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  1. 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!
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    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
  3. 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
  4. 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!
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    New OMSAS account each year?

    ohh gotcha, thank you!
  6. 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!
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    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
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    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
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    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.
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    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
  11. Heyo, I'm going into my fifth year at UWO to boost up my GPA and currently studying for an MCAT retake. That being said, I need some clarification because in my research, things have been very inconsistent or outdated and I would appreciate any help on sorting out options. The purpose of the fifth year will be to make me competitive in places like Queens and Western (I did pretty well in my fourth year), although that depends on the MCAT as well. That being said, I'm still looking to apply this cycle just for the sake of trying. Recently I have heard a lot of talk about USDO schools and Ireland's Atlantic Bridge MD program and would love to hear thoughts and ideas on this. After my fifth year, would it be recommended to apply to both Ireland and various USDO schools? Should I apply to USDO schools NOW instead and possibly save some time and money? I have heard USDOs have a much easier time matching into Canada after medical school but recently I have also heard of graduates from Ireland matching well here as long as they take some courses here during their time in medical school. My goal is definitely practicing in Canada but I just want to make sure either of these routes would let me become an MD practicing in Canada and what might be the benefits of picking one over the other. Additionally, any guidance or opinions as to when I should be looking into applying to these schools would be greatly appreciated. I'm tempted to apply to USDO schools now but I want to make sure it makes sense to do so if my goal is practicing in Canada. I apologize if that was very scatter brained, I am very confused in this process and there is a shortage of clear, current information on this. Obligatory stats Ontario applicant, ~3.5 wGPA, not sure about cGPA. Pretty good LORS, Hospital volunteer experience, Quite a few extracurriculars with residence and clubs, ~2 yrs of research experience with a prof and anticipating a publication soon. - If it changes anything, I had even been considering a research based masters AFTER that fifth year but I'm unsure about that now Thanks!
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    Special Student Status and 3/5 Rule

    Thanks for the reply, so as long as I follow those rules the 3/5 rule won't apply after graduating? The only one that I can see being tricky to follow is the 2nd year without 1st year prereqs. Also is this rule the same at every Canadian med school? Sadly with my GPA and MCAT Im thinking Western might be a little out of reach. Yeah, it seems like this information isn't very easy to access and many people say different things. Maybe it is worth contacting each school individually over. Thanks!
  13. Hi, I had made a thread previously about attending uwo as a special student in a 5th year or not graduating and taking the 5th year. A couple people had mentioned the 3/5 rule saying that 3.0 courses I take in this year must be 3rd year and above while the other 2.0 can be 2nd year and up. Is this still a requirement if I am in a Special year? Or is that only a rule for 5th years who have not graduated. Thanks!
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    'Special Student' status in fifth year?

    Just checked and the only thing I found was UofT saying that the special/5th year would be recognized but if I needed more than one year I should consider a second undergrad. So maybe was not remembering that policy correctly or it's still a thing which is why a second undergrad might be better. Not sure.
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    'Special Student' status in fifth year?

    I did follow up with NOSM, McMaster and Queens about the special year and none of them said it would change the way they influenced GPA calculations (although IIRC one of them said theyd only look at one extra year). So I dont see why there would be a problem if you wanted to just continue to a fifth without graduating