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    scoobydoo1623 got a reaction from 123321123321B in MD/PhD Acceptances   
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    scoobydoo1623 got a reaction from verycaffeinated in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020/2021   
    Thank you! Wishing you luck with securing an invite.
    I did not write an AEE! My wGPA was simply 3.80 with the new formula. 
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    scoobydoo1623 got a reaction from SailorTooth in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020/2021   
    That's obvious. And I do not think it's possible for me to exaggerate the impact of the new wGPA formula for those with high cGPAs because there essentially is no impact. I think that's clearly understood with this new wGPA formula and was not really what I was trying to allude to. 

    But, I guess that's the controversy with this new wGPA formula, which was meant to "even the playing field"... I would assume that because most applicants do NOT have ~4.00 cGPA, this would mean that interview invites would show people with slightly lower wGPAs getting invites this cycle in particular. Based on what has been posted so far (keeping in mind, poster bias), this does not appear to be the case. That's why I just wanted to check if people were aware of the new wGPA formula, since these very high wGPA invites might be misleading to premed hopefuls! 
    I have vowed not to post my stats on this, but to give some hope to applicants who are worried about the disproportionate impact of the new wGPA formula on their chances for an interview: 
    I interviewed for the first weekend, as a grad applicant, with a wGPA of 3.80 (old wGPA would've been >3.90). I hope this gives most applicants some hope! Hang in there! 
     
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    scoobydoo1623 reacted to sympatheticsystem in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020/2021   
    wGPA... I was scared to post because I felt like I didn't deserve it seeing 3.99's rejected... so seeing that other post made me feel better
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    scoobydoo1623 got a reaction from throwaway3321 in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020/2021   
    Thank you! Wishing you luck with securing an invite.
    I did not write an AEE! My wGPA was simply 3.80 with the new formula. 
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    scoobydoo1623 got a reaction from Iamacat in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020/2021   
    It's irrelevant for "file review score" purposes (no extra credit), but they would still need to know if you intend on finishing your course-based masters before you potentially matriculate.  
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    scoobydoo1623 got a reaction from TheFlyGuy in UofT Interview Invites/Regrets 2020/2021   
    It's irrelevant for "file review score" purposes (no extra credit), but they would still need to know if you intend on finishing your course-based masters before you potentially matriculate.  
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    scoobydoo1623 got a reaction from goodVibesOnly in Western interview invites/regrets 2021   
    I heard back from MD and it was a rejection. Haven't heard from MD/PhD, but I'm going to assume it is also a rejection for me. 
     
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    scoobydoo1623 reacted to smalltowncelery in Western interview invites/regrets 2021   
    btw if anyone is interested i took a pic of the cutoffs from my email bc im not sure if the website has been updated yet 
     
    please let me know if this is illegal
    https://imgur.com/gallery/l2m1wqp
     
     
     
     
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    scoobydoo1623 got a reaction from Scrubadubdub in Verifier Contacting   
    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 
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    scoobydoo1623 got a reaction from FifthCycle in Opinion/Question: Will the new wGPA will help students with higher cGPAs?   
    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, with the new wGPA, this will 'flatten' the curve, so that more people fall in the middle range and there are not two extremes. 
    I also hope that, in addition to this, there is also a de-emphasis on wGPA in general, for whatever overall formula they use for file review scoring. 
    All together, I trust that their decision is informed by data. You can imagine they have access to a LARGE dataset of applicant scores/GPA accumulated over the years, and have retrospectively simulated different wGPA formulas in that dataset, and have chosen the best solution from then. We can discuss hypothetical applicant GPA scenarios, but I think we unfortunately have to simply trust that they have taken a data-driven approach with this new wGPA formula introduction. 
     
