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Dr. Octavius

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  1. Hi all, I'm two-thirds of the way through my first year of medical school and my only extra-curricular involvement is as an exec member of an interest group for the primary care specialty I'm thinking of pursuing. I've spent the rest of my time getting a good handle on academics and self-care to keep sane. I have already searched this question on the forums and the consensus seems to be "ECs generally do not matter much for residency applications". While they don't matter much, wouldn't it still be a bit of a red flag if one does not have ANY ECs? I just have a hard time thinking that this wouldn't put me at a disadvantage, unless I quickly start becoming more involved.
  2. Guys, quick question: I go to York and they use a 3-credit (semester course) and 6-credit (full-year course) system. However, in science, some courses are 4-credits (semester course with lab), 8-credits (full year course with lab), and even one course is 2-credits (pre-thesis course). Basically, for my third year I have 31 credits at York (a few 4-credit courses as well as the 2-credit one) which is more than a full courseload (30 credits), BUT omsas counted the 2-credit course as "0.5" and only counted the 4-credit courses as "1.0" just like the other semester long courses . . . so apparently I only have 9.5 for the "length" value. Seriously shortchanged me. Does this mean, according to them, I don't have a full course load?
  3. How many sentences did you guys put for each question?
  4. Hi all, I rewrote the MCAT this summer and managed to boost my previously terrible CARS score (which will not be named lol) to a 127. Please, no sugarcoating, what are my chances in Ontario? My Stats: -4th year applicant (this cycle) -cGPA: ~3.99 (took a full course-load every year) -MCAT rewrite: 130/127/131/130 (518 overall) -ECs: I know this depends a lot on how you word the entries, but I have been actively seeking out feedback for the past 6 months since last cycle's rejections. Most feedback has been positive (I think my sub-125 CARS from last cycle was the main factor holding me back). I would consider these above average; quite a few long-term commitments & ~6000-7000 hours total (employment, volunteering, extracurriculars) -No special geographic advantages like SWOMEN (Western) or northern rural (NOSM). IP for Ontario. I didn't get an interview at Ottawa last cycle with my stats, so maybe my CASPer wasn't great. Hoping to improve that this cycle. Any honest feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance! ~Doc Ock
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  6. I totally agree with both of you. It will probably be best for me to be a little less conservative next time and really try to sell myself! Also, that's a great point that adcoms may accidentally miss a minor detail like that, so it would be a much better idea to be very clear that I won it twice. It's the little things, eh?
  7. Thank you both for your responses! I will definitely include them as 3 separate entries. Looks like I totally shortchanged myself this cycle, ha. Live and learn!
  8. Hi all, I have searched for this topic and have come across many threads involving similar questions to mine, although everyone's situation seemed a bit different. So I'm making yet another thread In my case, I will have 2 NSERC USRA awards to include on my ABS for the upcoming application cycle. I have presented posters based on the research conducted during the NSERC placements. I don't want to seem like I am padding, but could I do the following? -(x2) Employment entries - talk about the actual research, skills acquired, etc. Separate entries because it was a different experience for each NSERC USRA (I mean, it's about 1280 hours of research, 150 characters for just one entry seems a bit too short lol) -(x1) Awards entry - discuss the competition involved to get the award; only one entry for this with the date including both years that the awards were obtained (since competition at my school remained essentially the same in both cases). -(x2) Research entries - individual entries for each poster/conference presentations. They were completely different projects and at different conferences. Basically the description here would be that I presented my research to judges, etc. Please note: this past application cycle I only included the NSERC under the awards (competition involved) and research (poster presentation) sections. Looking back, I feel like I did a disservice to myself because my application did not have any description of the actual research, skills, CANMEDs, etc. Would it seem like padding if I did the above? Or do you think my justifications for each entry are valid to warrant them as separate? Thank you!
  9. Thanks everyone! Great - sounds like the conversion will work in my favour!
  10. I think you guys are saying two different things lol. Okay, what about this: If someone from York had 9 A+ and 1 A, what would their GPA be as an OOP McGill applicant? A. 3.98 (using OMSAS, an A is a 3.8 and A+ is 4.0) or B. 4.00 (the A would be the same as the A+ for McGill) I think the answer to that will settle things!
  11. Thanks for your reply, Distancea. I did some more digging, and came across this thread: There are several people there saying A = A+ = 4.0. Now I'm confused
  12. Hi all, I apologize in advance if this has been asked before. I go to York and the grade system it uses is: 90%+ --> A+ 80-89.9% --> A As you can see, there is no A-. Our transcripts only show these letter grades (and not percentages). My question: would both A and A+ count as a 4.0 for McGill? Or is there something I'm missing here? Thank you!
  13. Aside from having 1+ years less ECs than other applicants, are 3rd year applicants at a significant disadvantage? Do some schools have some sort of quota for 3rd year applicants?
  14. Hi all, I'm curious if it is frowned upon to include a volunteer entry in the ABS if it was only a single day/one time event. In my case, there is one such activity I did that really opened my eyes to healthcare accessibility barriers for those subject to poverty, so I wanted to mention it. Would this seem like padding, though? Thanks!
  15. Out of curiosity, what do you think is below average about their ECs?
  16. Congrats and good luck this semester! Lol these posts are getting outta hand...
  17. Below was taken from the FAQ for Western med: "We will consider individuals completing undergraduate studies which require clinical placements. Please note, however, that we cannot consider years which include more than 1 full or equivalent pass/fail course for the GPA requirement. This allows us to evaluate candidates on their GPA more equitably." I have completed a pass/fail course like this each semester, including summer, this past year. However, this was in addition to an otherwise full courseload (so, I was taking 6 courses per semester). Will this year still be considered? Thanks.
  18. Thanks for the replies, everyone. I guess I was just curious if there would be any parallels to the business world where some employers like seeing a ring on your finger. I had a hunch that it would seem inappropriate to ask.
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