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    boggie111 got a reaction from UGDAL2016 in Does "reference Letter" Show Up As A Requirement For Anyone?   
    Dalhousie doesn't require reference letters. The requirements showed up for me as well last year when I applied but you just ignore them. If you really want peace of mind, you can contact the admissions office but they'll tell you the same thing.
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    boggie111 reacted to Guest09 in Accepted/Rejected/Deferred/Waitlisted for Current Applicants   
    I thought the OOP waitlist doesn't really start moving till May when Ontario schools start sending out acceptances? That would be great if I'm wrong though haha
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    boggie111 got a reaction from IMislove in Out Of Province Applicants   
    GPA was 3.8 and MCAT was 34 (13PS, 10V, 11B). It's also worth noting that I am unconventional applicant as I come from a mechanical engineering and bioengineering background.
    ECs were varied. The most notable were:
    - Masters research + 3 second author pubs + 1 submitted first author
    - Hospice volunteering 1 year
    - 2 years full time work as a research & development engineer for a biomedical engineering company
    - Indoor/Outdoor soccer since university 
    - Shadowing cardiologist 
    - TAing
    - NSERC and other misc scholarships
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    boggie111 got a reaction from mbed11 in Oop Waitlist   
    I can confirm that the OOP waitlist moves quite a bit, so don't give up hope everyone!
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    boggie111 got a reaction from Bobbai in Oop Waitlist   
    I can confirm that the OOP waitlist moves quite a bit, so don't give up hope everyone!
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    boggie111 got a reaction from neuro550 in Oop Waitlist   
    I can confirm that the OOP waitlist moves quite a bit, so don't give up hope everyone!
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    boggie111 reacted to xcon2run in Date Speculation   
    MESSAGE FROM ADMISSIONS: Decision letters will NOT be going out this week, I will relay any additional information I have once it becomes available. Happy studying!
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    boggie111 reacted to xcon2run in Date Speculation   
    Hey all,
     
    We have our Metabolism unit exam this coming Friday then we have our reading week from the 12th-20th. I'm not sure if the admissions office is open during that period but I'm guessing it is. Still no other news from Carolyn and the admissions office but know that they are working hard to get them out as soon as possible. 
     
    As to last year, the night before decisions came out my status did change from "Incomplete Items Outstanding" to "Decision Made" (not sure at what time it changed) and then I had my acceptance e-mail the next day. That being said I'm not sure if everyones status changed (whether they were accepted or not). 
     
    Hope that helps!
     
    C. 
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    boggie111 got a reaction from _ _ in Date Speculation   
    Just remember that we all went through exactly the same uncertainties and emotions last year guys! Be strong, the day will be here before you know it! Also, in regards to school supplies, pretty much everyone in the class uses their laptops for note taking. 
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    boggie111 reacted to Chels1267 in Date Speculation   
    Good to know! (still buying school supplies though haha)
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    boggie111 reacted to xcon2run in Gpa Calculation   
    If in doubt apply. I have friends in the class with limited maritime connection who gained acceptance. You don't know until you apply. 
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    boggie111 got a reaction from ChippyMD in Date Speculation   
    Aaah I'm so excited for all of you!!! You guys hang in there, the day is close!!
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    boggie111 got a reaction from spotsanddots in Date Speculation   
    Aaah I'm so excited for all of you!!! You guys hang in there, the day is close!!
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    boggie111 got a reaction from _ _ in Date Speculation   
    Aaah I'm so excited for all of you!!! You guys hang in there, the day is close!!
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    boggie111 got a reaction from spotsanddots in Interview Chat 2015   
    Massive congratulations to all who interviewed this past weekend! We really enjoyed having you guys here and can't wait to meet you next year in September! 
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    boggie111 got a reaction from DelightedPreMed in Interview Chat 2015   
    Massive congratulations to all who interviewed this past weekend! We really enjoyed having you guys here and can't wait to meet you next year in September! 
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    boggie111 got a reaction from Egg_McMuffin in Moving To Halifax For In-Province Status   
    If you move to Halifax, there are less than 100 seats available; check out my class statistics (http://medicine.dal.ca/departments/core-units/admissions/about/class-profile.html):
     
     
    How many applicants?Total applications received: 1183 Maritime: 479  Non-Maritime: 686 IMG/Saudi: 18 Breakdown for the Class of 2019Total class: 110 Nova Scotia: 63 New Brunswick: 30 Prince Edward Island: 6 Saudi (government sponsored program): 1 Non-Maritime: 9
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    boggie111 reacted to xcon2run in Interview Accommodations   
    Hey Aec4321,
     
    Based on my experience last year and the experiences of a few others I wouldn't worry about it too much. There was no noise once I was staying at the Atlantica and I'm sure it will be okay! 
     
    Hate to say it but either way your sleep won't be incredible haha. Just focus on the things you can control (food, preparation and confidence!). Pm me if you have any other questions.
     
