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conbrio last won the day on July 14 2019

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  1. While you have great ECs, you're largely getting screened out based on your numbers alone. I'd focus on making sure that you have a solid year or two with a high GPA under your belt, which should help you with wGPA schools like Western or Queen's. Be also sure to carefully check your MCAT overall score/section scores against the average scores of admitted classes. Don't be afraid to reduce your other commitments to focus on your academics- unfortunately GPA comes first here.
  2. (for people interested in online practice) If people are comfortable, could you please PM me your FB, so I can add you and maybe we could get a group chat going?
  3. Hey all, anyone in London who has a Queen's interview coming up? If so, would you be interested in some in-person practice? Thanks.
  4. Status: Invite Time Stamp: 12:17 Location: IP Stream: English MCAT: 129/131/130/130 cGPA/2yr GPA: use 4.0 OMSAS Scale - 3.92 Current year: Finished undergrad ECs: Sports, music, research, volunteering, work. Some long-term. Another try for Queen's- hope this is the year! I got nervous when they delayed interview decisions.. Anyone want to practice together?
  5. lol they always release interview invites by Jan 31st tho
  6. Time Stamp: 10:03 Invite/reject: INVITE IP/OOP: IP SWOMEN (Y/N): N 2YGPA: 3.92 MCAT (CHEM/CARS/BIO/PSYCH): 129/131/130/ Essays (X/8): 8/8 Hey all, I rewrote the CARS twice just to meet Western's cutoffs (used to be 130/129), and now they ended up lowering it to 127 LOL! Essays.. just tried to be diverse and describe what I did, learned, and how it applies to medicine. Had a meaningful personal story to share too. I hope this is the one!
  7. Unfortunately I just got rejected as well: RejectionTime Stamp: 1:16 pmLocation: IPStream: EnglishwGPA: 3.89Current year: Undergrad complete 2018 Casper: Not sureECs: good enough for Queen's and Western last year Drats, I had my hopes on the social accountability stream. Though you did make the cutoff, which was 3.85 for English IP. Guess GPA post-cutoff is still highly competitive. Hope we low SES folk hear good news soon
  8. So I guess the social accountability stream doesn't really do much for your chances..
  9. Anyone have experience taking online courses to fulfill course pre-reqs through Thompson Rivers University, perhaps for Organic Chemistry I? Like flexibility, cost, difficulty of courses Thanks!
  10. Would anyone be interested in practicing specifically for Western's panel interview? I'm based in London but can also Skype (been doing mostly this)
  11. I think most of us are aware that the scoring systems used in medicine admissions (particularly for McMaster) have little basis in reality and have questionable supporting evidence, with weak to no correlation to future success as a physician. Unfortunately, there are far more qualified applicants than there are seats for students/residents, which in turn is determined by government health care funding. The real issue here may be the resistance to increasing the number of seats/funding to support a growing population (as well as a growing number of applicants)- an issue that's very prominent with the current Ford government in Ontario. That being said, I agree completely that Casper (and MMI) has a conflict of interest issue, and that McMaster seems to be the odd one out for not looking at ECs, when even Western has given up on the numbers game. Have you tried to participate in the admissions committee for your school? I don't know if medical students have a say in the matter.
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