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  1. Hey Everyone! I am currently in my first year at UCC (BDSG1 4-Year Grad entry)! Thought I'd give you a bit of info and answer some of your concerns! There's around 25 of us from Canada, but you share half your classes with some of the 5-year Irish students! Very few offers came out in February last year, I received mine early March. From what I know, Full year Anatomy is a requirement for the 4-year program, I know somebody in the 5 year program who specifically did not get in to Grad-Entry because of Anatomy, he is however waiving most of the courses he had done, so he has a pretty light
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  2. CHG

    swomen bias?

    Just having a connection to the southwestern communities doesn't have any benefit. SWOMEN applicants have to produce a transcript showing that they attended high school in the SWOMEN area - a full map of counties can be found here https://www.schulich.uwo.ca/distributededucation/academies/Map of Academies.html . As for the post-interview SWOMEN advantage, nobody really knows because the post-interview scoring formula has never been shared with us. There are lots of theories that I'm not super familiar with (but I'm sure people can fill you in or you can find them on similar threads) but f
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  3. I am not against medical students being vaccinated in a higher priority sequence than the general population. I think in the sense that our system needs to generate competent medical student graduates to begin residency, you are also an essential component of the workforce. However, can you consider the timing of this petition and the specifics of your request bit more carefully? In terms of timing, there is a national, critical shortage of vaccines right now affecting everyone. Even if they wanted to supply vaccines to students, they could not do so because the supply across the country
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  4. I can’t speak to how things are at all other schools, but med students at my & some of my friends’ schools have been seeing confirmed covid + patients now, and have even been assigned to the covid ward. We’ve also been seeing suspected covid patients since coming back in early summer (including those with symptoms + a known exposure), and most, if not all, of us have seen and swabbed patients who ended up being positive. In environments like the emerge, we are often the member of the team spending the most time assessing our patients. We have been sheltered to a degree by some residents an
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  5. Psych

    AGE? Consensus

    Look, I don't want to argue anymore because I don't think we are ever going to agree with each other, but I'm not sure how you don't understand my point about the median- if we look at 10 people and they are (per your numbers) 21, 21, 22, 22, 22, 23, 23, 25, 26, 27 then the median is in the middle of 22 and 23, which is what I said. And also as I said, assuming some of the 3rd and 4th years are older than 21/22 due to things like gap years, then that could push the median towards 23. These numbers are moot anyways because neither of us knows the exact age of every single person in the class.
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  6. Psych

