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19 minutes ago, sk8erboi said:

Time Stamp: 9:05 AM
Invite/Reject: Invite!!!

GPA: 3.59 (I know)
CARS: 127 (I know)
Casper: Felt super confident about it. It clearly saved me. I really hope this gives people confidence to apply regardless of their GPA and CARS. Ace Casper and you can get an interview!


Geography: IP

Wow! That's incredible. Got some Casper tips? :P Edit: 3.59 GPA gang represent

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36 minutes ago, sk8erboi said:

Time Stamp: 9:05 AM
Invite/Reject: Invite!!!

GPA: 3.59 (I know)
CARS: 127 (I know)
Casper: Felt super confident about it. It clearly saved me. I really hope this gives people confidence to apply regardless of their GPA and CARS. Ace Casper and you can get an interview!


Geography: IP

Do you have a masters or PhD? 

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Time Stamp: 9:05am 
Invite/Reject: invite

GPA: 3.95
CARS: 129
Casper: Felt okay. Probably helps a lot that I'm a fast typist so I was always able to give thorough responses to at least 2/3 qs. 
Geography: IP 

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Time Stamp: 9:06 am 
Invite/Reject: invite

GPA: 4.00 on OMSAS (it rounds up I guess)
CARS: 130
Casper: I think it was alright. I felt like I wasn't able to finish iterating my thoughts in several questions. I was rejected from Manitoba so it can't have been exceptional.
Geography: IP 

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As a current MD student, at a top 5 university, I found it absurd that candidates of such high caliber (and many of my close friends, with 4.0 GPAs and MCATs in 515-520s) are not offered interviews (at a school that is ranked 77th in Times Higher Education's). What makes this selection process more mind-boggling is that only one segment of the MCAT and a situational judgment tests (that is argued to be biased against certain demographics: Jerant A. et al. 2015 Academic Medicine ) have such a huge impact on chances of being offered an interview. 

My thoughts are:

1- MCAT is a comprehensive standardized exam! Why not include other MCAT sections? (Shouldn't a medical school applicant have a solid understanding of biology, biochemistry, physics, chemistry, sociology, and psychology???) 

2- As an immigrant, a person of lower socioeconomic background, and someone who english isn't his/her first language, CARS, Casper, and MMI, create Herculean barriers for people like me to overcome. 

3-  McMaster associated company (ALTUS Assessments Inc) are making a lot of money from these test and most of the pro-research on this topic is born from McMaster studies. This basically displays a financial conflict of interest in the admission process for McMaster university. 

4- Unlike what is said, it is highly possible to prepare for MMI and Casper by spending a lot of money, time, and going to prep companies. 

5- Why are people's extracurricular activities, research, and awards not considered at MAC? 

 

Please don't be rude and attack my post! I have been factual. I hope that my post acts as a primer in the minds of the applicant community and hopefully future physicians. 

 

 

P.S. Congrats to qualified applicants who are offered interviews! I wish you the best.

 

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Time Stamp: 10:23am 
Invite/Reject: Regrets

GPA: 3.91
CARS: 131
Casper: Must not have gone very well. I'm not fast at typing and had to leave multiple sections blank...
Geography: OOP

Good luck everyone!

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12 minutes ago, criticalthinker said:

As a current MD student, at a top 5 university, I found it absurd that candidates of such high caliber (and many of my close friends, with 4.0 GPAs and MCATs in 515-520s) are not offered interviews (at a school that is ranked 77th in Times Higher Education's). What makes this selection process more mind-boggling is that only one segment of the MCAT and a situational judgment tests (that is argued to be biased against certain demographics: Jerant A. et al. 2015 Academic Medicine ) have such a huge impact on chances of being offered an interview. 

My thoughts are:

1- MCAT is a comprehensive standardized exam! Why not include other MCAT sections? (Shouldn't a medical school applicant have a solid understanding of biology, biochemistry, physics, chemistry, sociology, and psychology???) 

