5th time the charm reacted to TrustTheProcess21 in UOttawa Medical School Accepted/Waitlist 2021
Time Stamp: 7:31 am
Year: Graduated 2019
Interview Thoughts: I came out of that interview knowing I killed it! This was my third and final interview at uOttawa (3 interviews is the maximum number allowed). To all those who are still trying, NEVER GIVE UP! Press on!
5th time the charm reacted to MDWoman in McMaster Accepted/Waitlisted/Rejected 2020-2021
Result: Accepted (Hamilton Campus)
Timestamp: 8:37 am
CASPer: I had a guaranteed interview from last cycle so I did not have to write CASPer this year for McMaster. However, I'm assuming CASPer has gone well for me for the past two years because I received an interview last year at McMaster with an even lower cGPA and this year I received another interview at Queens who incorporated CASPer into their pre-interview evaluation.
MMI interview thoughts: I felt my preparation for the MMI prepared me well for the kinds of questions that were asked in the MMI. Also only completed my interview asynchronously so I did not have a baseline of comparison for the live interviews.
Year: 4th year undergrad
Guaranteed interview from last year: Yes was on the waitlist last year because of the lottery. The wait was absolutely BRUTAL.
Will likely be accepting the offer although not 100% decided between McMaster and Queens.
As parting words I would like to say that although it is incredibly hard to see the positive for those on the WL or those who were R, everything happens for a reason. By not being accepted off the WL last year, I got to enjoy my final year of UG with my friends and colleagues. I will now get to hopefully have a "normal" medical school experience as COVID cases continue to decline over the next few months, while those accepted last year basically did Zoom Med School. Someone once told me a quote that I'll never forget and I hope you find some peace in it just like I did: Everything works out in the end, and if everything hasn't worked out yet, then it's not the end!
5th time the charm reacted to rinzler in McMaster Accepted/Waitlisted/Rejected 2020-2021
Result: Accepted (KW first choice)
CASPer: must have went well, got invited to Mun (OOP), Dal (OOP), Queen's, Mac, and Alberta (OOP).
MMI interview thoughts: My Masters and subsequent career in that field provided a strong foundation to answer the MMI questions. I felt that my answers were very strong and had a great feeling afterwards.
Year: Completed Masters (2018)
Guaranteed interview from last year: Yep, did not win the lottery. The wait was awful.
I am writing this for fellow lower GPA applicants. This is my 5th cycle in 8 years, what kept me going was seeing fellow re-applicants and low gpa applicants persevere and eventually get accepted somewhere. There is hope if this is what you truly want. Prior to decision day, I knew despite the very real possibility that I may never make it, I would do it all over again and was ready to apply again next cycle.
5th time the charm reacted to theevilsloth in UofT Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted 2021
Timestamp: 10:00 am
MCAT: 516 (129/128/128/131)
Interview: I've never felt great about an interview. This one felt average. One station was good, two were OK, one was terrible.
Year: BSC. 2019
This was my 3rd cycle, 6th interview, and 6th rejection, but I'm not giving up Congrats to everyone who got in. To everyone else still trying, we got this!
5th time the charm reacted to Borat Sagdiyev in UofT Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted 2021
Result: FINALLY Accepted- St. George
Timestamp: 9:36 AM EST
ECs: Research heavy (awards, scholarships, no significant pubs), distress centre, homeless services, health unit work, sports, marathons, started a delivery service for Covid19 at risk populations
Essays: Wrote too many essays throughout the years. Tried to make these easily digestible so whoever was reading them would come across this and thank me for making it easy to read :-)! Add personal experiences x100.
Interview: Can't feel good or bad about it. Was a YouTube vlog submission so?
Year: 2 year post undergrad :-P
Not sure where I will be accepting as I have Ottawa, Western and still waiting on BC! There's hope after 3 cycles big yikes!
5th time the charm reacted to convertedlurker in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)
OMG the 2020 Western Waitlist squad is going big places! I just saw that you were accepted too! So happy for you! This day is turning out amazing. Btw I also started undergrad in 2011. Perseverance pays off man. Proud of us!
Edit: @Mozzayou got Western too?! Ahh I wish our 2020 summer selves could see us now! Congrats!
5th time the charm reacted to convertedlurker in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)
Result: Accepted!! OMG after 4 cycles! This was my only interview this cycle!
Timestamp: 8:46 am EST
2YRS GPA: 3.89
MMI and Panel Interview Thoughts: Felt okay about my MMI but felt pretty good after my panel.
