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  1. Hello! A massive chunk of my life has been dedicated to my sport, so I have like 20 entries relating to it (lol). I definitely don't have the typical premed profile so if there's anyone willing to help I'd massively appreciate it! I want to do my experiences justice and would appreciate any guidance for writing my entries. Please message me if you have experience listing sports on the ABS
  2. Hello everyone, I am a Canadian applicant who graduated in 2018 with a 3.69 cGPA/3.8 GPA to Western/Queen's & 3.7 GPA to US schools. My MCAT is 516 (129/127/130/130) (2019) (Past: 509, 512) and I have a very strong EC and research experience with no publications. I had no interview invites the last 2 years (Canada & US) and I'm afraid it was due to my low GPA for Canadian schools. For US schools, my options were very limited as I did not meet some course pre-reqs, and I understand space is limited for Canadian applicants. I feel like I'm getting no where in my 3rd application cycle and I thought of some future plans, but not sure if these would be helpful 1) Should I retake the MCAT (Feb/Mar) and aim for a CARS 128+ (Would open up Western) 2) Should I go to Grad School (2yrs) would this investment be worth it (Would make it easier for UofT & Queen's). Also wondering if there is a disadvantage to a course-based grad program. 3) Instead of Grad, should I go back to school to meet pre-reqs for US schools? Even with them would it really increase my chances? 4) Should I apply abroad (Ireland, Australia, etc)? I heard there are 6 year programs which would take the same amount of time as going to grad school here + 4 yrs med. I'm also afraid of the debt I'll be in as well as having to live in extremely rural areas. I know this is what I really want, but I feel like I'm spending too much time stuck in the application cycles and want to find a way to be more beneficial to my application. I'm wondering if there are truly no options for a student who is stuck with their GPA. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks!!
  3. Hi, Sort of a specific question for me but hopefully can help someone in the future: I will be travelling to Tanzania in January and will be unable to get my yellow fever shot because of my MS. I am in the middle of my Saba application and have taken a break until I find out whether I will be able to enter. I have been told that yellow fever is not an entry requirement, but online it says that I is depending on where you are coming from. Although I will not be coming from Tanzania, I will have been there within the last year. Does anyone have any input on my issue? Also, if it is an issue does anyone know if there is any way I can get around it? Thanks!
  4. Hey guys, I'm a first year student. I recently had the idea of applying for one of the unis in Australia for dent (Queensland most likely). They take in my highschool marks for admission and not my Uni GPA since i would be applying before the end of my first year. This seems like a good idea to save time and avoid Canada's low admission chances. Plus my highschool mark was pretty good (mid 90) so I think I have a decent chance. The only catch is that it's a 400k tuition, with prob 100k more for living expenses (5 year course btw). I was thinking that since I would be graduating at around 24, I can grind for a couple of years to pay off a huge chunk before marriage and other concerns get on my mind. I should note that my mom is a dentist so maybe finding a job would be easier for me. Any advice? honestly anything would help. Of course the amount of debt is crazy but I'm thinking that it might be worth it (again, I might be stupid in thinking that, so lmk). Thanks in advance folks
  5. Hi, I'm a high school student applying for university. I am a US citizen and plan to work in the US as a dentist. My question is that if I earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) not a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) outside of the US and Canada will I have to attend university for an internationally trained dentist program afterwards, or can I just do the license exam NBDE and immediately work as a dentist in the US? Any help would be appreciated.
  6. 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)
  7. Hi guys, I just have a few questions about international electives. Do you think they are worth the money and time? I'm at McMaster so it would certainly be a plus to squeeze in some travelling time during my electives. Also, if anyone has been matched with a CFMS-IFMSA exchange, what was your experience like? Would you recommend it? Thanks in advance!
