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Everything posted by Meridian

  1. I think the only potential in Canada would be UofT Graduate stream. Your undergrad GPA is very low, but your PhD and publication history may get you an interview. You will need to write the MCAT, but UofT has relatively low cut offs.
  2. Look at Mac Health Science. Very hard to get in , but worth it if you can.
  3. Undergrad GPA is paramount for Canadian schools and achieving a Masters does not change that very much. Suggest you review competitive wGPA at Canadian schools. Your GPA/wGPA is not sufficient for an interview at the Ontario schools you mentioned. MAC uses cumulative GPA only and has 10% limit on OOP interviews. 3.72 GPA won't be enough. Queens uses your last 2 years as wGPA and you will need atleast a 3.85 wGPA for an interview. UofT lets you drop 8 courses from the 4 years for wGPA and has +3.9x average interview GPA. My point is, understand what schools you can realistically appl
  4. Is it your intent to eventually go to the US for Med School ? I'm not sure from your post if you did apply or intend to apply to Canada or not. Your undergrad GPA will likely need a boost for Canada unless your weighted GPA is better for some schools. A Masters really will not help to offset your current GPA in Canada. The McGill Masters does not sound at all useful for a career path unless you actually become a surgeon. Do you maybe have a better option to try to raise your undergrad GPA with a fifth year ?
  5. As long as your Med school doesn't run through the summer, yes you can take time for an extended trip. (Although 8 weeks may be too much). Many Med students will opt for a research opportunity and to make money, but it is not necessary. Taking some time to look after mental health and unwind may be a better use of the time.
  6. Can you attain the missing prerequisites this summer/fall online ? Many schools do not include summer courses in GPA calc so no worry about impacting your excellent GPA. Sounds like you need to focus 150% on CARs from now til you write MCAT in late summer. Open up as many schools as you can to apply to. You don't need a 5th year to bring up GPA.
  7. Why are you taking a 2nd undergrad ? Your current undergrad cGPA of 3.9 is competitive at a number of schools. Most Canadian Med schools other that Ottawa do not have science prerequisites. You may be able to self-study for the MCAT. Choose a program that you think you can do well GPA-wise. Do you have Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status ?
  8. Applicant Pool GPA is not relevant. Interviewed vs accepted GPA might be interesting. AFMC does a summary of each school - applicants/interviewed/accepted - no GPA data https://afmc.ca/sites/default/files/pdf/2020_admission-requirements_EN.pdf Most schools provide some data. Example below of Mac which does a accepted histogram for each year. https://mdprogram.mcmaster.ca/docs/default-source/admissions/class-statistics/class-of-2022-stats.pdf?sfvrsn=2
  9. In general, schools look across the full school year so 6 & 4 is fine. You may be OK to drop the course this term. Courses must be in the Sept - April period though. Summer course will not count in weighting. You are shooting yourself in the foot each time you do drop or repeat courses or don't take full course load. The repeat courses are bad news for some schools as they wont count them (and you lose full course load) or they will include both marks in cumulative GPA. Some examples: Western will look at your best 2 years that are full course load. Queens will look at
  10. You provide your University transcript to OMSAS and they do the calculation. You can see your GPA after in the OMSAS documents section and should be able to figure out what they used for conversion. They have probably dealt with your University before.
  11. Good job at brining up your GPA in year 3 & 4. Too bad it wasnt at full course-load Do check out Queens - You might qualify for their weighting. https://meds.queensu.ca/academics/undergraduate/prospective-students/applying/application-process Other than that - you need more undergrad years to build up a useable GPA.
  12. Just keep going and concentrate specifically on GPA for the rest of the term. You realize already how important it is. You also already recognize some schools using weighting. Understand Queens and Westerns also. Clinical and Hospital volunteering while common for premeds is not mandatory. A lot is how your write up your ECs -- Google CanMeds and center around that. Write MCAT late summer and see where you are GPA/MCAT-wise in the fall. You can do it ! As far as Academic explanation essay - you can try - but I don't see you as being much different than anyone else as far as
  13. You missed paying your tuition 6 months ago. It was not a small amount like forgetting to pay your monthly cell phone bill. I think you have most of the responsibility here. If you are at your home school right now, go to the registrar in person on Monday morning.
