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  1. I’m 31 and going to pre-Med.... my friend want to Med at 38 another friend just got in at 30 24 is insanely young. You have time. Don’t rush it. Be purposeful with each step you take towards applying to medical school. You CAN study MCAT on your own. This is a serious undertaking but it has been done.
  2. You’re spot on the money! every situation when your non trad is different and each non traditional must do their own research and talk to EACH school
  3. I’ve been told by the schools they feel college is not the same Calibre as university. While I can accept that to an extent, there are many programs/courses that are university courses. If they are accepted by a university as a university caliber course then I believe they should be considered as equivalent but that’s just me. Lol
  4. If you go onto the OMSAS website, the service you use to apply to Ontario medical schools, it specifically states college courses (even if transfer credits are given) are typically not included in GPA calculations. When I have reached out to the various Ontario medical schools I have got various different answers. The reason I reached out is because I have three years of college for paramedic and going to Selkirk College for Rural Pre-Med in September. So I wanted to find out if I could apply to Ontario schools. NOSM, McMaster, and Western stated the courses would have to appear individually on a university transcript with marks attached. Queens told me they would not be counted even though their website says college transfer credits count towards their credit requirement. So I’m still trying to sort that out. U of T is going to get back to me but I have been waiting for a month. U of Ottawa again I’m waiting to hear back. So if you want to have your college courses count they MUST show up on a Univeristy transcript as individual courses with assigned marks. If they do not, they don’t count. That’s essentially what I have found out. So if you can speak to the university your attending and get them to put those courses on your transcript then in theory you should be good to go. If they won’t then it would seem ON schools won’t take you. It is very frustrating since the program I am going to be taking is a university caliber course but that’s the system .. I suggest you do your own research though to confirm! :-)
  5. Since you went to a college no Ontario schools will accept your transferable college credits. Good enough for Western medical schools just not good enough for Ontario medical schools .... the only way Ontario schools consider your college marks is if you can make them appear on a University transcript.
  6. I anticipate finding some mentors at Selkirk for sure! I just feel “obligated” to provide some as it’s listed on the application. Especially since my rural experience is essentially work related, I feel someone may wonder how I didn’t end up with any mentors working in rural health! I appreciate the response and wishes of luck :-)
  7. Hello! My journey down the medical school path is complicated but I am headed to Rural Pre Med program at Selkirk college come September. I chose this program because I am passionate about working in rural medicine and working with underserved populations. Furthermore, in my later years in life, I have found myself wanting to escape my city roots and move to a rural area. I am from a larger city in Ontario and have always lived in a city. To be honest I had always thought I was going to be a city kid until the last few years when all my passions/hobbies became rurally orientated. I have been planning a move for a while and the RPM program was a perfect excuse to escape the city and move rural. In anticipation of my application to UBC rural stream I looked over the rural application. The section that asks you to provide three rural mentors is difficult for me. I have none and not sure what to do. I have worked as a rural community care paramedic and as a paramedic at a safe injection site (not rural, but underserved populations, aka lots of similar challenges to rural populations). These experiences made me passionate about rural medicine but they were brand new programs that had never been done before so my interaction with other health professionals regularly was limited. We sort of designed the program as we went (that was my managers style). Further to that there were zero health care resources in the town I was working, I was literally it, so I couldn’t find anyone to be a mentor. In terms of addictions I had occasional interactions with true addiction health care warriors but most of my time was spent with clients. Some of my clients from these experiences I could say were “mentors” in that the relationships I built with them really showed me the unique sense of community working there but Due to privacy I don’t see myself being able to list them as mentors. Further to that, some are dead (nature of opioid epidemic and old age). They also don’t fit the classic mold as a “mentor” in that they were clients. I do recognize not having lived in rurally will be a major hinderance for my rural suitability score but I am going to put in for the rural stream regardless because that is where I want to be. I can’t help that I was born in a city sadly! Any advice would be great! Thank you.
  8. I’m renting a room out in my house starting May 1st. My current housemate is moving out then. The house is fully updated. Lots of parking. Backyard with BBQ. Wifi etc. I can furnish the bedroom if you need me to. I am moving to BC for Rural Pre-Med program in September so the longest I can rent the room for is 4 months. My house is quiet and I’m a great person to live with. I’ve been a paramedic for 11 years, I don’t have parties, drink, or do drugs. I am fairly clean, I dislike clutter but can survive the occasional dust bunny. I don’t do much outside of work, study for MCAT, gym and yoga. So if you’re looking for a great spot to call home for a few months while your in residency or school or clinical my place will be ideal for you. $700 all inclusive. 289-921-6667
  9. Research each and every medical school in Canada. They are all different in the evaluation. I would also spend the money for a premed advisor. That really helps. Non-trad/Mature applicants have a tough time. U of Calgary eliminates any school that is 10 years old. So that helps, but you need a minimum of 2 years full time, graduate school will count as one year full time so you may only need to complete one more year full time. I to am a mature applicant with a very non-traditional pathway and have struggled. I am headed back to school in September to take Rural Pre-Med full time to boost my GPA and meet the requirements I need to get into med. I have been chasing this dream for years. The best advice I have found is not on forums but with actual paid premed advisors. Changed my entire trajectory.
  10. Reject. GPA 3.73 VR 11 Casper: prepped lots. guess I’ll be writing the MCAT again
  11. I am selling my self paced Kaplan course. https://www.kaptest.com/mcat/courses/mcat-prep-self-paced it is the self paced plus course with 3 hours of tutoring. I have all the books and materials that go along with it. I never initiated the course so it is on hold, they won’t refund me the money but I can set it up for someone else. I paid $2500 plus tax..... $1000 OBO and you don’t have to pay me until the course is up and running for you as some people who were interested we were about making sure the course would work for them online. Send me a PM. Thanks, Brock
  12. I’ve decided to no longer pursue medical school. I have a Kaplan self paced plus course I bought and is on hold until August. It’s $2500 plus tax, I’ll take 50% of the cost without tax. I’ll make sure you have access to everything the course offers online before accepting payment, at which point I would then give you the books (I can’t give you everything before payment, that would be silly). Two of the books have been used by me when I was still convinced medical school was what I wanted but the rest are in perfect condition.
  13. Right? but in reality I have always given discounts to fellow medical professionals. It was more of a light hearted joke!
  14. Hello all, I have a very clean, quiet, maintained and updated student house available. I have one room available starting May 1st, and one starting September 1st. I am willing to take short term lease for the May start for the summer. Here is a link to my kijiji add, there are pictures and videos. http://www.kijiji.ca/v-room-rental-roommate/hamilton/beautifully-maintained-and-updated-mohawk-student-house/1145116400 Brock, 289-921-6667 PS: If it helps I am an awesome landlord, I work full time as a paramedic and actively applying to medical school so if you move in and help me get in I'm open to passing along some nice discounts
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