     
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    scoobydoo1623 got a reaction from giggles in Admissions Update?   
    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? 
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    scoobydoo1623 got a reaction from CantaloupeSeeds in Admissions Update?   
    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? 
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    scoobydoo1623 got a reaction from sciencegirl314 in MCAT CARS Cut-off Speculation for 20-21   
    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 rather than solely cutting down the applicant pool - latter is less likely). 
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    scoobydoo1623 got a reaction from sciencegirl314 in MCAT CARS Cut-off Speculation for 20-21   
    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.
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    scoobydoo1623 got a reaction from justdoingmybest in Applying through the black student application program   
    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 in Canada, where the acceptance rates are already incredibly poor. He/she/they probably just wants to get in, and I have a strong feeling that if yesandno was already in, maybe he/she/they would not be so vocal about his/her/their concerns around BSAP/ISAP. Each and every one of us have to be honest with ourselves and with each other. Many of you were desperate pre-meds at one point, and I find it hard to believe that most of you, as PRE-MEDS, would be selfless enough to be completely agree with BSAP right off the bat. This is borne out in the evidence on perceptions of special admission streams in the literature. Look it up. 
    I'll be honest: I had the same initial thoughts when I heard about BSAP as a non-Black applicant a few years - and we can't forget NOR deny that A LOT of non-Black applicants did (atleast, the ones that I've spoken to). Yesandno was just brave enough to be vocal about it. BSAP's introduction had plenty of people, who are also disadvantaged in some form, saying: "what about me?" However, I spent a lot of time learning, growing, educating myself, through friends and literature, and I've since been a full supporter of BSAP. I took some time to examine my own biases, which was driven by being a non-Black person, but also being in a toxic pre-medical culture (which is already toxic for EVERYONE, but perhaps moreso for Black people) where we need to get in or die. 
    It takes some time, but happy that alot of posters here gave incredible insight for yesandno and OTHERS to think about. It takes a lot of empathy and sympathy to understand others and their point of views (even if implicitly racist), but at the end of the day, it's the same empathy and sympathy that this profession calls for. It's been a productive conversation here! 
    TLDR: Don't forget that perhaps, in addition to implicit biases/racism, toxic pre-med culture may also play a large role in people's view on BSAP. Sample many pre-meds and I bet you yesandno is not standing alone in their views. Productive and HONEST conversations are the way forward!
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    scoobydoo1623 got a reaction from readytostresseat in Applying through the black student application program   
    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 in Canada, where the acceptance rates are already incredibly poor. He/she/they probably just wants to get in, and I have a strong feeling that if yesandno was already in, maybe he/she/they would not be so vocal about his/her/their concerns around BSAP/ISAP. Each and every one of us have to be honest with ourselves and with each other. Many of you were desperate pre-meds at one point, and I find it hard to believe that most of you, as PRE-MEDS, would be selfless enough to be completely agree with BSAP right off the bat. This is borne out in the evidence on perceptions of special admission streams in the literature. Look it up. 
    I'll be honest: I had the same initial thoughts when I heard about BSAP as a non-Black applicant a few years - and we can't forget NOR deny that A LOT of non-Black applicants did (atleast, the ones that I've spoken to). Yesandno was just brave enough to be vocal about it. BSAP's introduction had plenty of people, who are also disadvantaged in some form, saying: "what about me?" However, I spent a lot of time learning, growing, educating myself, through friends and literature, and I've since been a full supporter of BSAP. I took some time to examine my own biases, which was driven by being a non-Black person, but also being in a toxic pre-medical culture (which is already toxic for EVERYONE, but perhaps moreso for Black people) where we need to get in or die. 
    It takes some time, but happy that alot of posters here gave incredible insight for yesandno and OTHERS to think about. It takes a lot of empathy and sympathy to understand others and their point of views (even if implicitly racist), but at the end of the day, it's the same empathy and sympathy that this profession calls for. It's been a productive conversation here! 
    TLDR: Don't forget that perhaps, in addition to implicit biases/racism, toxic pre-med culture may also play a large role in people's view on BSAP. Sample many pre-meds and I bet you yesandno is not standing alone in their views. Productive and HONEST conversations are the way forward!
