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  1. I am a UBC Medical School (Doctor of Medicine) graduate and experienced tutor offering tutoring as well as application review and interview preparation services. All ages welcome. --Services offered--High school: English/Math/Science/Calculus/Biology/Chemistry/PhysicsCollege/University:Calculus/English/Biology/Chemistry/Physics/Anatomy/Physiology/Psychology/PharmacologyPCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test) preparation - all subjectsMCAT (Medical College Admission Test) preparation - all subjectsInterview Preparation - Panel/Traditional and Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)Application Review - Academic and Non-academic/Extracurricular/Personal Statement ReviewResidency Interview (CaRMS and NRMP) application and interview preparationBase rates:$50/45min - high school level$75/45min - college/university level$90/45min - application review + interview preparation Summary of Qualifications: 1. Experienced tutor/coach2. UBC MD graduate3. Over $75000 in scholarships4. A+ average throughout university5. Stellar PCAT and MCAT scores6. Got into pharmacy school age 197. Got into medical school age 22 Able to provide service in-person and virtually. Flexible scheduling. Group discounts available. Please PM with contact number and basic information regarding desired services. Alternatively, you can email me by visiting my CL ad: https://vancouver.craigslist.org/van/lss/d/ubc-md-graduate-offering-tutoring-and/6862232764.html Have a nice day!
  2. I decided to make this thread for applicants that are thinking of, or have already started, working towards a second degree in the hopes of applying to McGill. I found McGill's website to be quite jumbled regarding this topic, so hopefully that information can be summarized here in a clear and concise way. If you notice any errors, please comment below and I will edit this post accordingly. I would also encourage second degree applicants to ask their questions here, if only for the sake of keeping information in one easily accessible place. Basic Science Prerequisites & the MCAT: The MCAT is not required to apply to McGill, but if you have already completed the basic science prerequisites, it may be in your best interest to write the exam. Every applicant MUST complete the prerequisites by January 15th of the year they plan to start medical school, and a maximum of two prerequisites can still be outstanding by the application deadline (November 1st). However, if your pre-requisite science GPA (sGPA) is significantly below the average of 3.80, then a strong MCAT score can be used in its place. Currently, a competitive MCAT is a 33, and this score should be as close to 'balanced' as possible (11/11/11). *Pre-requisite courses 'expire' after eight years, so make sure to repeat those courses if they will exceed the eight year mark by November 1st. List of Prerequisites: 6 Credits Biology (Introductory) w/ Labs 6 Credits Chemistry (General or Physical) w/ Labs 3 Credits Organic Chemistry w/ Lab 6 Credits Physics (Introductory) w/ Labs GPA: Before we get into GPA, it's important to emphasize that you are NOT a second degree applicant unless you COMPLETED your first degree. For example, if you left your first degree early and pursued another degree, then the following information will not apply to you. Your GPA will instead be calculated based on every course you have completed, in both degrees. Those who have completed a degree, and are now working towards another, will have their GPA calculated differently then applicants in their 'primary' degree. For starters, even if you received transfer credit from your first degree, those courses will NOT be included in the GPA calculation. Only the courses you have completed while enrolled in the second degree will be considered. The year you apply, you must have completed at least 45 credits (15 courses) before the application deadline (November 1st), and at least 60 credits AND your degree by July 1st. This means that your second degree needs to take at least two years to complete, but if you were paying attention to the deadlines, you'll realize that if it only takes you two years, you likely won't be able to apply until after you've graduated. There are ways to get around this (i.e. overloading semesters, spring/summer courses, etc), but keep in mind that you need to maintain a competitive GPA, so don't get overzealous. On that note, a competitive GPA is a 3.80, but if you're an OOP applicant there's a limited number of seats. **Those 60 credits need to be completed in consecutive years or you risk your application being rejected Conclusion: This concludes the second degree specific information. I hope it will provide some insight for future applicants and help you move one step closer to achieving your medical school goals. Good luck! Class Profiles - Admissions - Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted Thread - Admission FAQs - Dark
  3. Hey everyone, So I'm planning to apply to US med schools this summer, and I want to apply as early as possible. I'm fine with using my current mcat score, but my cars is a little low (127) so I wanted to rewrite and improve cars before applying to canadian schools. Would I be allowed to submit my us applications without indicating that I'm planning to rewrite, and then rewrite sometime in august before my canadian apps? I'm worried that they'll find out that i re-wrote the test, and disqualify me for not updating my application
