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  1. in regards to "applying to USyd", I wanted to let everyone reading this know that coming to USyd for med is NOT a good idea. Pm me or any (I mean literally any USyd student) and they'll tell you why.
  2. Hello, I am ontario resident who has been waitlisted twice at an ON med school (and rejected by BC post interview) after two applications. I am thinking about studying medicine at Australia because I don't think it's likely that I'll be able to secure a spot this year or the following year. I was hoping someone can fill me in on my options after I graduate with an MD from Australia. Thanks! This is what I've gathered so far 1) Residency in US with high USMLE scores, great CV (research and what not), and perhaps clinical rotation in U.S, it's quite doable (even for non-US citizen IMGs). Is that right? I personally know a few friends studying in Ireland and Carib, who were all able to match in the US. Would attending Aus school be at least as viable as those when in comes to US matching? 2) Internship/residency in Aus there is an internship crisis in Australia but that depends on the school you study at (and thus the state you are in). If I work hard and choose my school right, I would still be able to find an internship position. there is also another program available (I think it's called Commonwealth Medical Internship) that significant helps Canadian's chances of matching (although these could be at rural areas) 3) Residency in Canada generally not doable 4) Residency in other parts of the world (Singapore, UK...etc) I didn't really look into this yet but I've heard that it's not difficult (at least not when compared with matching back to Canada).
  3. Have you completed your degree? Correct me if I'm wrong, but a the age of 20 with 3 co-op terms, it is unlikely that you already have 120 credits to make you eligible to drop your worst year (30 credits). That means your GPA is 3.64/4.33, which is on the lower end. I recommend that you apply to see where you stand (you only have the application fee to lose!). However, I think you should definitely work on strengthening your GPA and being involved in other extracurricular activities in enhance your diversity in experiences. Based solely on the information you provided (which I'm sure doesn't accurately reflect your ECs because you obviously will leave some out for anonymity), you will not be close to even getting an interview. 3.64 (or even 3.7) out of 4.33 means your AQ is around 10-15 and NAQ (based on the activities) around 15-30. Your TFR will be around 25-45 (you need a 51+ to get an interview). That being said, good job on the MCAT! with a 129 CARS (and improved GPA), you will go far in some schools in US/Canada
  4. Hi, has anyone been accepted while missing one of the references? I'm mainly asking because one of my referees recently stopped responding. While I may be able to find another person to replace him, I'm not confident I'd be able to do it on time by Feb 16. What are the potential implications (reference guide says you may be disqualified, but I wanted to know if anyone else had first hand experience)?
  5. Pretty sure the "recommended courses" meant recommended courses to do well in med school (although whether or not they really help is debatable), not recommended courses for you to gain admissions... I'm confident they don't have the time and resources to separately assess your "recommended courses". MCAT, MMI, LOR, AQ, NAQ, and TFR are enough to keep them busy.
  6. like clever boy said, take some classes and retake the mcat. I wouldn't recommend online course though (specific to your case). You already completed a degree so a year of full time study won't even do anything to your GPA, let alone a few courses online. If you really want to be ready by next cycle, do full time school next semester (Jan-Apr 2018) and retake the MCAT in the summer.
  7. I agree that 5th year is a better option than a masters (2 year), but there's also the third option that I believe is better in every way- a 1 year graduate certificate. You get to do a decently light course load, you get to keep up with whichever ECs you are currently involved in, and most importantly you get more options afterwards. If you get into med, you go. If you don't, it'll only take you 1 more year to finish your masters.
  8. Not sure if the bribing part is true but I wouldn't be surprised if race matters for med admissions. It's important to accept med applicants and train physicians who will be predominantly seeing patients who are of visible minority (black, native...etc). This is why race is a big part in the US and should continue to be so. That being said, Asians applicants have it so much harder than their white counterparts so at least be grateful of that. But again, i'm not entirely sure if UBC does this race thing (perhaps they looked into cultural background instead of your superficial skin color). As far as I remember, they did not ask about the applicant's race in the applications.
  9. References are pass fail for UBC. Post interview: MMI >> Mcat >= Gpa
  10. Hi, I am currently taking a gap year (after UG) before going into medical school. I am debating between to two jobs, both of which I like a lot and have a difficult time choosing from. I wanted to know which one is better for residency. I have a background in nursing and my goal is to become a dermatologist. For my gap year, I have of choice of 1) working as a nurse at the dermatology department or 2) working as a research associate at a dermatology lab. Which one will help me more when I am applying to residencies? Or, for that matter, do residencies/CARMS even care about your job/experiences/ECs before medical school? If not, can I also assume by working at a dermatology lab, I would also be able to make connections which may indirectly help me when I apply to residency? If someone can provide some insight, that'd be great. I'm looking for comments related to residency application (as opposed to med school apps), so please limit response to that. Thank you!
  11. Hello, I just finished a 4 year UG and I am thinking about applying to the McGill MD.CM program as an OOP. With a ~3.80/4.0 GPA, I know that I am on the lower side as an OOP. However, I have stellar ECs (mainly research/publications, clinical/non-clinical volunteer, and leadership roles). Nothing like the Olympic medalist...etc but I have founded and lead a few clubs and been to pretty prestigious research centers to do research during UG. I feel like I might be disappointed though, as I heard McGill is 70% GPA pre-interview. Any thoughts?
  12. Hello I'm new to the forum and I'd like to get some opinion! I'm IP (graduated UG this fall) and I applied to UBC last year with a TFR of around 65 (decently balanced AQ and NAQ) and MCAT~75%tile (2 attempts, low CARS) I was rejected post-interview with a below-avg score. I'm debating whether or not it'll be a good idea to retake the MCAT. I haven't started studying yet (though I'd be my 3rd time taking it) and will only have 3 weeks before the deadline for this year (Aug 24th). If I do bad this time, i won't be able to apply to U.S schools and this is my main concern. Is it likely for my MCAT to keep me from being accepted, say if I do above avg or avg this time on the interview? I'm also looking to get stronger letters of recommendations this year. Is this likely going to help?
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