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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. 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.
  3. Moonlight2

    3.7 GPA

    Hello everyone, Is there anyone on this forum who is, or knows someone who has received a McGill interview this year or last year, with a cGPA of 3.7-3.75? I would really appreciate it if you can comment here and tell me what you know about their other stats and what extracurriculars they had. Thanks
  4. I decided to make this thread for applicants that are thinking of, or have already started, working towards a second degree in the hopes of applying to McGill. I found McGill's website to be quite jumbled regarding this topic, so hopefully that information can be summarized here in a clear and concise way. If you notice any errors, please comment below and I will edit this post accordingly. I would also encourage second degree applicants to ask their questions here, if only for the sake of keeping information in one easily accessible place. Basic Science Prerequisites & the MCAT: The MCAT is not required to apply to McGill, but if you have already completed the basic science prerequisites, it may be in your best interest to write the exam. Every applicant MUST complete the prerequisites by January 15th of the year they plan to start medical school, and a maximum of two prerequisites can still be outstanding by the application deadline (November 1st). However, if your pre-requisite science GPA (sGPA) is significantly below the average of 3.80, then a strong MCAT score can be used in its place. Currently, a competitive MCAT is a 33, and this score should be as close to 'balanced' as possible (11/11/11). *Pre-requisite courses 'expire' after eight years, so make sure to repeat those courses if they will exceed the eight year mark by November 1st. List of Prerequisites: 6 Credits Biology (Introductory) w/ Labs 6 Credits Chemistry (General or Physical) w/ Labs 3 Credits Organic Chemistry w/ Lab 6 Credits Physics (Introductory) w/ Labs GPA: Before we get into GPA, it's important to emphasize that you are NOT a second degree applicant unless you COMPLETED your first degree. For example, if you left your first degree early and pursued another degree, then the following information will not apply to you. Your GPA will instead be calculated based on every course you have completed, in both degrees. Those who have completed a degree, and are now working towards another, will have their GPA calculated differently then applicants in their 'primary' degree. For starters, even if you received transfer credit from your first degree, those courses will NOT be included in the GPA calculation. Only the courses you have completed while enrolled in the second degree will be considered. The year you apply, you must have completed at least 45 credits (15 courses) before the application deadline (November 1st), and at least 60 credits AND your degree by July 1st. This means that your second degree needs to take at least two years to complete, but if you were paying attention to the deadlines, you'll realize that if it only takes you two years, you likely won't be able to apply until after you've graduated. There are ways to get around this (i.e. overloading semesters, spring/summer courses, etc), but keep in mind that you need to maintain a competitive GPA, so don't get overzealous. On that note, a competitive GPA is a 3.80, but if you're an OOP applicant there's a limited number of seats. **Those 60 credits need to be completed in consecutive years or you risk your application being rejected Conclusion: This concludes the second degree specific information. I hope it will provide some insight for future applicants and help you move one step closer to achieving your medical school goals. Good luck! Class Profiles - Admissions - Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted Thread - Admission FAQs - Dark
  5. initrams

    MCAT study help me please

    Hiii, I need some advice about writing the MCAT and what worked for people and what did not. First off, does anyone know where to find a test bank of questions for each subject (biology, biochem, etc) or even for each section?? Second, how did you study using books? I bought the princeton book set and I have heard some people recommend skimming through, then read through again taking notes, then attempt questions, etc. But I am not sure how to go about it with the books. Please give me any advice you have and any resources you found helpful!! I appreciate your help in advance.
  6. Hi everyone, I have some concerns regarding my overall application and was hoping for some feedback, insight, & suggestions/advice. My undergrad career has been a mountain climb, which is shown by my annual GPA trend: 1st Year: 1.91 2nd Year: 2.17 3rd Year: 2.82 4th Year: 3.68 5th Year: TBD I will be entering my 5th year and am hoping to score even higher than my 4th year (3.68). For some time I had a misconception that Western looks at your two best years and requires the overall GPA to be 3.7 OVER the 2 years. I recently heard that they require 3.7 in EACH of the two best years. (Depressing discovery). I am a SWOMEN student, therefore I do have some advantage (pretaining to enrolment seats and MCAT cutoffs), but my 4th year 3.68 may not allow me to apply to Western. I am already about to begin my fifth year in September, but that will do no good for Western taking into account that they need 3.7 in EACH of the two best years. Could you provide some insight regarding what I should consider my options? Here are some of my thoughts: I would qualify for Dalhousie medical school assuming I can maintain above 3.65 annual GPA in my fifth year - they require 3.7 but round to the nearest tenth. Therefore I hope to apply there in the 2019 application cycle. For Western, my only option is to do a 6th year and then apply - not sure if anyone has ever done this, or what people's feedback regarding this would be. Over the past couple of years, I have become more determined to pursue medicine and tried my best to cross challenges in my personal life in order to improve my standing, and I do not want to let my past academic record become an absolute barrier during this pursuit. Mentally, I tell myself that I can be prepared to give extra time towards my undergraduate degree. Please let me know what you think. Furthermore, do you have any insight regarding American Medical schools, and Ross University? In regards to residency, I understand that coming back to Canada has very slim chances. However, I currently don't see a personal objection to the idea of matching for a residency spot in the U.S. (and working there) - I just don't know about the exact match rate. I understand I said a lot, but I would appreciate any thought, insight, or advice/recommendation from the PreMed101 community. Thank you!
