Hi guys, I am a Canadian that is currently on the waiting list at the University of Western Ontario. However, I'm trying to evaluate my chances in the US should I not hear back from UWO and have to reapply. MCAT: P: 10 V: 10 B: 11 WS: Q 31Q Note: I have to rewrite my MCAT in order to apply to the States, I believe, as I wrote it in Aug 2005. Let's assume that I score low 30s on a rewrite. My AMCAS GPA stats are: cGPA: 3.63 BCPM GPA: 3.54 Grad School (currently M.Sc.): 4.0 My overall GPAs are a little low, but they are weighted down by a poor second year, during which time I had extenuating personal circumstances. I am not sure how that will be looked upon by US schools. Undergrad year by year GPA: 1st year: 3.8 2nd year: 2.8 3rd year: 3.9 4th year: 4.0 Note: All studies have been completed at Queen's University, which is arguably one of the better schools in Canada. I am currently close to finishing up a M.Sc. in Biochemistry, however, if this cycle does not work out, I will be re-classifying to the Ph.D. stream in my graduate studies. I will thus be applying next year for entrance in 2010 and will have a Ph.D. by the time I matriculate. Extracurriculars/Research Productivity - Should have 2 first author papers by this Fall - 1 oral presentation at a conference, 3 poster presentations (one at an international cell signalling conference) - TA for a 4th year Honours research project - High School Student Council President - University orientation leader - 5 years intramural hockey - 1 year on the executive committee of intramural hockey league - Couple other committees - 2 years hospital volunteering 2 hours/week - 1 summer as high school youth summer volunteer program mentor to high schools students volunteering at the hospital - Major self-directed learning project in which I taught myself electronics, and created an online discussion group where I and others applied modified the electronic circuits in a home theatre projector - Extensive travel throughout my life; have lived in 4 different countries, attended Canadian boarding school in high school overseas, travelled a lot - Summer jobs as a clerk in a major international organization - various other leadership positions, many of relatively short duration I am aware that I am lacking clinical exposure and will be attempting to rectify this in the coming year by seeking out doctor shadowing opportunities. However, since I will be a PhD student, time commitments will likely prevent me from having more than about 50 hours by the time I apply next year. Any comments on which level of schools I should be applying to and general suggestions would be very much appreciated.