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  1. 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!
  2. Hey, I have yet to see any threads asking this question so I thought I would bring it up. As a fair warning, i'm a Quebec student finishing high school, so I still have a while to think about the subject. As someone interested in health sciences, specifically medicine, there are indeniably far more opportunities and routes than before. Doctors aren't the only practitionners of medicine: NPs and PAs have expanded their scopes of practice and can suppliment a physician in certain cases. In the US it seems as though NPs can completely replace a primary care physician. However, in Canada scopes of practice are very different, especially in Quebec. So, what is the defining difference between the scope of practice of an NP and an MD, in Canada? For PAs it's quite simple; they practice under an MD. (At least from what I understand) I'm curious since i'll be choosing very soon what route i'll be taking. I lean towards medicine since becoming a specialist is what interests me. What roles exist for NPs in non primary care areas (Specifically things such as IM specialties and surgery) Do you think Canada will follow the US in integrating more expansive roles for NPs and PAs? Will PAs ever be integrated in all provinces or will the project be scraped? Thanks for any answers!
  3. I just read this under Undergraduate Applicants on the Utoronto MD site: "It is recognized that at times, students take courses in lower years for various reasons, such as a change in program or to complete subjects of interest or prerequisites that did not fit the academic schedule previously. If you have information about your academics that you feel is important for the Admissions Committee to know, please use the Academic Explanations Essay within the OMSAS application." http://www.md.utoronto.ca/academic-requirements Since I applied as a Grad student, I didn't read what was written for Undergraduate Applicants. The fact that your courses needs to correspond with the year of study is news to me. I completed a Honours double major at UWO and as a result did not take any 4000 level courses in my fourth year. As a matter of fact, my third year was reserved for additional second year courses and my fourth year with 3000 level (4000 level was reserved for thesis programs). As a result I did not mention it in the Academic Explanations Essay. Do you guys think my application will get thrown out because of this? I'm shocked that this information isn't included in the Grad applicant section as well. Guess time will tell.
  4. Bonjour à tous ! Ma question est probablement très simple, mais je ne comprends pas l'incohérence dans les dates et je ne trouve pas l'information sur la page internet du programme MD de l'UdeM (le service de l'admission est également fermé en ce moment...). Alors voilà : 1) comment faire pour compléter sa demande avant le 15 janvier si le relevé de note n'est disponible que le 25 ? Est-ce qu'on peut faire notre demande avant le 15 janvier et envoyer notre relevé de notes par la suite ? Est-ce que c'est l'Université elle-même qui s'occupe de transférer les notes comme lors d'une demande cégep à université ? Est-ce que la session A-17 compte... 2) Je suis dans la catégorie en cours de bac (je sais que les chances d'admission sont très minces), mais est-ce que je dois faire une demande d'admission typique, ou de changement de programme ? 3) Ma cote R collégiale comptera encore pour 14% au moment de ma demande ; est-ce que je dois aussi envoyer mes résultats scolaires du cégep, où cela est géré par l'Université ? Désolé pour toutes ces questions d'ordre logistique... C'est que je ne reçois aucune réponse à mes courriels alors je tente ma chance ici ! Bonne année 2018 à tous
  5. Okay I know 6 is a lot but please read.I started a degree online back in 2013 and hated it. I pretty much neglected it because my parents borderline forced me (as I had a good job in a small town without a Uni). It was in HR and after i just didn't bother with the first semester but said I would give it a second go - same outcome. Not one ounce of me took it seriously nor thought about long term outcome.ANYWAYS, since then i've been doing my psychology degree, full course load and in class (I relocated). I have a 3.8 GPA and have been volunteering for 3 years now. I've submerged myself in the "premed" lifestyle and course load, EC's, etc. Until the other day I realized that my online FAIL is now haunting me.So my question is. Has anyone ever omitted transcripts from their application and if I submit them will they even CONSIDER having me in for an interview? My cumulative GPA with 6 fails seems like something I can't make a come back from.Please don't judge I'm in a pretty deep mental rut about this already.
