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  1. Just a little bit about me: Ontario resident WAS planning on applying to UofT and Western... now idk what to do first year gpa: 2.91/4.0 with 5 credits *hard facepalm* (gpa sucks) second year gpa: 3.41/4.0 with 4 credits *less hard facepalm* (but still pretty hard because of having only 4 credits and needing 5 for Western and my gpa not being where it needs to be) going into my third year of studies and planning on writing DAT this November what should I do?! side note: what are some good extracurriculars I can take?
  2. What are my chances of getting into a Canadian dental school? I messed up my grades first and second year; first year GPA: 9.5 (B+) and second year GPA: 10.3 (A-) (based on McMaster 12.0 system) I have many EC's involving university clubs and events, and will be volunteering at a hospital soon. I will be writing the DAT this summer as well. Would getting a 3.9-4.0 in my last two years help me get a chance at dental school or should I do a 5th year to boost my GPA? I was thinking about also applying to american schools but I am not sure if I want to be in $500k + debt. Honestly feeling hopeless at this point.
  3. Dear peers, Hope everyone is doing fine. I was wondering if you were in a position to either have a W on your transcript or a C+ which would you choose? Knowing that W would have your cGPA to be 3.85 over 3.81 with a C+. Thanks a lot in advance. Cheers
  4. For a university such as UofT which prefers its MD applicants to have research experience, do you think having publications can "make up" for a lower wGPA such as 3.88? I'm worried that I will not be invited for interviews due to my low marks but I have a lot of experience in research and in my opinion, good ECs. Thanks in advance!
  5. 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)
  6. I know it’s a long shot but I was wondering if anyone could comment on my chances at getting NSERC at uottawa. I don’t go to uottawa so I’m not exactly sure how my grades would be converted but I have a ~3.8 OMSAS GPA and have worked in a lab at uottawa the past two summers. Thanks!
  7. I'm finishing up my Master's (thesis) and I wasn't originally going to apply to UofT since my GPA with the lowest year dropped is 3.78 but I'm in that phase of "there's no harm putting in an application anyway", considering the deadline is nearing. Can someone give me an honest reply at my chance? I'm not sure if I'm wasting money by filling the app out. Thanks!
  8. So, my father has a close friend whos husband happens to be one of the most well known and best ophthalmologists in all of Canada. I'm sure once it comes time I may be able to shadow him as well as get a letter of recommendation from him. How much will this actually impact my application? Will they view this as just another doctor? If you're wondering, I just started Uni this past September. Thanks!
  9. leothelion

    Chances?

    Hi all, Trying to plan my next year and not sure if I should be applying to lots of masters etc as back up. Any thoughts on likelihood of interviews would be appreciated. OMSAS cGPA: 3.73 First year: 3.18 Second year: 3.83 Third year: 3.94 Fourth year: 3.98 MCAT: 515 Chem: 127 CARS: 129 Bio: 130 Psych: 129 EC: Pretty unique, but not medical related. Not sure how to rank myself on this. Casper: also no idea how to rank I am an Ontario resident and applied to Calgary, Alberta, and all the OMSAS ones. Thoughts? Were any of my applications a waste of money? Should I apply to different schools next cycle? Any schools where I have a reasonable chance? Thank you!
  10. Hi all, i'm new to this site so please let me know if should post this elsewhere, here are my stats: - Applied to: McMaster, Western, Queens, UofT and Ottawa - Senior (currently finishing my 4th year) - 3.97 raw cGPA, 3.97 2YGPA (Queens + Western), 3.97 Ottawa GPA, 3.99 UofT weighted GPA - MCAT: 519 (132/125/131/131) - Research: >1000 hours of full-time paid research (2 summers of research, one ended with a poster presentation) - Volunteering: 80 hours of clinical volunteering, 200 hours of volunteering as a research assistant, 60 hours as a math tutor - ECs: tennis and art as long-term hobbies - Awards: x2 NSERC USRA, multiple scholarships based on GPA - CASPer: doing it this saturday - Essays/LORs: not feeling too bad about them, but i'm not expecting them to make up for weaknesses in other parts of my application - In province, non-SWOMEN My main issue is my MCAT score - i realize that a 125 basically put me out of McMaster and Western (I'm not sure about Queens?). if i don't get any interviews this cycle, should i retake the MCAT or focus on applying to US MD schools? I'm just worried of retaking the exam and the result being that my CARS doesn't increase and my other sections decrease. Any advice is appreciated, thanks!
