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  1. I'm new here and would appreciate any advice on whether I'd be better off doing a 5th year or a research focused masters program. Currently in my 4th year of undergrad. Ontario resident. Very low cGPA: ~ 3.32 (3.35/2.83/3.8) on the OMSAS scale. I'm confident going into this year and am aiming for 3.95+. On the right track so far. I wrote the MCAT this August and got a 516 (131/127/128/130). I'm likely going to retake to try and get a 129+ CARS. I applied to Western and McMaster this year but am not expecting anything. Will be applying to Queens, McMaster, Western and Dalhousie next year and potentially some USMD's. I was wondering what would be best to do next year to improve my chances. Thanks
  2. I love you all in advance for your honest feedback, albeit it be as harsh as Canada’s winters or as sweet as the peach drink from Timmies. Enough with the bad analogies, here’s the summary: 24 years old. Currently in 2nd gap year Ontarian post grad, working to reduce that $30k debt. Fluent, not native, in French. Native in Russian, basic Italian GPA: 4.0 after McGills conversion. 3.95 otherwise. ECs: -honours thesis in a molec/biochem lab (results credited during supervisor’s conference presentation; he also happens to be a past department head, univ prof emeritus and the coordinator for Gairdner at York- does any of that matter??); lead to abstract publication and oral presentation (on my behalf) at a conference. -~100 hours as an exec on mental health club (organized a couple of big projects and conferences) - ~100 hours as a research assistant in clinical research (VOLUNTEER) -~200 hours hospice doing home visits for the same patient in palliative care -part time job at a small business/local salon I’ve had since 2013 and haven’t quit yet because I’ve built a very close relationship w the owner and it’s a minute from my house. I’m also currently an assistant manager there -another recent job I’ve taken up at a medical assistant, so far at 75 hours and counting -over 400 hours shadowing family doctor and surgeries at Sunnybrook -started my own catering company I run part/full time dep. on demand. I carve literal flowers out of any fruit you want, it’s been my artistic channel for over a year. -full time caretaker of my ill grandma whom I live with (not sure if worth mentioning that but that has been a big reason it’s been difficult to find a full-time ‘real job’) -every month, I try to get some ppl from my neighbourhood together to pick up garbage around the mailboxes and to offer to put up “slow down, kids at play” signs on ppls front lawns bc it’s a residential area yet ppl speed 70+. I’ve been doing this for over 3 years and I don’t know if it’s worth mentioning since most of the time I just end up going alone -some hospital and clinic volunteering when I was 18 -participated in sanofi aventis biotech challenge when I was 17 - did research in a cancer lab for an entire school year; poster presentation and a paper at the end -not many awards except for scholarship, deans list and first class w distinction grad -hobbies include: regularly attending the francophone community meetings (cafe conversation style) and organizing some myself; an avid gym goer (swimmer) -let’s talk science community outreach but only 20 hours under my wing - I do it from time to time -written mcat twice if that matters -during my second gap year, I went back to take a full year prereq physics course which ran 4 days a week 11-12 which also limited some of the full-time job searching I really want to attend McGill. Not only am I in love with the city and would love to move there in a heartbeat, but going there for medical school would mean my family isn’t far from me (were first gen. immigrants and it’s been tough getting everyone together finally and ideally I don’t want to leave by moving too, too far). Please provide me with any feedback, that will preferably not crush my fragile heart. Thank you.
