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  1. On 4/10/2019 at 7:36 PM, i8aSS said:

    you might not want to disclose too much during your convo with UoS admins b/c they might recindtheir offer due to your grad-program. 

    This is the opposite of the truth.  You will not have an offer withdrawn for being in a graduate program, but you likely would if you failed to provide accurate transcripts & educational background.  Deferrals happen regularly at the U of S.

  2. 7 hours ago, DEs said:

    If references are contacted, does that mean that individual has met the cutoff score for admission? I believe I recall this being said at the post-MMI meeting but I just wanted to confirm. For example, if an OOP's references were contacted, does that mean they were ranked in the top 5 (as they currently only have 5 OOP spots open)?

    DEs it means the person passed the interview, not that they will be offered admission.  Last year, I believe the OOP cut-off was roughly the 40th percentile in the interview, so anyone above that had their references contacted. 

  3. The U of S does a lot of deferrals, there are 5 from the last admission cycle entering next fall for example.  I know of at least 4 deferrals in our class as well. I would recommend looking at the website, they address this in the application guide, then emailing Sherrill if you still have questions.

  4. Hey everyone!

    It's short notice, but if you are in or around Saskatoon this weekend I would like to invite you out to the 2019 U of S Med Charity Date Night Auction!  This event is an annual fundraiser organized by the 1st year class reps & the 1st year class, Class of 2022, to support SWITCH & SEARCH.  SWITCH & SEARCH are both student run medical clinics that the College of Medicine is highly involved with, in Saskatoon & Regina respectively.  The details are below, but if you have any questions let me know!  I would love to see some of this years applicants out to the event.  There will be a number of students from 1st to 4th year, so it is a great opportunity to meet some of your future colleagues.

    Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1744619858972261/

    Time: Doors open at 7:00pm on Feb 2nd, Live auction beginning at 7:30pm
    Location: Louis' (Downstairs) on campus in Saskatoon
    Entry: FREE
    Details: Live auction of "Dates", silent auction, & cash 50/50
    Auctioneer Extraordinaire: Corey Ziegler (Class of 2022)
    Payment: Cash, cheque, or e-transfer before leaving

    2019 Date Night Date Program.pdf

  5. It sounds to me like the RBC advisor is digging hard & using fancy terms to try to win you over, something I would personally hate to see in an advisor.  In reality most people in this situation are just going to end up taking money out of their LOC once a month in order to pay the interest, like @Eudaimonia & @dantheman24 mentioned.  From experience, it just ends up being more of a hassle than anything because if you had the money to make a payment you would make it immediately, regardless of when the payment is due, in order to minimize interest over time.  The Scotiabank set-up is more efficient, as they realize this is what is happening & do it for you to save you the trouble.  You can otherwise make payments on it whenever you want, just like a credit card.

  6. 4 hours ago, Cheers2life said:

    It is also important to keep in mind that medicine must be a path that allows you to flourish. If you start already counting the number of years you have left, the journey'll be long and fastidious. Its not just about getting a degree... its not suppose to be such a burden, yes it is a long and hard process, but in the end, there has to be enough reward and fulfillment that you can come to the conclusion that was and still worth it. I'm not there yet, but i hope i'll be able to feel proud and happy throughout residency like i did (at certain times) during the first 4 years. I felt that not looking at the finish line too often allowed me to enjoy and learn without to much stress as i was going. 

    i like to think of it as a soccer game (since its the world cup!), yes you wanna win, but there are so many things you have to do and accomplish before the win comes. Each step has to bring more and more confidence and fun that'll lead you to your ultimate goal of winning the game. 


    Love this approach! It's the difference between having outcome based goals & process goals.  Focus on what you can control & impact now, rather than worrying about things you have no control over.  Sometimes you do your absolute best & it's not enough, but knowing & accepting that you did everything you possibly could is one of the most satisfying feelings I've ever felt.

  7. 22 minutes ago, NLengr said:

    So are you good if you move out and do a 5 year undergrad living on your own? Or are they tied to your parents income no matter what?

