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  1. Hi Everyone! A little while ago I made a post asking whether a 5th year would benefit me more than a Masters would in my pursuit of med school. I have been looking into what a fifth year would look like for me (Currently in health sciences at Western) and a counselor had told me that next year I would be registered at a "Special Student". I would technically graduate this year since I satisfied all of my degree's criteria but I could come back with this new status. I have never heard of this new status as a special student before and was wondering if med schools do in fact consider this in their GPA weighing. Can anyone confirm that this adds to my GPA? I don't want to spend a year and $7,000 only to find out that medical schools dont even consider that year. Thanks!
  2. Heyo I'm graduating from Western this year in Health Sciences and looking to take a 5th year as a special student. I have contacted uwo, mcmaster, queens and uoft, all of them have said the special year will be considered as long as I meet the quota for a full course load (Western hasnt gotten back to me yet but I think this is the case for them as well). My question is- In Queens' email, they said a full course load is 3 courses/semester, does it make sense to only take 3 courses each semester in my 5th year? Im not sure if thats a common strategy because on one hand, it is likely easier to do better with only 3 courses but im worried about any caveats with specific schools or even the fact that 3 courses might not bear that much weight on improving my overall GPA. (The goal of the 5th year in general is to boost gpa). What are your thoughts on this? Should I just do a 5.0 like I have been every year just to make sure I'll be good? Thanks!
  3. NOTE: I have a lot of questions, so feel free to answer whatever portion you'd like! Thanks in advance! I'm a third year Physiology Major at U of T and I am curious about my chances as is. I feel like I'm a solid applicant, but... generic. First year: 3.83 Second Year: 3.77 Third Year: First semester is a 3.86. Second semester is looking pretty good but it's difficult to tell because of the strike (barely know my marks). So my cGPA, weighing my first semester as a half year, is 3.812. Using the U of T weighting formula (from my understanding, it would be take away 3.0 lowest grades from all of my years, not necessarily 1 from each specific year), I take away 2.5 of my lowest marks (since not accounting for this semester yet) and I have a wGPA of 3.88. I have yet to take the MCAT. My ECs are: - Over 270 hours of hospital volunteering in multiple positions over 3 years. - Over 500 hours of work as a lifeguard/swim instructor over 3 years. - 2 years as an exec for a recreational sports club (don't want to give specifics, but like Biking, recreational and non-competitive). Will likely take a high ranking position next year (perhaps president or VP) and do most of the leg work. - A trip to a third world country where we helped see and diagnose patients in rural areas before calling a doctor over and telling them what we know (obviously doctors made last call). Also helped in a pharmacy. - 1 year as an exec for this previously mentioned volunteer club and am organizing (and will attend) the upcoming trip. - Volunteered for a year and a half at a Diabetes lab, though only 2 hours a week and pretty menial work. - Will be working a lab position over the summer at a Physiology lab (received an award to help fund) and will be working into fourth year for a credit. Now I understand that I have a solid application, though I feel my ECs are relatively by-the-book to a fault and not many awesome letters other than my volunteer coordinator at my hospital and perhaps my professor for my summer position. Questions: 1) Any general impressions of my application? Anything that's lacking? 2) How are my possible letters of recommendation and what would make a solid third letter? Bonus: I've been looking into what I want to do, assuming I don't get in right away. One option is do a Master's degree, which I would basically be doing to gain experience and recommendations and bide time productively. Another option is do a fifth year. I discovered I like computers too late and that it would be such a solid backup. I think I can get a Minor done in time for graduation but a fifth year could potentially be used to try and get a major (with some summer school of course) and bump my GPA. 3) Is a Master's degree a good idea? Do you have to complete your program before moving on to Med school? - As an aside, I'd really like to switch schools as soon as feasible, it's super common to switch schools for a masters right? 4) Is taking a fifth year to complete a computer's major a good idea? Do I have to be concerned about anything in particular (eg. taking too many second year courses, or making sure I don't graduate before doing a fifth year)? 5) Is the States a good option for someone like me (I intend on coming back to Canada)? Thanks for reading this all.
  4. Hey guys! I'm not sure if I'm reading the UofT admission stats accurately (link below). For the degree statistics, does "Non-degree" strictly refer to applicants who were in the third year of a 4-year undergrad at the time of application? If the above is true, is this primarily a reflection of relatively few third year applicants (which seems unlikely)? 7 out 259 seems to me like a third year applicant is NOT viewed equally as his/her hypothetical 4th-year equivalent, even though the official admissions statement suggests otherwise! I'm assuming most third years who are confident enough to apply have a seemingly competitive portfolio (even without a weighting formula)...any validity in this? http://www.md.utoronto.ca/admissions/statistics.htm
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