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    Instagrammar reacted to Sickofitall in Western interview invites/regrets 2019   
    Could not have said it better. Writing to a local newspaper? Petitioning the office? Nah people. Not going to work. Universities can do what they want. At best, a current legal challenge is in motion regarding residency positions for CSA's. That actually could potentially result in some changes, as there has been a similar instance of that in the past. But if you're mad that you got rejected by a medical school you just can't do anything. Sorry, nobody cares. That's the harsh truth.  This is the system we live in. Your better than average stats does not give you precedence over someone else. Being entitled will not help you. You can't brute force your way into medicine. The issue, as with a lot of things, is with government funding for residency spots. More funding= more residency and medical school positions=no unmatched grads==no suicide ideation=happiness.
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    Instagrammar got a reaction from MashedPotato in Queens Interview Invites/regrets 2019   
    This is my third year applying (9 rejections, 1 interview), and with nothing changing, I received 4 interviews this year. I have absolutely no idea what the process is, but seriously do not give up. There is such volatility in each application year that I have decided there is no predicting each cycle. 
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    Instagrammar got a reaction from Aristotle in Queens Interview Invites/regrets 2019   
    With any application review, there is subjectivity as to whether the person(s) reviewing your file resonates with your applications or not. This does not mean anything about your strength as a candidate for medicine or the school in particular. The fact you have a few interviews already is monumental and says a lot about your strength as an applicant. Do not take this rejection personally. Some people who have amazing stats receive no interviews, so I would focus your energy in the interviews you already have. Congratulations on the success though, that is amazing getting Canadian and top 10 US. 
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    Instagrammar reacted to Prettyflyforalabguy in Queens Interview Invites/regrets 2019   
    Result: Invite
    Time Stamp: 9:20 am
    Interview Date: 
    wGPA/cGPA: 3.79/3.36
    Year: Final year PhD, MSc completed
    MCAT: 514 (128/128/129/129)
    ECs:  Very research heavy- 9 pubs (five 1st author), over 300k in grants and scholarships, some major media appearances and lots of knowledge translation work, very unique clinical research with an international collaboration, lots of TAing. Non-research based awards for my sport (varsity and international for more than 12 years) and teaching. A lot of employment in customer service roles, not much volunteering. I know my LORs were very strong.
    Geography: IP
    I was rejected everywhere when I applied in my masters and I never ever thought I'd receive an invite. Very grateful 6 years later, and after rewriting the MCAT! 
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    Instagrammar got a reaction from IMislove in Queens Interview Invites/regrets 2019   
    With any application review, there is subjectivity as to whether the person(s) reviewing your file resonates with your applications or not. This does not mean anything about your strength as a candidate for medicine or the school in particular. The fact you have a few interviews already is monumental and says a lot about your strength as an applicant. Do not take this rejection personally. Some people who have amazing stats receive no interviews, so I would focus your energy in the interviews you already have. Congratulations on the success though, that is amazing getting Canadian and top 10 US. 
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    Instagrammar reacted to bins in PLEASE HELP: What are my chances for american medical schools?   
    Idk, I'd say learn more about the selection process.
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    Instagrammar reacted to Anderfishy in Interview Invites/Regrets 2019   
    Invite!!!!!!!
    Time Stamp: 22/01/2019 1:53 pm (atlantic time, so 12:53 EST)
    Location: IP
    Stream: English
    wGPA: ~3.9
    Current year: UG completed working now
    ECs: Student government role,  researcher in UG (few first author publications on application), involved in volunteer program for disabled.
    Casper: Honestly so hard and subjective I cannot say. I felt I messed it up, I borrowed my sister's laptop at the last minute as my webcam was shot and I prepared for a few days. It was good enough to earn me an interview at McMaster (128 CARS, ~3.7 OMSAS oGPA!)
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    Instagrammar got a reaction from Focused in .   
    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 CARS is worth considering a re-write). The reporting bias on this website is very real and does not capture the true breadth of applicant GPA's, MCAT's and EC's. Just continue doing what you enjoy - and figure out where you can improve. A barista at Starbucks can get as much life experience and insight into the working environment as a hospital volunteer, researcher, etc... 
    As for your questions, those are all institutional dependent and will require some work on your end. I hope you do not fall victim to self-doubt this website can often foster among applicants because of the emphasis people have on GPA and MCAT. These aspects will certainly open doors, but by no means restrict all access. 
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    Instagrammar got a reaction from UWCC in .   
    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 CARS is worth considering a re-write). The reporting bias on this website is very real and does not capture the true breadth of applicant GPA's, MCAT's and EC's. Just continue doing what you enjoy - and figure out where you can improve. A barista at Starbucks can get as much life experience and insight into the working environment as a hospital volunteer, researcher, etc... 
    As for your questions, those are all institutional dependent and will require some work on your end. I hope you do not fall victim to self-doubt this website can often foster among applicants because of the emphasis people have on GPA and MCAT. These aspects will certainly open doors, but by no means restrict all access. 
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    Instagrammar got a reaction from reticularlamina in .   
    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 CARS is worth considering a re-write). The reporting bias on this website is very real and does not capture the true breadth of applicant GPA's, MCAT's and EC's. Just continue doing what you enjoy - and figure out where you can improve. A barista at Starbucks can get as much life experience and insight into the working environment as a hospital volunteer, researcher, etc... 
    As for your questions, those are all institutional dependent and will require some work on your end. I hope you do not fall victim to self-doubt this website can often foster among applicants because of the emphasis people have on GPA and MCAT. These aspects will certainly open doors, but by no means restrict all access. 
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    Instagrammar got a reaction from BubbleGut in .   
    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 CARS is worth considering a re-write). The reporting bias on this website is very real and does not capture the true breadth of applicant GPA's, MCAT's and EC's. Just continue doing what you enjoy - and figure out where you can improve. A barista at Starbucks can get as much life experience and insight into the working environment as a hospital volunteer, researcher, etc... 
    As for your questions, those are all institutional dependent and will require some work on your end. I hope you do not fall victim to self-doubt this website can often foster among applicants because of the emphasis people have on GPA and MCAT. These aspects will certainly open doors, but by no means restrict all access. 
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    Instagrammar got a reaction from teriyakisauce in WGPA and the FCEs   
    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. 
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    Instagrammar got a reaction from SweetNothing in Interview Invites date?   
    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. 
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    Instagrammar got a reaction from justtryingtosurvive in Interview Invites date?   
    Interview invite OOP! 
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    Instagrammar got a reaction from Matty66 in Interview Invites date?   
    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
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    Instagrammar got a reaction from Baljinderthecrow in Interview Invites date?   
    They come out when their office closes. 8 p.m EST and around 5 p.m PST
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    Instagrammar got a reaction from lorde in OOP Averages   
    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. 
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    Instagrammar reacted to Hannnah in How many verifiers contacted to date?   
    Absolutely no correlation. The first time I applied I had at least 10 verifiers contacted and I ended up being over 15 points short of an interview. The only thing you know for sure is that you got a full file review!
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    Instagrammar got a reaction from sanonymous in Convocating   
    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!  
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    Instagrammar got a reaction from helicase in Queen's Reputation?   
    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 enough to have a choice of medical school, pick the one that best suits your own needs. Ignore those ranking lists, they mean nothing. 
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    Instagrammar got a reaction from Edict in Queen's Reputation?   
    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 enough to have a choice of medical school, pick the one that best suits your own needs. Ignore those ranking lists, they mean nothing. 
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    Instagrammar got a reaction from potatopeel in I applied for western even though I didn't meet the cutoffs for the mcat   
    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. 
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