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  1. Hello, I am a long time lurker, and this is my first post. I was wondering if my fellow Canadian comrades could post some statistics on their GPA/MCAT/ECs and what US MD schools they're currently attending so I have an idea of the level of competition. Just confirming I am a Canadian CITIZEN. Also, I have the following stats, I would really appreciate some feedback and perhaps recommendations on certain schools that fit my experiences/scores: 516 on the MCAT (129/128/130/129) 3.8 GPA (Perfect GPA last 2 years, how significantly do they care about trends??) ECs: Lots of volunteering at a hospital in patient care (300+ hours) 2 publications with a neurosurgeon Spent the majority of my undergrad playing a varsity sport for my school, The remaining time was spent teaching special needs students with a company in my community and coaching. Did a few outreach clubs and have exec positions here and there, but nothing too serious outside of teaching, sports, and research. Lots of random awards by the university and province for sports, high class standing awards, and a bunch of smaller things. I have NO SHADOWING experience, given it isn't emphasized in Canada but please recommend whether it is very important to the states. I know it's a lot of questions but would REALLY appreciate it, thank you
  2. Hey everyone, I was wondering if you would be able to tell me how post-bacc courses are classified on AMCAS and AACOMAS. Are post-bacc courses lumped together with the rest of an individuals undergraduate courses? Or are they separate from other undergraduate courses taken? If so, does that mean that every course I take after graduating would be considered a post-bacc course? Also, have any of you done a SMP in the states?
  3. I have a Science undergrad. My cGPA is 2.95 for american MD schools, but for D.O. (with repeated courses), my undergrad cGPA is 3.03. I have already started an MBA program*. I was wondering: 1. How do I calculate my GPA for american D.O. and MD schools correctly? I can't find a proper source. (I just used the A = 3.9, B+ = 3.3, B = 3.0 , B- = 2.7 ..etc type of method). 2A. Would MBA course grades boost my GPA for D.O. schools? 2B. Would MBA course grades boost my GPA for American M.D. schools? 3. What's the minimum MCAT score you'd say I'd need to give me a fighting chance for a D.O. admission? (from my older research it seems US citizens have gotten accepted with MCATs ranging from 27 to 31 for 2.95-3.00 gpa range) 4. Any other suggestions or comments? (e.g. suggestions for dental or such) Thanks guys.
  4. 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.
  5. Okay I am wondering if it is ever worth going to the Caribbean? I believe I am able to get into school in Canada, and if not then the States as a DO for sure, but I am curious, is it ever worth it to go to the Caribbean? Like for example, if I wanted to become a family doctor would it be suitable as opposed to going there and then hoping to obtain a specialty. I am asking this because I love the Caribbean and although I want to live in Canada when I am older, I believe that I would love living in the Caribbean part-time for school. Please give me advice on this, especially if you go to a Caribbean school such as SGU.
  6. Hi guys, I fortunately secured an DO offer but I am contemplating on whether to accept it or not due to financial and family concerns. According to sdn, rejecting a DO acceptance will significantly diminish one's chance for US MD but I'm wondering if the same holds true for Canadian MD school. Also, if I accept this offer but later reject due to financial problems, would this leave a record on my file? I am in serious dilemma so any advice is appreciated! Thanks in advance!
  7. If you are thinking about studying medicine abroad or exploring options in the US, then make sure you know about Osteopathic Medicine! A Live Webinar and FAQ will be held on Saturday June 11th at 1PM. The event will stream on the COMSA YouTube Channel. Spread the word and subscribe to the channel for updates! Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/COMSA.premed/
  8. So here is a little bit of info about me. 3rd year Bsc Major in Bio, minor chem and diploma in forensic science Current gpa: 3.69/4 Possible gpa after I graduate if everything goes as planned: 3.76/4 (or a bit higher) ECS: 2 research jobs, volunteering at the hospital, coaching, studied abroad (paid by my university), part of a sorority, played varsity sport, etc. So I know I'm not competitive in Canada but I was wondering if it would be better for me to apply to the US or Ireland. I know the application fees for the US accumulate quickly. Basically, would I be competitive in the US and would it be better than Ireland?
  9. Hi there, I was just wondering if US DO schools will accept my CEGEP courses as prereqs? I got transfer credits at my current uni (UofT) for Gen. Chem 1 & 2 and Physics 1& 2 from CEGEP. Thanks!
  10. I've recently received an email from KCUMB inviting me to apply as they would give me fast-tracked admissions decision for 2ndaries, and priority consideration for interview spots and scholarships. I wasn't really aware of DO schools, and didn't apply to any US med schools this year. Currently, I have applied to Canadian schools and I would say my stats are quite mediocre. MCAT: PS 10 VR 10 BS 12 (32) OMSAS GPA: 3.8 last 2 yrs: 3.98 (science GPA would be higher as I have a year of business courses) I'm studying the DAT to take in 3 weeks to apply to dentistry in Canada as an alternative path. I just wanted to ask if anyone else has experience with applying to KCUMB and this priority status. Would it give me a good shot at acceptance? Also, what are their financial policies? If I were to attend, Would I be able to get a LOC to fund my education? (My parents are not rich) I'm not sure if its worth starting the AACOMAS application, as I have work, volunteering and the DAT to study for. I also would have difficulty finding a physician for a letter of reference in time (the deadline to apply is Oct 31 for priority status) However, if I wasn't accepted to any Canadian schools, I wouldn't mind practicing medicine in the states. I would rather attend a DO school, than to have to reapply next year to all other US MD schools and wait another year. Any advice would be appreciated, Thanks
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