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  1. In Canada, if you are from non healthcare field, shadowing is not legal and doing so can make you look irresponsible. I think taking some EMT course might be useful.
  2. I have graduated from a country where the type of humanitarian volunteering activities were rare or non-existent; the same goes for the student club. Sure I have tons of experience as a research assistant and also teaching assistant which included a lot of leadership responsibilities as well but I lack in community engagement. What are some sort of activities of that sort to boost my application for medical school considering that I am out of college. I looked into volunteering positions but most are doable with a high school level education (e.g. homeless breakfast preparation, teaching kids math, etc). Considering my education, I guess I can do better and be more productive but not sure how. My undergraduate is in computer science and my masters is in Bioinformatics Any idea?
  3. I am in a similar situation trying to self-learn the material for the MCAT exam. Fortunately, there are a lot of materials online where you could use to prepare for the exam, e.g. Khan Academy.
  4. I think it is good to have a honest introspection and see what actually did change during your first year that changed your interest in medicine since I assume you were interested in being a doctor one year prior to that. If it is the volume of work, I think you should kinda accept that medicine is a heavy-load course anyways so you should adapt yourself to putting in a considerable amount of your time if you want to continue in it. If you are fine with putting in time but you only find the materials insufferable/boring, it is better to talk to people who are your senior since the nature of pre-clinical and clinical work is hugely different in medicine. If you feel insecure about not knowing all sorts of medications, symptoms, etc. I am going to reassure you that many people feel like that even being years into medicine as a doctor, see the “The Velluvial Matrix.” by Atul Gawande. No doctor knows everything and thanks to tools like uptodate, it is rarely needed to memorize stuff that are not common instead it is just one search and click away. Don't look at other fellow students and think they know more than you. Most of people actually try to fake it when in fact, deep down, they are as insecure as you, no matter if they are other med students, residents, or attendings. Finally, there is no guilt in thinking that medicine is not for you. You don't owe anything to anyone. This was a position that you earned it and you decide if you want to stay on it or leave it. Life is full of experiences, last year this time, this was the best decision you could think of based on the information you had. Now with more information and first-hand experience, you have all rights to change your mind about your future. Good luck to you!!
  5. I saw this but I am wondering about the subjective part. Even if you get the interview, I am wondering how it would play a part. Also my research and NAQ were done there so it cam affect that part too.
  6. Okay attacking people and calling them arrogant, ignorant, etc because they have a different opinion that you. You never experienced the unique experiences I had in life or maybe you are also having some (un)conscious biases as well, who knows. I sincerely ask you to stop going off-topic. I deleted the part about the unconscious bias and cultural pride that is rampant in western society. So now you should be good. Please focus on the question asked and not off-topic stuff.
  7. I relate to the feeling of "failure" so much. To be accurate, not feeling like a failure but the feeling that I am not 100% self-actualized and got what I deserved in life. Maybe for now, just focus on your application, and do everything to get in. After you got your acceptance letter, then unbiasedly decide if you want to stay a lawyer or become a doctor. At that point, it is all about what you want not what you can get.
  8. I am not commenting on the technicality of taking part-time courses, etc. However, as far as age, I see this argument of "holding out on life" for 10 years or whatever and I roll my eyes everytime I see it. Maybe it is my age (28) and different types of experiences I had in life but I believe you are the person who decide how much work to put in your career, studies, etc. Believe me, any sort of high-status job in these days takes a huge chunk of your days, whether it is an lawyer, university professor, financial advisor, or a doctor. I am working in Tech industry and anytime I see those complains about dealing with grumpy people, long working hours, etc, I imagine that the same post could be written by a software engineer working at Amazon or Tesla. If you want to progress in any sort of industry, you should work long hours and deal with all sort of unpleasant people for .... the rest of your life. It is called life. Even in medicine, the mindset that after 10 years and finishing residency you will go on the "vacation mode" seems a bit cartoonish to me. I know doctors in my family who are quite old but they work like a fresh grad student, leave early and come back home late, working on weekends, etc. I also know med students who cruize through med school because they do not care where they will wind up in and they are fine with any specialty/residency place. Your career is what you make out of it. You decide how much time you want to dedicate to it, no matter if you are a first year med student or an attending doctor. Also at the end of the day, the pain and regret of never trying never leaves you unless you try and see for yourself if something was for you or not. ----------------------------------------------------- Regarding the job security aspect, it is quite interesting that many people do not fully grasp the anxiety of being jobless and living on the verge of letting go with any economic fluctuation. I personally prefer working 12 hours (hell even more) a day as a med student and resident and have a 100% job security rather than dealing with anxiety of "potential unemployment" and maybe homelessness after a few months when they saving are all soaked up virtually all the time.
  9. I am double Chinese/Canadian citizen who moved to Vancouver about 3 years ago for work. I have a Bsc and a Msc degree both from an quite competitive chinese university which is likely to be unknown to the admission committee anyways though. I have had good GPAs and a good publication record but I am afraid the mere fact that my degree is from a foreign non-english speaking country may hinder me from getting into medical school here at UBC. Like they may just write me off without even looking deep into my achievements, etc. Are there anyone else here with similar experiences? Btw, the school is china was far more competitive to get in that UBC or any other school in NA (like 1 in 500 could get in) . Any thoughts? Thanks
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