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    FrankTheTank got a reaction from avocado_toast in Mcmaster vs Dalhousie   
    As a current Dal student, I would have to respectfully disagree. While Dal may be less internationally known than UofT or McGill, I'd argue that reputation means next to nothing for Canadian med schools outside of "impressing" your family and friends. Dal has a very comparable match rate to the rest of the schools in the country, and consistently matches to competitive specialties across the country.
    I'd also argue that we likely have more opportunities than bigger schools. Although Dal may not have as many super specialized physicians, they have residency spots in almost every discipline. We start half day/week electives (that we can choose ourselves) in first semester of first year to help us explore different specialties. With a smaller class size, you also don't need to worry about fighting as much over limited learning opportunities. Although you may not have the opportunity to network with as many physicians, you're able to build stronger relationships with the ones you do work with since you'll be spending more time with them.
    OP, I think really it comes down to length of program vs support system and which you value more. I'm sure you'll fair well at either school! Although not an OOP, the ones in my class and the one below me speak very highly of their choice to come to Dal.
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    FrankTheTank got a reaction from RepresentativeSalad in Mcmaster vs Dalhousie   
    As a current Dal student, I would have to respectfully disagree. While Dal may be less internationally known than UofT or McGill, I'd argue that reputation means next to nothing for Canadian med schools outside of "impressing" your family and friends. Dal has a very comparable match rate to the rest of the schools in the country, and consistently matches to competitive specialties across the country.
    I'd also argue that we likely have more opportunities than bigger schools. Although Dal may not have as many super specialized physicians, they have residency spots in almost every discipline. We start half day/week electives (that we can choose ourselves) in first semester of first year to help us explore different specialties. With a smaller class size, you also don't need to worry about fighting as much over limited learning opportunities. Although you may not have the opportunity to network with as many physicians, you're able to build stronger relationships with the ones you do work with since you'll be spending more time with them.
    OP, I think really it comes down to length of program vs support system and which you value more. I'm sure you'll fair well at either school! Although not an OOP, the ones in my class and the one below me speak very highly of their choice to come to Dal.
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    FrankTheTank got a reaction from boggie111 in Mcmaster vs Dalhousie   
    As a current Dal student, I would have to respectfully disagree. While Dal may be less internationally known than UofT or McGill, I'd argue that reputation means next to nothing for Canadian med schools outside of "impressing" your family and friends. Dal has a very comparable match rate to the rest of the schools in the country, and consistently matches to competitive specialties across the country.
    I'd also argue that we likely have more opportunities than bigger schools. Although Dal may not have as many super specialized physicians, they have residency spots in almost every discipline. We start half day/week electives (that we can choose ourselves) in first semester of first year to help us explore different specialties. With a smaller class size, you also don't need to worry about fighting as much over limited learning opportunities. Although you may not have the opportunity to network with as many physicians, you're able to build stronger relationships with the ones you do work with since you'll be spending more time with them.
    OP, I think really it comes down to length of program vs support system and which you value more. I'm sure you'll fair well at either school! Although not an OOP, the ones in my class and the one below me speak very highly of their choice to come to Dal.
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    FrankTheTank got a reaction from summergirl25 in Mcmaster vs Dalhousie   
    As a current Dal student, I would have to respectfully disagree. While Dal may be less internationally known than UofT or McGill, I'd argue that reputation means next to nothing for Canadian med schools outside of "impressing" your family and friends. Dal has a very comparable match rate to the rest of the schools in the country, and consistently matches to competitive specialties across the country.
    I'd also argue that we likely have more opportunities than bigger schools. Although Dal may not have as many super specialized physicians, they have residency spots in almost every discipline. We start half day/week electives (that we can choose ourselves) in first semester of first year to help us explore different specialties. With a smaller class size, you also don't need to worry about fighting as much over limited learning opportunities. Although you may not have the opportunity to network with as many physicians, you're able to build stronger relationships with the ones you do work with since you'll be spending more time with them.
    OP, I think really it comes down to length of program vs support system and which you value more. I'm sure you'll fair well at either school! Although not an OOP, the ones in my class and the one below me speak very highly of their choice to come to Dal.
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    FrankTheTank got a reaction from NotADoctor in Mcmaster vs Dalhousie   
