I will be applying to medical school next session, 2017-2018.
First year, I was recovering from a very serious illness and thus, for one term I was taking four courses, not five. I was registered with Disability Services at the time due to my health circumstances. Disability Services at this university considers 3.0 FCE a "full course load." The illness is medically documented along with medical advice to not exceed that course load. I have proof that I was registered with Disability Services, that I completed more than 3.0 FCE that year and the necessary medical documentation.
Ever since, I have taken a real full course load (5 FCE) AND multiple summer courses which would indicate my commitment to, and ability to work in, a rigorous workload (the point of the wGPA). Given the circumstances I was in first year, all the supporting documentation and my workload following the illness, what is the likelihood they will approve my Academic Explanations Essay allowing me to qualify for wGPA?
This is very important because the worst mark I have even gotten was B+, but there were a couple of them in full-year course, thus contributing significantly to my GPA. I fear my file will not be reviewed if I do not qualify for wGPA. If I were to qualify, my wGPA would well surpass the 3.6 requirement for review. My application also will be more centred around the ABS, essays etc..., but obviously, I must have the GPA piece. I was told that if I were to write an Academic Explanations Essay, they will never tell me whether or not I qualified for wGPA, so I wanted to get a sense from here. What do you think? A part of me feels like they would have to approve it because it is for medically documented reasons and I was technically a "full time student." Then again, I doubt I would qualify because UofT is pretty "all or nothing" kind of place. I really appreciate honest opinions and potential suggestions in addressing this problem as UofT Med is my absolute dream. Thanks!