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First Action on the Waitlist

May 29th, 2017 by Dr Ian Walker

We offered a number of positions off the waitlist this morning (10 to Albertans, 15 to non-Albertans).  We have given people 3 days to respond, so expect that we will make a few more later in the week.  From this point forward, the stream of offers will be small, but ongoing, as people settle in to their preferred MD program.

I will post more when it is starting to look like the stream is drying up.

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  • Could you please let us know what the Pre-MMI score cut-offs were for this? Thank you very much!

    • For Albertan’s, the cut off was 101.95, for non-Albertan’s, it was 108 even.

      • Hi Dr. Walker,

        This does not make sense to me, I received an interview invite IP with a score of 102.88 which was 59 percentile…you posted a few months ago that you invited 37% of applicants to interview, so wouldnt that mean you needed to have a preMMI score in the 63 percentile to get an interview? Wouldnt 101.95 (the IP cutooff you state) be something like the 57 percentile- if that is the case you invited the top 43% of applicants this year and not the top 37%? Am I missing something? Thanks a lot

        • my only explanation is that the vast majority of the 200 new applications this year were OOP applicants and so the 37% of applicants who interviewed was for the total number of applicants. For IP it was 43% of applicants got an interview and for OOP it was less than 37% of applicants got an interview?

        • my only explanation is that the vast majority of the 200 new applications this year were OOP applicants and so the 37% of applicants who interviewed was for the total number of applicants. For IP it was 43% of applicants got an interview and for OOP it was less than 37% of applicants got an interview?

        • I am not sure if you are missing anything or not. Overall, we interviewed about 37% of all applicants. For Albertan’s, the percentage would have been higher, as you point out, and for non-Albertans, the percentage would have been lower, and the standardized scores are relative to the overall pool, not the IP or OOP pools. Say that 101.95 cut off for Albertans falls at about the 44th percentile. What that means is that an Albertan needed to fall in the top 44 percent of the OVERALL pool to get an interview. Remember too that we interview all indigenous applicants regardless of their pre-mmi score, which skews the numbers a bit.
          I’d have to go do a bunch of math to figure out where the particular discrepancy is coming from, but those numbers don’t strike me as particularly odd.

  • Hi Dr. Walker,
    Can you please tell us what the minimum score was to get an interview for IP this year?
    Thank you very much

  • Hello Dr. Walker,

    Is there a way to check if our final transcripts have been received by the admissions office?

    Thank you.

  • Hi Dr. Walker,

    Thank you and the rest of the admissions committee for all your hard work and transparency over the year. I was wondering whether you would disclose how many applicants are currently on the waitlist?

    Thanks again 🙂

  • Hi Dr. Walker,

    When you say the “stream of offers”, is that originating from the pool of 10 Albertan and 15 non-Albertan positions?

    Thanks.

    • I just mean that there will be offers coming forward a little bit at a time. the 10 and 15 refers to the number of offers that have already been made but have not yet been responded to.

  • Hi Dr. Walker,

    Thank you for the update. Just clarifying, when you say that the stream of offers will be small but ongoing, this means that they could arrive before the 3 days is up or after depending on how long the people offered take to decide. Correct?

      • Thank you Dr. Walker,

        One follow up question. Are the positions for IP and OOP pooled as you go down the list? i.e. could a IP waitlister be offered a position from a previous OOP decline?

        Thank you for students during this difficult time.

        • Its a bit tough to follow sometime, but the bottom line is that the offer goes to the person with the next highest final application score, regardless of IP or OOP status, unless the 15% max OOP has been reached. We have never maxed out in the last several years though, so practically speaking, it is one list.

  • I was just wondering if the number receiving offers from the waitlist is lower than normal this year. The waitlist email indicated in previous years the number accepted from the waitlist was 35 to 70 percent or more. Inferring from last years stats there were roughly 200 applicants on the waitlist and 25 offers as indicated today is only 12.5%.

    • Hi AM.
      So, I think you are extrapolating from total numbers of offers made overall. Remember that on day 1, we offer more seats than we have available, so there are not 200 people on the waitlist. Uptake has been a bit brisker than usual for offers, but it is too early to say. I usually don’t start imagining that I can see the “end of the road” until we are down to 5 or fewer available seats.

  • Thank you for the update Dr.Walker. I m sure it’s a very busy morning for you! I m wondering if you will be notifying those at the bottom of the waitlist their current status. Thank you kindly!