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  1. 6 points
    I'm very sceptical about this CASPER exam, I hate to rant about this but I'm seeing people on this forum and close friends that I know (who are great people) getting rejected with crazy high stats to schools that require this bloody exam. It's really not a fair assessment of "personality" especially given the bias against people that type fast and the lack of clarity on how it's marked. Also, I don't think I'm a bad person. I've worked extensively with special needs students and collaborated with families as a hospice volunteer for over 5 years and my feedback has always been positive. Maybe schools should stop asking people "What would you do? and focus more on "what have you done?". I just got an R as well, so perhaps I'm just salty haha...
  2. 4 points
    Hey everyone! I want to dedicate this short positive message to all interviewees who are interviewing to be (fingers crossed!) in UBC Medicine Class of 2024. It can definitely be nerve-wracking to think your MMI is coming up within a week or two, and I'm sure many of you may be feeling anxious about it. But I encourage you to take a step back and think of everything you've achieved to be here! You guys have all worked so hard, from constantly editing your applications, to submitting them, to achieving the interview stage, to obtaining your reference letters, and to accomplishing all the wonderful things you have done and have been doing. The MMI is a chance for you to shine and show them adcoms who YOU are; your confidence and success have been only some of the amazing things that have gotten you here, so accept the MMI as a challenge and prove to your interviewers how incredible you are! Think critically, focus on your responses, and have fun! When you truly engage yourself in each question/station and have fun with the process, you won't get distracted with anxious thoughts . From the bottom of my heart, I wish all of you the very best in your interviews at UBC (and other schools), and I hope you have an awesome experience. I (and the other volunteers, I'm sure!) am looking forward to meeting some of you during the interviews and cheering you on!!
  3. 4 points
    tarotea7

    Mcgill Interview Invites/regrets 2020

    OOP, my decision has changed to 'further review required'?
  4. 4 points
  5. 3 points
    TIME STAMP: 11:05 Result: Reviewed - Decision Pending cGPA: 3.57 (lol) MCAT: Never did it ECs: Diverse and complete, not oriented towards medicine though (no shadowing or hospital volunteering included), you can contact me if you have questions Year: graduated BSc and MSc Casper: Felt good, third year writing it and honestly I've ranked very well in Casper every year IP/OOP/International: IP Letter of EC: No First time it's not just a rejection... Usually I rank very very far soooo... I mean okay
  6. 2 points
    Not all heroes wear capes! some just go to the portes ouvertes!
  7. 2 points
    DrOtter

    UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020

    I feel like the way they do this is just an alternative to the "waitlist" system at other schools. UofT can either invite or reject right away when they finish reviewing your application, or they can keep you in the dark (i.e.the waitlist) until March when all their interview spots are filled and those who are on the cusp of being invited are then finally rejected?
  8. 2 points
    **Copied from previous threads** As has been stated, this thread isn't for discussion, but for stats only! TIME STAMP: XX:XX Result: Invite / Reject wGPA: MCAT: PS/VR/BS/WS ECs: Year: UG (what year), Masters, PhD IP/OOP/International: Letter of EC: Yes/No
  9. 2 points
    Invite IP GPA: 81 AA 23 PAT 20 don’t know about casper
  10. 2 points
    the typing thing is outrageous
  11. 2 points
    I'm not too sure about that... People have been rejected early on despite being above cut-off in last year's cycle too since I remember seeing a few posts from applicants wondering if there were any red flags on their application that resulted in such rejections.
  12. 2 points
    This is definitely new. I was under the impression that we were safe until late March but looks like anything could happen from now
  13. 2 points
    frickenbeauty

