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  1. You could also get to know your community more, especially those in vulnerable populations such as youth, elderly, indigenous, etc. Downtown Toronto is populated with not-for-profit organizations that are constantly seeking helpers - e.g. with food insecurity increasing, there are quite a few food banks with a shortage on volunteers to aid in the operations for their clients.
  2. If they consider that you cheated, both you and the schools you applied to, will receive an email regarding a breach of the examinee contract.
  3. CardiacArrhythmia

    Study tips?

    Wrote something on another post a while back. Look through it and if there's anything feel free to ask.
  4. CardiacArrhythmia

    Need help Finding a hotel for interviews

    If I recalled, the med campus is pretty far from the main campus. Ottawa usually tells you to rent the rotel because it’s the closest. I think the next closest would be the courtyard Marriott hotel which is about 2km away.
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    fulfilling prerequisite requirements in the summer?

    Prereqs can be done in the summer, since the grade is looked at separately. You can't do prereqs the summer before 1st year MD enrolment.
  6. CardiacArrhythmia

    Retaking MCAT

    They might have changed their trial then via a business decision since their trial was often a free resource in great demand. Do what you can with the 7 days, but it isn't a necessity to do well on the MCAT.
  7. CardiacArrhythmia

    Retaking MCAT

    No, but I’m sure it’s out there somewhere. Realistically, the 15 days is more than enough to go through all the passages given to you on UWorld.
  8. CardiacArrhythmia

    Retaking MCAT

    Khan Academy and UWorld are also other resources that are free to use.
  9. Yes it goes by the academic year GPA, not course-specific.
  10. School dependent. Western requires you to maintain at least a 3.7 GPA in your current year if you only had 1 year previously eligible. Ottawa requires you to maintain the cut-off GPA for your current year, so 3.85 for Ontario and 3.87 for OOP. So if you’re applying to all Ontario schools, I suggest you use the Ottawa cut-off GPA as your measuring stick for your final year.
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    Well, you should be providing your verifiers with the specific ABS information that you require them to verify. This allows them to clarify if 1) they agree with what you put down and 2) everything they need to verify if needed. Depends on the school. Ottawa requires you to put total hours of the activity as that is the duration/time commitment they're mainly looking at. The x hours per week/month can be indicate after for clarification breakdown and/or if you are applying to other schools as well.
  12. CardiacArrhythmia

    Pass/fail on OMSAS transcript

    You’ll be okay. Any Pass/Fail courses aren’t shown as credits on OMSAS due to how they set up the system - if they added the credit value alongside your pass/fail course, your cGPA would likely be lower since pass/fail courses are automatically considered 0.00 GPA by their system. Each Ontario school will count them as a credit towards your course load.
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    is this course accepted?

    Only if they’re taken on a letter of permission to be applied to your degree at your home institution and if they’re completed before April.
  14. CardiacArrhythmia

    Backup Plan for a Graduating 4th Year?

    Not 100% sure for other provinces, but I noticed I wasn't clear/a bit misleading on my previous post. Ontario provides a "one year grace period" rather than the original 6 months for those who are doing 30 hours/week for not for profit organizations. Now, to clarify, Ontario will continue to pay off the interest accumulated for the provincial portion of your loan over 1 year span rather than the original 6 months grace period. It really is a good "last resort" plan to delay payments for a year - especially if you're planning to head back to school the following year. https://www.osap.gov.on.ca/OSAPPortal/en/A-ZListofAid/PRDR017891.html
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    Backup Plan for a Graduating 4th Year?

    Well I wouldn't say negative, but it's always good to have a backup plan for the following year, regardless of the number of cycles you've gone through already. 1) You could take a 5th year if you require prereqs for another field 2) Grab a job - make a bit of money to pay a bit of your student loans and/or travel 3) Go to grad school - especially if higher academia is of interest to you. 4) If finding a job isn't what you want to do, you don't want to go to grad school, and you're fine with your current finances, you can go volunteer at not for profit organizations (if you volunteer for at least 30 hours/week at these organizations, with their permission, the government helps pay off more of your student loans on the year off)