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  1. If the masters wont help me much - is there any way to complete another degree with the 1/2 year I just completed transfered into the program?
  2. AN update - and more advice needed. In the process of finding research experience, I walked into a professors lab and introduced myself to him. Within 30 minutes, he offered that I do a masters program with him (neuroscience, fMRI studies of visual attention). I see this going 2 ways - I know I will do well in my masters, but I'm also wondering if it will significantly improve my chances of entering medical school? Also, what would the possibility be of me attending school offshore (carib, most likely) and then doing my residency in the states? Thanks, everyone.
  3. Thank you everyone for your thoughtful advice. I have some questions about the possibility of going to the states. Simply, I do understand it is less competitive (as long as you aren't shooting for the big 10). If I was to do another few years as a non-degree, would it make any difference, as opposed to another undergrad, for the states? I would prefer to do non-degree so I don't have to waste this upcoming year...
  4. This is a fine question. Perhaps I should make my case here - I would like to hear your opinions. I "stumbled" onto medicine, not because I wanted to be a doctor, but because I was interested in depression and therapy. I looked into Clinical Psyc (which has incredibly high admissions requirements as well), and subsequently social work. I should state that my interest in depression led me to an interest in sleep-medicine and anti-depressant treatment. The relationship between sleep quality, and brain plasticity, also led me to develop an interest in stroke recovery and Alzheimer's disease. The courses I took in social psyc were not satisfying. I realized that I am fascinated with the nervous system, and how its malfunction can lead to sickness (mental or physical). I am much more of a reductionist than psychology would allow me to be. The only clinicians who specialize in the nervous system are neurologists and neurosurgeons.There is no alternate route. Research does not interest me as a career because I am not interested in research as an end. I want to work with people. Any guidance is greatly appreciated. I have had a lot of trouble finding good advice (I've either heard good for you, or you're crazy... not exactly constructive thoughts). Am I off base? EDIT: My cGPA, non-weighted, is 3.1075. That mark is drastically effected by two 60's. I have a number of 3.7s, a few 3.9's, and mostly 3.3s. However this semester at York, every class I have achieved a high 80 or a full semester of 3.8's. I really appreciate your help. I do not have many people to turn to, and many of you have so much knowledge to share with me. Unfortunately, I did not have my act together (and should not have entered University straight out of highschool). However, I am where I am, and I am curious if my strategy is reasonable, or a simple pipe dream. Please help me. I am unable to sleep... the amount of *unknown* in all of this is very trying.
  5. No, you are correct. It would be a GPA of just under 3.3, likely a 3.2. The idea of a second undergrad is a little daunting for a few reasons. There is simply no assurance that I will be admitted to medical school after another 3 years of undergrad. Will that confer any advantage over non-degree years? With all of these rejections coming back - 3.9 averages, 500+ ECs, 33 MCATS, I'm very concerned that no matter how competitive I make myself, that I will simply not get in with little options as far as back-up plans go. Thank you for your advice, I really appreciate it. With an 85 average from York, I sit at about 3.7. Is this going to make a likely candidate? I know so many people who had even better transcripts, who were unable to make it in. Anyone interested in Neuroscience here? I am curious what you would suggest as "2nd choice" options in the field.
  6. To clarify- Will it make a difference if I complete these years as a non-degree (special student) or as a second undergrad?
  7. Don't worry, I won't make that mistake. Thank you though. Why would it be best for me to base me course selection off of Western?
  8. Great. So to clarify: with the exception of, I believe, one school, none of these programs will care if I am a non-degree or degree student during these two years? Thanks!
  9. Thank you for your prompt reply. Are you referring to the Western Med program or undergraduate program? My local schools (McMaster, UofT, York) will allow me to register as a non-degree student. My only concern is if one will be looked at more favorably than the other during the application process. I think that non-degree would be preferable so I don't have to take more "problematic" courses than necessary, and to leave me room to take courses related to neuroscience that would not necessarily fit well with some program's requirements. Am I thinking the proper way? Would you think that my plan is realistic (i.e., 2 years of approximately 85 average, lab experience, volunteer --> high chance of acceptance).
  10. Greetings, I completed my undergrad at Queen's a direction-less soul. I was not committed to my work, and pulled off a rather mediocre 75.5 average (that would be *just* below 3.3). While not terrible, this GPA is functionally useless. I have developed a strong interest in neuroscience over the intervening years, as well as the possibility of becoming a neurologist. While I enjoy theoretical neuroscience, my passions lie in the clinical applications of this pure work. This semester, I returned to York to try out a half-semester of non-degree work. My average is currently 85+, so I know that with dedication I am capable of much higher grades. With a 3.3 behind me, would I be correct in suggesting that a year or two of a 3.8 GPA would bring me closer to my goals? I am also unsure of the most efficient way to bump my GPA. Some medical schools will not allow me to erase my dark history, while others will look at my two previous years in isolation. I am unsure if those 2 previous years must be towards a degree, or if it is acceptable for them to be non-degree years. I have read through the sticky, but it remains unclear to me exactly how to *maximize* my chances of acceptance. If all schools will look favorably at a second (non-completed) degree, but only some will look at non-degree work, I suspect this would be the best course of action. Is there any advantage to me beginning a second undergraduate degree in Biology (my first was in Psychology), or would it be equally appropriate for me to pursue those biology credits as a non-degree student? Thank you in advance, Joseph
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