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  1. Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum so I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right spot, but I'm currently entering my third year at Western and have only now realized I really want to pursue medicine. That said, my first two years were pretty bad, and I'm not sure what to do or how to improve my chances. I have pretty solid extracurriculars and work experience, so my main concern is having a GPA that's competitive enough for an interview, because I was uninformed and didn't realize that GPA was king and I focused so heavily on bolstering my non-academics. My first semester of first year wasn't bad (I had a 3.9)– it was my second semester that tanked because of a 56 in physics 2. Then, the summer after first year, I decided to try and fast-track but due to personal reasons, I also tanked those courses, obtaining a 56 and 64 in the two 0.5 credit classes I took. Upon entering second year, I retook one of the summer courses and physics 2, getting a new grade of 76 in the summer course (it was orgo so definitely not my strong suit), and getting a 92 when I took physics 2 again. I've been super confused with how each different med school in Canada calculates their respective adjusted GPAs (if applicable), but so far my first year GPA including the 56 in physics is a 3.44 on the 4.0 OMSAS scale (would be a 3.71 without physics). Those two second year courses I took in the summer after first year have also tanked my GPA, but I'm not sure if they'd be considered part of my first year or second year GPA (if someone could help me out with this I would appreciate it). I took a full 5.0 courses in first year, and in second year, I took 5.0 courses as well (but repeated 2 half courses). I'll give a summary/breakdown here: Year 1 GPA: 3.44 (with physics), 3.71 (without) Year 1 SUMMER GPA: 1.65 (not sure if this is separate or gets tacked on to the GPA of a full year) Year 2 GPA: 3.53 (did pretty bad first semester due to personal issues that continued from the summer, but I had managed to 3.9 second semester after working on tackling my personal issues) What's clear here is that my current grades and GPA are not by any means competitive for medical school, or even close to many cutoff requirements. However, given that I started university with the necessary grades and made improvements after getting hit with personal issues, I know I have the capability of obtaining 3.85 to 4.0 in each of the next three years (I am planning on doing a fifth year to raise my cGPA). I've learned that many medical schools are not so forgiving of hiccups like mine, and my main worry is that the 3 terrible courses I've mentioned might really ruin my chances at med, because a majority of my other courses were 80s and 90s with few high 70s. I know I still have a shot at Western med, but I'm not too sure about other med schools. I'm also willing to take 1.5 courses for each of the next two summers if necessary to raise my GPA and/or overload during the year. At this point I've considered a sixth year or a second undergrad, because I know I want med and I know I can get the grades in the NEXT three years, but I really messed up the first two. I have not written the MCAT yet (currently studying for it), but my main concern is meeting GPA cutoffs with my first two years dragging me down. If anyone has insight on what to do in this situation, or strategies to get my GPA up to a competitive level (ex: second undergrad or master's), or info on schools I might be eligible for, please let me know.
  2. Hello! I am in sixth year uni and my cgpa is 3.575, but I need 3 more credits to graduate. I am in specialist Biology Comparative Physiology degree at University of Toronto. I finished my mcat with 520.. I am a 23 years old female who was born and raised in Canada. ( idk if that's important) My first two to three years sucked like my average gpa because I was extremely sick and it turned out I had spinal cancer and had to have surgery to remove it and was not sure if I would be able to walk again, so uni was the last thing on my mind.. However, I did it!! I am healthy and in remission!!!!! I got back to uni finding out i got 0 in 1.5 credits and a 50 in 0.5... so I worked super hard with back to back 4.0s and if i complete the next 3 credits with 4.0 i will be able to graduate with 3.636 gpa... I could just do less classes next sem and take more classes next year to boost gpa more ?? but that would be going into 7th year at uni and idkk?? Extracurriculars: - I have done two research credits at UTM ROP for Bio299y and Bio399y - I have been volunteering at this hospital doing usual basic things for two years. - I am a first aid person at the mississauga campus it is linked with an ambulance in Toronto so i have done that for 2 years. - I even did 4 months research with a prof in the summer I am planning on becoming a research assistant soon and maybe becoming a TA for a class.. I am applying for doing my MD McMaster, BC, Queens, Alberta, Western. Do i have a chance at any of these medical schools?? My number 1 is Mcmaster and I really just want to do good. With my current gpa and mcat score will they even consider me??? should i do another year to boost gpa so when im applying it'll be in the 3.65s rather than 3.575... what chances do i even have??
  3. Alright, I am a second year pre-med student and I have received a 52% in Organic Chemistry which is by far the most devasting mark I have ever received. I am currently looking to enter the UofS med school. With this mark, my GPA is 76.4% and without it, it's 78.1%. I do need this course for the MCAT as well as specific courses I will be taking in my third year. Is it worth retaking the course or should I just power through it by doing better in the following courses? Am I doomed no matter what? Thank you for listening.
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