  7. I could only find the class statistics, but nothing for OOP specifically.
  8. Hello, I would really appreciate any advice that anybody could give me I am a student in grade 12 trying to decide where to go for undergrad in order to maximize my chances of getting into medical school and enjoy my experience during the next 4 years. I have offers from UTSG, York, Ryerson, and Waterloo for various programs. I regret not applying to McMaster, and wish I had as I just recently found out that they have the highest matriculation rate into Canadian medical schools. Considering the research I have done on peoples' experiences and perceptions of all these universities, I'm getting more and more weary and anxious of taking my chances and going to UofT in the fall because of the difficulty of maintaining a high GPA. I had initially wanted to go to UofT because it appeals to me the most course and program wise; I'm interested in pursuing a double major in Psych and Developmental Bio there. It also has benefits considering that its an internationally acclaimed research institution, it has affiliations with major hospitals, and would generally benefit me for ECs in my application. But would it be better for me to go to Ryerson, Waterloo, or York to avoid the impossible standards of attaining a high GPA? I also considered switching out to McMaster in second year, but the McMaster program seems to be similar in rigour to UTSG. On the other hand, my parents are urging me to attend an accredited and intensive medical school that accepts students straight out of high school in my home country. It would be beneficial in terms of being with my family, having guaranteed acceptance into medical school if I get in, and the early start on an intensive medical curriculum which would shorten my education. I am apprehensive of doing this for the following reasons: 1. I do not want to give up my experience in terms of extracurriculars, social science courses, and the treasured exploration of identity that Undergrad is known for (only slightly sarcastic) 2. I prefer Canadian society and life much more, as the university is in a conservative country and classes are segregated for the most part 3. I do not want to jeopardize my chances of getting matched into residency as IMG match rates are increasingly low in Canada and the US 4. The university awards an MBBS degree, so I'm not sure if that would dampen my chances of matching in Canada or the US So, I'm completely torn about which decision would be better for me academically and mentally, clueless of what university I'm going to be attending a few months from now. I apologize in advance for any sense of entitlement, errors, or ignorance that might come across from my cry for help :p.
  9. 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.
  10. I was accepted to Life Sciences at McGill, but I am unsure whether or not I should attend the program. I really love Montreal as a city, but I've heard that McGill is extremely competitive and this may hurt my chances of getting a high GPA. If you are or have been a student in this program - how was your experience?
  11. 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
  12. 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!
  13. Hello Premed 101, im new! I'm seeking some guidance from more knowledgeable people who may see my situation from a different perspective than me. To cut to the chase, I'm accepted to Life sci and Kinesiology at McMaster, and expecting acceptances from Western for Medical Sciences and McGill for Biological, Biomedical and Life sciences (95.5% overall). I've taken the time to develop good and persistent study habits in an effort to make the transition to university a little bit better. All of these programs seem to present different strengths to me, like how kin offers an anatomy & physiology course the first two years, and I love Mac's cadaver lab and LOVE studying the human body. With that, I also take a lot of time studying physics and calculus because I love developing better critical thinking. I'm just looking for the best program that I can take my physics, calculus, bio and chem in order to prepare for MCAT (ik theres no calc on MCAT), but want to specialize in something that mainly focuses on the human body in upper years (little to no interest in plant biology)? I know life sciences has a physiology specialization, but does that mainly look at human physiology? Either way I'm looking to work my tail off, but if anyone knows how these compare in difficulty, curved grades, etc for attaining a high GPA (not looking for spoon-fed GPA), a comparison would help. Thanks!!
