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  1. Not all research is the same. If this person has nature/NEJM first author papers its very different than 4th author geology papers. You need more of the former to overcome that much of a GPA hurdle.
  2. In Canada, when a patient sees a doctor for most things, the provincial government will pay the doctor on behalf of the patient. The amount varies by province/specialty/task, but this is what is known as "billing". Say a family doctor sees a patient. For that service, the government will pay him $100 as the billing. If they see 1000 patients a year they will make $100000 in billings a year. In the most simplest set up, the doctor takes that as his income. They then pay income taxes on the income. Then, the doctor has to pay for "overhead" to be able to provide the service to the patient. For instance, the doctor has to pay rent for a clinic, buy an exam table, pens, paper, etc. tongue depressors, pay the salary of a secretary to answer calls and book patients, pay for malpractice insurance, pay for association membership fees, pay for continuing medical education, etc. This is all "overhead", and it can make up a substantial percentage of your billings, depending on where you practice (rent is higher in downtown Toronto vs rural Ontario), if you share your practice (cheaper to pay 50% of a secretary if you work with another family doctor), or how you practice (if you are an ENT and you're scoping everyone those scopes are not cheap to purchase and maintain). So, ignoring taxes, say all the overhead adds up to $30000 a year, the actual net income will be $70000. Gross income - expenses = net income. However, every year will be different as the amount of billings and expenses change and it could go up or down. The numbers realistically are much different and if you set up a corporation you can pay overhead before taxes but that's a different topic. Alternatively, the doctor can be hired by a hospital and paid a salary and not have to pay overhead. Instead, when they see a patient, the government pays the hospital. The hospital will pay them a set salary depending on your contract, and it may not matter how many patients they see. So in this example, the hospital will pay them $700000 a year, and it won't be less if there are less patients or expenses are higher, but at the same time if you are a particularly efficient doctor you won't get a higher salary for seeing more patients. The doctor then pays taxes on that fixed income. Obviously this simplifies things immensely. The radiologist might have a contract where they have a contract where they are paid a set amount for being on call, plus a stipend for every exam they read, but no overhead since the hospital pays for techs, the CT scanner, and the computer to read the exams on, etc.
  3. With a 3.2 unless he has some amazing research, 99% mcat, and a legit reason why his undergrad GPA is so low, he isn't going to far in USMD. Consider USDO?
  4. They could make you practice as an IM generalist? This is a niche question and you might have to contact them directly to find out.
  5. Even if you could they wouldn’t click it. The reason for the tight limit is they don’t want to read a long description. Part of the point of doing it is to be as concise as possible. The DOI is so that they can confirm if you say you’re on a nature paper or whatever.
  6. For Caribbean you will definitely need a co-signer as a significant portion who start down that route don’t make it. From what I’ve seen the US will generally need one too, but I’m not sure if you went through a US bank for instance.
  7. Lmao. Do not put “video game enthusiast” in your application. Especially 1000s of hours. It will absolutely not help and I bet if you think you can figure out why this might hurt you, if not be a red flag.
  8. How does a study showing that accepted students come from areas with higher incomes mean Casper doesn’t work?
  9. Whats your total cumulative undergraduate GPA? That's what Mac uses. Highlighted the relevant stuff. McMaster posts their admissions statistics. Only 13 people have been accepted in the last 3 years with a GPA less than 3.5 (~3%), and they don't give more detail below that number, so safe to assume they were 3.4 or higherish. Also keep in mind there is an alternate stream they don't separate out that I assume you don't qualify for. Let's assume your total cumulative undergrad GPA is on the high end of your range, 3.4. You get a bonus 1% for your MBA, so with what would essentially be a 0% score in the GPA domain, even if you got 132 CARS and maxed casper you'd be equivalent with someone who had a 67% percentile z score in each domain. Mac only interviews the top 10% of applicants, so even in this unlikely scenario your best possible score isn't very competitive. The point I'm trying to make is you need to bring your GPA up. How difficult that is will depend on what your actual cumulative GPA is and how many credits it's distributed over, but if you're dedicated its definitely possible, perhaps in 2-3 semesters of more undergrad. And you can take any classes you want so you can choose the stuff you'd do well in.
  10. Talk to people from the IM program at your institution. By far your greatest chances of success will be there. Talk to the program director, maybe try to do an elective with them as soon as possible. Otherwise talk to your PGME. There is a transfer process in place. If you live in a province with multiple schools its easier.
  11. Call depends on specialty and what specific things you're doing. For instance I do ward call and NICU call but their different hours. The specific requirements for call frequency will be dictated by your provincial contract.
  12. Very low. There have only been 11 people accepted in the last 3 years with a GPA less than 3.5 and we should assume they were >3.4 and were >90% for MCAT/Casper or alternate stream, so unless your low GPA is a huge fluke and not at all indicative of your potential MCAT performance you're not going to get far. If you have fully completed your master's by time of application you will have a bonus 1% added to your score. Of their ~450 interview invites, they dedicate 90% to Ontario applicants and 10% to out of province applicants. So you will have to be in the top 45 applicants applying from outside of Ontario to get an interview. After interview everyone is appraised equally. Do more undergrad courses to get your GPA up. Mac doesn't do any GPA weighing so you just need to keep getting 4.0s in undergrad courses to bring your GPA up past 3.6, and even then you're competing with 4.0s across the country. How many courses this will take depends on how many credits you currently have making up your GPA. If you're really set on mac, you would move to Ontario to take 3 years more of undergrad and then qualify for in-province status.
  13. Doing those service things is laudable at any age. You could also offer your skills to non-profits and outreach groups if you feel like you want to contribute in that way.
  14. Having no health care experience what-so-ever would be a red flag in the US. Canada is a little more holistic, that being said the idea is that you should know what you're getting into, so any school that takes ECs into account may note that.
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