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  1. ^ That's right. I've heard of people with reallly low cGPAs getting in. Western is pretty clear on their policy with the GPA + MCAT. For multiple writes, I think they either take the most recent or best score (probably most recent), but you can find this on their site in the FAQ I believe. Each school in Canada typically only cares about the recent or best score, but it varies between schools so just check all their websites. But so far, I don't think a low cGPA or multiple writes have affected anyone as long as they meet the cutoffs for Western. Otherwise, Western simply wouldn't bother inviting you to the interview if they cared about that a lot. On the same note, people who accidentally didn't receive interview invites were even told to contact admissions to have their names added to the list if they did meet the cutoffs posted on the site / in the email.
  2. Ah I see. Yeah, I guess it's better just to aim higher since there's no information on that available yet. I do know (from the AAMC site), that since scores are centered around 125 for each section, it would be in your favour to try to get at the very least that much in each section, but I would aim for 127s as my personal minimums if I were writing it. Basically I would look at UofT's minimums and aim 1 or 2 points higher Sorry I couldn't give more insight. This is complete speculation, but with the addition of the new section, one section (either CARS or Bio) will go down a bit but not by more than 2 points I believe. I'm not sure what the minimum for that section would be - but if I was going to say something on the scale from 1-15, it would be a 9 (so perhaps a 126?). Once again, I would aim for 127 or higher in all my sections though. If you find that you're particularly strong in one section, focus on grasping the material in the other sections but review the strong ones as well. CARS is something that you should practice everyday. I'm not sure what your schedule is like, but if you're done with the PS and BS sections, I would say (aside from time set for review of those sections and for practice tests), you should be okay to spend 2/3 of your time on the Psych/Soc sections and 1/3 on CARS (or half-half - it really depends on how many hours you have each day). I think I used to do practice passages for VR but when I was reviewing my answers, I would go through the explanations for every question (even the ones I got correct). Since CARS is a bit longer now, that could take you 2-3 hours to do each day. If anything, try to study everything in the Psych/Soc section this week, so that you can do solid review / practice for the next two weeks. Don't worry about cutoffs right now though since no school has released any information about them (beyond minimums). Just try to do the best you can and remain calm. I know people who have written the MCAT and in their practice always were 1 point or 2 points below their desired score in a section but managed to get it on the test. Hope that helped a bit. Good luck
  3. The cut-offs for Schulich are only posted in January (when they send out interview invites). The scores and GPA are flexible and change each year based on the applicant pool. Basically the school is aiming for 400-500 interviewees, so they essentially just raise/lower the cutoffs till they get cutoff scores that can allow them to get that many interviewees. If it just so happens that your pool has only 200 people who meet the previous year's cutoffs, the scores would be lowered to get the targeted number or interviewees (or raised cutoffs if there are 700 people meeting current cutoffs). 123 is the minimum for CARS. You should be able to find every school's information on their website, so read through all of those because they have a lot of information available. http://www.fhs.mcmaster.ca/mdprog/md_program_admissions.html
  4. Awesome! Thanks for the helpful advice. Congrats on matching by the way!
  5. Did the same Also, the school suggests getting the other copy in case you want to do some placements (or if they want to check), it's good to have an original copy.
  6. Thanks sounds like a fun event. When's the last day to sign up? I still need to see whether I'll arrive in London before the weekend or during.
  7. Great! Thanks Yeah I meant from the recommended list what you'd recommend so thanks for answering that too
  8. Hey everyone, I noticed we haven't received any indication of supplies (dissection kits, stethoscopes, lab coats) that we need to buy prior to arriving in August. Will we get a list of these that we need to buy before/during August, or are we supposed to figure it out on our own? Also, what textbooks would you recommend that we get for our first two years at Western? Thanks!
  9. What kind of clothing would you recommend for males vs females who are volunteering as patients? Noticed males had to take their shirts off so would all of them have to be comfortable doing that? And for females, what would you recommend for them?
  10. For anyone who is worrying about the Facebook group's size, it got updated this morning to 158 members. Some of these (10-15) are upper years. I do know of at least one person who hasn't joined the group but got an acceptance a few days ago, so bear in mind that there will be about 5 or more people who are just taking their time joining the group. Also, anyone who got a waitlist offer has a week to accept on OMSAS (and OMSAS takes a day or two to process the request before letting Western know). While some people may respond immediately, others might wait a few days to see if they can get off other schools' waitlists before responding, so it is likely that there are still a few spots left. The adcom has to call each person individually too so it also takes them some time to get through whatever list of people they are ready to call. So don't give up hope just yet! I think there might be a couple more offers this week, but I'd guess a few more people will get off the waitlist sometime next week (after the OMSAS deadline has passed).
  11. 50 on high waitlist seems a bit high to me :S I think it would be less than that because otherwise I doubt even 4 people would post on Premed101 who got off normal waitlist. I think normal is large but the movement is better than people expect because I'd say estimate 30-50 or more people remove themselves from normal waitlist if they are accepted somewhere else (because they don't know where they stand).
  12. It was London campus so hopefully there are about 40 or more spots left still
  13. I didn't see it in the past two years (either because they didn't post or they didn't get in sorry)
  14. I don't know many details since I'm a waitlister too, but I'm pretty sure everyone who joined must be those who were accepted (or are upper years) As for leaving, I think it could be the following reasons (among others): Joined with multiple acceptances. Declined Western but only got around to leaving now. Joined after being pulled off waitlist, got off waitlist at another school which was their preferred school Accepted at Western while waiting for an OOP school (so will leave if that's their preferred site) Anyway, there must be around 40 spots (or a little more) still left based on the amount of people who've joined. (171 total spots, 140 in the group with ~10-15 upper years). Plus the school starts movement way later than others so you shouldn't give up hope just yet, but I'd say remain cautiously optimistic.
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