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    Did you provide email of verifiers? There isn't a spot on the ABS for their emails, did you put it under comments
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    email was fine last year
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    I thought it was always used for red flags. For example, if one of your references write "Radio Guy is terrible, not equipped for med school, hard pass". Then that would be a red flag. I think its not feasible for them to individually read each letter and score it. Maybe the confidential assessment form means something since its a tad less subjective, but who knows.
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    To clarify, so for this cycle, we won't be penalized if recommendation letters are not submitted by the Oct 1st deadline
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    Last year letters of recommendation could be submitted by Dec 1st, is it still the case this year?
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    ohh I didn't know they were bound to secrecy or that med students could even serve on admissions lol. hmm guess it depends on the school..Mac is very transparent about what it takes to get an interview. I read a lot of posts last year when I applied that it was a 1/3 breakdown but this year no one is really talking about the ABS so I thought maybe it isn't scored/factored. Who knows.
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    Does anyone have any insights on what UOttawa looks at for interview invite? Is it 1/3 GPA 1/3 Capser and 1/3ABS? Also, do they contact verifiers pre or post interview? Is it common for verifiers to be contacted? Thanks
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    Fingers crossed. McMaster is my absolute dream. I wrote casper last year and it killed me lol. It wasn't "hard" but I was so overwhelmed with the time-limit. I'm going to try to improve my typing speed and make sure its quality over quantity.
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    I'm super confused about the transcript section. I went to an Ontario University. Do I just have to complete the transcript request part? And submit my app before Oct. 1st and I'm good?
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    Entering grades

    wondering about this too
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    3.76 GPA (w/ significant upward trend but I don't think it matters) 130 CARS
  12. lol I guess I'll be the first reject...... Invite/Rejection: reject Time Stamp: 6:47 Location: IP Stream: english wGPA: 3.93 Current year: 1 year post-op ECs: I thought pretty decent, really varied, a lot of awards and case competitions Casper: I answered everything, but not well I don't think ...put all my eggs in Ottawa since I haven't attempted the MCAT yet so I'm a bit gutted, but maybe this worked out for the best, who knows
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    I'm not happy with my performance either. It was my first time writing the test and I mistakenly thought there would be much more ethical scenarios pertaining to what physicians should do given x circumstance. I definitely didn't prepare properly since I only read medical ethics books as practice. The most limiting thing for me was the time constraint, of course, and my personal typing speed. Honestly, the whole experience was such a blur and I can't even think back to some of my responses without cringing (yikes!). I was frantically typing the first thoughts that came to my head with no consideration for spelling/punctuation, my responses were not carefully structured and at times I felt like I was repeating myself for all 3 questions. I wish I could go back in time and approach the whole thing differently. I'm trying my best not to beat myself up and at least everything is out of my hands now. But let's just say, I can't imagine getting an invite to Ottawa without some sort of divine intervention at this point. Hopefully it goes better next year!
  14. Hi everyone, Unfortunately, I don't personally know anyone who attends uOttawa medical school, so I'm hoping that some upper year students can answer some of my questions about uOttawa's curriculum and culture: what does first year typically look like course-wise? (what are the courses?, how long are the classes?, how are we evaluated?) how long are our breaks? (christmas? summer?) how is the campus culture? I have more questions, of course, but I think these are sufficient at least until I hear back about interviews lol. I just want an idea of what the school is like should I be accepted. Thank you!