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03-06-2003, 01:58 PM
I was told that the grad committee discussed this morning to confirm the publications and the decisions will be sent out by Mon or Tue.
03-10-2003, 03:13 PM
Does anyone know when grad students are going to hear back?
03-10-2003, 07:01 PM
Is anyone who is being considered as a "special program" graduate student (course-based as opposed to research-based program), heard back about interviews as yet?
03-11-2003, 12:11 PM
I'm interested in knowing whether you recieved a letter from the adcom asking you to hand in your research productivity. I ask this because Kristeen, (who also has a course-based graduate degree) was assessed as an undergraduate student rather than a graduate student, as her graduate program wasn't research based. The courses that she took as an MBA student....(I forgot which program she was in) were used in her WGPA score.
TO ALL MSc. STUDENTS: If it's not too intrusive, would you please give us some insight as to your publication record. Since they will only be interviewing 35 of us, I'm interested to see how many MSc. students will be invited, since we have a smaller chance of publishing our work that PhD students.
Since they'll be sending the letters out by today (I believe) I guess we should hear by Friday or Monday latest for those who live out of province [it takes 5-7 days for regular mail to reach applicants in other provinces]
Good Luck, I'm sure this is a stressful time for everyone.
03-11-2003, 01:15 PM
1 paper (3rd author)
3 conference abstracts (Orlando, Vernon (BC), Calgary)
undergrad GPA 3.6 ish
03-11-2003, 01:26 PM
2 first author publications (MCB and Oncogene)
2 posters at international conferences
1 oral presentation at international conference
Weighted undergraduate GPA = 3.8
03-11-2003, 01:49 PM
1 second author pub.
Just read the Ottawa applications booklet again. It says, that they will consider your autobiographical sketch, reference letter, letter from supervisor, and research productivity to select applicants for interview. Does this mean that if a person has a great record of publication yet some of the elements in the sketch are lacking that they may not receive an interview??/ I heard that there is a point system for the autobiographical sketch as well. I wonder if the same applies to the reference letters. Moderators: can you add some insight to this??
03-11-2003, 05:45 PM
I did receive a letter asking for research productivity but, given tha>: t I didn't feel it was appropriate, I then appealed to the admissions folks. So now my application is being reconsidered. And, you're right, I just spoke to someone again today, and I will be considered as an undergrad with the new WGPA now. I guess my application is going through the autobiographical sketch review now.
03-11-2003, 06:34 PM
I was wondering if you know when they're supposed to get back to you about an interview. My application is also currently undergoing the autobio review. I'm an undergrad applicant, but I was mistakenly rejected for not having three years full time. They said they'd made a mistake and would send my file on to reviewers. i thought Nicole had said that she would get back to me by the end of last week. I called yesterday morning and left a message, but still no word.
I thought they might have sent my file along with the grad ones, so I was curious if you have any concrete dates.
03-11-2003, 08:08 PM
I asked for dates or some indication when I called today but the person I spoke with was annoyingly vague. I think Nicole was away from the office today so maybe she'll get back to you tomorrow?
03-11-2003, 09:51 PM
i am in my second year MSc at UofT
my undergrand GPA about 3.3, my grad GPA 4.0
1-1st author canadian journal of Cardiology
2-1st author papers in preparationa
1-2nd author canadian journal of cardiology
2 middle author one in circulation and one in american journal of physiology.
1-3rd author in preparation
1 presentation at Merck Frosst National meeting in Ottawa
1 abstract at UofT cardiovascular research day.
Nothing international since my work are just getting completed.
03-12-2003, 06:49 AM
Thanks, I'll keep my fingers crossed. Good luck to you and everyone else who hasn't heard yet.
03-13-2003, 05:25 PM
I was wondering if any graduate-stream applicants have heard anything from Ottawa? I am getting antsy....
Does anyone know when the invites were sent? Thanks.
03-13-2003, 06:42 PM
Hi Bone Gal
I emailed the office last night and got an email this morning saying that the thick envelope was sent out today. I'm not quite in the same category, but it might bode well for grads too.