  3. Hi all, I am planning out my fall semester and was thinking about taking 3 or 4 online courses to increase my GPA for applications in December. Do you have any recommendations for online courses that are worth considering particularly in the 3rd year or higher? I heard good things about Athabasca courses but cannot find any specific threads. All the best
  4. gunnerkid101

    MCAT & Med Advice

    Hey everyone, I was recently admitted into 2 medical schools after 3rd year of undergrad and I started a blog to help other students out and provide advice about the MCAT and med school process. I recently made a blog post about MCAT preparation material, and will be making more MCAT posts until the summer is closing, and then will get onto OMSAS and CASPer advice. Check it out and feel free to contact me from the site if you want certain topics covered in future posts! https://medstudentgunner.wordpress.com/2018/07/21/mcat-how-to-study-for-it/
  5. Hi everyone, I apologise in advance for the long post, but I have been reading over many of your posts and you are certainly an inspiring group of people! I was hoping for some general, preliminary advice as I was considering a career shift. I am turning 32 and I am currently a primary school teacher in Ontario but moving to BC from September. I also have been fortunate enough to have been able to spend a large portion of my 20s travelling and working abroad, between the UK, Australia, Spain, Germany, and China. Teaching is fun and there is plenty of work out there for French teachers like myself, but it is not the most intellectually stimulating job. In fact, I am currently doing an accelerated M.Ed in Developmental Psychology and Education full-time at the University of Toronto at the same time, completing it in 11 months this August with likely a GPA of 4.0. I also hold a B.Ed also from U of T (3.59 GPA), and a B.A. in Honours Spanish, French, and English (3.8 GPA) from Wilfrid Laurier. Studying past the M.Ed in my field really has no practical value for me and I still want to continue learning. So after a recent successful foray in to the world of real estate, I wanted to invest in myself and pursue the medical degree that was out of reach for me for so many years. However, I’m not sure what my options are as a non-traditional student. In order to apply to the maximum number of schools possible, I believe it’d be in my best interest to study like hell and write the MCAT, but I also don’t have any science courses/lab experience at the university level which may hinder my application to some schools. What do you recommend is the best course of action for me? What schools would be a good fit for a candidate like me? Thanks in advance!
  6. Hello, I know everyone must be tired of seeing these types of "what are my chances" posts but I could really use some advice. I am currently in my last year of my undergrad at UofC and eligible to graduate this spring. Unfortunately, med school has only become a dream of mine in the last year or so and my first two years GPA does not reflect this desire at all. Here is a breakdown: I have taken 5 courses each semester for my entire degree. GPA: 1st year: 2.73 2nd year: 3.02 3rd year: 3.61 4th year: 4.00 EC's Do pracitucms count for this? If so, I done extensive work in my community with local organizations working with individuals with disabilities. I have spent time at The Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured and done an internship at Emily follensbee (a school for children with multiple and complex learning needs). I have spent the last year working with the Government of Alberta creating and delivering a prevention presentation on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder that I have delivered to grade 8 and 11 classrooms as well as university classrooms. I have been lucky enough to have done a lot of traveling over the course of my degree (20 countries in three years), and I am in the process of planning a trip to Peru with a previous professor of mine to assist her with research as well as doing some volunteering. I have also been doing volunteering within the university and external organizations on my own time. I have been working one job for the past 4 years (just serving at a restaurant, so not very relevant). I do not have any publications at this point. My understanding is that UofC will use your three best years to count your GPA but even with dropping my first year that would leave me with a 3.54 which is not competitive. Any advice going forward? As I see it I have three options: 1. take a 5th or 6th year of my current degree 2. take a second undergrad 3. apply for grad school (although I feel like this would be the least useful) Any recommendations going forward would be very much appreciated!!! Thank you!
  7. I'm a bachelor of science student in my third year of my degree in Alberta, Canada majoring in biology. These are my stats:GPA: 3.704CDAT: 19 AA19 BIO19 CHEM19 TS20 RC16 PATI've got more than 100 hours of shadowing. I've done a lot of volunteering and for long periods of time, I've also started my own club in my university and am an executive for my universities Golden Key Chapter club and have been for two years now. By the time I finish my GPA should be around a 3.75-3.8 I hope. Obviously my scores are average and my PAT is quite low. What are my chances realistically of getting into dental school in the USA or Australia? Should I even bother applying or just retake the DAT? Thank you.
