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  1. Hi guys! So to get straight to the point: I've never become buddy buddy or best friends with a prof. Sure there's profs I've sat near the front for or talked to a bunch of times after class, or had convo with them in a lab setting etc. But I don't think there's any profs that will have remembered me fully by name or have amazing things to say about things I've done. However, for a lab course, there is a TA that supervised two of my research projects in the course and I had a great relationship with. With the prof, I've known her for 2 years but I fear the letter would be very general (with maybe a few specific points), if they're writing many med school letters (which they likely are) I doubt I am the person they most want to succeed. With the TA, I think the letter would be more specific and hopefully more positive as I believe she genuinely liked me and we were friends in the lab course, but I've known only her half a year and they're a masters student. So, What's the say about having a TA as your academic reference rather than a prof? Pros/Cons? Which should I go with?
  2. Hi premed and predent, First of all, I'd like to congratulate you. If you're seeing this post, that means you're doing your best in taking steps to achieve your goal. Yes, it is extremely useful to have someone who already gone through the process to help you. This is why I'm here: I would like to help you with your application, CV, letter of intent, interview (traditional or MMI), and CASPer. My background: I'm a medical student in Quebec. I was also a dental student for 5 years (I'm actually a dentist now, but I'm not practicing dentistry because of medical school). I have a lot of experience in MMI, CV and letter of intent because of my previous application experience. I was also in the admission committee when I was a 3rd-year student. I have read many premeds' letters, CV, and practice MMI with them. I'm bilingual (English and French). I've already helped a few premed students, and I always have a lot of pleasure doing this service. I usually do Skype with my students, however I'm open to other alternatives. I only charge 45$ (Canadian) per hour, as I said I do this more because I enjoy doing it. (If I want money, I'd be working as a dentist now). PM me here, or send me an email: colegate17@gmail.com Best luck for your future endeavours. Dr. Y, DMD, MD Candidate
  3. Hi pre-med and pre-dental students, First of all, I'd like to congratulate you. If you're seeing this post, that means you're doing your best in taking steps to achieve your goal. Yes, it is extremely useful to have someone who already gone through the process to help you. This is why I'm here: I would like to help you with your application, CV, letter of intent, interview (traditional or MMI), and CASPer. My background: I'm a medical student in Quebec. I was also a dental student for the past 5 years. I'm actually a dentist now, but I'm not practicing dentistry because I'm attending a medical school. I have a lot of experience in MMI, CV and letter of intent because of my previous application experience. I was also in the admission committee when I was a 3rd-year student. I have read many premeds' letters, CV, and practice MMI with them. For the interviews (MMI and traditional), I usually spend the first 20-30 min giving my students some tips/tricks that they need to know (including different type of stations + systematic approach to deal with differents types of scenarios). And then we practice with mock interviews. At the end of each scenario, I give them my evaluation (there are specific criteria) and feedback/suggestions. I'm bilingual (English and French). I've already helped a few premed students, and I always have a lot of pleasure doing this service. I usually do Skype with my students, however I'm open to other alternatives. I only charge 45$ (Canadian) per hour. PM me here, or send me an email: dr.wu.dmd.md@outlook.com Best luck for your future endeavours. Dr. Wu, DMD, MD Candidate
  4. Hey all! The person I was hoping to get my character reference from was asking like what kind of things are expected, or if I could give him some sort of outline as to what areas need to be talked about. And I was wondering, what exactly is stuff you should include for a successful character reference letter? Is there anything they look for or like 'key words' to add in? Any info would be helpful! i.e. formatting the letter, what areas he should discuss, specific characteristics or things to include, etc.??
  5. On OMSAS are you allowed to submit you letters of reference after you submit your application? I know you can do this for AAMC (AMCAS). It's so I can still submit my application as early as possible even if I don't have all my letters yet.
