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  1. I'm looking to apply to Med school for fall 2021 entry - I've already written my MCAT and feel I've got a decent shot at it. I've always wanted to be a doctor as I've loved the high-pressure first aid situations that I've experienced as a Lifeguard and I enjoy scientific problem solving as well as helping people the best I can. I really want to have one on one personal interactions with the public in my job. The only thing is that over the past few years, I've become extremely interested in health policy. I've started to really think deeply about the way the healthcare system works and all the ethical problem solving that goes into systemic policy changes. When I tell friends and family I'm interested in policy, they tell me I should think about law school and doing a specialization in health law. Even though health law sounds interesting, I just don't think I'll be able to get the clinical experience I crave to have in a job. While I still want to be a doctor, I'm hoping to leave the door open for policy work. Does anyone know if there are jobs for doctors in health policy and/or what credentials you would need to work in health policy with an MD?
  2. For premed and med school, do they value competencies in foreign languages like French?
  3. Since professors have to maintain their class average around 60%, would programs with a high cut-off from high school be harder since the professor's will need to make assessments more difficult because all of the students will be high achievers. I'm asking this because I want to go to medical school and need a high GPA which is why I am conflicted between a program like western med sci which is full of keeners vs something like York Kinesiology. I know you probably see many annoying people like me on this website but please bear with me.
  4. Bonjour, Je suis étudiante à l’UdeM en kinésiologie. J’ai obtenue une CRC de 31,419. J’ai appliquée en DMD à udem et ulaval, même si j’ai presque aucune chance de me faire accepter. J’ai un GPA de 3,6 - 3,7 (je ne le sais pas encore) avec 12 crédits. Question 1 : Quelle est approximativement ma CRU, ET j’ai besoin d’un GPA de combien pour augmenter mes chances? Question 2: C'est quoi la CRU du dernier admis pour l'automne 2018 en DMD à ulaval et udem? Question 3: Si je reste en kin, je ne peux plus abandonner de cours si je n’ai pas de bonnes notes dans les premiers examens. Me conseillez-vous de changer pour un programme où je peux abandonner des cours (bio par exemple)? Merci guys!
  5. Hi there. Just trying to get a better understanding of my chances at Ontario med schools - I've really lost perspective on if I'm good enough over the last year and just want some opinions. Please be brutally honest. I'm currently in my 3rd year of undergrad at UofT. GPA listed is OMSAS GPA predicting what I'll have at the end of this year (as a medium case scenario). cGPA: 3.87 UofT wGPA: 3.92 MCAT: Haven't written yet. Took the NS full length without studying last summer and got 506 (126/126/127/127) if that means anything. Other info: very involved since my high school days, a few awards, Dean's list every year so far, leadership heavy, mentoring focused as well as women's empowerment, mental health advocacy, NSERC recipient, 2 poster presentations, 1 oral presentation, paper currently in review (just contributed supplemental material though so one of the last authors), long term sports involvement and captaining role too, working at a community center with refugee youth population, DON'T HAVE ANY CLINICAL EXPERIENCE/HOSPITAL VOLUNTEERING Honestly, I'm really worried about my GPA mainly. I had a rough first semester this year because of mental health issues (ironic because of my ECs smh) but not completely awful as I didn't get anything below 80, but I got mostly 3.7s which brought down my cGPA a bit so idk if that warrants an academic explanations essay.
  6. Bonjour, En ce moment, ma cote R est de 32.696 et je désire aller en médecine. Il me reste présentement deux sessions avec 12 cours au total. J'hésite entre deux options pour finir mon parcours : A ) Faire mes deux sessions restantes avec 6 cours chaques. La troisième session, celle en cours, n'a pas de philo, le cours qui me baissait grandement. Aussi, parmis les 6 cours, j'ai éduc. Alors simplement 5 cours diffiles qui inclut un cours complémentaire. J'ai alors quand même une grande chance d'augmenter mes notes. B ) Annuler des cours et faire une session de plus. J'aurais alors 3 sessions avec 4 cours chaque. Le temps dépenssé ne me dérange aucunement! J'avais entendu de mon API qu'on pouvait dorénavent faire son science de la nature en 2 ans et demi alors je me demendais... Toutes les réponses sont les bienvenues! Merci!
