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  1. 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
  2. Hey guys, I'm at a cross-road for where to go if I want to continue the dream of getting into med school. I really goofed up my first couple years leading to an ~3.4 GPA after 6 years (5 years of BioSci and 1 year Psyc minor). The last 2-3 years were decent with a respective 3.6, 3.96, 3.8 GPA. Unfortunately I can't seem to get over the MCAT hump having written 3 times with a 500, 501, and 502 scores. The last one (502) had a 126 in CARS so I decided to apply to UofC and UofA being from Alberta (although definitely not holding my breath). I have very good ECs including fluency in 3 languages, lots of travel experience, and varsity soccer for what it's worth. I've all but given up on the Canadian dream and deciding what my best shot is for med school with hopes of returning back after I'm done. The choice is between USDO, Australia, and Ireland and from the numerous threads I've read so far, it seems like Australia has the slight edge over the others due to the fact that they give MD degrees as well as residency if I am unable to match back to Canada. So I want to get some advice on what you have all found. I'm biased in that I don't want to travel a full day across the world to Australia especially if I'll need to make that commute several times for blocks in order to establish networks here for a possible return. This other thread made USDO sound equivalent to the Australia and Ireland IMG path but that sounds too good to be true. I feel there is bias against USDO degrees rather than USMD or degress from Ireland/Australia. I'd obviously love to stay within North America but I want to maximize my chances of matching. If it helps, I'm aiming for family medicine which is supposedly the least competitive anyways. TLDR: With a 3.4 cGPA and 502 MCAT, what would you do if you were me? USDO/AUS/IRE??? Thanks!
  3. Hi everyone, Has anyone come across a tool/resource that can be used to calculate one's cum-GPA and sub-GPA using course grades from several institutions (with different grading systems)? Thanks very much!
  4. Hello Everyone, I was wondering what would happen to my WGPA eligibility if I do not take full course load in my fifth year. I have taken full course load in my first fours years and i have all my prerequisite for graduation but one mandatory course. That is why I am taking this 5th year and I also added some courses to be full time. Thanks a lot for your responses.
  5. Hi I have applied to several private schools Northeastern US schools, U of T and western, and Irish schools. I'm wondering if anyone can comment on my chances. I have not yet received any interviews from US schools and don't know if I have missed the boat. Degree: BScH in Life Sciences with Minor in Computing Academics: cGPA: 3.51/4.0 science GPA: 3.48/4.0 Best two years for western: 90.75% Canadian DAT: AA: 20 BIO: 19 CHEM: 20 PAT: 22 RC: 20 TS: 19 ECs: -100 hours shadowing -1 summer working in dental office -1 summer in neuroscience research -1 summer in human mobility research with computing element -President of club that raises money for children with CHD (started club's first conference) -2 (going on 3) semesters as TA in computing
  6. Just asking for a friends who's applying to University this year, which university has the best and worse GPA conversions. I know this is a bit of a wierd questions but I've found that UBC has some sort of letter grading system (A+, A-, etc), while some have percentages %. Is one significantly worse than the other? I've hear stories about some universities with great conversions where an 80 is a 4.0 GPA whereas some others you would need a 90 to acheive the same GPA. Any thoughts on this?
  7. 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!
  8. As an first year student, I've noticed that this is the time where many student start applying for summer research programs. However, as I'm currently planning to transfer schools next year and have to take some summer courses, I don't have the luxury to do the same. My question is what exactly do first and second year students generally have on their resume/CV when applying for such programs? As they generally tend to have minimal work or lab experiences, but they just put their ECs? Moreover, how much of the likelihood of finding a position is based off your GPA. I'm currently holding a 4.0 (based off of my marks so far and there aren't a lot), and have started some EC activities regarding indigenous health and the aging population. I'm also a member of a few clubs. Would I have to maintain my GPA and ECs the way that they are to would I have to add something else into the mix?
  9. Hi all, I'm a 1st time poster who like some of you has been in university for quite some time now... I started out taking a BSc in 2011 (taking me 5 years) and received atrocious marks. I pushed through, graduated and took a year off to recollect. That year off has done WONDERS and I am now in my second year of nursing achieving about a 90% avg in my studies (still taking full credits every semester). I've enjoyed what nursing has offered me, however I wondered if there was any inkling of a chance of me getting into a med school. I searched through this website and found a forum (most recently updated in 2012) which outlined the policies that each med school in Canada had for students applying with a second undergraduate degree. Because I have always lived in BC, I would apply as an OOP student (with a second degree) to as many that I could be eligible for. According to the 2012 forum I believe my best bet would be applying to U of Saskatchewan (UBC doesn't really offer any revised gpa calculation with a second degree...). I was hoping to make a revised one and if anyone has any extra information on this topic, it would be GREATLY appreciated!! Thanks for reading!
  10. Hi all, I'm a 1st time poster who like some of you has been in university for quite some time now... I started out taking a BSc in 2011 (taking me 5 years) and received atrocious marks. I pushed through, graduated and took a year off to recollect. That year off has done WONDERS and I am now in my second year of nursing achieving about a 90% avg in my studies (still taking full credits every semester). I've enjoyed what nursing has offered me, however I wondered if there was any inkling of a chance of me getting into a med school. I searched through this website and found a forum (most recently updated in 2012) which outlined the policies that each med school in Canada had for students applying with a second undergraduate degree. Because I have always lived in BC, I would apply as an OOP student (with a second degree) to as many that I could be eligible for. According to the 2012 forum I believe my best bet would be applying to U of Saskatchewan (UBC doesn't really offer any revised gpa calculation with a second degree...). I was hoping to make a revised outline of the policies for second undergrad applicants and if anyone has any extra information on this topic, it would be GREATLY appreciated!! Thanks for reading!
  11. dafwa

