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    Change in # of sketch entries?

    According to a 2014 2011 study, at the time Ottawa's ABS was scored for each of the OMSAS categories: https://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/Fulltext/2011/10001/Does_an_Emotional_Intelligence_Test_Correlate_With.10.aspx The big reasons I can see this new change occurring is 1. economics (less time reviewing applications, less cost to admin); 2. to correct a right-skew in ABS scores. Regarding #2, it's possible with 48 entries that schools have noticed too many applicants were getting perfect or near perfect ABS scores (like the 3.99 and 4.0 when it comes to GPA's). If the ABS scores are skewed, it becomes less useful as a measure of selecting applicants. So to correct the skew, they make the ABS harder to score highly on with less entries at the applicants' disposal. It would be interesting to see what motivated this change with OMSAS. There will likely be casualties of this change, specifically those who have significantly more than 32 entries and then they cut down and present an imperfect picture of themselves. As many have said, the ABS is a component of the application that requires much strategy and skill. I was thinking of what entries I would've cut or tried to combine (some were already combinations), and it would not have been an easy task!
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    Phd2Md's Advice On Interviewing Well

    Hi everyone, This community has been a great resource for me, so I've been looking for a way to give back. Ever since D-day (aka May 10th for my fellow OMSAS warriors), I've been getting lots of PMs about interview skills. Partly because I got multiple offers, and partly because on my A/W/R posts I noted how well the interviews went. Rather than answering each PM separately I figured I'd make a post to point people towards so that others might benefit in the future. I'm not an interview god, I didn't know how to interview before I started, and I wasn't confident in my skills going in. However, the people I practiced with did compliment me quite a bit, and during my interviews several interviewer remarked on how well the conversation was going. I'm pretty sure that interviewers aren't supposed to give you any sort of feedback, but mine did. At the end of my Western interview, my interviewers spent about 10 minutes talking about how perfect I am for Western and vice versa. During my U of T interviews, one interviewer ended the conversation by saying "good job buddy", another by saying "you're an amazing story teller", and another with "this was the most engaging conversation I've had today". So while I'm not a natural interviewee, and I was quite nervous about the whole interview process, things went well. Bellow is why I think it went well for me. It may work for you, it may not. This is a case study with n=1. There's nothing magic about it, there are no secrets. There are, however, golden basics rules. Follow them, they work, and don't tell yourself that you can skip the hard work and figure our how to interview by "cramming" for a week. For MMIs: -Find a good medical ethics book (ie: Doing Right, and some basic CanMEDS resource) -Find a good person (ie: a med student or anyone who interviews well and can give feedback) -Read the book, practice with the person (realistic role play), take their feedback and edit your answer. I couldn't always find someone to practice with so sometimes I would pretend someone was in the room, time my self, and hope others didn't think I was hallucinating. -Wash, rinse repeat on a regular basis (I did 1-2 hours per day for a few weeks). Only time will make your comfortable, confident, and cunning at MMI. See attachment for the Big List of MMI Questions, do as many as possible. For traditional interviews: -List ALL of your interesting personal stories (including ABS) -create a cool narrative (even if its short) for each one -incorporate a CanMEDS characteristic into each one (don't force it, it should be obvious from the way you tell the story) -Look up the top health/social news stories of the last 2-3 years and develop an opinion/narrative about those -Practice with someone (realistic, timed, role play), or alone (but still outloud) if need be -Wash, rinse repeat on a regular basis (I did 1-2 hours per day for a few weeks). Only time will make your comfortable, confident, and cunning at traditional interviews. See attachment for the Big List of Traditional Interview questions, do as many as possible General: -Start doing realistic practice early, even if you're still new to interviews, and do it frequently. -In my opinion you should start prepping for MMIs before you prep for traditional interviews, because the MMI "mindset" (fair, balanced, thoughtful) will be invaluable for traditional interview questions. -If you can walk in confident and calm, you've won half the battle. Practice this every time your practice interviewing. -Learning to interview well is a life-changing experience. It teaches you how to connect and interact better, it teaches you how to summarize sell your personal brand in a short period of time, it teaches you how to see what's important in someone else's eyes, and as a PhD student who is about to defend, it taught me how to make my research meaningful to pretty much everyone. Best of luck to all the MD hopefuls. If you have questions, please post in this thread instead of PMing me. If you have a question, chances are someone else will too, so it saves me from having to answer it multiple times and helps more people out. Plus, someone else might have a better answer than me. PS: I don't know who the original compiler/poster of these "Big Lists" is, but if someone does please link them so they can be credited for their awesome work Big List of MMI Questions.pdf Big List of All Traditionl Interview Questions.pdf
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    Canadian for Diversity

    If I were you, I would return to your original thought! And I would forget about being Canadian for his essay.
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    Canadian for Diversity

    i'd focus on the diverse experiences or skill sets you can bring to the table.
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    Casper Prep Companies

    I will second the comment about Astroff. Here is an old thread I wrote about them, you can check my old post history to decide whether I’m some paid advertisement.
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    Asking for a reference letter

