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  1. It could be made up, but I could easily see this happening at Mac "Only one school in my province doesn’t look at extracurriculars" so perhaps there is something here (no mention of CASPer but that's not really relevant to the story). It's not the only time I've heard of someone who didn't have a CV succeeding at a "Mac or bust" strategy.
  2. Two MS2s consult with a MS1 on finding classroms on Day 1:
  3. Your transcript (functionally speaking) is your MSPR. I don't know for sure, all I have is the same links. There might be some confusion here because undergrad courses offered through the faculty do note supplemental exams but on the page noting this there is a statement that this doesn't apply to the MD program which follows a different set of rules.
  4. First rewrite doesn't go on the MSPR, so study hard and pass and the only lasting impact will be some stress and lost time. No idea on the format. Judging by the preclerkship grade curves failures are rare (not to minimize anyone who had it happen to them) and the impression we were given is the school doesn't view a failure as a "you" problem but as a "what affected you that will be different next time" issue since getting in means they're confident you're academically strong enough. The actual policy appears to be the same for clerkship/preclerkship: https://med.uottawa.ca/undergr
  5. EDIT. Moved to uOttawa area since that's a more intuitive area for my answer: https://forums.premed101.com/topic/114277-supplemental-exam-for-a-block/?tab=comments#comment-1246229
  6. This. The rise in unmatched is being driven by a combo of hypercompetitive disciplines and people falling through the cracks. I came across this paper and thought it was very illuminating in showing this (only up until 2019 so not really affected by the cap unfortunately): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7378143/?fbclid=IwAR3QX3FY4kEw87eV3Xi9FHW4Ur0_zp3Zt-B7QTj095-RKuZeFtejBqVVPQU ^Check out that figure. The unmatched rate is still, regrettably, not 0%, but CMGs in Cluster A or B disciplines don't have the same worries as those in Cluster C (although I wonder if the
  7. That makes sense since there is no solution. 1. Emphasize GPA - we already know high SES upbringing tends to correlate with higher grades. 2. Emphasize MCAT - Same relationship with GPA (although I vaguely recall seeing some article say that admission tests are actually the best way to sort since they're less vulnerable to "knowing the system" like grades are and this makes sense. If someone has high grades they could have been in an easy program, someone with a high MCAT took a universally standardized test). 3. Emphasize ECs. Does anyone not think that if medical schools ma
  8. It's gotta be grey so we can complete the traffic light:
  9. I realize no one asked for it but based off the thread title, uOttawa MD2025s will start with the introduction unit on August 30th according to the latest calendar. There will likely be some things the week before as well, whatever it says in the letter.
  10. The AFMC tracks everyone, it's the only way to release the CMES report (which includes stats like "Average # applications per applicant" that can't be collected otherwise. Not a perfect system as far as data collection and the descriptive survey go (I received the applicant survey twice...) but they can easily track the basics using data schools provide. There are many ways to easily match large datasets quickly and with all the info people input into the same portals over and over again it's quite easy to match people. People usually only have one main mailing address, one name, will use the
  11. You can complete missing prerequisites during the application year but NOT during the summer between a theoretical offer and starting. It's clearly written on their website. https://med.uottawa.ca/undergraduate/eligibility-criteria
  12. For my biology prereqs I used 2 senior classes that were not coded as biology classes on my transcript and were definitely not general biology. One was essentially a policy/theoretical class and the course title made that clear. It worked for me so n=1, double check if you're still worried.
