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  1. It would not be as you have not completed the prereqs. In order for option 2 (RECOMMENDED courses) to be considered you must complete option 1 (Prereqs). Kind of surprised you havent done labs in Uni since most programs either have a lab incorporated into the course or offer a lab course in addition. Calling the admissions team usually leads to faster answer than emails especially this close to the application deadline.
  2. As my username suggests third time was the charm for me too and the average number of applications is 2.5 for most people so you are not alone. Try and keep the faith!
  3. So for the most part, unless you drop drastically (like going from Bs and As type grades all the way down to like Cs and Ds) you should be fine. The final year is more about maintaining than anything and cant speak to the french schools but McGill does consider difficulty of program and courses (obviously upper year courses and final year require a lot more work and grades might be reflective of this). Also by your final year of university your GPA is unlikely to really rise or fall that much unless you are straight up failing. Try and improve your study techniques for finals and do your best!
  4. No. A grad degree will score you a certain number of points on your app but it is the same applicant pool as undergrad. Best to check the websites of the med schools for specifics
  5. It really will depend on your CV. You could use this time to try and shore up any weaknesses you noticed in your app. For example, if you find that you've never tried research you could give it a go. Or if you notice you don't have that much healthcare experience you could try and get more exposure. You could even take some time and write the MCAT again if you want to improve a score. Or maybe you want to work and get some real life experience (and money). It really does depend on you, the options are endless. A year is a really long time and you'll find you have more time than you think to do more than one activity. Pick up a hobby, go more in depth with something you really love. You are correct that there isnt a right answer
  6. I actually just applied and I can confidently tell you that at this point in time it is a BAD IDEA to study in the UK. Reasons being: 1. Along with crazy high tuition fees (consider the exchange rate) as of the coming years international students will also be required to pay for placements to the tune of 20k pounds at some schools (thats per year for each year you do a placement). 2. The match policies for non-citizens have changed. Now unless they can prove that there are no candidates in the UK and Europe who are qualified for a residency spot you cant give the position to an international student. This essentially means it is now virtually impossible to stay for your residency in the UK because of course they could find another candidate. 3. The med programs in the UK are actually 5 years of study (6 if you do an intercalated BSc which is required by some universities if you dont already have one) followed by 2 years of an internship style program followed by 3-6 years (depending on what you pick) of residency so no you dont actually save any time. You would save like 1 year of studying 4. Those years you live in the UK on a student visa do not count towards getting your permanent residency so no you cant become a permanent resident and avoid the matching struggle that way 5. Matching as an IMG back to Canada is also very very difficult and not recommended by many who took that path (do some research if you want to know more) So in the end you'll have spent upwards of half a million CAD, finished at around the same time as people in Canada, and pray that you match as an IMG. Sources: immigration/visas site for British govt, UK med schools websites (public not private institutions), NHS policies/news Edit: Also the UK is really not that different from Canada, biggest difference I found was they are allowed to smoke on patios. And if the main draw is to live alone you could just go to a university in a different city.
  7. Call! Admissions offices are usually very quick to answer phone calls and helpful (in my experience)
  8. Your ECs look good (although it's best not to use ECs more than 5 yrs old or as far back as high school since they arent very reflective of who you are + what you do now) but the biggest concern is the pre-reqs. Pretty much all the med schools have pre-req science courses (bio, chem, etc) that you need to have completed (see websites for details) so you'll have to take those before they even consider you. So take those science courses, write the MCAT, get some healthcare experience to see if you even like the field, and see where you are after all that. And yes if you intend on coming back to practice in Canada it is not a good idea to go abroad, its incredibly difficult to match as an IMG vs home.
  9. You could always choose a Canadian university and do study abroad. Most students who want to travel do this; you dont have to take a full year of courses and it's looked at positively on med apps (exposure to other cultures, independence, ability to adapt to new environments). Another point to think about, the grading system is very different in a lot of the EU countries (like the UK) and you might end up with lower marks then if you studied in Canada when you consider the conversions. Also I'm not sure what your specific immigration situation would be but it's worth it to mention that if you move with a student visa many countries will consider you an international student and charge intl fees. Ultimately if you want to practice medicine in Canada your best bet is to study here. If you feel you want to take a gap year (and are financially stable enough to do so) then take one. The biggest lie people tell you is that to get into medicine you have to do the typical 4 years super intense uni route. You do what's right for you.
  10. First off, 23 is really not old at all especially in the med school game. Second, yes your GPA isnt as strong as it could be but a good MCAT, CASPer, and ECs might make up for this (emphasis on the might since GPA is king). The not taking 5 full year courses just means that you are ineligible for wGPA (so no courses are going to be dropped from the calculation) but it's not a deal breaker. Are you from southwestern ontario by chance? That would help you in some regions (lighter requirements). Basically it just sounds like you'd have to go all in for McMaster. Med applications are all about playing the long game though, if this is truly something you want to pursue keep improving your application and eventually you'll get in.
  11. Straight up man, dont worry about your GPA it's more than enough to get you admitted (I had a 3.84 cumulative and i got in). As for CARS, it's not as hard as people say. The key is: 1) Dont second guess yourself during the test, your first instinct was probably right 2) Any answer with an absolute (always, never, etc) is probably wrong and you can work through process of elimination to find the right answer 3) Actively Read the WHOLE passage and try and absorb it. You dont need to remember every detail just get the jist of it. You will prob not be able to increase your reading speed but you can increase the speed you answer questions 4) think critically about everything you see and read in your day to day life. I dont really read books that much anymore but I watch tons (probably too much) of tv and movies and I analyze the hell out of them and I walked out with a good score. Also read the news if you arent already. As for general CARS practice, I used the Examcrackers books and they were excellent. The passages are much harder than the real test so you will be ready on the day (but feel like you are soul-crushingly stupid while you practice XD) Also those COOP terms will look great on your CV, it shows you can work with a team in the real world and that you can balance multiple responsibilities at once. Its very doable to study for the MCAT while working a COOP term. I worked full time while studying for mine, it just means you'll spend most weekends studying instead of doing other things.
  12. Scan document in black and white and 300dpi and if it's still too big use a PDF compressor
  13. Why not, you dont really lose anything by trying.
  14. Try applying to McMaster: you need a high CARS score, good CASPer, and they only need like 3 courses a semester to be considered full time (plus less of an information black box). If you are from southwestern ontario consider Western (lower requirements for that group).
  15. The chem requirement is filled by taking: the 1st year chem (dont know its name took it in cegep), orgo 1, orgo 2, and orgo 2 lab. If you have those then you are covered on all fronts (also in general those are the course requirements for all the med schools). Edit: With the quebec system orgo 1 is a first year course (if taken in cegep) so it would be your 2nd first year chem and the orgo 2 with lab would be your orgo prereq. Double edit: if you went to cegep then just use those chem courses for your prereqs
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