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  1. I'd like to be a resource for people. Something that I never had. Feel free to ask any questions regarding the application process, CBSE, 4 vs 6, interviews, grades, etc. I'm a mid-level resident at a 6 year program. NB
  2. I know I will not make it into Canadian dental schools due to the rough first year I had (due to major illness). I am a music major currently in my second year. My first year GPA was 2.4 (like I said, I was very sick), but first semester of this year, it was 3.3, which bumped my CGPA up to 2.74. I am hoping to bump it up even further by taking intersession courses this summer and working really hard for the rest of my undergrad. I am looking at US schools as a plan B. I was wondering if anyone has any info on Canadian friendly schools that may be options for me. I am hoping that my diverse background will work in my favour. I am pursuing a major in music (with the appropriate dental prereqs, of course). I have not written the DAT yet.
  3. 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!
  4. Hello folks: I'll be starting M-1 this Fall at the UofA (Hooray). The faculty offers the option of doing a series of Summer electives in addition to the required elective courses. In this regard I would like to do some electives in Canada during the summer, but I have also been toying with the idea of doing a summer elective abroad, likely in the US or Europe. The process for signing up for Electives in-house, at least in the University of Alberta, seems fairly straight-forward but I'm kind of unsure how to try and snag electives in other locations in Canada or foreign electives in general. Are there additional fees incurred with Canadian/foreign electives apart from travel and lodging (I would assume so)? What is the application process? Is there any specific locations in the States or Europe that are friendlier to Canadians? How is the immigration paperwork for Canadian Citizens (I'm assuming at least in the US and UK, the process should be fairly straight forward)? I'm sort of at a loss on where to start looking or what to do first. Thanks in advance for the advice <Apologies for any typos.>
  5. Hello everyone, I graduated from Western in 2012 and went onto Case Western (Cleveland, Ohio) in the US for dental school. I graduated in 2016 and have been working in Ohio as a dentist. I know that this forum has been really helpful to me, so I really wanted to give back. Please let me know if any of you has questions about US dental schools. I will do my best to reply in a timely manner.
  6. Salut! Longtime lurker, first time poster-- and I'm working on my written French, so I'll stick to English for clarity. After a lot of soul searching, I have realized that I cannot see myself as anything but a physician. However, I have a different situation that is leaving me confused at the application process for the QC schools. I went to a university in the States that technically doesn't calculate GPA. They give A, B, C or NC; with the option of taking a class P/F to explore your intellectual curiosity. With that, I'm unsure/ worried on how the French schools will convert my grades to a coteR, since I'm unsure if they will consider the grading system of my school (plus standard conversions that McGill will do are ROUGH; A= 4.0, B= 3.0, C=2.0... courses were curved hard so I have quite a few A cusps (>85%) that were curved down to Bs which kill the arbitrary GPA). I have a BA in Health and Human Biology ("3.4" thanks to a couple of C's in my first year ), with a MSc in Biotechnology ("4.0"). Since graduating 2 years ago, I've been working as a research assistant. 1- Am I totally screwed for the French schools? I know they only look at your GPA, but I want to work in QC and really believe that I need to do my studies in French to be 100% comfortable (and completely competent) to work with Francophone patients. Do they put any value in MSc degrees or weigh the grades the same as UG grades? 2- I'm missing a few prereqs (physics :/), will they be considered if taken as an independent student, or do they need to be apart of a bachelor's? I could also take a few other classes to try to up my UG GPA... 3- I need to take the MCAT for McGill since my UG is from outside of Canada. The French schools do not require the MCAT, but, if I have a score (which I will for McGill) would they consider it in the application? This would help me immensely... 4- McGill admins have suggested a second degree to help with the poor GPA conversion of my GPA-less school. Does UdeM have second degree programs? If so, would you apply as normal and then get exemptions afterwards for courses? Sorry for the long post, I've been unsuccessful at contacting the appropriate admins for info or finding relevant topics here, so I thought I would start a new thread for some advice. Thank you in advance
  7. This is a little different question: I am thinking to do complete a BDS as my undergrad instead of a science undergrad before applying for a DDS program in Canada/US. Is there any problems I would face in doing so? Will I have to go through extra license exams and processes? So it would be 5 years of a BDS and doing the DAT then 4 years of a DDS then licensing exam The reason I'm thinking to do a BDS undergrad instead of a science undergrad is because with a BDS degree I can still find employment with better pay outside of US/Canada compared to a job with my science degree anywhere is the world. (This is my backup, because I don't feel like a science degree would be a good backup)
  8. Hoping to answer any questions people may have regarding OMFS applications for Canadian citizens. Things to consider: "Canadian-friendly" programs CBSE materials/preparation/competitive scores CV & PS Navigating the PASS Application Externships Interviews The MATCH Good luck to those applying in the next cycle.
