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  1. Time Stamp: 10:07AM PST Invite/Reject: Invite! GPA: 3.96 CARS: 130 Casper: Lots of prep Geography: OOP I applied last year with a 3.94 GPA and the same CARS and didn't get an interview. I also took the conventional advice of not preparing for the CASPer last year, which worked out poorly. This year I took it much more seriously and practiced with a prep company, which helped a lot. Edit: PM me for information about practice materials
  2. I actually don't believe this is correct; I've been told that you are allowed to bring a blank piece of paper and a pen. It could be quite useful to write down the key points of a scenario before the 5 minute timer starts. It might be worth emailing a CASPer official to confirm this.
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    Interview Invites 2018/2019

    Invite! OOP aGPA: ~4.48 MCAT: 526 Rural Was very nervous for this because of the introduction of the CASPer, which I did poorly on last year. I have ~100 WPM typing speed and ended up paying for CASPer practice, which may have helped.
  4. Verifiers are usually just asked to confirm that what you said on your application is true. However, I know of at least one school that asks for evaluations as well, similar to a reference letter. Unfortunately, I would think carefully about including an activity that ended in this way. A verifier who indicates that your personal statement/entry is inaccurate could jeopardize your entire application and cause it to be red flagged. If you have a verifier in mind who you have a good relationship with, it may be worth including this activity. It's up to your personal judgement whether or not to include this entry. I don't have any special knowledge of how these systems work, so take my 2 cents with a grain of salt.
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    Tricky MMI question?

    I actually went back and double checked Doing Right's references for this, because it seemed a bit odd. It does look like the Dr. was aware of the card (which was unsigned and undated) when he did the transfusion, because a nurse checked her wallet earlier. I should have clarified that earlier! Also, the woman was unconscious and would have died without the procedure. Still, I think it's interesting that even an unsigned card is considered enough consent to let someone die. Link to the case is below: http://eol.law.dal.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/malette-v-shulman-et-al.-72-OR-2d-417.pdf
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    Tricky MMI question?

    Throwing in my 2 cents here. Because the kid is 3 years old, you have a right as a physician to perform life saving treatment. The main issue here is that the child is too young to make a decision for herself, i.e. she is incapable. It's important to discuss this with the family, and discuss the importance of honouring cultural beliefs wherever possible, but in this case, the only really acceptable course of action is to treat the child. According to UWash bioethics (this is a similar case about bacterial meningitis): "The physician has a duty to challenge the decision of parents when their refusal of treatment would pose a significant risk of substantial harm. Failure to diagnose and treat bacterial meningitis would seriously threaten the health and even life of this child. The physician should share his or her view with the family and seek to elicit their cooperation through respectful discussion... Should these efforts not result in parental permission, the physician is justified in seeking legal authority (in the form of a court order of authorization from a state child protection agency) to proceed with the procedure and treatment of the child. In most states a physician is legally authorized to provide emergency treatment to a child without a court order when delay would likely result in harm." (This was from a US example, but I believe similar rules apply in Canada) On the other hand, if the child was older, e.g. 15, and deemed capable of making her own decision, she would have the final say over whether to pursue treatment. For some context, the book Doing Right even describes an incident where a Dr. was successfully sued because he gave a necessary blood transfusion in an emergency to a woman with a Jehovah's witness card in her purse! Another relevant case would be this: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/david-collet-stephan-meningitis-death-son-failure-provide-necessaries-appeal-1.4402665 Hope that helps!
  7. TIME STAMP: 11:05AM PSTInterview Invite or Regrets: InviteEarly or Regular Deadline: RegularGPA or AGPA (if applicable): ~93-94 (aGPA)MCAT (CPBS / CARS / BBFL / PSBB): 526 (132, 130, 132, 132)Current Degree (UG/Bachelors/Masters/PhD): Bachelor'sGeography (IP/OOP): IP 2017-2018: Rejected post interview, TFR ~57 Extracurricular Activities (awards, achievements, volunteering, employment, research, etc.): Fair amount of research but no publications, Honour's project, several GPA and research based awards, 3 years work in HS/early uni customer service, co-op at a pharmaceutical company, currently employed full time in a lab >750 total hours volunteering in a hospital in several positions for 3 years, several other short term volunteering commitments ranging from 50 - 100 hours, president of a club with >200 hours, also included lots of random things like travel, art-related stuff, sports in the Diversity section which may have helped out Last year I went into the interview with little preparation and didn't take it as seriously as I should have. I'm looking forward to trying again with more knowledge, practice, and a better attitude!
  8. Hi everyone, I'm looking to start practicing soon for interviews in Victoria if anyone is interested. Hours would preferably be after work and meeting location could be at UVic, ideally. PM or reply if interested. Sorry if this has been posted somewhere else already. Thanks
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    CASPER and Statistics

    Speaking as an OOP province applicant, I predict that they will decrease somewhat, as people above the "cutoff" with poor CASPers may be rejected in favour of people who would have been slightly below the cut but with great CASPers. Given that the MCAT is still weighted very heavily, and that no one knows what they get on the CASPer, I imagine that they will remain very high. This is speculation of course, but that's my 2 cents.
  10. Hi all, Sorry if this has already been asked. In the ABS it says that verifiers may be contacted for "letters of support". This is a little scary to me. Does this mean that we should be informing all of our OMSAS verifiers (who we've presumably previously asked about acting as verifiers) that they may or may not be asked for a "letter of support" from UWO in addition?
  11. It says somewhere in the PDF that the maximum number of entries is 8, implying that you could have less than that. However, I imagine it's in our best interest to have as many of the entries filled as possible.
  12. ~3.96 cGPA, 130 CARS. Out of province. Seems a lot more difficult to get an interview from OOP here - am I even competitive with these stats?
  13. This is exactly what I've been doing.
  14. I'm also a bit nervous about how to write this. I've basically been dedicating a paragraph to each thing they mention though. So a paragraph for each "item learned", and then a final paragraph about why the experience will be helpful as a doctor. For the ones that don't specify three, I'm just dedicating a very short paragraph each to addressing e.g. "helping others, advocacy, serving community" and what I learned. Then a beefy paragraph relating it all to medicine. No idea if that's what they're looking for though. It all seems very vague and hand wavy to me, but it's nice that they feel that they're being "holistic".