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  1. Hi

    I was wondering when is the deadline for reference letters.The instructions on the OMSAS application under reference letters says we have to send the request email by september 15 to give enough time for the referees to complete it, but I know the deadline for reference letters is October 1. So when is actually the deadline? Is the september 15 timeline just a recommendation so we don't procrastinate or will we be not allowed to sent the email request after september 15? 

    Thanks in advance!


  2. On 7/20/2018 at 1:36 AM, Bambi said:

    It is what it is - and what is important is that it is an even playing field! Each applicant will. Onto je to need to market oneself to the best of one’s ability given the. O straits and limitations that apply. First hurdle remains to get to the interview stage. You all gotta focus on accomplishing this. There are more qualified applicants that there are spots and Lady Luck continues to play her role in this.

    I definitely see where your coming from (and also understand why omsas would limit their activities, because they are looking for quality over quantity). But I dont think this is the most appropriate way of doing it. What about the applicants who come from low SES backgrounds and had to juggle between 10 jobs during their undergrad alone to support themselves and family? Why do they have to think about whether they should include all their jobs to demonstrate their low income background at the cost of sacrificing one third of their application? Most jobs these days are part time jobs and honestly it sounds like those kind of jobs will vanish from the application now on (unless you wanna include it at the expense of other more generally noteworthy regarded activities). Besides, there are applicants in their late 20s early 30s, and have accomplished many amazing things in their life (even more than 48), and they would have to take a blow because of the new change, unlike students who have little experience to share in which case they would be affected to a much less degree considering they would already be close to having 30 entries. So the differences between stellar non-academics and ok non-academic students would be diminished to a great extent. So I dont really think its an even playing field to be honest. It favors those who have less life experience, and indirectly tilts the formula towards other components of the application like GPA and MCAT.


  3. 6 hours ago, Executive-D said:

    I like the removal of formal education (seemed redundant with sending transcripts) and I can see this benefitting medical schools (slightly less time per review with less potential entries to review). On one hand it also sends a positive message stressing quality over quantity. That being said, a number of applicants have just done so much high quality stuff and probably feel that they are not presenting themselves as a whole when they are forced to cut down significantly on entries. That’s how I would’ve felt, so I’m not convinced this benefits all applicants.

    couldnt have said it any better. Some people simply have too many amazing experiences that wouldn't fit the new scheme if it turns out to be true. The main issue with OMSAS is that unlike any other application in the world, you are only allowed 150 characters per activity. Which is incredibly small on its own! No other application is this small. Besides, most other schools offer unlimited activity spots for employment, so I really dont know where omsas is going with this thing?


  4. 18 hours ago, smedium said:

    I have been worried lately about my application package! 
    Currently I have a GPA of 3.7 and have not written the MCAT yet (planning on it this summer) but, I have 300+ total hours of volunteering in hospitals as well as various health related exercise programs run at the school for cancer patients as well as clinically obese teenagers.   I have  a lot of research jobs doing full time work within a neuroscience lab at the school as well (700+ hours) as well as a researcher at the Ottawa Hospitals Research Institute (700+ hours) I have a publication as lead author and 2 more coming being submitted soon (as co-author) on-top of publications I have numerous conference presentations as well and have been acknowledged in different papers for editing them.  I have other stuff such as sports and random orientation volunteering too. My references are very strong (department heads, lead researchers and profs at medical schools).  

    My main goal is queens medical school but, I am worried my GPA is not high enough and is holding me down! I was wondering what my overall chances are when applying to queens (aside form my unwritten MCAT)?  

    tbh you should never aim for a single school, this is a very narrow approach. All schools in Canada are ridicuolously competitive and even the best applicant with a 4.0 GPA, 528 MCAT and fantastic ECs is not guaranteed acceptance anywhere. To make things worse, you are talking about Queens, which is the most selective program in the entire country, if not North America as they accept 90 out of 5000 applicants. You should try for all schools and let the chips fall where they belong.


