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  1. In regards to the Albertan schools GPA calculations, they only drop 1 year, and they are quite EC heavy pre-interview ( both U of C, and now U of A). What will your GPA be if they just dropped 1 year? How do you think your EC compare to others? U of C and U of A really value long-term community work. Do you 've long-term community work? What other ECs other than sports do you have? You need quite a comprehensive list of ECs to score well in EC section at both U of C and U of A. In addition, if you are applying to U of A, you have to do CASPer, and write an essay about an adversity you overcame. Post-interview, they really weigh interviews. If you can do well in the ECs and interview well at U of C and U of A, you definitely have a chance. Your MCAT score is less than the average for accepted students at both U of A and U of C, so you need to re-write for your score to be a competitive IP score. Before you go to the North-- make sure your stats are actually competitive as an IP applicant? I know 2 individuals from Ontario who were doing their MSc in AB and after 1 or 2 yr they were considered IP applicants, and in the end they ended up getting into Ontarian schools, and not the Albertan schools (both of them had high GPA/ MCAT though). So, I 'm not sure if it was really worth it for them to move to AB? Each medical school looks for a different profile of applicants, make sure you know what each school is looking for before you move North. The Albertan schools tend to be slightly more subjective than Ontarian schools, because they weigh ECs heavily. There are no certain academic thresholds, that will guarantee you an interview at U of C or U of A. With every application cycle there is variability in terms of how your EC scores is assessed ( check Dr. Walker's blog about how ECs are assessed in Calgary), so you may get an interview 1 yr and not the subsequent year because of the way your ECs was assessed by the reviewers. TLDR: I think it is a good idea if you move North BUT also make sure you will be competitive as an IP applicant. It is not worth it to move, if you will not tweak your application to make it more competitive to the schools that you are applying to. If you 've questions about AB schools, feel free to PM. I will try my best to help you.
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    top 10

    I'm not exactly sure what the admissions committees at U of C exactly look for, but here is some advice that you may find useful ( or not): 1. Write about experience that allowed you to significantly make a difference in your community. Long term commitments are desirable. - how this activity affected the people around you ( ex. you tutored /helped kids from low income families who would otherwise be unable to afford a tutor,...etc.) 2. Write about things that allow you to be unique candidate ( hobbies, passions/interests) 3. Speak about how you developed personally and professionally. 4. Write about how the activity affected you . ( ex. maybe the activity made you more knowledgable about social issues, tell the reviewer what you learned/developed from your activities ...etc.). 5. Why did you choose this particular activity? Is it related to a struggle/ adversity/ barrier that you faced? 6. Check out Canmed competencies and incorporate canmeds into your response. Best of luck!! 
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    My chances of getting in next year?

    You can definitely get in next year. Work on developing great stories that show case your strength. Before my interviews, I prepared around ~15 stories and I was lucky because I was able to use the stories I prepared in all of my interviews
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    Family with Obstetrics vs. Obs/Gyn

    Sorry to revive an old thread, but does anyone know how many on call shifts does the average Obs/Gyn resident does per year? Is there any chart that compares the number of on call days that the residents in the different speciality have to do per year?
  5. I'm also from AB, and I had a GPA on the lower end. Last year, I applied to U of C, U of A, and Queen's and got in at all these schools. I was very hesitant about applying to Queen's because I did not think I'll be competitive as OOP applicant , but I applied anyways. I highly recommend/encourage you to apply to these 3 schools because you Do have a shot there. Make sure you write your ECs well as the Albertan schools and Queen's weigh them very heavily. Focus on incorporating canmeds competencies and writing about the difference you made through your ECs. Best of Luck!!
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    Chances for queens?

    Do not worry about your GPA from earlier years, they don't care about it. They 'll only look at the last two years. I think it would be a good idea to re-write the MCAT :). There are wonderful MCAT resources on reddit :)!! Khan academy also is great, and on reddit you can find the khan academy notes :)!!
  7. That's great! Thank you so much for your reply, Shematoma !!
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    CMA backpacks

    According to orientation schedule, we get it on July 4.
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    CMA backpacks

