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Hello,

I am a Canadian applicant hoping to attend a US school. I tried applying this year but was widely rejected. I have slightly improved my application in the last year (MSc + publications) and was wondering what my chances are.

CGPA- 3.51 (Y1:3.4, y2:3, y3:3.5, y4:4)
sGPA -3.49
Majors: Nutritional Sciences + Economics
Minor: English
The University of Toronto

MSc - University of Toronto-finish Oct 2010
Thesis + 2 courses (both A's)

MCAT
BIO - 11
PHYS - 11
Verbal - 10
Writing - Q

Publications
3-not primary author + 2 upcoming
many abstracts/posters ect as both primary and secondary author

EC's
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Thanks so much for your time, please let me know if there are any other details that would be helpful.
 
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Also if you could recommend schools that you think I have a chance with let me know
 

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Also if you could recommend schools that you think I have a chance with let me know
talk to bannie....he is the international guy.

from what I know, your stats are too low coming as an international.....

MCAT is average and GPA is low....usually one has to be a 3.8+ and 34+MCAT
 

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Very hard. I dont know how to recommend.

GPA is very low.

Research-based Masters does you no good.

Publication does you no good.


If you want a list of Canadian-friendly schools, try premed101.com, and use their applying to American school section. There is a thread on Canadian friendly schools.

Not quite sure if they would be friendly to 3.5/31 tho.
 
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Hello,

Thanks for your help thus far. Below is a list of my EC's , please let me know if any of this would help my case/ improve my chances at specific schools

Scholarships
- NSERC Canadian Graduate Scholar (National)
- Graduating scholarship (from undergrad) (Institutional)
- 3 summer research scholarships (Hospital)
- 2 grants (Hospital)

Volunteering
- hospital- clinical research oriented so I could spin it as either patient or research oriented > 1000 hours
- student outreach: number of programs, lots of hours

Leadership/Outreach
Co-Founder/ Financial Director of a small charity that funded the education of 8 students with leprosy from india

Leadership
- On council for a number of university groups
- Coordinator:University of Toronto Mentorship Program
- Volunteer coordinator St. Michael's Hospital
- Team captain: Heart and stroke Foundation
- High school winner of both junior and senior leadership awards

Research - All Clinical
- 3 Pubs (3-6 more coming)
- MSc
- Undergrad research thesis courses (2)
- many abstracts/posters

Lectures Given
- to Undergrads at the University of Guelph
- to Industry : Wegmans and other smaller companies
- to High school students: Many
 
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Hey Analysis Mode,

I don't think Bannie is trying to say research and Pubs do not help period but rather that in my situation neither is is enough to draw attention away from my GPA/MCAT, especially considering I am Canadian.

Despite large statements by many medical schools that research is a pillar of their institution they seem to give relatively little additional consideration to applicants with a strong research background.

From what I know, for many schools one needs some research experience, but think of it as being more of a check mark than a points booster. Not having it is bad, having it will not make up for other inadequacies. If applicants are other wise average research, especially that which has led to pubs, may push you over the top. However in my experience, and that of other Canadian students applying to both US and Canadian schools, it will rarely help if one is below average.
 

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Why do research-based masters and publications do one no good?

What dand1 said is right.
Top schools like research, but with a low GPA, top schools will not fancy the candidate.

Lower tier schools prefer clinicians/family medicine, so research isnt going to be that much of a boost to the application.