  14. I am sorry to bother, I can only imagine how annoyed fourth years who are getting interviews and preparing themselves for medical school are with all these first year questions. I just ask that you think of how nervous and scared you are were in first year and try to understand where I am coming from. I am currently second semester of my first year. First semester I ended up with marks I am not impressed with at all. Overall my first semester average tallied up to a 72. (2.70 GPA) My midterm marks were 84 (Chemistry 1) 64 (Biology 1st sem) 67 (Calc 1st sem) 48 (Physics 1) 67 (Psychology 1st sem) I just got my midterm marks for this semester and they are as followed 70.2 (Chemistry 2) 80 (Biology second sem) 88 (Calculus second sem) 68.5 (Physics 2) 89 (Pchycology 2nd sem) I will admittedly say I worked a lot harder this semester on my midterms. Chemistry really upset me because if I'm being honest I barely studied for that midterm first semester, where as this semester I put in 2 weeks studying just for a midterm. Biology also really upset me because I dedicated so much time to Biology and I was honestly expecting 100 in that midterm, Calculus I studied much harder but didn't put half the effort I did as I did into Biology so to get a higher mark in that just didn't compute. Physics admittedly need to work harder in, it's just really hard because I did so poorly last semester and I thought I could motivate myself to get through it, new semester and all but I always find myself struggling and feeling stupid with it and it puts me off. Phycology I studied REALLY hard for, any free time I could get before that midterm, I used. I even created this voice note and would listen to it in the shower, I made notes and even transferred them on my phone so anytime I was on the bus I would look. However I will say the most amount of effort I put in was in Biology. Biology I studied hardest for and Chemistry I studied second hardest for. People who BARELY studied (but maybe they're lying who knows) who took MY notes who NEVER went to class, got 96+! I just, I don't know I am feeling very depressed at the moment and I don't think I have ever felt as depressed in my life. Admittedly, I am starting to feel suicidal; this is not a normal depression this is a give up on life depression and I have never felt this way before in my life. I feel like so many people just do well, have talents have ability have gifts, and I do not expect anyones empathy because SO MUCH people do well in the same circumstances as me and they do not get depressed or suicidal and they face the same stresses, so who am I to talk? But I cannot lie about how I am feeling, this is how I am honestly feeling and I do not know what to do, do I go to therapy, do I give up do I tell myself I just need to work harder? Accept that people can pull 90+ more easily because they are simply more intelligent. I do not know, all I know is that my mental health is at a fatal point and that I keep working hard only to be disappointed with my own self. Sorry, hate to bring negativity on such a positive forum; you all are probably getting interviews and happy and here I am raining on the parade. I just don't know what else to do or who else to go to.
  15. Hi there, So I am currently a high school student in Grade 11, and am considering to go into the medical stream. My first semester grade 11 marks, in my opinion, are good, but are not necessarily that stellar (currently averaging at 89). During second semester, I'm doing better with an anticipated average of around 93 (mostly business courses, hardest course is functions). Considering the fact that medical school heavily weigh GPA as well as MCAT, I was just wondering if this program is a "GPA killer"? From what I know, in this program, the college courses taken at Centennial College count as university credits and are presumably easy and high-school like in nature. As a result, I assume these are an easy way to bring up your GPA. However, the UofT courses (the mandatory life science ones) are considered hard and are specifically calibrated to bring the averages down if too high (bell curve). Is that true? One of the main factors that contribute to this program to be first on my list of choices is the fact that in addition to getting a degree, you also get a useful diploma which enables you to get a highly demanded job, as a paramedic. Other programs that I am considering are either a bio program at either Ryerson or Brock (to simply get a higher GPA) as well as Life Science at McMaster. With these programs, however, the potential possibility of not making it into medical school can be devastating. However, if the correct courses are taken, there is a chance to venture my way into dentistry or podiatry. Ultimately, what do you think would be the best course of action for me?
  16. Hi there, So I am currently a high school student in Grade 11, and am considering to go into the medical stream. My first semester grade 11 marks, in my opinion, are good, but are not necessarily that stellar (currently averaging at 89). During second semester, I'm doing better with an anticipated average of around 93 (mostly business courses, hardest course is functions). Considering the fact that medical school heavily weigh GPA as well as MCAT, I was just wondering if this program is a "GPA killer"? From what I know, in this program, the college courses taken at Centennial College count as university credits and are presumably easy and high-school like in nature. As a result, I assume these are an easy way to bring up your GPA. However, the UofT courses (the mandatory life science ones) are considered hard and are specifically calibrated to bring the averages down if too high (bell curve). Is that true? One of the main factors that contribute to this program to be first on my list of choices is the fact that in addition to getting a degree, you also get a useful diploma which enables you to get a highly demanded job, as a paramedic. Other programs that I am considering are either a bio program at either Ryerson or Brock (to simply get a higher GPA) as well as Life Science at McMaster. With these programs, however, the potential possibility of not making it into medical school can be devastating. However, if the correct courses are taken, there is a chance to venture my way into dentistry or podiatry. Ultimately, what do you think would be the best course of action for me?
