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  1. Agreed. Programs already have enough things to look and and way too many applicants to review. As such, no they likely won't share it and no the program won't look for marks/transcripts unless its part of their requirement for all applicants.
  2. Not sure relying on an email to a Carib school to determine if you have the physics prerequisite is the best course of action.
  3. As a M4 who just finished the CaRMS tour, I would dare to say that some programs are VERY disconnected from what is going on at the UGME level. They have no idea how electives are obtained (i.e. that we have to apply through the portal, spending hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars per block). They have no idea that different schools have different elective times/schedules, they unfortunately assume that every school follows something similar to their home school. Obviously I'm not familiar with most programs, so this may not apply everywhere. Programs are already have trouble keeping up with the +++ number of applications they are receiving due to most applicants backing up or "parallel planning". This change makes it much easier to apply to multiple specialties and I 100% agree with Aetherus in that I believe this will only make things worse for competitive specialties where now any person can try their luck and shoot an application to these programs, as opposed to doing some due diligence and showing commitment via X number of electives. See my response above. In my opinion, it will hurt applicants first choice specialty IF its a competitive one. Maybe I'm biased, because I am applying to a relative competitive specialty but I already find that programs struggle to figure out who to invite for interviews, and increasing the number of applicants to these small competitive programs will not help things. Do you really want to force applicants to jump through even more hoops like publications, site visits, unofficial electives, etc to demonstrate interest? Most PDs will agree that its very hard to determine how interested an applicant is in a particular specialty and its unfortunate they use elective time a substitute measure. They realize its possible to have many different interests, but unfortunately they have to be pragmatic to cut down and sort through applications and elective time is one such way to do so. I'm not arguing that this is right or wrong, but simply trying to convey that this is the way it is, and I personally would rather commit to 1/2 specialties rather than find new and expensive ways to demonstrate my interest in a specialty. Don't we have enough stress? Don't we already spend a considerably amount of money on the entire elective and CaRMS process?
  4. I agree. The responses in this thread are pretty indicative of perhaps why those individuals were not selected. There is a reason why lots of traditional interviews ask an applicant to discuss their failures and how they have dealt/coped with it. It matters.
  5. No one can answer this... 1. Apply every year, as the cutoffs can and may change every year. 2. Re-writing the MCAT is a very personal decision. As you can see, cutoffs can vary and not everyone can afford (time, money) to rewrite. If you feel that you were far below your average practice tests, then sure go for it. If you are hoping for an increase just because, then base it on your individual situation. Good luck with your future applications.
  6. How many electives do you have total? When reviewing your application, programs don't discriminate preCARMs vs postCARMs electives. The main difference to you is preCARMS electives give you the opportunity to ask for reference letters but other than that, it does not matter.
  7. Oh for sure. I did not have any family members in medicine and had no clue what I was getting myself into. I thought I knew, did all the "research" but I truly only realized how bad and inflexible the job market once I was in. Funny enough, I think part of the problem is that people in medicine themselves (staff/faculty) don't realize how quickly the situation has changed over the last 4-7 years. They are usually shocked when I tell them about the elective portal process, CARMs process, etc.
  8. I agree the situation can be frustrating but try to look at it from a different perspective. Before, the cutoffs were published and used to determine the interview pool (~400 people). Now, I assume the school invites a similar number of applicants, and states that the cutoffs they use are to determine which candidates proceed to file review. An applicant's aABS is used to determine interview invites. I assume that if they continued using only GPA/MCAT cutoffs to determine interview invites, the cutoffs would now be much higher than last years to obtain a similar interview pool, (READ - many SWOMEN/non-SWOMEN would not have been considered with these new higher cutoffs). I understand its frustrating that Western moved away from a clear objective method to determine interview invites but I think its clear that they had reasons to do so, either wanting their applicants to possess some arbitrary qualities that they deem are a prerequisite and/or keeping up with the natural trend of applicant pool's stats.
  9. Yes he's referring to his experience as a Canadian grad. I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment that medicine is not all that its made out to be. If you absolutely love it, and know what you are getting yourself into (extremely hard to gauge until you are in) then go for it, but otherwise find a different career.
