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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.
  14. If this was true at all, McMaster would have done a lottery years ago. If it is all just luck anyways even with interviews then why did they even bother ever holding interviews?
  15. I'm getting a lot of anger for bringing up a legitimate concern of mine. If this is how people at Mac are going to respond to me genuinely asking if this is a problem, then it is not helping. I get everyone in the top 500 worked very hard (I am one of those people this year) and I may have been part of the lottery myself. If people think doctors are going to remember how they divided the 200 into lottery and non lottery and remember the circumstances, that won't happen. People remember headlines, that's why new articles use them. I get what people are saying but it is not a risk I'm willing to take. People will always prefer merit over lottery. Put yourself into the shoes of someone hiring someone for a job, people don't want to take risks of picking someone who never went to an interview who could be smart on paper but crazy in person. Again, I believe everyone here deserves to get into medical school and I wish them the best of luck. I'd like to have a rational conversation rather than hate.
  16. Thanks for the response. I don't expect doctors to know the ins and outs of the admissions process of McMaster but when headlines on CBC are saying "McMaster Picks Medical Students Through Lottery", I don't think that is very forgetful. In fact, I think it is very memorable considering how radical of a decision it is.
  17. I will be! If anyone wants to know why I will reject Queens and McMaster I can chat or you can look at my past posts
  18. How do you think future schools/doctors/patients will look at the incoming McMaster class being chosen by lottery? I used my reasoning as the following: If you were hiring someone for a job, would you take someone who has been vetted based on merit or would you take the random person who you know just got lucky? Do you think a doctor is going to take a resident to save someone's life and trust in the luck of McMaster's draw? If you needed immediate medical attention as a patient, would you want the doctor who a university thoroughly picked or the university who drew names from a hat? I'm interested to hear how people can counter this because I have a tough time thinking that I would ever pick McMaster over Western for these reasons.
  19. If you were hiring someone for a job, would you take someone who has been vetted based on merit or would you take the random person who you know just got lucky? Do you think a doctor is going to take a resident to save someone's life and trust in the luck of McMaster's draw? If you needed immediate medical attention as a patient, would you want the doctor who a university thoroughly picked or the university who drew names from a hat? 100% I agree they are in the wrong and I would not do that, but most people will. It is common sense. Regardless, I wish everyone the best of luck and I know it is tough but hang in there!
  20. Result: Accepted!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Will be declining, reason below Timestamp: 9:31am 2YRS: 3.98 MCAT: 520 ECs: Felt like it was well rounded in each of the sections. Did a lot of clubs and research. Interview: Was rough but I guess turned out okay!!! (in-person) Year: 4th year Geography: IP Will be Accepting Western over McMaster because of the terrible job McMaster has done with admissions this year and I don't want specialty/residency schools to look down upon me as being part of the "lottery" class in the future. I'm taking Western over Queens because a smaller town like Kingston will not have as many opportunities down the road for specialties. I also don't like the long-distance commuting to hospitals in areas around Kingston since they have very few hospitals. Good luck everyone!
  21. I literally just got accepted, I'm sorry but there is no way I'm making change in a system I just got into. Do you think I'm going to walk up to long time doctors and say "this is unfair"? Not a chance
  22. I rejected Mac partially for this reason. As the people above said, no summers=no time to make up for losses. I feel that I would 100% be put at a disadvantage compare to other schools no matter how you word it. Mac doesn't care about your success. They didn't care about making the interview process merit based, they didn't care about informing us earlier, they didn't care to be transparent about these now mandatory lectures, why should I assume I wouldn't be put at a disadvantage because of COVID-19 when their is no summer buffer zone like Western. Wishing everyone the best of luck and I'm looking for roommates at Western (London) if anyone wants to hit me up!
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