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  1. Queen's uses MCAT both as a cutoff and competitively. The website lays this out clearly.
  2. You can be almost certain that your MCAT is fine to meet the Queen's thresholds. Don't waste your time by rewriting it.
  3. Replace "race/identity" with "wealth/privilege", and you've got how people have always viewed QuARMS up to this point.
  4. My hunch is that a 3.39/3.49 cGPA/wGPA might not be quite high enough to make the graduate cutoff. But it's anyone's guess, and it's worth a shot! Do your best on the MCAT and see what happens.
  5. When you say your undergrad GPA is 3.5, is that your cumulative undergrad GPA? Is your most recent 2-year undergrad GPA different? It seems to me that GPA is likely your biggest question mark. The GPA cut-off for applicants with a graduate degree is a little lower than for undergraduates, but nobody knows exactly what it is. It's anyone's guess whether 3.5 would make the cut or not. If not, the rest of your application unfortunately won't be considered. Keep in mind that only your undergraduate GPA is considered -- not your GPA from your OT degree.
  6. Most faculties at Queen's will likely be online for the fall semester. However, the Faculty of Health Sciences has been lobbying for the university to make an exception for medicine, nursing, and rehabilitation programs. The university has recently come out and said that these programs will have "priority" for on-campus delivery in the fall if at all possible. So the administration seems optimistic that all meds classes will be able to have on-campus curriculum delivery in the fall. Nothing is confirmed yet, but I'd say that at this point you should still plan on finding housing in Kingston for a late-August on-campus start, as planned.
  7. This is incorrect. You're getting your information from an undergraduate programs webpage, whose admissions process is quite different from that of the medical school admissions process (OMSAS). Once you accept an offer at one Ontario school, you are removed from all other waitlists in Ontario automatically. In other words, once you accept an offer, you're locked in. https://www.ouac.on.ca/faq/accept-offer-remain-on-wait-lists/
  8. Hi, I'm not OP but I'm a current Qmed student who was accepted with a 3.7 wGPA/ 3.4 cGPA from the general applicant pool. Please be careful not to make assumptions that lower stats = a member of a special population, because this can be offensive to the person you're asking and demeaning to the population as a whole.
  9. You will almost certainly be screened out with a 124 in CARS, unfortunately.
  10. Step 1: A GPA cutoff is determined. All those below the GPA cutoff are cut. All those above proceed to step 2. Step 2: An MCAT cutoff (subsection and composite score) is determined. All those below the MCAT cutoffs are cut. All those above proceed to step 3. Step 3: Reference letters and ABS are assessed. A score is assigned to each student's GPA, MCAT, ref letters, and sketch. The students with the top 500 (ish) overall scores will be invited for an interview. The rest are cut.
  11. 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".
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
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