    AGE? Consensus

    I mean, you're assuming that everyone out of 3rd year is 21 and everyone out of 4th year is 22, which is likely not true because many people take gap years, internships, etc. Even if your numbers are right, if 20% are ~21 and 30% are ~22 the median would be right on the line between 22 and 23, with accounting for gap years pushing it up to the 23 range which is what I suggested. You may know some students in the class but I know at least 75% of the class and as I mentioned, about half of people I know are ~25. There's really no other way to prove anything without Ottawa actually posting the me
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  7. Agreeing with everyone else here! I ended up getting waitlisted for toronto and alberta with a sGPA of 3.64 last year, so yes I likely wasn't ranked high on the waitlist but goes to show that there are various factors universities considered. After finishing up my degree, with my last term grades now counting, it has gone up a bit. So hopefully competitive enough for this years application cycle.
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  8. This is really great news!!
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  9. getting more application money rollin in is always a good reason for them to lie about that
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  10. I saw that this morning haha! All my questions were answered from this email haha! End of February is still a bit vague! If anyone notices that notifications are posted, we can just give each other a heads up on this page Good luck everyone!!!!!!!!!!
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  11. Are you using a computer/laptop with a built-in mic? I noticed the audio quality was a lot better when I stopped using airpods with my MacBook
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  12. 1. the timing of it was important because everyone was outlining their plans for vaccinating staff, nurses, PABs and residents and leaving us behind. we acknowledge the difficulty with supply, but when you hear about non patient facing staff getting it, it's quite frustrating. also all the med students and residents on the french side were all vaccinated. 2. if you read the wording - we're asking to be prioritized like anyone who has the same exposure - my school doesn't allow med students to be on covid wards, but this isn't the case everywhere as you can see above at University of Ottaw
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  13. I've read on other forums that there is an internal GPA cutoff of 3.85 for both undergrad and grad students.... is that true?
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  14. EDIT: Désolé je ne savais pas que c'était pour les écoles dentaires! Je viens juste de voir tes tags. Désolé, ce que j'ai écrit ne s'applique qu'à la médecine. Mais je le laisse au cas où! Je peux seulement répondre partiellement à ta question... Je ne connais pas très bien les modalités d'évaluations des notes et GPA des 3 écoles francophones au Québec donc je ne sais pas si il y a un moyen d'effacer ces notes. Il faut aussi savoir que les 3 écoles francophones n'utilisent pas le GPA direct, mais une CRU, qui prend en compte la "difficulté" du programme. Pour McGill, si tu refais un
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  15. The distribution deadline is February 8th so you're still good!!
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  16. There definitely will be further large waves of interview invites to go out, none of the spots for the March dates will have been filled yet. And aside from MD/PhD applicants who all hear back early, the order that you hear back in for the different MD interview dates doesn’t in any way correlate to your ranking, it’s just the order in which they complete the file reviews (which is random). So plenty of invites left to go around
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  17. For those still waiting on interviews - this is gruelling, but we will overcome.
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  18. Agreed -- I am disappointed and confused for you too!!! Great to hear that you at least have received other invites -- does Queen's only use wGPA if you have a full course load (3 courses per term) all years of undergraduate? But you have an excellent MCAT score, your cGPA is still very high and you had a CASPer good enough for McMaster! [confused emoji] Wonder if anyone will have insights!
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  19. Moi, je peux juste parler pour l'appartement! Personnellement, quand j'ai étudié un an à l'université Laval, j'ai préféré et de loin me prendre un appart plus près du centre-ville, j'étais collée sur le boulevard Charest (où la 40 se termine) et j'étais à la limite des quartiers Saint-Roch et Saint-Sauveur. J'étais à distance de marche de deux épiceries, de pleiiiiiins de petits cafés et restos, d'une salle de spectacle, d'un cinéma... et j'étais à environ 30 minutes à pied du Vieux-Québec. Si je voulais sortir le soir, il y avait un bus de nuit qui arrêtait vraiment pas loin de chez moi aussi
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  20. I disagree. That is a lot of money to pay for a deposit if you're not even sure you want to go. Is that your first choice school outside of Canada? You said you also applied to the UK... if you got accepted in Ireland, you'll likely also receive an acceptance for at least some of those schools. Similarly, since you said you'd prefer to go to school locally, do you at least stand a decent chance here? I wouldn't just throw away $3000 just to guarantee myself a spot somewhere. In order to spend that kind of money, it would have to be something that I was certain of wanting to do, which it doesn'
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  21. Hey HopefulStudent2938, I received my interview confirmation at 7:15pm, thankfully got my first choice. Hope that helps! Cheers, Philo
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  22. Omg awesome!! Glad theres others out there with similar sGPA! Good luck with everything, i hope it works out for you! Definitely dont look through it lol, its very hard not to compare yourself to everyone else! Plus not everyone posts on these threads anyways so the stats you see on there wouldnt reflect the whole applicant pool, thats what ive been telling myself anyways ahah. Plus its a new round of applications so applicant pool will be different hopefully:)
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  23. I have the same sGPA! I applied to all the same schools too plus U of M, Dal, U of A and UBC. Literally every school almost haha. I'm so tempted to go through last years thread but now I'm kinda scared to lol. Best of luck to you!!!
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  24. Salut ! Je peux te répondre pour certaines questions, je suis en dernière session du bac en sciences infirmières formation initiale. 2) Avant le covid, il y avait énormément d’activités étudiantes organisées par l’asso (vin fromage, gala henderson, etc). Quand ce n’est pas celles organisées par l’asso il y a tous les autres évènements organisées par d’autres asso étudiante où tu peux participer. Donc oui tu peux avoir une très belle vie étudiante malgré la grande charge de travail du bac !! Et au bac initial, on est la même << gang >> qui se suit dans tout le cheminement alo
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  25. Heyy I also applied to the same places as you and only got an email from western!
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  26. S'il y en a qui ont des questions, vous pouvez m'écrire en privé, ça va me faire plaisir de vous répondre! Je suis étudiant de première année en med vet et je viens de l'uni, donc j'ai passé à travers tout le processus, si ça peut en aider certains! Et vous pouvez aussi m'écrire juste pour vous déstresser, je sais à quel point les mois/semaines qui s'en viennent vont être stressantes pour vous! Comme j'ai bcp de job (si vous pensez que le cégep c bcp d'ouvrage, attendez ben med vet lol) je vous répondrai pas nécessairement rapidement, mais bon je prendrais pas des mois à répondre non plus!
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  27. Probably from the long surgical wait lists. They don't understand we don't have the capacity to pay for more OR time for underemployed surgeons. I don't like how the government just portrays the surface level issues when it's really a huge funding problem at the core.
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  28. I think next week is going to be a big week - seems like we'll be hearing from Sask, Alberta and Calgary!
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  29. No personal profile, they removed that part of the application
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  30. Doesn't seem like it... I've been rejected mid-march for 4 cycles. I hate being strung along like this, especially because I only applied to UofT this year (money and MCAT reasons).
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  31. Just called the admissions office and they mentioned that invites would come out next week (I think they specifically said after Feb 8th?)
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  32. On the website it says mid March/Early April but I know last year applicants were hearing back the first week of February for the 4 year GED program at UCC. The five year programs acceptances are usually sent out later. Hopefully we start hearing back shortly, I don't know if it will be different this year because of COVID but we will see.
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  33. MDee2B

