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On 3/25/2020 at 7:58 PM, itsadisplayname said:

Hey everyone, I'm in my second year going into third year, wanna ask about my chances

 

Ontario af not SWOMEN

3.97 cGPA first 2 years (strongest part of application)

MCAT taking this summer hoping for a 515+

 

 

ECs are terrible

-research lab for 3 months; no poster no pub, was accepted for poster pres but COVID19

-executive of 3 clubs at school for a year

-volunteering at oldppl homes for a year

-tutoring kids - paid and volunteering for 1.5 years


Chances?

Your GPA looks solid, keep it up.

EC's look pretty standard, not terrible. It matters how you portray them, not what you did. Generally speaking, I recommend keeping up with your EC's as it speaks to your devotion and you will have experiences to expand upon in the interview. Also spend time thinking of good descriptors to write on the ABS. Write good essays for Uoft and UWO, and receive stellar LORs. 

An MCAT score of 515 could be excellent or terrible, depending on your CARS score. Aim to score around 128 or higher on CARS if you want to secure an invite to McMaster and UWO.

If all of these conditions are met, I would say that you have a good chance at receiving an invite to McMaster, Uoft, uOttawa, and UWO. For Queen's, I do believe that it their pre-interview scoring metric is a black box and having a graduate degree seems to confer an advantage. Also keep in mind that you have to ace the CASPer exam for McMaster and uOttawa. 

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I don't know in what world that is considered a lack of ECs

^ Some of these posts are giving me hope. Seeing a billion 3.99s on this forum sometimes makes me wanna cry but nice to see things more optimistically occasionally. Thank you people. 

I agree, your marks are awesome, which is a huge bonus!

The CV can be fluffed out and it’s super important how you present in an interview.

If you have any questions about the application you can message me on Instagram @doctorjuls. I’m happy to read your application over too, once you have created it! (For free of course, I just want to help out :)

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Hey guys I've been having a lot of self doubt so I thought I would post here to see what your opinions are.

I am IP in Alberta and am currently in 2nd year, hoping to apply this coming cycle (maybe?)

I was looking to apply to Mac, Queens, UBC, Uottawa??, and Ucalgary

My GPA is 3.85 in AB, 3.83 in Ontario except at Uottawa where it would be a 3.86. At UBC i would be around ~88%. Honestly I'm really worried about my GPA because everyone seems to have a 3.9+.

MCAT is TBD but I've been getting 129 CARS on practice exams and I still have 3 months to go until test day (if its not canceled lol).

ECs- nothing special but heres what I have so far:

  • VP in my student association for my program for the last year
  • volunteered at a hospital for 2 years but stopped this year
  • started as a volunteer at a community pharmacy but have been working as a pharmacy assistant for a year by may (well over 600 hours in this activity)
  • Member of multiple city bands and orchestras (probably thousand hours )
  • Went on a shadowing 'internship' in italy for 3 weeks ~100h
  • have been volunteering in a very non-related to my major research lab for the past couple of months and was supposed to have a summer internship but covid
  • Tutoring courses for first year uni students 
  • Probably a few other small things

If anyone could let me know my chances for any of these schools and whether I should bother applying please let me know. Thank you in advance!

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Hey guys,

I have been going through a lot of anxiety regarding my application.

third year going into fourth year

cGPA: 3.93, wGPA in UofT: 3.97, and Ottawa wGPA = 3.91ish, 87% for BC

MCAT: 518, CARS is 127 though

Extracurriculars:

Comms director of our student senate

Marketting Director and Promotions Director for 10+ clubs/ECs

Some other kind of executive for other clubs.

Research experience is less than 3 months, hopefully i get one publication by the end of the summer but its up in the air. Also part of a student research team (but by how everything is going we are expecting to get published only by November 2020)

Was about to attend a conference but it got cancelled due to COVID 19

no awards

Writer for other organizations and published a few articles but not many.

Volunteering: Hospital for 2 years, Food bank for one year, Library Council (community work) for one year, Environmental Recreation Summer camp for 2 summers

Shadowed in Canada and in another nation for about 200 hours,

Swimming Instructor and Life guard for 3 years

 

Would appreciate any help, feedback, and maybe a way to strengthen the weaker parts of my application. Also  I am considering applying this year, and really don't have any intention of apply in the 2021/2022 cycle. Also would accept a hug...

