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  1. If the 129 is CARS I definitely wouldn't rewrite unless it expires or something (sounds like you took the MCAT sort of early?).
  2. This. As someone else said there are definitely a substantial number of medical students who applied without any publications (I personally had zero posters, zero papers etc). GPA is king. If GPA is under control and one is looking for other ways of putting their best foot forward I would focus on the MCAT (try to get a high CARS and high total) and ECs that you excel at/enjoy (if research falls in here then great, if not, it isn't the end of the world) before worrying too much about publications or authorship
  3. 1) How important are your resume and extracurriculars for CaRMS? I understand that this might vary from city to city and specialty to specialty though. 2) This isn't really specific to CaRMS so I totally understand if you'd rather not answer it, but more broadly speaking I was wondering if you had any general advice when it comes to handling the medical school workload. I finished my first semester and had a great time, passed my exams etc but I wasn't doing any extracurricular activities and I'm a bit worried i'm not being efficient with my studying. Looking back, do you have any advice on studying efficiently during the pre clerkship years to give you more time for personal and professional growth in other areas? Thank you so much!
  4. Your marks and MCAT are stellar as you probably know. The thing is that the 3 schools you applied to are relatively EC heavy, and those are subjective. I think you still have a good shot but no guarantees technically. If for whatever reason things don't go your way this year (although hopefully you don't cross this bridge), I would definitely recommend applying to more schools if you have the means/are eligible. Especially schools that would weigh your high total MCAT and cars more (McMaster, schools in the prairies, western, etc) Good luck!
  5. No worries, your mentors bring up good points as well. Not to mention that the weeks leading up to offers can sometimes be kind of nerve wracking, which could impact your studying/motivation, just something to think about. I think both can be good options, you'll just have to weigh everything and make a judgement call. Good luck!
  6. Hmm... This is a tough one. Your CARS and grades are good enough such that a strong casper or EC score could in theory push you to an interview at Calgary and/or McMaster. It would be tight though in my opinion. McMaster won't care about your 122s. Calgary might care about the 122s in their "overall academic ability" or whatever section but again, could be overcome with high enough other scores. Usually I would say try a cycle first before re writing but your work situation complicates this. Is there any way of switching your work schedule around so that you can rewrite the MCAT next summer if you need to re apply (although hopefully not)? If work schedule can't be changed then I would lean towards re taking. I would usually be hesitant to rewrite a 128 cars, but I think in your case higher scores in the other sections could open just as many doors as a sub 128 score would close if that makes sense. In a perfect world though you would maintain (or improve) the CARS while raising the other scores.
  7. I'm guessing the book got popular around the time when a lot of MMI prep materials were released. It seems that a lot of those question banks are super medical related and something like doing right would help with that. With that said, from my PERSONAL experience with interviews and CASPer (last cycle) I don't think medical ethics knowledge is very helpful.
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