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    Studying Optometry In The Uk

    I have just researched Aston University's MOptom programme in the UK. This program makes it sound it is possible to come back to Canada easily, and it seems like many Canadians apply. http://www.aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/lhs/bsc-optometry/faqs-for-canadian-applicants/ This program is 3 years long with 1 year of studying and working as an optometrist for their pre-reg year. This would allow Canadiansto continue using their study visa, instead of applying for another work visa. I believe Waterloo requires a year of work experience in the country you are applying from for the IOBP, so this sounds like good news. You would then need to pass the UK boards and become registered before applying to IOBP, as well. Aston's University also states that their curricullum provides you with enough knowledge to pass the evaluating exam so you only need to the Bridging I (2 months). How likely do you guys think this is? And even if I were to complete Bridging I, are the Canadian board exams a whole other obstable for a UK trained optometrist?
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    Optometry in UK, then coming back to Canada?

    Hello, I'm back to this thread since I have a few more questions. I have just researched Aston University's MOptom programme in the UK. This program is 3 years long with 1 year of studying and working as an optometrist for their pre-reg year. This would allow Canadiansto continue using their study visa, instead of applying for another work visa. I believe Waterloo requires a year of work experience in the country you are applying from for the IOBP, so this sounds like good news. You would then need to pass the UK boards and become registered before applying to IOBP, as well. Aston's University also states that their curricullum provides you with enough knowledge to pass the evaluating exam so you only need to the Bridging I (2 months). How likely do you guys think this is? And even if I were to complete Bridging I, are the Canadian board exams a whole other obstable for a UK trained optometrist? Even though they are saying the process is not that bad, is it still generally difficult for a UK trained optometrist to study in Canada. I would definitely want to come back so if there is a chance I cannot, I may not pursue this career, and so pharmacy instead. Thoughts?
  3. Hello! I got into Aston University for Pharmacy this September! I was wondering if there were any Canadians going to Aston University for pharmacy?
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    Optometry in UK, then coming back to Canada?

    My GPA is averaged around 2.6 with 5 years of undergrad, do you think US Optom schools would accept me with that. Tbh with my shit GPA and less than average ECs, I think I'm lucky to even have a chance to gain offers to pharm and optom in UK. Plus I would have to write the OAT, so I would have to wait another year to apply and take it, if I wanted to go into the US (assuming I can even get in at all).
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    Studying Pharmacy in the UK

    Hello, I just recently found out that I got into Manchester, Nottingham, Aston, Brighton, LMJU, and Sunderland for their MPharm in the UK. I was wondering if any Canadian students have been here and know which school would be better to study pharmacy at? I am having a little trouble deciding!
  6. Hello, I have been given offers to both Pharmacy and Optometry in the UK. However, I am having trouble deciding what would a better career. I know both fields have their problems with over saturation at the moment, but I am honestly equally interested in both careers and would like to pursue one of them. I know for Pharmacy, the equivalency process is not that bad since I know some family members who have taken the exams and were able to get licensure in Canada. But I am having trouble finding information on the licensure process for Canada. For Optometry, is it easier or harder to come back to Canada? What exactly is the process like to come back and how many years would it take? Are the equivalency exams hard and is the IOBP hard to pass? Ultimately since I am getting old and will already be doing 4 years of schooling in UK, I would like to choose a field will take less time in the licensure process so that I can come back to Canada! If you guys have any information on Optometry licensure, please let me know! Thanks!
  7. Hello, I have heard that the University of Melbourne is very hard to get into as an international student from Canada. Would anyone who has been accepted to Melbourne dentistry be willing to post their GPA and DAT score? M My weighted GPA is 3.54 and my DAT score is 25AA. Do you guys think these results are competitive enough to apply with? Thanks!
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    Studying For Mcat During School

    I know a few schools will take the old MCAT such as Queen's, McMaster, McGill and Western (i emailed them and they told me they will still be using their policy that the MCAT (old or new) will be valid for 5 years upon being written). Is it same to assume most canadian medical schools will have this policy?
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    Studying For Mcat During School

    Do you think it would be wiser to take this old MCAT during January or should I suck it up and just take the new 2015 MCAT in the summer? I'm still on the fence with these two and although I want to have a free summer next year, I also don't want my marks to suffer this year. Plus I probably will not be applying to med school for another two years. By then, I'm not sure what schools will be taking the old MCAT marks.
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    Studying For Mcat During School

    Hey guys! I was just wondering if anyone has an experience with studying for MCAT during school. Is this even a good idea? I am thinking of taking 4 courses instead of 5 and treat the MCAT as another 0.5 unit credit. I think I would then need to take 6 courses in the winter semester to make my year count as a full course load (could someone clarify this)? But what do you guys ultimately think? Is this possible? I didn't do so hot on the MCAT during the summer and DO NOT want to take the 2015 MCAT in the summer (heard it gonna be killer).
  11. Hi I was just wondering when I would have to apply if I wanted medical school to look at my 4th year marks. Would it be during the summer of 4th year?
  12. Hi I recently enrolled in a prep course which ends 6/27 but my MCAT is scheduled for Aug 7. I was wondering if it's a bad idea to wait too long between and MCAT prep course and the MCAT itself. The other option for the course time was 5/13-7/28 but it involved night class (6-9 pm) and I'm not a fan of those. It would also give me just around 10 days to study for the MCAT. Do you guys think a 6 week gap is too much?
  13. I really need to change my MCAT date from Aug 15th to someone other time around that date since I may possibly have an exam in the summer around the 15th for organic chemistry. Somewhere near GTA or Montreal would be ideal! Thanks!
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    Mock MCAT day?

    I think the one I signed up for is by Princeton.
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    Mock MCAT day?

    Hi I have heard of an event going on at my campus on the 8th, called the Mock MCAT. Has anyone every been to this event and tell me what its like and how it works? Is it basically as if you were writing your actual MCAT? Do you think it does a good job of showing you what you will be up against?
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