  11. Hello everyone. i hope you are all doing fine. i have a question regarding the hidden minimum gpa for successful applicant in the uOttawa french stream. i'am currently in my third year undergrad in biomedical sciences and i'am applying this year to uOttawa. my weighted gpa (using only full time sessions and dismissing summer courses while multiplying my second year x 2) is a 3.8222 gpa. i know that for gatineau residents the minimum for applying is a 3.7 and that is fine. but since there is no available information at all regarding the averages of each years successful applicants or interviewees. i can only speculate upon what my chances are to get an interview. i was told by one of my professors that my chances to get an interview is a 3.822 is 0. so i would like to have some input from anyone in the know, or who is currently in the french stream and knows the lowest gpa in their class or some kind of average. thank you all and sorry for my horrible english.
  12. Just wanted some input on my chances of getting into Queens, Toronto, Western and McMaster. I've had a hard time trying to gauge my GPA as I have gone to two different schools over my last 2 years, and both of them have different ways of calculating GPA, and one of them doesn't include a grade % in their transcripts, only letter grades. Here is a table of my last 20 classes with the suspected GPA correlating with the letter grade. School #1 A 3.9 A 3.9 B- 2.7 A- 3.7 A- 3.7 A- 3.7 B+ 3.3 A 3.9 B 3.0 A 3.9 B 3.0 A 3.9 GPA at school #1 = 3.55 School #2 92% A+ 4.0 72% B 3.0 79% B+ 3.3 92% A+ 4.0 91% A+ 4.0 93% A+ 4.0 76% B+ 3.3 81% A- 3.7 84.3% total =3.66 Average % at school #2 – 84.3% Total average GPA of the 2 schools using letter grades = 3.6 using whatsmygpa One question I have is using school #2 for calculating my GPA, I have an 84% which correlates to 3.66 using whatsmygpa, but when looking at ORPAS table, grade percentage of 84+ is >3.7gpa. Are there any other ways to determine what my GPA is over my last 20 courses? If I did add everything correctly, and my GPA is 3.6, are there any schools that would actually consider me? Thanks,
  13. Hello I am wondering what my chances are for UBC Dentistry GPA: 84.5 DAT: 24AA and 23PAT and I am IP for UBC.
  14. What are your boi's chances?I am looking for some criticism of my school list. I am a Canadian applicant who doesn't have english (prevents me from applying to a lot of schools). I will also be applying this cycle in Canada but am looking to broaden my chances by tossing some apps to the states. s/cGPA = 3.91 (Year 1: 3.7, Year 2: 4.0, Year 3: 4.0) MCAT = 516: 128/126/131/131 Clinical EC's -73 hrs. volounteering in urgent care center - 895 hrs. Paid clinical research co-coordinator (My job was handling patient visits/direct clinical encounters) - 75 hrs. Physician shadowing variety of specialities (Anesthesiology, Gen Surg, EM, Dermatology, ENT, Fam Med) Research - Pubs/presentaiton: 3rd author review pub, Public research presentaiton, Local poster presentaion -Just started as student researcher in tumor immunology lab (project 184 hrs work by matriculation, possible pub) Non-clinical EC's -Pending patent on solar water pump for developing countries - 3 Service trips: 1 teaching in Jamacia, 1 building school, 1 mobile clinic (total work = 140 hrs) - 60 hrs. Orientation week leader - 151 hrs. VP of 3 different clubs at University (All focused on medical aid/health care improvement) -55 hrs. Social media coordinator for car wash company - 24 hrs. Delivery man for leftover food from University caf to local homless shelter Academic Accolades - Deans list -Deans list with distinction x 2 (given to top 3% of students) -University entrance scholarship - Lieutenant govenor of ontario award/Duke of Ed Gold Award - University scholarship given to 16 outstanding sophmore students Personal endavours - Co-captain/member of various intermural sports teams - Rigid personal fitness schedule 7hrs per week -Avid Traveller Schools Reach: Hopkins, Harvard, NYU, Yale Reach (iffy): Vanderbilt, WSLU Targets: Einstein, Duke, Sidney Kimmel, Geisel (Dartmouth), Georgetown, Oakland (William Baumont), Tulane , Hawaii, Chicago Rosalind Franklin, Loma Linda, Gorge Wash Targets (iffy): Mayo, CMU , Michigan State, Boston, Rush Medical College, UC Davis, Eastern Virgina, U Arizona
  15. confuse-pre-med

    My Friend Needs Help...

