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  1. QueenStan

    IMG and CARMS residency

    That's why I think the QUARMS program at Queens is such a missed opportunity. Region lock it to rural Ontario and look for low SES / racially diverse candidates.
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    low GPA lost hope

    3.84 GPA is more than competitive. Ace CARS. That's the only one that really matters for most Canadian medical schools. Get 127/128 on everything else and 130 on CARS, which is easier said than done, and you'll be golden for everywhere. For your GPA it depends on the school. I think Queens is the only one that doesn't care about course level, so you could take extra years or a second degree with a full course load and still count towards your wGPA. Western requires the courses to be at your current level of study (ie: 500 if you're fifth year, etc).
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    Waitlist Thread 2019

    I was told they were matriculating more students this year but I'm not sure how they intend to accommodate the extra students. I think they're just opening up more spots since our classrooms can technically hold more, which means the size of the 2023 class will be larger without impacting the 100 or whatever. I'm fairly certain it was discussed in either the town hall or something similar but you'd be hard pressed to find concrete numbers online (classic Queens). 10 was the max I heard but it could be in the single digits. They could also offer to 10 candidates but only 5 take them. Similar to how Queen's gives out ~190 offers of admissions but the class size is only ~100.
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    Waitlist Thread 2019

    Should have said "MMTP" not ROC. They describe it here: https://meds.queensu.ca/academics/undergraduate/prospective-students It's a program designed for military applicants. They do not subtract spots from the regular applicant pool but rather open up additional ones.
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    Waitlist Thread 2019

    Keep in mind this year they offered acceptance to more MMTP candidates (7-10) and 10 (I think) First Nations individuals so the 2023 class will be larger than the 2022 class. I got off the waitlist in late May and there's no reason people won't this year. If I were to hazard a guess people joined multiple Facebook groups to check out the classes and maybe ask questions, I know I would if I had multiple acceptances.
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    IMG and CARMS residency

    I'm confused, are your IMG colleagues moving to Canada before matching? Or are these foreign trained docs (ie completed residency) who move to Canada before obtaining a job? I'd argue that it isn't the responsibility of Immigration Canada to determine the competitiveness of a job market, rather it's the responsibility of the immigrant to make sure they have a job lined up before immigrating. Plus I thought having a job in a country you're moving to is required for immigration unless things have changed since I moved.
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    UAlberta vs UofT vs Queen's

    Yup there are definitely less learners. What you may be referring to is something like the plastics department. We have a fully staffed department at KGH but no residency program so while you can still do clerkship rotations there you can't match to Queens in plastics. However, this is helpful in other ways since the docs don't have any residents to hand off research to. The only reason you'll be working until 70 is if you want to. TBH you could pay off your debt in 5-10 years no problem if you decided that's what you wanted to do. Pick what makes you happy, if that's being with your family in UofT then do that. Don't get bogged down in the minor differences between schools.
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    UAlberta vs UofT vs Queen's

    Queen's has every specialty at KGH? Not sure what you mean by that. Perhaps you meant more niche fellowships like neurosurgeon ped-onc? Or did you mean during clerkship? You will rotate through "satellite" hospitals for your clerkship rotations in things like fam med and EM if that's what you mean but I don't think that's exclusive to Queen's. As for research opportunities you'd be surprised how easy it is to get them if you just ask. Less learners means more docs have research projects that aren't being picked up. I imagine other major centres probably still have more though, not sure I can compare since I've only attended one medical school. Go where you'll be happy. While finances are important, I'd argue in the long run when you're making 300k a year 20k debt isn't going to be that big of a deal. Everyone is different though. Personally I'd rather attend a school that I'm happy with than save some cash on tuition, especially when they give out LOCs like candy.
  9. They were not graduate students.
  10. You're welcome to discuss with our classmates, both in our year and above, who made in with a 3.6X GPA and a high MCAT/etc. The cutoff varies year to year and no one knows what it will be. If you have the money to spend on another application there's literally no harm in it, unlike in the states where being a re-applicant is a negative.
  11. Despite what others have said there are those who get in with 3.6 GPA depending on MCAT / story / reference letters. If you have the money there's no harm in applying this year. Just temper your expectations and work on your GPA next year (undergrad, no masters)
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    Post-Interview Chances

    "Final Decision Successful applicants are reviewed and ranked by the Admissions Committee and offers are made based on a ranked list. The rank order list is comprised of applicant scores from the Sketch, Letters of Reference and Interview Scores. "
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    Second undergrad is better than masters. I don't believe they look at your masters GPA when calculating 2YGPA
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    Class Size?

    Actually international students aren't eligible for the first round CMG match since they are not permanent residents or Canadian citizens per the CaRMS website. The expectation is that international students will return to their home country after completing medical school. However, I think many choose to pursue permanent residency status in order to match here.