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  1. Thanks for your input! I am planning to re-write the MCAT to improve my scores and apply to more schools (I only applied to a few Ontario schools).
  2. Ultimately, I do not see research as a central part of my career as a physician. That being said, I still do believe that I would learn valuable skills that would transferrable to my career as an MD (Eg. critical thinking, analytical etc.).
  3. My stats: MCAT: above cutoffs GPA: 3.99 ECs: diverse; exec for a few health promotion clubs, clinical research for the past 4 years with conferences, abstracts published, no first-author pubs yet but have heavy involvement in the different components of a study, several academic scholarships, long-term volunteering at hospitals, a few years of mentoring youth and university students. A mix of paid and volunteering ECs. Essays: Worked for more than a month on them, and had several people proof-read them. Felt pretty good about them and included a mix of personal experiences and the 4 clusters. References: Atleast two of the three were strong and personal. Year: 4th year IP I received my last rejection to U of T last week, and haven't received any interviews this year. Since I am graduating this year, I really do not know how I can possibly improve my application to get an interview. I am considering applying for a Master's two-year thesis-based program in clinical research, but I have read several threads that made me doubt whether this is a good idea. While I love conducting research, I do not know yet if I want research to be my entire career (assuming I don't get into med after master's). Ultimately, I want a patient-centred career, whether it be as a physician or dentist (considering dentistry as well but did not apply this year). Therefore, if I do a master's, it really would be to get into med (which I don't think is the best reason to do it). Another option would be taking a gap year, but I don't know what I could possibly do in one year to improve my application enough to get an interview. Any feedback and experience on what I should do for the next couple years would be greatly appreciated! I'm sure there are at least a few others who are in the same boat as me and would benefit from any advice. Thank you in advance for your feedback.
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