  7. Salut, J'ai complété un bac en biochimie a UDEM (fini en 2017). Mon GPA était de 3.358/4.3 (pour 91 crédits) et ça m'a donné 32.919 de CRU. Si jamais dans le futur ça pourrait donner une idée aux gens qui postuleront en médecine avec un bac de biochimie (car je n'ai pas beaucoup trouvé de thread sur la CRU de biochimie). J'ai quelques questions si vous aurez la gentillesse de me répondre 1. Est ce que cette CRU serait approximativement la même pour un autre programme d'étude (comme nutrition)? 2. J'étais vraiment étonnée de ma CRU car je m'attendais à moins et je commencais à abandonner la médecine. Mais là ça me revient, et je pensais faire un second bac pour augmenter ma CRU. Pensez vous qu'avec un bon GPA (minimum 3.8) dans un programme bien coté (genre biomed), ma CRU pourrait augmenter à 34 dans le futur? Merci d'avance pour vos réponses
  8. Hey everyone! Firstly, a HUGE congratulations to all applicants in the 2019/2020 cycle who finished their interview at UBC during the past couple of weekends!! Take the time to pat yourselves on the back for finishing up with the stressful portion of your applications! It's just a matter of waiting until May -- I sincerely wish you all the best of successes no matter what happens. I can definitely understand how stressful the wait can be though, so if anyone would like to chat via PM, please feel free to message me. It's much easier said than done, but try to distract yourself with something positive, and hopefully the 3 months pass quickly. Speaking of distractions, the Class of 2023 is super excited to be presenting the MD Admissions Video 2020 we've prepared for you, which will be on YouTube in just a couple of days ! Many, many thanks to everyone involved with this project, especially Kevin Z and Melissa K for putting in 300+ hours to direct, film, and edit this masterpiece. I have shared with you the trailer, which was recently published on YouTube. We truly hope you all enjoy what we've prepared, and hope this gives the perfect picture of EXACTLY what the interview process is like for those applying in the future (lol, jk). Cheers!
  9. Salut, Donc j’ai eu un parcours vraiment difficile au Cégep, j’ai eu un accident d’auto et une opération... donc ma cote R collégiale est très basse (dans les environs de 27.XXX) et c’est présentement ma quatrième session en sciences de la nature profil sciences pures et appliquées (en principe je voulais être ingénieur biomédicale, mais le destin a fait en sorte que je veuille me diriger plutôt en santé, dont la médecine dentaire). Alors, j’aurais plusieurs questions concernant le parcours que je devrais suivre pour me rendre en médecine dentaire. Premièrement, je vais devoir choisir un BAC tremplin à l’université pour pouvoir effacer mes notes du cégep, lequel serait le mieux pour moi si l’université que j’envisage est l’UDEM? Deuxièmement vu que je suis en sciences pures, je n’ai pas fait de chimie organique, ni de bio 2, est-ce que cela est nécessaire et si oui, est-ce que les BAC en bio à l’udem acceptent des étudiants avec des DEC sans mention? Merci de votre aide, j’ai eu un déclic récemment et ça serait mon objectif ultime d’entrer en médecine dentaire d’ici deux ans.
  10. Salut, Donc j’ai eu un parcours vraiment difficile au Cégep, j’ai eu un accident d’auto et une opération... donc ma cote R collégiale est très basse (dans les environs de 27.XXX) et c’est présentement ma quatrième session en sciences de la nature profil sciences pures et appliquées (en principe je voulais être ingénieur biomédicale, mais le destin a fait en sorte que je veuille me diriger plutôt en santé, dont la médecine dentaire). Alors, j’aurais plusieurs questions concernant le parcours que je devrais suivre pour me rendre en médecine dentaire. Premièrement, je vais devoir choisir un BAC tremplin à l’université pour pouvoir effacer mes notes du cégep, lequel serait le mieux pour moi si l’université que j’envisage est l’UDEM? Deuxièmement vu que je suis en sciences pures, je n’ai pas fait de chimie organique, ni de bio 2, est-ce que cela est nécessaire et si oui, est-ce que les BAC en bio à l’udem acceptent des étudiants avec des DEC sans mention? Merci de votre aide, j’ai eu un déclic récemment et ça serait mon objectif ultime d’entrer en médecine dentaire d’ici deux ans.
  11. Hi all! My name is Christopher and I am the author of www.UltimatePremedPackage.ca which I know a few of you have found to be a useful resource for your premed journey. This summer a classmate and I have been busy working on a new podcast called Pluripotent Premed which we intent to act as an audio guide for navigating the premed years as a Canadian applicant. We dive into all topics related to the MCAT, med school interview, extracurriculars, and more. We will also be interviewing classmates of ours who are got into med from alternative backgrounds (e.g. arts, nursing, other careers) and also those who are pursuing an M.D./PhD to give you a better idea of how the program works and what to expect. Today is the release date for 'Episode 0', which is an introductory episode that doesn't have any specific premed content, but rather just introduces us and the podcast, and what to expect. From here on out, we will release an episode every Monday. If this sounds like something that you're interested in, please check us out on social media (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and on podcasting platforms (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, and most other major podcasting platforms). I will post an episode release schedule in the comments so that you know what episodes are coming up! I will post an episode release schedule below so that you know what episodes are coming up! Thanks for reading! We are really excited about this project and we hope to help as many people as possible. Please feel free to message me on here or on our Facebook page if you have any questions! TL;DR - the author of Ultimate Premed Package has teamed up with a classmate to make a premed podcast directed at Canadian premeds to guide you through the MCAT, interviews, and more. Episodes every Monday
  12. Hey guys, Does anyone know schools like McGill would consider my second undergrad is it is not fully done ? (like only a few courses left). Thanks!
