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  1. Hey everyone, I am a recent grad from engineering and am looking for a change in careers to med. Essentially the question I want to ask is: what should I do in the next year(s) to maximize my chances? Any suggestions/critique is highly welcome! Please excuse me if I include unecessary details below, I am not sure what is eligible for my application and what isn't! Background: I graduated from Engineering Physics at UBC (pretty much a double major of honours physics and electrical/computer engineering) and also minored in honours math. Originally I wanted to go into medical imaging, topological disease modelling, or surgical robotics (i.e. lots of applied math, physics, and engineering) with heavy research but found the physician pathway recently attractive due to being able to mix front end practice and also participate in research projects. Thus I found that the physician path provides rich opportunities to be a leader in both practicing and advancing medical knowledge such as interventional radiology (which I think my applied math/engineering background could contribute to analyzing topological models of NMR/MRI/Ultrasound imaging). So I am keen on pursuing medicine rather than pure engineering. Academic Stuff and Background: Degree in Engineering Physics, minor in honors math, adjusted GPA = 80.2% ( ), upward trend to 85% in last 2 years, total 220 credits in 4 academic years, 2 publications (latter author, not first or second), Employment: Research engineering co-op (4 months), Software devleoper co-op (8 months), Research student (4 months), Data science intern (4 months), Software engineer (full-time) (1 year and counting). Volunteering: Youth Outdoor/Camp/Personal Development Leader (~1200 hours over 10 years, with national awards), sailing instructor (300 hours over 7 years), water rescue pilot/first aid attendant (300 hours over 5 years), quartermaster (200 hours over 3 years), research assistant (50 hours over 1 year), data science software volunteering (30 hours over 6 months and counting), webmaster (100 hours over 1.5 years), tech support (70 hours over 2 years), personal tutor (100 hours over 3 years). Athletics: Sailing (500 hours over 9 years, table tennis on a team (400 hours in 8 years), dragon boating on a team (100 hours over 2 years), UBC REC hockey (50 hours over 2 years - does this even count?), REC volleyball (50 hours 2 years), dodgeball (60 hours over 2 years), canoeing (100 hours over 5 years). (Nothing with distinction at the national level or anything though...) Misc. Volunteering Hobbies (these ones I am super unsure if they are applicable or not): -Captained high school trivia team (100 horus over 2 years) -Won a google software competition -Participated in autonomous robotics competitions (over 300 hours spent) -Built electrocardiogram from scratch (~10 hours) -Built cellphone microscope in collaboration with a company (~120 hours) -Part of student team to build a solar car (~100 hours) -Built own website and various data analytics software projects (~100 hours) -Misc. mechanicall prototyping with 3d printing, laser cutting, and waterjet cutting gifts and statues (~30 hours) -Built a tron video game from scratch using an FPGA board as controls (~10 hours) -Investigated processor algorithms to increase speed of processor branch predictions by 5% (~10 hours) -Played piano, level 8, theory level 3 (1200+ hours over 7 years) -Super casual playing guitar, harmonica, clarinet, ukulele... So anyway, the question I have is: 1. Should I commit to different volunteering activities? I probably have room for a 5 hour comittment a week unless I forgo other commitments. 2. Do personal projects count? What about projects done as part of schoolwork? 3. I have 0 volunteer experience at a medical facility (only remotely close thing I've done is first aid and water rescue...), is this a major problem? 4. Some of my volunteer experiences are extensions of previous employment (i.e. I volunteer my time after my employment ends at a lab) - does this still count as volunteering? 5. Is any extra credit given on my degree that I should emphasize (taking on average 8 engineering/physics/math courses a term)? Or does it simply not matter... 6. What else can I do in the follow year(s) to maximize my chances? Any input is welcome, I know it's a taxing read so thanks in advance!
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