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    Excel-erate Your Breath got a reaction from offmychestplease in A Debate with No Right Answer (GPA vs Work)   
    I really respect your opinions on this site because you tell it like it is, blunt and with no filter. To hear you validate my thoughts on this gives me great confidence. Thank you!
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    Excel-erate Your Breath reacted to offmychestplease in A Debate with No Right Answer (GPA vs Work)   
    Your GPA is 89.7%. The average accepted GPA this year 2021 will be around 90%, and next year will likely be around 90.5%.
    Therefore, your GPA will not hold you back. Don't worry about increasing it. Focusing on NAQ is way more high yield in my opinion. 
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    Excel-erate Your Breath reacted to zoxy in Where is the GPA Average Going?   
    GPA also correlates with SES. The only difference is that the MCAT is standardized but GPA is not, plus you can take the MCAT multiple times but a freshman year calcuclus class will stay with you for years. Plus, the best single correlate to performance in medical school is the Bio section of the MCAT according to a study done by UCalgary.
    If you were unlucky enough to do something like engineering that has grade deflation, you can kiss your chances of an interview at UBC goodbye. One of my labmates had a 525 MCAT but an 84 GPA average since he was an electrical engineer, and didn't start university with the intention of being a Doctor. He got rejected pre-interview from UBC two years in a row and his GPA was also too low for Sask and Manitoba OOP. Sure, the MCAT isn't perfect but putting so much emphasis on the GPA without taking course difficulty, degree difficulty,and institution difficulty into consideration pre-interview is asinine. And then people wonder why Mac Health Sci gets 7000 application a year. The median science undergrad GPA at Princeton is 3.4.  Is a 3.5 in kinesiology from Vancouver Island University more valuable than a 3.4 in biochemistry from Princeton? For UBC med though, the 3.5 is definitely more valuable.
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    Excel-erate Your Breath reacted to neurologist19 in Where is the GPA Average Going?   
    That is interesting. I am skeptical a little though. Is MCAT more correlated to SES than GPA? As a poor student from a low SES background, I wished it was 100 percent MCAT honestly. With GPA, it is hard to maintain it when you need to work full time to support yourself during school for 4 years, when you have family members to take care of it. With MCAT, it can be done in a few months of concentrated studies if the student is a bright one!
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    Excel-erate Your Breath got a reaction from neurologist19 in Where is the GPA Average Going?   
    Fair point, but they do have some reasoning as to why they don't I am sure (ex. MCAT is a test that lends itself to better performance for those high in SES)
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    Excel-erate Your Breath reacted to t2n1n4 in Application Help Guides?   
    UCalgary application manual - https://cumming.ucalgary.ca/mdprogram/future-students/admissions/applicant-manual
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    Excel-erate Your Breath got a reaction from wanderforhelp in Volunteers getting treated like Sh*t at VCH   
    I logged in just now to say this exact same thing. Thanks @Raincouver

    Furthermore OP, I will engage in a bit of self-disclosure here but: there are people working throughout this pandemic, as Raincouver mentioned, who are at a high risk and seeing people everyday. In my job as a counsellor at a non-profit organization that offers free services, I see people who walk in off of the street, 75% of my clients are this way. When I volunteer weekly at a homeless shelter, I don't think to myself about if the homeless peoples are wearing masks and distancing (spoiler alert: they're not). Oh, and I am on autoimmune medications, but my specific biologic didn't get listed as one of the ones that makes me 'clinically vulnerable' (which, side topic, idk why not but I'm not the one who makes the call so whatever lol).

    My point is this: you are absolutely within your rights to stop volunteering there or to speak up about feeling unsafe and to work with your boss on measures as to help you feel safer (for example, double/triple masking, using both a faceshield and a mask, etc.). I'm not sure what the situation is like where you are, but I also volunteer at a vaccine clinic and we were told from day 1 to speak up when we felt our safety was at risk. The very last thing your boss wants is for you to get COVID, believe me. Goes against the very point of the vaccine clinic existing, i.e. to help the curve bend back down and protect as many people as possible.

    We will all get our shots soon, which is amazing for us living in a first-world country like Canada.

