Fellow confused non-trad here...
MCAT 3x rewrite: 127 (PHYS/CHEM) 129 (CARS) 129 (BIO/BIOCHEM) 129 (PSYCH)
sGPA: somewhere around 3.3
full-time course load
Western wGPA: 3.91
Queen's wGPA: 3.91
Toronto wGPA: 3.78
Ottawa wGPA: 3.74
Mac cGPA: 3.57
Dalhousie wGPA: 3.91
UBC wGPA: 84.8
Calgary wGPA: below 3.8 cut-off
Alberta wGPA: around 3.7
Saskatchewan wGPA: below 83% cut-off
Manitoba wGPA: around 4.0/4.5
1 first author pub and probably 2 more submitted by end of summer, hospital volunteering, tutoring, TA, regional sports and competitions, coach, suicide prevention hotline, clinical research and unique volunteering abroad, 1 international graduate conference, 2 undergraduate conferences (1 small, 1 national level), club exec, club founder, research assistant on 3 studies, unique employment in healthcare, 20k in scholarships over academic career, small-time writing awards, work for a few journals
Doesn't seem like another degree will increase my GPA to a competitive level and I already have the grades for best two year schools. I am also unsure how to finance another degree since I've used OSAP for all of my first degree. I need to start working in September so where will I find the time and money to study full-time? Financing DO or MD schools in the states is out of the question.
My MCAT is good for Western at the moment, but that can easily change if the cut-offs shift. Queens is a question mark, Mac is an uphill climb. I am below the undergraduate pool cut-offs for Toronto. For what it's worth, I can provide documentation to better justify my lower GPA. I probably don't have enough "productivity" to be considered in the graduate pool. I did french immersion and french courses in uni so I can speak and understand French well, but my average is still too low for the Ottawa french pool. I have a maritime connection for Dalhousie: I interned in Nova Scotia for a few months and also worked on a study where I interacted exclusively with maritime residents. I'm below UBC OOP cut-offs, and my GPA for the other out-of-province schools is abysmal.
Do I re-write MCAT? If so, I will have to wait until next cycle to apply because this summer is too busy. I'm worried I'm reaching my MCAT peak; my score has only improved by 2 points at every sitting. This could be beneficial if I do better in CARS and BIO, but there is no guarantee. If a second degree is my best option, can anyone comment or PM me about how they financed it?
Really appreciate it!!