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  1. 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!
  2. Hello everyone, I am a second year medical student at UofT offering application editing and interview preparation at a reasonable rate. I have helped numerous students in the past who have all received positive results. Please message me for further details if you are interested.
  3. I was wondering if someone who did his pre-university studies (Cégep) in Québec and applied to the University of Waterloo could answer some of my questions. I would like to apply to the program of optometry in Waterloo but I don't know who I have to contact to verify if the courses I completed fulfill the prerequisites necessary to be eligible to the program. If someone could help me go through the procedure it would be great! _______________________________________________________________________________ Je me demandais si quelqu'un qui a appliqué à l'Université de Waterloo après avoir complété un DEC/Téchnique dans un Cégep du Québec pourrais répondre a mes questions. J'aimerais appliquer au programme d'optométrie de Waterloo mais je ne sais pas qui contacter pour vérifier si les cours que j'ai complété durant mon parcours sont équivalents à ceux demandés. Si quelqu'un peut m'aider ça serait grandement apprécié!
  4. hi guys, was wondering what my chances are of getting into any dental schools in the states with my current gpa and what schools i should apply to.So i graduated from a Canadian university with an average of ~70% (i know it's low ): ). I am currently finishing a dental hygiene program and was wondering if that would help me with my dental application (would dental schools look at that??). I am also doing two extra fourth year level undergrad science courses (getting an 80+ right now). I have some dental experiences and I will be doing my DAT by the end of the year. What are my chances of getting admitted to any american or even australian dental schools? thanks guys! (would help a lot if you can list some schools)
  5. Hi all, Long story short I'm doing my masters and then trying to apply to apply to med. The two lab I'm debating between are like this: Lab 1 - Super prestigious (better reference letter) but longer projects (with more impact) medically oriented. Super low chance of getting first author, probably get 1 middle author paper. Two middle author papers if lucky. Lab 2 - Solid lab, publishes a ton, not medically oriented but still biology (molec in animals). Students usually get at least 1-2 first author publications and have chances for other pubs. I'm planning on applying to UofT, Western and McMaster, Queens, Calgary I asked UofT and they said that for the graduate route you basically need first author. However I noticed that the other medschools don't really have the option for a graduate stream. So essentially my question is, which lab would increases my chances of getting in? Do publications matter in the other places besides UofT's grad stream? Apologies if these are really dumb questions, I've been stressing uot abot this for 2 weeks =/ no idea where else to go. Thanks!
  6. 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)?
  7. medschoolapp

    Extracurriculars

    Hi! I know this might sound like a silly question but which Canadian medical schools focus the least on your extracurriculars?
  8. I have done two paid internships (one in Uni and another in High School). How would I list them when applying to medical school? Would they go under work experience (this is what I think)?
  9. Salut, donc en gros j'applique en méd dentaire avec une cote R assez faible ( le calcul ma bcp moins avantagé que les autres cest ma derniere session qui m'a aidé à remonter... bref), est ce que vous pensez que le cut ooff va augmenter pour Ulaval ? (pcq logiquement le cutoff est fait en fonction des annees precedentes non ??) C'est vraiment mon premier choix dent et vu que je suis au dessus du cutoff jespere qu'ils ne vont pas l'augmenter (et le mettre a 35 par exemple...) Je cherche des réponses pour cette question un peu partout mais je n'en trouve pas vrm :// The thing is vu que plus personne peut appliquer en dent depuis le 15 janvier (à cause du TAED) I'm hoping que le cut off ne change pas !! Merciii
  10. Hey there, Looking for some insight into where it may be worth applying based on my stats and ECs. Any help is appreciated. SK resident cGPA - 91.11 MCAT - 515 (128/128/128/131) Clinical volunteering - ~50 hours paediatrics ward and ~75 hours in psychiatric ward. Both primarily patient interactions. Non-clinical + leadership Executive member on a Student's Society for ~1.5 years Founded and run a successful campus club with large membership base. VP --> President over 3 years. Captained various intramural and recreational sports teams Awards Several gov't scholarships based on academic cutoff across semesters (90%) One college based scholarship, highest social science GPA One independent scholarship from a local business for academic merit and school involvement Work experience Various summer/weekend jobs, primarily golf course/green space maintenance Taught youth downhill skiing program for two winters I will for sure apply to Sask and Calgary, possibly Alberta, U of T and UBC, I am looking for any insight into what schools would be possible based on my application. What are some schools that I should add to the list? Thanks for the help!
