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  1. Invites came out early this year and med invites were only recently released.
  2. Would you care to elaborate? In-province status is defined differently at every school; however, what is common is that the criteria to be considered a resident is what the school believes allows the applicant to adequately contribute to the province during their residence and increases their likelihood of staying beyond medical school (the ultimate goal for such policies). For some schools, the amount of time to obtain IP status is quite lengthy and anyone who uproots their life to live, work and settle down in that province for multiple years should rightfully be considered just as much of a resident as someone you deem to be a true IP applicant. IMO where the real unfairness lies is more specific -- i.e. McGill, where iirc you are a resident if you are simply born in QC even if you have lived elsewhere since then (possibly other schools too, I'm not sure). No quota for OOP spots in ON schools. Non-ON being equal to non-SWO/Ottawa Ontarians and choosing to attend those schools over their home school when they benefit so greatly from policies designed to encourage them to stay. If some of these were addressed there would be less of a reason for people to try and "cheat the system" by relocating. I think the perception is that it is unfair/unethical to gain IP status and leave after graduating, but you can't ignore that there are many residents of these provinces who themselves choose to leave anyway either prior to matriculating to medical school or for residency (why are all Vancouver/Toronto residency spots so desirable?). I don't have any hard stats, but I would think this cohort is more numerous or at least comparable to those relocating to gain IP status.
  3. Even assuming decisions were made randomly, I would not be so optimistic about such an important decision essentially coming down to a coin flip. Speaking from experience, you will set yourself up for major disappointment if you only look at the raw stats and ignore the many other important factors.
  4. I was trying to balance the pros/cons, but off the top of my head: - Public transit is not as good - Relatively poor nightlife for mid-late 20s (busiest bars are filled with underage/undergrad) - Not as many attractions Of course if you drive and prefer a smaller city then it is not an issue. How much would this differ from other schools? I imagine the cases you are exposed to are quite similar wherever you go.
  5. I know this has been discussed but I figure it may be better to start this seeing as previous discussions may be dated and to also welcome new opinions. From older topics these pros/cons seem to be the most prevalent. Please feel free to chime in if there is anything that is obviously missing or needs to be updated. U of T + Downtown Toronto + Reputation for American programs + Networking (?)/# of departments - Cost of living - Worse facilities Western + Sim clinic + Cheaper cost of living + Less competition (?) - London - Stateside reputation Other considerations > Class size (pro or con) > Atmosphere (class dependent) > Research
  6. Not that I condone giving applicants short notice for interviews, but why are people complaining about not having enough time to practice? If you think you are a competitive applicant then 1) you should have other interview(s) you were practicing for which will carry over (MPI has aspects of panel and MMI) or 2) you would have been practicing anyway if you don't have other interviews to prepare for the best case scenario. It isn't the school's fault that you aren't willing to prepare ahead of time. This should really only inconvenience those who have to make extensive travel arrangements.
  7. I could be wrong but I highly doubt you will be able to take an untimed exam. Extended time maybe, but untimed?
  8. Would any surgical residents/staff or others with longer training times who were once interested in dentistry mind chiming in? Conversely, can any current dental students/dentists who were once interested in surgery comment? Procedural work is one of the main factors that pulls me to medicine and dentistry; however, I am having trouble weighing other factors such as scope of practice, lifestyle (length of training), etc. Thanks and feel free to PM me if preferred.
  9. This is certainly a sad story. However, how did he spend $170K over two years (tuition being $14K)? Can't really ignore that.
  10. The MCAT score argument is not very strong because they are very explicit when they say that 9/9/9 or 125/125/125/125 is a hard cutoff, whereas the we are not told if GPA is used merely as a cutoff. The average was 33 yes, not because they valued higher scores, but because that score is very attainable for such a bright cohort. Your last point is exactly why I think GPA is assessed by U of T. Institutions that do value GPA for final acceptances have shown the same trend in the same timeframe as the stats UofT posted. You'd expect that if GPA were merely a threshold at UofT, that their stats would stay relatively steady, even after accounting for any change in the cutoff (there are undergrads with <3.9 who have interviews). For what it is worth, 3.8 was being cited as "competitive" by admissions for quite some time now. So to me, either there is a GPA threshold they are not being entirely truthful about (that is likely no longer 3.8), or they do value GPA in the composite score.
  11. wGPA has to be a component of the composite score, otherwise the average GPA would not be 3.96 (2015) especially since they also consider subjectively scored components of the application pre-interview (LOR, ABS, essays). It isn't a coincidence that GPA has been rising with increased competition/applications (2956 vs. 3488 applications in 2011/2015, respectively).
  12. The average wGPA for the past few years has been mid-3.9. This includes masters students who are put into a pool with lower GPA cutoffs and as such will have lower GPAs than non-MSc applicants. Considering the average wGPAs, how can you suggest that it is simply being used as a threshold? I am sure there are students with GPAs well below the average who would have the ECs to pull them up (see Queen's applicant demographic) if this were the case.
  13. I can see a lot of the dialogue above being interpreted as robotic and/or patronizing from an interviewer's perspective. What are everyone's thoughts on this? It just seems too artificial. But then again I'm not good with acting stations and perhaps not being overly kind is what sunk me in the past.
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