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  1. Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum so I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right spot, but I'm currently entering my third year at Western and have only now realized I really want to pursue medicine. That said, my first two years were pretty bad, and I'm not sure what to do or how to improve my chances. I have pretty solid extracurriculars and work experience, so my main concern is having a GPA that's competitive enough for an interview, because I was uninformed and didn't realize that GPA was king and I focused so heavily on bolstering my non-academics. My first semester of first year wasn't bad (I had a 3.9)– it was my second semester that tanked because of a 56 in physics 2. Then, the summer after first year, I decided to try and fast-track but due to personal reasons, I also tanked those courses, obtaining a 56 and 64 in the two 0.5 credit classes I took. Upon entering second year, I retook one of the summer courses and physics 2, getting a new grade of 76 in the summer course (it was orgo so definitely not my strong suit), and getting a 92 when I took physics 2 again. I've been super confused with how each different med school in Canada calculates their respective adjusted GPAs (if applicable), but so far my first year GPA including the 56 in physics is a 3.44 on the 4.0 OMSAS scale (would be a 3.71 without physics). Those two second year courses I took in the summer after first year have also tanked my GPA, but I'm not sure if they'd be considered part of my first year or second year GPA (if someone could help me out with this I would appreciate it). I took a full 5.0 courses in first year, and in second year, I took 5.0 courses as well (but repeated 2 half courses). I'll give a summary/breakdown here: Year 1 GPA: 3.44 (with physics), 3.71 (without) Year 1 SUMMER GPA: 1.65 (not sure if this is separate or gets tacked on to the GPA of a full year) Year 2 GPA: 3.53 (did pretty bad first semester due to personal issues that continued from the summer, but I had managed to 3.9 second semester after working on tackling my personal issues) What's clear here is that my current grades and GPA are not by any means competitive for medical school, or even close to many cutoff requirements. However, given that I started university with the necessary grades and made improvements after getting hit with personal issues, I know I have the capability of obtaining 3.85 to 4.0 in each of the next three years (I am planning on doing a fifth year to raise my cGPA). I've learned that many medical schools are not so forgiving of hiccups like mine, and my main worry is that the 3 terrible courses I've mentioned might really ruin my chances at med, because a majority of my other courses were 80s and 90s with few high 70s. I know I still have a shot at Western med, but I'm not too sure about other med schools. I'm also willing to take 1.5 courses for each of the next two summers if necessary to raise my GPA and/or overload during the year. At this point I've considered a sixth year or a second undergrad, because I know I want med and I know I can get the grades in the NEXT three years, but I really messed up the first two. I have not written the MCAT yet (currently studying for it), but my main concern is meeting GPA cutoffs with my first two years dragging me down. If anyone has insight on what to do in this situation, or strategies to get my GPA up to a competitive level (ex: second undergrad or master's), or info on schools I might be eligible for, please let me know.
  2. 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!
  3. Hi there, I'm in a unique academic situation ... A couple of years ago when I attended Ontario Tech University (formally known as UOIT), I had some low grades permanently removed from my academic record (I know it sounds improbable, but it's true; special circumstances permitted it). My cGPA increased after it was recalculated and then I transferred to Laurier where I am finishing my undergrad. My question is... since I had grades wiped from my record, would those grades by any chance show up when my cGPA is calculated by medical school admissions? The removed classes no longer appear on my official transcript but some of them were prereq classes for the upper year courses that still remain. Would admissions look at the specific classes or just the grades? Because I don't want them to think my transcript was doctored in anyway.
  4. Hi, I have a cGPA (thats not adjusted) at 3.1, I know that is not high, but I have heard of people getting in or being waitlisted with the potential of getting in at that GPA. I have applied to chiro school (as my second degree, also to help with GPA), but am writing my MCAT this summer. I was wondering if it is doable? I know in BC, 75% is minimum to apply for those who live there, so maybe I have a chance? I have grown up my entire life working 1-3 jobs as my father passed at a young age and I had to support my family. I have extracurriculars, a lot of job experience, and undergraduate research (no publications). I was wondering if someone could give me some advice as medicine is the only path I can truly see myself doing (international is not an option for me)?
  5. Hi, I'm a 4th year biomed student at the university of Ottawa. My questions are: - Does NOSM use a weighted GPA system? Or is just my cGPA? - Is there a difference between the English and French applicants like there is at uOttawa? Thanks
  6. Does anyone know how most medical schools assess transfer credits? I'm finishing my undergrad at BU, but almost all of my elective courses required to graduate were completed at a different school and were transferred to BU as a "Pass". I'm wondering how this will be taken into calculating my GPA.
