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Invite! MD 
Time Stamp: 12:54PM
Location: IP
Stream: English
wGPA: 3.98
Current year: MSc (in final year) 
ECs: TA'd 4 courses in UG, Lifeguard/Swimming instructor, 1 Pub, 4 poster/abstract presentation at International conferences, President of 1 club in UG, 6 years hospital volunteer 

CASper: lol get ready for this, I literally practice everyday for 2 months straight and paid a bit of money for one of those prep programs. I still didn't think it went too well tho cause I didn't get Mac (probably cause 126 in CARS). I guess my CASper was okay but it still felt super rushed and I wish I said more for most Qs  

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Invite!
Time Stamp: 22/01/2019 - 12:49 PM
Location: IP
Stream: English
wGPA: 3.94 cGPA - not sure about wGPA 
Current year: 4th year UG
ECs: a few leadership positions in clubs/community org, a number of  hospital/clinical based volunteering positions (most long-term), many experiences geared toward one population, some research (1 second author pub, no posters, or conferences), long-term employment (fairly unique). PM for details - I don't think my ECs are amazing but were good enough for UBC OOP

Casper: felt okay despite prepping quite a bit, didn't get a Mac interview with 128 CARS so definitely wasn't great!

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Invite, 2nd interview from CNFS
Time Stamp: 22/01/2019 - 12:19 PM
Location: OOP (CNFS)
Stream: CNFS
wGPA: 3.97 ish
Current year:  4th year UG
ECs: Student-mentor, NSERC-USRA, 2 yrs medical receptionist, 250h hospital volunteering, international medals for karate, 300h volunteering with people with intellectual disabilities, some unique and diverse ECs!

Casper: I know I did good enough to get 2 Ottawa interviews but I know my score wasn't amazing enough to get Mac interviews with a 126 nor a 127 in CARS... 

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Invite!
Time Stamp: 22/01/2019 - 12:49 PM
Location: IP
Stream: English
wGPA: 3.98wGPA
Current year: 4th year UG

ECs: Lots... Research (in sciences and humanities) - 2 abstracts, 1 national poster conference presentation, 1 literature review in preliminary stages. Hospital and community volunteering, president of 2 school clubs, hobbies, personal experiences, multiple awards (grades, leadership, community service, volunteering, CV), national organization representative for 3rd world helping organization... PM for detail.

Casper: Started off as being absolutely clueless. My first answers were pathetic. Practiced every single day for 3 hours, for 6 weeks. Got my typing speed from 55 wpm to 80 wpm. Real casper: definitely did not finish many many questions but felt okay coming out of it because of the amount of practice. If I did it, anyone here can do it! To both those who got invites and those who didn't, nothing is impossible :) We got this.

 

 

 

 

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Invite/Rejection: Invite
Time Stamp: 22/01/2019 - 2:20 PM (EST)
Location: OOP
Stream: English
wGPA: 3.94
Current year: 4th year
ECs: a lot of different things. Many things spanning over several years.

Casper:  didn't think it was really great. My answers were pretty short and basic

 

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Rejection
Time Stamp: 22/01/2019 - 11:00 AM
Location: OOO, IP
Stream: English 
wGPA: 3.91
Current year:  4th year BSc
ECs: Diverse, lots of employment (4000+ hours in customer service, multiple TA jobs, tutoring, school ambassador, etc), volunteering in local hospital, medical volunteer trip to Peru, involved in multiple clubs on campus, and some publications in preparation

Casper: First time writing it. I have no idea how I did. Going forward, going to try to do more prep but its difficult to with an exam like this!

 

Overall pretty bummed about Ottawa since I'm a Canadian applicant with a sub-par CARS score... Always next year!!

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Invite!
Time Stamp: 22/01/19 - 12:29 PM EST
Location: OOP
Stream: English
wGPA: 3.97 or 3.98??
Current year: in UG
ECs: Pretty extensive. Music, clubs, sports, volunteering at a few places, etc etc. Also research (no pubs or presentations yet) & scholarships.

Casper: Noooooo idea. I'm a speedy typer (answered everything easily) and have a pretty good conscience lol

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Invite
Time Stamp: 12:20 AM
Location: IP
Stream: english
wGPA: 3.89
Current year: 4th year UG

ECs: thought it was below average, but maybe not. apparently not considered for interview invites.

