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  1. This person is either not being truthful or belongs to a special applicant pool (e.g. Indigenous).
  2. Interviewees tend to be very poor judges of how their own MMI went. I would not use self-reports of the interviewees to conclude that "MMI doesn't seem to matter as much".
  3. You should understand that this probably comes off as offensive both to those who chose to attend Qmed and to those who truly do want to attend the school but aren't accepted.
  4. unarmed walrus

    Panel interview prep

    No. The out-of-the-box questions are really what the MMI is for. The panel is really for them to get to know who you are in a more direct, personal way.
  5. For what it's worth, those of us who were waitlisted for interviews but eventually got one last cycle actually received the same rejection email as everyone else on Jan 31, and then we were eventually surprised by emails/phone calls letting us know that we were on the waitlist and a spot had opened up, in the weeks that followed. No idea if they've changed how they're doing it for this year, though. I went from getting a rejection email to getting an interview off the waitlist to being accepted, though, so it definitely is possible.
  6. unarmed walrus

    2019 Interview Waitlist Thread

    I was on the waitlist last year, and unfortunately did not end up getting an interview, but I know that several other people did. Good luck!
  7. unarmed walrus

    Selection criteria for interview

    Right, and I got an interview with a 3.70 wGPA (3.40 cGPA), so if GPA does count towards the interview selection formula, it probably doesn't count for much.
  8. unarmed walrus

    Selection criteria for interview

    I agree that GPA and MCAT thresholds are used as cuts in the first of several sequential steps, and I agree that after the interview it's clear that only ABS, LOR, and interview scores matter. But what I'm saying is that in addition to being used as cuts, I think that GPA and MCAT scores are also built into the formula (along with LOR and ABS) that determines which 500 of the 2000 get an interview.
  9. unarmed walrus

    Selection criteria for interview

    Are you quite sure about this? The website states that "Based on GPA, MCAT, Sketch and Reference Letter scores, a rank order list is generated. Approximately 500 of the top ranking applicants are invited to come to Queen’s for an interview". This leads me to think that GPA and MCAT are used not just as cutoffs but also competitively, i.e. a score (perhaps a z-score) is assigned to your GPA and to your mcat and that is used as part of the formula for the selection of those 500 who are interviewed.
  10. unarmed walrus

    Ontario Med School Seats

    This is not true. 90% of seats at McMaster are reserved for Ontario residents. Ottawa doesn't reserve seats but the cutoffs vary depending on your location.
  11. Result: Accepted Time stamp: 8:43am EST cGPA: 3.4 (wGPA 3.7) MCAT: 517 ECs: Pretty unique, I think (PM for more info) Interview: Panel was great, MMI was NOT (or at least didn't FEEL) great. Year: Graduate degree, been working for a few years. Geography: IP
  12. unarmed walrus

    McMaster Interview Invites/Regrets 2018

    Thank you on behalf of us waitlisters hoping to get called up for a Mac interview!
  13. unarmed walrus

    Need some encouragement?

    I know how you feel. Queen's was my only interview invite as well and I too interviewed in February. I did fair amount of MMI practice beforehand but some of the real ones threw me off quite a bit. I've heard that many (most?) people who end up getting in feel similarly uncertain/disappointed about their MMI performance, so try not to dwell on it too much.
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    Interview waitlist

    Pretty odd that no one on the forum seems to have been invited. With interviews starting this weekend I can't imagine that any of us are going to get a call at this point.
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