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  1. Hello Everyone/Salut tout le monde! I am a Quebec university student who is graduating from undergrad this semester. I’m planning on applying to a DESS (Diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées) program at Université de Montréal before applying to Medicine and Pharmacy next application cycle. Let's cut to the chase: I’m wondering if being part of a DESS program will significantly hurt my chances of being accepted to the Quebec Medical schools, compared to a full-on Masters degree. Pros to the DESS (in my opinion): DESS programs are only 1 year of full time study, and many of th
  2. Did anyone do a second degree through TRU or Athabasca? I did think of going back to UBC, but I'm in my late 20s, and want to upgrade my GPA while making money to sustain myself. I know "easy" is relative, but in your experience are the courses manageable to get a high GPA? Which programs do you recommend?
  3. I’ll start by unapologetically saying that I wasn’t given a fair chance in life in regards to pursuing my academic ambitions (specifically my 1st undergraduate degree years). During my first degree I had 2 brothers that had strokes and passed away. I was routinely involved in caring for them and had to juggle school at the same time. Sadly my academic standing suffered greatly due to these family issues. Anyhow, I’m living a new life now and things have settled. I am no longer in depression related to my brothers deaths and want to continue to pursue my dream of becoming a doctor.
  4. Hey y'all, I have recently found the desire to pursue medicine in my mid-20s, I am currently an Emergency Department RN and working in this setting, seeing what Physicians do an their expanded scope of practise has given me a strong desire to pursue a career in medicine. However, during my undergrad I was not focused on this, I had a full time job as well as the demands of nursing school so my cGPA was around a 3.38 (Best two years were not great either, did not break 3.6). So that being said I have been considering a second degree, however I don't want to do a degree just for the sake o
  5. I decided to make this thread for applicants that are thinking of, or have already started, working towards a second degree in the hopes of applying to McGill. I found McGill's website to be quite jumbled regarding this topic, so hopefully that information can be summarized here in a clear and concise way. If you notice any errors, please comment below and I will edit this post accordingly. I would also encourage second degree applicants to ask their questions here, if only for the sake of keeping information in one easily accessible place. Basic Science Prerequisites & the MCAT:
  6. I am determined to attend medical school in Canada. Would love any advice regarding the few options I have Currently studying for the MCAT and going into the fourth year of my honours Science undergrad- 1st year GPA 3.21 (technically 4.5 course load, including my initial grade and my improved grade for my 1 repeated course) 2nd year GPA 3.44 3rd year GPA 3.63 I'm assuming these are my options (based on years of obsessive research on forums lmao): 1) Do a 5th year. Attain 3.8+ in year 4 & 5. Apply to Western in my 5th year. If unsuccessful, complete a master's progra
  7. Hello everyone! Have been a lurker for quite sometime and really need advice for future steps. I am currently in 3rd year with a cGPA of 3.74, with this year sitting around a 3.9. I have pass/fail courses in my program so that kind of ruins me for UofT weighting, but thats about it. I am certain I can finish 4th year with a 3.95+ as well. Therefore IF I finish my 4th year with 4.0 my cGPA will sit around a 3.83 and with a 5th year (if 4.0) then that would put me around a 3.86. Therefore my question being should I finish my degree at 4th year and then pursue a second degree? o
  8. Hi everyone, I have been seeing a lot of mixed answers to what cGPA a second undergrad would be considered necessary/highly recommended. So according to your opinion, what is the cGPA that work experience/grad school can't really make up for? This is assuming that the applicant would only want to go to medicine, nothing else as a career choice, but is flexible enough to like research/work.
  9. Hi everyone, Does anyone have any experience with the Queen's BSc life sciences distance learning program? Or their 4 year health sciences program? This will be my second degree so I'm not sure if this is the forum that I ask this in. But being that the distance learning programs from Queen's is newer, I haven't seen anyone talk about them yet... On any forum. I'm an Albertan, and I have the option of doing Athabasca or Queen's for their distance learning programs. Anybody with experience in either? Would love to hear what you guys think.
  10. Hi there! Are you/do you know someone who got in med school in Quebec after completing the BSc. Psych Behavioral Neuroscience at Concordia? What are your impressions? Is it a good option for someone who’s trying to increase her current GPA (3.1/4.3 from BSc. Human Dietetics and Nutrition) to get into med school (hopefully Mcgill) ? Any advice would help! Cheers
  11. I'm currently in my fifth year of university but I am thinking to do a second degree in another program. My first degree cgpa is not competitive enough (~3.0). I want to get some suggestions on the second degree route. How long would my second degree take me to complete? What medical schools would I be eligible for? I would really like to talk with people who are thinking about completing another degree or have done this in the past. Thanks.
