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  1. barc16

    MMI practice partner

    If this is still happening, I'm interested!
  2. Hey, I'm interviewing at Queen's which also uses MMI and would be interested in meeting up this weekend if you still are. Let me know!
  3. Looking for anyone in Montreal interested in practicing for MMI interviews for Queen's. Please PM if interested!
  4. Hi everyone, I'm in Montreal and would be happy to practice for the interview with anyone who's also located here and has an interview. Please DM if interested!
  5. Hi everyone, My Western interview is on March 24. I'm in Montreal and would be happy to practice for the interview with anyone who's also located here and has an interview. Please DM if interested!
  6. barc16

    Interview experience?

    During the information session they said it was wGPA + interview score. Not sure why the website indicated ABS would also be considered (would've been great for me lol), perhaps that's from the previous cycle
  7. barc16

    HELP!! Flight issues

    Late response to this but I agree with @GITG's viewpoint. I'm really sorry you went through all of that and I can only imagine how much it affected your mindset walking into your interview, but I do not think it would be a good idea to call about it
  8. barc16

    Interview experience?

    I'm in the exact situation. My panel was friendly overall. Ottawa is my only shot as well and I left with a weird feeling in my stomach. I think I did average given the unexpected nature of the questions but there are definitely some answers I keep replaying and kicking myself in the foot for. There's 1 ethics question I feel like I completely blew, so much so that they asked 2 follow-ups because I completely missed the point of their initial question lol. I thought getting the interview over with would lift a huge burden off my chest but instead it seems like the burden has only gotten heavier. I can't wait until May 8th to know the results and know what I'm doing next year... best thing to do is keep yourself busy until then.... good luck!
  9. I honestly was not expecting an interview at all from any schools, least of all from UOttawa (wGPA ~3.89). I wrote the new MCAT in Sept 2017 and long story short got a horrible score that disqualifies me from Western, UofT and I'm pretty sure Queen's. Now I have an interview at Ottawa at the end of March, should I drop my plans to re-write for now or should I continue to study and write it? Although I want to stay confident, I acknowledge that my lower wGPA puts me at a disadvantage already so the odds are against me. I also will not be able to spend my entire summer studying for it, which is why I was aiming to re-write the MCAT by May. Any advice is greatly appreciated! Second question: Ottawa says on their website, "Following the interview, preliminary rank order lists are prepared based on the assessment of the autobiographical sketch, the WGPA and interview (a poor interview may not be ranked). In the event of ties in the final scores, candidates with the highest WGPA will be ranked higher. The admissions committee may take other factors into consideration when ranking each candidate." It looks like this year, the post-interview ranking is not only interview + wGPA = score out of 8, but also includes an ABS component? Or am I reading it wrong?
  10. Does anyone based in Toronto who got an interview at Ottawa want to practice for the panel? Comment or PM if interested!
  11. barc16

    Interview Practice in Ottawa / Skype

    Interested! Based in Toronto but I travel to Ottawa sometimes, so I can meet up in person sometimes!
  12. INVITE! Shocker of my life Time Stamp: 29/01/2018 - 6:27 PM Location: IP Stream: English wGPA: 3.89 Current year: UG complete (did 5 years), currently taking a year off and working in research ECs: Definitely above average, lots of community involvement and leadership, research productivity, clinical experience, some awards, and so on Casper: Honestly felt pretty good about it. Didn't think I did outstanding but didn't think I did horrible either. Did a lot of practice and reflected on ethical scenarios I've faced in my pre-med career so far, didn't read 'Doing Right' - just brushed up on ethics and practiced I was 100% expecting a rejection, I'm still shocked. Hope this gives hope to all the sub-3.90s out there!! Just apply!!
  13. @gangliocytoma and @robclem21 : sorry for the late response, I haven't logged in in a while but did see your response. I still want to thank you (and the other posters in this thread) for instilling some common sense in me. I decided not to take courses because I realized I was overthinking it waay too much and that you're right - my time would be better spent elsewhere, particularly on the MCAT. So that's what I'm going to be focusing on (in addition to working - I do research - and my Taekwon Do, volunteering, etc.).
  14. As long as they start and end during the academic year of Sept-April, I think you should be fine. But I would shoot them a quick email to be sure, they're pretty good with responses!
  15. I'd like to clarify again it would actually be a potential bump from 3.89 to 3.93 (even with 3-4 A's) because I'd get to drop 2 more courses for the wGPA... I think a 4 point increase in wGPA would significantly increase my competitiveness, no? I agree that the way you present yourself on your application definitely matters, it's not enough just to have great ECs. I spent significant time on my app and got my boss (an MD) and a current med student to edit them, and read over them myself a ton of times... Thanks for being frank with me. I know it sounds stupid to be hell bent over going to UofT but I personally think everyone has a secret preference for where they want to go and I'm just being open about it, it's UofT for me. But obviously beggars can't be choosers and I would be very happy to go anywhere I'm accepted. I know that the single best thing I can do to maximize my chances are to re-write my MCAT, which I am definitely going to do. But why not try to increase my chances to UofT? Next year is my 3rd time applying and I want it to be my best application possible... The main reason I'm concerned about taking these courses is the toll it will take on my finances. But there are clearly other things I have to consider. This is so hard. I will definitely think about this more. Thanks for your advice, I really appreciate it!