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  1. I was apart of a research team in a hospital and all of the research projects we were working on were put on hold back in March. Some projects were only being done at that specific hospital, but most were multi-site and occurring in hospitals across Canada. All of them have been put on hold. It might be a good idea to wait until June/July and see what the situation is like then. EDIT: I want to say, I know how awesome it is to be apart of research in the hospital so I can empathize that this probably isn't what you want to hear. It is for your safety and you don't want to be going in and out of the hospital during these times without reason. I know right now they are very careful about who they let into the hospital I worked at and all staff are being asked to do temperature checks before work, show their ID badges at the entrance etc. I was involved with clinical research during the school year too, so it is something you could look forward to in the fall or winter.
  2. Nothing on my end yet. I'm nervous about how they'll do the panel interviews. One of the other schools doing virtual MMI is using Kira Talent, where they'll upload a video response to each question but theres no live panel interaction... really hope that doesn't end up being the case for Western.
  3. Why are those who are doing virtual interviews at a disadvantage?
  4. I don't really know what to think.. this is a highly competitive process. In person vs. virtual interview can make a big difference for some people and that can then impact their chances of getting accepted... especially when the interview is speculated to be the biggest deciding factor in who ultimately gets accepted.
  5. Hey, I just wanted to add a vote of confidence, When I got the interview and I saw last years accepted class had an average GPA of >3.9 I also saw myself as a mediocre applicant who is probably going to have to kill the interview if I want to get accepted and not low waitlisted/rejected. However, you did get an interview out of >2000 other applicants. That means something. . The interview is going to come and it's going to go, regardless of what you do in the meantime... so you might as well do all you can to prepare and give it all you've got. It's true, what others have said - we don't know how they'll weigh the interview or our essays this year. Plus, you've been through the interview process last year, so that might help with nerves on interview day and what to expect. Maybe try something different as you interview prep. I've found when I had a second chance at something, its worked out better when I've changed my approach and asked for second opinions on how to prepare. Maybe post back with how you prepared last year, so others here can help you and see what would help. Best of luck!
  6. Hey, I have been in your position before, and I suspect, so have many others. Contemplating a MCAT re-write is so difficult so I can empathize. I would recommend taking some time to focus on other things for a few weeks to a month, and then gauging whether you have what it takes to re-write the MCAT. I felt so drained last year after interview decisions went out. I felt like I was in an endless cycle. I definitely thought I did NOT have it in me to do another MCAT. However, about a month afterwards I signed up (not too happily) and dedicated myself to re-writing the MCAT one last time. If I hadn't done that, I wouldn't have got the invite I got today. I think since you have a 127 exactly, it is a risk to stay as you are. You never know what will happen. It could be that it stays 127, as more people see the cut off and apply with their 127s or 126s. It could be that the pool gets more competitive and rises to a 128. Only 1 point higher but it takes you out of the running. It could even drop lower to a 126. I feel like it will stay at 127 with the additions of the essays... but thats just my gut feeling and that doesn't mean anything really. Have you scored higher than a 127 on practice tests? If its within your ability to score higher than a 127 on the MCAT, then it might be worth the re-write. With your GPA and MCAT, it seems like you would be competitive at other schools as well. It might not be worth it to re-write it for just 1 school. After you've have had some time to process the results of this cycle, I would personally go over my application and try to see where I went wrong or what I could have done better. The essays seem to be quite important. Do you think that was a stronger or weaker part of your application? You're overall MCAT is excellent though, and your GPA is amazing as well. I'm so sorry you didn't get an invite. I know how disheartening and painful it can be. I wish you all the very very best.
  7. Time Stamp: 8:05 a.m. Invite/reject: Invite!!!!!!!! My first medical school invite after several application cycles. Still haven't processed it fully. IP/OOP: OOP SWOMEN (Y/N): N 2YGPA: 3.82 MCAT (CHEM/CARS/BIO): 128/129/127 Essays (X/8): 8/8 - I felt like these were my strong point. I was able to talk about a different volunteer/work experience for each essay. To those who were rejected: this is my first medical school interview invite after 6 years of undergrad, 3 years away from school, 4 MCAT re-writes and 3 application cycles. I'm almost 27 years old and most of my friends are already in their chosen careers. This is my first time applying to Western. I've seen many of my friends graduate from medical school, and felt like I didn't have another application cycle or MCAT re-write in me. I've lost hope many...many times. I wrote the MCAT 4 times and on my 4th time, I finally went from a 125 in CARS to a 129. I have doubted myself and questioned whether I have what it takes to get into medical school. Seeing the rejection e-mails takes a toll and I have been there. Perseverance is so important. Keep going. You never know what will happen. I know I've only received an invite to an interview at this point, but I am so so grateful and happy. If I can get to this point, so can you. Good luck everyone.
  8. Yes, I think you should be okay! We have until Feb 4th to sign up. Also, I would be careful about any time zone differences for the deadline on Feb 4th.
  9. Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone knew when Western usually posts their MCAT cut-offs on their website or when they they will post it this year based off of last year. It's my first time applying there and I got a 127 in B/B and I am a little nervous (128 CP, 129 CARS, 127 BB, 128 PS).
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