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  1. Hey everyone, first post here. I am a second year (going into third year now) biochem/bio major looking to enter the field of optometry and practice in Canada. My most recent semester at university (and arguably my hardest) I have performed the highest in as I sort of 'buckled down' so to speak, and managed to complete the semester with a over all GPA of 3.9 (I am still missing marks for one course but it will be an A- at the lowest, or an A+ at the highest.) While I am very proud of this, I kind of spent first year mostly slacking off and have a few C+'s on my transcript in really stupid courses (like BIO1001, while my other bio marks are all consistently A+'s, or CHEM1001, when I aced organic chem, etc.). I think it's largely attributed to the fact that I'm going to school almost 18 hours (car) away from my home and the initial shock of no longer having regimentation in my life made my marks suffer. As such, my overall GPA going into third year is ~3.1 I'm feeling confident then I can score highly on the OAT as the material is concerning classes I did well in, and given a couple months of studying I do not see why I wouldn't be able to score very highly. Finally, I am shadowing an optometrist this summer who also promised he would write me a letter of recommendation when I decide to apply to my schools. I have no reason to believe my marks will not continue to keep going up, and so - if I continue to perform at this level for the rest of my university career (because in fact, I heard my classes actually get EASIER in 3rd and 4th year) how do I look as a prospective candidate in the eyes of an application committee? Does currently in/completed American optometry know if I would be desirable or not? I am hoping to apply to Waterloo (which I know is a stretch given its competitiveness) as well as some American schools like NECO - and im fully committed to going to either schools. I find both pretty intriguing. Thanks for your help!
  2. Beaucoup veulent connaitre les CRU des autres candidats pour jauger leurs chances d'être admis, alors pourquoi pas faire une seule liste? Inscrivez seulement: Programme(s) d'étude (et université si autre que UdeM): Nombre de crédits cumulés: Côte R: GPA: CRU: Programme auquel vous avez appliqué et avez été refusé: (edit) Position sur la liste d'attente: Convoqué ou non à l'entrevue (si applicable): (edit 2) Autre information pertinente:
  3. 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
  4. 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!
  5. Has anyone applied into UBC DMD from UofA? Do you know which courses count as equivalent? I'm doing classes that are similar, is that fine or do they have to be almost exactly the same? Also how do they convert 4.0 scale to percentage? I've seen loads of conversions but I'm not sure so if anyone can help that would be great. Thanks
  6. hi, basically, i'm here to ask for advice on route options for getting into a medical school, based on my current situation School: first did practical nursing at an Ontario college (currently an RPN) and just graduated from an Ontario university with a bachelor of science in nursing (BScN) (nclex-rn to be taken shortly) - university gpa: 2.3 - mcat: haven’t taken it yet and no prep started yet - medically related experience: nursing school clinicals/ working as an RPN - extracurriculars: barely any volunteer experience (at least not recently), didn’t join any clubs in university, not particularly part of any groups outside of school other than rec sports - No other parts of application started yet: personal statement, letters of recommendation, etc. an individual told me about a 'post bacc' school in toronto called medical education programs (MEP) (https://www.medschoolimg.com/) ... apparently you can take courses at this school to improve your gpa/mcat prep and subsequently apply to the school's partner medical schools (schools that accept their courses/credits). **I would 100% like to get into a US med school vs. going to the Caribbean and would also like to start in the next 1 to 2 years. Obviously my gpa is beyond rough so that doesn’t give me leeway to have a choice but just stating this so readers are aware** plan (current ideas): - Caribbean: looking at particularly Ross university or SGU (or any of the big 4)…. take pre-req courses at MEP to increase my GPA/MCAT prep with self MCAT prep/prep course and apply to both schools for September 2019 or January 2020 start. *Note*: Ross utilizes a program called medical education readiness program (MERP) in which if admissions thinks you could benefit from the 15 week MERP to prep for med school success by learning better learning strategies and more prep in science coursework then your conditional Ross acceptance will be granted to you upon your completion of MERP (which may be a possibility for me if I can I boost my GPA with the MEP courses??) - Canada: I understand Ontario schools currently out of the question for me… unless I do another undergrad and kill it, which I don’t want to do at this point. not sure about any other options for me in Canada nor did I do further research on this - USA: explained my situation to an admissions advisor and she said even if I excel in the MEP course and kill the MCAT, I would possibly have to do another 2 years at uni to up my GPA to be able to be even slightly competitive to apply to US schools. Please give your thoughts/ideas on routes for me to get into US schools - UK/ Australia/ Ireland/ Israel/ elsewhere: ?
  7. Hello everyone, Before coming to my current university, I studied for two years at another university where I got atrocious grades (!) but did not complete a degree. When I moved here, my new university -where I will receive my undergrad degree from in a few months (with a GPA of around 3.9)- gave me some transfer credits from my old university. Now I know I should check with each school individually, but I am really wondering whether American med schools generally consider every single post-secondary course one has ever taken in their GPA calculations, or they consider the degree GPA, or the degree GPA + all of one's transfer credits. I heard from Michigan State a while back that they consider the entire post-secondary education history but they also consider progress in grades, if I'm not wrong. I wanted to know if anyone had a similar experience applying with such circumstances, and how much do they actually consider progress! Also, do they generally care about having a full course load in every year? Thank you all in advance.
  8. Hello everyone! I am a 2nd year undergraduate student in Canada majoring in Biology. I’m currently on a co-op term (I just completed my first term of 2nd year) and taking a course in quantum. I have a lot of volunteering experience, and I’m currently volunteering at 2 hospitals. I have yet to do research or shadow a pharmacist/doctor. My cGPA is around 3.0 (73.5%, ) and I’m considering pharmacy school in the U.S! Does anyone know the pharmacy schools in the U.S that accept Canadian applicants? Additionally, how competitive is the entrance into these schools (GPA-wise)? I’ve heard from some people that pharmacy in the U.S might not be the best option (in terms of getting a job). I was wondering how the process would be if I graduated from a PHARM school in the U.S and wanted to return to Canada to work? I appreciate all the help, it truly means a lot to me! Thank you.
  9. 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!
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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?
  14. 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!
  15. 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?
  16. 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!
  17. 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!
  18. Mr.Patterson

    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!
  19. 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 !
  20. 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!
  21. 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!
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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