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  1. Western's CARS cutoff is usually 128. I literally had to rewrite for my CARS score here's hoping i bumped it up! also, McMaster becomes a little more viable with a stellar CARS score because my GPA is not even remotely competitive lol
  2. GPA: 3.73 OMSAS / 3.83 wGPA UofT / 3.83 wGPA for Ottawa so I can't even apply / 3.83 Queen's 2BY / can't apply to UWO this year and I'm a pharmacy student so I have to contact them to see how they would even calculate my 2 best years MCAT: rewriting soon, previous MCAT (from 2015) was 128/127/129/130 ECs: pretty generic, lots of hospital volunteering, some leadership at hospital, on-campus emergency response team member in undergrad + leadership role, part time work history >6 yrs (2 yrs medical receptionist, 2 yrs pharmacy assistant), >300 hrs of pharmacy student placements with direct patient care, research assistant for a few years in undergrad, 1 publication (2nd author) and 1 poster presentation, started a pharmacy student job in late Aug so it'll be more direct patient care/counselling, starting a leadership position with the aforementioned emergency response team in Sept. Only "unique" hobby is 2 yrs interest/practice in scrapbooking/calligraphy References: current pharmacist colleague, former MD boss from medical clinic, prof I published with I've been struggling to improve my GPA for years and even though it seems ok now, it's not good enough by any means. I'm going into third year of pharmacy now and it's my last year to improve grades so of course it's not going to make a huge difference. I'm applying this year (UofT, Mac, Queens) but I feel really dejected about it.
  3. wGPA: 3.83 (cGPA is around 3.73 or so) MCAT: rewriting soon, previous MCAT was 128/127/129/130 ECs: pretty generic, lots of hospital volunteering, some leadership at hospital, on-campus emergency response team member in undergrad + leadership role, part time work history >6 yrs (2 yrs medical receptionist, 2 yrs pharmacy assistant), >300 hrs of pharmacy student placements with direct patient care, research assistant for a few years in undergrad, 1 publication (2nd author) and 1 poster presentation, started a pharmacy student job in late Aug so it'll be more direct patient care/counselling, starting a leadership position with the aforementioned emergency response team in Sept. Only "unique" hobby I was going to include in ABS was 2 yrs interest/practice in scrapbooking/calligraphy References: current pharmacist colleague, former MD boss from medical clinic, prof I published with I've been struggling to improve my GPA for years and even though it seems ok now, it's not good enough by any means. I'm going into third year of pharmacy now and even if I get straight 4.0 the maximum it'll improve my wGPA to is 3.87. I'm applying this year but I feel really dejected about it.
  4. Hi all, I am a PharmD student at UofT, just finished year 2. I have previously completed my BSc. I am unsure of how exactly my wGPA would be calculated by UO, as the website and OMSAS imply they only look at 3 years’ worth of grades from an undergrad program leading to a bachelors degree. I have tried to email admissions to ask how exactly they might consider me, but received no answer. Would anyone be able to tell me if my PharmD grades would be used at all? Or is it all based on the last 3 years of my undergrad? Thanks!