    Hi everyone, Before I start, I would just like to say that I’m posting this question on behalf of my best friend. I told him to join this forum and ask it himself but he was too scared and embarrassed to do it so I’m doing it on his behalf and for his own sake. BEWARE: THIS IS A LONG POST! Sorry in advance, I feel the need to be specific with the details. So, my best friend recently told me that he would like to pursue medicine as a profession and I couldn’t be happier and proud of him. As a current premed myself, it’s nice to have someone to have along on this journey to medicine. He’s a very bright person, extremely hardworking and possibly the most optimistic person that I could have ever met. I really look up to him, respect him and I also consider him to be my friendly rival. We both went to the same high school and he was very active in school and in our community. He was also a straight A student in high school, I’m not sure how relevant that is but I thought that it’s something that I should share. However, he recently dropped a big bomb of news to me. He told me that he had the worst two years of his life as soon as college started. You see, we both just finished our 2nd year this year so we are still fairly new to college. But, he told me that he had been assessed by the counsellor at our school and the assessment proved that he was suffering from mild depression and anxiety for the past two years. This mild depression and anxiety has affected his academic performances during the first two years of college. I felt like such a terrible friend for not noticing his signs and symptoms and that he was suffering from depression and anxiety. He hid it from me so well, too well if you ask me! As I’ve mentioned before, he is a very optimistic person and he showed no sign of change when we were hanging out. He always had a great big smile and we would always work hard and study together. But, it was all a façade, he secluded himself from everyone around him didn’t tell a single soul what he was going through, not even his parents. I felt very hurt that he didn’t tell me, me of all people, his best friend who would do everything to help him out! But I also do understand that he didn’t want me to worry for him and he didn’t want other people to worry for him. Fast forward, I asked him for the truth on what he’s now doing about his depression and anxiety and he told me everything. According to him, he is now getting treatment and he regularly meets up with a counsellor to talk and further help improve his situation. He’s also a part of a group that helps deal with anxiety and he told me that it has been helping him greatly. I genuinely feel like he is now on the right tract of improvment. He’s still very persistent in wanting to go into medicine. Throughout the years that I’ve been friends with him, I’ve never seen him that dedicated on a single goal. Sure, he’s a hardworking student but this type of goal orientation feels very different. Okay, so here are his stats for the first two years of college: cGPA: 1.70 According to him, his academic performances has been very rough. He was only getting Cs, C+s, Bs and B+s from his classes. In addition, he failed 5 of his courses and he planned to retake all of them. MCAT: Hasn’t taken it yet so N/A. ECs: Volunteer in a hospital, holds a leadership position in a science club and volunteer in a lab I know that his stats are extremely low and you [the reader] may think that my best friend is crazy for even thinking about pursuing medicine with these stats but he’s really determined to reach his goal. He’s currently taking summer classes to retake his failed courses and he has been doing amazing in all of them. He just took his midterm and he received an A+ after studying really hard for it. As his best friend, I really want to help him out to the best of my ability but at the same time, I need a realistic opinion from all of you. Please try to avoid any hurtful comments about my friend since he would also be reading this thread. I really need everyone’s opinion and input on what his chances are! Lastly, I’m not sure how relevant this is but he told me that he would like to mainly focus on applying at the University of Manitoba school. We’re both from Manitoba so technically he would be an In Province applicant and I know that they do Adjusted GPA but I’m not really sure how far that can help him. Should he stay for a 5th year? Just give up on medicine? I’m really lost on what I should tell him! Thank you all in advance!
