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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 ?
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. You GPA/MCAT are obviously good. Your ECs on the surface seem reasonable, but alot depends on how you write them up against CanMeds. Did you receive any interviews so far ? That is a good first indicator. You still need to do well in the interviews.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. why are you copying forward other peoples old posts that have no bearing on the current thread ?
  13. Your cGPA/wGPA is not competitive for most schools. You need near ~4.0 in your 5th year to help move them up. Reduce your EC activity this term and focus specifically on GPA. Casper is designed to make you reason quickly. You need to plan to answer more thoroughly across all questions. A Masters does not make up for an undergrad GPA that is not already competitive. Only go that route if you have a passion in the area or see it as a career path.
  14. Med Schools all have different methods to do a weighted wGPA for application assessment. Only MAC uses the full 4 year cGPA. Dal which you reference, as example uses last 2 years. Note they do require full course load and do NOT like repeat courses. So keep going with full course load and work to achieve a high GPA. Your first year will not hurt you if you can do well in year 2,3,4 You will see many schools do similar things - Queens, Western, Ottawa, U of T all haved weighted GPA's. https://medicine.dal.ca/departments/core-units/admissions/admissions/gpa-requirement/degree-assessment.html https://medicine.dal.ca/departments/core-units/admissions/admissions/course-load-requirements.html Can you move from 2.9 to 3.9 ? It will be a lot of work and probably major changes to your approach. You can do it. Make full use of your schools resources (TA's, support hours, admin support, study groups).
  15. You probably do not want to re-take courses. Some med schools will not count the 2nd mark and you could then also be left without a full course load in that year removing the option to use weighted wGPA. Continue on with your program if you like the courses. Work at achieving +3.85 GPA going forward as +3.5 will not be competitive.
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