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  1. Would you mind sharing some of your ECs? Trying to get an idea if I may have a chance since I have a 507 MCAT too
  2. Hey All, With interview invites and rejections for Ontario med schools going out this month, I feel it's time to make decisions for the next few cycles. I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with next steps, and I may not be the only one so I thought I might post here. I am leaning toward either going for a second undergraduate degree or leaving to study abroad. I have read extensively about each option and have tried making a decision, but can't seem to shake off the uneasiness with any options. I hoped to hear some advice or maybe stories from individuals who have had to make such decisions to pursue the MD dream. Any (constructive/positive) thoughts are appreciated. For some context: I have completed a 5-year undergrad in 2016 (lower GPA for 1st and 2nd year due to extenuating circumstances, higher for last 3 years) and currently finishing a long but successful 4-year research-based Master's (first author pub to come later this year, which has been my main focus). MCAT is not the best (507- 129/124/128/126 chem/cars/bio/psych), have tried re-writing and I keep scoring the same for CARS but this could also be explained by the lack of time to study during grad school...not sure. I have well balanced and meaningful ECs, but nothing extraordinary. So far, I have been unsuccessful with interviews in Canada after 3 application cycles.
  3. Would you mind sharing the MCAT score you had per section please :)?
  4. I am a grad applicant and haven't received anything! UofT MD posted a meme on their instagram story that not all grad students will receive this e-mail and not to panic haha.
  5. Sure, no problem! I'm doing a research-based MSc, and I am currently in my fourth year (should probably have transferred to PhD as I do stem cell work, which can take a long time!). I would recommend doing this route if you have a genuine interest in research or if you want to find out if you would like it as an alternative career. I've read many posts on this forum warning against doing research if you hate it and to some degree, that holds true. The expectations as a grad student are high and the program is very demanding, but if you pursue it for the right reasons, it can be really rewarding and you will develop a lot of skills (not just research related). That being said, I think I am a much stronger applicant today than I was after my 5 years of undergrad. However, one can always keep improving, which is why I maaay do a second undergrad (or at least, take some extra courses on a full-time basis) to strengthen my GPA. I was a Life Science major and my undergrad university agreed that doing a second undergrad in a Biology major there would be alright. You will have to evaluate your situation as it might be more beneficial for you to do a second undergrad in something that would give you an alternative career (physician assistant, nursing, public health inspection, etc). I would only choose Biology as a second undergrad as I would be looking to strengthen my GPA only, since my back up career is working in stem cell field research/industry. If you want to chat more, I am glad to do so, just PM me
  6. Hey, amazing turn around for your GPA, congrats I had a very similar situation and GPA trend as you in undergrad but my MCAT is lower. I personally decided to go the grad school route and hoping for UofT now! I suggest maybe starting with grad school and applying while in your last year. If you still don't receive admission then, I think a second undergrad would be helpful (that's my plan as well). Best of luck!!
  7. Thanks for sharing your story! I went through something similar when I was in the early years of my undergrad around 2011. It takes a lot of perseverance and self-motivation to work your way toward being a successful med school applicant. I am still currently in the applying and re-applying process as a grad student, but I think it's important to pause every now and then and be proud of all the steps you've taken along your journey and reflect on your self-growth. I believe you'll get there with hard work, best of luck
  8. I've looked at the past invite threads but I was hoping to hear if any other past grad student applicants on here were invited to interview with <3.8-4.0 wGPA. In need of some hope!
  9. Does anyone know if rejections are sent out on the same day?
  10. No, OOP and no word, so I guess you have it if you're invited for an interview
  11. Feeling this too! Had family as a Maritime connection, wrote a pretty good essay I think. GPA 3.9 and MCAT 507 (meets the cut offs). Still hoping but not sure if there's a point. Congrats to all invited!
  12. Congrats Just wondering, are you an Ontario applicant?
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