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    itsmemario got a reaction from neurophile in KInd of screwed for the upcoming MCAT exam. Need advice.   
    I agree with the poster above. You need to evaluate your performance by practice scores and not too much by how you feel. I haven't met a single person yet that was super confident going into the test. Everyone is nervous and we all think that we could have prepared more. In my opinion, going into the test with the mindset of voiding is not a good idea. 
     
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    itsmemario reacted to Bambi in Personal Essays - Multiple Paragraphs?   
    Why not keep it simple, and just do it in one paragraph.
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    itsmemario got a reaction from Jaeger in OMSAS reference form personal comments   
    I believe that refers to a personal message that will be sent to the referees with your reference form. You can leave it blank. 
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    itsmemario reacted to dlange in OMSAS Reference Letter Guidelines   
    Oh okay, got it. Thank you!
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    itsmemario reacted to al301330 in .   
    Not sarcastic though I could see how it would come off that way. It's that in the OMSAS description of the essay, it includes: ''Explain why your transcript would have less than a full course load '' and I wouldn't want an unjustified reduced course load to look bad amongst an already incredibly competitive pool of applicants. But you're probably right, it would be most likely unnecessary and if anything, would just draw undesired attention to it. 
    EDIT: In reading it back, this is just overt neuroticism and overthinking that one line in the essay description 
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    itsmemario got a reaction from futrdoc in KInd of screwed for the upcoming MCAT exam. Need advice.   
    I agree with the poster above. You need to evaluate your performance by practice scores and not too much by how you feel. I haven't met a single person yet that was super confident going into the test. Everyone is nervous and we all think that we could have prepared more. In my opinion, going into the test with the mindset of voiding is not a good idea. 
     
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    itsmemario reacted to Bambi in .   
    You made a purposeful decision to drop a course, you were not forced to do anything. You knew or ought to have known that dropping the course disqualified you from having a wGPA; indeed, in retrospect, it may have been a poor choice. I don't know what you would be appealing - compared to those who have legitimate cases. 
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    itsmemario reacted to robclem21 in .   
    This thread has some good points in it, but the there are a few key points here that in my opinion have been overlooked. It is important to distinguish between a student journal and a peer-reviewed journal, and two peer-reviewed journals with different impact factors.
    With student journals and peer-reviewed journals, the more rigorous review process is a pretty important one. The reason medical schools like these publications is because they want their staff to eventually publish, and having experience with this process is important. Most peer-reviewed journals are indexed in "pubmed" and publications = citations = prestige = money. I agree that the actual qualities you demonstrate are similar in terms of these two types of journals, but there is indeed an experience element to publishing in a peer-reviewed journal that is definitely considered by admissions committees and people reviewing applications. As others have said though, the actual content of the publication probably doesn't hold much if any weight. I do think there is an important distinction here though.
    With peer-reviewed journals, unless you have a publication in NEJM or nature, etc, the impact factor probably doesn't make too much of a difference. For these situations, describing your role and the scope of the research is more important. This is for many reasons. Certain fields (basic science), are much more difficult to publish in and often require more time investment to produce a publishable result compared to others (epidemiology). Describing a large role in one of those papers is likely to hold more weight than saying you pumped out some graphs for 4 or 5 epi papers. Second, some fields highest journals simply don't have the impact that others do. For example, the highest ranked journal in fields like osteoporosis or rheumatology or pediatrics won't have nearly the impact factor that cancer or cardiology papers do. Again, this is related to funding opportunities and drive to publish those studies. It wouldn't be fair to penalize a student for putting potentially higher quality research in a weaker field (which they probably didn't pick by choice and happened to do whatever the supervisor was involved in). I don't think its worth the energy to concern yourself with impact factor.
    At the end of the day, publish at the highest level your field/research/supervisor will allow. It will all benefit you and nothing will hurt. If you can't get a peer-review publication, then go for a student journal and focus on the skills required to do so. If you end up in a peer-review journal, most of those things are implied. It is wise to ignore things like impact factor and focus on your contribution to the work and showing how you can take that experience to be a useful/productive clinician scientist at your prospective medical schools.
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    itsmemario reacted to ralk in .   
    Schools should recognize the difference between publishing in a mainstream, peer-reviewed, academic journal and publishing in a less formal undergraduate journal. However, when it comes to admissions, applicants tend to overestimate the value of formal publication, so while publishing in undergraduate journals likely has less value, the difference may be less important that you might think. The former shows research ability and a degree of excellence that the latter does not, but both show initiative and a degree of communication ability. It's not unethical or lacking in integrity to pursue such publications in my mind, so long as the accomplishments aren't embellished.
    Publication in undergrad is a bit of a game of luck or circumstance anyway, as there are mediocre undergrad researchers with multiple publications, and excellent ones with zero articles in their name.
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    itsmemario got a reaction from Bambi in Omsas Sketch Has Very Limited Room   
    From what I remember from the last cycle, there is a 150 character limit which includes spaces. I personally avoided full sentences in my descriptions and wrote stuff like "assist w/ data collection+manuscript prep+stat analysis". It worked out fine!
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    itsmemario got a reaction from Promethazine in Seeking Advice on Next Steps   
    For Canadian admissions, GPA can only be significantly improved through undergrad courses. So you're right about pursuing more course work as opposed to masters. I think you need to think carefully about going abroad. It is very very expensive and it can be difficult to come back to Canada (esp for ireland/aus/Caribbean). I wouldn't suggest these options unless you've at least tried to apply in Canada (for most, it takes more than 1 attempt to get in). In terms of your ECs, a lot will depend on how you present these. Many people with excellent profiles are rejected potentially because they may not present their accomplishments well on paper. So keep pursuing your ECs  and dedicate a lot of time to writing up the application. 
    My personal recommendation would be to make Canada the focus for at least the next cycle. This means you should look into doing more undergrad courses. This also means that you can push the MCAT to the summer. I know this may probably be too late for the American cycle but like I said you need to think carefully about going abroad. If you are set on the January MCAT, it definitely will be a challenge to study for it while taking a full course load. 
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    itsmemario got a reaction from ahmadmz in FAQ: What are my chances?   
    They don't state if they weigh any section more than others. They just seem to have a cut-off and this is probably set based on the application pool for that year (no one really knows!). Queens is really a black box when it comes to their admission policies. I would just apply and hope for the best! 
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    itsmemario got a reaction from cw2lu4 in FAQ: What are my chances?   
    They don't state if they weigh any section more than others. They just seem to have a cut-off and this is probably set based on the application pool for that year (no one really knows!). Queens is really a black box when it comes to their admission policies. I would just apply and hope for the best! 
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    itsmemario reacted to Bambi in Thoughts on this article?   
    If you wish to practice med in Canada, persevere in applying to Canadian medical schools only, or be prepared to suffer the consequences. 
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    itsmemario reacted to mitmtl in ABS: Research and other?   
    Thanks!
     