  16. Hey guys! This is a bit of a long post but it's my first time posting here and I wanted to be thorough, really just looking for some honest feedback as I am new to the pre-med thing I have only recently made the decision to try for medicine, and I just registered for the MCAT. Having not done a science degree I am wondering whether it is even worth it for me to dedicate my whole summer if the rest of my application wouldn't stand a chance but makes me feel hopeful even in spite of my average GPA and lack of sciences...But I'm worried it may not even be that great compared to most applicants. My stats: GPA: 82% AGPA (without my first year): 83.8% Degree: BSc Major: Psychology, Minor:Political Science MCAT: tba EC's: Quite a few but I basically had no idea what i wanted to do in my undergrad so I got involved in everything... ~4 years (200) hours on-going volunteering at a Suicide/Crisis support online service for youth 13-30 -Summer intern full-time and then intermittent volunteer at a Psychiatric Residential Facility on the old Riverview psychiatric Hospital grounds in Coquitlam.. there I supported the clients in their everyday activities as well as facilitated programs and helped the OT, RT team with programs. -2 years as an RA/Community Leader, with one of those years as a Residence Education Leader in an international themed community -Elected and served as a Director-at-Large on my uni's Student Society's Board of Directors...Once elected I focused on my main platform promise of implementing a student led mental health initiative on campus, which included both raising awareness and making mental health literacy training such as MHFA and ASIS for students more affordable, which in turn would help students be more able to help their peers. We got a grant Capital Savings and then organized ASIST training to students at a fraction of the regular price. Other initiatives I led that year or helped lead involved the first mental health week with different stigma-busting/awareness/wellness initiatives each day. -As a student union board member was also an active member on several committees and campaigns (usually geared Affordable education and Campus Sexualized Violence Awareness ), as well as sat in on University Senate committees on Learning & Teaching, Advisory Committee on Academic Accommodation and Access for students with disabilities and Student Mental Health Implementation Committee. -Volunteer and member of Global Community Advisory committee for 2 years -Sent to Jack.org Summit in Toronto, yearly student national conference for mental health promotion in 2015. Then the next year in my 4th year I co-founded a chapter of Jack.org chapter at my university and we received another $2000 grant to run big event during midterms called "Built-to-bear Exams" where we set up a huge station and offered students a chance to build their own stress kits and provided booklets with coping/stress-busting resources...This club however was only active for the semester since I left for 7 months on exchange to Australia/travelling Asia the next semester and had too heavy of a courseload in my 5th year when I returned. -Work study position for a semester with Student Affairs where I helped organize the student performance in my Uni's annual Mental Health key speaker event, as well as researched college mental health initiatives across Canada and the U.S -Currently I am and have been volunteering for the past 6 months at the Victoria Brain Injury Society where I co-facilitate the creative arts program and also help with administrative duties Awards: ~4-year 16k$ Academic Excellence entrance scholarship out of HS ~$2000 grant from the University for the following year to offer students more subsidized mental health training, this time for Mental Health First Aid which occured the following year. ~700$ bursary from the Lorne Fraser Education Fund for those pursuing a career in Mental Health A little bit of background regarding my decision to try medicine...I started university studying Political Science, but through work / volunteer and personal experience developed a passion for the mental health field so I switched to Psychology. I was initially thinking of going into counseling/social work, but after spending a summer working at a psychiatric facility and having a family member hospitalized for recurring psychosis, I developed a deep interest the medical treatment of psychiatric illness and started thinking about psychiatry. Having said that, I have not done sciences in about 5-6 years at that point, having not done super well in them in HS...Thus in the middle of my 4th year I decided to stay an extra year and switch into the BSc Psychology stream to get some exposure to science courses. Having said that, I have not done sciences in about 5-6 years at that point, having not done as well well in them in HS. This year I ended up taking 6 courses each semester and upgraded my math 12, then took first year biology, chemistry and organic chemistry - it was a bit of a tough learning curve after 4 years of Arts courses , and i got a 74/76 in chem/ochem and 78/83 in bio.. which brought down my AGPA but 2%, but at least I knew I could tackle the sciences needed to write the MCAT. Plus, this year made me actually fall in love with science after getting fed up 7 years ago in HS and decided i wasn't smart enough for them. I guess my question at this point is.. should I do more course work in the sciences before applying and trying to do the mcat... for example, I haven't done physics since science 10 and was hoping to self-teach this summer..Should I just study what I can this summer and apply? I think my EC's are quite extensive, but is it what medical schools are looking for? Sorry for all the questions. If there is any other pertinent information that might be needed to assess my situation, please let me know! I really appreciate anyone reading this super long post .
