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  1. I'm pretty sure it's almost instantaneous. So I would suggest you follow up with him just in case. Shoot OMSAS Help people a quick message too.
  2. you should consider applying to Mac as well since you'll be considered IP there.
  3. I'm pretty sure OP just got into med school this year. But I, too, am impressed with their certainty to pursue FM. I'm sure they will find med school a lot more relaxing than many of their classmates.
  4. Yeah grades from all degrees are considered the same.
  5. Your ECs are decent but would be around average in the med applicant pool. The only way to help with low GPA is to do more undergrad (either as a second undergrad or 5th, 6th, etc. years) - that sounds very frustrating but unfortunately, that's how the system works in Canada. Master's will be very unlikely to help you since most schools don't look at grad degree grades and usually only award you with a little boost in application assessment. You do have a shot at the US but only if your MCAT is very good (510+) to make up for your GPA.
  6. If the form remains similar to years past, there is a little section at the bottom that allows you to add a reference link or something like that. I remember putting a link to my first-authored conference abstract there since it's not a bona fide publication on Pubmed, just in case they want to double check it. But with regards to the 150-character limit, everyone applying has to work with that and the way you write it will be critical.
  7. Btw, not sure if it was a typo in your post, did you mean you live outside Ontario? Since if you live outside Quebec and Ontario and can speak French, you should definitely (!!!!) apply, since you'll be considered for the CNFS stream, which is an even bigger advantage (with supposedly a lot lower cGPA cut-off) than most other streams.
  8. there's very little distinction between IP and OOP applicants, except for the cGPA cut-offs. If you can speak French fluently, definitely apply since you're at a great advantage.
  9. certain schools, e.g. Western, require that your degree be an "Honours" 4-year degree. Also, you should not completely dismiss Honours if you're interested in doing research and hoping to use that as one of your strong points in your application. Maintaining a full course load is hard enough. Maintaining a full course load while aiming to do productive research on the side is much more difficult than that. Doing an Honours project is a good way to incorporate research into your actual study program. It's also not that easy to figure out what the "easiest" programs are. It could be very prof-dependent, save for a few schools like UofT where it is well known that the BSc programs there are quite competitive.
  10. Am I wrong here to expect that people would respond more positively to this requirement? CASPer has been known to be extremely biased against non-native English speakers and slow typers, as well as providing a rather artificial perspective of the candidates' potential. Doing the Snapshot will provide candidates with a chance to more realistically present themselves than a few hundread keystrokes, won't it? Soz just a bit confused. I would have so appreciated Snapshot in addition to typed responses for my cycle.
  11. CaRMS is stressful for sure. But medical education outside of North America is not perfect either. In countries that don't have direct entry into residencies after med school, they have "foundation years" where you rotate through specialties and build your CV for future matching into training programs (registrarships ~ residencies). The fact is that entry into these training programs is difficult for anything other than general practice e.g. to be a derm in the UK, you probs need 3-4 foundation years before you can even be competitive to apply for the training program which itself is another 4 years. Same goes for things like EM and most surgical programs. There are people in these system who are stuck as HMO (house medical officers) who never enter specialty training at all and just work as hospitalists, earning so much less than what a specialist will make. And while you do get to apply as many times as you want, you are consistently losing out on your earning as a "consultant" level. In the UK, many docs just exit the public system altogether after foundational years and just work as unregulated "aesthetic doctors". I'd rather go through the North American system where I get to enter the majority of specialties without having to extensively build my resume (save for a very select few) and then become certified staff. One thing I'd like to see for CaRMS though is some sort of intermediate license, in case someone didn't match, so they could still do clinical work and make use of their MDs rather than just doing free labour/research in the hopes of matching next cycle.
  12. lol I just created a Twitter account and started following a few medical journalists, but that's mostly so I can be more informed of the news
  13. Given the fact that uOttawa used WGPA, there were plenty of applicants with close to a 4.0. What more? If you have a look through the uO and Mac interview threads from last year, there were plenty of people with high GPA and CARS who got Mac and not uO - would you make the argument that their CASPer was so bad that it completely derailed their uO chances but somehow did not affect their Mac application (even though it counts for 30% of the pre-interview scores)? All I'm saying is that med admission is a lot more opaque than it seems, even for an outstandingly transparent school like McMaster due to the fact that CASPer scores are not disclosed. So there should be an understanding of such reality so people don't get too discouraged when the result didn't go their way, as well as trying their absolute best and maintaining some reasoned optimism. But I also do agree with you that uO didn't look at CASPer as much as Mac (they might simply use it as a cut-off for all we know), otherwise, I wouldn't have gotten interviewed.
  14. I totally agree with you there. But I doubt that Ottawa would have interviewed me with an average CASPer. So just try your best and don't sleep on CASPer.
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