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  1. Not at all. A lot of the c2021 members are in that group, as well as a lot of students who don't intend to accept their offer to McMaster (and will go to other schools). Definitely don't put too much weight in the size of the facebook group.
  2. Hmm. First and foremost, I would suggest you look at the official stats for previous entering classes at Mac (https://mdprogram.mcmaster.ca/md-program-admissions/how-we-select) and the selection formula (https://mdprogram.mcmaster.ca/md-program-admissions/how-we-select/selecting-our-students) McMaster's interview selection formula is pretty clear-cut. CARS is 32% of your pre-interview score, GPA is 32%, CASPer is 32%, and there's a 1%/4% boost for Masters/PhD. If you look at previous years' stats, there are a couple of students each year who get accepted to the school with CARS scores from 123-125 (and probably more than that get interviewed with those CARS scores), but this must mean that their GPA and/or CASPer is extremely stellar. Likewise, there are a couple dozen students who get accepted to the school with a GPA 3.00-3.59 (and probably more than that get interviewed with those GPAs), but this must mean that their CASPer and/or CARS is extremely stellar. Your overall GPA (I calculated it as 3.565, correct me if I'm wrong) would be below the entering average of ~3.84, which would put you at a disadvantage. Likewise with CARS. CASPer is an unknown quantity and there's no way to know how you would perform. It is possible that it could be a very stellar CASPer and secure an interview for you. The PhD boost could help. Probabilistically though, securing an interview with your GPA and CARS would be a challenge (although, again, not impossible). My recommendation would be to rewrite the MCAT. If you can secure a CARS score 128+, this would greatly increase your chances at an interview. I highly recommend going through Mac's selection formula and looking at the previous stats for yourself. I hope that helped. Let me know if you have any other questions.
  3. I find it a bit odd too. But I like OP's pomposity and speechifying. It makes their defence riveting and moving to the point where I forget it's a defence of money. Not that there's anything wrong with that! Money's a fair motivator and it exists in medicine with that specific purpose: to attract people. But yeah, it does seem a bit problematic to only be concerned with the money aspect and overlook the others. To OP: you say it's not just money and there are other factors (possibly "intellectual appeal"). Fine. Good. The reason you got a lot of "Look beyond money" advice is because that's all you asked about in your original post for radiology (or plastic surgery, for that matter) and didn't ask about the other considerations. And radiology and plastic surgery are, well, a bit notorious for being high-paying jobs. If there are other factors drawing you to radiology or plastic surgery, then good on you. But insofar as money and pay is concerned, I think you've got some really good advice sprinkled in with the slight ridicule in this thread. Cheers.
  4. I would agree with this. I'll also add that, in my experience, the ABS is not so much about what you've done as much as it is about how you've framed it. Presentation is everything for the ABS. And there are ways to strategically combine certain activities into fewer ABS entries, while still showing the same breadth of experience.
  5. There's a lot of free prep out there. You could even just create your own CASPer scenarios because they're everyday cases surrounding collaboration and conflict. I'd recommend collecting all the free prep you can (feel free to PM me for the free prep I found) and having it reviewed by another person. Doesn't necessarily have to be someone in healthcare, that can be hit or miss, but as long as it's someone you trust, it's fine. It could even be someone who's also writing CASPer with you.
  6. I was under this impression too. However, when I contacted RBC and asked them about it, they said that they waive all credit card and banking fees through residency as well (and the two year grace period) because "RBC considers residency as part of school". If you're in the GTA area, PM me and I'll let you know the name of the RBC specialist I was in contact with (they reassured me about the fees being waived, and offered every other standard perk for med students).
  7. I think you might still have a shot. On their website, they say your 2YGPA is "most recent two full-time years GPA". If your undergrad was four years and your fourth year was the one where you only did one semester with three courses, that might mean your most recent two full-time years GPA is your second and third year GPA. Contact them to confirm though. https://meds.queensu.ca/academics/undergraduate/prospective-students/applying/application-process
  8. It probably will be their basement. Nonetheless, it’s the right one, if you found it as a BLS Healthcare Provider Course on the H&S website. You’ll get the proper certification.
  9. There are upper years in that group and I see colleagues who I know have accepted offers elsewhere. I wouldn't put too much stock in how many people are in the group.
  10. Thank you all. After conferring with many individuals in both programs, I have made the decision to accept McMaster. I really appreciate the help everyone has provided.
  11. I've declined my offer at Queen's University, which will open up a spot. I wish all of you the best. One way or another, everything will work out; please do not lose sight of that. Best wishes.
  12. I've accepted my offer at McMaster. I wish all of you the best. You'll all do great things and one way or another, everything will work out. Please do not lose sight of that. Best wishes.
  13. Hi everyone, I apologize in advance, because I recognize that this question has been asked before. I have searched through all of Premed101 and read those threads carefully. However, I would still love some additional perspectives, specifically from graduates (or those in clerkship) in either McMaster Medicine or Queen's Medicine (although I welcome other perspectives on this as well). Coming from a mainly PBL-based background, I recognize that I have the potential to thrive at Mac, but I also recognize that PBL isn't always as effective. As a result, Queen's blend between PBL and didactic learning appeals to me. How do grads/clerks of either program feel that the curriculum is structured at their respective schools? I also recognize that McMaster is condensed into three years and their clerkship schedule can be a bit messy, with some students starting on electives and not being able to experience vital electives until post-CaRMS. I have heard that Queen's clerks have much greater flexibility with how their clerkship blocks and electives are structured. Do graduates/clerks from Mac feel they were disadvantaged because of the clerkship lottery and/or have they witnessed other peers being disadvantaged? Conversely, how do Queen's grads/clerks find their clerkship experience is structured/are they satisfied with it? I also want to ensure that I gain the maximum exposure possible to all different fields within medicine, as I am not yet certain what exactly I would like to do. With that being said, how satisfied are those at Mac and Queen's with the opportunities for observerships/electives at their respective schools? Are there ample opportunities to gain exposure to everything at both or would I be better off selecting one school over the other because of a difference in opportunities? With that, if I cannot find a specific elective at my school, is it difficult/harder to arrange a visiting elective at another school? Lastly, how has your overall experience at your respective school been? Have you enjoyed your time there? Have there been things you really liked? Have you had any qualms or disgruntlements with the program? I realize that those are a lot of questions and that different individuals' answers will vary. Regardless, thank you so much for taking the time to read this and possibly reply. I could really benefit from some additional perspectives.
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