Jump to content
Premed 101 Forums

aray623

Members
  • Content Count

    145
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    1

Reputation Activity

  1. Like
    aray623 got a reaction from panda999 in conditional acceptance   
    I got in right off the bat to the London campus this year with a conditional offer! 
  2. Like
    aray623 got a reaction from Heart2HardWork in conditional acceptance   
    @infinity101 Of course! From what I can remember, I had a 3.99 GPA in my 4th year, which is the year I used for my application. I applied in my 5th year, so I knew I needed to get above a 3.7 that year or I was screwed for Western. My MCAT was 515: 130,126,129,130 (SWOMEN application, which is why I was fine with below 129 CARS). I tried to have a variety of EC's but I had no research. Had 3 academic reference letters from old professors. That's pretty much all I can think of right now, let me know if there's anything else specific that you would like to know!
  3. Like
    aray623 reacted to IMislove in BHSc vs BMSc   
    No school cares if your program is “reputable”, GPA is king and you can get it from Guelph, to BC, to Dalhousie, doesn’t matter. Can be arts, music, science, whatever. Just do what you think you’ll enjoy and get highest grades in. Good luck. 
    Can’t answer your second question unfortunately, sorry! 
  4. Like
  5. Thanks
    aray623 reacted to rmorelan in SWOMEN Status   
    but they do........(indirectly)  It is still there in the app. 
  6. Like
    aray623 got a reaction from dreng12 in Imposter Syndrome   
    I'm almost done first year and I still feel like this from time to time! But know that pretty much everyone feels like this, and that it does get better. The admissions committee did NOT make a mistake and you completely deserved that acceptance!
  7. Like
    aray623 got a reaction from mcqueen in Imposter Syndrome   
    I'm almost done first year and I still feel like this from time to time! But know that pretty much everyone feels like this, and that it does get better. The admissions committee did NOT make a mistake and you completely deserved that acceptance!
  8. Like
    aray623 got a reaction from Aceso in Imposter Syndrome   
    I'm almost done first year and I still feel like this from time to time! But know that pretty much everyone feels like this, and that it does get better. The admissions committee did NOT make a mistake and you completely deserved that acceptance!
  9. Like
    aray623 reacted to SunAndMoon in Imposter Syndrome   
    SWOMEN status helped you, sure. Half the med schools in the country heavily favor their IP candidates though, so you're definitely not alone. That being said, you're in now, none of this matters anymore and focus on becoming the best doctor you can be!
  10. Like
    aray623 got a reaction from SunAndMoon in Imposter Syndrome   
    I'm almost done first year and I still feel like this from time to time! But know that pretty much everyone feels like this, and that it does get better. The admissions committee did NOT make a mistake and you completely deserved that acceptance!
  11. Haha
    aray623 reacted to MD.VA in Can't login on the Western MD application system   
    Apparently the admissions committee DID read it. I just got an email essentially telling us to calm down LOL
  12. Haha
    aray623 reacted to SWOWOMAN in Can't login on the Western MD application system   
    Imagine reading while you're on the admissions committee, and thinking to yourself, "why are are these people all so neurotic"?
    I'm sure it means nothing but it's definitely interesting to know that different accounts were closed on different days. 
  13. Like
    aray623 reacted to plastics91 in Written portion   
    Hi guys,
    I'm interviewing tomorrow and I had a question about the written component.
    Are we just given a passage to summarize? Or are we expected to summarize but add our own analysis like themes, perspectives of the writing piece? Also approximately how long is it?
    Thanks, anything would help!
  14. Like
    aray623 reacted to naama in Western Interview Invites/Regrets 2018   
    Western doesn't consider extracurricular activities from your application. It likely only matters for discussion in the interview. 
  15. Like
    aray623 reacted to 1D7 in Why Western?   
    Core clerkship rotations completed before electives. Strong connection with rural programs. Fewer BS assessments from what I've heard, at least compared to UofT.
    I would ask current 1st and 2nd year medical students what they think about the curriculum since they're the most up to date (though they are most likely to also complain about it -- keep that in mind).
  16. Like
    aray623 got a reaction from CLIC5A in Uoft Interview Invites/regrets 2017   
    Check your spam traps, y'all!
     
