Hey all, since I have a lot of time on my hands now, I was doing some thinking and the topic of medical school admissions system came to mind. Different countries use different systems, and whether we agree with them or not, it has proven to work for (many of) those countries.
From where I come from, medical school entry is granted upon the student's ranking in a college entrance exam. Basically, graduating high school students who score very, very high on this exam (like, top 0.1%) get to go directly to medical school without having to go through undergrad, do the usual pre-med things, and complete interviews. The system seems to have worked out for the most part, but I do occasionally hear that doctors cultivated by such a system are regarded more or less as "robots" rather than empathetic caregivers.
I do have a bit of hindsight bias considering that I just prevailed through the Canadian admissions process. But personally, I have enjoyed this journey (albeit stressful) and would not trade this long experience for one sitting of an exam that dictates my entire career. My desire for medicine was consolidated by: going through undergrad, persevering through the MCAT, gaining diverse life experiences in the field of healthcare and more, maintaining good social networks that eventually lent it self to good LORs, writing essays that helped me to organize my thoughts and goals, and preparing for interviews which really taught me that a doctor is more than just a "mechanic for diseases".
So, what do other medical students think? If you could go back, would you be willing to go through the Canadian process again? I would also love to hear from international graduates who went through the direct entry route. I can definitely see the pros and cons of both systems. Personally, I prefer the Canadian process.