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  1. Keep in mind that if you do pursue a second undergrad, you can only apply to Western in your fourth year, and you must be mindful of your MCAT expiration 5 years after writing.
  2. Last year Queens sent out 180 offers, 99 spots filled with 7 deferrals.
  3. That is understandable. If you live near your university, or don't mind a commute closer to July, arrange an in person meeting rather than exchanging discourse over email. I think that will be a better opportunity for you to discuss the goals of the reference, and it's more personable that way.
  4. Usually the references you select have known you long enough that 2 months will not mitigate any impression you have made, and should not minimize your contributions. Unfortunately, the reference form is highly confidential in that we as applicants are not allowed to know the contents of the reference, what is asked for, and what is said. I recommend setting up an in person meeting (if possible) to remind them you will be sending a reference form (assuming they approve to be your reference), see what their own experience with OMSAS reference forms are, and just remind them of some contribution
  5. Early July! Calgary has an insanely early start date, so they get first look at the backpack colour
  6. UofT is third on my list for schools. I have other priorities than reputation.
  7. Perhaps Lori Loughlin paid for her daughter to get into medical school so they’re being super thorough this year with vetting.
  8. It’s just two courses, if you’re program is jam packed like an engineer, I would do them in the summer. A lot of people do Athabasca online
  9. My friend could not land an interview in Canada this year, but will be starting school at Johns Hopkins. I would certainly apply to the states for better chances, but if you get offers from Yale or Canadian schools, just stay with Canada, seriously the cost is crushing (unless you come from a wealthy background and this is not a concern) while the degree is identical. Canada is a black box, no matter how amazing someone’s extracurricular are, it just is not enough. Just skim through the threads and see the people with 100%ile Mcat’s get refusals. Apply where you can, avoid Ma
  10. You will always face more barriers being an IMG (studying abroad) then you will just trying to get into school in Canada through a Canadian undergrad. However, don’t be convinced that it is impossible. I know two individuals who attended RCSI and UCC and matched back to Canada (albeit some sketchy connections to their first choice residency). Before making this big decision, connect with people who matched and did not match through the IMG stream. I think people who match first try will definitely be biased in promoting you to attend school in Ireland, however, perhaps some IMG who did n
  11. Because Pharmacy school is considered an undergraduate degree, the grades will indeed be used in calculations for MD average. Your GPA is certainly going to be the biggest barrier for you, as I am certain you have more than enough life experience to have an illustrious ABS. I am not sure how your adjusted GPA will be calculated at each school with your two degrees, but it will most likely focus more on your grades in pharmacy school if that was taken in the latter. For Canadian schools, your best bet would be MD/PhD programs if you can not get your adjusted GPA to school cutoffs. UofT wi
  12. Have you applied to other Universities and been accepted to their programs as well? Is there any particular reason you want to attend McGill or UofT? If it's purely based on international rank, you're in for a bad time. If you fell in love with the program, campus and city, then by all means choose a place where you see yourself being happiest. If school selection is based purely off international rank, I would reconsider your options. Don't get me wrong, UofT and McGill have amazing programs, but there are incredible programs at other places too including Mac LifeSci, Western Med Sci, Guelph
  13. ECs are interesting although there is more nuance to it. MCAT and GPA is good for every school. I think the varsity tennis will make you stand out to someone doing file review, but for schools that grade every EC and give it a value for a total file score, I would aim for more breadth to your list.
  14. I have personally never heard of anyone doing that before, but thats purely anecdotal.
  15. They look at cGPA and your 4th/5th year. Which ever is higher is the average used.
  16. Although not on your list, Toronto did a Q&A and discussed how professional degree programs like Law and Pharmacy are considered in undergraduate GPA calculation too. I would assume that most schools will follow similar protocols in Ontario for professional degree programs. Your best guess would be to contact the schools directly. If you phone the admissions office they will give you an immediate answer.
  17. McMaster just looks at #'s for an interview, some candidates might have never volunteered in their life (unlikely) and you could technically get an interview. Queens gives all files a pre-interview score which encompasses EC's and reference letters. This is combined with the MMI score and what ever the heck the panel assesses to rank candidates. Perhaps 12 stations are not necessary to find out more about the applicant as they have been screened in other metrics which McMaster does not do until their interview.
  18. Replying late, but did not want to give anyone a heart attack who was waiting. Just adding for archival purposes TIME STAMP: January 31st, 12:51PM Interview Date: February 24th (MD) Result: Invite cGPA: 3.96 wGPA (3.78 cGPA) MCAT: above cutoffs ECs: Extensive, long term, and very unique (I got interviews at all the EC heavy schools) Essays: Worked on these for two months Year: Masters done, 3rd time applying Geography: IP
  19. They must let you know by today. I would be shocked if they wait until Wednesday or Thursday to invite people. At least with my experience at the interview, you really do not need to prepare like a madman for the stations.
  20. I am sorry you feel your interview did not go as planned, but always remember that we are our own biggest critics. Personally, I am a little disappointed with the inconsistencies between applicants that Queen's has for their interviews. Some of my friends had rushed panels and only got ~9 minutes for that part, but others due to being in the last time slot, had nearly 25 minutes for the panel. It would be incredibly defeating if by proxy, your time-slot determined whether you were admitted or not based on panel performance (this is obviously something the school needs to fix). With time the in
  21. Depending on the school, you are not even allowed to apply to medical school if you can not confirm completion of the graduate program by June/July/August. I think nearly every school will not accept that as an acceptable reason for deferral, and they can actually rescind your offer if it is one of the many that has strict deadlines for graduate program completions in July. Unless you're finishing up a Rhodes scholarship, I doubt you can defer your acceptance for a graduate extension
  22. I think the next wave will have 98% of the rejections, and hopefully a few more invites will be sent amidst the chaos. Ultimately very few files will be held onto until April 5th for last minute cancellation.
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