  10. Anatomical Pathology: Queens (Dec 3), Calgary (Dec 3), Alberta (Dec3), Western (Dec 4), Memorial (Dec 5), Laval (Dec5), Toronto (Dec 6), McGill (Dec6), UBC (Dec 6), Dalhousie (Dec 7), Manitoba (Dec 7), McMaster (Dec 10), Ottawa (Dec 17), Sherbrooke (Dec 18) Anesthesiology: NOSM (Dec 7), Ottawa(Dec 8), Memorial(Dec 12), Western (Dec 12), Dalhousie (Dec 14), McMaster (Dec 17), Montreal (17dec), Queens (Dec 18), Laval (dec 18), sask (dec 19), UBC (Dec 19), Calgary (Dec 20), Manitoba (Dec 20) Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Alberta (Dec 4), UBC (Dec 13), Toronto (Dec 17), Ottawa (Dec 18) Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatchewan (Nov 27), Queen's (Dec 5), McGill (Dec 7), Dalhousie (Dec 7), Calgary (Dec 7), Manitoba (Dec 7), McMaster (Dec 10), UBC (Dec 10), Western (Dec 12), MUN (Dec 13), Toronto (Dec 18), Edmonton (Dec 19), Ottawa (Dec 19), Sherbrooke (Dec 20) Emergency Medicine: Queen's (Dec 11), McMaster IMG (Dec 18), McMaster (Phone Calls - Dec 17), Calgary (Dec 18), Edmonton (Dec 18), Manitoba (Dec 19), Laval (Dec 19), Dalhousie (Dec 20), Western (Dec 20), Toronto (Dec 20), Saskatchewan (Dec 20), UBC (Phone Calls - Dec 20) Family Medicine: Ontario (Nov 28; IMGonly), Laval (Nov 30), Montréal (Dec 4), Saskatchewan (Prince Albert - Dec 10, Moose Jaw/Swift Current - Dec 13th, Saskatoon - Dec 13th), UofT (Dec 12), Sherbrooke (Dec 12) , McGill (Gatineau - Dec 13), Alberta Rural (Dec 12), Alberta Urban (Dec 14), UBC (Dec 14), McGill (Montreal - Dec 14) Queens (Dec 17), McMaster (Dec 17), Memorial (Dec 18), Ottawa (Dec 18/19), Calgary (Dec 18), Dalhousie (Dec 19), NOSM (Dec 19), Western (Dec 19) General Pathology: Calgary (Nov 22), Alberta (Dec 3), Dalhousie (Dec 11), McMaster (Dec 13)  General Surgery: McGill (Dec 3), Sherbrooke (Dec 12), Toronto (Dec 17), Manitoba (Dec 17), UBC (Dec 17), Dalhousie (Dec 18), McMaster Niagara (Dec 19), Saskatchewan (Dec 19) Montréal (Dec 19), MUN (Dec 20), Western (Dec 20), McMaster Hamilton (Dec 20) Hematological Pathology: Internal Medicine: Medical Genetics and Genomics: Calgary (Nov 27), UBC (Nov 29), Manitoba (Nov 28), Ottawa (Dec 6), McGill (Dec 14) Medical Microbiology: Neurology: Western (Dec 3), Dalhousie (Dec 4), McGill (Dec 10), Ottawa (Dec 10), UBC (Dec 10), Calgary (Dec 11), Memorial (Dec 12), Alberta (Dec 14), UofS (Dec 17), Toronto (Dec19), Kingston (Dec19), McMaster (Dec 20) Neurology - Paediatric: Alberta (Dec3), Montreal (Dec 4), Calgary(Dec 4), McMaster (Dec 7), McGill (Dec 10), UBC (Dec 11), Ottawa (Dec 14), Toronto (Dec 20) Neuropathology: Western (Dec 11), UBC (Dec 13), U of T (Dec 14) Neurosurgery: McMaster (Nov30), Western (Dec 7), Dalhousie (Dec 10), UBC (Dec12), McGill (Dec 12), Toronto (Dec 17), Ottawa (Dec 17), Alberta (Dec 17) Nuclear Medicine: Sherbrooke (Dec07), Western (Dec 17) Obstetrics and Gynaecology: Manitoba (Dec 10), Calgary (Dec 10), Ottawa (Dec 11), UBC (Dec 12), Toronto (Dec 17), Western (Dec 18), Queens (Dec 18), Dalhousie (Dec 18), Saskatoon/Regina (Dec 18), McMaster (Dec 20), Alberta (Dec 20) Ophthalmology: UBC (Dec 