This was my email:
"Just a short note to let you know that the Special Review Committee met to review your request and the first decision regarding your refusal was reversed.
An invitation letter for the interview was placed in the mail this morning ?Special Delivery?
I'm thinking of framing it!
03-14-2003, 12:49 PM
I recieved the big envelope today in Tdot?? (in my time it used to be TO...cough...cough). April 17th, 3:30pm. Good luck to all those waiting.:rollin
03-14-2003, 02:45 PM
Way to go!!! That's great news.
Just out of curiosity, where in the T.dot are you located? I'm in the west end of the great city and didn't get any mail today. I'm hoping that's not bad news. Another weekend of waiting is going to make me crazy I think:eek
Congrats again and best of luck to everyone still waiting!
03-14-2003, 03:44 PM
Congrats Cosmo0! Good luck on your interview.
I checked my mail but there was nothing in Thornhill. Maybe good things will come in time. At least we know the letters should be arriving shortly.
03-14-2003, 04:59 PM
I'm in the MTL. Just got my interview letter today. I was surprised that it got here today since they sent all the letters yesterday morning.....but it's likely because Ottawa is so close to Montreal and the fact that it's first class mail.
Good luck for those still waiting.
Got my interview invite today. The lovliest big brown envelope you ever saw...
This year I'm holding off on the bubbly though.
Good luck all.
I'm going to check the interview feedback thread now. I heard Peter had his today...
03-15-2003, 05:23 AM
Matt....congratulations! :D I thought I read that you didn't get an interview this year! Go do it this year...I'm cheering for you!
03-17-2003, 01:02 PM
Thankfully I have also been thrown a life line! it really feels like that as I have had many rejections this year. Looking forward to meet some of the people who are interviewing on April 17th.
If you are a gradstudent the interviews are still coming. I live in London.
03-17-2003, 01:27 PM
Has anyone out West heard of an interview at UofO?
Still waiting, cause
I an a grad applicant...got my letter for interview on April 17th (I am living in Victoria BC)...but I'm kinda in a weird situation. I got my acceptance letter to MUN on friday, and now I have a letter for an interview, and I'm not sure what to do??? I would be more than happy to go to MUN, and am pretty excited after spending the weekend planning the summer...moving home (to the east), etc.. I would have definitely gone to the interview if I hadn't heard from any schools yet, but now I'm wondering if I should go to the interview????
any help would be appreciated!!! I think both schools are pretty different...Nfld...a very small class (60 students) which is a definite plus for me...low tuition and living compared to Ottawa...lots of hands on very early in the curriculum....
Anyways, will have to think about it this week...
03-18-2003, 08:36 AM
Congratulations to all of you who received the interview invitations!
03-18-2003, 01:35 PM
Same here! April 17th! Are all interviews on the 17th for grad students? I'm curious how many of you are Public Health/Epidemiology grad students? Good luck to everybody!
03-19-2003, 05:55 PM
Hey there wassabi101,
Are you one? If so, from where? :)
03-19-2003, 09:14 PM
Yes I am :rollin an Epi student at McGill :D
How about yourself? ;)
03-19-2003, 09:58 PM
I'm one of the UT Epi folks; nice to "meet" you!
Hey, quick question for you: I was checking out the McGill site the other day as I'd been told that they offer a good pharmacoepi option; I came up with zippo. Is there something that I missed? Do you have a pharmacoepi option?
If you don't mind me asking, in what area is your thesis?
03-20-2003, 01:05 PM
Hey Kirsteen! Nice to meet you too! :D
A Pharmacoepi option?? LOL :rollin There are no options in the McGill Epi program per say except in choosing between Biostats or Epi but I imagine what they could have meant was that we have great pharmacoepi courses and profs...
The summer program hosts 4 intense 1-week long pharmacoepi courses with Dr. Samy Suissa and Dr. Jean -Francois Collet, some of leading researchers in this field. Dr. Suissa teaches a few other courses related to pharmacoepi and I imagine his whole unit out at the Royal Victoria Hospital could be considered the "pharmacoepi unit".
