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  1. Hi, I was lucky enough to receive a few acceptances this cycle. I have narrowed down my choice to either Schulich (London campus) or Toronto. I have been very indecisive about this (considering today is the literal last day to choose, lol). I have quite a few friends at Schulich med, and from what they tell me, I enjoy Western's learning style (it seems more on the relaxed side). However, I really love the idea of a big city & the diversity it offers (I come from a very small, boring town). Anecdotally, I have heard the culture at UofT is much more stressful, competitive, cutthroat, and that students are much, much more stressed than at Western. I guess I was just wondering if it would be worth choosing a more stressful school just for the city? Can anyone share any insight/wisdom/opinions? Is what I heard about UofT true? Thanks
  2. Just checked this thread all the way to 2015- it's usually out by now
  3. FWIW, I have a 4.0 cGPA and 131 CARS, and I don't see a button... I don't know how I did on CASPER, but I got a uOttawa invite.
  4. they will disqualify you and ban you from ever applying again because you were 2 seconds over. I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, best of luck with a different career path
  5. Mac doesn't use the ABS. I highly doubt they will begin using them despite the unusual circumstances, because applicants could have feasibly applied to only Mac and left their ABS blank (it's happened in the past).
  6. I had more or less the same as you and had 5 interviews, including at the most EC-heavy schools. It's how you write about them that matters. You're fine.
  7. I interviewed on Feb 29th and they all offered me their hands. Queens explicitly told us not to shake hands with anyone though
  8. Hi all, I have an interview at UOttawa on the 29th. I have declared bilingualism on my app, since I spent elementary and highschool in French schools. Apparently they ask you again the day of the interview to declare whether you are bilingual so they can test you on it. It's been 4-5 years since I've used my French, so it's admittedly pretty rusty. Should I just say I'm not bilingual, or is there some sort of advantage in the selection process?
  9. Share your app with us and we can give insight. For reference, I got 5/5 Ontario interviews this cycle (first time applying), which I'm shocked about, but here are my stats: 4.0 cGPA, 524 MCAT (131 CARS). ECs are honestly very lacklustre- other than research, I started most of them late my 3rd year, but I had a couple of things that were unique. I had executive positions at student clubs, typical premed things (hospital, nursing home), helping out in my community, working with vulnerable populations and kids, tutoring, etc. I think the way you write about them is what matters most.
  10. TIME STAMP: January 30, 2020 (1:35 pm EST) Interview Date (MD or MD/PhD): March 1 (MD) (I have Ottawa on Feb 29th, so... that should be interesting) Result: Invite cGPA: 4.00 MCAT: 524 ECs: I was very, very late to the ECs game (really only started my 3rd year of uni), so I felt they were lacklustre. Long term research, club exec positions, tutoring, mentoring, one or two unique things. Essays: I pulled an allnighter and wrote them after writing 9 of Western's and then my ABS, so meh. Year: Gap year following UG Geography: IP
  11. Time Stamp: 2020/01/30 @ 10:13am Invite/reject: Invite IP/OOP: IP SWOMEN (Y/N): Y 2YGPA: 4.00 MCAT (CHEM/CARS/BIO/PSYCH): 130/131/131/132 (524) Essays (X/8): 8/8 + About You. I pulled an all nighter and did them all the night before (followed by my ABS and then Toronto's essays, lol). I've always been a pretty strong writer, so that probably saved me. I think I had two repeats (so 6 unique activities). I read that each aABS entry is read independently of the rest, so I wasn't too worried about repeating activities (I don't know whether or not this is true, though). I emphasized what I learned from each activity and then at the end wrote a tiny summary on how these skills apply to medicine.
  12. Invite/Rejection: Invite (MD) Time Stamp: 22/01/2020 - 2:55 PM Location: IPStream: EnglishwGPA: 4.0Current year: Gap year (graduated)ECs: Long term research, club exec positions, tutoring, mentoring, one or two unique things. I thought they were lacklustre.Casper: Did maybe an hour of prep.
  13. I know us students who require research to achieve our goals (med school or beyond) can put in some crazy hours in labs as volunteers, but is full time volunteer labwork normal? All for the potential of having your name included as an author? That seems crazy to me. How are they expected to pay their living costs? Are you paying for food and board and just the costs of being alive?
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