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  1. My heart skipped a beat when I got this notification. It's been a while. Missed you guys lol.
  2. Maybe the person calling people off the waitlist is working from home and is being lazy and taking their time? A guy can hope
  3. It definitely seems so. It could be a combination of CoVID-19 related factors (people avoiding McMaster for example) and the lower CARS cut off reducing the overlap of the acceptance pool with other schools. It's all speculation though.
  4. I'm assuming the waitlist movement is over except for the possible deadline exceptions. I'm not sure if that's a pessimistic interpretation of the silence, but it is in line with the worst predictions of how this cycle would turn out. Any thoughts?
  5. Here's a link to the checklist of requirements for entering students and the corresponding deadlines: https://www.schulich.uwo.ca/med_dent_admissions/docs/MD2024_Wdsr_Entering_Student_Requirements_Checklist_Jun3.pdf
  6. Holy cow I just checked my timestamp. Created: 9:05:58 Received: 9:06:01 @Owns123 any idea what your timestamps are down to the seconds? Because unless yours was created before mine, I guess that disproves the timestamp theory. I really hope it's true though haha
  7. I think what they mean is, we know that roughly 80 spots are declined and an overwhelming majority of applicants prefer London. Since the first HWL offers were given to Windsor, we know there are only ~35 or fewer seats available to WL. Some of those WL offers might be declined as well but it's hard to imagine that ~80 spots are declined over ~35 seats. For that reason, I think @Aegean believes that they initially over offer because that would explain why there are ~80 declined offers. @Aegean, feel free to chime in if I didn't get that quite right For the record, I do agree with your assumption.
  8. Yeah, makes me believe that they over offer as well. Some will reject already rejected seats because they receive other waitlist offers or OOP offers but I can't see that plus regular waitlist movement adding up to ~80.
  9. I never considered that! However, the only reason someone would decline an offer from the waitlist is if they get off the waitlist at another school as well. I could see this happening during the first wave of waitlist offers but the probability of getting 2 overlapping waitlist offers after that drops drastically. Anyways, the only way the first wave of HWL gets a chance to decline an already declined seat at Windsor is if London is full enough for them to get the Windsor offer in the first place, which adds weight to NWL@UWO's theory that they do over offer. I don't know if I'm making any sense lol my mind feels like mush. Feel free to respond or DM for clarification.
  10. Where did you hear that they over offer? Are we sure that they do? I agree that it seems redundant.
  11. From my understanding of databases it probably doesn't. What I think is that we existed in the database from before the interview invites, ranked by alphabetical order or OMSAS # etc. and that there is just a column to distinguish acceptance/HWL/NWL. A script was used to send out emails depending on our category in that column which would explain why acceptances were sent out first, HWL next and NWL after but between those categories, there's no reason to believe we were ordered by our ranking. However, Ottawa waitlisters have noticed a clear trend in previous years suggesting that there is some correlation to email timestamps and waitlist ranking so.... who knows lol.
  12. Oh I'm almost certain I'm wrong and nowhere near the correct numbers but for some odd reason I find the process of lurking through old threads and trying to crack the code very therapeutic
  13. Given that they adjusted the HWL so that they could be fairly confident it would clear every year, I would estimate about 50-60 on the HWL. This is a super rough estimate based on very little evidence so don't take my word for it. It's almost impossible to know how many people are on the NWL because they've never completely cleared it before. I've seen someone in previous years say that they clear about a third to half of the NWL. I don't know their source or how reliable that is though. Based on that and my estimate of 50-60 on HWL, that could mean anywhere from 40-90 on NWL (if waitlist movement is averaged at about 80 ppl). However, my gut tells me that HWL has more people than that. By the way, all of this is on the assumption that Western doesn't over offer from the start. Feel free to challenge or debate this below because I'm jealous of the neurotic collaboration on the Ottawa WL thread.
  14. I did exactly that after my first application cycle. I felt super defeated and thought maybe I wasn't cut out for med so I started working in sales/marketing at a software company. I realized I really missed the healthcare industry and took time off to rewrite my MCAT and get my certification in personal training (which gives me a lot of the gratifications I seek in medicine). Taking a cycle off to figure out a temporary life course for myself really helped me realize that I truly want to pursue medicine and helped me find something I love doing while I keep applying. Now I'm sitting on Western's waitlist feeling defeated again but I have a career/passion in fitness/personal training to keep me focused and motivated in case I need to apply again next year. Taking a year off applying to focus on other areas of your life can really help in the long haul. 3 WLs is a great sign. I'd keep my hopes up for this cycle still but otherwise, you have a big support system here on PM101 in the same boat as you to lean on. We're in this together
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