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  1. Congratulations! Yes, a bit confusing. Just goes to show you that just because they *say* their admissions process is a certain way on their website, doesn't mean that they actually do it. LOL did it say you would automatically be invited for an MD interview if you opted out, or?
  2. Title. Was not successful. Congratulations to all those with invites!!! EDIT: A bit confused. On the website, it says: "Applications are first assessed by the Admissions Committee for the Undergraduate MD Program, and only if the applicant is invited for interview, will the application be reviewed and ranked by the MD/PhD-MD/Master’s Program Committee." This means that the reason someone is not offered an interview for MD/PhD is because: 1) MD program did not want them or 2) MD wanted them, but MD/PhD did not want them But, in my rejection letter, it says my applicatio
  3. I was wondering the same thing! I think it's a good sign, and indicative that you have passed academic cut-offs (for whatever stream you are in). From the perspective of the adcoms, I don't see the point in reaching out to verifiers if they haven't assessed whether or not the applicant in question has met cutoffs. It's more work and a waste of time. So, I think your interpretation is correct, since I imagine they would narrow the pool down before actually reading our essays/verifiers
  4. I never understood why they switched from Facebook Lives to the exclusive and limited Zoom sessions. Does anyone who attended the session on Dec. 10 have any insights as to what they disclosed during the update?
  5. True, but I do think that for those applicants you described, the Academic Explanations Essays would have helped mitigate that already. I think the new wGPA formula is a general, overarching way to 'flatten' the overall wGPA curve and is for those who do not necessarily qualify for an AEE or have any extenuating circumstances to disclose. Some applicants are simply just human, and have made mistakes, or are of low SES (had to work part-time to keep up with family bills, etc.), but did not necessarily have an extenuating circumstance for an AEE (extreme poverty, serious medical condition, traum
  6. check that your CASPer account has the correct/current OMSAS number. If you are a reapplicant to McMaster, then it might still have your old OMSAS number linked to your CASPer account.
  7. I understand the concern, because I certainly had this concern as well. I would agree that given their new wGPA formula, if you already have a high cGPA, you'll probably get in/be considered anyway. I think this will primarily affect those with mediocre cGPAs (3.75-3.85, I guess), for whom the old wGPA formula would bump you up to 3.9+. I'm assuming in past admission cycles, the old wGPA formula created two extreme distributions of wGPAs (low or very high). The individuals in the 'low' category basically stood no chance because UofT had so many 'very high' wGPA individuals to choose from. Now
  8. The answer is no. In one of the adcom videos, one of the officers said that being a couple words over is no big deal and doesn't get auto-flagged. However, she also said that if it is noticeably over the word limit (e.g - 20-50+ words over), it'll leave a bad impression on the reviewer..
  9. Yea.... they can't cut down the applicant pool too much, so for GPA + MCAT to be used with the same cut offs as previous years PLUS the additional screen of CASPer would most likely result in a severe decrease in the applicants under consideration for an interview (guestimation). So, with a GPA + MCAT + CASPer evaluation, two or all of these factors have to lighten up to maintain the same number of applicants under consideration for an interview. All speculation, but I think this makes sense logistically (assuming that their goal with CASPer was to emphasize different applicant strengths rathe
  10. For the first time, Queen's is incorporating CASPer into the mix this cycle, so who knows what the cut offs will be. Usually when a med school adds an additional, novel factor into their admissions requirements (e.g - Western and their new essays), thresholds tend to go down.
  11. Same thing happened in the U.S for MD schools. A bit horrid for applicants, since things now are more competitive.
  12. Well, for UWO ABS you also had to put your start and end date, so they should be able to deduce that your time commitment was not for that long.
  13. As a person who has applied to the U.S., this is not new nor is it a secret in US MD schools. Some even state it on their website, that they are specifically encouraging and looking for underrepresented minorities. I don't think this is bad thing - at the end of the day, they have the community in mind when choosing applicants. Bigger picture in my humble opinion: as long as students make it on the other end of medical school, it doesn't matter what GPA or MCAT they had coming in. They will be great doctors regardless.
  14. Agreed - I 100% support BSAP and ISAP. Thanks for the balanced view. Thus far, most people on this thread who seem to be talking favourably about BSAP/ISAP are already IN medical school (you can claim it hasn't changed pre-post admission, but I guess we'll never know how true that is). I just thought this is an important context to point out because at the end of the day, I see yesandno 's comments rooted in past rejections, moreso than anything else in my opinion. We all know how TOXIC pre-medical culture is, and the desperation it cultivates amongst us to gain admission, particularly i
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