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  1. When I accepted my offer, I made sure they received everything (forms, deposit, etc) by the due date. I would make sure they have it by the 22nd, even if it means using a courier, or some other form of express mail. You can also deliver things in person as well.
  2. I have never heard of this happening in the English stream. I think they intentionally make the good waitlist relatively large because they don't want to mislead people who may have gone ahead with other plans for the year.
  3. From what you've written above, I would suggest finding work instead for the year since you already have tons of research productivity and an MSc would only marginally improve that and make you have to wait another two years. The only other thing I would suggest in terms of what to do next year, is considering a 5th year if it will make you more competitive at U of T and other schools you're looking at applying to. Especially schools that look at last two or best two years, like Queens, Western, also Ottawa if your GPA is good using their formula. Finally, definitely put more effort into the interview next time (like spend a lot of time actually practising answering questions for a critical audience and also spend time reflecting on your past experiences so you have anecdotes ready to go to answer different kinds of questions). In regard to redoing the mcat, I probably would not recommend it in your case unless your very confident you would score the same or better in CARS, and not drop the other sections below 126.
  4. I also used to write my notes on printed out slides, but found that there are too many slides to do that in med school. Currently, I take notes on the slides on the computer, which I've found to be pretty easy with powerpoint, but more difficult with formatting for PDFs. I don't have a tablet, but that would be a good option if you want to buy one. Also, I find in med school, certain types of lectures tend to have everything you need on the slides, so for some classes, I don't take any notes and just listen.
  5. I'm not 100% sure of the rules, but I would just want to make sure retaking the course does not invalidate your first time taking it or anything like that.
  6. I would not do it in case there's a risk of it affecting your full-courseload status or anything like that. If you do decide to do it, I would email all med schools you're planning to apply to in the future and verify that its ok and won't cause any issues for you.
  7. Having 1 W is not a big deal in itself. I had one and still got two interviews. The only downside is if it makes you ineligible for weighting. (Mine was in 1st year, so it made me ineligible for weighting at U of T, but otherwise, did not cause any issues).
  8. I think you should definitely apply. With your research ECs and a good CASPer, it's possible you would get past the GPA screening. However, as the other poster said, you might require another degree unfortunately, but I think it's worth trying since you seem to have everything else going for you.
  9. Hopefully they don't, but it will help in terms of GPA competitiveness for Mac, U of T, and Ottawa. (Won't make a difference at Queens and Western).
  10. Assuming good ECs, good CASPer, and properly following course load requirements, your friend looks good. May not get in this upcoming cycle though, since your friend may need their 4th year to count in the GPA calculation, but chances are good in the next 2 years. Your friend basically has a guaranteed interview at Western this upcoming cycle.
  11. Its hard to know exactly how things work, but my year in 2015, I had a 3.92 GPA and was accepted 2 days after the date to respond to initial offers , so I think the waitlist started pretty low down in the second bin would be my guess, and then went into 1-2 more bins.
  12. Any school in Canada is great, but I would generally advise anybody to go with a 4 year program over a 3 year program, if they have a choice unless you are completely set on your specialty at this point. Specifically for U of T vs. Mac, you also want to consider if you prefer self-directed learning/PBL since that is the primary method of education at Mac whereas U of T has more of a mix of things. You also should consider whether you want to stay in Toronto or would prefer Hamilton (or whatever campus you're at for Mac). One benefit of Mac is that there are likely fewer learners at the hospitals you would be in so you might get better hands on experience through Mac. Ultimately, I would probably go with U of T in your situation (though I actually go to a different med school), but I'm sure people have things to add that might affect your decision.
  13. Mac outright rejects people in addition to having a waitlist. There's no good/bad waitlist distinction.
  14. When I applied in 2015, the good waitlist email just left out the sentence about being unlikely to receive an offer. I have not heard of anybody receiving an email that explicitly stated they were on the good waitlist.
