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  1. "BC applicants with an overall academic average of <75% and out-of-province applicants with an overall academic average of <85% (based on the adjusted academic average, if applicable) will not receive full file reviews" I'm an OOP student with an 86.5% AGPA and 84.76% overall. If I qualify for the adjusted academic average, does this mean that my adjusted must be >85%, or must be overall academic average still be >85%.
  2. Hey guys! I'm an Ontario student applying for the first time applying to AMCAS. I know that it says you can add reference letters after you submit your AMCAS application. So, if I wanted to submit my primary application so that it can get verified (because I know I'm a bit late to the game and July is the busy season), am I able to just select "I have no letters to add" and then submit my application and add my letter entries afterwards. Or, is it best to add at least one or two of my references in now, before I submit.
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    CASPer practice group

    Interested!
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    ABS

    I believe that it's always quality > quantity. I wouldn't worry about filling out all 48 spots. If you're separating those awards into individual entries to fill more spots and pad it up more, I think that would be obvious and not do much good. Unless it's a significant award or something you're really proud of/want to highlight/summarizes an important characteristic of you, then for sure include it in its own entry and elaborate more on it.
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    Academic Reference

    Bambi, unfortunately the TA and prof were for two different classes so they don't know me in the same context
  6. Hi guys! So to get straight to the point: I've never become buddy buddy or best friends with a prof. Sure there's profs I've sat near the front for or talked to a bunch of times after class, or had convo with them in a lab setting etc. But I don't think there's any profs that will have remembered me fully by name or have amazing things to say about things I've done. However, for a lab course, there is a TA that supervised two of my research projects in the course and I had a great relationship with. With the prof, I've known her for 2 years but I fear the letter would be very general (with maybe a few specific points), if they're writing many med school letters (which they likely are) I doubt I am the person they most want to succeed. With the TA, I think the letter would be more specific and hopefully more positive as I believe she genuinely liked me and we were friends in the lab course, but I've known only her half a year and they're a masters student. So, What's the say about having a TA as your academic reference rather than a prof? Pros/Cons? Which should I go with?
  7. Hey all! The person I was hoping to get my character reference from was asking like what kind of things are expected, or if I could give him some sort of outline as to what areas need to be talked about. And I was wondering, what exactly is stuff you should include for a successful character reference letter? Is there anything they look for or like 'key words' to add in? Any info would be helpful! i.e. formatting the letter, what areas he should discuss, specific characteristics or things to include, etc.??
  8. Hey all! The person I was hoping to get my character reference from was asking like what kind of things are expected, or if I could give him some sort of outline as to what areas need to be talked about. And I was wondering, what exactly is stuff you should include for a successful character reference letter? Is there anything they look for or like 'key words' to add in? Any info would be helpful! i.e. formatting the letter, what areas he should discuss, specific characteristics or things to include, etc.??
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    5th year vs one year Masters?

    Thanks barc16 for the little motivational words, really appreciated
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    5th year vs one year Masters?

    Thanks so much for all of your comments. With all that you said and a bit more research on the side, I think 5th year is the way to go. On that note, I know you can either graduate and come back as a 5th year (but then only 4000 level courses count as 'in your year') or return without graduating (in this case both 3000 and 4000 level courses count as 'in your year'). So logically it makes sense to return without graduating, but I was wondering if you had any thoughts on it.
  11. Hi, if you don't mind me asking - what was your GPA? Cause from the way it sounds it seems like OOP GPA and restrictions are a lot higher than IP
  12. Hey everyone! I'm currently going into my fourth year with a cGPA of 3.60 mostly due to some fuckups in first year and second year 1st sem. (1st year: 3.44, 2nd year: 3.39: 3rd year: 3.97). I feel strong going into 4th year and can hopefully maintain similar GPA to my third year. My MCAT is 518 (130 ChemPhysics/128 CARS/129 Bio/131 Psych). And for extracurriculars, I've got hospital volunteering, research since May this summer (and hopefully working towards an authored publication this coming year!), a bunch of leadership roles, cultural clubs VP, part-time work experience, etc. I am planning on applying by this October for the 2018 cycle. However, I was wondering in terms of boosting my application for maybe next year (if we're being realistic), I was wondering what the best option would be: a 5th year or maybe a one year masters? Anyone have any successful experience with this? Also, if anyone has any general advice for areas like my EC or other ways to improve myself, that would be definitely welcome!!!
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    < X-Bar

    I've read this. Even though it's been well over a year. Just wanted to let you know: it's your past that has made you who you are today. Who cares what you did yesterday, today's a new day and "you will never become a doctor" is just 6 words. I believe in you - not sure what you're up to these days, but hope it's something you're passionate about or something that is working to get you to that ultimate goal of a doctor.
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