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  1. Hello everyone, I am a Canadian applicant who graduated in 2018 with a 3.69 cGPA/3.8 GPA to Western/Queen's & 3.7 GPA to US schools. My MCAT is 516 (129/127/130/130) (2019) (Past: 509, 512) and I have a very strong EC and research experience with no publications. I had no interview invites the last 2 years (Canada & US) and I'm afraid it was due to my low GPA for Canadian schools. For US schools, my options were very limited as I did not meet some course pre-reqs, and I understand space is limited for Canadian applicants. I feel like I'm getting no where in my 3rd application cycle and I thought of some future plans, but not sure if these would be helpful 1) Should I retake the MCAT (Feb/Mar) and aim for a CARS 128+ (Would open up Western) 2) Should I go to Grad School (2yrs) would this investment be worth it (Would make it easier for UofT & Queen's). Also wondering if there is a disadvantage to a course-based grad program. 3) Instead of Grad, should I go back to school to meet pre-reqs for US schools? Even with them would it really increase my chances? 4) Should I apply abroad (Ireland, Australia, etc)? I heard there are 6 year programs which would take the same amount of time as going to grad school here + 4 yrs med. I'm also afraid of the debt I'll be in as well as having to live in extremely rural areas. I know this is what I really want, but I feel like I'm spending too much time stuck in the application cycles and want to find a way to be more beneficial to my application. I'm wondering if there are truly no options for a student who is stuck with their GPA. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks!!
  2. Hello everyone, So I was wondering if anyone has any insight into OMSAS applicant pool GPA distribution. Any statistical information would be appreciated. Cheers.
  3. I decided to make this thread for applicants that are thinking of, or have already started, working towards a second degree in the hopes of applying to McGill. I found McGill's website to be quite jumbled regarding this topic, so hopefully that information can be summarized here in a clear and concise way. If you notice any errors, please comment below and I will edit this post accordingly. I would also encourage second degree applicants to ask their questions here, if only for the sake of keeping information in one easily accessible place. Basic Science Prerequisites & the MCAT: The MCAT is not required to apply to McGill, but if you have already completed the basic science prerequisites, it may be in your best interest to write the exam. Every applicant MUST complete the prerequisites by January 15th of the year they plan to start medical school, and a maximum of two prerequisites can still be outstanding by the application deadline (November 1st). However, if your pre-requisite science GPA (sGPA) is significantly below the average of 3.80, then a strong MCAT score can be used in its place. Currently, a competitive MCAT is a 33, and this score should be as close to 'balanced' as possible (11/11/11). *Pre-requisite courses 'expire' after eight years, so make sure to repeat those courses if they will exceed the eight year mark by November 1st. List of Prerequisites: 6 Credits Biology (Introductory) w/ Labs 6 Credits Chemistry (General or Physical) w/ Labs 3 Credits Organic Chemistry w/ Lab 6 Credits Physics (Introductory) w/ Labs GPA: Before we get into GPA, it's important to emphasize that you are NOT a second degree applicant unless you COMPLETED your first degree. For example, if you left your first degree early and pursued another degree, then the following information will not apply to you. Your GPA will instead be calculated based on every course you have completed, in both degrees. Those who have completed a degree, and are now working towards another, will have their GPA calculated differently then applicants in their 'primary' degree. For starters, even if you received transfer credit from your first degree, those courses will NOT be included in the GPA calculation. Only the courses you have completed while enrolled in the second degree will be considered. The year you apply, you must have completed at least 45 credits (15 courses) before the application deadline (November 1st), and at least 60 credits AND your degree by July 1st. This means that your second degree needs to take at least two years to complete, but if you were paying attention to the deadlines, you'll realize that if it only takes you two years, you likely won't be able to apply until after you've graduated. There are ways to get around this (i.e. overloading semesters, spring/summer courses, etc), but keep in mind that you need to maintain a competitive GPA, so don't get overzealous. On that note, a competitive GPA is a 3.80, but if you're an OOP applicant there's a limited number of seats. **Those 60 credits need to be completed in consecutive years or you risk your application being rejected Conclusion: This concludes the second degree specific information. I hope it will provide some insight for future applicants and help you move one step closer to achieving your medical school goals. Good luck! Class Profiles - Admissions - Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted Thread - Admission FAQs - Dark
  4. I'm about to go into my 4th in biomedical science at uOttawa and I'm in a French extended program. Here's my info: - 1st year GPA: 3.3 2nd year GPA: 3.9 3rd year GPA: 3.86 wGPA with OMSAS: 3.78 - Applying to the French stream at uOttawa and NOSM - EC's: French/English tutor, pianist at a church, choir, band, physiotherapy clerk, volunteered at a hospital, piano teacher at elementary school, private tutor (very brief), Sunday lesson teacher for kids, etc. - I live in Ottawa A lot of my EC's are centered around music and tutoring. I don't have 32+ entries like most people and honestly, I feel like my GPA is quite mediocre for med school. I am going to try my hardest to raise it in my 4th year and then write the MCAT (so I can apply to more schools if uOttawa doesn't work out). But, right now what are my chances of even getting an interview? Thanks a lot in advance!
