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  1. Hi everyone, I am 25 (turning 26 in March) and have just landed my 'dream' job as a community planner and I am wrapping up my masters. My job involves a lot of research, meetings, and public speaking and pays well (my career will probably top out at $110 k/year). For context, I live in BC and am a single woman I have always had medical school in the back of my mind since high school, but lacked confidence when I was younger and thought I didn't have the motor skills or social skills to be a physician. However as I have gotten older I realized I am more that capable and I really want to do work that I know is making a difference and having a positive impact on people's lives. I have high grades (oGPA 87.7% from my undergrad) and have taken most pre-reqs for medical school (although I plan on applying to UBC and maybe a couple other schools). I have worked in a huge variety of roles professionally and I am especially passionate about working in smaller communities and Indigenous populations. I love the idea of working as a locum for several years around BC. However, I am also at a time in my life where I really want to find a partner and have children. I am currently single but I want to have a couple kids before age 35. As it stands now, if I got into med school during for a 2020 start, I would be 27 and graduate when I am 32. Can anyone speak to finding a partner/getting married/being pregnant/having children while in medical school and residency? How do people do it? Is it possible? I am notorious for planning my life out and I know I should just live life how I want to and have things fall into place, but I really don't want to sacrifice having a family to pursue a new career when I already have a decent one.
  2. Thanks for all the feedback! Definitely making this decision clearer. Perhaps I will email them about the AP credit. I'm thinking about volunteering with Sheway.. does anyone have any experience there or have any other groups they recommend? I have scattered volunteer experience, but would really like some where I get to connect with people.
  3. Ok another question.. For the electives/clerkships, do you NEED to go to a different city/hospital? Or could I take all my electives in Prince George and the surrounding area? How long are the electives/clerkships? When you become a resident, how likely is it to find a placement in Prince George if you did the NMP? Or would I have to be open to moving? I am interested in FM and a +1 specialty, possibly emergency or dermatology
  4. Thanks! You've definitely encouraged me to at least give it a shot. I don't know if anyone can answer this.. but although my overall average is quite high, I got 57% in OChem, 64% in Biochem and 64% in Inorganic Chem.. considering these courses are some of the most important for med, do you think UBC would see that and take it into consideration? I could have done better in these courses but had a lack of motivation and personal things going on during that year of school. I'm hoping that it wont matter that my grades in the heavy science classes are not as high as I would like.
  5. I'm considering going to medical school with intention of becoming a family doctor in a rural or semi-rural area in BC (ie Prince George/Kamloops). I have not shadowed a GP so I was hoping someone on here could speak to the realities of being a GP. Does it ever get boring or is there opportunity for continuous learning? If I had a family and only wanted to work 3 days a week, could I do that? And how much would I expect to make? What does your average day look like? Is it easy to pick up and move to a different town? Any other bits if advice/reality you can give me would be much appreciated!
  6. Hi all, I'm new here but I wanted to get a few opinions on what a good plan of action would be. Currently, I'm 23 yo and in a graduate program at SFU in natural resource management and planning. I've always pondered the idea of medical school and I know I could be a successful physician. I'm mostly interested in being a GP and working in a semi rural area. I wouldn't describe medicine as my passion, but I enjoy problem solving and helping people and I really value job security, flexibility, and growth. My s/o is about to begin his career in Prince George, BC and my degree lends itself to that region, however my career would likely culminate in Victoria. His job also has the added benefit of funding education for himself and family members, which has refreshed the idea of medical school in my mind. I'm hoping to write the MCAT either this year or next and apply for the NMP or SMP depending on where I am at. However, I have a few reservations: 1. If I apply this year or next year, I would have just finished my masters and will have not given that career path a fighting chance. I would be starting med school as age 25/26 and if I did a GP residency, be finished by the time I'm 31/32. I could always wait and apply 2-3 years after I have finished my masters and looked for job in a resource management field, but then I wouldn't be finished school until my mid thirties. 2. I always thought I wanted kids in my late twenties, but how I would attend medical school and have children is beyond me. I know it's possible, but I feel like I would be missing out on a lot of things both with school and family. Does anyone have experience with having kids while in school or having really young kids? How did you manage that? I'm also curious about my chance of being successfully admitted to UBC... My undergrad is in Forest Science at UBC and my average was 87.7%. I will grad from SFU with close to a 4.0 GPA based on my first semester marks. I have not written the MCAT so I can't comment on that. I would like to work with Aboriginal communities/rural communities and I have a really diverse range of experience from agriculture, to forestry, to politics. Also, I did AP English and when I went to UBC for undergrad they gave me 6 english credits for it. Do you know if UBC med will recognize AP English as 6 credits or only 3? Any and all thoughts are appreciated!
