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    Popetopus got a reaction from BlueCalcite in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    TIME STAMP: 12:25 PST
    Result: Accepted to VFMP
    Early or Regular Deadline: Regular
    AGPA: ~85%
    MCAT: 512
    ECs: Diverse and long-term commitments, volunteering, clubs, sports, 2+ years working in clinical research
    Geography: IP
     
    Fourth time applying and third time interviewing. When I found these forums ~ 6 years ago, I recall being overwhelmed by how incredible applicants were - with GPAs way higher than mine, and incredible extracurricular activities. I must say that I have this community to thank for all of the education and sharing that I've found helpful on my journey.
    To all those not receiving the news you were hoping today, I've been there and it hurts. Don't give up if it's what you truly want. Persistence is key!  
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    Popetopus reacted to OwnerOfTheTARDIS in Which CPR Course to take?   
    I believe they there is a Heart and Stroke course that is required for residency and many people take it before clerkship, which may have cause the confusion.
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    Popetopus reacted to pretty daffodils in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    So happy and relieved to finally been able to post this..
    Accepted
    AGPA: 83.2%
    ECs: worked many odd jobs, had diverse volunteer experiences, included my involvement in sports and music
    Geography: IP
    Year: Graduated in 2014 
    This is my FIFTH application (yes 5TH application) and 4th interview. In the past, my NAQ scores have been around 32+, the biggest challenge I had was the MMI, which after the 3rd interview, I realized what I had to change and luckily it worked (one of the interviewers even commented that me, "that was a really impressive response."  My first three interviews have been between "Below Average" and "Average." 
    This forum has been a blessing to me and I'm happy to help others in any way possible. Feel free to message me.
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    Popetopus got a reaction from casajayo in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    TIME STAMP: 12:25 PST
    Result: Accepted to VFMP
    Early or Regular Deadline: Regular
    AGPA: ~85%
    MCAT: 512
    ECs: Diverse and long-term commitments, volunteering, clubs, sports, 2+ years working in clinical research
    Geography: IP
     
    Fourth time applying and third time interviewing. When I found these forums ~ 6 years ago, I recall being overwhelmed by how incredible applicants were - with GPAs way higher than mine, and incredible extracurricular activities. I must say that I have this community to thank for all of the education and sharing that I've found helpful on my journey.
    To all those not receiving the news you were hoping today, I've been there and it hurts. Don't give up if it's what you truly want. Persistence is key!  
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    Popetopus got a reaction from Butterfly_ in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    TIME STAMP: 12:25 PST
    Result: Accepted to VFMP
    Early or Regular Deadline: Regular
    AGPA: ~85%
    MCAT: 512
    ECs: Diverse and long-term commitments, volunteering, clubs, sports, 2+ years working in clinical research
    Geography: IP
     
    Fourth time applying and third time interviewing. When I found these forums ~ 6 years ago, I recall being overwhelmed by how incredible applicants were - with GPAs way higher than mine, and incredible extracurricular activities. I must say that I have this community to thank for all of the education and sharing that I've found helpful on my journey.
    To all those not receiving the news you were hoping today, I've been there and it hurts. Don't give up if it's what you truly want. Persistence is key!  
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    Popetopus got a reaction from clever_smart_boy_like_me in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    TIME STAMP: 12:25 PST
    Result: Accepted to VFMP
    Early or Regular Deadline: Regular
    AGPA: ~85%
    MCAT: 512
    ECs: Diverse and long-term commitments, volunteering, clubs, sports, 2+ years working in clinical research
    Geography: IP
     
    Fourth time applying and third time interviewing. When I found these forums ~ 6 years ago, I recall being overwhelmed by how incredible applicants were - with GPAs way higher than mine, and incredible extracurricular activities. I must say that I have this community to thank for all of the education and sharing that I've found helpful on my journey.
    To all those not receiving the news you were hoping today, I've been there and it hurts. Don't give up if it's what you truly want. Persistence is key!  
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    Popetopus reacted to lark22 in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Hey y'all, I've been accepted and just wanted to throw this out there for those wondering
    TIME STAMP: 11:50am PST
    Result: Accepted, IMP (first choice)
    Early or Regular Deadline: Regular
    AGPA: ~85
    MCAT: 516
    ECs: national level athlete, currently work in health care, few years as a board member of non profit sports clubs as well as head coach (provincial and regional), volunteered with disadvantaged groups and kids for 7+ years
    Geography: IP
    Interview: no idea, felt really good on some and horrible on others. Overall I've been told I'm pretty personable though so I think that helped. 
    This was my 5th year applying, first interview/acceptance. All I can say for those trying to get in, live your life and don't slave away trying to be who you think they want. I chose my plan B career and I think my experiences from this work really helped my application, but more importantly I was happy with my life and career. Never expected to get in, I've been rejected so many times! So keep on the grind, and one day it'll happen :) 
     

