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  1. UndecidedMD

    Chances at American Medical School?

    Just out of curiosity, why are you applying specifically to American schools? It's all personal preference, but with those stats I feel like you'd have shot in Canada, especially IP.
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    Quick Question - GPA Calculation

    Thank you for your help! That scale looks a little more in-line with OMSAS. I'm assuming that you would have to convert every single grade to a GPA on the grade scale to find the overall, rather than just taking your overall % average and converting to GPA?
  3. Just a quick question - For undergrads, MUN uses the following GPA scheme: 80 - 100: A 65 - 79: B 60 - 64: C 50-59: D < 50: F That means that someone with an 80-81% average (as long as they've never gotten below 80) can technically have a 4.0, just as someone with a 90%+ average. When calculating minimum GPAs and cut-offs, does MUN use GPA or % grade? If so, what % grade would be considered competitive?
  4. Thank you so much to everyone for your help! I agree that doing another undergrad year probably will not help significantly (it would bring me up to a 3.88 at best). However, I am leaning toward the Masters program. I agree with a lot of what you're saying. It can help with the GPA side of things while remaining a new challenge/step-up from undergrad. However, I do worry about what Chels1267 said as well - I assumed that the practicuum portion would be finished by the end of the summer semester at MUN (mid-august) as on the website it says 12-16 weeks. As someone who has already finished the program, would you expect there to be an overlap between the start of school (if I were to get admitted) and the end of the program? To be more specific, is it feasible?
  5. Looking through their admissions website, MUN looks to be pretty vague in what they're looking for in terms of GPA. As an IP student, I should be graduating with a cGPA of 3.85 (possibly 3.86-3.87, if I'm lucky) and average of approximately 85-87%. I'm finishing my last year, and then have a year to upgrade my application while I wait to know whether I'm accepted. I am kind of forced to take a year off as my application will not be ready to apply for September (mostly due to MCAT but I also wish to improve ECs further). I am planning as if I will have to apply for the second time, so that I remain competitive. While this is a little far in the future, I really want to formulate a plan. My 3 options seem to be: A) Get a full-time job while I'm waiting - This could be helpful if it's somewhat within the health field, but if not, it might not be a huge strength on my application. However, I do not come from a privileged family so the money would be a help. B ) Continue doing UG courses to try and boost my application further. This is pretty self-explanatory. C) Apply and spend a year in the MPH program. It's a 1 year program (September - August) that includes 2 semesters of courses and 1 semester of a workplace practicuum (paid or unpaid). I like this option because the courses are of interest to me, it has a shorter time frame, and it's within my "scope". It also provides some what of a back-up just in case I have to wait around for another year. I have a background in psychology (mostly social psychology) as well as business. However, I worry that it makes me look like a "cookie cutter" applicant. Is it better to go for the graduate program, try to improve undergrad further, or work?
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    FAQ: What are my chances?

    Thank you for all your help! It's all very helpful, especially the information about Ontario schools. When you say full course load, are you referring to a 6th year of undergrad? I'm just starting my fifth now, so I still have another year of marks to come out and wouldn't be applying until they were final. Would the 6th year make a substantial difference?
  7. UndecidedMD

    'Special Student' status in fifth year?

    Do you remember what school exactly said they would only look at an extra year?
  8. UndecidedMD

