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    S. pneumoniae got a reaction from Hadi7183 in Element Of Luck In Interviews   
    Hi all! How much do you think luck plays a role in interviews, once you're looking at multiple interviews? Here are my thoughts:
     
    I believe that receiving multiple post-interview rejections may indicate an issue with the method of answering questions, demeanour, body language, or some sort of discrimination/bias/red flag, etc. which can certainly be worked on/fixed for upcoming cycles. Of course, there is also an element of luck here, but with multiple post-interview rejections it is likely that other factors are at play as well.
     
    But I also think that once you are past a certain threshold of interviewing ability (i.e. consistently good demeanour and body language, solid foundation of ethics, answer quality, etc.) luck will play a large role in whether you are accepted immediately or waitlisted. Because now you get blurred in with the masses of other students who are also good, but maybe there will be something you say, or that another interviewee says, that really clicks with the interviewer based on their experiences, their mood, emotion, etc. I experienced this myself firsthand at two schools, with interviewers at every station on the exact same wavelength as me, the questions meshing perfectly with my experiences. Needless to say, I was accepted straight away at both schools.
     
    But is it really fair to say that I'm "better at interviewing" than a person of roughly equivalent interviewing ability who was waitlisted at these two schools? Not a chance! Maybe the questions just weren't as well-suited for their experiences as they were for mine (even if by a tiny fraction!), maybe the interviewers were just a little hungry/tired by the time they interviewed that person, etc. Luck!
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    S. pneumoniae got a reaction from seventeenfour44 in Element Of Luck In Interviews   
    Hi all! How much do you think luck plays a role in interviews, once you're looking at multiple interviews? Here are my thoughts:
     
    I believe that receiving multiple post-interview rejections may indicate an issue with the method of answering questions, demeanour, body language, or some sort of discrimination/bias/red flag, etc. which can certainly be worked on/fixed for upcoming cycles. Of course, there is also an element of luck here, but with multiple post-interview rejections it is likely that other factors are at play as well.
     
    But I also think that once you are past a certain threshold of interviewing ability (i.e. consistently good demeanour and body language, solid foundation of ethics, answer quality, etc.) luck will play a large role in whether you are accepted immediately or waitlisted. Because now you get blurred in with the masses of other students who are also good, but maybe there will be something you say, or that another interviewee says, that really clicks with the interviewer based on their experiences, their mood, emotion, etc. I experienced this myself firsthand at two schools, with interviewers at every station on the exact same wavelength as me, the questions meshing perfectly with my experiences. Needless to say, I was accepted straight away at both schools.
     
    But is it really fair to say that I'm "better at interviewing" than a person of roughly equivalent interviewing ability who was waitlisted at these two schools? Not a chance! Maybe the questions just weren't as well-suited for their experiences as they were for mine (even if by a tiny fraction!), maybe the interviewers were just a little hungry/tired by the time they interviewed that person, etc. Luck!
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    S. pneumoniae got a reaction from LoneStar in Element Of Luck In Interviews   
    Hi all! How much do you think luck plays a role in interviews, once you're looking at multiple interviews? Here are my thoughts:
     
    I believe that receiving multiple post-interview rejections may indicate an issue with the method of answering questions, demeanour, body language, or some sort of discrimination/bias/red flag, etc. which can certainly be worked on/fixed for upcoming cycles. Of course, there is also an element of luck here, but with multiple post-interview rejections it is likely that other factors are at play as well.
     
    But I also think that once you are past a certain threshold of interviewing ability (i.e. consistently good demeanour and body language, solid foundation of ethics, answer quality, etc.) luck will play a large role in whether you are accepted immediately or waitlisted. Because now you get blurred in with the masses of other students who are also good, but maybe there will be something you say, or that another interviewee says, that really clicks with the interviewer based on their experiences, their mood, emotion, etc. I experienced this myself firsthand at two schools, with interviewers at every station on the exact same wavelength as me, the questions meshing perfectly with my experiences. Needless to say, I was accepted straight away at both schools.
     
    But is it really fair to say that I'm "better at interviewing" than a person of roughly equivalent interviewing ability who was waitlisted at these two schools? Not a chance! Maybe the questions just weren't as well-suited for their experiences as they were for mine (even if by a tiny fraction!), maybe the interviewers were just a little hungry/tired by the time they interviewed that person, etc. Luck!
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    S. pneumoniae got a reaction from Lonney in Element Of Luck In Interviews   
    Hi all! How much do you think luck plays a role in interviews, once you're looking at multiple interviews? Here are my thoughts:
     
    I believe that receiving multiple post-interview rejections may indicate an issue with the method of answering questions, demeanour, body language, or some sort of discrimination/bias/red flag, etc. which can certainly be worked on/fixed for upcoming cycles. Of course, there is also an element of luck here, but with multiple post-interview rejections it is likely that other factors are at play as well.
     
