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  1. Hello! 2nd year OOP student at U of M here. My class (2022s) actually filled up all 5 of our spots. I got my offer off the waitlist about 2 weeks after the initial offers were sent out (mid-June I think? It's a bit of a blur now). The 5th person to accept got his offer sometime in July which is fairly late. I don't know if anyone was on the waitlist below him, although it's quite possible. So I wouldn't say acceptance is guaranteed. However, the 2023s only had 3 OOPs accept (i.e. they for sure went all the way down the list and still didn't fill 2 OOP spots). I don't think failing the int
  2. OOP does not have tiers and runs independently of the IP waitlist. If the OOP spots are not filled (which is a possibility), they will revert to IP spots.
  3. If anyone is looking for the link to the Class of 2023 Facebook Group, here it is! https://www.facebook.com/groups/453811018705755/
  4. I was in this situation last year and didn't exactly know what was happening, but having references contacted as an OOP means that you are at least on the waitlist. The top 5 are offered spots and then they move down from there. TLDR passing=offer or waitlist for OOP, fail (no references contacted)=rejection.
  5. https://medicine.usask.ca/documents/ugme/admission/2018 Admissions Statistics 5-Year Summary.pdf this will probably help you out a bit. It said that a 43.5%ile on the interview would be considered a pass for the OOP pool. I think this is actually higher than it has been in previous years. If you pass the interview as an OOP, you are either waitlisted or accepted (your references will be contacted if you pass so if they are contacted, that is a good sign). I was notified of being waitlisted on May 15th last year and was accepted off the waitlist on June 11th. I was actually offered a Saskatoon
  6. I thought I would chime in here since I'm a first year OOP student at U of M. Just a note that this is the U of M forum page, not the U of S page (these document links are all from U of S). The interview and class stats from the past cycle are not out, but us OOP students range from 523-524. I remember someone posted this past cycle that they did not get an interview with 521 and 4.5, so 521 may have been too low unless you had a rural, etc. coefficient. I would like to point out that there is no CARS cutoff at all for U of M and only your overall MCAT score matters. Also, with the introductio
  7. Hi @Llamastan! I was in a similar position to you this past cycle. I got into U of M and U of S this year as an OOP (rejected IP by Alberta post-interview this year and last year) with 523/4.5, so I think you would have a great shot at both schools. I will be attending U of M in the fall. You will definitely get an interview at U of S and you're still in a good spot for U of M as long as you have a good CASPer (honestly disappointed that they introduced this). U of M probably has a higher post-interview acceptance rate as they interview less people (~20) and failing is rare, whereas Sask inter
  8. Hi OP, I thought I would just chime in here since I was in a similar situation this past cycle! First of all, I don't think your ECs are really that bad. If there's anything lacking, it's that most of your volunteer experiences have been short-term. I had a 4.0 and 523 for U of A last year (IP) and was still rejected post-interview. I'm almost sure it was solely because of my extracurricular score of 4/17. I passed the interview, and I actually thought it was my best interview of the 3 I got. My interviews in Sask and Manitoba (OOP for both) led to waitlist acceptances, so I doubt the intervie
  9. I also did Alberta physics and finished with a similar mark! I did two 100 level physics classes at the U of A that were not calculus-based. Anything you take that is calculus-based will be far beyond the scope of the MCAT. In hindsight, grinding through 2 physics courses to help me answer a couple of questions (at most) on the MCAT wasn't really worth it. Good MCAT books/MCAT prep course/practice will be more than sufficient for any MCAT physics questions. I know of a number of people that did well on the C/P section without having any university physics.
  10. Thank you so much for your response :). I was accepted off the Manitoba waitlist on Monday (I have until next Tuesday to respond) and I'm holding a Saskatoon spot right now.
