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  1. I was wondering if anyone was still experiencing issues with their referees not being contacted yet? I know its late in the process and interview decisions will be made really soon but it's stressing me out that my verifiers were contacted but my references never were. Does this mean I just did not make it to a stage where U of A even bothered contacting them because I was already rejected?
  2. Does McMaster even bother contacting references of anyone?
  3. Hey everyone, Does anyone know how much weight UBC puts into the status or prestige of your references? I thought I read something somewhere that said that the prestige of the referee doesn't matter, but perhaps this was for the OMSAS application.
  4. I have to provide 3 references for OMSAS and I have 4 to choose from: 1. A professor I published a paper with, over 2 weeks of 12-hour days of field and lab research in undergrad, who likes me but had admittedly little face to face time. Fish physiological research, 3rd author. 2. My volunteer coordinator at the local hospital, 140 hours, 2 years, just loves me, and has very high praise from the head nurses of the wards I've volunteered in. 3. A program coordinator and technician who teaches an entomology field research course I attended. Field research, 2 weeks, 2 other courses with him. Easily my #1 fan, would be a spectacular reference with high praise, but not a professor. 4. My graduate thesis supervisor. Medical science, diabetes and atherosclerosis. Just an amazing guy but I don't think he likes me very much. Its been an unusually hard year, I've struggled with family issues, anxiety and depression and as a result I've performed uncharacteristically poorly. Missing days without notice, coming in late, slow pace of research. He has every right to be annoyed. The lab, colleagues and supervisor have all been spectacular, but I've just really struggled to make a good impression with everything going on. I've spoken to him several times to check in and while he was pleased with my progress until recently, in the last two months he's seemed pretty frustrated. I've proactively apologized for missing days but haven't told him about the anxiety and depression. Anyway, TLDR: my supervisor and I have a complicated relationship. Would it be better to use references 1,2, and 3? Would it hurt if I didn't include him? (I know UofT required him as a reference, but I'm asking mostly for other schools)
  5. Hello, I am having trouble deciding on which 3 referees to choose for my OMSAS application. I have already had one written by a graduate student supervising me in an extracurricular club I have been a part of for one year. Another one I am going to get from the Surgeon that I shadowed last summer for one month. My last reference is currently going to be written by a doctor who has known me my whole life and allowed me to volunteer and work in his diagnostics lab last summer for a month. I am now having second thoughts about the last reference because I am lacking a strictly academic reference coming from a University professor. I have not built a relationship with any professor and so I chose not to ask any for one because I believed it would be too vague and not personal enough. Now I am concerned that none of my 3 referees will cover me from an academic / university perspective. If you have any advice on whether an academic reference is needed or strongly preferred or any advice at all please let me know! Thank you for your time
  6. I'll be starting my second UG in kinesiology at York this fall, and one of my priorities (besides GPA) is securing some references from some faculty members. This isn't strictly for med, but also because the master's program I'm considering as an alternative specifically requires the references to be from faculty members. I have one potential prof I could ask from my original degree, from having produced some biomedical artwork and animations for some of the courses he teaches, but I need at least two more. While I'm aware of the traditional pathways to obtaining references (research assistant, being a standout student), I feel that this will be trickier as a 2nd degree student as I technically don't have a York GPA yet to meet the requirements for working in labs (first UG cGPA won't help me), and some of the classes I'm in seem rather large. tl;dr : what are some activities/professors/courses (especially at York), that I could consider if I need faculty references during a condensed degree? I'd ideally like to have it figured out by next fall, in case I opt to apply for my alternative program instead.
  7. Hey all, I noticed something today that I was curious enough about to open a pm101 account to ask . I didn't know until now that reference letters were only read and verified AFTER the interview and I'm wondering if anyone can shed light on the reason for it? It just seems kind of interesting to me that they would invest time and resources into candidates without knowing that they make the references cut. Maybe it's a logistical thing where there's just not enough time to get through the references by interview weekend? Any insight is much appreciated
  8. Hey! So I've been having some difficulties in selecting a professional reference. I have performed a lot of academic research (+2 years) over my undergraduate degree. I was initially thinking about using my principal investigator as my reference. However, a majority of my research work was independently conducted, so I was rarely supervised by my PI. Although my PI said that she is willing to provide me a reference, I don't think it'll be the best one. I did work for a sales company for less than a year (about 4 months) before I went back to school. Although the experience was short, I surely got the opportunity to develop myself personally. I know for a fact that my manager would give me a great reference and will most likely discuss how much I improved as an individual. I was thinking about picking him as a reference, but there are two things that are holding me back: 1) My time working for the company was only 4 months... 2) Its a sales position. Although it's a great way to discuss some of the skills I've developed (ie. communication, social, professional etc.), I don't know if it's the best way to represent my being a competent doctor... Your thoughts would be appreciated. Thank you!
