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  1. Anything below cutoffs at whatever school in whatever province one happens to be applying. I meant break in a literal sense, as in making it futile or pointless to even apply. Naturally these cutoffs vary across provinces/schools for both MCAT and GPA.
  2. A research or thesis based masters typically involves coursework at the beginning and then full-time work on a thesis project for 1-2 years. As for your GPA, most schools don't count post-graduate GPA and even then most people do well in grad courses as the material is more focused and more help available. Your other option would be to do a one-year masters which is typically course based and do research on the side or on a volunteer basis at the same university. This would net you another degree, research experience, and even a few new references most likely. At the end of the day if you have no interest in a masters, just don't do one. It'll be a waste of your and your supervisors time. I will say though that there are masters programs for just about everything you can think of so don't count yourself out before you do a thorough search of what's out there. Your MCAT (128 in CARS specifically) allows you to apply OOP to the two med schools in Alberta. I would apply out of province before I apply out of country, it may be more competitive in Canada but there's a lot of problems with doing medicine in the states (e.g tuition, residency, visas). The top 10 refers to Calgary's application, applicants are required to list and explain the relevance/importance of their top 10 life experiences. Calgary and more recently the University of Alberta have put a lot more weight in to the value of ECs. I hope that helps.
  3. First off, ECs are hard to judge but they are unlikely to break your application the way a poor MCAT score or low GPA will. Med schools are ultimately looking for people that have sought out diverse experiences, demonstrated competency in these experiences (e.g: increased responsibilities at your job, volunteer experience, lab etc.), and have learned something from them (harder to demonstrate in OMSAS descriptions but doable in UofT's essays). As for your web development/programming experience, I'm sure it would be fine to list yourself or someone on your team who could speak to your experience and skills. If the schools have any issues with this they will get in contact with you and ask for more information but to be honest that's unlikely. To sum up, your far from out of the running, but your job right now is do well on the MCAT. Honestly though, that SWOMEN status makes you very likely to at least get an interview to Western when you apply.
  4. The U of A does not generally release stats/data about the size of their waitlist, your spot on the waitlist, or how likely you are to get off the waitlist. An initial wave will go out approximately a week after the initial acceptance deadline, another wave will go out a week after the second round offer deadline, and so on until all offers have been made and the class is full. At this point you'll get an email saying as such and that it's unlikely that any other offers will be made. So the answer to your question is both, waves at first and then 1-by-1 until the class is full. Hope that helps.
  5. It's also conditional on you submitting a vulnerable sector check and paying the deposit before the deadline.
  6. Accepted (IP) Year: Graduated May 2017 cGPA: 4.0 MCAT: 514 (128, 127, 131, 128) EC: Long term commitment to one organization. Pretty research heavy with a mentorship/leadership component. Talked about a few unique cultural experiences I've had. MMI: Stations were very different from last year when I interviewed and honestly I didn't think that it went too well. Glad to see I was mistaken. The panel was very enjoyable and by far the strongest aspect of my interview. This is my second time applying to the U of A. Being on the waitlist last year was painful so I'm happy to not have to go through that again. To those on the waitlist, please take care of yourselves and find something fulfilling to do because the uncertainty can really take a toll. It certainly did on me.
  7. It appears that the U of A has radically changed the way they evaluate applicants so looking at the old threads is unlikely to be indicative of what they're looking for. Best of luck.
