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10 minutes ago, kimin said:

To those who have received invites- is it just me struggling to find where our Application ID is listed? Thank you!

Yes! I can't find it in any of my emails

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Result: Invite

GPA: 4.0

MCAT: 510 (128, 126, 128, 128)

Current Degree: Finished UG in 2016

Geography: IP

Extra-curricular: I think above-average, although I got rejected from Western, Ottawa and UBC. PM for details. In 2017 I got an interview to Calgary with a 123 CARS and scored in the 90th percentile in most attributes. In 2018 I didn't get a single interview to any med schools and I scored in the 50th percentile in most of Calgary's attributes. At this point, I think it's more random than anything.

CASPer: No invite to Ottawa. Didn't apply to Mac. But I felt good about it.

My first interview this year. I really did not think I had a chance after getting rejected from the other schools. In fact, I took a job offer because I didn't think I would need the time to prep for interviews anymore. Looks like I will not be taking that job after all haha. 

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Result: Regrets

GPA: 4.0

MCAT: high teens

Current Degree: graduated last year

Geography: IP

Extra-curricular: Wide variety of volunteer including some overseas, some teaching and TA work, some hospital/clinic shadowing.  Not much research though (one poster, two presentations), 

CASPer: Thought it was ok, but who knows

I was actually pretty surprised as I got an interview last year and my application was better this year.  The only thing I can think is that I don't have anything long term (longer than a year).  Oh well, will try again next year.

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Result: Invite

GPA: 3.98

MCAT: 518

Current Degree: Current MSc Student. Finished BSc in 2018

Geography: IP

Extra-Curricular: Generally diverse, with strong research background and volunteering in both healthcare and community settings.

CASPer: Always hard to tell. Felt good and put a lot of work into preparing for it this year.

This is my third year applying and the 3rd year in a row that I'll be interviewing at the U of A. 3rd time's the charm?

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Result: Invite!

GPA: 3.97

MCAT: 516 (129/128/129/130)

Current Degree: Masters

Geography: IP

Extra-curricular: See previous posts. Extensive, diverse, and long-term. Got interviews at EC intensive schools.

CASPer: No invite to Mac. I thought it went ok, but who knows. Did some basic prep like reading the first couple chapters from Doing Right.

Super excited to be interviewing here! Excited to meet everyone :)

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Result: Invite!
GPA: 3.95
MCAT: 509 (125,128,128,128)
Current Degree:  Completed by BA last semester
Geography (IP/OOP):  OOP
Extracurricular Activities (awards, achievements, volunteering, employment, research, etc.): Some long term volunteering and some short term but everything was a bit different and meaningful to me. Started a company and had a long term career entirely unrelated to medicine before applying. Some light research (no pubs) and academic awards.
CASPer: Felt better than last year but didn't get and invite to other casper schools.

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Result: Invite!
GPA: 3.92
MCAT: 518 
Current Degree:  PhD, HBSc completed 2019
Geography (IP/OOP):  IP
Extracurricular Activities (awards, achievements, volunteering, employment, research, etc.): Detailed In previous posts but probably not the best (4/17 score last year). A couple jobs, sports (lots of different sports and awards etc), coaching, volunteering. Some research funding both undergrad level and grad level. No publications but I did have 3 submitted coauthors  included  on my app idk if they even count those, 2 published abstracts from international conference that I did a poster at.
CASPer: No idea last year I did pass the casper test but I also passed the interview and didn’t get an invite so not sure how it’s included into selection process.

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Result: Invite!
GPA: 4.00
MCAT: 516 (128 CARS)
Current Degree: Gap year after undergrad
Geography (IP/OOP): OOP
Extracurricular Activities (awards, achievements, volunteering, employment, research, etc.): I got a Western interview. Last year I had a 3/16 EC score so this is quite surprising.
CASPer: Didn't get a uOttawa or a McMaster interview

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1 hour ago, kimin said:

To those who have received invites- is it just me struggling to find where our Application ID is listed? Thank you!

update: the application ID is the ID you used to log in to your initial application! 

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Result: Invite
GPA: 3.61 (with an steep upward trend)
MCAT: 519 (130/128/132/129)
Current Degree: BSc w/ Specialization
Geography (IP/OOP):  ‘Berta Boy (IP)
Extracurricular Activities (awards, achievements, volunteering, employment, research, etc.):  Most of my volunteering, employment, and hobbies happened within my cultural community, which I think made my application wholesome and continuous. Also had some senior home, international, and youth group volunteering.  
CASPer: Thinking about it makes me cringe so hard because of how bad I felt about it lmao

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Result: raagraaaaaats
GPA: 3.97
MCAT: 514, 130 CARS
Current Degree: BSc, double major in bio and lit
Geography (IP/OOP):  OOP 
Extracurricular Activities (awards, achievements, volunteering, employment, research, etc.):  Bunch of volunteering at hospice, volunteering w international organization, studied in Europe for a semester, worked in student leadership, fair bit of clinical research 
CASPer: pretty decent I think 

 

here’s to one less flight to buy lol  

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Result: Invite
GPA: 4.00
MCAT: 522 (129 CARS)
Current Degree: 4th yr undergrad
Geography (IP/OOP): OOP
Extracurricular Activities (awards, achievements, volunteering, employment, research, etc.): Pretty mediocre. Was good enough for Western, but not for Queens or UBC OOP
CASPer: Good enough for Mac

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14 minutes ago, dontRme said:

Have they already sent out all the emails? I haven't gotten one and my application on Beartracks doesn't say anything about any admission decision :wacko:

Did you check your uAlberta email? That's the only line of communication that I'm aware of...

