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  1. 3.89 is definitely competitive, especially since your ECs are good. Quite a few schools only use GPA as a cutoff and you definitely make all of them. Even for schools that use GPA competitively, 3.89 is still in the competitive range. As long as you meet the MCAT cutoffs for each school (aim for 128+ in each section, especially cars, although some 127s or 126s can be okay depending on the school) , you have a good shot
  2. Some schools only take your best or most recent two years for GPA calculations (Queen's, Western) so you're not out of the running if you do well in these years. If anything, if you can't get in after fourth year I'd do a fifth year of your current undergrad- if you have 3 good GPA years, that's good enough for most schools. At this point, you don't need to think about a second undergrad- you're not at that point yet
  3. No worries at all! It's definitely always better to email the school to clarify, but that's what I took out of the website at least. I think you're right about the best two years, so hopefully that works out for you
  4. To add to this- you have to meet the GPA cutoff just to be considered for an interview, but you definitely are not automatically given one. If you meet the cutoff all it means is that you'll get a full file review, and after this interview invites are given based on CASPer, ABS, and GPA (no one knows exactly how much each one is worth). GPA is used competitively. After the interview though- it's basically all based on interview score with GPA used as a tie-breaker (for example, for everyone who scored 3.5/4 on the interview, they'll give out offers to all of these people in order of GPA before
  5. I'll echo what others had said- scholarships for med school are minimal, but some do exist, although most are relatively small. uOttawa has a decent amount that you can apply to at the start of each year but most are only a few thousand, and they're quite competitive. OSAP and an LOC are the ways most people fund their education- these will more than cover the cost, the only question is how much debt you'll be in when you finish. Obviously this isn't ideal, but even with a lot of debt (150-200k+) most people can pay it off within a few years of staff work
  6. Hey- I'm not sure where DRigs is getting their info from but at least for Ontario schools, they don't really look at grade trends, only numerical GPA, so that won't help you unfortunately (except maybe at U of T if you write an academic explanations essay about how and why your grades improved) What I will say though is that even just looking at your GPA you for sure have a shot! It is true that 3.9+ is ideal, but people do get in with your GPA. You need to consider that each school calculates GPA differently, so it really depends on what schools you're applying to. I'm not very familiar
  7. Hey! My advice is mostly Ontario-focused but the general ideas probably pertain to other schools in Canada as well (but not the specifics) First off, your extracurriculars look good to me. A little extra research experience wouldn't hurt your application if things don't work out this year, but it's certainly not needed. Your MCAT is decent- this does depend a bit from school-to-school (some schools use it as a cut-off, some don't take it at all, etc.) but it's probably enough for all of the Ontario schools (except maybe not Western- this depends on your scores in each section). I'm not su
  8. Hey there- I'm not sure what requirements you're talking about for Western, but it says on their website that you can apply "after completion or during the final year of a second undergraduate degree", meaning that you are eligible to apply at the start of your second year. I imagine most schools are the same. This is generally how medical school admissions work- you apply at the start of the last year of your program for entry into medicine the fall after you graduate. If you wait to apply until after you've completed your degree, you'll have to take a full year off after your degree before e
  9. I wish I could give you better advice but I don't know enough about it to help you with this unfortunately- I think it's very program and school-dependent (both where you're doing the courses and also in terms of the med school's requirements). It doesn't hurt to do some digging on the med school websites or even sending them an email to check! Maybe someone else can also chime in on this
  10. Makes sense- I'm sure that's true, I was just trying to get across that you're allowed to reapply next year if you don't match. I probably wouldn't do this more than once but if you're really set on a specialty it's for sure possible to try carms again the next year, and with the subjectivity of the whole process a second chance at the match could work out for you (of course no guarantee)
  11. What do you mean? I wasn't talking about doing anything to "help" match, I was just saying you can go unmatched one year and reapply the next, which is what OP asked. And obviously doing a fellowship or research during your year off is better than nothing
  12. You are definitely right about this- one thing I will say though is you do have to take into account that although 80-90 applicants is a lot for only 3 spots, most of these 80-90 people will be applying to every program in Canada for the specialty (this happens in most competitive specialties). This is an approximation, but if 80-90 people are applying to 3 spots x 17 med schools, that's actually over 50 spots for 80-90 applicants which is still not great but much better odds
  13. Unfortunately, it is the case that even good applicants get rejected. CARMS is a very subjective process, and a very large part of the selection is just how much the program thinks you'll be a good "fit". They want someone who they can work well with for the next 5 years. The best way for them to know that is if you do an elective with them and they get to know you personally, but interviews, reference letters, and comments from your clerkship rotations will also play a role. However, there are things you can do to help yourself- research experience in the field (or even other fields) ca
  14. First off, for MD/PhD you are assessed in a completely separate stream from the plain MD stream, so you definitely could have a shot there. How it works is you're assessed first for the MD/PhD and then if you aren't selected for that, they put you in the normal MD stream. I don't know much more about it than that, but it is for sure its own stream separate from the MD For a second undergrad, it can be done in as little as 2 years- I personally know someone who did this! Also, don't forget that some schools (western and queen's) only look at your 2 most recent years for the GPA so you
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