  4. hi, basically, i'm here to ask for advice on route options for getting into a medical school, based on my current situation School: first did practical nursing at an Ontario college (currently an RPN) and just graduated from an Ontario university with a bachelor of science in nursing (BScN) (nclex-rn to be taken shortly) - university gpa: 2.3 - mcat: haven’t taken it yet and no prep started yet - medically related experience: nursing school clinicals/ working as an RPN - extracurriculars: barely any volunteer experience (at least not recently), didn’t join any clubs in university, not particularly part of any groups outside of school other than rec sports - No other parts of application started yet: personal statement, letters of recommendation, etc. an individual told me about a 'post bacc' school in toronto called medical education programs (MEP) (https://www.medschoolimg.com/) ... apparently you can take courses at this school to improve your gpa/mcat prep and subsequently apply to the school's partner medical schools (schools that accept their courses/credits). **I would 100% like to get into a US med school vs. going to the Caribbean and would also like to start in the next 1 to 2 years. Obviously my gpa is beyond rough so that doesn’t give me leeway to have a choice but just stating this so readers are aware** plan (current ideas): - Caribbean: looking at particularly Ross university or SGU (or any of the big 4)…. take pre-req courses at MEP to increase my GPA/MCAT prep with self MCAT prep/prep course and apply to both schools for September 2019 or January 2020 start. *Note*: Ross utilizes a program called medical education readiness program (MERP) in which if admissions thinks you could benefit from the 15 week MERP to prep for med school success by learning better learning strategies and more prep in science coursework then your conditional Ross acceptance will be granted to you upon your completion of MERP (which may be a possibility for me if I can I boost my GPA with the MEP courses??) - Canada: I understand Ontario schools currently out of the question for me… unless I do another undergrad and kill it, which I don’t want to do at this point. not sure about any other options for me in Canada nor did I do further research on this - USA: explained my situation to an admissions advisor and she said even if I excel in the MEP course and kill the MCAT, I would possibly have to do another 2 years at uni to up my GPA to be able to be even slightly competitive to apply to US schools. Please give your thoughts/ideas on routes for me to get into US schools - UK/ Australia/ Ireland/ Israel/ elsewhere: ?
  5. APPLYING TO: U of C, U of A (and wherever else I meet the requirements) Forgive me for sounding clueless (I am). I’m a second year NESA (bachelor of nursing) student through the University of Lethbridge. I started clinicals in the hospital this year and the more I worked around doctors and surgeons, the more I realized how much more attracted to medicine I was than nursing. I started researching med and realized it wasn’t AS daunting as I always believed it to be, and now I have decided to *attempt* to get in to med school. My first year GPA was 3.78, my second year GPA is not as important because I am not a full time student this year. Next year will be the year I try to get my GPA as high as possible. It’s been hard to navigate the premed process in nursing as I appear to be the only student in my year that is planning to go to med school. Please help me! I volunteer for Canadian Blood Services 1x/week, planning on volunteering for another organization as soon as I can (either emergency room or safe consumption site). In nursing school, most of the classes are nursing specific. Outside of my core nursing classes I have taken a full year of Anatomy + physiology with a lab, a semester of microbiology with a lab, multiple psychology, sociology and ethics classes. Next year I will also be taking statistics. I have been getting a lot of mixed advice about the MCAT/admissions process. I realize nursing is not the best premed but I am almost halfway through so I am not switching now. My biggest concern is that I will struggle with the MCAT prep/test as I have not taken many of the general science courses recommended by AAMC. I have ordered ExamKrackers books and I use the Khan academy app, and I plan on doing the 10 week prep101 course in Calgary next year. I have always considered myself an independent learner. I am very good at teaching myself. Is it absolutely asinine to teach myself courses like chem, physics, biology, genetics etc over the course of 1.5yrs (part time when in school, full time when not)? I plan on taking the MCAT for real summer of 2020, so any courses I should be taking additionally I will need to have completed this spring/summer (2019). As much as I don’t want to take additional summer courses, I will do whatever it takes to up my chances of getting into med. Any advice would be much appreciated. I am meeting with an academic consultant at the U of L this week to discuss my options. Please tell me: if you believe I should take additional courses this spring/summer to prepare, and which ones would benefit me most. Also, any advice on research opportunities through the u of L when I am not taking a traditional science degree would be appreciated. Like I said I am completely clueless so any advice is welcome.
  6. I am Canadian. What are my chances for top american med schools? Which american schools would you recommend applying to? What would you recommend improving in my application between now and September? I have a 4.0 cGPA, 521 MCAT (127 CARS), many meaningful extracurriculars (although I am worried because I do not have any meaningful research or shadowing). A few of my major ECAs include: -Student trustee of a major Canadian research university -Member of student government -Youngest board member of a national education advocacy organization - National chair of prestigious political training program (involved for 7 years) -250 hours EMT overseas -Teach sports to children with disabilities for many years -Executive of large cultural club on campus -a ton of intramural high school, sports, high school class president... (good stuff in high school) Thanks!!!
