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  1. To recent med school graduates, residents, and practicing surgeons who have successfully matched into Plastics: What (year-specific) advice would you pass along to medical students who are passionate about plastic surgery and want to put their best foot forward with respect to CaRMS? Is there anything that you wish someone had told you when you were still a medical student? Is plastics related research an absolute must in this precarious CaRMS climate? Any constructive feedback is welcome.
  2. ^ Bump. Any updates from anyone who successfully matched into Plastics this year?!
  3. Hi there, Has anyone else heard that uOttawa med students are eligible for 50% off Lasik Eye Surgery? If so, can you please direct me to who I should talk to and/or how to go about taking advantage of this offer? Thanks in advance!
  4. Hi there, Has anyone else heard that uOttawa med students are eligible for 50% off Lasik Eye Surgery? If so, can you please direct me to who I should talk to and/or how to go about taking advantage of this offer? Thanks in advance!
  5. Hi there, Has anyone else heard that uOttawa med students are eligible for 50% off Lasik Eye Surgery? If so, can you please direct me to who I should talk to and/or how to go about taking advantage of this offer? Thanks in advance!
  6. Hi milie.08, Did you find out whether the laptop bursary actually exists? I'm super curious! Cheers.
  7. This is an absolute dream come true. Result: ACCEPTED! Time-stamp: 6:58 AM GPA: 4.00 Stream: English Geography: IP ECs: Diverse Current year: Graduated Interview: It went very well! Walked out of the room knowing I nailed it. Do not underestimate the importance of over-preparation, self-confidence, and good ol' fashioned likability. NOTE: I have 2 undergraduate degrees, have applied to uOttawa 4 times, and interviewed 3 times. Never give up. Never give in. You are the master of your destiny and don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise.
  8. Hi all, Congratulations to everyone who received interviews! I have a question that I would like to pose to individuals who have gained admission to uOttawa Med or who have interviewed there in the past: Did you hire a company to help you prepare for your interviews? If not, do you wish that you had? I am trying to determine whether or not it would be a worthwhile investment. I should also add that I would not be dissuaded by their high cost so long as they have a solid track record of helping their clients nail their interview(s) (i.e. receive offers of admission). Cheers, HeLa
  9. INVITE! Date Stamp: 28/01/2016 - 10:00 AM Location: IP Stream: English wGPA: 4.0 Current year: UG complete ECs: My activities were all (1) long-term + (2) diverse CASPer: I erred on the side of caution by focusing on 'quality > quantity.'
  10. I think what's most frustrating about this whole process is the general lack of transparency and feedback. This is my third year applying and I feel just as in the dark as I did several years ago. Moreover, the subjectivity with which the ABS is assessed blows my mind. Although I have a 4.0 and solid ECs (if I may be so bold), I honestly don't feel that I am any better off than someone with a wGPA in the low 3.90s.
  11. Thanks for your great insight, MDHopefulyMe! I feel like the addition of CASPer as part of the application to uOttawa came out of left field (i.e. I never heard any rumblings about it until June) so here's hoping that you are right about CASPer counting for a small percentage. I realize that it's pure conjecture on both our parts but do you have any thoughts as to why uOttawa chose to fully implement CASPer in its inaugural year rather than beta testing it just like NOSM had done a few years back before scraping CASPer as a requirement altogether? Cheers!
  12. Hello everyone, Just curious... Has anyone come across any new information or revelations regarding how much weight the adcoms will assign to CASPer in relation to wGPA and the ABS? Cheers!
  13. I, too, don't anticipate uOttawa abolishing their cutoffs because it is not in their (financial) interest to do so. In other words, the more paying applicants, the better. That being said, this problem is not unique to uOttawa -- this is just the nature of the med school admissions game. The more pressing issue I see is that the AdCom are willing to make it unequivocally easier for certain streams (e.g. French and Aboriginal applicants) as compared to others (e.g. Ottawa applicants) to gain interview invites -- despite the fact that lower cutoffs are openly advertised for each of the aforemetioned categories. Speaking as a native of this city (born and raised), I would naturally want them to favour Ottawa residents but I am not convinced that the AdCom are particularly invested in making it "easier" for others like myself to gain admission to the English stream for reasons that I cannot, for the life of me, begin to understand, unlike the schools that rmorelan had listed above. After two failed application cycles with a 3.92 (which even surpasses the advertised OOP cutoff), I came to the realization that the only way I would get into uOttawa was by securing a wGPA of 4.0, which I thankfully was able to do in preparation for next cycle. However, this came at a cost: an additional year of schooling just to improve my chances for uOttawa and uOttawa alone. I don't know about everyone else, but it seems to me that Ottawa applicants to the English stream are interchangeable with OOO and OOP applicants.
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