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  1. I know several people who did their medschool in Europe (espc UK and Ireland). Before you decide to go, keep in mind the following: 1) What is your intention for going there? Do you think you stand little chance of getting into a medschool in Canada? You just started your undergrad. While it is tough to get into a Canadian medschool, its not impossible. Getting into a school in Canada almost gurantees you a spot for residency, and gives you a very good chance that you will get the speciality/location of your choice. Lastly, given the fact that you are fluent in French, you might be able to even apply to a French medschool in Canada, which opens even more doors for you. 2) Being EU does give you some advantages. It's true you might get cheaper tuition. But at some places/schools, you might be considered an international student. This is a problem because once you graduate, and want to do your post-grad training, the spots will be reserved for domestic students from that EU country. Furthermore, the post-grad training in most European countries following MBBS is extremely competitive when it comes to subspecialities (I would argue even more so than Canada). Most students end up being GPs. Bottom line is: are you ok with practicing in an European country? And are you willing to take the risks that come with it? 3) In general, you most likely cannot transfer your credits from your first year. You are in a BSc program, they are in MBBS. The course curriculums are different. However, this does depend on the school; some are more flexible than others. You would have to call them, and make sure that courses are transferable. European schools are typically 5-6 year programs for direct-entry students from highschool. Grad entry (those who hold BSc's) are 4 years. 4) Coming back to Canada or US after medschool in Europe is extremely difficult. And it may not be into a speciality of your choice. There are examples of people going against the odds, but take that with a grain of salt. If you do go abroad and want to come back, you will have to write a ton of board exams + possibly MMI/Casper/other potential exams (depending on where you want to practics). Usually these can be written just ONCE. Fail them and you are literally screwed. If you go abroad, you have to accept that you have to work much much harder than a Canadian medstudent would to get into a residency program. You would go with a tremendous amount of risk.
  2. I am not able to meet up in person, but if anyone would like to skype, PM me
  3. This is U of C specifically: High CARS will help your chances of getting an interview. The rest of the MCAT isn't as stringently evaluated from my understanding - depends who looks at your application and how they consider your MCAT on their 'subjective assessment of academic merit' score. Once you get to the interview stage, I would argue that pre-interview scores don't make a huge difference anymore. In the past (God knows how many cycles now), I have had high application scores despite having super low CARS. I wasn't able to get in because I bombed the interview. So ya, high pre MMI scores (including CARS) cannot really compensate for a poor interview.
  4. I know a lot of undergrads that decided to do some sort of Masters when they couldnt get accepted to medschool. I was one of them. I did my Masters because I had an interest in medical research and would like that to be a part of my career in the future. Also I began my Masters knowing that I would apply again for medschool after I am done. It was difficult to apply during my Masters and it was looked down by most people around me. Long story short: Some grad students who have their heart set on medicine will continue to apply. Some of them got into gradschool cause they didnt know what else to do. Some had a genuine interest and thought it would be a good use of their time and potentially strengthen their future medschool application.
  5. Whats done is done Yelscan55. I was in your shoes a few years ago, and I can understand its an awful feeling. I am still not in medicine; years of rejection has made me so numb to it now. I've learned one should neither be too optimistic or pessimistic about this process. I would say focus on what is to come ahead like your U of A interview. Also, plan for backup options if med does not work out. That is being realistic. Best of luck!
  6. Wow. UBC is so competitive. Sucks how all of you were rejected despite having those amazing grades and ec's
  7. Your undergrad cGPA would be somewhere between 3.65-3.75 for most schools (dropping year 1 and applying other GPA calculations). Not the best, but it's something you can still work with. People have done well on the MCAT even with GPA similar to yours. I would say it is definitely worth writing the MCAT. Aim for as high of a score as you can get. Also as you might know, your extracurriculars/life experiences and the way they are described in your application, can heavily influence whether you receive an interview at a particular school. Take U of C, for example; at least 60% of the pre-interview score comes non-academic attributes. So even if your MCAT score is a bit crappy, you could still give admissions a shot.
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  10. This question was asked at my post-interview presentation. Dr. Moreau told us: There are 4 waitlist pools. The waitlist moves differently depending upon the pool you're in. 4+ year IP - moderate waitlist movement 4+ year OOP - moderate waitlist movement 2/3 year IP - little to no waitlist movement 2/3 year OOP - virtually no waitlist movement He actually mentioned numbers for each of the categories too. I'm drawing a total blank right now though. Obviously my brain can only remember the crappy interview answers I gave. I could be very wrong, but my speculation would be that they keep at least 70-90 people on the waitlist. And they end up accepting around 40-70 people. The people accepted off the waitlist shift the admission averages significantly. Last year when I got my rejection letter, directly accepted individuals had a GPA of ~3.93 and MCAT of ~11.3 (4+ year IP pool). However, in the final stats, the GPA became 3.90 and MCAT 10.95.
  11. I think one question you have to ask yourself is where you want to practice medicine ultimately. Do you want to practice in Canada or Dubai? The reality of life is that if you get your MD from Canada you would be most likely suitable for practice at either location. Alternatively, if you plan to stay in Dubai in the future (or places that openly accept their credentials), I think you would be better off with just getting an MBBS from there. Oh one other thing you could do btw is graduate from Dubai, and apply for residency at other countries like US, UK or Australia etc (your school would have be certified to be able to apply for residencies at these other locations - pick carefully if you do decide to go). Once you're done residency from one of these countries and you become a full physician, you could make your way to Canada and practice. This is waaaaaayyy easier said than done. There are or could be many obstacles with this approach (writing numerous insanely difficult licensing exams, possibly lack of valuable clerkship experience, high cost etc.). I would not recommend this approach at all, but I do want you to know its possible. If I were in your shoes (and had the intention of practicing in Canada in the future), I would not go to Dubai. It is risky. I would work hard to get into a Canadian medschool instead.
  12. If you want to see the residency match data for IMGs (meaning how many of them got residency) in the last couple of years, here they are: http://www.carms.ca/en/data-and-reports/r-1/ 2015 match data of CMGs and IMGs (both iterations): http://www.carms.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Table_1_Summary_of_Match_Results_English.pdf 2015 match data for IMGs by region: http://www.carms.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Table_50_IMGs_by_Region_of_Graduation_English.pdf The data is scary. Only 421 out of 1984 (21.21%) IMGs matched in 2015. For comparison, the overall match rate of CMGs was 96%. While it is not impossible to match if you graduate from a school out of Canada, you do decrease your chances by close to 5x.
  13. Thank you for posting those!! The U of A EC scoring will probably forever remain a mystery. Sigh. Not even worth thinking about lol. We cant do much expect put our faith in the admissions committee. Some of those numbers are really scary. Wow the average MCAT is a 513.4 (~90th percentile)!! Can't imagine how someone (perhaps multiple people) got a 527 . People are destroying this new exam!! Though, the increase of the average probably has to do with how the right tail of the new MCAT score normal distribution is more spread out now compared to the old MCAT.
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