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  1. I think they get similar rumors to us. I heard it was Friday from someone in the program but I really doubt that's true.
  2. We are not sure at all, it is just guesswork. Usually decisions have come out on Mondays, but that is not a hard and fast rule. But that's not going to stop me from watching all channels for updates like a hawk
  3. Since the personal statement changes year to year, and their personal activities section can change slightly too, I would hold off on really writing all your descriptions (but it's a good idea to prepare which activities you want to include and think about what you want to say about it, then fine tune the letter count when the application opens). What takes the most time is contacting your references and counting your hours, so I would spend your energy there!
  4. Not sure what school you are going to and if the programs are different than what I know, but I don't think finishing first year is by any means "late." Switch to English if you like it and can see yourself doing it. Some (very few) med schools have a pre-reqs, so if you want to apply to them, make sure you pick those up. The science knowledge requirement is tested in the MCAT. As far as we know, having a degree in English should not harm your chances. It might make writing the MCAT harder and first year med harder because you have a different background, but they won't throw your application out because you aren't in science. Now, whether you get bonus points for having a different degree is not stated anywhere by any school, so I would not count on that. I've said this in several posts, but get a degree that you like! You will do better in it because you are happier in it. I know people that changed their programs in third year and still graduated on time. Worst case scenario, you add one year to your undergrad.
  5. Thanks PlsLetMeIn02 for the correction! All advice I had gotten about a masters was that it would not really change a gpa, so it's great to see someone further in their program actually getting a boost!
  6. I would say you have a large part of your application accounted for, and really fleshed out with ECs and references, so it sounds like you are doing great in that department! As others have pointed out, UofC does have a minimum gpa requirement and require a certain number of credits in your most recent years. A lower gpa can be forgiven with MCAT and life experience, but if you don't make the cutoff for gpa, your application will not be looked at. Start by checking if your cGPA meets the cutoff first, then go from there! After degree: If you do not make the minimum gpa, this is your best shot at raising your marks. You basically get two years to try and kick it out of the park. I think UofC does use this, but you need to check the admissions manual and make a meeting with the admissions office to make sure. Graduate studies: This will not drastically change your gpa. Do this because you would be interested in the path it takes you, not to up your grades. A graduate degree is its own professional program that will build new skills and experience, but the course load (generally) is very different than in undergrad, so even a course based masters is not calculated the same as your undergrad. Again, this is something you need to have a meeting with an admissions adviser about to figure out exactly how UofC looks at course based masters. Open studies: again, this will not drastically change your gpa. You are limited to entry level courses most of the time, and cannot be full time as an open studies student at most universities. This is a good solution if you are trying to pull together pre-reqs, but it will not be weighted higher than your undergrad gpa because you will not be taking a full course load of senior level classes. In terms of what to take, go for something you enjoy and can do well in. There are no pre-req requirements anymore, since the MCAT will determine if you have the necessary science background. Good luck! You sound like a rockstar!
  7. Yes, there is already an established group! Since I don't check here super often, please PM me and I can add you to the group. We typically meet on a weekday and a weekend.
  8. Actually one of my friends last year did just that! It will be an exhausting weekend, but getting between cities is not a problem. The drive from Edmonton to Calgary is 3 hours. Red Deer has Gasoline Alley intended specifically as a pit stop between the two cities. You could probably make it on one tank of gas if you really wanted to! Flying between cities is not really worth it, because it would take you longer to do all the airport stuff. Plus, the Edmonton airport is about an hour away from the University, so you would need to drive/take public transportation anyway once you landed. Anyway, congrats on Calgary interview!! And good luck!
  9. You never know how med will pan out, and both grad school and open studies will not dramatically change your gpa. Choose the one you can use in case you don't get in to med school! If you want to go to a different professional school, then do open studies and take the pre-reqs you would need. Or if you want to take some extra classes you never got the chance to in undergrad, then go through open studies. Go to grad school if like that career path! It will give you some gpa points, and lots of CV experience in the research world. You can also take higher level classes (open studies usually restricts you to introductory classes). Extra circulars are always hard to judge for what "looks good," so as long as you are enjoying them and have a decent amount of time invested, don't worry too much about it. Also, take the MCAT soon. If you score really well, it can help to balance out your gpa at prairie schools.
  10. Also, myself and @garceyues, who made the other MMI practice post have joined groups, so you can reply to this post or the other if you want to join!
  11. Hey guys, I figure I should probably post this publicly - I ended up taking over the organization of this group. If you are interested in joining the group, please PM me!
  12. Wow, thank you so much for this! That is super helpful and will play a big role in my decision
  13. Again, do you mind expanding on your experience? I can PM you too if you don't want to post that on a public forum Did you have any trouble with applying to med while you were early in a PhD?
  14. Thank you guys for all your feedback! I had no idea that there was a difference in opportunity cost. Do you mind expanding on that? I'm very early in the decision to do the PhD, and I'm still trying to sort out the risks and benefits.
  15. Yes, I am at a school with a med school, and it offers an MD/PhD program. The way it works is that you can only apply strictly to the med program or strictly to the PhD program. You have to get admission to both before you can do the combined program - you don't apply as an MD/PhD applicant all in one shot. I am currently in a masters program, and I did my homework about what med schools need from graduate applicants in order to be eligible (some schools don't grant deferrals at all for grad students, some are case by case basis. The school I am specifically referring to allows deferrals). I just saw on the website for my school of choice that you can enter the MD program from a PhD, and was wondering if anyone had any more details about what that looks like. I'm just at a point where I need to start thinking about whether I want to defend my Masters, get into med (which of course is a big if, and I have realistic expectations about), then decide on the combined program, or if I just transition to PhD and keep trying to get into med there. I'm worried about getting into a PhD, and completely ending my chances at an MD because you can't defer entrance or get special permission. I also don't want to live my life betting on getting into med and then that not actually shaking down. Anyway, thank you for your feedback!
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