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  1. That's what I found out as well. Even specialties that were noted be not competitive at all last year (Path, Med Micro, Genetics, etc) were extremely picky this year. It seems everyone might have been backing up with these traditionally safe specialties, leading to a inflated sense of demand.
  2. Just out of curiosity do the rejections tend to roll in before the invites? Or it is the inverse?
  3. Generally retaken courses are not considered unless you withdrew beforehand and re-did the course. -Someone correct me if I am wrong-
  4. If you apply during your 4th year, they automatically drop the year with lowest GPA. So your cGPA will be effectively calculated based off of 2 years of school since they don't have your 4th year GPA at the time of application.
  5. With academic research it's generally the impact and significance of the end result that matters more, rather than the time taken to reach the result. This is kind of why adHominem mentioned that only some actives warrant mentioning a specific time commitment.
  6. I use Google Calendar to keep track of my exam dates, assignment due dates, meetings etc. It syncs to iCal on my Mac and also to my phone. I also use ToDoist to keep track of my To-Do's. I like both options since they are truly multi-platform and have apps for all devices which I use.
  7. Hmmm I noticed this on their website so I assumed so. It seems like a great opportunity to rack up some extra experience during Summer on how things are being done elsewhere in the world. Also I did both my Undergrad and also will be doing Medical school in the UofA, so I need a break from Edmonton .
  8. Hello folks: I'll be starting M-1 this Fall at the UofA (Hooray). The faculty offers the option of doing a series of Summer electives in addition to the required elective courses. In this regard I would like to do some electives in Canada during the summer, but I have also been toying with the idea of doing a summer elective abroad, likely in the US or Europe. The process for signing up for Electives in-house, at least in the University of Alberta, seems fairly straight-forward but I'm kind of unsure how to try and snag electives in other locations in Canada or foreign electives in genera
  9. Personally I used the Astroff Prep programme and found it pretty useful (Though folks might disagree with me). It's true that you can't really "practice" per say for the CASPER like for example the MCAT. But however similar to the MMI, I feel that you can hone your answering skills so that you can more efficiently get the brilliant ideas in your head into the text prompt. I found this to be the difficult part, since I knew what to say but found it hard to phrase it coherently in the short time frame given. Also practice exams are useful in getting to know the the timing and rhythm of the exam
  10. That's like kind of like trying say how many hours you have spent breathing . There is really no good way to put a numerical hour value on it . Besides the diversity of experience section does not ask for hours. I would phrase it more on how knowing a extra language has made you a more capable person. It could being more aware of other cultures , being able to reach out to people whom you won't have been able to otherwise, and also how you used your language skills to solve a tricky situation/help some-one out. Like wise, you can also describe the hard process of learning a new language and
  11. Combining all is my suggestion. You can always specify the breakdown in the description if you want to. Besides you are going to have pretty much the same verifiers for all these activities.
  12. Should be orange camo next year to add some zing to the 2022s. Whoever gets inducted into the "Secret Order" make this happen
  13. It seems to be fairly vibrant shade of blue, if you look at the Calgary unveiling video (Could also be just an effect of lighting/software.). The colour seems pretty nice on second thought.
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