  11. Hi Everyone, I was planning on writing the Canadian DAT this month (February 24, 2018), but due to extenuating circumstances I won't be able to. I was wondering if I wrote the next DAT (November 3rd, 2018), Would I still be able to apply to dental schools for that cycle (i.e write Nov 2018, apply Dec 2018)? The deadline is generally Dec 1, and it takes 8 weeks to get DAT scores back. Would I be able to apply to schools even if I don't have my DAT scores back? Thanks in Advance
  12. Jacky Wang

    Plan B for Med-P

    Hello everyone, It's this time of the year where application deadline are coming. I am from Marianopolis and I am unsure of my final R-Score because my 3rd semester was a very bad one for two of my classes, especially with organic chemistry (R-score still hasn't come out yet though). The first two semester, I had a decent R-score of around 33. Also, I did some volunteering, about 60 hours but I'm pretty sure it's not enough to make my CV look good. I used to be very confident in my skills but after the 3rd semester, I am not sure of my future for med anymore. Anyways, that is not the main question here. I know that if I don't make it to Med-P from Cegep, I can apply to an alternate undergrad studies where I will have a chance to get into medecine once I completed it. However, I am very hesitant on which program to chose. I heard some people saying that applying to Physiotherapy would be a good idea to transfer. But I am not sure what is the impact of the chosen undergrad plan b program for my career for medecine. Should I chose a science-based program to get an advantage if I get into med? I am rather new to this and I am quite confused about the large number of program at university (and a bit intimidated). Nonetheless, I am trying hard to pursue my dream to get into med, like most people in this forum. It seems very arduous, but I am giving everything I got. I hope you guys can give me some tips and guidance for the path I must take (in particular, for my plan B undergrad program). Sincerely, Jacky.
  13. Email released today (Jan. 16, 2017) for an invitation to the Open House on Feb. 17 and Interviews on Feb. 18 for the UBC DMD Class of 2021! Please feel free to share stats for future applicants and to form practice groups! (: Here's mine: Invite Residence: IP (McGill) GPA: 3.85 (~87%) DAT: 23AA 20PAT Congratulations on those who got interview invites, hope to see you soon! For those who got regrets, never give up! (:
  14. Happy New Year everyone! After much deliberation I decided to transfer from doing an arts degree to doing a science degree, however, since I didn't take a precalc course high school I needed to take the one offered at my institution before I could do proper calc courses. As a result, I ended up dropping an introductory course in Greek myths halfway through the semester in order to fit the precalc course and have a Withdrawl noted on my transcript. Now I withdrew from the course not because I was failing or doing poorly, simply because It wasn't intellectually stimulating and I felt that the math course would be a better use of my time, so I feel that if it were to come up in the application process I could explain it pretty well, but the premed neuroticism is getting to me... How does having a withdrawal on your transcript affect your chances?
  15. Hello! I tried to email Queen's Admissions to get a clear and accurate response but however, they were unable to provide me with further clarification. I am hoping that I'll receive some clear answers here! My question is: If I take additional courses (i.e Athabasca University) after the completion of my undergraduate degree, will the courses that I take count towards my 2 Year WGPA EVEN IF these courses are individual undergraduate courses that DO NOT count towards an additional degree or towards my completed degree? As long as these courses: - Fulfill the requirement for full-time study (3-5 courses per semester) - Completed between September to April I plan on taking additional courses according to these guidelines however, because there is no formal term structure to follow, I would plan on simply taking these courses according to the following format: - 3 to 5 courses between September to December - 3 to 5 courses between January to April I apologize if this question has been asked already! I was going through the forum and was unable to find the answer to this specific question. Thank you in advance!
  16. Hi everyone! I thought it would be interesting to have an updated discussion on how to be competitive for CaRMS and hopefully match to the specialties we're shooting for. The medical field is constantly changing and I think it would be beneficial to have more updated discussions about how to prepare for CaRMS. We all know that CaRMS can be a stressful time for many. I would like to hear more from others about how to prepare a strong application for CaRMS. This discussion can include anything from research, extracurricular activities (clubs, sports, hobbies), clerkship, electives, LOR, interviews, etc. I know that this topic can be quite subjective, but I would love to still hear from you all. Any information helps! To help categorize the information, it would be great to hear if you're a current med student, resident or other. Thanks for your help! What do you think makes for a competitive CaRMS application?
  17. Based on your past experience or if you had it clarified by someone, what does this line mean? (found on the application) "Note: Only applicants whose files are complete will be notified of the decision of the Admissions Committee after the meeting." I am doing a 1-year master's which will be completed by August 2018, and degree will be received at Fall convocation (Oct.). I have asked Schulich before and know that if I gained admission, I would need a letter by my supervisors to confirm that I am on track to graduate in expected time by June 30. However, what I am wondering is, will I be at any point at a disadvantage or decreased chance of acceptance for not having my program completed till August? Any input would be appreciated!
