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  1. If you're interested in more info you can call the office of the registrar - they are in charge of schulich scholarships and also a good portion of other available admissions bursaries. At least that's what they told me when I called the schulich admissions office.
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    5th year or GRAD school?

    Do the fifth year and just make sure that you meet requirements for the courses you're taking in the extra year for Queen's and Western to count the year towards your GPA. Some Med Schools don't give any kind of bonus for a graduate degree, and will only consider undergraduate GPA when factoring in whether to give an interview or not. For example at Western since you don't have two years of 3.7+, they would not consider you for interview regardless of publications. It's just better odds to meet cutoffs at all schools, and I believe Western no longer considers GPA competitively after invite for interview so it would be to your advantage to be eligible for interview there. Whereas, for example, while Mac doesn't have a GPA cutoff, it is still weighted 15% even after your interview to determine whether you are admitted or placed on the waitlist.
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    low GPA lost hope

    This is actually not correct - from their admission requirements website this is what they require of courses if you do a fifth year (**and have not graduated from your degree): Applicants must already have one undergraduate year that meets the GPA cutoff. The Fifth Year must contain five full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) taken between September and April, with at least three full course equivalents whose published level is at or above the third year. Only one full or equivalent pass/fail course will be permitted. If you have graduated, and decide to go back, they consider it a "special year" and has different requirements: Only the first Special Year will be considered for GPA. Applicants must already have one undergraduate year that meets the GPA minimum requirement. A Special Year will only be considered if it contains five full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) taken between September and April. First-year courses, repeat/antirequisite courses, pass/fail courses, and second-year courses that do not require a first-year prerequisite are not acceptable in the Special Year. For other information from Western you can look at their admission requirements here: https://www.schulich.uwo.ca/med_dent_admissions/medicine/admission_requirements.html
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    low GPA lost hope

    Depending on the school, they may not count your GPA if you retake courses in a year - I looked into doing this because there was two classes that were really dragging me down, but repeat courses generally do NOT count towards a full course load - basically they only consider novel courses as 'counting' towards your course load. An extra year may be a good idea to up your best two years GPA, but be sure that you actually raise your GPA by doing this (I hate to say this, but consider a bird course or two provided you can motivate yourself to keep on top of them), otherwise it's kind of pointless. As far as I'm aware, most of the universities in Ontario will count a fifth year towards your GPA. If in doubt, you can always call the medical admissions offices (but maybe wait a couple of weeks cause I think they're going to be pretty inundated considering the recent admissions) and they will clarify exactly what that university will count.
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    low GPA lost hope

    If it's any hope, I was accepted to Western straight out of undergrad with cGPA of 3.72 on my application this year. First year was 3.8, second was 3.69, and third was 3.75. Western only requires a 3.7 average in your best two years to consider for interview - however if your ABS is truly outstanding they can offer you conditional acceptance/interview if you already have one year at 3.7+, provided that you also achieve a 3.7+ in your current year of study.
  6. Result: Accepted to London campus Timestamp: May 14 10:11 AM 2 yr GPA: 3.77 (yes, it is possible with a lower GPA!!!!) MCAT: 128/130/127/130 Interview: Felt good about the answers, didn't feel super connected to the panel but I think I managed to hold their attention and not bore them! Geography: non-SWOMEN
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    May 14 Countdown

    I honestly wish they didn't tell us what day they were releasing results. I think I would be mentally torturing myself so much less...
  8. As far as people are able to determine, this seems to be the case. I'm sure letters of reference also had some impact, I think probably on the ABS side of things.
  9. Time Stamp: 11:11am Invite/reject: Invite!!! IP/OOP: IP SWOMEN (Y/N): N 2YGPA: 3.77 lol I have the lowest GPA here MCAT (CHEM/CARS/BIO/PYSCH): 128/130/127/130 (515) ABS Score (If available): No idea, but got rejected from everywhere else. President of an arts collective, was previously an actor and publicity manager of said collective, and I helped found it. A lot of music extracurriculars, played keyboard in several semi-professional productions in my university town, also vocal directed and music directed a musical. Have my own photography business (hasn't made a ton of money but a few hundred), and I talked a lot about this in my ABS; how I turned my hobby into something I could use financially. Fair bit of volunteering, 600+ hours volunteering in research, received a research "work-placement" (similar to NSERC but uni specific), and 200+ hours volunteering in a physio clinic. Anyone know the format of Western's interviews? MMI like everywhere else?
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    Queens MD Invites/Regrets 2018

    Result: Regrets Time Stamp: 3:06pm wGPA/cGPA: ~3.81/3.71 Year: 3rd year undergrad MCAT: 515 (128/130/127/130) ECs: A lot of music, specifically piano-oriented extra-curriculars, publicity director for a couple of clubs, did research over the summer (no publications), volunteered at a hospital and patient environments for 300+ hours. Geography: IP
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