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    My Experience: AMCAS Advice

    Hey everyone. I have gotten a lot of messages about AMCAS recently. So, I thought I should make a post to help everyone else out! I applied to AMCAS last year and I got interviews from: Central Michigan, Arizona, Penn State. I got waitlisted for an interview at SUNY and Georgetown. My biggest mistake was not submitting the supp apps for Wayne, West Virginia and Michigan State within 2 weeks. I was preparing for my MCAT (+ working) and I just didn't have time. My friend with similar stats got interviews from those. I wish I had submitted early. Based on my experience, here are some tips: Apply to schools that you have completed all the pre-reqs for Submit AMCAS as close to June 1st as possible Send your transcripts, mcat scores, references, casper scores (if applicable) and supplementary applications as soon as possible Apply broad - in all tiers: top, middle, low. But definitely in middle and low tiers Be as personal as possible in your supp apps and personal statement Start prepping for interviews soon, since you don’t get enough time after they send out invites Note: It is so extremely important to apply early and get all the necessary documents as soon as possible to the schools Here's the list of American Schools I applied to: SUNY Upstate Medical University - MD/PhD, MCAT: 512 Georgetown University School of Medicine - MD, MCAT: 512 University of Maryland School of Medicine - MD/PhD, MCAT: 512 University of Kentucky College of Medicine - MD/PhD, MCAT: 512 Rosalind Franklin University - MD/PhD, MCAT: 511 George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences - MD, MCAT: 511 Arizona College of Medicine - MD, MCAT: 511 University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine - MD, MCAT: 511 Tulane Medical School - MD, MCAT: 511 Penn State University College of Medicine - MD/PhD, MCAT: 509 University of California, Davis, School of Medicine - MD/PhD, MCAT: 509 Loma Linda University School of Medicine - MD/PhD, MCAT: 508 Wayne State University School of Medicine - MD, MCAT: 508 David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, LA - MD/PhD, MCAT: 508 West Virginia University School of Medicine - MD, MCAT: 507 Michigan State University College of Human Medicine - MD, MCAT: 507 Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine - MD, MCAT: 507 Central Michigan University - MD, MCAT: 504 Meharry Medical College - MD/PhD, MCAT: 499 Here are some helpful resources: Personal Statement Tips: https://bemoacademicconsulting.com/blog/amcas-personal-statement-tips Canadian Friendly School List: https://bemoacademicconsulting.com/canadian-friendly-usa-med-schools AND https://www.yu.edu/sites/default/files/inline-files/Canadian Friendly Schools.pdf AMCAS guide: https://aamc-orange.global.ssl.fastly.net/production/media/filer_public/33/f0/33f0bd3f-9721-43cb-82a2-99332bbda78e/2018_amcas_applicant_guide_web-tags.pdf I personally think American schools are amazing back up options, since american MD graduates can apply through carms similar to Canadian MD graduates (not the case for DO schools). I'd be happy to share a few of my activity descriptions and provide thorough feedback on yours. Feel free to message me anytime! GOOD LUCK! YOU CAN DO THIS <3
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    Backpack colour