    DMD GPA

    Salut! J'étudie en microbiologie et immunologie à l'UdeM et je voulais savoir si j'aurais des chances de rentrer avec un GPA de 4,2? Dans le pire des cas si je tombe à 4,0 cette session est-ce que j'aurais encore des chances? Merci!
  12. CardiacArrhythmia

    3.91 wGPA

    Hi, asking for a friend who is applying next year He was just wondering if anyone has received an English stream interview this past cycle with a wGPA of 3.91? But TBH, based on the invite/reject thread 2017, the minimum I saw for an undergrad IP (Out of Ottawa) was at least wGPA 3.93, so 3.91 doesn't really seem quite promising...but hopefully, someone out there can provide some hope !
  13. Salut !!!! J'aimerai avoir de l'Aide si cest possbile a propos de ces deux programmes la ! Tout d'abord ( selon vous ) lequel est mieux cote ? biopharma ou micro ? Actuellemnt je suis a ma premiere session de biopharma et j'ai limpression que ce nest pas vraiemnt bac TREMPLIN pour --> Medecine \ DENT\ pharmacie. De plus, ya aucun cours d'Ete qui est faisable. On ne peut annuler aucun cours pour le faire en ete, je me demandais si cetait pareil aussi pour microbio ? j'hesite a changer en microbio dans ce cas-ci Toute personne qui en sait plus sur ces programmes, ca me fera plaisir de lire vos commentaires la dessus svp! Bonne chance a tous!
  14. Hey guys, I'm thinking of applying to UOttawa med this year- I just wanted to know; what is the cut-off for the wGPA for anglophone applicants? On their site it says you can email and ask, but the lady won't be back till october 1st (how convenient). Did anyone manage to email this year? I don't wanna assume it's the same as previous years. Thanks!
  15. GreedyGod

    Chance Me

    Hello everyone, I was wondering if I have a shot at mcmaster with a 3.78 cGPA and a 128 verbal. I am also in province. And if so how well should I do on Casper? Thanks a lot in advance for your answer.
  16. I'm building a website that tells you what your chances are based purely on your GPA and MCAT score for each school. I thought of this after talking to a friend who had difficulty making sense of all the data out there on medical school admissions. Is this something that would provide value to you? Thanks for your time.
  17. Hello! Est-ce que quelqu’un a déjà appliqué en médecine, pharmacie, physiothérapie, optométrie ou nutrition à l’UdeM après avoir obtenu un bac en droit de l’UdeM? Quelle était votre cote au BAC? Quelle était votre CRU? J’essaie d’avoir une idée de ce que pourrait être la CRU à l’udem avec 3.7/4.3 dans un bac en droit. Merci!
  18. Hello everyone, I was wondering how to convert alphabetical grades to western percentage grades for the GPA comparison with their stats? Thanks a lot in advance.
  19. elenaps5

