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    wjl123 reacted to poorpremed in Queens Interview Invites/Regrets 2021   
    I just want to wish everyone good luck!!! For those who get an interview, work your butt of to prepare!! For those who don't get to interview, continue to work your butt off to show the Canadian med school you are tough! For everyone, don't let  responses from medical schools define you sense of self-worth! I know it is difficult not to attach your worth to your dream career, especially when you feel like you work harder than 99% of the people that get in. Just know you matter and a big part of he process is luck. 
    Good luck everyone  
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    wjl123 got a reaction from pigeon34 in Western interview invites/regrets 2021   
    Apparently someone from premed101 got one a few minutes ago
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    wjl123 reacted to Apex in Western interview invites/regrets 2021   
    I really hope not. It seems like someone else already got a "regular" rejection letter in this thread so fingers crossed! I do wonder what the process is though if they did make a mistake. Do they just read our essays now and decide?
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    wjl123 got a reaction from marija13 in McMaster Interview Invites/Regrets 2021   
    They got the invite later in the day? This gives me hope
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    wjl123 reacted to poorpremed in McMaster Interview Invites/Regrets 2021   
    I had to double check I actually applied to mac LOL
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    wjl123 got a reaction from WWIAFTM in McMaster Interview Invites/Regrets 2021   
    do you think it means Reject tho? If we haven't gotten anything
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    wjl123 got a reaction from Lucina in McMaster Interview Invites/Regrets 2021   
    do you think it means Reject tho? If we haven't gotten anything
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    wjl123 got a reaction from PreMed#219099 in McMaster Interview Invites/Regrets 2021   
    do you think it means Reject tho? If we haven't gotten anything
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    wjl123 got a reaction from carrots in McMaster Interview Invites/Regrets 2021   
    same here....
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    wjl123 reacted to Bambi in Med & Grad School Prospects with Academic Dishonesty Transcript Notation   
    Prefacing my remarks by saying that I really don’t know the answer, I would take the approach of better to be safe than sorry, and I would personally wait out the 5 years so as to not have to confront the issue of academic dishonesty whatsoever. To me, this smacks of cheating or lack of professionalism, and with the highly competitive nature of medical school admissions, adcoms don’t even need to go down the road of examine this issue further by simply eliminating you on the basis that there are more than enough competitive candidates anyhow. This is the approach I would adopt if I were a decision maker, I would consider you self-disqualified out of an abundance of caution.
    Why even risk submitting an application now? I know, 5 years sounds like an eternity. The time will fly by, during which you can make yourself an even better candidate. Although it is more likely than not that you will never travel down this road again, you will be exposing the decision makers to the risk of the “what if” scenario. Although applications start fresh each year, any re-application by you after the 5 years might “stick” in the minds of committee members and my advice is to apply with a totally clean slate on your very first occasion. 

    In my mind, applying to a professional school where you will become a licensed practitioner puts a greater burden upon the decision maker than is the case where you apply for a Masters Program. I would have thought applying in this direction at this time would result in a more positive outcome for you.
    I encourage you not to lose sight of your goal for medical school, rather, to postpone applying in your own nest interests, while making yourself a better applicant by using this extra time to your advantage. Over a lifetime, whether you practiced for 30, 35 or 40 years will not alter your significant contribution to society nor diminish your personal and professional satisfaction and fulfillment. My counsel is to be patient, improve and accomplish your ultimate goal! I wish you every success. 
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    wjl123 got a reaction from ballsortahard in Engineer looking for Medical School Advice   
    I'm pretty sure if you graduate from an engineering program, you can call yourself an "engineer". You just can't call yourself a professional engineer.
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    wjl123 got a reaction from ChemPetE in Engineer looking for Medical School Advice   
    I'm pretty sure if you graduate from an engineering program, you can call yourself an "engineer". You just can't call yourself a professional engineer.
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    wjl123 reacted to batmanisthebestsuperhero in .   
    Shoot, haven't been on here for awhile, my bad if this is too late, this is taken from **DELETED**, but this is a summary of all the advice I have on CARS:
    "Here's what you need to do to improve CARS: Do around 400-500 CARS passages over 4 months, I did a minimum of 2 timed passages (back to back, no break inbetween) a day, and for the last month or so I was doing a test everyday. Some days I did 2 practice tests back to back to further challenge my stamina. I would also undercut my time for the entire test by about 1 minute to further challenge my speed.
