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  1. Does anyone know when the "Don't Panic Guide" gets posted? Is that what tell us the orientation week schedule?
  2. Anyone have any input on the HP Spectre 360? I think that's my top contender right now.
  3. I can confirm this, Carolyn from Admissions has said that historically the OOP waitlist moves 10-15 spots on average. You can also check the AFMC yearly reports to see total numbers of offers declined at each Canadian medical school. Since there's usually around 35 declined offers at Dal, and the IP waitlists don't move a ton, you can assume the bulk of declines come from OOP students. https://afmc.ca/sites/default/files/documents/en/Publications/AdmissionsBook2016-Final-EN.pdf
  4. Thought I'd start a poll for waitlisters.
  5. No I'm not sure, but I'm sure someone on here has asked Carolyn that question at some point
  6. I think there are roughly 20-25 spots on the waitlist for OOP applicants but that's just a guess, and Carolyn has said that on average the OOP waitlist moves 10-15 spots
  7. Yup, I noticed that mine changed multiple times too
  8. OK thanks, I was worried it was just mine haha
  9. I just went on the Dal website to double check the date that my MCAT scores were received, and its bringing me to their page to start a new application and 'select an application type'.. Is anyone else having the same issue? Can anyone double check theirs to see if they can view their application status?
  10. I believe the rule is in place to prevent you from doing exactly what you're planning on doing unfortunately hah. It's quite common for students to enter into MSc programs to make themselves more competitive for med school, with the intention of immediately dropping out if given a med school seat (I know a couple people who have done this). This gives the supervising MSc professor the short end of the stick as they've wasted a year-ish training a new researcher, so it's probably a mix of academic ethics, showing commitment to something you've agreed to etc. - some schools have this rule, other's don't.
  11. Wow that's pretty surprising, I would've thought they'd give a bit more insight than that. Did they at least provide the score breakdown for the supplementals and essay to see which category was hurting the total score?
  12. Yup, same boat. More darkness ha..
  13. Pretty much.. I wish they weren't so secretive about it hah, I think most people would rather just know their position/how much the list is moving instead always being in the dark. BTW has any wait-lister been able to schedule a feedback session?
  14. Anyone hear anything? I tried to get some info from admissions today about how many waitlist offers they've sent out, but as expected they're playing it close to the chest
  15. Looks like we're all in the same boat. A friend of mine at Dal knows someone who was accepted off the IP waitlist (before OMSAS waitlist offers started going out), but hasn't heard anything else besides that.. hopefully there's just an administrative delay or something because yeah it seems odd that it's still so quiet.
  16. I know! I was expecting more posting about getting off the waitlist since OOP's are supposed to move quite a bit.. .Carolyn has said 10-15 spots on average but I'm thinking(hoping) it's still a bit early for the majority of movement to be over. Some Ontario schools are likely just starting to move their waitlists so it should take some time for that to affect accepted/waitlisted Dal applicants- and I believe some schools don't start moving their waitlist until the 2 week acceptance deadline? I would assume they just keep us waiting till semester starts, because last minute drop outs have happened before
  17. Checking back through the accepted/waitlisted/rejected thread, people started posting about getting off the OOP Waitlist on May 28 and I think Ontario offers went out on the 12th or somewhere around there. So I'd assume at least a week or two unfortunately... So much waiting!
  18. I thought the OOP waitlist doesn't really start moving till May when Ontario schools start sending out acceptances? That would be great if I'm wrong though haha
  19. Yeah sorry I should have clarified, depending on the specialty you go for you can tailor how much anatomy you want to delve into. My info comes from family med pursuers so they need a good understanding of basic msk anatomy, but they don't need to go the level of detail required for say, any of the surgical specialties. So it's all in your choices
  20. Hey, I have a brother who has gone through Mac and will soon be finishing his clerkship and writing the first portion of his licensing exam so I can definitely give you some info for the other side! There are a lot of pros for Mac that seem to be universally liked by my brother and his class: - A three year program has many benefits. Tuition for Mac MDs is around 26k/year, which isn't much higher than Dal and you have one less year of tuition, living expenses etc. Everyone will have a different opinion, but from what he has heard from 4 year med students most wish they would just keep going through the summers which can sometimes feel like a waste of time. Also I might be wrong, but I believe Dal students don't get their first summer off, which is spent doing a research project. You can also of course start practicing one year earlier. - The curriculum is geared towards self-directed learning, so you can learn in your own way at your own speed, with groups of friends/classmates. For example, you can learn as much or as little of anatomy as you want. It's a time consuming and painful process to memorize anatomy, most of which will rarely be used in practice and is forgotten by the time you get to clerkship anyways. - Ideal location, Hamilton is undergoing a revival with tons of social and night life activity (art crawl, super crawl etc). There are also a lot of beautiful trails and waterfalls located around the city. And Toronto is just down the road. Albeit usually a very congested road hah.. - There are lots of opportunities to choose and customize clerkship electives to sample a variety of paths so you can really direct it towards specialties that interest you. Many students also choose electives that allow them to travel all over the country so it can be like a working vacation. - Very few standardizes tests compared to other schools, so again minimizing time spent memorizing huge amounts of information that often won't be needed once you start practicing. A lot of emphasis is placed on case based studies which some find more practical for learning/remembering than typical exams. - The combination of self directed learning, approx 20 hrs of class/week and fewer tests means more down time for relaxing, Mac takes health care worker burnout very seriously and places significant value on training MDs to make sure they take care of themselves now and when they are practicing. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to PM me!
  21. I agree.. there likely are people on the waitlist with higher scores, they just might not have posted it. Before this year I was on premed101 frequently but never posted anything.. but the average scores for OOP's accepted certainly wasn't low haha..
  22. Yeah for sure, I was shocked at my essay/supplemental score. I thought it was the strongest part of my application, but I was quite wrong apparently haha..
  23. I heard that one year recently they moved through the entire wait list (although I think there were extenuating circumstances involving a staff strike), so they might just put everyone on the list to avoid that happening again. Carolyn has told me that historically the wait list moves 10-12 spots, but who knows... they're quite secretive about the waitlist, how many are on it, positions etc.
  24. Thought I'd start a poll for OOP wait-listers as well.
  25. Wait-listed, OOP applicant Academic Score 21/25 Essay & Supplemental 15.23/35 Interview 32.4/40 Total score 68.63 Pretty disappointed at the Essay/Supplemental score, will need a feedback session to see where I went wrong. Congrats to those who got the good news!
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