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  1. BipolarBearr

    Med Schools Outside of Canada GPA Calculations

    I say possibly because this Carib school said an astronomy course I took counted as a physics course apparently, I don't know if this applies to US schools but yes I see what you mean
  2. BipolarBearr

    Med Schools Outside of Canada GPA Calculations

    See that isn't possible at this point for me, I can't afford another year of undergrad studies and I have already graduated. I have the bios, chems, biochem, soc, psych and possibly physics depending on the school but im missing orgo and math. Taking orgo before the mcat is feasible but doing a 6th year is not at this point. I may consider doing them while I do a masters though
  3. BipolarBearr

    Med Schools Outside of Canada GPA Calculations

    From what I've seen, yes they require Biochem, Orgo, Physics and some need English. I think some of the writing intensive courses I've taken satisfy the english criteria. Physics might be satisfied depending on the school (I emailed a couple Carib schools that said a course I took that wasnt physics counted as a physics course), I took biochem but barely passed since I was not ready for that at the time and had lots going on (and paid the price, welp) and I'm taking orgo this summer. My concern though- do all US MD and DO schools only look at sGPA? It would be nice if there were any canadian friendly schools that only look at wGPA or cGPA
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    Med Schools Outside of Canada GPA Calculations

    @JohnGrisham thank you for your reply but would you happen to know of Canadian friendly schools that dont consider sGPA? I see sGPA being thrown around lots on any discussion of american schools and it's important to know where that is a barrier to me because at this point, it isnt really fixable. My wGPA or cGPA is just okay, but I agree, the MCAT needs to be improved. Im currently worried about the sGPA and if a masters would be beneficial in the US or internationally? I'm thinking of doing that next year since Im kind of lost and think it could boost my profile a bit.
  5. Hey everyone, I'm really stressed so I apologize if this sounds very scatter brained. But I'm finishing up my 5th year at Western in Health Sciences and my GPA is just okay, around 3.6-3.7. MCAT is poor, 501 (125/124/126/126). I'm likely going to retake the MCAT this summer though as well as take Organic Chemistry since I currently do not have this prereq for Ottawa and pretty much every med school everywhere else. 1) Is my GPA scored differently to US MD and DO schools compared to Canadian MD schools? (Just wondering if UWO gets weighed differently or anything) 2) Are there any Canadian-friendly US MD and DO schools that do not consider sGPA? I have a total of 4 actual science courses and one of the marks was awful so my sGPA is abysmal. 3) Are there any international options for medical school that consider wGPA and are more lenient on course prequisites? (It's not feasible for me to do a 6th year or second undergrad to get math courses and english) 4) Is a research based masters beneficial to US MD and DO schools or any international schools? I know in Canada it really only makes a difference with U of T and as such, I haven't really considered it but now I'm wondering if that's a good idea Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you.
  6. I'm in more or less the same boat as OP but I just wanted to ask a follow up question here rather than start a new thread, to my understanding there are certain med schools in Ireland/Caribbean/Australia that set you up better to come back to Canada, whereas others make it nearly impossible to come back. @Edict , would you (or anyone else) happen to know which schools are more promising than others/where I can find this information? Thanks!
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    Low stat, considering US and in need of advice

    I've heard the same but I also have heard that US DO grads are going to be considered equal to US MD by 2020, which would be good if that was the route I went. Would you happen to know what US DO prereqs would be like? I didnt take organic chem or physics and I think it may be a little too late to do so. It seems many USMD schools need that as a requirement
  8. BipolarBearr

    Low stat, considering US and in need of advice

    How about at US DO? Or even low tier MD or DO? Also im not positive but I think american schools view UWO gpa as higher than how med schools in Ontario would view it, so would a higher GPA help me out with compensating for the low mcat? I'm not opposed to doing residency in the US, but I would much rather have the ability to come to Canada for residency regardless of where I went for medical school. That being said, is DO my best shot? I know Ireland/Australia/Caribbean is unlikely to do residency in either Canada or US...
  9. Hey, Im in my 5th year at western trying to boost my average. My cGPA is bad, around 3.5, my wGPA is around 3.8. 1st and 2nd year were mediocre, 3rd was decent, 4th was good and 5th is good so far but I need advice as to what I should be doing for this upcoming september. My MCAT is not great (501), but im non-trad in my program and im unsure if I could get a meaningful increase with a second rewrite. I've been looking into low tier US MD schools (just bought MSAR), and I see every school needs Organic Chemistry which I did not do because it would kill the GPA I am working my ass off to try and save. Are there any schools I should be looking into that wouldn't need Orgo or Physics? If you were me and hell bent on pursuing medicine, what would your next steps be after this 5th year? I have been considering a masters but its mostly to just get some additional research under my belt, possibly a publication and better references. Does a masters affect my odds at US MD at all? Any help would be greatly appreaciated, thanks!
  10. 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?
  11. 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
  12. 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!
  13. 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
  14. 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!
  15. 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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