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  1. Anytime! Glad to help Just wanted to point out that for a number of US schools you are not considered as an international applicant. You would be considered as an out-of-state applicant, essentially on par with US students applying to a school outside their state. Good luck!
  2. I'm already off to a bad start with 0-2 haha. Also, only one side has roll-up this time :s
  3. Anytime! I applied to: Stony Brook, Saint Louis, Wayne, Central Michigan, SUNY Upstate, University of Kentucky, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth, Penn State, Oakland Beaumont, Case Western, Boston University, NYMC, and Michigan State. I interviewed at Stony Brook, Central Michigan, and University of Kentucky. I did apply very early; my primary app was in before the end of June and my secondary apps were done by mid-July.
  4. You can also spin that question off as a "why our school" question on top of what Bambi said. Maybe their curriculum caters better to what you were looking for than what's here in Canada or you like their facilities better (i.e. SIM centres or standardized patients and such). I also mentioned, and truthfully as well, that it did not matter where I practiced medicine; a patient is a patient, really. Doesn't matter if they're Canadian or American, for me anyways. Good luck!
  5. Thank you and no problem. I worked as a pharmacy technician for a little over 6 years and I did a few months as a volunteer at a hospital. So yes, one of my reference letters was from a healthcare provider (pharmacist). Some schools do want one from a healthcare professional but there are others that don't.
  6. Each school will have its own consideration of a competitive MCAT score. You should check out MSAR for that kind of information which will give you a breakdown for each school and the average GPA and MCAT scores for their matriculating students. Hard to say what they think of re-writes. The fewer re-writes the better, obviously. Some say they don't like it and others say they don't care. But I can give you my situation: I wrote the test 3 times. First time my score was average. Second time I did very well and in hindsight I should not have re-written it, but I re-wrote it for a third time because I wanted to bring up my verbal score (I had a 10 and I wanted a higher score for Ontario schools). My overall score for my second and third re-writes were the same but my verbal section improved. The US school I interviewed at and have been accepted to phoned me for the acceptance and the doctor on the phone told me they were especially impressed by the fact that I decided to re-write the test a third time when my score was already great the second time. So they seemed to think it was fine. Overall, I would say re-writes are OK as long as you do not score lower than previous attempts and try to not write it more than 3 times. I don't think re-applicants would be frowned upon if your application is better from the previous cycle. However, that might be different if you interviewed the previous cycle and were not accepted subsequently. You would certainly be flagged if you were interviewed and offered an acceptance but declined and are now applying to their school again. Your research experience will definitely help you out in US applications. They love it in their applicants. Thank you, it's at Central Michigan.
  7. They want you to have their required courses completed before matriculating and not having them done before submitting your application should not affect your chances, as far as I am aware. You would just need to submit a final transcript at year's end to indicate you did complete these pre-requisite courses before starting medical school. Great application by the way!
  8. The MD-PhD programs in the US are competitive. I haven't looked into too much detail into them but I think a major incentive for people applying to them is the fact that some (if not many/all?) cover your entire tuition, but I'm not sure if that would apply to Canadians applying. I believe having a masters degree here would help. You can apply to both MD/PhD and regular MD programs at each school. On AMCAS they ask which program you are interested in applying to because there are others besides MD and MD/PhD (e.g. MD/MBA, MD/JD, MD/MDiv, etc.). Although at one point I did email the program administrator for a school I interviewed at. I had already interviewed for the MD program and asked how I could apply for the MD/PhD if I wanted and he said that if I were to matriculate to their school, I could apply for entry into the MD/PhD program in my first year. So you could gain entry into an MD program and try and apply for the MD/PhD once you're in. In fact, he told me a majority of students followed this route in the previous year. Have your written the MCAT? The higher your score the better, but they of course don't have strict cutoffs like schools in Canada. They do like to see a well-rounded score overall, though.
  9. No problem. So far in the cycle, Central Michigan University. If I end up matriculating there, I'll be taking out a loan from a bank, using some of my own savings from over the years (I took time off after graduating to work), and using a line of credit with my parents as co-signers.
  10. My opinion on your situation: if you can afford the tuition and living expenses in the US, go for it, otherwise it will be a waste of time and money to apply. It is true that it will cost you approximately 400K. With the salary you will make it is manageable but not something that would be paid off in a few years, of course. Additionally, if you did apply and get accepted but decided afterwards to not attend for whatever reason, your application to the school(s) accepted (and I believe to all other US medical schools) will be flagged in subsequent applications (they have a system of knowing who got accepted but rejected the offer). So only apply if you are confident in attending if accepted. Your stats are good. Apply broadly (at least 10 schools) to a good mix of low, mid, and/or high tier schools. In the end, however, the ranking of these schools don't matter much. Certain competitive specialties at competitive hospitals/schools will consider your undergrad MD program, but even then your Step 1, grades, letters, etc. matter much more. So MD is MD, really. Just a matter of preferences. Yes, academically you have a good chance. But in the US, they care a great deal about your EC's, especially your clinical exp, research, volunteering, etc., as well as your personal statement and essays for each school. Your loans from the bank will be the same amount as here, so you will need additional loans from lines of credit (most likely) with a co-signer. ralk's points 3-5 cover the visa and practice situation well. It wouldn't be such a bad idea for you to finish your PT school and then apply. This way you can apply to many Canadian and US schools with increased chances of getting in. In the end, don't rule out US MD if you have the financial means. There are schools in the US where I've applied to and interviewed at that I loved, particularly for their research opportunities.
  11. Time stamp: 9:18 AM Invite: No GPA: 3.70 Casper: Thought it went ok, but seems like not enough VR: 10 IP Final year MSc. Not surprised here; you win some and lose others.
  12. I didn't have any and some of the interviewers I had were aware that most Canadian applicants don't have shadowing experience because it's hard to get. Clinical experience is important, however. So if you have good clinical experience then you're fine.
  13. I can understand your frustration, but I would not call or send LOIs at this time. It's still relatively early and I don't see how it could do you any favour, to be honest. Last year when I applied to US schools (19 of them) I received 1 interview invite and that came near the end of December (the interview was held in January). A lot of people were accepted who interviewed around the same time as me. So you'll have to be patient, unfortunately, as you might hear back a little later but it doesn't affect your chances all that much in the end. If you haven't gotten any news it simply means you're still being considered.
  14. Must...type...FASTER! Otherwise, I think it was ok. Just a couple of questions where I needed more time but here's hoping it'll work out.
  15. Do you have any friends that could introduce you to some of their girl friends? Ask them to bring them along for a get-together or something and meet them It works, they can talk you up a little bit, too!
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