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  1. Are there any current medical students or physicians on the forum that have been successful in their schooling and careers despite living with mental illness? If you feel comfortable sharing, I would like to hear about your experience and any advice you have for someone in a similar position. I am asking because I have lived with anxiety for most of my adult life. Although I have learned to manage my condition over time, it still presents some challenges. I told myself I would postpone my application until I was better able to manage my condition. I have since completed my undergrad degree, and I am nearly finished my masters. I am undecided whether I will apply next cycle. Thanks in advance!
  2. Are references asked specific questions to answer, or is open-ended (i.e. they can write whatever they want)? Unsure if anyone will be able to answer this but I was curious about the process. Also, any advice for selecting references?
  3. Hi G, I am not a student at NOSM, but I have lived in both Sudbury and Thunder Bay. Feel free to shoot me a message if you have any specific questions and I will do my best to answer. Cheers, A
  4. I was wondering how I should include the conference presentations I have done. I have a few poster presentations, a rapid pitch, a three-minute thesis and an oral presentation. It would be 5 presentations at 3 different conferences based on my master thesis (one project). I wasn't sure if I should include them as one entry because they are based on the same project or whether it would be better to include them by event or each separate. Thanks!
  5. Read the attachment below. I have to agree that this is an open and shut case. It doesn't matter if she is the nicest person in the world or whether she was highly qualified as an oncologist, she ultimately crossed many boundaries and knew what she was getting herself into. She initiated this relationship the day after she diagnosed him with cancer when he was likely very vulnerable and continued to have a relationship with him while she provided treatments. She even had sexual relations with him while he was an inpatient and made him change charts to cover for her. I feel bad for her, but at the same time, this situation is undeniably wrong and she knew there would be repercussions. It's unfortunate that she won't be able to practice anymore but hopefully, this will be a lesson for others not to make the same mistake. https://www.cpso.on.ca/DoctorDetails/Theepa-Sundaralingam/0252171-89581
  6. I think you have the right mindset and have outlined some good options. Here are a few things to consider: While NOSM doesn't have a set amount of spots for students from Northern Ontario, around 90% of those accepted each year are from Northern Ontario and the rest come from rural and remote communities in Canada. This is something to keep in mind. https://www-nosm-ca.ezproxy.lakeheadu.ca/education/md-program/admissions/class-profiles/ It might still be worth it to apply and see if you could get an interview. I think your GPA would be good here with 3.85 (3.65 undergrad + 0.2 graduate bonus). Worst case scenario at least it will give you experience with the application process and possibly with the interview process. I think it would be best to study for and write the MCAT first before completing more undergraduate studies to make sure you meet cutoffs for Western. Once you have that done you could apply there and see how that goes and then decide whether to complete further undergraduate studies. That's how I would proceed anyway, but definitely do whatever works best for you. Good luck!
  7. No, this is certainly not a requirement to gain admissions to medicine. I know people from my undergrad who were accepted to medicine without either. I think it is more school dependent than anything. In general, I think it is hard to compare your extracurriculars to those of other people. In my opinion, it is better to focus on activities that you are truly interested in and that will allow you to grow as a person. After all, that will allow you to convey who you are more so than just completing things for the sake of the application.
  8. You want a GPA. Convert each alphabetical grade that will be included with the OMSAS table and calculate the mean for these converted grades to get the GPA.
  9. https://www.schulich.uwo.ca/medicine/undergraduate/future_students/admission/gpa__mcat_minimums.html "GPA is calculated using the OMSAS Conversion Scale"
  10. I haven’t lived in Sault Ste. Marie or North Bay, but I love Thunder Bay! I’ve lived here for just over a year and I really like it here. If you like the outdoors, there are tons of really beautiful hikes. Lots of local events going on regularly and really delicious local food. Would definitely recommend!
  11. Awesome! Thank you so much. I will definitely get in touch with them to plan out the special year.
  12. I wanted this to be brief, but I know it won't be. I am hopeful that I may be able to meet the requirements but I would like to confirm my understanding of the policies/clarify these with my particular situation. It's a bit complicated so I will try my best to explain. I completed (graduated from) a 4 yr BSc. degree in 3 years by taking courses over the summers and an overload of courses in my final year (6 courses per semester instead of 5). My GPA in each first and second year (September-April) would not be sufficient (they are below 3.7). I also had one semester with only 4 courses (rather than 5) in my second year. My only potential qualifying year would be my last year. That being said, I do not have two years that meet the 3.7 cut-offs but I would complete an additional "special year" should I be eligible. Here are my dilemmas/reasons why I might not qualify for the special year: My final year (September-April, full-time) MIGHT be good enough depending on whether or not they look at all of the courses taken that year. If they look at all 12 courses taken that year, I fall short with a 3.6 GPA but if they look at the best 10 courses, I would have a 3.8 GPA. Out of those 10 courses, 7 would be third and fourth-year courses, which should be good for the 3/5 rule. On their website it says: "When students take more than 5 full courses during any September to April academic year, the five best full or equivalent courses will be used in the calculation of GPA admission cutoffs." However, I don't know if that rule still applies for students if that would be the only year that qualifies the student prior to the "special-year". I'm also unsure if they would still look at my weighted GPA because I had a semester that was not full-time (second year, not the year they would be looking at). They stated on their website that: "Students who complete a degree with a year amounting to less than a full course load cannot have that year counted toward the GPA requirement." My understanding is that it's okay if you have taken some part-time studies but they will not be used for GPA calculation. Which means I would be okay in this case. Finally, I am not sure if I actually qualify to take a "special-year" due to the fact that I completed a masters degree after my undergrad. I never took any additional undergraduate courses after I graduated but I am afraid that having taken a masters degree may disqualify me from having the option of a special year. Recap of potential disqualifiers: 1. My only qualifying year won't qualify if they look at all my courses that year rather than the best 10. 2. I took one semester of part-time studies outside of the qualifying year. 3. I completed a graduate degree after my undergrad. If you are still reading this, you are amazing. Thank you for your time and input. I will eventually contact the admissions office to clarify as well but I wanted to see if anyone else might have some insight first. I will provide an update once I hear from them in case this helps anyone else.
  13. As long as you are up for a long journey, it is definitely still possible for you to improve your chances for medicine. Did you study full-time during your undergraduate studies? Is there an upward trend at all or any years where your GPA is above 3.7? This could potentially open up a few options for you aside from a second undergraduate degree (i.e. an additional year of studies outside of undergrad). Otherwise, a second undergraduate degree would be your best shot. I would highly suggest picking something that interests you and that could provide you with a Plan B. Even as a competitive applicant, this does not guarantee you will be admitted. Make sure the program you choose is one you know you could do well in. Thinking about what aspects attract you to medicine in the first place and what other careers include those would be a good start. Please take the time to carefully consider options and make sure you are ready to undertake further studies before you do so. Look into the different admissions policies regarding second degrees as this varies between schools. Best of luck!
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