    But I also think that once you are past a certain threshold of interviewing ability (i.e. consistently good demeanour and body language, solid foundation of ethics, answer quality, etc.) luck will play a large role in whether you are accepted immediately or waitlisted. Because now you get blurred in with the masses of other students who are also good, but maybe there will be something you say, or that another interviewee says, that really clicks with the interviewer based on their experiences, their mood, emotion, etc. I experienced this myself firsthand at two schools, with interviewers at every station on the exact same wavelength as me, the questions meshing perfectly with my experiences. Needless to say, I was accepted straight away at both schools.
     
    But is it really fair to say that I'm "better at interviewing" than a person of roughly equivalent interviewing ability who was waitlisted at these two schools? Not a chance! Maybe the questions just weren't as well-suited for their experiences as they were for mine (even if by a tiny fraction!), maybe the interviewers were just a little hungry/tired by the time they interviewed that person, etc. Luck!
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    S. pneumoniae reacted to Dr. Zoidberg in Ubc Or U Of T?   
    Thank you! I'm incredibly lucky to be in this position.
     
    On interview weekend, I got a very different vibe from the med school. They seemed super relaxed and outgoing to ensure we felt welcome. Maybe the competitiveness can't bee seen in a weekend highlight reel I guess.
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    S. pneumoniae reacted to Dr. Zoidberg in Ubc Or U Of T?   
    I'm in the same boat. I think this is a decision we have to make based on what we value.
     
    That being said, I feel I don't know very much about UBC's program and the lifestyle that its students have. Does a class that's so large actually achieve a feeling of community (almost like the feeling back in high school or for a smaller school like Queens), or is it more just make "loose friendships" throughout, do schoolwork and then head home and repeat?
     
    Academically, does UBC have a very non-competitive atmosphere? Is the program too difficult and work heavy? Too easy and light?
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    S. pneumoniae reacted to Dr. Zoidberg in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Accepted  VFMP:

    Time stamp: May 12th, 3:39PM PST

    IP

    OGPA: 90.5

    MCAT: 518

    Interview: Felt good overall, thought I killed 2 and bombed 2

    ECs: research, volunteering, school clubs... nothing special just long commitments

     

    Incredibly privileged to have gotten into both UBC and UofT. I'm honestly on the fence so any input from current students would be much appreciated!

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    S. pneumoniae got a reaction from Dr. Zoidberg in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Accepted to VFMP, what an incredible honour!

    OOP

    MCAT: >520

    GPA: >95%

    Interview: Felt great (sorta iffy on one station) on the MMI component, and so-so on the essay. Had an incredible time in the beautiful city of Vancouver

     

    I may or may not take this offer. Will have a very difficult time deciding on UBC (a new adventure, an amazing school and city) vs U of T (close to home, always been a dream). Any insight would help!

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    S. pneumoniae got a reaction from justwannabeadoc in Writing The Mcat After Second Year?   
    While this is sound advice, I'd like to present another perspective. I wrote my MCAT in August after second year, and had to self-teach orgo, biochem, some physics (electromagnetism), psych, and soc, with no courses taken in any of these topics. Orgo and biochem were indeed the most difficult topics to tackle solo, but it's 100% doable if you put in the time. I think studying a year in advance isn't necessary, as you may hardly remember the concepts.
     
    I put in about two months of full-time studying (~9 hours of studying per day) and was very, very happy with my score. Would it have lightened the studying load to have orgo and biochem beforehand? Absolutely. But don't think it's not doable!
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    S. pneumoniae reacted to clever_smart_boy_like_me in May 12Th Support Thread   
    Spongebob's arms! I feel like... Schrodinger's med student. I am but I'm not at the same time.... Until May 12th when an absolute state is determined.
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    S. pneumoniae got a reaction from Curiousaboutapps1 in Ottawa Interview Discussion/countdown To May 9 2017   
    Isn't it 18?
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    S. pneumoniae reacted to Sincere in Ottawa Interview Discussion/countdown To May 9 2017   
    Also, at my interview this year, one of the candidates had her boyfriend break up with her the day before her interview... knowing she had it the next day. Classy, eh? 
     
    And as for doctors marrying doctors... wouldn't that be great?  I want to find long term / life long friends in med school. I see all those classmates as future colleagues but some of the friends I'd wanna make, I'd want it to be a real connection. Someone who gets you, your dreams, aspirations, goals, ambition... etc. I always thought that ideally I'd be friends with a guy before having a relationship with him... that way I can know him flaws and all
     
    And the best ways to find a good lasting friendship is unplanned repeated interactions ( eg. school/work), proximity (neighbours...), and common interests... So med school ticks in 2 of the boxes. Makes sense to want to find a "mate" there. Ya know?
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    S. pneumoniae reacted to anbessa21 in Ottawa Interview Discussion/countdown To May 9 2017   
    To be honest the difference for me is timing - there is so much I need to accomplish. I have not even gained entry into medical school yet - the vision and the effort are all but meaningless to me if the end goal is not realized. A significant other will almost invariably have unrealized aspirations of his/her own, and as a junior or a senior in undergrad, the pressure to find someone does not supersede the pressure to realize one's perceived potential. Once (if) I'm a medical student, my future is more or less determined; sure, things become more labour intensive. I am not trying to say that gaining entry = the end of all anguish and strife associated with the journey. However, at that point in my life, my focus will (more than likely) shift to include that which is relational - I may be compelled to make compromises that I would not have made so early in my academic career. Not to say that I will not give my training all the effort that it merits, but at a similar token, it is paramount that one finds fulfillment in all aspect of one's being - relationships are crucial to this fulfillment. 
     
