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  1. Thank you Pathoma for being an educated voice of reason in this thread. This is the type of feminism which can effectively gain support and should be fostered and supported by all Canadians, as opposed to the condescending inflammatory type which has become "all the rage" as of late..
  2. If I recall correctly, we didn't get our student numbers until a day or two before the applications were due.
  3. Helpful tip, try your best to just distract yourself with everyday life once you've interviewed, and don't psych yourself out thinking about how you think your interview went. From my own personal experience, my immediate reaction after interviewing was that I thought it went really well (surprisingly so)...within a week I thought I bombed every station and could remember more things I forgot to say than things I actually said, lol. It ended well, but my summer was an uncomfortable mixture of anxiety and excitement.
  4. I strongly agree with Ghoststalker154, do not use a negative reference no matter what. With such a large number of highly competitive applicants, schools are looking for any reason to dismiss an applicant. It sounds harsh, but that's the reality of the situation. My best advice would be to get one of your committee members, or possibly even your grad chair to write you a letter. They may be able to address the clash of personalities between you and your PI and provide some support regarding your situation.
  5. OP: You'd be better off moving to Alberta for a year and then applying domestically, lol. If there's anyway for you to qualify for a different province that would be a golden ticket.
  6. Fill the 48 with all of your experiences separated. You can have quantity while maintaining quality. Just make sure you stress the significance of each activity, and pull as much "learning" or "skills gained" from each one. Have you ever actually listed out all your activities? You seemed concerned about having too many, but I think you'd be surprised how many 48 really is. As for your comment regarding categories, if possible, try to have an even spread covering all of them. Diversity is pretty important, and from my understanding schools want to see well rounded individuals. Don't worry if
  7. Regarding 3120, it's a solid course (I never took 2130) but I found it relatively fair. As for the MCAT, it won't really provide any benefit. Honestly, other than orgo, the best benefit to the MCAT are the designated prep books, most everything in undergrad is too specific and focused on the minutiae.
  8. Seriously, just aim to do your best on the MCAT as a whole. For all you know Mac might start looking at the entire test next year or the year after since it's a completely revamped exam. One thing I will add, as much as people say the MCAT isn't a good indicator of medical school performance, if you can't figure out how to tackle the other sections you will definitely have trouble with standardized tests going forward which are a requirement for certification. My advice would be to just keep putting in the time and effort, and if it's meant to be it will be.
  9. Lol, I'm in london right now as well, so I can understand that feeling. Honestly though, a 4 year degree is incredibly important, if not essential. You can always do a 4 year program and apply in your 3rd year, the longer program just opens up so many more doors.
  10. Thanks Epona, I'm glad to know I'm not alone with regards to this type of anxiety. I didn't even know "Imposter syndrome" was a thing, but it's definitely real
  11. I will say however, if you scan through this past years Interview/rejection thread, you will see a few students who were accepted or given interviews with MCAT scores below the supposed strict cut-off which I know frustrated a lot of people. The UofT website itself is quite ambiguous in this regard stating: "Old MCAT (written prior to April 2015): Minimum scores of 9 in each of the three sections are REQUIRED. Note: The writing sample score will not be used. Applying with MCAT scores below the minimum will JEOPARDIZE the success of the application. We use the MCAT as a threshold only, an
  12. I'm lost for words as to why OP and others feel disadvantaged for not being considered an Ontario resident. The number 1 tip I've read for years on getting into a Canadian medical school is "Don't be born in Ontario". Additionally, Ontario is unique from other provinces in that it essentially gives no provincial preference to it's applicants unlike EVERY other province in Canada.Whichever province OP qualifies as in-province for will almost certainly be easier to get into than any school in Ontario. Just take a look at the entrance means for Ontario schools (typically around 3.9 and 30+) and c
  13. I agree with most of this but I will say that it also doesn't hurt to apply to some schools even if you fall below supposed "hard cut-offs". I know this year specifically, a lot of UofT's hard cut-offs or "minimums" were very flexible and a number of students got interviews who were outside these thresholds. Additionally, many students were kicking themselves for not applying as they took the cut-offs at face value. Another example I can give relates to deferrals which UofT repeatedly states are not allowed, and yet I know of two specific cases where students were able to defer and are startin
  14. I really don't think they will give any credence to an excuse about MCAT scores, especially since an MCAT can be re-written. It matters more for GPA as some events can permanently affect the cumulative score. There's no situation I can think of that would make them inclined to give leniency to a single test which can be re-written easily. Additionally, unless you are a grad student they most likely won't even look at the explanation as the computer kicks out most applications below the given thresholds immediately. PS. Sorry if this came across blunt, I just understand how unfair the proce
  15. Is the online program a 3 or 4 year degree? I cannot stress enough how much I would recommend doing a 4 year in-class program. Not only will a 3 year online program limit your med school options, but you will also be missing out on a large chunk of experience as well as interpersonal development which is vital to not only the interview but success in the medical profession.
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