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  1. Thank you! Definitely a huge relief. I felt the MMI was okay and the traditional was terrible.
  2. Got in off the wait list Thursday 11:07 am EST. I pretty much gave up hope before I got that email since it was over a month since May 14th. But clearly it’s not over yet! :)
  3. Hi everyone, I'd greatly appreciate some feedback and help with what I can do from here to increase my chances. - IP Ontario, non-SWOMEN, non-rural - Completed undergrad & currently working in clinical research - No interviews this year GPA: McMaster cGPA = 3.75 UofT wGPA = 3.88 U Ottawa wGPA = 3.83 Best 2 years/most recent 2 years = 3.78 & 3.97 UBC = 87% MCAT: 127 (C/P), 127 (CARS), 126 (Bio), 128 (Psych) = 508 ECs: - employment as a clinical research coordinator (1.5 yrs), research assistant (1yr), rehabilitation therapist (1yr), other retail/service jobs (during undergrad) - president of 2 clubs in undergrad (1 yr each) - coordinator of a community organization (5 years) - numerous other volunteer positions/extra-curriculars with leadership positions - school awards/scholarships ex. deans honour, entrance scholarship, governor generals medal, etc. - publications: 1 2nd author paper, 1 7th author paper, 1 conference abstract publication, 2 upcoming 1st or 2nd author papers, poster presentation for thesis Here are some options I'm considering: - Do another year of undergrad courses to try to boost GPA - Do a masters (course-based or research) - Rewrite MCAT What would help increase my chances the most? Is there a combination of things I should do? Thank you
  4. Thanks for the advice. I'll look into rewriting the MCAT this spring/summer as I do agree my chances would greatly improve. Last summer I was able to study full time (~8 hours a day for 5-6 days/week for 4 months). I put so much effort into it and I still only got a 508. I'm just nervous that I won't be able to improve much since I now have to work 2 jobs and can't devote even close to the same amount of time as before.
  5. That's true, thanks for pointing that out. When I tell people I've graduated they all think I mean high school. No one believes I'm old enough to have a Bachelor's degree. That provides some reassurance that a 2nd year off isn't really a big deal.
  6. Thank you for answering! I think I would enjoy a professional Masters more than thesis-based. I'm just worried about taking a 2nd year off of school since I've now missed all deadlines to start this year. Although I'm working and improving my ECs, I still feel unproductive. I feel really old not getting into med by now since I come from an undergrad program where a lot of people get in after 3rd year….
  7. Hello! I've been going back and forth between options recently and would love some input. I've applied to med schools this year and received no interview invites. My stats are: 1st year: 3.73 2nd year: 3.47 3rd year: 3.78 4th year: 3.97 cGPA: 3.75 wGPA(UofT)/2 best years: 3.88 UG completed 2015 and have been working since. IP for Ontario. MCAT: 508 (127/127/126/128) I have decent ECs and research experience but nothing overly spectacular. What would be best: A thesis-based masters or a professional masters like PT or another option? The thesis masters I could start this September but I'm not sure yet if I'm 100% passionate about doing that much research. Most other options I would have to wait until 2017 to start. I also thought of going abroad but it's way too expensive/risky and I don't know if additional UG courses will greatly improve my GPA. So basically is it better to have more research experience or to start doing my backup and continuing to apply to med while working in the healthcare field?
  8. Time stamp: 11:54am Interview: No cGPA: 3.75 MCAT: 127 CARS Casper: Prepared a lot and felt confident until system crashed. IP Graduated UG 2015
  9. Thank you! I'll go with 2 and 5 for sure then. Good point about #3. I don't think his letter will add anything significant that the others wouldn't already say. I'll have to think about 4 and if it would really be a good letter.
  10. Hey everyone, I'm having a hard time deciding who to use as a reference. Here are my options: 1. High school music teacher. I did a lot of volunteering with her and she knows me really well. She would write the most amazing reference letter out of all of them, but I haven't done any volunteering for her in over 3 years. 2. Professor at university. I think he would write a good reference letter also, but not as heartfelt as my high school teacher. I had 2 courses with him in 3rd+4th year and did really well in both of them. He got to know me since it was a small class. 3. Thesis supervisor. I worked with him for a year and a half. He's an ob/gyn. He knows little about me but could talk about my work ethic on my thesis project. 4. A surgeon I worked as a research assistant for. I worked with him for almost a year starting last summer. I think he would give a good reference and is most accredited out of everyone. 5. A supervisor at an organization I've volunteered for for 5 years now. She knows me pretty well and would be able to give a good reference about my character. What do you think? I can see the pros for all of them, but I don't know what would look better. I'm also not sure which of them would count for an academic reference. Thanks in advance.
  11. Thanks for the input! I believe Mac doesn't have a problem with doing a 5th year after graduating. I have to find out about the med school side though.. I'm not sure which ones will accept it. Any advice on what type of ECs I should look into? I've graduated now, so I don't have access to campus clubs anymore (unless I do the 5th year, but from the advice so far I'm leaning against it).
  12. Hey! I'm hoping to get some advice from others who are on the same path as me. I'm trying to decide what will most increase my chances of getting into a canadian med school: doing a 5th year, a masters, or just improving my mcat/ECs. - from Ontario (GTA area) + undergrad at Mac - writing MCAT this summer (it didn't go well last year) cGPA: 3.75 (after 4 years) GPA best/last 2 years: 3.88 (3.78 + 3.97) Toronto wGPA: 3.88 Ottawa wGPA: 3.83 ECs - 1 year research assistant with 2 publications and surgical shadowing - part time jobs throughout undergrad - founder+treasurer of club (1 year) - coordinator of community organization (4 years) - coaching (3 years) - high school activities - band, exec member, smaller volunteering activities I'm confident I can do well in a 5th year, but will it really benefit me? Do schools look down on doing a 5th year after already graduating? Would doing a masters or just focusing on ECs now help more? I'm so worried my average after 4 years isn't good enough. I appreciate any input!
  13. Hi, I'm new here. I'm wondering if I could get some advice since I've had a really hard time sorting this out on my own. I'm deciding if it is worth trying to get in to an Ontario school or if I should go somewhere else, perhaps Ireland or the US. cGPA (4 years undergrad with a french minor): 3.75. GPA last 2 years: 3.88. My 2nd year was pretty bad, which brings down the cGPA. MCAT: I wrote it last september and only got a 24 (7/8/9) because I was working full-time and wasn't properly prepared. I can write again, but I don't want to spend all that money/time if my chances aren't good regardless. ECs: Co-founder and treasurer of a campus club, co-ordinator of an organization, 4 years of coaching. Many awards and lots of involvement in high school clubs. Part time customer service job during the school year. No hospital/clinical volunteering, but I can do that this summer. Research: Worked as research assistant for 1 year with 2 publications. Completion of a thesis project. Also, I don't have a lot of prereq courses. I can't apply to any out of province school that needs physics, english, or orgo without taking another year of undergrad with the risk of hurting my GPA more. I'm just really lost with what to do. Obviously staying here would be my top choice, but is it even worth it to rewrite the mcat if my GPA/ECs aren't where they should be? Should I just go over to somewhere like Ireland? I know it's harder to get back here, but maybe that will be easier than trying to get in here with what I have now. Sorry if this is a bit negative.. I've had a really hard time with this recently. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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