  5. Hello all, after receiving feedback from many of you, I have decided to revamp the MDbuddy webapp. MDbuddy webapp link Mdbuddy phone app link What can MDbuddy 2.0 do? Calculate cGPA and all wGPAs for medical schools in Canada. Provide an analysis for MCAT scores AAMC full length scores. This analysis might show you what your real MCAT score might be compared to the AAMC practice FL. Provides list of requirements for each medical school in canada such as: minimum GPA, minimum MCAT and CASPER. What is new about MDbuddy 2.0? Dynamic database that updates whenever OMSAS updates there website. A simple account system which allows for you to save all your course grades on the website. This way you don't have to type 50 grades every time you want to look at your GPA (this was the case for the old webapp had you not used the 'download grades' feature. Added a conditional wGPA calculator. This means that if you don't qualify for UOFT wGPA because you don't have a full year schedule, MDbuddy will tell you that you don't qualify for UOFT wGPA. Added a list of useful resources which for each medical school in Canada. MCAT analysis, which might provide you guidance on your AAMC-FL scores. More statistics! Simpler, cleaner, more intuitive UI. Why use MDbuddy 2.0? Keeping track of GPA of courses with different weightings, and a changing OMSAS scale system can be confusing! Information on minimum GPA, minimum MCAT, CASPER for ALL Canadian medical schools is provided one a single page. If you like statistics you will like MDbuddy! MDbuddy 2.0 Preview! If you have any feedback or future suggestions for the app, please leave them down below or send an email to: mdbuddyca@gmail.com. All feedback and suggestions are appreciated. If you see any errors please let me know! Note: for those who have messaged/emailed me to monetize/put ads on my work, thank you, but MDbuddy will remain a free community driven webapp. MDbuddy webapp link Mdbuddy phone app link
  6. Hi guys, is it true that to get an interview for UofT you have to have a minimum GPA of 3.85?
  7. Hi, I'm applying to uottawa med school this year, but as I'm studying in NB and enrolled in a french university I'm considered in the CNSF french stream. Has anyone been down this path and if so do I have a chance?
  8. In my second year, I dropped the second semester and returned for the first semester of third year. So when medical schools say they will calculate your best 2 years or last 2 years, will my second year count as a full year? Or is it on the basis of credits? For example 4 credits = 1 year. Thanks!
  9. Bonjour, Je compte aller en kinésiologie lors de ma première année universitaire afin d'augmenter ma cote pour pouvoir rentrer en optométrie ou physiothérapie le plus rapidement possible. Je me demandais si parmi les 5 cours de la session d'automne il y en avait qui était particulièrement plus dur ou si je pouvais avoir des conseils pour m'assurer d'avoir le meilleur gpa possible? Merci d'avance!
  10. I thought it would be nice to continue the tradition of having this thread for applicants! Copy and pasted from the previous years thread. Here's how it goes (use this format): Applied + (PT or OT?): Accepted: Waitlisted: Rejected: GPA: (cum and sub if you applied to any University using them both) Perceived strength of essays/interviews/references: Good luck everyone!