    uOttawa 2020 interviews

    Rejection Time Stamp: 1:15 PM Location: IP Stream: English wGPA: 3.94/4.00 Current year: UG Complete ECs: To be honest, I was expecting a rejection and medical school was a spontaneous decision for me as I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in April 2019. My goal is dentistry (father is dentist and have done many things in the field of dentistry)..I have received an invite to UoT dental and expecting UWO as well. I thought overall my EC's were above average but not a lot of "medical" experiences. Was a teaching assistant for 10 courses, ran a charity that tutors underprivileged students, volunteered in an exercise program to help those undergoing chemotherapy, receptionist in a dental clinic for the homeless, ran Pre-Dental club at the University I did my undergrad at, NSERC URSA, few others. Unfortunately, I could not put my clinical research position at a company called Sernova (regenerative medicine company to treat chronic diseases) since I received a job offer after the app was due, as well as an non-profit organization I have created for Type 1 diabetics that is about fitness/nutrition and normalizing blood sugars. Around 4300 applied, so I am sure it is super competitive but its worth it to apply and see if you have a chance! Good luck to all applicants and keep chasing your goals. Casper: I thought it was fine, fast typer and used tons of personal experiences. No red flags, thats for sure.
  14. 2 points
    Time Stamp: 9:05 AM Invite/Reject: Invite!!! GPA: 3.59 (I know) CARS: 127 (I know) Casper: Felt super confident about it. It clearly saved me. I really hope this gives people confidence to apply regardless of their GPA and CARS. Ace Casper and you can get an interview! Geography: IP
  15. 1 point
    Invite/Reject: R IP status verification and date if applicable: QC Residency Verified RD Dec 03, 2019 Casper test date: Oct 20, 2019 (English) How did you feel about Casper this year?: It was ok. Used only free resources. Might be good to invest in prep next cycle. Invite/reject last year if applicable: N/A How did you rank in Casper last year if applicable (Top 100, 101-300, 301-500, 501-800+): N/A
  16. 1 point
    Invite/Reject: Reject IP status verification and date if applicable: Status verified on minerva Casper test date: Oct 27 (french) last date accepted. How did you feel about Casper this year?: Felt good overall although we never really know, didn't type as much as last year. Invite/reject last year if applicable: invite last year. How did you rank in Casper last year if applicable (Top 100, 101-300, 301-500, 501-800+): Didn't ask for my ranking.
  17. 1 point
    jbmtl

    McGill MD CM IP Pre-Interview Rejections

    I never saw that Casper was part of the pre-screening as well. When was that updated? Also, the pre-screening does not even make sense really for the IP contingent. They say that 4-6 times the applicants they intend to interview in a particular applicant category pass the initial pre-screening which is everyone if you go by statistics from the last several years (~200-275 IP interviewed, <1000 IP applicants).
  18. 1 point
    96 in 4 years (24*4). Not quite sure how many students will be admitted this year, and not sure if the 24 students in Outaouais are included in the 76.
  19. 1 point
    Invite/Reject: Rejected IP status verification and date if applicable: Not verified, box blank on Minerva. The rejection e-mail mentions the QC Resident pool. Casper test date: Last one they would accept, Oct 21, 2019?
  20. 1 point
    I was in med school during SARS at UofT We are better prepared this time. it presents with a flu like resp illness - think influenza. Everyone with a febrile resp illness will be placed in isolation with N95 masks. A detailed travel history is taken. There is no specific cure. The key to treatment is time and supportive care including mechanical ventilation and ICU support. Containment is via BSP and making sure resp isolation is maintained
  21. 1 point
    Malheureusement, il pourrait y avoir un problème avec la version mobile du site. Vous pouvez toujours cliquer sur le bouton en haut à droite de votre téléphone pour avoir accès à la version complète du site web (bouton 'Full Site'). De cette façon, vous devriez pouvoir voir toutes les sessions. Hello, Due to the complexity regarding technical difficulties, coordination, scheduling, collection of the donations and having a 3 person panel with online interviews, we only offer in-person mock interviews. In addition, the goal of the mock interviews is to allow the students to familiarise themselves with the environment and the setup of the real interviews, which we can't really simulate with an online interview. Should you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. Valérie & Ahmed Admissions Committee Representatives 2023 / Représentants du comité des admissions 2023 admissionsmd2023@gmail.com
  22. 1 point
    jbmtl

    How do they determine IP?

