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  1. Whyyyyy does it have to be yellow??? Out of all the colours in the rainbow...
  2. I feel you - the GPA game is a real struggle. Really sucks that Ontario doesn't factor in graduate studies. I've played the GPA game a while so hopefully this will help! I'd suggest adding uOttawa to your list since they look at your three most recent years of undergrad for GPA, and they make a weighted GPA, with the most recent year being weighted highest and so forth. NOSM gives you a 0.2 bonus to your GPA if you have a graduate degree, but you need at least a 3.0/4 before the bonus to be eligible, although NOSM uses all undergraduate grades. In terms of outside of Ontario, you could consider UBC since they look at graduate grades and they drop your lowest year. UBC also converts letters to a percentage system, so check on their website to see how your school would convert (if the transcript has percentages then they take that, if not then they convert letters to percentages). You need 85% adjusted (i.e. after the lowest year is dropped) to be eligible as an OOP so check that before even applying. The schools in the prairies have super small OOP contingents, U of Calgary will use your graduate GPA as one year of undergrad, but you need a 3.8/4 to be eligible as an OOP (plus 128 in the CARS section of the MCAT). U of Alberta might be an interesting option, they'll consider your graduate grades and give you bonus points in the ranking because you have a graduate degree. U of Sask will drop some of your undergrad grades and replace them with your graduate grades, if it's to your advantage (which it sounds like it might be). U of Manitoba will drop some of your undergraduate grades to calculate an adjusted GPA but won't factor in your graduate grades themselves. If by chance you were born in Québec then you're considered IP at McGill (and the francophone schools, U de Montréal, Laval, and U de Sherbrooke) even if you don't live in Québec. McGill just uses undergrad GPA but will take your most recent degree. McGill also looks at the MCAT if you wrote it, so if you have an OK GPA on your 2nd degree and a stellar MCAT, might be worth applying even as OOP. If you were born in Québec and are willing/able to study in French, you could apply to the francophone schools. They don't use GPA per se, they compare your undergrad grades to the class averages and make a score based on that, and you get a bonus for having a complete undergrad and for having a graduate degree. I think they only take the last three years of undergrad (because undergrads in Québec are only three years). If you weren't born in Québec, but live in Ontario, you can't apply to the francophone schools. Going out east, Dalhousie might be a viable option. They'll take your last two years of undergrad and all your graduate grades to calculate your GPA, although you need 3.7/4 (OMSAS conversion) in each year to be eligible. Memorial University in Newfoundland doesn't have any minimum requirements so it might be worth applying there too. They only have 6 OOP spots (and get ~400 applications for those spots). I'd say it's worth applying to any school where you exceed the minimums for your category. You should do some more digging about online degrees, since I think some schools look disfavourably on them. If you see a school where you'd be competitive as an IP student, maybe consider moving to that province? For example, UBC considers you IP if you have a BC health card, which you get after living in BC for three months. Ontario doesn't really do IP/OOP (except for Western and McMaster, not 100% sure about the others), so you wouldn't necessarily lose out on the schools in Ontario. This would be a major step but maybe shorter than doing a whole other undergrad... This is just my two cents, and the admission requirements of each school change often so make sure to double check before you apply. Otherwise good luck and feel free to PM me if you have questions
  3. Can see scores now so here we go: My Result: Regrets, no interview TIME STAMP: 12:08 PM EST/9:08 AM PST Interview Invite or Regrets: Regrets Early or Regular Deadline: Early GPA or AGPA (if applicable): 84.79 (aGPA) MCAT (CPBS / CARS / BBFL / PSBB): 514 (129/127/130/128) Current Degree (UG/Bachelors/Masters/PhD): BSc completed 2017, MBA in 2018, currently in MPH (finishing this April) Geography (IP/OOP): IP Extracurricular Activities (awards, achievements, volunteering, employment, research, etc.): Third application cycle (thought this might be the one!), added a decent amount of new President of a club for 4 years, 3.5 years working at a coffee shop, 2 summers working in a federal government lab, 2 years research in a lab at university, 4th author on a paper (couldn't include it under publications since I wasn't 1st or 2nd author), 2 years volunteering at a hospital, started a mentorship program with my undergrad student society, internship at a public health department (for which I got an award from CIHR), RA work with an LGBTQ+ epidemiology study, 1 year volunteering at a homeless shelter, 1 year volunteering with an LGBTQ+ advocacy group, started my own survey analytics consulting firm, worked as an election worker in a by-election in February, and some random stuff from high school. NAQ Range: 50-75th percentile TFR (from inspecting element): ~49 Assuming my AQ went up ~1-1.5 points from last year based on my improved GPA, taking it to ~22, I'd estimate my NAQ is ~27 2018/19 cycle: TFR was 45.93 (AQ: 20.51 but aGPA was ~1 percentage point lower, NAQ: 25.42) 2017/18 cycle: TFR was 38.35 (AQ: 19.85, aGPA was even lower than 18/19 cycle, NAQ: 18.50) Good luck to those who haven't yet heard back!
  4. Regrets at 9:08am, IP, thought it was the interview invite since I met the early deadline Portal is down so can't see my score
  5. TIME STAMP: 8:27pm EST (5:27pm PST) Interview Invite or Regrets: Regrets, No Interview Early or Regular Deadline: Early GPA or AGPA (if applicable): 83.85 MCAT (CPBS / CARS / BBFL / PSBB): 514 (129/127/130/128) Current Degree (UG/Bachelors/Masters/PhD): BSc, Business master's, 1st year of an MPH (not on application because of June 1st cutoff). Geography (IP/OOP): IP Extracurricular Activities (awards, achievements, volunteering, employment, research, etc.): Several long-term jobs, club leadership, research (honours project and lab work, but no 1st or 2nd author publications), hospital volunteer work. NAQ: 25.42 AQ: 20.51 TFR: 45.93 Applied last year with virtually same application and NAQ was 18.5.
  6. Yeah also looking at my application from last year, the system says "Regrets, you were not selected to interview this year" (or something along those lines, I just tried to log in to the OAS and I think the system is down...) and not what the screencap the redditer posted...
  7. First time applicant, long-time lurker TIME STAMP: 5:12pm PST Interview Invite or Regrets: Regrets Early or Regular Deadline: Regular AGPA (if applicable): 83.39 MCAT: 514 ECs: President of a club for 4 years, 3.5 years working at a coffee shop, 2 summers working in a federal government lab, 2 years research in a lab at university, 4th author on a paper (couldn't include it under publications since I wasn't 1st or 2nd author), 1 year volunteering at a hospital, started a mentorship program with my undergrad student society, lots of random volunteering etc... from HS. Current Degree: BSc completed, finishing up MBA in April Geography: IP NAQ: 18.50 AQ: 19.85 TFR: 38.35 Figured I wouldn't get an interview this cycle due to low GPA, but MBA grades will be counted in future cycles. Was expecting a higher NAQ - seem's like they were savage in the NAQ grading this year based on other posts... Good luck to all those who survived the cull!
  8. Salut! Location: IP (Ottawa) wGPA: 3.75 J'ai aussi une maîtrise en commerce (MBA) mais ça ne compte pas pour notre wGPA... ECs: emplois à temps partiel dès l'école secondaire, emplois avec le gouvernement fédéral pendant deux étés, bénévole à l'hôpital, recherche (4e auteur), président d'un club universitaire pendant 4 ans, chef d'une programme de mentorat C'est ma première année d'application Bonne chance à tous!
  9. Yep they count - so long as you have completed the courses before June 1st for this cycle. http://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/admissions/evaluation-criteria/ Look under the Academic Criteria page
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