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  1. In previous years, interviews went until late March. How do you know they finished on the 9th? EDIT: just confirmed with a friend who's a uOttawa med student, they did in fact finish earlier this week.
  2. The ABS asks us for the competition involved when we go into the "Awards and accomplishments" category. I'm not even sure if my school discloses that information. For example, my school has 8 allocations for CGS-M, but I'm not sure how many applicants there were. Should I just put "I was one of eight recipients"?
  3. I'm currently studying the psych section using both the 300pg and 100 pg document next to each other. I use the 100 pg for pure content and the 300 pg for examples or further clarification on something I don't understand. It's quite a lot of info to cover, it's got even more than the sciences. Currently on pg 76 of 100 pg which corresponds to pg 257 of the 300 pg.
  4. I'm currently at Queen's for grad studies. I read this article a month ago and it really bothered me. Did this happen to you late at night when people are intoxicated or did it happen in broad daylight? Here's the **DELETED** thread from Queen's and the accounts of other people that experienced similar situations. I asked my friends because I was concerned that this will happen to me eventually. I've never been called a single racial term in my life but I feel like I am overdue for one. I asked him in this situation what is the best thing to do? If you choose to fight back, you
  5. What if it works in your favour to be assessed as an undergrad rather than a grad student? So if we were to take my situation as an example: my wGPA for UofT is 3.98 but I'm currently doing my thesis-based M.Sc. I currently have no publications but I plan on getting only one first-author pub by the end of my M.Sc. Compared to a grad student with a 3.7 wGPA and multiple publications, would I be looked upon unfavourably? If so, should I purposely slack off in my lab to not get any pubs so that I maintain "undergrad" status? This is more of a rhetorical question because the only peopl
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    TPR cars is good. I heard good things about the 2015 CARs workbook. I did the TPR hyperlearning 2011 verbal and I also thought it was good. It's got the same difficulty as EK 101 Verbal. Again the subreddit is a really useful resource. There are people who scored 130+ on CARs that give their insight on which book they find to be good. For example,
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    Start practicing now. Do like 3 passages or so every day under timed conditions. I recommend starting with the EK 101 Verbal for practice and then moving onto EK 101 CARs for a real challenge. The MCAT subreddit is really useful, you should check it out. They also have memes regarding the MCAT.
  8. That book is freaking hard. Like seriously, it is some self-esteem destroying stuff.
  9. Hi guys! I want to ask if OMSAS forwards our official transcripts to the med schools that we apply to or if OMSAS just does a grade verification and submits only GPAs to the schools? In my 4th year of undergrad I declared a minor in a completely unrelated field and as a result only 2.75/5 credits were at the 3rd/4th year level. U of T expects a majority of our courses to be at the 3rd/4th year level if we're 3rd or 4th year students. They also mention that they recognize that at times there are changes to academic plans that may result in students taking lower level courses and that we sh
  10. You get paid $4500 from NSERC all at once in the form of a scholarship. Your supervisor will top that off with however much money he/she wants. I did my NSERC USRA at UWaterloo and I got $2500 from my supervisor, paid once a month for 4 months. With regards to your other question, your grades are very important. They look at your percentage grade, not your GPA.
  11. You're exactly right. The admin at my school said the exact same thing. The last 2 years is simply used for eligibility, they will look at your whole transcript to determine if you will receive the award. Although I hope I won't be penalized too much for my 4th year of undergrad where I declared an arts minor and a majority of my courses were at the 2nd year level.
  12. It also depends on the school that you're applying to. I applied for CIHR at Queen's with a 90% cumulative average, 0 publications, and a below average CCV (according to premed standards), but I got waitlisted. I know someone who has a 95% average and applied for NSERC at Waterloo (Biology department) and got rejected (probably because some of the engineering grad students at Waterloo are extremely smart).
  13. U of T, on their website, says that if an applicant is to be assessed as a graduate student, that student must demonstrate productivity in their graduate studies. They're not just looking for conferences, abstracts, and poster presentations, but at least one 1st author publication. I was having some shower thoughts and I was thinking: if someone were to do a thesis/research based M. Sc, that person could technically graduate without ever having a 1st author publication. Does that mean that the student will never be assessed as a grad applicant even after being awarded an M.Sc?
  14. "In some cases, graduate applicants may undergo a separate graduate application review if you are able to demonstrate substantial productivity on your academic CV. Aside from presentations, posters and conferences, we are looking to see if you have completed at least one first author publication. When applying to the MD Program after completing a one or two year course-based Master’s program, you will likely be assessed as an undergraduate applicant." My choice of using the word "require" was too extreme. But it does seem like they're intent on the 1st author publication.
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