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Hi everyone, I just completed this year's application cycle and did not receive any interviews. I was just hoping for some advice as to the best course of action for next year to strengthen my application.  I'm currently a 4th year student graduating in a couple months and was wondering if I should do a 5th year, masters or take the year to work/volunteer. I'm in province for Ontario. 

Mcmaster cGPA: 3.9047
UofT wGPA 3.944
Queens/Western 2YGPA - 3.92
Ottawa wGPA - 3.913
Mcgill GPA - 3.95

My Mcat scores were pretty decent in sciences but I scored a 128/124(CARS)/131/129. I didn't end up doing much practice as I had family problems come up a few weeks before the mcat, so i was not able to do more than a couple FLs. I'm planning on redoing this. 

My Major ECs include: 

NSERC research (no pubs, but abstract in progress)
Volunteering in various labs
Provincial level soccer in high school, track and field at regional level
Intramural, club executive, founder of a volunteer organization
Tutoring
Assistant coach, ref for soccer 
Work in food industry
Volunteer trip abroad 

My references were: 

- Soccer coach whom i've know for 10+ years
- NSERC Prof supervisor
- Staff leader of volunteer trip (she currently works in training family medicine residents at Mcmaster)

- Now I know my GPA isn't good for Ottawa and so I was wondering if taking a 5th year to work would help this. Or would my lack of pubs be an issue and so would you recommend a Master's degree. I have no particular interest in research and my end goal is to practice medicine. 

Thank you everyone for taking the time to read this - any help would be greatly appreciated. 

 

 

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Bobaroni said:

Hi everyone, I just completed this year's application cycle and did not receive any interviews. I was just hoping for some advice as to the best course of action for next year to strengthen my application.  I'm currently a 4th year student graduating in a couple months and was wondering if I should do a 5th year, masters or take the year to work/volunteer. I'm in province for Ontario. 

Mcmaster cGPA: 3.9047
UofT wGPA 3.944
Queens/Western 2YGPA - 3.92
Ottawa wGPA - 3.913
Mcgill GPA - 3.95

My Mcat scores were pretty decent in sciences but I scored a 128/124(CARS)/131/129. I didn't end up doing much practice as I had family problems come up a few weeks before the mcat, so i was not able to do any 

My Major ECs include: 

NSERC research (no pubs, but abstract in progress)
Volunteering in various labs
Provincial level soccer in high school, track and field at regional level
Intramural, club executive, founder of a volunteer organization
Tutoring
Assistant coach, ref for soccer 
Work in food industry
Volunteer trip abroad to  and lots of time in the 

My references were: 

- Soccer coach whom i've know for 10+ years
- NSERC Prof supervisor
- Staff leader of volunteer trip (she currently works in training family medicine residents at Mcmaster)

- Now I know my GPA isn't good for Ottawa and so I was wondering if taking a 5th year to work would help this. Or would my lack of pubs be an issue and so would you recommend a Master's degree. I have no particular interest in research and my end goal is to practice medicine. 

Thank you everyone for taking the time to read this - any help would be greatly appreciated. 

 

 

 

 

rewrite your MCAT. UofT didn’t put you to further review because you had a score below 125.

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Not too mention that’s CARS will pretty much ruin you for Mac, unles axed CASPer which is difficult by definition (marked percentile). Queens might not have made their MCAT cut off as well cus of it. McGill OOP is just super difficult as it is, only invite 52 people for interview of over 800 applications this year. 

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Hi, thanks for the responses so far. I just found out that my wGPA for Ottawa is actually a 3.901 because of this last course mark that I just received where I scored a 3.7 instead of a 3.9. I know that this GPA is on the lower end of those invited to interview generally. 

Would it make sense to take a 5th year to increase my GPA even though it will likely only make a significant difference in Ottawa? Also is there a significant difference between a 3.90 and 3.92 at Ottawa? Thanks!

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On 5/18/2018 at 12:11 PM, Bobaroni said:

Hi, thanks for the responses so far. I just found out that my wGPA for Ottawa is actually a 3.901 because of this last course mark that I just received where I scored a 3.7 instead of a 3.9. I know that this GPA is on the lower end of those invited to interview generally. 

Would it make sense to take a 5th year to increase my GPA even though it will likely only make a significant difference in Ottawa? Also is there a significant difference between a 3.90 and 3.92 at Ottawa? Thanks!

Your GPA is great! >3.9 from what I've heard doesn't make a huge difference in your entrance, but I think either

1. Do 5th year to increase GPA further or

2. Do some crazy EC (volunteering abroad, etc.) to get life experiences to talk about

Along with a rewrite of the MCAT to get that CARS up should be good enough for you.

Good luck!

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