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  1. needsomeguidance

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  2. Hi all,I'm a 3rd year Ontario non-SWOMEN undergrad student with an MCAT score of 131/127/131/128 (517 total). My GPA is ~3.98 and I have strong non-clinical ECs and clinical research experience. I'll be applying to Canadian med schools this upcoming summer, and if I don't get accepted I'll apply to Canadian and US med schools the following year.I'm concerned that my 127 CARS shuts a lot of doors in Canada - I think I'm really only competitive for U of T, Queens, and Ottawa - so I'm considering re-writing. However, I'm concerned that re-writing will harm my chances at US med schools, as I've heard that US schools in general don't look favorably on re-writing without substantial improvement (I know that some US schools state on their website that they look at the most recent or highest MCAT, but I've seen others recommend interpreting those statements cautiously). I don't think I will be able to 'substantially improve'; realistically, my goal with a re-write would be to get a similar overall score with just a couple points higher in CARS.I plan on submitting a Canadian application this upcoming cycle because Canada does not frown upon re-applicants so the potential of getting rejected this cycle is not a deterrent. However, I would need an additional year to get my US application prepared.TL;DR: Should I re-write my MCAT (517 with 127 CARS) - bolstering my Canadian application if CARS improves (even if total score decreases) but potentially harming my US app - or just apply with my current MCAT score (in the 2017/18 cycle for Canada and in the 2018/19 cycle for US and Canada)?
  3. Hi, I'm a high school student applying for university. I am a US citizen and plan to work in the US as a dentist. My question is that if I earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) not a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) outside of the US and Canada will I have to attend university for an internationally trained dentist program afterwards, or can I just do the license exam NBDE and immediately work as a dentist in the US? Any help would be appreciated.
  4. Hey everyone, So it's my first time considering applying to American schools and I was hoping someone would be able to share some info about MSU. From what I can see, it looks as though they are relatively Canadian friendly, as anyone who is a Canadian citizen can apply with full consideration given to degrees obtained in Canada. However based on their admission statistics on MSAR, they only accepted 3 from 500 international applicants. Seeing as how MSU doesn't accept non-US citizens, non-US residents or non-Canadian citizens, does that mean in this case Canadians were considered international? Or were they considered out of state? Just figured I'd post on here before emailing them to see if I could get a quick response. Any info anyone might have would be really appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  5. Hello, I'm wondering which US and Canadian med schools weigh the MCAT most highly in the admissions process? I recently took the MCAT and scored a 132/132/132/131, this is the first cycle I'll be applying to med school. I am a Canadian applicant (BC resident). Thanks!
  6. Hi everyone, I'm so glad I found this forum as I was struggling to locate information regarding student experiences with the U of T MD program on SDN. I've heard that it's extraordinarily competitive for Canadian applicants, not to mention for international applicants, and thus would appreciate any info on whether or not it's worth a try for someone coming from the states. I read somewhere that only 10 internationals are accepted every year, is this true? This likely means that the chances of acceptance in the circumstance I'm the perfect applicant (which I'm not) would still be slim; I wasn't able to find a verified source, unfortunately. A little info about me: I'm a US citizen and undergraduate going into my sophomore year (just trying to think ahead and plan out the rest of my uni time). I have some family in Toronto, and am aware that the U of T is an amazing institution, definitely comparable to top med schools in the US. The accepted GPA averages are however, really quite frightening, I'm certainly nowhere near a 3.95, so does that pretty much automatically disqualify me, considering I'm international? So far I've been relatively involved in EC's, still actively trying to improve my experiences and having fun along the way This might be a bit of a long shot, but does anyone know anything about becoming a "domestic student" (per one of these criteria: https://langara.ca/registration-and-records/pdf/E2002.pdf) in Canada? I'm also not sure if this particular document would have a similar counterpart at the U of T, I'm hoping it does. Hypothetically, if I were to meet the requirements, would I therefore apply as and be considered as a domestic student in the process? (And therefore be subject to the same admissions standards and tuition costs.) This is assuming I would upon graduation attend residency and live in Canada. I hope this post doesn't come across as too far fetched or dramatic, it just seems like the majority of the time things are switched: Canadian students trying to get into US schools. I'm still primarily going to pursue grad school opportunities in the states, but wanted to get some insight on this dream (and it really kind of is a bit outrageous I know). Also, if anyone cares, there are a number of reasons why I'd like to go north, considering the future of the healthcare system, litigation concerns, residency options, etc. Thanks for reading! Edit: Is this the correct grading scale for Canadian universities? A // 87-100 = 4.0 A- // 80-86 = 3.7 B+ // 76-79 = 3.3 B // 73-75 = 3.0 B- // 70-72 = 2.7 C+ // 66-69 = 2.3 C // 63-65 = 2.0 C- // 60-62 = 1.7 Etc. If so, no wonder the accepted average GPA is so much higher than that of American medical schools. I'm guessing they're not going to recalculate my GPA based on each individual course I've taken, even though in the US, an A is 94-100, A- is 90-94, etc. I suppose I ought to email an admissions staff member for more information on the subject.
