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  1. If you don't mind missing a cycle and an MSc is in line with your career goals then go far I can't think of any reason why it would decrease your chances, I did an MSc and so do MANY others before getting in to med! They won't care that you've missed a cycle.
  2. If medical school is your ultimate goal, I don't think I would recommend doing a master's degree because 1) you will lose an application cycle, and 2) I don't think it will make you that much more competitive. Your application already demonstrates substantial research productivity and you were able to get an interview at U of T so you are already a competitive candidate! What would best improve your chances would be to focus on improving your interview skills for U of T and working on your GPA and MCAT score to make you competitive at other schools. This could mean doing a fifth year (as other
  3. I agree with the above poster - it doesn't matter really what you do, it matters more so what you learned/gained from your ECs and how you talk about them!
  4. Hey, I was in a similar-ish position when I interviewed last year My best two years were ~3.8. but I'm not SWOMEN and I just barely made the MCAT cut offs to get an interview. I felt a little unsure going into the interview given that I assumed I was probably near the bottom of the list of people they had offered interviews to but I ended up getting an offer of admission without being waitlisted! I think once you get that interview, how you interview is most important so once you get there just focus on that and not your GPA/MCAT
  5. There will be a housing guide that will come out sometime in the nearish future with information about housing near campus but a lot of people live downtown, in the masonville area, in the apartment buildings on Richmond road North of Richmond and University, in the Cherryhill area, and in the apartment buildings on proudfoot lane near Oxford!
  6. Many schools do a weighted GPA calculation rather than looking at your cGPA, have you looked into how each school calculates GPA to see if that makes you more hopeful? I did poorly on my first MCAT too (got a 124 in phys/chem and 126 in CARS ) but found I did much better the second time after studying pretty much full time for a whole summer. Just keep studying and practicing and you will improve! May be helpful to try to identify the specific areas or types of questions you are struggling with see if anyone on this forum has any specific advice. Also, are you taking a prep course? I fou
  7. ^That was most likely it, we had several interviews go over time or nearly go over time
  8. My gut response to this, sadly, would be to err on the side of caution :/ I am all for people challenging norms and doing what makes them feel great but you don't want to give the interviewers any possible reason to deduct marks or whatever and it is plausible that some could view a male wearing dark nail polish as unprofessional. For what it's worth, as a female, I also avoided dark nail polish and stuck with a nude.
  9. On Schulich's website it says "Each candidate who is invited for interview is required to complete a short written component to the interview where they are asked to read and summarize a passage according to instructions." So that's literally all it is Nothing to worry about!
  10. I'm pretty sure the written component is pass/fail and is meant to evaluate your ability to comprehend a writing piece and then communicate that information back to someone in a summary.
  11. If you want to be competitive for several schools across Canada then definitely split your time between grades and ECs but just be careful not to overwork yourself! You don't need to aim for a 4.0 GPA each year + a ton of long-term ECs, that is just not realistic for many people and looking after your mental health is very important. I would say aim for at least a 3.8 each year going forward (but don't stress too much if for some reason that doesn't happen, you can always do the fifth year to make up for it) and pick just a few ECs that really interest you to do long-term. I think that longer
  12. Sounds like you have lots of questions/things to think about! First of all, don't worry about your low GPA in first year. Most medical schools calculate a weighted GPA which they use for admissions. For example, Western only looks at the GPA in your best two years, U of T drops a number of your worst courses, etc. Have a look at the websites for the schools you might be interested in and see how they calculate your GPA. Just work hard and do as well as you can in your remaining years and you likely won't need to do a fifth year! If it makes you feel better, my cGPA for 5 years of undergra
  13. I think the best way to practice depends on who you are as a person. I know people who went all out and filmed themselves doing practice interviews with several people, which they then watched back, while I personally did very little prep. This worked best for me because I feel like too much prep would've resulted in me coming up with semi-scripted answers, which makes me nervous because then I worry too much about going off of my "perfect" script. But then again, I am a little bit older and had some interview experience in my 6 months prior to interviewing for med school. So just think about
  14. If it makes you feel any more less worried, my 2 year GPA was ~3.81 and I just barely made the non-swomen MCAT cut offs and I got an offer of admission The cut off could totally go up but if it stays at ~3.7, assuming you interview well, you don’t need to worry too much about GPA and MCAT!
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