Hi everyone, I just completed this year's application cycle and did not receive any interviews. I was just hoping for some advice as to the best course of action for next year to strengthen my application. I'm currently a 4th year student graduating in a couple months and was wondering if I should do a 5th year, masters or take the year to work/volunteer. I'm in province for Ontario.
Mcmaster cGPA: 3.9047
UofT wGPA 3.944
Queens/Western 2YGPA - 3.92
Ottawa wGPA - 3.913
Mcgill GPA - 3.95
My Mcat scores were pretty decent in sciences but I scored a 128/124(CARS)/131/129. I didn't end up doing much practice as I had family problems come up a few weeks before the mcat, so i was not able to do more than a couple FLs. I'm planning on redoing this.
My Major ECs include:
NSERC research (no pubs, but abstract in progress)
Volunteering in various labs
Provincial level soccer in high school, track and field at regional level
Intramural, club executive, founder of a volunteer organization
Assistant coach, ref for soccer
Work in food industry
Volunteer trip abroad
My references were:
- Soccer coach whom i've know for 10+ years
- NSERC Prof supervisor
- Staff leader of volunteer trip (she currently works in training family medicine residents at Mcmaster)
- Now I know my GPA isn't good for Ottawa and so I was wondering if taking a 5th year to work would help this. Or would my lack of pubs be an issue and so would you recommend a Master's degree. I have no particular interest in research and my end goal is to practice medicine.
Thank you everyone for taking the time to read this - any help would be greatly appreciated.