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    sweaterweather got a reaction from Dr. Shqipe in What to Buy   
    The 16 does have its perks! The 13 might just be less of a hassle carrying around?
    Let me know what you decide on! 
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    sweaterweather got a reaction from DrOtter in Registration for MD2024 Class   
    Thank you for confirming and welcome to the uOttawa MD class of 2024!
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    sweaterweather got a reaction from Dr. Shqipe in Registration for MD2024 Class   
    Thank you for confirming and welcome to the uOttawa MD class of 2024!
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    sweaterweather reacted to Dr. Shqipe in 2020 Waitlist Thread   
    Hey everyone! I just wanted to let you all know (and future years looking at trends) that I got in yesterday! Thank you all again for the incredible support and being there for each other and myself every step of the way from interview invites to the waiting and the OMSAS button controversies. Each step both good and bad was a pleasure to experience with you all! I wish you all incredible luck and please know my inbox is always open if you wanna have a chat! Once again thank you all <3
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    sweaterweather got a reaction from deedee908 in Registration for MD2024 Class   
    Nothing yet  hopeful that we will get something this week. I really want more updates on how o-week will run as well.
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    sweaterweather reacted to DrOtter in OSAP Funding Q   
    If you go to the fee estimator on UOttawa website, and pick the MD Program (under "Bachelor's" lol), I think it comes out to just over 26k for the 2020-2021 year, with all the fees and stuff included.
    I believe the 28k figure was before the Province imposed a 10% cut in tuition. 
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    sweaterweather got a reaction from DrOtter in Registration for MD2024 Class   
    Nothing at all.
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    sweaterweather reacted to DrOtter in Should i even apply   
    Hey just FYI for Ottawa, it's a bit difficult to predict what their cut-off is this coming cycle since they are switching to CGPA for the first time. So while admissions said that they anticipate the cutoff to remain the same, they also said that it might change. So if you can afford it, you could apply to Ottawa as well
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    sweaterweather got a reaction from DrOtter in OSAP Funding Q   
    Mine too. Just received the calculation today
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    sweaterweather reacted to Psych in How do people get rejected from Ottawa with good GPA and CASPer???   
    I agree with everything said above, but I also wanted to add that you can never de-emphasize the amount of luck in this process. Unfortunately things like ABS and CAF ratings are subjective, and may depend on who is reading your application, if they can relate to the activities you did, etc. Med schools try to make things as objective as possible but there will always be some luck involved
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    sweaterweather got a reaction from DrOtter in How do people get rejected from Ottawa with good GPA and CASPer???   
    I agree with that said above, this process is unfortunately very much based on luck. Your GPA only gets you to the "next round" of the process, after that its your ECs/CAFs/Casper - all of which are subjective. However, your GPA may help you post-interview for Ottawa, granted your interview goes well. 
    My advice - focus on improving your ECs (try to make them standout/longterm commitments/good wording) and try your best at CASPER. 
     
    Goodluck!
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    sweaterweather reacted to rmorelan in How do people get rejected from Ottawa with good GPA and CASPer???   
    they have always been picky about the ABS - they were I would say one of the first schools to really empathize ECs pre interview. 
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    sweaterweather reacted to DrOtter in How do people get rejected from Ottawa with good GPA and CASPer???   
    Another thing to consider is that CASPer is really a blackbox. As well as the fact that Ottawa is a bit opaque about their pre-interview weighting. 
    The people you see with 3.95+ that got interviewed at Mac might also have really high CARS scores that offset their "average" CASPer, which might have tripped them at Ottawa. 
    On the flip side, I applied this year with a 3.96 cGPA and a 130 CARS and didn't get interviewed at Mac - presumably from a "bad" CASPer score (I'm also OOP so competition might just be fierce in that field). But I got Ottawa and was accepted in the end. But I wouldn't say that my ECs are outstanding enough to compensate for a "shitty" CASPer either, since I didn't get interviewed at Queen's or UofT.
    All in all, it just points to the possibility of either CASPer score was used differently at Ottawa vs Mac, and/or that Ottawa really prefers certain types of ECs (compared to other schools). 
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    sweaterweather reacted to MedicineLCS in How do people get rejected from Ottawa with good GPA and CASPer???   
    To add to the great points above it's worth noting the school's applicant pools are not the same (especially post-cutoff) between Ontario schools. 
    At Mac CASPer's worth 32% and you're competing with EVERYONE, no cutoffs pre-interview. At Ottawa it's worth who knows what (we've heard everything from 1/3rd to 50% of preinterview, I'm not sure who to believe...), but, you're only competing with people who made the cutoff. The same thing applies to ECs, someone has good ECs, for making Queens decent cutoff or the UofT's really high competitive average. You can't really use different schools to benchmark yourself as a result. Sure, someone with awesome ECs may go 4/4 on Ottawa, Toronto, Queens, Western, but most people don't have awesome ECs, so there's some stochastic factors in which EC-heavy schools you would receive invites at. 
    Furthermore, it's possible your availability heuristic is playing tricks on you. Someone posting "4.00, CASPer is great (Mac invite), great ECs, rejected " is going to stick into your mind more than someone getting an invite. It's also possible people are not choosing to judge their ECs in comparison to other schools; someone may have received Queens/Toronto/Calgary invites, but not mention it. We actually have some self-reported data you could comb through, the OMSAS button spreadsheet, which is Mac centric, but still has 46 Mac "interviewees", 34 Ottawa, and 24 both. 
    Finally, that annoying CARs score. Based off the OMSAS button spreadsheet (does anyone still remember that? ?) people with Mac+Ottawa had a CARs score a full point lower than Mac, no Ottawa, people only, so people with higher CARs scores, which do nothing at Ottawa, may have it carry them at Mac. You can't really make straight across comparisons between schools, especially when we don't know how much weight  (presumably significant) ECs hold at Ottawa. 
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    sweaterweather reacted to Birdy in MD Class of 2024 bag colour   
    Clusters of 2015 matriculants were called grapes because of our purple bags. You guys get to be busy bees!
    I think it’s nice. I’d have been happy with it. 
     
