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  1. I am entering my 4th year of undergrad this fall and applying to medical schools this fall. Although I am hoping for the best to get accepted anywhere, I wanted to plan what I should do next year if this upcoming cycle isn't successful. Stats: cGPA 3.98 MCAT: Writing this summer, but plan to rewrite it next summer if the score is poor ECs: average I was thinking of either working just random jobs, volunteering, or do course-based masters (I am not sure if doing master's will help with medical school admissions). Any thoughts? I am also graduating next spring but if the upcoming cycle isn't successful, would doing a 5th year help? Thanks!
  2. Thanks for the response. I lived in the Maritimes for about 5 years before moving to Ontario. Obviously, I am not eligible for IP status anymore but I am not sure if this is a strong enough Maritime connection to write the MCAT earlier to apply as an OOP?
  3. Hi all, I am planning to apply to medical schools this upcoming Fall and I have pre-requisite courses for all schools in Canada except McGill (missing physics labs and Orgo II). I am also planning to graduate next Winter. If the upcoming application cycle isn't successful, I am considering to return to school to take both physics labs, Orgo II (+lab), and a stats course. I am a bit hesitant to take these pre-requisite courses in my last year of undergrad since these courses are known as being GPA killers at my school and I really would like to protect my undergrad GPA. I am planning to apply to US schools as well if my chances for Canadian schools are looking slim. I believe US schools(most of them calculate cGPA and sGPA) will include these part-time study courses into GPA calculations (NOT in the year of application, but the year after), but how about Canadian schools? I will be taking 1.5 courses in the fall and 2 courses in the winter term. (Physics I lab and stats in the fall term and Orgo II, Orgo II lab and Physics II lab in the winter term- labs count as a half course). Would these courses not be included at all for GPA in Canada because it's part-time studies? (I am guessing schools like Mac and Memorial will include them since they calculate cumulative GPA?) Thanks!
  4. Is there any advantage of early application for UBC medicine? Early application is due on August 1st whereas all other applications are due on September 13th. It turns out that early applicants receive an interview invite a day early (if they are to receive one), but does applying early affect the chance of admissions in any way? Thanks in advance!
  5. Hi there I am heading into winter term of 3rd year and I need some advice regarding course selection. This fall, I took 2 3rd year courses, 1 2nd year course, and 2 1st year courses. However, the 2nd year course and one of the 1st year courses were science prerequisite courses that I did not take in my 1st and 2nd year (I am not in a traditional science program and I did not get any electives until this term). Next term, I have 1 4th year course, 1 3rd year course, and 3 1st year courses (one of them is a requirement for my program, one of them is a science prerequisite course, and the last one is a "bird"course). Totalling up, I only have 4 senior courses this year and I was just wondering if this is okay. I was considering replacing the "bird" course with another senior course from my major but none of the major courses offered this term interest me. Besides Western's 3/5 rule, (I took 6 2nd year courses in my 2nd year so I believe I am good for Western), am I at a disadvantage for not taking 6 or more senior courses in upper years? Thanks in advance!
  6. The problem with taking biochem courses is that they usually require organic chemistry as the prerequisite course. I was able to take intro to biochem that did not have prerequisites but any other biochem courses require orgo. My raw GPA is 3.97 without any adjustments. I am just having a hard time with understanding the concepts and the final exam is worth 60% which is supposedly much harder than midterms which I did poorly in... Obviously, I have been putting in effort and time but I just don't seem to get it.
  7. Hope everything is going well. I am in my 3rd year and taking organic chemistry I this term. I am only taking the course to be able to apply to Ottawa and preparing for the MCAT. However, I am struggling in the class. I am seriously considering dropping the course, but I will get WD on my transcript. Dropping the course will make me illegible to apply to Ottawa med and UofT wGPA formula but keeping the course and potentially getting a bad grade will impact all other schools (except UofT)...My cGPA is great (3.97) and I have been taking a full course load each term. What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance!
  8. Thanks for the replies. I would say both jobs are a bit related since they are both offered through the Athletics department at my school...I am not really sure what to do!
  9. Hello everyone! Course selection for my school is coming up shortly for Fall 2018 and I will be taking 5 courses this fall, however one of the courses is credit/no credit course. I know that UofT takes away credit/no credit courses first and then lowest marks away when applying weighted GPA formula, but are there any other disadvantages of taking credit/no credit courses? (i.e not being able to apply due to not meeting full-course load requirement?) Thanks in advance!
  10. Hi there! I recently finished 2nd year of undergrad and enjoying my summer so far. I just wanted to get some advice from this forum regarding the MCAT. It seems like most people take the MCAT after 2nd year but am I at a disadvantage if I take it after 3rd year instead? I was considering taking the MCAT after 2nd year but I will be working full-time this summer (NSERC) and also taking one course. I also haven't taken Organic Chemistry (I have taken cell bio, general chem 1, 2, physics 1, 2, psych, human physiology, and biochemistry). Should I study for the MCAT this year while working full-time and take it or should I leave the MCAT for next year? If I take the MCAT this year and end up taking the MCAT again due to a poor score, am I at a disadvantage for taking it multiple times? (I am considering US schools as well) I would love to apply as a 3rd year student but I personally think my EC's are a bit on the weak side... which makes me hesitant to take the MCAT just so that I can apply as a 3rd year student Exercise assistant for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment Orientation leader Hospital volunteer Retirement home volunteer Research assistant (first volunteered, now doing NSERC this summer) Dissection program volunteer Anatomy teaching assistant City Youth Council Volunteering at open houses, faculty events etc as an faculty ambassador Faculty Head Councillor Intramural sports A few academic awards and scholarships totalling around 30K I would appreciate any feedback and have a great summer everyone!
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