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  1. Congrats to everyone who received offers and waitlists today! Some info about waitlist to help people better understand their chances: 1. Western has a lot of waitlist movement. Historically, the high waitlist is almost always cleared, so even if you were placed on the normal waitlist, there's still a decent chance you'll receive an offer as the summer moves on. Waitlist movement continued into August last year, so there's still lots of time and you shouldn't give up yet! Unfortunately, I don't think anyone from the low waitlist has received an offer in the past several years. 2. What waitlist am I on? High: "In recent years, applicants in your position on the Wait List have received an offer of admission." Normal: "Although you were not ranked to receive an offer at this time, it was recommended that your name be placed on our Wait List. Any offer that is not accepted will be filled by an individual from the Wait List." Low: "In recent years, applicants in your position on the Wait List have not received an offer of admission."
  2. This is completely true. Medical schools don't care what your undergrad is in, so you should pick something you're passionate about and will do well in. There are really only "premed" programs in the sense that they will teach you a lot of the background content that may make your preclerkship years in medicine easier, but they do not guarantee you a place in med school or make you any more competitive than someone who has a different background.
  3. Western has a 3-person panel (senior medical student, physician, community member), and you will get a pretty broad range of questions. Be prepared for classics like "tell me about yourself", traditional "tell me about a time you (insert CanMEds role)", and a few ethics/scenario questions that might be linked to current concerns in healthcare. For the writing portion, you're asked to summarize an article. You can't (and really shouldn't) prepare for it- your time is much better spent on interview prep.
  4. While I acknowledge people's frustration over changing goalposts, I think Western's change this year is commendable. The reality is, high MCAT and GPA scores are not good predictors of who will become good physician. The aamc has been looking into how medical students and physicians perform based on their entrance scores, and there is no significant difference between someone with a 132 CARS and a 126, for example. Even more importantly, arbitrarily high cutoffs unnecessarily favour more privileged students (those who can afford tutors, expensive prep courses, not having to work for a summer while they study) and results in less class diversity. By lowering cutoffs in favour of an additional aABS, Western is taking steps to ensure that they've still selected students who are likely to succeed academically, but come from more diverse backgrounds and will better reflect the patient populations they'll be serving. As for the quality of someone's EC's, don't assume that just because you've done something unique or flashy, that it holds more value than someone else's accomplishments. Just because Candidate 1 could afford to take a summer off to travel and do charity work in another country, doesn't mean that experience holds any more value than the experiences of Candidate 2, who had to work full time in customer service to support their family. File reviewers are often trained to look for these issues, and would be asked to look through essays and evaluate personal character or what was learned from an experience, not what was actually done. TLDR; Thinking you have the best scores or flashiest ECs does not make you any more deserving than anyone else, and expressing sentiments of entitlement really make your privilege show.
  5. The reality is that there is a limited number of spots and not everyone who 'deserves' a spot can receive one. The system can really feel like a lottery. That being said, it might be worth doing some serious self-reflection if you're upset enough to be threatening legal action despite receiving calls from other schools.
  6. There is no program that will improve your chances- almost all medical schools in Ontario don't care what program you were enrolled in. With that in mind- pick a program that you actually enjoy and not one for the "prestige". You want to be somewhere that you'll be happy if you're going to dedicate 4+ years of your life to it.
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