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  1. I'm also a non-trad (engineering), without any background in bio & chemistry. I really don't think you should enroll in a prep course. Self-studying was sufficient to get a decent score (517) in 3.5 months, and that money will be better spent on getting prep resources (i used Kaplan books and Uearth). It's totally doable!
  2. Hey I'm applying the upcoming cycle! I'm in waterloo eng. I have a cGPA of 3.94, for mcat i will be writing it this August.
  3. Hello guys, For my 4th year engineering design project, I'm interested in developing a device/tool/just about anything that may be of use in the healthcare setting. It would be great if I can get some ideas or insights from you guys! If any of the questions below rings a bell for you, please comment below! What are some repetitive and difficult tasks you wish to be automated in the healthcare sector? What are some improvements that you wish to see in current medical devices? Are there any devices that are heavily overpriced? If the project ever comes to fruition based on your idea, you'll be fully credited! Thank you all, and stay safe!
  4. I'm pretty sure if you graduate from an engineering program, you can call yourself an "engineer". You just can't call yourself a professional engineer.
  5. what are your opinions on uworld for practice?
  6. Thank you all! I will probably get the TPR books, and use Kaplan for maybe quick review/refresher.
  7. Hey guys, I'm currently preparing for the mcat exam in the August of 2020 while working full-time right now. I've been feeling pretty overwhelmed with the amount of content I have to cover for the exam, and the fact that I need to learn all of them from scratch since I have not taken a single course covered in mcat... I have the Kaplan prep books, but I've been told that it's too light on the content, and that TPR is the way to go if you're learning from scratch. Is this true? Any recommendations? I'm just afraid of wasting time by using the wrong prep books to study. I have around 3 months to learn (hopefully) 60+ % of the content, mostly during evenings and weekends. I'm hoping to cover the rest and do practice exams starting in May next year when I have the summer off. Any advice is welcome! Thanks!
  8. Hey thanks for the response man, I really appreciate it. Yeah for now my main focus is the GPA. Trying my best to raise that up to 3.95+ cgpa for year 3 and 4 but it's so hard :/ Also I've recently secured a research position at the SickKids hospital so I'm really looking forward to it! Do you have any good resources for CARS practice? As you've said, I think I can self-study the rest of the MCAT content but the CARS section seems the most difficult to me. I already do online daily passages but haven't been helping very much. Thanks a lot
  9. Hey Sing, Nice to know that there's someone else doing engineering as a premed . I'm currently a third-year engineering student at Waterloo also thinking about applying to med school after I graduate. There are some drawbacks of going about this path. 1) Engineering is really hard. Unless you're very strong academically, chances are you will get 3.3-3.6 gpa (like most people), which will not be high enough for med school. Most that try really, really hard still end up with this mark. This also means you will have very little time to do extracurriculars, which can hurt you in that sense. Unless you're 100% certain that you will get 3.8+, this is a very, very bad idea. You might end up having to do another degree afterwards for higher GPA. 2) Tuition-wise engineering is very expensive too. Definitely a lot more than a generic premed degree (bio, chem, etc). If you're going to medschool afterwards (and thus not apply your 4 years of education as an engineer), why bother? Also you wrote that you want something you enjoy (implying engineering), so why not just stick to being an engineer? Also keep in mind med school isn't really something you can just "try out" and get in. You have to fully commit to it, just like 99% of other premeds that study 4-5 years, prepare for MCAT, commit thousands of hours to extracurriculars. 3) Depending on your engineering field, you will be ill-prepared for MCAT. Unless you're doing biomedical/chemical engineering, you will have no courses in bio, chem, humanities until your 4th year when you have more electives (at least for my program). I've recently started studying for MCAT and though it's not too bad, it would've been helpful to have some bio/chem courses under my belt. 4) Final thing to note is that med schools don't care about your degree as long as you meet the prerequisites. I know it sucks. 4-5 years of grueling hard work in engineering and goes unnoticed. Someone with music degree with a 3.8 will be treated as an equal to an engineer with 3.8 gpa. However, from what I've heard from an engineer that successfully transitioned into medicine, having an engineering degree is definitely a great topic of conversation during interviews. Good things about engineering though 1) Teaches you how to think logically, and apply your knowledge in real-life applications. I mean, that's what engineering is really about so. This is also what I believe a lot of premed students lack in, who are used to memorizing and regurgitating (in general). 2) Good work ethic. To do well, you gotta have great time management and put a lot of effort in. 3) Through coops/internships you can pay your way through your degree! I love Waterloo for that, but i'm sure other schools have similar options as well. Also your internships can count as ECs, which is nice! 4) As mentioned above, I believe having an engineering degree is a great accomplishment, and can be a great backup should you fail to get into medical school/change your mind about medicine.
  10. That's amazing dude! By any chance did you have a solid reading/writing background? Or were you more on the average side of the spectrum?
  11. Thank you so much for your response! Do you mind if I dm some other questions I have? I'm actually aiming for Western myself as well and would love to get to know more about your experiences on preparing for it
  12. lol thanks man. Well i have to say engineering so far has been pretty shit. Pointlessly hard. I'd definitely not recommend taking my path to medicine I will definitely grind all the sections of the exam, but from what I heard CARS is probably the most important, so I'll get started with that soon. You also aiming for medicine?
  13. Thanks for the insight! I will absolutely focus on school the most. The current plan is to do biomedical research my next coop (which is more relaxed than a regular coop job), so that I can focus on studying MCAT as well as on volunteering. Again, thanks a lot I really appreciate it!
  14. Thanks man, really gives me a lot of hope. Yeah I really don't breaks longer than 2 weeks because of school & coops. Do you think doing a research is worthwhile? Also do you have any tips for preparing for CARS section of MCAT? I have roughly a year, so would like to tackle the fundamentals.
  15. Thanks a lot man! I'll try one first then go from there
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