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  1. 32 points
    So update for any interested parties. I matched to Family Medicine! Always liked living life on the edge, but I'll admit this was cutting it close. I can still accomplish my goals through this route, just have to take a different path than initially intended. Thanks for all of the advice.
  2. 26 points
    I CANT BREATHE. I CANT BREATHE. ACCEPTED. 5th time applying, 2nd time interviewing , IP Guys never fucking give up. I have two undergrads, I'm doing my masters, I redid 4 of my cegep classes (yes i was 25 and hustling it in cegep). 3,8 science GPA. IM OFF RUNNING SOMEWHERE SCREAMING THAT IM HAPPY. PM me for anything.
  3. 20 points
    sorry for the late post, been busy pinching myself and crying all day!! TIME STAMP: ~14h30 pm (heart attack since 9 am)  Result: Admitted with condition !!! pre-reqGPA: 4,00 (redid my 4 basic pre-reqs at Athabasca, Thomson Rivers), old pre-req GPA was 3,01 MCAT: Not submitted Feeling About MMI (please be mindful of NDA): This was my 4th time interviewing at McGill, so I felt confortable with the process (I could've basically rehearsed their ppt slide), so I was a lot more relaxed and went in there being 1000% authentic (cheesy I know but its true). Felt like I was great in 3 stations, 1 below average and the rest pretty average IP/OOP/International: IP Comment : I've been applying to med school for 7 years!!! This was my 4th interview at McGill, I was straight up refused all 3 cycles before being admitted this year with no WL. Anyone with refusals, I know it sucks, I know your hurt. You need to keep trying and you need to push through if this is what you want. If anyone wants to chat PM me!!!
  4. 19 points
    If people are wanting to take legal action regarding a single medical school rejection, then I think admissions is doing their job correctly in keeping you out.
  5. 16 points
    While I acknowledge people's frustration over changing goalposts, I think Western's change this year is commendable. The reality is, high MCAT and GPA scores are not good predictors of who will become good physician. The aamc has been looking into how medical students and physicians perform based on their entrance scores, and there is no significant difference between someone with a 132 CARS and a 126, for example. Even more importantly, arbitrarily high cutoffs unnecessarily favour more privileged students (those who can afford tutors, expensive prep courses, not having to work for a summer while they study) and results in less class diversity. By lowering cutoffs in favour of an additional aABS, Western is taking steps to ensure that they've still selected students who are likely to succeed academically, but come from more diverse backgrounds and will better reflect the patient populations they'll be serving. As for the quality of someone's EC's, don't assume that just because you've done something unique or flashy, that it holds more value than someone else's accomplishments. Just because Candidate 1 could afford to take a summer off to travel and do charity work in another country, doesn't mean that experience holds any more value than the experiences of Candidate 2, who had to work full time in customer service to support their family. File reviewers are often trained to look for these issues, and would be asked to look through essays and evaluate personal character or what was learned from an experience, not what was actually done. TLDR; Thinking you have the best scores or flashiest ECs does not make you any more deserving than anyone else, and expressing sentiments of entitlement really make your privilege show.
  6. 15 points
    I don't usually post my stats anymore since they've basically remained the same from my posts 2 years ago. I'll make an exception in this time just because of how -relatively- little data usually gets contributed here. TIME STAMP: Feb 21 2019, 11:17 EST Interview Date: March 30 Result: Interview (MD) cGPA: 3.96 (by rounding) MCAT: Passed cutoffs ECs: Filled up all 32 items this year, but I've had an interview back when I had 21/48 items. Diverse and met each of UofT's clusters quite well. Essays: Spent at least 1.5 months on them, at least 400 hours. Was it overkill? To be honest, probably. I'm not a bad writer by any means, but when it comes to pieces with word limits, I believe in the importance of articulating each idea as succulently and artistically as possible. My grades did suffer but I wanted to write essays that could stand strong among a diverse audience of readers (which is to be reasonably expected of) and leave myself without regret. All of the topics strongly resonated with my experiences and I had a lot to share. If anything, future readers should find this observation helpful: having exchanged essay reviewing with some of my friends, I've come to realize that there isn't a single, uniform writing style that really makes the magic happen. Some of my friends briefly addressed the question within a single few sentences, then built their entire essays on how their experiences met the four clusters. Personally, I dedicated almost half my word count towards giving a thorough answer/solution before briefly sharing some personal experiences. We all got an interview. Year: Graduated UG Geography: OOP Two years ago, I did horribly on my interview. I knew my application wasn't strong: I had a weak reference, few extracurriculars and ultimately, couldn't hold up to applicants with an amazing wealth of experience behind them. I was invited during the final week and suspected that I had only marginally scraped into getting an interview. I convinced myself that the odds weren't in my favour and let myself fall. Last year I didn't take my essays as seriously enough and got rejected March 16th. Firstly, the topics just didn't click with my experiences. Secondly, seeing that I already had been previously been invited, I grew extremely over-confident and complacent in my writing. I got no interviews from any school during this year. Each interview is a privilege. Each year, med schools get more and more amazing applications, either from those who have come back strong after a previous rejection, or new talented applicants. Perhaps I'm just on this site too often, but getting accepted 4th year doesn't seem as common as it once was. In any case, I'm extremely grateful to have another chance of making things right.
