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  1. To be honest, my perspective may have some invalidities because I'm a nontrad who studied in the US and only moved to Canada a couple of years ago and so I'm not part of a local group of premed classmates or people who went to school/study together so I might not have enough of an "in" to be able to say. In a way I'm glad those of you who have entire groups of friends using this platform say it's representative of the applicant pool and may even be skewed toward those who have high stats, because otherwise people like me would be flying blind as far as knowing what it takes to be competitive,
  2. Hi there. I used to suffer from debilitating panic and generalized anxiety that very inconveniently began in my senior year of undergrad. It's the single toughest thing I've ever had to endure and I am actually thankful it happened to me! I gained so much strength and insight from the experience and I see myself as being part of a small community of survivors who have made it through being betrayed by their mind and body and have had to fight just to get through every day. Through it all I fought every minute of every day to keep going to work and then onto graduate school in a challenging hea
  3. I'm applying to the University of Manitoba and I think based on the very low number of posts related to my province's school and I think the lower number of posts compared to say Student Dcotor Network, I don't think most premeds are using this forum in particular compared to others. I don't think high numbers of premed applicants are posting on forums regarding their applications so the posts you see likely represent a very small proportion of the applicant pool. I also tend to see people asking questions related to low stats and chances of getting in so you likely have a low number relative
  4. Thanks for your insight. It confirms what I was thinking all ahead. About 2 years ago my husband wanted to move to Ontario and I said I wouldn't give up my MB residency until I got my PR and applied a few times as it's by far my best chance so thanks for corroborating that for me.
  5. Thank you for your response. Does the weighting formula use the OMSAS GPA or the GPA calculated by the school? I'm guessing OMSAS or else what would be the point of calculating it if the school didn't use it but I just want to get clarification.
  6. Dr. Otter are you saying that the OMSAS GPA is simply reported and then schools do their own calculation? I spoke to admissions at Queens and was told they use the OMSAS GPA for their screening so in a way it does really count? Do you mind providing a reference I can read to confirm if you have one? Thanks!
  7. Current prairies (MB) nontraditional student with 3.55/4.0 GPA and 508 MCAT which I will be retaking in January 2021. Is it worthwhile to apply to Ontario Schools? Also completed research-based MSc. in Human Anatomy & Cell Science at U of Manitoba with 1st author publication and 2 others as co-author. My issue is OMSAS GPA when I calculate it only comes out to be 3.1 since I graduated from a US school that uses 4.0 scale so I got stuck with a sucky band for my calculation (#8 I believe). What are my chances in Ontario? I know U of Manitoba is likely my best bet but want to cast a wide net
  8. Hello, I have a US undergrad with a 3.55/4.0 but based on OMSAS calculation that is only 3.1/4.0 on their "fair" scale. With that said, do schools like Queens and U of T use the OMSAS GPA for their wGPA calculations? If so I'll never make it past screening even with my Master's which (unless I'm wrong) I've read can help. Any input on this? Thanks!
  9. My take on this is that like the others said everyone's journey is different and it's not unusual to rejected (sometimes even more than once) and if it were easy everyone would do it! You should be proud of yourself for getting as far as you have. For me, I use rejection into the fuel I need to work even harder. I've always tried to keep a positive frame of mind - my journey there may be different/delayed but I know I can do it and I never let that belief in myself waver ever! If I believe I can then I will :-) And by the way, I will ;-)
  10. Hello, Looking for some advice/insight as to whether or not I need to retake my MCAT to be more competitive for admission to the University of Manitoba. I'm an in-province nontrad working full time. I scored a 508 at 2nd sitting (502 in 2019, 1st sitting of 2015 version) and have a 3.55/4.0 GPA or 3.84 on U of M's on 4.5 scale. I also have both the rural and socioeconomic coefficients if that info is of any use. I applied for 2021 admission and I'm not overly confident about my chances compared to the 2019/2020 cycle that ended in rejection. The reason I need to decide soon is I still hav
  11. Hello, Looking for some advice/insight as to whether or not I need to retake my MCAT to be more competitive for admission to the University of Manitoba. I'm an in-province nontrad working full time. I scored a 508 at 2nd sitting (502 in 2019, 1st sitting of 2015 version) and have a 3.55/4.0 GPA or 3.84 on U of M's on 4.5 scale. I also have both the rural and socioeconomic coefficients if that info is of any use. I applied for 2021 admission and I'm not overly confident about my chances compared to the 2019/2020 cycle that ended in rejection. The reason I need to decide soon is I still hav
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