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  1. Does it require the MCAT? Because back in 2016 apparently they brought it back but in their website they say its not required. https://med.uottawa.ca/undergraduate/hidden/does-ottawa-require-mcat
  2. Hi everyone, I'm a Canadian student thinking about applying to American dental schools. I know the cost is absolutely crazy, and I will be overloaded with loans but I still want to know the GPAs that some people get in with. The class statistics of some schools like NYU range mostly between 3.30 - 3.90 , but that's not really specific. If any Canadians could share their gpa and the schools they got accepted to (in the US) it would be very helpful
  3. I am an international student with a 4 years Bachelors in Dental Surgery.I have worked in a clinical setting as a dentist for one year and now want to apply for a masters in public health. I feel I need more experience in public health field that would help me get admission in a competitive MPH program. But I am confused as to what kind of work/volunteer experience counts as public health experience and which would be helpful for my admission application. I am in Ontario Canada and would welcome some advice in this regards and also welcome suggestions on how to go about applying for the suggested work.
  4. Posted this in SDN/**DELETED** as well, but thought I might most this here as well since there people might not visit both sites concurrently. ***NOW UPDATED WITH THE NEW MSAR released 3.22.2018*** The new MSAR values are given at the top of each school's description with a heading MSAR 2018. Note that this means using MSAR values released on 2018. They're for class entering fall 2017. Hi fellow non-Americans, As noncitizens, we face greater difficulty than Americans - there are schools that flat out reject any international applications, schools that say they accept but never really interview anyone (looking at you, Tufts and Baylor), and schools that are super friendly towards us. Of course, they're all on MSAR, but unless some screams MSAR at you you won't look at it. It took me a while to come up with a list via MSAR, supplanted with wisdoms of **DELETED** and SDN. I'm now writing to share that with you so you won't have to go through same process. Everything here is based on 2017 MSAR, and things can change. So go buy that MSAR and start looking at it! Applying is just one aspect. There's also the financial problem - US MD schools are quite expensive, and we can't get federal financial aid. No FAFSA for us. Probably don't have a cosigner to get private loans, too. So unless you can come up with a brilliant way to fund half a million dollars, your acceptance is going to be rescinded. That's not nice - so something definitely to think about before applying to 40 schools. There are schools that will provide some sort of funding - loans, grants - to non-Americans, but there aren't that many. Keep this in mind before sending your application. Ontarians can take OSAP and loans with co-signer from CIBC, RBC, TD, etc for max $250,000 CDN and ~$40,000 OSAP. No clue about other provinces. Quoting [USER=334945]@Goro[/USER], International students need to be Harvard/Stanford calibre. While this may be an exaggeration (sorta), do keep in mind that if there is another American candidate that's exact replica of us, he/she will probably get in over us. Higher stats, ECs are expected from us. Sucks, but that's life. Also doesn't help that most of international-friendly schools are clustered near the top. Few quick points: Public schools are less likely to take in internationals than Americans. Go for private. Kentucky loving Canadians is a notable exception to this. Top schools are more likely to take in internationals AND give financial aid. Forget about Texas and California. Schools taking 1 international students are excluded on this list. Quoting [USER=432540]@gyngyn[/USER], they're likely to be inside candidates. He recommends 3 or above. There are couple schools taking 1-2 internationals on this list, though it's mostly because they've taken more in the past. When it says 'no Aid', its for Canadian/Internationals. Not for Americans. When it says 