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  1. I think the cost of applying is my biggest concern. For example, the CASPer test costs $40 plus $10 for each school you send your results. For people in the U.S its only $10 and $10 to send it to each school and they also have the AAMC fee assistance program.
  2. I definitely agree with you. If they really cared about people from lower income backgrounds they would have given advance notice for a change in the application process. Many schools in U.S are still considering the old MCAT as long as its not older than 3 years. Also, the MCAT it self costs some 400 odd dollars. If schools really cared they would have pressured AAMC to lower their fees for Canadian students and provide fee assistance programs just like they do in the U.S. Also, they should consider that not everyone can afford a $2000 prep course every time a requirement changes. I would also recommend that maybe they make a Canadian MCAT just like how there is the Canadian DAT if it could help bring down the price of the test or just completely remove it like NOSM and Ottawa have. With the MMI all I have learned is that I have to work on tailoring my responses to what they want to hear. I have had arguments with Janet ( the MMI practice sessions coordinator) because the ideal responses to some of the MMI scenarios are complete BULLSHIT no one would ever do those things. Canadian schools in general do not look at your application holistically prior to offering an interview. Also, with the ECs everyones verifiers should be contacted because 2 of my roommates luckily got in over the last couple of years with overly exaggerating their EC/volunteer/work involvement and none of their verifiers were contacted and they barely did the things they put on their application. I sometimes feel that politicians have a saying on how seats are allocated because if there is a shortage of physician the government tries to recruit IMGs instead of increasing local med school seats when they think they will be having a shortage of physicians. Part of the reason I think they do this is because IMGs don't cost the taxpayers much as they or their country of origin have paid for their medical education. Most IMGs are placed in rural communities where local candidates are not ready to work. In addition, the government keeps a low supply of doctors so that there is always a wait time. As a non-trad if I get in I would definitely try to enforce a fairer application process.
  3. Seems like another way to make more money and weed applicants.
  4. Hey! Thanks for the response! I'll keep this as an option... I'm planning on writing it late July/early August.
  5. Hello! I have a course and I'm looking to share it with someone. If you're interested please message me for the price. Thanks
  6. I wouldn't be surprised since they introduced casper and then the new GPA calculation.
  7. Thanks for the response. I'm actually in the same boat in terms of academics although my GPA might even be slightly lower than a 3.6 ( I really don’t want to calculate it at this point). I’ll most likely have to do a few more years of undergrad to boost that GPA as I don't have many EC's either.
  8. Hello, I am a non trad and I only have one medically related volunteering experience (Meal Assistance Volunteer at a Hospital).I'm not sure if I want to volunteer as a meal assistance volunteer as I am finding that I'm not learning much and its not worth my time. So any other suggestions would help. I have no community related activities, so I was wondering what counts as community related. Also, I'm currently in Halifax. Any help would be appreciated
  9. Hello, I am a non trad and I only have one medically related volunteering experience (Meal Assistance Volunteer at a Hospital).I'm not sure if I want to volunteer as a meal assistance volunteer as I am finding that I'm not learning much and its not worth my time. So any other suggestions would help. I have no community related activities, so I was wondering what counts as community related. Also, I'm currently in Halifax. Any help would be appreciated
  10. I'm currently a fourth year in neuroscience at DAL. I'm not sure if I should do a 5th year and try to apply to grad school or graduate this year and start a degree in nursing or health promotions before applying to Dal med. I know I will have to work harder and that even having the grades might not get me in, but I'm willing to try. Here are my stats: Grades based on OMSAS: 1st Year: 3.8 2nd Year: 3.58 3rd Year: 2.56 (failed course) I plan on writing the 2015 MCAT. ECs: 2 years of hospital volunteering, 1 year volunteer tutor, work during the year, leadership positions worked at camps. Here are my questions: 1. If I do a second undergrad degree does Dal look at grades from the first one? 2. I have taken quite a few classes in health promotions, so assuming I finish my second degree in two years. Will I be able to apply after the first year of the degree or will I have to wait until I graduate from that degree considering Dal looks at the last 2 years (assuming they only look at my second degree). 3. Am I lacking ECs? If so what specifically and what do you recommend? 4. Has anyone ever been accepted with a second UG degree? Sorry for the long post. Any guidance will be appreciated.
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