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Many thanks to whoever looks at my WAMC:

  • State/Country of Residence: Canada (Ontario) 

  • Ties to other States/Regions: None 

  • URM? (Y/N): N 

  • Year in School: Will graduate BSc in 2022 

  • Undergraduate Major(s)/Minor(s): Life Sciences 

  • Graduate Degrees (if applicable): None 

  • Cumulative GPA: 3.93 (Upwards Trend) 

  • Science GPA: 3.94 

  • MCAT Score(s): 517 - 129/128/130/130 (CP/CARS/Bio/PS) 

  • Research Experience: 200 hours in medical research at a US state university 

  • Publications/Abstracts/Posters (include how you were credited e.g. first author, second author, etc.): Second author on a published biology research study 

  • Clinical Experience (paid or volunteer): 300 hours hospital volunteering 

  • Physician Shadowing: 100 hours observership/shadowing with a doctor in the US 

  • Non-Clinical Volunteering: 200 hours 

  • Other Extracurricular Activities: Teaching assistant for 2 semesters 

  • Other Employment History: Lifeguard (5 Years so far) 

  • Immediate family members in medicine? (Y/N): Y (But does not practice in Canada or the US) 

  • Specialty of Interest (if applicable): Interest in Orthopedics 

  • Interest in Primary Care (Y/N): Y 

  • Interest in Rural Health (Y/N): Y 

  • Medical School List: Dartmouth, UVA, Michigan State, George Washington, Maryland, Virginia Commonwealth, Wayne State, Boston, Emory, Georgetown, New York Medical College, Medical College of Wisconsin, Penn State, Pittsburgh, SLU, Jefferson, SUNY Upstate, SUNY Stony Brook, Tulane, Hawaii, UCLA, Case Western, Kentucky 

 

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DON'T MAKE A NEW THREAD, unless you have read this flow chart and have performed a search for previous threads. And Stop Making "What Are My Chances Threads"         What are my Chances for med

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. 

On 4/19/2021 at 5:22 PM, HopefulMD786 said:

EC's are excellent and so you have an excellent chance at UBC with your GPA. There is no chance at UofT with a 3.65 OMSAS GPA. You have a good CARS score so I would def shoot for Mac as well, but again the 3.65 leaves you at a very slim chance. Great chance at Queens and decent chances at the other schools as well. Good luck!

Didn't see this reply until today, my apologies.

I agree, NOSM + Mac + UofT are just my donation schools honestly (i.e. based on my low GPA, my application will likely be thrown out the window ASAP). The other 7 are the ones I have more concrete hopes for.

Thank you!

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On 5/4/2021 at 1:45 PM, sam1423 said:

Hey guys. I'm just wondering what others think of my situation for applying this summer since im quite nervous.

I'm going to be a third year applicant. I have a 3.89 CGPA (3.81 first year where I had medical issues making me go part-time for a little, then 3.97 this year). but I spoke with u of T where they will only look at my second year GPA since they dont look at any year with part time.

Im writing the mcat in august and I am aiming for a 510-515 and have been doing well in my practice thus far (my diagnostic test score was 502 (125/126/126/125).

For extracurriculars, I have worked as a tutor, am a campus tour guide, and was a musical theatre class instructor. I have close to 2000 volunteer hours from the time that you can start recording hours from either animal shelter volunteering, kids help phone, and some work with people with disabilities. I also am a club executive at my school for health equity. I have a little research experience with my local hospitals clinical research team this year but no pubs or anything.

Im applying to mac, u of t and queens this year and Mac is my dream school.

Any suggestions people have or really any comments people have would be nice. Good luck to everyone as well who's applying this year.

Hey,

So, your GPA has an upward trend which is great and looks like a solid MCAT diagnostic! There's one thing I think you may be mistaken on.

"I'm going to be a third year applicant. I have a 3.89 CGPA (3.81 first year where I had medical issues making me go part-time for a little, then 3.97 this year). but I spoke with u of T where they will only look at my second year GPA since they dont look at any year with part time."

UofT looks at all courses taken between September to April, regardless of whether they were taken full-time or part-time. It's just you can't have a wGPA applied to a year that is part-time. They are not going to look only at your second year lol. 

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On 5/9/2021 at 3:39 AM, scaredofceilings said:

Hey,

So, your GPA has an upward trend which is great and looks like a solid MCAT diagnostic! There's one thing I think you may be mistaken on.

"I'm going to be a third year applicant. I have a 3.89 CGPA (3.81 first year where I had medical issues making me go part-time for a little, then 3.97 this year). but I spoke with u of T where they will only look at my second year GPA since they dont look at any year with part time."

UofT looks at all courses taken between September to April, regardless of whether they were taken full-time or part-time. It's just you can't have a wGPA applied to a year that is part-time. They are not going to look only at your second year lol. 

Really? on their admissions page it says part time study is only used towards pre req and degree credit requirements and not GPA. thats what i was thinking when i said that! But i could be 100% wrong haha

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I’m looking for some advice on which schools I best have a chance at (aka where is it worth applying) I don’t have access to a lot of funds for applying to medical school so I really want to at least narrow my options to where I have a chance. About me: from Labrador/NL, Métis status (I have a lot of respect for Indigenous culture but I do not have any personal connections to Indigenous culture and have not previously applied for an Indigenous seat). 
Grades: 

- Cumulative: 85%, on OMSAS scale: 3.72

- Last 2yr GPA (OMSAS): 3.88

- First year, 82 (OMSAS: 3.59), second year, 82 (OMSAS: 3.57), third year, 89 (OMSAS: 3.85), fourth year, 89 (OMSAS: 3.90) 

-I am also starting my MPH in September

-MCAT is only a 500 (124/125/124/127) but I am re-writing this summer and thinking I can get it to at least a 510 (based on practice tests)

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6 hours ago, GraceScott said:

500 on mcat is not that bad actually

Uh...

No shade to previous poster, but objectively, yes it is. Notwithstanding it is 45th percentile, in terms of actual Canadian acceptances using 2019 data (the latest available), only 13.5% of Canadian applicants (649/4792) applied with an MCAT < 500 (the buckets are 496-499 and 500-503, but we can assume the difference between 499 and 500 is negligible), and only 0.7% of applicants (34/4792) with an MCAT < 500 received at least one offer of admission. Put another way, the at least one admission offer of acceptance rate was 19.2% (924/4792) for MCAT ≥ 500, compared to that 0.7% rate for MCAT <500.

So yes, it's bad, and they are smart to rewrite to get to 510 (78th percentile and an exponentially higher acceptance rate of 8.3% for MCAT ≤ 511).

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Hey guys! I'm in a weird spot where I could be competitive, but might not be...

cGPA: 3.58

2YGPA: 3.88

MCAT: 514 (127/127/128/132)

Extracurriculars:

- Masters degree

- Non profit leadership

- Teaching assistant

- RA in a few labs

- 2 publications

- 1,000+ hours hospital volunteering

 

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

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