currently work for the one of the UBC Faculty of Medicine's research & education departments. Geography: IP Interview: I felt very confident in my interview in that I was able to communicate who I was effectively and connect with all the interviewers. Let it not be said that mediocre grades/MCAT will prevent you from getting into med. You just really have to make up for it in other areas; in my case the NAQ and interview!
  43. 1 point
    aray623

    Imposter Syndrome

    I'm almost done first year and I still feel like this from time to time! But know that pretty much everyone feels like this, and that it does get better. The admissions committee did NOT make a mistake and you completely deserved that acceptance!
  44. 1 point
  45. 1 point
    Me! Accepted as OOP applicant, I'm not sure how they want us to confirm our residency status though. Is it as simple as showing a driver's license or tax form?
  46. 1 point
    Just got my Dal PT acceptance!!! Anybody else?!
  47. 1 point
    celg3

    Waitlist Support Thread - 2018

    What the heck? That guy’s comment just seemed like an innocent and nice thing to say to show support for his friends from my perspective. Meanwhile your comment comes off as aggressive and condescending. If anything I think you’re the one who comes off as lacking empathy, why do you feel the need to come into the waitlist thread to state you got in on Tuesday then rag on someone for showing support?
  48. 1 point
    Bcm2018

    Biochimie depot dmd/pharmd

    Salut ! J’ai 3,80/4,3 fin bac et j’ai été accepté en dmd à UdeM cette année. J’ai 2 amis qui ont aussi reçu une offre, un a 3,95 (uqam) et un autre a 3,76 (udem). Je connais une autre qui a en haut de 4 mais je ne sais pas combien et n’a toujours rien eu. Donc je pense que le Casper joue un rôle extrêmement important.
  49. 1 point
    cleanup

    Venting about GPA conversion

    #humblebrag
  50. 1 point
    Butterfly_

    Venting about GPA conversion

    I doubt a 0.01 point drop will make any impact on your future aspirations. Don’t be so hard on yourself. 3.96 is a stellar GPA. Go reward yourself and have some fun
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