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  1. I'm not a mature applicant, but even I myself had trouble tracking down contact information for the jobs I had when I was younger. I worked a lot of part-time jobs and I wanted to include that on my application as I discussed balancing several jobs with school in other parts of my application. Long story short, I basically ended up contacting several companies I worked for and more or less said "you may not know me, but I worked here from xx-xx, and I need someone to verify my previous work experience for a med school application. Can I get the email of someone who is able to access your records and verify this info?" I ran into a problem with 1 or 2 places, but from what I've heard the admissions office will contact you if they try to verify something and run into problems. The other option is to leave out some of your previous jobs (especially less significant ones) if you cannot find their contact info. Up to you whether you think this info is important enough to track down and include.
  2. Hey everyone, I'm currently booking my clerkship electives, and I have 1-2 extra electives that need to be filled. I am between family med and psych for residency and I've allocated enough electives to each, I'm wondering if anyone has any recommendations for good electives to do outside these specialties? I could potentially do 1 more FM if it's in something interesting. I'm open to anything that's not too stressful, and will either be interesting to do or good skills to learn for psych/FM. Any favourite or memorable electives from upper years? I'm flexible as far as location as I have to travel for many of my other electives anyways.
  3. Sure, the actual physical act of getting a vaccine only takes 30 seconds or so, but it can take weeks or even months to collect all of your records, get any outstanding vaccines, get your titres done and then potentially get boosters (and more titres) if you need them
  4. Just to echo what a few others have said, if you do go ahead and book it be prepared to eat the cost if you end up getting in off the wait list. Missing 10-12 days during the first month or so is honestly not feasible IMO. Also a note on lectures, not all lectures are podcasted (notably, the prof for population health in july/aug actually does not always podcast for privacy reasons), and about 3x a week there are mandatory small groups to attend.
  5. Nobody will find out when offers will be sent out until they are actually sent out. I repeat- nobody. Unless you are on the admissions committee, there is no way to know - and nobody from the admissions committee will tell you. I don't think there is any special day that they decide, I really think it just happens when they've made the final decision and are ready to contact applicants. It sucks but that's just how it goes
  6. FYI to everyone, in the past I believe they have checked verifiers for both people who were accepted and rejected, both before and after letters are sent out. I have no idea why they do this. They may just pick random names/items to verify, nobody really knows. Point is, it's absolutely no indication of whether or not you're going to get an offer or exactly when offers will be sent. I know right now is a stressful time, but sit tight and try to relax, there's nothing else you can do.
  7. I honestly disagree with most of the comments here, CHEM 353 is a tough course and I feel it only marginally helped me on the MCAT. The test, in my opinion, is much more bchem heavy than it is ochem. I felt like most of the ochem material I could have just learned on my own while studying for the MCAT, instead of torturing myself by actually taking the courses. If you do not love chemistry I would not recommend risking the hit to your GPA.
  8. Hi everyone! I am having a similar dilemma. In undergrad I was a die-hard hard-writer of notes and rarely brought a laptop/iPad to class, however I realize that it is not realistic to be able to hand write all my notes in med school. My current laptop is a relatively new PC, but I definitely need an upgrade. I am already having problems with battery life & wifi connectivity, plus it is quite heavy and I was recently diagnosed with arthritis (yay ), so I need something that will not cause any unnecessary back pain to lug around. I do own an iPad mini, but it's 5-6 years old and while it's nice to have around I can't imagine it will last much longer. Finally, we have a very reliable PC desktop that I can use at home. I'm currently in the debate of iPad pro vs mac book (or something else?). I had originally decided I was going to buy a mac book until I started considering the ability to hand write/draw diagrams etc with an iPad. I also don't want to get an iPad and feel like I'm missing any features of an actual laptop, especially since I really want to avoid having to bring my current laptop to school. Has anyone used both devices and can shed some insight on your thoughts? Anyone else that hand wrote everything in undergrad that has found a preferred device for med school?
  9. Result: Accepted!! Geography :IP GPA: 3.51 MCAT: 509, CARS: 129 Degree : BSc in psychology, completed this year E.C: Diverse & some non-traditional. Long term volunteering, semester abroad, research project abroad, honours thesis, lots of non traditional work experience. I also used several spots in top 10 to talk about personal adversity. Interview : I felt it went really well, I would even go so far to say it was enjoyable. A few of the MMI stations touched on things that I've spent a lot of time discussing in my degree so I think that worked to my advantage. This was my first application cycle and U of C was my only interview, so I am just over the moon. I've been told before that I should not even bother applying to medical school with my "low" GPA. To anyone who doesn't have a 4.0 and feels they don't have a shot - don't give up!!
  10. It was my understanding that each interview had a list (in order) of all the interviewees. In one of my stations, before I could introduce myself the interviewer said "hi, (my name here)?", which indicates that she must have had a list and known who to expect text. I think the use of nametags/stating your name at the beginning the station was just to ensure there were no mixups. Even in the station you are alluding to, there would have been a chance for them to ask you your name if there were any uncertainties.
  11. I can't say I'm an expert on the topic by any means, but I have a wGPA of 3.51 and was invited for an interview with UofC this year, so it's definitely possible. It's also not true that you have to have "years of experience" to get in with a lower GPA - I am a 22-year-old finishing up the last year of my undergrad. Mind you, I have not actually been accepted, but I think the fact that I have been invited for an interview definitely says something. The other thing that is worth mentioning is that 20% of the decision to get an interview is your objective GPA, while another 10% is for their subjective assessment of your academic abilities. The fact that you have a general upward trend in your GPA will work in your favour. If you have an explanation as to why your GPA is lower than other applicants, you can write about it in your Top 10, or they also have an academic explanation section at the end. With all of that said, of course, the higher your GPA the better your chances are of getting in. Your EC's sound quite good, so you have to decide for yourself whether it's worth all of the time/money/effort to continue your studies. If you have any questions about what I did to get an interview, feel free to send me a message.
  12. Hi everyone, late to the game here! TIME STAMP: January 19 9:14 AM MST Interview Date: February 24 Result: Invite wGPA: 3.51 (yes, really) MCAT: 128 CARS ECs: Apparently above average. Standard research, volunteering, leadership etc. I also have lots of untraditional work experience, have studied abroad, done some other travel/research-related activities. What I think really set me apart was I that I used my Top 10 to talk about personal experiences and struggles I have had in my life, not just traditional premed things. Year: 5th year BSc Geography : IP All I can say is that I've spent the last week in complete shock that I actually got an invite. I thought with my extremely low wGPA that there was no chance in the world. For anyone with low stats feeling a bit hopeless about applications - don't give up!! Do everything you can to improve your stats, and beyond that use the rest of your application to your advantage. This was my first app cycle and I truly believe I got an interview because of my subjective "life experience" and the things I included in my Top 10.
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