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  1. Neurophilic

    CHANCE ME

    Before you decide to go abroad I think you should take a hard look at the realities of coming back to practice in Canada if that's what your plan is. Check out match statistics from Carms. To summarize them, it's very difficult to come back and that's the understatement of the century. GL
  2. Hey don't feel down about your stats. Your GPA is fine for DO so don't fret on that. If you can do better on your MCAT that would be great. Aim for something around 510 or better and you'll be golden. Unfortunately, DO's do not drop any courses out of your GPA, however they will look at your grade trends over the years. If you've got a positive trend, you will be looked at more favorably. They also do like to see you excelling in senior level science courses. What's important when it comes to American apps is how you write you applications and personal statement. They give you a significant amount of space to portray yourself so do so in a strong manner and you will get in. Note, however, you will have a more difficult time gaining admission compared to an american, simply because of bias but it's nothing you can't overcome. If you want to get a better idea of the competitiveness of your stats, I suggest straying away from the forums and checking out AACOMAS. They provide an excellent annual document outlining stats for applicants and matriculates to DO schools.
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    Question about the admission process

    Hey BobSmith, I'm gonna be real with you and give you advice that will save you a lot of heartache. I will preface this comment with the context that this is coming from. As someone who has been applying for literally half a decade, I've come to truly understand the nature of this beast. My advice is to stray away from what you're trying to do. In all honesty, you'll spend countless hours trying to determine your chances and worrying about your chances. Maybe you'll come to the conclusion that you're a highly qualified candidate. But be warned, even the highly qualified candidates may not make it. This process is extremely unpredictable. Maybe one year you'll get an interview and it'll build up your confidence only to have it crushed the next year when that same school which placed you on the waitlist the year before decides to not even offer you an interview despite you making your application better. In all honesty, the best thing to do is to ensure you have the minimum to be considered and put your best foot forward. It will save you a lot of stress and anxiety. And FYI queens is a black box. Nobody knows and if they do, they're part of admissions and wont spill. What I can say is that their website in past years has explicitly stated that once you reach the interview stage, your MCAT and GPA are no longer factors. If it's still there, then it'll still be the case. GL
  4. Neurophilic

    Bad on prerequisites

    No I'm not in the system. Just an applicant but I've been around for a few years trying to get into med. Regarding the 4 courses instead of 5, I'm not sure if it would matter too much for them considering they all look at cGPA (i.e. all of your coursework over your entire degree). I personally have one year where i took 4 courses instead of 5 and I haven't had any issues. I even interviewed at a USDO already. However, it's probably best to play it safe and take a full course load if possible. My advice is to try and find a bird course within your field of study, otherwise take something that you're extremely interested in. It may take a lot of work but you will excel in it if you're truly interested in it.
  5. Neurophilic

    Essays

    For everyone reading, there was a technical error but it's all sorted out now. The essay was supposed to be there. Thanks to the responders.
  6. Neurophilic

    Essays

    I dont believe its required this cycle. I've gone through the app and there was no space to enter it. Unless the school sends something down the road.
  7. Neurophilic

    Essays

    What essays are you referring to? I'm only aware of one. Care to elaborate?
  8. Schools don't care about courses without credit and to be quite frank I don't think it would serve you well to waste an ABS spot for something like this.
  9. Neurophilic

    Few Questions

    1) Yes, occasionally. However it is highly unlikely they will contact every single one. 2) Research can include working in a lab. You don't necessarily have to have a publication to have research experience. If you don't have research you just don't fill a spot for research. For the award just put when you received it 3) Yes.
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    Bad on prerequisites

    USDO look at cGPA. Depending on the school they will look at how you performed on your prereqs. I don't believe they put too much emphasis on them though as long as they're above a C. Many like to see how you performed in advanced science courses. Often, having a strong MCAT will offset this deficit. As long as you have a C or above you're fine, provided you have a relatively strong GPA (for USDO a 3.7 would be strong). Regarding the one's which are below a C, you'd probably just have to redo the course but I would inquire at each specific school before re-enrolling in courses. Hope this helps. A word of caution when going to SDN, people can be overly neurotic and often overestimate what is required vis-a-vis stats. My recommendation is to check out AACOMAS. They publish an excellent document outlining the stats of all applicants and matriculates. Hope this helps. GL
  11. The limit is 500 characters if I remember correctly. If you write something that's more and try and save it to edit later it'll tell you've surpassed the limit and by how much.
  12. Put your effort into interviewing. You may never receive another interview again. Take it from someone who was interviewed and waitlisted and then rejected pre-interview the next cycle I applied.
  13. Neurophilic

    Interview Invites

    I don't think not applying for a cycle because we went to grad school should have affected us.
  14. Neurophilic

    Interview Invites

    did you apply last cycle?
  15. Neurophilic

    Interview Invites

    That is probably one of the biggest understatements of the century.
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