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  1. Yeah for sure. But for CaRMS specifically, aren't reference letters usually clinical? Based on what I've heard, submitting a letter from a purely-research supervisor is not generally done? Of course, if you've done clinical rotations/electives AND research with a preceptor then that could be a very strong letter indeed, but my understanding is that it's uncommon for people to have these sorts of letters.
  2. Based on what I've read on this forum, research productivity is probably only important for surgery-related specialties, and some other academic specialties like rad onc, and even then it's secondary to good fit/reference letters/electives. But I'm still wondering, if someone were to have crazy high producitivity, like say 15 first-author peer-reviewed publications during med school, would that not at the very least make them stand out enough to score an interview? (given that your ref letters and clerkship evals were about as good as the avg applicant) Personally, I'm not one of these pe
  3. Unfortunately, this is correct. Most Canadian schools just chuck your GPA into a calculator and it spits out a wGPA and corresponding file review score. We’d like to think or hope it’s more holistic than this, but it’s really not (*ahem* Mac).
  4. I know somebody who got into UofC when one of their Top 10 experiences talked about them cheating on their boyfriend (I felt this was kind of ridiculous, as it bascially shows nothing but poor character but they must've really sold it as a "learning experience" I guess). So I guess, maybe in my mind, beating a serious addiction had a lot more redeeming qualities than that. But I guess you're right. If you're a strong candidate otherwise, there's no reason to take the risk of getting a reviewer or committee member who will look unfavourably on this experience. Medicine isn't immune to the stigm
  5. Not sure if you're planning on applying to UofC, but I think this would be a great experience to discuss in your Top 10 if you did. As a current student, I can tell you first-hand that they love these sort of "overcoming adversity" unique stories. As people have already mentioned though, it's up to your comfort level whether you want to disclose something like this. My experience (at UofC) is that they're very supportive and non-judgemental about this sort of thing, and I don't think it would adversely affect you at all. But I'm unfamiliar with other schools, so I wouldn't necessarily recommen
  6. Yes, that's exactly what they'd do. Since you have not yet graduated, you don't actually have to do a second undergrad. You can just elect not to request graduation and continue taking courses (at least this is the case at most schools, exceptions may exist so ask your registrar). However, sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but even with the 4.0 in both years (and a resulting 3.49), you'd be very uncompetitive. Because of the "global assessment of academic merit" section on the UofC application, you may get a very slight bump for an upward trend, but because 20% of your pre-interview sco
  7. I'm going to hypothesize that it may have something to do with COVID and the fact that more people tend to go into higher education when the economy and job prospects are poor. I'm an M1 at UofC, and we were informed of a similar issue (17% increase in applicants over last year). I wonder if this is a trend we'll see across all medical schools when stats are available next year.
  8. Do you mean your poster was accepted to be presented, but the conference was cancelled? Or that you were on the author list for a poster that was presented but not the primary presenter/first author? I know for the latter at least UofC let’s you list it. Unsure about other schools. For the former, I don’t see how any school would like you to list it. It would be kind of like saying “I was registered to go to the olympics but I didn’t actually go”. Really just means you didn’t really do anything. Not worth much except a “sorry better luck next time.”
  9. Full course load means 5 FCEs per year for you. So either 10 half year courses, 5 full year courses, or a combination thereof leading to 5FCEs. Don't quote me on this, but I don’t think a co-op year counts towards their calculation since there’s no way you took 5FCEs while doing a co-op (even if your time commitment was likely the same a day full-time non-coop student). Your two most recent years in which you took 5FCEs would be used to calculate your wGPA.
  10. It definitely sucks to be in your position, but I think the first step is understanding that everyone's journey is different. Many people have a very set timeline in which they want to progress to each milestone along the med journey (med school, residency, fellowship etc.) but life tends to get in the way sometimes. I think you need find what works for you in terms of getting over this barrier in your life. I personally have a very "don't cry over spilled milk" approach to things like this, and I tell myself there's nothing I can do to change the unfavourable outcome, but there's certainly so
  11. I don't think they will start to matter less, just that in terms of ECs, the avg applicant will have a less impressive resume. So ECs may in fact be a distinguishing factor, where if you have strong ECs despite the pandemic, that could seperate your from the larger pool of applicants, many of whom may no longer have strong ECs. I can't speak for all medical schools, but my school (Calgary) is keeping it's weighting the same, where roughly ~50% of the pre-interview score is non-academic attributes.
  12. I would caution against buying a house because you don't know if you'll match to residency for sure in Edmonton. You may be stuck paying the mortgage on a house you can't live in, and it may be overly expensive to do that while also paying the rent/mortgage on another place.
  13. We were told that they will be in touch with more information on when/how we can pick them up.
  14. Not sure where you read about the two-year post-secondary requirement. The earliest you can get into UofC med is after completing your third year. Keep in mind though that only 2-3 (of ~155) students get in out of third year in each cohort, and the vast majority of students have completed their bachelors, and many have graduate degrees as well. Also, getting into med schools is hard, so you ideally don't want to limit your applications just to UofC, and plan carefully (i.e., prerequisities, MCAT, etc.) to be eligible to apply to multiple schools across Canada. The average person who gets into
  15. No matter your MCAT score, your GPA will preclude you from applying/being competitive at any med school in Canada. If you are set on going to med, you would have to do a second undergrad and score at least 3.8+ (on the OMSAS scale) while taking a full course load. This could make you competitive for Western and Queens. For most other med schools, your GPA from your first undergrad is lethal, unfortunately.
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