I am finishing up my 4th year of undergrad in Ontario and am in a dilemma as to how I can make my application more competitive. I have applied to a few 2-year research-based Master's programs and was planning to apply to Med after those 2 years but am now unsure if my application will be competitive enough even at that point (given my low GPA).
I am considering starting a Master's and then switching into the PhD route, which would take about 4-5 years to complete in this particular program. My rationale for this is that I would find this time well-spent (I like research and am interested in the program/particular research project/supervisor I applied to) and that perhaps, during this time, I could publish more papers/build a better portfolio that could make my application more competitive.
I have heard of others doing a 5th year or second undergrad - to be honest, I am hoping to not take this route... Nevertheless, all responses and pieces of advice are very appreciated!
Estimated OMSAS cGPA: 3.7.
Estimated Best 2 years GPA: 3rd year: 3.78, 4th year: currently 3.9 - I think it should be more or less the same when I finish.
MCAT: Average - I will be re-doing this at some point and am confident that I could get a competitive score.
EC's: Pretty ok - lots of research (no pubs though), leadership roles, hospital volunteering/clinical roles, arts/sports etc.