  6. Hey everyone, I was wondering if you would be able to tell me how post-bacc courses are classified on AMCAS and AACOMAS. Are post-bacc courses lumped together with the rest of an individuals undergraduate courses? Or are they separate from other undergraduate courses taken? If so, does that mean that every course I take after graduating would be considered a post-bacc course? Also, have any of you done a SMP in the states?
  7. I was going through a list of information online about the advantages/ disadvantages of pursuing a PhD if you are dead certain about entering the field of academic neurosurgery. A curious trend I observed is that, it is possible to receive a PhD in neurosurgery while doing your residency. One of the big examples I can think of is Dr Michael G. Fehlings who is the Krembil Chair in Neural Repair & Regeneration at U of T. More info: http://neurosurgery.utoronto.ca/faculty/list/fehlings.htm How would one compare/ contrast this with the more traditional MD/PhD curriculum in terms of duration of the program? I ask this because I am wondering if a post-doctral fellowship ensues after a residency or if one has substantial research experience during both med, residency, and fellowship the post-doc is not mandatory? (Note: I made a similar post in the U of T med forum, but I was not sure where was most appropriate to make the post. I apologize in advance for any inconveniences.)
  8. I have a Science undergrad. My cGPA is 2.95 for american MD schools, but for D.O. (with repeated courses), my undergrad cGPA is 3.03. I have already started an MBA program*. I was wondering: 1. How do I calculate my GPA for american D.O. and MD schools correctly? I can't find a proper source. (I just used the A = 3.9, B+ = 3.3, B = 3.0 , B- = 2.7 ..etc type of method). 2A. Would MBA course grades boost my GPA for D.O. schools? 2B. Would MBA course grades boost my GPA for American M.D. schools? 3. What's the minimum MCAT score you'd say I'd need to give me a fighting chance for a D.O. admission? (from my older research it seems US citizens have gotten accepted with MCATs ranging from 27 to 31 for 2.95-3.00 gpa range) 4. Any other suggestions or comments? (e.g. suggestions for dental or such) Thanks guys.
  9. Hey guys, Hope everyone is doing just fine with the new OMSAS applications. I myself am yet to write the MCAT this coming September... Speaking of which, I was wondering if any of you guys could possibly shed some light on if/when Western might announce their new MCAT cut-offs for this upcoming cycle ?! The current thresholds are seriouly killing... at least in part for Non-SWOMEN applicants like myself.... Any input is highly appreciated
  10. Just wondering if any Canadians have been accepted/or even interviewed at any top 30 USMD schools in the last cycles??? If so, what was your GPA/MCAT and ECs like? And your experience interviewing? Any reply would be really appreciated..please give me hope lol!!!! Thanks in advance!!
  11. Salut, je change de bac cette annee pour art et science pour monter mon gpa, quel cour sont plus facile pour avoir des A+ ? Merci
  12. Salut, je change de bac cette annee pour art et science pour monter mon gpa, quel cour sont plus facile pour avoir des A+ ?? Merci
  13. Get a jumpstart on your Med School finances and keep your $$$ in check! The Canadian Medical Association and MD Financial Management will be holding webinars preparing new medical students for the financial burden of medical school. Our presenters will briefly introduce the Canadian Medical Association and MD Financial Management and then will dive into some of the money matters you may face during medical school: Options for financing your education The ins and outs of credit cards, lines of credit and student loans Setting and managing a budget How to effectively manage any med school debt you take on Investing, insurance and more English https://www.facebook.com/events/117316735504103/ (registration link on Facebook page) May 17th, 2017 8pm EDT / 5pm PDT French https://www.facebook.com/events/615257568667333/ (lien pour les inscriptions sur notre page Facebook) 23 Mai 2017 20h HE / 17h HP
  14. Hi, I am about to finish my final year in cegep and am preparing to enter the exercise science program at Concordia. I was hoping to apply at McGill for either dent or med after, however, I was wondering if I had to complete their University Requirements (listed here https://www.mcgill.c...oncepts2017.pdf) courses equivalent at Concordia to be able to apply? Also, I was wondering if transferring to McGill Bsc.kinesiology was a decent option for me as well? Finally, a big question, after completing my undergrad, will the MD or DMD programs take in count of my cegep grades or only look at gpa? Thanks!
