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  1. 31 minutes ago, colta said:

    Thank you for the blog to check out and the info on Queens. I'll definitely have to look some more into them. 

    @freewheeler haha, thanks I think?

    Yes, echoing @IMislove, many in the MMTP at Queen’s. Some with kids. From what I’ve learned, military provides many benefits for those with families. Zero tuition, you retain your salary from your position while in school, and the years you are in medical school and residency are considered pensionable years. 

    Should add: these are benefits listed from considering your circumstances and the fact that you want to work in the military afterwards. 

  2. Many of these consulting agencies are so predatory. I’d say BeMo is one of the most guilty of using predatory tactics and plays on the insecurities of premed students to gain business. 

    It is not surprising they would say something like this. As @rmorelan said, PM101 is a tremendous resource with such valuable information that has helped many gain admission, including myself. Having almost all of the most important information available for free hurts their “pay for this same information” model. Articles like this are just more of the same predatory behaviour they use to lure students.  

    Personal anecdote: In the 2017-2018 cycle, I registered at BeMo for one of their free resources they provide, stipulation is that you go on their mailing list (I know I could have removed myself, but I didn’t). I was Waitlisted at a school, and 1 week following this news, BeMo sent out an email with a title along the lines of “MD Admission Update” with the message under “Congratulations” only to say something like “this could be YOU!”. Who does that? Obviously a company looking to make a pretty penny off of your emotions. 

  3. 1 minute ago, swoman said:

    Their GPA (and transparency about it) is the limiting factor, which did not change. So I don't agree with your logic here of increasing # of applicants. 

    I don't think that's the real reason people don't apply either. 

    Ottawa needs a high wGPA (typically >3.9 for English stream) to even be considered and they still receive ~5000 applications. Sure they don't have the MCAT, however, 125 in each section is 50th percentile, so it's not the most competitive MCAT score compared to schools like Western. 

    I really think the reason why people don't apply to UoT is truly because they don't want to write essays lol. I'm interested in finding out the difference in applications received to Western this year vs. last year because of the addition of the aABS.

  4. 1 minute ago, APP2019 said:

    I also did not get that email which made me a bit concerned... maybe the person who got the email accepted through first round of offers?

    I have accepted my waitlist offer through SOLUS/paid deposit but because of the OMSAS issue (offer hasn't shown up yet) I got a waitlist call from another school Friday, so in theory people could be holding out still because of this OMSAS issue. 

    No need to worry. The school isn’t going to be like “haha nvm no offer for u!” I bet OMSAS offers will appear tomorrow as it’s the end of the weekend and people are back to work.

  5. 5 minutes ago, manolo59 said:

    Was anyone accepted but did NOT get that email? 

    *raises hand*

    Also, waitlisters who were accepted have yet to receive their OMSAS offers (though they can tell through SOLUS acceptances the number). Keep in mind people can accept through SOLUS and pay deposit, yet have another wait list offer, can choose last minute to accept the other offer on OMSAS if they never accepted Queen’s. Though I’m unsure why anyone would pay 1000 just to say nvm going to another.

  6. A 3.2 to a 3.4 is still an improvement, maybe not med school worthy, but you’re doing something right. Some schools only look at your 2 best years so if you can continue how you’ve been improving, keep working at it. 

    In regards to you saying you feel old, I’m 28, will be 29 when I start in September. 22-25 were the years I was really figuring myself out and trying to gather a clear direction with my life. 

    Of course, I can sit here and be like “follow your dreams!!”, the outside realities of life really sting, seeing others getting on with their lives etc. Honestly, those things don’t really matter though. Be happy for those successes your friends are having, continue on your path and just see to it what you want to do. If 3 years pass and you say you don’t want medicine anymore, that’s not a failure, its a learning experience. 

  7. 1 hour ago, warthog said:

    The Cycle of Waiting

    1. Hoping: “I have good stats, I think! I did okay in the interview...let me check the Accepted/Rejected/Waitlist thread again...”

    2. Imagining: “If I get in, what will I do? Who do I tell first? What do I put on my Facebook? Omg I’d have to quit my job. Would I cry?.”

    3. Someone asks you “What’s up?” or “How are you doing?” Or EVEN WORSE: “Any word yet?” This derails your confidence immediately.

    4. Racing Heart: “crap crap crap what if I don’t get in? I’d have to tell everyone right? I’d have to start over...I’d have to retake the MCAT.” *lurks on PM101, r/MCAT and r/premed to torture self*

    5. Wallowing: “I am not a competitive applicant. I shouldn’t have applied. I wonder what the career prospects are like for goat herding?” *aggressive googling* *cycles through memory of the interview for the trillionth time* *spends weirdly long time reading the medical school website when you’ve memorized it already* *a lot of sighing*

    6. Try to Distract Yourself: Start reading books you’ve read already, start going on weird subreddit and YouTube spirals, start researching alpaca farming. “I wonder what Snooki is up to these days?” Wallow/Hoping cycle begins again. You wonder if you should’ve just gone into banking or teaching or public service like everyone else. More sighing. You go on YouTube again. 

    6. The cycle restarts. 

    I didn't know it could be expressed so perfectly in words.

  8. 5 minutes ago, Thisisathrowaway said:

    I figure actually giving a writing sample might be useful here.


    If this one example is indicative of everything you’ve written, I think that answers it. Align your descriptions/responsibilities with the CanMEDs roles (advocate, leader, communicator, etc) as opposed to a verbatim description of your duties on the job. 

  9. 32 minutes ago, Confusedyorkie said:

    Thank you for the response! My MCAT was 514 (129/127/129/129) so I'm planning to rewrite for CARS.

    I suppose my best course of action then is to improve my mcat and ECs (description+breadth) rather than a 5th year?

    Your MCAT is still really good, though it pulls you out of Western (128 was this year's cutoff). Your GPA should be fine enough for McMaster even with that CARS score, I've seen people get interviews with 126 with your GPA. In that case, CASPer would be what is pulling you down (for Ottawa too). 

    You meet cutoffs for Toronto and Queen's, therefore it may speak to how you're describing your ECs. To be honest, this part of the application is extremely arbitrary compared to the other objective components. However, when you describe them, they should align with the CanMEDs roles, but should also be personally meaningful. However, again, if you get a person who just doesn't jive with what you are writing, you're SOL (same with the interview, unfortunately). It's the downside of having soooooo many people applying who possess exceptional stats, like yourself. 

    Way to go getting an interview this year. Even though the outcome wasn't what you would have wanted, it's still such an accomplishment. The whole process is a learning experience, and I'm sure from your experiences this year, next year you'll be a lot more prepared. 



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