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  1. Has anyone gotten an invite from the waitlist by any chance?
  2. Hey everyone, I was hoping to receive some advice on how to proceed to become a stronger med school applicant- this is my dream so I will do whatever it takes. I've given this a lot of thought but would really appreciate help as I feel really stuck. My stats are as follows: BSc (Hon.) from McMaster U 1st year: ~3.1 2nd year: ~2.6 (went through some heavy personal issues these two years so I can explain this in academic explanation essays for relevant medical schools) 3rd year: 3.65 4th year: 3.93 5th year: 3.77 with research based thesis (no pubs, 2 poster awards, many presentations) MSc Research Based from UofT 3 years and one manuscript in progress (will be a high impact paper and first author) MCAT: written 4x all with pretty much the same frustrating scores and distribution, highest achieved was physchem/cars/bio/psych: 129/124 (hate this section so much) /128/126 ECs: Pretty well rounded I think... exec in clubs throughout undergrad and grad school, hospital many years, volunteer abroad, camps, mentoring, etc. (all follow a similar theme of things Im interested in, mainly being part of the childhood cancer community, Hispanic community, and under-privileged societies) Geography: Ontario from GTA I am going to be finishing my MSc and pub this coming summer and I was thinking of staying in my lab as staff for another year after that to wrap up things and save money. I will also finally take time to focus on the MCAT during that year, which I found very difficult the last four times I wrote it because of grad school, so I hope this does the trick to pull up my CARS (its been 124 each time) . Then, I am looking at potentially doing a second-entry undergrad program if I get no med interviews again next cycle (I've applied twice with no luck and I'm not very hopeful unless my MCAT increases). I would like to improve my GPA and target schools like Ottawa, but I feel so lost on which programs I could look into. I thought about the two-year Physician Assistant program at UofT-NOSM, but I am unsure if that will help with GPA due to clinical rotations. I am unsure what kind of other programs are out there, especially since I already have a BSc... doing another one could be redundant? Also, I would prefer not to look into going abroad to Ireland/Australia just yet as I hope to be a CMG one day. Any guidance will be much appreciated, especially if you have been in a similar situation. Good vibes or hope or success stories would also be welcome. Thank you.
  3. I was wondering if someone could shed light on the kind of programs that can be done as second-entry to help boost GPA for med school? I've read people saying to take a program that you're interested in but I can't really think of something: I already did five years of undergrad (BSc) in the field I am interested in with an upward GPA trend but there is room to improve still. I am finishing a three year research based MSc now, I want to retake the MCAT when I finish and boost my GPA in a second-entry program but I feel very lost on which programs I should be looking for/would be the most helpful for med. Please, any advice would be helpful.
  4. Result: Regrets Time Stamp: 9am wGPA: 3.85 Year: 3rd year research MSc MCAT: 507 129/124/128/126 ECs: Very well-rounded (research but no pubs yet, conferences and awards, residence don, lots of exec clubs, hospital, abroad volunteer, camps, mentor, etc.) Geography: IP Not surprised with my MCAT score but no time for a re-write with research. Maybe next year. Good luck to everyone!
  5. Out of curiosity, did you apply to English or French stream?
  6. yeescience

    Interview Invites/Regrets 2019

    Rejection Time Stamp: Jan 22nd, 10:59am Location: IP Stream: French wGPA: 3.798 Current year: Completed 5 years of Undergrad 2016, Currently 3rd (last) year MSc research-based ECs: Pretty well rounded. A few research awards, many poster/oral presentations, no pubs yet (future one for later this year may have been mentioned in reference letter instead), several extra-curriculars throughout most years with similar themes in what I'm interested in (kids, oncology, first aid, swimming/soccer, etc.). Nothing too crazy but thought it would show commitment and effort of what I hope to do in the future (pediatric oncology). Casper: Found it challenging cause my French was a bit rusty but to my surprise, I was able to answer all questions honestly and I was satisfied and proud with my performance as I initially didn't intend to apply. Moderately prepared by reviwing ethical concepts but I'm a pretty moral person, I think. Perhaps it did not go as well as I thought. Disappointed to say the least but only forward from here. Congrats to everyone who received an interview!
  7. Invite/Rejection Time Stamp: DD/MM/YYYY - XX:XX AM/PM Location: OOO, IP, OOP Stream: English, French, Aboriginal, French (OOP (not QC)) wGPA: on 4.0 OMSAS Scale Current year: 3rd year, 4th year, UG complete, Masters, PhD ECs: Description at your discretion Casper: General thoughts
  8. Mine says the same. I think all of them do right? Can someone confirm? I am scared to keep my hopes up.
  9. Can confirm, just received regrets for French stream IP, 10:59am
  10. My best advice would be to continue with the program if your health (physical and mental) allows. As previously stated, quitting the program could raise questions during interviews that may give the wrong impression in terms of your commitment to certain things. If you have chosen to go down this path, it is best to try and finish it. I know it may not be the answer you were looking for, thesis based program are not for everyone. They're very draining and you have to have a real passion for what you're doing otherwise, you can burn out easily. I have experienced similar feelings earlier in my research-based MSc thesis, but I decided to pull through it and I have grown a lot as a person (as well as a researcher). In the end, you should do what you feel is best for you and your health. Good luck and don't hesitate to message if you want some further advice!
  11. Happy New Year everybody! I was wondering if anyone who got an interview invite for the MD/PhD stream would be willing to share what their MCAT marks were? Thanks!
  12. Sooo now that CASPER is finished (and miraculously seemed to go ok for someone like me whose French was quite rusty...) would anyone be interested in prepping for a potential French interview in Toronto or online? Also, could previous applicants or current students in the French Stream kindly give suggestions on the best ways to prepare for the interview? Any specific prep companies or resources? I think I will need a lot of prep and help to express myself well during the interview if I am lucky enough to receive one. Merci!
  13. yeescience

    Interview Invites 2018/2019 cycle

    When I called, they just said the OOP full file review is after the OOP interviews are sent out (they said interviews are based on GPA and MCAT only due to the large number of applicants for such little spots that it wouldn't make sense for them to spend time reviewing so many apps)... so its only done for the individuals that receive an interview. As such, I guess it would make sense that the full file reviews would compliment the interviews to help select candidates for those 6 spots.
  14. yeescience

    Interview Invites 2018/2019 cycle

    Unfortunately, OOP get full file reviews after the interview. I called them to ask about this and they said they gave interviews based on MCAT (admissions said usually at least 126 per section) and GPA (mostly As, maybe one or two Bs) only. Really sucks cause my stats aren't competitive unless I was IP due to strong ECs/references, great essays, and an MSc. as well but had already paid the fees.
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