  9. HI! So I need a little guidance with regards to my references. My GPA is not the greatest so I really need to make sure my references are stellar. I understand it is quality over quantity/prestige..which would you recommend?? 1) TA for english related class; known me for 1 year 2) Professor from physiology class, knows a bit of my involvement outside school (extracurriculars); known me for 1 year 3) A doctor I did an observership with 1 summer 4) Previous camp counsellor boss, known me for 3+ years 5) Supervisor of Lab where I volunteer, known me for 1 year Do certain schools look for something in particular? i'm interested in ontario schools. How long should letters be?? For those who have been accepted: Please let me know what worked for you; i would greatly appreciate it! THANK YOU!
  10. Hey guys, Haven't found this posted anywhere, I'm looking to print 2/3 of my reference forms so my letter writers can get them in asap. I'm waiting on the last one to provide me with accurate address info etc., and OMSAS says: "When your address has been added in the 'Address information' section AND the referee data is completed below, click on the 'Download Confidential Forms' link to print the necessary forms." And then when I go to click the actual PDF's it warns me that no more changes can be made to the references. I'm assuming this is referring to the particular references I am trying to print/access the PDF for, or is it referring to the fact that I will not be able to edit all 3? I just want to make sure that I can download the 2 I have ready to go, before I screw something up! Thanks.
  11. Hey everyone, I'm having a hard time deciding who to use as a reference. Here are my options: 1. High school music teacher. I did a lot of volunteering with her and she knows me really well. She would write the most amazing reference letter out of all of them, but I haven't done any volunteering for her in over 3 years. 2. Professor at university. I think he would write a good reference letter also, but not as heartfelt as my high school teacher. I had 2 courses with him in 3rd+4th year and did really well in both of them. He got to know me since it was a small class. 3. Thesis supervisor. I worked with him for a year and a half. He's an ob/gyn. He knows little about me but could talk about my work ethic on my thesis project. 4. A surgeon I worked as a research assistant for. I worked with him for almost a year starting last summer. I think he would give a good reference and is most accredited out of everyone. 5. A supervisor at an organization I've volunteered for for 5 years now. She knows me pretty well and would be able to give a good reference about my character. What do you think? I can see the pros for all of them, but I don't know what would look better. I'm also not sure which of them would count for an academic reference. Thanks in advance.
  12. Hey Everyone, I'm a bit worried that I messed up my application. I wrote in all of the info for each referee on the ORPAS as such: R1- Physiotherapist that I volunteered for R2- Former boss R3- MSc supervisor (academic reference) However, now that I'm re-reading everything, it looks like some schools want your academic reference to be either R1 or R2! Do you guys think this is a big deal? Any ideas on how to remedy the situation?
  13. Hi guys, Im wondering after the process of submitting our referees on the ORPAS online application. I know most if not all of the Ontario PT schools are only looking for two referees/references but I have a dilemma. I currently have three referees: #1) academic #2) professional #3)practical (someone from a health care setting such as a physiotherapist, or someone who supervised your work with people who have special needs) I am applying for Queens MScPT, which requires one academic and one 'practical' reference ( so want to use reference #1and #3). But then im also applying for UofT PT, which requires one academic and one professional reference ( want to use #1 and #2). My question is can I submit/register all three of my referees on the ORPAS application,and then have the option to choose which two of the three act as my referees for each school? Or does ORPAS not give this option and I have to narrow them down to registering only two, and those two are sent to all of the schools? Hopefully this question makes sense and thanks to everyone in advance!
  14. I was wondering how to approach professors during undergrad. I'm currently in my second year and I'm hoping to apply in 3rd year however, my professors do not know me well enough to be able to give me a strong reference letter. How did you guys strike that first conversation with your professor? A lot of professors tell us that we can come by for a chat any time where we can ask them about their research, but how do you actually do this? How much of their work do you read and how do you talk to them about it? How well do they need to know you to provide you with a decent letter? Would it be too presumptuous to ask for a letter after only meeting them a handful of times?
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