90hr/1yr/Bachelors required, that's for International students outside of US/Canada. If you're Canadian or internationals student who went to US undergrad, dont need to worry about this. US Permanent Residents = US Citizens DACA = for the most part, international students Thos with CoA ??? = I couldn't find the total cost of attendance. I might've written total tuition costs next to it. Also keep in mind that CoA is just an estimate! Schools providing Financial Aid: These schools are willing to provide some form of financial aid to international/Canadian students, whether in forms of Loans or Grants. Mostly rich schools high up in the ladder. Albert Einstein College of Medicine MSAR 2018: 3.82/515, 5 International Matriculants. 3.83/516, 5 International Matriculants. CoA $290K. Has an escrow requirement: 2 year for Non-Canadians, half of 1 year tuition for Canadians. Financial aid is available through Einstein Scholarship and College Loan Funds. Requires 1 year post-secondary education in US/Canada. Columbia (Vagelos) MSAR 2018: 3.87/519, 5 International Matriculants. 3.87/519, 7 International Matriculants. CoA $380K(!). Has financial aid, although significant amount of it is in loans. Requires 3 full year + Bachelor's degree in USCAN. Duke MSAR 2018: 3.88/519, 0 International Matriculants (!!). 3.85/516. 3 International Matriculants. CoA $310K. Has financial aid in forms of Need-based grant. Requires 1 year of post-sec Ed on USCAN. MD/PhD is only for Americans. Dartmouth (Geisel) MSAR 2018: 3.74/515, 4 International Matriculants. 3.78/515, 5 International matriculants. CoA $344K. States that it can provide 'need-based financial institutional scholarships and loans'. Requires 3yr of post-sec Ed in USCAN. Has a reputation for loving nontrads. Harvard MSAR 2018: 3.92/519, 6 International Matriculants. 3.92/518, 16 International matriculants. The most international-friendly school. CoA $370K. Aid is available with a unit loan. 1Yr post-sec ed on USCAN, although states that 'without Bachelor's in US/CAN rarely accepted.' Mount Sinai (Icahn) MSAR 2018: 3.87/519, 5 International Matriculants. 3.84/519, 4 International matriculants. CoA $290K. Aid is available ($31500/yr) + Merit scholarships. Loans for 3/4th years via Mpower. Couldn't find education requirements. Northwestern (Feinberg) MSAR 2018: 3.91/520, 0 International Matriculants. 3.9/519, 3 International matriculants. MSAR says 1, but NW says 3 on its page. wtf? CoA $350K, Aid is available. 3Yr post-sec Ed on USCAN. Stanford MSAR 2018: 3.86/519, 5 International Matriculants. 3.89/518, 5 International matriculants. CoA $352K, aid is available in forms of Grants and Loans. Need to show proof of 1 year of tuition. 1Yr post-sec ed on USCAN. Vanderbilt MSAR 2018: 3.91/521, 7 International Matriculants. 3.9/520, 6 International matriculants. CoA $350K, aid is available. 'Recommend' 1yr Post-sec ed on USCAN. Yale MSAR 2018: 3.88/521, 11 International Matriculants. 3.89/518, 10 International matriculants. CoA $355K, aid is available with a unit loan. 3Yr post-sec Ed on USCAN. Johns Hopkins MSAR 2018: 3.94/520, 8 International Matriculants. 3.92/519, 9 international matriculants. CoA $320K, aid is available. 1yr post-sec Ed on USCAN. Schools that won't provide Financial Aid/Canadian Only: These schools will only accept Canadian applicants in additions to usual Americans. They will not provide any forms of financial aid. Some may have escrow requirement. George Washington MSAR 2018: 3.72/511, 4 Canadian Matriculants. 3.72/511, super low-yield chool. 2 Canadian matriculants. CoA $320K(??). No aid available. Has a weird 'special International MD program' for international students, designed for said students to leave US and practice in their home country. Probably not something you're looking for. Regular MD is only for US/Canadians. Mayo - MN MSAR 2018: 3.91/517, 0 International Matriculants. 3.85/513. US/Canadians only. 2 Canadian matriculants. Only for MN - AZ/FL dont take Canadians. CoA 330K. No aid available (need-based aid available few years ago, need clarification) Michigan State - Public MSAR 2018: 3.68/507, 3 Canadian Matriculants. 