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  1. Thank you! I'm on the same boat. UBC has the blog update stating it'll accept any sitting up to Sept 28th and OMSAS replied to my email inquiry saying MCAT score report by November 1st.
  2. It is now. Check the admission's blog. All testing dates this year accepted for this application cycle. Which other school has changed MCAT deadlines?
  3. Hi all, UBC just announced that they'll accept all MCAT taken by Sept 28th this year, was there any announcement from the ontario schools for delayed MCAT deadlines? If so, can you point me to the correct source? Thank you very much!
  4. Goodluck! I'm in the same boat. I'm re-writing the MCAT in hope of a much better score and working in lab so I can get some publications under my belt. Gonna be a strange year not having to go to lectures.
  5. Sorry about the rejection. I don't understand how your stats can result in a rejection. Try again I guess? Second time is the charm?
  6. I remember that speech too. But there wasn't any indication that any station will be dropped. It was more like, don't worry if you sink one station, you get the other 10 to average it out.
  7. I agree. I've not heard anyone official say it will be dropped. The most I heard is that one bad station can be averaged out by the good performances in other stations. So I would practice with the exact mindset matchalatte had (nice username btw).
  8. Thank you UbcSci. I tried to make a formulated approach with like 2-3 points I was to discuss. It's very hard to do on the spot with only 2 minutes and also the nervousness. Also, in my interview, some interviewers were very responsive and started to elaborate on the point A so quickly that I did not at all have time to talk about point B, thus making my responses very one-dimensional. I guess something I would do differently will be have a good introduction sentence in the very beginning laying out Point A, B, and C to them. Then at least they'll recognize that I've got things to say but just need more time. The ACTING was really tough. In real life, I've not seen many like that. Well I guess they are trying to get you used to the stressfulness in clinical settings. Coming up with resolutions is tough in my stations. I've written 4 paragraphs with 1.75 pages single spaced. My writing becomes not legible after a while so I needed to slow down. Also, I wasn't really ready for the topic and took 3-4 minutes of thinking before putting down my first word. The "reasoning" and "people's experiences" are definitely good things to have in responses. I'll try to be better at talking about them concisely and precisely. I had some trouble describing life events so I took so much time describing them. I guess I need to be a better story-teller than I am now.
  9. Thank you for the fast reply. I just got a chance to fully read it. I really appreciate your thoughts on the questions. I definitely agree with the subjectivity of the interviews and I myself have interviewed others in the past for club and other scholar events. I tried to put structures in my answers this year but for some stations, I was cut half-way through my structure as the interviewer responded to one of my earlier points. Maybe because I did not fully elaborate on it that they wanted to hear more? What ended up happening is that I answered their follow-up and we continued discussion but the timer ran so quickly I never got a chance to go back to say my other points. I was like shaking their hands on the exit and saying "BTW, I wanted to say also this and this". I think this made me look very one-dimensional and thus if I ever practice again, I'd try to get my points out in the first two sentences and then say, I will elaborate on point A, and point B and so on. However, it is definitely nerve-racking to come up with at least two good solid points on the spot. I struggled with the legibility and speed of my writing as they have a negative correlation with each other. I wasn't ready for the topic I had so I sat for 3-4 minutes before putting a word on the page. I got 4 paragraphs done with an intro, two points, and conclusion. But I definitely think I need to write more on paper in my practice. (very different from typing as you cannot go back and correct stuff). For a lot of the discussion questions, I did try to bring back to medicine. But they are very loosely connected and I think I was kind of stretching the connection. I'd think again if I ever get a next time. I'm not really good at coming up with personal anecdotes on the spot and I guess I need to do more personal reflections before the interview so I can draw them out of my bag quickly. The interviewers are indeed very hard to predict. Generally I think myself as an out-going and approachable person in real life, but I guess my nervousness got in the way. A follow-up question: - Is there anything you'd recommend for me or others to prepare for the interviews? Or anything you find helpful to make a good first impression? Thank you again for your response.
  10. Hi Everyone, not sure if it is appropriate to start a new thread here. I'm currently a 3rd time re-applicant and received my first interview this year. I was really excited and practiced a lot from December-February by going over many topics, listening to the White Coat, Black Art, reading many books for interview tips (all that I can find in my school's career center), and practicing 1-2 times a week with other interviewees in my school. However, the real interview didn't go really well and I resulted in a "below average" interview mark (also a rejection). I was nervous in the first station just because the anxiety was high but later on I was more comfortable. My reflections of the interview were that I bombed one station where I was really off-topic and talking in circles, was okay in most other stations, and had 1-2 stations where I felt connection with the interviewer. I want to hear if anyone has any tips regarding the interview. Do you think we should use a formulated approach (by discussing impacts of an issue on a personal, community, and institutional levels) or a more conversational approach? How do you handle the ACTING station where the actor really do not cooperate? Do you have to always reach an agreeable solution in the end for acting stations? How much you've written for the writing station? Should you always try to relate topics back to medicine? (eg. you've discussed a time you had a fight. Then should you say, from this event, I've learned how to handle similar type of situation. Especially as a doctor, I can handle the relationships with co-workers, patients, and families better.) Should you always try to bring up personal anecdotes in the responses? (This is more towards the discussion questions not the personal-reflection questions. Some of the discussions really don't fit events in my life) Again, any tips would help me greatly! Please DO NOT discuss any interview question you have encountered as it's against the confidentially form we've signed.
  11. Yeah same. Previous years I can cope more easily as I'm pursuing an M.Sc. Now that's done. Will check out the job market in this "bad" season.
  12. Sorry to hear that my friend. I'm rejected too and it's my third app/first interview.
  13. Result: Regrets After Interview Geography: In province Early or Regular Deadline: Regular Timestamp: 7:03 am PST AGPA: 86.55 % (~25 from last year's app, no GPA change afterwards) NAQ score: 50th -75th Percentile (Inspect element tells me the NAQ is probably ~28, TFR~53) EC's - Finishing my M.Sc., declared manuscripts in prep but no publication (at June 1st, 2019 cutoff), many oral and poster presentations. University Student Research Club president and advisor, intramural team captain, long term care center volunteer, clinical/student assistant (shadowing), and some other miscellaneous things. MCAT: 508 (126 CARS) Interview: Below Average Interview (came out knowing that one station I was off topic, the other ones were pretty much average, and only one or two stations I think I did well). Year: Graduating MSc. Does anyone have any advice for me? Should I rewrite the MCAT? I'm thinking about reapplying but I'm interviewed this year just passing the IP cutoff. Also, if you have great advice on how to write up the NAQ descriptions, maybe we can DM?
  14. I was in bed. Just casually checking my phone cuz I knew they wouldn't send the email at 7AM PST. Man I was wrong. After seeing the headline of my email, I felt a rush of blood to my head. Took a deep breath and continued reading the email that started with " we regretfully inform you...."
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