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  1. Please stop overthinking. This happened the year I interviewed - I did not have the interview tab and others did. Turns out, the ones that did in my year were the ones who had applied and interviewed in previous years. It had no bearing on who got an interview during that current application cycle.
  2. Honestly, I don’t remember anymore. Something like 3.86 but it was different for both schools.
  3. This question is asked from time to time and the answer is yes, it is possible. This was my strategy and I am a current U of C med student. I decided to write the MCAT on somewhat of a whim, one week out from registering for it, as that was the last possible date that would allow me to apply the year that I did. I came from a non-science background so I knew the science sections would be pure guessing. Took this approach knowing I would only be able to apply to U of C and McMaster and scored 123/129/123/130 which was enough to get me into both schools.
  4. That happened for some people, but not all. I did not have an interview tab the day before official emails came out, and I received an interview offer the next day, at which point the interview tab came up.
  5. What he likely meant is that it will not be a comprehensive discussion of each entry in your top 10. The panel stations are more about your ability to reflect deeply + show the interviewers who you are, as opposed to an opportunity to re-iterate your application at the surface level. This will be done via your top10 as a vehicle. I know being an interviewee is super stressful and you probably just want to claw for any info you can get, because you feel it provides some certainty to a process fraught with uncertainty. But there's really not much that can be added to what Dr. Walker said.
  6. I was IP for both Calgary and Mac. I honestly forget my GPA, it was 3.8something. It was different for both schools because they calculate it in different ways.
  7. This was my strategy. I registered for the MCAT in August last year and wrote it a week later, just for CARS. Applied to Calgary and Mac and got into both.
  8. It sounds like you are trying way too hard to overtly articulate CANMEDs qualities in your top 10. I personally did not take this approach. What things contributed to who you are as a person? Write about them and talk about how they made you better, but be careful re: saying things like "I gained leadership skills because of this" or "I improved my communication because of that". In my opinion, that kind of writing is painful to read. You want to make it clear you embody those qualities (and others), but I would avoid being so blatant and mechanical with it.
  9. I'm not going to lie, that does happen in medicine to some extent. When I first started, I couldn't believe the number of unexplained concepts and acronyms on lecture slides. It was overwhelming at first, but not a big deal ultimately. I spend a little more time catching up and google things I don't understand. Wikipedia is my friend. The superpower of having a social work degree (and work experience) is that I am very comfortable talking to patients and I form strong connections with them. This is therapeutically advantageous and helps to produce good outcomes. Similarly, someone with a music degree might excel in abstract or creative thinking, and someone with an engineering degree might have an exceptional ability to visualize things in 3D when learning anatomy. Every background has something to offer the practice of medicine. I'm not quite saying to make yourself a good applicant, because plenty of good applicants are denied every year due to the competitive nature of admissions. You can be the best applicant in the world and still not get in because luck is a major element. It was just encouragement to pursue what you wish to study in the event that you do not get in. Also, I'm not sure if you are aware but Canadian schools do not show grades on transcripts. You will personally see your grades to gauge your learning, but your transcript only shows pass/fail. This takes away some of the stress re: performance.
  10. Okay, a couple of things First, a science background is helpful for many parts of medical school but it is not necessary. A sizeable minority of my class did their undergrad/master's/PhD in things like music, business, psychology, sociology, political science, law, epidemiology, public health, engineering, nursing, math, and urban planning. Because medicine is the compilation of a number of different areas of study, including some of those disciplines, there is no perfect pre-med degree. Each will have strengths and weaknesses, and this is evident to me when I notice my non-traditional peers excelling in things our science colleagues struggle with. That's why people will tell you to just study what you will enjoy. Usually, this results in a higher GPA, which along with the MCAT is an important gatekeeper in admissions. If you enjoy science and feel you can do well in it, perfect! That's a great reason to do a BSc. But don't choose that over something else because your cousin found vet school hard. I am not familiar with veterinary medicine, but it certainly is not identical to medicine. And if it were, that's still just one person's experience. I can say confidently that medical school is not impossible without a science degree. By the time someone has been accepted to a Canadian medical school, they have been vetted thoroughly via the application process and interview and are more than capable of handling the material. Statistically, very few people drop out of medical school or fail. Second, admission to medical school is competitive and lots of bright people fail to get in after applying multiple times. So you should study something that you enjoy and feel you can do well in, but also something that you would be happy doing should you not be accepted to medical school.
  11. I got in last sping with 3.8-something (3.81?) and 129 CARS. You aren't too far off.
  12. I studied sociology and social work prior to medical school. I wrote the MCAT for CARS only and applied to the only two schools favoring CARS in admissions. I probably wouldn't advise that approach to someone who still has the opportunity to take all of the prereqs and apply more broadly than I did, though. So take whatever you enjoy and feel you will excel in while using your electives for subjects that will be on the MCAT. I personally do not believe your undergrad is that important for dictating which specialty you go into. It's cool to have an interest from the beginning and to develop it over time, but interests change. I was a social worker and now I'm looking into a surgical specialty.
  13. It’s totally possible. I scored nearly the same as you on the MCAT. I have a social work background so I basically wrote the MCAT just for the CARS score and did my best in the other sections, making educated guesses. I scored 129 on CARS, 130 on psych, and like you, lower in the science sections. I think my GPA for Mac was 3.81. I applied only to Calgary and McMaster and was accepted to both schools. I was considered IP for both locations due to growing up in Ontario (undergrad at Western) and then living in Calgary now. Some would advise against my approach to getting into med school because it’s more limited for options and a poor overall MCAT might be a detriment for other schools. However, it worked for me and if it’s something you’re considering I wanted you to know it’s possible. If you do decide to go this route, my recommendation would be to begin preparing for the interview early. 3.84 and 129 CARS, along with a good casper, is more than enough. Mac weighs the interview at 70% so honestly once you have the interview offer that’s far more important than your GPA or CARS in determining whether you get in.
  14. I wonder if perhaps you didn't interview as well as you thought you did? Your stats are so good and in conjunction with your ECs they got you to the MMI stage. That leads me to wonder whether your chances next year might be improved by focusing on the MMI.
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