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  1. With regards to not taking winter 2020 marks, I think this disproportionately affects those applying in this upcoming cycle more than those who are currently in their first and second year. People ready to apply generally have an upswing in GPA. But at the same time, the change in weighted GPA disproportionately affects those who just graduated and applying this cycle, why? My understanding is that 2nd year going into their 3rd year and 3rd years going to their 4th benefits the most as the lowest 2.0 FCE gets dropped whether you took 20 courses, or 30 courses, or 40 half-year courses. Hence, I can see why they decided to include summers as 2nd year applying to 3rd year typically take hard prerequisites in the summer which may lead to a decrease in GPA.
  2. Has anyone who worked in the industry (particularly the pharma industry) successfully made it into med school (other than Mac). I have finished my MSc and currently in my gap year and I am wondering if it is a good idea for me to take the well-paying job (working as a scientist-ish in contributing to drug development. The reason this may be a concern is that medical school may actually look negatively towards this due to the reputation that pharma industries have. I tried looking through pasts threads and it seems like no applicants who SUCCESSFULLY got into medical school put down "working in the pharma industry" in their application. Additionally, I saw some threads discussing how Med schools are discouraging students from accepting bribes from pharma companies. Although the job may be rewarding, I don't want to jeopardize my future medical career. If this is the case, then I would probably look for some standard job as a research assistant/scribe/cashier, etc.... Edit- I'm not worried about my stats as I have 3.95+ gpa with several long-term commitments and multiple publications, and I received a UofT interview this cycle (rejected post-interview). I am just looking to get something to fill in my gap year so I don't get red-flagged by adcoms.
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