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  1. I did NSERC and studied a little bit while at the job but mainly after work. Got home, ate dinner with dad/tv, studied for a good 3 -3.5 hours. Hung with fam before bed. Usually would take Friday off, and study all day Saturday, and sometimes half a Sunday. Weekends I left for practice tests when about 2 months in, where as I could do practice sections after work closer to the test date. Utilized EK and I forget but the online YouTube videos, and Princeton review I think? Did slightly better on the second write which was the first 2015 one, as compared to the pre 2015 exam. Biggest thing is being consistent and also knowing when you’re not absorbing anything and taking time off to recharge. I don’t think it’s necessary to study as if it’s a full time job, did just fine without it. Gotta be honest with yourself and see what you are capable of.
  2. Can’t say one thing over another, but definitely something that sets you apart. Something that most people don’t have. Sounds vague but it is by virtue of being unique. Definitely something that you enjoy though. Demonstrating CANMEDs roles is a big thing which I think your ECs would demonstrate. Not much else I can say sadly.
  3. MCATs on the lower end, so hard to say, but your 2yr should be fine. As we’re a black box it’s hard to comment honestly because many applicants who seem competitive in paper don’t get an interview and others do. All in how you write your application, plus it seems unique features that other applicants don’t have may play a role, but that’s just my observation over the many years being on here. Good luck!
  4. Some like Ottawa, queens, and western do recent or best years. Look into their GPA requirement.
  5. 100%, some in my class and the year above. Plus other years and other schools. It’s doable, just gotta be diligent and likeable during your rotations I suppose.
  6. 100% do electives where you want to end up. Competitive specialities won’t interview you if they never met you. The challenge is actually locking down those electives which I hear is a nightmare. I do not know the answer to your second question.
  7. I don’t usually give that information out. There are multiple avenues though of getting a second degree, especially fast tracked, and they include nursing, occupational health, and public health. Others do another degree and use transfer credits. Each have their pros and cons with marks and job afterwards. Nursing for example has subjective marking when in the clinical setting. Definitely a personal decision for you. I would do some research into the programs and see what tickles your fancy, because being interested in the content reallllly helps with studying.
  8. I think a good first step is to use the search function, as many questions have been asked before, including the second degree. Many people have taken it as an option, including myself. If you can figure out why your grades were lower and how to improve. Having a plan is important. It's also important to know it may not work out (medicine), and that the second degree should be something you're interested in that can allow you to work afterwards. Hope that helps.
  9. https://applymd.utoronto.ca/gpa-and-gpa-weighting
  10. Lots to unpack there. first, you may want to look at various medical schools and how they look at GPA. With how your explaining it, it will be hard to recover for schools that look at your cGPA as it takes into account all your grades. Schools like queens and western look at best or last two years, maybe be more you go to. Ottawa last your last three with most recent counting more. it really depends on you what to do next, my advice is always do a degree where you’d be happy working in the field lest medicine does not work out. It’s not the end all or be all, it requires tons of work and sacrifice. you really got to be aiming for those 85+ marks at this point. Utilize your profs and school resources in how you can improve and to clarify concepts, etc. Good luck.
  11. No. Start fresh every time. If anything it may help in that it was practice, if you learned anything from it that is. Canadian schools are standardized like that anyway (Quebec I’m unsure tbh but probably same). And it would not be held negatively, just neutral.
  12. Lol yes. I didn’t have pubs and got in. Same with peeps in my class. You got that side all worked out, now focus on GPA/MCAT and some type of extracurriculars and that’ll be good. End of the day Med schools won’t care if you have clinical research or not.
  13. As I think I may be in similar boat as you in a few years, curious why gen sx is not something your considering if you got surg spec as your primary? Lifestyle reasons or other? Thank you!
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