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  1. Fortunately, I was able to pay off all my loans already and so OSAP is not my concern as of now. I am working hard to practice CARS everyday but really not sure what I should do for next year!
  2. I tried to look for the missing pre-reqs online, but no luck I have been definitely focusing on CARS since I started studying for MCAT this year. I am not doing a 5th year to bring up my GPA but just to take the pre-reqs and strengthen my ECs. I am not sure I should do a non-degree or stay for a 5th year given the pros of each option.
  3. Hello there! Hope everyone is doing well and most importantly safe! As a 4th year student, I was supposed to graduate after this term. Unfortunately, I did not get any interviews this year and I am currently studying for MCAT (re-taking it sometimes this summer). My initial plan after graduating was to get a full-time job related to my science degree and make some money while I wait for application cycles. However, given the coronavirus pandemic circumstances, I am concerned with finding jobs with my science degree. Regardless of working full-time or not, I still need to come ba
  4. Hello everyone, I wanted to know if the deadline to submit OMSAS applications is always on October 1st of every cycle? The deadline for this year's cycle was October 1st and last year was also October 1st so it seems like the deadline is always the first day of October? Thanks!
  5. Sorry, I forgot to clarify, the 3 options that I mentioned (full-time work, part-time research, and Masters) will all begin in September after I write the MCAT. I will be devoting the entire summer to MCAT (besides upto 10 hours of ECs/work per week).
  6. Thanks for the reply! However, is it often beneficial to do masters for med school admissions? For example, UofT has a separate pool for grad student applicants and it seems like the competition is "easier" although I could be wrong.
  7. Hi all, I am in my last year of undergrad and I will be graduating after this term. Unfortunately, I did not receive any interviews this cycle (only applied to 1 school as my MCAT was AWFUL). My plan is to rewrite MCAT this summer but I am not sure what to do afterwards while I wait for upcoming application cycles. I am torn between 3 options which are working full-time (unrelated to medicine), research assistant part-time, or pursuing 2-year Masters (thinking of Public Health). These options will all begin in September after I re-write the MCAT. Pros of working full
  8. I thought the minimum wGPA for Ottawa English stream was 3.85?
  9. I am entering my 4th year of undergrad this fall and applying to medical schools this fall. Although I am hoping for the best to get accepted anywhere, I wanted to plan what I should do next year if this upcoming cycle isn't successful. Stats: cGPA 3.98 MCAT: Writing this summer, but plan to rewrite it next summer if the score is poor ECs: average I was thinking of either working just random jobs, volunteering, or do course-based masters (I am not sure if doing master's will help with medical school admissions). Any thoughts? I am also graduating next spring but if the
  10. Thanks for the response. I lived in the Maritimes for about 5 years before moving to Ontario. Obviously, I am not eligible for IP status anymore but I am not sure if this is a strong enough Maritime connection to write the MCAT earlier to apply as an OOP?
  11. Hi all, I am planning to apply to medical schools this upcoming Fall and I have pre-requisite courses for all schools in Canada except McGill (missing physics labs and Orgo II). I am also planning to graduate next Winter. If the upcoming application cycle isn't successful, I am considering to return to school to take both physics labs, Orgo II (+lab), and a stats course. I am a bit hesitant to take these pre-requisite courses in my last year of undergrad since these courses are known as being GPA killers at my school and I really would like to protect my undergrad GPA. I am planning
  12. Is there any advantage of early application for UBC medicine? Early application is due on August 1st whereas all other applications are due on September 13th. It turns out that early applicants receive an interview invite a day early (if they are to receive one), but does applying early affect the chance of admissions in any way? Thanks in advance!
  13. Hi there I am heading into winter term of 3rd year and I need some advice regarding course selection. This fall, I took 2 3rd year courses, 1 2nd year course, and 2 1st year courses. However, the 2nd year course and one of the 1st year courses were science prerequisite courses that I did not take in my 1st and 2nd year (I am not in a traditional science program and I did not get any electives until this term). Next term, I have 1 4th year course, 1 3rd year course, and 3 1st year courses (one of them is a requirement for my program, one of them is a science prerequisite course, and the la
  14. The problem with taking biochem courses is that they usually require organic chemistry as the prerequisite course. I was able to take intro to biochem that did not have prerequisites but any other biochem courses require orgo. My raw GPA is 3.97 without any adjustments. I am just having a hard time with understanding the concepts and the final exam is worth 60% which is supposedly much harder than midterms which I did poorly in... Obviously, I have been putting in effort and time but I just don't seem to get it.
  15. Hope everything is going well. I am in my 3rd year and taking organic chemistry I this term. I am only taking the course to be able to apply to Ottawa and preparing for the MCAT. However, I am struggling in the class. I am seriously considering dropping the course, but I will get WD on my transcript. Dropping the course will make me illegible to apply to Ottawa med and UofT wGPA formula but keeping the course and potentially getting a bad grade will impact all other schools (except UofT)...My cGPA is great (3.97) and I have been taking a full course load each term. What are your tho
  16. Thanks for the replies. I would say both jobs are a bit related since they are both offered through the Athletics department at my school...I am not really sure what to do!
  17. Hello everyone! Course selection for my school is coming up shortly for Fall 2018 and I will be taking 5 courses this fall, however one of the courses is credit/no credit course. I know that UofT takes away credit/no credit courses first and then lowest marks away when applying weighted GPA formula, but are there any other disadvantages of taking credit/no credit courses? (i.e not being able to apply due to not meeting full-course load requirement?) Thanks in advance!
  18. Hi there! I recently finished 2nd year of undergrad and enjoying my summer so far. I just wanted to get some advice from this forum regarding the MCAT. It seems like most people take the MCAT after 2nd year but am I at a disadvantage if I take it after 3rd year instead? I was considering taking the MCAT after 2nd year but I will be working full-time this summer (NSERC) and also taking one course. I also haven't taken Organic Chemistry (I have taken cell bio, general chem 1, 2, physics 1, 2, psych, human physiology, and biochemistry). Should I study for the MCAT this year while working ful
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