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  1. Look into what your GPA will be, based on the different ways each school calculates it. This may impact where you will be competitive substantially.
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    Ws on transcript

    Probably, since it would likely impact how they calculate your GPA
  3. Joke is on us, we would have gotten paid as upper year residents to do a PhD following medical school as part of our training. At least that is how it works in Alberta with the Clinical Investigators Program.
  4. The unfortunate part of applying as a PhD student is that many of the 'bonuses' you get as a PhD are only given if you have it in hand while you're applying. If you are relying on the extra help for admission, you end up needing to take a gap year or work as a post-doc for about a year in the meantime. If that is the case for you, you can take those UG courses in your gap year while staying on as a tech with your PhD supervisor wrapping up projects maybe?
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    Life Experience And Achievement Section.

    You should include an entry for awards if you feel they're significant. When adcoms personnel take your transcript and calculate your GPA, the awards on your transcript probably aren't even given a second look (or they probably aren't factored into your EC score, at least).
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    Additional Comments Essay

    I got a very similar sounding email, sounds like they're just giving cookie cutter copy/paste responses to the question. Doesn't really seem like an essay question that everyone should describe run of the mill issues with, given the way they have worded it.
  7. Also factor in what you would want to do following a PhD and post-doc. The chances of getting a faculty position are probably lower than the chances of getting into medicine, so setting realistic expectations what you might do post-PhD should also be considered.
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    LOR Question

    U of A doesn't require LORs. From the application (emphasis added): Complete the section below with the names of your two referees. We suggest that you use people who presently know you well enough to provide a reference in an honest and thoughtful manner. Some suggestions for referees to consider are (in alphabetical order) coaches, co-workers, employers, leaders of volunteer organizations or clubs, professors, supervisors, research supervisors, and teachers. References from relatives, family members, friends, close family friends, or personal physicians will not be accepted. Referees may be contacted at any point during the application process; they will not be asked to provide a letter."
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    Only writing CARS for Calgary

    I think it tells adcoms you're lazy and can't be bothered to study for and write the test in its entirety. If I were a file reviewer I would give you a subpar score for the global assessment of academic merit on that basis.
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    Publications vs experience

    Publications are the thing that matters most when it comes to research. I would even argue staying in 1 or 2 would be better than 3, and only go to the second if you want another letter of reference. If you commit a long time to a single lab, you're likely to actually have something to show for it by the end.
  11. the ECs are probably only out of 16 now, since they have cut the separate awards section entirely. I would imagine the section is meant to explain extenuating circumstances contributing to performance which may appear lackluster at face value.
  12. Do you think it is realistic to assume that you can complete your thesis (which should theoretically be a full-time commitment on its own) while also completing 4 undergraduate courses per term? Considering your 3.5 cGPA when you presumably had more time to dedicate to your courses, I don't think this will go well for you. My advice would be to complete your thesis and then do your undergraduate courses the following year. Rushing and trying to cram it all in one year sounds like a recipe for a low GPA, meaning it would be a waste of your time and money.
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    Paid activities in non employment section.

    People rejected post-interview also receive these scores. At this point though nobody knows how the scoring of ECs factors into the aggregate score and ranking of applicants for admission though.
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    St. John Ambulance to Primary Care Paramedic

    If you have any major ski hills around, consider volunteering with the Canadian Ski Patrol. Its a great volunteer gig (free skiing and pro deals on equipment) and you get plenty of hands on trauma experience. My guess is that it would be more substantial experience than you could expect with SJA.
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