 

 

 

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Hey everyone, I'm in my second year going into third year, wanna know if it's worth applying in the upcoming cycle. 

Ontario ting but nothing special like swomen :/

Applying to Toronto, Mac, Ottawa and Queens

3.93 cGPA first 2 years (Ottawa wGPA: 3.94) 

MCAT taking this summer hoping for a 515+

Research:
- volunteer research lab position 3 months in summer before undergrad
- paid clinical research asst. (1st yr summer + 2nd year) fMRI
- paid summer research asst. (2nd year summer - nserc got rejected, PI felt bad for me lool) - imaging as well

ECs are cookie cutter (exec, volunteer, etc) but w a focus on wellness/mental health.  

Also no awards except deans honor and entrance scholarship :(

Chances???

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Hi Everyone, 

Wondering what chances are as a grad applicant. 

Undergrad GPA: cGPA3.63, best 2 years (3.87), UofT (adjusted) 3.75
MCAT: meets cut offs 
Completed thesis-based Master of Public Health in Chronic Disease Epidemiology (from major US research university)
Posters: 6 (all are first or sole author)
Journal publications (maybe some more depending on how COVID-19 affects publication speed): 11 (4 first author, 1 sole author, 3 second author)
Teaching experience: TA'ed undergrad course on history o medicine, undergrad course on innovation in biomedical engineering, and grad course on medical ethics. Also a graduate student research mentor helping an undergrad w their thesis, led 2 lectures in a 6-lecture fellowship program accredited by the institution 
Prizes/Awards: 1 small merit-based undergraduate award, best research post award at undergrad conference,  summer internship scholarship from graduate institution, a couple scholarships for graduate posters/conferences
Research internships/experiences: have worked with 10 different PIs in various research settings (pubic health, in-patient, out-patient, systematic reviews). Have worked in Toronto hospitals as well as a summer internship opportunity through Harvard Med. Several of research projects were of my design/idea (which I explain in CV). 
Leadership: started a research-based interest group at grad school where I led journal meetings and invited guest speakers to discuss research in the field which was sponsored by one of the research institutes at school, sat on 4 committees as department rep in undergrad, treasurer/president of department in undergrad.
Clinical: over 700 volunteer hours at children's hospital (5 years), registered note-taker for students with disabilities (3 years)


Just worried because GPA is too low to be competitive with undergrad applicants and pubs I feel won't be competitive among other grad applicants. 

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I think your GPA is solid. 

Your MCAT score should be above 515 given recent averages for applicants who were accepted to UofT, UBC, etcetera. 

Your ECs are alright. They need more longevity. Pick a couple of activities that you can commit to in the long term (preferably ones you already mentioned). Can you continue tutoring as a volunteer to add to that duration of time you have been tutoring? 

Good luck. 

 

  

On 4/14/2020 at 7:36 PM, premed12322 said:

Hey everyone, I'm in my second year going into third year, wanna know if it's worth applying in the upcoming cycle. 

Ontario ting but nothing special like swomen :/

Applying to Toronto, Mac, Ottawa and Queens

3.93 cGPA first 2 years (Ottawa wGPA: 3.94) 

MCAT taking this summer hoping for a 515+

Research:
- volunteer research lab position 3 months in summer before undergrad
- paid clinical research asst. (1st yr summer + 2nd year) fMRI
- paid summer research asst. (2nd year summer - nserc got rejected, PI felt bad for me lool) - imaging as well

ECs are cookie cutter (exec, volunteer, etc) but w a focus on wellness/mental health.  

Also no awards except deans honor and entrance scholarship :(

Chances???