Panel Date (Saturday March 27th or Sunday March 28th): Sunday, March 28th
ECs: Piano, exec for 2 clubs, worked as personal trainer and sports nutritionist, hospital volunteering, software company internship, competitive dance, 1 first author pub, international clinical conference presentation
Year: Graduated in 2017
5th time the charm reacted to tea-otter in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)
Timestamp: 8:46 AM
4YRS GPA/2YRS GPA: 3.52/3.75
MMI and Panel Interview Thoughts: I thought the MMI went well, and I had made it to panel last year too. Last year's panel I think I fully botched. This one went better, but it seemed a bit cold and there were some technical blips. That said, I've been told by mentors that my interview skills are very strong, so maybe my self-assessment was too harsh here.
Panel Date (Saturday March 27th or Sunday March 28th): Saturday in the afternoon.
ECs: Numerous (I filled it out completely), diverse, long term. Very little research experience. PM me for details.
Year: Post grad, currently working full time.
After the sting of last year's rejection and the dreaded certainty that I was going to get another this year, along with the fact that I'm a non trad applicant... I'm ecstatic. And also still pinching myself. Is this real life?
I can't wait to meet my Qmed family! Congrats to everyone who got in, and for those of you who didn't get the news you were hoping for today: don't give up. Keep trying. Med school isn't going anywhere and "not this year" doesn't meant "never".
5th time the charm reacted to PopShoppe in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)
Timestamp: 8:46 EST
4YRS GPA/2YRS GPA: 3.63 (Yes, it's possible!)/3.83
MCAT: 518 (130/127/130/131)
MMI and Panel Interview Thoughts: I felt reaaaalllly unsure about the second half of the MMI. The first half I thought I was on top of, but I remember not feeling great about how I handled the second half. The panel, on the other hand, I thought was amazing. I felt that I really connected well with my interviewers and it was like having a conversation over drinks at a bar lol.
Panel Date (Saturday March 27th or Sunday March 28th): Sat Mar 27
ECs: A lot. Been working in research for almost 3 years, a medical clinic for one, lots of volunteer activities/extracurriculars I've been involved with, particularly around mentorship and global health. Also had a number of activities/hobbies listed. Happy to share details for those interested
Year: 2 years post-Master's
I'm completely numb. Also posted in another thread, but I find myself in the crazy position of having more than one offer. After 4 years straight of pre-interview rejections, I never dreamed to find myself in this position. My sole focus was trying to get in anywhere lol. I think I'll probably have to spend the full two weeks deciding where I'll go. Excited at the thought of having some of you as colleagues in the near future!
5th time the charm reacted to Myos in UofT Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted 2021
After 5 years, 4 application cycles, 3 MCATs, a 2-year master's degree, and 1 goal, I've finally been accepted!!!
To those who didn't get an offer this year, I know your pain and I know what it feels like. It can be hard to keep your head up. If you're willing to listen to my piece of advice, what kept me going was knowing that I was getting closer and closer each year, continuing to improve my application in whatever way I possibly could, continuing to improve my interview skills, rewriting the MCAT in 2020 to improve my CARS score (it was 125 the first two times I wrote it, I raised it to 131 on my third try!), and having a mentality of getting closer, not farther away. I know this may not be helpful for some people who have had interviews previously and then been rejected pre-interview this year, but if you're at the interview stage then you're so close and you ARE good enough to get accepted! My faith in God was extremely important - all these rejections taught me to be patient and trust in the Lord's timing, not my own. It taught me to be humble, not wanting to be a doctor out of selfish ambition but out of a desire to serve others. It taught me perseverance. I hope this was helpful to someone, and believe me, I know - it's a long and arduous process. Please feel free to PM me if you'd like someone to talk with or want to know more.
Timestamp: 9:36am EST
wGPA/cGPA: I think my wGPA is 3.99, cGPA is 3.95
ECs: Diverse, including multiple experiences in each category (research, employment, volunteering, extracurriculars, awards, etc) - PM for details
Essays: Felt fairly good about them, got some people to look them over that I trusted. Each essay went through several revisions. Had unique personal stories for each.
Interview: Didn't go that well, at each station I was left feeling like I hadn't fully conveyed my thoughts and wished I had said more and made my points more clearly. I had actually written U of T off as a reject for this year since they rejected me the past two years post-interview and I wasn't sure I felt like I had done any better than previous years.
Year: Finished BSc in 2017, MSc in 2019, working at hospitals the past 2 years.
5th time the charm reacted to Scrubadubdub in Western Accepted/Waitlist/Regrets 2021
Time Stamp: 9:12 am ET
Accepted/WL/R: ACCEPTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (normal waitlist last year)
SWOMEN (Y/N): N
2YGPA: 3.82 (possibly 3.9 but i don't think 1 of my years counted)
MCAT (CP/CARS/BB): 128/129/127
Interview Experience: I felt good immediately after, but then I started second guessing and doubting myself a minute later. Spent March/April dreading a waitlist/R. Looking back now - Westerns interview gives you a great opportunity to share who you are. I was positive and upbeat throughout my interview and really showed them how happy I was to be there. I shared my stories and tried to show them who I was with every single question.
