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  1. Takes a while for OMSAS to receive your scores from AAMC and upload them, especially when your scores just got released this week. I wouldn't worry about it at all. Check back in a week or two.
  2. Ah OK, thanks. So trying to make sense of this, am I in trouble if I ended up answering one of the 3 questions in detail and leaving the rest blank? More so than for example answering 1-2 sentences for all 3 questions, but didn't have time to have a nuanced answer for each.
  3. How do you know this? Are you a marker for the Casper? If so, how are you allowed to share such details when the Casper company is pretty secretive about the whole scoring process? Honestly curious, as I've come across this rumour as well.
  4. It's encouraging to hear you speak on this from the other side, as someone also from a low-income background. Thanks for sharing.
  5. It's just a cutoff tho. So it doesn't matter how high their scores are.
  6. I think this healthydebate article (where I got that 100K stat from) speaks to what you're saying: https://healthydebate.ca/2019/06/topic/low-ses-medical-students Especially the bit about the leaky pipeline.
  7. Ah nice that's pretty fast. I don't see mine yet, but my transcript went in on Sept 23 so might not show until later. But yeah, supposed to be your weighted GPA if you qualify.
  8. So I googled this and apparently 60% of med students come from families making over $100K a year (AFMC, 2015).. wow I mean I thought sure, the process is easier for more affluent people, but that percentage is just wild. I'm really interested to see what the demographics are like per school, and how different they are based on their admission policies. I'm only thinking of Ontario schools here, but I'm going to place a wild guess that there might be a difference between UofT/Queen's/Ottawa versus Western/McMaster. Not including NOSM because that's too easy. I think Western's ACCESS pathway is actually one of the clearer policies! They have a strict list of requirements, though one could argue that it's too restrictive. Then you have the same MCAT cutoffs/flexibility as SWOMEN applicants, which is pretty well known. So you'll know if you qualify or not, and that it directly translates to a different cutoff. Ottawa's on the other hand...
  9. Ah yes, the classic: "I support civil rights and peoples' well-being, but I'm not inclined to put money where my mouth is to try and fix the current socioeconomic, environmental, or legal systems that may be disproportionately neglecting some people." Have you read the recent article that poverty costs Ontario $33 billion a year alone (https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2019/10/01/poverty-costs-ontario-33-billion-a-year-food-banks-say.html)? Investing money into infrastructure and support systems, such as through the Liberal child benefit program (which lifted hundreds of thousands of families and children out of poverty), will end up saving you money in the long-run by making others healthier and more well-off. How are these paid for? Through deficits. Because they're investments looking ahead to the future. Seriously, give the election platforms a careful read for their policies, think about how these policies will impact Canadians, and try to examine previous governments' records and their effects, before you actually vote. And Liberals are not even my preferred party..
  10. Like I said, I am more concerned with what policies the next government is bringing to the table, that are forward thinking, take into account climate change and societal inequities, and are designed to help everyday people live their lives well and in good health. The Liberal government makes a good faith attempt at working towards this, and that is what I care about. If Conservatives are willing to do the same, I would be happy to consider voting for them. Unfortunately, they don't.
  11. 1. Yep I do. Lots of people are on medication which racks up a significant bill throughout the year (not just for diseases too, how about birth control- that's not cheap and not having access to that would be way more expensive), and lots of people go without medication because they can't afford to (put food on table for families, rent, etc) and incur a worse progression of health outcomes (due to not following their prescribed medical treatment) which ends up costing the health care system more. People may end up paying more in taxes, but may overall end up paying less (due to coverage of their drugs, not having to miss work due to being sick). The next step that could come from this ideally would be to get rid of private insurers for medication coverage to improve the government's bargaining potential (only buyer -> more bargaining power) in establishing costs of medication with drug companies; cheaper drugs. 2. No I don't. I'd rather effort and money is spent on progressive policies that are investments into a good future for us and our children. The recent childcare initiative, that lifted around 500,000 people out of poverty, is a good example. Let's face it. Climate change is going to overturn the table in terms of lasting impact, damage, and costs. No amount of budget balancing's going to help this. At least the liberals are making some effort to prepare for climate change, while the conservatives haven't made any good faith efforts and are heavily in bed with oil companies. What's the point of trying to balance the budget, when Conservatives don't even have a good track record of budget balancing, only cut budgets to needed social supports (look to recent cuts to teaching and education for one) that will only end up costing us in the long run, and will likely end up benefiting the large corporations and the uber wealthy at the cost of the people who need these social supports? This will only increase inequality and make Canadian society sicker. When it comes down to it, I am concerned about the future. Liberals are making a good faith attempt to prepare for the future. Conservatives are short-sighted and do not offer policies that will do this. That's how it goes. Can we also just discuss policy here.. just seems like a lot of attacking each other and playing identity politics- we are all anonymous people on the internet.. there's no point.
  12. I also haven't found anything like that either unfortunately. Ontario medical schools seem pretty out of touch about stuff like that compared to AMCAS. The only attempt I've seen is UOttawa's 2 reserved seats for low-SES applicants, but that still requires paying the full application fee. I recommend that you apply to that if you haven't already. Not much I can do on my end either but just bite the bullet.. trim some fat off of my budget for daily expenses (like there was any to begin with ).
  13. @PopShoppe I know how draining it must be to be in your position right now, I was there last year and it was tough. I know you probably don't want to hear it right now, but I would consider revisiting CARS again in the near future- judging from your practice scores you are in a great spot to score better with some practice and it does open up Western and a few OOP schools to you, which raises your chances significantly. For this cycle though: Do you qualify for UofT's wGPA? Roughly estimating, it looks like you may have >3.7 wGPA, which UofT states is competitive for graduate applicants (side note: have you checked to see if being a graduate applicant helps you with other schools?). In addition, have you written the Academic Explanations Essay previously? It looks as though something happened in your 2nd year- if so, you can write about this in the Essay and they may give you special consideration. Your 2-year GPA and MCAT are above Queen's historical cutoffs- these aren't holding you back. Have you had someone look at your ABS? Do you have activities related to teamwork, hobbies (e.g., sports), non-academia? Sorry for all these questions, hope they're not being intrusive.
  14. It's a great score, but I can see why you would be disappointed with your CARS score, based on your great practice score. I feel for you as I had to rewrite my MCAT several times just to break above 128 for my CARS so I could interview at Western (this was before their recent changes). You mentioned Western- have you looked at their Access Pathway application (https://www.schulich.uwo.ca/med_dent_admissions/medicine/access_pathway_applicants.html) which gives you flexibility on your MCAT score? How is your GPA for Ottawa, Toronto? How are you with OOP schools? Based on your numbers and extracurricular experience, you would be receiving interviews at Queen's- have you?
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