  8. hi im new here and i just made an account, so in case im posting in the wrong section i apologize ahead of time. so i am the first in my family (divorced) to go to university and i ended my first year with an amcas gpa of 3.0 (3.09 omsas). yes i know, not good. second year began very well however, half way through first semester my father was going through serious financial issues and my mother was mislead to of had ovarian cancer. having no other family in the country, the emotional stress just threw my mind off school and i fell into a deep depression finishing with a 2.75 (2.7 omsas) in that year. however, since then i finished my third year with a 3.71 amcas gpa (3.66 omsas) and currently in my fourth year i have a 4.0 amcas (3.92 omsas). i do know the MCAT will be a big factor especially for someone with my earlier poor performance. while i do realize my cumm.GPA wont be high, but will this sharp incline in grades have an effect? i appreciate any feedback. thank you -Country/state of residence: canada -Schools to which you are applying: mcmaster, michigan state, central michigan and others (still not determined) -MCAT Scores: writing in the summer -Research – ~330 hours, no publications, volunteer based -Volunteering (clinical) – 2 months at medical centre which led to my employment -Physician shadowing – 200 hours/8 months, family dr -Non-clinical volunteering: 60 hours internship at cardiac rehab centre working with elders in a fitness centre. ethnic community: as music set-up, cook, party set up, watched kids -Extracurricular activities: music production, carpentry, men's hairstyling/beard grooming, provide free haircuts to elders and youth in cultural community and residential community, tutor highschool and university students. -Employment history:2 months(summer job) metal fabrication factory, 4 months(summer job) subway, 2.5-3 years medical centre, 4 months (to this day) pharm assistant/tech in shoppers pharmacy. -Immediate family members in medicine? non -Specialty of interest: family medicine -Shadowing experience: 150 hours shadowing pharmacist, 70 hours DDS. not exactly medical drs, but i believe that health must be learned from all angles to really work to better it. -Graduate degrees: will be obtaining b.sc honors in medical sciences -Interest in rural health Yes
  9. Hi everyone, i recently considered going to all saints school of medicine in the Caribbean. I just wanted to know if this would be a good move? Also anyone who has been here, could you please tell me how your experience was?
  10. I have a Bachelors of Business Administration and have worked in accounting for three years. I really want to make a change and found OT/PT as potential areas that interest me: I get to help people better the quality of their lives. I get to move around during the day instead of sitting in a cubicle. I get to enjoy talking to new people on a regular basis. I have marketable and applicable skills outside of the corporate institution. What I'm concerned about is that I may not have academic reference since it's been three years and I haven't been in touch with any of my professors. Has anyone attempted to get an academic reference from a professor who they haven't really been in touch with? Would you recommend that I go back to a college and take a course to be more vigilant in connecting with my instructors/professors this time? Or is it worth a shot to email/contact my old professors to ask if they'd be willing to give a reference? The downside is that I likely was an average and forgettable student throughout the years of classes since. I'm seeking clarity on what I can do next to take steps towards having a reasonable shot at getting into the OT/PT program. What I may need to sacrifice or challenges I will need to go through to get there. Thanks for your thoughts and help.
  11. slam95

    My chances?

    Hi everyone, My friend suggested I join and look around on the forums here and it's been a great help. I was just wondering if anyone could give me a rough idea about what my chances are for getting into anything. I'm applying under the EDP for Tulane, and hoping to complete an MD/MBA program there. I also wanted to get an opinion on the best school for me to apply through the EDP. In terms of numbers my GPA is a 3.71/4.0, I'm doing my 5th year of Biological Sciences (honours program) at the University of Calgary. MCAT was a 513 (first year of new exam), wrote it once, 130 on both sciences, 127 cars and 126 psych. Others: I've been volunteering in a lab since Sept 2016, now doing research in that lab under a studentship. More research for my honours project for my fifth year. As for EC, I've got about 350+ hours at a senior home, 350 at a hospital (gift store), 7 years of karate. Two years of tutoring 1st year stats. On another note, I've been on a student exchange, the Korean government gave me a pretty nice scholarship. I'm pretty confident in my LOR writers. My writing is pretty decent, won a scholarship from our local union through an essay competition. Still, the personal comments and activities scare the crap outta me. I'm on a time crunch and the EDP deadline is in 4 days, haven't been able to get any consultants review my writing. I was thinking of applying to these schools (includes Canadian schools): Tulane University School of Medicine 08/01/17 Central Michigan University College of Medicine 11/30/17 Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science 11/01/17 Michigan State University College of Human Medicine 11/01/17 New York Medical College 12/15/17 Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University 11/15/2017 University of California, Davis, School of Medicine 10/01/2017 University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine 10/16/2017 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine 10/15/2017 Wayne State University School of Medicine 12/31/2017 McGill University Faculty of Medicine 11/01/2017 Queen's University Faculty of Health Sciences 09/15/2017 University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry 10/01/2017 University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine 09/15/2017 University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine 10/01/2017 The University of Western Ontario - Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry 09/15/2017 University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine 09/15/2017 McMaster University Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine 10/01/2017 University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine 10/01/2017 Can't say much about what the MSAR says about these schools (don't want to get my butt kicked) but I'm pretty sure I sit on the median for all the American schools here. Thanks for taking the time to read this. I feel pretty anxious without having some numbers out other, even with the MSAR, it doesn't tell me much about how us Canadian applicants fare in the other playground. If someone would like to review my essays, or vice-versa (would like someone to review yours, I'll do it for free, not $300 and a huge chunk of your soul), fire me a message! Thanks in advance!