    To be honest I'm not too sure, they may or may not accept that.  This past year we were required to submit tax documents for our family as the primary source of information, then were required to provide references that were able to verify our background and circumstances that we claimed in the questionnaire.  I was not required to provide tax documents for my parents (Note: I have a dependent), however I did need to provide references for some of the other claims I made regarding out low-income status from my youth.  It was actually quite difficult to find references that fit the criteria.  I expect a fair amount of people would be able to meet the first step to get into the program, but not as many would be able to meet the criteria for the extra points.  Also keep in mind this was the first year of the program, so I would expect revisions in the future based on how the next couple of years go.

    If you search DSAAP in this document it shows you the information for last year.  I was mistaken the initial income threshold was $80 000, not $60 000.


  8. 9 hours ago, NLengr said:

     Nobody is gonna start mandating seats are set aside for people based on family SES. 

    As of this year the U of S has actually done exactly that.  For this years class 6 seats were reserved for IP applicants who come from lower income families.  There were a number of different things that could get you additional points for these seats, but the 1st criteria that needed to be met was an average household income of <$60 000 for the past 5 years.  It's called DSAAP (Diversity and Social Accountability Admissions Program) if anyone is interested.

  9. 1 hour ago, broclivity44 said:

    Hey guys, just an update:

    I've been accepted off the waitlist for Saskatoon campus. Time stamp was 12:35 pm EST.  Geography: OOP

    This is a week after getting waitlisted on May 15th, and I will be accepting the offer. I am incredibly excited to meet you guys in August!

    This is definitely the proudest moment of my life so far. I've written the MCAT 4 times (with a void), I'm 2 years out of school, this is my 2nd cycle, and my only med interview ever was this year at USask. These last couple of years have been a real slog with constant doubt nagging at me about whether or not I could do it, but I have to say that all of that was 100% worth it for this moment. To everyone who is still trying and who is sure that medicine is their calling, don't give up. It will eventually work out. There were many times when I wanted to give up but 2 things kept me going: 1) my profound respect for the work that doctors do and 2) the incredible support I received from my friends and family.  I was not always confident in my abilities but this is all I've ever wanted to do so I just kept my head down and surrounded myself with positive people. Good luck to those who remain on the waitlisted or those who are still trying; I know what it feels like and it really sucks, but I promise you that it is all worth it in the end. Keep going!

    Yes!!! Congrats @broclivity44!

  10. 1 hour ago, Sauna said:

    I've tried both and found that the iPad Pro has better hardware (Apple Pencil, longer battery, better display) and software (Notability, and although the surface has desktop Microsoft office with full features, I prefer the simpler mobile versions). 

    With the iPad Pro, I was torn between using Notability vs OneNote. Notability has superior annotation, functional auto-sync to pdf, OneNote has better organization, infinite scroll in both x and y planes. So rather than choosing a compromise, I've ended up using both: Notability for in-class notes and OneNote for studying. Let me demonstrate what that looks like:

    Downloading the pdf/lecture file is easier on iPad (vs laptops) because you open it in the browser and tap "Open in Notability". This iniates multiple steps at once; it downloads the file, opens it in Notability, creates a pdf back-up in google drive that gets updated in real time as you take notes. All with one click. After class you get this:


    Then after class, you just tap the share button on the top left corner and with one tap save it in OneNote. Later when you're studying, you'll have room the ability to add additional subpages if necessary (Notability doesn't have this, see example below) and make additional comments/add resources on the side (see example below). You can also still annotate further:


    This system has worked beautifully for me so far. Let me know if you have any questions!

    This is amazing, I will 100% be doing this.  Thank you.

  11. 7 minutes ago, Koopatroopa said:

    Time: 1:42 MST

    Accepted to Regina campus (First choice)

     Geography: OOP AP

    GPA: 85ish

    MCAT: 508

     Interview: I felt the worst about this one tbh. I blew my first station completely, but recovered by the end haha. Definitely must have done better than I thought! 

