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  1. less than 50th percentile NAQ score for all those activities? Like what do you need to be over 80th percentile? Cure cancer lol? I'm pretty sure you have more extensive experience than I have and I still ended up in 50th-75th percentile NAQ score (still didn't get an interview though). Weird... Maybe your verifiers didn't reply back for the EC verification emails or something
  2. no matter what you do, make sure to apply within the first two weeks of application opening. Faster interviews, faster acceptances, especially for Canadian internationals
  3. I think first years aren't eligible for NSERC till they have first year marks posted. But cold call PIs for volunteer positions/work study
  4. Brutal truth but hey life's too short to not take the chance I guess (with reasonable risk of course, don't neglect achieving high stats).
  5. Oh wow didn't know physicians can have 100% clinical workload and still do research. If that's the case, I'm guessing they are mostly clinical research as basic science research takes more time involvement? So then with 2 research days, is it still possible to do basic sciences research?
  6. The former. I definitely want to see patients and be involved on some research projects, with around ~60/40 time split.
  7. So I'm in the midst of applying for masters right now (backup plan) and was wondering what the pros and cons would be to doing a clinical research master or basic sciences masters (somewhere in disease/cancer). Yes my end goal is to be an MD, but which type of masters would get me further in my career if I were to stick with research after med school? Things I'm looking at are productivity/time management/costs/usefulness/opportunities/residency placements. I have a significant amount of experience in basic sciences, however I would like to try out a masters in clinical research, as I've heard some good advantages about it, but not sure if I should make the switch. As a physician scientist, basically you have a choice to do either clinical or basic sciences (rarely people do both and see patients, that's what a research director told me). I've looked into both fields but want to get some suggestions from those from both fields.
  8. If you don't have space on your ABS, don't include it. If you think it's worth mentioning and you learned a lot from it, you could consider adding it. Yes you received credit, but its something that has developed you outside of academics. It won't be the best ABS entry, but it has some value to include it. I've heard people including research project courses that they received credit and heard that's alright, what's the difference?
  9. Does the wGPA work for US university students? I called the UofT admissions office and they said they don't give US grads wGPAs, as I actually did my first year in the states before transferring to a Canadian university. (But I get partial wGPA for the Canadian years)
  10. If you did your undergrad at UofT, you could possibly start this winter at UofT, just talk to your academic advisor and they'll give you a form to fill out to get it started. However winter courses are usually part 2 of pre-req courses, but you might be able to find some courses you can take. If you want to do it at another university outside your undergrad one, September maybe the earliest, but talk it out with an academic advisor. Yea I know about the home lab kits, but does that fully replace the lab component of an in-person lab? You might want to contact some random US med schools to sort it out if you don't want to risk it, up to you. Hmm that's weird, you might want to talk to an academic advisor about it. I had a bunch of first year courses (+7 credits due to mostly highschool credits transferred), but it never gave me any problems directly when enrolling. UofT undergrad. Oh actually maybe your problem is you already graduated, so you need to talk to an academic advisor to activate your account again for you to register for classes. It's like $25 to reactivate account last time I did it, and your good to go.
  11. How sure are you about this for pre-reqs that require in-person labs? Any adcom can google where Athabasca is, which is somewhat situated in Alberta. If you live in Ontario and your presumed pre-req courses are from Alberta, it might look really fishy, especially when you can easily take those pre-reqs at UofT. I'm in the same boat btw. Taking only physics II, this winter at UofT, with online lectures and in-person lab as a special student. I know you can take non lab courses on Athabasca like biochem, and some forms of ochem, just not sure if its acceptable for the lab courses for med school prereqs.
  12. Although UofT has a limit of 6.0, all that means is that any first year course above 6.0 credits won't be factored in your GPA, but will show a grade on your transcript. Had that happen to me, and my transcript has the grade, but says EXT next to the course to show that it's not included in my overall UofT GPA
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