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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. Hi everyone, I was writing this thread because I was looking for some advice about what I should do next. I am in my 4th year and I applied to all the medical schools in Ontario except NOSM. This past month I found out that I got rejected preinterview from every single medical school in Ontario, except UofT (which I am still waiting to hear from). My OMSAS GPA is: 3.95 (although my weighted will likely be higher depending on the school) My MCAT score: 132/128/132/128 EC: I have volunteered for 6 years in a hospital in an underserved area (where I am originally from), have numerous research experiences (1 publication and multiple posters), I have also won numerous awards (both academic and non-academic), been the president of multiple clubs, and have had life experiences that I would think would make me an interesting applicant at minimum. I would consider myself to be a strong applicant because I also applied to the States and got interviews at 2 top 10 medical schools (which I was not expecting), but was very disheartened to get no interviews this cycle in Ontario. I would appreciate any sincere advice that I can get about whether I should take a gap year and apply again or should I pursue a masters degree. I would also like to note that if I do pursue a masters I would not be doing it solely for the sake of improving my chances of getting into medical school, since I am very much interested in research and inquiry as well and if I do ever become a physician I would certainly be inclined towards the academic side of it, and a masters would definitely let me pursue those interests; however, I am very passionate about medicine as well and I would certainly like to do medical school first so I can learn more about the different areas of medicine and then use that knowledge to inform myself of the kind of academia I want to get involved in. So I guess I would boil down my question to the following two options: Option A: Should I take a gap year, continue my research and perhaps extracurriculars and reapply or Option B: Should I pursue a masters and then apply to medical school after its completion? Thank You.
  3. Hi all, In a nutshell, I'm about to prattle off a surely oft-heard sob story: I applied to Canadian med schools with what I think was quite a competitive application, and wasn't invited to interview anywhere. I don't want to beat around the bush, but I'm absolutely devastated, and while I know I can apply the next year, my mind is absolutely reeling trying to figure out what I should do in the intervening year. I know the situation could be a lot worse, as some people pursue second undergrads and other things and still end up empty handed, but another's misfortune doesn't make me feel better, and doesn't necessarily help me deal with my own. I applied to the following schools U of T, Manitoba, Dalhousie, McMaster, Ottawa, and Queens. I just graduated from the University of Toronto (so 4th year IPR when I applied) with a computer science and neuroscience double major. I worked my ass off for my 3.80 OMSAS GPA, which, after skimming the forum, I guess isn't the most impressive but fml I really killed myself over it. MCAT was V10 P11 BS13. I had very strong research experiences - NSERC, OGI, IMS - working in 3 different labs since grade 10 for a minimum of 1 year each. I presented oral and poster presentations at international conferences, had two published abstracts and a review paper, all of which were first author. One of these projects was an original research project. In the way of volunteering, I teach piano and voice once a week therapeutically at a senior's home. I also organize caroling and a concert, including a performance in the inpatient psych wards, at one of the city's hospitals. In terms of extracurriculars, I was heavily involved in a course union for most of undergrad and served as president this year, organizing several huge events such as an undergraduate conference and an inter-university competition. I also sang in two different choirs over a period of two years. What I think is most important is that I didn't do these things for resume padding, but because I was passionate and deeply engaged with these pursuits. I tried to develop the best quality of character I could, for its own sake... I did a lot of soul-searching in deciding whether medicine would be right for me and sacrificed a lot to try and make it happen. I should be ecstatic, having just graduated, but I just feel downright horrible... I feel like nothing I could possibly do in this year would put me to as good a 'use' as med would. A year 'off' can be a good thing but I just feel sick to my stomach because I feel as though the rug has been pulled out from under me. I have applied for a couple jobs but I still can't shake this awful feeling. Surely, I'm not the only person who's faced this situation so I'm grateful to hear how others have dealt with both the crippling pain of rejection and the indeterminacy of an intervening year. Some of the questions on my mind include: should I apply to American schools next time, should I apply to Carribean or UK schools, should I do grad school right away, should I work, should I take some more courses... A little more about me... I am interested in research but don't want to pursue a graduate degree until after medicine, because I want to be able to bring that clinical expertise to the table. It's also a huge commitment that I don't just want to jump into just because my hand is forced. I pursued a computer science degree for many reasons, and one was precisely for the contingency of opening up options for me in case med didn't pan out, but with some bitterness I realize I'm not interested in most of the opportunities that are opened up to me (I'm most interested in the theoretical intersection of neuroscience and computer science). Whatever I do this year, I want it to be some kind of logical extension of my academic/professional/personal growth - so in general I don't want to explicitly 'pad' and think the very concept is degrading... especially since I feel like I have had a very well-rounded experience. Again, grateful for people's thoughts. And please be kind, it's easy to forget that behind the wall of text there's an actual person with feelings.
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