    If you want to have a chat feel free to DM me. I would hate for you to receive hate here and on r3dd!t for expressing your concerns. The way you have worded your concerns might incite a little bit of hate from some people though.
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    Excel-erate Your Breath reacted to shikimate in Where is the GPA Average Going?   
    off topic, but didn't the admission GPA average for UofT go up 0.1 every year and the prediction was it'll hit 4.01/4 this year? I am disappointed to see it haven't even hit 4 yet in 2020! Was betting it'll hit 4.5/4 within my lifetime. Looks like UofT med has this grade deflation thing going on eh, talk about an attitude adjustment.
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    Excel-erate Your Breath got a reaction from Aspiring-Doctor in Volunteers getting treated like Sh*t at VCH   
    I logged in just now to say this exact same thing. Thanks @Raincouver

    Furthermore OP, I will engage in a bit of self-disclosure here but: there are people working throughout this pandemic, as Raincouver mentioned, who are at a high risk and seeing people everyday. In my job as a counsellor at a non-profit organization that offers free services, I see people who walk in off of the street, 75% of my clients are this way. When I volunteer weekly at a homeless shelter, I don't think to myself about if the homeless peoples are wearing masks and distancing (spoiler alert: they're not). Oh, and I am on autoimmune medications, but my specific biologic didn't get listed as one of the ones that makes me 'clinically vulnerable' (which, side topic, idk why not but I'm not the one who makes the call so whatever lol).

    My point is this: you are absolutely within your rights to stop volunteering there or to speak up about feeling unsafe and to work with your boss on measures as to help you feel safer (for example, double/triple masking, using both a faceshield and a mask, etc.). I'm not sure what the situation is like where you are, but I also volunteer at a vaccine clinic and we were told from day 1 to speak up when we felt our safety was at risk. The very last thing your boss wants is for you to get COVID, believe me. Goes against the very point of the vaccine clinic existing, i.e. to help the curve bend back down and protect as many people as possible.

    We will all get our shots soon, which is amazing for us living in a first-world country like Canada.

    If you want to have a chat feel free to DM me. I would hate for you to receive hate here and on r3dd!t for expressing your concerns. The way you have worded your concerns might incite a little bit of hate from some people though.
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    Excel-erate Your Breath reacted to bearded frog in Application Help Guides?   
    If you've read https://www.ouac.on.ca/guide/omsas-guide/ then that's all there is for OMSAS, in addition to each school's site. Back when I applied it was a pdf but it looks like it changes so frequently now that its not practical to do it that way. They used to change the essay prompts every year, and typically wouldn't release them until applications open, don't know if that's still the same. Otherwise as far as I know each school's site is it in terms of instructions. When I applied you only found out what the formatting requirements were once you were in the application, and they changed frequently, although they might not change as much any more.
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    Excel-erate Your Breath reacted to Coviduh19 in FAQ: What are my chances?   
    GPA wise, I think you’re solid for most of the schools you listed (maybe a little low for NOSM and Mac considering both schools look at cGPA).
    As for the MCAT, I think 512 is a solid score. I personally won’t rewrite it. Western’s cut off seems to be stabilizing (two years in a row, the cut offs tend to be the same). However, if you think you can bring it up to 516+, I think you should do it especially if you are confident that you can bring up your score!
    Now on to your ECs, I feel like they are very diverse! I’m sure if you write your application very well, you’ll have no problem landing an interview.
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    Excel-erate Your Breath reacted to pyridoxal-phosphate in CASPer, MCAT, FT Job, and Applications all at Once?   
    You know yourself best but I personally studied for it while working full time and scored in your goal range. I spaced out my studying over many months though, and since it was my first time taking it, and I wasn't in a rush to apply I used this one as a "test run" and depending on how I did I told myself I'd study full time for a re-write if need be (luckily didn't have to rewrite). Since you are rewriting, and sounds like you want to apply this cycle your situation might be different. 
    You'll hear different stories though for people who studied full time and those who did not, so it comes down to what you are comfortable with and what your personal timeline is. 
     
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    Excel-erate Your Breath reacted to CanNonTrad in CASPer, MCAT, FT Job, and Applications all at Once?   
    I'll just offer that in my experience it's possible. In 2020 I remained in my full time job, scored in the 520s on the MCAT in June, did CASPer, got 7 interviews, and am currently on the Dal OOP waitlist (high, I believe) while waiting for the other schools' decisions in May. Go for it!
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    Excel-erate Your Breath reacted to MadSchool in Where is the GPA Average Going?   
    If there is truly a statistically significant inflation of GPA in COVID time then I would hope UBC can do some kind of normaliztion. This is me being selfish as I already graduated haha.
    But yea I agree we should all focus on improving ourselves rather than worrying about something thats out of our control. If you apply next year, then you would have 1 more year to work on you NAQ, which may very likely to have more impact than that of inflated GPA average. 
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    Excel-erate Your Breath reacted to Ss123toy in CASPer, MCAT, FT Job, and Applications all at Once?   
    I did all this last summer and survived! It was a grind for sure but the job was too good to pass up for me and I don't regret the choice I made.
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    Excel-erate Your Breath reacted to BonJovi in CASPer, MCAT, FT Job, and Applications all at Once?   
    I am in a similar position as you right now and I am leaning more towards working and studying at the same time.
    One of the reasons for working and studying at the same time (at least for me) is so that I can continue to improve my ECs. I was very close to getting an interview invite at UBC as an OOP applicant so perhaps my ECs were somewhat decent, but not quite good ENOUGH. Hopefully, with the full-time job that I have right now, I can score a few more points compared to this cycle and get an interview invite when the next cycle opens up.
    Another reason is because the job that I have is somewhat health-care related. If medicine does not work out again in the upcoming cycle, I wouldn't mind staying in this job a bit longer. The job itself is pretty chill, it's remote and not physically demanding. I am not exhausted at the end of the day before taking a quick break to study. If it was a job that I hated and physically exhausting, then my answer will probably change.
    But this is for me. You know yourself the best! Perhaps give it a try for a few weeks to see if working full-time is affecting your study. You can always quit if that's the case.
     