 

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Hey everyone. I hope you're all doing well, and staying safe under the current quarantine. Just finished my fourth and final year of nursing school. I was wondering how my application looked now that I'm done with my undergrad:

OMSAS GPA: 3.88 (3.89 if you count summer courses). No academic awards or scholarships, aside from deans list all 4 years. I also wasn't doing a full course load in my 2nd or 4th years: in 2nd year I did 4 courses each semester, and in 4th I did 4 in 1st and 2 in 2nd. The reason for this was that I had clinical placements in these years that commanded large amounts of time (these don't appear on my transcript as seperate courses). In my second year, I had ~12 hours per week of placement each semester. In my fourth year, I had ~18 hours/week in 1st semester, 30/week in 2nd semester. These were great learning experiences, but they also precluded my ability to take a full course load. If I explained this situation in my application, does anyone know if they'd be willing to still grant me the GPA adjustment? It's not like I was taking fewer courses just to have more free time, it's the nature of my program. The same time that science students spend learning in labs, or that music students spend practicing with their instruments, I was working in a hospital unit. For billing purposes, I never had fewer than 5 billing units worth of courses each semester. 

ECs:

In my 3rd year I was a tutor for nursing students, and this year I was a VP for the same group. I was a part of my school's nursing student association last year, this year served as a member of the University Senate. I've been a member of UHN's Learner Leadership Advisory Committe since 2018 (assist UHN in developing policy r/t improving clinical learning experiences). I've volunteered at a seniors residence since 2015 (although I haven't done as much since about mid-2018, now that my program's over I want to get back into it). I also volunteered at a homeless shelter in 2017, another thing I want to get back into. 

Research: 

No publications yet, although I'm hoping to change that in the future. Participated in research with a nursing union a few years ago, interveiwed researchers and created a recommendation document for the union president on possible research directions. I was a paid research assistant for this year (Sept 2019-Apr 2020), for with research on clinical error reporting. I also volunteer as a research assistant this year for research on nursing informatics and AI, and last year, for research on gun violence and community impact. Yesterday I was offered another paid position by another researcher in the same field, so I'm hoping to continue with that while I get my license and look for work. Hopefully this position will net me a few publications, the researcher had mentioned the aim of publishing in health care informatics journals.

 

I still have to prepare for the MCAT, but it's been a great ride so far. Having the goal of medicine has really helped me out mentally in terms of providing direction and priorities: I've participated in community service events, it's helped me break out of my shell and socialize with new people, and it's led me to seek out new learning opportunities. I've met some really wonderful people along the way who have guided me into becoming a person I wouldn't have otherwise. On the other hand though, I'm worried that my application is just generic. My GPA isn't bad, but I don't think it's competitive (and I'm not eligible for GPA adjustments at most schools because of the course load). Hopefully the research publications will pan out, but it's not a guarantee. And I have some decent ECs, but a lot of that wasn't necessarily consistent participation: they were events where I'd help organize or participate in an event that occurs once or twice a month. Does medical school still sound like a realistic goal? 

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I also wasn't doing a full course load in my 2nd or 4th years: in 2nd year I did 4 courses each semester, and in 4th I did 4 in 1st and 2 in 2nd. The reason for this was that I had clinical placements in these years that commanded large amounts of time (these don't appear on my transcript as seperate courses). In my second year, I had ~12 hours per week of placement each semester. In my fourth year, I had ~18 hours/week in 1st semester, 30/week in 2nd semester.

I can't be completely sure, so don't take my word for it (or anyone's beside the admissions office for that matter), but I would imagine no. Many students work 10-12 hours per week in part-time jobs or work-study and having many more hours of research and volunteering while still taking a full-course load. In fact, this is almost expected, because ADCOMS like to see you doing a full-course load while doing all that other stuff and don't look too favourably on people who don't do anything but courses during the school year and only volunteer/work/research during the summer when they have ample free time. Of course, 30hrs/week of work is a intense, and would be VERY difficult while taking a full-course load, but it's much easier when you're only taking 2 courses.

The time that science students spend in lab is either part of courses that appear on their transcript (i.e., lab courses) or are in addition to the full-course load. I am unsure about music students. But again, I'm unsure how it works for nursing students applying to med, maybe this is a common issue and they have a specific reduced course-load they accept for students from degrees that have a significant practical component (although I know that for some of Pharma friends who took 1-2 courses/semester while doing a full-time co-op, those grades were accepted as part of full-time requirements).