  13. Hi, I did my Casper test not too long ago. During the 15 minute break they give while doing the exam, I started talking to my sister about the questions I had been asked so far and she was in the other room next to me. I think she was in the webcam frame during the break. Do you guys think that it could affect my score on the exam or that they might consider it cheating? Thank you! _____ Bonjour, J'ai fait mon examen Casper il n'y a pas très longtemps. Pendant la pause de 15 minutes à laquelle on a le droit durant l'examen, j'ai discuté avec ma soeur à propos des questions qui m'avaient été posées. Je pense aussi qu'on la voyait dans la webcam durant la pause. Pensez-vous que ça aura un impact sur ma note ou que ça soit considéré « tricher »? Merci!
  14. I completed by BSc in bio at ubc last year. I applied to ubc med school (just ubc...yeah that was stupid I know) and didn't get in. As a back-up I also applied to ubc pharmacy which I am currently waiting to see if I got in. I'm torn between whether I should do a year of pharmacy and boost my gpa a bit, or continue to build my extracurriculars. I'm aware my activities are seriously lacking and my grades aren't good either, but my NAQ is the reason I'm contemplating just staying out of school and focusing on my jobs and volunteering. Any advice would be appreciated!
  15. Well well well, May 10th has officially been declared as this year’s UBC Med D-Day! I thought to start our discussion thread so the nerves and doubts and excitement can officially be discussed as we inch closer to the beginning of the end (for the cycle!) and possibly the beginning of a new beginning. Here’s our official live countdown: https://www.arewethere.yt/OFFICIAL-D-DAY-2019/100157.htm
  16. Salut, je viens d'être accepter en nutrition à UdeM. Cependant mon goal ultime serait d'aller en médecine, mais je n'ai pas les notes nécéssaires en ce moment. Est-ce possible d'utiliser ce programme de nutrition comme pont, pour augmenter ses notes et ainsi avoir une meilleur chance d'être accepté en médecine après ?
  17. Hello, I am a long time lurker, and this is my first post. I was wondering if my fellow Ontario comrades that got interviews/invites could please give me some tips! Also, I have the following stats, I would really appreciate some feedback and perhaps recommendations on certain schools that fit my experiences/scores: 516 on the MCAT (129/128/130/129) 3.8 GPA (Perfect GPA last 2 years) ECs: Lots of volunteering at a hospital in patient care (300+ hours) 2 publications with a neurosurgeon as a 3rd author Spent the majority of my undergrad playing varsity tennis at Western University The remaining time was spent teaching special needs students with a company in my community and coaching tennis (paid). Did a few outreach clubs and have exec positions here and there, but nothing too serious outside of teaching, sports, and research. Lots of awards by the university and province for tennis, high class standing awards, and a bunch of smaller things. I have NO SHADOWING experience, given it isn't emphasized in Canada but please recommend if I should do that to improve my app. Please recommend what I should emphasize on my app, what schools to apply to/focus on, I am a newbie with applications as I am in my 3rd year. Also, if there's something missing or how I can improve my app. Also also, do I have a chance in American MD schools with my ECs? All opinions welcome!
  18. Hey, I'm a Canadian premed student who's currently in a bit of a pickle. I'm considering dropping a course in which I have received a mark of 81% on the first midterm, but am anticipating a somewhat lower mark (~60 ish?) on the second midterm, though there's no valid evidence that I would necessarily achieve such a low mark, apart from the empty feeling in my stomach recalling myself winging a somewhat highly weighted question. On the flipside, it seems that many students had a similar experience on the second midterm, so my reluctance to drop the course stems from the notion that there might be some sort of grade curve. There are additionally occasional quizzes which I anticipate I can achieve relatively high grades in to somewhat alleviate the low midterm grade. I would just like to ask you if you believe it is worth dropping this course - or if I should just stick with it and maintain my 5 course workload for this semester? Thanks in advance.
  19. 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!
  20. Hey all this is my first post ever so I'm sorry Stats: annual / cGPA 1st year: 2.73 / 2.73 (1 semester with 4 courses) 2nd year: 3.08 / 2.91 (1 semester with 4 courses) 3rd year: 3.79/ 3.21 (1 semester with 4 courses) currently in 4th year and I'm estimating 3.8+/ cGPA3.35~ 2 years of research, volunteer and community stuff Option 1: take a fifth year of easy-ish courses to boost my GPA --> even if i get straight As prolly won't be competitive enough for canada ~3.47 Option 2: take a fifth year --> fulfill 1 year of physics and 1 year or gen/orgo chemistry for US med school (the problem with this is I go to U of T... it's nearly impossible to do well in these courses) Option 3: graduate this summer with ~3.35 --> take the 2 physics and chem courses to fulfill US med schools as a non-degree student at u of t or another university Option 4: graduate this summer --> take the US prerequisites online while completing a masters OR graduate after the fifth year and then take the US prereqs while completing a masters.