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    itsmemario got a reaction from Bambi in ABS: Research and other?   
    I would just keep that under employment. The research section is mainly for publications, abstracts, conference presentations etc that you have been a part of. They even ask you to indicate the "title of the project" and "type of publication" when you fill this section out. 
    I personally would include being a parent. I think it gives a better picture about you and to me it also shows your ability to manage school, extracurriculars etc while also being a parent which is a huge commitment itself (but its up to you!). 
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    itsmemario got a reaction from mitmtl in ABS: Research and other?   
    I would just keep that under employment. The research section is mainly for publications, abstracts, conference presentations etc that you have been a part of. They even ask you to indicate the "title of the project" and "type of publication" when you fill this section out. 
    I personally would include being a parent. I think it gives a better picture about you and to me it also shows your ability to manage school, extracurriculars etc while also being a parent which is a huge commitment itself (but its up to you!). 
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    itsmemario reacted to Neurophilic in 2017 Queen's Waitlist Poll   
    I just wanted to leave the waitlistees who haven't been accepted anywhere with some words of encouragement. I know exactly how it feels to be in your position. I never got off of Queen's waitlist last cycle. All of you that had the opportunity to interview should be very proud of yourselves. It truly is an accomplishment to reach this stage considering the incredible competition. My advice is to take a few days to grieve. After that get working on your apps for the next cycle. Analyze your application and see where you can improve (interview skills, ECs, etc.) and give it another shot. Despite being in 3 cycles I have yet to matriculate and am still determined to do so. Let me serve as an example of the tenacity that this process demands. Hopefully the upcoming cycle will be the one. Good luck to all. 
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    itsmemario reacted to Log in 2017 Backpack?   
    LEGOLAS, WHAT DO YOUR CALGARIAN EYES SEE?
     
    Edit: okay wow I just now read the entire thread and realized how serious this got. Oops.
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    itsmemario reacted to RicardoKaká in 2017 Backpack?   
    Whats the verdict?!
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    itsmemario got a reaction from Solidgrass in Waterloo Upper Years! Course Selection!   
    In terms of bio courses, these were fairly easy: 
     
    Biol 431 - bacterial molecular genetics
    Biol 467 - plant bacterial interactions
    Biol 484 - advanced euk genetics 
    Biol 303 - Embryo
    biol 359 - Evolution
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    itsmemario reacted to cw2lu4 in Screwed up for 2 years. What should i do now?   
    Should also mention that U of T only has a separate applicant pool for grad students if they were productive grad students (ie. at least one 1st author pub). Otherwise, you're seen as an undergrad applicant. 
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    itsmemario reacted to Meridian in Which Schools Should I Apply To?   
    You may want to consider an MCAT re-write if broadening your application range.   124 CARS will be a problem at Ontario schools.  It does not meet cutoffs for Western or UoT and is not competitive for an OOP interview at MAC.   Queens does not publish an MCAT cut off, but a 511/124 would be suspect if you scan the invites in this forum.    Ottawa does not use MCAT so potential there.     NOSM - only apply if you have extensive rural background.
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    itsmemario reacted to robclem21 in -   
    So, I have definitely been where you are. In fact, I've been where you are plus about 10 rejections and no interviews. I know exactly how shitty it feels to have no hope and no job prospects, and no clue where you will be in a month, or 6 months, or a year. This process can break you, but it can also build you up into a stronger, more resilient person who at the end of the day, will make a much better medical student and physician (cause those two things can break you as well).
     
    What you need to do is use this opportunity to reflect, not to panic. With all the talk about GPA, ECs, interview skills, etc. the most valuable part of this application is experience. This application is a system and you need to learn to master the system. The fact that you already have an interview means that you are well on your way and ahead of most. Figure out the weak parts of your application, and use this time in between to tackle them. Practice your interviews, apply more broadly, and If you really want it then you can do it. It is just a matter of when, and your family and friends will still support you (even more so if you portray how bad you want it).
     
    I would also encourage you to allow this experience to humble yourself a little bit. That not everyone who didn't get into med school is a failure or bad person. That people with degrees who need to work in fast food chains to buy time and pay rent aren't failures. And that even though you tried your best, you're not quite there yet. And that's okay. If you reached your potential at 21, then you would never grow. Obstacles are good and they strengthen you, but realize you do have limitations and that humbleness will go a long way down the road when dealing with other people.
     
    A good chunk of people here, and my classmates who I have talked to, have applied 2+ times before they got. Its a long journey. Just stay focused and positive. Good luck
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    itsmemario reacted to rmorelan in Should I Do A 5Th Year Or Call It?   
    sounds like a great stare - the devil is in the details l
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