Your OMSAS GPA is not bad for some schools. Makes you competitive at Mac for sure at the very least, you just have to do well on CASPer and CARS (and if your CARS is good, you also become eligible to apply to OOP schools like UofC and UofA). Can't really advise on other schools because I have no idea if you're getting weighting, if so, what your wGPA would be. IMO your ECs are a little weak, and if you work on improving them, you could also have a good shot at EC heavy schools like Western and Queen's. Otherwise, just remember that NPs get really good pay, and do a lot of things that doctors do, and that is a great career path available to you which isn't available to any of the other pre-med programs. 

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Hello Everyone,

I;m just trying to see what my chances for this upcoming cycle are, and if anybody has any ideas on what would strengthen my application it would be greatly appreciated. I applied last cycle to UBC, UofC, and Queens. I am in province for UBC and UofC (lived 23 years in AB, moved to BC 1.5 years ago). I did not receive any interviews, and my UBC score was 48 (~4 points from IP cut-off), but since the cut-off was June 1 for activities I have started a few of the more significant below activities after that date.  Looking back, I don't think it was smart to apply to any Ontario schools; I don't think I will this year. Likely just UBC and UofC.

Year in school: Graduated December 2018 with BSc in Biology. (did 3.5 years of school in the USA and graduated from that school. 1 year at a Canadian school.)

Cumulative GPA: 3.71 (had one year that GPA was ~3.0, 3rd year of school) OMSAS: 3.71, I do not believe I qualify for most of the adjusted GPA's because of course load difference in USA vs. Canada. UBC: oGPA: 83.07 %, aGPA: 84.77% Calgary: 3.84. 

Science GPA: 3.63 (I know it doesn't matter for Canada, also posted on **DELETED** so copied template).

MCAT Scores: 513 (129/127/129/128) - considering retaking if this cycle doesn't work out.

Research – include any abstracts/posters/publications and how you were credited (eg. First author, senior author, etc): undergraduate thesis project - currently in review for publication in small journal. First author, only other author is research advisor. Oral and poster presentation at my institution. Poster was displayed at small regional conference, I could not attend because had moved back to Canada.

Volunteering (clinical) – include hours/sites:

  • ~150 hours as Emergency Department Triage Volunteer (ongoing). 2 hours per week. 10 months.
  • 25 hours as volunteer in long-term care physiotherapy department. All over 3 weeks.

Physician shadowing – include hours/specialties:

  • 15 hours in primary care/emergency in AB a few years ago, didn't include it on any applications last year.

Non-clinical volunteering:

  • ~60 hours as dementia helpline volunteer (ongoing). 3 hours per week.
  • 25 hours in homeless shelter. Only a few longer shifts.
  • 150 hours as concession stand volunteer through sports program. 6 hours per week in off-season.
  • 60 hours as head baseball coach. 2 months.
  • Will hopefully be starting as a crisis text line volunteer in the next few months, they have a long intake period.

Extracurricular activities:

  • Varsity athlete for four years, multiple awards with academics and athletics. Maybe 35-40 hours per week, hard to estimate.
  • High-level athletics during a few summers. Can't estimate hours, from 10:00 am to 10 pm every day, played across all pacific northwest USA.
  • Biology club. Did not attend much due to athletics, but 1 hour per week.
  • Member of club advocating for students with disabilities for one year, organized campus-wide event. 4 hours per week.

Employment history:

  • Currently working as a clinical assistant in a specialists office for 10 months. Duties include: 50% MOA work. Other half includes being a study coordinator for clinical research, developing a group lifestyle program for patients - growing it from 10->40 people, performing electrocardiograms & vitals, taking patient histories, doing quality assurance stats on in house databases. 40 hours per week.
  • Starting as a Clinical Research Coordinator at a large-ish cardiology office in May. Will be full-time, replacing clinical assistant job. Will also be continuing casual work with physician from clinical assistant job working on various research projects they would like me to.
  • 10 months of being a Community Support worker in residential home of people with disabilities. Average 8 hours per week. Was ongoing until April 2020.
  • 5 months of tutoring ESL students. Average 2 hours per week. Was ongoing until April 2020.
  • 4 months of working as a Resident Support Aide in long-term care facility. 40 hours per week.
  • Landscaping for one summer (4 months). 40 hours per week.
  • 8 months of coaching youth baseball camps during school. 3 hours per week.
  • 2 months during one summer of developing a summer camp for kids with disabilities when the company did not previously have a program. 40 hours per week.
  • One summer of working as a client development staff at day program for adults with disabilities. 40 hours per week.