  8. Hey everyone, So it's my first time considering applying to American schools and I was hoping someone would be able to share some info about MSU. From what I can see, it looks as though they are relatively Canadian friendly, as anyone who is a Canadian citizen can apply with full consideration given to degrees obtained in Canada. However based on their admission statistics on MSAR, they only accepted 3 from 500 international applicants. Seeing as how MSU doesn't accept non-US citizens, non-US residents or non-Canadian citizens, does that mean in this case Canadians were considered international? Or were they considered out of state? Just figured I'd post on here before emailing them to see if I could get a quick response. Any info anyone might have would be really appreciated. Thanks in advance!
  9. Please help. I am an international med student from Bosnia and Herzegovina and final year. I want to apply for elective at McGill in June 2018, Cardiology, Oncology and Gastroenterology as my three choices, through AFMC. I want to know what are my chances in geting this? I would pay this by myself and I am not appying through my uni. I want to know this because if my chances are low, I can appy somewhere else.
  10. Bonjour, Une etudiante international ayant complete son bac s (equivalent du secondaire plus pt une annee de cegep en europe ect) ma demande sil etait preferable quelle sinscrives au cegep ou a un bac a luniversite pour appliquer en medecine par la suite quand elle obtiendra sa residence permanente. Sachant qua luniversite on peut faire la demande pour devenir resident apres 3 ans et apres 2 ans au cegep. Qu'est ce que vous en pensez ?
  11. Hi everyone, I'm so glad I found this forum as I was struggling to locate information regarding student experiences with the U of T MD program on SDN. I've heard that it's extraordinarily competitive for Canadian applicants, not to mention for international applicants, and thus would appreciate any info on whether or not it's worth a try for someone coming from the states. I read somewhere that only 10 internationals are accepted every year, is this true? This likely means that the chances of acceptance in the circumstance I'm the perfect applicant (which I'm not) would still be slim; I wasn't able to find a verified source, unfortunately. A little info about me: I'm a US citizen and undergraduate going into my sophomore year (just trying to think ahead and plan out the rest of my uni time). I have some family in Toronto, and am aware that the U of T is an amazing institution, definitely comparable to top med schools in the US. The accepted GPA averages are however, really quite frightening, I'm certainly nowhere near a 3.95, so does that pretty much automatically disqualify me, considering I'm international? So far I've been relatively involved in EC's, still actively trying to improve my experiences and having fun along the way This might be a bit of a long shot, but does anyone know anything about becoming a "domestic student" (per one of these criteria: https://langara.ca/registration-and-records/pdf/E2002.pdf) in Canada? I'm also not sure if this particular document would have a similar counterpart at the U of T, I'm hoping it does. Hypothetically, if I were to meet the requirements, would I therefore apply as and be considered as a domestic student in the process? (And therefore be subject to the same admissions standards and tuition costs.) This is assuming I would upon graduation attend residency and live in Canada. I hope this post doesn't come across as too far fetched or dramatic, it just seems like the majority of the time things are switched: Canadian students trying to get into US schools. I'm still primarily going to pursue grad school opportunities in the states, but wanted to get some insight on this dream (and it really kind of is a bit outrageous I know). Also, if anyone cares, there are a number of reasons why I'd like to go north, considering the future of the healthcare system, litigation concerns, residency options, etc. Thanks for reading! Edit: Is this the correct grading scale for Canadian universities? A // 87-100 = 4.0 A- // 80-86 = 3.7 B+ // 76-79 = 3.3 B // 73-75 = 3.0 B- // 70-72 = 2.7 C+ // 66-69 = 2.3 C // 63-65 = 2.0 C- // 60-62 = 1.7 Etc. If so, no wonder the accepted average GPA is so much higher than that of American medical schools. I'm guessing they're not going to recalculate my GPA based on each individual course I've taken, even though in the US, an A is 94-100, A- is 90-94, etc. I suppose I ought to email an admissions staff member for more information on the subject.
