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  1. HoopDreams

    Q&a With Mcgill Med Ambassadors

    Not a Med Ambassador but got the information easily on the website. MED-P is only open to students that are currently finishing CEGEP. MDCM is only open to students that are currently finishing university or that hold a bachelor's degree (or more). Thereform, you can't apply to both. Deadline : November 1st of the year before the year your are seeking admission. Will grades from Fall count : All the grades that will be finalized after November 1st, will not count specifically for your admission. BUT, you are required to submit them once you are accepted and a significant drop in either Fall or Winter grades can lead the Faculty to reconsider the offer they made you. Exception : If you have pending pre-reqs, they will have to be completed by January 15th of the year your are seeking admission and they WILL count for the post-interview ranking. My advice: work hard, read the McGill website and get familiar with the process in advance. Good luck!
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    5th year/Masters/Year off ?

    Your GPA seems fine I would personally not try to change it. Instead, focus on your MCAT and pursue ECs that you are passionate about. Good luck!
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    About the basic science Prerequisities

    You should be fine in my opinion. To be sure, mail them. Best online university? I think you should see which one offers you what you need (lab and/or theory) at the best price.
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    Med-P 2018

    You got in Congrats!
  5. The reality is that you got the interview and you are competitive. Right now, what is preventing you from being accepted might be a minimal difference. In my case, and I think it is the case for many re-applicants, you just have to be strategic. Of course, it makes so much more sense to do a M.Sc/PhD rather than an extra undergraduate year. But the reality is that you have to think about the long-term impact of that extra year. Your options right now are : Working M.Sc. Extra undergraduate year They all have pros and cons. My only concern : Would you be able to apply to MD next year while doing that M.Sc.? And if you get in, will you delay your admission to complete it?
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    Minerva Status Change

    I can't tell for Med-P. But for IP I had my update around 9:00 AM in the morning.
  7. Don't give up. What is done is done. Move on. You have a lot more credits to complete within your undergrad and can certainly bounce back. Focus on what you can control : your future grades.
  8. I believe being a rehabilitation professional offers : Excellent quality of life Rewarding opportunities Flexibility Interesting salary Look into : PT, OT, SLP. They will require a professional master's degree lasting around 2 years.
  9. Honestly you will have a lot of trouble making friends because of the enormous age gap you will have compared to your 23 years old colleagues. That age difference will make it even harder to fit in in the upcoming years, since you will most likely turn 26, 27, 28 and 29. By the time you are 30 years old, it will also be extremely hard to find a residency because of your advanced age and the deterioration of your general health Jokes aside, I'm surprised that this even comes up on your mind. You're not even old enough to be a non-trad :p Enjoy your summer and relax. You earned it. And you'll be just fine.
  10. As a non-trad that got rejected 4 times, let me tell you that I admire your courage. I find it heartbreaking that you are going through this. My advice would be to give yourself a chance to apply again in Canada. You have clearly demonstrated that you are at the finish line of the marathon. You already know that the only thing preventing you from an admission is the interview. You have nailed everything else and should be proud of it. As others have suggested, try improving interview related skills. I know it may sound crazy but you can try different strategies. The goal is to allow you to be at ease when you have to quickly and clearly communicate ideas : Video record yourself answering questions or just talking about random subjects and re-watch it to analyze it. Try to practice your public speaking skills and debating abilities by joining a debate club or something similar. Volunteer/work in a setting where you have to engage with the public, patients, etc. But I can understand that you feel tired, exhausted and out of breath. I can relate to a certain extend because part of the frustration is more than just being rejected. It's that constant feeling of hoping for something that is not happening. But remember that studying in Canada allows you to be close to your family, friends and loved ones. It will enhance your medical school experience and probably make you happier. Before being accepted this year, I wrote myself a letter just to remember how I felt. I posted it here and I hope it could maybe relieve some of your emotion. Best of luck and feel free to message me if you have questions
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    3.7 GPA

    Regarding your GPA I guess what you want to hear is this : yes, you could get in with 3.7. The GPA is only one of numerous factors that play a role. Therefore, it is very hard to compare 'your' 3.7 to 'another' 3.7. It is not exactly a strength, nor a weakness. Don't let it limit you. Regards extra-curricular : I did not do anything amazing. I just pursued my passions, mainly running and writing. In the process, I was lucky enough to get involved in unique experiences. I did not participate in them to get into medical school. I just did it because I was passionate about them. A lot of people kept telling me that I was wasting my time pursuing them. That I should be studying instead or focusing on research and clinical work. Volunteering in a hospital, being VP XYZ of a student association or having participated in a run for cancer. Don't get me wrong : they are all amazing and noble experiences. I did the 'usual' volunteering that we mostly all did. But did it make me stand out when compared to people with 4.0 GPA, 4.0 pre-reqs and 10 x more hours of volunteering? I doubt. Good luck !:)
  12. I agree with everything said above, regarding the reality check. You should be extremely realistic about your chances and the efforts. You should also consider all the negatives, the stress on the family and the high chances of failure. But my only advice is : forget about the age factor. Would you go for it if you were 30? 32? How is it so different from 34? Sure, it might take you 8 years to practice. You will be 42. And that will give you about 25 years to practice. Guess what else? If you work in finance for the next 8 years, you will also be 42. Guess what else? Some people become doctors at 30 and leave practice at 40. That gives them 10 years of practice. Time will pass, we can't stop it. I'm not telling you what to do, just telling you that age is of no relevance. But if at the end of the day, it is a burning dream inside of you, go for it. I don't even know how long I will live. Good luck
  13. Beautiful story. The Alchemist. A must-read for any non-trad I used to read it every-time I was loosing hope.
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    Question Re. Official Transcripts

    Official paper copy from registrar within a sealed envelope.
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    Question Re. Official Transcripts

    Reading the MAAF states that it has do be done before July 1st or 31st, can't remember which. I posted mine to the Admissions Office.