I've spent 10 years on this forum reading through these threads and wishing I could write one of these one day. I started my undergraduate degree in 2011 and took 2 extra years to complete it cause my GPA was terrible (My GPA in my first year was 1.6 - I studied so hard but I had all the wrong study habits carrying over from high school). It has been a grind. I can remember going back into my basement for my 4th summer in a row studying for the MCAT all so that I could improve my CARS score from a 125 to a 129 (and of course, thats the year Western drops their cut off haha).
I'm the first person in my family to go to university and now the first person to go to medical school.
I've seen so many of my friends start their lives, while I've been stuck in limbo. I've been out of school for 4 years trying at this dream. Being placed on the normal waitlist last year was HARD. I woke up every day that summer thinking I would get the call.. It feels surreal to get to this point. If medicine is truly what you want, KEEP GOING. Find that school that fits your strengths and give it your all. All you need is one. I feel like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders.
If any one of you feels like you need someone to talk to or want more information or advice feel free to send me a message. So many people have helped me on this forum and written up such thoughtful and helpful responses. I know i couldn't have done this alone. I have a lot of people to thank
Cannot believe I'm finally here
5th time the charm reacted to Mozza in Western Accepted/Waitlist/Regrets 2021
Time Stamp: 9:12 am
Accepted/WL/R: Accepted !! (Windsor)
SWOMEN (Y/N): Y
MCAT (CP/CARS/BB): 130/126/131
Interview Experience (good, bad, neutral etc): Neutral, I felt good about some answers and bad about others.
I got normal waitlisted last year so I spent months practicing this time around. So happy that it all paid off! I’m excited to meet everyone !!
5th time the charm reacted to elcrew in Western Accepted/Waitlist/Regrets 2021
Time Stamp: 12:01am
Accepted/WL/R: ACCEPTED OMG!!!! (unspecified campus)
SWOMEN (Y/N): N
MCAT (CP/CARS/BB): 130/128/129
Interview Experience (good, bad, neutral etc): I felt pretty good about it coming out and was able to touch on some strong points. I definitely connected with one of the interviewers but it was hard to gauge the other two.
I am absolutely shocked and beyond thrilled to be in this position. I've been on this rollercoaster since 2014 and its crazy to think it has all culminated to this moment! Writing the mcat *5 times* (1 old, 4 new), going through two degrees, having post-interview rejections, was all worth it for this. For anyone reading, all I can say is keep trying, you will find success in perseverance!!
5th time the charm got a reaction from _gettingthere_ in Having regrets...
I was accepted to my 3rd choice program. I was able to move back to my home town. I was so glad it worked out that way for me retrospectively. Try not to let this decision overshadow your accomplishment to match to your home school. Having family and friends around for support are golden. You never know where life will take you and residency on balance is really a short period of time in your medical career. You will have so much flexibility to move on to where you want to practice later and that is really exciting !! Congratulations on achieving your MD. Welcome to the Club !!!
5th time the charm reacted to PTwhatt in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)
Degree: BSc in Biology
Interview: I thought it went well
This was my 6th cycle. I am completely and utterly defeated. The previous cycles have left me with glimmers of hope for improvement which has helped me stay resilient. This cycle has ended me and I have no clue what to do moving forward. Medicine is all I want to devote my life to..
5th time the charm reacted to acacna in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)
I'm also a multi-time rejected applicant (5 cycles) and I can relate to how you might be feeling. I've moved on and did not interview this cycle, but it's still such an emotional time of the year for me. Even thinking about it sometimes brings tears. I have had some to process all of this and just wanted to share my 2 cents with you.
I'm sorry life gave you this outcome. Know that you are not alone and there are many others like you in this boat, including myself. Many don't even bother posting because of how embarrassing it feels to be a multi-time rejected applicant. But this crowd exists and there's a good number of people in your shoes.
Life can be unfair, and the medschool admission system in Canada is somewhat unfair (imo at least). The luck element has a big role in the process. And it's not just medschool. There's so much injustice and bs around the world and no matter how much we try, there are certain things we just can't change. The reality is that the admission process for medical school, i.e the system, is extremely competitive and only the cream of the crop will get in. Its unlikely it's something about you. Perhaps there are areas you could improve on, but those may need more time.
I know you have put an extraordinary amount of effort towards your goal, and it can be baffling to be turned away with the one word 'rejected'. Its normal to be left jaded by it. I hope you take some time to come to your own realizations and keep working towards those things you care about.
When I first started undergrad back in '10, I was once told by an research supervisor/mentor of mine that a medical resident of his took 7 cycles, i.e 7 years, to get into medical school. I actually couldn't believe it lol. At the time it didn't make sense to me how someone could keep going for so long. But people still do because medicine is their passion.
