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  1. M1 from another school popping in here, hope everyone's hanging in there given everything going on! I sincerely feel for everyone waiting to hear back from Mac, and I can understand any frustration you might have. I interviewed at Mac 3 times before getting in, and if I were in your position I would be angry and upset and everything in between. I don’t think the situation was handled very well by McMaster, personally I think they should’ve at least tried to do an online MMI or something like the other schools did. To me, their approach almost seems they’re taking their “evidence-based” selection process to the logical extreme. They invented and supposedly validated the MMI process, so apart from that they don’t have a lot of recent data on other approaches to selection. It seems like they were faced with the problem of how to select for a population of students comparable to previous years without having the MMI, and landed on their top-100 + lottery method. They probably found that in previous years, the top 100 was the approximate threshold for 70ish% acceptance rate, and arbitrarily used that number as the cutoff. As for the lottery, the only way I can rationalize that is if they considered it impossible to otherwise identify the applicants that would’ve shined in the MMI enough to push their score up, and figured that a lottery is a “fair” way to guarantee a certain percentage of those people in the class. From a purely mathematical standpoint, I can rationalize the above thought process, but just like in medicine it's not all about the numbers and I feel like the lack of effort in arranging alternatives really showed a lack of sensitivity and disregard for the important, human aspects of medicine.
  2. I just declined my offer to Ottawa -- I hope this helps someone here and I wish everyone the best!
  3. I have just declined my offer to McMaster, I hope this helps someone here and I wish you all the best!
  4. Result: Accepted Time-stamp: May 14th, 7:47 am cGPA: 3.88 MCAT: 129 CARS CASPer: Got an Ottawa interview too so not bad! MMI: A couple not so hot, but came out feeling okay about the experience. Not amazing, but okay. Year: 1 year master's Geography: IP Congratulations to all accepted Choosing between schools now, but likely will be declining this offer
  5. Hey, First of all, I'm really sorry that things didn't turn out that well. I know how it feels to be rejected/waitlisted post-interview, especially when everyone keeps talking about the "good odds" that you have once you have an interview. I am always a PM away if you want to talk or vent or anything. Regarding your situation, you must be an amazing applicant to have received interviews everywhere in Ontario ! That definitely means something, that you are on the right path! But the interview process is very difficult, and doesn't necessarily reflect your ability to be a good physician. It must've been difficult to balance all your interviews with school and everything else going on in your life -- as someone who's experienced both having just one interview and having multiple, I know that it can be hard to tailor your preparation to specific schools when your schedule is so packed together! So give yourself a pat on the back -- even though there were no acceptances yet, you still have a chance at 3 schools. I would recommend that in the next few weeks, you take some time to seriously consider if medicine is what you want to pursue. This might be a quick decision, or it might take some time. But if you come to the conclusion that yes, this is your dream and you want to give it another shot, then go forward with your prep as usual. You're a veteran of the process now; you have years of experience to draw from and you know where to focus your work on. You might think that you've done everything you can for your interview preparation, but trust me, one can ever be completely ready. Think about your life and all the experiences that have led you to applying to medical school, all the struggles you've overcome to get to this point. Talk to your family, friends, physicians about your motivations. Do an honest reflection of what you could improve on and do everything in your power to become a more complete interviewee. And learn to let go -- visualize how you will live your life if medicine doesn't pan out, just in case. I found this really helped me calm my nerves at interviews, and kept me balanced. This kind of turned into a rant but I hope that some of it helped. I personally interviewed once in third year and was rejected, followed by another interview at the same school in fourth year, which led to a waitlist-turned-rejection. I feel like I was in a similar situation to you then -- I too thought that I had done everything I could the second time around. Somehow, I was able to find strength to re-apply this cycle and finally got in. So I have faith in you. You can do this! Again, don't be afraid to reach out
  6. TIME STAMP: February 13 at 5:00 P.M. Interview Date: March 2nd Result: Interview! wGPA: 3.94 MCAT: 128/129/130/128 ECs: PM me. Essays: Spent quite a bit of time working on them, but at least one of them I had to rewrite quite late into the process. Year: Masters Geography: IP
  7. Time Stamp: 11:30 am Invite/reject: Invite IP/OOP: IP SWOMEN (Y/N): N 2YGPA: 3.98 MCAT (CHEM/CARS/BIO/PYSCH): 128/129/130/128 ABS: I struggled with this. The way the AABS is structured made it hard for me because a lot of my leadership roles were in the community, a lot of of my community contributions involved a diversity of people, and so on... However, I think because of this my AABS was very cohesive, it was clear what my passions and interests were. I really feel for everyone in this thread who met last years cutoffs but didn't receive an invite. It is a big change that I don't think anyone expected, as it is their first year looking at AABS. However, to offer a different perspective (and a perspective I and many of my friends shared), there is no reason to ask for 9 ESSAYS, each of which are longer than the UofT essays, if they had no intention of taking a close look at them. And so my friends and I stressed over them.
  8. Invite! Time Stamp: 1:04 pm Location: IP Stream: English wGPA: 3.94 Current year: Graduated 2018, doing course-based masters ECs: Nothing too special, some volunteering and long-term research Casper: Good enough for Mac First time interviewing at Ottawa after 2 rounds, excited!
  9. Hey Potentiate, thanks for your comment! If it makes a difference, my wGPA for UofT was 3.92 last year and 3.80 in third year. For Ottawa it was 3.87 and 3.80 previously. How much does Queen's care about MCAT?
  10. Hi premed101! Long time lurker here, figured I would post today since I would like some advice and comments about my applications. I just graduated from uwo, applied to most Ontario schools the last 2 years and got only McMaster both years (rejected first year, waitlisted and then rejected this year). Here are my stats: MCAT: 127/128/129/127 (511) cGPA: 3.88 Ottawa wGPA: 3.94 UofT wGPA: 3.95 Recent/best 2y: 3.98 ECs: nothing too special, some volunteering with Autism Ontario, shadowing/research at hospitals, lots of research experience but no pubs. Have a couple of posters (second author) this year at real conferences and a first author publication hopefully submitted by September. Did a lot of hackathon stuff as well (awards, organizing events). This summer I plan to finish up the publication, volunteer more, and possibly rewrite my MCAT. I've already registered for a September date and started studying. What do you think my chances are next year? And should I rewrite my MCAT? Thanks
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