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  1. A 5th year only makes sense if you need to do GPA repair, and maybe if you need prereqs. Your GPA does not need repair. Do you really want to risk it going down? You have something outstanding in your application right now so I would avoid messing with that. Sounds like you really want medicine, and the other options are not that exciting to you. You are young (I assume) and there is no rush to jump into another program. I would personally take the year to work, take on some larger volunteer commitments and study for an MCAT rewrite. Reassess next year.
  2. 100% choose what you believe you are stronger in. While it is true that a science background will help for first year medicine, getting a strong GPA is so much more important. Microbiology and immunology will also only marginally help you, as it tends to be much more detailed than you will ever deal with in med school. So definitely do not do it only because it might help you somewhat in med school.
  3. The only school that formally cares about something being a true second degree is McGill. Because your first one was interrupted, it is possible that McGill would include those grades in an eventual GPA. The others (Western, Dalhousie, Queens, Ottawa) would simply use your most recent X grades so it does not really matter how they view that first degree. You did ask "should i try?" in the subject, which is why people are commenting on that. It is somewhat unclear to me from your post why you are interested in medicine. Med is in many ways a very practical profession as well... Before you
  4. This may depend on the program... Having studied lots of physiology, anatomy and cell biology in undergrad, I found that roughly one third of the block (or more) was content I had already learned (and often less detailed in med than undergrad). Another chunk was concepts that I had seen before, but now in greater detail in med. This automatically made my life much easier in med. Those I know in med with zero science background seemed to have struggled a lot in the first year. However, they also got the hang of it by the end of that year and are generally doing fine now. I doubt there is an
  5. Practice practice practice. Do not simply read your notes. Using a blank diagram and. name everything. Be able to name the function, innervation and attachments for everything as you go through each diagram. For vasculature, understand both schematically (i.e. every vessel, what the branches are, where they go, where they are) and be able to identify (if visual identification is needed). For everything, map it out on your own body... be able to point to a muscle, describe function as you use it and again know innervation/attachments. If you do this routinely and test yourself on a regular
  6. Why non trad? Are your prereqs too old? I would check to see if you can apply in the traditional pathway... Non trad is quite competitive with very few spots. With your 2nd ug gpa being quite high, I wonder if your chances are higher in the traditional pathway. Edit: Assuming you have completed 45 credits in 2nd degree.
  7. Personally I found the AAMC material the best preparation and 100% worthwhile. I would not trust free material to reflect real mcat questions. My prep was exam krackers and I bought 5 AAMC tests, did quite well.
  8. First things first, med admissions will never know that you have ADHD and that you received special accommodations during undergrad unless you tell them (which is a whole other debate... you have 3 years to think about that). Second, I am fairly certain that most exams in med school will have accommodations. At McGill there are students who write their exams through the office of students with disabilities. There may be cases where there are no accommodations (physical exam skills assessments?), I am not sure. I am certain that there are students with ADD and ADHD in medical school. I
  9. That's tough. Your GPA is very borderline. I would say that NOSM and Ottawa are 100% out. Toronto might work once your graduate degree is complete, as you seem to have decent research experience. McMaster and Western are possible but both would require an MCAT rewrite (and a really killer CARS for McMaster to be remotely possible). Is your GPA strong in your masters? I think Dalhousie lets you use your grad GPA plus 2 last years, so it could drag you up to 3.8 (Dal rounds to nearest decimal). If I were you I would focus on a rewrite first and plan accordingly.
  10. The only school where a true second undergrad would help is McGill. You have three solid years so no need to do a second UG.
  11. You can't really do this... Yes, I believe it is possible to do a DEC but it will not erase his university grades. He will be treated as someone with a DEC and two years university, which is highly competitive. Also, not too sure it is realistic to go from 1.6 gpa to 35 cote R...
  12. One more thing that hasn't been said... Please go talk to a counselor at your school about these academic and personal difficulties. And I don't mean just once... I think you might need some help to reflect on what's going wrong and how to move forward. You might also want to consider the pros and cons of graduating... If you graduate with a even a 2.0 you might find it difficult afterward to gain admission for a second degree. It is worth considering whether it makes sense to take a leave. Talk to a counselor.
  13. Aha. Gotcha. It is my understanding that the requirements listed are defined by the ministry rather than mcgill so they should apply to all schools. Not 100% sure though
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