Interest in rural health: Not in particular, but come from a rural town in AB.

I also have gone through my fair share of adversity with family issues. Don't want to include that on here though.

I know LOR don't matter as much in Canada, but I will have 2 MD letters, 2 prof letters, and 2 baseball coach letters. All very strong with deep relationships.

My ideal situation is doing the Island Medical Program through UBC.

Do I have a realistic chance? In my mind I am very borderline competitive so it can go either way. If this cycle doesn't work out, I have explored doing a MPH first and trying again, or just going with my back-up options of a second degree in nursing, comp sci, or engineering. I would also appreciate honest opinions, as I have now been out of school for long enough that I am realizing it might be about time to start to pursue an actual career instead of chasing my dream for so long. The student debt is getting to be difficult to manage while working low level jobs to strengthen my app.

Thank you everyone for your help, and I appreciate the effort and time of reading this long rambling post. 

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Hi everyone,

Hope you are all doing well. Just wanted to ask for some advice regarding stats for the upcoming cycle and if there is anything I should look to improve on, I am just finishing up my 2nd year of Undergrad:

In province applicant

GPA: 4.17/4.33, roughly about 91.8% for UBC

MCAT: Not written yet, not sure how it'll be looked at for the upcoming cycle

ECs: NSERC USRA with UBC Faculty of Medicine, BCCHR Summer Research Studentship award (4 months), Student Research Position with UBC Digital Emergency Medicine (1 year), Student Research Position in Orthopedic Surgery at BC Childrens (3 months), Student Research Assistant at Uni working with children with FASD (3 months), Vice President of Circle K Club at Uni, Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor (2+ years), Game On Mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters ( 3 months), eMentor for Indigenous students and students from rural communities (1 year), Peace Ambassador, Executive Member of STEM Fellowship Journal Editorial Board (1 year), Tutor at Uni, Employment for the past 4 years including being a Community Rec Leader, Student Ambassador at Uni, President's Entrance Scholarship at school, leadership award, Poster Presentation at Ottawa Conference, Poster Presentation at BC Children's, Poster Presentation at conference at Harvard, selected to attend Leadership conference in Bangkok, Thailand ... that's about all I can think of right now

 

What do you guys think? I am hoping to apply this upcoming cycle at UBC just to see what my chances are

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On 5/10/2020 at 1:49 AM, HopefulMD786 said:

Hi everyone,

Hope you are all doing well. Just wanted to ask for some advice regarding stats for the upcoming cycle and if there is anything I should look to improve on, I am just finishing up my 2nd year of Undergrad:

In province applicant

GPA: 4.17/4.33, roughly about 91.8% for UBC

MCAT: Not written yet, not sure how it'll be looked at for the upcoming cycle

ECs: NSERC USRA with UBC Faculty of Medicine, BCCHR Summer Research Studentship award (4 months), Student Research Position with UBC Digital Emergency Medicine (1 year), Student Research Position in Orthopedic Surgery at BC Childrens (3 months), Student Research Assistant at Uni working with children with FASD (3 months), Vice President of Circle K Club at Uni, Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor (2+ years), Game On Mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters ( 3 months), eMentor for Indigenous students and students from rural communities (1 year), Peace Ambassador, Executive Member of STEM Fellowship Journal Editorial Board (1 year), Tutor at Uni, Employment for the past 4 years including being a Community Rec Leader, Student Ambassador at Uni, President's Entrance Scholarship at school, leadership award, Poster Presentation at Ottawa Conference, Poster Presentation at BC Children's, Poster Presentation at conference at Harvard, selected to attend Leadership conference in Bangkok, Thailand ... that's about all I can think of right now

 

What do you guys think? I am hoping to apply this upcoming cycle at UBC just to see what my chances are

Either trolling or weird flex. Both equally sad

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GPA: 85.5% or 86.9% adjusted (mainly As though I did get a C- and a couple of C+ in ochem/chem in 2nd year). BSc in Forestry and Masters in Nat Resource Management and Planning

Volunteering: Mainly sporadic volunteering in environmental related positions. I have sat as a representative on a number of university and professional associated boards for 1-2 year terms. Was a member of the executive and eventually president of of university pre-veterinary club. I have trying to be involved in local seniors volunteer roles but haven't had success in finding one.

