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  1. you can definitely apply in your third year! on their MD application page they state that "applications will be accepted from students in good standing who will have successfully completed, prior to the beginning of June preceding registration, in a recognized university, three years of full-time studies" so as long as you're studying full-time in your third year, you should be good
  2. no problem at all, and it definitely is!! i really recommend it
  3. it really is!! the shifts tend to be 4 hours per week, however times are really flexible (given that you can volunteer from home!!) and you can also just pop in to the platform and take conversations outside shift times if you have free time as well! you also don't have to do the same time each week (and you can literally volunteer at any time of day, even at like 3 am if you wanted to lol) the conversations you can participate in are basically centred around anything that people text in with, so they can be super varied!! the really nice thing about it though is that there are ALWAYS supervisors online, so you have someone to ask questions to/iron out issues with if you face a conversation where it's a bit hard for you to know how to best help!
  4. no problem at all!! and yes, absolutely!!
  5. when i did it, you could choose between doing it for two-weeks (accelerated) or six-weeks (regular). i went for the six-week training and found it completely doable during a school semester, but the two weeks might be a bit tough to do if you're busy or close to exam time the training didn't take me as long as i thought it would though (and as long as they estimated it would take), but the time commitment is still definitely something to consider :/ volunteers will always be needed, so if you're busy at the moment, you could always consider it again in the future if it would be more feasible for you to handle later!
  6. it would definitely help in terms of getting volunteering experience, but more than that, it's SUCH a fantastic thing to get involved in and i can't recommend it enough!!!! to be honest, it can be a bit difficult and taxing at times, but it is SO fulfilling to do your best to help texters problem-solve and come out of the conversation feeling better than they did before
  7. one day post-interview and i have no idea how to feel time to let the worry set in best of luck to everyone who still has yet to interview!!!
  8. echoing the other commenters -- definitely try!! you have nothing to lose i know sickkids has a page for research volunteers and it says that the recruitment period is just whenever researchers want to take you on, so you definitely wouldn't be "late" for that! also i think that talking to profs is a great idea! it would also be really advantageous if you could talk to them in person by setting up a meeting (you can email them like normal but then offer to set up a meeting if they're down)
  9. there's a "big list" of panel (traditional interview) questions, as well as some great tips attached to the post here
  10. A passport should suffice! In the interview package, it says that either a passport or a driver's license (bearing your photo on it) should be good
  11. I'm also planning on leaving from Toronto! I'm probably going to plan a bit more concretely after the interview package is sent out, but at this point in time I think I'll most likely be taking VIA Rail..... really gotta figure that out lol Like the other commenter, I also plan on arriving the night before, and I'll most likely stay in a hotel or Airbnb to get a good night's sleep I also think it'd be best to sleep in Ottawa the night before (if you are able to) since even in addition to getting adequate sleep, I feel like it could be a lot less stressful already being there and ready to go on the day of your interview! Best wishes to you for your interview as well!!
  12. Invite/Rejection: invite Time Stamp: 3:15 pm (est) Location: IP Stream: english cGPA/wGPA: wGPA is 3.87 (!!!!!! really wasn't expecting an invite at all....... i'm in disbelief) not sure about cGPA calculation but definitely much lower Current year: 5th year overall, 4th year of my current program (UG) ECs: some research but no pubs, rest is pretty varied but nothing that stands out imo Casper (general thoughts): honestly didn't feel too great about it :/ i practiced for a couple days but when it came down to it i felt like a lot of my answers fell kinda flat? i'm so shocked and feel so blessed tbh..... congratulations to everyone who got an interview and for the people who didn't get one, ily all and hope you get good news from another school this cycle <3
  13. I'm really sorry to hear about the tough times you've been through I believe in you and I'm so happy to hear that you're going to focus more on taking care of yourself, that's definitely the most important thing! In my second year, I switched from a totally different program to the one that I'm in now and I am SO happy I did it. I was really sad in my old program, and switching to something I enjoy more made such a difference in my grades -- I don't regret it one bit This made a fifth year necessary for me as well (I'm in my fifth year right now) but I think it's totally worth it, and taking an extra year is helping me GPA-wise (fingers crossed I don't screw up in my last semester right now though lol ) Also, as the commenter above me said, I don't think this could negatively affect your application at all! From what I know about med applications, they pretty much disregard your major and just look at grades/ECs/casper/whatever else is relevant, so no worries there
  14. Super happy to hear that!! All the best for your applications
  15. I honestly have no idea I think the best thing would be to contact OMSAS directly, since you're in a pretty unique situation and I'm not sure if anyone here would be able to give you an informed/correct answer Fingers crossed that everything is okay!
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