Jump to content
Premed 101 Forums

Recommended Posts

Hi all,

Solely based on my GPA (MCAT isnt a problem) , which is a better route for Canadian medical schools?

1 3.08

2 2.96

3 3.64

4 3.93 (I turned my life around)

I probably would land a better GPA during my 5th year. BUT, I just had a discussion with my PI and she thinks its better for me to do a research based graduate degree (she said I'll probs get 2 first author pubs) rather than do an extra year for Western and Queens (2YR GPA) only. She says at least for UofT/Queens, they pool the graduates based on their graduate work, but doesn't my undergraduate GPA also play a huge factor in addition to my graduate work? 

However, in my opinion I think this is my best choice -> 5th year for Western and Queens 2yr GPA and APPLY DURING 5TH YEAR (conditional offer for Western and a less competitive GPA for queens) 

There are so many other scenarios e.g. dont get in 5th year and apply during a gap year for a higher 2YR GPA; dont get in 5th year and do a masters; no fifth year and do a masters...

The list goes on but I just want some opinions/advice. 

Thanks!

 

 

 

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...
On 4/30/2019 at 8:41 PM, recognizingYOLOlate said:

Hi all,

Solely based on my GPA (MCAT isnt a problem) , which is a better route for Canadian medical schools?

1 3.08

2 2.96

3 3.64

4 3.93 (I turned my life around)

I probably would land a better GPA during my 5th year. BUT, I just had a discussion with my PI and she thinks its better for me to do a research based graduate degree (she said I'll probs get 2 first author pubs) rather than do an extra year for Western and Queens (2YR GPA) only. She says at least for UofT/Queens, they pool the graduates based on their graduate work, but doesn't my undergraduate GPA also play a huge factor in addition to my graduate work? 

However, in my opinion I think this is my best choice -> 5th year for Western and Queens 2yr GPA and APPLY DURING 5TH YEAR (conditional offer for Western and a less competitive GPA for queens) 

There are so many other scenarios e.g. dont get in 5th year and apply during a gap year for a higher 2YR GPA; dont get in 5th year and do a masters; no fifth year and do a masters...

The list goes on but I just want some opinions/advice. 

Thanks!

 

 

 

 

Do the 5th year. A Master's will not help you for Canadian Med schools trust me.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...

Do the fifth year and just make sure that you meet requirements for the courses you're taking in the extra year for Queen's and Western to count the year towards your GPA. Some Med Schools don't give any kind of bonus for a graduate degree, and will only consider undergraduate GPA when factoring in whether to give an interview or not. For example at Western since you don't have two years of 3.7+, they would not consider you for interview regardless of publications. It's just better odds to meet cutoffs at all schools, and I believe Western no longer considers GPA competitively after invite for interview so it would be to your advantage to be eligible for interview there. Whereas, for example, while Mac doesn't have a GPA cutoff, it is still weighted 15% even after your interview to determine whether you are admitted or placed on the waitlist. 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
×
×
  • Create New...