  11. Hey everyone, I am an OOP applicant and I received a Regina offer off the waitlist on Monday June 11th at 11:14 AM MST. Today I was offered a Saskatoon spot, which is my preferred site. I have accepted this position as I have had no other offers but I may decline Saskatchewan if I get an offer off the Manitoba waitlist. Assuming I do not get a Manitoba spot, there could still potentially be two Regina spots left for OOP (assuming that most OOPs chose Saskatoon over Regina). I'm not sure where they are in the OOP waitlist, but if you are on the waitlist, there is still hope! I am also thin
  12. Hey everyone, I am OOP from Alberta and have just been accepted off the Saskatchewan (Saskatoon campus) waitlist and am currently on the waitlist for Manitoba. If I do happen to get off the waitlist for Manitoba, I would have to make a fairly quick decision on which school to accept. I know there was a thread about this from 2015 and I have read it, but I'm interested in current opinions as programs can change quite a bit in 3 years. I just wanted to see if any current or former students could tell me a bit about their experiences at these schools (specifically at the Saskatoon campu
  13. Will you be accepting your offer? Just asking for us waitlisters
  14. Result: Rejected Geography: IP GPA: 4.0 MCAT: 523 Degree: Graduated BSc. June 2017 E.C: 4/17. This is the same score I received an interview with last year, yet I had 150 more volunteer hours, 500 more work hours, and a volunteer trip to Africa on this application. I have no clue why these additions resulted in no score increase, but I guess that's U of A for you! Interview: Pass. I had one station where the interviewer told me I knocked it out of the park and another station that I thought was weak. The rest and the panel felt average. It's official:
  15. I think references being contacted is a good thing at this stage! Logistically it wouldn't make sense for them to set up telephone interviews if you had failed the interview since it's quite a bit of work on their end. It also makes me wonder what the point of contacting references post-interview vs pre-interview is. Presumably it's so they have less work. Also from the information sheet given at the post-interview session, what Dr. Ziola said, and threads from previous cycles, it sounds like only people who passed the interview in previous years had their references contacted. That being said
  16. One of my references had the telephone interview today but I am not sure when she was first contacted. I interviewed Sunday afternoon and am OOP. Does having references contacted mean that we passed the interview?
  17. They didn't even give you your extracurricular score? That's really not helpful. Last year they at least gave people rejected pre-interview their own scores and the averages.
  18. I think people rejected pre-interview find out what the average EC score was for applicants that got interviews, whereas people rejected post-interview never find out the average accepted EC or interview scores (or at least for last cycle anyways). The essay was not marked and was optional.....which is definitely something they should have made more public. I sent an email to MD Admissions back in September and that's what they told me anyways. I did not complete the section and did get an interview, so I'm assuming that's the case.
  19. I heard a rumor that GPA is still being assessed competitively. But a rumor is a rumor and it's very possible that the relative weighting/formula has changed.
  20. Time Stamp: Feb 5th, 2018 at 12:47 PM MST Interview Date: TBD Result: Invite GPA: Not sure what it is for Sask, but above OOP cutoffs MCAT: 523 (128 CARS) Year: Graduated June 2017 Geography: OOP
  21. Result: Regrets Time Stamp: 1:06 PM MST wGPA: 3.99 Graduated 2017 MCAT: 523 (131/128/132/132) ECs: Below average apparently. Worked at a medical clinic for 4 summers (2000+ hours), close to 150 hours of hospital volunteering, went on a medical volunteer trip to Ghana, led study groups for 1.5 years, about 50 hours volunteering helping ESL students and 50 hours visiting patients at a psychiatric facility. Geography: OOP
  22. Time Stamp: Jan 25, 3:14 PM MST Invite: No P/OOP: OOP Non-SWOMEN 2YGPA: ~3.94 MCAT: 523 (131/128/132/132) Really thought I could make a case for them lowering the CARS cut-off by a point, but I guess not . Their loss for not taking great overall scores in favour of a cut-off system.
  23. Thanks! Good luck at the rest of the schools you applied to!
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