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  1. struggling2getin

    MS1 happy to answer questions

    Thanks for your last response casajayo! Would you happen to know as well whether Med students are eligible for Graduate College residences such as St Johns College?
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    MS1 happy to answer questions

    Hi, thanks for doing this! 1. When is an optimal time to purchase a stethoscope? Is there a school arranged event or sale? 2. I've heard about FLEX from friends and was curious if you knew whether or not FLEX can be done in other provinces since I was hoping to come back to Toronto after exams next summer.
  3. Result: Rejected Timestamp: May 14th, 9:00 AM GPA: 3.96 MCAT: 515 ECs: Check my past posts. Essays: Spent a good month on them and multiple revisions Interview:: Interestingly enough, I thought this was my absolute best interview and UBC was my worst. Really goes to show how little post interview impressions correlate with the actual result since I was rejected at a school where I felt my interview went as best as it could, while accepted at another in which I made very objectively spotty performances. Year: Professional Degree Year 1 Geography: IP I can't deny that this came at a great surprise to me. I was so sure that I would have this in the bag after getting my UBC offer (since that interview was quite bad), but in the end, I guess you never really know. A bit sad that I have to be away from family and old friends for another 4 years, but happy that I don't have to make the difficult call of choosing between my Vancouver friends and Toronto. I won't weigh this on my mind too much since I can always come back for electives, residency and summer opportunities. Furthermore, I know many great interviewees who could easily outperform me in any interview and were rejected or waitlisted across many Ontario schools. Its incredibly astounding how competitive OMSAS has become and I hold only the utmost respect and admiration for those who were admitted. Congratulations!
  4. struggling2getin

    May 14 Countdown

    An upper year friend tells me yes via email from Mac but not OMSAS, and there was one time where Queens made an interview invitation mistake.
  5. struggling2getin

    May 14 Countdown

    OMSAS messed up during the last hours of this cycles submissions.. it'd only be a fitting end for it to have another final mistake huh :/
  6. struggling2getin

    May 14 Countdown

    Anyones status change over the past hour? If so this is gonna be a long night
  7. struggling2getin

    May 14 Countdown

    Not for me..
  8. struggling2getin

    May 14 Countdown

    Which schools are you seeing for? Anyone for Queens or UofT?
  9. struggling2getin

