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    • (Sorry for jumping on this thread) I'd be interested to know this as well! I took 9 courses in my first year, but it accounted to 30 credits due to some courses being 4 credits. I went to UBC if that helps. I'm wondering if anyone could confirm that I'd still qualify for the wGPA weighting? Thanks!!
    • Salut, je crois que l'important est de choisir un programme avec des cours que tu aimes, où tu seras plus porter à performer. J'ai fais ma première année de bac en biologie à l'UdeM cette année (la bio c'est ma force) et je suis maintenant 2e sur la LA.    Alors si tu veux mon avis, choisis un programme qui te donnera le goût d'étudier et de performer, même si ce n'est pas en lien avec la médecine/bio.   Et non, tu peux réessayer à chaque année. À la fin de mon parcours collégial j'ai été refusé direct en vet, et après 1 an en bio, 2e sur la LA. :) 
    • Keep in mind n=1, but this is what I have heard... It's a program that is trying to recreate Mac Health Sci; not necessarily the pedagogy, but the high medical school matriculation rate. Median marks are high in most courses, apparently to provide students with the chance to garner the high GPAs needed to get into medical school.  The program just recently added an on-campus delivery model so you are unlikely to see any post-grad data for at least a couple of years.  It honestly seems like a great choice for an undergraduate degree. While I think Mac BHSc's high med school matriculation rate is primarily due to the incredibly gifted and hard-working students the program recruits (trust me, I do not include myself in that echelon), if Queen's BHSc thinks it can recreate it by offering chill courses, then use it to your advantage!  I'd also recommend asking this on r/premedcanada and r/queensuniversity. 
    • It is pretty dependent on your province, but you most likely would have to complete a second undergraduate degree to have a competitive application in Canada. Unfortunately you need a GPA of about 3.7 at the very minimum to be competitive. That probably goes up to a 3.8 for Ontario residents. Applying with anything under that is a bit of a YOLO (sorry for using that term). Obviously engineering is a very difficult program, so  it might not be entirely out of the question if you get the chance to explain your GPA, but getting to the stage at which admissions committees would consider that would be difficult. Sadly a course-based masters doesn't really help you out in Canada all that much GPA-wise.  I don't have much knowledge about applying to the US, but possibly look into DO. Although from the little that I've heard, it's almost just as hard getting in as an international applicant as if you were to just apply to Canadian schools. Your MCAT score will make up for your GPA more in the US than Canada. I believe US med schools prioritize shadowing a lot more than Canada, but they might take into consideration how difficult it is to shadow in the Great White North. Your clinical volunteer hours should help you out there.
    • Hi all, Long time lurker here.. thought I would finally add my stats to add to the document. Thanks again to everyone who's helped put it together! Stream (EN/FR): ENTime You Received E-mail: 7:45"Created" Time: 7:45:27wGPA: 3.97
    • Hi all, I just got an offer for Western's OT program but I'm also on Western's medicine waitlist (and a couple of other med waitlists). Does anyone know if I were to accept the OT offer, if that would automatically remove me from the OMSAS waitlists? Has anyone been in this situation before? Thanks!
    • Applied + (PT or OT?): All OT - Western, UBC, UofA, Mac, Queens, UofT Accepted: UofT, QueensWaitlisted: UofARejected: UBC (after interview), Mac (no interview), Western  GPA:c-gpa and s-gpa: cgpa: 3.66 sgpa: 3.73 Perceived strength of essays/interviews/references: I finished my BA in psychology 4 years ago. Also, I did 5 years of undergrad and in my 5th year I only took 3 courses each term to get more work/volunteer experience. In all other years I did 4 or 5 courses during a term. I also took a human anatomy course last summer and did really well in it so that might have helped. I think my essays and experiences were strong, I have lots of experience working with children with autism and in adaptive sports (ice skating and rock climbing). I've shadowed OTs in these roles too so I had a lot to draw from and a good knowledge of how diverse the field is! I also volunteered in psychology research labs, was part of a mentorship program for psych students, tutored statistics, and had a research assistantship in public health.  My referees were from 2 behaviour consultants I've worked with for over several years and a research prof who I did a directed studies project with and I think both were strong. I think the Casper held me back as 2/3 of the schools that required it rejected me. My interview at UBC was okay too, but I could have definitely elaborated more on some of the questions.  I'm from BC and am a little nervous about moving, but am also super excited! I think I'm leaning to UofT right now. 
    • I’ve been looking for different programs for my undergrad and came across Queens health sci.  I haven’t heard anything about it and there is no info about how students like it or what percent get into med school.  Does anyone know if it is any good for a premed undergrad?
    • Oh hey see you this Fall I also identify as LGBTQ+ and PoC
    • Is there a Western PT Facebook group?
    • Agreed overall, with the minor edit of "Eventually practicing in Canada, CMG > USMD=USDO > IMG "       as both UMSD and USDO will match just fine to US residencies, on average for the average student.  The degree won't make a difference for practicing in Canada after you are at the residency stage.   If you're going for derm/optho tier, then yeah USMD is more likely, but its unlikely overall for whatever school you end up at CMG or not.
    • Hello, seulement pour vous informer que j’ai décliné l’offre de pharmacie de ULaval, car j’ai été acceptée à Montréal. Il y a donc une place de plus et la liste d’attente devrait avancer!
    • Generally the cut-offs are the same, (ie you need to have a GPA >3.4 or whatever the school has) but in terms of what actual stats are needed to get accepted, there are differences, and anecdotally the necessary GPA/MCAT is (slightly) lower, although you will need strengths in the research part of your application.
    • Bonjour, j'ai été refusée malheureusement, mais en même temps, je m'y attendais un peu (cote R 33,6XX)... Je me demandais s'il y a vraiment des programmes à prioriser afin de faciliter la transition vers med vet? J'ai entendu plusieurs choses à propos de ce sujet, et je ne sais pas ce qui est simple rumeur ou réalité. On m'a dit de choisir ce qui m'intéressait comme plan B, et le choix n'importait pas, tant que je pouvais avoir de meilleures notes pour augmenter ma cote. Cependant, je vois que plusieurs personnes optent quand même pour des programmes reliés à la médecine ou à la biologie. Personnellement, j'ai décidé d'aller en psychologie comme deuxième choix parce que c'est un domaine que j'ai toujours eu du plaisir à étudier, mais étant donné que j'ai reçu l'option de faire un choix de programme additionnel, je me demande si je fais le bon choix ou si je devrais plutôt opter pour un bac en bio ou en immunologie par exemple. Y a-t-il des avantages à certains choix? D'ailleurs, je me demandais aussi s'il y avait des conditions à respecter avant de refaire ma demande pour vet ou si je peux juste le refaire à chaque année? 
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