  7. Hey guys, I'm at a cross-road for where to go if I want to continue the dream of getting into med school. I really goofed up my first couple years leading to an ~3.4 GPA after 6 years (5 years of BioSci and 1 year Psyc minor). The last 2-3 years were decent with a respective 3.6, 3.96, 3.8 GPA. Unfortunately I can't seem to get over the MCAT hump having written 3 times with a 500, 501, and 502 scores. The last one (502) had a 126 in CARS so I decided to apply to UofC and UofA being from Alberta (although definitely not holding my breath). I have very good ECs including fluency in 3 languages, lots of travel experience, and varsity soccer for what it's worth. I've all but given up on the Canadian dream and deciding what my best shot is for med school with hopes of returning back after I'm done. The choice is between USDO, Australia, and Ireland and from the numerous threads I've read so far, it seems like Australia has the slight edge over the others due to the fact that they give MD degrees as well as residency if I am unable to match back to Canada. So I want to get some advice on what you have all found. I'm biased in that I don't want to travel a full day across the world to Australia especially if I'll need to make that commute several times for blocks in order to establish networks here for a possible return. This other thread made USDO sound equivalent to the Australia and Ireland IMG path but that sounds too good to be true. I feel there is bias against USDO degrees rather than USMD or degress from Ireland/Australia. I'd obviously love to stay within North America but I want to maximize my chances of matching. If it helps, I'm aiming for family medicine which is supposedly the least competitive anyways. TLDR: With a 3.4 cGPA and 502 MCAT, what would you do if you were me? USDO/AUS/IRE??? Thanks!
  8. Happy New Year everybody! I was wondering if anyone who got an interview invite for the MD/PhD stream would be willing to share what their MCAT marks were? Thanks!
  9. Does it require the MCAT? Because back in 2016 apparently they brought it back but in their website they say its not required. https://med.uottawa.ca/undergraduate/hidden/does-ottawa-require-mcat
  10. GreedyGod

    Chance Me

    Hello everyone, I was wondering if I have a shot at mcmaster with a 3.78 cGPA and a 128 verbal. I am also in province. And if so how well should I do on Casper? Thanks a lot in advance for your answer.
  11. Hey everyone, I just realized that UT looks at the most recent MCAT, not the one that meets all the cutoffs... I tested last year and got a 128/125/128/126. Decided to redo again this year and I received a 129/123/131/129 I'm OOP, applying with a 3.96 cGPA and extensive extracurriculars Will they look at my older MCAT score, and therefore review my application, or will it get thrown out because of my more recent 123 in CARS? Thank you
  12. I'm building a website that tells you what your chances are based purely on your GPA and MCAT score for each school. I thought of this after talking to a friend who had difficulty making sense of all the data out there on medical school admissions. Is this something that would provide value to you? Thanks for your time.
  13. Sorry if I’m not supposed to post here! My UG is Psychology and my schools of interest don’t require prerequisites, has anyone been in a similar situation and self studied for the MCAT? how long did you give yourself? Did you study while in school? TIA
  14. Hey! I'm slowly chipping away at my OMSAS application and I have a couple questions: 1) Is there no GPA input anymore? Last year I applied and had to manually enter each course I took and the grade I got, now I don't seem to see that, is the transcript enough? 2) It says Western needs an academic CV placed in the SAM, I do have a CV going but it has pretty much everything I've ever done, if it was strictly school related it would be only my undergraduate career and some work as a research assistant and would seem quite measly... What is expected here? Also what else is SAM used for? I don't remember it being there last year 3) Verifiers on ABS... How strict are they on these because for many things I've done, I don't have a legitimate contact but I know plenty of people (friends and family) that can confirm I have done the thing, is that good enough? 4) How far back should the ABS go? 5) Last year I got an email saying my MCAT score was never received despite providing my AAMC number and test date. I haven't received my score yet for this year's retake but how do I ensure that it gets sent to OMSAS this time around? Thanks!