  14. ManInBlack - if you expect to have a competitive ~3.9 cGPA at the end of your 3rd year, I would do the MCAT re-write this summer so you can apply this fall. If medicine is your top priority then use this summer specifically for MCAT. You already know how far you need to move the needle. Unless you already know what the NSERC opportunity is and what the time commitment expectations would be, I would treat that as secondary. Research is nice but not mandatory for med apps. A good MCAT is mandatory.
  15. why are you copying forward other peoples old posts that have no bearing on the current thread ?
  16. Your cGPA/wGPA is not competitive for most schools. You need near ~4.0 in your 5th year to help move them up. Reduce your EC activity this term and focus specifically on GPA. Casper is designed to make you reason quickly. You need to plan to answer more thoroughly across all questions. A Masters does not make up for an undergrad GPA that is not already competitive. Only go that route if you have a passion in the area or see it as a career path.
  17. Med Schools all have different methods to do a weighted wGPA for application assessment. Only MAC uses the full 4 year cGPA. Dal which you reference, as example uses last 2 years. Note they do require full course load and do NOT like repeat courses. So keep going with full course load and work to achieve a high GPA. Your first year will not hurt you if you can do well in year 2,3,4 You will see many schools do similar things - Queens, Western, Ottawa, U of T all haved weighted GPA's. https://medicine.dal.ca/departments/core-units/admissions/admissions/gpa-requirement/degree-as
  18. You probably do not want to re-take courses. Some med schools will not count the 2nd mark and you could then also be left without a full course load in that year removing the option to use weighted wGPA. Continue on with your program if you like the courses. Work at achieving +3.85 GPA going forward as +3.5 will not be competitive.
  19. Break your GPA down by each year. Examples - If your last 2 years are +3.85 you could apply to Queens. If your best 2 years are both above 3.7 GPA Western is possible. Knowing your GPA for each year could help determine if adding another year of undergrad could help boost undergrad GPA. Masters/PhD wont make up for a low undergrad GPA.
  20. Your overall cGPA is not competitive for most schools. Break your GPA down by each academic year. In your case 1A+1B , 2A+2B. etc. If you have a couple of good years, you may be able to use weighted wGPA. Look up Queens, Western, U of T as examples for how weighting is done. Your ECs are not going to be pre-med-like, but that is OK. Alot of it is how you write them up and identify against CanMeds (Google it). If your wGPA is OK for some schools, start thinking about writing MCAT
  21. Switching programs will not directly impact your chances nor will taking a 5th year. Take it a term at a time and see how you do GPA-wise. Key points: - You need a high GPA for your med applications to be competitive. Aim for 3.9 in each year. - Do a program you actually enjoy - it can help you achieve a higher GPA and make life more manageable. - take full course load in every year - it keeps weighted GPA open at many schools. - take most of your courses at the right level (ie. 300's in 3rd year.) - a 5th year is OK - and it may help you GPA-wise.
  22. Aria - your input for AB27 may be a little over confident. As a Canadian in USA, you cannot access loans of the size required without having considerable collateral or co-signers. Bursaries and Grants at US Med schools are aimed primarily at in-state American citizens. What secret pool of money are you aware of ?
  23. The undergrad program does not really matter that much. What matters is you should do a full course load in all 4 years and you a need a high GPA. Most applicants will come from the sciences. It makes some sense as you do need to write the MCAT for most schools which has basic science content. You can self study for the MCAT science content though. Whether you are in 2nd or 3rd year, I would not transfer to science thinking it would increase med school chances. As long as you have a +3.85 GPA currently, I would complete your degree. Start studying for MCAT in parallel. Do some sa
  24. U of T requires you to complete the graduate program before starting medicine. Your supervisor has to write a letter to that fact to be considered for an interview.
  25. Does the "joint" program cause the one-year masters to stretch out time-wise before you can graduate from it ? If you are working at applying to medicine, don't hobble your chances by starting a convoluted program that could restrict the number of schools you apply to next year.
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