    Another "Chance Me" Thread

    Thank you so much for your reply! I'm writing the MCAT in January, giving myself extra study time due to not have a super solid science background. I also want to get it out of the way the first time (hopefully). My plan is to start studying in July, then put in a few hours a day/6 days a week until September, in which case I'll keep lightly studying 1-2x week. Then, starting around mid-December, amp it up again for the last 3-4 weeks and make sure I'm comfortable with the practice tests during that time. I'll write at the beginning-middle of January. Then, if it doesn't go so well, I can rewrite in June-July. Does that sound adequate to get a good score?
  9. As you can probably tell by my username, I am very lost and undecided. I have been dreaming of med school since high school, but lost my way when I entered university. Until recently, I was leaning more toward occupational therapy (for the lifestyle and client contact, mostly), but am unsure whether I would truly be satisfied in the OT profession. My statistics aren't great, but I am in my last year now and hope to have at least another year to strengthen my application. If not, I plan to work, travel, and strengthen my application for another year before reapplying. So, I could potentially be applying in September 2019 for September 2020. cGPA: 3.83 (Double degrees in Psychology and Business Administration - the latter I picked up as a minor and had enough room to upgrade it to a major as well.) Current Two-Year GPA: 3.90 Year 1: 3.7 Year 2: 3.8 Year 3: 3.95 (11 courses) Year 4: 3.92 (12 courses) Year 5: In progress, but given the courses that I'm doing (and taking 5 courses instead of 6), I expect to be just as high if not higher. In Year 3 and Year 4, I overloaded (18 credits/semester, all 3rd and 4th level courses). It was definitely too much for me as I was also working 20 hours/week and emotionally dealing with a depressed boyfriend at the time. As a result, my ECs are weak. MCAT: TBA ECs: mentoring program (2 years), Psychology social committee (1 year). Work experience: 1.5 years working with a vulnerable population (administrative, but also a lot of social work, health care meetings, etc.) and 3 years working within the admissions department at my university. Also spent a small amount of time working within the tourism sector (~1 year). Research: Completed several research "courses", currently completing an Honours thesis regarding the psychosocial determinants of health. Currently, I'm hoping to stop working (at least as much as I was) and pursue more volunteer work. I am also hoping to get involved with a research lab in my final year, in addition to my thesis. Starting this summer, I plan to study the MCAT for approximately 6 months before taking it (I have science prerequisites but it has been a while). I will then apply in Fall 2019 for the Fall of 2020. In the meantime, I plan to look for a job (hopefully in a related field, but if not, research) and pursue other hobbies while working on my application for the next cycle. I am currently IP for Memorial, but would like to apply to other schools as well (Queens, Western). Do I have a chance? Am I better off working after graduation, doing more courses, or pursuing a Master's? Thank you in advance.
  10. UndecidedMD

    FAQ: What are my chances?

    As you can probably tell by my username, I am very lost and undecided. I have been dreaming of med school since high school, but lost my way when I entered university. Until recently, I was leaning more toward occupational therapy (for the lifestyle and client contact, mostly), but am unsure whether I would truly be satisfied in the OT profession. My statistics aren't great, but I am in my last year now and hope to have at least another year to strengthen my application. If not, I plan to work, travel, and strengthen my application for another year before reapplying. So, I could potentially be applying for September 2020. cGPA: 3.83 (Double degrees in Psychology and Business Administration - the latter I picked up as a minor and had enough room to upgrade it to a major as well.) Year 1: 3.7 Year 2: 3.8 Year 3: 3.95 (11 courses) Year 4: 3.92 (12 courses) Year 5: In progress, but given the courses that I'm doing (and taking 5 courses instead of 6), I expect to be just as high if not higher. In Year 3 and Year 4, I overloaded (18 credits/semester, all 3rd and 4th level courses). It was definitely too much for me as I was also working 20 hours/week and emotionally dealing with a depressed boyfriend at the time. As a result, my ECs are weak. MCAT: TBA ECs: mentoring program (2 years), Psychology social committee (1 year). Work experience: 1.5 years working with a vulnerable population (administrative, but also a lot of social work, health care meetings, etc.) and 3 years working within the admissions department at my university. Also spent a small amount of time working within the tourism sector (~1 year). Research: Completed several research "courses", currently completing an Honours thesis regarding the psychosocial determinants of health. Currently, I'm hoping to stop working (at least as much as I was) and pursue more volunteer work. I am also hoping to get involved with a research lab in my final year, in addition to my thesis. Starting this summer, I plan to study the MCAT for approximately 6 months before taking it (I have science prerequisites but it has been a while). I will then apply in Fall 2019 for the Fall of 2020. In the meantime, I plan to look for a job (hopefully in a related field, but if not, research) and pursue other hobbies while working on my application for the next cycle. I am currently IP for Memorial, but would like to apply to other schools as well (Queens, Western). Do I have a chance? Am I better off working after graduation, doing more courses, or pursuing a Master's?
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