  15. Just want to add to this that if you get in off the waitlist, it's one week. Good luck to everybody!!
  16. If your wGPA is 3.95, that's definitely competitive for both streams. Its really the additional stuff on your application that will determine if you get an interview. In terms of streams, some pros of the French stream are that it's smaller so people possibly get to know everybody better, it has a lower GPA average and there are fewer people applying per spot so your chances are better, you also do all of your pre-clerkship and 3rd year rotations at French-speaking sites, so you'll get to work on your French and be able to do clinical work in French and English in your career (very handy if you live in Ottawa or other cities with a large French-speaking population). The downside for the French stream is that the exams are generally written by the English content experts and translated into French and so the French lecturers don't always cover the exact same material (some people in the French stream listen to recordings of the English stream lectures) and my friends in the French stream have told me that the translated exam questions are not always clear. For the English stream, cons are its harder to get into statistically speaking and the class is larger (if that bothers you, but I personally think its a good size). Pros of the English stream, is the exams better cover material taught in the English stream. I would say the English stream at uOttawa is probably quite similar to all the other English-speaking medical schools in Canada. Perhaps other uOttawa students can add to what I've said, but people in both streams are pretty happy to be there.
  17. I can really only talk about Ontario schools, but many schools use special formulas (U of T, Ottawa, Western, Queens), like only using your best two years, last two years, or weighting later years more heavily. You can check out the formulas on each school's website for more info, but essentially the 3.3 won't matter if your weighted GPA is competitive, which will be an uphill battle, but it is achievable, especially if you do a 5th year. Essentially, you want your weighted GPA to be at least 3.8 and schools' that only use your cumulative GPA are a bit more lenient, but 3.3 would still be on the low side for sure. Good luck! I would do some research into all the schools you're thinking of applying to to see what they're looking for in terms of marks, prereqs, mcat score, and extracurriculars.
  18. yes, theoretically, but depending on what stream you are, most people need in the 3.8+ range
  19. Everybody is placed on the waitlist. In the past, they have had 2 differently worded waitlist letters that indicate if you're towards the top or the bottom, but last year all the letters were the same.
  20. 1. They would look at year 2, 3, 4 (assuming year 4 is complete at the time of application. If it's not complete, they use years 1, 2, 3). To meet the GPA requirement, the wGPA has to meet the 3.5 requirement, not each individual year). 2. You can do prereqs in the summer for Ottawa.
  21. I wouldn't bother with the summer courses, personally, since the difference would be tiny. Work on having a good CARS score. (I got interviewed with a 3.73 gpa and 129, so you should be ok with a 128 if CASPer goes well).
  22. Just to echo what goleafsgochris said above, generally there is a formula that is used to calculate each applicant's score post-interview (and pre-interview), so the higher your GPA, the more that part of the formula will help contribute to your overall score. For example, I believe at mac, the post interview formula is 70% interview, 15% CARS, and 15% GPA. So, getting as close to 4.0 as possible will help you keep that entire 15%.
  23. The prep takes time. Like other people said, if you're a bit more free over the summer, you can start doing some light practice then and just ease yourself into it slowly. In terms of the actual interview day, if you're coming from somewhere that you can't comfortably drive in with time to spare, I would come in the night before and you can leave the same day as the interview. This is especially important if you end up interviewing relatively early when the weather can be pretty bad.
  24. Maybe we're not understanding your description, but you only need to retake classes where you got less than 70. Others taken at the same time where you got over 70 don't have to be redone. Also, in the requirements, it says that if you take a year of general chemistry with lab + a semester of organic chemistry with lab + a semester of biochemistry (can be with or without lab) you meet the rerequirements and don't need the second semester of organic chemistry. Hope this helps!
  25. The first round offers will go out May 8th, and then they give those people two weeks to respond. Most schools in ON don't start to send out waitlist offers until after the two weeks (with the exception of Mac who sends them out a bit earlier as first round applicants decline their offer and don't wait the entire two week period). Then the initial waitlist offers go out and people have one week to respond. After this, waitlist offers can come at any time though there is usually about a week between rounds of offers, but its less predictable. Schools send out an email when the class is full, but most offers are given out by the end of June (though it is not unheard of for people to be accepted off the waitlist as late as August or early September if there are openings.)
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