  21. I know this question is asked by countless members on this forum, but I am currently in a rut. I am currently a U of Saskatchewan student (Canadian) and would like advice regarding premed as I am currently dealing with a low gpa for my first and second years of my degree. My gpa calculations are as followed (OMSAS) 1st and 2nd year: 3.00 gpa (73 and 72) (1 semester with 4 courses) 3rd year: 3.9 (86) First semester of 4th year: 3.7 (84.2) If I finish with a 86 overall in my fourth year, I calculate that I will still only have a 78 percent which is too low to be competitive in Canadian med schools. At this point, I don't know what would be the best thing to do as I am almost done my degree I hope to do the mcat during the summer of 2019 I have been doing volunteering at a student run clinic, but am searching for other opportunities to volunteer in. (any advice on what I ec's I should do would be appreciated!) Thank you guys in advance and do let me know if I need to clarify!
  22. Salut! Je voulais savoir que si je ne suis pas accepté en med après mon cégèp, faut-il prendre un bac pour faire une autre admission? Puis si oui, est-ce que les uni vont regarder à ma CRC ou ma CRU? Ma deuxième question est si je peux faire une admission à un autre programme de doctorat après mon CÉGÈP. Disons que je veux faire une admission à med dentaire ou pharmacie, is it vraiment legit?? c'est un cheminement vraiment différent que celle de l'Ontario (Je suis un élève de l'Ontario qui déménage au Québec bientôt donc je ne sais pas autant à propos du Cégèp que je croyais). Merci beaucoup!!
  23. Hi all, I'm a 1st time poster who like some of you has been in university for quite some time now... I started out taking a BSc in 2011 (taking me 5 years) and received atrocious marks. I pushed through, graduated and took a year off to recollect. That year off has done WONDERS and I am now in my second year of nursing achieving about a 90% avg in my studies (still taking full credits every semester). I've enjoyed what nursing has offered me, however I wondered if there was any inkling of a chance of me getting into a med school. I searched through this website and found a forum (most recently updated in 2012) which outlined the policies that each med school in Canada had for students applying with a second undergraduate degree. Because I have always lived in BC, I would apply as an OOP student (with a second degree) to as many that I could be eligible for. According to the 2012 forum I believe my best bet would be applying to U of Saskatchewan (UBC doesn't really offer any revised gpa calculation with a second degree...). I was hoping to make a revised one and if anyone has any extra information on this topic, it would be GREATLY appreciated!! Thanks for reading!
  24. Hi all, I'm a 1st time poster who like some of you has been in university for quite some time now... I started out taking a BSc in 2011 (taking me 5 years) and received atrocious marks. I pushed through, graduated and took a year off to recollect. That year off has done WONDERS and I am now in my second year of nursing achieving about a 90% avg in my studies (still taking full credits every semester). I've enjoyed what nursing has offered me, however I wondered if there was any inkling of a chance of me getting into a med school. I searched through this website and found a forum (most recently updated in 2012) which outlined the policies that each med school in Canada had for students applying with a second undergraduate degree. Because I have always lived in BC, I would apply as an OOP student (with a second degree) to as many that I could be eligible for. According to the 2012 forum I believe my best bet would be applying to U of Saskatchewan (UBC doesn't really offer any revised gpa calculation with a second degree...). I was hoping to make a revised outline of the policies for second undergrad applicants and if anyone has any extra information on this topic, it would be GREATLY appreciated!! Thanks for reading!
  25. Hi, I'm currently a Sec 5 student in a French High school and it is time for me to make an important decision : choose the right cegep for me. I'm hesitating between 2 CEGEPs which are Bdeb and Vanier. As a student, I have an overall average above 90s, and I really want to enter medschool at McGill. However, it is easier said than done. To make it happen, I need to work really hard during the 2 years at CEGEP and so I am being careful about choosing the right one for me. What I'm looking for in CEGEP is a great experience, an environment in which I'm productive and students that are serious and focused on their studies. I find it motivating to have around me people that make a lot of effort to reach their goals. Also, both CEGEPs are close to where I live, so the distance doesn't really matter. The language does matter because according to my parents, it's better for me to switch from French to English during CEGEP than during University. Nevertheless, I cannot simply choose a CEGEP because of its language. According to your experiences or what you heard about these CEGEPs, which one would be the right one for me? Thank you
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