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  1. Result: Accepted to St. George Timestamp: May 14th Email Subject Line: University of Toronto MD Offer Letter (for those who are curious about what the email looks like) wGPA: 3.94 or 3.95, can't remember exactly how it would have been rounded MCAT: Above the cutoffs ECs: Average to above average. Significant amounts of hospital volunteering, tutoring, research (outside of grad school), a few awards/scholarships and a lot of student leadership. I think overall it was essentially stuff you'd expect from any pre-med, nothing I would classify as truly unique. Kept the clusters in mind when choosing my ECs and describing them in the ABS statements. Brief Personal Essays: Started to brainstorm two weeks before the deadline, but actually wrote them in the last two days before the deadline (I don't recommend this as I didn't have time to allow others to proofread). I thought they were adequate for what is expected of an MD applicant, although nothing spectacular that would blow someone's mind. I focused more on exposing my experiences/viewpoint rather than trying to artificially fit in those clusters; made three of them personal and one was fairly impersonal. 
Interview: Coming out of it I thought it was mediocre overall and I cringed several times in the subsequent weeks about some of things I said. My personal breakdown of all 4 stations was : 1- above average; 2- average ; 3- good ; 4- below average Year: MSc Completed (no first author publications, so I was likely evaluated as an undergrad)
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    "Tell me about yourself"

    I would definitely be prepared for a question like this. People usually think that because a question is super cliché it will never be asked, but remember that it's cliché for a reason. Speaking from my own experience, I think it's likely you'll get at least one of those at panel/MPI interviews, and it'll look bad if you can't properly answer something as basic as that.
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    Post Interview Feelings 2019

    March 2nd. Although the other two interviewers were more like "meh, next" lol
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    Post Interview Feelings 2019

    Honestly, it's always hard to gauge; considering all 4 stations I thought I did mediocre overall. I thought time went by really quickly at each station, and it felt more like a conversation rather than an interrogation lol. For 2 of them I talked all the way to the end, for another 2 I had time to ask the interviewers a question. I'm curious as to what other people think about interviewer behaviour/reactions. Like, how fake are they? If you get an interviewer that says "I think that was a really good answer" or at the end of the interview says "I think you'd make a great addition to the program" should these be taken seriously or is it just the interviewer trying to be nice without actually meaning what they say?
  5. They've said in one of their webinars that how much notice you are given before an interview is to a significant extent related to your geographical location as it relates to Toronto. Meaning people on the west coast and outside of Canada are likely to be given notice a month in advance of their interview date compared to someone living in Mississauga.
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    AEE

    Unfortunately they don't release the GPA accommodations they provide (if they provide an accommodation at all) for those who write an AEE. Having said that, I would be really surprised if they were to drop your first two years entirely and consider only your last two, just because that would mean much less courses overall for GPA calculation than most other applicants. If you go back to school you could also become competitive for Ottawa, while at the same time continuing to build your ECs...
  7. I wrote one, but it wasn't to explain bad grades but rather to make sure they knew I was in a co-op program so they could still apply the wGPA to my application. I interviewed with them March 2nd
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    LOL
  9. I don't think it's offensive at all to state Queen's is not one's first choice of medical school. Everyone has their own preferences as to where they want to attend, nothing wrong in being honest about it so long as their tone isn't derogatory. People need to stop being so easily "offended" by trivial stuff.
  10. No, it would not be safe to assume that. Their interviews run all the way into April, and they say they try to send out invitations approximately 2 weeks before your assigned interview date (in rare occasions even 3 business days before if there's a cancellation).
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    Masters and UofT

    As mentioned above, having a publication was never a requirement to apply as a graduate applicant. But they did mention in some of their webinars that a first author publication is what they were looking for in graduate applicants in order to receive a graduate review (which I assume can make an application more competitive); without that publication I think a graduate student would just be lumped with all of the undergrads.
  12. Nobody really knows the logistics of how they conduct their evaluations, but they have stressed out a few times that the date in which you receive an interview invite or rejection is not reflective of your ranking among other applicants.
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    WGPA and the FCEs

    I don't think they would have access to your 4th year marks throughout the admissions cycle. Transcripts have to reach OMSAS before the final marks for your 4th year fall courses even become available.
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    WGPA and the FCEs

    From their FAQ: ACADEMICS: Can I take first or second year courses in my third or fourth year? You are expected to complete studies that correspond with your current year. For example, if you are applying for admission while registered in the third year of undergraduate studies, you should have at least three third-year or higher courses in your program. If you are in the fourth year of your program, you should be enrolled in a majority of courses at the third- and fourth-year levels. Please note that this is an expectation rather than a requirement. It is recognized that at times, students take courses in lower years for various reasons, such as a change in program or to complete subjects of interest or prerequisites that did not fit the academic schedule previously. If you have information about your academics you feel is important for the Admissions Committee to know, you may explain your individual circumstances using the Academic Explanations Essay within the OMSAS application. TLDR: You're safe.
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