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Everything posted by TheFlyGuy

  1. It can be a good way to figure out if you really like the day-to-day of a given speciality (which isn’t to be taken lightly, thats important to do), but yeah, shadowing isn’t valued very much in Canada application-wise. Some places even say that they actively exclude that part of your application (as the above poster said, for ethics reasons). So not to say you shouldn’t give it a try if you’re interested to see life inside a clinic, just don’t bank on it scoring you a lot of points EC-wise (unless you’re applying to the states or elsewhere).
  2. This will be a bit tough to judge without ECs or MCAT regardless, but it would help in gauging your GPA's competitiveness for the ON schools if you know what your GPA is by the scale that Ontario schools actually use (the omsas scale), and with each of the weighting formulas for each school which may apply. The UBC system can yield pretty different results between students with similar omsas GPAs due to the differences in calculation. That said, your grades seem pretty ok for IP UBC, though I have heard it's been getting much more competitive in recent years. I think I remember reading somethi
  3. Nope no need to dress up, you can even keep your cam off if you like! Just a way to learn a little about the program and meet some students.
  4. Yep, omsas updated for me right at midnight, and all of the emails came through the next morning between 8-9:30am or so. Some of the student portals also update early; I specifically remember Western’s doing so pretty quickly, in case you don’t trust omsas alone haha
  5. Since graduate grades count for next to nothing at most schools, you're probably looking at a second undergraduate if you want to be viable anywhere in Canada, as your gpa as it stands will unfortunately get you screened out across the board. In any case you'll need to shoot for at least >3.7 in 2 full years of study to get your foot in the door at schools that don't look at/require all 4 years of grades, but preferably even better to be genuinely competitive (3.8/3.9+). Definitely not too late to go down that path, but it probably is worth some serious thinking if all of the additional tim
  6. By end of day today I imagine the vast majority will have gone out given the 2 weeks notice they always try to give (so there's definitely hope until then), but there's also always a shortlist of people on the interview waitlist until pretty close to the final interview date, who will scoop up any spots as a result of cancellations and whatnot. There's obviously a lot less invites that go out that way, but it can happen. With Toronto it's really never over till you get the R, which can unfortunately take a long while. It's a really crummy & stressful process for sure though, hang in there
  7. Yooo gratz. Been rooting for you since last cycle, hope this is your year mate.
  8. No one really knows this for sure, but given that Toronto tries to give everyone 2 weeks to prepare and sort of set this as the “fair/expected” amount of time, the speculation is that getting an invite after the big wave and with less than 2 weeks notice usually means that a space unexpectedly opened up and someone scooped it up out of a pool of waiting applicants. Thing is, that can mean that either you were on the wait list due to a lower score, or just that reviewers got to your application later and you were supposed to interview later, but since the spot opened up you might as well go now
  9. I can't and won't even try to comment on the clerk/resident experience questions b/c I haven't lived it and only have some word-of-mouth from others (I do wonder how much of it maybe comes down to site-specific details?), but I imagine grad school might not be a bad comparison; in my phd program as a whole (and especially my lab for the first few years) the situation you describe WAS quite normal and the standard, was easily there 70 hrs a week on the regular and I was probably in the bottom half of our group when it came to work hours/productivity. It wasn't enforced as a rule or schedule, pe
  10. A few people probably did in the past week or so, there are just pretty few Rs sent out in Jan/Feb relative to the big wave of them that comes mid-March
  11. That's correct, the determination of your graduate status occurs at the time of application, so if you're still in a course-based degree on Oct 1st when you submit on OMSAS, you'll be assessed as an undergad for that cycle.
  12. There definitely will be further large waves of interview invites to go out, none of the spots for the March dates will have been filled yet. And aside from MD/PhD applicants who all hear back early, the order that you hear back in for the different MD interview dates doesn’t in any way correlate to your ranking, it’s just the order in which they complete the file reviews (which is random). So plenty of invites left to go around
  13. Usually only a smattering of Rs come out between Jan and March, with the big bulk of them in mid-Marsh (and a final few in late march or early April), so not unexpected for most people to have not heard just yet. These invites probably haven't been sent out at all just yet, usually happens about 2-3 weeks out from the date. For reference, last year the bulk of the invites for March 1st went out on Feb 14th.
  14. I’m not sure if they also use it competitively (I would guess so, but not 100% sure), but they definitely do set an internal cutoff each cycle based on the applicant pool that’s used to reject people before the full file review process. They just don’t release what it is, and it changes from year to year with the applicant pool
  15. The average age is usually 24-25 or so (maybe 23 in some programs), so applying at 26 is not at all abnormal! Lots of people in our class at or above that (myself included), so will definitely not be a hindrance or work against you at all.
  16. Unless you really raised some very serious red flags (exceedingly rare) your previous cycle(s) won't in any way count against you, your application essentially starts fresh each cycle. So no worries there!
  17. The 500 number is about right, but as far as I know they never actually told us the split of exactly how many people made it through to the panel. But if I had to guess based off of what I heard and the people I know, it seemed like half or more did make it through, so I don't think it was a major culling point.
  18. With the caveat that last year was a bit of a mess so it's possible this year will be different, last cycle they also only let a subset through from the MMI to the panel interviews, and I don't think the number of interviewees changed from prior years. So I think it's more of an organization/resource thing given that it's all online
  19. They always try to give at least 2 weeks notice, so by and large yes. Sometimes last minute cancellations (up to 3 days in advance in the most extreme situation I think) can result in a late invite or two, but that's fairly rare
  20. While it's obviously better to have more published research rather than less, I don't think it's a huge deal that your grad work hasn't come down the publishing pipeline yet (I also didn't have my first meaningful, first author publication till nearly 2 years into my degree). What's probably more important is a continuity of publications given the speed of file review; if you have work published during the timeframe of your Master's, along with some conference work, that should be a-ok and not look funny to anyone looking at it imo. If you feel light on the grad research though, should go with
  21. In my experience no. They try to guarantee at least 2 weeks (mine was 16 days), but that's about it.
  22. They did offer guaranteed interviews this cycle for anyone who received a Mac interview last year but then did not receive any offers. They just added interview slots for those applicants though, so there are more interviewees this year rather than those people taking up this year's spots, and I know the interview waitlist existed last year as well, so I don't think the two are connected. Good luck with the waitlist, hope it works out!
  23. That's a tough pill to swallow. Casper is a bit of an RNG-fest after a certain point, so try as best you can to not take it personally. With your stats you'll make it in somewhere with some perseverance, so if it's what you really want don't throw in the towel. Good luck mate
  24. Pretty sure this is more than when I applied by a pretty good chunk, so I figure this is including the guaranteed invites.
  25. Last year I got Mac's e-mail at 9:02am, and the year before at 1:39pm, so sadly there's no real way to tell. It'll happen when it happens.
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