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  1. Hi @Scinapse, I may not be as experienced as other individuals to make a judgement as to how competitive someone may be, but I would definitely think your application is competitive as a grad student! Your publications/presentations/awards show research productivity, you have a good GPA, and coupled with some strong essays about your hobbies/Master’s/other and a good MCAT, I would think you have a great shot!
  2. Hi @potential1999 thanks for your very helpful response! I will definitely be considering the PhD!
  3. Hi Edict, thanks for your response. I do qualify for weighting at UofT - unfortunately, I think the wGPA would still only be ~3.85. My fear is that if I apply during my second year of the MSc, that first year of research won't be enough to show true research productivity and therefore, won't give me any edge. But then again, would the extra years in the PhD even benefit my application/help me be a more competitive applicant despite my GPA?
  4. Hi everyone, 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! My stats: 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. Thanks!!!
  5. I was wondering if anyone had experience with a CR/NCR in their application?
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