  7. Hi, I'm looking to practice interviews online (traditional/MMI) with anyone interested (via Skype). PM me to set something up, thanks!
  8. Does anybody know any Canadian friendly US med schools that do not require a 4-year degree?
  9. Hi everyone, first time poster and long time lurker. First off, a little about myself. Graduated a double major bio-medical science at UWO in '14. Just finished an 8 month term at Brigham Women's Hospital in Boston doing research in the laboratory of nanoparticles and biomaterials (currently one publication pending). Created a nonprofit website in '10 that has generated over $20k for homeless children over the globe. Shadowed two doctors while in the united states (Anesthesiologist and Orthopedic Surgeon). Volunteered two years at a local soup kitchen. Travelled to South America for a community outreach program ('13). Created a local nonprofit that distributes supplies to homeless shelters. MCAT (2013): 12/8/10 GPA (converted to AMCAS): 3.98 As you can see, my weak EC's and MCAT are really holding me back at the moment. I was wondering if anyone had any insight as to whether to apply or write the new MCAT. Would I have a chance at the lower-tier USMD's? Thank you so much. P.S. Asian male from the GTA with no religious affiliations
  10. 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?
  11. Just a quick question, my MCAT score was 514 (130/126/128/130) and I was wondering if there's any chance for McMaster or Queens in terms of CARS? I don't really get what their cutoff is and I don't really want to retake the test haha since I did well on the other sections. Also, is this a good score in case I want to apply to US schools? I'm not sure what the requirements are like there. Thanks!
  12. Hello all! If you are looking for an opportunity to get some in-hospital experience in the US, please check out the COPE's International Health Scholar's Program (https://www.l3connect.org/prospective-applicants/GHE). This is a great opportunity to learn more about the US health care system and get to see some of our facilities. This program is also in partnership with UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health. Depending on how long you are interested in staying, you may have the opportunity to get hands-on patient care experience in the hospital as well. We currently have opportunities for this in Seattle and the Los Angeles area. We just extended our fall application deadline to October 9th, with a start date of November 2nd. Please apply at our website: https://www.l3connect.org/prospective-applicants/GHE Feel free to let me know if you have any questions! Cynthia Wang Director, International Health Scholar Programs COPE Health Solutions cwang@copehealthsolutions.org +001 213 200 2417
  13. Hi there, I am a Medical Student writing on behalf of my sister who completed a B.Sc. in Biopharmaceutical Sciences at U of Ottawa and is applying to Pharmacy schools. It is very very competitive in Canada, and other than an interview at UofT, she is not having any luck getting in. She got accepted to MCPHS or Mass Pharm in Boston and it has a good reputation. The problem however is tuition. The cost of Tuition is 75-80 000 per year. The second problem is that they are asking her to do a 5 year program. They have a 6 year program for students straight from high school, and you can do a 4 year from after a BSc but since she's missing a microbiology class and some other (rather insignificant) classes, they are asking her to do a 5 year... which adds tremendously to the cost. We inquired about loans from Ontario (OSAP) but they only offer about 6000 per year for this. Line of credits go up to only 80 000 at the banks we've enquired at. We are looking for any advice you could offer if anyone knows of anyone who applied or did a pharm degree in the US and how they fared. Thanking you in advance.
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