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Hi everyone,

I am an Alberta resident. I have a 3.51 undergrad GPA and a 3.3 MSc GPA. As you can see if med schools count MSc GPA as a full-year equivalent then my GPA gets bumped down to 3.4. That really breaks my heart as grad courses are significantly harder than undergrad courses. 

I was just wondering what med schools do NOT include grad school GPA. I know UofC includes it but UofA doesn't. Would I be competitive for any med school in Canada with a 510+ MCAT, 4000+ work experience hours and 2000+ volunteer hours? I'm not very familiar with schools that would give me a chance with such low GPA? 

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Dalhousie doesn't need to consider your MSc GPA. You need to pass the cutoff to get an interview and then it will be scored with your MCAT as 15% of your final score. 

McGill only uses your BSc, although it's assessed competitively both pre (70%) and post interview (20%).

I don't think most of Ontario schools use your grad GPA either but I could be wrong

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On 4/24/2018 at 4:31 PM, Eudaimonia said:

Dalhousie doesn't need to consider your MSc GPA. You need to pass the cutoff to get an interview and then it will be scored with your MCAT as 15% of your final score. 

McGill only uses your BSc, although it's assessed competitively both pre (70%) and post interview (20%).

I don't think most of Ontario schools use your grad GPA either but I could be wrong

My 3.5 is probably not competitive at all as an OOP applicant for Ontario schools. 

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28 minutes ago, Hopelessmed said:

My 3.5 is probably not competitive at all as an OOP applicant for Ontario schools. 

Yeah sorry, I just answered your question to the point but sadly you're right, the cutoff is 3.7 for OOP at Dal. Since you're a graduate student, your cutoff at UofT would be 3.0, but UofT is a school that's pretty GPA eccentric so it would be fierce competition. Most Ontario schools don't distinguish IP/OOP so you could look into them; I'm not sure if they'll factor in your graduate degree, but honestly a 3.5 is going to be a challenge even if you do meet the cutoff. However I don't think it is impossible if you look at stats around the forum. Evaluate if your application is worth a shot and good luck

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