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  1. Hey everyone, Can anyone out there from WB comment on what the social life is like in the WB academy? I’m really drawn to the location of it but when people comment on a lack of closeness and spirit, it make me think twice. Any insight is appreciated ☺️
  2. Hey everyone, I’ll be starting at U of T in the fall and looking at the cost of living in Toronto has me wondering - are there any ways to make money during medical school? Does U of T specifically have any work opportunities? Any insight is appreciated ☺️
  3. Result: Accepted! Stream: English Time-stamp: 7:08 am wGPA: ~3.90-3.95 (would have to calculate, can edit later) CASPer: Felt good about it, but never really know with this thing. I typed as much as I could and really tried to add in a lot of my public health knowledge which I think helped a lot! ECs: 7 years as a lifeguard/swim instructor, lots of university clubs on campus (mental health awareness, tutoring/mentoring positions, etc.), a couple years of hospital volunteering, medical mission work abroad, community volunteer work, worked as a recruiter for my university, etc. Feel free to PM me for more details! No research experience! Interview: Felt really good about it. They were very interested in a few of my experiences and asked a lot of questions about them. Had some laughs, felt relaxed. Came out feeling confident but met so many amazing applicants that day so it was definitely tough to predict the outcome! I would say this felt like my best interview honestly. Year: Finishing masters (course-based) Geography: IP Will be declining for offers closer to home. Best of luck to everyone on the waitlist Don't give up on the dream - I applied took the MCAT four times, applied two full cycles with no interviews and before finally getting a chance on my third cycle, took a year off of school, and completed a one year masters program. Your story will unfold in its own unique way and keep working hard and pushing for the dream! It's so very worth it. Feel free to PM me with any questions or if you need advice friends!
  4. Accepted to Hamilton Campus Timestamp: May 14th, 7:48 AM cGPA: 3.90 (OMSAS) MCAT: 516 (128/128/130/130) ECs: 7 years as a lifeguard and swim instructor, Student recruitment position at the university I attended, numerous university clubs (mental health awareness, tutoring positions, etc). Hospital volunteering (2 years), medical mission volunteer in Haiti, Rotary club member, guest speaker at leadership conference, etc. Message me for more details if you want. No research experience! Casper: Felt pretty good. Always hard to tell but I typed as fast as I could and touched on what I thought to be most important. Interview: Coming out of it, I felt really good. I prepped a lot for MMI style interviews. Started on a station with a question I was really passionate about on a topic I was very familiar with, which I think helped a lot. Left feeling like I was in a good spot honestly. Definitely started overthinking in the days that followed and beat myself up over a few stations. One station I completely misunderstood the question, and another station I ended with a decent amount of time left which I found awkward because I was able to fill the time on most. Most stations I definitely felt good about. Year: Finishing up masters program (course-based) Geography: IP I have been waiting to post here for years! Feels so good and am very excited. Will either be accepting this offer or U of T. Don't give up on your dreams guys! I wish all of you the best. I know how tough this journey is - I took the MCAT four times, applied 2 full cycles without any interviews before finally being given a shot on my third cycle, took a year off after undergrad, and did a one-year masters. The dream is absolutely possible. Keep working hard! If anyone needs any advice or encouragement or anything, please message me!
  5. Accepted to St. George Campus Timestamp: May 14th, 9:17 AM wGPA: ~3.94 MCAT: 516 (128/128/130/130) ECs: 7 years as a lifeguard and swim instructor, Student recruitment position at the university I attended, numerous university clubs (mental health awareness, tutoring positions, etc). Hospital volunteering (2 years), medical mission volunteer in Haiti, Rotary club member, guest speaker at leadership conference, etc. Message me for more details if you want. What I would really like to add in here (to give some hope to future applicants) is that I had practically no research experience. I only had one entry for the research section of OMSAS and I was really just a research assistant in a psych lab for a few months with incredibly minimal hours over the time span and NO publications to my name whatsoever. For those of you without research, don't count yourself out! We are all unique and not everyone needs to do research! I personally always stood by doing stuff I enjoy, not just things I thought would make me "look good", and research just wasn't my thing. Essays: Felt okay about them. Had my family edit them numerous times over for me, but that's about it. Really tried to add in my personal experience wherever I could, which I think helped to make them memorable. Interview: Coming out of it, I felt pretty good. My first station was my best, and she told me to relax because I was doing really well, which really boosted my confidence. The second station, I had a tougher time with. Felt okay about it, not good but not bad. Felt okay about how I delivered my answer, but didn't think the content of what I presented was all that great, if that makes sense. The third station was pretty good - had some things in common and the interviewer was very nice. Fourth station is where I thought I lost it - interviewer completely stone faced, and looked confused with what I was saying. Felt like I rambled a bit. Overall, I came out feeling pretty good besides a few little bumps. About a day later, I convinced myself it was a horrible interview and that I stood no chance basically. Second guessed what I said for weeks. I guess my immediate post-interview feelings were more accurate. Year: Finishing up masters program (course-based) Geography: IP I have been waiting to post here for years! Feels so good and am very excited. Will either be accepting this offer or Mac. Don't give up on your dreams guys! I wish all of you the best. I know how tough this journey is - I took the MCAT four times, applied 2 full cycles without any interviews before finally being given a shot on my third cycle, took a year off after undergrad, and did a one-year masters. The dream is absolutely possible. Keep working hard! If anyone needs any advice or encouragement or anything, please message me!
  6. Also have a question about this if anyone can help. Does accepting an offer from one school take you off the wait list for other schools? Just wondering what would happen if I received an invite to my last choice school, for example, while being waitlisted at my top choice school. Could I theoretically accept an offer to hold my spot and upon receiving an invite off of a wait list elsewhere, switch which school I am accepting? Of course, I realize I may lose a deposit ... I’m just curious to how the process works. Would be so so happy to have an offer from any school - good luck everyone!
  7. futureMD95

