I need some input on the MD schools I'm applying to in Canada + advice about US MD+DO schools

Aug 3, 2017
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I have made a list of all the schools that I'm planning to apply to, and would like some input on which ones to cross off of my list and if there are any others to add.

Info about me:
BC resident
GPA 3.6 (4.3 scale)
MCAT 516(131/127/131/127)
~3000 research hours (~2800 of them employment and 200 volunteer) 2 papers submitted for pub. but not published yet (3rd author+ on both)
~120 hours of community involvement

Schools I am applying to:

UBC: I don't think I have any chance of getting in because both my GPA and my EC are not enough but I'm applying anyways

University of Saskatchewan: Not entirely sure about my chances but I meet their CARS score requirements for out of province applicants

University of Ottawa: No idea what my chances are as they do not look for the MCAT and I'm not sure if I should apply

Queens: No stats given, don't know if I should apply

McMaster: I could not find requirements for out of province applicants so I am not sure about this one either. Their in province requirements seemed quite low (123 CARS and 3.0 GPA in 4.0 scale)

Northern Ontario

McGill: they say they will consider my MCAT score and my GPA as 50/50 for my academic requirements which is good. Don't think I have much of a chance of getting in, but I'm applying anyway.

I am not really a competitive applicant for any of the schools I'm applying to as far as I know, so should I be thinking of DO schools instead?
 

NotASerialKiller

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Schools I am applying to:

University of Ottawa: No idea what my chances are as they do not look for the MCAT and I'm not sure if I should apply

McMaster: I could not find requirements for out of province applicants so I am not sure about this one either. Their in province requirements seemed quite low (123 CARS and 3.0 GPA in 4.0 scale)

Northern Ontario

McGill: they say they will consider my MCAT score and my GPA as 50/50 for my academic requirements which is good. Don't think I have much of a chance of getting in, but I'm applying anyway.

I am not really a competitive applicant for any of the schools I'm applying to as far as I know, so should I be thinking of DO schools instead?
Ottawa: Last year their interview hard cutoff was 3.85 on a 4.0 scale (but that's using their wGPA calculation posted on their website, it's very different from your cGPA)

Mac: This applies to all schools, but posted "minimums" mean absolutely nothing. You have to google matriculant stats and see what the average and lowest are to make an informed decision. Your CARS looks strong enough for them, but I believe they use cGPA which wouldn't cut it.

Northern: Cross it off unless you grew up in a small rural community, that is their entire focus

McGill: They accept a tiny handful of OOP/internationals, even with a solid MCAT your GPA is almost certainly too low


Honestly overall your GPA probably puts you out of the running at any Canadian school as is, but make sure that you're calculating your wGPA at each school. Many have calculations that take your most recent years or drop your worst grade if you were full time etc. They can all be easily found on the schools' websites. If your last couple years were stronger and you have a >3.8 then you might have a fighting chance at some.

edit: if you had a rough first couple years but then shaped up, you may also be able to greatly improve your GPA by doing additional year(s), especially for the schools that only look at your most recent years. Canadian schools are forgiving that way, even if the GPA you need is brutal
 

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You're fine for any of the ~14 Do schools that take internationals. Targey MSUCOM and UNECOM first.

For MD schools, select for those schools that have accepted more than low single digits of internationals.
 
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