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  1. Just received my rejection from UofT and am looking for some advice as I'm in a bit of a confusing situation. My cGPA (~3.4) and wGPA (~3.7) are way below competitive ranges for UofT. I was diagnosed with ADHD after my first two years of undergrad in which I received a GPA of ~3.0 both years. After being diagnosed and starting my medication my 3rd and 4th year marks were much higher and competitive for UofT at 3.93 and 3.89. Therefore, I submitted an AEE explaining my situation along with my application. From looking through the UofT Med's website/Facebook I see that a special committee looks over each AEE and decide what kind of special consideration will be given on a case-by-case basis. I also know that my EC's are not very strong, as I was rejected from Western and Queens pre-interview despite making the GPA/MCAT cutoffs. Is there any way I can find out the reason for my rejection? If I am receiving my rejection now does that mean my file advanced past the GPA and MCAT checks and into the full file review (meaning that it was my non-academics which disqualified me)? I am torn between continuing to focus on building my ECs for the next cycle and returning to school to try and improve my undergrad GPA.
  2. I find that I often put in a lot of hours over shorter periods of time into my ECs and move on once I feel I am not gaining any more from the experience, usually after 6-12 months, as a result I do not have many “long-term” commitments (more than 1 year). What is more important, hours or duration?Would 300 hours over 3 months be valued the same as 300 hours over 3 years for Canadian Medical Schools?
  3. Hi all, I wasn't offered interviews from Queens and Western this year and doubt UofT will give me an interview either. I have completed my undergrad with an overall GPA is low at 3.42 but my last 2 years is 3.91. I got a 516 on my MCAT with a 128 CARS. Since I made the cutoffs for Queens and Western I know I have to work on my ECs in order to get an interview. I was wondering if any current/former med students and/or file reviewers would be willing to take a look at my OMSAS application and give me suggestions on how to improve my application for the upcoming cycle. Thanks
  4. Thank you for the prompt reply, overthinking and anxiety are at an all time high right now lol
  5. For one of my detailed ABS entries, I wrote about how I worked on two thesis projects simultaneously during my 4th year due to my lab partner getting sick. I have the two theses as two separate Research entries on my ABS, so I referred to both entries when stating the Activity # in the detailed ABS (e.g. Activities #2 and 3). Should I leave it as it is (technically talking about two OMSAS ABS entries as one, don't know if thats a problem), change the Activity # in the detailed ABS entry to just one of the two projects and refer to the other without including it as a separate activity (technically wrong), or just talk about one of the two projects to be safe (would make the entry a lot less compelling imo)?
  6. Should I bother applying to Ottawa with a wGPA of 3.76?
  7. I was looking through the Method of Selection page on the Queens website had a few questions about the following paragraph about the ABS: The Admissions Committee reviews all of the submitted sketch components; Employment, Extra-Curricular Activities, Volunteer Activities, Awards and Accomplishments, Research and Other. Each component when evaluated is weighted equally. Submissions are assessed based on the quality of the listed items and the characteristics they represent (not the number of items listed). 1. "Each component when evaluated is weighted equally" - does this mean that the 'Other' component is just as important as any other component? (excuse the pun) If so, isn't that a bit odd? 2. If each component is weighted equally, should we enter a (roughly) equal number of items for each component? (e.g ~4-5 items for each of the 6 categories) 3. For "quality of the listed items", which is more important, total length (e.g x years) or number of hours? Is summer better than academic year or vice versa? Are items with a higher/more recent level of education better? 4. Does "characteristics they represent" refer specifically to the CanMED roles or is it more broad? 5. If the number of items are not assessed but the quality of each item is, would we be penalized for including items of lower quality along with higher quality items? In other words, would it be better to list only 2 'high' quality items rather than those same 2 high quality items along with 3 lower quality items? If so, wouldn't we be sacrificing the 'well-roundedness' of our application?
  8. Hi, I'm looking to apply to Queen's this year. Feel pretty comfortable with my wGPA (3.91) and MCAT (516 - 130/128/129/129) but am nervous about my ECs. Employment - None (is this a red flag?) Volunteer - 100 hrs at a cardiology clinic, 50 hrs at a family medicine clinic, 50 hrs at hospital for disabled children in India, 50 hrs at a weight loss/diabetes clinic, 30 hrs as a camp counsellor, 100 hrs peer tutoring Extracurricular - 2 years of high school sports, 4 years intramural sports at uni, 1 year Model UN in high school - Shadowing: 50 hrs w/ radiologist, 10 hrs w/ psychiatrist in England, 10 hrs w/ family doctor in England, 10 hrs w/ general surgeon in India, 10 hrs w/ family doctor in India Awards/Accomplishments - Duke of Edinburgh Bronze+Silver Medals, Varsity High School Soccer National Championship, U16 Rugby Provincial Silver Medal (don't know if I can add this since I was 15 at the time), uni entrance scholarship, 2x Dean's List in uni, 4x Honours List in high school, Poetry published in high school literary magazine, won design competition for a learning space for a Montessori school Research - 4 consecutive posters/presentations at a national family medicine conference since 2015 (studies on diabetes and obesity), Data-entry for Phase 3 trial on atrial fibrillation in seniors in collaboration with CIHR, 2 honours thesis projects in Biochemistry (lab partner fell sick, had to take over his project for the year)
  9. Hi all, Looking to apply to med school this year, heres my stats, GPA 1st year - 2.84 2nd - 3.01 3rd - 3.93 4th - 3.89 MCAT - 512 (128/128/128/128) ECs - lots of research, clinical volunteering in Canada and internationally (Europe and Asia) etc. I was diagnosed with ADD in the summer after my second year, explaining the weird GPA trend. I’m currently looking to apply in Ontario, but I fear that I will only be competitive for Queens with my cGPA and 128 CARS score. I don’t want to ask schools directly about their mental health policies as im worried I may get blacklisted somehow. Could anyone provide some advice?
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