    For my job related one, I just have them the Toronto clusters and said touch on as many things as you can, and gave a few examples of job tasks I did that were reflected by the clusters (which are easier in My opinion for them to talk about vs CANmeds which the clusters are in disguise). They touched slightly on things out of their scope like my volunteering, but I think it should mainly be about what they know or have seen you do. Hope that helps!
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    A lot of them are high for sure but there still seems to be a bit of relief at many of them I thought(?) Maybe it is getting worse and I haven't noticed. I have seen the blow back of those people for years as well going down, failing out, or even passing and not getting into anything they wanted for residency - huge debits, suboptimal residency programs, high risk of drop out (they will protect their pass rate by culling people - it is cheap to put people through preclerkship and just fail them if they aren't up to snuff - the entire business model seems to be based on it. It really is a blood bath. Honestly view them as just another group of people trying to take advantage of premeds. A few definitely do make it through but wow a whole lot more don't.
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    Change in # of sketch entries?

    I would agree with this. I'll also add that, in my experience, the ABS is not so much about what you've done as much as it is about how you've framed it. Presentation is everything for the ABS. And there are ways to strategically combine certain activities into fewer ABS entries, while still showing the same breadth of experience.
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    CaRMS statistics

    All you need is one. For competitive things, it’s not so much about applying broadly and hoping for the best - it’s more about targeting a program early and gunning so that you are considered top for that program. Competitive specialties are usually small and will be biased in favour of not only strong applicants but also people they know.
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    Thanks for the response! I'll heed your advice on CMU and return secondaries quickly, and after that's done, DO is on the list. Really appreciate the support!
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    Is it worth it? That depends entirely on how badly you want to be a physician and whether there are alternative careers from which you would find a comparable level of satisfaction (both professionally and in your personal life). It's possible, but definitely an uphill battle. I graduated from my first degree with a lower GPA than yours, spent the next 6 yrs making up for my failure during my first degree (ECs, MCAT, GPA), and will be starting med school in the fall. I kept going because the value that I assigned to being an MD is greater than the time and dedication that I sacrificed (and will continue to sacrifice). Have you calculated your weighted GPA for each school? Is there a strong upward trend? This will determine how much more work you have ahead of you. Think carefully about what it is specifically about being an MD that appeals to you, and how you might be able to achieve your goals through another route.
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    You can easily tell a resident/staff from a medical student from the above responses...
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    When a resident tells you to go home?

    GTFO asap before someone changes thier mind.
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    OT OT

    Masters vs. 5th Year

    Hey! I'm re-applying next year and need to decide between completing a 1 year masters, or going back to school for a semester to improve my GPA. Does anyone have any experience in this? What benefit will the Masters actually give me, in terms of ORPAS GPA calculation? It's a Masters program that I know I would LOVE but at the end of the day, my goal is OT and I want to know what will give me a better shot at getting accepted next year. My sub-GPA this year was 3.59 but if I go back and do a semester I can bump this up to a 3.87. Alternatively, if I do the Masters, my sub-GPA will be 3.71 (due to my fourth year second semester grades being accounted for), but I'm unsure of any added benefit that a Masters might add (do they weigh GPA less? etc.) I will be contacting each school but wanted to see if anyone had any first-hand experience with this first! Thanks so much
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    TtIME STAMP: 10:05 for the email Result: Invite wGPA: 3.90 undergrad, currently doing a 1year course-based masters but no marks included MCAT: 518 ECs: family caregiving, some jobs at the bank, come tutoring, some sports etc; nothing I thought was major especially because I haven't gotten a single invite from a any ontario school in the past 3 years so... yeah not really sure what's going on here. Year: Last year of 1year masters IP/OOP/International: OOP Letter of EC: No CASPER: I think it went well, I'd done these a couple of times now so I felt like I knew an approach that worked for me and clearly it mattered but I didn't apply to mc and got rejected from Ottawa so I honestly couldn't tell you any more at this point. After 3 cycles of never getting to an interview in Ontario and just deciding to apply to McGill this year, I honestly think they had to have made a mistake for letting me interview but I also know we take those and I'm gonna try my best to ride this all the way to the bank. hope to see y'all there!
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    IP/OOP/International: IP Letter of EC: Yes, Had to take care of my mother because of a severe illness when I was 18. So there was one semester where I had C+ or B- average. TIME STAMP : 10h00 AM Result : Invite wGPA : 3.86 GPA and 3.76GPA with no EC MCAT : no CASPer: I thought I did okay. There are some questions where I thought I gave really good answers and others where I felt like I messed up because I had to think more, but overall I wasn't confident about it. One thing for sure, I gave my honest answers. ECs : PM me for that, but just to give you an idea. I'm always impliacted with my community. Years : B.Sc. in microbiology + 1 st year Master's Result : Invited Minerva status : Further Review Required Minerva checklist : An interview date appeared Guys... I don't know if I will end up being accepted after the interview, but I can tell you for sure that I feel that getting an interview is already a success for me after being rejected several times. Good luck to everyone and believe in your capacities and potentiel. You will get there. I'm crying
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