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  1. Hi! I'm looking for some advice on the confidential assessment form and choosing references for OMSAS. I'm a Quebec applicant and QC schools don't ask for reference forms/letters so I don't know too much about this. I saw on the OMSAS and Ontario med school websites that we're asked to provide one academic- or employment reference and one personal (non-academic) reference. I've been able to get a professor of mine and my research supervisor to be my academic references (they both know me pretty well). I've also asked my manager of 2 years (I work in retail) who I'm really close to to also
  2. Hi, I have a referee filling out the CAF (OMSAS reference form) and I need help with this one question on "are of improvement". Does anyone have good suggestions or examples of what profs usually put for that category? Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you
  3. Hey guys, I really need some help with the following: I had a prof filling out the confidential assessment form for me. They did and OMSAS received it but the prof didn’t tell me they’ve completed it (I guess they don’t have to as I can see that they did). I will send a thank you note but should I ask them how it was? It’s confidential so I’m hesitating and feel like I should just leave it alone. Also, How bas is it to ask if they would be my reference next year if I apply again? And finally, referees are only filling out the CAF this year right? Thanks so much,
  4. Hi! I recently asked a prof (by email) to write me a reference letter for my med school application. They agreed but also asked what aspects I wanted them to emphasize in the letter. It’s my first time applying and I have no clue what that means. I thought the prof would know better than me what to focus on (because they can tell what I’m good at?). I don’t want to say « i don’t know » because that sounds bad to me. Does anyone know how to respond to them? Any advice is greatly appreciated. —— Also, for the reference letter, do I just contact the referee through OMSAS (o
  5. Hello Guys! I was wondering if someone could helped me regarding letters of recommendation. I volunteered for a doctor who is also a professor and a research at sick kids and he asked me to write a draft for my letter of recommendation which is something I have never done before. I was wondering if anyone here can help me out. Also, Do you guys think is it okay to use outside sources as letter of recommendation rather than asking professor. For instance, I used to be a writer for a newspaper (health section specifically) at my university. Can I use that? I don't want to beg professor.
  6. If I apply for both PT and OT programs, do I need 2 sets of letter of reference (2 LOR for PT program and another 2 LOR for OT program)? Thanks in advance.
  7. As a recent grad newly starting off in the professional world (~3 months in), I'm in a bit of an awkward situation with this year's medical school applications. My position is ongoing - full training for this position takes about a year. While I am not on any sort of contract, the unspoken expectation is that this is a long term position (at least 2-3 years?). As many schools ask you to have your direct supervisor/boss listed as a verifier for paid job positions, I'm wondering what options I have here. Would it be too much of a stretch to list a senior coworker who is involved in training
  8. Hi, I have 1 solid academic reference (PI in my lab), 1 solid volunteer reference (my supervisor for 4 years at volunteer position) and am trying to choose my 3rd. I worked in a really unique and interesting job throughout the summers of 2013 and 2014. My former boss really liked me and I am certain he would write me a very strong letter. However, I am concerned that since it has been 3 years since I've worked for him, the reference would be considered weak (or in the worst case, would be deemed ineligible). I have a few other choices I could use but none of them know me that well an
  9. Hi guys! So to get straight to the point: I've never become buddy buddy or best friends with a prof. Sure there's profs I've sat near the front for or talked to a bunch of times after class, or had convo with them in a lab setting etc. But I don't think there's any profs that will have remembered me fully by name or have amazing things to say about things I've done. However, for a lab course, there is a TA that supervised two of my research projects in the course and I had a great relationship with. With the prof, I've known her for 2 years but I fear the letter would be very general
  10. Hi, When you type in your referee information, there is an area that says personal comments (750 characters). How important is this? Is it considered as important for any of the schools?
  11. Hey all! The person I was hoping to get my character reference from was asking like what kind of things are expected, or if I could give him some sort of outline as to what areas need to be talked about. And I was wondering, what exactly is stuff you should include for a successful character reference letter? Is there anything they look for or like 'key words' to add in? Any info would be helpful! i.e. formatting the letter, what areas he should discuss, specific characteristics or things to include, etc.??