    Local GPA

    Hi all, I spoke to the admissions and the person I spoke with seemed a bit unsure, so I don't even know if it's a big deal: When filling out the academic workbook, is the local GPA according to your university's GPA system? Reason I ask, my university uses a 9 point system. Or do I covert this to a 4.3 scale that McGill provides in the guide? Thanks!
  20. Hello everyone, As title says I wanted to know what are my chances with a 3.83 WGPA and 25 AA 24 RC and 24 PA. to get an interview. I have finished fifth year Undergrad. Thanks a lot for your responses.
  21. Hey! I'm slowly chipping away at my OMSAS application and I have a couple questions: 1) Is there no GPA input anymore? Last year I applied and had to manually enter each course I took and the grade I got, now I don't seem to see that, is the transcript enough? 2) It says Western needs an academic CV placed in the SAM, I do have a CV going but it has pretty much everything I've ever done, if it was strictly school related it would be only my undergraduate career and some work as a research assistant and would seem quite measly... What is expected here? Also what else is SAM used for? I don't remember it being there last year 3) Verifiers on ABS... How strict are they on these because for many things I've done, I don't have a legitimate contact but I know plenty of people (friends and family) that can confirm I have done the thing, is that good enough? 4) How far back should the ABS go? 5) Last year I got an email saying my MCAT score was never received despite providing my AAMC number and test date. I haven't received my score yet for this year's retake but how do I ensure that it gets sent to OMSAS this time around? Thanks!
  22. Newbie2

    Very Low GPA

    I am almost done my BSc in Biology however, I have an extremely low GPA around 2.33. Yes, I know that's terrible. I keep telling myself maybe I should choose a different path, but I just can't. I have been volunteering at the hospital for a few years now. I am not athletic and I have not been leading anything in particular. But I still want to be a doctor and now I am more mentally prepared then I was when I began initially. What can I do to increase my chances as an applicant?
  23. Hello I am a non traditional resident in Ontario. I graduated in 2015 with a science degree and want to apply to medical school in Canada (very preferred) but will consider US MD and DO. Can you give me your honest advice on what I should do? Year 1 3.75 Year 2 3.65 Year 3 3.72 Year 4 3.24 (personal issues) cGPA 3.59 EC from Uni: Club VPs, Student Mentor, Tutor, Student Counselor and other smaller involvements Work: Non profit organization internships, tutor, scribe, medical assistant in a specialty clinic, research assistant References: Strong references from PI and doctors I have worked with MCAT: took in Uni got 24. Recently took MCAT and felt a lot better than my first time around. Now waiting for results to come back in 2 weeks. I realize my lowest GPA occurred during the most important year of undegrad (4th) but unfortunately personal issues (family, friends and mental health) really effected me at the time. Now I am in a better place. I am considering doing a 5th year to help boost my GPA, work part time and strengthen my ECs. The GPA gain would be minimal but I hope to convey that I am capable of doing well and have recovered from my bad 4th year. Is there value in this thought? Should I do a second degree instead? I don't want to commit 2-3 more years for a degree that may lead me to the same job prospects I have now but I would appreciate your honest opinions. At this time, I am not very interested in pursuing a certificate or Masters program. Cheers
  24. Bonjour, je vais finir mon bacc de 3 ans en biomed avec sûrement 3.8 /4.3 (aux alentour de ça) de moyenne. Je suis intéressée par la pharmacie et la médecine partout au Québec (mcgill inclus). Aussi je suis technicienne de labo depuis 4 ans. Pensez-vous que j'aurai mes chances une fois le bacc terminé?
  25. 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.
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