    I’m so excited to meet everyone in August! I’m 95% sure I’ll be accepting my offer! 

    Congrats Koopatroopa! I guess I will see you in a few months then!

  12. 5 minutes ago, broclivity44 said:

    Thank you! I really appreciate it, I hope so. Have you heard back yet? Forum has been surprisingly quiet

    Nothing yet, I suspect it will come soon though! They may have done OOP first.

    1 minute ago, Koopatroopa said:

    Congrats! And good luck!!! 

    I’m still waiting... and checking my email every 1 minute! Hopefully news comes soon.

    Me too! Nothing is getting done for the next little bit.

  13. 33 minutes ago, broclivity44 said:

    Just got the email

    Status: Waitlisted

    Geography: OOP

    MCAT: 521 (128 cars)


    Time stamp: 11:58 am

    Interview: felt like it didn't go so well immediately after, but over time accepted that I may have done alright. Hard to say how it went now but hoping for the best as I will be accepting if I get the offer.

    Sorry to hear you need to keep waiting @broclivity44, but it seems like there has been a ton of OOP waitlist movement in the past & they seem pretty good about getting waitlist offers out quickly. I hope it works out, and thanks for letting us know emails are coming!!

  14. 18 minutes ago, Koopatroopa said:

    I’m snuggling my dog, enjoying some beer. Hoping that tomorrow’s results come early. 

    Hows everyone trying to pass the time tonight?

    Sounds like a good plan! I didn't schedule any work tomorrow, so the morning is going to be the longest part of this for me I think.  The last week or so I got back into playing video games for the first time in a few years.  It's been a good distraction since I've had a lot of downtime lately!  Gymnastics with my son tonight though. 

    Good luck Koopatroopa! I've seen you post a lot on the forums lately, I'll be rooting for you tomorrow!

  15. Counting down the days... Super excited, nervous, and actively trying not to think of what I could have done better in the interview.  It's nerve-wracking to see all of the other people on here going through rejections, and to see that some people are getting in on their 4th, 5th, or 6th tries.  Having said that it's super exciting to think that a good chunk of us will be Med students in 3 days.

  16. 11 hours ago, jfdes said:

    Would the training count within the return of service time?

    I contacted the recruiter for my area, and in one of the documents it said that anyone having their education subsidized (Med school) will sign a 12-year VIE.  This means you sign a 12 year commitment, but you are only required to complete 4 years of active service.  When you complete your 4 years, if you have time remaining on your VIE you may serve it voluntarily or be honourably discharged.  My understanding from reading the material is that the Basic Military Officer Qualification (14 weeks), Basic Medical Officer Course (4 weeks), Health Services Operations & Staff Officer Course (6 weeks), & potentially 2nd Language Training (up to 7 months max, but can be delayed if they need you posted somewhere) is not included in that 4 years of service.  I believe that's why the VIE is 12 years, instead of 10. The BMOQ can be done during the summers between school years, if scheduling allows, and the 2nd language training may not be required, so it's not that bad.

  17. 1 hour ago, med_gods said:

    Can anyone clarify this: "course-work for the degree must have been started within the 5 years prior to completion of the degree"

    Does this mean that I must complete by undergrad in 5 years?


    Thanks in advance :)

    Yes, 5 years of study anyway.  You can take time off in between though.  For example, my degree took me 6 years to complete, but for 1 of the years (year 4) I was attending a college that is not affiliated with a university. I was told that as long as I did not receive transfer credit for that year they would simply consider it as a gap year, and ignore it.  As a result, I was eligible to apply this year, and my degree fit within the 5 year requirement.

  18. 1 hour ago, Riemann said:

    Anyone else receive an email about a final transcript for this semester sent to them by May 4th? I assume this is standard, but does it mean that we passed the interview or does everyone just get this email regardless?

    I suspect anyone attending either the U of S or U of R will not get this email, as admissions is able to access the transcripts at these schools.

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