  17. Hello everyone! Have been a lurker for quite sometime and really need advice for future steps. I am currently in 3rd year with a cGPA of 3.74, with this year sitting around a 3.9. I have pass/fail courses in my program so that kind of ruins me for UofT weighting, but thats about it. I am certain I can finish 4th year with a 3.95+ as well. Therefore IF I finish my 4th year with 4.0 my cGPA will sit around a 3.83 and with a 5th year (if 4.0) then that would put me around a 3.86. Therefore my question being should I finish my degree at 4th year and then pursue a second degree? or is a cGPA of 3.86 competitive enough for Ontario medical schools? I know a 4.0 in the 2 years is a stretch but I can certain I can do well; also I have not yet written the MCAT. Thanks for all your help!
  18. Dear everyone, My question is about GPA calculation and potential of having problems with my transcript. I started my undergraduate back in Winter 2013. I only took 9 credit (for winter term, my full course load was restricted since I am ESL student). And since then I have taken 30 credits each year up to this point. I have made sure that since my 3rd year I follow the 3/5 rule with 3rd or 4th year courses. but as you can see I have done more than 4 years. 5.5 to be exact (including the starting winter). I was wondering if any of the schools would not consider my currunt year GPA in their GPA calculations. For example Western. Ps. I switched from chemistry to kinesiology. So I have taken some Science courses not required for my program. Plus some elective courses each year because they sounded intresting. Thanks a lot for your responses in advance. My timeline, W2013 : 9 credits (first year courses) FW13-14: 30 credits (first year courses) FW14-15: 30 credits ( 3/5 atleast 2nd year courses) FW15-16: 30 credits (3/5 atleast 3rd or 4th year courses) FW16-17: 30 credits (3/5 atleast 3rd or 4th year courses) FW17-18: 30 credits (3/5 atleast 3rd or 4th year courses) Cheers.
  19. I've got a question about the Academic Explanations essay at UofT: I'm planning on applying this coming year but am concerned as I am not eligible for wGPA (I never took a full course load and instead took summer courses due to my chronic illness) and my current cGPA is 3.89.... all due to one calculus course I ended with a 70 in due to failing the final exam during an illness flare-up. Without that one course, my cGPA *would* have been 3.95. If I had been eligible for wGPA, I'd have a 4.00. I'm very concerned that despite having an otherwise strong application I will be disadvantaged due to this one course. What should I do? Would you advise I write the Academic Explanations essay? How else can I rectify this awful mistake? Thank you in advance!
  20. Hello everyone, As the title says I was wondering what would be the difference between 3.84 and 3.8 GPA and what are someone chances at Mac with these numbers? Thanks a lot in advance.
  21. Hi! I was just wondering, do all med schools use the OSMAS scale (https://www.ouac.on.ca/guide/omsas-conversion-table/) or do they have their own conversion tables? I am a student at the University of Saskatchewan and currently have an average 94.6%. Will it be considered a 4.0 at U of A, U of C, McGill, etc (in accordance to the OSMAS) or will it be considered a 3.78? Thanks!!
  22. 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.
  23. My undergrad GPA, though it meets the cut-offs isn't competitive. However I have a very good MCAT (97th percentile). I've been thinking of taking additional undergrad courses to try to boost my GPA. I'm debating between UBC's unclassified courses and TRU-Open Learn. I have some questions. 1. Do you guys know if this is a good way to try to increase GPA or if there's a better way? 2. Does anyone have experience with either for the purpose of increasing GPA? Any specific courses I should take? 3. Would you recommend one over the other? Pros a/o cons of UBC unclassified? Pros a/o cons of TRU Open Learn? 4. General thoughts about either or both methods? Thanks.
  24. My undergrad GPA, though it meets the cut-offs isn't competitive. However I have a very good MCAT (97th percentile). I've been thinking of taking additional undergrad courses to try to boost my GPA. I'm debating between UBC's unclassified courses and TRU-Open Learn. I have some questions. 1. Do you guys know if this is a good way to try to increase GPA or if there's a better way? 2. Does anyone have experience with either for the purpose of increasing GPA? Any specific courses I should take? 3. Would you recommend one over the other? Pros a/o cons of UBC unclassified? Pros a/o cons of TRU Open Learn? 4. General thoughts about either or both methods? Thanks.
  25. marriat

    low cGPA

    So my cGPA for all 4 years will probably be 3.5-3.6. I am potentially going to take an 5th year, so that should make it go up a little bit as well (very little). I have decent ECs but at this point, I feel like GPA is very heavily looked at. For whatever reason, if I do score an interview, is GPA still looked at? I just dont know how I can improve this GPA, which is the only thing that is dragging my application down.
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