    May 14 Countdown

    Good luck all!
  10. struggling2getin

    Post Interview Feelings 2019

    For UofT in particular, they appear pretty skewed on a yearly basis. A lot of people have a great time at UofT but dont get accept post interview because UofT's style is conversational and almost encourages facilitating bonding with an interviewer rather than being a one sided talk show like MMI stations at certain Ontario universities (cough cough). There was definitely a lot of variation between the interviewers that each interviewee group got. I've heard of some that were more open with feedback, saying things like good job, others whose experienced more impartial responses. Your description sounds like your person was engaged with you, but might have realized that going too far away from the central core of the answer would make an objective comparison with other applicants hard. At least, thats my interpretation for a similar issue. One of my interviewers started off with a very open ended question, then went into more deeper topics to which I gave two examples unrelated to medicine. Each time, my interviewer would ask for another example as if trying to look for ones more directly connected to medicine before she was satisfied with my answer and moving onto another follow up (that or she just gave up on me ).
  11. I've had the same experience before years back and know how unsettling it can feel to see interviewers actually ranked you vs your practice. Depending on the audience, it's important to take the advice of those you are practicing with discretion. When practicing with current/re-applicants, it's possible that you have the situation of the blind leading the blind. If practicing with a med student, you have the possibility that these individuals actually aren't outstanding interviewees, but their pre-interview stats carried them through (school dependent of course). In my experience, I've given answers that (even in my mind) had been hot garbage but still received highly positive feedback from both parties alike. However, this is not to say that I find all individuals at these groups unreliable. In some, I've found very mature, highly insightful individuals whom I later kept in contact with for practice in private. Meanwhile, I did group practice sessions to develop comfort in sharing my ideas with new faces. After 3 years of doing interview prep and watching many very qualified friends get in before myself, here are some of my opinions regarding the qualities of great interviewees. Note that I'll only be mentioning things I find outstanding since all the general advice provided in other threads is already excellent and these are things that I think can give you a leg up/ a big window of improvement. I'll divide my comments into 3 groups based on question type; ethical/scenario, policy, personal/abstract. Ethical/scenario: Does the applicant consider that there are points of ambiguity within the question and address the major salient stems/branches that can result? Sometimes questions will be very broad and its important to acknowledge/state your assumptions, or work with the major realms of possibilities within each. Also mention the points that you will need to clarify (and how- is it private info?). Does the applicant understand their role, its scope and limitations? You won't be able to be a superhero in every scenario. It's important to acknowledge that you understand who you are in the chain of command, and let that dictate your steps moving forward and how to best address issues in a realistic way that respects authority and public interest. Red flag territory: Are there unfair assumptions/biases being made while answering the question? Similarly, some questions might elicit applicant assumptions (ie a wife is cheating on their husband if a recent newborn child's DNA is different from his) but it is important to avoid these pitfalls. There are so many alternative explanations for why this could be the case. Policy: Can the applicant identify the populations that are severely impacted by laws? Few blanket laws (laws made without exceptions) are ever perfect. There will always be negative impacts on certain populations even in the most seemingly positive policies. A new nation is developing a law that imprisons murderers? Great- but what is the definition of murder here? Does it include assisted suicide (ie will medical professionals be arrested)? How about in self defence or necessity? Discuss these points- if possible- within cons. (After discussing pros/cons) Can the applicant balance the interests of interests of these impacted populations with those of public interest and reach a conclusion? What alternative/accommodation can they provide a suffering party to minimize harm? Personal/abstract: Does the applicant define/describe the abstract item and/or background of their experience well and how it is relevant to the question asked? Undoubtedly, its almost impossible to have an experience that corresponds with the numerous permutations of experiential question types that can be asked. Preparation is key here and try to avoid putting scenarios that might have too large of a disconnect from the experience/question sought. Is the experience unique and/or does what the applicant convey that they did within the experience seem like a difficult feat? Doesnt necessarily have to, but its something that I always remember the people who I practiced with by likely due to feeling impressed by their accomplishments. Is the experience effectively/succinctly/eloquently described? Avoid rambling with unnecessary details but at the same time, don't seem too robotic with the answer. A good mix of thinking on the spot to adjust what details of the experience should be shared and appearing to be talking on the spot rather than using a memorized script is good here Hope this is of help.
  12. Timestamp: 3 PM EST (12 PST) Result: Accepted - VFMP (1st choice ) Early or Regular Deadline: Regular AGPA: 89.7 MCAT: 515- 127/128/131/129 Year: B.Sc 2017, first year in a non healthcare professional program ECs: A good chunk of generic premed stuff (60-70%) and some stuff that the typical premed would not likely have via my past co-op program, opportunities provided by my professional degree. Check my 2017 post history for more details. Geography: IP Interview: I didn't think I was going to get in. 3 of my stations were very below average relative to my normal performance (in one, I forgot a detail that made it look as if I was almost lying and had to reread the prompt in front of the interviewer, in another I had to ask an interviewer to repeat the question like 2 times to the extent he seemed visibly frustrated.. these experiences still haunt me to this day). 4 were maybe above average and the rest were ok. In any case, this was my worst performance among all 3 interviews I had. In 2017, I had an NAQ of 18 and AQ of 30. I didnt dramatically change the number of experiences I had, but I changed my writing style and targetted things I imagined a reviewer would want to see. Keeping the same AQ score, I was able to get an interview through drastic revamping. The same year, I got rejected from both Calgary and UofT post interviews. For Calgary, my interview was ranked in the 20th percentile. Between these two years, I matured, became better at articulating ideas and forced myself into uncomfortable situations to develop my ability to respond to different anxieties. In 2018, I had not a single interview. This year I had 3. This was my 3rd application cycle and last try before committing to myself to my new degree. If I were to have any advice to future applicants, it would be that improvement is always possible- its a matter of finding your weaker areas and addressing them. Furthermore, don't (or try not to) let medicine delay your life. I spent two years in limbo without any career progression, and although doing a professional program while applying has its major drawbacks, I think this was the best decision I've made to date.
  13. struggling2getin

    D-DAY 2019 — Discussion Thread

    Congratulations! Super proud of you! I could tell you were going to do well from practices. Might see you in class if my Ontario schools don't take me.
  14. struggling2getin

    May 14 Countdown

    Anyone else been having nightmares of being rejected? I seem to get one almost weekly at this point.
  15. struggling2getin

    DDS or keep applying to MD?

    I know people applying from DDS to MD right now, and someone who did the same last year and switched when they got offered an MD spot. Im in another professional program myself since I had no interviews for MD last year and I have absolutely no regrets in choosing this route. You wont spend another year with uncertainty but it will come at a financial cost. The major risk is that you will he asked about the reason for the switch but this generally wont come up in MMI since they have specific questions. Alternatively, you might develop some good clinical experience during your schooling and be able to incorporate that into your answers. If you get a closed file panel, there might be a chance that you wont be pressed on this either if you never mention being in dentistry.
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