    Also just because you get an interview, does not mean you'll get accepted at McGill. The interview/MMI at McGill is a big filter and no one *really* knows what factors they look for, how they balance the demographics of the cohort (even though they say they don't, they always happen to get similar percentages by gender, language, background), and what they are biased against. Some people interview several times and don't get in and some people easily get accepted the first time they interview and it isn't really that predictable beyond a certain point. They have probably 400-500 IP applicants that are good enough on paper to do well at medical school, they interview around half of them, and then accept around 75-80 in the end.
  23. 1 point
    What did I just read ?
  24. 1 point
    TIME STAMP: 9:30ish Result: Invite wGPA: 3.86 MCAT: not submitted ECs: lots of work with inner city children, summer camps, research with adolescents, ran a few clubs during UG, book chapter publication and a few conferences (no hospital volunteering or shadowing or clinical hours at all) Year: MSc2 Casper: thought it was okay left a couple of questions blank IP/OOP/International: IP Letter of EC: No
  25. 1 point
    DrHmd

    Mcgill Interview Invites/regrets 2020

    Hello guys, it's approx. 8am and my statut is stil "ready to review". Do you have an idea when it will come out? Thanks and good luck
  26. 1 point
    coffee

    Mcgill Interview Invites/regrets 2020

    Does anyone know at what time decisions are sent out, approx.? Sleeping won't be easy tonight... Plus I have an interview with a potential master's supervisor at McGill tomorrow. It's going to be quite the day haha
  27. 1 point
    > debates point > says it's not a debate
  28. 1 point
    Mine, had nothing on it besides the standard rejection statement.
  29. 1 point
    yes! practicing with a professional is actually such a good idea i highly recommend
  30. 1 point
    Blue_Sky98

    uOttawa 2020 interviews

    INVITEEEEEEE:)))))))))))) Time Stamp: 2:30 pm Location: IP Stream: French wGPA: 3.81 (OMSAS) Current year: 4th ECs: I think pretty diverse. Church, piano, tutoring, and clubs on campus. Casper: I have no clue lol. This was my first time applying and writing it
  31. 1 point
    swoman

    uOttawa 2020 interviews

    Anybody else
  32. 1 point
    mdplsacceptme

    uOttawa 2020 interviews

    From last years thread, it started at 11:00AM
  33. 1 point
    LostLamb

    Useful electives for FM

    Maybe some things which you can do as an enhanced skill year? palliative, geriatric medicine, community pediatrics, low risk obs might be useful? Oh, and ER and/or psych ER. I think learning to do good psych risk assessments and know what is and is not admitted to hospital would be helpful as a family doc.
  34. 1 point
    bearded frog

    CASPer Test Answer Length

    I've actually scored casper, and would suggest NOT leaving the third question blank. Everyone gets 5 minutes and you are expected to manage that time. If you're still on the 2nd answer by 3:30 or 4:00 then jump to the third one, write a quick sentence or two, and go back to finish two if you have time. Even just answering the question with one line at least is worth something, whereas a blank is nothing. You get one score for all three questions in the scenario, but two great answers and a blank doesn't look as good as a great answer, a good answer and an ok answer.
  35. 1 point
    PlsLetMeIn02

    Open studies or Grad school?

    As someone that has taken and completed grad studies, I'd recommend you do something to advance your career. If you are purely doing open studies to improve your GPA for med, you may find it was a stagnant option. With grad studies, this will benefit your application in many areas. Your application will be looked upon more favourably, you will have publications, research experience, reference letters, an opportunity to improve your GPA (UC adds on your graduate GPA as an additional year which is a much easier / faster way to boost your GPA compared to open studies). However, I'd recommend you do something that you're actually passionate about, even if its not directly related to med. Get an industry job and make some money / gain experience. Many applicants that have actually worked and come back to med have been very competitive applicants, despite their lower GPAs. Just my two cents
  36. 1 point
    maenyt

    CASPer Test Answer Length

    I think it's all about quality over quantity. It's better to have 3-4 thoughtful sentences that state the problem, look at the problem from multiple perspectives, and concisely state what YOU would do given the context and potential other perspectives. Feel free to PM me for more specifics! Good luck on your test. (This was my strategy- my CASPer score apparently helped me get an interview invite to Mac so I presume I did well enough!)
  37. 1 point
    Hey guys! Interviews should be out within the week if I'm not mistaken! Good luck to all ! And share the news, good or bad.
  38. 1 point
    PhD2MD

