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  1. Thanks for the replies. Any thoughts on UOttawa, English or French stream?
  2. I'm an older applicant seeking a career change into medicine. I posted on here several months ago asking about McMaster & Western, which are likely my best chances given the way they look at GPA, etc. However, my wife and I live in Ottawa, where we have a home and our current careers, so I'm not exactly footloose and fancy-free. I'm therefore looking into nearby schools. My cGPA is around 3.65 (each year is about the same, unfortunately), but I have a Masters and an impressive career, with lots of maturity to demonstrate. Would I have a shot at UOttawa? If not the English program then how about the French? I know someone who was accepted into the French program with a GPA lower than mine. And how about McGill? I can't tell from their website if they are non-trad friendly. Assuming I do well on the MCAT, I think Queen's might be my best shot given their separate consideration of graduate students. It sounds as though this is motivated by an interest in attracting more mature students, but can anyone confirm that Queen's is open to mature non-trads with a lower GPA? Thanks!
  3. Thanks for the info on NOSM; I certainly won't pin my hopes on them. I agree the MCAT should be my next step so that I can at least try for Western and McMaster before doing further undergrad studies.
  4. Thank you for your reply. I live in Ottawa and have never lived in Northern Ontario or a rural community. Do you know for a fact that this is a requirement even for applicants in the Francophone category? I've looked at the NOSM website and there is no mention that Francophone applicants must also have a Northern/rural connection....but perhaps it is required.
  5. Older non-trad here planning to apply to medicine in the next year or two. I live in Ontario, and I’m looking for suggestions as to how I should approach things. My educational background and career are in the arts, and I’m a successful small business owner, so I might be attractive to non-trad friendly schools, such as McMaster. I’ve recently taken a number of science courses part-time (bio, cell bio, biochem, genetics, etc.) and got an A+ in each one, so I’m confident in my ability to excel in the sciences. I haven’t taken the MCAT yet because I don’t want it to expire before I apply to med school. The big problem is my undergrad GPA is about 3.65, and is pretty much the same in all four years. I have a Masters, however, and my cGPA from all courses ever taken is about 3.70. As things stand I can either: a) Do another year or two of full-time undergrad study to be competitive at Queen’s, Western, maybe UOttawa. My work schedule is flexible and I could study full-time (perhaps through Athabasca) while continuing to earn a good living….so this isn’t entirely unappealing. b) Apply to the following schools with the grades I have: 1. Western (best 5 full-year courses policy means my two best years of undergrad would be 3.84) 2. McMaster (cGPA would be 3.7) 3. NOSM (my career serves the Francophone community and I am fluent in French, so this might work) Am I missing anything important here? Are there any other non-trad friendly schools that would be an option for me? Any realistic options for OOP schools? Thanks!
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