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  1. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but unless you're in a special stream, that combination is mathematically impossible. You are essentially at 0/66, so even if you max it out you're still well off from the cutoff. Also, it's actually only a 1% bonus IIRC, not 4% for the PhD. Even with a PhD impossible. Based off my previous post here you'd need a a 182nd percentile CASPer (minimum).
  2. There's no "proving" yourself to Canadian admissions committees by doing a PhD. The computer will most likely reject you based off your undergrad GPA first, after all, medicine is structured like an undergraduate program and so undergraduate grades are more predictive. You need more undergrad course work, but think carefully about the cost of doing more years of school.
  3. My recollection (and a quick search of my old saved applications) is the question is worded as "Did you attend/matriculate" instead of "were you accepted?" which suggests you're fine.
  4. Barely any, but this will depend on your undergrad. I will say the reasoning and communication skills developed at a university level are very valuable. For all the premeds who hate English/CARS and only want to focus on the "hard sciences" I'll say my eyes have been opened through MS1 to the importance of reasoning, communication, and more "professional worker" skills v. memorization or knowing the nuances of any hard science. There's some overlap in reasoning for sure, but I've come to enjoy learning about the "Art of Medicine" and the process of working on improving those skills. N
  5. It could be made up, but I could easily see this happening at Mac "Only one school in my province doesn’t look at extracurriculars" so perhaps there is something here (no mention of CASPer but that's not really relevant to the story). It's not the only time I've heard of someone who didn't have a CV succeeding at a "Mac or bust" strategy.
  6. Two MS2s consult with a MS1 on finding classroms on Day 1:
  7. Your transcript (functionally speaking) is your MSPR. I don't know for sure, all I have is the same links. There might be some confusion here because undergrad courses offered through the faculty do note supplemental exams but on the page noting this there is a statement that this doesn't apply to the MD program which follows a different set of rules.
  8. First rewrite doesn't go on the MSPR, so study hard and pass and the only lasting impact will be some stress and lost time. No idea on the format. Judging by the preclerkship grade curves failures are rare (not to minimize anyone who had it happen to them) and the impression we were given is the school doesn't view a failure as a "you" problem but as a "what affected you that will be different next time" issue since getting in means they're confident you're academically strong enough. The actual policy appears to be the same for clerkship/preclerkship: https://med.uottawa.ca/undergr
  9. EDIT. Moved to uOttawa area since that's a more intuitive area for my answer: https://forums.premed101.com/topic/114277-supplemental-exam-for-a-block/?tab=comments#comment-1246229
  10. This. The rise in unmatched is being driven by a combo of hypercompetitive disciplines and people falling through the cracks. I came across this paper and thought it was very illuminating in showing this (only up until 2019 so not really affected by the cap unfortunately): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7378143/?fbclid=IwAR3QX3FY4kEw87eV3Xi9FHW4Ur0_zp3Zt-B7QTj095-RKuZeFtejBqVVPQU ^Check out that figure. The unmatched rate is still, regrettably, not 0%, but CMGs in Cluster A or B disciplines don't have the same worries as those in Cluster C (although I wonder if the
  11. That makes sense since there is no solution. 1. Emphasize GPA - we already know high SES upbringing tends to correlate with higher grades. 2. Emphasize MCAT - Same relationship with GPA (although I vaguely recall seeing some article say that admission tests are actually the best way to sort since they're less vulnerable to "knowing the system" like grades are and this makes sense. If someone has high grades they could have been in an easy program, someone with a high MCAT took a universally standardized test). 3. Emphasize ECs. Does anyone not think that if medical schools ma
  12. It's gotta be grey so we can complete the traffic light:
  13. I realize no one asked for it but based off the thread title, uOttawa MD2025s will start with the introduction unit on August 30th according to the latest calendar. There will likely be some things the week before as well, whatever it says in the letter.
  14. The AFMC tracks everyone, it's the only way to release the CMES report (which includes stats like "Average # applications per applicant" that can't be collected otherwise. Not a perfect system as far as data collection and the descriptive survey go (I received the applicant survey twice...) but they can easily track the basics using data schools provide. There are many ways to easily match large datasets quickly and with all the info people input into the same portals over and over again it's quite easy to match people. People usually only have one main mailing address, one name, will use the
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