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  1. Hi everyone! I am currently an 11th grade high school student and I was wondering when should I start preparing for the MCAT? Is it beneficial to start now or should I wait to finish the high school biology curriculum for a better foundation? Thanks!
  2. Good day, I hope everyone is doing well. So I have asked about this in another Forum (under the similar username of this Premed101 account) and did get some positive replies from medical students and current undergraduate students. But I'm still facing the dilemma, so someone told me to post here in Premed101 to get more responses in order to make my decision. Please if you can take some time out and help me decide I'll be very grateful. I'm a 25y/o from Ontario, I dropped out of high school in my late teens due to personal problems and depression, then at the age of 21 I decided to go back to high school and finish off my Grade 12 courses. Then after almost 2 years of study I graduated with an overall of 87% in the OSSD. Upon graduating high school at 23 years old I went through a monetary crisis which led me to depression again, in addition I was very stressed with anxiety. I also procrastinated my undergrad application deadlines because I wasn't feeling well. Now, just recently after psychological counselling sessions I feel a slightly bit mentally prepared. But the problem is I hardly remember the things that I have learned in Grade 12 Physics and Chemistry. During that time I was mentally stressed being the oldest one in school but still managed to finish the high school courses by cramming. However the Grade 12 Biology, Calculus and Advanced Functions, I remember studying those. Hence I kind of remember the course materials of Grade 12 Biology, Calculus and Advanced Functions but not the ones that I crammed the Grade 12 Physics and Chemistry. I also didn't make any notes when doing the high school courses, I mainly bought a couple of textbooks by McGraw Hill and Nelson, did the practice questions and that it. And also another reason beside cramming , I had a 2 year study gap after graduating high school when I was depressed and felt drained out. There are still some Ontario universities and some Out of Province Universities that are still accepting students for undergraduate Fall 2020 entry since most University classes will be taken entirely online. Would it be better if I start my undergraduate this Fall 2020 (BSc in Biology or Biomedical Science) in OOP schools like University of Saskatchewan or other universities) without having any sort of preparation, because I feel that I have forgotten most of what I learned or crammed almost 2 years ago when I graduated high school at 23. Or is it going to be better if I start school in Winter 2021 and in the meantime in-between September to December I get prepared by making notes on each Grade 12 Courses that I previously completed. (Because before I didn't make any notes when studying for the grade 12 courses, as I said earlier I only read textbooks and did practice questions, I also crammed most of Grade 12 Physics and Chemistry). Is this a viable option? There are some huge cons of starting school in January 2021 which is I won't be accountable for wGPA and Full Course Load Med School application systems (I'm very sorry, I have little knowledge about this). Would it be a great disadvantage if I start school in Winter session? Is there anybody here that started their undergrad in January or Winter session in the pre-med track or got into medical school ? I'm just worried if I'll do very poorly in my 1st year because coming from a 2 year gap then there were some courses I crammed, I feel really guilty about this and regret it. I think if I had atleast 2/3 months of self preparation before starting the undergrad, I think I would have been able to relearn and recollect everything. But now if I start in Fall 2020 I have about 2 weeks left and if I start in January 2021 I can use the time to write notes on Grade 12 courses and relearn everything that I forgot. Please help me decide, what would you have done if you were in my situation? I really don't know who to talk to about this, I'm very much stressing out. I'm very sorry if I was being too repetitive in my description but I'm currently going through a lot of stress regarding this. Thank you very much for taking your valuable time to read through this, I will really appreciate all of your replies and suggestions. I need to make this decision in a few days, so Please help me out.