4), Western (Dec 10), Alberta (Dec 11), Manitoba (Dec 14), McGill (Dec 17), Saskatchewan (Dec 18), Sherbrooke (Dec 19), Ottawa (Dec 19), McMaster (Dec 20) Orthopaedic Surgery: Alberta (Dec 7), McGill (Dec 10), Calgary (Dec 14), McMaster (Dec 14), Dalhousie (Dec 12), UBC (Dec ), Saskatchewan (Dec 17), Manitoba (Dec 18), Memorial (Dec 18), Queen's (Dec 20), NOSM (Dec 20) Otolaryngology: Alberta (Dec 6), Western (Dec 11), UofT (Dec 14), Calgary (Dec 14), Manitoba (Dec 17), Ottawa (Dec 17), Dalhousie (Dec 19), McGill (Dec 19), McMaster (Dec 20) Pediatrics: McMaster (Dec. 14, IMG), Western (Dec 14, IMG), UBC (Dec 14, IMG), Ottawa (Dec. 14, IMG), Toronto (Dec.14, IMG), Sask (Dec 18), Ottawa (Dec 18), Toronto (Dec 18), UBC (Dec 18), Alberta (Dec 18), Manitoba (Dec 18), Western (Dec 18), McMaster (Dec 18), NOSM (Dec 18), Dalhousie (Dec 18), Memorial (Dec 18), McGill (Dec 18), Queens (Dec 19), Montreal (Dec 19), Sherbrooke (Dec 19) Plastic Surgery: Alberta (Dec 4), Manitoba (Dec 11), Laval (Dec 17), McGill (Dec 18), Western (Dec 18), UBC (Dec 18), Toronto (Dec 19), McMaster (Dec 20)  PM&R: Queens (Nov 22), McMaster (Nov 26), UBC (Nov 30), Manitoba (Nov 30), Western (December6), UofT (December 12th), Calgary (December 12th), USask (Dec 6), Alberta (Dec 7), Dalhousie (Dec 13), Ottawa (Dec 14), Laval (Dec 20), Montreal (Dec 20) Psychiatry: Memorial (Nov 23), Sherbrooke (Nov 27), McMaster- Hamilton and Waterloo (Dec. 4), Western - London & Windsor (Dec.4), McGill (Dec. 4), Calgary (Dec 5), Manitoba (Dec 5), U of T (Dec 7), Ottawa (Dec 7), Alberta (Dec 10), NOSM (Dec 11), Queens (Dec 12), USask-Regina (Dec 12), UBC (Dec 12), USask-Saskatoon (Dec 13),Dalhousie (Dec 13), U de M (Dec 14), Laval (Dec 20) Public Health and Preventive Medicine: Alberta (Dec 5), Manitoba (Dec 7), McMaster (Dec10), UBC (Dec 12), NOSM (Dec 12) UofT (Dec12), Ottawa (Dec 13) Queens (Dec 17), Calgary (Dec 18) Radiation Oncology: Calgary (December 10), Alberta (Dec 11), UBC (Dec 11), Ottawa(Dec 17), Dalhousie (Dec 17), Manitoba (Dec 17), Western (Dec 17), McMaster (Dec 18), Queen's (Dec 18) Urology: Western (Dec 4), Dalhousie (Dec 5), McMaster (Dec 5), Ottawa (Dec 6), Toronto (Dec 8), McGill (Dec 12), Alberta (Dec 20) Vascular Surgery: Toronto (Nov 26), Western (Dec 10)
  11. ECs are something that you try to improve once you have decent mcat/gpa. You can get in with 0 ECs and high scores. But you cannot get in with amazing ECs and bad scores. Therefore getting the best marks/mcat gives you the highest chance of getting in. Queens/UofT which are EC heavy schools, will not even look at you if you dont have the minimum scores. It is a myth that in Canada you need "ECs".
  12. I'm really surprised at the advice you are getting in this thread. Your ECs are totally fine and well above average. You have much more ECs than half my 3rd year class. In Canada, ECs are not worth that much IMO and its all GPA/MCAT. Your 125, especially if its in CARS is holding you back.
  13. Did you end up calling them and asking? Wondering the same thing.
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