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    Waitlist Thread 2019

    I'm actually confused by what @ChickenDinner said. Since Queen's focuses heavily on extracurriculars and now Western is as well, in addition to the fact that Western's CARS cut-off went down to a 128 (pretty unheard of) and both have a 2-year GPA, wouldn't the applicant pool between the two be more similar? I would argue that Western's CARS cut-off, which was previously a really high barrier, now being lowered would make it more accessible for potential Queen's candidates in terms of getting interviews and ultimately being accepted at Western. There would be more potential movement from Queen's -> Western. Also for FB, accepted people can join but don't necessarily have to leave the group if they accept another offer right? So it wouldn't be an accurate representation of who is ending up at Queen's.
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    Waitlist Thread 2019

    Do waitlist offers ever go out before 2 weeks? Don't want to keep refreshing my email
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    May 14 Countdown

    Me, a hopeful this coming Tuesday: https://i.imgur.com/mZLHpZx.gifv
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    Because that's my second cycle of application, where my 5th year was counted and raised my wGPA. In my first cycle, my wGPA was high 3.7 and based off of my 3rd and 4th year. If you want to check that too, you won't find it because I never got around to posting my stats for my first cycle. That's the limitation of using these forums to determine your chances- many people don't end up posting.
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    My wGPA was below 3.8 and I still got an interview at Queen's. Western lowering their GPA cutoff is not likely and I wouldn't bet on it. I'd focus on doing an extra year or two and aim to surpass Western's wGPA.
  6. Somebody's found the fountain of youth! Hope you share the location with the older med students. Non-trad is a pretty broad term- plenty of successful applicants come from having worked a job before or after undergrad. For all intents and purposes you'll apply and be considered as an undergraduate applicant. Wishing you a very good outcome- people always have a favorite location for school but often have to end up moving somewhere else.
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    low GPA lost hope

    Like you I also focused heavily on extracurriculars I enjoyed and found fulfilling in undergrad, to the detriment of my cumulative GPA, which is lower than yours. Although I haven't been accepted yet, I still received interviews at Western and Queens this year. If you focus on your GPA for your final and if needed 5th years, I'm sure you'll be in a great position. Once you are able to get to the interview stage, the passion and involvement you've displayed in your interests can only help you come across as a well rounded applicant. Don't be discouraged, but don't be afraid to ease up on your othe commitments so you can focus on your academics. You'll be all right.
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    Bad interview

    Same, had a pretty busy week and I was absolutely wiped when I went into the interview. I think the fatigue must have set in because I was totally rambling for a few questions and had to ask the interviewers to repeat a question a few times LOL- I swear the med student was staring at me in confusion for a good chunk of it. Can only hope it was a good overall impression
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    Western Written Component

    I believe the range was a recommendation for the actual requirement being that since it's a summary, it would be incorrect to write one that is the length of the original paper. I wouldn't stress about it, you won't fail just because you're a sentence shorter!
  10. I think it's very reasonable and realistic to be thinking about how moving such a long distance away to a new environment is going to affect you and your efforts in med school. For quite a few people, moving to Kingston can be their first big move and can be a huge change in terms of friends, family, and culture. It can be a big shock and need adjustment. I think it's very mature for them to think ahead to how they'll adapt to it instead of blindly going forward with it just because it might be their only chance. Good for them. MMI: I enjoyed the acting ones, felt pretty realistic and a good test of people skills. One or two that were just.. so much to parse in terms of the question being asked. First one was rough but warmed up after that. Panel: Had very nice panel interviewers this time who asked me some very insightful questions about my experiences and background. Enjoyed this conversation a lot. Volunteers: just the sweetest like last year. A wholesome bunch.
  11. Result: Invite Time Stamp: Thu, Jan 31, 9:39 AM Interview Date: Undecided wGPA/cGPA: 3.92 or 3.93, unsure/abysmal (thank you Queens so much for your 2-year gpa) Year: Finished undergrad, now working MCAT: 129/131/130/130 -> 520 ECs: Volunteering in medical first response team for 4 years (>1000 hours maybe), ad-hoc mental health support for a friend, short-term stints in senior care & hospitals. Long-term music hobby (pretty low-key, but over a decade). Been doing some sports for a while, also fairly low-key (intramural team with some great friends for ~ 3 years, some solo sports for ~5-6 years). A moderate amount of research for since 2015, no publications at time of application submission. Some short-term service work. Geography: Ontario Last year, I received an invite with a 3.79 wGPA and 514 MCAT (~127/128/128/131). I hope that my previous GPA encourages people with a similar situation.
  12. Time Stamp: Invite/reject: Invite IP/OOP: IP SWOMEN (Y/N): N 2YGPA: 3.92 or 3.93, not sure MCAT (CHEM/CARS/BIO/PYSCH): 129/131/130/130 -> 520 ABS Score (If available): N/A I talked about volunteering with my emergency response team, intramural sports, hospital volunteering, some community religious practice stuff, some research, some long-term music extracurriculars, mental health advocacy, and some of my personal issues overcoming immigration, a low SES environment, and difficult family circumstances. Most of these were pretty low-key and did not lead to awards or recognition (if they even care about that), but many were long-term. I tried to really think about what I took away from each experience. I'm feeling a little blue about the fact that I spent an extra summer and way too much money to rewrite my MCAT twice just to overcome that CARS cutoff, which ended up being lowered to my first test result anyway! Money that could have went towards OMSAS application fees instead of currently racking up my credit card payments... I personally think it's best that they look for applicants who have had experiences that they've hopefully taken something away from, but I understand that it is frustrating to have a big change happen so quickly and affect people's chances- doubtless just as qualified..
  13. Hi Arisarz, Have you tried applying to available job listings? If you look at the careers section for the Toronto hospital websites you should hopefully find a couple that pertain to your skills. Just be sure to tailor your resume and cover letter to each position and be prepared to apply liberally and wait a couple months, as it's pretty competitive. I had been doing that for my gap year as well and got a few bites at SickKids and the like (Edit: I don't have a MSc either but applied anyway). Best of luck!
  14. lol do me too GPA: 3.59 CARS: 131 CASPER: No idea, probs average IP
  15. You could try reaching out to profs of classes you took, preferably ones that you did very well in. For hospitals, some of them preferentially select candidates from people already volunteering at their hospital. You could also look into whether your school as a work-study program and if there is an RA position available. If you're not hearing back from your applications, might want to visit your school's career counsellor and have them look over your resume. Try to tailor your resume for each job's description. Good luck and probably just takes some persistence.