  3. Good day, I hope everyone is doing well. So I have asked about this in another Forum (under the similar username of this Premed101 account) and did get some positive replies from medical students and current undergraduate students. But I'm still facing the dilemma, so someone told me to post here in Premed101 to get more responses in order to make my decision. Please if you can take some time out and help me decide I'll be very grateful. I'm a 25y/o from Ontario, I dropped out of high school in my late teens due to personal problems and depression, then at the age of 21 I decided to go back to high school and finish off my Grade 12 courses. Then after almost 2 years of study I graduated with an overall of 87% in the OSSD. Upon graduating high school at 23 years old I went through a monetary crisis which led me to depression again, in addition I was very stressed with anxiety. I also procrastinated my undergrad application deadlines because I wasn't feeling well. Now, just recently after psychological counselling sessions I feel a slightly bit mentally prepared. But the problem is I hardly remember the things that I have learned in Grade 12 Physics and Chemistry. During that time I was mentally stressed being the oldest one in school but still managed to finish the high school courses by cramming. However the Grade 12 Biology, Calculus and Advanced Functions, I remember studying those. Hence I kind of remember the course materials of Grade 12 Biology, Calculus and Advanced Functions but not the ones that I crammed the Grade 12 Physics and Chemistry. I also didn't make any notes when doing the high school courses, I mainly bought a couple of textbooks by McGraw Hill and Nelson, did the practice questions and that it. And also another reason beside cramming , I had a 2 year study gap after graduating high school when I was depressed and felt drained out. There are still some Ontario universities and some Out of Province Universities that are still accepting students for undergraduate Fall 2020 entry since most University classes will be taken entirely online. Would it be better if I start my undergraduate this Fall 2020 (BSc in Biology or Biomedical Science) in OOP schools like University of Saskatchewan or other universities) without having any sort of preparation, because I feel that I have forgotten most of what I learned or crammed almost 2 years ago when I graduated high school at 23. Or is it going to be better if I start school in Winter 2021 and in the meantime in-between September to December I get prepared by making notes on each Grade 12 Courses that I previously completed. (Because before I didn't make any notes when studying for the grade 12 courses, as I said earlier I only read textbooks and did practice questions, I also crammed most of Grade 12 Physics and Chemistry). Is this a viable option? There are some huge cons of starting school in January 2021 which is I won't be accountable for wGPA and Full Course Load Med School application systems (I'm very sorry, I have little knowledge about this). Would it be a great disadvantage if I start school in Winter session? Is there anybody here that started their undergrad in January or Winter session in the pre-med track or got into medical school ? I'm just worried if I'll do very poorly in my 1st year because coming from a 2 year gap then there were some courses I crammed, I feel really guilty about this and regret it. I think if I had atleast 2/3 months of self preparation before starting the undergrad, I think I would have been able to relearn and recollect everything. But now if I start in Fall 2020 I have about 2 weeks left and if I start in January 2021 I can use the time to write notes on Grade 12 courses and relearn everything that I forgot. Please help me decide, what would you have done if you were in my situation? I really don't know who to talk to about this, I'm very much stressing out. I'm very sorry if I was being too repetitive in my description but I'm currently going through a lot of stress regarding this. Thank you very much for taking your valuable time to read through this, I will really appreciate all of your replies and suggestions. I need to make this decision in a few days, so Please help me out.
  4. Hi everyone I am a grade 11 student in Alberta and I was wondering if there are any research opportunities I can take before I enter undergraduate studies. My desired university is the University of Alberta. Additionally, it would be very helpful if you guys could share any research or health related extracurriculars you guys did in high school. Thanks!
  5. My brother is finishing grade 11 this year in Ontario. This summer we will be moving to Quebec. When we go, will he get into CEGEP without a high school diploma or will he automatically get a high school diploma in Québec. Thanks for answering.
  6. I have done two paid internships (one in Uni and another in High School). How would I list them when applying to medical school? Would they go under work experience (this is what I think)?
