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  1. Don't go into medicine unless you have a true interest and passion for it. Many people who end up going into medicine for the money turn out miserable, burnt out and depressed. It seems like engineering is what you're really interested in, so don't give up on that. However, if I'm mistaken and you're passionate about medicine as well, at least finish your third undergrad year, write the MCAT, do all you can to have a great application overall, and apply to some Canadian schools. Going to a Canadian medical school is not only cheaper, but your job security is much higher. Going to a foreign medical school should be a last resort (e.g your grades and application are fine but 4 or 5 cycles you've been rejected without/after interviews). Things like that do happen a lot. Plenty of qualified applicants don't get in and go to another country but many don't end up coming back. Ireland is actually my backup option but I have EU citizenship so I would likely stay there to practice. It just sounds like you're thinking far too ahead honestly. You've only done one semester, 3.3 isn't horrible and you can certainly improve in the upcoming semesters. Plenty of people, especially first year students who are new to the university life, don't do as well as they would have liked their first year. It's not the end of the world, good luck.
  2. Hi. A few questions. 1) Were you an in or out of province applicant? I ask because I plan to apply, albeit, OOP, and I am really looking for any advice to maximize my chances of getting an interview. 2) This one is a bit longer but what is the curriculum like, and how would someone coming from a non "traditional" science background who did not take common pre med undergrad courses like organic/bio/general chemistry do? The reason why McMaster has caught my eye is because of its requirements, as well as it's 3 years opposed to 4. I excel in critical thinking/ethics/logic and McMaster doesn't seem to require anything like organic chemistry and just needs Casper/CARS. I've taken CARS practice tests and I don't like to brag but my scores have been consistently very high. I definitely, with absolute certainty know that I want to go into psychiatry. Hell I've had psychiatrists tell me that I'd make a good psychiatrist. I have some experience in the mental health field and have also been able to shadow a psychiatrist. My current major is psychology and I've taken general/micro biology, with some health science courses, health psychology, biomedical ethics, stuff like that. But yeah. Have not taken any organic chem, physics, statistics or calculus, so how would someone like me do in med school? 3) I don't expect to get into McMaster OOP. I know the chances are very slim as they only accept I think 12 OOP/cycle. However, I was thinking of doing my last year of my undergrad in Toronto, and then continuing on to do a masters in clinical or neuropsychology at U of T, McMaster or in Ottawa. So after 3 years, I would have in province status. Do you think this is a viable way to increase my chances of getting accepted? 4) How is Hamilton in general?
  3. Ok. So repeated courses look bad, and some med schools will take the first grade but what if there is no first grade and you withdrew? I ask because before I had an interest in medicine, I took the same course twice and decided to drop it so I only have 2 W's on my transcript. I really really regret doing it but my first year was really messy and I had no idea what I wanted to do and took a ton of different random courses. Anyone please care to shed some light on this matter?
  4. Is a 3.8 really not competitive? I'm looking at the McMaster statistics and a lot of people with 3.8-3.89 GPA's have gotten in.
  5. McMaster reserves 90% of their seats for Ontario residents. Only 10 people from out of province get in. I believe a total of 50 interview invites are sent to people from out of province. So while not impossible, it's challenging. But I'd say go for it because you'll never know if you don't try. If you don't get in you can always study for other sections of the MCAT and apply to other schools (UBC is your best chance by the way). If for some reason you aren't very chemistry/physics oriented like a lot of pre meds and you think those sections of the MCAT will give you difficulty, you could always consider doing your masters degree in Ontario ,and after 3 years, you will meet McMasters requirement for being an in province applicant, which may increase your chances. Even though I also live in BC, McMaster is my first choice, even over UBC because I like the fact that their program is 3 years long (although with no Summer breaks) and their problem based learning style suits me well.
  6. Yes of course. 3.5 for freshman year isn't awful anyway. I have known people who have gotten into med schools with GPA's ranging from 3.3-3.8. There is a lot more that goes into the medical school application besides your GPA anyway. Try to have a strong upwards trend though as it will be looked upon favourably. Doing well on the MCAT will help and having stellar EC's will definitely be a boost.
  7. 3.6 for first year is fine. Make sure you try to have an upward trend from now on though. From what I've heard I know that a few W's on a transcript isn't a big deal. It's only when you start getting so many that is becomes very noticeable is when there is a problem. You still have 3 years, make them count.
  8. So wait, are you saying McMaster doesn't really care about withdrawals or not?
  9. Not to start a flame war but uwopremed is..how do I put this nicely? Too precise? Too blunt? The type of applicant that thinks the only thing which predicts the excellence of a physician is a 4.0 GPA in undergrad? I've come across some of his posts in the past and he's just been rude, negative and discouraging to others. To OP. A 3.93 wGPA is very good. Don't let anyone tell you differently. I have had friends get accepted to medical schools with 3.3-3.8 GPA's, average MCAT scores and the like. I've met successful applicants who majored in things such as philosophy, psychology and history and have made it in. I even know of a person who has never taken a science course in their undergrad yet have been accepted to McMaster's medical school. Don't ever let anyone discourage you from pursuing your goals. Getting into medical school depends not just on GPA, but MCAT, the autobiographical sketch, MMI, interview, extracurriculars and volunteer service, many things. It's not just about GPA, but the whole package. That being said, Ottawa doesn't require the MCAT so they do look heavily at GPA, but check out the accepted/rejected thread. Plenty of people with 3.9's. Anyway, be sure to apply to many different schools across the country, best of luck to you.
  10. I love the idea of a new, modern, bigger hospital in Vancouver. However, my only issue is the location. Having a hospital in the center of downtown Vancouver has always been a huge benefit, especially for people who are elderly, don't drive, people who are injured nearby (prime example would be weekends on the Granville Strip, a lot of the times people who need medical attention can stumble over to St Pauls which is just a few blocks away), etc. So yeah, my concern is that the new hospital will not be as accessible for a lot of people, especially those living in the west end. If they are going to get rid of the current St Paul's then I think they should at least open up a 24 hour medical clinic in a central location in its replacement to provide some form of medical care. A lot easier said than done obviously, but it's just an idea. I'm curious to hear other people's thoughts on the issue.
  11. Thank you. I'm heading into my second year of college and would like to apply to UBC med in the future. Any general advice to have a strong application?
  12. As the title says, just wondering what these are.
  13. There is more that goes into getting into med school than just grades. Stop pissing yourself with worry. It's really a non issue. Make a good impression during the interview, providing you get one, and do well on the MCAT.
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