Jump to content
Premed 101 Forums


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About VigoVirgo

  • Rank
    Advanced Member

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. Not to derail the thread or anything but there are some medical schools I know of in Australia (University of Sydney, University of Wollongong, and Griffith University) and also some Canadian schools like McMaster which don't require any pre requisites (why is this? It's a bit puzzling to me). Those Australian schools do need the MCAT but mac only requires CARS. How do students who come from non science backgrounds or hardly have any orgo/biochem/physics manage in med school?
  2. US DO pre reqs are similar or the same to USMD pre reqs. There is no way around them and I have never heard of a US med school with no pre reqs. US DO's used to be considered on par with IMG's, nobody knows if they will be "reinstated" in the future. My guess is that since more residency positions are not being funded and there are already some CMG's going unmatched, US DO's will continue to be considered IMG's in the match for the foreseeable future.
  3. US DO grads are considered IMG's in the match. So on par with Ireland/Aus/UK. The only advantage to a DO is that it is waaay easier to get a residency in the USA. After that coming back to Canada is relatively easy from what I have heard.
  4. What is your course load like? If you have 24 credits+ in the last couple years but less in the years before that you have a chance at calgary as they won't count terms with less than 24 credits. Mac if you have a high CARS score (130-132 range). Queens possibly as I think they will count your best 2 years. As the other poster said your MCAT is probably too low for USMD. US DO might be more doable but I am not very familiar with US med requirements. Other than that if you're not successful in the US or Canada, your only other pathway to medicine is the international route. Stick with tried and true options (Ireland, UK, Australia) if you decide to go this route. Do your research, it's difficult to come back.
  5. VigoVirgo

    Relocating Laboratory

    Ask Santa
  6. Jesus, the last thing Canada needs is another damn law school. How about increased funding for residency positions and another medical school? That would actually benefit the population.
  7. If money is not an issue go for it. If it is then I honestly don't think it's worth it.
  8. VigoVirgo

    Best UBC PreMed Programs?

    Psychology is a lot of fun. If you're good at biology/anatomy/chemistry the BSc (behavioural neuroscience) track might be worth checking out. I'm on the BA side of things though. Psyc 314 and 462 are really interesting. Psychology at UBC is not exactly a walk in the park after year 2 though but a lot of them have 3% bonus credit options for participating in research studies which for me has meant the difference between getting a B+ or A- or A- and A. Food for thought.
  9. Even for something like psychiatry? I've generally heard family med and psychiatry are 2 of the most "friendly" options for people who either did their residency abroad or want to get a residency in Canada.
  10. VigoVirgo

    Losing My Mind!

    Best of luck to you then :)
  11. VigoVirgo

    Trent is literally scamming parents

    Lol whaaat. Actually? This is a recipe for disaster. Most successful CSA's come from Ireland/UK/Aus/NZ. Even then it's a stretch. This is all about money and marketing and people considering this program need to be made aware of just how unlikely it is they will come back to Canada.
  12. VigoVirgo

    Losing My Mind!

    I think it's more of a case of assuming lack of exposure to the field just because of being young. While OP might have a lot of good reasons, in my own experience a lot of premeds don't have enough experience to know if medicine is the right path, or a real good reason for wanting to go into medicine. The generic one is "I want to help people'" for example which is great but when you ask them why they can't help people being a nurse, priest, social worker or counselor they can't really give a real good reason. I think a lot of premeds have many misconceptions about the profession. But if someone has done their research and has gotten direct experience in a medical environment and they still want to pursue med school then more power to them as far as I'm concerned.
  13. VigoVirgo

    Losing My Mind!

    I think the other poster was pretty harsh in his words but to an extent I agree with him. Are you really sure you're passionate about medicine? If so, why? I personally never really took many sciences in high school either besides some basic biology and chemistry which were ok but frankly medicine was never on my mind until well over half my degree was already completed, and I discovered my love of the medical field through direct experiences. There is absolutely nothing in your post that indicates to me medicine is beyond your reach. A sizeable amount of non science students get into medical schools (although usually they take some science courses and write the MCAT). While it's easy to compare yourself to others it's also incredibly detrimental and unhealthy if you do so frequently. Keep working hard, keep your grades up as much as you can, do things you enjoy and you should be a fine applicant. But really, my honest advice is keep an open mind. Medicine is not some sort of holy grail. It's a lot of tough work, and you'll probably be underappreciated by a lot of people. You may very well discover later on in your academic path that maybe you like something else (i.e psychological research). But if I had to give advice to someone in 1st year, it's utilize the resources you have available to do well. My first couple years were very overwhelming and stressful due to life circumstances and as such my grades are not very good from those years (about a 3.1 GPA or so). Talk to your professors, TA's, counselors, academic advisers and such. In other words, don't be afraid to ask for help. Good luck, I am sure you'll do great.
  14. I talked to someone at my university who had such a terrible opinion of McMaster med it was actually a bit frightening. He got all worked up called the school discriminatory because they don't allow many 30+ people in and he said their 3 year program/curriculum is the "worst in Canada" and their students are worse compared to other medical schools lol. Pretty sure he was upset at getting rejected (if I had to guess) but still the fact that people hold opinions like these is nonsensical.