Jobs: Many jobs from stable hand, to forest technician in northern BC, to laboratory assistant, and into professional roles as a natural resource management consultant and agrologist with local and provincial governments. Work in First Nations relations, env impact assessment, cannabis, food security.

Research: no publications, but I have written an undergrad thesis and Masters research project. Two 8-month Mitacs internships with a First Nation and a SSHRC recipient. Masters work was related to core housing need of Indigenous Peoples in BC.

ECs: Choir (17 years), running, hiking, horseback riding, baking, gardening, fishing, multi-day backpacking trips. Played softball and rugby in highschool, but not since. 

MCAT: haven't written, I am considering this summer. I began studying a couple of months ago and fell off the wagon. 

 

I plan on only applying to UBC and think I would have a good chance at getting a rural seat given my exposure to small resource towns (I lived in Chetwynd/Prince George for 4 months and have family in 100 Mile and Powell River that I visit often). I also have several years of professional work experience with FN communities. For context, I am a 27 yo female who finished q masters May 2019 and has been working FT since 2015.

 

Any ideas on chances and where I could strengthen my app?

 

 

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Hi everyone! I'm looking to apply broadly this cycle, and would greatly appreciate any feedback on my application. I would also love to hear your opinions on where my chances might be greatest (besides UBC, where I'm IP in). Thank you so much!!

OMSAS GPAs (graduated from UG): oGPA = 3.83 | UofT wGPA = 3.93 | UWO wGPA = 3.88 or 4.0 (depending on how W2020 is assessed) | Queens & McMaster = oGPA | UOttawa = Unfortunately won't be applying there as I'm below their GPA requirements

  • I'm worried about my GPA because I have a downward trend (a significantly bad 3rd year - no good explanation besides that I overloaded too much that year). I was on track to getting 4.0 this year (my final year), but many schools seem like they won't be counting it:(

MCAT: 518 (CARS 128, other sections are pretty even)

ECs

  • 1 year wet lab research assistant (part time, approx 250 hours total), 1 year clinical lab research coordinator (full time) - no publications
  • Hospital volunteering: info desk/wayfinder (1.5 years), recreation volunteer (3 years), hospice volunteer (1.5 year) - total approx 600 hours
  • In health-related club for 4 years, 2 years as president
  • 2 years Crisis call centre volunteer
  • (Continued from HS) founding member & VP of non-profit
  • Some other scattered activities: tutoring, violin (level 8 - not competitive or anything), event coordinators etc.
  • Awards: None from HS; in Uni I have 1 for academic (for first year), 1 for leadership & 1 for volunteering

My references will likely be just OK (1 strong one and 2 others that are OK)

I think that my ECs are just competitive enough and I'm crossing my fingers in particular for Western & UofT, since my oGPA disqualifies me from Ottawa, and would be on the low end for McMaster & Queens. I'm most concerned about how my downward GPA trend will be viewed (3.95 -> 3.8 -> 3.6 -> 4.0, but with W2020 not counting I might only have 3 courses left in first term of 4th year - because I took 2 full-year courses). Since many schools aren't going to be looking at the 2nd term, I've been feeling really worried/anxious recently about my trend (I know it's not helpful but I can't help it) :(. If anyone has been in a similar boat and was accepted with a downward trend, I would love to hear your story!! Otherwise, I'd still love to hear about what you think of my chances. Thank you so much!

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4 hours ago, itsjessa said:

Hi everyone! I'm looking to apply broadly this cycle, and would greatly appreciate any feedback on my application. I would also love to hear your opinions on where my chances might be greatest (besides UBC, where I'm IP in). Thank you so much!!