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  16. Hello I am a non traditional resident in Ontario. I graduated in 2015 with a science degree and want to apply to medical school in Canada (very preferred) but will consider US MD and DO. Can you give me your honest advice on what I should do? Year 1 3.75 Year 2 3.65 Year 3 3.72 Year 4 3.24 (personal issues) cGPA 3.59 EC from Uni: Club VPs, Student Mentor, Tutor, Student Counselor and other smaller involvements Work: Non profit organization internships, tutor, scribe, medical assistant in a specialty clinic, research assistant References: Strong references from PI and doctors I have worked with MCAT: took in Uni got 24. Recently took MCAT and felt a lot better than my first time around. Now waiting for results to come back in 2 weeks. I realize my lowest GPA occurred during the most important year of undegrad (4th) but unfortunately personal issues (family, friends and mental health) really effected me at the time. Now I am in a better place. I am considering doing a 5th year to help boost my GPA, work part time and strengthen my ECs. The GPA gain would be minimal but I hope to convey that I am capable of doing well and have recovered from my bad 4th year. Is there value in this thought? Should I do a second degree instead? I don't want to commit 2-3 more years for a degree that may lead me to the same job prospects I have now but I would appreciate your honest opinions. At this time, I am not very interested in pursuing a certificate or Masters program. Cheers
  17. Hi to anyone who sees this. So I am going to do my best not to whine or complain because I know many people have had it far worse than me, but I don't know what to do and don't know how to handle this situation. So this is my second time taking the MCAT. The first time I took it, I voided it. I was foolish to think that I could manage a full time job, a prep course and study at the same time. Other may have done it, but I did not and could not. This time around, I did not go back to work and devoted the summer to just studying and taking a prep course. There have been some family issues going on in the house (fighting, yelling, etc.) which have made studying in a quiet environment difficult. Jump to the last month of prep, and my grandmother has fallen ill. This has resulted in me having to take her to the ER multiple times, doctor's appointments and physical therapists as she is physically weak. I hope I don't sound like I am complaining because I want to be there for her and help in any way I can. But it has progressed into me having to care for her throughout the day with meals and helping her around the house. My younger brother is not helpful and will not help. My parents are always at work and don't see how much I have to help her around the house. I'm getting more stressed with my test date coming up on Sept 1st and with my grandmother's health deteriorating. Again, I do not want to sound like I am complaining but I am starting to get very anxious multiple times throughout the day. I don't feel in the mindset to write the test and focus, but I am so angry with myself for a) not being able to manage and b) not doing it right the first time around. Should I not take the test this time around and wait until next summer? Or should I push through and go with it? Thank you for any input in advance.
  18. Hey everyone! I am applying to Dal this summer and planning on writing the MCAT. Anyone interested in meeting to chat about their application and/or studying for the MCAT?
  19. Hi everyone, I have accumulated quite a number of free MCAT resources over the past 6 months, and I thankfully don't need them anymore! I thought I'd share some of the things that I found helpful, just in case anyone else may find them helpful as well! Kaplan Question of the Day: http://kaplanquizzes.com/mcat/ Picmonics (www.picmonic.com) - this is an amazing resource when you're trying to memorize information about the Krebs Cycle, Glycolysis, Kidneys, etc. You can watch a free video each day or you can pay to subscribe to watch more. Plus, there's a daily quiz that will quiz you on the videos you've watched so far. https://forums.studentdoctor.net/threads/509-mcat-study-habits.1143569/- This forum was so helpful for me, not only for ideas and advice but also just to stay motivated through a long study period. Quizlet- https://quizlet.com/subject/mcat/- for when you don't want to make your own cue cards (but when you do I strongly suggest ANKI!) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4BuzfQDcEw7fZstOutBxMA- MCAT Self Prep YouTube channel. Andrew is amazing and you can sign up to get the questions delivered to your inbox each day. Leah4Sci- https://www.youtube.com/user/Leah4SciTutorials- I was rusty on chemistry and amino acids and pretty terrible at doing some of the math you need to do on the MCAT without a calculator until I watched Leah's videos. Amazing! Next Step Test Prep- I never paid for anything on this site, but they have a free MCAT bundle that you gain access to when you create an account, plus questions they'll email each day. They also have public webinar "office hours" every now and then which you can sign up for on various topics. MCAT Prep by PremedHQ- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC16A9Oo7DsuuEmMJPtZL--g/videos Again, this guy is phenomenal at explaining science topics. https://www.mcat.me/review This is a website that is just getting started. They've started to go through the "What's on the MCAT" document from the AAMC and outline and summarize all the topics by subject. UWORLD- I signed up for a 14-day free trial during the end of my studying for a bit of extra practice and found it to be incredibly helpful and the closest a 3rd party company came to replicating material as one might see it on the actual MCAT. Khan Academy- They worked with the AAMC to create their MCAT videos and were helpful in some areas but too detail-oriented/long-winded in other areas. Generally, I watched them at 1.5-2x speed. Obviously, this list is not exhaustive of all the resources out there, and not all of them may be useful/helpful to you. I just thought I'd create a compilation of everything that I used because it took me a while to create this list and find these resources and I wish I had known about all of them in the beginning. I also used The Princeton Review boxed set and Kaplan flash cards but found other resources to be more helpful. Also, I can't finish without saying that the AAMC material is gold. Do all of it. Good luck!
