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  1. Is the conference for all years or first years only? Do many first year students attend? The speakers and workshops sound interesting enough, just curious whether it’d be worth the $235 ticket.
  2. Most (not all) students at Western wanting to go into medical school will be in the med sci program, as it contains all the core science courses. Western's health sci program is focused on science in the first and second year, while the upper year courses (depending on your module) will be more about the sociology of health/social determinants/public health policy/etc. If you come from a strong science background in highschool, I would recommend McMaster Life Science as it will prepare you well for the MCAT. I did Western's med sci program and it is more comparable to Mac's Life Sci. Obviously though, pursuing med school is all about your GPA so pursue the program you think you can get the highest grades in. If you like the traditional science/chem/physics then go for Mac but if you enjoy the stuff I talked about for Western's health sci then do that. Dont know anything about Waterloo's program so I can't help you there.
  3. I graduated from Western’s Med Sci and will be attending Western’s medical school in the fall. I can’t speak for Waterloo but I loved my program! If you pick the right courses and modules, it isn’t too bad to maintain a high GPA. I agree that being an extra hour away won’t make a big deal in regards to visiting home. I visited home (GTA) about every 3 weeks with the Greyhound or rideshare. If you’re concerned about missing out on co-cop, Western has an internship program that works similarly. Basically, at the end of your third year you can apply to do a full-time internship in your fourth year. Friends of mine have worked for the Ministry of Environment, Robart’s Research Institute, Sanofi Pharmaceuticals, and Labatt Breweries (all in science/lab related jobs). Because there’s usually few people who apply to the internship, it’s not that competitive to get in. Not sure how long Waterloo’s co-op program is but the Western internship route will take you an extra year because you’ll need to finish your degree requirements in your 5th year. So you’re still getting the relevant work experience, similar to Waterloo’s co-op and you don’t need to decide on whether you want to pursue the internship until 3rd year.
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