    Can it please be red
  3. Result: ACCEPTED to Vancouver Fraser Medical Program (first choice) Date-stamp: May 11th (around 3 pm EST) AGPA: > 92% ECs: Unique projects with Indigenous population and within the mental health field (what a humbling experience - I'm so utterly thankful for these experiences), multiple volunteering, presentation and research awards. I lived in a very small town during the summers and after graduation - which gave me the opportunity to initiate a lot of projects, clubs, organizations etc... A strong focus on leadership. AND OF COURSE, I did the regular pre-med stuff: hospital volunteering, research clubs, etc... Message me for more detail. Geography: OOP MCAT: 130/124/131/132 (Applied with an older MCAT, I re-did the MCAT to get a 125 for UofT. Thank goodness my science scores stayed the same) Interview: 6 stations went really bad since I didn't feel comfortable with the questions. The rest were great and I was able to connect with the interviewers really well. Based on the result, now that I look back - my performance probably wasn't that bad. I prepped for all aspects of every medical school interview very rigorously. Year: Graduated in 2017, worked as a research assistant in three labs (one full-time, two part-time) Interviewed at: Ottawa, Toronto, UBC, Michigan, Arizona Accepted: Toronto, Michigan, Arizona, UBC Waitlisted: Ottawa (good waitlist) Will be accepting UofT My Story: I applied to UBC last year too and did not get an interview. The saddest part - I got rejected on my birthday My NAQ score was 25 and I didn't make the cut. This year, I worded my ECs better + added more old activities (that I initially thought were not important) and ended up getting an interview - with the same GPA. Despite my interview going horrible and my cars score being on the VERY low end, I am utterly shocked and thankful for receiving an acceptance at UBC - that too in the campus of my first choice. SO if you have a low score on the MCAT - DO NOT WORRY. If your interview doesn't go as expected - DO NOT WORRY. You can do it! It has been an extremely difficult decision to decide between UofT and UBC. However, I will be accepting UofT's offer. Hopefully, this makes the waitlist move quick for UBC. UBC is an amazing med school and I know I'm missing out on A LOT. But for those of you who did not get an acceptance or an interview, please keep trying. Trust me, I know the whole process is a very difficult one! But keep trying, and one day - it'll happen. And most importantly, if anyone needs absolutely any resources or help with mcat, interviews, NAQ section or any advice regarding applying to American med schools, a listening ear, a friend, please message me. I really want to be able to give back. Thanks for all the support, and I hope the best for you all! GOOD LUCK!
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  5. Result: ACCEPTED to St. George WHAT WHAT Time-stamp: 9:17 AM wGPA: 3.99 ECs: Unique projects with Indigenous population and within the mental health field (what a humbling experience - I'm so utterly thankful for these experiences), multiple volunteering, presentation and research awards. I lived in a very small town during the summers and after graduation - which gave me the opportunity to initiate a lot of projects, clubs, organizations etc... A strong focus on leadership. AND OF COURSE, I did the regular pre-med stuff: hospital volunteering, research clubs, etc... Message me for more detail. Take on creative/unique projects that give you the "thrill". MCAT: 131/125/132/132 (It took me three tries to get my cars from a 121 to 125). Never give up. Essay: I took the essays very seriously, and worked on each one for a very long time. I'm not a good writer when it comes to writing actual structured essays. BUT I am a great poet and story teller. So guess what, every essay was me telling them a story about a certain part of my life. And it worked! :') Just be yourself. Interview: I was super comfortable with the interviewers and the format of the interview. I connected very well with two interviewers and had a fun side-conversation with them. One station was very formal but I still think I did extremely well in that. And then there was this one station where the interviewer kept giving me the look and as a result, I forgot to say a lot of important points that I should have. After that station, I convinced myself I wasn't getting in. SO THANKFUL FOR THIS PLEASANT SURPRISE. Year: Graduated in 2017, worked as a research assistant in three labs (one full-time, two part-time) Geography: IP; I never lived in Toronto but all my dreams since age 1 have been set in Toronto. I CANNOT WAIT to move, and this time - FOREVER. I love you, Toronto. Interviewed at: Ottawa, Toronto, UBC, Michigan, Arizona Accepted: Toronto, Michigan, Arizona, UBC Will most likely be accepting Toronto Med. Actually, I WILL BE ACCEPTING TORONTO MED ngl. My Story: Last year, I only applied to Ottawa since my MCAT CARS score was below 125 and I didn't qualify for any Canadian schools. Despite my interview going well, I was devastated to be waitlisted, and then finally rejected. This year, I applied to States, UBC and all Ontario Schools. I'm so thankful for receiving five interviews and four acceptances so far. So, please don't give up if this is what you truly want. I know it can get very tough, especially without enough support. When I started university, I really wanted to get into med school right after third year. My parents and I are so thankful that I did not, since all the additional years gave me a chance to grow into a more humble and knowledgeable person. Trust me, I know the whole process is a very difficult one! But keep trying, and one day - it'll happen. And most importantly, if anyone needs absolutely any resources for casper, mcat, interviews, or any advice regarding applying to American med schools, a listening ear, a friend, please message me. I really want to be able to give back. Thanks for all the support, and I hope the best for you all! GOOD LUCK!
  6. Result: Good Waitlisted (not surprised, since this happened last year too) English Stream Time-stamp: 7:45 AM wGPA: 3.95+ CASPer: It went really well. This is seriously my favourite part of the whole journey. I had a lot of fun preparing for it and it truly is one of the best tests implemented by med schools, imo. In conclusion, long live CASPer. If anyone needs help with prepping for this test, lemme know. ECs: Unique projects with Indigenous population and within the mental health field (what a humbling experience - I'm so utterly thankful for these experiences), multiple volunteering, presentation and research awards. I lived in a very small town during the summers and after graduation - which gave me the opportunity to initiate a lot of projects, clubs, organizations etc... A strong focus on leadership. AND OF COURSE, I did the regular pre-med stuff: hospital volunteering, research clubs, etc... Message me for more detail. MCAT: 131/125/132/132 (It took me three tries to get my cars from a 121 to 125). Never give up. Interview: I think I did really well. I felt very comfortable in all the interviews. I can usually communicate well in a structured manner. Guess its never good enough for Ottawa. Year: Graduated in 2017, worked as a research assistant in three labs (one full-time, two part-time) Geography: IP, OOO #FromTrueNorth Interviewed at: Ottawa, Toronto, UBC, Michigan, Arizona Accepted: Toronto, Michigan, Arizona; still waiting on UBC's results Will most likely be accepting Toronto Med. I hope the waitlist at Ottawa moves quick. My fingers and toes are crossed for all of you waiting for that magical call. My Story: Last year, I only applied to Ottawa since my MCAT CARS score was below 125 and I didn't qualify for any Canadian schools. Despite my interview going well, I was devastated to be waitlisted, and then finally rejected. This year, I applied to States, UBC and all Ontario Schools. I'm so thankful for receiving five interviews and three acceptances so far. So, please don't give up if this is what you truly want. I know it can get very tough, especially without enough support. When I started university, I really wanted to get into med school right after third year. My parents and I are so thankful that I did not, since all the additional years gave me a chance to grow into a more humble and knowledgeable person. Trust me, I know the whole process is a very difficult one! But keep trying, and one day - it'll happen. And most importantly, if anyone needs absolutely any resources for casper, mcat, interviews, or any advice regarding applying to American med schools, a listening ear, a friend, please message me. I really want to be able to give back. Thanks for all the support, and I hope the best for you all! GOOD LUCK!
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    Official May 8 Countdown Thread