  12. Hey folks! So I'm currently a 4th year medical student from the UK. Medicine is a 5 year undergraduate course here so I'm only 21 and haven't yet graduated - 2 more years left though (including this one) woo! Following this, I'd do 2 years of residency in the UK ideally before choosing any specialty. I'm currently looking at my future options, one of which is to work in Canada. The only information I know about the medical boards is through all the official information websites - none of which are THAT helpful. So I was wondering if someone here could help me? When is the best to sit this MCCEE exam? Is it worth it? Shall I take it before my 2 years residency? Is it really difficult to obtain a medical licence in Canada? Any help would me greatly appreciated Thank you in advance xx
  13. Hi everyone, I have a few activities I have done abroad and as an online volunteer. Can I list international verifiers from the respective organizations for these activities? They would have an international contact number (time difference is a lot as well) and there would also be a language barrier issue to go with it. I want to list their contact number, address and also include their email in the end (just in case). Is this alright? I don't have anyone in Canada to vouch for these activities except for family and friends (who I don't want to list). Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks so much!
  14. Hey folks! So I'm currently a 4th year medical student from the UK. Medicine is a 5 year undergraduate course here so I'm only 21 and haven't yet graduated - 2 more years left though (including this one) woo! Following this, I'd do 2 years of residency in the UK ideally before choosing any specialty. I'm currently looking at my future options, one of which is to work in Canada. The only information I know about the medical boards is through all the official information websites - none of which are THAT helpful. So I was wondering if someone here could help me? When is the best to sit this MCCEE exam? Is it worth it? Shall I take it before my 2 years residency? Is it really difficult to obtain a medical licence in Canada? Any help would me greatly appreciated Thank you in advance xx
  15. Hello, Je suis présentement en pleine décision concernant l'université que je vais fréquentée pour mes études en médecine. L'un de mes premiers critères concerne les stages et les sessions à l'international, car je suis en quelque sorte un globe trotter dans l'âme. Donc, d'après mes recherches auprès des pages internet des universités et des étudiants en médecine que je connais, Laval me semble la plus attrayante du côté de l'international en raison de sa simplicité et de son vaste éventail de choix. D'un autre côté, McGill me semble beaucoup plus complexe, puis je n'ai pas vraiment d'information concernant l'UdeM. Alors, pouvez-vous me renseigner quant aux possibilités à l'international des différentes facultés de médecine du Québec? Merci!
  16. Hi guys, I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for a 4-week international emergency medicine elective sometime during March 2016 (preferred) or April 2016. I am hoping to get good hands-on experience with lots of learning. Do you guys think it would be most beneficial if I go to an English-speaking country only? I'm worried about not getting a full experience if there is a significant language barrier. I have already looked into South Africa and New Zealand a few months ago and they seem to be full from a while back. Any input or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
  17. Hi, I just want to ask though, does U of T Medical School accept the EC's being done in other recognized university? I was already on my third year of studies and I did a lot but then we migrated in Canada way back in 2013 and started at YorkU as first year again. Thanks!
  18. Hey all, AMCAS has verified my transcript, and has labelled all my courses as either 3 or 6 credit hours. However, it seems that medical schools require 8 credit hours for certain courses that include lab. When I was putting my courses into AMCAS, I specifically stated something like "Biology....and Lab", but I was only given 6 credit hours for these lab courses. Any other Canadian applicants have this problem, and what did you do to fix it? Thanks
  19. Hey guys, In need of much advice here. Dont have the best GPA and want to be realistic. I am considering Australian schools atm, but the tuition is so ridiculous that I want to cry in a fetal position. Ideally I will spend the next two years to immigrate to Canada and then apply for medicine, but if I really don't have a chance I feel that I should invest my time pursuing other international schools. Doing a second degree on top of immigration will consume at least 4 years of my life before I can even apply... (2yr immigration + at least 2 yr degree.. and with no guarantee.. ) I decided to do a 5th year at UBC but due to family emergency I had to withdraw from my second semester...I will still be graduating this May. So far: 1st: 3.76 GPA (34 credits) - Univ of Rochester, NY USA 2nd: 3.38 GPA (29 credits) - UBC 3rd: 3.49 GPA (30 credits) - UBC 4th: 3.49 GPA (33 credits) - UBC 5th: 3.75 credits (20 credits with three Withdrawals from the second semester) - UBC ->can someone verify which schools include a non-full-course-load year in the GPA calculation? My cumulative GPA is 3.57. Do I have any chance at any Canadian medical school? I have yet to take the MCAT, but I am pretty confident that I can get 33 or higher. Would having a really high MCAT score significantly alter my chances? By the time I immigrate I can obtain residency in both BC and Ontario.. If I really tried I could potentially gain residency in QC if thats something that will help me significantly. I am in need of much advice and I would really appreciate any input! Thanks guys!
