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  1. This just the normal pre-med neurosis talking. The score is out of your control. You could decide to rebook the test, see the score and if your satisfied you can cancel or not.
  2. It really depends on how everyone else did because your score is based on a standardized score and not based on raw score. Other people could have butchered those two passages and more, and you could end up with a 130. But other people could have also found the CARS section very easy overall and you could end up with a 123. Standard deviations... It's a blessing and a curse.
  3. Just a warning that you don't have more pass/fail courses than is allowed in a given semester and in a given academic year (Sept - April). If you have one too many pass/fail courses (i.e. more than one in a semester), schools will not use those years towards your GPA calculation.
  4. I strongly dislike nepotism and don't condone it, but out of all white collar professions - I think medicine is Canada isn't nearly as bad as other fields. If anyone graduated in finance or commerce or law, they'd tell you how blatantly rampant nepotism is. In medicine, even if nepotism helps secure med students a residency spot, they still have to put in the work during residency. If not, they will fail the royal college exam and will not have favourable job prospects (unless nepotism pulls through again) So I have to agree with all the sentiments other posters have expressed. Yes who you know is important, but this only gets you so far. Residency programs and faculty still need to be convinced that you won't be a pain in the ass through your training. Dealing with someone who's rude to the nurses, super lazy, and doesn't study is a recipe for disaster - and that's the last thing any program or faculty want for 2-7 years.
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    McMaster Scholarships

    They come out on MOSAIC in October.
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    MD Financial/Backpacks

    I understand MD Financial used to be associated with National Bank (i.e. they'd offer LOC to med students through National Bank) How was MD Financial's relationship National Bank? How will MD Financial's relationship differ with Scotia Bank with respect to Canadian Physicians? I'm not very familiar of MD Financial's history. Were there previous banks associated with MD Financial before National Bank and Scotia Bank? I do understand they are a subsidiary(?) of CMA (i.e. CMA created MD Financial for Canadian physicians). Interested to know why current physicians aren't too happy about the move. Will ask my staff
  7. If you plan on returning to Canada, be aware that DO graduates are considered IMG's like students graduating from the Caribbean, Ireland, or Australia. I don't think obtaining a green card is that simple, but if it is as straightforward as it sounds - I think your strategy sounds decent. A 2.7 GPA is very hard to climb up from by doing additional courses here and there. You'd really want to look at doing a second undergraduate degree, or taking advantage of some clause for mature students. For instance, I believe U of Calgary has a 10 year clause where grades from courses 10 years prior will not be looked at (something on those lines, please double check). Best of luck
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    What colour backpacks will next year's class carry?

    Not sure how many guys' fragile masculinity will be shattered by this. I would suspect there would be outrage and no straight guy would wear it
  9. First of all - congratulations! You probably feel like you've been given a ticket to the worlds best buffet and you can only pick one dish to eat. I would suggest to try and eliminate schools that seem "attractive" but are ultimately not contenders. For instance, if city desirability trumps tuition cost, eliminate U of Alberta. If closeness to home trumps all - eliminate anything outside of Ontario. If 4 year programs trump 3 year programs, get rid of McMaster. If you hate 100% didactic curriculum or 100% PBL curriculum, get rid of Mac and any school that doesn't have a good chunk of PBL. Then you'll be down to schools that are actually comparable! Personally, I chose my school because I had already made many connections with diverse faculty members in my institution through undergrad. I wanted the ease in finding research opportunities and the flexibility to switch specialties if I wanted. SIDE NOTE: I know others reading this may feel jealous that this person have 6 acceptances (it's natural to be, when you've been waitlisted or rejected), but look at it this way - OP will only be able to accept one, and the rest will be given to those on the wait list! That's 5 fellow applicants on the waitlist who will get an acceptance!! It could also be you!
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    Just Graduated from Undergrad, what now?

    Apply OOP. Seems like you'd be fairly competitive at UofA and, depending on how you write your top 10, UofC as well!
  11. Yeah agreed with @Butterfly_ Just keep yourself busy with activities that you like. Go have a drink or two with friends, plan a board game night, go watch the new Avengers movie... If you work full-time, then focus on that. It's a waste to put so much brain power into something you have no control over. Thinking about it 24/7 doesn't change the outcome!
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    Pm & R REAL salary

    to add on to this, the insurance companies also stop giving you work if you don't take their side on cases.
  13. all institutes, courses, and profs are supposed to keep the class average at a certain range. TA are instructed by their profs when they grade their students' assignments too high or too low.
  14. Yes it is true that the courses are specifically calibrated to bring the averages down - but this isn't exclusive to UofT. UofT is notorious for it, but it also happens in other schools (such as Mac - exception = health sci program). I would recommend you to keep it simple and enter a program you truly like. Take a look at the required courses for each program and read the course description. If a majority of the mandatory courses are appealing to you and gets you excited to take it - enter the program. It also doesn't hurt to google individual courses and do research on how hard the individual courses are.
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