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  1. My heart skipped a beat when I got this notification. It's been a while. Missed you guys lol.
  2. Maybe the person calling people off the waitlist is working from home and is being lazy and taking their time? A guy can hope
  3. It definitely seems so. It could be a combination of CoVID-19 related factors (people avoiding McMaster for example) and the lower CARS cut off reducing the overlap of the acceptance pool with other schools. It's all speculation though.
  4. I'm assuming the waitlist movement is over except for the possible deadline exceptions. I'm not sure if that's a pessimistic interpretation of the silence, but it is in line with the worst predictions of how this cycle would turn out. Any thoughts?
  5. Here's a link to the checklist of requirements for entering students and the corresponding deadlines: https://www.schulich.uwo.ca/med_dent_admissions/docs/MD2024_Wdsr_Entering_Student_Requirements_Checklist_Jun3.pdf
  6. Holy cow I just checked my timestamp. Created: 9:05:58 Received: 9:06:01 @Owns123 any idea what your timestamps are down to the seconds? Because unless yours was created before mine, I guess that disproves the timestamp theory. I really hope it's true though haha
  7. I think what they mean is, we know that roughly 80 spots are declined and an overwhelming majority of applicants prefer London. Since the first HWL offers were given to Windsor, we know there are only ~35 or fewer seats available to WL. Some of those WL offers might be declined as well but it's hard to imagine that ~80 spots are declined over ~35 seats. For that reason, I think @Aegean believes that they initially over offer because that would explain why there are ~80 declined offers. @Aegean, feel free to chime in if I didn't get that quite right For the record, I do agree with your as
  8. Yeah, makes me believe that they over offer as well. Some will reject already rejected seats because they receive other waitlist offers or OOP offers but I can't see that plus regular waitlist movement adding up to ~80.
  9. I never considered that! However, the only reason someone would decline an offer from the waitlist is if they get off the waitlist at another school as well. I could see this happening during the first wave of waitlist offers but the probability of getting 2 overlapping waitlist offers after that drops drastically. Anyways, the only way the first wave of HWL gets a chance to decline an already declined seat at Windsor is if London is full enough for them to get the Windsor offer in the first place, which adds weight to NWL@UWO's theory that they do over offer. I don't know if I'm making a
  10. Where did you hear that they over offer? Are we sure that they do? I agree that it seems redundant.
  11. From my understanding of databases it probably doesn't. What I think is that we existed in the database from before the interview invites, ranked by alphabetical order or OMSAS # etc. and that there is just a column to distinguish acceptance/HWL/NWL. A script was used to send out emails depending on our category in that column which would explain why acceptances were sent out first, HWL next and NWL after but between those categories, there's no reason to believe we were ordered by our ranking. However, Ottawa waitlisters have noticed a clear trend in previous years suggesting that there
  12. Oh I'm almost certain I'm wrong and nowhere near the correct numbers but for some odd reason I find the process of lurking through old threads and trying to crack the code very therapeutic
  13. Given that they adjusted the HWL so that they could be fairly confident it would clear every year, I would estimate about 50-60 on the HWL. This is a super rough estimate based on very little evidence so don't take my word for it. It's almost impossible to know how many people are on the NWL because they've never completely cleared it before. I've seen someone in previous years say that they clear about a third to half of the NWL. I don't know their source or how reliable that is though. Based on that and my estimate of 50-60 on HWL, that could mean anywhere from 40-90 on NWL (if waitlist
  14. I did exactly that after my first application cycle. I felt super defeated and thought maybe I wasn't cut out for med so I started working in sales/marketing at a software company. I realized I really missed the healthcare industry and took time off to rewrite my MCAT and get my certification in personal training (which gives me a lot of the gratifications I seek in medicine). Taking a cycle off to figure out a temporary life course for myself really helped me realize that I truly want to pursue medicine and helped me find something I love doing while I keep applying. Now I'm sitting on Weste
  15. I'm not absolutely sure about emailing but I've heard from previous years' threads that they make an active effort to try to reach you in as many ways possible. Most people get the call first and a follow up email. Not entirely sure what they do if you don't answer your phone but I would make sure your voicemail inbox is clear for them to leave a voicemail. You can also provide an alternate contact on the student center demographics tab in case they can't reach you directly.
  16. From what I've seen, I'm pretty confident that they don't make WL calls until after 2 weeks. Historically it's been the Friday of the 2nd week after acceptances go out, so that would be May 29th this year. Congrats on your Ottawa acceptance! Do you mind me asking if you were high, normal or low waitlist?
  17. I don't want to create suspicion or cast doubt on anyone but be weary of accounts that have been created very recently and seem very invested in your school choice. As per advice I saw from another post on a Western thread, put more weight on the advice given by loved ones and people you personally know that have your best interest in mind. I'm sure we're all great people with good intentions but this is a high stakes game so take all advice with a grain of salt. Good luck with your decisions!
  18. It looks like your reasons for preferring Western aren't campus/location specific, but just keep in mind that most (if not all) people on the HWL last year got Windsor. I don't think there's anything particularly wrong with Windsor but it tends to be the less popular choice. Not trying to continue the discussion on this thread, I just didn't know how to directly respond to you otherwise lol. Feel free to post any further discussion on the Waitlist Party thread!
  19. I agree. I was much more comfortable at my in person interview at another school. It was hard to connect with the interviewers without direct eye contact and I think I cut them off once or twice because of the audio lag. However, I imagined they would standardize it to some degree by accepting half the class from in person interviews and half from online...or something along those lines. I hope they did but I wouldn't put too much hope in them disclosing their selection process.
  20. Full disclosure: I'm on the Western waitlist but I'll try to keep my advice as unbiased as possible. I applied to both Queens and Western and though I was rejected from Queens it was my top choice for a few reasons. Queens consistently has the highest carms match rate in the country and tends to do really well in competitive specialties like the surgical specialties. This is usually chalked up to their smaller class size which allows each student to get more clinical exposure and experience. Also it's the only school where the attending physicians are salaried and are not on a fee fo
  21. I've applied 3 times over the past 5 years. I've worked multiple jobs and have been working as a personal trainer and sports nutritionist for the past 1.5 years. I've written my MCAT twice and I spend most of my free time focusing on my ECs, and working on a research study. This was my first year getting interviews! Unfortunately ended up in one rejection but I'm on the waitlist at Western. If I'm not successful, I'll definitely be applying again. Just echoing what takasugi said, you gotta keep living your life. Do what your passionate about and it'll show on your application and in your
  22. Based on previous years, I think it's safe to say that HWL movement will start on Friday, May 29th and if we're lucky, us NWL peeps will start being called on Monday, June 1st near the end of the workday. If that's the case, it might be a sign that waitlist movement isn't being negativity impacted by the chaos that is 2020. Let's hope for the best!
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