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TheStern

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  1. I think it's completely unacceptable. Virtual learning in a pandemic is perfectly understandable, but why on earth would they tell us to live in the city we are learning in? If every single aspect of learning will be virtual? There goes 10k for the year for literally no reason, thanks Western..
  2. There isn't (in Ontario at least). As long as you apply by the due date there is no advantage to applying early
  3. I think that some pre-meds are so focused on getting in, that they look at things through the lens of "is this fair to me as an applicant?", which is understandable. But the admissions committees have to consider more than just fairness for the applicants - they are deciding who become the physicians in our communities. That's a tremendously important task. The lack of black and Indigenous physicians in our society is an issue that needs to be addressed so that different demographics can feel represented by the medical community and be properly advocated for. Does this put students who cannot apply through these streams at a disadvantage? Maybe, depending on whether you think the "advantage" of these streams outweighs the disadvantages that certain minorities face throughout other aspects of the process. But creating a more equitable healthcare system is in the greater interest of our society more so than having as fair an admissions process as possible, in my opinion. Even though some people going through the admissions process could be negatively affected, and that is a legitimate concern for a pre-med who is grinding their butt off to get in For the record, I was just admitted this cycle and would have had the same response a few months ago
  4. My experience doesn't really line up with that - I interviewed at Ottawa and was ultimately "good-waitlisted" but accepted a different offer. My ABS consisted of a bunch of activities, but none I had a super intense commitment to (definitely not close to 10-15 hours per week). I worked in research the past year after graduating, but that was a full-time job and not an extracurricular/volunteering
  5. To add to what other people have said, it is very school-dependent. For example, U of T seems to value research quite a lot, while McMaster wouldn't consider it at all (they only look at GPA, CARS, and CASPer)
  6. Do you have a source on that? Which specifies net and not gross earnings
  7. Do you mean billing 1M+? If you think derms can "easily" take home 7 figures after overhead working 40 hours, you are incorrect
  8. I've noticed a trend of you being extremely hostile in these threads. In fact, you accused me of propagating lies and speaking about things I don't know about in a thread about how Western utilizes GPA - until another user confirmed my story. We're all pre-meds, med students, or residents/physicians just trying to find some support, information, and advice in these threads. We're all on the same team here. I really think you should work on using them for their intended purpose rather than immediately becoming combative
  9. Just gonna give this a boost in case anyone knows of any recommendations
  10. It's still unclear (to me at least) what exactly this means. Let's say 100 students are re-applying next year with guaranteed interviews. Does the number of students receiving interviews immediately jump from 550 to 650? Or will they pick 550 students, and then add those who were guaranteed interviews. So let's say 30 guaranteed interviewees were not in the 550, then the number would jump to 580. The way it's phrased kind of makes it sound like the former, but it's not 100% clear and that option makes much less sense to me
  11. Hello! Are people planning to do online versions of these courses, and if so which ones? I am very busy with work currently, and am hoping for one that would not be too time-intensive and would still be accepted by Western. Any recommendations would be very much appreciated
  12. No need to sad react, plenty of people have gotten into both Mac and Western with GPAs below 3.8
  13. As far as my understanding goes you would have the best shot at Western, which has cutoffs at 3.70, and at McMaster as long as you killed CARS and CASPer since they are weighed equally with GPA. U of T and Ottawa would be less likely, and I can't speak to Queen's or NOSM since I don't know as much about their admissions process
  14. In a class of 170, yes. That doesn't change the fact the mean GPA is 3.91, and nothing I am saying is incorrect. It's not meant to be an insult at all - clearly other parts of your application were particularly impressive! Keep in mind you called me "fake news" and then someone confirmed that admissions told them the same thing..
  15. @offmychestplease Can you please apologize for accusing me of "propagating lies" and "saying things I don't know about"?
  16. Sorry, I will clarify that I am not sure at which phase, whether pre or post interview, GPA is looked at more closely. But I was told it is looked at beyond cutoffs
  17. I know for an actual fact that Western uses the GPA for more than just cutoffs. I was explicitly told this by someone from admissions. Is your belief really that a 3.7 is looked at exactly the same as a 4.0? That's incorrect, and I'm curious what your source is
  18. I do know what I'm talking about - Western does not use GPA as just a cutoff. Even once you meet the cutoff they look at your GPA when deciding who gets interviews. I never said it was impossible? I said it was difficult, and frankly your GPA is definitely more of an exception than the rule
  19. GPA is definitely considered beyond just whether you meet the cutoffs, but I'm not sure about MCAT. To be honest, with a 3.83 it would likely be difficult to receive an interview as an OOP applicant, but there may be a chance. I've heard that post-interview GPA is considered, but a large majority of the weighting goes towards the interview itself
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