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  1. Truer words were never spoken aha; honestly the best advice you can get imo. Your NAQ score can vary wildly just due to who reads your app from year to year, and overall there's a lot of randomness. But if you got an interview once it can happen again, and your stats are by no means hopeless considering that you're IP. So if med is your passion then I think the best advice that anyone can give you is to write the app as best you can, do the MCAT rewrite if possible, shoot your shot and never look back (but also to keep a plan B in the back of your head just in case, which is true for everyone)
  2. Not sure if McGill has some specific rule for this, but if it helps the way I've seen it done elsewhere for publications is to put a blank in place of your name; file reviewers will understand that's where your name should go to assess your level of contribution.
  3. For sure you have a shot, though it in large part depends on how they committee assesses your research proposal, which is unfortunately somewhat subjective. Because it can be a little random at times, the general rule with grants like these is to apply as broadly as possible and hope for the best; so definitely go for it!
  4. Yup pretty much; the essay is the deciding factor, but it's a highly subjective thing. The pool of people I've seen is of course anecdotal, but I've found it's really hard to predict who will get the interview and who won't based on the depth of the connection the applicant writes about alone. How well the person writes about it is obviously important too, but I've been consistently surprised by how many people with really good connections have been rejected and how often those with seemingly little/no connection score an interview. It makes me wonder exactly what they look for in these essays
  5. Just to confirm this, I've been told the same when I applied as OoP. And its extremely subjective in how they assess these; I've seen lots of people with little to no connection score the interview and lots of those with really deep connections get rejected. Sometimes it really seems like there's little correlation between how much of a connection you actually have and getting the interview haha, so definitely can't take OoP rejection by Dal personally!
  6. Could just be that it wasn't actually sent to first years, but I haven't received any such e-mail. I'm also pretty sure that I know of at least 1 person who got in with a gpa below 3.85 in my year also, though I'm not sure if they were a grad/undergrad applicant. In general I think you can't place too much stock in the word of mouth rumors. My gut feeling OP would be that 3.72 puts you at a sizable but not insurmountable disadvantage, particularly if your degree is complete and research/thesis-based; I wouldn't say it's a totally pointless application to do.
  7. Dal typically has a cutoff where anyone below 1.5SDs below the mean score of all applicants in the pool is rejected based on their casper score, so unfortunately your score probably is on the fairly low side. Never applied to Ottawa so can't speak to them, but for Mac you'd probably need pretty top-notch cars and gpa to make up for it, or you're likely pretty much out of the running there.
  8. Some conferences will publish a list of presenters' abstracts, with the intent that those listed are presenting the work (either by poster or talk), whereas others will simply publish abstracts submitted to the conference that are of interest to the field as a whole. In the latter case, totally fine, def include (again if non-peer-reviewed might be lower impact, but still def a contribution). In the former, it can be a bit fishy if you list this type of entry but then haven't actually presented. Might still be fine when worded correctly and all, I would just be a bit careful if that's your sit
  9. Generally yes, listed as an abstract published in a conference proceeding, though as a (usually) non-peer-reviewed contribution it's worth somewhat less than a peer-reviewed contribution or presentation. If you have space though, or are short on scholarly activities, still worth including imo (assuming you weren't listed there with the intent of presenting but then didn't actually attend; this could look a bit fishy I think, but that's just my 2 cents)
  10. My thoughts on this would be no; at least in the department I did my degree at if you were interested in applying for the award, a nomination was pretty easy to secure and didn’t mean a whole lot; it’s kinda hard to judge the merit of. But that’s just my 2 cents, if you’re short of entries that are academic/research awards it necessarily wouldn’t hurt to include, I just wouldn’t assume it will be super impactful.
  11. This, but after that point it’s a simple average of the two years as they both need to have 10 courses anyways (30 credit hours or 5 FCEs, depending on your school). Edit: wrong subforum, just realized I’m in dent here not med; sorry!
  12. Confidential Assessment Form, it replaces the reference letter for Ontario md admissions
  13. If you click into each category (teamwork, self-directed learning, etc), and then into “add activity” 3 of the 4 categories still have this listed as something to include!
  14. Grad pool makes it easier, but it’s now just stated that “applicants will receive credit during the file review process” depending on which type of grads degree you’re doing (course-based MSc vs thesis-based MSc vs PhD), and whether it’s conferred or in progress, so it should be purely helpful (unless it’s an in progress course-based MSc, which UofT gives no bonus for). While other schools don’t have separate pools per say, they do give explicit credit for grad degrees as well (ie. Mac), which are not an enormous advantage and often requires them to be conferred already (like Mac), but are aga
  15. I’m gonna have to agree with this. If you’re looking for an MD from Ontario your only realistic course of action would be a whole new degree, or at least 2 years of courses you could use for the schools which use the 2 year gpa. Applying as you stand now your odds are unfortunately negligible.
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