  12. Hi all, Does anyone know what is the format for OMSAS references (formal letter or a set of questions)?
  13. Hey all! The person I was hoping to get my character reference from was asking like what kind of things are expected, or if I could give him some sort of outline as to what areas need to be talked about. And I was wondering, what exactly is stuff you should include for a successful character reference letter? Is there anything they look for or like 'key words' to add in? Any info would be helpful! i.e. formatting the letter, what areas he should discuss, specific characteristics or things to include, etc.??
  14. Will there be a message confirming submission of letters by your referees on OMSAS?
  15. Hi all, What are your thoughts on having one of my referees be a coordinator for a volunteer activity I am currently enrolled in and have put in about 50 hours for? I would assume it is more ideal to have a referee that has a greater scope of understanding of my community involvement and other activities, but this referee would only really be able to speak to this volunteer activity solely. My other two referees are academics and I could have a third academic who can vouch for my academic endeavors and very minimally touch on my community involvement, or I can have this volunteer coordinat
  16. Hi everyone I'm immensely unsure who to select as my second reference and I know this section carries considerable weight for interviews and offers. My first referee is my supervisor in a health care setting, where she's known me for two years and seen me progress from a Hospital Patient Attendant to a licensed and practicing PSW, and i feel confident she could write great things about my professional and personal qualities. For the final reference, I've got two referees to choose between, both with strengths and weaknesses in the sense of how they know me and how current the refe
  17. The uOttawa med site isn't totally clear on this - if you are currently completing a MSc or PhD, does one of your three referees HAVE TO be your current graduate supervisor? Thanks, DrTO
  18. Hi, So say I had the opportunity to spend the summer doing research, but the PI just happens to be married to a distant family member. UofT is really strict about family friends/family being references. Should I avoid using this reference even though they are no where near being an immediate family member? Thanks!
  19. On OMSAS are you allowed to submit you letters of reference after you submit your application? I know you can do this for AAMC (AMCAS). It's so I can still submit my application as early as possible even if I don't have all my letters yet.
  20. For OMSAS and AMCASS, how does the uploading process for letters of recommendation work? Do references upload one letter for all of the schools to see, or do they upload a separate letter for each school? I ask because this year I am planing to apply to a large number of med schools (almost 20) through both OMSAS and AMCAS and will soon be asking for letters of recommendation. Should I tell my references to include the name of the med school in the letter? For example: "I am writing this letter to support (insert my name here) in applying to (insert med school name here)." Is including th
  21. Long story here but I'm in serious need of advice so please give it a read. My first year I was a directionless student finishing with poor grades. Early second year I decided to work towards a future in medicine and improved my grades considerably. Took my MCAT after second year and got PS 12 VR 10 BS 14. Moving forward I really picked it up in my third year. My fourth year was marred by some fairly serious personal issues and my marks fell in between those of my second and third year marks. My first application cycle I only applied to Ontario schools and received an interview at Queen’s.
  22. Hi, Everyone, I'm about to submit my application to Manitoba, I have several referees already wrote reference letters for me for this cycle to other MD schools. Which 3 should I choose for Manitoba? 1. A family friend of my parents, who knew me before I was born, who is a MD in USA and will write me a VERY good letter. 2. A TaeKwonDo assistant instructor will write me a VERY good letter who I learned TaeKwonDo in my university for 2 years, twice a week, 2 hours each course. 3. A hospital volunteering services administrator,I think will write me a good letter, where I volunteere
  23. Hey! Just had a quick question and wanted to get some opinions. One of my referees contacted me and was stuck on writing about my weaknesses. They asked me if I could help out on this. What should I say? Do they HAVE to write about your weaknesses? Thanks!!!
  24. Hey folks, I have a few questions regarding the selection of referees, particularly the character/non-academic reference, for McMaster and NOSM (although insight on how any of the Ontario schools evaluate referees is welcome). Some of these q's have been pseudo-answered on the board but please let me know if you guys have any suggestions for my specific situation (or post a link if any of these can be answered on another thread). Apologies in advance for the lengthy post! A bit of background: I just finished my second UG degree and feel confident with my main academic referee. For the
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