3.71/507. US/Canadians only. 3 Canadian matriculants. CoA $330K. No aid available. Is hot in news these days. NYU Langone MSAR 2018: 3.92/521, 0 International Matriculants. 3.9/520. Not just Canadians, but also Canadian PRs. Maybe this is why there are other non-Canadians in their MSAR. 2 International matriculants. Willing to provide Merit scholarships but no other forms of Financial Aid. CoA 335K (4yr pathway) . No aid available. Maryland- Public MSAR 2018: 3.84/513, 3 Canadian Matriculants. 3.85/515. US/Canadians only. 2 Canadian matriculants. CoA $380K (!) No aid available. Virginia Commonwealth - Public MSAR 2018: 3.74/511, 2 Canadian Matriculants. 3.74/511. Super low-yield. 4 Canadian matriculants. CoA $275K. Canadians are essentially considered as OOS Americans. No aid available. Wayne State MSAR 2018: 3.74/509, 18 International Matriculants. 3.76/508. US/Canadians, and any international student who went to Wayne State as undergrad. 8 International matriculants. CoA $350K. No aid available. Central Michigan - Public MSAR 2018: 3.74/506, 4 Canadian Matriculants. 3.7/504, US/Canadians only. 5 Canadian matriculants. CoA $384K(!!) the most expensive school on the list. Wants ties to Central Michigan. Being in Canada doesn't count. Schools that won't provide Financial Aid: These schools will consider all international applications, but will not provide any forms of Financial aid. Some may have escrow requirement. Boston MSAR 2018: 3.83/518, 11 International Matriculants. 3.81/516, 11 International Matriculants. Low-yield school. CoA $350K. No financial aid. Requires 2 year of post-secondary education + prerequisites done in US/CAN. Rosalind Franklin MSAR 2018: 3.62/518, 9 International Matriculants. 3.63/511, 8 International Matriculants. Low-yield school. CoA $300K. No financial aid. Needs Casper. Requires 90hr of post-sec Ed on USCAN. Emory MSAR 2018: 3.79/515, 3 International Matriculants. 3.79/515, 4 international matriculants. CoA $320K. No financial aid. Requires 32hr of science coursework on USCAN. Georgetown MSAR 2018: 3.8/513, 9 International Matriculants. 3.74/512, 5 international matriculants. Super low-yield. CoA $370K. No financial Aid. Needs foreign transcript evaluated. Medical College of Wisconsin MSAR 2018: 3.79/511, 4 International Matriculants. 3.76/515, 1 international matriculants. CoA $275K. No financial aid. Requires document supporting your ability to pay up $254K. 90hr of ed on USCAN. Casper required. Wants to see shadowing. Canadians beware New York Medical College MSAR 2018: 3.63/511, 4 International Matriculants. 3.65/512. 4 international matriculants. No secondary = super low yield. CoA ???. No financial aid. Escrow requirement of $239K. Prereqs must be done on USCAN. Bachelors' strongly recommended. Penn State MSAR 2018: 3.82/510, 2 International Matriculants. 3.82/509. 1 International matriculants. CoA $285K. No financial aid. All prereq must be done on USCAN. Penn (Perelman) MSAR 2018: 3.88/520, 1 International Matriculants. 3.87/518. 6 International matriculants. CoA ???, Tuition only is $240K. No Financial Aid. Gives good amount of scholarships but disappointing from such a rich school 1yr ed on USCAN. Pittsburgh MSAR 2018: 3.86/517, 3 International Matriculants. 3.85/515. 3 International matriculants. CoA $330K. Escrow requirement of 2-yr tuition. No financial aid. 1yr + prereqs done on USCAN. Saint Louis University MSAR 2018: 3.89/513, 12 International Matriculants. 3.87/512. 11 International matriculants. CoA $295K. Escrow requirement of $210K. No aid. Requires TOEFL or SAT as test of English proficiency. Jefferson (Sidney Kimmel) MSAR 2018: 3.74/514, 5 International Matriculants. 3.75/512. 9 International matriculants. Super low-yield. CoA $308K. No Aid available. Requires Bachelors from USCAN. SUNY-Upstate - Public MSAR 2018: 3.73/513, 7 International Matriculants. 3.75/512. 8 International matriculants. CoA $367K. No aid available. Requires 90hr post-sec ed on USCNA. Likes Canadians SUNY-Stony Brook - Public MSAR 2018: 3.82/514, 9 International Matriculants. 3.8/514. 3 International matriculants. CoA $370K. Needs 'Affidavit of support' for this amount. 1yr post-sec ed on USCAN. Tulane MSAR 2018: 3.64/511, 4 International Matriculants. 3.62/511. 