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  1. Result: Accepted Time Stamp: 7:50 am GPA: 3.94 Stream: English Geography: IP EC: Quite varied. Several long term sports, volunteering with very vulnerable populations, operate my own business + several other long term employment positions. Almost no research experience. Current year: 4th yr undergrad Interview: Thought it went poorly and thought it was my worst one. The entire time the main interviewer kept giving me a look of "I can't believe he just said that" every time I would give an answer. Will likely be declining in favour of UofT
  2. Result: Accepted to MAM (first choice) Time Stamp: 9:22 am wGPA: did not qualify cGPA: 3.91 MCAT: 12/10/10 Interview Date: February 28th ECs: Varied across all categories. Very extensive employment, and almost no research experience. Essays: Thought they were just ok when I wrote them, but when I looked at them a few months later I think they were actually pretty decent. Tried to approach all questions in the most non-conventional way that I could Interview: Thought it was mediocre, as I only thought one station went decently. I completely botched an answer in my first station and got called out on it by the interviewer, and then when I finished the station they said good job. Goes to show that post-interview self-evaluations are useless. Year: 4th year undergrad Never thought I would get into UofT given my lack of a full course load. Nevertheless, extremely excited to be given this incredible opportunity. Will likely accept this offer.
  3. I received an acceptance from Ottawa at 7:50 am
  4. I completed one this year and was offered an interview, but I have no idea if they considered it or not. For context, I had less than 5 credits per year for every year of my undergrad, finished with a cumulative GPA of 3.91, and my wGPA for Toronto would have been somewhere between 3.95-3.98. Although it is impossible to know, I feel as though I was afforded to weighting, as 3.91 is decently lower than their GPA average (thus making it far more unlikely to receive an interview)
  5. It was a tough decision but I ultimately chose the SMP as my first choice. The increased number of classmates for VFMP was a really attractive aspect, but I am not suited for big city life. Kelowna is quite similar in many ways to my home town (I'm OOP), and this really governed my decision. I can't remember exactly, but I think I remember them saying during the site information session that during clerkship at the SMP you are often the only medical student in the hospital, so you get a ton of exposure that you wouldn't otherwise get from some of the other sites. Not sure if this is correct or not, but I found it interesting nonetheless.
  6. I thought my panel was pretty stone faced, but based on everyone else's feedback it was expected. I did however find it much more difficult to smile and convey empathy as well as my other interviews due to how stone faced the interviewers were. I don't know about anyone else but I find it hard to smile at someone else who shows 0 emotion for a full 40 minutes. Altogether I would say my interview had a few highs and lows, and therefore was average.
  7. One day after OMSAS decisions go out. Thankfully the wait between the two days will not be as long as originally planned!
  8. To my knowledge none of mine have been contacted. Were one of yours contacted?
  9. I would suggest going to which ever program you are more interested in, or which city you would be more excited to live in. At the end of the day the school you choose will place no emphasis on gaining admission. As with any degree from any school, your GPA is of the utmost importance, so I would suggest choosing the school that you believe will provide you with the best possibility of achieving a good average while simulataneously enjoying your experience. The fact that you are from Alberta and not BC does not change what I said earlier; if you are competitive for a US medical school, it is extremely likely that you will be competitive at a school in Alberta as well. As a final piece of advice, don't stress too much over which school you choose for your undergrad. As many others have pointed out, both are great schools. If you are devoted to your studies, both schools will provide you with ample opportunity to succeed and pursue medicine.
  10. As another person already answered, you cannot apply until the summer before the last year of your undergraduate degree. Although you can technically apply the summer after your third year, I would suggest waiting to submit an application until you are certain that your application is competitive. Applying for USMD admissions is far more expensive, far more time consuming, and far more mentally draining than Canadian admissions. As such, I would suggest waiting until you know you are competitive before having to go through the whole process more than one. After reading through your responses in this forum, I am assuming you are a resident of British Columbia. If that is the case, I don't think you will need to go to a US medical school unless you actually prefer that option over a Canadian school. If you are competitive for US admission, it is extremely likely that you would be very competitive at UBC due to your in-province status, and likely quite competive for Ontario schools as well. Contrary to popular belief, gaining admission to a USMD school for a Canadian applicant that does not have a US citizenship is just as difficult as gaining admission to a Canada school. This is just my $0.02, however.
  11. To my knowledge all US schools consider Canadians as international students, however, some schools are far more "international friendly" than others. The best thing to do is to buy the MSAR; it is a ~$20 program offered by AAMC and it gives detailed information on every US school, including which schools are open to applications from international students. After you have narrowed down your list, the best method is to contact your schools of interest directly to further ascertain whether or not international students stand a decent shot. When I applied to the US, I only applied to schools that matriculated 3-5+ international students each year, based on the information on the MSAR. Importantly, sometimes in the matriculation data on the MSAR, Canadian students are grouped into the "Out of State Applicants", and not the "International Students", which is why it is very important that you peruse each school's website carefully, as you may stand a better chance at these schools. The best piece of advice for applying to US schools, is to determine your school list ASAP, so you can begin asking potential referees to begin writing reference letters for you, as each school has different requirements for who they would like to recieve letters from, and it is quite likely that you will need a larger pool of referees to pull from than you will for OMSAS. It is also very important that you have a strong MCAT, as Canadian students are evaluated more stringently than their American counterparts. For example, I believe that the average MCAT for matriculating international students in 2015 was 33.4 on the pre-2015 MCAT, so your MCAT will need to be strong in order to stand a good chance. Very strong GPA and EC's can make up for this however, but it is an uphill climb. Good luck.
  12. I am finding it hard to gauge whether I did decently or very poorly
  13. If you apply to the US your GPA is usually increased a little bit, which is an added bonus. In terms of how competitive you will be for US admission will be far more dependant on how you did, or will do, on the MCAT. As a Canadian who recently applied for US admission, I have learned that Canadians are expected to have fairly competitive MCAT scores, as anything under the 90th percentile for an MCAT score will make it very difficult. For reference, I applied with a 4.0 AMCAS GPA and a 32 MCAT (88th percentile), and was offered two interviews and one acceptance at low tier schools. Hope this helps you with your decision.
  14. This has happened to me in an mmi before. I went into the station and reiterated what I thought the question was, but the interviewer corrected me as I had mistakenly misread a simple part of the question. Luckily I was able to salvage the answer, but from that point on I have always made sure to reiterate the question at least briefly in order to avoid a similar mistake in all my future interviews
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