  12. As a recent grad newly starting off in the professional world (~3 months in), I'm in a bit of an awkward situation with this year's medical school applications. My position is ongoing - full training for this position takes about a year. While I am not on any sort of contract, the unspoken expectation is that this is a long term position (at least 2-3 years?). As many schools ask you to have your direct supervisor/boss listed as a verifier for paid job positions, I'm wondering what options I have here. Would it be too much of a stretch to list a senior coworker who is involved in training me (and more sympathetic to my situation) rather than my supervisor, as doing so could possibly compromise my work environment/relationships? I was not completely forthcoming during the interview process about my future plans (as they were not concrete - I was considering skipping an application cycle) and if I am not accepted this year (or perhaps ever..), I hope to continue working at this job. Any advice?
  13. Folks, I'm in a state of crisis right now and not sure whether to proceed or not with my plans for career in medicine. A little background first to let you know where I'm coming from. I have two degrees from UofT, BA and BSc. I performed appallingly bad in my first few years at university and finished BA with a GPA of 1.82! I had no idea what to do with myself and had no discipline. That was some years ago. Since then I worked abroad and volunteered in the slums of eastern Africa. It's there that I found a passion for working with individuals on the edges of society and decided to pursue further education in mental health and eventually a career in psychiatry. So I came back to Canada and completed a BSc with GPA of 3.62 on 4.0 scale. A substantial improvement. Recently I wrote MCAT with little preparation and scored 504 (CP 125, CARS 129, BB 122, PSB 128). Feeling that I could score substantially higher with proper preparation, I scheduled another MCAT for September and been studying for it for it this summer. My plan was to score as high as possible and apply to Canadian-friendly American DO and MD schools since competition in Ontario is too stiff for somebody with my stats. But a couple of days ago I downloaded AMCAS GPA excel calculator and discovered to my shock and horror that since my BA took over four years to complete, some of those atrocious grades would end up being lumped together with my BSc grades in one post-bacc section and if that is the case, then the evidence of vast improvement between the first degree and the second degree would be diminished. However, since I never took any science before doing BSc, my overall sGPA is still around 3.61 and this includes grades for all the so-called pre-med courses that I took including physics, calculus, chemistry, bio, etc. So now I do not know what to do. Do I have any chance at American DO schools? I lost all motivation to study for MCAT since I now feel like, what's the point? If my only shot at medicine is some Caribbean school then my current MCAT score would probably suffice. Speaking of Caribbean schools, I wouldn't mind doing residency in FM in the sticks somewhere in the US but I know this path is very risky. Guys, any advice? Thank you so much for reading this.