5 International matriculants. CoA $355K. No aid available. Casper required. Hawaii (Burns) - Public MSAR 2018: 3.82/513, 2 International Matriculants. 3.76/510. 2 International matriculants. CoA ?? No aid available. Prereqs recommended to be done on USCAN. Kentucky - Public MSAR 2018: 3.83/511, 6 International Matriculants. 3.82/512. 8 International matriculants. Known to love Canadians. CoA $371K. No aid available. Need document supporting ability to pay 2 yr tuition. 1yr on USCAN. Application status changed from 'accepting all Canadians/Internationals' to 'Case-by-Case' for all Int/Canadian applications. Not sure of the consequence. Virginia - Public MSAR 2018: 3.91/519, 8 International Matriculants. 3.9/518. 2 International matriculants. According to my advisor's medical handbook, they treat Canadians like OOS Americans. What's up with Virginia and Canada? CoA 335K. 90hr on USCAN or UK. Washington University @ STL MSAR 2018: 3.91/521, 9 International Matriculants. 3.89/521. 8 International matriculants. CoA 335K. Escrow requirement. No need-based aid available (Merit aid is). 90hr on USCAN. Cornell (Weill) MSAR 2018: 3.87/519, 2 International Matriculants. 3.78/519. 5 International matriculants. CoA $355K. Escrow requirement. No aid available. Lona Linda MSAR 2018: 3.83/508, 17 International Matriculants. 3.86/508. 10 International matriculants. For SDA, super devout Christians. CoA ??? $225K tuition only. No aid available. 1yr on USCAN. Howard MSAR 2018: 3.45/502, 5 International Matriculants. 3.41/502. 9 International matriculant. HBCU. CoA $304K. No aid available. 68hr on USCAN. Case Western / CCLCM They'll accept starting next cycle. Since Case used to have a reputation of international/Canadian friendly, I'm adding them back on the list in advance. No idea about CCLCM though. MSAR 2018: 3.82/518, 7 International Matriculants. 3.81/517. CoA $356K. No need-based aid, though Merit Aid is possible. CCLCM covers everything. UCLA Makes to the list with stunning NINE internationals for fall 2017! Maybe I should've applied. But I like snows... MSAR 2018: 3.85/517, 9 International Matriculants 3.79/508. 2 International matriculants. Their MCAT went from 508 to 517, so..yeah. big jump there. Unsure about Financial Aid, though you should be eligible for Geffen scholarship (merit based) That's it. MSAR says 71 schools are willing to take International/Canadian applications. After some analysis, the list comes down to 42 for Canadians and 33 for internationals. There are schools that have taken more in the fast - ie. Utah took in 3 internationals 2015-2016. They aren't included in this list as none made it last year with only 5 interviews. Or schools like Duke that took a couple for 2016 but none for 2017. Schools not listed here and listed 'accepts International/Canadian applications' are likely to just shred your application and take your $$ as donations. Chicago (Pritzker) apparently 'used' to be int-friendly. None made it for class matriculating 2016. Your call. Wrote this up while dodging my PI's smoldering gaze at me, so there may be typos here and there. Point them out and I'd be happy to fix them up. Feel free to rip me apart if something's not true, and good luck.
  5. Torontonian, Do you know which school is offering Physiology course in afternoon? The Physiology course at Chang school is not acceptable. From Western_Dentistry: BLG 10 A/B has been assessed and is not considered acceptable for meeting the Physiology prerequisite requirement
  6. If you are moving to Canada, then you must remember the following things, before you pack your luggage. 1. Avoid electronic items: A definite volt of current is needed to operate electronic items in Canada. So, you are advised to avoid electronic items in your luggage. 2. Clothing: Be aware while selecting clothes to carry. You would require warm clothes after reaching Canada. 3. Don't forget to make a list of important documents in order to avoid problems. The list may contain- · Important documents like passport, travel and medical insurance, certificates, transcripts, medical documents. · Winter Wear that will keep you warm. · Laptop charger. · Mobile, mobile charger. · Some books. game discs etc. · Basic utensils. · Some local currency.