    btw Refresh = Command + R for you mac users
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    Do medical schools look at EXT courses?

    I think it depends on the school. As stated above, I know American schools for sure look at ALL the courses you have taken. But to find out more about the Canadian schools, I'd call them separately. I doubt that UofT would look at those since they drop a lot of courses anyways from the wGPA calculation.
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    GPA dilemma

    Your GPA is excellent and please, don't stress too much about it. I know getting a 3.3 amongst 3.9s and 4.0s can seem like the end of the world, but you are really not at a disadvantage for most of the Ontario schools. Western's cut off is around 3.85 (and from what I understand is - as long as you make the cutoff you're fine) Queens accepts a lot of candidates with 3.85. Queen looks at the last two years only Having a 3.95 for UofT is excellent (I know some with 3.92s who have gotten in as well) If you're from the north, 3.86 is stellar for NOSM You may still have chances for Ottawa, since their cutoff is 3.85. The higher the GPA the better. But I think if you have an above average ECs and CASPER score, you may have a chance for Ottawa. I heard they're going to look at MCAT too in the near future, so you never know how the weighting changes GOOD LUCK, and great job in university so far. That's an amazing GPA.
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    Minimum GPA needed to keep offer

    It varies depending on the school. For instance, Ottawa needs an accumulative 3.85 GPA.
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    Official May 8 Countdown Thread

    Good luck for tomorrow my people! I know there’s a lot of stress and anxiety on the table. Whatever happens tomorrow will be for the best and it’s NOT a reflection of who we are. We’ll take the good news with happiness and we’ll let the sad one fuel our determination for the next attempt or a better option. If anyone needs a listening ear, I’m always here! Hmu if anyone else’s gonna pull an all nighter.
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    Official May 8 Countdown Thread

    We still got two more games before May 8th. Let's see what's gonna break my heart first lol
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    Waitlist/Rejection

    Bless up
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    Decision day

    Lemme know if you need help with that CPR. I can count.
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    Decision day

    Just a week left! Who else is having trouble breathing?
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