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  1. biochem4

    best decision?

    Hi all, I retook a course that I got a W from last year. I got D+ on it. Is this better than getting a W for the second time? This is a pre-req for most US schools and some CA, should I retake it?
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    drop or not?

    Is it bad to drop a basic science course and get a W for the second time? how will this affect grad school MSc admission? and also MD?
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    Hi all I’m taking a life science course this summer. I got my midterm back and it’s only average. I don’t need this course anyway I’m just taking it out of interest. I’m also busy this summer so that explains my mark. I can’t promise I can spend more time for its other assessments. Should I keep this still and do well? it’s one of the requirements elsewhere. I already completed all my pre reqs and it’s more unlikely I’m going to the US. Would y’all suggest not to take any sciences even if they are interesting (unless I can do well in those)?
  4. how was your NCR calculated in OMSAS?
  5. how was your NCR calculated in OMSAS?
  6. biochem4

    lab titles?

    How are these different from each other? a) Research student (4th yr course)-independent project b) Research student (summer program)- could have an independent project or a paired one with a grad student c) Research student volunteer / lab volunteer === mostly paired with a senior member of the lab, helping out with experiments; learning techniques etc I think they are all the same in terms of learning and practical experience (?)
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    research lab experience

    what does it mean to have a meaningful research experience regardless if it’s volunteer or not?
  8. Hi all, I was wondering if anyone could give honest feedback about my situation. I have been in this lab for a few months, I had been given some real science work from time to time and also some data entry and organization work related to the organism being studied. Few weeks later, I was only given the latter. Not that I did horribly in the science work but I was alright said my supervisor. At some point, I feel like the skills that can be learned in the lab are now suppressed toward me and idk why? I was upfront with my goals and all that but all of a sudden I am getting cold treatment. The agreement was I would come frequently in the lab but I am allowed only once a week and there’s an expectation that I should have learned everything by now. When in fact each week has something new to do. I am also most of the time ignored when I raise concerns as to what I want to learn more. Is it still worth it to stay in this lab? thanks
  9. biochem4

    Weighted GPA

    How are 9 credits perceived in fall and winter session? (0 credits in one term; 9 in the other)
  10. Im in a similar boat... do they base the GPA on each semester where there are 9 credits above or GPA calculation is based on F/W total credits of at least 18?
  11. How is this perceived? Is this session (F/W) included in GPA calculation?
  12. You won’t be a good and humane physician if you study medicine for the sake of money. You will end up accepting activities that are beyond your scope and are illegal when money is the root of those. That is why extra curricular activities are important, med schools need to see your “humanities” side and that it must flourish. A good balance of paid and unpaid is good but if you cannot do unpaid activities, ask yourself why you still want to pursue medicine. I believe that being a physician is a noble profession, one must have the right motive and attitude to get in. However, the sad reality is that 60% of matriculants said that they study medicine because of financial reasons. You can find the article online using the keywords I mentioned.
  13. biochem4

    Advice On Dropping A Course

    Questions to ask yourself: 1) Are there other courses that will count toward my degree aside from this anatomy course? 2) Is this course offered in the summer? If your answer is YES to both of these questions, you may want to drop it and if you really want to keep that ~4.0 GPA. If I were in your shoes, I would just keep it, knowing that the other components of my application are strong. The call is yours.
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    Advice On Dropping A Course

    A is good. GPA is not the only criterion. Finish that course if you need it in your program. If you don’t, the decision is yours whether you would drop it or not.