    AGE? Consensus

    I would much rather be in my room studying interesting things in medicine than go into an office looking at spreadsheets all day or try and make myself busy to impress my boss at meetings this. For those of us coming from a separate career, it gets to a point in life where you’re already very comfortable, have tenure, are set financially into retirement, etc. But you really don’t feel like you’re actualizing your full potential. And the thought of staying put in that situation for the next 30-40 years is discouraging, even frightening. I would rather be working hard, applying mysel
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  34. I will be entering medical school in the fall at 31 with a family and a very unique background. I’ve found this discussion frankly entertaining. The closer you get to 40, the more you realize... 40 really isn’t THAT old lol. I’m really excited to start this journey, and the prospect of having a generously remunerated job that I like by the age of 40 sounds amazing. I will still have 20, possibly 25 years in my career of choice, not counting residency. The fact that choosing a specialty that is less demanding on family life sounds limiting to you, doesn’t mean it is for others.
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  35. 905Shark

    Preceptor Gifts

    Thank you to all those who replied! In the end, I ditched the Starbucks gift cards and got my main preceptor a NHL mask (which he absolutely loved) and wrote each and every physician and nurse I worked with a thank you card. Some of them had tears and the other physicians told me in their career, they've always received gifts or an email after leaving the rotation but not a thank you card. They were all so happy and I brought small boxed chocolate for each of them to eat at home. In the end, the thank you cards turned out to be a huge appreciative gift and they offered to even stay in touch ev
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  36. These are getting exhausting (and kind of embarrassing) to do but if it helps a future applicant then I'm all for it Time Stamp: 4:35 EST Invite/reject: Regrets IP/OOP: IP SWOMEN (Y/N): N (Applied through ACCESS) 2YGPA: 3.88 MCAT (CHEM/CARS/BIO/PSYCH): 128/131/129/130 Essays (X/8): 8/8 + About You
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  37. Time Stamp: 3:14 Invite/reject: Invite IP/OOP: IP SWOMEN (Y/N): N 2YGPA: 3.83 MCAT (CHEM/CARS/BIO/PSYCH): 130/127/130/131 Essays (X/8): 8/8, plus About Me My second interview invite ever after 5 years of applying, first invite at Western. Written the MCAT twice. 27 now, have worked in research for 3 years and have a Master's degree. I still can't believe this, was starting to believe getting an interview at an Ontario school was a pipe dream.
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  38. Time Stamp: 3:14 PM Invite/reject: INVITE!!! This is my 4th app cycle!!! IP/OOP: IP SWOMEN (Y/N): N 2YGPA: 3.87 MCAT (CHEM/CARS/BIO/PSYCH): 130/128/129/129 Essays (X/8): 8/8 (re-used 2 activities) and did the personal essay (talked about being in a single parent family on social assistance) I AM SHOOK!! I am turning 27 this year, this has been such a long haul for me. I did a BSc then an accelerated BScN. I'm working as an ER nurse now. In my first year I received an interview at Mac, R post interview. Went 2 cycles with no interviews at all. I have taken t
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  39. Watch LMCC get defensive: - first you have to form a RCPSC special working group to study this issue (pay each member $100K/yr x 3 years). - 3 years later the report goes to a government minister's standing committee (pay each member $200K/yr x 3 years). - 6 years later goes to special council on medical education (pay each member $300K/yr x 3 years). - 9 years later will be studied by house of commons liaison group with the minister's committee (pay each member $400K/yr x 3 years). - 12 years later AMZN and TSLA already invented AI that can test a candidate in 10 min
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  40. To say that it's unfair because you can't find a quiet space I think is false if you absolutely could not find a way to get a room to yourself at home it's understandable. Not everyone has the luxury of living in a detached house no neighbors etc... However most community libraries should be able to offer you a quiet space free of charge. If you have concentration issues (ADD, ADHD etc...) the Casper team actually allows certain accomodations for those conditions if you communicate with them. Saying it's unfair to people who have hard time typing it's like saying interviews are unfair to those
