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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 everyone, I've sort of hit a bit of a roadblock in terms of decision-making moving forward. After a very poor first UG (2.8 GPA), I decided to do a 2nd UG in order to pursue my dream of becoming a physician. I did reasonably well (GPA = 3.7) but I realize that for med school GPAs, this may definitely not be competitive enough. My second undergrad was a full BA in Psychology completed in 2 years with full 30-credit course loads at UBC. Currently, my MCAT scores are (I am registered for a re-write in May and am absolutely confident I can do better than this): CPFBS: 126 CARS: 128 BBFLS: 125 PSBFB: 128 Total: 507 My ECs include: Volunteering/working as a Research Assistant (2 years: 1 abstract, 1 poster, 1 second author publication, another publication in the works) clinical: Hospital Patient Visiting for 2 years Hospital short term care assistant (6 months) community: Peer Counselling/Mental Health Wellness Service (2 years) Alumni Coordinator for my undergraduate society (1 year) Worked as a legal assistant for 1 year Volunteered as a admin assistant for the Cancer Society for 1 year Manager for a contracting firm (work) (1 year) athletics: Captain and Coaching Soccer for 3 years indoor soccer, outdoor soccer, etc. At this point, I was hoping for some advice. I could apply to some schools and take my (slim) chances getting an interview. Or I could go into grad school and complete my MSc in Neuroscience. I already have an amazing supervisor lined up who is begging me to do my grad degree with the lab, but I really want to go into medicine. I enjoy research, but I really miss being able to interact with patients when I'm doing the desk work. Based on my stats, can anyone provide me any insight? Would I be better off doing my Masters and then applying or should I just try my hand at applications with my current background. Any tips are appreciated!
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