    The colour is a dandelion yellow. Nice and rich. Dandelions thrive on any surface in any conditions no matter what you do to them. Maybe you guys can be like them. 
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    sweaterweather reacted to DrOtter in Responding to offer of admission   
    Lol I've been religiously checking the UGME site for any updates. It appears as "Last Update: July 9, 2020 " right now but none of the updates are new yet... hmmmm wonder what it is?  Curriculum schedule for this year maybe? 
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    sweaterweather got a reaction from DrOtter in OMSAS Entries   
    Something like: collaborated with team of 15 to gather funds etc. 

    advocated for X through social media campaigns
    Led group of X students in weekly tutorials 
    I think quantifying and adding those CANMED terms would be a good way to go about your ABS  
     
     
     
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    sweaterweather got a reaction from drager in OMSAS Entries   
    Something like: collaborated with team of 15 to gather funds etc. 

    advocated for X through social media campaigns
    Led group of X students in weekly tutorials 
    I think quantifying and adding those CANMED terms would be a good way to go about your ABS  
     
     
     
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    sweaterweather reacted to scholar_and_benchpress in What is each med school "known for"?   
    Incoming med student here, this is some really interesting info. I'm wondering where this data is for Ottawa - specifically the ER residents part. I'm staying open minded for specialities, however, EM currently sounds the most salient (lifestyle, culture, training, patient population, practice etc) for non surgical specialties. I've also heard Ottawa has a phenomenal EM program for PGME. I'd love to get some more information.
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    sweaterweather got a reaction from hijkl in .   
    Ottawa will let students know Tuesday. 
    Queens is 50/50.
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    sweaterweather reacted to HighAltitudeMedicine in Ottawa Housing   
    For the out-of towners coming to Ottawa I would recommend the Glebe, Old Ottawa South, Old Ottawa East, Hintonburg or Westboro.  These are all walkable neighbourhoods close to cafés, patios, and grocery stores ( I can't overstate how much of a huge plus it is to not depend on a car/bus for groceries!) In the glebe/OOS you're close to the canal and Dow's lake for winter skating, festivals and summer running/cycling paths/kayaking.  You're close to Lansdowne park which in non-COVID times has football games/soccer games/music festivals/beer markets/yoga in the park and markets almost every weekend of the summer.   Yes, these are way more expensive than living beside the hospital but if you rent a room in a home or go in on a place with other med students it can be affordable. 
    The question you have to ask yourself is: are you the type of person who will spend 99.9% of your time inside the school (in which case rolling out of bed to go to class is pretty sweet!)  or will you also be studying from home/ a café?  Do you intend to do other activities outside of school?   If so, I wouldn't recommend living in the neighbourhood by the hospital.  There's nothing there and Smyth is practically a highway when it comes to traffic.  
    There is a lot to be said about your living environment  and how that plays into your quality of life/mental health.  As someone who has lived in Ottawa for many years, I find those who arrive here and live in uninteresting/unwalkable areas have a much harder time adjusting and those who choose a more vibrant area end up loving it.  If you can come here before making a decision I would at the very least take a walk around the different neighbourhoods.  There are pros and cons to each.
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    sweaterweather got a reaction from sb88 in uOttawa wGPA Calculation Policy Changes   
    Hi guys,
    just FYI the cutoff CGPA for the English stream is 3.85
     
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    sweaterweather got a reaction from DrOtter in .   
    Ottawa will let students know Tuesday. 
    Queens is 50/50.
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    sweaterweather reacted to коронавирус in Ottawa Housing   
    I did. I felt that I jumped the gun a bit but wanted to lock down a nice place before any waitlist movement happened!
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    sweaterweather got a reaction from DrOtter in Ottawa Housing   
    Yeah! I do think it might be half online and some in person - I feel that houses are also going fast  
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