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  1. Same, didn't get the email either. Did receive the confirmation email last year though, this must be some kind of computer glitch.
  2. I'm OOP and UBC has also contacted me a few times about some of my entries. However, as far as I'm aware none of my verfiers have been contacted. Last year by this time I had 4 verifiers contacted and ended up being rejected pre-interview. As much as it is hard not too, try not to stress too much about verifiers. Based on past threads, it does not seem to be a good indication of interview invite or not...
  3. Hey - you're not a failure. You have gotten an awesome GPA last year!! Keep going in that direction and you are going to be in a good spot. There's no required timeline for life. It may take more years of schooling, another undergrad, but you CAN get there. And not getting into med on the first or tenth try doesn't make you a failure. More to life than getting into medical school. Best of luck
  4. What's your wGPA for Toronto? And your cGPA for McMaster? A masters might be enough to put you in the competitive range for these schools depending on your GPAs. The other good thing about a masters is that the grades count for many med schools in western Canada so that could help if you apply OOP. A second undergrad/special year might also open up those schools though too. Definitely a tough decision and there's no one path you could take. Seems like more years of undergrad would open up more schools to apply to faster but a masters might also help for some schools.
  5. Great 3rd and 4th year! I saw from your previous posts that your cGPA won't help for McMaster and wGPA won't help for Toronto or Ottawa. So right now in Ontario your best shots are Queen's and Western. The thing that sucks about these schools now is how potentially subjective ECs can be. Even with good stats and seemingly well-rounded ECs many people do not receive interviews. If you want to go to med school in Ontario, then opening up Ottawa would probably be the next easiest thing to do to boost your chances. One more year of school could boost your wGPA to a competitive level there. Second undergrads that are more employable include things like nursing (2 year accelerated), social work (1-2 years), and occupational health and safety (2 years) for people who have completed degrees. Dalhousie would also only look at your two years with 3.9 and you have a good MCAT score. Competition is fierce out of province even with a good connection to the Maritimes but all eligible in-province applicants are interviewed. It takes a year of living and working/volunteering there before the application deadline to be considered IP but it may be worth it if you would rather work instead of going back to school and want to increase your chances in anyway possible. Living in Ontario is rough for admissions but you can do it, you've done so well! Best of luck
  6. I have experience interviewing for two different schools using the MMI. These are my (limited) opinions having prepped with other students for these interviews: Depends on how you organize your response. I used the stream of consciousness method but my thoughts were not probably not presented the best and I was unsuccessful. You have 6-8 minutes ish to talk. You should give your response in an organized manner that makes sense. So a stream of consciousness may not work for everyone, you may need to add some structure to your answer without sounding rehearsed. When you stop talking they will usually ask standard follow up questions. So it's not really interjecting naturally, more superficially so everyone more or less has the same experience. They will not give an answer to your response for the same reason. You can ask questions to clarify the scenario or make sure they understand what you're saying. Just don't ask anything unprofessional for being in an MMI context. Try to be as natural as possible in conversation with the actor. Show empathy and respond to their concerns. Be non-judgmental in verbal and non-verbal communication. Typically you are being evaluated on your interaction with the person and how you handle yourself, not on an assessment of their situation. So no need for long monologues. Try your best not to ramble in any station, that was my downfall. Depends on the school and the person. Some interviewers will make small talk. Have also experienced sitting in silence. Should you encounter silence, you can use that time to go over your response mentally and if you think of anything else beneficial to add to you can bring it up. A lot of people will reach out to shake your hand so yes, probably best to shake hands. Like in a regular interview, try to gauge the situation. Some people will shake again, others won't. Don't think this is a huge make or break. This is from the University of Calgary I believe. Hope this helps!
  7. Applying to med in Canada is such a crapshoot. So many qualified applicants and so few spots. I have now applied twice with similar stats to the OP and am prepared to probably end up applying again. Just gotta try to continue improving applications each cycle and hope for the best.
  8. Both BMSc and BHSc are good. Was in BMSc before transferring. Anecdotally, I know quite a few people who were successful with BHSc getting into med and other competitive professional programs. From what I've heard and experienced, the BHSc program is easier GPA wise. BMSc is more of the lab sciences and BHSc is more of the social determinants of health so it depends what you are interested in. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions
  9. Thank you for this comment. There are also empathetic + strong men out there and in medicine too! However, I do realize that our society unfairly punishes men to not show their feelings. At the end of the day, I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to even apply to medicine. Talking to my grandma, this would have been incredibly challenging for me to do as a female in her generation and maybe even my parents'. As it is still impossible in some other countries today, I count my blessings. It still sucks having to navigate covert comments like "why don't you just become a nurse like most women do" and my boyfriend's coworkers saying things like "man, aren't you intimidated by the fact that she could make so much more money than you" but it doesn't compare to what some other people have to go through. In a sense, seeing these statistics makes me relieved because it shows that medicine is possible for girls today. Perhaps being strong (in advancing the field, etc.) isn't necessarily better than empathy in all specializations of medicine as proposed above. Both skills are important but perhaps empathy is more needed in fields like pediatrics, psychiatry. So everyone has their own unique skill set that they can bring to their fields, whether male or female. Is the admissions process skewed by favouring strong empathy above all though? Maybe. But at the end of the day, they have so many people applying that they can be choosy and pick individuals who are both strongly empathetic and driven to advance medicine, regardless of gender identity.
  10. PM'd you. Anyone else want to prep for interviews in Ottawa? PM me. Regardless if you have been invited for an interview or not yet, it would be great to start practicing early - the more the merrier!
  11. Timestamp: 9:00 AM Interview: Yes GPA: 3.92 Context: born and raised rural (Southern Ontario), currently completing undergrad in a major city ECs: Quite a bit of work with Indigenous communities and a strong desire to work in the north. Non-trad?: No # of previous applications: 0 Interview Location/Date/Time: Sudbury, March So grateful for this opportunity. I look forward to meeting some of you soon
  12. Nevermind, thanks anyways! Figured it out.
  13. Maybe try adding a minor? Then technically you will still need those courses to graduate but you will still have more than 120 credits at the end of the day. Trick also is that the minor would have to have very few or no lower level courses. Need to talk to your academic advisor about this. What's your GPA? If your GPA is good then no need to do a second degree unless you want to do something like a 2-year accelerated nursing degree for a backup career. Best of luck
  14. TIME STAMP: 5:50pm Interview Invite or Regrets: Regrets Early or Regular Deadline: Regular GPA or AGPA (if applicable): ~91.5 OGPA MCAT (CPBS / CARS / BBFL / PSBB): 516 Current Degree (UG/Bachelors/Masters/PhD): 4th yr UG Geography (IP/OOP): OOP Extracurricular Activities (awards, achievements, volunteering, employment, research, etc.): Filled all spots NAQ: ~19 - ouch AQ: ~33 TFR: ~52 Not surprised but still discouraged. Good luck to all!
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