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  1. I think you have a pretty good chance. Upper third is definitely the position to be on the waitlist. I've heard it's common for waitlists to move 40 or so spots, which encompasses most of the upper third position.
  2. Hi everyone! I decided to create a thread for everyone that got accepted into Queen's MPT program for September. I'm excited to meet all of you, whenever that is! Just to start things off, what is everyone's living plans for september? I am not from the kingston area and I'm interested in finding a place.
  3. Hey everyone. I've been following this forum for years and now I'm so happy that I can provide my own input to future students coming through! If any prospective PT students would like to ask me any questions, go ahead! I plan to check the forum off and on in the future. Applied + (PT or OT?): All PT - Dal, McGill, Queen's, U of T, McMaster and Western University Accepted: Queen's, DalWaitlisted: U of T, Western Rejected: McMasterAwaiting Response: McGills-GPA: 3.91c-GPA: 3.854.3 Scale GPA (dal): 4.15/4.3First time applicant from one of the Atlantic Provinces.Perceived strength of essays/interviews/references: I worked as a Physiotherapy Assistant for 8 months (~1500 hours), great hands on experience working and volunteering with individuals with cognitive and visual disabilities (~600 hours). I had a strong professional reference who I knew very well (a physio), but I'm not as sure how strong my academic reference was. I was most confident with my Queen's application. It felt like their questions gave me the best opportunity to showcase my strengths. As for school's with interviews: Dal's interview was cancelled due to covid-19. I did not feel good about my McMaster interview and it showed lol. I felt like a wrote a strong CAP, so I feel optimistic towards U of T. I am ecstatic that I got into Queen's as it my top choice! I will be accepting Queen's offer, so that should move the U of T and Western waitlists (depending how far down I was). I would appreciate to connect with other students that just got accepted to Queen's, so feel free to message me.
  4. Do you have the link to this source that you read last week? I haven't seen anything on Western's website about the 90/10 split.
  5. I'd imagine they are trying to fill or almost entirely fill the quotas before moving on to the rest of the seats. I do not know this for sure though, I'm just speculating. I know for PT we have until the 29th of May to make a decision, so as they hear back from some of the applicants they will know where they are in the quotas. That is the same date that the ORPAS releases PT & OT admissions so I'd imagine most movement will occur after the ontario schools release their admissions.
  6. there are no reserved seats for students other than the atlantic provinces (Example, no seats specifically reserved for BC citizens). When they reach the atlantic province minimums, they will fill the rest of the seats to applicants with the strongest applications, regardless of their province. So to answer your question, yes the OOP's compete with each other regardless of province. However, it should be noted that they also compete with the atlantic province students that did not meet the minimum quota, but still have an opportunity to be accepted to fill the rest of the seats in the program.
  7. To my recollections and understandings, the seat allocations are minimums, not maximums. So there has to be at least two students from PEI in the program. There has the potential to be more. I think that when they reach the quota of minimum seat allocations, they will just take the individuals with the highest admissions scores (combination of GPA & CASPer I believe).
  8. Got accepted into DAL PT!!! (I'm from one of the Atlantic provinces)
  9. Good luck to everyone that applied to DAL PT today. I'm hoping we all get good news today!
  10. Thank you both for providing your input! @OntarioPTstudent1996 Thanks for sharing your perspective from a current student. I have to agree with you that the incoming class may have it better than current students. @rehabhopeful I appreciate your optimistic outlook compared to my negative outlook There are plenty of positive ways this could turn out as well. We should hear more about some universities decisions and plans in the upcoming weeks which will help us make a decision. I'd love to hear any other prospective or current students thoughts on this matter too!
  11. I'm glad you brought this topic up. I share the same concerns with starting school online in the fall (although I have not been accepted to a school yet). If I do get accepted, I honestly do not want to start school online in the fall semester. I am a face to face learner and I feel I need that environment to be successful. Online courses do not provide this same atmosphere and I always struggle with these online courses. I genuinely feel like our education will suffer from this heavily online based learning. At the end of the degree, we only have 3 tries to pass the PCE to practice in Canada, so we don't have much room for failure from online learning deficits. It's important to consider that online instruction may continue on into the winter semester or longer... Will this mean that we will have to complete another full semester online without any in-class instruction? When will we get this in person experience? PT is a hands-on profession, so how are we supposed to learn this online? Then what about the clinical components and structure? The clinical structure will likely be compromised, as we may have to perform multiple clinical sequences in a row, instead of spaced out throughout the degree. I know that in-person classes are likely to resume in the winter, but we have to consider this possibility. No one knows when a vaccine could be available - so this could last for a long time. These are some of the learning deficits that we may encounter from online learning but another huge deficit for me is the lacking social component and the entire experience of PT school. I was looking forward to entering a PT program with a group of hard-working like minded individuals. Sharing a common goal and working together to become a physiotherapist for two years would build many friendships and a strong community between us all. With the online learning in the first semester we are going to miss the most critical period of time to build friendships and relationships with out classmates. Surely we can all meet over zoom, but that is not going to build a true, strong social connection. As everyone knows, PT school is very difficult, and trying to get through this on our own without a strong social network between classmates will make it even harder. The ideal situation would be to request a deferral for next year. However, I highly doubt any universities will grant a deferral because of simply COVID-19. If they don't grant a deferral then we are stuck with either accepting a school that will delivering online education for at least the fall semester (maybe longer) or declining an acceptance and applying again next year. Applying is expensive and time consuming and I definitely don't want to go through that process again. ( I know the past two sentences I may have been being slightly unreasonable - I just need to get a rant out there haha). I worked so hard to get to this point, and I do not want my education (the entire framework of how we are supposed to practice) be compromised from online learning. This could have a detrimental effect on our abilities to practice. I know this seems like a longshot, as likely only one semester will be online, but when you consider the domino effect it may have on the program structure it can be detrimental. I know I haven't been accepted to any schools yet, but I still can't help to think about the future lol.
  12. https://www.ouac.on.ca/guide/orpas-dates/ lists May 29th the earliest date for OT & PT offers to be sent out!
  13. Thanks for sharing the article. After reading that, I am impressed with the update from the President. He seems personable and I appreciate how he is trying to focus on a "mixed" approach.
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