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  1. According to a 2014 2011 study, at the time Ottawa's ABS was scored for each of the OMSAS categories: https://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/Fulltext/2011/10001/Does_an_Emotional_Intelligence_Test_Correlate_With.10.aspx The big reasons I can see this new change occurring is 1. economics (less time reviewing applications, less cost to admin); 2. to correct a right-skew in ABS scores. Regarding #2, it's possible with 48 entries that schools have noticed too many applicants were getting perfect or near perfect ABS scores (like the 3.99 and 4.0 when it comes to GPA's). If the
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  2. Hi everyone, This community has been a great resource for me, so I've been looking for a way to give back. Ever since D-day (aka May 10th for my fellow OMSAS warriors), I've been getting lots of PMs about interview skills. Partly because I got multiple offers, and partly because on my A/W/R posts I noted how well the interviews went. Rather than answering each PM separately I figured I'd make a post to point people towards so that others might benefit in the future. I'm not an interview god, I didn't know how to interview before I started, and I wasn't confident in my skills going in.
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  3. If I were you, I would return to your original thought! And I would forget about being Canadian for his essay.
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  4. i'd focus on the diverse experiences or skill sets you can bring to the table.
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  5. j17f

    Casper Prep Companies

    I will second the comment about Astroff. Here is an old thread I wrote about them, you can check my old post history to decide whether I’m some paid advertisement.
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  6. For my job related one, I just have them the Toronto clusters and said touch on as many things as you can, and gave a few examples of job tasks I did that were reflected by the clusters (which are easier in My opinion for them to talk about vs CANmeds which the clusters are in disguise). They touched slightly on things out of their scope like my volunteering, but I think it should mainly be about what they know or have seen you do. Hope that helps!
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  7. A lot of them are high for sure but there still seems to be a bit of relief at many of them I thought(?) Maybe it is getting worse and I haven't noticed. I have seen the blow back of those people for years as well going down, failing out, or even passing and not getting into anything they wanted for residency - huge debits, suboptimal residency programs, high risk of drop out (they will protect their pass rate by culling people - it is cheap to put people through preclerkship and just fail them if they aren't up to snuff - the entire business model seems to be based on it. It really is a
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  8. I would agree with this. I'll also add that, in my experience, the ABS is not so much about what you've done as much as it is about how you've framed it. Presentation is everything for the ABS. And there are ways to strategically combine certain activities into fewer ABS entries, while still showing the same breadth of experience.
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  9. ZBL

    CaRMS statistics

    All you need is one. For competitive things, it’s not so much about applying broadly and hoping for the best - it’s more about targeting a program early and gunning so that you are considered top for that program. Competitive specialties are usually small and will be biased in favour of not only strong applicants but also people they know.
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  10. Thanks for the response! I'll heed your advice on CMU and return secondaries quickly, and after that's done, DO is on the list. Really appreciate the support!
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  11. Is it worth it? That depends entirely on how badly you want to be a physician and whether there are alternative careers from which you would find a comparable level of satisfaction (both professionally and in your personal life). It's possible, but definitely an uphill battle. I graduated from my first degree with a lower GPA than yours, spent the next 6 yrs making up for my failure during my first degree (ECs, MCAT, GPA), and will be starting med school in the fall. I kept going because the value that I assigned to being an MD is greater than the time and dedication that I sacrificed (
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  12. You can easily tell a resident/staff from a medical student from the above responses...
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  13. GTFO asap before someone changes thier mind.
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  14. OT OT

    Masters vs. 5th Year

    Hey! I'm re-applying next year and need to decide between completing a 1 year masters, or going back to school for a semester to improve my GPA. Does anyone have any experience in this? What benefit will the Masters actually give me, in terms of ORPAS GPA calculation? It's a Masters program that I know I would LOVE but at the end of the day, my goal is OT and I want to know what will give me a better shot at getting accepted next year. My sub-GPA this year was 3.59 but if I go back and do a semester I can bump this up to a 3.87. Alternatively, if I do the Masters, my sub-GPA wil
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  15. TtIME STAMP: 10:05 for the email Result: Invite wGPA: 3.90 undergrad, currently doing a 1year course-based masters but no marks included MCAT: 518 ECs: family caregiving, some jobs at the bank, come tutoring, some sports etc; nothing I thought was major especially because I haven't gotten a single invite from a any ontario school in the past 3 years so... yeah not really sure what's going on here. Year: Last year of 1year masters IP/OOP/International: OOP Letter of EC: No CASPER: I think it went well, I'd done these a couple of times now so I felt like I knew an appro
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  16. IP/OOP/International: IP Letter of EC: Yes, Had to take care of my mother because of a severe illness when I was 18. So there was one semester where I had C+ or B- average. TIME STAMP : 10h00 AM Result : Invite wGPA : 3.86 GPA and 3.76GPA with no EC MCAT : no CASPer: I thought I did okay. There are some questions where I thought I gave really good answers and others where I felt like I messed up because I had to think more, but overall I wasn't confident about it. One thing for sure, I gave my honest answers. ECs : PM me for that
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