  7. 15 points
    Problem with your logic is that you think the system is goofed up or that the incoming class is somehow "screwed". They aren't. The wheels will keep turning and those that get in will continue along the process with zero functional difference. Just so happens John Doe took a seat instead of you. Got in on slightly different requirements/process but equally as qualified and capable of doing well in medicine. Dont get sucked into a false sense of superiority by having a marginally better GPA or MCAT score.
  8. 15 points
    I very much doubt 1 single individual read all 8 of your essays. It was likely divided among 8 people, with the average of your responses being taken as your final score. This is how it works in CASPer, for UoT, MMI, etc. The admissions office of every school has the right to change their admission criteria from one year to the next. Western is not unique in this circumstance. To be honest, I actually admire Western for changing their criteria to allow character elements to shine through compared to the archaic method of using only GPA and MCAT. As I mentioned to you before in a previous post, possessing a good MCAT or GPA, while important, are not the sole factors that determine whether or not someone is good enough for med school. IMO, focus on your other interviews at those Ivy schools. Perhaps take a little bit of time to reflect. Likening yourself to a 'Syrian refugee' screams to me that your line of thinking needs to come down a notch.
  9. 14 points
    A year ago, I was in your shoes. I did not know if all the years of studies I had worked towards were worth it. If all the volunteering, wishing and dreaming was going to lead me somewhere. An interview is unpredictable and I could very easily throw it all away. I just want to tell you all to have confidence in yourself. You were selected for a reason. You all have the potential to become medical students. This year or next year, don't give up. Whatever you are feeling is normal. Everyone feels this way. Every single person in the room you will be in. Here is my advice for interviews : There is no definite answer key for scenarios. Complete the required task. Don't be afraid to verbalize your thought process. No one is trying to trick you. Don't overthink the scenarios. One bad station happens to everyone. Actors and interviewers will sometime seem 'distant' because they have to remain neutral. Don't take it personally. If you have completed a station and are satisfied within time, you don't need to force yourself to add more information. I guess all I am trying to say is : I truly wish you all the best on your interviews. May our paths cross soon!
  10. 13 points
    Not to be rude, but why ask this? You have a perfect GPA in last 2 years and a high MCAT that meets all schools' cut-offs.. You have the classic pre-med ECs: varsity team, research, undergrad clubs, awards- so you are all set.
  11. 13 points
    Little late, but was overwhelmed with the joy and excitment during the day. Result: ADMITTED WITH CONDITION Sci GPA: approx 3.60 --> after retaking several courses. 6th application, 3rd interview - DO NOT GIVE UP.
  12. 13 points
    Hi - although your distressing past experiences have left an impact on you, you have evidently had the strength to move on and make a fresh start, developing satisfying interpersonal relationships and succeeding in gaining admission to medical school. You should be commended on rising above your previous experiences and living well as a way of overcoming the actions of those who tried to put you down. If you let them hold you back now, it would negate the gains you have made, effectively letting them 'win.' You may be surprised - people may develop more moral conscience as they mature, and could regret their previous actions. However, even if they don't, you don't need your classmates to successfully get through medical school. Interacting with people going through the same experiences as you is not necessarily a blessing, as it can also mean competition. Most schools will have student advisors and students from upper years to provide guidance. For emotional support, you have your family and friends outside medical school. Don't worry about socializing in medical school - your goal is to become a doctor, so just pass your exams in pre-clerkship and conduct yourself professionally throughout your clerkship rotations. Maintain a polite distance from your former classmates and if anyone instigates trouble, they can be held accountable for lapses in professionalism. However, hopefully nothing of the sort will happen, as again the teen/early adult years are a period of maturation, and if nothing else, people at this stage should be more reluctant to be involved in anything that could harm their careers. There will be other students in your medical school class, and hopefully you can find a like-minded individual or individuals, but if not, it is not a big deal. The four years are busy and will be over before you know it, and then you can make a fresh start in residency.
  13. 13 points
  14. 13 points

