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  1. Just out of curiosity, what is considered for residency applications? I know things like electives/research are important, but is there anything else (especially pre-interview)? I also know that they will look at your transcript, but is this just an undergraduate transcript? I was always under the impression that medical school was simply pass/fail.
  2. I mean having a masters is obviously better than not having a masters, and it does lend you some leniency. But you need to consider the opportunity cost (and literal costs). You'll be delayed by a year, and IMO doing a graduate degree is very time consuming and reduces your time for other ECs. Unless you are truly passionate about the field and research, and want to do it for the sake of it, it is not necessary to be competitive given your grades.
  3. I would personally go for the research position as it is a compromise between the other 2 options. You'll be making some money, have opportunities to add to the research portion of your application, and have leftover time to do ECs. Working full time is also okay if you are dead set on medicine and need the money. Lack of career growth doesn't really matter, but you'll have a harder time fitting in other activities. I would say don't do the masters as you aren't interested in research, and it isn't necessary since your grades are very good. You just need to add to your ECs and improve on MCAT and you'll be very competitive.
  4. Some schools have weighting for grades that could help you out. For example: UBC takes off your lowest year after you've completed 120 credits (essentially graduated). Toronto removes a certain number of lowest grades depending on number of years of full course loads you take. Ottawa weighs your later years more than previous years (subject to their requirements). Queens considers your past 2 years or overall GPA and takes the higher one. As long as you can continue down a path of improvement, one semester won't hurt you that much. Especially if you can explain it in your application/interview.
  5. My understanding is that they simply put your AGPA into a formula to calculate the AQ score. They wouldn't consider grade trajectory until post interview. If your average is almost exactly 75%, I would expect an AQ of <5 unfortunately, since 75% is where the formula would start. Historically, you need a total score in the low 50s to qualify for an interview if IP. This means you would need a near perfect NAQ score to reach that threshold which is obviously extremely difficult to achieve.
  6. Also received email - making us stay for the whole 5 hours with the interview only taking 1 hour seems a bit unnecessary...
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