Feel free to DM me if you would like someone to talk to.
5th time the charm reacted to Ohvalleyofplenty in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)
MCAT: 511 (128/127/128/128)
ECs: Filled out 16/16. Mix of work experience, research (several publications), tutoring, and community work in immigrant communities. Also spoke about experiences such as living abroad and overcoming some personal challenges in my highlights and how they shaped me.
Interview: Felt that it went ok overall! Had an awkward moment at my first station, and felt like the panel was a bit rushed. There were 3 stations that I felt I did really well on, while the others felt a bit bland and felt like I didn't offer anything particularly insightful. Compared to previous years I tried to really focus more on structure and going less on tangents, and it seems to have paid off!
Thoughts: This was my fourth application cycle. Having been waitlisted by UofA all of last summer and rejected from UofC twice post-interview, I feel very relieved to finally be here. To all of you who didn't get the news that you wanted, I don't want to sound cliché but it really is a question of 'when' as opposed to 'if'. I was really frustrated and jaded last year and was wondering if there was something wrong with me, but I realized this whole process including the interview stage is filled with so much luck and chance that it should never be taken personally. If you have any questions about how I prepared differently this year feel free to PM me I'd be happy to help and give some tips!
5th time the charm reacted to PopShoppe in Western interview invites/regrets 2021
Time Stamp: 3:14
SWOMEN (Y/N): N
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.
5th time the charm reacted to elcrew in Western interview invites/regrets 2021
Time Stamp: 3:14 PM
Invite/reject: INVITE!!! This is my 4th app cycle!!!
SWOMEN (Y/N): N
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 the MCAT 5 TIMES TOTAL all to improve my CARS. This will be my final year applying as I cannot keep putting off life decisions. I am so excited to have this opportunity!!
5th time the charm reacted to PreMed#219099 in Western interview invites/regrets 2021
Time Stamp: 2:26PM
Invite/reject: invite (first one in three years – literally in tears)
SWOMEN (Y/N): N
MCAT (CHEM/CARS/BIO/PSYCH): on the cusp for cut-offs
Essays (X/8): 8/8 (no repeats) (thesis-based MSc)
Been applying since 2018, and this is my first interview invite which goes to say, don't give up on yourself or your dreams! Sending love to everyone!
5th time the charm reacted to MD2B in Queens Interview Invites/Regrets 2021
Time Stamp: 11:10 am
cGPA/wGPA: cGPA 3.66/ wGPA unsure for Queens (Masters GPA was 3.96- I know they don't consider it, but hey)
Year: 5 years post masters.
ECs: I think this is my area of strength. Currently working full time clinically in acute care as an allied health professional. I have work experience in pediatric clinics, community care, private practice, long term care, pharmacy tech in high school. I enjoy doing a lot of mentoring and guiding other undergrad/high school students who want to get into my profession. I work as a clinical educator for McMaster, U of T, Western and Georgian College. I've helped to establish health care programs and initiatives in my home community and my current hospital
CASPer: Felt great, except one question I didn't get to read the prompt and it went to the next screen.
I am beyond thrilled. I just want to note for other students on here- I have never taken biochem, physics, or organic chemistry. I taught myself the content for the MCAT this summer while working full time in healthcare during the pandemic. It was an absolute struggle. I know my score is by no means outstanding, but I am proud. Hoping to give some hope to future non-trads, individuals who simply can't return to school to boost their marks/take some MCAT pre-reqs, or those worried about learning the MCAT content. You can do it! So excited for my interview, good luck everyone!
5th time the charm got a reaction from MDee2B in Is It Time To Move On?
It seems hard but please don't give up if this is your dream
The average age of my med school class was about 24-25
I finished residency at age 35
Despite "late maternal age" I became a mom post residency.
You are still young and you can do this.
There is lots of time to start a family and pay off debt.
I share my life despite a busy specialty practice with a very energetic and inquisitive 4 yr old and I wouldn't have changed a thing !!!
5th time the charm reacted to DreamingtobeMD in Interview Invites 2020/2021
Timestamp: 7:35 am
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.
# application cycles: 3rd application, 3rd interview invite (Let's hope 3rd times the charm!)
Interview details: March 6 @ 10.
5th time the charm reacted to Violetvernon35 in Interview Invites 2020/2021
Invites are out!!!!
Timestamp: 7:27 am
OMSAS GPA: 3.38+0.2 MA boost = 3.58 (my biggest weakness)
Context: born and raised in NWO. Population less than 2000. 3 years down east in Ottawa area, but came back to NWO 9 years ago.
EC: Chief Research Officer for Indigenous-based organization, employment working in rural and remote Northern communities, 4 kids, employment tenure in adult learning+ lots of other stuff.
# application cycles: This is my first.
Interview details: March 6 @ 10.