    July 4 (?)
  10. Does anyone know if you get the $500 bonus if you do not plan on using the LOC?
  11. I totally see your sentiment about how there are so many individuals who are unhappy with medicine, but I honestly feel that happiness and joy is an inner state, more so than an outer state. With any career, including medicine, there will be various difficulties, doubts, uncertainties, but the key is to accept those uncertainties, and to have faith and trust that you are going to make it and to not to dwell too much on the negatives but embrace the positives ( I maybe very naive though, as I will only start medicine in 2 weeks, but I know a LOT of people who are very satisfied with medicine despite it's challenges and difficulties). Don't dwell on the thought that you may fail out, instead focus on the thought that you got into two schools for a reason and you have more than what it takes to succeed. Your thoughts really do determine your behaviour. I also got into several schools, and I was concerned that I made the wrong decision by choosing a 3 year program because I think a 4 year program gives you the time to learn and have strong background. So I think you made the right choice by choosing a 4 year year program, it gives you Summers off to cool off and travel and to enjoy life. Just like you, I was also concerned about how difficult it is that I won't have any income until I'm 26, but I decided to not dwell on that thought and to learn to be content with a simple life style and to be very content/ happy and enjoy what I have in the moment. I also won't forsake my hobbies, family or friends during medicine, and I won't let medicine ever become one of the main priorities in my life or ever consume me. I will always schedule time to spend with the people that I love, and my family and friends and to take care of myself physically / emotionally/ mentally/spiritually/ relationally . I don't think it is wise to let a career consume you so make sure you stay balanced in all areas of your life in med school: academically/ career wise, in your relationships, in your spiritual/emotional/mental well being.
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    How do you study in med school?

    One of my relatives gave me Toronto Notes for my 24th birthday gift saying that I will need it in med school but I'm not sure if that's true. It's a humongous book, but apparently, it is really helpful
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    How do you study in med school?

    Check out the Girly MD channel, she answers a lot of your questions
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    IP vs OOP

    Ok, I did not know that, they must make a lot of money
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    IP vs OOP

    I am not very familiar with Queen's application evaluation rules but I thought that your IP and OOP status matters before the interview, but once you get the interview, they only care about your interview performance and not whether you are IP or OOP applicant. I might be completely wrong though!!
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    Dentistry vs Optometry

    I maybe quite naive but why are these two careers not comparable? I honestly would 've picked optometry over dentistry. I don't want to lean forward all day and I don't want to look at teeth all day. Comparing these two careers is like comparing apples to oranges!! I think the OP should do what they like
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    Back at square one...

    Try applying to Queen's as an OOP. I'm also from AB and I applied to Queen's and got in w/ much lower stats. I also felt that the interview style in Queen's was easier than U of C. Different school assess candidates differently and you may get lucky and get into a school if you apply more broadly. Best of luck!! If you've any specific questions, feel free to PM me.
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    Back at square one...

    U of C has a biomedical technology 1 year master's program ( They look mainly at your GPA. You need a GPA of 3.8 to be competitive, so you will definitely get in).
  19. Re-writing the MCAT is a good idea if you will be applying OOP. I'm not sure how does Queen's weighs the MCAT though(?). My MCAT was in the 96th percentile but I had to make up for a relatively lower wGPA(~3.85). With your GPA, it may be okay if you've slightly lower MCAT.
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    Waitlist Support Thread

    I believe they've sent you are too low on WL e-mail, so if you haven't received anything there might be some hope.
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    Really Need Advice Please! :(

    PM your e-mail address and I'll send you a document of Cdn friendly schools that a friend of mine gave me few years ago I'm not sure if it still accurate though
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    Really Need Advice Please! :(

    I don't think it is late to apply to the United States, but apply to Canadian friendly schools You have great ECs, but the US does not focus as much on ECs as Canadian schools. Also, re-apply again to more than one Canadian school. Why did you just apply to U of C? Do you think you can re-write the MCAT again for a bette sore ?
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    Chance me (with stats)

    Apply, you 've nothing to loose but the application fees. I had a much lower GPA, but a slightly higher MCAT score and I got in. I applied to Queens thinking that I was just wasting money, but I got an interview and an acceptance. I actually felt that the interview style in Queen's was slightly easier that what I was used to in the Albertan schools
  24. I applied to Queen's as an OOP with similar stats not expecting anything, but I got in. I had a lower GPA but a slightly higher MCAT score.
  25. An interesting read: Do students enter medicine for money and prestige or to be of service? http://www.cmaj.ca/content/cmaj/190/8/E229.full.pdf There is no conclusive evidence showing that med students primary motivation is money, I would say that the primary motivation is career/work fulfillment.
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