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  1. clever_smart_boy_like_me

    U of T medical student convicted of rape

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/prachur-shrivastava-guilty-sex-assault-third-option-calgary-1.4960875
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    Do you get to choose your interview time?

    When does Queen's usually let applicants know about invites? Is it late January?
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    Advice and opinions wanted: Masters degree - Pharmacology

    I could work the MSc around my job (flexible hours). I have read that course-based aren't considered as highly as thesis for some things. Primarily I don't want to make myself ineligible for med for a degree I probably won't really need anyways (by doing a 2-3 year thesis MSc). I have not decided yet what I will do but I am going to attend an information session to learn more.
  4. Hey all! I've been thinking of what I can do during this next year between cycles as I recently received a rejection from UBC (still waiting on OMSAS). I found a one year course-based Pharmacology masters and I am really interested in taking it just for my own interest after discovering my love for the field. I did coursework last year in pharmacology for the first time and can say hands-down it was one of the best experiences at the university level for me. I am considering the one year course-based masters so that I don't lose eligibility for the next cycle. I'm not really even considering its relevance or benefit to my application or how it might apply to a future career as I'm currently employed and don't anticipate leaving this job until med. I just really want to take it for my own interest and to kind of give me a self-esteem boost, and to help me once I'm at the med-school level and doctor level (clinical trials and drug development sound interesting to me). But since I'm here: is there a benefit to a MSc of this kind in the application process? What kinds of jobs could this degree open up for me? Does anyone know anyone with a MSc in Pharmacology? Thank you to everyone who replies!
  5. Thank you everyone for the responses! Definitely learning more about the USA-side of things. For example, I didn't realize reapplicants were looked down upon in the States. I will get my files together and prepare my primary and secondary for next cycle thanks again!
  6. Hey - new to the USA threads and I have a few questions. I have a question regarding applying to this school in particular. When it says it has a deadline for primary application of December 31, is someone really at a disadvantage to apply that late in the cycle? I know it is better to apply earlier than later. If I did apply and was unsuccessful => I also read that re-applicants tend to be looked upon less favourably by USA schools - is this true? With this said, is it really too late to apply to this school? I am asking because I hadn't even considered USA schools for this cycle and had started looking at the MSAR for next cycle and saw that Wayne was still open for this one.... There is some benefit for me waiting for next cycle as well - I can continue adding to my experiences, at least 2 of which can be improved by a great measure, and I could get some shadowing experience completed, which I know USA schools like to see. Also it would give me time to work on the essay(s) from now until May or June... And would give my letter writers time. I think it would be pretty intense to spring a letter request on them this close to the holidays.... Once done with a med school in the States is it pretty easy to get back to Canada? I have read that USA Canadian grads are considered in the CMG stream and go through CaRMS? I could be wrong... Thanks in advance!
  7. clever_smart_boy_like_me

    2yr GPA eligibility

    Contact them directly to make sure.
  8. clever_smart_boy_like_me

    Is this increase possible for NAQ

    My second app NAQ went up 12 points and I got an interview. Had two years of interviews with an NAQ around 32-34. Then it dropped more than 15 points regardless of adding new activities and good wording. Now my NAQ is around 15-17, less than my very first year of applying. It's entirely possible for literally anything to happen.
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    MCAT Cut-off for C/P

    Think maybe a 511 with all sections at or above 127 would be good enough not to get screened? Got rejected from UBC yesterday so all my hope is on Queen's
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    Interview Invites date?

    This was my 4th. 1st year no invite, NAQ ~22-24; 2nd year invite NAQ ~34; 3rd year invite NAQ ~32: 4th year no invite NAQ ~15-17. Added activities every time, kept most of the wording from successful cycles (changed it from 1st to 2nd). My AGPA went up at least. How does this happen though? The fact that I feel I have nothing to go on makes it hard to see where I can improve. What else is there to do but give up really? I mean, yeah keep doing what I'm doing and keep throwing my hat in the ring but now this process seems 100% random for the NAQ. I wasn't anticipating a drop like that. Maybe a few points if any but like, to receive less points than my first cycle? When my experiences were less and the wording was worse? I'm stunned. And so tired of this. I'm starting to think of alternative careers. I can't be in limbo forever. I want this so bad but maybe I'll never get there. The feeling of giving up on a dream is like mourning. I'm almost there. Maybe not fully because I'm still waiting for OMSAS schools but even so. I'm not hopeful at all for those.
  11. clever_smart_boy_like_me

    Interview Invites date?

    Please do because Australia is looking better and better every cycle. :/ I'm in the same boat as sickofitall... thinking about the aus route... *shrugs* I still have to try the USA and I am still waiting for OMSAS results... not too hopeful there now though. Guess I will be buying the medschool admissions record book to see what schools are my best chance in USA.
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    Interview Invites date?

    I don't even know. I contacted everyone on my list before I submitted and they were all good. -.- Honestly guys, where do I even go from here? Like, it's not like I can add anything more to this. Every year I add more and more valuable and relevant things. I don't know how to come back from this dumpster fire of an NAQ, a compilation of activities that prior to this cycle had gotten me a good NAQ score. My only hope is Queen's at this point.
  13. Regrets, NAQ dropped over 15 points despite adding new activities. After two years of interviews, a regrets. Not really sure what I'm going to do now. Still waiting to hear from OMSAS schools at least but not sure about this anymore. What the hell.
  14. clever_smart_boy_like_me

    Interview Invites date?

    Regrets. My NAQ score dropped over 15 points. Wow.
  15. clever_smart_boy_like_me

    Interview Invites date?

    I'm so sorry :'( I was rooting for you! Try again!
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