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  1. In case you didn't see it on interview weekend, check out the 2017 Interview Video, made by the Class of 2020!
  2. Take a look at this website shipran. Make sure to take a look at the testimonials in the student life section, and there are also some more testimonials in the "document sharing" tab. https://meds.queensu.ca/central/community/mdinterviews
  3. There was an issue last year with almost all the emails getting sent to people spam. I believe this year they are sending them out with a rolling strategy to prevent that (sorry, I don't know anything else about timing). Hopefully you will have heard one way or another by the end of tomorrow.
  4. I'm a little late to this but I declined my acceptance on the last day. Best of luck to you all!
  5. I'm a little late to this but I declined my acceptance on the last day. Best of luck to you all!
  6. Perfect thing for me to read today. I gave in my notice today and am going to take the summer to do some travelling (dive in Bali and the GBR and cross those off my bucket list). Totally agree that this is one of the few times we will have for extended travel - gotta take advantage!
  7. Hi all, I was lucky enough to get 3 acceptances this year and now have the excellent problem of having to make the tough choice. As I've read here, any Canadian school is a great place to be, and I'll get a good education regardless of where I choose. I tried to ask a lot of questions on interview day to get a feel for each school, but the day itself is such a whirlwind I'm sure I missed some things. Anyone have any subtle curriculum or clerkship style differences that I might want to weigh into my decision? Or any thoughts from graduated/upper year students on differences you have heard in terms of clerkship years? Thanks in advance!
  8. Accepted! (London Campus) Time: 12:10pm, May 10, 2016 Year: graduated 1 year ago wGPA: 4.0 MCAT: 11/12/11 ECs: published research (not medical related), worked as kinesiologist and environmental scientist, volunteered at 2 hospitals getting direct patient contact, various clubs and student government. I did really poorly GPA-wise in 1st and 2nd year, and have had to battle back a long way to be here. It feels surreal to finally be able to write this. Feel free to PM me if you want tips on how to turn things around.
  9. Accepted! Time: 8:50am May 10, 2016 Year: graduated 1 year ago wGPA: 4.0 MCAT: 11/12/11 ECs: published research (not medical related), worked as kinesiologist and environmental scientist, volunteered at 2 hospitals getting direct patient contact, various clubs and student government. I did really poorly GPA-wise in 1st and 2nd year, and have had to battle back a long way to be here. It feels surreal to finally be able to write this. Feel free to PM me if you want tips on how to turn things around.
  10. Accepted! Time Stamp: 7:47am wGPA: 3.98 Stream: English Current Year: working for 1+ year Interview: overall went well. felt calm and confident, but felt I could have answered 1-2 questions better. So excited! Really loved the Ottawa visit, but it will be a tough choice between here and Queens. Congrats to those excepted and best of luck to all on the waitlist!
  11. My brain right now: "Hey, the guys on PM101 probably know if you got in or not. I bet they posted it there... you should probably go check"
  12. That blog has a lot of good info for sure. I have a couple of friends who have gone the Caribbean route and been successful (one is actually an orthopedic surgeon in the US, the other is in peds at Mac). I had to make the call of Carrib vs continuing to work on my Canadian application 2 years ago. I decided not to go the Carrib route due to the reasons others have mentioned - mostly, the thought of going through 4 years at school with the crushing fear that I might not be able to get a match was nauseating. Despite the fact that I know a few people who have done the Carrib route successfully, they had both graduated 2-5 years ago and both felt extremely stressed about it through medical school, while the statistics show that prospects for IMGs are looking more and more bleak by the year. I am so glad I made the decision I did, especially after reading a blog like this. I did a bunch of stuff that and I enjoyed and would improve my app (PM me if you want details), and how bout that, it improved me as a person too! I finally got a few interviews this year, both in Canada and the US, so sticking with it and "trusting the process" (as almost impossible as that sounds even as I type it) worked out for me. Overall based on all the research I did and everyone I talked to, going the Caribbean route is very risky. If you're in that kind of situation, you should look much more seriously at getting your DO (http://www.studentdo.ca). P.S. Dude that wrote that blog was really down on family med eh?
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