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  1. Fellow physics to med here. I have a B.Sc. in physics and will be starting at Ottawa this Fall. You definitely do not need any health-related EC's to be a successful applicant. The first thing you should do is take a look at how all the schools calculate your weighted GPA (e.g., UofT drops lowest marks based on full-time course loads, Ottawa weighs later years more heavily, McMaster just takes your raw cGPA, etc.). Once you take your MCAT, you'll have a better idea of where you stand. Focus on CARS so you raise your chances at Mac. The importance of ECs can get overblown for Ontario schools. I consider myself as someone with average ECs. I only had around 16 items on my ABS sketch for OMSAS and I managed to get 3 interviews in Ontario this cycle. Taken altogether for Ontario, GPA, MCAT and CASPer are each way more important than ECs. You definitely do not need any health-related ECs to be successful here. Lastly, don't underestimate the role that CASPer plays. some people say that "you can't prepare for CASPer" but that's untrue. I took the CASPer test over 3 times because of rejections in previous cycles. My first attempt at it was complete rubbish, and over the cycles I got way better. So the MCAT and CASPer are the things that give you the most bang for your buck (in terms of time spent on them vs. positive effect they have on your application) in Ontario and lots of other schools as an out-of-province applicant. So calculate your weighted GPA at each school to get a better idea of your chances. Do great on the MCAT (especially CARS) and CASPer, write awesome essays based on your unique experiences, and you'll have great odds.
  2. I got accepted at Hamilton on May 12th but will be accepting an offer at another school, so there is a Hamilton spot coming your way. I wish you all the best of luck, hang in there!
  3. EDIT: nvm, I found everything I needed!
  4. I am OOP in the first quartile waitlist. I will be rejecting my offer due to an acceptance at a IP school. I wish you all the best of luck!
  5. Accepted/Waitlisted/Regrets: Waitlisted In Province (IP)/ Out of Province (OOP): OOP AGPA (x.xx/4.5): I believe around 4.484 MCAT (xx.xx/528): 523 Rural/Non-Rural: Non-rural Advanced Academics (PhD, pubs, academic appointment): 0 Just wanted to let my waitlist friends know that I will be removing myself from the waitlist due to acceptance at an IP school. I wish you all the best of luck, you can do this!! It took me 3 cycles until I got accepted at a school.
  6. Result: Accepted (Hamilton) Timestamp: 8:04 AM cGPA: 3.97 CARS: 129 CASPer: I think I did well - got Ottawa interview and Manitoba OOP interview with it. Year: Finished B.Sc. in Physics Geography: IP Button: NO BUTTON
  7. Interviews at Mac, Western, Ottawa and Manitoba (Manitoba as OOP, which needs strong CASPer). GPA: ~3.97, CARS: 129, no button.
  8. Thank you for your input! I will try my best to get my primary application in on June 1st. I will also try to get my list up to ~25 schools (including Wayne state), but OUWB no longer accepts Canadians as another poster suggested (i've checked both the MSAR and their webpage). I certainly have more non-academics that i didn't include in the original post, but i hope that the lack of extensive shadowing experience does not significantly impact my chances.
  9. Yeah I used the MSAR to compile that list. Thanks for the input. My CARS score has put me in a dilemma because i'm kind of forced to retake it if i want to have a shot at Canada but apparently USMD schools don't look favourably on retaking the MCAT. So I feel that my application to USMD is a "now or never" thing otherwise in the future they would see that i retook a 519.
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