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    Hi! I know this might sound like a silly question but which Canadian medical schools focus the least on your extracurriculars?
  8. https://www.change.org/p/bci-recevoir-la-cote-r-avant-de-devenir-fou-parce-que-yo-ça-tarde-trop-c-est-quoi-ca?recruiter=851054647&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition Ensemble, nous pouvons faire changer les choses! lol.
  9. This is a little different question: I am thinking to do complete a BDS as my undergrad instead of a science undergrad before applying for a DDS program in Canada/US. Is there any problems I would face in doing so? Will I have to go through extra license exams and processes? So it would be 5 years of a BDS and doing the DAT then 4 years of a DDS then licensing exam The reason I'm thinking to do a BDS undergrad instead of a science undergrad is because with a BDS degree I can still find employment with better pay outside of US/Canada compared to a job with my science degree anywhere is the world. (This is my backup, because I don't feel like a science degree would be a good backup)
  10. I'm wondering if anyone had any advice to give or information on potentially transferring between Canadian medical schools for clerkship. To my understanding, some schools accept full transfers into their program starting in 3rd year (for 4 year programs) and others, while not allowing full transfers, will allow students to do core clinical rotations at their centre during their clerkship (so they still get their degree from their initial institution). I ask because I'm getting married this coming summer and I would like to be closer to my spouse who is fixed in Montreal. Ideally I'd like to be within a few hours drive of Montreal, but just about any Ontario school will work. Thanks!
  11. Hi, I'm planning on taking online biochem and online English at UWO ( I go to UWO). However, I've contacted good American medical schools and they seem to not like online courses. However, how they would be able to know whether my course was taken online, as UWO does not specify on the transcript whether it was online or not. It denotes the class section [650], my mark and the title of the course. Does anyone have experience with this? Has anyone who applied to US medical schools got in, even though they took biochem online? Do US secondaries ask us to specify which courses were taken online, because a majority seem to not ask this on their applications, etc? AMCAS will see my official transcript, yet it won't show my course was online because it uses UWO's way of marking. Also, Ottawa medical school states you shouldn't take too many online courses? Will online courses taken at UWO be listed as online on OMSAS? Will they have any way of finding out if my official transcript does not list online courses?
  12. 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?
  13. Hey y'all, can you give me some advice on whether I should finish my omsas application (applying mcmaster, queens, ottawa) or not. 1st year gpa: 3.93 2nd year: 3.00 (wtf?? i think i was depressed or something... asian so i don't know, fam doesn't talk about this) 3rd year: 3.97 (hell yea im back) 4th year: in progress, think i can defo get over 3.9 non-gpa shit: lots of volunteering in hospitals (chemo floor cookie, tea, conversation maker since 1st year. children's hospital emerg + nicu) so prob 400+ hours + some other random volunteer shit lots of clinical research (two summer scholarships in labs, two 3rd author pubs, volunteer in labs during year as well, working on honors project rn trying to get a 1st author in some low tier journal) a bit less leadership stuff but still some mcat 511: 129/127/128/127 (should have done better on cars ugh, gonna write again next summer) my referees are super chill w me and will give great letters but yeah, 2nd year screwed me up a little bit and still trying to recover. should i finish the app or save my 500 bucks? thanks
  14. 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.