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Result: Invite!
GPA: 3.98
MCAT: 521 (131 CARS) 
Current Degree: final year UG
Geography (IP/OOP): IP
Extracurricular Activities: Nontraditional research and volunteering, thoroughly filled out and wrote about unique hobbies.
CASPer: Not good enough for OOP McMaster and Ottawa, so I'm really excited for this opportunity!

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Result: Invite
GPA: 4.0
MCAT: 525 (132/129/132/132) 
Current Degree: UG Completed
Geography (IP/OOP): IP
Extracurricular Activities: Heavy on employment, limited volunteering. 1st author publication.
CASPer: Good enough for McMaster and Manitoba

Excited for interview day - good luck everyone!

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Result: invite!
GPA: 4.0
MCAT: 517 (129/126/131/131)
Current Degree: 4th year
Geography (IP/OOP): IP
Extracurricular Activities: Filled everything but one employment. Spent quite a bit of time on this, to make sure I could use the short word limit of the description wisely. I think my letters of reference and my verifiers were very strong. I think I put the most effort into this application since I initially thought this was my best chance. 
CASPer: Im not sure how to feel, this is the only invite I got from any school that required CASPer. Not good enough for Ottawa, Queens, Mcgill or Manitoba. 

Congrats and good luck to everyone that got an interview! 

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Result: Reject :(
GPA: 3.7
Current Degree: BSc. finished 2019
Geography (IP/OOP): IP (I think)
Extracurricular Activities: Volunteer content writer with non-profit for 3 years, Varsity Athlete, Volunteer in hospital (~200 hours), Research in two different neuro labs (~200 hours), various other volunteering in health care settings and coaching different sports. 
CASPer: No clue but felt good. 

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Result: INVITE!
GPA: 3.62
MCAT: 506 (126, 124, 125, 131). Re-wrote this year and scored 499 LOL! No science background.
Current Degree: BScN 2017
Geography (IP/OOP): IP
Extracurricular Activities: Full-time health officer in department of public safety; Paediatric case management, pharmaceutical trials; Clinic lead for workplace health clinics. 5+ years community outreach work with vulnerable populations, heavy involvement with fitness industry and started school initiatives/ clubs, coaching. Long term experience abroad. Other random self-taught creative hobbies. Zero research. Wrote about personal challenges candidly in my personal essays. My experiences are all closely related and paint a clear picture of my values. 
CASPer: Felt it went well. Most of the scenarios I've encountered in real life, so I really enjoyed the exam. 

Second time applying, first invite, and I am still in SHOCK that I got an interview after being rejected pre-interview from Calgary. I sat in my car crying today lol. I believe my personal activities were my saving grace given my horrendous GPA and MCAT score. Last year, I scored above interview average in ECs. I made big strides to strengthen my application this cycle. The MCAT didn't work out, and I was expected to be rejected pre-interview. Was planning on ditching the MCAT and focus on my current career going forward. Feeling incredibly blessed to be offered this opportunity to show who I am. Excited to meet everyone on interview day! 

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Result: Regrets
GPA: 3.93 
MCAT: 516 with 129 CARS
Current Degree: Masters
Geography (IP/OOP): OOP
Extracurricular Activities (awards, achievements, volunteering, employment, research, etc.): Enough for Calgary (volunteering, publications, lots of hobbies, etc.)
CASPer: not good enough for Mac 

Congrats to everyone who got an interview - really wasn't expecting to get an invite here.

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Result: Invite
GPA: 3.92
MCAT: 505 (127 CARS)
Current Degree: BSc in Business and Masters in Business Law in the US (Graduated Spring 2019)
Geography (IP/OOP): IP
Extracurricular Activities (awards, achievements, volunteering, employment, research, etc.): Lots of non-health related employment, minimal volunteering, zero research, D1 NCAA Athlete/Captain
CASPer: Felt Ok but not great.

Rejected at U of C this year and last so pretty excited to get an interview. Congrats to all you got one and good luck with future apps to anyone who didn't. Don't give up!

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Congratulations to everyone who got an interview! Quick question for anyone else who may have ran into this mistake in past... I have a conflict of interview dates with UofA and UofC but did not see the conflict of interest email until checking my Ualberta email tonight :(

Are all of the UofA interview dates on March.14th or have you guys receive other potential dates?

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