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  1. I’m a Canadian citizen. I’m currently doing my second bachelors in biochemistry. Will finish in two years. first undergrad-2.5 cgpa thus far for my second undergrad is 3.3 cgpa.. and two more years I can get my yearly gpa as a 4.0. low marks were a result of serious conditions at home. ill be moving to the USA this fall, and don’t mind redoing years and adding extra undergraduate years to apply to medical schools. Is there a way I can step out of my past and get what I want to achieve? I do know my cousin in the us medical school said us schools do consider an upward trend? thanks
  2. i was wondering if anyone got an interview --conditional on one year GPA?
  3. hi for non-trad applicants with a second degree? anyone here applying expecting a conditional offer? also, how many times did you write the mcat? does it matter if you write it multiple times?
  4. hi So, I had to take a trip to India for family purposes, unplanned. However, during my time there, I recruited a few children (given how there is so much poverty in India) from my neighborhood and taught them math and English for free for 2-3 hours/day for 10 days. I was deeply touched by the kids' desire to learn, and saddened by the lack of people willing to offer their time and efforts. Even the schools they go to, under-equipped. I realized that the teachers of these kids lack a basic motivation and a desire to help them succeed. These kids were primarily the kids of the women who work underpaid jobs. I taught basic math and algebra to some keeners and helped them read and pronounce and enunciate. I just hope these kids will one day be properly guided. However, going there made me feel grateful to good mentors here (some and not all). My question is, since I didn't volunteer with an organization, is this worth mentioning in my application?
  5. do people get accepted to MD/PhD with a conditional acceptance? IS that even a possibility?
  6. yea, please do not mass email profs...when you sincerely read upon a prof's research interest, make sure it resonates with you before emailing. Also, if you are really interested in a specific research topic, it will translate through with a sincere email. Also, read up some of the publications and mention that your interests line up with the work the PI's conducting. Sometimes, profs even get back to you apologizing or referring you to other profs if they are full or not taking any students. Also, try and follow up your email with a phone call at least 2-3 days after. In addition, sometimes, volunteer work may seem tedious, but sometimes you can actually end up working on a project given the level of interest and enthusiasm you show- and there is also the possibility of getting a paper published (depending on many factors, obvi). However, in other cases, if you are paid, you may be only asked to help around and not contribute significantly, and not get a paper under your name. So, do not feel bogged down by the fact that you are not getting paid. You always need to take the first step.
  7. here is my story i completed my first undergrad in 2017 , ended with a B GPA. I have research experiences, leadership, volunteering, etc. started a second undergraduate degree in 2017 right after ,and did one year of psychology, and switched to bch 2017-2018--psychology --(b+) gpa 2018-2019--switched to biochem---(b+)gpa--predicted 2019-2020-- 2020-2021 basically, I have had a complicated life due to my mother's health and me being the eldest. I have two years to graduate my second undergrad degree in BCH, for which i need to pull my life together. Do you think that western will consider my application given my serious crazy history of undergraduate years at all given i do well 2019-2020 and apply and finish after 2020-2021 year? My MCAT is to be written this summer...
  8. I was once told by a potential PI that if I express interest in research, medical schools would not appreciate it because there are hardly any MDs with basic labs, although he himself had his very own basic lab. He also said that I should not be interested in pursuing a specialty because more than 60% of the graduating class becomes family docs. SO I feel that I didn’t quite get the direction I had wanted, or a clear reasoning concerning why I shouldn’t pursue my passions. I am interested in researching heart failure at the genomics level, or something along the lines of physiology. Also, is it possible to pursue basic lab research in med school and residency with hopes of pursuing it alongside a career as a surgeon, etc? DO you guys know of anyone?
  9. One of the doctors who is currently in her 40s apparently received a gold medal in medicine when she was in med school about 15 years ago. DO they still give medals and honour graduating medical students in medical schools anymore?
  10. does western take a look at the courses tat you have taken? I finished my first degree in bio, and I am trying to do my second degree in Psychology, and am taking certain courses from BIO and a minor Health Sciences. Does western look at your transcript and question your choice of courses? as in why are you taking courses in Psych, Bio and Health Sciences? I do have answers if they ask, but does it stand out as negative?
  11. on a side note, do you all think this will have an impact on conditional acceptance? Or will conditional be left as it is?
  12. is it possible that this (ECs consideration) in any way will impact conditional acceptances?
  13. has anyone here received a scholarship from western for medical school? No other university offers one for medical school right? when i looked at the scholarship's page, it says that student must demonstrate financial need...technically almost all students are in need of financial assistance because everyone takes out a LOC, and has OSAP debt...so how is it actually determined who receives the scholarship? The website isn't entirely clear.
  14. hi i was wondering if anyone here got accepted into the MD/PhD program and what your application was like? What kind of research etc,? Also, can people who are gambling on conditional offers apply for MD/PhD? or does it not make sense? Also, the program asks for a transcript? Is that to look at the courses taken that pertain to research? Also, can someone who say got accepted to the MD program, can they switch to the MD/PhD program say after second year or so? any information would be really appreciated! thanks in advance!
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