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  1. lmao that is a lie because with McMaster offers, the facebook link is sent out, but don't worry because I'm sure admissions is not involved in it at all
  2. According to my brother though, since the Facebook group is run by admissions (which is why students tend to create their own chat), people will not be brutally honest with you since half are showboating and the other half are just saying positive things because they are afraid to say negative things on a public page that admin could see. Try to speak to people you trust.
  3. I chose Western (which is similar to other 4 year programs in structure) over Mac. For me I will be declining partially because of the lottery. I don't want the lottery label to reflect poorly on me later down the road. It seems a lot of people have been talking about the potential downstream effects of not being able to explore specialties at McMaster because of how fast you need to choose and how being the "lottery class" can hurt me. If residents who are picking people for specialties are talking about the lottery reflecting poorly then I'm not taking a chance. The bigger reasons is that because Mac is a 3 year program, it will be much more rushed in every regard than Western (or other 4 year programs) with summers. In Mac I need to know my specialty (or an idea) by apparently February of 2021 and I barely even know where I will live for med lol, let alone what specialty I want. I don't like that I can't experiment with specialties for a long time because of COVID and I don't want to feel that pressure. Considering once you get matched to your specialty it is permanent, I want to make a well informed decision and not be rushed to choose because of COVID. I rather have the summers at Western to make things up. I also can not do clinical skills learning virtually at McMaster until COVID is up.... Barely any vacation (compared to Western or other 4 year programs) time means I will have to learn physicals virtually (which seems dumb like imagine using a stethoscope over a computer) just to keep up with a fast pace 3 year program which just doesn't seem worth it to me considering you only apply to specialties once. The other reason is that I don't like that McMaster from what I've been reading has lectures that are mandatory to go to on top of their tutorial program. It is not all optional like it used to be it seems. I worked hard to get an acceptance, I'm not going to mess up my future because McMaster didn't have a back up plan if their schedule got messed up because of COVID.
  4. of course they won't be cancelling interviews forever. I was saying that if the argument is that every applicant in the pre-interview is qualified, then why even hold interviews any year irregardless of COVID? The argument doesn't make sense to me.
  5. Shouldn't implicit bias be avoided by having multiple stations like an MMI. If everyone is qualified then I guess McMaster will be canceling interviews forever because what is the point then
  6. I chose Western (which is similar to Ottawa in structure) over Mac. For me I will be declining partially because of the lottery. I don't want the lottery label to reflect poorly on me later down the road. It seems a lot of people have been talking about the potential downstream effects of not being able to explore specialties at McMaster because of how fast you need to choose and how being the "lottery class" can hurt me. If residents who are picking people for specialties are talking about the lottery reflecting poorly then I'm not taking a chance. The bigger reasons is that because Mac is a 3 year program, it will be much more rushed in every regard than Western (or Ottawa) with summers. In Mac I need to know my specialty (or an idea) by apparently February of 2021 and I barely even know where I will live for med lol, let alone what specialty I want. I don't like that I can't experiment with specialties for a long time because of COVID and I don't want to feel that pressure. Considering once you get matched to your specialty it is permanent, I want to make a well informed decision and not be rushed to choose because of COVID. I rather have the summers at Western to make things up. I also can not do clinical skills learning virtually at McMaster until COVID is up.... Barely any vacation (compared to Western or Ottawa) time means I will have to learn physicals virtually (which seems dumb like imagine using a stethoscope over a computer) just to keep up with a fast pace 3 year program which just doesn't seem worth it to me considering you only apply to specialties once. The other reason is that I don't like that McMaster from what I've been reading has lectures that are mandatory to go to on top of their tutorial program. It is not all optional like it used to be it seems. I worked hard to get an acceptance, I'm not going to mess up my future because McMaster didn't have a back up plan if their schedule got messed up because of COVID.
  7. It is scary to think that now without interviews, even more people like him could be a part of the entering McMaster class.
  8. I will be rejecting McMaster and I think many others will too under the circumstances (PM for details) so don't lose out on hope, stay strong and good luck!
  9. Thanks this does help. Some followup questions. Wouldn't you be able to do a lot of those shadowing things at any school I'm not sure I get why this is unique to Queens? Also, the community stuff looks cool but wouldn't it also be problematic because then you are more likely to be stuck with people you don't like in close proximity? I would be worried someone would sabatoge me if I'm doing everything with my class. There must be 1 person out of the 100 people that I will not get along with and being forced to be with them sounds problematic.
  10. Would there be time for orientation later on given the fast paceness of the program without any breaks to move orientation later? I heard it gets much harder the later it goes.
  11. Many people on here were laughing that the selection formula could be a lottery and it turned out to be true. It is only right that I would consider this in one of the most important decisions in my life of choosing med schools especially when it is on the news lol. The lottery is a scary label to just be starting with and I don't think anyone wants to take that risk imho. The bigger reasons I'm choosing Western is that because Mac is a 3 year program, it will be much more rushed in every regard than Western with summers. In Mac I need to know my specialty (or an idea) by apparently February of 2021 and I barely even know where I will live for med lol, let alone what specialty I want. I don't like that, I can't experiement with specialties for a long time because of COVID and I don't want to feel that pressure. Considering once you get matched to your specialty it is permanent, I want to make a well informed decision and not be rushed to choose because of COVID. I rather have the summers at Western to make things up. I also can not do clinical skills learning virtually at McMaster until COVID is up... Barely any vacation time means I will have to learn physicals virtually (which seems dumb like imagine using a stethoscope over a computer) just to keep up with a fast pace 3 year program which just doesn't seem worth it to me considering you only apply to specialties once. I have other reasons I'm picking Western over Queens, PM for details.
  12. Thank you? Seriously, I bring a valid argument for an unprecedented decision literally all of us were making jokes about in the general chat, and I get hate. Many people on here were laughing that the selection formula could be a lottery and it turned out to be true. It is only right that I would consider this in one of the most important decisions in my life of choosing med schools. If you don't like what I'm saying then disprove it but don't just spread hate especially since we are all trying to enter a field that is about helping others. The lottery is a scary label to just be starting with. The bigger reasons is I'm choosing Western is that because Mac is a 3 year program, it will be much more rushed in every regard than Western with summers. In Mac I need to know my specialty (or an idea) by apparently February of 2021 and I barely even know where I will live for med lol, let alone what specialty I want. I don't like that, I can't experiement with specialties for a long time because of COVID and I don't want to feel that pressure. Considering once you get matched to your specialty it is permanent, I want to make a well informed decision and not be rushed to choose because of COVID. I rather have the summers at Western to make things up. I also can not do clinical skills learning virtually at McMaster until COVID is up... Barely any vacation time means I will have to learn physicals virtually (which seems dumb like imagine using a stethoscope over a computer) just to keep up with a fast pace 3 year program which just doesn't seem worth it to me considering you only apply to specialties once. If anyone is going to insult me because I don't like the frustration McMaster will give me as a program if I chose it over Western, then don't bother quoting me. If you want to discuss my ideas I am always down to do that.
  13. What are 3 pros and 3 cons to Queen's med? Leaning more towards Western but open to hearing about Queens and would be willing to consider before concretely rejecting.
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