  7. This is a little different question: I am thinking to do complete a BDS as my undergrad instead of a science undergrad before applying for a DDS program in Canada/US. Is there any problems I would face in doing so? Will I have to go through extra license exams and processes? So it would be 5 years of a BDS and doing the DAT then 4 years of a DDS then licensing exam The reason I'm thinking to do a BDS undergrad instead of a science undergrad is because with a BDS degree I can still find employment with better pay outside of US/Canada compared to a job with my science degree anywhere is the world. (This is my backup, because I don't feel like a science degree would be a good backup)
  8. Hey guys So currently, I've completed high school, moving on to McMaster university in the fall. I'm going into the chemical and physical sciences, hoping to major in medical physics. I've already picked out my courses for first year, which includes physics, chemistry, biology, and calculus courses. I'm a little concerned about taking the MCAT because I know that I will struggle with the critical reasoning and psychology (and sociology etc) portions. So I was wondering, is it too early to prepare for those sections this summer? I plan on applying to most med schools by 3rd or 4rth year
  9. Hi everyone, I have been questioning my CEGEP choices recently. I will be a secondary 5 in September, so cégep is approaching very fast. To be honest, I've been looking at cégeps and universities since 6th grade, but I never settled on a cégep. I want to get into honours sciences, more specifically honours health science. Then, I’d like to pursue a career in medicine and for that I will need an R code of 35 and higher. Short academic description : My average is about 91% (not full potential at all : I’m always last minute, I gave up on homework, etc.) in secondary 4 so far (we haven't gotten our final grades yet, it’s probably going to be different then). The thing is, I'm conflicted because I don't know whether I should choose an English CÉGEP or French CEGEP. I go to a French IB school with enriched English courses, in which I have a 92% average. I'm more fluent in French than I am in English, but my strength in both languages is writing. I’m letting you know this because I heard that most works in cégep are written ones. English language choices : My ideal CÉGEP in terms of size, classes and programs is John Abbott, but it’s way too far from my place (1h20+), it's too bad Dawson cégep is super close to my place (10-15min), very accessible, it has a first choice program and it's a good cégep. However, I find that it has way too many students, which will make the student-teacher relationship more difficult I think. It's also a huge cégep, which makes makes me think it will have more strong students. Then comes Vanier college. It’s 45 minutes away from my place, just like my current high school. It’s not the best cégep, but it's not the worst one either. Also, it has a honours health science program. However I don't know if it’s an advantageous cégep for a high R code. Also too many people from my current high school are going there and that throws me off. --------------------------------------------------------------- For French cégeps, I have BdeB, which seems like a really good cégep, but a very competitive one too. It's also kinda far from my place (+- 1h). My ideal CÉGEP would be Brébeuf, but I can't afford it :(. Then there's Maisonneuve, which I only heard of recently. People say it's a good cégep for sciences but I don't know what to think about that. I haven't heard a lot of positive things about this cégep. It's an hour away from my place too. Which cégep should I choose ? There's the whole English French dilemma. I'm mostly worried about the literature course and the humanities course. Do you know if it was hard for French high school students to adapt to English language classes, especially humanities ? Was writing essays hard ? I don't know. I'm sorry if these questions are bothersome. Thank you for reading this and if you have any answer for me please let me know. P.-S.: I don't know if this is important, but I am planning on pursuing my studies in English, at UofT, McGill or a foreign uni.
  10. Hello everyone! I'm a grade 12 student going into general sciences at the University of Alberta next year with high aspirations of making it to emergency medicine one day! Recently, we had a info session at our school regarding medical school and it really scared me because it seemed like everyone had their ECs together since birth. I am an AP student, I work two jobs (tutoring center and student researcher), volunteer, and have leadership positions in multiple clubs within my school. Some people are telling me that none of this counts for med applications, while others are telling me it's not enough. My question is: what did you do in high school and would you do anything differently if you could go back? Do you suggest focusing more on grades or ECs? Thank you all so much! This forum has been life-changing.
