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  1. CRNA is not a thing in Canada. There are a handful of NPs with an “Anesthesia” specialization but it’s not the same thing at all.
  2. Normally if you have a legitimate program reason (ie curriculum format) why you can’t meet their credit requirement you submit a letter from your program explaining this, and the adcom decides if it’s a good reason or not. That’s very close to a full course load which works in you favour.
  3. Remember that Dal only takes ~9 (although it may be more this year) OOP students every year and get ~700 OOP apps of which they interview 50-60 based off the maritime connections essay. They want you to demonstrate a connection to the maritimes and/or a desire/willingness to work in the maritimes on graduation. The average gpa for admitted OOP at Dal has historically been 4.0, so at 3.7 youre behind the curve a little and the OOP admission scores are quite high/competitive compared to IP. It’s worth an app rather than going international but just something to think about. If you’re serious about Dal then I’d get NS or NB (especially NB) IP status and apply then. All maritime residents who apply to Dal and meet the academic minimums are given an interview and the post interview acceptance rates are very high.
  4. Different schools absolutely evaluate ECs differently. Some don’t look at or care about them at all. I’m from Nova Scotia and at Dal ECs are 20 points out of 100 and broken up into 4 areas with 5 points for each area. Employment is only one of those areas so if all you did was work as a RN and did very little or nothing else then you would pretty much only get points for the employment section and your overall score would be bad. Perhaps McGill evaluates in a similar way? Working as a nurse or doing related things is a great employment EC but you’re still expected to do volunteering and other activities, and shouldn’t be the only thing you’re doing. And I’m not saying that you didn’t do anything else, but that could be a reason based on the (very) limited info you gave. I think the real benefit of being a RN comes in the essays/interviews where you could draw on your experience of working in direct patient care and collaborating with physicians and allied health on a daily basis.
  5. Rahvin13

    Volunteer Training Hours

    Yes it is. Thank you.
  6. Hello, Just looking for some opinions here. If I were to volunteer in a position that requires ‘extensive’ training, would it be acceptable to include those training hours as time spent in the position? Normally for something that’s a few hours training I wouldn’t or wouldn’t care but this is more like 100 hours.
  7. 1) I would start with 2 years and go from there. Because you took reduced course load and had pass/fail courses, 2 years at full course load with 3.9+ gpa could make a decent change in your cumulative gpa for Mac and UofT , and there are several schools (Western, Queens, Dal) that will only look at your most recent/best 2 years. Just make sure you check the 2nd degree policies for the different schools and make sure you meet the course level requirements (at UWO for example). 2) Absolutely. It’s employment and employment is an EC.
  8. Hey, I’m a 2nd degree nursing student currently taking 12 credits (3 courses) this summer and am well on track for A-A+ in all 3. On top of that I work 20-30 hours a week as a personal care worker and also do other ECs. Definitely doable depending on the electives. I also did the same thing last summer and got A or A+ in each course. Its really up to what you are comfortable with and the courses you’re taking.
  9. For an Ontario applicant I’d say take a 2nd undergrad. You may be able to get into Mac, Queens, or NOSM (depending on where you live) with that gpa but would either be ineligible or very non-competitive for UWO, Ottawa, and UofT. For Mac and Queens you’d need a good mcat (specifically CARS) and Casper and would definitely need ECs (especially for Queens). Queens doesn’t post cut offs but people with a 2 year gpa of ~3.75 have been accepted there, and same with your cumulative of ~3.7 for Mac although both are on the low end. You could apply for UofT too although 3.7 is really on the low end for there. 2 more years of undergrad with a full course load and 3.9+ in each year would open up UWO and make you more competitive for Queens, UofT and Mac. Just read all the course/degree requirements for the different schools and make sure you’re meeting them. And and some point do your mcat and try to get a 129+ in CARS.
  10. Can you share how many courses you’ve taken in each year and your gpa for those years? It’s hard to give advice about doing a 2nd undergrad without that. Some med schools allow you to explain your grades or why you didn’t have a full course load and may accommodate that depending on the reason. Based on what you said you may have a legit reason for not having a full course load or they might say “well why didn’t you just take electives to round out a full course load.” It’s hard to say, and depends on the overall context I’d think.
  11. Rahvin13

    What's your schedule like?

    Look up MDProspect on Youtube. He’s a UofA med student who does a bunch of vlogs on UofA among other things.
  12. Rahvin13

    Nursing Then Medicine

    There are factors to consider if you are going to take nursing as a UG to get into med, especially if it’s a 2nd degree in a fast track format. It “can” be difficult to get a 3.9+ gpa in nursing depending on the individual student and the program because of the nature of the testing and assignments. Not impossible however because there are many who can, especially with weighted or best/last 2 year gpa. Nursing also has pass/fail courses which can affect how some med schools view your transcript and weight your gpa. It really depends on the individual school. If you’re doing a 2nd UG to get into med it’s probably because the gpa of your 1st degree wasn’t competitive. Gpa is extremely important for admission to any med school but particularly in Ontario/for Ontario applicants. With nursing you risk doing another UG and still not having a competitive gpa. The benefits of taking nursing are that it allows you to be an RN so you can take a BScN, apply to med, and if that doesn’t work out you still have a good career. If you take a general science degree and don’t get in then you’re still gonna be taking something else anyways. It also allows you to pursue NP (or PA) which can be an acceptable alternative for some people who don’t get into med. Nursing gives you healthcare and collaborative experience and allows you to develop the CANMEDs competencies from a direct care clinical perspective which most traditional premeds don’t get to do. This could help with essays/interviews. You really have to consider if nursing is right for you, if you can get a good enough gpa, and figure out if the med school(s) you want to apply for are nursing friendly in their transcript assessments.
  13. Fast track nursing are generally 2 year programs and aren’t as intensive imo as some people think they are. You can work in a broad range of areas as an RN and the pay is decent with lots of RNs making 100k+ with overtime. I wouldn’t consider it a lifestyle job though as a lot of jobs involve shift work. On top of that, there is plenty of opportunity to advance your career after you get some experience and you can take additional schooling and do NP, Perfusion, management/admin etc. In terms of independence, there is a lot of autonomy with nursing in some jobs and geographies but most health professions involve some level of collaboration especially in hospital or clinic work.
  14. Rahvin13

    My Chances? OOP

    Well you meet the OOP gpa and mcat cutoffs so as long as you meet the Casper cutoff then it really depends on what they think of your maritime connections essay and if you have a good enough reason for wanting to attend Dal. If you meet the academic/Casper minimums the only thing they base an interview off of for OOP is the maritimes essay. They don’t look at your gpa, mcat or supplemental/personal essay competitively until after the interview.
  15. And just on a personal note, I did a BSc in bio, finished with similar grades and am now completing a fast track nursing and will be applying to medicine for a few years when I’m done and doing NP if that doesn’t work out. Even if you don’t start your career in med or NP until you’re 45 you can still practice for 20 years in that role. If your wife is supportive and it doesn’t sound like money is an issue I’d say go for it.