  20. gunnerkid101

    MCAT & Med Advice

    Hey everyone, I was recently admitted into 2 medical schools after 3rd year of undergrad and I started a blog to help other students out and provide advice about the MCAT and med school process. I recently made a blog post about MCAT preparation material, and will be making more MCAT posts until the summer is closing, and then will get onto OMSAS and CASPer advice. Check it out and feel free to contact me from the site if you want certain topics covered in future posts! https://medstudentgunner.wordpress.com/2018/07/21/mcat-how-to-study-for-it/
  21. Hi all, I got accepted to med school in Canada this year first time applying, and since then I've been working on a massive premed package that includes all the Khan Academy (KA) notes (complete), supplemented with a personal spin to make things easy. The package also includes my schedule, my activity log, a score predictor, 100 helpful reference documents with mnemonics and graphics of common topics, formulas, interview prep, cars tips ethics... everything that got me from premed to admitted, and now I'm passing it on to you. You can find the post here on Reddit Wordpress (easy link is tinyurl.com/MCATguide) I hope this is helpful for you all! Please let me know if you have any questions or queries.
  22. I recently finished my bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Waterloo and am now working on my master’s degree in the same discipline. I am looking to apply to medical schools in Ontario for 2020 entry and have signed up to write the MCAT on September 19 this year. It’s pretty lonely being a prospective medical student in engineering grad school so I was wondering if there is anyone else in the same boat. If there’s anyone in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, that would be even better.
  23. initrams

    MCAT study help me please

    Hiii, I need some advice about writing the MCAT and what worked for people and what did not. First off, does anyone know where to find a test bank of questions for each subject (biology, biochem, etc) or even for each section?? Second, how did you study using books? I bought the princeton book set and I have heard some people recommend skimming through, then read through again taking notes, then attempt questions, etc. But I am not sure how to go about it with the books. Please give me any advice you have and any resources you found helpful!! I appreciate your help in advance.
  24. Hi everyone, I have some concerns regarding my overall application and was hoping for some feedback, insight, & suggestions/advice. My undergrad career has been a mountain climb, which is shown by my annual GPA trend: 1st Year: 1.91 2nd Year: 2.17 3rd Year: 2.82 4th Year: 3.68 5th Year: TBD I will be entering my 5th year and am hoping to score even higher than my 4th year (3.68). For some time I had a misconception that Western looks at your two best years and requires the overall GPA to be 3.7 OVER the 2 years. I recently heard that they require 3.7 in EACH of the two best years. (Depressing discovery). I am a SWOMEN student, therefore I do have some advantage (pretaining to enrolment seats and MCAT cutoffs), but my 4th year 3.68 may not allow me to apply to Western. I am already about to begin my fifth year in September, but that will do no good for Western taking into account that they need 3.7 in EACH of the two best years. Could you provide some insight regarding what I should consider my options? Here are some of my thoughts: I would qualify for Dalhousie medical school assuming I can maintain above 3.65 annual GPA in my fifth year - they require 3.7 but round to the nearest tenth. Therefore I hope to apply there in the 2019 application cycle. For Western, my only option is to do a 6th year and then apply - not sure if anyone has ever done this, or what people's feedback regarding this would be. Over the past couple of years, I have become more determined to pursue medicine and tried my best to cross challenges in my personal life in order to improve my standing, and I do not want to let my past academic record become an absolute barrier during this pursuit. Mentally, I tell myself that I can be prepared to give extra time towards my undergraduate degree. Please let me know what you think. Furthermore, do you have any insight regarding American Medical schools, and Ross University? In regards to residency, I understand that coming back to Canada has very slim chances. However, I currently don't see a personal objection to the idea of matching for a residency spot in the U.S. (and working there) - I just don't know about the exact match rate. I understand I said a lot, but I would appreciate any thought, insight, or advice/recommendation from the PreMed101 community. Thank you!
  25. Hi everyone, I'm located in Montreal, currently, a graduate student (Ph.D.) studying biomedical engineering at McGill University. I would like to study full time for MCAT for 4-6 months starting from January/February 2017. I am interested in applying to medical schools for the 2018-2019 cycle. I am well-versed in a few topics - physics and biology. However, I am struggling with chemistry and organic chemistry as I have not reviewed them in a while, so those are my weak points. I would prefer someone who knows chemistry and behavioral. Thanks for your time and I hope to hear from you soon! Thanks, Abdullah
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