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  1. Thank you, and I guess "sizable but not insurmountable disadvantage" would be very realistic for my circumstances.
  2. thanks for commenting - yeah It's really hard to decipher whats true or not on these forums. The person who commented about the internal cuttoff said the source was a PGY2 reviewer, but like you said it's important to take it with a grain of salt. Congrats on your acceptance btw!
  3. I know on the website it says that 3.4 - 3.7 has been competitive in the past - but some recent threads on **DELETED** have been saying that for a master's applicant the internal computer cutoff is more like 3.85 which is really discouraging. Mine is 3.72 - should I still apply as a master's applicant?
  4. I am going into my fifth year, and because of my low gpa and mcat I won't be applying to med this cycle but I will be next cycle. I'm looking for some advice on what I should do next to improve my app/chances for the 3 ontario schools I will be applying to (Mac, UofT and Queens). My MCAT is not great and I will be retaking next summer. I would say my ECs are decent, President of a club for 2 years and won club awards each year, founded another club, did a lot of coding competitions in the U.S, did both clinical and wet lab research projects (no pubs yet but one pending) and volunteered with inner-city school kids for 2.5 years. This is the GPA for each university I project I will be applying with: Mac - 3.58 UofT - 3.72 Queens - 3.82 Haven't looked out-of-province because it seems my GPA is too low for that. Will start to look into the U.S too. I'm considering doing a thesis-based master's next. I found a one-year thesis-based masters that seems really interesting to me (clinical), but I'm unsure if 1 year is enough time to get things like pubs, awards, presentations on my CV. I know I would most likely have all that if I apply a year after the masters as well. Should I do more ECs? Do I seem to be lacking there? I'm just a little lost and unsure if I should keep trying or if I have no hope.
  5. Meaning only 1 year > 3.7 GPA during the time of application. If so, what do you think made you stand out enough to get an interview invite and acceptance. I will be in this situation when I apply this upcoming cycle - so I'm just looking for some hope that I have a chance as well! Thanks in advance
  6. Congrats on getting an interview! This is really inspiring for me since my GPA also isn't very high like the average interviewee. What do you think really made you stand out the most?
  7. thank you so much for your support and congrats on your interviews! would you be able to elaborate on what you think made you stand out enough to get an interview?
  8. Hi everyone, I'm in my third year of university and realized I have committed way too much outside of academics to make myself a better applicant and this really impacted my marks this year. I am a president of club, managed 2-3 research projects (expecting at least one publication), volunteer at a local school and am an exec of another club, I also attend many hackathons/competitions. All of what I did, I thoroughly enjoyed and gained so much from that has really developed me as a person but sadly my grades suffered. I really needed to do really well this year since my grades have not been the best first and second year. At this rate, I am expecting a cGPA of around 3.65 and have lost hope to apply to schools next year. Do you think I still have a shot or has anyone been in a similar situation and has still been accepted to med schools? If not, what can I do now to improve my chances? Thanks in advance
  9. Hello, Have any of you been accepted to UofT, or at least called for an interview with a lower GPA between 3.8-3.89? If so, what other aspects in your application do you think made up for it? Thanks in advance!
  10. Would my research supervisor, that is also linked to my university but has not directly taught me in any courses count as an academic reference, since they do the ability to comment on my academic abilities? P.s I am not doing a thesis with them but am just working on a research project.
  11. Thank you for your reassurance! I've been reading that UofT has a competitive GPA cutoff which is assessed each year and is usually something like 3.88 and only those who meet this are invited to interviews. Do you know whether this is true?
  12. For a university such as UofT which prefers its MD applicants to have research experience, do you think having publications can "make up" for a lower wGPA such as 3.88? I'm worried that I will not be invited for interviews due to my low marks but I have a lot of experience in research and in my opinion, good ECs. Thanks in advance!
  13. Hi everyone, What are the differences in terms of duties/responsibilities for both hospital and retail pharmacy? As well, can anyone provide a description of what a day in the life of a hospital pharmacist is like compared to a retail pharmacist? Thanks in advance.
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