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    scoobydoo1623 got a reaction from dooogs in Applying through the black student application program   
    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 in Canada, where the acceptance rates are already incredibly poor. He/she/they probably just wants to get in, and I have a strong feeling that if yesandno was already in, maybe he/she/they would not be so vocal about his/her/their concerns around BSAP/ISAP. Each and every one of us have to be honest with ourselves and with each other. Many of you were desperate pre-meds at one point, and I find it hard to believe that most of you, as PRE-MEDS, would be selfless enough to be completely agree with BSAP right off the bat. This is borne out in the evidence on perceptions of special admission streams in the literature. Look it up. 
    I'll be honest: I had the same initial thoughts when I heard about BSAP as a non-Black applicant a few years - and we can't forget NOR deny that A LOT of non-Black applicants did (atleast, the ones that I've spoken to). Yesandno was just brave enough to be vocal about it. BSAP's introduction had plenty of people, who are also disadvantaged in some form, saying: "what about me?" However, I spent a lot of time learning, growing, educating myself, through friends and literature, and I've since been a full supporter of BSAP. I took some time to examine my own biases, which was driven by being a non-Black person, but also being in a toxic pre-medical culture (which is already toxic for EVERYONE, but perhaps moreso for Black people) where we need to get in or die. 
    It takes some time, but happy that alot of posters here gave incredible insight for yesandno and OTHERS to think about. It takes a lot of empathy and sympathy to understand others and their point of views (even if implicitly racist), but at the end of the day, it's the same empathy and sympathy that this profession calls for. It's been a productive conversation here! 
    TLDR: Don't forget that perhaps, in addition to implicit biases/racism, toxic pre-med culture may also play a large role in people's view on BSAP. Sample many pre-meds and I bet you yesandno is not standing alone in their views. Productive and HONEST conversations are the way forward!
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    scoobydoo1623 got a reaction from Dr. Shqipe in Application Timeline   
    In my opinion, your chances of getting in are more dependent on your strategic SCHOOL LIST than what your actual stats are. Just because someone had amazing stats and didn't get in anywhere doesn't necessarily mean that someone with stats below that have no chance. I know plenty of people with high stats, but don't get in anywhere because they only applied to non-Canadian-friendly and/or really top-heavy schools (Stanford, Harvard, JH, etc.). They were basically misinformed with how to formulate school lists. To OP: If people share their stats with you, and share an outcome, make SURE that they also provide the schools they applied to, because you can then assess the context of their application. 
    I'd say to OP that if you can get everything submitted within a week, you could be fine (but you're really straddling the line between being screwed and having a chance). If not, wait until next cycle! 
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    scoobydoo1623 got a reaction from Medfool25 in Changes to Admission Requirements 2020-2021   
    LOL how in the world does making most people's wGPA lower make admissions MORE equitable? Where in fact, those who are from lower SES backgrounds would have presumably benefited substantially MORE from the older wGPA formulation than those from higher SES backgrounds (aka those who are statistically more likely to maintain a peak and consistent state of performance during undergrad, so their wGPAs ~= cGPAs). Equity is UofT's favourite word, but I still don't see the relation. Seems like the opposite effect. 
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    scoobydoo1623 got a reaction from yeescience in Changes to Admission Requirements 2020-2021   
    LOL how in the world does making most people's wGPA lower make admissions MORE equitable? Where in fact, those who are from lower SES backgrounds would have presumably benefited substantially MORE from the older wGPA formulation than those from higher SES backgrounds (aka those who are statistically more likely to maintain a peak and consistent state of performance during undergrad, so their wGPAs ~= cGPAs). Equity is UofT's favourite word, but I still don't see the relation. Seems like the opposite effect. 
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    scoobydoo1623 got a reaction from sb88 in Changes to Admission Requirements 2020-2021   
    LOL how in the world does making most people's wGPA lower make admissions MORE equitable? Where in fact, those who are from lower SES backgrounds would have presumably benefited substantially MORE from the older wGPA formulation than those from higher SES backgrounds (aka those who are statistically more likely to maintain a peak and consistent state of performance during undergrad, so their wGPAs ~= cGPAs). Equity is UofT's favourite word, but I still don't see the relation. Seems like the opposite effect. 
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