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  1. I've looked at a billion forums and discussions online, checked the university statistics but I want someone to give me the reality check. I'm majoring in Biochemistry (honors program) at a canadian university. I'll be applying to american and canadian dental schools next year. And my cumulative average is 81.55% and major average is 82.22%. Given that I do well on the DAT and that I will be doing my thesis this year, I'll probably be doing some dental shadowing, do I have a chance? I know other factors count but I need to know my chances based solely on the information provided.
  2. Hi Everyone! I'm currently in BioSci at University of Calgary. This is my first year. I am deciding to go to a university outside of Canada for medical. In Pakistan there is a university : Punjab Medical Colledge. For foreigners, the requirements are to complete high school and have done SAT 2 Subject tests for some courses. I want to go abroad, because the long tie limit to complete medschool here is a concern for me. So, I have decided on two options. 1) Apply to to Punjab Medical College since it only takes 5 years to complete medicine there. 2) If things don't work out there, come back to U of C and continue in the degree of Education instead next year. Since this is my first year, I'm still adjusting to the university's workload. I'm scared for my GPA, because I'm doing well in 2 courses, but I have around mid 70s in the other two courses. However, the results for Midterm 2 and finals are not included. If the med school abroad doesn't work out. I will most likely have to apply for a change of programs. I talked to some counsellors and they said that they will only look at the GPA for this fall term - but I'm scared that if it does not turn out well than I'll have to spend extra time to boost my GPA. However, if I withdraw for this term (I will not get my fees back) now, then they will consider my high school marks, which were above 90's. Is it a good idea to withdraw from this term and drop next semester and try for the med school in Pakistan. If things don't work out then I'll continue in Education next year. if med school does work out in Pakistan, then after completing it, I want to come back to Canada, I know that getting residency here is difficult but many people still try hard and get it. I asked some counsellors if withdrawing from a term would be bad for me. They said that normally, if students drop a term, it is normally a solid reason other than failing. SO she said, it will not impact me a lot. I'm really confused, so I would really appreciate your guys' suggestions. I would appreciate if you could reply fast, because deadline for withdrawing is coming close.
  3. I guess the title already hints at what I wanna talk about. But I just started university and for the longest time, my heart has been set on medicine. I loved the thought of helping people out and simply being a leader in change when it came to science, research and healthcare. However, for the past year, as I see more and more doctors, I come to see that this is only in my own imagination that the medical career is noble. I was just diagnosed with hypothyroid and put on high dosage synthroid. It's cause was discovered to be hashimotos, much like the large chunk of other hypothyroid cases. Now I don't know what it was but my second blood panel started showing extremely high estrogen and from there I started developing gynocomastia. Went to see a plastic surgeon and she ended up charging me 2 grand just to get my own hormonal levels back to normal (something you would expect our free health care to cover). On top of that, my own memory and attentiveness has worsened due to brain fog and I'm still gaining weight. In fact, I have even started having migraines. So not only am I a 17 year old boy with hypothyroid, a disease that impacts women around menopause, but now I also can't eat without feeling sick and keep getting headaches all the time. My point is, this has been going on for a year and it's only getting worse. My endocrinologist won't listen and my family doctor doesn't do anything but tell me to talk to my endo. All the while, my health is going in the toilet. That is not what I expected the medical career to be. Is this what I would become? I can't help but think that. Not to mention, I have to be extremely competitive the entire time while putting in more work on my health and my education, due to previously mentioned complications, while also volunteering and working on other ECs. Honestly, going through this website alone I see a bunch of people who are making their own organizations an programs and everything and I am a mere insignificant speck of dust when the comparison is made in corporation and benevolence. So is it worth me being this hard on myself when Ontario continues to cut residency opportunities and further places caps on doctors? Or am I better off trying to find a second passion? To be honest this is all I see myself in but at the same time, I don't think I can ever get there.....
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