  11. Beaucoup veulent connaitre les CRU des autres candidats pour jauger leurs chances d'être admis, alors pourquoi pas faire une seule liste? Inscrivez seulement: Programme(s) d'étude (et université si autre que UdeM): Nombre de crédits cumulés: Côte R: GPA: CRU: Programme auquel vous avez appliqué et avez été refusé: (edit) Position sur la liste d'attente: Convoqué ou non à l'entrevue (si applicable): (edit 2) Autre information pertinente:
  12. Hello! Est-ce que quelqu’un a déjà appliqué en médecine, pharmacie, physiothérapie, optométrie ou nutrition à l’UdeM après avoir obtenu un bac en droit de l’UdeM? Quelle était votre cote au BAC? Quelle était votre CRU? J’essaie d’avoir une idée de ce que pourrait être la CRU à l’udem avec 3.7/4.3 dans un bac en droit. Merci!
  13. Has anyone applied into UBC DMD from UofA? Do you know which courses count as equivalent? I'm doing classes that are similar, is that fine or do they have to be almost exactly the same? Also how do they convert 4.0 scale to percentage? I've seen loads of conversions but I'm not sure so if anyone can help that would be great. Thanks
  14. hi, basically, i'm here to ask for advice on route options for getting into a medical school, based on my current situation School: first did practical nursing at an Ontario college (currently an RPN) and just graduated from an Ontario university with a bachelor of science in nursing (BScN) (nclex-rn to be taken shortly) - university gpa: 2.3 - mcat: haven’t taken it yet and no prep started yet - medically related experience: nursing school clinicals/ working as an RPN - extracurriculars: barely any volunteer experience (at least not recently), didn’t join any clubs in university, not particularly part of any groups outside of school other than rec sports - No other parts of application started yet: personal statement, letters of recommendation, etc. an individual told me about a 'post bacc' school in toronto called medical education programs (MEP) (https://www.medschoolimg.com/) ... apparently you can take courses at this school to improve your gpa/mcat prep and subsequently apply to the school's partner medical schools (schools that accept their courses/credits). **I would 100% like to get into a US med school vs. going to the Caribbean and would also like to start in the next 1 to 2 years. Obviously my gpa is beyond rough so that doesn’t give me leeway to have a choice but just stating this so readers are aware** plan (current ideas): - Caribbean: looking at particularly Ross university or SGU (or any of the big 4)…. take pre-req courses at MEP to increase my GPA/MCAT prep with self MCAT prep/prep course and apply to both schools for September 2019 or January 2020 start. *Note*: Ross utilizes a program called medical education readiness program (MERP) in which if admissions thinks you could benefit from the 15 week MERP to prep for med school success by learning better learning strategies and more prep in science coursework then your conditional Ross acceptance will be granted to you upon your completion of MERP (which may be a possibility for me if I can I boost my GPA with the MEP courses??) - Canada: I understand Ontario schools currently out of the question for me… unless I do another undergrad and kill it, which I don’t want to do at this point. not sure about any other options for me in Canada nor did I do further research on this - USA: explained my situation to an admissions advisor and she said even if I excel in the MEP course and kill the MCAT, I would possibly have to do another 2 years at uni to up my GPA to be able to be even slightly competitive to apply to US schools. Please give your thoughts/ideas on routes for me to get into US schools - UK/ Australia/ Ireland/ Israel/ elsewhere: ?
  15. Hello everyone, Before coming to my current university, I studied for two years at another university where I got atrocious grades (!) but did not complete a degree. When I moved here, my new university -where I will receive my undergrad degree from in a few months (with a GPA of around 3.9)- gave me some transfer credits from my old university. Now I know I should check with each school individually, but I am really wondering whether American med schools generally consider every single post-secondary course one has ever taken in their GPA calculations, or they consider the degree GPA, or the degree GPA + all of one's transfer credits. I heard from Michigan State a while back that they consider the entire post-secondary education history but they also consider progress in grades, if I'm not wrong. I wanted to know if anyone had a similar experience applying with such circumstances, and how much do they actually consider progress! Also, do they generally care about having a full course load in every year? Thank you all in advance.