    In terms of what practice material to use, IT DOESN'T MATTER, all practice is good practice, honestly. Prep companies like to pretend they have climbed to the top of mount everest and unlocked the hidden secrets of CARS/Verbal reasoning and only they can provide you with this esoteric knowledge, for a price of $10k, and that's just good marketing. The secret is there is no secret, you just need to put in the time on a consistent basis.
    For reference though, I used Nextstep 108, EK 101 Verbal, EK 101 CARS, Testing Solutions, Khan Academy and ofcourse AAMC. AAMC's practice passages is the most essential purchase imo. I would spread out the AAMC practice passages, like 1 day a week do passages from AAMC, and also try and do the AAMC passages multiple times. Also with the AAMC passages, sometimes not always, after I would finish the timed practice, I would go back and take a closer/slower look. I would try and read the passage more deeply, like summarize it in my own words, summarize each paragraph, describe to my self the stucture of the passage, what the author is doing stuff like that. I would also look at the questions a bit more carefully and think about why the correct answer is correct and the wrong answer choices are wrong (7sage blind review technique, google it). Don't bother doing this with the material from the other prep companies, there question-answer logic is flawed compared to AAMC imo, and also you're time is much better spent doing other things, because doing this stuff would take me awhile, like 1-2 hours per passage. Also, this is not as important as the sheer number of practice passages you do. I say that becasue I have taken the smell the roses and read 1 passage for 10 hours approach in previous attempt, and it didn't improve my score. It helps a bit, but I think the majority of score increase can be attributed to doing lots of timed passages, and doing that every day. Over time, you just develop a feel for how to do CARS.
    Another note on CARS practice materials, my score stayed the same from beginning till end on prep company materials, ~50%, but rose substantially over time on the AAMC material. So if you're not seeing progress, don't let that demotivate you. Also even on the AAMC material, the progress was slow as heck, I don't think I noticed any change till I was a month and a half in, and even then it was minor.
    None of this advice is anything new really, testing solutions recommends something similar, probably the only prep company I trust somewhat, its run by a med student, and its prices were pretty reasonable at least when I used it. I would actually recommend the testing solutions CARS guide for scheduling convenience, but in terms of the techniques he recommends, I cant comment because I was too lazy to try them.
    Lastly, I think I could have easily gotten more than 128 if I had spent more time studying consistently. During the first month or so of studying, I kept quitting becasue of how my score was, and I probably only put in 2.5-3 actual months of studying. Most of my score increased happened towards the end. On my scored sample, 2 weeks before the test, I got a 127, and then a 128 on the real. If you give yourself 4 months, and do 400-500 passages, i think you'll be able to achieve the high score you need, based on my experience. Also I don't think doing the same number of passages in less time, say 1 month or worse 1 week, is going to have as good of an effect. I think you should give yourself a minimum of 3, ideally 4 months of regular practice. You can definitely cram for university exams, but CARS is a skill and it takes time to develop. I realize there are people who are 'naturally' good at CARS, but I would guess those people have developed that skill over years of some kind of reading related activity.
    TLDR: Do 400-500 timed CARS passages over 3-4 months, on a consistent basis (at least 2 timed passages a day). This approach allowed me to go from a 124 to 128; hopefully it will work for you too.
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    wjl123 reacted to ploughboy in .   
    Nothing to add to the conversation except to say that you have a great GPA for Waterloo engineering.  You must be one of the top handful in your class.  Keep doing whatever it is you're doing.
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    wjl123 reacted to 3rdtimesthecharm in .   
    Straight up man, dont worry about your GPA it's more than enough to get you admitted (I had a 3.84 cumulative and i got in). As for CARS, it's not as hard as people say. The key is:
    1) Dont second guess yourself during the test, your first instinct was probably right
    2) Any answer with an absolute (always, never, etc) is probably wrong and you can work through process of elimination to find the right answer
    3) Actively Read the WHOLE passage and try and absorb it. You dont need to remember every detail just get the jist of it. You will prob not be able to increase your reading speed but you can increase the speed you answer questions
    4) think critically about everything you see and read in your day to day life. I dont really read books that much anymore but I watch tons (probably too much) of tv and movies and I analyze the hell out of them and I walked out with a good score. Also read the news if you arent already.