    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
  39. 1 point
    As a current MD student, at a top 5 university, I found it absurd that candidates of such high caliber (and many of my close friends, with 4.0 GPAs and MCATs in 515-520s) are not offered interviews (at a school that is ranked 77th in Times Higher Education's). What makes this selection process more mind-boggling is that only one segment of the MCAT and a situational judgment tests (that is argued to be biased against certain demographics: Jerant A. et al. 2015 Academic Medicine ) have such a huge impact on chances of being offered an interview. My thoughts are: 1- MCAT is a comprehensive standardized exam! Why not include other MCAT sections? (Shouldn't a medical school applicant have a solid understanding of biology, biochemistry, physics, chemistry, sociology, and psychology???) 2- As an immigrant, a person of lower socioeconomic background, and someone who english isn't his/her first language, CARS, Casper, and MMI, create Herculean barriers for people like me to overcome. 3- McMaster associated company (ALTUS Assessments Inc) are making a lot of money from these test and most of the pro-research on this topic is born from McMaster studies. This basically displays a financial conflict of interest in the admission process for McMaster university. 4- Unlike what is said, it is highly possible to prepare for MMI and Casper by spending a lot of money, time, and going to prep companies. 5- Why are people's extracurricular activities, research, and awards not considered at MAC? Please don't be rude and attack my post! I have been factual. I hope that my post acts as a primer in the minds of the applicant community and hopefully future physicians. P.S. Congrats to qualified applicants who are offered interviews! I wish you the best.
  40. 1 point
    Hikki97

    IP status

    I called them, they said some applications are still in process, but they will reach out to us if they find any problems. So hope everything works out haha
  41. 1 point
    As someone who has been applying for 4 straight years and still yet to be accepted, I can empathize with you. It is heartbreaking seeing people that you applied with and practised with in your first cycle be finished medical school before you are even accepted. I am not going to lie to you. The feeling sucks and it takes a huge toll on your self-esteem. What keeps me coming back year after year is how badly I want this, coupled with the success stories of people who have gotten in after 5, 6, or 7 tries! I personally know multiple people who fall in that group and seeing them achieve their dreams after so many attempts motivates me to keep trying. In the end, no one is going to care how long it took you to get in (either starting undergrad later like you, or being rejected multiple times, or both, etc)...people will care about having a caring, smart, great doctor which you can be!
  42. 0 points
    TIME STAMP: 10:45 am Result: Reject (first year applying) cGPA: 3.96 MCAT: not submited ECs: Founder of 6 health clinics, founder of a professionnel association, two publications including a book, sports (including ironman 70.3, duathlon, etc), many projets with lots of responsabilities and leadership, >10 years of experience in healthcare as a registered dietitian... Year: 2nd year of a 2nd undergrad (first one in dietetics) Casper: I felt really confident about my answers. IP/OOP/International: IP Letter of EC: Yes
  43. 0 points
    Anon1

    Mcgill Interview Invites/regrets 2020

    Just got rejected (Minerva). OOP
  44. 0 points
    yeescience

    UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020

    Thank you. I was an MD only applicant, graduate stream. Good luck to everyone! Edit due to another post above: Met all cut offs for GPA/MCAT
  45. 0 points
    IP, Regrets, 1:04 pm
  46. 0 points
    I just received regrets OOP
  47. 0 points
    Jb12345

    uOttawa 2020 interviews

    Rejection Time Stamp: 1:18 pm Location: IP Stream: french wGPA: 3.89 Current year: masters ECs: quite a bit of research, extracurricular activities and volunteer work, many bursaries Casper: I was pretty sick, could’ve gone much better good luck to the rest of you!!
  48. 0 points
    ijustwantanmd

    uOttawa 2020 interviews

    Just got a rejection so out I guess? Edit: Rejection Time Stamp: 1pm Location: IP Stream: English wGPA: 3.91 Current year: 4th UG ECs: some research, some volunteering, 1 abstract to be published, club on campus Casper: Good enough for Mac- sad reaccs
  49. 0 points
    Hikki97

    IP status

    Same here. Knowing that I did bad on Casper, I’m pretty stressed out about the screening at this point
  50. 0 points
    nsrdude

    Schulich Interview 6/8 essays?

    I dont know for sure, but I wouldnt expect an invite
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