  14. Hey guys So currently, I've completed high school, moving on to McMaster university in the fall. I'm going into the chemical and physical sciences, hoping to major in medical physics. I've already picked out my courses for first year, which includes physics, chemistry, biology, and calculus courses. I was wondering, what can I start doing now (or this fall) to make my self a strong candidate for med schools? Whether it'd be advice for what I should be doing on my spare time, or what kind of things I should be involved in, I'd appreciate any helpful tips. thanks
  15. Hello to anyone who reads this, as you can see from the title of this conversation I'm seeking advice about my current situation.It has always been my dream to become a doctor, this is one of the earliest memories I have from growing up. This is something I've always wanted and have always imagined myself doing. I can honestly say that I can't see myself being anything else besides a doctor. However right now I'm in a tough situation...I was former running start student, for those who don't know what that is that's basically when you take college classes while still in high school. I was doing quite well, I was getting 4.0s in the courses I took however that began to slowly change. After graduating high school with a 4.0 gpa everything pretty much went down hill for me. I started getting distracted from my goals and not taking college seriously, I started losing motivation in wanting to be in school and eventually my 4.0 gpa dropped to what is now a 2.5.At this point I do realize that I've dug myself into a very deep hole and I know that I haven't displayed the characteristics of someone who's passionate about Med school but becoming a doctor is still a dream for me. I still don't see myself being anything else besides a doctor. I just turned 20 years old and I really want to start doing things right.Iv'e completed the general chem series and biology, and was planning on taking O.chem and Physics this coming year at the college. I'm pretty much aware that regardless of whether I get a 4.0 in the classes it isn't going to raise my gpa much, however my goal is to at least show an upward trend on my transcript.What I want to know is what else I should be doing so I can raise my chances of getting into medical school with my current situation? And what should I do when I transfer to a university? I would like to believe that I still have a chance of proving myself, I know it may not be easy but I believe that I can do it.
  16. cGPA: 3.67 I took a few semesters with 3-4 courses. Last 2 semester GPA is about 3.9. ECs: Volunteer/research at labs, computer science instructor, hospital paediatrics volunteer, doctors without border head office volunteer, president/founder of school club In my 3rd year of undergrad at the University of Toronto. I have yet to write my MCAT, thinking of applying in the 2018/2019 cycle. Any advice on what I should do next? What can I do to become a better applicant? Should I focus on more ECs? What schools should I focus on and what schools should I not look at? I would really appreciate any feedback or suggestions. Thank you so much!
  17. Hey, I'm a secondary 3 student at a French school in Quebec, and medicine is the career that i'm aiming for. This year for a science project I had the chance to shadow/talk with a willing doctor, since I did my project on ECMO I had the opportunity to, and I absolutely loved my time in the hospital, I would like to pursue medicine as a career now. However, it seems that it's impossible to get accepted these days, and i'm concerned about that, especially since the R score is going steadily up and the competition is getting harder every year, I guess I just wanted some advice from people who were once at my place. I get good grades, but nothing exceptional, I go to an IB school and got a 95% average last term, but my first term I only got a 93%, I tend to do well in classes with loads of theory (science/math) and do worse in the arts and gym. I do volunteer work that I enjoy, i'm part of a reading circle, I've been involved in some youth politics, I dance and i've participated in a science fair, I'm not an exceptional student. I go to a really competitive high school and at least 5% of the student body wants to become a doctor, and it's pretty much the top 5% of the school, I just don't know what I should be aiming for (academically/extracurricular) in order to give me a good chance once I get to cégep. (My dream school is Mcgill) What advice do you guys have for me? Thank you!
  18. Hi, before I start, I would just like to say that this is cross-posted on another forum. Please let me know if its not allowed but I really need help. Hi everyone, I've been lurking around this site for quite sometime now and I finally had the courage to post something so please bare with me. As the title suggest, I failed my general chemistry 2 course. I took the final exam and I know that I have failed the course. It was so foolish of me to think that I could pass the course since I also bombed the midterm exam... I didn't want to withdrew from the course since I thought that I can "make it up" for the finals... Boy was I wrong! If you're wondering as to how I am so positive that I failed the course, our school released the answer key for the multiple choice questions and I didn't even make it half-pass the needed score. We also had a long answer section and I missed 2 of the questions because