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  1. I took 'personal' as meaning reflective of my experiences, or my values and perspectives. Both are valid, and both are very personal. I don't think I mentioned any experiences of my own in the more vague questions, but including and explaining your beliefs/opinions tells just as much, or more, about who you are. Plus, your experiences shape your beliefs anyway. So it's really just a more subtle way of doing i
  2. I just went in with a copy of my acceptance letter, and a screenshot of the OMSAS page where I accepted/declined. They were familiar with the issue and set up the LOC because I needed it to pay the deposit on my lease, and it took ~2 weeks. I wasn't at a bank in Toronto though, and to be honest the person I saw had never set up the LOC before (no need)
  3. Make it easy for them-give them a CV type document with everything relevant to your application. grades from their course if applicable, and when you talk to them ask specifically if they can write a letter regarding your ability/competency in ___ area. I.e. if it's a prof who only knows you from a course, ask if they can write a letter supporting your academic abilities and motivation to learn. Offer to talk to them, answer any questions about your future goals or motivations for applying. I was terrified to do this (mostly terrified to admit to someone I was applying to med school) but it ended up being almost enjoyable! If you ask the right people, they are going to be so excited to help you and it'll be a great letter
  4. I completely agree with you, my family lived off a resident's salary and we were not 'poor' by realistic measures, although I apparently fall into that category compared to most medical students. The only difference is, is that making multi-thousand dollar a month loan payments on a 50K salary is a lot different than just living on a 50K salary. For people who self-fund undergrad+med school....the idea of no good salary to pay off 150-200K in loans is downright terrifying.
  5. Look, I wouldn't normally say this, but use please think twice about those questions before asking repeatedly. Your GPA is above average for basically any school in the country. For example, if you had looked at the stats on the Mac website, you'd know your GPA is well above their average. I'm not sure if you're looking for an ego boost or what, apply where you might want to go. That's all there is to it. Stats are on basically every website.
  6. Contrary to popular belief, research is in no way more important for UofT than any other school. Keep in mind your references are heavily weighted (check out their video on admissions) and essays are from what I was able to find on the UofT forum, worth a lot more than the ABS. They should absolutely apply to Toronto if they want, and any other school. To the OP, don't worry about ECs. In my experience, what you think of them means next to nothing. I thought mine where terrible, and got in to all EC-heavy schools, while people who thought (and I thought) had incredible ECs got interviews only at schools that didn't look at ECs. It's a 100% subjective assessment of yourself......so don't count yourself out because you never know.
  7. It's not objectively 'weak' or 'poor', but the impression I got last year was that it's a separate criteria for OOP applicants, prior to looking at the application. Some people get in with none, but most I found went to school somewhere on the east coast, had lived, or had family there. Never hurts to try, but it's not a question anyone can even begin to actually answer for you
  8. Don't wait for a response, contact your school asap and have the transcript sent. It NEEDS to be sent directly from the university. Trust me here
  9. Maybe, l was talking about the English stream though
  10. Are you applying to the French stream? You can email them and they will tell you the min. for a stream, but it was a 3.85 last year for IP students, and higher for OOP in English.
  11. Looks like their last 2 years aren't each 3.7+ which is the requirement. Also maritime connections are very important. However I think they replace a year of your undergrad with masters grades if you have them, so it's worth checking Apply as broadly as you can, and work on ECs in the meantime. That appears to be the most changeable hurdle
  12. Makes no difference for your med school application. Really.
  13. Still, that doesn't mean they counted those things. It just means they don't automatically throw out applications for people who list them.....which would be a bit ridiculous. Considering how clear they are about only scoring things during undergrad, I wouldn't put something post-undergrad in your top 3 unless you'd be leaving it blank otherwise, because they have said many times they won't score post-undergrad things
  14. Have you actually asked your supervisor specifically about this yet? Toronto is the largest school in Ontario. You should really try explaining the full situation, how you aren't asking for their support of your goals but that you can't even apply to the school without a reference from them. Show them the email from UofT. They are probably thinking students can just 'ask someone else'. They very well might change their mind if they knew their refusal to write a letter was fully stopping your application to a school
  15. " would they rather pick a lifesci ssp student or a major student if they had to choose?" Nope, they wouldn't. Because being in any particular version of an undergrad program doesn't imply anything about the kind of doctor someone would be, and also there's no way (or reason) to compare people on the basis of a choice made at age 18 that has no reflection of their ability. Pick the program you want to take, regardless of anything else. Also, I'm not familiar with what a 'specialization' is but it seems like what my school calls 'Honours' which is essentially just a research project in 4th year. My experiences with such have been that you're applying to grad schools ~2 months into the project, so doing summer research prior is more than enough to compensate
  16. You need a 3.8 for file review as a non-grad student
  17. When in doubt, just ask. The school, I mean... Getting second opinions is good, but if there's anything unique, any doubt....you never want to risk it. This seems like they could interpret it multiple ways, so why risk it? Email then asap to avoid august/september when they get bombarded
  18. Yes. Like we said, you never know what will happen in the future. And 2 activities really doesn't say much, especially for UBC where it's half your score. I'm not going to say anymore as you seem quite set in your choice, but I'll just say planning for a 4 year degree is probably 99% of all people applying to med school do, with no negative consequences. I'm sure many here will tell you, things don't always go as planned right away
  19. Look, there really is no way to answer that. I'm sorry but there's just so, so, so many variables. It really would depend on the reason
  20. I second this. Call them, explain everything, and find a way into 5 courses. Considering the school year hasn't even started yet, I'm sure there's a way into at least distance ed/online courses if they have them. If not, try another school
  21. I'm just going to add this.... If they really are that demanding, and you want to get into med school, don't 'waste' your summer on the lab courses. Summers are key times to work, research, and volunteer like you don't always have time for in the school year. The courses don't add anything to help you achieve your goal. I'd just try one in the year. See how it goes
  22. Right now, your chances are slim for both. Do a 5th year, get another 3.9+ and you're more than fine to apply to med school. It'll come down to the non-academics/MCAT then.
  23. 4 year degree. Because you should never limit yourself to 1 school, unless it's totally unavoidable. Also, Manitoba looks at GPA, not ECs. So unless you have a 4.0 in the first thee years, you are only improving your chances by doing the 4th year. But it really shouldn't be a question. 4 year degrees are the standard, and unless you happened to get in in third year you'll need 4 years regardless
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