  17. Hi all, I applied to a couple of Canadian (Ontario) schools for 2017 entry, rejected from all (Western, Ottawa, Queens, McMaster). I'm interested in applying again this year to some USMD, though most likely focusing on USDO because I think I'm more competitive for that. Academic (all my GPAs are calculated based on the AMCAS conversion scales, not the quality points because I'm not sure how to incorporate semester hours) - first year done at Universty of Western Ontario for the Bachelor of Medical Sciences program. I'm not sure how AMCAS converts UWO grades, but if it's based on the common knowledge (80+ = 4.0, 70-79 = 3.0 etc) then FIRST YEAR GPA: 3.2 - entrance scholarship - H.B.Sc. double major in Bio for health sciences + Psychology at University of Toronto Mississauga - 2nd yr AMCAS GPA: 3.74 (honour's list) - 3rd yr AMCAS GPA: 3.94 (honour's list) + 2 summer courses with GPA: 3.85 - 4th yr AMCAS GPA: 3.88 (honour's list) - overall GPA: 3.704 MCAT - C/P: 128 - CARS: 127 - B/Bc: 129 - P/S: 130 - total: 514 Extra-curricular - currently employed as a medical receptionist at a family doctors' practice (3 docs) - 2.5 years (administrative and clerical mostly, lots of customer service and Pt. interaction, also sometimes help male docs with PAPs and breast exams) - trying to apply for a second job in a similar role. - previously employed as: - sales associate (retail) for 2 years - 1 month contract as cashier/customer service rep - 1 month summer school program at a middle school as educational assistant - current volunteering - student and university volunteer at a hospital for 5 years various departments (oncology, physiotherapy, long-term care units, etc), currently in a leadership type position as part of a team responsible for managing high school student volunteers - starting to volunteer more seriously at a distress helpline - helping out in a psychology lab for over 2 yrs, currently helping with a PhD student's project, previously worked with him on his Masters thesis, and before that I helped an Undergrad on her honours thesis (no publications, conferences, or presentations, but co-authorship for publication may be possible in the future) - previous volunteering - on-campus medical first response team for 2 years as a Medical First Responder (currently still an active, non-regular member in order to provide additional help when needed, certified as AMFR level 1 with HCP level CPR + AED), was also part of the executive team for 1 year in the staffing division (recruitment, orientation, and initiation of new members) - library volunteer for 1 yr organising and selling donated books - YMCA front desk volunteer for 1 yr basic administrative and customer service stuff - seniors home during high school for 3 yrs helping run workshops and activities, helping with feeding, playing games and generally interacting. - high school club for 2 yrs, 1 year as executive. I haven't selected schools for USMD yet because I'm not even sure if I'm competitive enough to bother applying. I was going to focus a little more on USDO, and I'm really hoping for Michigan State's DO program since they have a commitment to accepting 20ish Canadian applicants each year. Any comments would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
  18. Hello everyone! I am an undergrad student doing a major in psychology and a minor in biology. I am currently debating if I should do the 2 prereqs that I am missing during this summer to apply this year or if I should wait to apply next year and improve my Gpa and ECs in the mean time. Here are my stats: 1st semester: 3.3 gpa 2nd semester: 3.75 3rd semester: 3.8 4th semester: ~3.85 projected (I hope more) If apply this cycle, I'll have a cumulative GPA of ~3.68. (I know it's a low gpa but maybe the upward trend can make up for it a bit?) My ECs are these: - Work: Receptionist for one summer, Waitress one summer, Babysitting (lots before, now occasionally) - Service to community: CLSC volunteer for a month (50 hours), volunteer at a daycare (its been almost 2 years now), I will be tutoring french for refugees this summer. - Research and pubs: Research assistant for a short project (1 month/55hours), will be a doing some research this summer as part of an award and have a poster, but no publications or anything big. - Ecs: volunteer at a hospital (will have two semesters under my belt when I apply), shadowing in my home country for a week, member of administrative comite of my coop for some time, and I tutor for other psych students weekly since last semester. Sorry if it is long, I just want to know if I should try to take on the two prerequisite that I am missing this summer in order to apply this cycle or I have no chance because of my low Gpa and below average Ecs.. Thank you in advance!!