  5. Hi all, I applied to a couple of Canadian (Ontario) schools for 2017 entry, rejected from all (Western, Ottawa, Queens, McMaster). I'm interested in applying again this year to some USMD, though most likely focusing on USDO because I think I'm more competitive for that. Academic (all my GPAs are calculated based on the AMCAS conversion scales, not the quality points because I'm not sure how to incorporate semester hours) - first year done at Universty of Western Ontario for the Bachelor of Medical Sciences program. I'm not sure how AMCAS converts UWO grades, but if it's based on the common knowledge (80+ = 4.0, 70-79 = 3.0 etc) then FIRST YEAR GPA: 3.2 - entrance scholarship - H.B.Sc. double major in Bio for health sciences + Psychology at University of Toronto Mississauga - 2nd yr AMCAS GPA: 3.74 (honour's list) - 3rd yr AMCAS GPA: 3.94 (honour's list) + 2 summer courses with GPA: 3.85 - 4th yr AMCAS GPA: 3.88 (honour's list) - overall GPA: 3.704 MCAT - C/P: 128 - CARS: 127 - B/Bc: 129 - P/S: 130 - total: 514 Extra-curricular - currently employed as a medical receptionist at a family doctors' practice (3 docs) - 2.5 years (administrative and clerical mostly, lots of customer service and Pt. interaction, also sometimes help male docs with PAPs and breast exams) - trying to apply for a second job in a similar role. - previously employed as: - sales associate (retail) for 2 years - 1 month contract as cashier/customer service rep - 1 month summer school program at a middle school as educational assistant - current volunteering - student and university volunteer at a hospital for 5 years various departments (oncology, physiotherapy, long-term care units, etc), currently in a leadership type position as part of a team responsible for managing high school student volunteers - starting to volunteer more seriously at a distress helpline - helping out in a psychology lab for over 2 yrs, currently helping with a PhD student's project, previously worked with him on his Masters thesis, and before that I helped an Undergrad on her honours thesis (no publications, conferences, or presentations, but co-authorship for publication may be possible in the future) - previous volunteering - on-campus medical first response team for 2 years as a Medical First Responder (currently still an active, non-regular member in order to provide additional help when needed, certified as AMFR level 1 with HCP level CPR + AED), was also part of the executive team for 1 year in the staffing division (recruitment, orientation, and initiation of new members) - library volunteer for 1 yr organising and selling donated books - YMCA front desk volunteer for 1 yr basic administrative and customer service stuff - seniors home during high school for 3 yrs helping run workshops and activities, helping with feeding, playing games and generally interacting. - high school club for 2 yrs, 1 year as executive. I haven't selected schools for USMD yet because I'm not even sure if I'm competitive enough to bother applying. I was going to focus a little more on USDO, and I'm really hoping for Michigan State's DO program since they have a commitment to accepting 20ish Canadian applicants each year. Any comments would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
  6. I was recently speaking to a dentist who has been on some dentistry admissions committees in Canada, and I was told that applying to medical schools while in a post-grad program like masters or anything else is very unfavourable. You can only apply in your final year and then it looks alright because they know you'll be completing the degree before trying to pursue something else. Does this sort of thing also apply for American medical schools? If I apply and gain entry to a Canadian pharmacy school, and end up going, if I were to then try and apply for American medical schools later on would it matter?
  7. I think I meet that for UWO - GPA for year 2 and 3 is 3.8. Or do they not look at year 2 lol because I'm applying with only three years of undergrad completed, so I mean... I meet the posted requirement from the UWO website which says something like 3.0/5.0 courses should be of that year or higher, and I definitely have that for years 2 and 3. Not applying to french stream, that's just what the website says. I'm getting the feeling I shouldn't even bother applying this year... Though I have a couple of strong reference letters, not sure how good the third one is but I have a feeling it's at least decent. I'm also 100% confirmed working on a manuscript now, just not sure where it'll be published. Hopefully a big-time cog neurosci journal but I have no clue. We haven't properly started work on the manuscript yet, still collecting data and analysing.