    May 14 Countdown

    Hope everyone is holding up well. Any tips on how to stay sane during the next 2.5 weeks?
  8. Just looking for some clarification. Do Ontario Medical schools consider the courses you take in your masters degree towards any sort of GPA calculation?
  9. futureMD95

    Course-based Masters GPA?

    U of T does?
  10. futureMD95

    Course-based Masters GPA?

    I apologize, I see this was already asked. Should look back before I panic and post something. Anyways, would love some insight into what the Ontario schools do.
  11. If you don't mind, where did you get these statistics?
  12. Does anyone know if they have an interview waitlist?? Would that be indicated in the email sent today?
  13. Invite (Feb 24) Timestamp: Jan 31, 12:52 PM wGPA- not sure, somewhere between 3.9-3.95 for sure. MCAT- 128/128/130/130 - 516 EC’s - diverse, I think. Basically no research though (only 4 months as a research assistant back in 2014). 7 years employment as a lifeguard/swim instructor. Also worked as a liaison officer for my local university, travelling the province to recruit students and conduct presentations. Hospital volunteer hours (around 2 years), Rotary club member (also about 2 years), mission trip to Haiti to help in a medical clinic in 2014. Numerous university clubs - was part of the mental health awareness club, a club that raised money for the homeless shelter in my hometown, an instructor for student exam review sessions for intro psych courses (students offering support club), Golden Key social media chair for my local chapter. Guest speaker at a few youth leadership events. That's kinda the gist of it. Lots of teaching experience and public speaking. Essays - felt good about them Last year of masters program IP Honestly shocked. Got rejected from western today (my dream school), so I really needed some good news. Third time applying, first cycle with interviews. Keep working hard everyone! I know how draining this process is but don’t give up!!
  14. futureMD95