    As a current Dal student, I would have to respectfully disagree. While Dal may be less internationally known than UofT or McGill, I'd argue that reputation means next to nothing for Canadian med schools outside of "impressing" your family and friends. Dal has a very comparable match rate to the rest of the schools in the country, and consistently matches to competitive specialties across the country.
    I'd also argue that we likely have more opportunities than bigger schools. Although Dal may not have as many super specialized physicians, they have residency spots in almost every discipline. We start half day/week electives (that we can choose ourselves) in first semester of first year to help us explore different specialties. With a smaller class size, you also don't need to worry about fighting as much over limited learning opportunities. Although you may not have the opportunity to network with as many physicians, you're able to build stronger relationships with the ones you do work with since you'll be spending more time with them.
    OP, I think really it comes down to length of program vs support system and which you value more. I'm sure you'll fair well at either school! Although not an OOP, the ones in my class and the one below me speak very highly of their choice to come to Dal.
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    FrankTheTank got a reaction from PH2Med in Mcmaster vs Dalhousie   
    As a current Dal student, I would have to respectfully disagree. While Dal may be less internationally known than UofT or McGill, I'd argue that reputation means next to nothing for Canadian med schools outside of "impressing" your family and friends. Dal has a very comparable match rate to the rest of the schools in the country, and consistently matches to competitive specialties across the country.
    I'd also argue that we likely have more opportunities than bigger schools. Although Dal may not have as many super specialized physicians, they have residency spots in almost every discipline. We start half day/week electives (that we can choose ourselves) in first semester of first year to help us explore different specialties. With a smaller class size, you also don't need to worry about fighting as much over limited learning opportunities. Although you may not have the opportunity to network with as many physicians, you're able to build stronger relationships with the ones you do work with since you'll be spending more time with them.
    OP, I think really it comes down to length of program vs support system and which you value more. I'm sure you'll fair well at either school! Although not an OOP, the ones in my class and the one below me speak very highly of their choice to come to Dal.
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    FrankTheTank got a reaction from dh. in Mcmaster vs Dalhousie   
    As a current Dal student, I would have to respectfully disagree. While Dal may be less internationally known than UofT or McGill, I'd argue that reputation means next to nothing for Canadian med schools outside of "impressing" your family and friends. Dal has a very comparable match rate to the rest of the schools in the country, and consistently matches to competitive specialties across the country.
    I'd also argue that we likely have more opportunities than bigger schools. Although Dal may not have as many super specialized physicians, they have residency spots in almost every discipline. We start half day/week electives (that we can choose ourselves) in first semester of first year to help us explore different specialties. With a smaller class size, you also don't need to worry about fighting as much over limited learning opportunities. Although you may not have the opportunity to network with as many physicians, you're able to build stronger relationships with the ones you do work with since you'll be spending more time with them.
    OP, I think really it comes down to length of program vs support system and which you value more. I'm sure you'll fair well at either school! Although not an OOP, the ones in my class and the one below me speak very highly of their choice to come to Dal.
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    FrankTheTank got a reaction from Falstaff in Mcmaster vs Dalhousie   
    As a current Dal student, I would have to respectfully disagree. While Dal may be less internationally known than UofT or McGill, I'd argue that reputation means next to nothing for Canadian med schools outside of "impressing" your family and friends. Dal has a very comparable match rate to the rest of the schools in the country, and consistently matches to competitive specialties across the country.
    I'd also argue that we likely have more opportunities than bigger schools. Although Dal may not have as many super specialized physicians, they have residency spots in almost every discipline. We start half day/week electives (that we can choose ourselves) in first semester of first year to help us explore different specialties. With a smaller class size, you also don't need to worry about fighting as much over limited learning opportunities. Although you may not have the opportunity to network with as many physicians, you're able to build stronger relationships with the ones you do work with since you'll be spending more time with them.
    OP, I think really it comes down to length of program vs support system and which you value more. I'm sure you'll fair well at either school! Although not an OOP, the ones in my class and the one below me speak very highly of their choice to come to Dal.
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    FrankTheTank got a reaction from Maggie19 in Accepted/Rejected/Deferred/Waitlisted for Current Applicants   
    IP (NB) Applicant
     