  5. i think we would need to know your wGPA for each school to tell. From that it seems Calgary is your best bet. Alberta and Mac are great too for you. whats your wGPA for uoft? if around 3.9 you should be good. Ottawa has a high GPA cutoff and Queens has a cutoff around 3.8 something, so both seem out of your GPA reach. You might have a chance at UBC too depending on your wGPA. Also which province do you live in? All provinces have IP advantage


  6. 49 minutes ago, helicase said:

    same thing happened to me in the past :/ adcom said I could mention it in the description of my 'research assistant' position, but not as a pub. 

    would that count for other activities too though? As in if you had made an achievement or added a new role to your position beyond the June 1st deadline, would you be able to list it within that activity and put final date as June 1st meaning its ongoing? 


  7. Hey there

    I am planning to apply to UBC next cycle, and I need to do 2 courses to satisfy the english requirement. A lot of people have recommended to me the online courses offered by Athabasca University. After checking them out however, it turned out I would need to spend $1400 to get the 2 courses. I was wondering if anyone knew of a more affordable option that I could take? I am in Toronto for the record.

     

    Many thanks in advance!


  8. Just for the record, having a higher MCAT will not really help with queens and UBC. All the schools your aiming for seem to value extracurriculars way more. 511 is a pretty good score, and its not the reason your not getting in. Its your interviewing that needs work on. I know people with 520s who didnt get in and people with 508s who did get in. Most schools in canada dont care about the mcat one bit, except for mac calgary and alberta.


  9. 1 hour ago, la marzocco said:

    Going to a US school, you do qualify for OSAP, albeit at much lower rate. Just make sure your US school is on the approved list of schools - there is a search engine for that on OSAP. I did a mock for you. Per AAMC, the average medical school tuition in the US is $50K USD or $65K CAD (what I used as the assumption for the calculation). The max OSAP seems to give you for going abroad is $13K CAD. A really big gap to fund the $80K CAD needed - funded by way of LOC, family support, previous career, a mix of the above. 

    Grants: $3,800

    +

    Loans: $9,200
    =
    $13,000

     
    These are the estimated costs and information you provided, which were used to calculate your estimate.

    Tuition and education costs (estimated)

    Tuition:$64,677
    Books, supplies and other costs:$3,000
    Travel and living allowances:$12,750
    Total estimated costs:$80,427


    School, personal and financial information

    Current status: I have been out of high school for at least 4 years as of the start of my study period 
    Permanent disability: No    
    Do you want to self-identify as an Indigenous person: No 
    Total gross yearly income from all sources: $0 
    Value of scholarships, bursaries and/or awards during your study period: $0 
    Have Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP): No 
    RRSP value: $0 
    Other assets value: $0 
     

    your the best! thank you so much! it actually means i would need 260k CA which can be covered from LOC, so all can be covered with these 2 loans!


  10. 4 hours ago, la marzocco said:

    What I found odd is they give more funding for OOP medical schools. I think they factor in living away from home - not too sure.

    Grants:$11,400
    +
    Loans:$8,800
    =
    Total: $20,200


    These are the estimated costs and information you provided, which were used to calculate your estimate.

    Tuition and education costs (estimated)
    Tuition:$15,546
    Compulsory fees:$2,208
    Books, supplies and other costs:$3,000
    Travel and living allowances:$10,363
    Total estimated costs:$31,117
    School, personal and financial information
    MCGILL UNIVERSITY - MDCM - Medicine
    Aug 27/18 - Jun 19/19 
    3 term program 
    Entering year 1 of 4 Bachelor
    42 weeks long    

    Current status: I have been out of high school for at least 4 years as of the start of my study period 
    Permanent disability: No    
    Do you want to self-identify as an Indigenous person: No 
    Total gross yearly income from all sources: $0 
    Value of scholarships, bursaries and/or awards during your study period: $0 
    Have Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP): No 
    RRSP value: $0 
    Other assets value: $0 

    what about schools in the US? do you still qualify for that amount of OSAP or do you get anything at all if you study at a US medical school? or is OSAP only available for students enrolled in a canadian med school?


  11. 57 minutes ago, chiynadoll said:

    If the Facebook group is any indicator, the class is pretty much full. 

    Here’s to hoping next year is our year ! 

    facebook groups are very unreliable. There are so many upper year students there, and many students who got accepted to multiple places and declined their offer but are still in the group. It looks like there are about 70 first year students in that group who accepted their offer. But then again, there are students who dont have facebook, and others who just havent signed up on the group. 

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