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  1. Just remember that GPA is not everything. The one problem in particular I have with this website and its culture in general is the monumental affinity individuals place on GPA and MCAT scores. Yes, having good GPA and MCAT help but it is not the crux of a good applicant. I will leave you with this: I got an interview to UofT with a 3.78 cGPA and an OOP interview to UBC with that same GPA. Having done this process for a few years now, I personally know individuals with 125 in CARS and who had mid 3.8x GPAs that were accepted to McMaster (despite the culture here saying anything below 128 in CAR
  2. I would HIGHLY advise a fifth year over pursuing any masters degree (course-based or thesis-based). I went the masters route and in terms of GPA, it is only acknowledged at NOSOM (who is very selective on geographic region/population) and UofT. Every medical school will look at a fifth year (in Ontario) as this is still part of an undergraduate degree. Does your University offer research opportunities as part of fourth year courses? Additionally, you can consider taking masters level courses at your university during your fifth year if you contact the course instructor (not many people know of
  3. 1) To drop your 8 lowest courses ( 4 FCE assuming 0.5 credits each) you MUST have graduated and are either taking a gap year, 5th year, or enrolled in a masters. 2) Applying in 4th year will allow you to remove your 6 lowest courses (3 FCE). Only those applying without taking full course loads, or, in third year will not have any courses removed.
  4. Nope. I am truly appreciative of the UBC process in that they score your application and give a more objective (mixed in with subjective) measure. Ontario is just generic emails along the lines of "this year we received more than 90000 applications to the MD program, unfortunately......" and that is it.
  5. TIME STAMP: 11:05Interview Invite or Regrets: InviteEarly or Regular Deadline: RegularGPA or AGPA (if applicable): 91-92%MCAT (CPBS / CARS / BBFL / PSBB): above cutoffs Current Degree (UG/Bachelors/Masters/PhD): MastersGeography (IP/OOP): OOP Extracurricular Activities (awards, achievements, volunteering, employment, research, etc.): Generic
  6. I think UBC is the only school that lets you know the exact week all the information is released haha, most schools just drop an email out of thin air
  7. I can confirm its an MD interview that was sent (not to me)
  8. I keep refreshing OAS and email haha. I do know some interviews have been sent though
  9. Is it me or are there far less people posting regrets this year? I suspect either many used this thread and are not relaying their results to the invite/rejection thread, or in a more sinister turn of a events, a second wave of rejections will occur. It appears there are half as many people posting in comparison to previous years for the Monday.
  10. They come out when their office closes. 8 p.m EST and around 5 p.m PST
  11. Just a reminder to not be discouraged if you are on the lower end of the OOP average. Concrete fact is the OOP academic AVERAGE for an Invite has been around 91% the past few years (91.44 last cycle). Some people will have 95 averages and some might have 85. A good NAQ can offset any AQ score (assuming the cutoff of OOP is met). Be mindful of reporting bias as well as those with insane averages are more likely to post than those at cut-off.
  12. Hey there Poloma, UBC does not go by GPA, but rather looks at your cumulative average as a percent. Your best bet would be to look at previous interview invite/regret posts to get a better indication of where your grades put you on the 50 point AQ scale. Just remember that if you fulfill a certain credit requirement, your lowest year is removed and thus reflects in a higher grade percent. Even if grades are on the lower end, people with amazing curricular involvement can score unbelievably high on the 50 point NAQ scale. Keep in mind every year the applicant pool changes, an
  13. I had two 60s, and one 70 on my transcript and got a few interviews. You really do not need everything to be 90s as this is a gross misconception of the process.
  14. I think you need to contact admissions. Many third years that gain admission technically do not complete their honours degree but often fulfill the requirements for a 3 year bachelors degree. I believe as long as you have the minimum number of credits and complete your pre-requisites, you do not necessarily need to finish a four year degree. Double check that though!
  15. Interview Year (2017): 3.93 Rejection Year (2018): 3.97
  16. Like most applications that introduce a subjective evaluation component (Casper, essays) there is absolutely no predictive value in the process. As much as we would like to think a stellar GPA/MCAT and extracurriculars merit an interview, this is simply is not the case. I interviewed at Toronto a two years ago (rejected post-interview) then applied last year and received no interview from Toronto. Your essays may resonate with one evaluator, but to another evaluator, might not merit further consideration for an interview. Many applicants feel that the process does have (to an extent) luck invo
  17. Apply anyway. No one knows how the essays will be evaluated in conjunction with the MCAT cut-offs. It is already highly speculated as to whether they will remain the same or change to accommodate the new essays. Western themselves mentioned they are adding these new essays to create a more holistic process in reviewing the application. The biggest mistake you could ever make is not submitting those essays only to find out you may meet their (potentially new) requirements.
  18. It would be a severe mistake to select a school based on rank. Each institution has unique benefits that cater to their students, one of which for Queens is the small class size. Just remember that the global standing of Canadian schools will never have a bearing when competing for residency spots. Although UofT and McGill certainly rank higher globally, Queens graduates had one of the highest success rates for students matching into residency positions. Have a look for yourself, you might be surprised. http://www.carms.ca/pdfs/2018-R-1-data-snapshot-EN.pdf If you are fortunate eno
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