  6. Hi guys! Presently working on answering the two questions previewed on ORPAS's site; as part of the application to a number of OT schools in Ontario. Both questions have a 5000 charter limit. One of these questions reads, "Demonstrate your understanding of the profession of OT by identifying 2 current or emerging trends in Canada's healthcare system and discussing how occupational therapists are well positioned to play a leadership role on healthcare teams." -Are people using academic references? -How long are most people's response? -Thoughts about level of detail? -Additional thoughts or comments? Thanks and good luck!
  7. Hey guys, Has anyone heard from U of A OT or PT program? Same goes for McMaster? Thanks
  8. Long story here but I'm in serious need of advice so please give it a read. My first year I was a directionless student finishing with poor grades. Early second year I decided to work towards a future in medicine and improved my grades considerably. Took my MCAT after second year and got PS 12 VR 10 BS 14. Moving forward I really picked it up in my third year. My fourth year was marred by some fairly serious personal issues and my marks fell in between those of my second and third year marks. My first application cycle I only applied to Ontario schools and received an interview at Queen’s. I was waitlisted and was never taken off the list. Since graduating, I reapplied and took on some new ECs but didn’t return to school. I applied to Ontario schools again, and added dal, and memorial to the list. I got no interviews outside of Ontario and long story short was informed that OMSAS never got one of my reference letters even though I had confirmations from out of province schools that the same letter had been received. I got a new reference in asap but was informed by most Ontario schools that it was too late (it was after the deadline). Queens told me my new letter had been attached to my application but couldn't confirm that my application would be valid for this cycle. I have received rejections from every Ontario school so far except for U of T who had assured me that my application would not be considered. So as of now I am out of luck and extremely unsure of how to proceed. Let me summarize my relevant information: MCAT: PS-12/VR-10/BS-14 (written in July 2012) First Application (September 2013) GPA: 3.677/4.0 wGPA (Queens): 3.805/4.0 wGPA (Toronto): 3.888/4.0 wGPA (Ottawa): 3.758/4.0 ECs: Provincial athlete until 2nd year and intramural sports. Executive for large university charity organization. Volunteer tutoring for Aboriginal students society. Professional teaching (GChem portion of MCAT course for the Princeton Review). Various customer service jobs. Shadowed a family doctor in August 2012. Applied to Ontario Schools. Very late rejection from Toronto. Interviewed at Queens then waitlisted. Second Application (September 2014) GPA: 3.7/4.0 wGPA (Queens): 3.840/4.0 wGPA (Toronto): 3.875/4.0 wGPA (Ottawa): 3.763/4.0 ECs: (In addition to everything the previous year). Clinical volunteer work at Princess Margaret Hospital. Volunteer research assistant at Baycrest Hospital. Professional tutoring. Men’s league athletics. Applied to Ontario Schools, dal, and memorial. Although references were confirmed by out of province schools, OMSAS did not receive one of my references and a new reference was submitted after the deadline. No interviews. Now I am extremely conflicted. I don’t know if the lack of positive responses from Ontario can be attributed to the situation with the reference letter or to my merit as an applicant. I do not know if I should keep working to significantly improve my EC’s or if I should pursue some sort of graduate work (I’ve found some programs with open applications for this fall). I also don’t know if I should be thinking about rewriting my MCAT in order to become eligible at western, calgary, and alberta. The way I see it I have two options. I can apply for grad work right now (there is a 16 month program I am considering, which is not research based). Or I could continue with my various volunteer roles, add even more ECs to them, and then apply to med schools and grad programs for 2016 admission. Basically I am asking which path you think I should take and whether or not you think I should rewrite my MCAT. I don’t have a ton of interest in the masters, but worry that I need it. I would greatly appreciate any thoughts or suggestions so please let me know what you think! And please feel free to ask any questions.
  9. Hey! Just had a quick question and wanted to get some opinions. One of my referees contacted me and was stuck on writing about my weaknesses. They asked me if I could help out on this. What should I say? Do they HAVE to write about your weaknesses? Thanks!!!
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