    As for general CARS practice, I used the Examcrackers books and they were excellent. The passages are much harder than the real test so you will be ready on the day (but feel like you are soul-crushingly stupid while you practice XD)
    Also those COOP terms will look great on your CV, it shows you can work with a team in the real world and that you can balance multiple responsibilities at once. 
    Its very doable to study for the MCAT while working a COOP term. I worked full time while studying for mine, it just means you'll spend most weekends studying instead of doing other things. 
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    wjl123 reacted to hellogb in Electrical Engineering to Med School   
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    wjl123 reacted to reticularlamina in .   
    Yeah but I have a lot more work to do to fix my mistakes so props to you dude. And yeah I know a couple people at Waterloo some hate it some love it - at least the co op makes you money right? And yeah for Mac and Ottawa super important basically for most med schools it’s GPA > MCAT > EC but for those schools they have cars weighing a lot to try to diversify their admissions and make sure the right kind of people are becoming doctors but best of luck to you! You got this!  And if you took full course loads your eligible for wGPA for UofT and what not which will just make your gpa higher. But yeah you have a lot of options if you just continue to raise your GPA.
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    wjl123 reacted to Edict in .   
    You will get in for sure, your GPA is great, keep that up. Just study for the MCAT, do well, get some ECs, you are probably lacking a bit on the volunteering/service side of things, so that is where I would start, but you will likely be able to get into med school in your 4th or 5th year. You should write your MCAT whenever you have the chance, your co-ops don't really give you a summer off right? I'd probably write it whenever you can get a more relaxing semester or work placement to study. MCAT is very important, so give it your full attention, it is more important to do well on the MCAT than to do ECs actually. 
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    wjl123 reacted to RicardoKaká in Trying to prep for the CARS section.. tips?   
    Id do a low-yield practice test and check your baseline then go from there. As an engineer I'm certain you favour efficacy. Why do more work if you have to? If you have a high baseline, chances are you dont need to overprep for the CARS section.
    Some other resources to help practice and stimulate the CARS mentality are things like Khan Academy. There are lots out there. If you have extra $$ you can also look into NextStep, Kaplan, TPR, Prep 101 and buy some of their passages/tests.
    Id try not to use AAMC material and too many practice exams though. But doing 1-2 low-yield ones may help establish your baseline and future planning.
    Hope that helps - I did my MCAT years ago so I apologize if there are better prep companies out there these days
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    wjl123 reacted to Aconitase in .   
    No one cares if you have an engineering degree or not. However you are competitive 
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    wjl123 reacted to Eudaimonia in .   
    If you look up accepted GPA averages, yours would be around there so Meridian was saying that your GPA is even more impressive considering you're in engineering (if the school even takes that into consideration). 
    MCAT studying takes about 2-3 months with a decent background in most of the topics, for example. Highly variable
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    wjl123 reacted to Eudaimonia in .   
    I'm not too familiar about how switching from engineering to med goes but people have done it (and you could find some threads on it). I can attempt an answer to your questions though:
    1) There is not a 'right' path to med and you wouldn't be on a 'wrong' path, although it may be a bit harder for reasons like maintaining a GPA and ensuring you have all the prereqs (depending on if the school you're applying to has prereqs)
    2) The bulk of the application is GPA/MCAT and CV, maybe Casper, and then of course interview. But some of that you would worry about later.
    3) Not sure what courses you've taken for your degree, but anytime between now and before deadlines if you're taken the recommended MCAT courses (look up the MCAT topics to know if you're missing a course. They are all intro/first year level topics). Writing early means you have more chances to rewrite if you're not satisfied with your score, but writing later means you'll have more knowledge to help you. 
    Being different is not a bad thing as long as you find ways to incorporate your experiences into the CANMED framework (look it up!) 
    Some schools like McGill and UBC consider what kind of degree you have, others don't. But your GPA looks fine regardless, keep it up.  
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