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  1. Thanks for this response! Yes, I would agree that a Master's doesn't seem all that useful in itself, especially if I were to continue on in a PhD eventually. The main benefit would be the likely guaranteed publications that would help for MD/PhD applications. Also, I know this might be cliche, but due to personal reasons I am pretty set on my speciality (non-competitive), so the Masters would likely be applicable. My main concerns with RAship are finding a lab that is looking for a 1-year RA right now, and also does work in one of my research interests. I guess the best situation
  2. Hey guys, so my situation is that I'm applying to a couple of MD schools this cycle but recently have been interested in going for MD/PhD instead. My app isn't competitive this year, but I will be on a pub this Winter (nth author), and am also completing a senior thesis as my PI's first student, so I think I will be able to make a lot of progress. He also wants me to stay on as a grad student, and I think I could really make some quality contributions to his project. If I don't get accepted this year, I'd obviously be taking at least one gap year. My thinking is that one year of being an
  3. If you like research and are doing a master's anyways, why not go for the NSERC? It's a prestigious award and will make you more competitive for graduate student funding/awards. You can still do volunteering throughout the summer.
  4. Similar question: how long does it take for AAMC to release my MCAT score? I sent a request a month ago
  5. I would suggest you invest in a home setup... if you were a high school student. Ophthalmology and handblown glass is well-known combination to ANYONE looking to get into the field. You should have started this much, much earlier. Drop the $25K tomorrow to give yourself some sort of chance, but don't put too much hope into it. Back up CARMS with neuropathology and be prepared to go unmatched
  6. It's down for me too right now. The MD program is still up, but all the info relating to the application is gone. I wonder if they're changing some things?
  7. Wow, this is great, thank you! I didn't know this info was released
  8. Damn, that's not what I was looking to hear, but thanks for the info!
  9. Hey guys, I'm curious on how much more competitive OOP is. Obviously you're competing for only 10% of the interviews, but I would assume most applicants are from Ontario. OOP GPA: 3.93 CARS: 130
  10. I go to McGill, and in the Faculty of Science we had 72 hours to complete all finals. Some of the profs just gave us the 3 hour MC exam we were going to have anyways; the average must have been over 95% (this is a class with a usual B/B- average). If you legitimately had a 4.0 for the first time this past semester that sucks, but let's not pretend that there aren't numerous variables at play other than students "not being able to adapt". There's most likely a bimodal distribution between those who took advantage of all the accommodations and those who were legitimately affected by the pandemic
  11. What's your CARS? Where are you in-province? Total MCAT score isn't really important for many Canadian schools. A 512 is decent enough, and it sounds like you have lots on your plate as it is. I'd suggest forgetting about it and rewriting next summer if you need to reapply and really feel you need to boost your score
  12. Am I the only one who is disappointed these are less "philosophical" ?
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