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  1. 16 hours ago, swoman said:

    If these applicants lied on their applications about being in another program (with an anticipated finish date later than Summer 2020) while applying to Dal, they should not only have their offer rescinded but also blacklisted from applying in Canada ever again. 

    I really think you guys need to take a step back. These students posted their letters on Facebook, and were enrolled at Dalhousie. They clearly weren't trying to keep their admission a secret from anybody. And how could they? Their colleagues in pharm would clearly know if they dropped out for medicine.

    If they unknowingly broke the rules, yes, they should have their offers rescinded. But labeling them unethical and calling for them to be blacklisted is cruel. I feel very sorry for them if this is what happened. Imagine you're in their shoes - you thought you followed all the rules, you got your letter after years of effort ... and all of a sudden your world is turned upside down. Show a little empathy.

    The other possibility is that they they got an exception or contradictory information from the admissions office. In which case the anger in this thread needs to be directed at Dalhousie and not these students.

  2. 3 hours ago, WinterWasp said:

    Not to disagree with anything that’s been said here, but before anyone gets too worked up, it’s probably important to remember that literally the only parties who know the true details of any individual application are the applicant themselves, and the admissions committee.

    Really want to echo this. The admissions committee knows their rules better than anyone, and they've already said they're looking into it. Banding together on incomplete information is really just a recipe for disaster. Imagine there's been a misunderstanding... then all that's been accomplished is further antagonizing students who should still, and rightfully, be celebrating.

  3. For clarity, did these students start in 2018? Because 100% I think that's wrong if they didn't disclose that year of education on their applications. Otherwise I'd really lean towards giving them the benefit of the doubt that they didn't know about the rule or that they got contradictory information from the admissions office. Clearly they didn't think they were doing anything wrong if they posted their letters on FaceBook haha.

  4. Yeah, I definitely see your frustration. Looking back at those quotes again, they do specify that if you're enrolled you'd need to finish the degree. Since they started September 2019 (2018?) they were definitely enrolled before they finished the Dal med application, which is a bit shady.

    If I'm being honest though, I think it's pretty unreasonable for med schools to expect students to apply only in their final year or only during a gap year. The odds of getting in are so poor they shouldn't punish students for having a backup plan. It really hurts everyone when really bright individuals are sidelined for years waiting for applications to go through.

  5. "Students who are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies programs at the time of application and who receive an admissions offer will be required to successfully complete their program of study before beginning the undergraduate medical education curriculum.  If the degree program is not completed, the admissions offer is rescinded.  Thus, it is expected that students will apply during their last year of study. "

    "Students who are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate studies program at the time of application will be required to successfully complete the program before. It is expected that such students will apply during their last year of study since deferrals are rarely granted."

    These are the two references to the issue I could find on Dalhousie's website, emphasis mine. Sounds like if you apply in Spring/Summer and start a new program that's not on your application in Autumn/Winter you're not technically breaking the rule. Maybe that's what's going on here?

    Just to give my personal take, I think there's only an issue if the students included their incomplete degree on their application. Because then admissions can very clearly say, 'look, we admitted you with the expectation that you would have that degree completed when you start medical school, and you won't.' But if they started their degree and didn't list it on their application, or started the degree after the application was already submitted, then they were admitted on the basis of accurate information. As far as the ethical component, I don't really see dropping out of a graduate program as being a huge deal either. You wouldn't say someone leaving a full time job to come to med school was acting unethically, and really what's the difference?


  6. 2 hours ago, MTHFR677 said:

    MUN is another school you should definitely take a look at applying to. Remember, there are 10 seats there for NB residents as well.

    Your experiences seem pretty varied and interesting. Progressing to leadership roles is also something that looks good. Those life experiences are things that can definitely make you stand out from the pack too  

    All the best, PM me if you’ve got any questions!


    I looked into MUN but I don't think I qualify because I didn't take any English in university. The 6 credit requirement seems pretty arbitrary.  I consider myself fairly well read, and I took AP English back in high school for whatever that's worth. 

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