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  1. I think the only potential in Canada would be UofT Graduate stream. Your undergrad GPA is very low, but your PhD and publication history may get you an interview. You will need to write the MCAT, but UofT has relatively low cut offs.
  2. Look at Mac Health Science. Very hard to get in , but worth it if you can.
  3. Undergrad GPA is paramount for Canadian schools and achieving a Masters does not change that very much. Suggest you review competitive wGPA at Canadian schools. Your GPA/wGPA is not sufficient for an interview at the Ontario schools you mentioned. MAC uses cumulative GPA only and has 10% limit on OOP interviews. 3.72 GPA won't be enough. Queens uses your last 2 years as wGPA and you will need atleast a 3.85 wGPA for an interview. UofT lets you drop 8 courses from the 4 years for wGPA and has +3.9x average interview GPA. My point is, understand what schools you can realistically apply to with current GPA before discounting more undergrad years. Those years will need to be full time to be of any value.
  4. Is it your intent to eventually go to the US for Med School ? I'm not sure from your post if you did apply or intend to apply to Canada or not. Your undergrad GPA will likely need a boost for Canada unless your weighted GPA is better for some schools. A Masters really will not help to offset your current GPA in Canada. The McGill Masters does not sound at all useful for a career path unless you actually become a surgeon. Do you maybe have a better option to try to raise your undergrad GPA with a fifth year ?
  5. As long as your Med school doesn't run through the summer, yes you can take time for an extended trip. (Although 8 weeks may be too much). Many Med students will opt for a research opportunity and to make money, but it is not necessary. Taking some time to look after mental health and unwind may be a better use of the time.
  6. Can you attain the missing prerequisites this summer/fall online ? Many schools do not include summer courses in GPA calc so no worry about impacting your excellent GPA. Sounds like you need to focus 150% on CARs from now til you write MCAT in late summer. Open up as many schools as you can to apply to. You don't need a 5th year to bring up GPA.
  7. Why are you taking a 2nd undergrad ? Your current undergrad cGPA of 3.9 is competitive at a number of schools. Most Canadian Med schools other that Ottawa do not have science prerequisites. You may be able to self-study for the MCAT. Choose a program that you think you can do well GPA-wise. Do you have Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status ?
  8. Applicant Pool GPA is not relevant. Interviewed vs accepted GPA might be interesting. AFMC does a summary of each school - applicants/interviewed/accepted - no GPA data https://afmc.ca/sites/default/files/pdf/2020_admission-requirements_EN.pdf Most schools provide some data. Example below of Mac which does a accepted histogram for each year. https://mdprogram.mcmaster.ca/docs/default-source/admissions/class-statistics/class-of-2022-stats.pdf?sfvrsn=2
  9. In general, schools look across the full school year so 6 & 4 is fine. You may be OK to drop the course this term. Courses must be in the Sept - April period though. Summer course will not count in weighting. You are shooting yourself in the foot each time you do drop or repeat courses or don't take full course load. The repeat courses are bad news for some schools as they wont count them (and you lose full course load) or they will include both marks in cumulative GPA. Some examples: Western will look at your best 2 years that are full course load. Queens will look at last 2 years (full courseload) U of T - you are already out of weighting due to 1st year course load MAC only looks at cumulative
  10. You provide your University transcript to OMSAS and they do the calculation. You can see your GPA after in the OMSAS documents section and should be able to figure out what they used for conversion. They have probably dealt with your University before.
  11. Good job at brining up your GPA in year 3 & 4. Too bad it wasnt at full course-load Do check out Queens - You might qualify for their weighting. https://meds.queensu.ca/academics/undergraduate/prospective-students/applying/application-process Other than that - you need more undergrad years to build up a useable GPA.
  12. Just keep going and concentrate specifically on GPA for the rest of the term. You realize already how important it is. You also already recognize some schools using weighting. Understand Queens and Westerns also. Clinical and Hospital volunteering while common for premeds is not mandatory. A lot is how your write up your ECs -- Google CanMeds and center around that. Write MCAT late summer and see where you are GPA/MCAT-wise in the fall. You can do it ! As far as Academic explanation essay - you can try - but I don't see you as being much different than anyone else as far as feeling pressures to do too much. Overdoing ECs is pretty common - to the point of exhausting yourself or at expense of grades. Again - throttle back and focus on GPA.
  13. You missed paying your tuition 6 months ago. It was not a small amount like forgetting to pay your monthly cell phone bill. I think you have most of the responsibility here. If you are at your home school right now, go to the registrar in person on Monday morning.
  14. ManInBlack - if you expect to have a competitive ~3.9 cGPA at the end of your 3rd year, I would do the MCAT re-write this summer so you can apply this fall. If medicine is your top priority then use this summer specifically for MCAT. You already know how far you need to move the needle. Unless you already know what the NSERC opportunity is and what the time commitment expectations would be, I would treat that as secondary. Research is nice but not mandatory for med apps. A good MCAT is mandatory.
  15. why are you copying forward other peoples old posts that have no bearing on the current thread ?
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