  15. I wanted to make a list of medical school requirements (what/how many courses you need, what year they look at, any special eligibility to drop grades (e.g. UofT if you take a full courseload, you get to drop your lowest mark during that year), if school looks at your summer GPA. I have a makeshift list so far, but if anybody could add to it that would be great <3 When people starts adding, I'll finish with a nicer looking chart. Just need help with UBC Dalhousie (NOTHING): To be eligible to apply to Dalhousie Medical School, a full course load of five full classes in each of the two most senior years of the baccalaureate degree submitted for assessment is required. This must be the case regardless of the course load required by the program in which you are enrolled. Only fall and winter terms are used for assessment. Summer courses do not count towards GPA or course load requirements. No specific courses are required, but students are encouraged to pursue challenging and diverse topics, and to have a natural progression in their course selection of the degree being completed. McGill: 2 biology, 2 chemistry, 2 physics, 1 organic chemistry McMaster: An overall simple average will be calculated using the grades from all undergraduate degree level courses ever taken (with the exception of credits taken on exchange outside of Canada/USA). Work of different years is treated equally. This average is calculated by the applicant on the OMSAS Academic Record Form and verified on the OMSAS Verification Report which is sent to applicants. McMaster University may also review and revise this average. The marks from supplementary and summer courses will be included in the GPA calculation. Courses for which a "Pass" grade is assigned are counted for credit, but will not be included in the GPA calculation. In order for the GPA to be evaluated, independent grades from a minimum of 5 half-year or 5 full-year courses in total, are required, without which the application will not be considered. Queens: Degree programs or individual courses are not considered a factor in the calculation of GPAs Calculations include grades from all courses included on the transcript, including repeated courses Courses with Pass/Fail grades or transfer credits (including International Baccalaureate, Advance Placement and CEGEP programs) are not included No adjustments are made based on course load or course levels Calgary (NOTHING): The Cumming School of Medicine does not require that students undertake a formal pre-medical program. No specific courses are required for application or acceptance to the MD program. The admissions committee recommends that applicants consider taking as many of the courses listed in the Applicant Manual as their schedules allow, as the content of these courses will be helpful in preparing for the Medical College Admission Test and during the MD program. Whether or not an applicant has taken these courses at the time of application will not be taken into consideration in scoring the academic record. Students should ensure that the courses they choose satisfy the degree requirements of the undergraduate faculty in which they are registered. Manitoba (what?): The College of Medicine welcomes applicants from all provinces and territories. Up to 5% of the class will be selected from this pool. The Admissions Committee defines Out of Province as those who are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, but are not a permanent resident of Manitoba. Eligibility requirements remain the same for this applicant pool and you are welcome to apply if you meet or exceed the minimum requirements. However, the Admissions Committee discourages individuals from applying who have an AGPA lower than 3.94 and an operative MCAT score lower than 10.75. If you fall into one or both of these categories, you have a low chance of receiving an invitation to interview. You will need the science courses Chemistry 40S and Biology 40S or 40G in preparation for university studies. Many students also take Physics 40S in preparation for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). In addition, you will need Math 40S (pre-calculus or applied) and definitely need English 40S or French 40S. Ottawa (need org chem for an equivalent of 2 full year courses of chem): One full year course (or two semester courses) in General Biology including laboratory session; One full year course (or two semester courses) in Humanities / Social Sciences; The equivalent of two full-year courses (or four semester courses) of the following Chemistry courses: i) General Biochemistry without laboratory session; ii) General Chemistry with laboratory session; iii) Organic Chemistry with laboratory session. A full-time academic year where the equivalent of four (4) full-year courses is taken is accepted and counted in the WGPA calculation only if the missing course/credit is completed either as an additional course within another academic year or as a summer course. Individual courses taken during a summer session are accepted for the credit value in this instance however the mark obtained is not counted in the calculation of the WGPA. Any year with less than four full-year courses will not count as a full-time year of study. A full-time summer semester does not replace a semester of studies within an academic year. AP, IB and transfer credits are not recognized as fulfilment of full time studies requirement. Toronto: two full-course equivalents (FCEs) in life sciences and one FCE in a social science, humanities or language UBC: The fuck? 6 credits in english. How does this work. Is that 3.0 credits in English??? Western: Applicants must meet the minimum GPA in each of the two best undergraduate years with a full course load of 5 full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) taken between September and April. Each of the two years used for the GPA requirement must have at least 3 full course equivalents whos e published level is at or above the year of study. For example, in your third year of study, 3 of 5 full course equivalents must be at the 3rd year-level or above. Academic transcripts must clearly show that applicants have met this course load/level requirement.
