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Result: Invite

wGPA: 3.9

MCAT: 497 (127 CARS)

Year: 2015 International Development

ECs: A career in environment and community work. Personal stories of overcoming challenge. Training and experience in emergency response. Lived/worked abroad. Alpinist. 

Geography: IP

I want to post my results to highlight that at least for the UofC, my MCAT score did not define my invitation. I come from a non-traditional background, and the science portions of the MCAT were far beyond my scope. I self-studied and took a crack at it, knowing I needed to focus on CARS. I learned a lot, but fell short in the sciences. The other MCAT scores posted here are very impressive, and I know how much knowledge and effort those scores required. Well done. 

I applied to UofC because I trusted that, with this program, I had a shot based on other qualities and experiences I have. I am very humbled to have received an invite, knowing that there are so many well-trained, unique, and disciplined people who were sent regrets this week. I'm in my 30's and applying for medicine marks a significant change in career direction for me. Or maybe its a culmination, but at face value it is different. I share this to encourage people who may hesitate to attempt an application, whether they come from a non-traditional stream or are a mature student. You may be surprised. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Congrats to everyone who ventured something by applying, invite or regret. It takes not just effort, but guts to put yourself in the running. Good work everyone, and good luck moving forwards. 

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We have now roughly reached the halfway point between the start of Wednesday and the end of Friday. Good luck everyone! I'm making sure to add some extra self care into my day to de-stress. If we can

TIME STAMP: 4:28 PM MST Result: Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh Invite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  wGPA: 3.87 MCAT: 512, 126 CARS!!!!!! Year: Graduated Geogra

Just a friendly reminder to everyone to study/do assignments if you have them like me

Result: Invite

wGPA: 3.89

MCAT: 517; 128/129/130/130

Year: 4th year of B.Sc.

ECs: Very minimal employment, international medical observership in a low-income unit (I talked about how it impacted me and what I did with what I learned/saw), one (albeit productive) summer of research that yielded two abstract publications and one award at an international conference, participation in dance productions and lessons, founding a cultural club on campus, and some other personal experiences (family relationships that impacted me, taking care of a family member's health, etc.)

Geography: IP

I primarily posted because I wanted to point out that I didn't have the 1000+ hours of volunteering, research, or even employment (I had one 1.5 month temp job before my research studentship, and basically no long-term volunteering). I tried to stay authentic to the things that really shaped who I am as a person. I also know that on paper, these seem like above average extracurriculars, but just a year or two ago, I didn't have half of these things under my belt (hence the low number of hours for my ECs). No matter where you are at today, know that it is never too late to turn things around. I feel honoured to be in your company as a fellow applicant, regardless of what the results came out to be.

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Result: Invite

GPA: 3.76 (UCAN)

MCAT: 508 (123/130*/125/130)

Location: IP

Top 10: Used all 10 but I'm in my 30s so I had lots to say :) Extensive employment and volunteering focused on a couple of specific passions that intersect. Also included some very meaningful personal experiences related to identity. I graduated from a non-science degree a few years ago and had no awards or research experience.

I haven't been in the forums until now, which was probably the right call for my mental health. I did my interview on March 6th and have been trying to not think about it since then, but I'm in my feels today knowing the other half of interviewees are doing theirs this weekend! U of C was one of the only schools in Canada that I was eligible to apply for so I'm very happy as a first time applicant.

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Result: Invite

wGPA: 3.78

MCAT: 501 (CARS 127)

ECs: Varsity athlete w/ U of A, volunteer coach x10 years, queer athlete experience/advocacy, pediatric critical care flight nurse x3 yrs, PICU/PCICU nurse x2 years, unit mentorship lead, multiple international volunteer mission trips as an RN, research assistant (2 posters, no publications), work in harm reduction & addictions, spin instructor x5 years, bilingual heritage

Year: BScN 2016

Geography : IP

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Result: invite

wGPA: 3.2

MCAT: (127/126/128/127)

ECs: varsity athlete at McMaster and UofA, team Ontario athletics, lifeguard/medic, extensive travelling and volunteering, PhD, full time A/Prof Internal Medicine (10 years research, dozens of publications and recognitions). Bilingual. Personal experience with severe chronic illness. 

Year: BSc 2010, MSc 2012, PhD 2015, Professorship 2020

Geography: IP

Advice: if this is truly your passion, just keep trying. Find something that inspires you in the mean time but life is a very long and fun journey. Don't let your age or your first few rejections deter you. With so many fantastic applicants every year, this really is just a game of roulette. Keep studying hard, keep doing what you love, and keep trying until you succeed! Don't give up! 

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