    After three years of applying, I finally have an acceptance! After last year's low wait list score definitely surprised to receive this.
     
    GPA: 3.6
    MCAT: 504
    Interview: Felt like this was by far the best interview I had ever done. Was extremely pleased walking out of there. Think I actually preferred interviewing in Saint John rather than Halifax.
     
    Hopefully this post can show that a strong interview can make up for a low GPA and MCAT!
     
    Have also interviewed at MUN but am currently leaning towards Dal even if I do get in there.
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    FrankTheTank got a reaction from hartk48 in Interview Selection??   
    Just a heads up. For everyone who gets interview invites, the photo you send in is the photo they'll use for your student id if you're accepted, so make sure it's a good one!
    Good luck!
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    FrankTheTank got a reaction from Dr_dreaming in Interview Selection??   
    Just a heads up. For everyone who gets interview invites, the photo you send in is the photo they'll use for your student id if you're accepted, so make sure it's a good one!
    Good luck!
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    FrankTheTank got a reaction from WTG21 in Gpa Score Calculation   
    Nope, they convert to 4.0 using OMSAS
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    FrankTheTank got a reaction from wasteland in Chances?   
    You shouldn't have trouble getting an interview since you more than likely meet the IP cutoffs for GPA/MCAT (although the cutoffs aren't published anywhere, as an NB applicant with a similar GPA and much lower MCAT, I didn't have trouble getting an interview for the three years I applied there).
     
    As for admission, its hard to say since each rater weights each section of the application differently. From the phone calls I've had with the admissions office, it seems like they generally weight GPA/MCAT, community involvement, and the interview the most.
     
    Hope this helps! Good luck!
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    FrankTheTank reacted to DrNietzsche in Accepted/rejected/waitlisted/deferred (Current applicants)   
    3rd time is a charm I guess!!!!
    NB resident
     
    ACCEPTED!!!
    MCAT (new) 506, Old MCAT 24
    GPA 3.7
    Masters 3.9
    ECs: Varied from hospital volunteer, to president of various clubs, a lot of work experience and bioethical research publications. 
     
    Felt interview went fell and I guess it did! 
     
    SO STOKED RIGHT NOW!!!
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    FrankTheTank got a reaction from vbear in Accepted/Rejected/Deferred/Waitlisted for Current Applicants   
    IP (NB) Applicant
     
    After three years of applying, I finally have an acceptance! After last year's low wait list score definitely surprised to receive this.
     
    GPA: 3.6
    MCAT: 504
    Interview: Felt like this was by far the best interview I had ever done. Was extremely pleased walking out of there. Think I actually preferred interviewing in Saint John rather than Halifax.
     
    Hopefully this post can show that a strong interview can make up for a low GPA and MCAT!
     
    Have also interviewed at MUN but am currently leaning towards Dal even if I do get in there.
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    FrankTheTank got a reaction from Ozymandias in Accepted/Rejected/Deferred/Waitlisted for Current Applicants   
    IP (NB) Applicant
     
    After three years of applying, I finally have an acceptance! After last year's low wait list score definitely surprised to receive this.
     
    GPA: 3.6
    MCAT: 504
    Interview: Felt like this was by far the best interview I had ever done. Was extremely pleased walking out of there. Think I actually preferred interviewing in Saint John rather than Halifax.
     
    Hopefully this post can show that a strong interview can make up for a low GPA and MCAT!
     
    Have also interviewed at MUN but am currently leaning towards Dal even if I do get in there.
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    FrankTheTank got a reaction from ItsBeenReal in Accepted/Rejected/Deferred/Waitlisted for Current Applicants   
    IP (NB) Applicant
     
    After three years of applying, I finally have an acceptance! After last year's low wait list score definitely surprised to receive this.
     