  16. Hello everyone, I would like to say that I am a non-traditional student but then again, it's complicated. I am an RN in Saskatchewan and I want to go to med school. It has always been my dream to be a Dr. but as an immigrant, I had to get my PR one way or the other to qualify so I decided to study nursing as it a great career that I loved to get into and it was going to help me get my PR faster. After becoming a nurse, i feel like i need to do more which made me start researching med schools in Canada as it was my initial goal. Thing is, I do not have any premed courses (biochem, chem, organic chem, physics, etc) that will prepare me for the MCAT but someone told me that I don't have to take those courses but I should take prep courses like Kaplan or Prep101 which is what I intend to do. Can someone please advise or give me tips on what to do and anyone else in my current situation? I plan to go to Calgary or Edmonton in May or June for one of the prep courses when I decide which one to take. I know i have a lot of questions and I might not seem straight forward, so just let me know of any clarifications you might need.
  17. Hi Everyone! I'm currently in BioSci at University of Calgary. This is my first year. I am deciding to go to a university outside of Canada for medical. In Pakistan there is a university : Punjab Medical Colledge. For foreigners, the requirements are to complete high school and have done SAT 2 Subject tests for some courses. I want to go abroad, because the long tie limit to complete medschool here is a concern for me. So, I have decided on two options. 1) Apply to to Punjab Medical College since it only takes 5 years to complete medicine there. 2) If things don't work out there, come back to U of C and continue in the degree of Education instead next year. Since this is my first year, I'm still adjusting to the university's workload. I'm scared for my GPA, because I'm doing well in 2 courses, but I have around mid 70s in the other two courses. However, the results for Midterm 2 and finals are not included. If the med school abroad doesn't work out. I will most likely have to apply for a change of programs. I talked to some counsellors and they said that they will only look at the GPA for this fall term - but I'm scared that if it does not turn out well than I'll have to spend extra time to boost my GPA. However, if I withdraw for this term (I will not get my fees back) now, then they will consider my high school marks, which were above 90's. Is it a good idea to withdraw from this term and drop next semester and try for the med school in Pakistan. If things don't work out then I'll continue in Education next year. if med school does work out in Pakistan, then after completing it, I want to come back to Canada, I know that getting residency here is difficult but many people still try hard and get it. I asked some counsellors if withdrawing from a term would be bad for me. They said that normally, if students drop a term, it is normally a solid reason other than failing. SO she said, it will not impact me a lot. I'm really confused, so I would really appreciate your guys' suggestions. I would appreciate if you could reply fast, because deadline for withdrawing is coming close.
  18. I was wondering if there are any M.Sc, PhD Medical Physics students OR Medical Physicists here? I am currently doing a Biology and Physics dual honours and I was curious about the job market and how in demand the profession is?