I ran out of time (which by the way, had a, b, c, d, e & f sections). One thing to note, our final was worth 50% of our final grade. Our Lab section is worth 20% of our final mark (I'm foreshadowing!). Please hold your judgement to me, I did study really hard for the course but unfortunately, it wasn't good enough... I feel so down and lost right now and I just need an advice as to what I should do moving forward... I'm already a second year student and I feel like since I failed this course, I am now blocked from taking other courses since this course is a pre-requisites for pretty much every single course that I need to take. I feel so behind from my peers who are going to be third years next year and will most likely graduate during their 4th year. And then there's me... a student behind who may need to take a 5th year... I do have another question to ask: Should I submit one of my late lab reports to my professor in hopes that I can get at least a part mark in order to get at least a 50% on the Lab section? The reason why I ask this is because if I get at least a 50% on the Lab, we are eligible for a Lab exemption! The Lab exempted mark is what they will use to calculate my new mark when I re-take the course, that also means that I don't have to do the Lab portion when I re-take the course. Everything is out of 20 and I need to get at least a 10. Here are my Lab marks: Lab Report 1: 92% (Super pumped since it was my first mark above a 90 on a lab report!) Lab Report 2: 95% (Was super shocked from this score and I had to refresh the page over five times!!) Lab Report 3: 50% (This was after the midterm exam that I bombed and I was just feeling like cr*p, pardon the language) Lab Report 4: 77% (You can tell that I was getting a little better but still no good) Lab Report 5: 0% currently (Life throws another obstacle at me. This is due to the fact that my computer crashed on me and wiped the memory clean, I know its stupid but I didn't back up my computer... lesson learned. I lost ALL of my files including all my class notes that I took, my previous lab reports and my other assignments from my other classes. The worst part was that I was about to submit it and I had an hour before the deadline, then BAM!! I didn't email my prof since I assumed that he won't believe me since it's not a "medical emergency". Lab Report 6: 73% (This was an online lab, I thought I did better than a 73% but again, I was wrong) I apologize if this has been a long thread but if I don't let it out and if I keep it in then it'll just make me really sick! Thank you all for reading and I look forward to your replies!
  19. Hello everyone! I am an undergrad student doing a major in psychology and a minor in biology. I am currently debating if I should do the 2 prereqs that I am missing during this summer to apply this year or if I should wait to apply next year and improve my Gpa and ECs in the mean time. Here are my stats: 1st semester: 3.3 gpa 2nd semester: 3.75 3rd semester: 3.8 4th semester: ~3.85 projected (I hope more) If apply this cycle, I'll have a cumulative GPA of ~3.68. (I know it's a low gpa but maybe the upward trend can make up for it a bit?) My ECs are these: - Work: Receptionist for one summer, Waitress one summer, Babysitting (lots before, now occasionally) - Service to community: CLSC volunteer for a month (50 hours), volunteer at a daycare (its been almost 2 years now), I will be tutoring french for refugees this summer. - Research and pubs: Research assistant for a short project (1 month/55hours), will be a doing some research this summer as part of an award and have a poster, but no publications or anything big. - Ecs: volunteer at a hospital (will have two semesters under my belt when I apply), shadowing in my home country for a week, member of administrative comite of my coop for some time, and I tutor for other psych students weekly since last semester. Sorry if it is long, I just want to know if I should try to take on the two prerequisite that I am missing this summer in order to apply this cycle or I have no chance because of my low Gpa and below average Ecs.. Thank you in advance!!
  20. Hey everyone, I am a recent grad from engineering and am looking for a change in careers to med. Essentially the question I want to ask is: what should I do in the next year(s) to maximize my chances? Any suggestions/critique is highly welcome! Please excuse me if I include unecessary details below, I am not sure what is eligible for my application and what isn't! Background: I graduated from Engineering Physics at UBC (pretty much a double major of honours physics and electrical/computer engineering) and also minored in honours math. Originally I wanted to go into medical imaging, topological disease modelling, or surgical robotics (i.e. lots of applied math, physics, and engineering) with heavy research but found the physician pathway recently attractive due to being able to mix front end practice and also participate in research projects. Thus I found that the physician path provides rich opportunities to be a leader in both practicing and advancing medical knowledge such as interventional radiology (which I think my applied math/engineering background could contribute to analyzing topological models of NMR/MRI/Ultrasound imaging). So I am keen on pursuing medicine rather than pure engineering. Academic Stuff and Background: Degree in Engineering Physics, minor in honors math, adjusted GPA = 80.2% ( ), upward