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    5th year for GPA?

    I think your GPA is highly competitive for most of the ON schools. Ive definitely known people to get accepted with a GPA similar to yours at those schools (except uottawa where Ive consistently only talked to people with 3.9+ wGPAs). It might be worth doing a 5th year if you want to be more competitive to apply to uOttawa. I did a 5th year and it ended up being a good decision for me. I furthered my research (got a 1st author pub), took more classes I was interested in by completing a second BSc, and increased my GPA to a 3.9+. It depends on whether you are motivated to do the 5th yr (if the pros > possible cons), because you probably have a really good chance at the other ON schools (depending on your other application components). PM if you want to discuss further (Your part-time studies will count for Mac, but if you go part-time be careful as this might mean you no longer qualify for certain special GPA weighings at Uni’s like UToronto where they remove your lowest course marks for example)
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    Class of MD2022

    There is a facebook group "MD2022 - University of Ottawa Medicine"! In case you didn't know
  3. Result: Accepted Time Stamp: May 8th 2018 @ 6:34am wGPA: 3.94 CASPER: Practiced for about a week, wrote out all the CANMEDs and then tried to place examples of how my past experiences fit into each one. I think doing a lot of personal reflection on your life experiences can help for this test ECs: Lots of varied interests - I tried to seek activities during university that would help keep me well-rounded (founded a club, participated long-term in various music and sports clubs, 1st author publication from ugrad, other papers in progress) Interview: I honestly had no idea how it went and was super nervous right after it finished. It was hard to tell from the interviewers reactions during the interview (they didnt show much emotion). I prepared for a solid 6 weeks doing practice interviews with as many people as possible. I think that helped me to be more confident/ comfortable going into the real interview Year: MSc (2nd year) Geography: IP, OOO PM if you have any Qs about the application process - I'm happy to help future applicants. So excited to start in the fall!!!
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    uOttawa Interview 2018 Discussion

    Hey GITG, I've heard that historically acceptances start coming out around 7:00 am...the earlier the better IMO!
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    GPA Calculation

    I believe it's 3 decimal places
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    Grad students 2018?

    Sorry! I meant "in progress" not "in press"
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    Grad students 2018?

    Yeah, I did! It was a protocol. I indicated the manuscript was "in progress" on the application (accepted in the fall)
  8. Hey barc16, First off, congrats on your interview!! I think for me I would put off re-writing, at least until AFTER your interview. If I were in your shoes, I'd personally put all my time until the interview. I say put all the time and energy that you would put into studying for the MCAT instead into preparing really well for the interview. I say this as someone who has re-written the MCAT (and I know how emotionally draining it can be to study for/write). This is, of course, all my own opinion. Feel free to disagree haha
  9. Invite! Time Stamp: 29/01/2018 - 6:37 PM Location: OOO Stream: English wGPA: 3.94 (last 3y ugrad weighted using uOttawa formula) Current year: Masters ECs: Varied and plentiful PM if you want the 'nitty gritty' details Casper: Felt nervous because I didn't have time to flesh out some of my answers, but feel better about it now
  10. TIME STAMP: 8:12 PM EST Interview Invite or Regrets: Regrets Early or Regular Deadline: Regular AGPA (if applicable): 88.0 MCAT: 508 (but not considered pre-interview anyway) ECs: 2 (1st author) publications and research scholarships/ oral presentation awards, president/founder of a club, work/ volunteering in vulnerable populations, music, culture/language studies, a lot of diverse experiences (PM if you'd like more info) Current Degree: MSc Geography: OOP NAQ: 29.70 (2015-16 cycle 34.50) AQ: 27.40 (2015-16 cycle 25.05) TFR: 57.10 Time to wait for ON school invites!!
  11. I think if people (myself included) receive a rejection, it's important to take time to allow yourself to grieve, because bottom line is - rejection sucks and we're all human! (I think ). Show yourself some love and compassion (do something self-nourishing) and then, envision your success on your exams and eventually realizing your goal of becoming a physician - and let that motivation keep you strong. The bottom line is (and obv this is no secret) there are so many highly capable and competitive applicants. The odds are stacked against us when it comes to even getting an interview. I think the important thing to remember is that it's not personal, the inordinate number of rejections is because medical school is just such a competitive program to gain admission to.
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    Good Luck Tomorrow!

    Best of luck to everyone!
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