    EDIT: @curiousaboutapps1
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    S. pneumoniae got a reaction from elucidator2341 in Ottawa Interview Discussion/countdown To May 9 2017   
    Very fair point! There will always be things to occupy us, things get busier, etc. and building up a relationship is an investment of time and effort. But you should still consider the fact that there's a lot riding on those undergrad years and there isn't quite as much stability (i.e. your "fate" is still largely undecided!). For example, a breakup can take a huge toll on a person, and imagine if the timing of that was before your MCAT -- then you could be looking at a wasted summer and a rewrite next year! Maybe someone else could explain it more eloquently than me 
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    S. pneumoniae got a reaction from ThatMedGyal in Ottawa Interview Discussion/countdown To May 9 2017   
    Hahaha as a guy this has also been a worry of mine, I'm concerned everybody's already gonna be in long-term relationships! Some of us just weren't interested in dating during undergrad 
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    S. pneumoniae got a reaction from Ottawa_Is_life in Ottawa Interview Discussion/countdown To May 9 2017   
    Hahaha as a guy this has also been a worry of mine, I'm concerned everybody's already gonna be in long-term relationships! Some of us just weren't interested in dating during undergrad 
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    S. pneumoniae got a reaction from HopefulFutureMD in Ottawa Interview Discussion/countdown To May 9 2017   
    Hahaha as a guy this has also been a worry of mine, I'm concerned everybody's already gonna be in long-term relationships! Some of us just weren't interested in dating during undergrad 
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    S. pneumoniae reacted to HopefulFutureMD in Ottawa Interview Discussion/countdown To May 9 2017   
    Can some of you guys please stay single so us single ladies applying to med school don't end up forever alone...? lmao XD
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    S. pneumoniae reacted to anbessa21 in Ottawa Interview Discussion/countdown To May 9 2017   
    Exactly - apps like tinder are great for hook-ups, but it takes away the spontaneity and magic associated with the traditional approach... it just doesn't do it for me. Also not great for finding substance. For example, the girl in question I met while at a morning volunteer placement - she was there on my day bc she missed her's that week and wanted to make up the missed date. It was the kind and patient way she interacted with people that initially caught my attention - something you could never ascertain while thumbing your way through painfully superficial profiles.
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    S. pneumoniae got a reaction from anbessa21 in Ottawa Interview Discussion/countdown To May 9 2017   
    Wait, you officially became boyfriend/girlfriend on the day you met her? Fellas need to start taking notes from you, anbessa  
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    S. pneumoniae got a reaction from trimethoprim in Queens Interview Difficult?   
    I'll add my 2 cents: it's the most unusual MMI I've had thus far, but by far the most fun 
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    S. pneumoniae reacted to anbessa21 in Ottawa Interview Discussion/countdown To May 9 2017   
    To start it off, I had an a colder panel who seemed disinterested in my own endeavours/achievements; however, it was rather refreshing to be pushed and challenged as opposed to simply spewing my take on various ABS items. By the end it was very conversational and I felt as though the interviewers had some degree of interest in me. Fingers crossed!!
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    S. pneumoniae reacted to anbessa21 in Ottawa Interview Discussion/countdown To May 9 2017   
    Much appreciated! I wish you the best of luck in your upcoming interview(s); with this level of insight, I'm confident you'll do wonderfully!!
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    S. pneumoniae got a reaction from anbessa21 in Ottawa Interview Discussion/countdown To May 9 2017   
    I know of people who felt gutted after the interview, and talking to them afterwards they swore in frustration about how harsh their panel was and about how poorly they thought they did -- and they were accepted, first round. Remember, an interviewer can smile and nod the whole time and rank you poorly, whilst another interviewer can be stone-faced and/or challenge you, and give you top marks. Did your best, leave it at that  I am sure you did excellent anbessa, as with the rest of you! Wish the rest of us luck who are interviewing tm and in the weeks to come!
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    S. pneumoniae reacted to hoomans in Concerned About Photo...   
    take a deep breath buddy, you aren't going to be denied entry because your photo was shitty. it's mainly to ID you since so many will be attending interviews. e.g. interviewer A thinks "oh that kid with the mohawk did some nice work but i don't remember his name"; well now he has a face to put down comments for.
     
    i used my facebook photo lol, was too lazy to get anything formal taken or even scanned. worry about other things but not this
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