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  1. Official OSAP application is now live for 2019-2020 school year. Given that the new calculator is a bit off, I am curious to see exactly how much the new changes have impacted 'independent' students (out of high school >6 years). How much are you guys getting as independent medical students with low income & low assets?
  2. What does this come out to after-tax, other administrative fees, and call stipends (on average)?
  3. On average, how much do 2018 PGY1 residents in Ontario make after tax?
  4. Most banks will offer medical students some sort of travel credit card that includes free travel insurance. The annual dues for these credit cards are usually waived for medical students. For example, Scotiabank offers the Visa Passport Infinite that includes stuff like free travel insurance. This will probably save you more in the long term than purchasing travel insurance for each vacation.
  5. As far as I know, there is no data on each stream. However, I think it is safe to assume that most of the movement is from the English stream. I'm pretty sure there are no rejections unless you say 'shithole countries' in your interview.
  6. @Eudaimonia According to AFMC, 164 spots out of 575 interviews (English + French stream). Every year for the past 3 years, ~90 people have declined their offers, so you're looking at around ~90 person WL movement. However, this does not include people who accepted another offer who were high up on the WL (since they never received an offer), so the WL probably moves around ~100 spots. When you factor in WL movement, you have about a 40% chance of getting accepted. If you are not offered admission right away at Ottawa, you are automatically put on the WL. The WL is ranked based on GPA + interview score.
  7. I heard that some of the Quebec medical schools are cutting down on # of spots for MD admissions. Is McGill impacted by this?
  8. 1. Does Ottawa normally reserve the first few dates for the French stream? 2. Does Ottawa normally accommodate interview date changes if the assigned date conflicts with another medical school interview? Last year in their email they said: "changes will only be made in extenuating circumstances". Is another interview considered an 'extenuating circumstance'?
  9. Does the McGill MMI have a writing station?
  10. BSAP is a much better alternative to traditional affirmative action measures. Affirmative action traditionally RESERVES spots for certain racial groups, which improves the diversity of the medical school class. This is beneficial because the cultural assumptions of students get challenged and cultural competence as a whole is improved. The other benefit is that it allows physician diversity to reflect patient diversity (the rationale being that patient satisfaction is improved when physician ethnicity is the same as the patients). Now, the problem with affirmative action in the traditional sense is that it means certain groups of people are getting admitted to medical school with lower standards. This is a fact. Many argue that certain groups of people are discriminated against so they deserve this lower standard. How can we solve this problem in a fairer (but not perfect way)? BSAP. The numerical calculation of GPA is the same in BSAP. According to the website, the ONLY difference is that the non-academic portion is assessed by black physicians who have a better understanding of what it means to be black then say a white physician. Black students still have to reach the same total file review score; it's just that the subjective component is assessed by someone else who is black. This is a MUCH more fair way to account for the discrimination black individuals face, while still maintaining the rigorous standards of a successful medical school application. BSAP is not perfect. High-income black individuals may benefit from the non-academic assessment. What about low-income white/Asian people? Why don't they receive any special assessment? These are complicated questions that medical school admissions will hopefully one day account for.
  11. Try to identify self-reflect on weaknesses in your application. Most applicants would make excellent doctors so you have to polish any areas that are lacking in your application.
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