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  1. It was mainly because of my OSAP eligibility. If you already have a BSc degree, you cannot get the OSAP if you pursue BSc again at different institution. Yes, I did Human Biology (HBSc) at UofT. Back then, I had a few options with either BA or BHSc degrees at the York University: Psychology, Health Studies, and Kinesiology Personally, I was not a big fan of psychology since different schools/concepts in psychology were always ambiguous to me whenever I took psyc courses. For Health Studies, it is like public health in which you need to incorporate different concepts from diverse areas such as health science, sociology, humanities, etc. Might be because of my previous background, I felt more comfortable with Kine program; plus I also wanted to learn more about 'practical' part of human biology. I liked everything about York except the commuting time (usually it took 4 hrs/day to commute from the south end of Scarborough to York). Kine program at York is very well structured and it gives you a lot of opportunities along the way (practicum, research, peer tutoring, scholarships/grants, etc.). I have always been very grateful by the fact that York gave me a second chance to do well at school and prepare for the next step of my academic career. I had a few friends who went to UofT, McMaster, and Queen's Med but they all got in with their first UG degrees. One person whom I got to know in the lab went to Calgary Med with their 2nd undergrad degree. And the other person went to Caribbean Med with with their 2nd UG degree as well. These people were all in Kine program (either BA or BSc). Try your best in your last semester at UofT. All the struggles and difficulties you have had will turn into a great asset in your academic career. I hope you make the best decision for yourself and get into your dream med program in the near future!
  2. Hi PsychSurgMD, If your desire toward med was so strong, I wouldn't worry about the backup plans. Just focus on how to make your 2nd undergrad cGPA >3.9. I was in a similar boat a few years ago (I did my first undergrad at St.Mike, U of T) and later I pursued my second UG at York U. I did Kinesiology (BA) there and it was the best decision that I had ever made. If you ever decide to do your 2nd undergrad at York, keep in mind a few things: Try your best to maintain your cGPA "minimum" >8.0/9.0 (ideally, >8.5/9.0 on York U GPA scale) Must take a full course load Do all the EC and research diligently Do well on MCAT It is not just about getting good marks; rather it is about how you can handle all the tasks in a given time efficiently. And always make sure that you keep your own standard much higher than other people whom you will meet in your 2nd UG. After all, you are going to compete with individuals who come from different institutions with diverse backgrounds. It is not easy but definitely doable.
  3. Apply to as many schools as possible. I would consider the application fees as good investments
  4. Normally, it is written in the Faculty of Dentistry building, which is right next to Toronto General Hospital
  5. IMO Assiniboine or Wollaston halls are pretty good place to live in. There is nothing fancy about it but it is quiet, clean and cozy once you get inside of the unit. Also it is pretty spacious (~500sqft) for one person use and it's only 9~10min walk from the College. Grocery stores (Save on Foods, Sobey, etc.) are also 10min walk away from the residence. Only downside is that there is no furniture except a mattress, a bed frame, a wall-mounted desk and a few bookshelves so for example, I had to buy a chair and a bedding (these were all I needed lol). During the moving season, previous tenants who are moving out tend to offer their stuff on the first floor. Last year, I picked up a coffee table set which was in decent condition.
  6. I have thought our college was pretty prestigious and I've been very proud of it ahaha
  7. Hi etodil, Your GPA is solid. Try to maintain your current cGPA. All you have to do is getting >20 from DAT all across the sections (higher the score the better, of course). I would try to do some shadowings in different specialties (general, ortho, OMS, etc.) because I believe that those are the best extracurricular activities you could do in a short period of time as a candidate in dentistry. If you can manage to do some research, then I would recommend to do that as well (but it can be optional depends on your schedule). In terms of CASPer, I can't mention anything about it since I haven't done that before. When I was applying to the dental schools, UBC and McGill were only ones that looked at CASPer scores (I might be wrong). Simplify your schedule and do your best at what you can do at the current situation. With a solid GPA (which you already have) + decent DAT score (minimum >20 on average) + meaningful EC, most of schools would be happy to see you at the interview. Best of luck and hopefully you will hear great news in the near future.
  8. Hi drakebell, Western looks into diverse aspects of applicants. So try your best to get decent AB and PS before the end of this December. Plus, your best two years of GPA is solid so you would get an interview if you got >20 in all the sections on Nov DAT you wrote recently. (i.e., >80% best 2 years of GPA + >20 avg DAT + Decent AB, PS --> Interview from Schulich) For UofT, cGPA after dropping of the worst year GPA must be >3.9. Otherwise, there is no chance to get an interview. Doing a master's would give you ~+0.1 on top of your cGPA (they tend to prefer research-based ones but not these days). Australian dental school could be doable because of a better exchange rate (it is still significantly more expensive though). It is true that you should have backup plans, but you never know whether you would get into Canadian dental school in this admission cycle! Try to apply to as many Canadian dental schools as possible (aiming for as least 4 schools out of 8 schools). Good luck and I hope you get good news in the near future
  9. I think it all depends on what your strengths are. Personally, I was not confident about Biochemistry and Plant Biology, especially the parts where I had to understand and memorize a bunch of chemical cycles such as glycolysis, Krebs cycle, ETC, CAM, etc. I have seen quite a lot of people who got them intuitively and ace on the test. But when I was studying for DAT, I wish I studied harder when I was taking those courses at school.
  10. Thank you for sharing your wonderful insight on MMI, Lead Zepplin. I really appreciate it.
  11. Am I the only one who got Feb 2017 DAT score scale for Nov 2017 DAT?
  12. I think studying with MCAT and/or DAT textbook during summer break is one of good methods to improve the academic performance. It doesn't matter whether you are going to actually take those tests or not. Once you review those textbooks more than twice during your summer vacation, I believe that you will feel much relieved in your regular academic year because your basic knowledge is enormously increased. Personally, it worked for me. Generally, MCAT textbooks are more detailed and comprehensive than DAT textbooks. So if you want a real brief review, I would recommend DAT textbooks. If you want to start from the basic and be willing to dedicate yourself more, then go for MCAT textbooks. I hope it helps!
  13. Thank you for your correction, DMD or Dodo Bird.
  14. Thank you for your reply Ostracized.
  15. U of T 'Medical' school looks grades of ALL undergraduate years. But U of T 'Dental' school asks you only 2 best years of GPA. U of T does have a preference on graduate students, so I think your tilte as a PhD student will compensate undergraduate GPA. I guess the only think you have to do is getting a better DAT score (say >20 on SAS, PAT, & RCT) and nail the interview when you get the invitation.
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