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  1. While not exactly med school, my cousin got into vet school in her third year of undergrad, and she was the only one in the class who didn't even get the undergrad, but she wound up being in the top three of her class and she was offered a job as a vet in her hometown in her third year of vet school for when she graduated. Again, it's how you perform now!
  2. I think how you perform in electives and such will largely dictate this. You can have all the degrees in the world, but if they don't like you, you're in trouble. Conversely, it does not make sense to get a masters or phd if you are not interested in research. You can always do that later, but finding your ground and your match now is what is important
  3. I thought so, and 27 is at the high end assuming I don't get in right away, it could be 26, my interests are in the mid range for competitiveness, so I do have that going for me, but I also worry about if I'm suddenly expected to get a MSC or PHD, pushing me back, and by the time it comes to be an attending, I don't think those years will stick out too much. I personally have never asked any of my doctors how old they were when they finished residency. My great uncle was a surgeon until he was 80, so age is a very superficial concern, but then you hear the horror stores of people not matching and I hope that that wouldn't be a discriminatory point.
  4. Thanks! I'll be 27 by the time I get to med school, so that definitely plays on my mind. Some good points to think about.
  5. Is there any sort of discrimination on three year schools when it comes to the more competitive specialties? (surgery, derm, optho, etc?) I could see it from both ways, with people thinking that the education in these schools might not be as good (incorrect though that may be) but you could also turn that around and claim that the three year schools are better at preparing you for residency. Any opinions?
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    BeMo throwing some shade on Premed101

    All questions I've asked have had overwhelmingly positive answers
  7. maplesyrup

    Income and Lifestyle

    I was going to say, I'm coming out of another career (hopefully) where I was going to be expected to work resident hours for $20,000 a year.
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    Income and Lifestyle

    I bet, my dad had glaucoma surgery, and his optho was insanely busy. Has been each time I've been in there. No less than 30 patients at a time, and all procedural. If I liked eyeballs, optho would be the way to be.
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    Income and Lifestyle

    my dermatologist is making mad $$$. She sees one patient every five minutes, doesn't do procedures, and therefore bills like crazy. She also requires a two week followup, whether you need it or not, and I had to sign a form saying I'd be back within two weeks before I'd even seen her.
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    Income and Lifestyle

    Just here to comment on your awesome username. Nice!
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    BA vs BS

    The stress on performance is solely me doing that to myself, lol. I'm coming out of funeral service right now (which is frankly, not unlike medicine), and the education for that is very much so like you describe medicine, because no pre requisites on Earth can prepare you for what that is. However, communication is important in funeral service as well, so that is one thing I think I'll do very well in. Thanks again! I attended Mount Royal University and was just over at U of C for their anatomy labs as part of my training. Really nice people over there!
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    BA vs BS

    Thanks! I guess I just get worried because I've been in classes where I was told there were no pre-requisites, and then it was clear that the instructor had expectations of us that we just couldn't do because we didn't know, which caused our grades to suffer. Cousin actually didn't find vet school hard at all, she breezed through it, but that's because she was an absolute tank at studying, and if there was something she didn't know, she was going to find out, but several people didn't find it that way. You always get horror stories lol. I personally quite like science, and I would never dream of doing a science degree if I didn't, because that is a surefire way to 1) not get good marks and 2) not enjoy the educational experience, which is important. Thanks for the vote of confidence! I'm going to be discussing this whole situation with the university of Calgary (they have the undergrads I'd be interested in, as well as the med school I'd like.) Fear of failure to get in is a real concern, so making sure I'm a good applicant is important, thanks for the reminder!
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    BA vs BS

    Thanks! I figure if I take classes now, it's easier than trying to learn basic science things in medical school that I clearly need, and don't have. I've made that mistake before. I'll also be going back and getting my grade 12 maths and sciences so that I have more availability in classes. My cousin just finished vet school and there is no way she could've done it without her science background. Vet school is the worst!
  14. I have seen people older than you in med school, and vet school. Nothing's impossible!
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    BA vs BS

    Thanks! I assumed as much but I did just want to check before I got too far.
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