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  1. Has anyone ever asked their Graduate Teaching Assistant to be a reference for their OMSAS application and been successful in getting into medical school in Ontario? Just looking for feedback because I'm concerned one of my current references may not come through. Thank you in advance!
  2. For those who have been successful with the admissions process, what are you thoughts on grouping activities if you had multiples roles over the years within the organization? For ex. If you were an Executive in the club between 2016 - 2017 and then became the President of the club between 2017 - 2018, do you think they should go in as one entry or two? I realize I had different responsibilities in each of these positions, but I thought I would ask because when I list them separately, it appears like I was only involved with the organization for 1 year, when in reality it was longer. I realize they would likely see all my entries together though, so it may not make a difference at all. Just thought I would ask what others thought Also, does anyone who has completed the form know whether there is a character limit for any of the boxes besides the Description box? Apologies if this question has already been asked before, I tried looking for it and wasn't able to find anything. Thank you in advance!
  3. You should be able to include everything you've mentioned above, since it says any activities completed during your undergraduate studies and/or within the last 5 years. Since you completed your undergrad in 2015, you're still in the 5 year window, so you should be able to include anything you've completed up to the date the application is due! Unless, they're using your actual date of graduation to determine that 5 year window, in which case it would depend on what date you graduated. So for example, if you graduated in June 2015, then you might not be able to include anything from June 2015 - September 2015, since the 5 years from the application due date would be September 2015. It might be a good idea to clarify this with the admissions team!
  4. Here it is: medicine.admissions@dal.ca https://medicine.dal.ca/departments/core-units/admissions/contact-us.html
  5. I'm sorry, I'm not sure how additional years completed outside of your Bachelors are considered as I completed my fifth year prior to graduating. Hopefully someone else on here will be able to provide more guidance. Alternatively, it might be a good idea to reach out to Admissions. They're really great with responding, so they should be able to provide you with more direction. Best of luck!
  6. Hmmm, that's weird. I completed additional courses after I completed my undergraduate degree, so maybe that's why I see the additional years listed? I also completed an MSc, which I see included in the list. But I also see 'PhD Program', 'Co-op' and 'Nursing' listed, which I haven't completed.
  7. Hey, this might be a stupid question, but I was wondering where you saw these instructions? I couldn't find anything that mentioned them preferring that you list your most recent courses first.
  8. I'm sorry that happened. I think your best bet would be to email the admissions team, and let them know of your situation. It does say that they require the unofficial transcripts, but if you've submitted your official transcripts and they've received those, then I feel like they would be okay. It would probably be best to attach the unofficial transcript when you email them so they have it in case. Either way, its probably better to reach out sooner than later. Best of luck!
  9. Hey! I also completed a fifth year, but I was going to input my grades as 'Undergrad Year 4' and 'Undergrad Year 5'. Is there a reason you were thinking of inputting your 4th year in the 'Undergrad Year 3' and 5th year in 'Undergrad Year 4'? I believe it should be fine as well! I've seen old posts within the Dalhousie University forum where applicants refer to using their fifth year towards their GPA calculation!
  10. https://www.schulich.uwo.ca/med_dent_admissions/medicine/admission_requirements.html#grade_point_average This site might help you. During your 5th year, 6 of the 10 courses you take would have to be 3rd or 4th year courses. This should open up your chances at UofT, but unfortunately in order to automatically qualify for their weighted GPA, you would've needed to maintain a full course load in every year of your undergraduate studies. If you have extenuating circumstances that prevented you from taking a full course load, you can submit an academic explanation essay as part of your application asking if it'd be possible for them consider applying the weighted GPA. If not, UofT looks at your cumulative GPA, which means that they every course that you've taken in the regular academic year (and now the summer term, if taking a full course load) will count. Hope that helps! Best of luck!
  11. Honestly, if that's how they responded, I think it's definitely worth applying. I was surprised when they emailed my friend saying that the cut-off had already been established. I know they established their cut-offs in advance in previous years, but as they've said, this year is different since it's their first year using a cGPA. For sure, you're right below the 'cut-off'. I know the changes to the GPA calculations are taking away chances for a number of applicants that would have previously qualified with the wGPA. I really do hope they reassess their cut-offs. I understand the importance of consistency, and while I see why there should be some reward for performing consistently well, it's also important to recognize that these applicants would have likely met the cut-off either way regardless of whether they used the wGPA or cGPA. So really, this change is going to impact those that may not have had the best start to their undergrad (for whatever reason) and limit their chances at ever being considered.
  12. It's a little misleading that different responses are being provided to different students. When my friend sent an email in June, they stated that the cGPA cut-off for Ontario residents applying to the English stream is 3.85, not that they anticipate that it will be 3.85 and that it is difficult to predict if any changes will be applied to the minimum cut-offs.
  13. The Signature page that you would have seen when you submitted Part 1 of the application also mentioned that an email will be sent to you within 10 business days of your Part 1 submission, with the earliest being July 6th. So it'll also depend on when you submitted Part 1!
  14. Thanks so much @Maggiie19! I didn't think of just re-starting the application, I might do that as well. Good to know moving forward - I'll be extra careful to not make any mistakes, esp for Section 2. Appreciate your help
  15. Just wondering if anyone knows how to remove an entry for the University/College Section (Checklist item 6 of 10) on their application. I didn't realize I had the University information for my MSc listed, so I entered all the information again. Now its listed twice when I click 'Enter or View another College or Degree'. Thank you in advance for your help!
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