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  1. I was rejected from u of a post interview for the second time around With a 3.92 gpa, 518 MCAT and 8/17 EC score (max was 12, avg for interview invite was 6). unfortunately u of a only tells you if you pass or fail your interview and doesn’t provide any feedback But given that my other stats are decently competitive I’m assuming it’s my interview score holding me back (for reference I’ve passed the interview last year and this year so I’m not doing the worst I could be doing which gives me hope). so I’ve spent a couple hours looking through the forums to try and gather advice and resources for MMI practice/improvement and had a couple questions. 1. I’ve seen a lot of mixed opinions on prep companies, are there any that are currently relevant that anyone could recommend? (Some of the old threads had links that no longer work) 2. Is anyone on here willing to assist me who knows how assessors are grading interviews (I’m willing to pay as well)? 3. are there any books that anyone can recommend? at this point I’m really willing to try anything to improve and would greatly appreciate any help or suggestions I realize there are other post like this but I just wanted any up to date suggestions and if anyone is willing to assist me that would be awesome! as a side note the things that I have been doing the last two cycles to prep are the following: mock mmi through my schools career centre, practiced with 2 people who were interviewers for med and dent (I received critiques such as saying filler words less and expanding on my ideas but by the end of it both people said my answers were above average and didn’t think I was horrible so I may have been over confident and not realized I wasn’t doing as well as I could) and then I also did self prep by myself for hours.
  2. Hi, I am currently doing my PhD and really would like to finish the degree as it is relevant to both my interests and my ideal future career if I was to get accepted to medical school so I am wondering if there are any med schools aside from u of a which allow you to defer admission to finish a PhD or allow transfer into the MD/PhD program if you are doing your PhD already at another institution? ( I’m also really conflicted as I don’t want to apply broadly and screw over my supervisor By leaving early I think that is unfair but I want to keep my chances of admission as high as possible) so far I have been lucky enough to interview at u of a twice but was unsuccessful and would like to broaden my application list if it is possible just to keep my chances the highest. thanks!
  3. I’m pretty sure it’s some sort of pass/fail where if you fail they remove your application but if you pass it’s still grade in some way. It says in the FAQ that it’s graded like an OSCE so if you do poorly on X amount of the interview you fail or something along those lines?
  4. Looking back at the feedback given to those that didn’t receive and interview the average PA score was 6/17 for IP and 7/17 OOP (max 12 for both) so I’m assuming interviews are more than just pass/fail. regardless, congrats to those accepted
  5. Result: regrets Geography: IP GPA: 3.92 MCAT: 518 Degree: BSc (honours), currently doing PhD E.C: 8/17 (4/17 last year but pretty similar just added some publications and scholarships aside from more hours to my volunteering) Interview: passed (passed last year too) Thoughts: just really sad at this point. Not sure what to do to improve aside from the interview and really didn’t want to have to go through this a third time
  6. Yeah I’m not sure how they calculate things but I’m guessing interviews are more than just pass fail but tough to say. My gpa is 3.92, mcat is 518 , activities was 8/17 (And I believe the average in previous years has been around 7-10 for accepted?) and I passed the interview. Last year my activities was 4/17 so I thought that was what was holding me back but I guess I have to work on interviewing!
  7. There will be a document tab on the left hand side. Good luck!
  8. I feel like I had a positive experience overall. Interviewers smiled and laughed which made me more comfortable (although last year the same thing happened in my panel and I was not accepted so i think it means very little haha). I felt like the first minute I definitely rambled a bit but calmed after I got into the flow of things. Now the dreaded wait starts
  9. I had a friend who completed their masters and got the additional point for it while on the waitlist and according to what they were told by the admissions office they shouldn’t worry about being waitlisted since the additional points from a masters is enough to bring someone from the bottom of the waitlist to the top. I have no idea if this is actually true in anyway but If it is it kind of illustrates how tight the competition is between competitive applicants so I’m certain if that was the case it can make a big difference if you’re already competitive and make you competitive if you are lacking in other areas. But again that’s just anecdotal and in no way do I know the validity of this.
  10. I didn’t fill out all my entries last year maybe 12/16 I think and I got an interview but I also only scored 4/17 on my activities. This year I think I filled out 13-14 and I also got an interview.
  11. Result: Invite!GPA: 3.92MCAT: 518 Current Degree: PhD, HBSc completed 2019Geography (IP/OOP): IPExtracurricular Activities (awards, achievements, volunteering, employment, research, etc.): Detailed In previous posts but probably not the best (4/17 score last year). A couple jobs, sports (lots of different sports and awards etc), coaching, volunteering. Some research funding both undergrad level and grad level. No publications but I did have 3 submitted coauthors included on my app idk if they even count those, 2 published abstracts from international conference that I did a poster at.CASPer: No idea last year I did pass the casper test but I also passed the interview and didn’t get an invite so not sure how it’s included into selection process.
  12. I had an interview at UAlberta but not Calgary last year. Calgary seems a bit more variable with how much weight is on the personal essays. I have friends who didn’t interview there 1 year but got really high preinterview scores the year after but take is just my perception by no means do I know specifics.
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