    Entrer en med avec la pire cote r ever

    À 25 ans je doute fort qu'il ira faire un 2e DEC. D'ailleurs, ses notes de sciences humaines vont toujours trainer sa moyenne vers le bas. Je suis curieuse de savoir pourquoi tu parles d'exception? C'est par rapport à ton âge? Par rapport à ta motivation du moment? Au fait que tu parles anglais? Qu'est-ce qui justifie une exception en ta faveur? Il faut comprendre que les gens qui font médecine sont pratiquement tous des gens qui ont des A+ depuis la maternelle... J'ai fait médecine dentaire et la pire cote R au niveau cégep était de l'ordre des 33,500 cette année-là. Je vais dire tout haut ce que les autre pensent certainement tout bas, c'est un peu beaucoup ambitieux pour le moindre, de dire que tu peux très bien accomplir ce programme alors que tu n'as même pas fait de cours de sciences à date. Réducteur d'autant plus de croire que tu mérites la place d'un autre qui a buché beaucoup plus. Un 98 en anglais, c'est bien, mais avoir ce 98 à l'examen final sans remettre les travaux pendant la session, ce n'est pas admirable. D'ailleurs, tout le monde en médecine est bilingue là, voire trilingue. Les notes, mais aussi la constance sont requis. Aussi un peu d'humilité.
  15. 13 points
    Western's previous over-reliance on quantitative objectives has resulted in some barely-functioning manchildren being in my class since year 1, and judging from the replies in this thread (legal action l.o.l), the new system is keeping many such people out, so I'm all for it. Perhaps it's time for an attitude adjustment and self reflection if you think you're entitled to anything in this game.
  16. 12 points

    UBC Post Interview Impressions.

    Buraries, loans, and grants are all good and fun BUT NONE OF IT MATTERS IF THEY NEVER TELL US IF WE GOT IN #wherethatemailat
  17. 12 points
  18. 11 points
    Hey Guys I hope that I don’t create a panic with this post. As we get closer to the magical Monday, please use this thread to report your outcomes. I removed EC and cGPA as at this point it is only prereq GPA that plays a role: TIME STAMP:  Result: pre-reqGPA: MCAT: Feeling About MMI (please be mindful of NDA): Year: IP/OOP/International: comments: Good Luck to all my comrades. Every step of this journey has been bitter sweet. There has been tears of joy and disappointment but very soon we shall know of our destiny. No matter the outcomes, let us we are much grander than this decision. “Remember your dreams and fight for them. You must know what you want from life. There is just one thing that makes your dream become impossible: the fear of failure.” May the odds be ever in your favor! Good Luck!!!!
  19. 11 points

    Looking for summer student

    MMI Scenario #3: You have a physician friend who alongside other physicians started a company looking to develop medical courses. Your friend has admitted that they do not have much skill in terms of grammar, editing, and polishing PowerPoints. He said "not to worry lads, there's an untapped reservoir of premeds all looking to add something juicy to their CV. We can hire them for free because what other choice do they have! In fact, we can sit around and do nothing while they rummage through a textbook/papers and create the PowerPoints for us while we do nothing except collect the cheque!" You have decided to meet with your friend, enter the room and talk to him.
  20. 11 points

    Accepted 2019

    Saw "dal office of admissions" and "you're invited" and had a heart attack. Can I sue?
  21. 11 points
    That's if you get fruit.
  22. 10 points

    Looking for summer student

    Hi OP, I'm so glad you posted here, it just so happens that I am looking for a company in the medical field to give me a donation/scholarship to help fund my education. I need a donation or scholarship from a company with a strong reputation that will look good on my CV. This will help your company develop skills in good corporate citizenship. Specifically, I need funds to help cover tuition and general educational expenses, as well as funds for travel to conferences and new clothes. I also need money for more nutritious food and I could use some new shoes and a new laptop. Please send me a PM with the subject "DONATION TO TULLIUS EDUCATION FUND" and then I will give you my email so you can send an email money transfer. Suggested donation: $7000 (I estimate this is what you save by not paying summer students).
  23. 10 points
    There definitely is a culture of putting down family medicine, stronger at certain schools than others. There is also a culture of every specialty putting down some other specialty. When you gather a group of people who have been used to being the best of their class, it is inevitable that most people want to find a way to distinguish themselves. Given that almost half of the residency spots are allocated to family medicine, it's inevitable that it's considered a back up. However, I really think that mindset is more prevalent at the medical school level. I find it's like a high school popularity game. Once you're in residency, you see your staff family physicians that are leading amazing careers. You also really feel the value of being a family physician in residency. You spend more time with family physicians and you realize those feelings are not that prevalent in the community. I love being a generalist. I like having some knowledge about everything. I like being able to answer questions and having an approach to issues that my family and friends are presenting. I would hate to be a neonatologist and not know anything about adult medicine. I would hate being a nuclear medicine specialist and being the only doctor present when there's an acute issue on the plane. I would hate to be a urologist and have to consult internal medicine to start my patient on anti-hypertensives. Don't get me wrong, I think specialists do amazing things and I respect the work and the dedication that they have for their profession. However, I think being a generalist is undervalued. We have an important role in the health care system and I love the breadth of the knowledge we acquire.
  24. 10 points
    Just talked to them and confirmed there will still be one more wave next week
  25. 10 points
    stats arent everything man. Maybe he came off as arrogant and entitled in his ABS.