  11. Hey, anyone here applying for QuARMS this coming year? We can use this thread to connect and get to know fellow QuARMS applicants. Here's some info that could be useful Grade (Probably 12, but you never know) High School Cumulative GPA (percent) Province ECs Research Experience/other med related activities you've pursued (yes, it's technically EC, but this classification is more medicine related which is much more important) What you think distinguishes yourself from the rest of the candidates And just curious, do you know QuARMS students or have a bit more info about the program not mentioned on the website? My info: Grade: 12 High School Cumulative GPA (percent): ≈ 95% Province: Ontario ECs: Volunteering (day camp for kids for 2 yrs, monthly marathons/large community events, Canadian Cancer society), a lot of in school work with Free the Children, leading science club in school, coaching/mentoring students through ecs + academics Research Experience/other med related activities: Research for nearly a year now, volunteering at a hospital for 2 yrs What you think distinguishes yourself from the rest of the candidates MAYBE this 1) Exploration of a larger variety of fields to show that I've considered medicine thoroughly 2) My goal is to craft my essay + personal statement really well so that aspect of myself (eloquence, self expression) is well represented and interesting, with an unlike perspective Honestly though, there are huge expectations for a student in this program, that while I am painfully aware that I will 99% not get in, I want to at least give myself the best chance in that 1%
  12. Some of you have read my post before about my interview to volunteer at a hospital. I asked about possible questions, and that really helped. I now have a general question, and that is, of whoever has volunteered at a hospital, what were your experiences like: 1) Is there anything that really stands out to you in terms of a negative/positive experience? 2) What kind of duties do volunteers have? 3) To what extent are volunteers involved with patients/doctors? 4) Conflicts? 5) Teamwork/Collaboration? These are just prompts to get your mental cogs going. Say whatever you like, anything you share about your experience working at a hospital as a volunteer is helpful!
  13. I am a high school student in Ontario and I applied to volunteer at a hospital in Toronto. I went to the information session yesterday, where they basically told us key things about the hospital and explained the rest of the process etc. So basically it works like this: 1) fill out application, get health screening done, get three reference forms filled out. 2) go to information session after receiving an invitation 3) go to the interview, get health screening approved by the hospital 4) training, probationary period of three months 5) volunteer for nine more months! (the commitment is to volunteer for a minimum of one shift per week for at least a year. So now I'm thinking about the interview, and I'm trying not to be worried, as that will inhibit my ability to relax during it. My public speaking teacher always says to 'practice, practice, practice.. and then relax.' My question is, what is the best way to prepare? I looked up sample interview questions, but I want to know what I can do other than research. I have attached my resume so you can see my experience so far. Please help! Thanks, SeaandMountains
  14. Hey folks, I have a few questions regarding the selection of referees, particularly the character/non-academic reference, for McMaster and NOSM (although insight on how any of the Ontario schools evaluate referees is welcome). Some of these q's have been pseudo-answered on the board but please let me know if you guys have any suggestions for my specific situation (or post a link if any of these can be answered on another thread). Apologies in advance for the lengthy post! A bit of background: I just finished my second UG degree and feel confident with my main academic referee. For the character reference however, I'm a little concerned about who I should select. My high school guidance counsellor, who supervised me in numerous activities in HS, and knows me relatively well, was the first person I thought of to write the character LOR. I've contacted him already, (but haven't put his name in the system yet) and I'm confident that this would be a strong LOR and that he could comment on my character/personal development from high school up to now (range of 10 years). However, as I'm a Non-trad and in my mid-twenties age wise, i'm wondering how Mac, NOSM and the rest of the Ontario schools would judge a LOR coming from someone who supervised activities I was associated with in HS (ie. 10 years ago). I was under the impression that DEPTH/Length of the referee knowing you would be a good thing, especially if he can comment on my development from HS until my 2nd degree completion. But after speaking to a couple of friends in the med field, it's come to my attention that having a referee from my HS days and being an older applicant may actually look bad (because I've been out of HS for so long, and should therefore have a character referee from a more recent experience), and that instead I should get a referee from an employer/volunteer setting. Although I could ask for referees from an employer/volunteer position, I don't think they could write a LOR as strong as my HS supervisor. The gist (or..MAPing ) of this question is: will a character referee from my high school days, with the position title along the lines of "Former High School Guidance Counsellor/Supervisor" on my online application be a hindrance to my app, even though this ref would likely write a stronger LOR than my employers (most of which would be summer employers, thus less depth/shorter time knowing me)? Or should I stick to asking an employer who knew me for a shorter amount of time but is from a more recent experience? Thanks!
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