    Interview Invites/Regrets 2019

    Honestly, I think pursuing a masters degree was a big help. I’m currently in my final year. Besides that, maybe CASPER was better this year? My CV was very similar honestly. Used 2 of the 3 references I have always used, but switched one up. If you ask me, I think this system (not just Ottawa, all med schools really) is incredibly flawed. So many good people are missed every year and my heart breaks because I know how that feels.
  15. Rejected Timestamp: 11:54 AM IP and SWOMEN Best 2 year GPA- 3.94 cGPA- 3.9 MCAT - 128/128/130/130 - 516 EC’s - 7 years of employment as lifeguard and swim instructor, including many advanced qualifications. Worked as a student recruiter at my local university. Medical mission trip in Haiti. 2 years of hospital volunteering. Exec member of many student clubs - clubs advocating for the homeless, mental health awareness. Golden key international honour society chapter social media exec. Former Rotarian with my local Rotary club, etc. Finishing up a very competitive masters program. I honestly don’t understand. I managed interviews at Ottawa, Mac, and Toronto. I’m grateful for those opportunities, but Western was my dream school so I can’t help but feel disappointed. Thought that this was the one school I was a shoe in for an interview for, especially being SWOMEN, but I was definitely wrong I guess. Perhaps it is my lack of research?? Not all docs need to be researchers. Seems to me like the school wants more publications in their name or something, who knows. Wishing everyone out there the best of luck on their interviews. You all have worked hard and deserve it. And for those of you who are having a devastating day like me, I would just like to remind you that this is the fault of a flawed system and that you are all smart, capable, caring applicants. Don’t give up on the dream.
  16. futureMD95

    Interview Invites/Regrets 2019

    Invite/Rejection : Invite! Time Stamp: 22/01/2019 - 1:04 PM Location: IP Stream: English wGPA: 3.9+ Current year: Last year of masters ECs: varied. Very minimal research. Longer term employment, volunteer, exec for many clubs in undergrad, international volunteer work, etc. PM for more details Casper: Felt pretty neutral about it. Was enough to get Mac as well so must have been okay. Third cycle applying and first cycle ever getting interviews. Hang in there everyone! I know how tough a rejection can be but you can make it happen! Keep working hard!
  17. Time Stamp: Jan 10, 1:09 PM Invite GPA: 3.90 CARS 128 Casper: Felt pretty neutral about it IP
  18. futureMD95

    London MMI Prep

    I would love to do some MMI prep!
  19. GPA: 3.90 CARS: 128 CASPER: no clue at all... IP
  20. Hi Everyone! Looking for some advice on my current situation - any ideas are much appreciated. I’m currently a second time application to Ontario Medical Schools. Last cycle, I did not receive any invites. This cycle, I am also having no luck and just currently waiting to hear from Toronto(!!) I graduated with an Honours BSc Biological Sciences last year. I am currently in my gap year, working part-time at my long term job of nearly seven years after just having finished a contract position as a Liaison Officer for my alma mater. The big debate right now is how I can use the rest of the year to further my application, if I don’t have any luck with Toronto over the next month or so. Here are my stats: wGPA - 3.93 MCAT - 508 - (129/125/127/127) ECs - Employment as a Lifeguard/Swim Instructor for almost 7 years, teaching advanced courses like the National Lifeguard Program, Standard First Aid courses, and am currently one of my pool’s supervisors. 4 months as a Liaison Officer, travelling the province to represent my school. Over 100 hours of hospital volunteer work. Executive positions in various clubs (Mental health awareness, Golden Key local chapter, club supporting the homeless in my community, etc.) Exam Aid Instructor for Students Offering support. International medical mission trip participant in Haiti. Rotary club member. Science mentor for one year. Minimal research experience- 4 months in first year as a research assistant. Not super passionate about research so I did not pursue this area as much. Basically, I’m wondering if I should focus the next few months on gaining volunteer experiences, work experience, etc. or if I should rewrite the MCAT to get a chance at other schools. I know I met UofT’s cut offs so I guess I’m just wondering what my chances are in gaining an interview, especially with minimal research, so I can better make a decision. Thanks in advance!
  21. futureMD95

    uOttawa Interview 2018 Discussion

    Oh man, why do they hate us
  22. futureMD95

    uOttawa Interview 2018 Discussion

    Then I would probably offer them a cruise
  23. futureMD95

    uOttawa Interview 2018 Discussion

    Just got a phone call and basically had a heart attack when I heard my phone vibrate. Was just some telemarketers .. and not even the good ones to tell me I won a cruise or something
  24. futureMD95

    uOttawa Interview 2018 Discussion

    Like I said, we were definitely punked guys
  25. futureMD95

    uOttawa Interview 2018 Discussion

    I know patience is important but really don't want to go through this all again tomorrow...
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