I am interested in applying to a M.Sc program this year as my alternative plan if I am not accepted into med.
I am wondering what is the usually timeline for those that are applying to both med and a M.Sc. I am also interested in getting as much funding as possible for the M.Sc so I would also be looking for CIHR/NSERC for the masters, which I guess means I should be applying earlier. However my friend has also mentioned that some M.Sc programs have late deadlines and that I should apply after interviews have been scheduled for OMSAS.
My other question is supposed I have been accepted by both a M.Sc and OMSAS, it is possible to reject a lab's offer right? Would this be frowned upon?
Thank you everyone!
La continuation de ce qui se voit depuis 2012...? C'était pas genre 32 la cote dans ce temps là!?... mais y'a sûrement plein de raisons genre la diminution des places, le fait que Laval ait pas fait de MEM...
One major consideration is that many Med schools provided for an alternative weighted wGPA that lets you drop xx courses or use grades from best 2 or 3 years for your GPA IF you took full course load all the way through. That can be the difference between having a GPA that that does not meet cut offs to one that is competitive. It is especially important if say you had a poor first year like many undergrads do. Not taking full course load shuts doors. IN Med applications you need to keep as many doors one as possible.
Double-check each school's position on distant education (as well as pass/fail courses) as some only allow one DE course to be included in GPA calculation per year.
As Bambi mentions - but is not so well defined by each school, is how they evaluate your application when they see you did not take full course load. I would suspect that it can only hurt you.
If you can do it and keep your GPA up --- bulk up to full course-load.