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  1. Hi there - I am a recently accepted applicant in my 30s and I chose not to tell anyone that I was even considering applying to medicine, except for my partner and my referees/verifiers. Similar to the other poster, I knew the odds were tough, and I didn't want people in my current career to think I was checked out. It was difficult at times to keep it secret (why was I volunteering so much? why was I always so busy? ...i.e. studying for MCAT, prepping application materials, interviews). But in retrospect I'm glad I kept it mostly to myself, as it meant there was less stress and expectation, and now I have the fun task of telling everyone and surprising them.

  2. Result: Accepted (2:51pm MT)

    Geography: IP

    GPA: high 3.8s

    MCAT: 520+ (130+ CARS)

    Degree: UG many years ago

    EC: Non-traditional background, have worked in an unrelated field for the past decade. Lots of leadership through that, and reasonably involved in my community.

    Interview: Felt very good about it, during and afterward

    You're never too old to change course and pursue a dream!

  3. Result: Accepted

    Timestamp: 8:36am EST

    4YRS GPA/2YRS GPA: low 3.7s cGPA (2 year GPA much lower)

    MCAT: 52x

    MMI and Panel Interview Thoughts: Felt quite good about the MMI during and after. The panel felt incredible - very warm interviewers.

    Panel Date: Saturday March 27

    ECs: Non-traditional background, have worked in an unrelated field for the past decade. Lots of leadership through that, and reasonably involved in my community.

    Year: Graduated with a BSc a long time ago

    Geography: IP

  4. Result: Accepted (edit: Hamilton)

    Timestamp: midnight

    cGPA: low 3.7s

    CARS: 131

    CASPer: Must have been good (OOP interview at Manitoba)

    MMI interview thoughts: I was one of those who had to interview twice. I felt better about the first one but the second was still solid.

    Year: Graduated a long time ago

    Geography: IP

    Guaranteed interview from last year: No

    Not sure whether I'll be accepting yet, waiting on other schools

  5. Result: Accepted

    Timestamp: No email yet as of 12:53pm MT, but letter is there in Launchpad

    Geography: IP

    GPA: 3.9x wGPA for UofA

    MCAT: 52x

    Degree: BSc long ago

    ECs: Non-traditional background, have worked in an unrelated field for the past decade. Lots of leadership through that, and reasonably involved in my community.

    Interview: Felt very good about it, during and afterward

    Thoughts: Excited! You are never too old to pursue a dream :)

  6. 11 minutes ago, StrawberryBanana said:

    Does anyone know the average OOP Waitlist score that end up getting in? Is there a lower threshold?

    No I don't think they share that kind of information. But I just posted a poll for OOP waitlisters to share their score anonymously, so that we can all get a sense.

    I looked at posts from last year, and in that poll there were 6 people with scores above 81 on the waitlist, and it looks like they all ended up getting offers in May. Don't know more than that.

  7. 43 minutes ago, plansformed2015 said:

    With such a great MCAT score and really decent GPA, I guess this does demonstrate the importance of research for UofT, but still surprised about the R for you and I am sure you will get in somewhere else (especially with your life / leadership experiences)!  

    Thanks! The thing about UofT is that the MCAT is just a cutoff, so the high score doesn't matter at all. My ECs are strong but evidently not strong enough to counterbalance what amounts to a mediocre GPA (for UofT) and a lack of research. Oh well!

  8. TIME STAMP: 10:54 AM MST March 10

    Result: Regrets

    GPA:  3.88 wGPA

    MCAT: 131/131/131/132

    ECs: I'm in my 30s and have had a different career for the past decade, including several years in a leadership role. Plenty of unique volunteering and community involvement too. No real research other than a summer of NSERC in 1st year (a really long time ago). My ECs are strong (invites from 7 schools this cycle including EC-heavy ones).

    Essays: They felt solid for sure, lots of work, lots of review.

    Year: graduated BSc over 10 years ago.

    This was definitely the school where I expected an R based on my impression of the importance of GPA and research.

  9. I interviewed at both Mac and UofC this past weekend, and I have the UofS interview this coming weekend. I experienced the Mac issues (Kira), though my UofC interview was glitch-free (not Kira). I am hopeful that UofS will be a little smoother for a couple of reasons. First, there are 6 interview times, for likely 300 interviewees, so about 50 at a time. At Mac, I think there were closer to 200 interviewees at a time. Perhaps the lower volume will mean fewer issues. Second, I think (perhaps naively) that Kira will have a few lessons learned from this past weekend and implement some improvements for the next interviews. Time will tell.

    My advice would be to be mentally prepared for glitches - perhaps only having 1 minute to read a prompt instead of 2, or perhaps losing several minutes of response time. The only thing we have control over is how we stay calm and make the best of it - a good skill for a future doctor when you think about it. At least we know to expect this, so it won't be as much of a shock in the moment. 

  10. I'm interviewing this Sunday. I have uploaded my photo ID on UCAN. The main interview page still just says "congratulations on being offered an interview" and 2 lines of text below that (I've checked the acknowledgment box). There is no box labeled "instructions" like what's shown in the screenshot in the interview prep guide. Is this the same for everyone else who is interviewing Sunday? How about those interviewing Saturday - has this appeared for you yet? I'm assuming it appears sometime shortly before the interview is scheduled to begin, but wanted to check that assumption in case it's just a glitch for me. Thanks!

  11. 17 minutes ago, abcd1288 said:

    I emailed admissions and they said they don't have a specific date in mind yet (maybe because they haven't finalized the rank list or application review) but they said they will aim to get it by the end of March (I'm assuming that's the latest)

    Thanks for doing that! Do you mind clarifying what you mean about the rank list/review progress? Did they actually say that part, or is that just your speculation?

  12. 8 minutes ago, nyeaaaaa said:

    Did anyone else not receive an invite or a rejection? My launchpad status still says that it is under review, odd. Anyways, congrats to everyone that got an invite!

    I got an invite but my Launchpad still says "under review" - I don't think they have updated status there. The invite came to my ualberta.ca email, not through Launchpad.

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