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Everything posted by rinzler

  1. I agree with you. Once your objective is to achieve the highest marks possible, your work ethic and strategy (taking some easier courses) you take can certainly get you there. Many people don't recognize this until it is too late. I just hate the fact that I attended an institution for higher learning yet cared more about my marks than actual learning outcomes, after all, learning wasn't going to help me be more employable in the field I wanted to venture in, or help me pay my bills. Hell, I did not enjoy learning for learning's sake until my Master's Degree. I wish the system rewarded you for learning outcomes rather than focusing on getting the highest marks possible.
  2. I have the exact same MCAT scores (maybe more balanced than yours?) and a lower GPA. I guess this year they were a bit more holistic as I spent a ton of time on my essay responses. I also have a MSc, which could have added some points? I don't think it hurts to call and ask, the admissions staff has been incredibly helpful and transparent about it all.
  3. It's funny how undergrad is supposed to be a time to learn and make mistakes, yet the intensity of the competition makes it impossible to have a chance if you are not perfect. Unless you were raised in perfect conditions, studied without any financial stress, or went to school in manitoba or saskatchewan, you don't stand a chance against these other demi-gods.
  4. Exact same thing happened for me. Just waiting for GPA to be released now. Thanks.
  5. Any Ontario applicants care to chime in? None of my verifiers have been contacted yet
  6. Mine were really low, so it was a complete surprise to be invited. Hang in there
  7. Email says Tuesday, Oct 15. My assumption is that the next wave of invites will be sent out then.
  8. I can't believe it, received OOP invite. See you there!
  9. Doesn't look like it from last year's interview thread?
  10. Do you mind telling us which applicant pool?
  11. No problem, I think it was important to write it out so you can frame where you stand and what your options are. Most members here are just as supportive, I simply elaborated on what others have already mentioned. I am afraid you still don't fully understand your situation. You mentioned that you've only thought about this in your final year, and you have a lot of research to do. A few points of clarity for you: without a second undergrad or more years of full time study in undergrad (minimum 2), your chances are near 0% right now. So when you apply, you need to have 2 full years of grades already. If you started sept 2020, you need your grades from 09/20-05/21 and 09/21-05/22. Effectively, your chances won't be significant until Sept of 2022, which is 3 years from today. A MSc won't help you, Queen's Western and Dal only care about undergraduate grades, most grades from the MSc don't count towards med GPA calculations. Like others have previously mentioned, your academic record would almost exclude you from the entirety of the US, UK and Australia.If you look at the overseas list that accepts Canadians, you'll come to a realization that all of them are 3.5 and above(and that's really stretching it). You need to sit down, do some research on the statistics and cutoffs. I think you are overly optimistic about your situation, there are less than 30 medical schools that frequently intake Canadians. Not a single one of them will accept anyone with a below 3.0 GPA international student. Spots in the US are very limited for internationals as they typically favour their in-state students. A second undergrad is a huge red flag during their application process, their ADCOMs are not as forgiving as Canadian school ones. The practice of doing a masters and applying again is different in the US, as some schoo's have their own MSc program to specifically help people get into their affiliated medical school program. Most student serious about research goes directly into a PhD in the states, so the evaluation of a Canadian MSc is tricky. The Caribbean comes with enormous amounts of issues on its own, a quick search on r/premed or these forums would lead to the logical decision not to do it. If you truly value staying near your support system, I find it difficult to believe that you are unwilling to move provinces but willing to cross entire borders. Finally, yes, it is daunting to be taking classes with people who are much younger than you, I've done it, it sucks. You feel like you don't belong there. But you have to make the most tactical and necessary decision. Best of luck to which ever path you have chosen,
  12. Hi David, Firstly, good luck on your pursuit, after all, this is the community where we share common goals and support each other throughout the process. If this is truly what you wanted to do, you should pursue it without doubts and I implore you to do so with full dedication. A lot of our peers here are trying to tell you harsh facts and you don't seem to be too receptive of it. I don't think they mean any harm, but I do think you need to think and reflect on your situation. Pre-med is a harsh route and unfortunately our previous actions are final, this isn't an industry where GPA matters little in the grand scheme of things (e.g. Computer Science). What I can do is help you look at it in depth and perhaps explain some of these things without the hostility, let's look your situation together: If you were to get a perfect 4.0 in the next 2 years of undergrad (if you stay in Ontario) Your GPA would still be below the