My thesis is in cardiology, specifically looking at physician prescribing habits in patients undergoing heart surgery. In sum, who's getting the appropriate medications, who's not and why...my first manuscript is a systematic review, my second is the descriptive analysis and the third is a predictor model... It's really a secondary analysis of a multicentre study I've been coordinating for the last 4 years (and all the data problems that go with it ;) ). I'm actually presenting some of the data at the American College of Cardiology Conference in Chicago next week!
How about yourself? What's your thesis on?
I'm also very curious on knowing (if it's not too personal for you), why medicine? Why not continue onto a PHD?
Anybody else out there in the research field made a decision to route over to the MD versus the PHD? If so, why?
03-20-2003, 09:15 PM
Hi there wassabi101,
Thanks for filling in some of the blanks regarding Pharmacoepi chez McGill. Sounds interesting. One of my pseudo-mentors recommended that I should consider taking some summer courses at McGill and these sound like great fits. I'll print off the brochure and take a closer look; thanks for the tip!
As to research, I wouldn't be surprised if I ran into you in a conference in the near future; albeit not Chicago. Have you submitted abstracts to any others? Might you be attending the CSEB in Halifax in June? On this end, I'm part of the UofT Cardiovasc. Sciences Collaborative Program, (one of the few Epi students there), studying factors for failure of radiosurgical treatment of arteriovenous malformations.
Your research sounds fab. Systematic reviews! Brilliant! Are you conducting a full-blown meta-analysis as well? (I'm in the midst of two at the moment, one smaller and one larger, the latter of which I'm just trying to register with the Stroke group of the Cochrane Collaboration.) Do you mind if I ask what your descriptive analysis is entailing? ...and on the predictor model, have you decided on your model type as yet? Multiple regression? My thesis surrounds naughty blood vessels in the brain, but I'm also a Research Assistant for an international health project in Africa. Through that, I've had a great set of opportunities to test the waters with respect to study and survey design, observational studies, etc., and my boss has been truly wonderful. Overall, it's hectic but well-rounded in terms of Epi. experience.
As to medicine versus PhD, I've been drawn to medicine for a wee while now. There's a whole host of reasons why I fancy being a physician. However, I'm enjoying my research so much and there's so much more in the Epi field that I'd like to learn and do that I will be applying to a number of MD/PhD programs both here and the US this year. The two fields dovetail wonderfully.
It's great to chat with another Epidite. :D
03-25-2003, 11:21 AM
Hey Kirsteen! :D
Same- it's great to be asked so many interesting questions- especially since I LLLLLOOOOOOOve my research and LLLOVVVVVe talking about it......poor strangers on the bus ;) .... I've been practising what one prof always told me....if you can't explain your research to complete strangers who are not in your field, then you probably don't know it that well anyways :lol
With that said, I'd love to get chatting about my thesis and other epi topics, but maybe we should start a new topic, an epi one, so that others who might be interested in the graduate student posting won't be disappointed when they get to our messages ;)
I'll look into posting more info at the end of my work day but it might not be until tomorrow!
Summer registration starts today actually, and if you decide to take courses, I'll definately get to meet you, cause I'm thinking of taking a few myself and the department's pretty small :D
03-25-2003, 01:12 PM
Wassabi---were u, by any chance, at a CAPS med school interview session a few weeks ago?
03-25-2003, 03:42 PM
On no! I've been identified! :o ;)
Yes, it might have been me! Do I know you or do you know me? :D
03-25-2003, 03:47 PM
hehe! Well I was at the workshop and I spoke to a really cool gal who was applying to med who was in the mcgill epi program. I told her that I was applying to mcgill epi for the fall 2003...could this person be you? :P
03-26-2003, 09:59 PM
LOL (guess I should use some of those emoticons)...
small world! not to say I was that "really cool gal", but I *did* speak to a nice lady sitting behind me about the program! ;) So tappetytap, how did you identify me? ok ok I admit I'm new to the *use-a-funny-name-that-nobody-can-identify-you-at-for-these-kind-of-things* kind of thing 8o
I wonder if I'm the first to be *identified* on this site...
well glad to meet you a second time! :D
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