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  1. Not all health disciplines are for everyone. I realized that I'd prefer more "hands on" interactions instead. Don't stop chasing the pharmD dream!
  2. Hey everyone - just looking to gather some of your valued thoughts and opinions. I'm a Canadian pharmacist who has been working in retail pharmacy for about 4 years at the management level. I feel like I'm getting very bored with my job due to the repetition and lack of ability to make meaningful changes in patients' lives (especially when you're owned by corporate and "script count" is all that matters). In addition, I have this thirst for knowledge that is not satisfying me by working in a retail pharmacy. There's so much to know but I feel like I'm rotting away jus
  3. May I ask what your MCAT breakdown was? I've got a 124 in CARS which I think doesn't meet the cut off right?
  4. Hey thanks. That's what I figured. I won't waste money on applying this cycle then. Cheers
  5. Hey guys, just wondering what my chances are and if I should even apply to any Canadian schools this year. Hopefully someone could shed some light my way. Resident of British Columbia GPA - About 80% for UBC (about 3.8ish for Ontario schools?) MCAT - 505 with a 123 in CARS (will probably have to rewrite.. I don't meet the cutoff for UBC..) ECs - Tons of ECs, very clinical and some long term as I have been working as a pharmacist for about 1 year now Research - A couple presentations and journal submissions. None published as of yet. Seeing how my CARS is very weak, should I even ta
  6. Is there ANY chance of getting in with a 123 in CARS with a very strong MCAT and ECs (very clinical)? I'm thinking either to apply this cycle or retake the MCAT and apply next cycle..
  7. Really? I just read in the accepted thread that someone had an interview with a TFR of 53... Usually the cutoff is relative though, so it varies every year as far as I know.
  8. Oh I totally missed that. I'm assuming the big gap between the 3.3 and 3.7 for OMSAS will probably scale my averages down then, more towards a 3.3ish OMSAS GPA but I will do the conversion when I am free and get back to you guys. Thank you for being so helpful!
  9. Thank you. I will consider Western as well in this upcoming application cycle.
  10. Thanks. I checked their course requirements and it seems I do fit the criteria (30 credit hours = 5 courses). However, it seems that they only take the best 2 years if you have 2 undergraduate degrees? It seems the "minimum GPA" is also calculated on the 2 best years in general. Is that the GPA that is used in the application process? Or eligibility? Any thoughts on Mac's CARS section? Also USDO programs?
  11. This is common with a lot of other health professions. It's just the reality of the situation. Biggest tip for everyone it to actually LOOK IN to this, really see if its something they want to do for the rest of their lives. Dedicate time and energy to others while letting your mental health waste away.
  12. Thank you. Yes all of those years are full courseloads. I have been considering Mac as well but I have not thought about western. I have a lot of health-related ECs to compensate as well as an upcoming pharmacy degree. Any recommendations if I should take a second degree to boost up my GPA or will it not be worth it? I have not thought about USDO programs... I will look into it. Are they easier to get accepted to? Thank you for your input, comments, and suggestions!
  13. Thanks, here is the breakdown of my grades over the past 7 years. I have not taken the MCAT but I am taking it this summer, what kind of score do you need to be considered a "strong" MCAT score? Year 1: 78% Year 2: 73% Year 3: 86% Year 4: 78% Year 5: 78% Year 6: 79% Year 7: 88%
  14. Hi everyone, I'm considering applying to med school this year, I'm from BC but I'll be applying across Canada and to several US schools (to the ones that I meet their minimum GPA requirement). I hear AMCAS scales your grades (80% = 4.0) so I feel that I might have a chance? I've been a student for 7 years with an upward trend in my grades (last year grades GPA = 95% full course load). Do I have a chance assuming my MCAT score is competitive (will be taking this summer) and I have decent/average ECs?
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