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  1. https://applymd.utoronto.ca/admission-requirement-changes-20202021-application-cycle That wGPA change seems more punishing than helpful, especially for those who do a 5 or even 6 years of undergraduate years to rely on it. "During this past Winter 2020 term, you may have performed at your best, norm, or worst while managing unexpected academic, personal, and/or health-related circumstances. Recognizing that our applicants confronted this extraordinary term with varying levels of support and resources, we would like to implement the following COVID-19 related admission requirement change effective July 1, 2020: Grades obtained during the Winter 2020 Term: All grades obtained during the Winter 2020 term will be reviewed on a credit (CR)/no credit (NCR) basis; these grades will not count toward the overall admissions GPA calculation. All credits obtained during the Winter 2020 term will count toward the course-load, credit, and prerequisite course assessments. Admissions Renewal – Phase 2 Changes In addition to how we count the Winter 2020 grades, we would like to introduce the following changes in how we calculate the admissions GPA effective July 1, 2020 to ensure that we can further level the playing field for all applicants. Admissions GPA Calculation: Existing: All undergraduate course grades obtained during the regular academic year on a full-time basis (3.0 or more full-course equivalents (FCE)) will count toward the admissions GPA calculation. Summer courses will be excluded from the admissions GPA calculation. New: With the exception of the Winter 2020 term, all undergraduate course grades obtained during the fall, winter, and summer terms on a full-time basis (3.0 or more FCEs during the fall/winter and 1.5 or more FCEs during the summer terms) will count toward the admissions GPA calculation. Weighted GPA Calculation (for applicants enrolled in fourth year of undergraduate studies or higher): Existing: Eligible to drop 3.0 or more FCEs of lowest grades if they have taken a full course load during the regular academic year (September to April for most programs) in each year of their undergraduate studies. The number of dropped FCEs is equivalent to the number of undergraduate years completed. New: Eligible to drop 2.0 FCEs of lowest grades if they have taken a full course load during the regular academic year (September to April of most programs) in each year of their undergraduate studies. Many students are now taking courses over the fall, winter and summer terms to better manage their academics and finances. UofT’s MD Program welcomes students from diverse backgrounds, and strongly believes that this is an important change to ensure that the Program’s admission requirements are in line with the changing student experiences and needs."
  2. 1. I have a completed degree after 5 years, and my UofT wGPA would be 3.91 (other schools wGPA is 3.98-4.00). If I went back to do another year of UG I can bring my UofT wGPA up to 3.93. MCAT is likely subpar for Queens, ineligible for non-SWOMEN cut-offs, since CARS is lower than 128. 2. I could also go back to school and get an MSc in epi which allows me to potentially be in the graduate pool for UofT. It also allows me to have a potential backup/upcoming job while continuing to apply to med. Also there is lots of opportunity for advancement such as senior roles or going back and getting a PhD and keeping a role in academia possible. Con: Advancement in the career takes years, and entry level salary is minimal at the MSc level. 3. Go into a medical lab technologist program, which allows for a potential increase in ABS potential, a potential backup/upcoming job. Salary and jobs are stable: 60-80k. Cons: Doesn't benefit med apps like an MSc would, repetitive bench work, little to no career advancement in the future. Management roles are very limited.
  3. Here it comes again, ottawa's admissions likely not being on the same page. Did you talk to Diane or Chantal?
  4. I wanted to clarify this again. So Ottawa has gotten back to me and what @RiderSx said is correct “you would be considered under the general stream if you don’t get accepted through the LSES stream.” so essentially you are considered for the LSES pool, and if you don’t make it, you are considered for the regular pool
  5. I can see that as the case for when you are applying and receiving an interview. But post-interview wise, I think it makes it complicated based on what I am reading — in a way, if you’re an anglophone, it’s almost counterproductive. Qualifications are too broad, you’re likely going to get significantly more people applying for 2 LSES spots, so what’s the target number of interview candidates: 10/12 for 2 seats? Are the 8-10 waitlisted people not going to be considered for the “general” seats? To me, LSES looks like the Indigenous option, but instead for LSES and 2 spots available instead of 7 in either stream. So again, if I recall correctly (someone correct me if I am wrong), Indigenous applicants have their own waitlist after interviews for their reserved seats, so I am assuming it is the likely case here too. Where's @Donald_Duck to answer everything??
  6. Might just be me, but I don’t see how LSES provides more opportunity. Using the English stream as an example, wouldn’t the chances of getting in be higher interviewing and getting accepted as a general Anglophone if you factor in the movement of the waitlist? If anything, most of the time, for people on these “reserved seat options”, the waitlist rarely moves and they also can’t be considered for the “general spots” which are more abundant in number. Emailed ottawa about this, and they posted me a link to their webpage, SMH.
  7. That’s a lot of medical tests to be performed on patients by a 3rd year BSc. Wouldn’t you need to be at minimum a med lab tech or a RN to be legally puncturing people for blood?
  8. Hey, Just wondering if Ryerson's CBLG 10A/B - Anatomy and Physiology counts towards the Mammalian Physiology for Option 2? On the McGill equivalency system it says that CBLG 10A/B is equivalent to PHGY 2XX. Would the generic physiology credit count then? It seems that most Ontario universities, they require you to take both Human Physiology I and II since the course content is covered in a different order compared to PHGY 209 at McGill. (e.g.PHGY 209 teaches CNS/PNS, etc, but the nervous system is found in physiology II in Ontario.)
  9. The question kind had popped in my head right now - so I am just curious about this. I understand that most physicians aiming for an academic position tend to complete a masters during residency to make them competitive. However, when it comes to picking the "said" masters, would most people go for a course-based MPH/MEd or a thesis-based MSc?
  10. -- Found my answer after analyzing the website word for word.
  11. Not at all! Ottawa will not even look at your MCAT score. That's a relief to hear. So being flagged for not meeting a requirement doesn't affect your chances at another school if they do not have that requirement, in this case, the MCAT (+same thresholds).
  12. Hey, so I recently just got my MCAT scores back and CARS was below the UofT cutoff unfortunately. Since the OMSAS application is a whole that is sent to all Ontario schools you apply for, and UofT is likely going to flag my application and reject it for not meeting cutoffs...would my application to Ottawa also be affected? Like wouldn't they see the flag that UofT put on it?
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