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  1. Just wondering if anyone has suggestions for apartments close to Victoria Hospital in London? Preferably between UWO and Vic Hospital, since I'll be at both locations (primarily at Victoria though) Thank you very much!!
  2. TIME STAMP: April 7th 2015 Interview Date: February 28th (MD) and March 7th (MD/PhD) Result: Accepted! (London campus) cGPA: ~3.85 Best 2 years: 3.87 MCAT: 10/9/13 (re-written) SWOMEN: yes ECs: PM if interested Interview: Enjoyed the experience and energy of the students! Tried to be genuine and thoughtful with answers. Found it a little tricky to introduce my experiences into the conversations Year: 4th Year Undergrad Will be accepting offer to MD/PhD !!
  3. TIME STAMP: 9:01am, May 12th 2015 Interview Date: February 22, 2015 Result: Accepted! cGPA: ~3.85 wGPA: ~3.91 MCAT: 10/9/13 (re-written) ECs: PM if interested Essays: Spent a good deal of time and thought on them. Tried to be honest and true to my thoughts, had my Dad read them for grammar! Interview: Felt great about 3/4 stations and alright about the last one -finished it rather earlier so had to fill some time! Really enjoyed the interview format overall and liked meeting/talking with 4 different people at different stages of training/backgrounds. Year: 4th Year Undergrad Caught me off guard, to say the least! Feeling blessed!
  4. duggar99

    Improving Interview

    Many schools offer interview prep. For instance, my undergrad school offered both 1-1 interviews and a full mock MMI interview. In the MMI practise circuit, we got to take on the role of both the interviewer and candidate (different scenarios of course!) and I found it really helpful both to be put on the spot (as a candidate) and to watch others respond to scenarios/how they think (while being the interviewer). Other than that, practising with others or on your own are both great; it can be hard to get over the awkwardness of practising with friends/family, but ultimately, if it will help--and it will--it needs to be done!! Finally, it's a good idea to loosely develop an approach to the MMI stations. For instance, are you going to read the prompts once? Three times? Are you going to think of arguments ahead of time? Are you going to decide your first sentence ahead of time? You can't prepare everything of course, but I found it helpful to decide what your approach will be, in general. Best of luck!
  5. Accepted! IP GPA: ~3.87 AA: 23, PAT: 22, RC: 28 Interview: Above Average Year: 4th year undergrad Was truly surprised to get an interview! I feel that the interviews must hold more weight than we think...!! Will likely be declining Best of luck everyone!
  6. From past years, does anyone know whether U of T will be willing to tell us our exact score (out of 35) if we contact them? Thanks!
  7. Just looking for any insights from current med students (MD or MD/PhDs) who could discuss pros/cons of taking the MD/PhD route. Please comment sharing anything you or your peers have encountered/things I should consider! Thanks! Here are a couple comments I'm thinking about to get things started: - I know in the States, people really emphasize the sacrifice associated with doing this combined program which can last up to around 9 years and therefore seem to encourage (at least from what I've seen in online forums) that one chooses MD or PhD. But in Canada, it seems like there is a greater push for the PhD portion to be contained to 3 years (at least for the schools I'm dealing with). Does that affect people's opinions on whether the programs can/should be done together? I also know many people enter medical school after doing masters/phd/working etc., so I guess I don't understand the emphasis on how much time it will take..? - What are some thoughts on doing 2 yrs med - 3 yrs phd - 2 yrs med, vs. 3 yrs phd - 4 yrs med? I'm leaning towards 3-4 because continuity with the same meds class is important to me, but I'm worried that in following that route I wouldn't be choosing my phd work based on my clinical interests (since I wouldn't really know what they might be) and also would not teach me to embed my research with medical training... I would also miss potentially starting med school with a few people I know. - Finally, I am feeling that my personal interest in the MD/PhD route stems largely from a desire to do research (contribute something to science), achieve that degree and apply it to my clinical medical practise. I want to do an advanced research degree. But I'm not sure that I really want to actually run a lab after all of this. That is typically the goal for students in this stream... so I'm not sure whether joining the program without that goal in mind (at least at this point in time) is a good/bad idea. I really see myself as a clinician, but I do have an interest in doing a research degree. I'm not sure if that is an unfair reason to join an MD/PhD program? Sorry for the long post. This is a very difficult decision for me and one I hope to make extremely thoughtfully. Please share anything you can that may offer wisdom! Many thanks!
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    Good Luck Tomorrow!

    Do you have to call the Faculty to get your relative score, or is this something they would share over email? I emailed yesterday but haven't heard back (so I'm not sure if they are busy (understandable!) or whether I need to phone them to get this information). Thanks for any clarifications! Best of luck everyone!
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    Renting Vs. Living At Home

    Just curious what people's thoughts would be on living at home vs. renting, if one was attending medical school in their hometown. At present, I would be inclined to rent (single apartment) for the pre-clerkship years (1 & 2) since I would want to A.) be able to totally focus on my studies and B.) be totally immersed and involved with my class/classmates/med school experience. Does that make sense? Any pros/cons? I think I would then consider living at home during years 3 and 4 when A.) I need more moral support/encouragment (haha) B.) won't have as heavy "classroom learning" and C.) may be travelling for rotations/electives/interviews anyway Can anyone comment on my train of thought or offer their own experience/ideas? Thanks for any comments!
  10. Just curious what people's thoughts would be on living at home vs. renting, if one was attending medical school in their hometown. At present, I would be inclined to rent (single apartment) for the pre-clerkship years (1 & 2) since I would want to A.) be able to totally focus on my studies and B.) be totally immersed and involved with my class/classmates/med school experience. Does that make sense? Any pros/cons? I think I would then consider living at home during years 3 and 4 when A.) I need more moral support/encouragment (haha) B.) won't have as heavy "classroom learning" and C.) may be travelling for rotations/electives/interviews anyway Can anyone comment on my train of thought or offer their own experience/ideas? Thanks for any comments!
  11. How many places on the OOP list would you say have a good chance? And when does most of the wait list movement typically occur? May?
  12. Anyone know: - How far did the OOP list move last year? - How many people are on the OOP list? Thanks a bunch!
  13. duggar99

    Conflict Of Interest?

    We won't be shown the names of the interviewers or anything prior to arriving to the interview room, I'm assuming? As with the first poster for this thread, I'm also worried about knowing/being familiar with the interview team as I have quite an extensive network (albeit positive connections, I believe) at my undergrad school. I'm worried about not being sure how to handle this situation should it arise. I worry that even if I did state right away in the interview that I was familiar with one of the panel members (even if they didn't raise it), and said that I felt that a switch would be best, I'm concerned how this would impact the flow of my interview and how it may result in a sub-optimal impression, even though it is unrelated to the actual interview etc.. Thoughts?
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    Mmi At Mcgill

    I am also interested in learning more about the format of McGill's MMIs. Specifically: 1. Do the questions posted outside the rooms identify at the top whether they are going to role-play, writing, or just discussion? I wonder because I too am unsure whether I should go into the room and begin acting or should greet the interviewers first? 2. Regarding role-play/situational questions, are we expected to stick to the prompt we read? Or is it ok/good/bad to add in some details of our own that we make up? Thanks for any help!
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    4X6 Photo

    To clarify, we just need to print a photo and bring it to the interview, right? That is, it does not need to be submitted online ahead of time or anything? Some other schools ask you to upload them, so I just wanted to check!
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