cutoffs for UBC, Alberta, Calgary, Sask, Manitoba, UofT, Ottawa, McGill (& all of QC), Memorial. The calculation is simple, say you have 3.5x3 + 4x2, your aGPA would still only be at a maximum of 3.7, this is the best possible scenario as I've even taken out your worst year. You should investigate the statistics for each medical school to get a better idea. This leaves you effectively with 4 schools, let's talk about 3 of them first: Western, Queen's, Dalhousie These schools only look at your last 2 years (unsure about dal tbh). They are your best schools, if you are serious about applying, you need to have a perfect academic year, with zero missteps. Regardless of what you are claiming you can do, you haven't provided any evidence resembling you can put two school years of above 3.7 study together, I think you can be reasonable here and understand why some people are skeptical. Furthermore, we can talk about McMaster and Western, if you look at their cutoff/entry stats, you need to absolutely ace the MCAT and CARS. Please do not assume that you will just waltz in and do well. Look around, how many of our peers have excellent achievements but yet cannot break that 128 cars block. Again, you haven't provided any evidence that you are better than 90% of other MCAT takers. Finally, for Queen's, you need to show some excellence in your ABS entries. I am going to be frank with you, your ECs are below average. Your hours spent at each activity is very low, and the depth of your experiences are like every other traditional applicant, you simply do not stand out. Please look around on these forums, look at the successful matriculants, they have achieved great things: national level athletes, published research in high impact journals, started their own initiatives and companies. They don't even bother to list things they've done for less than 300 hours. For someone with a lower GPA, I would have expected much more out of your ECs. You need to be working on them HARD during your next two years. Oh and by the way, make this a 3 year endeavour, you cannot apply until the cycle after you are done your 2nd undergrad. You need all your grades to show on your transcript and you can only apply the cycle after. This includes a year of waiting around, which is why some people have suggested you go into another field that can generate some income while you are applying. Putting it all together: You need to ace these last 2 years You need to ace the MCAT and CARS You need to continue these ECs while making great strides in other ones. You need to commit for the next 3 years if this is what you want to do. You haven't shown any capability of doing any of these items in isolation, let alone simultaneously. Please do it properly, no slip ups, no excuses, your actions are final. Once you commit, you don't want to regret what would be 7 years of pursuit for no other job prospects. I hope this post has made you realize your situation and reflect a bit on what our peers are trying to tell you. p.s The alternative is moving to saskatchewan or manitoba for 2 years to do your undergrad. Think deeply about it, because the other people were trying to give you good advice. Look at their in province stats. It is honestly your best chance, and if you are certain this is what you want to do, you should commit to it.
  13. It says in the help guide: ACCESS applicants will be subjected to SWOMEN cutoffs The MCAT cutoffs are based on the applicant pools. I doubt having ACCESS there will change anything.
  14. Mailed my transcripts on Aug 14th. Checked yesterday and saw that it has yet to be received. Messaged the admissions staff and they recommended that I send another copy via Courier since it's more than likely the original one has been lost. Checked again this morning to see that it just updated my transcripts today to learn that UBC has just received my August one...one day after I inquired about why it hasn't updated yet. Incredibly frustrating as I wasted 50$ on a tracking courier. You guys might want to wait on sending another copy as the system updates... slowly
  15. Hey Mr.Sanger, Do you think it is possible they raise the CARS cut off to 129 again or 130?
  16. Do they have anything for percentages into GPA?
  17. "For undergraduate students, to be considered full-time you must complete 18 transferable units of course weight (ucw) during the academic year (September through April) or 12 ucw during the Spring and Summer terms (May through August)." Sounds like 6 half courses for the entire year = 1 academic year Does anyone know where to find the grade conversion chart (coming from omsas)? I can't find it anywhere here or on their website
  18. Make sense, "all post secondary grades will be measured" Thanks again
  19. Does this mean my course based masters won't count?
  20. Result: Rejected GPA: 3.83 MCAT: 10/11/12 ECs: Pretty high %tile Interview: Thought I struggled only on 2 stations, turns out i bombed it in entirety Year: BSc completed last summer Geography: OOP Lost for words
  21. I don't think schools care too much, since Dalhousie already released acceptances in march...
  22. Definitely short, not enough time to read, not enough time to answer. I would have appreciated more choice with my time instead of "this time is allocated for this and after it's up you cannot add to it no matter what" Panel was also short, overall it was not what I was expecting at all...
  23. Shouldn't he have time to make amends and explain exactly what happened to the ADCOMS? Or they instantly banned him?
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