Casper: thought it went good, but not good enough for Mac

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Invite
Time Stamp: 22/01/2019 - 1:00 PM
Location: OOO, IP
Stream: English 
wGPA: 3.95+
Current year:  UG
ECs: Solid overall

Casper: First time and didn't prep - just had practice with formatting answers.

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Invite/Rejection: Regrets
Time Stamp: 22/01/2019 - 11:00 AM
Location: IP
Stream: English
wGPA/cGPA: ??/3.92
Current year: 4th year
ECs: Volunteer at a doctor's clinic, observership overseas, tutoring at my university and outside, President of three clubs, Long Term Care facility volunteer, Student Council, etc. 

Casper: I thought it went well, I guess not. 

Good luck to everyone that got an interview or is waiting! 

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Invite/Rejection : Invite!
Time Stamp: 22/01/2019 - 12:00 ish 
Location: Quebec Applicant
Stream: French 
wGPA: 3.99 
Current year: 1st year Masters (I have 2 undergrads from Qc)
ECs: varied.  lots of research with a few published abstracts and 2 CRSNG grants, student governments, volunteering (lots).

Casper: I felt like it went okay, it was my second time writing it. 

First time invited at Ottawa

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Invite/Rejection : Invite!
Time Stamp: 22/01/2019 - 1:04 PM
Location: IP
Stream: English 
wGPA: 3.9+ 
Current year: Last year of masters 
ECs: varied.  Very minimal research. Longer term employment, volunteer, exec for many clubs in undergrad, international volunteer work, etc. PM for more details 

Casper: Felt pretty neutral about it.  Was enough to get Mac as well so must have been okay. 

Third cycle applying and first cycle ever getting interviews. Hang in there everyone! I know how tough a rejection can be but you can make it happen! Keep working hard!

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4 hours ago, futureMD95 said:

Invite/Rejection : Invite!
Time Stamp: 22/01/2019 - 1:04 PM
Location: IP
Stream: English 
wGPA: 3.9+ 
Current year: Last year of masters 
ECs: varied.  Very minimal research. Longer term employment, volunteer, exec for many clubs in undergrad, international volunteer work, etc. PM for more details 

Casper: Felt pretty neutral about it.  Was enough to get Mac as well so must have been okay. 

Third cycle applying and first cycle ever getting interviews. Hang in there everyone! I know how tough a rejection can be but you can make it happen! Keep working hard!

What did you differently..when you applied for the third cycle? I mean how was your CV different than first two cycles...

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18 hours ago, pastasauce2019 said:

What did you differently..when you applied for the third cycle? I mean how was your CV different than first two cycles...

Honestly, I think pursuing a masters degree was a big help. I’m currently in my final year.  Besides that, maybe CASPER was better this year? My CV was very similar honestly. Used 2 of the 3 references I have always used, but switched one up. 

If you ask me, I think this system (not just Ottawa, all med schools really) is incredibly flawed. So many good people are missed every year and my heart breaks because I know how that feels. 

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Late, but oh well, posting for stats!

Invite/Rejection : Invite
Time Stamp: 22/01/2019 - 1:03 PM
Location: IP
Stream: English 
wGPA: 3.93
Current year: Last year of masters 
ECs: Diverse & Extensive, message for details

Casper: felt pretty solid, 3rd time writing it lol

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On 1/22/2019 at 3:16 PM, Beastmango.MD said:

Invite !!!
Time Stamp: 22/01/2019 - 1:11PM
Location: IP
Stream: French
wGPA: 4.0 (2nd degree, around 3.90 with both degree now)
Current year: 4th year (2nd degree)
ECs: Lot of research, hospital volunteering, some sports/ club activities - Probably a bit below average but a good focus on research

Casper: I thought it went well, worst than my practices but still very solid !

can I ask why you chose to pursue a 2nd degree? 

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I previously saw that GPA cutoff for IP and Montreal region were the same. Is this always the case or it was a one-off? If the latter, anyone know MTL wGPA cutoff for this year (English stream)? 

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On 2/14/2019 at 1:01 PM, shortie said:

I previously saw that GPA cutoff for IP and Montreal region were the same. Is this always the case or it was a one-off? If the latter, anyone know MTL wGPA cutoff for this year (English stream)? 

3.85 for IP, 3.87 for Montreal

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On 1/22/2019 at 3:45 PM, pastasauce2019 said:

Hey which paid prep service did you use? 

Yes, which prep company did you use? Most of them are garbage. 

Edited by Bawgg

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