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  1. Master's GPA is not considered the same as undergrad GPA at all schools, but some will combine them or otherwise give some undergrad GPA credit for graduate credit. Although I think if you took undergrad courses for prereqs during a graduate degree it would still count as undergrad GPA. In general, if you're interest is purely to get into med school and you wouldn't otherwise do the graduate degree for your own interest, doing more undergrad is better if GPA is the weak spot on an application, due to various GPA weighting schemes. See my post here for schools which consider graduate degre
  2. If you are a Canadian PR, you can apply to Canadian medical schools in the regular stream. Assuming you did your undergraduate training in India, you'll have to see if whatever medical schools you're interested in will accept those transcripts. You will need to do all the regular application things, having a compeditive GPA, letters of recommendation, MCAT, etc. But assuming your transcript is accepted there shouldn't be any huge road blocks.
  3. Uh... No shade to previous poster, but objectively, yes it is. Notwithstanding it is 45th percentile, in terms of actual Canadian acceptances using 2019 data (the latest available), only 13.5% of Canadian applicants (649/4792) applied with an MCAT < 500 (the buckets are 496-499 and 500-503, but we can assume the difference between 499 and 500 is negligible), and only 0.7% of applicants (34/4792) with an MCAT < 500 received at least one offer of admission. Put another way, the at least one admission offer of acceptance rate was 19.2% (924/4792) for MCAT ≥ 500, compared to that 0.7% r
  4. https://www.cpso.on.ca/Physicians/Registration/Requirements The CPSO requires LMCC 1 + 2 (obviously out of date for 2) for independant practice?
  5. The order doesn't matter but the ideal time for an elective at your goal program is late enough in your training that you can demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill, and early enough prior to the CaRMS deadline to request and have your writer submit a LOR after your elective.
  6. There are only 14 English medical schools in Canada, if you're considering applying you should look up the requirements for each one. Requirements and prerequisites change frequently, and have been especially with covid changes, so most of us are not trying to keep track. Also you shouldn't trust someone's reply here on important things like med school eligibility, as even if they have good intentions they might be mistaken or things have changed. AFAIK, now most schools do not require completing a degree and most have dropped prerequisites.
  7. If you're goals with the electives are just to "somehow improve my CaRMS app for EM" then it depends on what the rest of your app looks like. With public health it depends on what you're actually doing. You might be able to get a LOR from an MD, which is unlikely for the EMS rotation, if you're lacking in that domain. However if you're just in an office somewhere that's less valuable an experience vs working in the community with underserved populations, if that's what the elective is, which has more bearing on EM, and talking about the relationship with under-served/at-risk populations with t
  8. Each have their pros and cons, and which is better will be up to each person's interests. Do you like not having to worry about seeing as many patients as possible and having the luxury to spend more time with the patients that need it? Are you motivated each day by the fact you get paid for every patient you see so you're happy to have long days? Would you rather have control over your office/practice/staff in exchange for also having to manage them, or would you rather pay an overhead or get paid less to not deal with it?
  9. There's no way this will come back to bite you later on! Great plan!!
  10. Yes. You're looking for case reports, review articles, or basic chart review studies. Ask staff you work with or mentors if they have any cases that would be appropriate for a case study. If not, do they know anyone who does. If you're working with someone ask about their research interests and if they have any pending projects appropriate for a medical student. If you see an interesting case ask your staff if they think it would be appropriate for a case report. Often staff have ideas for papers but no time to work on it so they might be happy to have a med student do the grunt work that they
  11. Advantages: passing makes you eligible for US fellowships that require USLME pass, depending on your residency you may do better with general med knowledge now vs later. Disadvantages: You may not want to do a US fellowship, your US fellowship may not require it, the time spent studying may affect your residency performance and a US fellowship may not want you anyway, it costs money, it sucks, etc.
  12. Thats... how interest works? If I put 100$ in an investment account that earns 5% a year, I earn 5$ the first year and then 5.25$ the next because the earned interest is included with the initial principal.
  13. For observer-ships the goal is to be pleasant and to disrupt things as little as possible. At the start the priority will be to stay out of the way and just understand how things work. Once that's done, if appropriate, you can offer to assist with non-clinical tasks (cleaning, grabbing papers, items, etc., relaying a message). Gauge the person you're working with in terms of asking questions. Don't ask questions in the presence of patients, but if walking somewhere or there is any downtime (ie the staff is not focusing on something) feel free to ask questions. It doesn't seem like the case her
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