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  1. I just emailed my advisor about this as I started looking at LOC's last week. She said they can't offer me the July 1 one but is going to check tomorrow if there are new promotions. I will try to remember to come back and update you when I hear back!
  2. I was told that anatomy doesn't start until Winter by a friend of mine in the program, which is likely why we don't have any in person stuff for Fall! And for shadowing, I spoke with the Admissions office the other day and they have heard that shadowing will re-start in August.
  3. Just to add to what everyone else has said, I'm an engineer who just recently got into med and I know several engineers in med school. It's definitely possible to get in if you choose the engineering route, you just need to put in more work than the typical pre-med
  4. Big fan of standardization as a way to solve the problem. I acknowledge that the MCAT has it's faults (can cater to higher income pre-meds, some people don't do well with exams but do well in a clinical setting, etc. etc.) but it's the best way currently to compare the academic ability of applicants. Hopefully with time, they will come up with an even better entrance exam that eliminates some of it's faults. And I agree with your side note! Places like r/MCAT and this forum saved me in my premed journey, but the fact that I had to rely on internet forums, that many don't know about, to stay informed for med school says a lot about the problems with the system.
  5. Thank you for this!! It's interesting to see at least how they're trying to do it. Although it's the system I was directly advocating against, I appreciate like you do that they've tried to something even if I think it's the wrong approach. If they do move to some form of weighted GPA cutoff, that is a step in the right direction in my mind, as I don't think GPA really matters past a certain point. My initial comment wasn't meant to be a slight at OP - I have personally said several times how unfair it is that my GPA is treated the same as others from easier programs. But it is tough to feel bad for me, or anyone in my situation, when we all know how the system works. Whether we like it or not, we both put ourselves in those positions and we have to accept the consequences of our decisions. That's a big part of life, not just this process.
  6. Ah I didn't know they did that (Western Canadian...) but I don't think it changes much about the point I was making. There are lots of issues with it IMO, and although it is partially achievable with a high level of administrative overhead, there would still be a massive amount of subjectivity in the process that would cause it's own set problems. Whether the problems caused are better or worse than the problems of the current system is another matter... To add to this too, would this cause some degrees (Arts for example) to be basically obsolete as pre-med undergrads? If everyone from a hard science got a huge boost, wouldn't this work to eliminate diversity in the field by eliminating many applicants from these fields? I would imagine that a lot get in because of their high GPA's. Without that, how would these applicants compete with (now-boosted) science grads w/ research, and a lot of the time science-based work experience that meshes well with the field?
  7. Diversity of thought is definitely something you want to bring into the profession and we both agree we need more of it. My argument is more about the question of how do you accurately compare program difficulty. To fairly compare all of the undergrad programs, you would need to know the difficulty of each professor, the difficulty of each specific class, and then the intelligence of the classmates you're competing with for each class. Take me for example, my cohort was significantly brighter than the other 2 co-op cohorts if you look at our 1st year average vs. theirs. The other cohorts also took classes with different professors, and we all took several electives where we had a pretty wide breadth of choice in what we took. You can't just say "oh, these two people both took MechE co-op at U of A so we'll raise their GPA's by X.X relative to everyone else" because the difficulty of achieving grades for me would have been fairly different than it would have been for anyone in another cohort, or even those in my same cohort who took different electives. And who gets to make that call on how much more difficult my degree was than someone else's? How do they do it? How can you compare a MechE undergrad with a bunch of physics-based, 60-page long report based labs and a 4 month Capstone project, to someone in a Music degree? It's an extremely complex problem, and while we both agree that steps need to be taken to fix it, I haven't heard of a solution yet that I don't see causing more problems than it fixes. I hope they do find one though, because it will only serve to make the profession better.
  8. This. I did my undergrad in mechanical engineering in a co-op program where you had to get a 3.2 GPA or higher in your 1st year to get in (average GPA was around a 3.5 for the cohort I was in). Even with this knowledge, the professors didn't curve anything to a 3.5 - it was usually closer to a 3-3.2 (with a few classes curved to a 2.0 where half of the class failed). Most of us took a pretty severe hit because of it. Am I complaining? No. That was my choice to go into that program - I could have very easily switched to a different program after deciding to go full steam on trying to get into med in year 2. But I decided to stay, and I had to accept the GPA hit because of it. I also think it's an impossible task to fully account for all of the differences between programs in difficulty, and trying to do so would probably add more problems than it would fix. Also OP, a lower GPA isn't the end of the world. I know plenty of people (myself included) who got in this year with a lower GPA.
  9. To add to the above, there was a personal essay section at the end with a 5000 character limit where you could expand on your 5 most significant life experiences.
  10. I was told that med students coming into Y1 wouldn’t be allowed to shadow right now because of COVID. They may have changed that with Phase 2, but at least a few weeks back, that was the decision
  11. Agreed. Age doesn’t guarantee diversity of life experience, maturity or added resilience. Painting a whole group of people as more likely to burn out or commit suicide just because they were younger when they got in to med school is a really hot take.
  12. I declined my OOP offer so there will be more waitlist movement soon. Good luck everyone!
  13. I had mine confirmed last Thursday. Sure you will hear soon!
  14. I had a parking pass throughout the last few years of my undergrad and loved it, but they can be expensive. The one I had in Windsor carpark was $140/month, and if I'm remembering right a pass in Jubilee (right by ECHA) was around $110/month. If you see yourself coming and going from campus a lot, maybe with kids or far-away extracurriculars, it would make sense to get a pass IMO. From what I know of the LRT system, it's reliable and they run pretty late (around 1 AM). They do start getting spaced out more as you get later in the night, but when I used it I never really had a problem. That being said, I haven't used the LRT all that often in the past few years. Hopefully someone with a bit more experience with it can answer that half of the question. Hope this helps!
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