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  1. Is this normal for verifiers to be contacted this early in the cycle? Only one of mine has been contacted so far to my knowledge, but is this a red flag or anything if it is occuring this early on?
  2. Correct me if I am wrong, but U of S doesn't look at extracirriculars or experinces to my knowledge. If this is the case, than how can it be argued that they value diversity? IMO the MMI cannot thoroughly select for diverse applicants or those with unique experinces on its own.The only thing I could see in regards to them valuing diversity would be having seats for rural and indigenous applicants, but I am personally unaware of how many seats they reserve for each of those. I understand the need to keep physicians within Sask, and obviously if you train someone born in Sask they are more likely to practice there. With all that being said, I don't think it is fair to say that a value on diversity explains the relatively low stats for IP matriculants. Evidence points to the source of this being lower amounts of competition.
  3. Not that I am the expert on this, but I sincerely hope that they increase residency spots as well, or at least have some gap (in the maritimes?) that they are trying to fill. The last thing we need is more people going unmatched.
  4. I believe it is 3 courses each based on what they have on their site for fall/winter.
  5. Wow... this will surely hurt a lot of applicants if it is the case. Considering rumours that the U of A is moving away from "just high stats" applicants, I wonder how much this would hurt well rounded applicants with one lower year. It kind of sucks that fourth years for the last cycle would have quite an advantage on us in that scenario, but I guess that is the nature of this process
  6. Sorry for posting a year later, I am just a first time applicant looking for information on old posts What do you mean by preparing stories? Did this just entail thinking of some meaningful experinces?
  7. What did you think of the programs offered at each school you were accepted at, and what made you choose U of A in the end?
  8. Hey all, I was just searching for some previous threads that have supposedly been posted on how to essentially properly word and write the key areas on your application. Obviously, there is the general advice like write based off of CANMEDS, show how you grew from your experience or what you learned etc. However, I was looking for some more detailed posts on how to write an application beyond the aforementioned. I have used the search bar to no avail, and haven't really been able to find anything unfortunately. Could anyone link me to some of these previous threads/guidelines? Thank you
  9. Forgive me, as I am sure this has been asked a trillion times, but I am just looking for some clarification. The following is stated on UWO's website: "It is acceptable to attend university on a part-time basis and still be considered for admission to the MD Program. However, given the rigorous nature of medical education, we require that two years be spent in full-time study (September to April) in which each year contains the minimum of five full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours), with at least three full course equivalents (18 credit hours) whose published academic level is at or above the year of study: Year 1: three of five full course equivalents at or above the first-year level Year 2: three of five full course equivalents at or above the second-year level Year 3, 4 and additional undergraduate years: three of five full course equivalents at or above the third-year level." I am currently a U of A student entering my fourth year. If I am taking 10 courses during my fourth year as a full time student (5 per semester), does this mean that as long as 6/10 of my courses are 300 or 400 level (3rd of 4th year courses), I will be fine? I was previously under the impression that for the fourth year, I had to make sure 6/10 of my courses were at the 400 level, not the 300 or 400 level. I am currently registered to take four 300 lvl and 2 400 lvl courses for my final year- should this be alright? Thank you everyone Update: Answered my own question with the FAQ Everyone disregard this post
  10. Keep us all updated if you learn anything of interest !
  11. I was wondering the same thing. I have no idea how they will alter it, if it all. I am a first-time applicant this cycle, so I am not even completely sure if this isn't some disclaimer type thing they post on their site annually. That being said, this could be good or bad. I was definitely a fan of the drop the lowest year policy, but something like a Queens/Western style weighting also wouldn't be bad IMO. Hopefully they don't switch to something akin to U of T, or remove the weighting altogether. Changes like that would hurt my chances severely It could even be as minor as no longer assessing spring/summer courses taken on a full time basis. I don't know if anyone can truly answer this. We will probably just have to wait and see.
  12. Wow, I am still in undergrad but reading this is super disheartening, had know idea residency programs could screen based upon that. Considering students are allowed to apply to medical school with any undergrad degree, I wonder if difficulty of the undergrad degree and relevance (this is limited obviously) to the specialty of choice will be factored in. Moreover, this seems to just defeat the whole point of admissions to med school. Applicants may have done poorly one year, but could have had a high GPA for every other year. Why should someone be penalized for learning how to study properly and improve their grades how many years later at the point of CARMS? They already proved they were capable by jumping through all the hoops to gain admission to medical school. It seems so unfair to penalize people for something so long ago after they have already gotten into med. Furthermore, if they screen based upon undergrad grades, why stop there? Why shouldn't they look at old MCAT scores, and see who has taken the exam more than once and such? I am just blown away that a largely irrelevant metric can be used to differentiate applicants for competitive CARMs residencies, espicially when other factors from the undergrad time aren't observed (MCAT, ECs, finances etc.). As someone who didn't do so hot in their first year, and someone with a less traditional undergraduate degree, I don't know if I should even bother trying for anything competitive if I get into med. My grades are good for the most part, but I don't have straight 4.0s.
  13. I don't think schools would allow you to write that late and then be screwed over by being unable to release your scores to them. That being said, I am not the expert. Could someone else chime in?
  14. For those of you who have been offered an interview, accepted, or waitlisted within the past couple of years, how many activities did you have filled out on your application. I know that there are four slots for each of the four categories (employment, leadership roles, volunteer work, and life experience). I think I will personally have about 14 or 15 entries. Is this going to put me in a bad position? I am hesitant to try to force minor things into my application just to pad. I feel like only things that I significantly contributed to over a certain period of time are appropriate. Any thoughts?
  15. Do you have a link to this? I am not sure which video you are reffering to in specific.
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