  13. You're being rejected by automatic cutoffs. E.g. UBC's 85% OOP. Your GPA is below screening cutoffs at Ottawa, most likely below UofT's cutoffs, and while it's a bit fuzzier in the grad stream Queen's cutoffs seem to be around a 3.8 (moving up and down year to year). Your 3.6/127 is going to require top 20th percentile CASPer results for Mac which is not easy. Practically speaking if you want to improve your odds you need to churn out more high GPA years to open up Western, Queens, improve your cGPA for Mac, and maybe Ottawa with enough time. Your ECs do not matter to these schools until
  14. The AFMC "Guide to MEdical Schools" includes waitlist movement and seat offers, a few years behind admittedly: https://afmc.ca/sites/default/files/pdf/2021_admission-requirements_EN.pdf I'm not sure why it says 156 for the one year (maybe a 165 typo), it's definitely in the 160s for 2019-2020, but the multiplicity of streams will complicate the waitlist picture. There are dozens of posts in this subforum going through the waitlist behaviour in the past and excellent data (if I do say so myself) from last year. Suffice to say, the waitlist (especially English stream) does move a fair
  15. The website says "Feb-March" which I would say is accurate in my experience, I would say mid Feb-Mid March is probably accurate since the COVID interview cancellations last year that started in the middle of March didn't seem to affect Ottawa but I was in February so I wouldn't know for sure. Your description matches their own description of "We have a semi-structured panel interview. The panel includes a Physician, a member of the Community (who can also be a Physician) and a fourth year medical student." Anything beyond that is stepping into NDA territory. You should get an infor
  16. Theoretically the only way to validate it is to look for low stat invites (CARS AND GPA) and assume they aced CASPer. Any other way (e.g. 132/4.0 rejected) has the flaw that someone could have red flagged CASPer and been eliminated that way. There's also going to be some availability bias in that seeing someone with high stats rejected is more of a shock. I just skimmed invite stats quickly but seeing someone with near perfect stats and a bottom 20% at Manitoba CASPer (different pools admittedly) get invited would seem to validate the floor of the model. But who knows, COVID could well p
  17. EC evaluation has an element of subjectivity and varies between schools. Anecdotal evidence to make you feel a bit better, but I was ~40th percentile NAQ IIRC (pre-interview) at UBC, and top 80th+ percentile at the UofC pre-interview (and interviewed at other EC heavy schools that don't give scores). One school generally doesn't predict your admission odds at other schools. You have 4 other schools, an OOP one rejected you, something you should usually expect when you apply OOP. Yes, OOP rejections sting and UBC's habit of stretching things over multiple days right before Christmas makes thing
  18. Sorry to hear that. One F in first year doesn't end your medical school chances. This stands out though: Go read your school's academic calendar and contact your students' union/academic advisor/department chair/head to see if you can get some sort of remedy that doesn't involve an F. If you can provide proof that the exam failure was caused by an external factor you may be able to petition to write another final, have it converted to a W, aegroget standing, etc. There's no way of knowing until you look into it. At the very least it's worth trying, if you roll into a final with a
  19. The whole "upward trend" thing is an American thing. Outside of Calgary's 10% "Academic merit" (perhaps) and the more opaque schools potentially looking at trends (which we have no way of knowing) it's the number on the wGPA/cGPA that matters here. We do many things differently here so be wary of any American advice.
  20. Well the data would suggest you need ~50th percentile CASPer (at a minimum) so if you feel you did well don't be too surprised if you get an interview but you're not a shoe-in either. You're in the mushy middle where you have decent odds but it could go either way, feelings about exam performance are fickle things and no one can change anything at this point post-CASPer so it's an unfortunate waiting game.
  21. There isn't enough data to tease out the minimums for OOP, which are likely more volatile anyway since it's only 50 seats. Basically you can use the main chart for baseline competitiveness then add whatever OOP margin you feel is appropriate based on your stats (so saying "add 15 percentile points" doesn't make sense if you're already at the very top or bottom, the difference will fluctuate). With the smaller OOP interview numbers it's harder to predict as less people post those in the first place.
  22. 2019-2020 cycle dates. Mac: Jan 8th (Historically "Invitation to Interview - McMaster MD Program") Ottawa: Jan 23rd (Historically "Status of application - Faculty of medicine - University of Ottawa") Western: Jan 30th (Historically "Your Application to Schulich Medicine at Western University", at least for a rejection) Queens: Feb 3rd (Historically "Queens School of Medicine Interview status 2020")
  23. All OMSAS schools use the OMSAS scale for their calculations; it's why the scale exists in the first place. Most people don't have that dramatic a drop but it's not uncommon for the OMSAS GPA to be lower than your undergrad school GPA.
  24. Not to freak anyone out, but one thing to bear in mind is the cutoffs do (apparently) fluctuate based off the pool, and it's possible with other schools seeing admissions spikes, that Queens (without the strict rules of Western, and opaque cutoffs) could have attracted significantly more applications this year, leading to everything staying relatively similar. If you gain a couple hundred more applications, some of them actually competitive, it may not move the cutoffs that much as you would expect with the addition of a new screening tool, particularly if this year is a test-run for CASPer. B
  25. I'd agree with the sentiments above, keep trying, rewriting is hardly unusual, but would add that you may want to try branching out from CARS focused (only) prep. Try reading more Washington Post/Atlantic style features and opinion pieces each day to really grasp the "structure" of how non-fiction is written, maybe even look into some free "intro to non-fiction writing" classes to help you out in deciding the structure. With more prep you may just find CARS becomes easier when you do focused practice. Dont be afraid to try out new strategies and push off your test to the summer if you need to.
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