  8. I won't be harsh (you sound like you're plenty hard on yourself already), but I will be honest with you. You sound like you're in a bad place at the moment. You might feel demotivated or feel like giving up. That's okay. It sounds like you have high expectations for yourself and not living up to those expectations sucks. Trust me when I say that the majority of us on this forum and in your own life have been there. You're not alone. So let's talk about this. First off, university is vastly different from high school. That 91 average in high school is no joke, you're clearly capable but university is a different beast and requires different strategies and a different mindset to succeed in what is an entirely different educational experience. Think about the larger class sizes, less personal attention, and the often shorter time to learn more material, and of course the often great variability in teaching styles and methods. All of these things can contribute to your success and learning how to adapt your own personal study style to them is a key skill in higher education. But the point being is that there are likely external factors that contributed to you not meeting your GPA expectations. So, what can you do about that then? When I came in to University I certainly had to adapt my study style. I found that going to TA office hours and asking upper-year students how they studied to be a very useful exercise. Because, as I said before, they had been there before. They knew the strategies and were more than happy to help make that transition from high school to university easier. Secondly, and building off my last point, there's a lot of non-academic stress in University that doesn't get talked about too much but can play a huge part in success in university. There's often more pressure to do well, with less help from your support system. Whether this be because you moved away from home for University or you didn't have a lot of friends choose the school you did, the shift in the strength of your support system from high school to university can have dramatic effects. I know that it certainly did on me in my first semester. It took me realizing how much I appreciated and leaned on my support system in high school to reach out to establish a new one in university. Remember that your family and friends support you and want to see you do the very best you can. Sometimes this means admitting that you didn't live up to your own expectations in order to receive that support because, you guessed it, they've been there before and will often know what to do and how to cope. Remember, you don't have to go through this alone. Thirdly, it's going to be difficult, but try not to let your GPA define how you see yourself as a person. A poor GPA doesn't mean that you're 'not smart enough for this.' You tried and studied hard, but the results were what you were expecting, that sucks I know, but it doesn't mean you're not capable of meeting your own expectations. But I'll tell you something, the attitude of "I'll never be good enough for this" will eat you up inside and could quickly become very self-defeating. Don't let it become a self-fulfilling prophecy because I'm telling you right now that one semester of university can not and does not define whether or not 'you're smart enough for this'. Your current GPA represents but a fraction of your university career, so try not to let it define it so early on. These external factors I've been taking about likely played a part, now it's up to you to determine how you deal with those going forward. Fourthly. All you've ever been interested in is science and the human body? That's great! Use that as the motivation you need to get where you want to go, to talk to the people you need to, and to get the help that you need. Remember, the people around you want you to succeed, to pursue that interest in science in the human body, and to become a physician if you so desire. Lastly, let's about the practical issue at hand. And here it is: your 2.7 GPA is not the death sentence you seem to think it is. Sure, people are nervous about 3.9s but I'll be honest and say that some of them could have had a 2.7 in their first year as well. Most med schools in Canada understand the transition to university from high school is difficult and that first few semester can be rough. This is why they either drop your lowest grades from your overall GPA (U of T) or weight the upper years heavier than the lower years (Ottawa). Schools like Mac way the critical appraisal and reasoning skills section of the MCAT heavily and can make up for a lower GPA. Go check the interview invite thread, people get invited with <3.8s quite consistently. My point with all of this, is that you have plenty of time to get the help you need, plenty of time to get those 3.9s, and plenty of time to worry about decimal places in a few years time. For now, just focus on the first part. Reflect on what could have went wrong in your study habits, reflect on those external factors I was talking about and think about how they might have affected you, and finally, and probably most importantly, take stock of your mental health and wellness. If you're not doing okay and don't see yourself getting better, please reach out and talk to someone about it, whether that be a family member, a friend, a partner, an academic counselor, or one of the wonderful mental health professionals that likely are employed by your school for this very reason. Because remember, you're not alone. Plenty have been in your position before and gone on to do great things. It's not over and will get better. ST
  9. @GH0ST - Very well said. The idea that one's GPA has anything to with one's 'social aptitude to lead a conversation' is hilariously closed-minded.
  10. First off, while it is a legitimate strategy to move to another province to gain IP, the ethics are questionable, especially if you're going for rural status. Rural applicants are placed in their own pool because they are at a legitimate disadvantage when it comes to opportunities to engage in extracurriculars/research etc. It might be a red flag if you move to the middle of nowhere, but I'm not familiar with your situation or your job prospects so I will not be so quick to judge your intentions. To be considered IP for the University of Alberta, you need to maintain residency in Alberta for at least one year prior to the first day of medical school classes. Exceptions are granted for students attending school in another province, active military members, and those on temporary work placements. To be considered IP for the University of Calgary, you need to have lived in Alberta for at least two consecutive years sometime between your 15th birthday and the first day of medical school classes. If you attended and graduated High School in Alberta, you automatically fulfill this requirement. Alberta has a specific section on their application wherein you must provide two contacts/verifiers that can confirm your Alberta residency. The admissions office may or may not ask for additional proof by way of rent recipients, spending habits, and other verifiers. I am not sure of the effect of taking classes in BC while living in Alberta but because you will have to state that you are taking these classes on your application, it might raise questions with the admissions office. Regardless, living in Alberta for 6-8 months would not be sufficient to gain IP status at either school. Best of luck.
  11. Most of your questions are at least somewhat answered in this previous thread: http://forums.premed101.com/index.php?/topic/89148-why-u-of-a-med/
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