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    Popetopus got a reaction from SandraC2017 in Decision day   
    Admissions will likely not inform you what position you are on the wait-list, nor the geography of folks placed in front or behind your rank order. Based on the high uptake of offers from UBC, I don't believe they 'over offer' on decision day, like other schools (eg. UofC). For example, last year only 19 and 24 IP and OOPs, respectively, declined offers before the 288 seats were filled. 
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    Popetopus reacted to helicase in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    EDIT: Result: ACCEPTED OFF WAITLIST 
    MAY 22; 11:07am PST 
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    Time Stamp: 5:46 AM (PST); May 8
    Result: Waitlist (again, sigh)
    wGPA: 3.83 
    Year: Graduated UG
    MCAT: 517 (127 CARS)
    ECs: Diverse and pretty long term: >500 hours hospital volunteering, 1st author pub, research grant, long-term employment, volunteering with kids and other populations, mentoring in school and out, club execs etc.
    Interview: MMI was ok; had some really great stations, but also had some awkward stations. Panel was better than last year imo- really felt like I connected with my interviewers. 
    Congrats to those accepted! 
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    Popetopus reacted to Thepathlesstaken in Pros and Cons of 3-Yr Program   
    Hi Confluence,
    As a student in Calgary I can speak to both sides. I will say that in any medical program you will receive excellent education and the friends of a lifetime. 
    This is shorter than I would like, but ask more if you have specific questions.
    Pros:
    - Become quite close with you group as you spend 3 years together and are there for everyone in your class through the highs and the lows. At Calgary Med, we have some pretty strong school spirit, with Jerseys, class groups, hockey and social events so that helps create the glue to support each other.
    - If you have taken longer to get into medicine, it helps speed the process. For me it made sense because I was working before this so I just treated it as a job that has some, but minimal holiday. 
    - By continuously learning the material, I find I continually reflect on the past knowledge, and use it to grow. This helped me keep more in touch with the info that I learned in the past year, with the hope of maintain strong knowledge and notes into clerkship.
    - Speaking to our matches, we are just as competitive (if not often more competitive) because of our three year program. I chalk this up to the idea that since we have limited breaks, we also have no spaces to explain away in our resume when applying to CaRMS. Also we can directly speak to how we will handle the pressure in residency.
    Drawbacks:
    - You need to actively find ways to balance your life. I would suggest that unlike undergrad or 4 year medical programs where you can burn the candle at both ends for 8 months and then rest, you do need to actively seek ways to maintain wellness throughout your degree. This can be hard to sometimes remind yourself.
    - Time WILL fly by. There is limited time to consider what type of specialty you would like, so you often need to start figuring this out quickly. I would suggest that four year programs give you a bit more time to contemplate this, but for Calgary, we have to figure out some of our pre-clerkship electives by 6-8 months in. I dealt with this by just spending the time before medicine (when I was working, etc) to really outline what impact I want to have for medicine/in my career, and then kinda built up from there.
    - You will develop a serious addiction to the free candy in the SAW (student Affairs and Wellness Office). They are seriously the best people and usually will help you through any issue. I guess not downside, except for my belly.....
     
