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  1. It's really hard to say without knowing what your undergrad GPA is. Might want to calculate it and include it to get more helpful responses. You'll also want to double check to make sure you had enough course load/progression to meet weighted GPA eligibility. Both Western and Queen's look at the MCAT as well, so you'll have to consider whether you have the time and ability to dedicate a couple months of study to get a good score. People do separate undergrads to get a satisfactory GPA for med school often, but make sure the details of your program (ie being all online) are accepted for each med school. Western seems to accept online undergrad degrees, but not sure about Queen's. A Master's can help your application, but the extent at which it helps differs depending on the medical school. For example, a lower undergrad GPA cutoff, or extra 'bonus' points to your undergrad GPA. But again, your undergrad GPA will determine whether you are screened out by the computer at the first stage or not.
  2. I know 1 person who heard back in the last week. But I think it's an ongoing process that can last well into August or September as Norma finishes reviewing each application and follows up for more supporting documents.
  3. Given that your MCAT goes well, I'd say you have good chances at interviewing at Western and Queen's. I also had a similarly low CGPA and a higher 2-YR WGPA and good ECs, and I interviewed at Western and Queen's and was accepted to Western this year. Key thing will be to write your ABS and Western's Abbreviated ABS well, so you'll have to reflect on your ECs and what you learned from them. However, you still have to do well at the interview stage, so you'll need to think about whether you can interview well and if you can commit the time to practicing for your interviews. So, there's a good chance that you may be successful at Western or Queen's, but it obviously is still a difficult endeavour. As for going to Ireland, bird in the hand and all, but your decision depends on financial cost and your ability to meet them, the likelihood of you matching back to Canada, and having to move to a new place and all that it entails (away from friends and loved ones-- your support network). You should look into this carefully before you decide. Please feel free to PM if you have questions specific to applying for Western or Queen's.
  4. Congrats on your acceptance, I'm really happy for you. You've been through a lot, I wish that you didn't have to, but I'm sure your experiences will make you a better and more compassionate doctor for people from similar circumstances. It's true that a large proportion, will have to check the stats but it might even be the majority, are affluent and come from comfortable backgrounds and have not experienced the hardships that you've encountered. But there are also certainly others like you who've also experienced adversity. I myself have experienced living in poverty, losing my home, not being able to afford health care or living necessities, and eventually losing my parents to health complications. I had to work and give up on schooling every now and then to be able to afford an education, and I've also had to immigrate to Canada by myself. I will also be a the first health care professional in my family, let alone being a doctor. Just want you to know that you are not alone, and feel free to message me privately if you'd like to chat further. Lately I've been thinking that, you know there was a Filipino Association of Medical Students created to provide support and mentorship for Filipino students and patients, due to health inequities and disparities in the Filipino community. I'm thinking that there should be a similar group for medical students who've experienced difficult socioeconomic circumstances and advocate for better representation and health care for others.
  5. They're pretty firm on not sharing details about waitlist positions. I was on the waitlist last year and had to renew my job contract and asked if they could provide information on the likelihood of getting off the waitlist, and it was a pretty solid no. Sorry, it's not the most empathetic system.
  6. Hi, I also received a bursary of $2600, but I believe we hear back about the Schulich scholarships later in the summer judging by previous years.
  7. Could be luck for sure and how you vibe with your interviewers. Another thing to consider would be whether you are receiving the right feedback from knowledgeable sources for your practice. For example, this year I was able to get interview feedback from doctors who've been through the admissions process. Their advice was different from what I was hearing from other applicants or med students. One more thing could be whether you are reading/learning about ethics, healthcare issues, news and integrating it into your answers to make them more nuanced. Another would be whether you are practicing soft skills.. eye contact, expression, gestures, not fidgeting.
  8. I'm Non-SWOMEN as well and was low waisted last year, but got accepted this year. You can definitely do it, you're almost there! I just had to grind out interview practice. Plus you've been through the process already and know what to expect.
  9. Mine's showing up as -1000 now, took about a day! I just paid to my western student number using online banking.
  10. What ever happened with that person? They were removed from the class for sure right?
  11. Medical schools are designed to shape all students into doctors, there will be plenty of "vetting" throughout medical school, classes, rotations, and residency interviews, residency, etc... there is no evidence that a lottery system will produce poorer docs, rather this provides a great opportunity to see if a lottery system has merit through further research only a select portion of the class was chosen through lottery, and few will know who they are it's a pretty common theme among admissions that after a certain point, there is no way to differentiate applicants- besides the class were all selected through a merit based approach i'm sure McMaster faculty crunched some numbers and used a evidence based approach for their decision I feel concerned that it's someone to be a part of my class at Western who has these beliefs about the lottery. oh well that's what 4 years of medical school is for..
  12. Result: Accepted (London) Timestamp: 9:01 am EST 2-year GPA: 3.92 MCAT: 129/131/130 Interview: In-person. I practiced a fair bit, once or twice a week starting in November, though slacked off near the end. I read a lot of articles online about ethics, healthcare issues, and news, which was really helpful for interview questions. I went through my personal activities and thought about what I learned from them and how it applied to medicine, and how to talk about it concisely (which was hard). For critical thinking/ethics issues, I tried to be honest about my limitations and lack of knowledge, and how I would address that. I tried to frame some questions from my own experiences growing up in a low SES family and the hardships we faced, not just in terms of health. I rambled a bit and went way overtime during my actual interview though, and I'm pretty sure I didn't actually finish answering all the interview questions LOL. But I guess it worked out somehow. I started off pretty good, rambled a bit in the middle as I got tired, then ended off okay but not finishing all the questions I think. I don't think I really personally connected with my interviewers or made them laugh, they were pretty neutral for the whole thing. But I overheard them discussing my interview after I had left the room (I couldn't make out actual words of course) and it seemed to be pretty active, positive chatter. So I felt pretty good about the whole thing, like a 4/5. Glad it worked out! Year: Graduated, working Geography: Non-SWOMEN Growing up poor and without access to much support or connections, I was never really sure I could get or afford a university education or even be a doctor. When I was finally able to afford university tuition, this made it hard to do well in school and I ended with a 3.5~ cumulative GPA. Nevertheless, I didn't want to give up and after 3 cycles, I'm so excited to hear the good news today. I'm grateful to everyone (family, friends, coworkers, supervisors) who supported me or took a chance on me -- it's been a team effort and I'm excited to give back going forward. I've accepted this offer.
  13. Tasteful shade like 'Rona red or Pandemic purple
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