  9. I'm a Canadian studying in America. There's so much doom-and-gloom shit talk about primary care specialties here. "Don't do FM, because they work too hard for too little money" is the prevailing sentiment. Is this the case in Canada? Have recent billing changes (e.g. the incentive program in BC) made FM more desirable? Disclaimer: To the "are you only in it for the money?" Nazis: of course fucking not.
  10. I am a canadian student from the french province i did my health sciens in CEGEP schools and then i started university and i have a 3.61/4.3 GPA from my bachelor in Kinesiology 3 years bach. i did 2 extra years doing minor in psychology and a minor in arts in science i have a 4.15/4.3 gpa from 33 credits i tried every school in Quebec and nothing is working out this is my last year trying to apply mostly for podiatry, dental school and optometry what do you guys advice to do if i wanna apply to USA ? where do i have the better chances? no i do not have a recent DAT, nor an OAT nor an MCAT i mean i don;t even know which one i should do because i don;t know which school will accept me!!!! what about carribeans school ? or the commonwealth countries HELP PLEASE! i am truly lost and this is my last attempt Thank you
  11. Long story short, I do not have much hope in getting into a Canadian Medical school considering how there is only a handful of medical universities in Canada and would like an opinion on my chances of getting into a US medical school. I am finishing up my second year, and I am planning on taking the MACT next summer. Major: Kinesiology BSC GPA: 3.83 US GPA: 3.76 Course load: 4/5 (full time student, not full course load) Extra curricular: Own my own construction company since 2012 and have a multiple employees - the business is still running while I am studying, hence the reason for my course load not being full. I am still planning on applying to Canadian schools but am more hopeful of the United States. Any thoughts?
  12. Hi I am completing my undergrad in Canada specifically York University. I would like to apply to American PA schools, but does anyone have any sort of list that accepts Canadians? Also, if there are Canadians in the US studying to become a PA, can you list ways you completed direct patient hours?
  13. Hey everyone, I've posted here before about whether I should apply this year or to retake my MCAT. I've decided to take the new MCAT, but considering the timing I was only able to schedule a late date (September 12th). Now I know that for american medical schools that we should apply earlier for a better chance, but I was wondering if you guys think I should give it a try anyways. Stats: aamc gpa: 3.97 Mcat: assuming atleast a 510 Application date: october 1st EC's: worked at brigham and women's hospital in boston doing research (one paper and another possibly, none first author) shadowed an OR surgeon and a clinical anesthesiologist (just once each) started a non profit organization that donated clothes to local shelters volunteered 3 years at a soup kitchen started a website with a friend that has raised over $50,000 for children in south america and africa community outreach program in Cuzco, Peru for a month worked a clinical research job for 4 months (in allergy research) Should I give it a chance this year? EDIT: forgot to mention that to take that 1 year research position in Boston, i've been out of school for as of 1 year. Thanks
  14. Hey Everyone! I've applied to Canadian Schools twice and American Medical Schools once and have never gotten any interviews. With my GPA and MCAT I think I am going to apply to apply to the Carribean if I dont get any interviews this cycle, but I wanted to maximize my chances, but am unsure of what schools would be the best suit for my stats. cGPA = sGPA = 3.91 MCAT: 1) 24 (10PS/6VR/8BS) 2) 28 (11PS/6VR/11BS) 3) 28 (11PS/8VR/9BS) 4) Awaiting marks, but I suspect around (125 PS/124CARS/124 BS/ 123 PSY) ECs: Long term hospital volunteering, volunteering with for homeless people, overseas medical volunteer trip, student council, started own drama club, VP of a few clubs, founded a volunteer organization, 3 years of research, 2 pubs, 1 poster conference, TA of some courses, a bunch of awards One caveat to applying is that I have all of the necessary courses except Biochemistry. Which American Schools do you think I should focus my application on? I'm a Canadian Citizen btw. Thanks!
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