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Everything posted by m_jacob_45

  1. Ottawa is great!! But good luck with whatever you choose.
  2. I don’t think they do because I got in off the waitlist in 2016 and the order of gpa’s went down within the interview score groups even when people rounded to 3 decimal places. Also to answer your second question, you can definitely get in with your gpa.
  3. I think your school means BLS (basic life support, which is a prerequisite for ACLS). This is offered through the heart and stroke foundation and other providers as well. I would confirm with your school to make sure.
  4. They will count each year with 4+ courses in the gpa calculation as long as you take the missing credits before you apply. (I.e. you are currently 2.0 credits short, so you would need to takes those classes either in the summer or during another academic year by overloading.) I would recommend you take 5.0 classes each year for the rest of your degree and take the missing credits this upcoming summer or another summer). Hope that helps!
  5. Also just to add, for family, its preferred to do a wide range of electives with 1-2 electives in family medicine. (So no point in doing 8 family med electives).
  6. I interviewed at Mac with a 3.73 and 129 CARS, so I don't think 3.72 would be that detrimental, but I definitely see where a lot of people here are coming from that you don't want an English course to drop your gpa. I think it depends partly on how this affects your U of T weighting as well...
  7. I didn’t use one, so I can’t really comment on which are good but it may be worth it if you think this is a weaker area where you need more help. Also, I think it would be helpful to have med students or residents look over your ABS/essays as well if you did not get help last time. Your new mcat will likely help quite a bit as well.
  8. Just to follow up on match rates, the data is very difficult to interpret and not straightforward. Essentially all the schools have a high match rate and there is variation from year to year. Its very difficult to interpret the match rate data since some schools will strongly encourage backing up to protect their match rates, so its hard to get a sense as an outsider how to compare the rates between schools (some schools may not suggest backing up as much as others, hard to know how many people matched to their top choices in terms of specialty and location). Also some people prefer to go unmatched than to back up especially in more competitive specialties.
  9. From looking at what you wrote above, either your ECs were not written in the best way possible on your ABS or the number was not enough. Other possibilities of areas to improve are your U of T essays, references and CASPer. Your academics and mcat are not holding you back anywhere. On paper, you look pretty good so I imagine the issue may be in how you present yourself. Good luck!
  10. The only school in Ontario (as far as I'm aware so somebody correct me if I'm wrong) that will send out offers before the date to respond to the initial round of offers is Mac, so for example, if you got into Ottawa initially and were waitlisted at Mac, there is a chance Mac would send you an offer before the deadline to respond to the Ottawa offer. Other schools will not send waitlist offers until the initial 2 week period to respond is over.
  11. Also keep in mind that people take themselves off the waitlist if they are accepted at another school but waitlisted at Ottawa, so it’s probably more than the top 250.
  12. I have heard that they round at the third decimal place, so for example a 3.8472 the gpa would be 3.847.
  13. I had 1 W and nobody cared in my interviews, however, it was in first year so it may have been considered less of a big deal since it was earlier on. As mentioned by somebody else, the biggest downside of it was I lost my weighting for U of T.
  14. Most lectures are posted online. Most lectures are not mandatory to attend. CBL is mandatory as are SIM (basically social medicine class) and PSD (physician skills development). Anatomy and labs are also not mandatory though most people go.
  15. Every day Mon-Fri there is class (I.e. lecture, CBL) approx 8:30 -12:30, with one day being a full day until 4:30.
  16. You'll get more talks about this in second year, but essentially they like to see that you have projects that have reached a point of completion (i.e. poster presentations, podium presentations, publications). That is much more impressive than having a larger number of projects on the go that do not reach an endpoint by the time you are applying for residency. So its definitely about quality/quantity/and seeing projects through to the end.
  17. Nothing is wrong with it. Its just a leisure activity similar to watching TV for example that generally would not go on your application unless it’s similar to the context from the other thread (in which case I would consider it controversial since how it is received will depend on who is reviewing your application).
  18. I had a bunch of activities from high school and got 2 interviews. My advice is if you don’t put activities on your ABS, for all the adcoms know, you were sitting at home playing video games so you should essentially include everything unless it’s controversial in some way or a very small activity that could appear like padding such as volunteering somewhere for a day. If you are short on space, feel free not to include high school activities, but if you have room I would suggest including them.
  19. I would probably not bring it up then. I think essentially though it might work, the risk is too high since you can't predict how your interviewers will react.
  20. I think it can be done if you explain things very carefully. Essentially, the biggest point would be to avoid making interviewers uncomfortable. If you can avoid doing that, I think it’s reasonable to bring up the experience. This is my really general advice. If you gave more information about the nature of the experience I may have a different point of view.
  21. Extremely basic OR advice, but when you walk in make sure to introduce yourself to all the nurses and they will likely help you with where to stand and the experience will generally be better. If there is a board, put can put your name on it as well and you can put student in brackets next to it. May also help to look up anatomy of the type of procedures you will be watching.
  22. Just thought I would add that travelling home becomes much harder in clerkship (since the hours are long and you work weekends not infrequently depending on the rotation and often need weekends to study/ keep up). Just something to keep in mind if you see yourself being potentially homesick if you can’t travel back home for a few months at a time.
  23. For med school, you have to get a TB test every year and if you know you have previously been exposed/had the BCG vaccine there is a self-declaration form that you fill out instead and possibly a chest XR (though I'm not sure if you need to do it every year).
  24. Its hard to know since we were not there, but as long as it stayed very general I would think you are fine. In the future, just be very up front with people if they ask about your interview, that you signed a confidentiality agreement and really can't go into detail on anything. Good luck, hope you get good news in May!
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