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  1. Could just be that it wasn't actually sent to first years, but I haven't received any such e-mail. I'm also pretty sure that I know of at least 1 person who got in with a gpa below 3.85 in my year also, though I'm not sure if they were a grad/undergrad applicant. In general I think you can't place too much stock in the word of mouth rumors. My gut feeling OP would be that 3.72 puts you at a sizable but not insurmountable disadvantage, particularly if your degree is complete and research/thesis-based; I wouldn't say it's a totally pointless application to do.
  2. Dal typically has a cutoff where anyone below 1.5SDs below the mean score of all applicants in the pool is rejected based on their casper score, so unfortunately your score probably is on the fairly low side. Never applied to Ottawa so can't speak to them, but for Mac you'd probably need pretty top-notch cars and gpa to make up for it, or you're likely pretty much out of the running there.
  3. Some conferences will publish a list of presenters' abstracts, with the intent that those listed are presenting the work (either by poster or talk), whereas others will simply publish abstracts submitted to the conference that are of interest to the field as a whole. In the latter case, totally fine, def include (again if non-peer-reviewed might be lower impact, but still def a contribution). In the former, it can be a bit fishy if you list this type of entry but then haven't actually presented. Might still be fine when worded correctly and all, I would just be a bit careful if that's your situation so as to not raise eyebrows.
  4. Generally yes, listed as an abstract published in a conference proceeding, though as a (usually) non-peer-reviewed contribution it's worth somewhat less than a peer-reviewed contribution or presentation. If you have space though, or are short on scholarly activities, still worth including imo (assuming you weren't listed there with the intent of presenting but then didn't actually attend; this could look a bit fishy I think, but that's just my 2 cents)
  5. My thoughts on this would be no; at least in the department I did my degree at if you were interested in applying for the award, a nomination was pretty easy to secure and didn’t mean a whole lot; it’s kinda hard to judge the merit of. But that’s just my 2 cents, if you’re short of entries that are academic/research awards it necessarily wouldn’t hurt to include, I just wouldn’t assume it will be super impactful.
  6. This, but after that point it’s a simple average of the two years as they both need to have 10 courses anyways (30 credit hours or 5 FCEs, depending on your school). Edit: wrong subforum, just realized I’m in dent here not med; sorry!
  7. Confidential Assessment Form, it replaces the reference letter for Ontario md admissions
  8. If you click into each category (teamwork, self-directed learning, etc), and then into “add activity” 3 of the 4 categories still have this listed as something to include!
  9. Grad pool makes it easier, but it’s now just stated that “applicants will receive credit during the file review process” depending on which type of grads degree you’re doing (course-based MSc vs thesis-based MSc vs PhD), and whether it’s conferred or in progress, so it should be purely helpful (unless it’s an in progress course-based MSc, which UofT gives no bonus for). While other schools don’t have separate pools per say, they do give explicit credit for grad degrees as well (ie. Mac), which are not an enormous advantage and often requires them to be conferred already (like Mac), but are again purely helpful and don’t stand to harm you in any way. If you land a unique/impactful job that experience could be quite helpful in the application, as could your spare time to keep up with ECs, so I won’t comment on comparing the grad degree vs work experience, I think that’s situation dependent, but the grad degree only stands to help you for med.
  10. I’m gonna have to agree with this. If you’re looking for an MD from Ontario your only realistic course of action would be a whole new degree, or at least 2 years of courses you could use for the schools which use the 2 year gpa. Applying as you stand now your odds are unfortunately negligible.
  11. This to a tee imo. MCAT is likely fine, gpa is iffy but not a definite R. Second degree is def the way to go
  12. U of T doesn’t care about the MCAT beyond meeting the cutoffs, so its really just the GPA you need to worry about. Unfortunately they care quite a bit about it though, and 3.75 is on the low side. I wouldn’t say it’s a hopeless application, especially with really solid ECs, essays, and refs to back it up, but it will definitely be a tough uphill battle to score the interview (without a grad degree anyways)
  13. U of T doesn't require a full course-load, this is only if you want to be eligible for their weighting formula to increase your GPA by dropping credits. That said, you do need 3 years worth of courses to be eligible to enter the program, which would be 15/20 by U of T's credit system.
  14. I would choose the one you have a better relationship with and who can speak more positively and in more detail about you (i.e. who knows you better). Unless the supervisor specifically asks for your input, I personally wouldn't bring up the idea of collaborating on the CAF
  15. Even with a stellar CARS score (I’m talking 130+), I think you would still be held back by your GPA. Seeing as how Mac looks at your cGPA (i.e. doesn’t drop any courses), and doesn’t care about any of the experiences you’ve had (ECs, work, and volunteering are irrelevant to them, unless it’s a graduate degree), unfortunately I don’t see you having a realistic shot there regardless of how well you do on CARS or Casper. Gpa is crazy important for Canadian med schools, so if you had an upward trend in your degree, some of the schools that let you drop certain courses to produce a wGPA, or use only your two best years, could be on the table (particularly if your experiences are strong), but that’s hard to judge without knowing your GPA breakdown year-by-year, if they were full course-load, etc. Realistically though, unless your upward trend is REALLY strong, you’re going to have a tough time getting your foot in the door anywhere for an interview, especially in Ontario; I think the GPA is too low to meet the cutoffs to even be considered. Likely, the remedy here would have to be further undergraduate studies to bring it up. I’m sure not the answer you wanted to hear, but I hope it helps!
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