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  1. I started university straight out of high school. I did 2.5 years before being kicked out. My poor academic performance was due to a variety of reasons including trauma and mental illness. I took some time off and I went back to school in the 2020/2021 academic year. I'm currently doing well academically and personally. I'm halfway through my degree. I calculated my gpa using the OMSAS scale: Year 1 - 2.60 (30 credits) Year 2 - 2.05 (22 credits) Year 3 - 0.7 (12 credits) 2020/2021 - 3.96 (30 credits) I've never taken the MCAT but I've done some basic science courses. I know that medical school admissions are extremely competitive in Canada and my GPA is low. Is there a realistic chance that I could get accepted into a Canadian med school? I know that Queens and Western could be options for me due to their 2 year gpa policies. Are there other medical schools with similar GPA policies? I am not from Ontario and med school in my home province is not an option due to my marks. I know that some schools allow applicants to provide an explanation for poor academic performance. Are there any med schools which are known to give this a lot of weight? I do have compelling reasons to explain my poor academic performance but I don't know if they would be enough to make up for 2.5 years of bad marks. I am also worried that disclosing my trauma and mental illness could backfire. Is there a realistic chance that I could get into a US MD or DO med school with a decent MCAT score? For reference, I'm a Canadian citizen. I have some work experience and some volunteering but my extracurriculars are nothing special. I don't have any clinical experience. Does anyone have suggestions for extracurriculars I could do to improve my application? Thanks.
  2. Hi all, Anyone have any familiarity with Western's Bachelor of Medical Science undergrad? I'm a non-traditional applicant looking to start a second undergraduate degree starting this September 2021 at Western university. I'm scoping out which faculty will allow me to do a 4-year equivalent second undergrad in 2 years while having at least 3/5 courses at the 3000 (year 1) and 4000 (year 2) level. My questions are: -Is getting into the BMSc for a second undergrad difficult? My 1st undergrad was a B. Sc in Bio with approximately a 3.0 cGPA -Is it wise to pursue a BMSc as a second undergrad? I love science and it's all I've every really studied. Would I be better off studying a subject outside of science? My goal is to maximize my GPA. -Haven't taken the MCAT yet, but hoping to do so this summer. Banking on the science from my first undergrad to provide enough of a foundation for the MCAT. If I can do well on the MCAT without doing science for my second undergraduate degree, perhaps I'd be better off doing a non-science degree for my second undergrad. Any advice you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to PM me. Cheers!
  3. Hi everyone, I'm currently in the process of trying to apply to medical school this year in Canada, where I'm from. Im currently doing a post-diploma Bachelor of Health Science in Medical Laboratory Technology with Dalhousie and am set to graduate this May. The program is online-only so, the entire time I've been enrolled, I've been working full-time at my job as a MLT while balancing school and other things outside of school and work. Because I have been simultaneously working full-time, I decided to do 4 courses for each semester, ranging from 3000-4000 level course (few 1000-2000 level courses as well) to give myself a chance to have time to myself while trying to prove to medical schools that I am capable of handling a full workload of full-time school as well as full-time work. The whole program involves doing 20 courses, or 60 credits, to complete the degree, so my plan was do 4 courses (full-time) for each semester within a 2-year timeframe. This includes doing 2 fall semesters, 2 winter semesters, and a summer semester in-between to equal 20 courses in the 2-year timeframe. My plan kind of got knocked during the summer semester and because of the way it went for me, I ended up doing 3 courses instead 4. So, my 4th summer course ended up as a 5th course in the fall semester 2020. As of right now, I'm doing my last 4 courses and am yet to do the MCAT, which I planned to study for after I complete all courses this semester. My goal is the apply to MUN Med, since I'm from Newfoundland, and McMaster. There are a few other schools I will apply but I have to update myself of their admissions requirements since some schools want the last 3-years of their undergrad or only allow traditional undergrad applicants with more than 60 credits to apply, etc., etc. So to simplify it, I completed: Fall 2019: 4 courses (3.60 GPA) Winter 2020: 4 courses (cGPA 3.83) Summer 2020: 3 courses (cGPA 3.82) Fall 2020: 5 courses (cGPA 3.89) Winter 2021: 4 courses (ongoing) Current cGPA: 3.89 Besides academics and before applying to school near the end of the summer, I'm planning to publish my systematic review. I have very little volunteering experience (but plan to volunteer after I complete this semester) but have been involved with extracurricular activities (dancing, singing, etc). I know it's hard to get an idea academically where I stand without an MCAT score, but I know what I need to strive for to be competitive. I wonder if I stand out enough as a non-traditional student with the way I went with getting my degree. I know I'll be competing with students who have done 5 courses a semester but I'm hoping that I stand out by working 75 hours bi-weekly, doing all sorts of different shifts (days, evenings, and nights) and still managing to get 3.80+ GPA, even so much as increasing my GPA by doing 5 courses the semester past. I could do another 5 courses this semester but I don't know if it would benefit me to prove to them I am capable of doing so since I've already did 5 courses in a semester. I am struggling with volunteer work but also hope that by working in healthcare as a MLT, that it shows that I do have qualities and passions for helping people and the medical field. Do you think doing a Master's or even a graduate diploma In the faculty of medicine program would better my chances of getting into Medicine with MUN or McMaster? I'm open to anyone's advice or opinions as what I could do to help my chances to be accepted or even where I stand as a future medical school applicant!
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