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  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. Break your GPA down by each year. Examples - If your last 2 years are +3.85 you could apply to Queens. If your best 2 years are both above 3.7 GPA Western is possible. Knowing your GPA for each year could help determine if adding another year of undergrad could help boost undergrad GPA. Masters/PhD wont make up for a low undergrad GPA.
  4. Your overall cGPA is not competitive for most schools. Break your GPA down by each academic year. In your case 1A+1B , 2A+2B. etc. If you have a couple of good years, you may be able to use weighted wGPA. Look up Queens, Western, U of T as examples for how weighting is done. Your ECs are not going to be pre-med-like, but that is OK. Alot of it is how you write them up and identify against CanMeds (Google it). If your wGPA is OK for some schools, start thinking about writing MCAT
  5. Switching programs will not directly impact your chances nor will taking a 5th year. Take it a term at a time and see how you do GPA-wise. Key points: - You need a high GPA for your med applications to be competitive. Aim for 3.9 in each year. - Do a program you actually enjoy - it can help you achieve a higher GPA and make life more manageable. - take full course load in every year - it keeps weighted GPA open at many schools. - take most of your courses at the right level (ie. 300's in 3rd year.) - a 5th year is OK - and it may help you GPA-wise.
  6. Aria - your input for AB27 may be a little over confident. As a Canadian in USA, you cannot access loans of the size required without having considerable collateral or co-signers. Bursaries and Grants at US Med schools are aimed primarily at in-state American citizens. What secret pool of money are you aware of ?
  7. The undergrad program does not really matter that much. What matters is you should do a full course load in all 4 years and you a need a high GPA. Most applicants will come from the sciences. It makes some sense as you do need to write the MCAT for most schools which has basic science content. You can self study for the MCAT science content though. Whether you are in 2nd or 3rd year, I would not transfer to science thinking it would increase med school chances. As long as you have a +3.85 GPA currently, I would complete your degree. Start studying for MCAT in parallel. Do some sample tests to benchmark where you are and plan to write in summer 2020.
  8. U of T requires you to complete the graduate program before starting medicine. Your supervisor has to write a letter to that fact to be considered for an interview.
  9. Does the "joint" program cause the one-year masters to stretch out time-wise before you can graduate from it ? If you are working at applying to medicine, don't hobble your chances by starting a convoluted program that could restrict the number of schools you apply to next year.
  10. Achieving a first author in a publication like Nature is a big thing in the science world. That is near impossible as an undergrad. Being included as an author in publications shows your sustained involvement in research. Good on you if you can achieve it in Undergrad. Publication is not a requirement for medical school applications, It is however a way to stand out and maybe have your application ranked higher by the human reviewers.
  11. Break down your GPA by year. Undergrad GPA is needed foremost before MCAT and EC's come into play.
  12. You are not "old" by any means. Phenomenal MCAT - wow. You are still in the running at Ontario schools except for Ottawa. Your ECs are fine and quite varied. A lot comes down to how you wrote them up vs CanMeds categories.
  13. Good go on the Sunnybrook interview. While accredited, I would be highly suspicious of the success you may have at using Yorkville towards Med school admissions. IMHO
  14. Sara, your 1st year and now 2nd year are write-offs from a med-school application point of view. Read through premed101. You will learn that undergrad GPA is key. You need that along with a high MCAT, EC's, (and Casper) to get an interview. Then you need to interview well. My suggestion would be to continue in your program. Do full course-load and do not drop courses along the way. Do not repeat courses. Do most courses at the proper level (ie 300's in 3rd year). You need to consistently achieve a +3.85 GPA (really +3.9) in each year. That means 85's & 90's with no course below 80%. If you can do that for 3rd & 4th year it will start to open up some schools like Queens, Western that only look at best/last 2 years. Too early to think about Masters. It won't help make up for a low undergrad GPA for med school applications any ways. Start this term with figuring out how to achieve the 3.9 GPA. Use your schools support resources. Use your TA's. Do the work. Wait til you can get the GPA before thinking about the MCAT Some med students had rough first years in undergrad. It is still possible to do this.
  15. Kin2019 - You still have a good GPA for schools that use weighed wGPA looking at best/last 2 years (such as Queens, Western, Dal, Ottawa). You are out of the running for cumulative cGPA schools (ie Mac). Your MSc grades do not come into play at most schools (other than Dal). You don't say what province you are in or your MCAT score. They both have considerable implications.
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