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  1. helicase

    Queens MCAT

    Less than a 508 is definitely pushing it. I mean if the application fee isn't an issue and you're applying other places anyway, might as well give it a shot but I don't think I've seen lower than a 508. You never know though and cutoffs may change year to year.
  2. helicase

    Very Low GPA

    What is your GPA breakdown, do you have an upward trend at all? What is your EC situation like, other than hospital volunteering? What is it about medical school that particularly interests you over other careers in health care like PT, RN, PA, NP etc?
  3. helicase

    Chances?? (desperate)

    I'd always recommend applying to Queen's if you are likely to meet the GPA/MCAT cutoffs (which you are). Nobody here can tell you how your EC's will be evaluated so it's always worth an app.
  4. helicase

    Queens MCAT

    Yes, someone got in with a 508 two cycles ago. Your score definitely seems like it'd be above cutoffs.
  5. helicase

    Queens MCAT

    The minimums are unknown. That being said, 125 seems to be the minimum for the sciences, 126 seems to be the minimum for CARS. Overall, a safe total is 510, but 508 has been seen in the last 2 cycles.
  6. Oh I see. Hard to say I guess. If it's true I'd imagine it to not be weighed too too much, there are a lot of examples of high GPA/MCAT combo that don't interview. The wording on their website isn't super clear anyway, I mean they still haven't updated their FAQ from when getting an interview was just based GPA and MCAT years ago.
  7. https://meds.queensu.ca/academics/undergraduate/prospective-students/applying/method-selection They updated their website now, but I remember it stating on the old website that candidates were evaluated based on 'sequential steps' and that after you progressed past those stages GPA/MCAT didn't matter. I guess like yes it theoretically could have changed, but I'm more inclined to believe the cutoffs. They get over 5000 applications every cycle. It makes sense that hard cuts help reduce the pool
  8. helicase

    Only write CARS?

    Definitely will affect your chances at US schools as they care about rewrites. Most Canadian schools take your latest/best scores as far I'm aware, and yes people have done that in the past and have gotten into mac. If you don't mind the potential time/cost of a rewrite then you could try. You also may know more than you think in the sciences- look through some prep books, taking the corresponding classes may not be necessary.
  9. So interview selection is done in sequential steps. First they cut down the applicant pool based on an unknown wGPA/cGPA threshold. Then they cut down based on an MCAT threshold. Finally, they select top ~500 for an interview based on ABS/LORs of ~2000 applicants. This is why people talk about 'cutoffs' for GPA and MCAT, but once you make it past those cuts, they don't matter anymore. Just based on your wGPA and MCAT, you will likely make it to the ABS stage.
  10. helicase

    Average GPA of all applicants for Canada?

    It's probably a little more nuanced than that, just because of the different GPA weighting systems each school uses (best 2, last 2, worst year dropped etc.) so cGPA wouldn't really give the whole picture imo. Some schools do publish this information though, so maybe see if the schools you are applying for do?
  11. helicase

    OMSAS Verifiers

    never heard of it happening
  12. Oh crazy I didn't know that! Never seen MOAs helping with procedures- maybe that just happens in private clinics.
  13. Assist with procedures ?! Even 'observing' surgeries is not really allowed in BC below the med student level...
  14. helicase

    Chances 2018-2019 cycle

    what @IMislove said!
  15. helicase

    Chances 2018-2019 cycle

    Those are some solid ECs- nice work. Definitely include your 'fun ECs'. Best of luck on your MCAT, if that's solid you have a great chance.