    C. 
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    boggie111 got a reaction from spotsanddots in Interview Day Schedule?   
    I stayed at the Atlantica last year and can confirm the $100/night but parking was $19/night. Just something to keep in mind. Atlantica is a pretty sweet hotel, highly recommend it.
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    boggie111 reacted to xcon2run in Notification For Interviews   
    They will not postpone the dates of interviews. 
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    boggie111 reacted to xcon2run in Notification For Interviews   
    Speaking to admissions it will be "approximately one month from the date of interviews, so that persons from OOP get a chance to book flights/hotels/etc."
     
    Any other questions just ask! I'm one of the AAMS reps. 
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    boggie111 reacted to xcon2run in Ask A Med Student- Dalhousie, Class Of 2020   
    Hey all!
     
    Myself and a few classmates have started the AAMS Facebook page and you're welcome to join if you have any questions regarding the admission process or anything else related to Dal med. It will be monitored regularly so feel free to post! Were here to help.
     
    Connor
     
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1495293174104281/
     
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    boggie111 reacted to _ _ in Travel In Extracurricular?   
    Are you applying as a non-resident? If you are, you can talk about it in the connections essay and it would probably help in the supplemental too
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    boggie111 got a reaction from GH0ST in Career Change From Engineer? Is Medical School Within Reach For Me?   
    Hi oldengineer,
     
    Greetings from a fellow engineer who just got in medical school this year. I know I'm a bit late to the party but I thought I'd add my two cents if it isn't too late.
     
    I found myself in a similar situation to yours about 1.5 years ago when I decided to take my chances and apply to medical school. The road has been long, it took a lot of work and effort, but it paid off so it's totally possible!!! I had always thought about applying to medical school during my undergraduate and graduate degree (I have a Masters), and even during my work but I had never really pursued it because I hadn't convinced myself and I guess I was a little bit demoralized seeing other people with better stats than me apply and not get in.
     
    So, a little bit about myself. I am currently 28, so you're definitely not old. I did an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering + bioengineering minor at UofT and then did a Masters degree at UofT as well. I have been working for a medical device company as an R&D engineer for the last 2.5 years, and this gave me a lot of exposure into the medical field (this was really the tipping point for me when I decided to apply to medical school).
     
    My cumulative GPA isn't that much better than yours (around 3.61 on OMSAS) with my last two undergraduate years averaging out to a 3.8, which was nice. I also didn't have great ECs during undergrad and that was a major source of worry for me. However, I didn't want to pick something that just "looked good" on the application. I wanted to do something that really appealed to me and gave me an insight into what it means to be a doctor. A really good, perspective-changing experience has been volunteering at a hospice for 1 year. That really teaches you about doctor-patient interactions, interacting with vulnerable people, and you get to do a lot of introspection on whether taking care of people in that fashion is really something that you want to do. I highly encourage you to seek out activities that speak to you on a personal level.
     
    I agree with ralk in that I think you should focus on taking the MCAT first and making sure that you really nail that one because it can really hamper your application, especially if you're an unconventional applicant with perhaps lower GPA. I can't stress this enough, I think you should do really well on the MCAT. Second is that I don't think you need to pursue a second degree necessarily. What about doing a Masters? Have you thought about that? It's only one/two years and for some schools it puts you into the graduate pool of students, which means that the admission committee will look at your application regardless of your stats.
     
    I got into Dalhousie this year after having applied at almost all Ontario schools and a few American ones. I'm not sure if this applies to you, but I wasn't able to apply to Ottawa, UBC, etc because I am missing prerequisites. So, unless you have organic chemistry and biochemistry, you won't be able to apply to those. Having said that, I think that your best shot would be at Dalhousie and Queen's. Queen's looks at the higher of your cumulative GPA or the most recent two full time year GPA. You have a solid 3.87 in your last two years. Dalhousie I believe is similar. In Dalhousie, it would help if you had a Masters because you could select only your last two undergraduate years and include the graduate marks as well.
     
    I'm not sure what you decided to do but I would suggest studying really hard for the MCAT, consider doing a 1-2 year Masters program, and start volunteering for some organizations that speak to you on a personal level and you can justify your interest in them honestly on your application.
     
    I wish you all the best and good luck!!! If you never try, you'll never know what could have happened. I think it's totally worth it.
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    boggie111 got a reaction from Cleanse in Competitive Oop Score?   
    It's going to be hard to get an interview with an 8 in verbal, I think you'll find verbal might be the weak point in your application anywhere you apply. Might be worth rewriting.
     
     
     
    I an OOP who got in with weak Maritime ties. My cGPA was 3.8 and 34 MCAT (10V). So it's definitely possible to get in with your stats. Like fruity_smell said, make sure you have strong essays and a good mix of ECs. This constitutes a big chunk of your application score.
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