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    Meridian got a reaction from D3llete in Best "Premed" Programs?   
    Look at Mac Health Science. Very hard to get in , but worth it if you can.
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    Meridian got a reaction from hijkl in Travelling during the summers in med school?   
    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.
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    Meridian got a reaction from sportsMD23 in Graduate or not? (non-degree vs 5th year)   
    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. 
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    Meridian got a reaction from Ferdosa in Low cGPA looking for options moving forward   
    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.
     
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    Meridian reacted to QCThroaway in Medical School Appears to Threaten Ejection Over Late Tuition   
    All is well in the end. Got an email from the administrative director this morning confirming that my payment came in and that I could resume my rotation.
     
    Thanks to everyone for their advice!
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    Meridian reacted to adomanim in Should I retake the MCAT this summer or do other things?   
    My english is not perfect so I am not good at getting my idea past and I am not meaning to be critical of masters students. I have seen people doing masters in public health that want to get into medicine, and I genuinely wondering why and how you did that? My older cousin in community health at University of Calgary said it was looked down on in the program if someone wanted to do medicine (which kinda weird since somehow it is okay for docs to do a public health masters but not the other way around), and it seems like a pretty tough program to go through anyways. So I'm just wondering why would someone decide to do medicine after getting a masters in community health or public health instead of just making a career in that field.... would you be doing the same thing? Did being in that program make your medical application harder to do since it might have been taken in a bad way from the masters program?








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    Meridian reacted to Bambi in Rejected- Need Advice   
    Answering one answer well for CASPER doesn’t cut it! To me, that approach is not good, makes you less than competitive. 
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    Meridian got a reaction from Nsekanabo in Any Advice Please? Non Trads? #Dalhousie   
    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-assessment.html
      https://medicine.dal.ca/departments/core-units/admissions/admissions/course-load-requirements.html
    Can you move from 2.9 to 3.9 ?   It will be a lot of work and probably major changes to your approach.  You can do it.  Make full use of your schools resources (TA's, support hours, admin support, study groups).
     
     
     
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    Meridian got a reaction from Nsekanabo in Any Advice Please? Non Trads?   
    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 sample tests to benchmark where you are and plan to write in summer 2020.
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    Meridian got a reaction from redbeanbun in Engineer looking for Medical School Advice   
    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
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    Meridian reacted to IMislove in How much do family doctors actually make?   
    This is more entertaining than studying. I don’t even need to go on re ddddd itttt for the Luls now, just hit up good ollll prem101.
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    Meridian got a reaction from AB27 in US Med without parental support   
    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 ?
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    Meridian got a reaction from James kingston in Importance of 1st author publication   
    Achieving a first author in a publication like Nature is a big thing in the science world. That is near impossible as an undergrad.  Being included as an author in publications shows your sustained involvement in research.   Good on you if you can achieve it in Undergrad.  Publication is not a requirement for medical school applications,  It is however a way to stand out and maybe have your application ranked higher by the human reviewers.
     
     
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    Meridian got a reaction from Panerai in Importance of 1st author publication   
    Achieving a first author in a publication like Nature is a big thing in the science world. That is near impossible as an undergrad.  Being included as an author in publications shows your sustained involvement in research.   Good on you if you can achieve it in Undergrad.  Publication is not a requirement for medical school applications,  It is however a way to stand out and maybe have your application ranked higher by the human reviewers.
     
     
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    Meridian got a reaction from Canadian MED in Transferring Schools in Undergrad?   
    Medical schools are all slightly different in nuances. In general they require you to be studying undergrad in a 4 year degree.  Most candidates will apply in the fall of their 4th year so will be showing their year 1-3 grades.   They would complete their undergrad and commence Med school the next fall.  Some schools accept applications a year earlier when a student is starting 3rd year.   If accepted to Medicine, you likely would not complete your undergrad degree.
    Be aware you do not need to give up on your agriculture degree to apply to medicine.   It really does not matter what your undergrad is as long as you can get +3.9 GPA, do well on the MCAT, and have excellent ECs.    Consider staying where you are if you can achieve good grades.
    You want full course load in every year as some schools require it for applications.   In other cases full course load allows you to use weighted wGPA.  U of T for example will let you drop 3 or 4 full credits from your GPA if you do full course load in all years.  Without that, you can still apply, but they will use your cumulative cGPA.  Other schools look at best 2 years (Western) or last 2 years (Queens) or weighted approach (Ottawa).    MAC uses cumulative GPA from all courses.  Also be careful about repeating courses.
    So you could transfer to life science at another school and theoretically apply in your 3rd University year if  you get high grades in year 1 and year 2 of life sciences.  You may find you need to wait until 3rd year life science to open up more schools.
     