  8. Thank you for your input. Since the applications opened up recently, I have an update on my GPA: according to OMSAS it's actually 3.64. I'm sure this doesn't many any difference... Also, the UWO minimum was for last year, are they that stable? The current cycle's minimum isn't established until the current cycle starts applying, so not until mid Jan. Also, for Ottawa, I'm not sure how I don't meet the GPA requirement? Their minimum wGPA requirement is 3.5 out of 4. My first year GPA was 3.26, second was 3.7, and third was 3.9, so 3.26+(3.7*2)+(3.9*3) = 22.36/6 = 3.72667
  9. Hi, I'm a UofT student about to enter fourth year of undergrad. Here's my background: cGPA: 3.619 so far must have been calculating something wrong. OUAC application says 3.64. (First year: 3.26, second year: 3.7, third year: 3.9, all according to OUAC) MCAT: 514 (Chem/phys = 128, CARS = 127, bio/biochem = 129, psych/soc = 130) Extra-curriculars: 1. Currently working as a medical receptionist, typical reception type stuff booking and cancelling appointments, but the doctors sometimes let us go in the room to help with PAPs and breast exams if the female patients feel uncomfortable. 2. Hospital volunteer since Sept 2012, various departments (emergency, oncology, complex continuing care, physiotherapy) 3. Research assistant for 2 grad students, for both of them I helped gather data and ran the experiment trials, but didn't do any analysis on the data or write-up so no publications. Might be a possibility in the future if the current grad student lets me get that involved, he's offered to let me do some data analysis but I'm not sure. 4. I'm an advanced medical first responder (since Dec 2015), trained in health-care provider level CPR and AED, I'm a part of my campus' emergency response team. I joined in Sept 2015, and will be taking on an executive position this academic year (staffing division, so conducting interviews and going over new applicants). 5. Previously employed: as a sales associate at Payless ShoeSource (June 2013 to March 2015) and as cashier at the bookstore of a university (only Sept 2015), educational assistant for a summer school program for middle school kids; volunteered at: a retirement home (Sept 2009 to March 2012), YMCA, library, in a classroom for grade 2-3. Awards: Entrance scholarship for first year (forfeited because I transferred), been on the honour list in second year and probably third year (haven't received yet because I took summer school)
  10. Hi, I'm a Canadian student about to enter fourth year of undergrad. Here's my background: cGPA: 3.65 using AMCAS conversion MCAT: 514 (Chem/phys = 128, CARS = 127, bio/biochem = 129, psych/soc = 130) Extra-curriculars: 1. Currently working as a medical receptionist, typical reception type stuff booking and cancelling appointments, but the doctors sometimes let us go in the room to help with PAPs and breast exams if the female patients feel uncomfortable. 2. Hospital volunteer since Sept 2012, various departments (emergency, oncology, complex continuing care, physiotherapy) 3. Research assistant for 2 grad students, for both of them I helped gather data and ran the experiment trials, but didn't do any analysis on the data or write-up so no publications. Might be a possibility in the future of the current grad student lets me get that involved, he's offered to let me do some data analysis but I'm not sure. 4. I'm an advanced medical first responder (since Dec 2015), trained in health-care provider level CPR and AED, I'm a part of my campus' emergency response team. I joined in Sept 2015, and will be taking on an executive position this academic year (staffing division, so conducting interviews and going over new applicants). 5. Previously employed: as a sales associate at Payless ShoeSource (June 2013 to March 2015) and as cashier at the bookstore of a university (only Sept 2015); volunteered at: a retirement home (Sept 2009 to March 2012), YMCA, library. Awards: Entrance scholarship for first year (forfeited because I transferred), been on the honour list in second year and probably third year. I am thinking of applying to these schools: 1. Jefferson 2. Boston 3. NYMC 4. Wayne State If you can please tell me my chances, as well as any other schools that I could apply to, that would be fantastic because I am really unsure if my GPA is worth applying with.
  11. Was Ghobriel's class the first time you ever took physics? And did you just take Introductory Physics I or did you do both I and II? Will I be enough for MCAT? Well, to be honest it's a bit early for me to worry about where to go but I'm really not sure if I should go to UTSG or UTM. Is anyone aware of the difference between UTSG and UTM? Maybe someone who's switched from UTM to UTSG or vice versa? Any advice that anyone could provide would be very helpful. Thanks in advance.
  12. I don't want to make a new thread so I guess I'll ask right here. How difficult is it to get instructor's permission to take a course if you don't have the high school prerequisite? I know intro to physics requires the grade 12 prerequisite but I haven't got it. Do I even need to take physics? All I want it for is MCAT. I've never taken physics before, so I'm not so sure what to do.
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