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  41. Timestamp: 7:52 am Interview: Yes OMSAS GPA: 3.73 Context: born in rural Newfoundland, lived in Northern Ontario city (not rural) since 2001 EC: Lots of leadership, long term volunteering commitments, northern advocacy, sports, medical work, creative pursuits, started my own small business.. # application cycles: Third year applying and interviewing— hoping 3rd times the charm!! Interview details: March 6 @ 1 pm The last two cycles my interview was on the Sunday afternoon slot, and my GPA was also significantly lower than this time around....I have a slight t
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  42. Timestamp: 7:41am Interview: Yes GPA: 3.92 Context: Lived in NO whole life but not rural, went to SO for uni (lived in NO for summer) ECs: Research + NSERC, hospital volunteer, shadowed physiotherapist, club exec at uni, residence advisor, with some other random ECs Non-trad?: No # of previous applications: 0 Interview Location/Date/Time: Online, March 6 (Sat) at 10am
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  43. Timestamp: 7:20 Interview: Yes! GPA: OMSAS : 3.96 Context: Francophone applicant ; Lived in a larger Northern city for my entire life, including during university ECs: very varied, volunteer heavy such as with marginalized populations, francophone populations & within my university, employment with children, nursing background. # of previous applications: 0 (first application!) Interview Location/Date/Time: Saturday the 6th, 10 AM
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  44. Timestamp: 8:44 Interview: Yes! GPA: OMSAS 3.53 + 0.2 Master's boost = 3.73 Context: Lived in a larger Northern city for my entire life, including University for both Undergrad and Master's ECs: very varied, lots of employment, long term volunteering (5+years), SSHRC, sports, clubs/committees Non-trad?: Yes - Master's degree and am also a teacher (science undergrad though) # of previous applications: 2 Interview Location/Date/Time: Sunday March 7th at 10am
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  45. Time stamp: 7:30 interview: yes GPA: 3.87 context: rural NO entire life EC: varied volunteer, no research non traditional: no # of previous apps: 1 (waitlisted last year) interview date: March 6th
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  46. SO EXCITED!!! Timestamp: 8:34 Interview: Yes GPA: 3.83 Context: rural Nova Scotia from grade 9+ Then moved to Northern Ontario in 2020 ECs: Nursing background, research projects x 2, various club, activities and organizations Non-trad?: # of previous applications: 2 (interviewed in 2018 and 2020) Interview Location/Date/Time: March 7 at 10 AM ps. Does anyone know if the time stamp matters? Also! Does anyone want to practice together? If so then email me! Rahmantasmiah@gmail.com
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  47. nishdoc

    Interview Invites 2020/2021

    Timestamp: 9:17 am Interview: Yes! GPA: OMSAS 3.38 - my biggest weakness Context: Born and raised NO, Indigenous, lived in remote community on reserve EC: varied, RN, working with Indigenous communities Non-trad?: no # of previous applications: this is my second application, interviewed last year as well Interview Location/Date/Time: Sunday March 7 1pm
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  48. Timestamp: 9:00am Interview: invite OMSAS GPA: 3.94 Context- lived in NO for 7 years, moved away for undergrad ECs - multiple publications, presentations, conferences and posters. VP of grad student council, involved in various community outreach organizations, tons of sport related things # of application cycle- 3rd time applying to NOSM Non-trad - finishing my PhD this april
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  49. Timestamp: 7:35 am Interview: Yes OMSAS GPA: 3.73 Context: Born and raised in NWO. Population less than 1000. EC: Varied sports, volunteering, shadowing, one small research publication, and dedicated employment in my NWO community. Non-trad?: No # application cycles: 3rd application, 3rd interview invite (Let's hope 3rd times the charm!) Interview details: March 6 @ 10.
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  50. I'm applying to a moderately competitive specialty and family medicine. I've been working on my personal letters but really struggling with them ever since they came out. I haven't even started first drafts on all of the essays I wanted to write. I'm overtaken by how unqualified I am. What patient stories do I have to share? I'm nothing special and I don't have any remarkable stories about advocating for patients or cinching the diagnosis for a rare disease or being special in any way. The patient encounters that I remember most fondly are really just the ones where we built relationship
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