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  1. Sept 28 is the last testing date for this cycle. Given there is a 2 week release now, all applicants should have no problem getting in MCAT scores by the OMSAS deadline (Nov 1 i think). All info you need is on the OMSAS website-application guide
  2. Currently in the reserves, applying this cycle. My answer to your question is that not WHAT you do, but how you talk about it. A job is a job, and there are lessons I learned from the military that I also learned back when I was a line cook at McDonalds. My military experience is just 1 ABS entry, and it doesn't make or break my application. Its great you're thinking about the reserves. Be ready for waiting a long time for trades courses, being yelled at for not doing drill properly, etc. But is a very rewarding experience and requires alot of commitment and time outside of work. Hours spent ironing your uniform, shining your boots, etc. Also, be ready that your summers will be completely booked because you will be off doing BMOQ/BMQ or your trade coures, meaning you will have little time to do anything else. Your MCAT and research very likely going to need to happen during the school year so be prepared with time management. There is also the possibility of doing your security job + the military reserves. I worked 2 jobs all through university, so it's totally doable.
  3. Mac health sci----> Western health sci -----> Kin But dont try to spread your eggs into a million baskets. If you want med, work hard towards that goal and find the best path, which may inadvertently eliminate other paths (e.g. dent, optometry, etc). You cant have every option and have it easy - strike a balance.
  4. Engineering is not a popular 'premed' program. I've only known 1 person go from eng---> med and this guy was a robot with the work ethic of a monk. That being said, a BEng is a solid degree with good job prospects after graduating. Downside is that you will to more courses (5.0+) with Eng vs Kin (5.0), and those courses are often more difficult.. So weigh your options and how hard you can grind through eng because it wont be easy.
  5. Reminds me of Johny Kim, the Korean American. Trained as a Navy Seals, deployed multilple times to Iraq War, went to Harvard Medical school, and then became an astronaut. Absolute fucking mad man. These people are made of metal or smth.
  6. Provide a resume, no reference needed. Email them by giving some talking points about their research and how you would like to learn more by working with them. Once they accept you as a volunteer, any kind of technical paperwork will be handled by admin staff.
  7. I did research extensively in high school, leading to publications. I'm glad I started early bc it opened up so many doors for me in my undergraduate studies (e.g. Paid research positions, close ties with professors, put onto big projects, etc). So it's great you're looking into it so early. I recommend you try out your high school co-op program as they may have connections with local laboratories for hs students like you to work with. Also try emailing clinician scientists or professors to see if you can do anything. Don't expect to get anything back but be proactive.
  8. Western health sci sound close to Queens health sci except its in person
  9. I feel you OP. As test day comes up, oddly specific details are beggining to bother me. What if I dont know the keyboard shortcuts? Is it a windows or mac?
  10. I am a senior BHSC student and I agree with Dr.Otter. There is a huge advantage doing a Bsc when it comes to doing the MCAT just because they cover all the basics already biochem, orgo, physics, etc. You can definitely cover those as electives during your BHSC but why would you? It makes more sense to take easier electives. So when it comes to content review, its incredibly annoying to learn everything from scratch I go to a BHSC program (not mac), and the students are definately not as smart. I'm not saying I am super smart but if you look at stastical breakdowns of Bsc and BHsc students taking the SAME course, Bsc on average students do 10% better. This I think, is because science attracts more "premed gunner" type people, and that BSC programs have higher entrance average than BHSC students. So this is a double edge sword in that its 'easier' to stand out' but its that everyone is pretty undependable besides a couple students. Again, Dr. Otter nailed the point, research opportunities are wayyyy more common in the Science faculty, but that doesnt mean as a BHSC student, you cant do research with science profs. You just need comparable research skills that you will need to learn on your own bc science students have labs that cover all of this on their own. That being said, health science has their own research that isn't wet lab work. There is alot of. policy, health promotion, and lifestyle research you can do....if that's your thing. During this cycle, I have seen people from both Bsc and Bhsc get into medical school. So just weigh your +ve and -ve. Do your research, see if the courses you need to take are intersting because bhsc courses were boring as hell for me.
  11. If your 2 best years are from different degrees, western will not consider them, based on their website. It seems like they will only take ur second degree "GPA consideration will be based on the two best years of the second or most recent degree, as long as it is equivalent to a four-year undergraduate degree."
  12. If you mean repeat courses, they aren't counted towards the full course load. Your 5th year and 6th year are the only ones that can be used for Western, if none of the courses were repeat and 3/5 of the load was at your year or above
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