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  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. Wow, thank you so much for this! That is super helpful and will play a big role in my decision
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone here started their PhD before getting into med, and then did PhD/MD combined program? Instead of getting into med first, then applying to a PhD program after your second year of med? I really like my lab and am now thinking about maybe transitioning to a PhD. If you are in your first year of a PhD and get in to med, do you just defer admission, finish the PhD, and then start the MD? Or do immediately start on your MD, do the two pre-clerkship years, go back to the PhD, finish it, then do clerkship? I just don't want to move into a PhD first and have to wait the ~5 years before I can apply to med, since I would have to re-write my MCAT. Thanks!
  13. Hey, to work on reading comp, if you're still interested, maybe try AP/IB exams for high school students. I found that the practice I had done and types of questions on those exams were actually pretty similar to the MCAT. There may be better advice on coaching what types of questions you are struggling with, and methods to improve general reading comp. Obviously take this with a grain of salt, as the AP/IB exams are different than the MCAT, but if you feel like you are running out of resources, this might help you work on your skills. Also, a gap year is super daunting, but things do work out even if you don't feel like it's the way you had in mind! Do a master's only if you want to/are interested in the work, otherwise it is a waste of your time and resources. If pharmacy interests you, that's a great option too! And you can always pick a path and come back to medicine later if you decide this is really where you want to go. Good luck!
  14. Hey man, instead of looking at the forums here, go to the admissions websites and look at average scores of the last few admission cycles for several different schools. Not all Ontario schools post their stats, but other schools will give you a general idea of what people are getting. Of course people who did really well are going to post their scores on the forum--why would an average applicant tell you what they got? Your scores are not bad -- Honestly. The issue is you are pretty average for an IP applicant, and a little low for OOP. These scores will not condemn you, but they won't give you a ton of points. You can take your chances and apply to see what the admissions office thinks of you if you think the rest of your application is ready to go. It won't hurt you to rewrite (I would be more worried about your 126 P/S than a 127 CARS. Your CARS is pretty close).
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