OMSAS GPAs (graduated from UG): oGPA = 3.83 | UofT wGPA = 3.93 | UWO wGPA = 3.88 or 4.0 (depending on how W2020 is assessed) | Queens & McMaster = oGPA | UOttawa = Unfortunately won't be applying there as I'm below their GPA requirements

  • I'm worried about my GPA because I have a downward trend (a significantly bad 3rd year - no good explanation besides that I overloaded too much that year). I was on track to getting 4.0 this year (my final year), but many schools seem like they won't be counting it:(

MCAT: 518 (CARS 128, other sections are pretty even)

ECs

  • 1 year wet lab research assistant (part time, approx 250 hours total), 1 year clinical lab research coordinator (full time) - no publications
  • Hospital volunteering: info desk/wayfinder (1.5 years), recreation volunteer (3 years), hospice volunteer (1.5 year) - total approx 600 hours
  • In health-related club for 4 years, 2 years as president
  • 2 years Crisis call centre volunteer
  • (Continued from HS) founding member & VP of non-profit
  • Some other scattered activities: tutoring, violin (level 8 - not competitive or anything), event coordinators etc.
  • Awards: None from HS; in Uni I have 1 for academic (for first year), 1 for leadership & 1 for volunteering

My references will likely be just OK (1 strong one and 2 others that are OK)

I think that my ECs are just competitive enough and I'm crossing my fingers in particular for Western & UofT, since my oGPA disqualifies me from Ottawa, and would be on the low end for McMaster & Queens. I'm most concerned about how my downward GPA trend will be viewed (3.95 -> 3.8 -> 3.6 -> 4.0, but with W2020 not counting I might only have 3 courses left in first term of 4th year - because I took 2 full-year courses). Since many schools aren't going to be looking at the 2nd term, I've been feeling really worried/anxious recently about my trend (I know it's not helpful but I can't help it) :(. If anyone has been in a similar boat and was accepted with a downward trend, I would love to hear your story!! Otherwise, I'd still love to hear about what you think of my chances. Thank you so much!

Just going on the order you listed your grades, didn't interview at most of these schools and requirements might have changed since I went through this process. 

- Mcmaster doesn't seem out of the question depending on how casper goes

- I think Queen's used to be a black box but I do remember people saying it was a threshold for GPA and MCAT (which I think you would meet) and beyond that  was your ECs. 

- Toronto does some seem pretty grades focused but a 3.93 is probably still solid. Will depend on your ECs, References, Essays

- I remember UWO being cutoffs for grades and MCAT (which I think your meet, based on a couple years ago) and after that depended on your essays. So it will depend on your essays. 

- Consider applying to the 2 albertan schools too! Unless things have changed your MCAT meets OOP cutoffs and some people find that that their GPA conversion scale works in their favour. 

All things considered I don't think your GPA severely limits you and it will depend on how the more subjective things like essays, ECs, and casper go 

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14 minutes ago, itsjessa said:

@pyridoxal-phosphate thank you so much for outlining all the schools for me:) although this is a long shot, I was wondering if you might also know anything about how downward trends are viewed by Canadian schools:confused:? thanks again!

In terms of GPA? there are some schools that would provide advantages to in a sense an upward trend (ottawa weights your last year highest, Queens will take your last 2 years) but they don't directly analyze trends other than these sorts of broad strokes. Courses and grades go into a computer, GPA is spat out and ranked etc. 

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Hi everyone,

Graduate applicant (finishing PhD) here from Ontario (Toronto). With UofT recent change to wGPA, I'm not sure how competitive I am anymore.

Tbh, I'm not too sure about other schools in Ontario either. Would like to hear what y'all think.

wGPA: UofT 3.89, Queen's 3.86, Ottawa 3.85, Western 3.86, Mac 3.81

MCAT (CP/CARS/BB/PS): 128/126/132/132

ECs: CIHR PHD scholarship, 2 first-author papers, 4 co-author papers (2nd), peer support line volunteer (1 yr), graduate student life committees (4 yrs), graduate student society exec (2 yrs), undergraduate leadership positions (2 years, various), musician (multiple instruments), some other things, mostly research, lots of TAships (5+ over 4 years).

 

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