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  1. adhominem

    Interview weight?

    Are you sure? They 100% did not have my entire application in front of them last year.
  2. adhominem

    Approach Researchers and Disclosing

    Honestly, you probably won't get very far with that approach. All new researchers are a massive burden on a lab. They need to devote time and resources to training you, and you're essentially saying that you aren't willing to make their efforts worthwhile by sticking around long enough to actually do something productive.
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    Note taking during MMI

    Yeah, you can write out an outline or whatever else you want during those 2 minutes.
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    Interview weight?

    U of A has changed their process so nobody has a clue how much GPA, MCAT, interview, or casper factor into your final scores for admission. If anything, my guess is that the interview is worth >30% now though, since many schools seem to be moving in the direction of increasing weight of the interview.
  5. 353 builds on 351. You need to learn some of the 353 material because it is tested on the MCAT. 351 is helpful, but not enough.
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    Multiple presentations for thesis

    I would say it depends on the structure of the application you're working with. If this is for a CV, you would definitely separate them into separate entries. If you have limited space to talk about this on a med application you're probably best off picking the most "impressive" presentation (i.e. national/international conference for which the abstract was published, if possible) and then speaking to what skills you gained from it.
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    Poster presentation

    The first author is (almost) always the presenter. Generally, that will be a student who made the poster and conducted the experiments. Most profs couldn't be bothered to give a poster presentation haha.
  8. In my opinion, offered=received. The point is to show how competitive you are for awards, not necessarily that you collected the money. I always list awards that I was offered but declined on my CV.
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    References and Verifiers

    I believe that their policy is to contact every verifier for all applicants, and the verifier remarks are used to score your ECs in conjunction with what you wrote.
  10. Contact DDS admissions directly. I'm not sure what you mean by struggling with admission requirements, but this sounds like a case that only admissions is going to have an answer for.
  11. As someone doing my PhD first, I can say that there are some substantial advantages. First, you have a ton of flexibility regarding the time to completion of your PhD. In some of the split programs or during residency you have to rush to finish in a tight time frame, which can lead to burn out. It can also be a disaster if your project isn't working out very well. A PhD student with a very competitive funding package (university+provincial+federal funding) can make as much as ~72k per year tax free, plus any other little scholarships they may receive (at the U of A, at least). Of course, that isn't the norm but it is possible. People gunning for medicine tend to have the qualities that the Vanier looks for, so that always helps the funding situation too. Having the ability to stick around longer and not be rushed will allow you to be more productive and pump out more publications- arguably the most important thing when getting a PhD. My supervisor has told me that a break in the middle of your MD can be a detriment to your performance and you lose all the study buddies you have made in your year. That can make the clinical years much more difficult after coming back from your hellish 3 year PhD. That is also worth consideration as well.
  12. U of A doesn't really make any meaningful attempts to provide clear instructions or information regarding their policies and practices, so it isn't really surprising.
  13. Look into what your GPA will be, based on the different ways each school calculates it. This may impact where you will be competitive substantially.
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    Ws on transcript

    Probably, since it would likely impact how they calculate your GPA