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    Excel-erate Your Breath reacted to canada747 in CASPer, MCAT, FT Job, and Applications all at Once?   
    I'll chime in as someone who was in your spot once... the FT job won't matter if you get into med school. I would take some time off (I quit, lol) and focus on the MCAT, and then CASPer. And when you get in, you can feel okay about quitting the job. That's how I feel, now anyways

    Learn how to improve your studying, and study the parts of the MCAT you did poorly on (topics and sections) and it'll go better for you. Don't waste 4 months without re-evaluating your studying process, as that would be a waste of your time (and the lost salary!)

    Let me know if I can help!
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    Excel-erate Your Breath reacted to Ilovepasta in Where is the GPA Average Going?   
    It’s tough but I think it might be more productive just to focus on yourself and your own grades. There’s not really a point in worrying about others and their grades. It’s not something you can control and you’re just going to make yourself and others more anxious and depressed about prospects. I was accepted into ubc med with a far from fantastic GPA. I never even looked up what the average GPA of accepted applicants was. Instead, I put my energy into making my application speak truly about who I am and why I deserve a spot. I know it’s tough and you feel like there are injustices with grade inflation but try to focus your attention on more positive things like family, friends, and yourself through enjoying hobbies, sports, movies, etc. It’s just a suggestion to improve your quality of life.
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    Excel-erate Your Breath reacted to Coviduh19 in Clarification on CASPer Dates?   
    From Mcmaster’s website, it states “No, you can only write the Canadian Professional Health Sciences CASPer test once/application cycle.  If you must write CASPer in August or September [for schools with an earlier test date requirement, such as Dalhousie School of Medicine] and are also applying to McMaster, you must add McMaster to your distribution list, once you have received your OMSAS number. ”
    So, disregard my earlier comment
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    Excel-erate Your Breath reacted to ShadesofCyan in Advice Re: MCAT Re-Take   
    Highly recommend applying broadly. I have a few friends from BC who did not get into UBC but got in OOP to Ottawa, MUN, Sask, Queens, U of C, U of A etc. The system is odd and every school has their own values. 
    I think your MCAT is solid. If you have the money, time, and drive to rewrite a higher score never hurts. Just keep in mind that some schools take your most recent score, even if it is lower than your previous score. 
    I believe USask takes very few OOP so not sure if it is worth it to rewrite just for them. 
    Good luck with whatever you decide! 
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    Excel-erate Your Breath reacted to jmn753 in Advice Re: MCAT Re-Take   
    Luckily, Dal's is like 70$....MUNs is very expensive because not only do you have the 75$ fee, but you have to use CARMS application platform which is like 175$ or something :/ but yay more options!!
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    Excel-erate Your Breath got a reaction from jmn753 in Advice Re: MCAT Re-Take   
    Oh wow! It is literally right there smack dab in the middle! So awesome, thank you for letting me know! I would've not even checked again had no one mentioned it to me. Wooooooot more application feeeeeeees
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    Excel-erate Your Breath reacted to jmn753 in Advice Re: MCAT Re-Take   
    It's just updated in the last couple weeks on their main page of requirements!
     
    I did my undergrad at Mun and I just love everything the med school stands for, they truly do take a holistic approach to the applications which I think is great. Totally go for it!
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    Excel-erate Your Breath got a reaction from jmn753 in Advice Re: MCAT Re-Take   
    They did?! I looked literally a month ago...thought I saw that you still need to be full-time. Can you send the link where it says you don't need to be?

    Thanks for the encouragement regarding MUN and Dal! Yeah I have heard MUN is really EC-heavy so that would be great for someone like me who is not as strong in the GPA department. Might as well take a punt right? Haha
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    Excel-erate Your Breath got a reaction from scubadancingg in What are my chances?? UBC IP   
    It was 88.45% for IP. Maybe me saying 91.5% was a tad high, but it'll be in that ballpark imo.

    I agree with your earlier comment, i.e. less opportunities to do more meaningful ECs during covid, which will benefit older applicants with years of ECs already. People still have hobbies and other creative things they can put on their apps tho (ex. virtual opportunities)
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