    GPA: 3.6
    MCAT: 504
    Interview: Felt like this was by far the best interview I had ever done. Was extremely pleased walking out of there. Think I actually preferred interviewing in Saint John rather than Halifax.
     
    Hopefully this post can show that a strong interview can make up for a low GPA and MCAT!
     
    Have also interviewed at MUN but am currently leaning towards Dal even if I do get in there.
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    FrankTheTank got a reaction from DrNietzsche in Accepted/Rejected/Deferred/Waitlisted for Current Applicants   
    IP (NB) Applicant
     
    After three years of applying, I finally have an acceptance! After last year's low wait list score definitely surprised to receive this.
     
    GPA: 3.6
    MCAT: 504
    Interview: Felt like this was by far the best interview I had ever done. Was extremely pleased walking out of there. Think I actually preferred interviewing in Saint John rather than Halifax.
     
    Hopefully this post can show that a strong interview can make up for a low GPA and MCAT!
     
    Have also interviewed at MUN but am currently leaning towards Dal even if I do get in there.
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    FrankTheTank got a reaction from henslice in Accepted/Rejected/Deferred/Waitlisted for Current Applicants   
    IP (NB) Applicant
     
    After three years of applying, I finally have an acceptance! After last year's low wait list score definitely surprised to receive this.
     
    GPA: 3.6
    MCAT: 504
    Interview: Felt like this was by far the best interview I had ever done. Was extremely pleased walking out of there. Think I actually preferred interviewing in Saint John rather than Halifax.
     
    Hopefully this post can show that a strong interview can make up for a low GPA and MCAT!
     
    Have also interviewed at MUN but am currently leaning towards Dal even if I do get in there.
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    FrankTheTank got a reaction from coolboi99 in Accepted/Rejected/Deferred/Waitlisted for Current Applicants   
    IP (NB) Applicant
     
    After three years of applying, I finally have an acceptance! After last year's low wait list score definitely surprised to receive this.
     
    GPA: 3.6
    MCAT: 504
    Interview: Felt like this was by far the best interview I had ever done. Was extremely pleased walking out of there. Think I actually preferred interviewing in Saint John rather than Halifax.
     
    Hopefully this post can show that a strong interview can make up for a low GPA and MCAT!
     
    Have also interviewed at MUN but am currently leaning towards Dal even if I do get in there.
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    FrankTheTank got a reaction from ballsortahard in Does Anyone Know What Kind Of Stats It Takes To Make It As A Oop Student?   
    Although not explicitly stated anywhere, it seems that Dal's main criteria for OOP interview invites is the 250 word maritime connection essay. If you can effectively show them why you'd like to practice medicine in the maritimes after graduation (as well as meet the academic requirements), you should have a good shot at getting an interview.
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    FrankTheTank got a reaction from boggie111 in Does Anyone Know What Kind Of Stats It Takes To Make It As A Oop Student?   
    Although not explicitly stated anywhere, it seems that Dal's main criteria for OOP interview invites is the 250 word maritime connection essay. If you can effectively show them why you'd like to practice medicine in the maritimes after graduation (as well as meet the academic requirements), you should have a good shot at getting an interview.
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    FrankTheTank got a reaction from wasteland in Interview Invites   
    Basically all the info we know about interviews is in here
     
    http://www.med.mun.ca/getattachment/8b87d399-699b-4631-9261-f7953e2f953d/October-Administrative-Procedures-Admissions.pdf.aspx
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    FrankTheTank got a reaction from OTHS in Gpa Calculation   
    They use all courses taken in university, even those taken during the summer. GPA and MCAT scores seem to be the most important things to them when giving out OOP interview offers so you'll likely need a high GPA to get one.
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    FrankTheTank reacted to MarsRover in Date Speculation   
    I would actually prefer if they just said okay from now on the release date is say march 20th, hell even march 25th. Then we at least know.. having to wonder if everyday will be the day for most of march is sort of crappy
     
    I also think they should stop taking ALL NB, PEI, and NS applications. Maybe just even take the top 60% that would shave off a lot of applicants, but likely make no change to who ends up getting in anyway 
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