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  1. Hi everyone. I have made a group for interview preparation. We focus on the MMI and the MPI format, so I thought that people that have received invites can benefit from it. You can find the link to join the group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/373678853384142/
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    Second Degree and GPA

    Bump. I'm interested in an answer too!
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    Interview Preparation

    A Facebook group already exists; If you are interested, you are more than welcome to join. Follow the link here https://www.facebook.com/groups/373678853384142/
  4. Hi everyone! For those of you who have applied to U of T's MD or MD/Ph.D. program, or any other OMSAS schools for that matter, I have decided to create an MMI group where we can coordinate meeting up and practicing for the interviews that are scheduled in February. Feel free to join the FB group and as time progresses we will be holding weekly sessions. Links can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/373678853384142/
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    MMI prep course?

    I would advise against using companies. They craft everyone into generic formulas and it will make the personal characteristics very difficult to come out. I suggest that you practice regularly wherever you are situated with a group of friends, record your sessions and critique each response. This will allow you to gather your thoughts and with the input of others, create a master-answer which encompasses all aspects of professionalism and ethics. If you are located at Toronto, feel free to join the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/373678853384142/
  6. Hi everyone: I have made the FB group as promised and will be coordinating tentative interview dates that shall be flexible for all of us starting in just a few days. Please let your friends who are also prospective applicants to join the group as well since the more people we have the better it will be in our preparation. Please note that for those that have also applied to other schools, especially ones in OMSAS, you are free to join in as the formats are all nearly the same. Exception being U of T which is a modified MMI format. The link to the group can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/373678853384142/ Cheers.
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    Early MMI Practice in Toronto

    Sorry for the delay everyone! With the new year coming up, I was running behind, but here is the group. Feel free to add yourself to it and we will begin meeting up after Christmas. Please request to join the group and I will manually add each member. Once we have a reasonable number of people I will also coordinate a WhatsApp group as well. Cheers. https://www.facebook.com/groups/373678853384142/
  8. Hi prospective applicants/future colleagues! Are any of you interested in doing some early MMI prep over the weekends and form a group before the interview results come out in December? If so, please send me a message and we can organize a group for people who live in Toronto and have applied to UBC or other Canadian med schools.
  9. Are the invites now expected to be sent tomorrow? Or there will be elements of a new surprise? I understand it is speculative, but insights are always appreciated.
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    Interview Invites date?

    How many cycles have you been applying to UBC for? And have you had an upward trend?
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    Interview Invites date?

    I agree with your approach: It is more rational, more cost-effective and most likely to lead to a pleasant sense of gratification and self-fulfillment (aka getting into medical school). I should make a post on this page about all the risks associated with leaving for Carribean schools or European/commonwealth destinations.
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    Interview Invites date?

    There is no doubt about the system having major flaws: keeping people like you away from their system. But, I would highly advise you to reconsider. What was your previous NAQ and what is it right now? What details have you added? Perhaps, try to apply broadly to other schools. Your CARS is great for McMaster, Calgary and Alberta so is your GPA. In fact, as long as you meet a flat 125 you could apply to Toronto as well. I advise you to not lose motivation just yet because should you plan to come back to Canada, it may be nearly impossible and you will be introduced to even further uncertainty. Calculate all the steps and future steps before you make your final decision and I suggest you give it a week before you finalize your thoughts. I am very sorry about today and I hope that you recover soon. You deserved a spot for sure. Feel free to message me too. I am happy to help.
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    Interview Invites date?

    Don't worry. Unfortunately, there will an abundant amount of tears flowing soon. That should take care of the fire. Alternatively, the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Servies seems to be your best bet.
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    Interview Invites date?

    This particular thread needs to have a name change to increased cortisol synthesis.
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    Interview Invites date?

    Subject to change just means it isn't crystallized for 100% certainty. Just like life and, ironically, our current psychological state. They may rescind applicants too should they find criminal records or highly important but unreported information. That is another possibility.
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    Interview Invites date?

    Potentially, not everyone who receives an invite chooses to signup or people procrastinate to the last minute and not all slots become filled. That may be me reading too much into it because it seems odd to have a waitlist for an interview. I know that is only true in the US for a definitive fact.
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    Interview Invites date?

    Could you imagine if they send regrets tomorrow instead of today? Agony and suffering would accumulate another 24 hours...
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    Interview Invites date?

    Take a deep breath. You are fine.
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    Interview Invites date?

    Could you share the link, please?
  20. In light of the nearly approaching decisions for the interviews, I wanted to ask around and see how many schools on average people applied to? I am especially interested to see how many IP applicants applied to relative to the OOP ones. Of course, with the cut-offs and in-province biases, the numbers remain relatively small (relative to the US MD schools). I remain curious to hear from you! To start this off I am an IP for UBC and I applied to 4 OMSAS schools and McGill adding up to a total of 6 MDs and 2 MD/PhDs.
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    Early MMI Practice in Toronto

    Thanks for everyone who posted here and/or messaged me. I am going to make this FB group this week and post the link here as well so we can all benefit from working together and make this endeavor come to fruition. I sincerely hope that we all receive invites. Please stay tuned for another post from me in a few days.
  22. As of this moment, I am aware of at least 5 (2 employment, 3 non-academic). They were contacted on the same day. I have contacted my verifiers in mid-October to inform them of the possibility of receiving an email and provided them with the corresponding biographical sketch for that particular activity making sure they are in agreement with them. Since then, I have not contacted my verifiers again because overthinking about the matter is not only futile but can lead to an overwhelming amount of anxiety. Objectively, as long as your verifiers are informed about the specific entry and have agreed to it, there is nothing to worry about. We all psychologically like to connect the dots together and come up with correlations how the number of verifiers has something to do with the NAQ score. I firmly believe that as long as UBC is convinced your entries are true, and they have checked with a certain number, there is nothing else to conclude other than you are being considered for their program.
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    Mock MMI Prep Sessions

    Is this a free service you are offering? Or...
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    As far as I can tell, the process is subjective and based on their discretion they contact people to verify. You have no reason to be worried because the number of verifiers being contacted is not necessarily correlated with a higher chance of acceptance. I think some of my activities had 500+ hours, so I think it makes sense for them to be contacted, so they are sure that those hours are true. I believe the medical education is considered 'undergrad' correct? I am an undergraduate applicant. Don't be worried. It will all work out.
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    CASPer done...thoughts?

    I had around 400-500 words for each prompt. So roughly that number divided by three. Overall, I think elucidating your thought process and line of reasoning will be important. Using key words like 'understand', 'analyze', 'evaluate', 'consider' should be accompanied with your line of thought and reasoning. I felt good about my CASPer which I wrote on Oct 23rd and did not run out of time for any of the twelve sections. For McMaster, the CASPer matters so much because if you look at the admission stats, people with lower GPA's of 3.0+ and CARS of 125+ managed to secure acceptance and interviews showing that a strong performance on CASPER is required for interview and acceptance. Good luck.