  18. Hey guys, so I have 2 solid LORs from my research supervisor and the CEO of a physiotherapy clinic at which I volunteered. I am having a bit of trouble finding someone else who I believe can be a good reference. Someone I have in mind is a coach I have for a small cricket league that plays other local teams and stuff (ie. its not something that gets much attention or funding or anything. Mostly just recreational stuff). He has known me for more than 10 years, and can definitely attest to my character. I don't know if it matters for me to use someone like that, as he won't have a letterhead or any sort of position in a company if you will. I am trying to apply to the med schools in Ontario and was wondering if someone can chime in on this. Also, can someone guide me towards other options and who I should contact as my third referee? I am coming up with nothing atm as I already have a prof and a volunteer reference. Any ideas? Thanks.
  19. Hi, For UBC grade entry, are what do we put for the grades of classes we are taking this year?
  20. Hi guys! So to get straight to the point: I've never become buddy buddy or best friends with a prof. Sure there's profs I've sat near the front for or talked to a bunch of times after class, or had convo with them in a lab setting etc. But I don't think there's any profs that will have remembered me fully by name or have amazing things to say about things I've done. However, for a lab course, there is a TA that supervised two of my research projects in the course and I had a great relationship with. With the prof, I've known her for 2 years but I fear the letter would be very general (with maybe a few specific points), if they're writing many med school letters (which they likely are) I doubt I am the person they most want to succeed. With the TA, I think the letter would be more specific and hopefully more positive as I believe she genuinely liked me and we were friends in the lab course, but I've known only her half a year and they're a masters student. So, What's the say about having a TA as your academic reference rather than a prof? Pros/Cons? Which should I go with?
  21. I have to provide 3 references for OMSAS and I have 4 to choose from: 1. A professor I published a paper with, over 2 weeks of 12-hour days of field and lab research in undergrad, who likes me but had admittedly little face to face time. Fish physiological research, 3rd author. 2. My volunteer coordinator at the local hospital, 140 hours, 2 years, just loves me, and has very high praise from the head nurses of the wards I've volunteered in. 3. A program coordinator and technician who teaches an entomology field research course I attended. Field research, 2 weeks, 2 other courses with him. Easily my #1 fan, would be a spectacular reference with high praise, but not a professor. 4. My graduate thesis supervisor. Medical science, diabetes and atherosclerosis. Just an amazing guy but I don't think he likes me very much. Its been an unusually hard year, I've struggled with family issues, anxiety and depression and as a result I've performed uncharacteristically poorly. Missing days without notice, coming in late, slow pace of research. He has every right to be annoyed. The lab, colleagues and supervisor have all been spectacular, but I've just really struggled to make a good impression with everything going on. I've spoken to him several times to check in and while he was pleased with my progress until recently, in the last two months he's seemed pretty frustrated. I've proactively apologized for missing days but haven't told him about the anxiety and depression. Anyway, TLDR: my supervisor and I have a complicated relationship. Would it be better to use references 1,2, and 3? Would it hurt if I didn't include him? (I know UofT required him as a reference, but I'm asking mostly for other schools)
  22. Hi! So I'm applying to OttawaU and OttawaU only this year. I haven't written the MCAT and I'm a third year only, but it's my hometown and I kinda miss it I alsooo have a 4.0 GPA in Neuroscience, at McGill. My extracurriculars are pretty standard, more focus on research than clubs, so I was wondering... Will a good GPA be enough to get me to an interview? P.S. if you're a third year applying to OttawaU this year come forward!
  23. Hi pre-med and pre-dental students, First of all, I'd like to congratulate you. If you're seeing this post, that means you're doing your best in taking steps to achieve your goal. Yes, it is extremely useful to have someone who already gone through the process to help you. This is why I'm here: I would like to help you with your application, CV, letter of intent, interview (traditional or MMI), and CASPer. My background: I'm a medical student in Quebec. I was also a dental student for the past 5 years. I'm actually a dentist now, but I'm not practicing dentistry because I'm attending a medical school. I have a lot of experience in MMI, CV and letter of intent because of my previous application experience. I was also in the admission committee when I was a 3rd-year student. I have read many premeds' letters, CV, and practice MMI with them. For the interviews (MMI and traditional), I usually spend the first 20-30 min giving my students some tips/tricks that they need to know (including different type of stations + systematic approach to deal with differents types of scenarios). And then we practice with mock interviews. At the end of each scenario, I give them my evaluation (there are specific criteria) and feedback/suggestions. I'm bilingual (English and French). I've already helped a few premed students, and I always have a lot of pleasure doing this service. I usually do Skype with my students, however I'm open to other alternatives. I only charge 45$ (Canadian) per hour. PM me here, or send me an email: dr.wu.dmd.md@outlook.com Best luck for your future endeavours. Dr. Wu, DMD, MD Candidate
  24. Hey all! The person I was hoping to get my character reference from was asking like what kind of things are expected, or if I could give him some sort of outline as to what areas need to be talked about. And I was wondering, what exactly is stuff you should include for a successful character reference letter? Is there anything they look for or like 'key words' to add in? Any info would be helpful! i.e. formatting the letter, what areas he should discuss, specific characteristics or things to include, etc.??
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