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  1. As a general comment, I would recommend going to the websites of schools that interest you, and looking at both the hard prerequisites as well what kind of attributes an average admitted student has. This is really the only way to know what you need to do to get into medical school. I was a musician with no science since high school when I decided to apply to medicine. I ended up going back to school for one year of mostly 1st year general sciences and some other prerequisites, partly to allow me to apply broadly and partly to help me prepare for the MCAT. With no university science background at all, I think it would be really tough to truly nail the MCAT, but your millage may vary. Of course, a high MCAT score may or may not be important, depending where you end up applying. That being said, I agree with rmorelan that those basic science courses really haven't helped much at all in medicine. Taking undergrad anatomy and embryology courses, as many of my classmates have, would have made first semester easier, but chemistry, physics, even biology? Nah, not really at all. That being said - I do think you need to be the kind of person who picks up science quickly. If that's you, you'll have a fine time in med school regardless of whether you have actually done science coursework recently or not.
  2. Super weird that essentially all those unfilled IM spots are in SK - what the heck is going on with that program?!
  3. For those wondering how the waitlists are moving: Status: Accepted off waitlist (Regina) Timestamp: May 23 Geography: OOP Year: Two years through second degree MCAT: 526 GPA: ~3.96 Interview: Pretty terrible TBH. Felt like I was completely unprepared for several of the topics that seemed to be a focus. Good luck to everybody waiting to hear back!
  4. Not completing it rules out Western full stop at the very least, which is pretty crummy. Seems to be quite varied for the other schools as to how they treat it. But no, assuming the degree was not done for GPA purposes, you probably don't stand to gain a ton from completing it (with respect to Med school applications only of course!)
  5. If anybody's interested in doing some interview prep with me in person, I'm looking for partners to meet with. This is my second time through the cycle, and though I got several interviews last year, I wasn't able to secure any offers. Clearly I need to prepare much more seriously for the MMIs! If you're local and interested in meeting up, send me a message or post below and we'll sort something out. I'm applying relatively broadly this year, though only in English.
  6. Where to start? Why not directly from the source: https://aamc-orange.global.ssl.fastly.net/production/media/filer_public/f7/e5/f7e57fb2-44fa-4c00-83dd-c17cee034c47/mcat2015-content.pdf This was my reference throughout prep - it puts everything in perspective as you fill in all the gaps in your knowledge using the detailed resources (prep books, Khan Academy, course notes, practice problems/exams, etc.)
  7. One more vote for self-study. Taking agency and designing your own plan from an array of sources will yield better results than trusting somebody to do the planning work for you. There's no shortcuts in prepping for a test like the MCAT. I also agree on the merit of the AAMC material. Great great resource, especially now that it looks like they've fleshed out the material since last summer.
  8. If you inform western that you have started the second degree, they won't look at your application. If you can somehow get away with not mentioning that you've started you might be in the clear... hard to say. They're real sticklers about their degree requirements. That could only work for 2017, not the year after though.
  9. Yeah, there are some brutal courses. Particularly some of the second year science labs are just devastating, and you do see course averages in the low 60s. Personally, I didn't have much difficulty getting a great GPA, but I was coming in after a first degree (in music, so not related, but the added maturity the second time round is a game changer.) For what it's worth, the average student level at Ottawa is noticeably lower than at a school like McGill (my alma mater), so you do have that going for you as far as grades are concerned. I'd try to avoid the mentality that Health Sci would be easier anyhow - objectively, it probably is, but a way way bigger factor is what you're interested in. The only not A+ that I have on my uOttawa transcript was from a determinants of health course that I just couldn't convince myself to care about. In response to Al22 re: research - point taken. My thought was that many of the profs you'll meet in your first and second year are more likely to be doing basic research as opposed to medical related research, and they'll be more on board with taking on a student from their own faculty. That being said, it's a super minor point - if you have good grades and you put just a tiny bit of effort in, Ottawa is a great school to do research at as a undergrad regardless of the department. Lots of programs and room to stand out. I stand by my comment that it is easier to set up research experiences as a science student (biomed, biopharm, etc.) over a health science student.
  10. As somebody who was in Health Science for a year here at UOttawa, the only thing I would point out is how much it is NOT a science degree. You really aren't required to take any hard science courses, and a lot of the curricula is social science. The more medical related courses (anatomy, the first year microbiology) are shared with the nursing students mostly - they're fine, but not especially rigorous. Obviously, how you feel about social science is personal, but even with a pretty heavy liberal arts background, I found a lot of the health sci specific courses to be pretty unscientific. Not always evidence based... Certainly, a biomed degree would be better prep for the MCAT, easier to transfer from into another degree, and probably also have better non-MD job prospects. Also, it may be easier to get research experience in biomed, although a more pure science would be better still in this regard. I'm super super biased, but my take is that having a really rigorous university level background in science is incredibly invaluable -though I'm sure that others would say the same about sociology. I mean, they'd be wrong, but still... If health administration, policy, and the sociology of health are legitimately interesting for you, go health sci; if proper science is more up your alley, go biomed (or even biochem, biopharm, etc.)
  11. I did the new MCAT with only one semester of orgo. Absolutely not an issue at all for me.
  12. Yes, I was referring to the Bio Part II. Though looking over that table of contents, it's probably important to note that it goes above and beyond the requirements in a couple of areas (like detailed metabolic pathways.) For my taste though I found it really well written and time efficient to learn from.
  13. Off the top of my head, I wouldn't worry about specific details of any metabolic pathways. The start, end, and the general gist is more than enough. Seriously, don't waste time memorizing the intricate details of the Krebs cycle. For me, super good knowledge of amino acids was by far the highest yield thing I studied on the entire test. If you forget any of the three or single letter abbreviations you're just giving away marks. I feel like enzyme kinetics is probably also worth adding to your list, but it's been a while since I wrote. Maybe nucleic acid, carbohydrate, and lipid structure would be worth a review as well. If you need a biochem book to review some specifics from, the old Berkeley Review biochem is gold. I found it much quicker/better than Khan for biochem. You might be able to find a copy from somebody/somewhere.
  14. I worked the summer I did my MCAT, and I would have to agree with sunnyy - I don't think a prep course is a good use of time in this situation unless you're particularly unmotivated. Take a practice test early on to see what you're up against. Print out the free section summaries (the point form things which tell you everything you need to know), and worship these. They're concise, and direct from the source. Do many many practice problems (Khan is hit and miss, but at the affordable cost of free, I think it's a pretty key resource.) If you're missing large areas (say, you never took biochemistry or something), fill those in with something like the Berkeley Review books - but to do that kind of thorough fundamental review for everything is, in my opinion, a waste of valuable time and (more crucially) energy. You're way better off doing smaller patchwork reviews and getting used to hopping from topic to topic like you'll need to do in the actual exam. Just my two cents of course, but this was roughly my approach, and I somehow ended up with a score in the 100th percentile.
  15. Yes! I'm in a similar boat and would love to meet over coffee. I'll send you a PM.
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