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  1. BipolarBearr

    5th year in need of advice

    Thank you very much for your comment. I appreciate that. If you were me in this situation, what would your game plan be for the summer and September after this 5th year?
  2. Heyo, 5th year from western here. My cgpa is pretty mediocre (~3.2), but Im halfway through my 5th year and so far so good, so im expecting my last/best 2 years to be (~3.8 GPA). I've written MCAT twice, as a non-science student and a terrible MC test taker, I did not do great - 501 (126/125/124/126). Cherry on top, I'm an Ontarian applicant looking to stay in Canada... Now i've done a bit of digging on US MD and DO alternatives and I'm open to it as well as Ireland. To my understanding the order goes something like this when it comes to doing residency in Canada (CMG>USMD>USDO=Ireland). I am even open to the possibility of doing residency in the US and coming back to Canada afterwards. Can anyone please help give suggestions on if they were in my shoes and hell bent on medicine, what is the best course of action for me at this point. A second undergrad simply isn't an option for me, but I have been considering a 2 year research masters (both to get publications, ref and eventually lower GPA requirements in select places like UofT as well as just kind of buying time). I have also considered rewriting the MCAT for a third time, but I mean this test is the bane of my existence so if anyone sees any viable option of not doing that again, I'm all ears (although I recognize I likely need to). any words of advice would be greatly appreciated, I don't know what the move to do is for this upcoming summer or September. Thank you
  3. BipolarBearr

    Withdrawn Undergrad Course

    I see, makes sense. So sticking it out despite the potential mediocre grade is probably a better option than dropping it at this point Thank you!
  4. BipolarBearr

    Withdrawn Undergrad Course

    It would just appear as withdrawn at this point in the semester. This is Western btw. I know a withdrawn looks bad but I dont know how it looks as long as its compensated for by an extra class in the second semester
  5. Hi, At this point in the undergrad semester, I've heard it looks terrible to med schools and graduate schools if you drop out of a course because you get a withdrawn on your transcript. If I were to withdraw from a course now, but take an extra course next semester to ensure I'm still at the 5.0 credits, do med schools discourage this or is this acceptable? Thanks!
  6. Hi all, quick question that might be dumb but I want to make sure I'm doing the right thing here- In the prerequisite section for UofT on OMSAS, there's a section for Course URL.. What goes here? The course syllabus? I did some research on it and western does offer course descriptions but they're $2 each and not a link (which is what OMSAS is looking for), but it feels weird just pasting the link to the syllabus in the box. Anyone know what is supposed to go in there? Thanks!
  7. BipolarBearr

    NOSM as an IP applicant from an urban area?

    But do any urban applicants ever get in?? Help me out here, I dunno if it's just a slim chance thing or if they automatically exclude those from urban areas
  8. Hey, Been reading up on NOSM and trying to look for admission stats and I found some but I'm not sure if it makes sense. I know NOSM has a bias towards applicants from rural settings, particularly northern ontario, but do they always reject applicants from urban areas? I don't see it written anywhere that only rural applicants are applied, but that seems to be what the admission stats I saw say. Has anyone gotten in from urban areas? thanks
  9. Hey! I'm slowly chipping away at my OMSAS application and I have a couple questions: 1) Is there no GPA input anymore? Last year I applied and had to manually enter each course I took and the grade I got, now I don't seem to see that, is the transcript enough? 2) It says Western needs an academic CV placed in the SAM, I do have a CV going but it has pretty much everything I've ever done, if it was strictly school related it would be only my undergraduate career and some work as a research assistant and would seem quite measly... What is expected here? Also what else is SAM used for? I don't remember it being there last year 3) Verifiers on ABS... How strict are they on these because for many things I've done, I don't have a legitimate contact but I know plenty of people (friends and family) that can confirm I have done the thing, is that good enough? 4) How far back should the ABS go? 5) Last year I got an email saying my MCAT score was never received despite providing my AAMC number and test date. I haven't received my score yet for this year's retake but how do I ensure that it gets sent to OMSAS this time around? Thanks!
  10. BipolarBearr

    New OMSAS account each year?

    ohh gotcha, thank you!
  11. Hey, I applied to med schools last year via OMSAS and I'm applying again this year, do I need to make a new OMSAS account? I see a reminder on their page that if I made one after August 2016, I don't need a new one, but I've also tried using my IT# log in from last year and it doesnt seem to be working. Thanks!
  12. BipolarBearr

    Confused about USDO and International Options

    Great, thank you! Say I do have to end up applying to Ireland in 3 years, if I go to med school there and go to US for residency would I be able to practice in Canada afterwards? Obviously residency in Canada is ideal but from what everyone has been saying, that's a long shot
  13. BipolarBearr

    Confused about USDO and International Options

    So both USDO and Ireland IMGs are viewed equally in regards to matching in residency in Canada BUT USDOs are almost guaranteed matching into residency in the US? It seems more appealing to me that Ireland IMGs can come back to Canada as an MD but USDOs don't count as MDs in Canada... I don't think I like the idea of that. If I'm going through this long, complicated, expensive route- I'm getting that damn MD lol. After residency in the US, how easy is it to come back to Canada to actually practice? Also- how does this plan sound: 2018: Apply to a couple Canadian schools with subpar GPA 2019: Apply broadly in Canada with competitive GPA 2020: Apply broadly in Canada, USMD/USDO and Ireland
  14. BipolarBearr

    Confused about USDO and International Options

    Thank you both for the reply! That helps clear things up a bit. You mentioned it might just be easier to do residency in the US, so if I were to go to USMD or USDO and do residency there would I be able to come back to Canada as an MD after that? Is that a common route? Interesting that according to CARMS data it's so difficult for Ireland IMGs yet I've heard from multiple people now that they seem to have the best shot at coming back to Canada. Im sorry if this is a dumb question but what do you mean by first iteration? Is that pretty much saying they are the first group looked at for residency positions? runridge already recommended a little plan of action for me but given my situation do either of you have any recommendations for where/when I should be applying to things? I'm still intending on doing a fifth year to get a competitive GPA and I'm in the process of preparing for the MCAT again.
  15. BipolarBearr

    Confused about USDO and International Options

    @runridge thank you for the reply, I wasn't aware applying multiple times was frowned upon in the US, I guess I'll wait till next cycle to apply so I can see where my GPA and MCAT are at, they should be better than they currently are. If my goal is practicing in Canada, is there a difference if I do USMD or USDO? So both Ireland and US are very difficult to match back into Canada but they are equal in difficulty? Am I understanding that right I've heard USDO has been easier for most. If Ireland and US are on the same level then are places like Australia and Caribbean more difficult than that? I'm not considering those two but I'd like to get a better understanding of how they are perceived