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  1. I studied for the MCAT out of engineering as well, and while I didn't take a course, I found Kaplan books really helpful because they started from the basics. I would recommend looking into what additional resources you get with each of the courses (videos, practice questions, modules, etc.), that might be really helpful for you to get a good foundation. P.S. While there is a lot to know for the MCAT for sure, I found that the engineering prepared me really well for the chem/phys, and generally the analytical mindset that is required. Good luck!
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    Unspecified campus?

    Hi, I'm a current schulich med student. First off, congrats! I also got an unspecified offer, and ended up with my first choice (London). From what I know/remember, you have a very, very good chance of getting your top choice campus, they just can't officially guarantee it. You get priority for any spots opening up in your first choice campus above people on the waitlist, so it's very likely that a spot will open up where you want to it. When I was searching last year, I couldn't find anyone who didn't get their top choice from unspecified. It is kind of nerve wracking, because I don't believe they can tell you before you have to accept the offer, but I'd be pretty confident in saying you'll get the campus you want. Also, I don't believe it has anything to do with your GPA, it's just part of their offers system.
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    2 in 1 Laptop

    I've been using the Surface Pro 3 for almost 3 years and I love the size and portability! It definitely could be smaller than you're used to, but I've found it's be fine for anything I've wanted to do (used it for finishing up undergrad and now will be bringing it med school in the fall)
  4. Does everyone tend to get black tubing? (Is it seen as unprofessional to have a colour?)
  5. I've officially accepted an offer, after waiting until the last minute to hear back from Mac's waitlist. How long does it take for OMSAS to process the change and officially confirm? Thank you!
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    Wl Movement

    I accepted an unspecified campus offer and just got offered London (yay!). So that means that the unspecified campus stuff should be all sorted
  7. That's all I got as well! I actually called Western as well (the school I was accepting) and as long as my acceptance was in by the 23rd, the rest is fine
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    Please Help: Should I Wait?

    I'm in the exact same situation, thank you rmorelan for the answer! Congrats, and maybe you see you in September one way or the other
  9. TIME STAMP: 4:08 pm EST (March 27) Result: Reject wGPA: 3.97 MCAT: Above cut off ECs: A number of relevant research and work experiences, 2 publications. Essays: Pretty good I thought Year: 4th engineering Geography: IP Disappointed, but glad to have finally heard back.
  10. What type of photo is best to bring in for the file? Right now I was thinking of using a relatively casual shot head and shoulders picture of myself, but I just want to make sure it's not supposed to be more formal!
  11. Result: Invite!! Time Stamp: 4:08 pm Interview Date: probably 1st weekend wGPA: 3.96 Year: 4th year BASc MCAT: 524 (132/131/132/129) ECs: decent I think? Geography: IP Can't wait to see some of you soon!
  12. Does anyone know how many people Western interviews for the 171 spots?
  13. Time Stamp: 11:03 am Invite: YES!! IP/OOP: IP SWOMEN: No 2YGPA: >3.96 MCAT: 132/131/132/129 So excited to meet everyone soon!!
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    Interview Invites 2017

    Timestamp: 10:23 am Interview: No GPA: 3.96 Context: From big city, but worked on my family's farm (southern ontario) ECs: Research at Harvard Med, positions in government and pharma industry, range of clubs/sports teams Non-trad?: 4th engineering # of previous applications: 0 I'm definitely too much of a city girl, but I thought it was worth giving it a shot anyway. Good luck to everyone with interviews!
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    Interview Invites 2017

    Time stamp: 9:09 AM Invite: Yes GPA: 3.96 Casper: Decent? CARS: 131 IP 4th year Engineering
  16. I'm in the process of apply to med school while in my fourth year of engineering, so I definitely would say that it's possible! And I really do think that the skills you learn in engineering help with some aspects of the MCAT. For example, physics and chemistry should be a piece of cake for you, as well as the math that is associated with those subjects. For the rest, there definitely is a fair amount of content to learn but it is manageable. My program (nanotechnology engineering) requires me to take organic chemistry and biochemistry, so I already had some background. From that, I did about 5 months of self-study with Kaplan books and found that I was able to get through the rest of the content without too many problems. I think physics and chemistry are two of the subjects that require the most understanding/calculations, a lot of the other topics are more pure knowledge/memorizing. In terms of what direction to head in, I would think about what else you want to be doing over the next year or so. Here's some factors I would consider: Finances: Can you afford to be in school for an extra year or take intensive prep courses? Do you need to be working during this time? Knowledge: Do you want to just prep for the MCAT, or prepare yourself for med school while you're at it? Taking courses might be overkill for the MCAT in some cases, but I'm sure would be valuable for first year med school. Self-discipline: Can you hold yourself to a study schedule or do you need some external teaching/guidance? Obviously there's tons of options, and I don't think there's one right answer - do whatever fits your needs. For me self-study worked well with the time I had, and I was able to keep myself fairly on track. Sorry that this is more questions than answers, but I hope it provides some good things to think about. Let me know if you have any other questions, or if you want me to point you to some good self-study resources