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  1. For anyone skeptical of waitlists, I just got an invite offer for McMaster psychiatry! The lists are moving.
  2. Wow. So in this CARMS tour, we might theoretically be competing for 2 Calgary Psych spots? Just give me my rejection notice already xD
  3. Re: Calgary Psych. On their program description, they wrote “Out of approximately 150-160 applications, historically 45 applicants are interviewed. For the February/March 2021 interview period, it has not yet been determined if changes will alter this number.” I think they might have sent out the 45 invites on Feb 17, now they are making a final decision onto if they will expand that number or waitlist the rest. Just speculation!
  4. Same... I’ve heard of people getting invites but I just have no updates from them on CARMS - no rejection, no wait list.
  5. Now that Miss Corona has crashed the market, would you guys invest a small portion of your LOC? By the time we graduate or become attendings, its certain that the market would be in a better position than it is now... what do you guys think?
  6. Un message en français suivra. Have you received or do you know a friend that has received an interview offer from uOttawa's medical school this cycle? For the second year in a row, the uOttawa Black Medical Student Association is offering mock interviews to students coming from underrepresented communities and disadvantaged backgrounds hoping that through vertical and longitudinal mentorship, we can build more diverse community of medical students at uOttawa. To be as immersive as possible, the interviews will be in-person and conducted by volunteer members of the uOttawa BMSA on the Rog
  7. Personal opinion: These views only represent my own Seems like pre-interview, all that really matters is GPA+CASpers. During the interview, they may/may not use some entries from your ABS to steer conversation. Post-interview, what seems to mostly matter is interview score+GPA. Mabye ABS can be used to mend apart some candidates. who knows.
  8. My mistake (I checked back my emails to the faculty, it is indeed 3.6)
  9. around 400-ish students apply to the french stream. However, I've heard from info sessions that from these 400-ish, only 270 pass the GPA cutoff of 3.6 to be considered for an interview! So if you have above 3.6 (or 3.5 if you're aboriginal), you're looking at a competition of 270 applicants in the french stream.
  10. What a heated and polarized debate.. I personally use MS-X for 'Medical Student - year of study' as is it concise and official in the US at least. This way, I feel like it's discreet, isn't too pompous and goes to the point for those who know. My signature looks a little like this: Jane Doe, MS-1. Name of Faculty Name of University
  11. At least for Ottawa, I don't think not having an academic reference matters (they already know you have a great GPA..). As an accepted candidate, all of my references were non-academic but varied (one from work, one from volunteering and one from my pastor with whom I do benevolent work). The important thing is that they know you well and together bring different aspects of your abilities that will most accurately depict who you are. IMO Each reference should have some degree of overlap (for consistency of your inherent qualities) but they shouldn't all tell the same story. Non academic a
  12. Obviously you meet the GPA cut-off for the french stream (GPA = 3.7). Assuming you do well at the CASPer (you reason well and quickly your thoughts on each situation), you have a nearly guaranteed chance at an interview. This is of course, if they keep the 50% CASPer, 50% GPA formula for the 2017-2018 application cycle.
  13. RBC gives unlimited free e-transfers while Scotia only gives 2 free per month. Consider that if you have multiple bank accounts or if you have rent to pay.. RBC has the upper hand there.
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