The Pre-Interview Waitlist is the waitlist to be invited to the MMI.
The Multi-Mini Interviews (or “PA school interviews”) have not yet taken place, and being on the waitlist means you are on “standby” in case an invitee drops out of the interview.
You will be taking their spot and need to be ready to jump in.
Should I still prepare for interviews if I’m on the waitlist?
Yes!! You should be preparing for PA school interviews as if you DID get an interview invite.
Read about the MMI interview, google practice questions, and practice with a family member, friend, colleague or mentor. Read more about MMI tips or watch this video of MMI interview tips I did with a McMaster PA Student!
Have your interview attire ready and on stand by.
Regardless of whether or not you actually get invited to the interview – the preparation this time around will help hone your communication skills and confidence overall.
How much notice will I receive if I get called to the MMI after being on the waitlist?
Keep in mind that the PA program does provide information to you when they email you to notify you’ve been added to the waitlist. If a candidate drops out of the MMI early on, you could get several days or several weeks notice. In some instances, you could be called by the PA program the night before or the morning of.
What if I didn’t even make it onto the waitlist for an MMI Invite?
Remember that PA programs (and health care programs) in Canada are COMPETITIVE. Competitiveness changes year to year as it depends on the qualities and stats of the applicants who apply each cycle.
PA programs DO NOT PROVIDE INDIVIDUALIZED FEEDBACK about your performance or what you can do differently. So you can’t find out from the program directly what the weakest parts of your application are.
It can be very discouraging, and you have to make a decision about whether or not you will try to apply again for next cycle. If you didn’t get an interview invite or waitlist, don’t commit to “submitting the same application”. Use the time between NOW and the next admission cycle to boost your application:
When I learn a candidate didn’t get an MMI invite or waitlist to invite for the MMI, I know they have to examine all materials submitted before this stage: “was it GPA? Quality of Supplemental application performance? References? (if applicable)? Clinical Experience Hours (UofT only)? Did you submit all of your documents and didn’t miss anything? Did you submit everything on time?”
- For example: If you applied to McMaster and had a high or competitive GPA range, then the area you probably need to improve is your Supplemental Application performance.
- For UofT: If you have a competitive GPA, and strong clinical experience hours in different settings, very strong references, then the “weakest link” may be your submission of your Written Supplemental Application.
Look for ways to improve in all aspects of your application, but try to identify the weakest link and try to be resourceful on improving that aspect.
Getting feed back from a peer, mentor or student advisor can be helpful. Reach out to your network or contact Student Services at your University Program for support.