  7. Hi everyone! My question is a little bit tricky but please bear with me! I have completed my undergraduate degree this past May 2017. I am choosing to take additional undergraduate level courses in order to improve both my cumulative GPA and weighted GPA for Queen's University. However, I understand that for Queen's wGPA requirement, they look at your 2 most recent years of study in which you completed a full-time course load, which is defined by them to be a minimum of 3 courses each semester between the months of September - April (the academic year). My final year of undergraduate study will not be considered a full-time course load as I had to complete clinical placements, therefore, I strategized to take these additional courses (6 altogether) between the months of September 207 - April 2018 in order to satisfy Queen's "full-time course load" requirement. I emailed Queen's directly and they confirmed that this would be fine. However.. I was unable to enrol in the courses that I initially intended on starting in the beginning of September right on time due to various reasons. I ended up enrolling for 3 courses which I am now set to begin in December, rather than September (which I initially hoped to do). I have also enrolled in an additional 3 courses on top of that, which I am set to start in the beginning of January. Due to the flexibility of these courses that I enrolled in, I would still finish all 6 by the end of the academic year (April 2018). Therefore, technically, I would still have completed the minimum number of courses to be considered full-time in Queen's eyes within the academic year. My question is: Is this assumption correct? Despite the late start, because I would still be completing the minimum number of courses within the Academic year, to be considered for their weighted GPA. Please let me know if this assumption is a correct one to make! Thanks everyone! Good luck.
  8. Hi everyone, I have been seeing a lot of mixed answers to what cGPA a second undergrad would be considered necessary/highly recommended. So according to your opinion, what is the cGPA that work experience/grad school can't really make up for? This is assuming that the applicant would only want to go to medicine, nothing else as a career choice, but is flexible enough to like research/work.
  9. 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!
  10. Hi, I am just having a bit of difficulty in calculating my annual gpa. I took a summer course after 1st year and after 3rd year. Which year would they count under? year 1: full course load summer course year 2: 9 courses year 3: full course load summer course year 4: full course load. Thanks for the help!
  11. I was born in quebec but I studied at the university of saskatchewan. I took my prerequisite classes there. I unfortunately do not do very good in my organic chem and my physics class my first year. I got a 53 in organic chem and a 57 in physics. At the university of saskatchewan, a grade above a 50 is considered a pass, however, according to the McGill gpa scale, anything above a 60 is considered a pass. My question is, would I have to redo organic chem and physics at before January 15th in order for them to be considered as my prerequisites? If I redo them, would they recalculate my cgpa as well incorporating the new grades in the redone organic chem and physics class? (I'm taking about my cgpa not the science gpa) Thanks
  12. Does redoing your prereqs (before Jan 15th) Help boost your cgpa as well? Or it only boosts your science gpa?
  13. Hi everyone. I still have 4 schools left to hear from and I'm starting to get antsy. I'm mostly concerned because the school I want to go to the most looks at a "total cumulative GPA". My last 2 years (2nd undergraduate degree) is sitting at 3.92 I believe, but that first degree was 2.88... I'm sitting here freaking out because if they're going to look at that, I feel like I'm screwed. Anybody know how much stock they put in that cumulative GPA or if it's just there to see if there's an upward trend as you get through your degree??? Sorry for the rambles, thanks for listening.
  14. Alright so I've completed two years at McGill University.. First year my GPA was a 3.1 (but I really did not work) Second year I tried and got a 4.0. If I continue this trend for the 3rd and 4th year and get straight As again (barring one or two unfortunate classes), how do my chances stand? I do research in History, play a sport at a competitive level and have a good volunteering experience as well as letters of recommendations from doctors. (I plan to give my MCATs next year and lets assume I do well in them too)! Which universities should i be focusing on? Or - which universities drop your worst year, or a few worst courses or have GPA calculations that would benefit me? American and Canadian! Thank you all and goodluck!
  15. Hi all I was just wondering, is your guys cGPA the exact same on both the U of A med website calculation, and your university transcript and or beartracks? Thanks
  16. Hello Everyone, I just received my mcat results and I am utterly disappointed I got a measly score of 24: PS 7 VR 7 BS 10... I know that I would definitely have to re-write the mcat but I am having a hard time deciding whether I should book my exam in January so I could still write the old one, or whether I should just spend next summer full-on studying and write the new one. If I write in January I wouldn't have much time to study considering I will be a full-time student with many demanding classes and of course EC's.....What should I do?!? The schools I am interested in applying to next year are: uOttawa, Mac, Queens, Toronto, McGill My stats are: cGPA of 3.56, 2-year GPA of 3.76 All input and advice would be TREMENDOUSLY appreciated!
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