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    Popetopus got a reaction from pekingduck in Decision day   
    Only 18 days to go... I tend to do this thing where I think about something I remember doing that was about 18 days ago, and use that time period to gauge how quickly the next 18 days will fly by  
    Almost there!!
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    Popetopus got a reaction from Canadian_Med_Dream in Decision day   
    Only 18 days to go... I tend to do this thing where I think about something I remember doing that was about 18 days ago, and use that time period to gauge how quickly the next 18 days will fly by  
    Almost there!!
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    Popetopus got a reaction from King74 in Decision day   
    Although the worst for me last year was sleeping the night before, my routine on decision day seemingly reduced nail-bitting: mute all text, facebook, snap (etc.), and non-work email notifications for the day. Be super efficient at work to keep your mind occupied, come home and check the forums to make sure notifications have been sent, and then take a brief moment to appreciate all the hard work, dedication, and fortune just to be considered for admission... and then login to OAS and accept fate. 
    I mean, or you could just play fortnite all day 
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    Popetopus got a reaction from heyhellohi in Decision day   
    It has varied! Last year regrets came out around 2 PM PDT, wait-list around 2:30, and offers near 4. However the previous year, decision day followed the same order with offers out around 11:30 AM. It's really anyone's guess, so plan to fill your entire day with activities to maintain sanity!
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    Popetopus got a reaction from heyhellohi in Decision day   
    Emails are sent as well. The email should be simultaneous with your OAS status being updated. 
    Just a heads up that the decision last year was in the subject title of the email, for those who may be wanting to delay reading it until after!
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    Popetopus got a reaction from clever_smart_boy_like_me in Decision day   
    It has varied! Last year regrets came out around 2 PM PDT, wait-list around 2:30, and offers near 4. However the previous year, decision day followed the same order with offers out around 11:30 AM. It's really anyone's guess, so plan to fill your entire day with activities to maintain sanity!
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    Popetopus got a reaction from clever_smart_boy_like_me in Decision day   
    Although the worst for me last year was sleeping the night before, my routine on decision day seemingly reduced nail-bitting: mute all text, facebook, snap (etc.), and non-work email notifications for the day. Be super efficient at work to keep your mind occupied, come home and check the forums to make sure notifications have been sent, and then take a brief moment to appreciate all the hard work, dedication, and fortune just to be considered for admission... and then login to OAS and accept fate. 
    I mean, or you could just play fortnite all day 
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    Popetopus got a reaction from Lesigh2 in Decision day   
    It has varied! Last year regrets came out around 2 PM PDT, wait-list around 2:30, and offers near 4. However the previous year, decision day followed the same order with offers out around 11:30 AM. It's really anyone's guess, so plan to fill your entire day with activities to maintain sanity!
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    Popetopus got a reaction from Persephone in Decision day   
    Correct. Things can always change this year, so don't come after me with a pitchfork if it isn't the same this year lol. But yes, last year the email subject for rejection was "UBC Undergrad Admissions: Regrets After Interview" and for acceptance something like: "UBC Undergrad Admissions: Offer of Admission - VFMP" (or whatever site you are offered acceptance at). 
    Last year there was a 2-week deadline for the initial round of offers to accept and pay the deposit. Hopefully you may have access to internet during this time, or designate someone you can reliably communicate with to act on your behalf? Email admissions about it, I'm sure they've dealt with this scenario previously!  
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    Popetopus got a reaction from pekingduck in Decision day   
    Emails are sent as well. The email should be simultaneous with your OAS status being updated. 
    Just a heads up that the decision last year was in the subject title of the email, for those who may be wanting to delay reading it until after!
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    Popetopus got a reaction from Persephone in Decision day   
    Emails are sent as well. The email should be simultaneous with your OAS status being updated. 
    Just a heads up that the decision last year was in the subject title of the email, for those who may be wanting to delay reading it until after!
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    Popetopus got a reaction from indi in Statistics for OOP Interviewees   
    The answers to some of your questions might be found in a session Dr. Walker held back in September.
    http://vp.ucalgary.ca/images/admissions/Admission2017.mp4
    Somewhere in the first ten minutes there should be a pie chart (ew) that gives a breakdown for where all Ab and Non-Ab applicants ended up last year. Some very interesting numbers indeed... apparently 14% (or ~47 Non-Ab applicants) declined offers, while about 17 matriculated last year. Keep in mind that this year only 81 Non-Albertans were interviewed, down from ~100 last year.
    Don't worry too much about the stats side of things... everything's out of our hands and control now. Just gotta tough out the long wait until May!
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    Popetopus reacted to Torntoiletpaper in PSA: do not try to fake an accent for the interview   
    This post is hilarious. I like how the person thought about it like "hmm should i...? or shouldn't i...?" then was like "f*** it, yolo". 
    Maybe you're interviewer loves Shrek? or maybe you got shrekt LOL
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    Popetopus reacted to BRules in Interview Invites   
    Have to agree, was interviewed and waitlisted for the last 2 cycles but rejected pre-interview this year. At this point I don't think I will be applying to Queens again; there is no clear information on whether it is worth the thousands of dollars that I have spent on flights/ application fees the past 2 years (I live in BC). On the bright side we won't have to be checking our emails all summer long waiting for an invite that never comes! 
     
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    Popetopus reacted to Livinalberta in Interview Invites   
    Hey Popetopus.....I feel your pain!  I was interviewed and rejected from Queen's last year.  I thought that they would give me another try?
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