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  1. First and last authors are typically most coveted. First author should be the individual who contributed the most to the paper in terms of research/ideas/data. I'd say if you hypothetically removed that person's contribution, the paper couldn't be published since a large chunk of the story is gone. Last author is typically the lead investigator. After that, second author and after are ordered based on contribution to the paper (e.g. smaller projects that help tell the story of the paper, contributions to data production, idea generation). Each lab and PI can have different expectations at that
  2. Thank you! For my essay, I heavily focused on my weaknesses, my mistakes, and particularly my mental health challenges (which can be a bit of a taboo subject for some). I've encountered a lot of premeds (and MD candidates) who thought you had to be some sort of flawless, super strong, multitasking hero to be a doctor. That asking for help meant you couldn't "handle it." I just wanted to prove them wrong lol. And that weaknesses aren't shameful, instead, they help shape who you are and help you to be more well rounded, empathetic and understanding of the people around you because everyone has t
  3. Time Stamp: Mar 14, 1:36 pm AST Accepted IP/OOP: IP NS wGPA: 3.9 MCAT: 512 Essay: Took a risk, guess it paid off! ECs: ~9 years research (7 publications, 2 first authors; conferences; various research awards and scholarships), long-term volunteering, various hobbies, work. Interview: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Guess it wasn't too bad. Didn't feel good or bad for any except my last station where I flubbed a bit. Year: Completed master's, working Whelp, well... damn! Wasn't really expecting this considering last year's scores. To everyone still waiting or looking towa
  4. Hi Larry! Those are some excellent stats! I just wanted to comment because I understand your sentiments and am still debating whether or not I should give the application process another shot for the next cycle or pursue a career and potentially revisit medicine at another point in my life instead. I also feel the impatience to start actively pursuing a stable career and get my life started. For now, I'm job hunting and seeing where I land and how much I like it. Who knows, I may find something I never thought about before and discover I love it. Or I could lean back towards medicine. I honest
  5. Time Stamp: Mar 5, 10:01 pm AST Waitlisted (Total: 64.27; NS Average: 69.6) IP/OOP: IP wGPA: 3.94 MCAT: 512 Essay: Looks like it wasn't too great. Rather low essay and supplemental total score, which is a little disappointing. Perhaps I could have described my activities better, or maybe I am not as well rounded of an applicant as I could be. Ah well, live and learn! ECs: ~8 years research (7 publications, 2 first authors; conference; various research awards and scholarships), >5 years hospital volunteering, >4 years sighted guide, >2 ye
  6. I'm also a grad (completed my master's last term) and just heard back, but they may have only just started on grad applicants, so there's still hope! Seems to be no news yet on March 25 and April.
  7. Time Stamp: Feb 28, 1:44 pm EST (edit: put wrong time stamp) Interview Date: March 24 (MD) Result: Invite wGPA: 3.95 MCAT: C/P 126; CARS 129; B/B 129; P/S 128 (512) ECs: ~8 years research (7 publications, 2 first authors; conference; various research awards and scholarships), >5 years hospital volunteering, >4 years sighted guide, >2 years tutoring, student societies, hobbies: art, recreational sports, and long distance running Essays: Okay, I guess. Was in the process of completing my master's so I did my best with the available time I
  8. I love the Stormlight Archive series far too much to have not enjoyed it, but there were certainly many pieces and players being set up (plus aaaallll the flashbacks) that slowed the pace of the main story a little. The love triangle thing was also handled a little oddly, but I'm honestly glad it ended the way it did because I didn't feel much chemistry between anyone, and I just wanted it over and out of the way. I mostly missed Kaladin chapters (my favorite main of the bunch just because of how hardworking he is, and I do empathize with his depressive episodes having gone through unreasonabl
  9. If you're applying to UofT, Ottawa (cut off is 3.87 for OOP), and Queens (black box), might as well add McMaster (unless you don't like the PBL and 3-year program they have). You'd need to write Casper for Ottawa and McGill anyways and McMaster is just another checkbox (and extra $145 application fee). McMaster does have IP bias for interviews though (only 10% of interview spots go to OOP), but you have a decent GPA and CARS, so if you blow away the Casper you might have a chance.
  10. As HoopDreams discussed, I've also had both blind and real attempts at applying for medical school. The first two times I applied in undergrad, I honestly had no heart for medicine. Becoming a doctor was my mother's vicarious dream, and because she wanted it, I grew to hate it (long story short: I had a helicopter tiger mom). Of course, those attempts failed. I had the undergrad final year OMG-I-have-a-life-sci-degree-and-don't-know-what-to-do-with-it freak out before I decided to take over my life, move out, and pursue a master's because I wanted to gain more research and life experience
  11. Time Stamp: Jan 31, 3:07 pm EST Result: Regrets IP/OOP: OOP cGPA: 3.86 2YGPA: 3.90 MCAT: C/P 126; CARS 129; B/B 129; P/S 128 (512) ECs: ~8 years research (7 publications, 2 first authors; conference; various research awards and scholarships), >5 years hospital volunteering, >4 years sighted guide, >2 years tutoring, student societies, hobbies: art, recreational sports, and long distance running Year: Completed Master's Another regrets! Congratulations to everyone who got an invite! All the best on your interviews!
  12. Couldn't apply to Ottawa, but my bestie did. Hoping good news drops on y'all soon! Fingers, eyes, and toes all crossed! I think I'm more nervous for her news than she is lol.
  13. Time Stamp: Jan 25, 4:11pm EST Invite: Invite IP/OOP: OOP 2YGPA: 3.95 MCAT: C/P 126; CARS 129; B/B 129; P/S 128 (512) Excited for the opportunity! Never been to London before. All the best to everyone!
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