  15. Hi, I'm looking to practice interviews online (traditional/MMI) with anyone interested (via Skype). PM me to set something up, thanks!
  16. Hi guys, I fortunately secured an DO offer but I am contemplating on whether to accept it or not due to financial and family concerns. According to sdn, rejecting a DO acceptance will significantly diminish one's chance for US MD but I'm wondering if the same holds true for Canadian MD school. Also, if I accept this offer but later reject due to financial problems, would this leave a record on my file? I am in serious dilemma so any advice is appreciated! Thanks in advance!
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    Reality Check

    me: *looking at the competitive GPA/ECs/MCAT of wait-listed and rejected applicants.* me: *looking at my own and thinking about my chance of getting accepted* me: @me
  19. Hey guys, I have a friend (from Canada) who applied to the MD/PhD at a bunch of US schools, then opting out of the PhD option when getting accepted. He said the reason for this is a lot of schools do not take Canadian students unless they apply for the MD/PhD. 1. Are you able to bail out without any repercussions? 2. Is this a widespread practice? 3. Does this increase your chances of getting into med school overall? I did a quick search on the forums, but couldn't really find the answer I was looking for (although I might have missed it). Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  20. Hi all, Given that Mac weighs an applicant's GPA and CARS score equally (33.33% each), how high should an applicant score to offset a lower GPA? (assuming Casper performance is average among those interviewed) Personally, I have a 3.29 cGPA from a competitive program with a strict grading curve (not engineering) . I simply wasn't passionate about the subject at times and unsure about what I really wanted to do after. What is the lowest cGPA that you have seen from an applicant invited to interview? I reason that if GPA and CARS are equally weighted, then they are pretty much interchangeable variables as far as interview invites go. If someone with a 3.8 cGPA and a 9 on the old VR could get an interview then couldn't another person with a 3.0 and a 13 or 14 on the old VR have similar odds of getting an invite? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
  21. Hi, Thanks for spending your time to read my post. I am a Canadian high school student hoping to start university in 2016 September. I'm going to apply for admission in universities starting this October 2015. I'm still completing my high school courses and I'm sure I complete my high school with an average of 90-94%. I want to become a doctor in the future and I am interested in the sciences. I just can't figure out which university to choose for my undergraduate that will be best for applying into medical school in Canada later on. I live in Ontario so I prefer staying in Ontario for my university and staying in residence at the university will not be a problem anywhere in Ontario. I have heard people and my friends say that medical schools in Canada don't care which university you come from only the GPA and MCAT scores matter. I am really confused first I was thinking of going into Guelph or York for biomedical sciences or psychology. But as soon as I saw the statistics everywhere the most students who got accepted into medical schools were from McMaster, then UofT, and the Western. Guelph and York admissions into MD were very few. Now I can't decide whether I should go to McMaster, UofT, or Western rather than Guelph and York. I personally want to go to McMaster or UofT because of its reputation. My father says that University of Toronto won't kill you if you study hard over there you will succeed. He says you just gotta work hard and it will also prepare you for medical school. This is a great problem for me. If you guys can give me some advice or suggestion it will be appreciated. I am not scared of studying. And I did not study that hard in high school otherwise I could pull of a 95-97% too. So guys studying in university of Toronto please share your experience what's so hard over there why people are so scared. And I think that these top universities will provide me with more learning as they will have better professors who are more experienced. Please all suggest if I should take life sciences/biomedical or psychology. Thanks, Aanish http://www.md.utoronto.ca/admissions/statistics.htm.