  7. I'm going to start studying for the MCAT and I'm looking at finding some prep books off craigslist I found two possibilities nearby, but unsure what would be better i) Kaplan Updated MCAT 7-Book Subject Review and online tools ii) or all of this: FULL BOOKS Exam Krackers - all new in very good condition * 101 Passages in MCAT Verbal Reasoning (A HUGELY helpful book! A must-have even for adept readers) * 1001 Questions in MCAT Physics * 1001 Questions in MCAT Chemistry * 1001 Questions in MCAT Organic Chemistry * MCAT Physics * MCAT Organic Chemistry * Kaplan MCAT Advanced 2009 Ed. * Kaplan Verbal Reasoning & Writing 2010 Ed. * Kaplan MCAT Premier Program 2010 * Kaplan course books for all subjects * Kaplan course Lesson Book * Kaplan course Verbal Reasoning Strategy & Practice * Kaplan course High-Yield Problem Solving Guide (VERY helpful for last few days before exam) Princeton Review - * MCAT Workout w/ 2 full length exams Barron's - * MCAT 12th Ed. OTHER * Coles Notes Chemistry Problems * Reading Comprehension Success * Barron's "Essays that will get you into medical school" * Carribbean Medical School Journey & Guide 2009 FREE * AAMC's Official Guide to the MCAT, 1st Ed. * AAMC's 2011 Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) * Princeton Review "Cracking the MCAT CBT" for organic chemistry (includes chapters on ketones, alcohols, hydrocarbons, carboxylic acids, etc.) * 6 full-length Kaplan MCAT tests, answer key and diagnostic report * AAMC full length paper practice test * Kaplan Topical Tests for all subjects (short topic tests followed by answer key and diagnostic description of where you went wrong and why) * Kaplan Subject Tests for all subjects and units (for each subject that you would go through with the class, there is a summary subject test with answer key) * Kaplan Advanced chapters and tests w/ answer keys (focuses on the most difficult aspects of each MCAT section, good for those above basic level) * Schaum's Easy Outlines Crash Course on Basic Electricity * Kaplan Physical Sciences Tests #1-7 (40-100 minute sample tests of the physical sciences section including phys and inorg. chem) * Collected resource of online MCAT practice questions for all sections * Kaplan Discrete Tests for all subjects (multiple tests on discrete questions only to give you non-passage practice) * 30pg. Guide on Frequently Encountered Physics Problems & Answers * 3 Arco full sample MCAT tests with answers Better to go with a set updated for new MCAT or a whole bunch of older things? I'm not sure how hard it is to find practice exams etc
  8. Hi All This is pretty much my opportunity to get my thoughts 'on paper' and I would appreciate any advice you have to give as well! I have always considered medicine as a career option and I have no doubt I would be an excellent med-student and a pretty good doctor as well. However, I wouldn't describe medicine as my passion and although I have kept the med-school door open, I've been following a different path. I graduated in 2015 with a degree in forest sciences and I've worked a field forestry job, a food quality control lab job, and now I am finishing up a internship with the provincial government. I have accepted an offer to pursue a masters in Natural Resource Management and Planning and my goal was/is to become a land use planner or something similar for a municipality of the government. There are lots of opportunities in this field, it would be a 9-5 office job most likely, and the pay is anything from $30/hr to $150k/year. I'm once again thinking about medicine after talking to a provincial politician who was describing how her rural town had no doctors for an entire year and how desperate these areas are for family doctors. It has also been news in BC that the government has 'given up' on their goal to provide everyone with a family doctor. I personally think I would make an excellent family doctor -- I love solving problems and offering people advice and I am very open-minded and easy going, yet a perfectionist when it comes to certain things. I also like the idea of having a small clinic in a small town in BC and being the first medical professional people see before referring them to specialists etc. I also like to have a broad knowledge base and constantly learn, rather than learn the details of one area. I had initially shied away from medicine thinking I would have to do surgery, deal with death on a daily basis, and the schooling would be a massive time commitment. I don't want the pressure of surgery (and I am can't see myself being good at it), I wouldn't want to work in palliative care, and I don't want work and school to consume my life. A 2 year residency in FM seems very doable and the demand is there, Currently, I think I may start studying for the MCAT and take the exam to see how I do. I might possibly try and volunteer in a medical setting as well and see if I would enjoy it. Like I said, a big long essay by me. If you took the time to read it, thank you, and I would love any advice you have to offer!
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