trend to 85% in last 2 years, total 220 credits in 4 academic years, 2 publications (latter author, not first or second), Employment: Research engineering co-op (4 months), Software devleoper co-op (8 months), Research student (4 months), Data science intern (4 months), Software engineer (full-time) (1 year and counting). Volunteering: Youth Outdoor/Camp/Personal Development Leader (~1200 hours over 10 years, with national awards), sailing instructor (300 hours over 7 years), water rescue pilot/first aid attendant (300 hours over 5 years), quartermaster (200 hours over 3 years), research assistant (50 hours over 1 year), data science software volunteering (30 hours over 6 months and counting), webmaster (100 hours over 1.5 years), tech support (70 hours over 2 years), personal tutor (100 hours over 3 years). Athletics: Sailing (500 hours over 9 years, table tennis on a team (400 hours in 8 years), dragon boating on a team (100 hours over 2 years), UBC REC hockey (50 hours over 2 years - does this even count?), REC volleyball (50 hours 2 years), dodgeball (60 hours over 2 years), canoeing (100 hours over 5 years). (Nothing with distinction at the national level or anything though...) Misc. Volunteering Hobbies (these ones I am super unsure if they are applicable or not): -Captained high school trivia team (100 horus over 2 years) -Won a google software competition -Participated in autonomous robotics competitions (over 300 hours spent) -Built electrocardiogram from scratch (~10 hours) -Built cellphone microscope in collaboration with a company (~120 hours) -Part of student team to build a solar car (~100 hours) -Built own website and various data analytics software projects (~100 hours) -Misc. mechanicall prototyping with 3d printing, laser cutting, and waterjet cutting gifts and statues (~30 hours) -Built a tron video game from scratch using an FPGA board as controls (~10 hours) -Investigated processor algorithms to increase speed of processor branch predictions by 5% (~10 hours) -Played piano, level 8, theory level 3 (1200+ hours over 7 years) -Super casual playing guitar, harmonica, clarinet, ukulele... So anyway, the question I have is: 1. Should I commit to different volunteering activities? I probably have room for a 5 hour comittment a week unless I forgo other commitments. 2. Do personal projects count? What about projects done as part of schoolwork? 3. I have 0 volunteer experience at a medical facility (only remotely close thing I've done is first aid and water rescue...), is this a major problem? 4. Some of my volunteer experiences are extensions of previous employment (i.e. I volunteer my time after my employment ends at a lab) - does this still count as volunteering? 5. Is any extra credit given on my degree that I should emphasize (taking on average 8 engineering/physics/math courses a term)? Or does it simply not matter... 6. What else can I do in the follow year(s) to maximize my chances? Any input is welcome, I know it's a taxing read so thanks in advance!
  21. RandomCanadianStudent

    Advice For Med School Hopeful

    Hello Everyone, I decided to join this forum after reading it occasionally over the past few years. I am just wondering if anyone has any advice for me to get into medical school (preferably a Canadian one). My first two years were very rough and looking back I wasn't mature enough to fully dedicate myself to study a lot. I am currently going into my 4th year of Honours Life Science at McMaster University and my GPAs for each year respectively were 2.47, 2.97, 3.8, ___. Overall I am working with a 3.06 but have seen a strong upward trend with my gpa especially since my second semester of 3rd year was 3.98. I have a few extra curriculars under my belt over the years but will definitely look into joining a few more clubs and hopefully find a research position this year. I have also wrote the MCAT this past summer with a score of 505 (126, 126, 127, 126), I am planning on rewriting again next summer to boost that up significantly. Overall any advice on what I can and should do next is appreciated. Thanks.
  22. Hi everyone, I'm looking for some advice about what to do to improve my chances to get into med school in Canada. My OMSAS GPA for my first three undergrad years are as follows: Year 1: 3.40 Year 2: 3.52 (I only took 7 instead of 10 courses because of a health issue) Year 3: 3.60 I've been struggling with time management and test anxiety issues, which is partially what I attribute my low grades to. I know that I am capable of getting better grades, I just have to develop better study skills. I'm finally starting to get treated for the anxiety (I was blanking on tests), but I'm still trying to get better about using my time more effectively. My ECs: -1.5 years as a volunteer writing tutor (5hrs/wk) -2 going on 3 years as a Residence Assistant (~15 hrs/wk) -Will have 1 semester of research experience next year -Recipient of a humanitarian scholarship -Next year, volunteering to support Syrian refugees (5hrs/wk) -Next year, an executive of a campus club, planning volunteer activities in the community (5hrs/wk) I'm obviously not applying for medical school this year because of the low GPA, but I was wondering what advice you guys might have for me for after I finish my undergrad in a year? I can't afford to apply to international med schools, the Caribbean or the U.S., so Canada is pretty much my only option.
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