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  1. Yes, echoing @IMislove, many in the MMTP at Queen’s. Some with kids. From what I’ve learned, military provides many benefits for those with families. Zero tuition, you retain your salary from your position while in school, and the years you are in medical school and residency are considered pensionable years. Should add: these are benefits listed from considering your circumstances and the fact that you want to work in the military afterwards.
  2. Many of these consulting agencies are so predatory. I’d say BeMo is one of the most guilty of using predatory tactics and plays on the insecurities of premed students to gain business. It is not surprising they would say something like this. As @rmorelan said, PM101 is a tremendous resource with such valuable information that has helped many gain admission, including myself. Having almost all of the most important information available for free hurts their “pay for this same information” model. Articles like this are just more of the same predatory behaviour they use to lure students. Personal anecdote: In the 2017-2018 cycle, I registered at BeMo for one of their free resources they provide, stipulation is that you go on their mailing list (I know I could have removed myself, but I didn’t). I was Waitlisted at a school, and 1 week following this news, BeMo sent out an email with a title along the lines of “MD Admission Update” with the message under “Congratulations” only to say something like “this could be YOU!”. Who does that? Obviously a company looking to make a pretty penny off of your emotions.
  3. I don't think that's the real reason people don't apply either. Ottawa needs a high wGPA (typically >3.9 for English stream) to even be considered and they still receive ~5000 applications. Sure they don't have the MCAT, however, 125 in each section is 50th percentile, so it's not the most competitive MCAT score compared to schools like Western. I really think the reason why people don't apply to UoT is truly because they don't want to write essays lol. I'm interested in finding out the difference in applications received to Western this year vs. last year because of the addition of the aABS.
  4. No, my Queen's offer just appeared on OMSAS tonight, which means my Ottawa offer will be officially declined as of tonight - opening a spot for one of you. Crossing my fingers for all of you! Given my experience on the waitlist last year, I know how gruelling this process is.
  5. No need to worry. The school isn’t going to be like “haha nvm no offer for u!” I bet OMSAS offers will appear tomorrow as it’s the end of the weekend and people are back to work.
  6. *raises hand* Also, waitlisters who were accepted have yet to receive their OMSAS offers (though they can tell through SOLUS acceptances the number). Keep in mind people can accept through SOLUS and pay deposit, yet have another wait list offer, can choose last minute to accept the other offer on OMSAS if they never accepted Queen’s. Though I’m unsure why anyone would pay 1000 just to say nvm going to another.
  7. A 3.2 to a 3.4 is still an improvement, maybe not med school worthy, but you’re doing something right. Some schools only look at your 2 best years so if you can continue how you’ve been improving, keep working at it. In regards to you saying you feel old, I’m 28, will be 29 when I start in September. 22-25 were the years I was really figuring myself out and trying to gather a clear direction with my life. Of course, I can sit here and be like “follow your dreams!!”, the outside realities of life really sting, seeing others getting on with their lives etc. Honestly, those things don’t really matter though. Be happy for those successes your friends are having, continue on your path and just see to it what you want to do. If 3 years pass and you say you don’t want medicine anymore, that’s not a failure, its a learning experience.
  8. I’m quite excited to see fellow ‘older people’ going to Queens this year. I’ll be 29 when we start . Pass the prune juice pls
  9. Nothing on OMSAS for me either. Paid deposit and responded on SOLUS as well. Maybe OMSAS is slow as its being inundated with all of the other school’s wait list movement. I may email Queen’s today (as we only have until Monday )
  10. Accepted my offer to Queen's, opening up a spot for someone on the English stream waitlist! Good luck everyone and hang in there!!
  11. I got an email from Chantal asking to call the office. I’m English stream. Likely declining in favour of Queen’s.
  12. Accepted off the waitlist as well, holy jebus I never thought this day would come.
  13. Won’t know until the day of. One year they just sent one generic waitlist email, no indication of ranking. Last year they had an email that said “based on your ranking, it is unlikely you will be offered a position” or something to that effect.
  14. Fair, I prefer having a set day lol. When interviews were being sent out there were expert level theories on the release dates with some going as far back as 2009 to make estimates
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