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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by mauve, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. mauve

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    :scared: Hello SDNers,

    Before I get inflamed for this being in the wrong forum, another kind of 'what are my chances' thread or whatnot, my question is whether or not someone has been in this situation and gotten an acceptance, and if I should continue filling out secondaries. I'd be obliged for your sincere help. So here's the story...

    I'm in 4th year at a Canadian university. My stats are not that great (I haven't calculated my BCMP but OMSAS wise it's something like 3.47. Some of my lowest grades are unfortunately in the science courses) and my MCAT in Sept 2008 was a mediocre 27Q. I submitted my primary very late (I think primary processing was complete in November). I received secondaries then but naturally there were midterms and finals and so my secondaries are being sent out right on deadline dates :mad: For instance, RFU was sent on Dec 15. Other schools I've applied to include GW, Meharry, Tulane, Brown Alpert, Albany and Penn State (there are 2 not listed where I didn't receive secondaries and for another 2 not listed, I didn't send secondaries)

    So I guess that's it. Is there a chance for me at any of the schools for Sept 2009 entry? I've already done RFU, GW and will do Penn State. I'm not sure if the others are ..worth it wrt $$ and stats
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    Withdraw your applications.

    Can you do another year in uni? Bring up your marks somehow and your MCAT as well.

    I might also revise my schools list.
     
  4. bluesmd

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    save you money. don't do it. strengthen your application over the course of this year and reapply. i don't know about the specifics but if you withdraw all your applications does that mean you aren't a reapplicant. perhaps someone else can shed light on this. good luck.
     
  5. cheasus

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    I would follow through and try the ones uve submitted and also start preparing to retake the mcat to apply next year.
     
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    exactly. wd looks better than rejected. assuming your app is better.
     
  7. EpiPEN

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    :laugh: It's okay, with puns like that, I can tell the force is strong within you. Even if this year isn't your year, there is always next year.

    You consider applying for DO schools? You can also try to do a postbac in the US. You just have to start on getting that lined up asap. This way you will be applying in the US and you can have a chance to make your academic record look better.
     
  8. ar2388

    ar2388 rads resident
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    i think - if possible that is - a postbacc in the US may do a lot to help your app not only in bringing up your grades but maybe also to make you not so "international" of a student. unless i am wrong about this? anyone know?
     
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    doesn't affect your legal status.
     
  10. Kaustikos

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    Years of community service doesn't negate the fact that you broke the law, yet judges seem to think it's a commendable addition to "redeem" yourself. I suppose this works the same.
     
  11. Forthegood

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    Withdraw your apps. It is just not going to happen. You hit the trifecta with low GPA, median MCAT, and late application. Shadow everyone in Canada, do research, get a job, get engaged to a Dean of Medicine's daughter.... do something productive and apply BROAD AND EARLY next summer. :thumbup:
     
  12. ar2388

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    aye aye
     
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    :eek: they told me that had been expunged.
     
  14. Forthegood

    Forthegood ProcrastinationAficionado
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    The expungement process is long and arduous without an attorney. If the judge just said it could be expunged, its not. Pretty much, if things don't automatically get expunged after such and such time period, then they stick around. And... mention it on your background check.

    Don't let stupid mistakes like this bring you down. Check with an attorney to see if its still on your record. If you can't find one, let me know and I'll see if i can't get one of my folks to do it for ya!
     
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    that was a joke?
     
  16. medhearter

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    we have a similar GPA. i applied late as well. i'm canadian. fourth year. the only difference between us is that I applied to different schools.. and had a stronger MCAT.. and got an interview (but just one!)

    is there any specific reason for why your MCAT wasn't strong? Have you considered taking a review course? You might want to, because with a GPA like yours, adcoms will wonder about your academic ability, unless you've got a strong MCAT.

    but if you've got a secondary from schools that screen applicants, you might as well go ahead and finish off applying this year. play up your experiences etc.

    Best of luck,
     
  17. mauve

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    thank you all for your advice (yes, even the one about breaking criminal law)

    some of you suggested applying to a diff. set of schools...any suggestions? The ones I chose were based on them considering Canadians and the avg MCAT and GPA of previously accepted students.

    medhearter: congrats on your interview offer! :thumbup: keep me posted on how it goes :)

    Forthegood: lol if and whenever I do consider marriage, I think I'll stick to the traditional route :laugh: even so, imo, education >>>>>>> settling down. but i see where you were going
     
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    once you pull up your marks, there's a wider list available. :)

    what about canadian schools?

    are private schools more likely to play nice with canada?
     
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    Oh.... sorry, one of my good friends went through a debauchle with that... now i'm on edge about it...
     
  20. medhearter

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    canadian schools unfortunately have very high GPA expectations
    unless you're in-province to anywhere but Ontario

    i'm assuming the OP is an ontarian? in which case.... without atleast a 3.7 she doesn't really stand a chance... unless she's from a rural region, in which case NOSM takes 50 students
     

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