  20. Hi, I would like to start off by introducing myself - I am a Canadian high school student from Calgary, Alberta, and I would like to study medicine in Ireland or in the UK. (I know the deadline for UK med schools was around 2 months ago but I would still like to know if I had a shot) I have pretty good grades (except my English): English: 85 Math: 95 Chemistry: 93 Biology: 92 Physics: 96 Spanish: (I'm sure they don't care about this mark, but just for the sake of it) 98 Law: (again, just for the sake of it) 92 Also, I have good extra-curriculars as well: Approximately 240 hours of volunteering, including 50 hours at a hospital. I also volunteered as a food distributor to the homeless, a hockey referee, summer camp leader, etc. I'm also part of the First Aid team in my school, where we are "on-call" twice a week to assist in any emergencies (we don't have nurses in our school). I'm a Prefect, and was the captain of the school soccer team in Grade 11. I'm primarily interested in TCD, UCD, NUIG, and UCC, I would like to come back to NA for residency. I know that coming back to Canada is close to impossible, but I'm completely fine with going to the US. I have a few questions: 1) Given that I submit a good personal statement, and I obtain some good reference letters, what are my chances at these schools? 2) If I had applied to UK schools, which ones would've accepted me? (I know I would need to take the UKCAT, but I'm just curious). 3) How is student life at those schools (TCD and UCD specifically)? How are Canadian/American students treated? 4) I know that no medical school is considered easy to get through, but is the courseload at these schools intensive? What's the difference between the 5 and 6 year programs? Thank you so much for your patience! I look forward to hearing back from you! Sofabed
  21. Bonjour/Hello, J’ai quelques questions concernant l’admission à la médecine au Québec, en espérant que je suis au bon endroit pour les poser Mon frère a actuellement 17 ans, et il est en voit d’obtenir son baccalauréat français dans un lycée au Maroc. Il voudrait me rejoindre à Montréal pour étudier la médecine, mais il y a deux problèmes: 1) l’école de médecine n’est en général ouverte qu’aux étudiants avec la résidence Canadienne 2) les frais de scolarité universitaires pour les étudiants internationaux sont astronomiques (environ $20 000 par année) Après d’amples recherches, j’ai trouvé deux possibles solutions à ces problèmes, mais j’ai beaucoup de mal à trouver plus d’informations pour savoir si elles sont faisables. La première option est qu’il vienne passer un DEC ou IB dans un CÉGÉP à Montreal après son bac français, et après l’avoir terminé, qu’il travaille pour deux ans en attendant que sa candidature à la résidence québécoise soit considérée. Après l’avoir reçue, il appliquerait à une école de médecine dans les quatre universités qui offrent ce programme à Montreal. Mes questions par rapport à cette option sont: 1) les CÉGEP acceptent-ils les élèves internationaux? 2) si oui, avez-vous une idée des frais de scolarité pour ceux-ci? 3) les programmes de médecine acceptent-ils les étudiants deux ans après qu’ils aient terminé leur CÉGEP? La seconde option: qu’il aille passer son bachelor en biologie en français à l’Université d’Ottawa (les frais de scolarité pour les élèves internationaux sont les mêmes que pour les élèves locaux s’ils font leur programme en français), puis qu’il travaille deux ans en attendant sa résidence, avant d’appliquer à l’école de médecine. Pour cette option, je me demande 1) si le bachelor est accepté par les écoles de médecine deux ans après qu’il soit terminé, 2) si faire son bachelor en ontario réduit ses chances d’être accepté à l’une des universités québécoises. Si vous avez les commentaires, des critiques ou des suggestions à propos de ces idées, je serai ravie de les lire ! Merci beaucoup ! Kenza
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