  16. Hello everyone! I am a 2nd year undergraduate student in Canada majoring in Biology. I’m currently on a co-op term (I just completed my first term of 2nd year) and taking a course in quantum. I have a lot of volunteering experience, and I’m currently volunteering at 2 hospitals. I have yet to do research or shadow a pharmacist/doctor. My cGPA is around 3.0 (73.5%, ) and I’m considering pharmacy school in the U.S! Does anyone know the pharmacy schools in the U.S that accept Canadian applicants? Additionally, how competitive is the entrance into these schools (GPA-wise)? I’ve heard from some people that pharmacy in the U.S might not be the best option (in terms of getting a job). I was wondering how the process would be if I graduated from a PHARM school in the U.S and wanted to return to Canada to work? I appreciate all the help, it truly means a lot to me! Thank you.
  17. Hey guys, I'm at a cross-road for where to go if I want to continue the dream of getting into med school. I really goofed up my first couple years leading to an ~3.4 GPA after 6 years (5 years of BioSci and 1 year Psyc minor). The last 2-3 years were decent with a respective 3.6, 3.96, 3.8 GPA. Unfortunately I can't seem to get over the MCAT hump having written 3 times with a 500, 501, and 502 scores. The last one (502) had a 126 in CARS so I decided to apply to UofC and UofA being from Alberta (although definitely not holding my breath). I have very good ECs including fluency in 3 languages, lots of travel experience, and varsity soccer for what it's worth. I've all but given up on the Canadian dream and deciding what my best shot is for med school with hopes of returning back after I'm done. The choice is between USDO, Australia, and Ireland and from the numerous threads I've read so far, it seems like Australia has the slight edge over the others due to the fact that they give MD degrees as well as residency if I am unable to match back to Canada. So I want to get some advice on what you have all found. I'm biased in that I don't want to travel a full day across the world to Australia especially if I'll need to make that commute several times for blocks in order to establish networks here for a possible return. This other thread made USDO sound equivalent to the Australia and Ireland IMG path but that sounds too good to be true. I feel there is bias against USDO degrees rather than USMD or degress from Ireland/Australia. I'd obviously love to stay within North America but I want to maximize my chances of matching. If it helps, I'm aiming for family medicine which is supposedly the least competitive anyways. TLDR: With a 3.4 cGPA and 502 MCAT, what would you do if you were me? USDO/AUS/IRE??? Thanks!
  18. Hi everyone, Has anyone come across a tool/resource that can be used to calculate one's cum-GPA and sub-GPA using course grades from several institutions (with different grading systems)? Thanks very much!
  19. Hello Everyone, I was wondering what would happen to my WGPA eligibility if I do not take full course load in my fifth year. I have taken full course load in my first fours years and i have all my prerequisite for graduation but one mandatory course. That is why I am taking this 5th year and I also added some courses to be full time. Thanks a lot for your responses.
  20. Hi I have applied to several private schools Northeastern US schools, U of T and western, and Irish schools. I'm wondering if anyone can comment on my chances. I have not yet received any interviews from US schools and don't know if I have missed the boat. Degree: BScH in Life Sciences with Minor in Computing Academics: cGPA: 3.51/4.0 science GPA: 3.48/4.0 Best two years for western: 90.75% Canadian DAT: AA: 20 BIO: 19 CHEM: 20 PAT: 22 RC: 20 TS: 19 ECs: -100 hours shadowing -1 summer working in dental office -1 summer in neuroscience research -1 summer in human mobility research with computing element -President of club that raises money for children with CHD (started club's first conference) -2 (going on 3) semesters as TA in computing
  21. Just asking for a friends who's applying to University this year, which university has the best and worse GPA conversions. I know this is a bit of a wierd questions but I've found that UBC has some sort of letter grading system (A+, A-, etc), while some have percentages %. Is one significantly worse than the other? I've hear stories about some universities with great conversions where an 80 is a 4.0 GPA whereas some others you would need a 90 to acheive the same GPA. Any thoughts on this?
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