  19. Hello, I am having trouble deciding on which 3 referees to choose for my OMSAS application. I have already had one written by a graduate student supervising me in an extracurricular club I have been a part of for one year. Another one I am going to get from the Surgeon that I shadowed last summer for one month. My last reference is currently going to be written by a doctor who has known me my whole life and allowed me to volunteer and work in his diagnostics lab last summer for a month. I am now having second thoughts about the last reference because I am lacking a strictly academic reference coming from a University professor. I have not built a relationship with any professor and so I chose not to ask any for one because I believed it would be too vague and not personal enough. Now I am concerned that none of my 3 referees will cover me from an academic / university perspective. If you have any advice on whether an academic reference is needed or strongly preferred or any advice at all please let me know! Thank you for your time
  20. I am a canadian student from the french province i did my health sciens in CEGEP schools and then i started university and i have a 3.61/4.3 GPA from my bachelor in Kinesiology 3 years bach. i did 2 extra years doing minor in psychology and a minor in arts in science i have a 4.15/4.3 gpa from 33 credits i tried every school in Quebec and nothing is working out this is my last year trying to apply mostly for podiatry, dental school and optometry what do you guys advice to do if i wanna apply to USA ? where do i have the better chances? no i do not have a recent DAT, nor an OAT nor an MCAT i mean i don;t even know which one i should do because i don;t know which school will accept me!!!! what about carribeans school ? or the commonwealth countries HELP PLEASE! i am truly lost and this is my last attempt Thank you
  21. Hello, I am currently enrolled in a BSc degree at Queens University (Biology). I will be going into my 3rd year of school. Now, my first two years of undergrad were pretty bad. Due to personal issues, etc. they were both <3.0 gpa. I am determined to do extremely well in my 3rd and 4th year of undergrad. Would taking an additional 5th year of undergrad help my chances? Now keep in mind I am open to all dental schools in Canada. What dental schools count only your best two years of gpa? I browsed the forums and only found Western does this. Also, if I did pursue a 5th year of undergrad, would it still count towards my degree.... i.e. what if I hit all of my courses and pre reqs in 4th year and could graduate at the end of the year. Would that mean i could not continue my degree and take an additional 5th year only to boost my gpa and hopefully have it counted. I'd really appreciate any help from individuals who were in similar situations and if a 5th year is worth it.
  22. Hello everyone! Anyone have thoughts on some easy/useful second undergraduate degree options in Canada? I will be completing a BSc this coming May and am looking for some sort of second undergraduate degree program to boost up my GPA for med school. I feel like there's just so many options available and I am currently a bit lost as to what to apply to. Hoping to get a 4.0 GPA in this second undergraduate degree...
  23. Hi there whoever can help would be a great help. I'm a fourth year BscKin student at UNB Fredericton but I will be graduating hopefully December of 2016. My main goal/dream job is becoming a sports physiotherapist. Growing up I loved sports,loved playing them and loved watching them. I always felt sorry for when players would get injured because that would either end their career or they would suffer for a very long time. So when I would see these sports physiotherapist helping these athletes I felt that it should be my responsibility to help as well. I just have many questions, with the many forums I've read Physiotherapy is quite difficult to get into in Canada for Canadians but its a little bit easier in Australia hence we become international students and we pay more. So my dilemma are my grades, as of now my CGPA is a 2.55 but I still have one more year left. The thing is at UNB if you fail a class and you re-take it they keep the failed grade on the transcript with the recently passed one so that plays with your GPA quite significantly and I think its quite stupid because you've already paid for the course. I know that my my GPA isn't as high as it should be but I'm trying to get it up to at least a 2.8 by the time I'm finished with my undergrad. I also have experience volunteering at the rehabilitation department at my local hospital with a 128 hours under my belt so maybe that can compensate for my GPA. I have been looking at a couple schools like Dal, Manitoba, Ottawa, Saskatchewan, Alberta, UBC, Melbourne, Queensland and Sydney. If I can't get into Physiotherapy School yet, my plan B is to get my Physical Therapist Assistant Diploma as well as on the side get my CSEP (Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology) certificates as personal trainer and exercise physiologist and work a little bit in that field of health then apply again to do my masters in Physical Therapy, but I feel that would be going backwards. Would it be a good idea to go from PTA to PT if your grades aren't high enough? Would love to here from whoever can help Thanks
  24. 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!
  25. www.MedsHousing.com launches new housing listing service for the medical community! Going away for electives? Going away for residency or fellowship? Try searching the newly launched web site www.MedsHousing.com. www.MedsHousing.com has listings in major teaching centres across Canada and elsewhere, and is growing daily. Find short and long term housing that is: close to hospitals and clinics close to medical school campuses ideal for rural placements close to satellite medical school campuses It’s very simple. Here's how it works: log on to www.MedsHousing.com browse current listings find something of interest? Make a profile contact landlord through the online contact form can't find what you need? Place a want ad and shout out to landlords … and don't forget to send in feedback after your stay, so the whole medical community benefits! https://youtu.be/ypDUG9UtTDE
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