  19. Hello everyone, So this is my first post on premed101 & I needed some opinions. Among a lot of people I'm also a premed looking into attending medical school. I'm in my second year now doing biology at Guelph University. My first year was pretty brutal due to personal reasons such as loosing a relative and among other things so I really didn't do well. I got a GPA of 1.70 with 2 failed courses in first semester which I repeated and passed in second semester. In second year now I'm doing much better and feel like I'm getting a good grasp of things, I'm realistically going to end second semester with a 3.00 GPA. Now taking all of this in hand, I wanted some opinions on my future chances into attending a medical school. I'm willing to do a fifth year, and I'll be giving it all I have to get to a competitive GPA. I already have some EC's under my belt; I feel like maybe my first year grades won't be the end of the world, but I really want to be realistic with myself and I'm seeking some opinions. Thank-you in advance!
  20. grinjo

    Chances?

    Starting off with a bit about me: Undergraduate in Canada Prospective GPA by end of semester: 3.57 MCAT: 520 ECs: - full time commitment to dance for 11 years - research, presentations, awards, no pubs - 3 service trips, 1 extensive global health study abroad - physician shadowing, hospital volunteering - prizes in public speaking, science fairs, scholarships - few executive positions, 1 president position of a major club - tutoring, jobs, fluent in few languages I will be applying after this semester, and my chances are very bleak at Canadian schools. That being said, I'm looking to open my horizons to some American schools. What are my chances, should I even apply this cycle? Or wait til the end of my degree to raise my GPA up significantly (it's been going up from a low start)? I know applying never hurts, but applications are time and money-consuming, so I'd rather have a bit more affirmation before proceeding.
  21. I have a CARS score of 125 and on overall MCAT 508. My wGPA will be >3.8 and I have great ECs. I'm applying this year, but juts wanted some input from you guys. Maybe there is other ON schools that are better suited for me who don't take CARS so seriously. I know that Queen's process is relatively a mystery (as far as numbers are concerned). Any input would be great. Unfortunately, this was my 2nd MCAT try and so I think this is my true CARS score and can't improve much on it. Thanks.
  22. Hey guys, I'm a 4th year student at McMaster uni and was wondering what my chances at ontario med schools might be 1st year gpa: 3.88 (9 courses) 2nd year gpa: 3.88 (9 courses) 3rd year gpa: 3.94 (10 courses) 4th year gpa: 4.00 (halfway through the semester, aimming for 10 courses) I have 3 years of volunteering with an organization, student president of 2 clubs, executive of multiple clubs, research experience/poster awards, volunteered at a hospital, volunteered abroad, many awards and scholarships, intramural sports, McMaster dragonboat team, article publication (not scientific). I'm planning to do a 5th year because I have no clue if I have a chance at med school. I will also be writing MCAT this summer. Please HONESTLY weigh in on my chances.. (savages also welcomed)
  23. 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.
  24. I know this gets asked a lot, but I would like advice on what my chances on getting in to NOSM would be based on what I have now. I need to decide if I should go back to school before trying to apply next year. Trad/Non-Trad: 23 year old male (Non-Traditional - second career, currently a full-time teacher) Degrees: B.A. - Geography B.Ed. GPA: 3.57 Context: Born and raised in Northern Ontario, & studied in Northern Ontario. Never lived anywhere else. I am Francophone & have a lower generation métis identification (I'm sure if it will count for consideration though, as it is a lower generation). Employment/ ECs / Volunteer: -Full-time permanently employed elementary teacher (2 years now) in Northern Ontario, including rural areas. -Education research intern for Nipissing University -Former YMCA employee & volunteer -Summer camp coordinator & supervisor -Plenty of volunteer experience in various fields -Annual food drive organizer -Organized many charitable events -Awards & recognition: a combination of awards for community service & two undergrad scholarships for academics and research My biggest concerns are my GPA and my lack of direct medical experience. Before applying, should I go take some courses to up my GPA? I know I should expand my volunteer experience in the medical field also, that's something I'm working on.
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