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  1. I was wondering if anyone was still experiencing issues with their referees not being contacted yet? I know its late in the process and interview decisions will be made really soon but it's stressing me out that my verifiers were contacted but my references never were. Does this mean I just did not make it to a stage where U of A even bothered contacting them because I was already rejected?
  2. Does McMaster even bother contacting references of anyone?
  3. Hey everyone, Does anyone know how much weight UBC puts into the status or prestige of your references? I thought I read something somewhere that said that the prestige of the referee doesn't matter, but perhaps this was for the OMSAS application.
  4. I have to provide 3 references for OMSAS and I have 4 to choose from: 1. A professor I published a paper with, over 2 weeks of 12-hour days of field and lab research in undergrad, who likes me but had admittedly little face to face time. Fish physiological research, 3rd author. 2. My volunteer coordinator at the local hospital, 140 hours, 2 years, just loves me, and has very high praise from the head nurses of the wards I've volunteered in. 3. A program coordinator and technician who teaches an entomology field research course I attended. Field research, 2 weeks, 2 other courses
  5. Hello, I am having trouble deciding on which 3 referees to choose for my OMSAS application. I have already had one written by a graduate student supervising me in an extracurricular club I have been a part of for one year. Another one I am going to get from the Surgeon that I shadowed last summer for one month. My last reference is currently going to be written by a doctor who has known me my whole life and allowed me to volunteer and work in his diagnostics lab last summer for a month. I am now having second thoughts about the last reference because I am lacking a strictly
  6. I'll be starting my second UG in kinesiology at York this fall, and one of my priorities (besides GPA) is securing some references from some faculty members. This isn't strictly for med, but also because the master's program I'm considering as an alternative specifically requires the references to be from faculty members. I have one potential prof I could ask from my original degree, from having produced some biomedical artwork and animations for some of the courses he teaches, but I need at least two more. While I'm aware of the traditional pathways to obtaining references (research assis
  7. Hey all, I noticed something today that I was curious enough about to open a pm101 account to ask . I didn't know until now that reference letters were only read and verified AFTER the interview and I'm wondering if anyone can shed light on the reason for it? It just seems kind of interesting to me that they would invest time and resources into candidates without knowing that they make the references cut. Maybe it's a logistical thing where there's just not enough time to get through the references by interview weekend? Any insight is much appreciated
  8. Hey! So I've been having some difficulties in selecting a professional reference. I have performed a lot of academic research (+2 years) over my undergraduate degree. I was initially thinking about using my principal investigator as my reference. However, a majority of my research work was independently conducted, so I was rarely supervised by my PI. Although my PI said that she is willing to provide me a reference, I don't think it'll be the best one. I did work for a sales company for less than a year (about 4 months) before I went back to school. Although the experience was short,
  9. HI! So I need a little guidance with regards to my references. My GPA is not the greatest so I really need to make sure my references are stellar. I understand it is quality over quantity/prestige..which would you recommend?? 1) TA for english related class; known me for 1 year 2) Professor from physiology class, knows a bit of my involvement outside school (extracurriculars); known me for 1 year 3) A doctor I did an observership with 1 summer 4) Previous camp counsellor boss, known me for 3+ years 5) Supervisor of Lab where I volunteer, known me for 1 year Do certain schools look
  10. Hey guys, Haven't found this posted anywhere, I'm looking to print 2/3 of my reference forms so my letter writers can get them in asap. I'm waiting on the last one to provide me with accurate address info etc., and OMSAS says: "When your address has been added in the 'Address information' section AND the referee data is completed below, click on the 'Download Confidential Forms' link to print the necessary forms." And then when I go to click the actual PDF's it warns me that no more changes can be made to the references. I'm assuming this is referring to the particular references I
  11. Hey everyone, I'm having a hard time deciding who to use as a reference. Here are my options: 1. High school music teacher. I did a lot of volunteering with her and she knows me really well. She would write the most amazing reference letter out of all of them, but I haven't done any volunteering for her in over 3 years. 2. Professor at university. I think he would write a good reference letter also, but not as heartfelt as my high school teacher. I had 2 courses with him in 3rd+4th year and did really well in both of them. He got to know me since it was a small class. 3. Thesis
  12. Hey Everyone, I'm a bit worried that I messed up my application. I wrote in all of the info for each referee on the ORPAS as such: R1- Physiotherapist that I volunteered for R2- Former boss R3- MSc supervisor (academic reference) However, now that I'm re-reading everything, it looks like some schools want your academic reference to be either R1 or R2! Do you guys think this is a big deal? Any ideas on how to remedy the situation?
  13. Hi guys, Im wondering after the process of submitting our referees on the ORPAS online application. I know most if not all of the Ontario PT schools are only looking for two referees/references but I have a dilemma. I currently have three referees: #1) academic #2) professional #3)practical (someone from a health care setting such as a physiotherapist, or someone who supervised your work with people who have special needs) I am applying for Queens MScPT, which requires one academic and one 'practical' reference ( so want to use reference #1and #3). But then im also applying for
  14. I was wondering how to approach professors during undergrad. I'm currently in my second year and I'm hoping to apply in 3rd year however, my professors do not know me well enough to be able to give me a strong reference letter. How did you guys strike that first conversation with your professor? A lot of professors tell us that we can come by for a chat any time where we can ask them about their research, but how do you actually do this? How much of their work do you read and how do you talk to them about it? How well do they need to know you to provide you with a decent letter? Would
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