  12. I am a registered nurse with two years critical care experience currently working in an ICU in a downtown Toronto hospital. I am already bored/ unsatisfied with this job and I want to pursue NP or med school. I am still pretty young and my family is encouraging me to shoot for med school. Where I'm at is choosing between a second undergrad degree or a masters in nursing to boost my GPA. I graduated from Queen's nursing with a 3.4, never really planned on pursuing further studies at the time. Nursing school (at Queen's) I found to be incredibly subjective and a total grade cutter and would
  13. Hey guys! I'm yet another case with a weak cumulative UG gpa. I've just graduated this month (with my B.Sc) and made the decision very late in my UG that I wanted to pursue medicine. I applied to three schools for a second undergrad (knowing that this will probably be the lengthiest route) but did so anyway because my stats are very weak. Although my current GPA is a 3.9, my cGPA is a 2.7 (ah! I know. Working + on a varsity team + confused about career choices = not a good combo). On top of that I don't have any research or volunteer work/experience to have applied to a grad program. Right now
  14. Hi everyone, I'm looking for some advice about what to do to improve my chances to get into med school in Canada. My OMSAS GPA for my first three undergrad years are as follows: Year 1: 3.40 Year 2: 3.52 (I only took 7 instead of 10 courses because of a health issue) Year 3: 3.60 I've been struggling with time management and test anxiety issues, which is partially what I attribute my low grades to. I know that I am capable of getting better grades, I just have to develop better study skills. I'm finally starting to get treated for the anxiety (I was blanking on tests), but I'm still
  15. Hey all, I’ve been a longtime lurker of these forums for a year now and finally have the courage to seek help. My undergrad has been tumultuous. Ever since first year, my grades have been below sub par, due to self-confidence issues and anxiety. With each C grade I received, the deeper I sunk in depression. Just after this November, I finally faced the reality of my situation and came clean to my parents and peers for support. I have since learned from my mistakes in my past two and half years, regained my self confidence, learned to love myself, adopted good study habits, am able to manag
  16. It's been a year since I've last lurked. I finally have the courage and circumstances compelling me to post. I'm currently 27, a Canadian citizen, and considering to do a second UG and to pursue a professional medical degree, ideally medical school. I did an undergrad originally in a very competitive program but switched out to complete a degree in economics. My marks were affected by some personal and medical issues that, in combination with immaturity and poor study habits, forced me to switch out with me seeing through with graduating. Thus, my first UG GPA is abysmal and around a B
  17. i wanted to do a second degree in the bachelor of science in kinesiology, but after seeing what classes I have left to complete after all of the transferred credit it seems daunting. I really can't mess up my GPA in the next 2 years and have to keep it as close to perfect as I can. These are the classes i have left below. Any input would be appreciated as I'm really stressed about this decision.. Mostly I'm concerned about how I have to take them crammed into 2 years. For all of you who have done the kinesiology degree or are currently in it and have done these courses, how are they? Will it b
  18. Hi There, I have a rather specific question regarding obtaining a second-degree. Here is a brief overview of my academic history to help clarify my question: I graduated with distinction in May 2014 from Tyndale University College and Seminary (Toronto, ON) BA Psychology, double major English, 3.75 CGPA -- with a 3.9 to 4.0/4.0 on all but one psychology course over the 4 year program I had planned to enroll as a non-degree student to the University of Toronto to take some additional science courses and ensure that I meet all of the required prerequisite courses for applying to Me
  19. Hi everyone, I've been a long time lurker and now have come across a dilemma that I couldn't find an answer to. I am graduated from a 4 year degree with low GPA and have decided that another degree is the only option that I have if I wish to pursue medicine. Some schools offer program starts in January instead of the usual September start. If I were to start this degree in January 2016 and complete it in a total of 2 years (finishing December 2017), would schools like Western consider these 4 semesters as two full years or as 1 half year, 1 full year, and 1 half year. Thanks for you help g
  20. So after some super fun financial stuff it turns out I can only afford to goto a Canadian Medical School, and American / Australia is off the table (where my previous success at acceptance has got me). Which means if I am going to be successful in this en-devour I need to increase my undergrad GPA (the two schools I have the best shot at sadly don't look at my Masters GPA). As far as I can see (and correct me if I am wrong) there are two ways to do this. One, register as an unclassified student (super easy, as long as you already have a degree you dont seem to be denied acceptance) and take a
  21. I'd like to know if any of you had done an undergrad in biomedical sciences (i.e. Anatomy and cell biology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and immunology) prior to nursing school. How did you guys find it to help having such a background? Is that a sure ticket to high grades? I am considering to apply in McGill MScN direct entry program, which if I don't get into (cGPA 3.2), I will get into a BScN. I am considering accelerated programs as well, or going into a french school and start nursing from scratch with no transferred credits (from my McGill biomed program). The goal is to ge
  22. Hi guys, so due to a number of things that have happened this past year, my savings have been almost completely wiped out. There's no way I'll be able to pay for my second degree which I want to start this fall on my own. I'll have to rely on OSAP and that will include the costs of residence, food, etc because I applied outside of Toronto only. Originally, I was planning on paying for my degree, living (meagerly) off the rest of my savings and quitting my job so I can focus on school full-time. But now if I quit my job and take OSAP, I'll be digging myself into more debt with no income
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