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Files off to reviewers

November 7th, 2017 by Dr Ian Walker

As of this am, we have assigned files to our 75 or so dedicated reviewers – a group made up of faculty, students, members of the public, allied health care professionals and residents. All told, we had 1561 applications this year, which is relatively stable compared to last year. One thing that changed is that over 350 of them were from non-Albertans, which is a little high from our perspective. I only say that because we know that non-Albertans are much less likely to come to U of C if offered, so they represent a lot of work for smaller return, but it is what it is.
As the reviews get completed, you as applicants won’t notice anything until the fourth review is done, then your status will change to something like “waiting for an interview decision” or something like that. How long it takes you to get there has no prognostic significance at all. Its simply a matter of when your last review gets completed. Some people will have all four reviews completed by mid December, for others it will be well into Jan. Once every last review is completed, we run the stats and then produce a pre-MMI score for each applicant, upon which interview offers are made. We expect to interview about 500 applicants again this year, so about 1 out of every 3 applicants.

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  • Hello Dr. Walker,

    Could you please clarify how the ~350 out of province applicants will be evaluated? Is there also a 1 in 3 chance for these applicants?

    Thanks a lot!

    • They are evaluated in exactly the same way. We always flex the total number based on the score, but on average, we interview about 100 out of province applicants. The score needed for an interview as a non-Albertan is always higher though.

  • Thanks for the update Dr Walker!