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    Advice for Medicine 2nd year gap?

    Hey, Second time applying to Canadian medicine, and I was able to interview for the first time this year at Ottawa - unfortunately, likely not going to get in since I'm on the bad waitlist. Currently, 26 years of age, and I guess, being a non-trad, really provides a different perspective when applying to medicine. I use to compare myself to others a lot during undergrad, but now as I grow older, I learned that I should worry about my own journey during this process cause at the end of the day the finish line is at the same place. I'm in my 2nd gap year and planning to applying to teaching as a backup plan B (after learning the hard way that it's not okay not to have a plan if you are waitlisted/rejected during the current cycle). My cGPA/wGPA at most Ontario schools is around 3.98-4.00, so I know GPA isn't a problem I am going to rewrite the MCAT (current score: 505) to hopefully increase my CARS score, I've written it 3 times, but my score for CARS has range between 121-124, all prep was done for about 3 months in the summer alongside volunteer commitments. I plan to dedicate more time (~6-8months) and write again next January, I'm pretty burned out right now, so I'm only applying to Ottawa and Mcgill next cycle. Maybe, give a shot at UBC since they only have 124 across the board for min requirements? Since I'm a non-trad, I don't really have much resources to use such as a university career centre and I don't have many friends who are MD students (only about 2), is there a way for me to improve on my interview skills? Last cycle, I practiced with my 2 MD friends, a few family members (not a lot though cause a majority don't speak english), a pharmacy student, and a pharmaceutical company friend, but likely practicing face-to-face 1 session per week with one of them was likely not enough for me. I thought I had great personal stories going into the interview, but the purpose of it relating to medicine was probably lost, since I was likely a bit unorganized due to nervousness (1st time interviewing). Any advice for finding additional resources or to find an interview mentor (paid/unpaid) somewhere? Any additional advice from people who were non-trads entering medical school/multiple cycles, etc? The process of applying is a year long but also mentally and physically draining. Thanks again!
  2. Result: Bad waitlist. Stream: English Time-stamp: 7:22 am wGPA: 3.98 CASPer: Very good. ECs: Very good Interview: I thought I did really well during the interview, 1 of them really liked me but the other 2 were iffy. After the interview I felt terrible, I guess my after thoughts were correct. Year: 1 year post UG. Geography: IP
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    UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2019

    TIME STAMP: February 13 Interview Date: N/A Result: Rejected wGPA: 3.91 MCAT: Didn't meet MCAT cutoffs (received my score a month after submitting my application) ECs: Hard to say, but I definitely through they were strong and my wording fit nicely with the four clusters Essays: Definitely strong, spent over 2 months writing them, with multiple edits from different healthcare workers that make up a multidisciplinary team to ensure diversity in the essays. Too bad my MCAT score wasn't what I expected. Year: Gap Year Geography: IP
  4. Hey everyone, Looking for 1-2 partner(s) to meet up IN-PERSON for panel prep at a local Starbucks or university/college campuses in the Toronto/Scarborough/Richmond Hill/Markham regions. I am looking to do about 2-3 sessions per week before the end of February! Reply to the post and I'll DM you as soon as I can! Cheers!
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    Queens Interview Invites/regrets 2019

    Result: RegretsTime Stamp: 31/01/19 8:59 amInterview Date: N/AwGPA/cGPA: 3.99Year: Gap yearMCAT: 503 (likely didn't meet cutoffs)ECs: See Ottawa postGeography: IP
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    Interview Invites/Regrets 2019

    Invite! Time Stamp: 12:38 PM EST Location: IP Stream: English wGPA: 3.98 Current year: Gap year ECs: Lots of research, sports and personal fitness, charity, not-for-profit, NSERC Casper: Thought I originally didn't do well since answers felt superficial, but again, it might have been okay this time. Really went through Doing Right and created my own problems to CASPer prep.
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    McMaster Interview Invites/Regrets 2019

    Invite/Reject: Regrets GPA: 3.73 CARS: Applied while waiting for MCAT retake scores, and unfortunately my CARS trended backwards on the actual thing. CASPER: Don't really know, but my application was already tossed out likely due to CARS. Geography: IP
  8. Came across a post on another web forum (R E D D I T) talking about how along the general process, demoralization commonly occurring within the learning setting, starting as early as they enter 1st year medicine. How true is this within Canadian medicine and what advice(s) would you insist to those who have not yet/beginning their journey? *https://www.r e d d i t.com/r/medicine/comments/a6b840/this_made_me_sad_and_angry_thoughts/ *erase the spaces.
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    Summer course

    Thanks! Yeah, I emailed admissions and they said you can use a pass/fail course from the summer of one year to make up the missing course (provided it wasn't a prereq) in another year. It's definitely good to get a solidify answer on this
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    OMSAS GPA Calculations

    Go to academic background A few letter grades were missing a + and they included my pass/failed grades courses in the GPA (which have a GPA 0.00) which aren’t suppose to be in the calculation.
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    OMSAS GPA Calculations

    The OMSAS calculations are currently out AND I strongly suggest you go through them carefully, I already found a few mistakes in my GPA.
  12. Hey, I'm currently looking for resources (or even a webpage) that can kind of briefly showcase ongoing issues and trends for Canadian healthcare - I know cannabis, medical assisted suicide, mental health + burnout, shortages, and AI-assisted technology are amongst the top issues/trends right now, but I think I may be missing some major issues. So I was wonder if any resources are available to help me touch up on some other issues/trends?
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    Summer course

    Might be overthinking it, but can a summer course that was graded on a CR/NCR basis be used as the "additional course" to a 4 course semester in a full time academic year?
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    Indenting on paragraph

    I was wondering if indentations for paragraphs are important as OMSAS keeps erasing all my indentation regardless of c/p or typing directly