2- As an immigrant, a person of lower socioeconomic background, and someone who english isn't his/her first language, CARS, Casper, and MMI, create Herculean barriers for people like me to overcome. 

3-  McMaster associated company (ALTUS Assessments Inc) are making a lot of money from these test and most of the pro-research on this topic is born from McMaster studies. This basically displays a financial conflict of interest in the admission process for McMaster university. 

4- Unlike what is said, it is highly possible to prepare for MMI and Casper by spending a lot of money, time, and going to prep companies. 

5- Why are people's extracurricular activities, research, and awards not considered at MAC? 

 

Please don't be rude and attack my post! I have been factual. I hope that my post acts as a primer in the minds of the applicant community and hopefully future physicians. 

 

 

P.S. Congrats to qualified applicants who are offered interviews! I wish you the best.

 

yeah. we all know they don't care about the "individual". It's basically a computer generated list. Nobody reads your application. It's just a computer selection :-?? 

We all just desperate to get in somewhere, even if this school probably isn't too great for capturing the essence of medicine

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Do want to point out that previous research showed that higher VR scores were associated with less complaints against the doc, the other sections didn’t really do much other than perhaps a threshold of how they may do in qualifying exams like the USMLE. Even Toronto doesn’t out much clout into MCAT as you learn what you need to learn in medical school. 
 

but as for CASPer, yeah I agree on the criticisms there. Big money grab, conflict of interest, etc. Sadly this is the system, can’t do much unless you get into adcom to create change, unless all applicants collectively just stopped applying or something which we know won’t happen. 

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Good luck to everyone interviewing at Mac (and congrats!!). For those that got regrets - congrats as well on putting together a strong application. This is a super difficult process, it's sometimes hard to see all the hard work put in. It will pay off!

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Invite! I can’t believe it:D

Time Stamp: 9:26am
Invite/Reject: Invite

GPA: 3.89 OMSAS
CARS:  129
Casper: felt iffy on that one but must have done okay!

Geography: IP

 

Congrats to everyone who got an interview. And for those who didn’t, don’t give up! There are still more Ontario interviews to come :) 

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Time Stamp: 6:02 (PST)
Invite/Reject: Invite!

GPA: 3.97
CARS: 130
Casper: thought it wasn’t great but I guess okay? Some questions I was pretty definitive in my answers instead of taking multiple viewpoints which I thought would negatively impact my score. 

Geography: OOP

Super excited!!

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Time Stamp: 7:06am mountain time
Invite/Reject: invite!

GPA: 3.9 (I think?) 
CARS: 132
Casper: quite confident that it went well due to interview invite at Manitoba

Geography: OOP

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33 minutes ago, criticalthinker said:

As a current MD student, at a top 5 university, I found it absurd that candidates of such high caliber (and many of my close friends, with 4.0 GPAs and MCATs in 515-520s) are not offered interviews (at a school that is ranked 77th in Times Higher Education's). What makes this selection process more mind-boggling is that only one segment of the MCAT and a situational judgment tests (that is argued to be biased against certain demographics: Jerant A. et al. 2015 Academic Medicine ) have such a huge impact on chances of being offered an interview. 

 

I think most of us are aware that the scoring systems used in medicine admissions (particularly for McMaster) have little basis in reality and have questionable supporting evidence, with weak to no correlation to future success as a physician. Unfortunately, there are far more qualified applicants than there are seats for students/residents, which in turn is determined by government health care funding. The real issue here may be the resistance to increasing the number of seats/funding to support a growing population (as well as a growing number of applicants)- an issue that's very prominent with the current Ford government in Ontario.

That being said, I agree completely that Casper (and MMI) has a conflict of interest issue, and that McMaster seems to be the odd one out for not looking at ECs, when even Western has given up on the numbers game.

Have you tried to participate in the admissions committee for your school? I don't know if medical students have a say in the matter.

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