     
     
     
     
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    Meridian got a reaction from RejectedAgain in Mac Health Sci vs Western Med sci scholars elective   
    1000%, if you can get into Mac HealthSCi , go there.  Don't even question that.
    Western Scholar Electives is just an overlay on MedSci.  You get together a few times a year and do a bit of extra stuff.  More networking with faculty so better chances at getting Research opportunities.  It will not really do much on its own for Medical School admissions.
    Your goal in first semester is to adapt to undergrad quickly and ensure you can achieve +3.9GPA.   It is as tough transition. Don't assume you can carry your high marks using the same study approach you are using now.   Once you have the grades under control get involved in one or two quality EC's and use th rest of your time for life balance.
     
     
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    Meridian got a reaction from striders02 in Mac Health Sci vs Western Med sci scholars elective   
    1000%, if you can get into Mac HealthSCi , go there.  Don't even question that.
    Western Scholar Electives is just an overlay on MedSci.  You get together a few times a year and do a bit of extra stuff.  More networking with faculty so better chances at getting Research opportunities.  It will not really do much on its own for Medical School admissions.
    Your goal in first semester is to adapt to undergrad quickly and ensure you can achieve +3.9GPA.   It is as tough transition. Don't assume you can carry your high marks using the same study approach you are using now.   Once you have the grades under control get involved in one or two quality EC's and use th rest of your time for life balance.
     
     
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    Meridian got a reaction from CherryBlossom9 in Should I (22yrs old) start my undergraduate (USask) in Winter 2020 term or Spring term or is it best to start it in Fall term?   
    Another thing to consider, it can be hard to do a 4 year undergrad starting in the off cycle.  95% of your peers will have started in September cycle.  You may want to consider the social aspect of not starting with a peer group.   Course availability may not line up well for you trying to schedule off cycle.  Don't worry about your age. It is really not a factor.  Do plan to do full courseload for all 4 years.   You wanted that for weighted GPAs that some med schools use.
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    Meridian got a reaction from CherryBlossom9 in Which medical schools have the weighted GPA (wGPA) system of admissions in Canada?   
    Some I know,
    Ottawa - last 3 years weighted
    Queens - last 2 years
    Western - best 2 years
    Dal  - best 2 years + Grad school grads
    U of T - drop 3-4 full credits (if full courseload) 
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    Meridian got a reaction from strawberryturtle501 in UofT programs: music or life sciences?   
    Strawberry,  you will find that most people in medical school did come through the life science path.  The logic being that you learn the basic science required for the MCAT and may have access to research opportunities or other ECs that align well with medical school applications. You may also attract a bigger support network for preparation among your school peers as many of them are also thinking medicine.  
    That said, there are many in medical school that came from different undergrad paths.  Maybe the uniqueness of some applications stand out among the sea of candidates.
    Some undergrad programs can be more difficult to transition to medicine. Engineering tends to have heavy workload leading to overall lower GPA.   Some nursing programs present specific issues due to many pass/fail courses and terms that are all clinical that make it hard to meet some med school application requirements.
    A high undergrad GPA is fundamentally the first requirement for med school applications.  You need a +3.85 (or +3.90) GPA to be competitive.  Pick an undergrad that you think you can do well in.  It may be because you are "good" at it or you like the topics.  If you are thinking Music, check with the programs you are considering and understand what they consider full course-load and that there is course grading that meets the 10 half-courses a year profile.   You need to take full course-load through your undergrad to keep weighted wGPA available as used by some schools.  You also may need to learn how to study and prepare much more efficiently than you did in  high-school to achieve those marks.
    Are you applying to University for next year ?   Suggest you give MacMaster Health Science a shot.  Do some searching on here to understand why.
    Cheers
     
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    Meridian got a reaction from DR@YCC in It online volunteer worth it and value the same as traditional volunteering experience.   
    I would not look at online volunteering as a 1st choice.  You should think of how your ECs can be described in the CanMeds framework (google it) when it comes time to apply.  They also should be things that you enjoy doing.    ECs that have direct physical involvement help you grow your social, teamwork, public speaking and leadership skills.   You also can build lifelong friendships from the shared experiences.  You learn much by watching how others interact and can gain mentors in the process.
     
     
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    Meridian got a reaction from helicase in Plan moving forward (3.69 GPA, 514 MCAT)   
    break down your GPA for each year and indicate if full course load each year
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    Meridian got a reaction from Ferdobob in Not sure if I messed up my plan to apply to med school   
    You need to spell out your GPA for each of your 1st 3 years for anyone to offer thoughts
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    Meridian reacted to Intrepid86 in Saba Medical School   
    As someone who did this route and was successful, I still don't recommend it.
    That being said, if you're going to go, then make sure you're knowledgeable about the process and risks beforehand. Contrary to the opinions of the inadequately informed, this path is not a sure thing.
    Good luck
     
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    Meridian got a reaction from Kiki-Mora in why medicine after masters?   
    That is nonsense.  Many people do different types of Masters and PhD before and after Medicine.
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