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  1. For Biol2070, I took it in the summer of first year. I highly recommend this, as it is time consuming (but a great course, mostly hands-on). The course is divided into 4: scientific writing, genetics, biochem, cell bio. Scientific writing and biochem modules takes away most of the time, in my opinion. You will get prelab and postlab work. Lectures are at the beginning of the labs. My tip is come prepared. Do your prelab work. I ended with an A, but like premedToronto said, an A+ is difficult but achievable. For scientific writing, even try going beyond the guideline and look at how published papers are written in the scientific community. When I did my reports, I'd always check out journals on NCBI. Its also a prereq for many third yr courses so if you do take like most others, I opt for summer. You can then go for a lighter elective with your full course load during the yr, and focus on those prereqs. Take BIOL2070 and PHYS1420 during the year, and now your juggling both physics labs and 2070 labs + other courses. Unless your a lab-oholic machine, I wouldn't recommend you doing that to yourself. As for phys1420, take with Matthew George. Hands down one of the best profs I've had at York. Made the course way more interesting with his in-class demos. In terms of content, sure you don't need it if you took grade 12 physics..question is if you recall everything from grade 12. You can try self-studying with the MCAT physics books. Just remember, not all the content will be tested equally; there are certain topics more likely to show on the MCAT than others. I wrote my MCAT the summer after taking phys1420 during the yr. For me, it was definitely a refresher, and lightened the amount of material I had to focus on when studying for that killer test. Last note on this long post, phys 1420 conflicted with about everything. I had to leave part of physics class to make it in time for my orgo 1 class. With that being said, I was able to do well in both by simply practicing and keeping up with material. So you can definitely finish second yr in flying colors if you practice and stay on top of your lectures, while taking those lighter electives. Good luck
  2. Thank you for telling me this. Just out of curiosity, what year are you in now? Also, I have decided not to switch to kinesiology, but am considering switching to biology since its more open to choices. For example, in biomed you have to do an honours thesis. But in biology you can choose to do it. I personally want to do it not just to improve my med application, but it might set back my GPA. However, I am fortunate to get a research practicum, and I feel it'll help me prepare for the thesis. Would you recommend doing an honours thesis to improve your med application? Perhaps if your 4th year, you can suggest if it's advisable to fit such a big project. Also, I have done all the first year requirements for biology, so there isn't the whole course level being an issue if I swtich.
  3. Hi all, thank you for replying. Sunny you are right, I had looked at the kin courses for the rest 3 years and did not find an interest in them at all except those that were more biology related. I love the program I am in and the courses it has to offer, but im still getting use to working with a load. Uwomedsci you are right on the York grading system. My GPA would be a 3.6 on a 4.0 scale. I do think I can do better second year, but my first year will be a major setback... Do you know if western drops 3 of your lowest grades in your 4 years?
  4. Hi all, So a lot of the 1st year students who were originally in biomed at York are switching to kinesiology for second year so they can get a higher GPA for med school. Is this the right choice? I really need some suggestions. Some info about me: - in biomed going into 2nd year -my first year GPA was 7.6/9 (not that great) Knowing that second year is going to be tough, I decided to take a lot of the difficult/time consuming courses during first year summer (currently), including: - english (prereq for US med) -organic chem 2020 and 2021 -biol2070 + volunteering at old age home and at a lab so that leaves genetics, cell bio, biochem, and stats for 2nd year major courses, and the rest are electives (i have no idea what electives to choose as gpa boosters, the ones I wanted are already full - some suggestions on this would also be greatly appreciated) I will also be doing a research practicum and 2nd year summer for mcat prep If I switch to kin, I'd have to do first year kin courses, plus I read in another forum that very little kin students were accepted to med school (although I have to check on this) Any suggestions on whether I should switch to kin or continue in biomed?
  5. Hi all, So a lot of the 1st year students who were originally in biomed at York are switching to kinesiology for second year so they can get a higher GPA for med school. Is this the right choice? I really need some suggestions. Some info about me: - in biomed going into 2nd year -my first year GPA was 7.6/9 (not that great) Knowing that second year is going to be tough, I decided to take a lot of the difficult/time consuming courses during first year summer (currently), including: - english (prereq for US med) -organic chem 2020 and 2021 -biol2070 + volunteering at old age home and at a lab so that leaves genetics, cell bio, biochem, and stats for 2nd year major courses, and the rest are electives (i have no idea what electives to choose as gpa boosters, the ones I wanted are already full - some suggestions on this would also be greatly appreciated) I will also be doing a research practicum and 2nd year summer for mcat prep If I switch to kin, I'd have to do first year kin courses, plus I read in another forum that very little kin students were accepted to med school (although I have to check on this) Any suggestions on whether I should switch to kin or continue in biomed?
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