    Result: Regrets Time Stamp: March 27th 4:06pm wGPA: 3.88 Year: 5th year BMSc MCAT: > cutoffs EC's: Varied. Lots of jobs, leadership, volunteer activities and sports. No research for this application. Essays: Felt really good about them, had them edited by a bunch of people. Spent at least 2 months on them Geography: IP   FINALLY
  17. Like
    aray623 got a reaction from Koopatroopa in Interview attire   
    I wore a purple-ish blazer to my interview to try to stand out, and my interviewers actually made a comment saying they liked it! We had a laugh about it, specifically because it was my Western interview. Who knows if it did anything, but I feel that it made me stand out. 
  18. Like
    aray623 reacted to rmorelan in Western panel interview   
    I don't think it would be a surprise for anyone doing an interview at any of the schools that you should know the Can med roles and think about events in your life where you demonstrated those roles. 
    These is all very general interview advice but there are basically 5 types of questions any panel interview would ask
    1) Who are you/tell me about yourself. Have a blurb ready - but keep in mind it probably won't be worth all that much because they know you in fact have it ready. Not much marks for prepared speeches ha. Mostly want to make sure you aren't a robot here, and try to break the ice. 
    2) Give me an example of when you demonstrated can med role X. Because I know you know the can med roles I may not use the exact same name of the role but when you think about it will be the same thing. Don't know the roles and you might be in trouble. Don't know the roles AND have not reflected on your life experience/ how they relate and you might be in even more trouble.
    3) Here is an ethics scenario - detail both positions and the ethical issues/concepts at play (at least two of them will be in direct opposition, i.e. autonomy vs social justice), MAKE A DECISION and then do what you can minimize harm to all the parties within that decision. For fun I might change aspects of the scenario after to see how that impacts your decision and you better still be consistent and not fall apart. Also remember they will make it sound like you are alone in the universe making that decision.....and you never are, and there is almost never the slightest time pressure in the real world either. Reading doing right helps but remember in that book the author defines the terms and give examples - but what is not there a lot is actually the concepts fighting each other. There is a big difference between figuring out what ethical terms apply, versus figuring out how to use them to describe your position in a complex ethical scenario. 
    4) Here is a problem in health care - how would you fix it. Overlaps a bit sometimes with 3). Doesn't hurt to have an idea of the major issues in health care, and also how you might solve them. Some schools have regional focuses - that means regional issues. 
    5) Let's give your some bizarre task or role playing scenario to try and freak you out. Then let's see if you do in fact freak out (note - the entire point of this is to stress you, so EVERYONE else doing the interview will also be stressed - remember it is just a game. It is going to be awkward, roll with it. You don't have to be completely non stressed - you have to be less stressed than some of the other interviewees). To prepare for this you have actually similarly done scenarios that are designed to do that same thing. 
     
     
  19. Like
    aray623 reacted to SunAndMoon in Western panel interview   
    All you can do is know your CV well, your experiences, your accomplishments, try to see them in light of CanMeds, your difficulties, and prepare for the common intw questions that could come up, like why you, why medicine, tell me about a time where... etc etc
    Some questions you can't really prepare for but they are not that bad at all. 
  20. Like
    aray623 reacted to SunAndMoon in Why Western?   
    Beeeeecause admissions are competitive and you apply broadly and take what you can get? What kinda question is that? 
     
    Zeja, look up their website and look through the forum, you can easily come up with stuff.
  21. Like
    aray623 got a reaction from isitlunchtimeyet in conditional acceptance   
    @infinity101 Of course! From what I can remember, I had a 3.99 GPA in my 4th year, which is the year I used for my application. I applied in my 5th year, so I knew I needed to get above a 3.7 that year or I was screwed for Western. My MCAT was 515: 130,126,129,130 (SWOMEN application, which is why I was fine with below 129 CARS). I tried to have a variety of EC's but I had no research. Had 3 academic reference letters from old professors. That's pretty much all I can think of right now, let me know if there's anything else specific that you would like to know!
  22. Like
    aray623 reacted to rmorelan in conditional acceptance   
    probably sounding like I am repeating myself but again ha - Western does not interview people that it doesn't think have a realistic chance of admission and would on paper at least not make outstanding doctors. There simply is no point in doing otherwise. They don't have the time or energy to do anything else, and they wouldn't have a program stream that didn't result in routine admissions. 
    The only disadvantage that matters would be the one you make up internally that would sabotage your chances. So......don't do that ha. 
  23. Like
    aray623 reacted to rmorelan in Psych/Soc MCAT section not looked at?   
    likes to and perhaps has to - any system that adjusts to the applicant pool directly is going to have the occasional surprise
    they are trying to "piss off" exactly what ever number of applicants is above approx 450 or so. That can be very frustrating for sure as collective if people get better Western will just turn around and up everything - or change it in a new way. When I was applying they were playing games with the old writing sample to thin the herd as it were - that was very annoying as it was basically my essay writing skills that got me into medical school. The following year they dropped all of that and dumped it all on VR....and so on. Fortunately these changes are relatively rare.
    I wonder if they didn't use it in part simply because they didn't have to. That people with the other sections that high have a pretty high pysch/soc score as well and so it isn't useful is reducing the pool to the target. Using it might not have worked well within their already solid use of other sections. 
     
  24. Like
    aray623 reacted to Neunundneunzig in conditional acceptance   
    You have no reason to go into an interview at Western thinking your GPA disadvantages you relative to anyone else interviewing. We admittedly don't know how - or even if - GPA is used in the post-interview rankings, but with only 450-ish interview slots and a surplus of strong applicants, we can pretty safely assume that Western will not interview someone with virtually no chance of being admitted. If you get an interview, you have a real shot at getting in - no ifs, ands, or buts. At that point, you need to focus on putting your best foot forward to show the panel why you will make a great physician, rather than worrying about how your stats compare to anyone else who got one.
    Best of luck!
  25. Like
    aray623 reacted to Olaf in Panel Style Practice   
×
×
  • Create New...