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  1. So i've posted about ADHD on this forum a few times now, but now that i've graduated high school and will be starting my pre med journey, I have some questions. And before you ask, yes I have considered other careers outside of medicine, yes I have been diagnosed with ADHD by a physician, and yes I am on medication. OK NOW THAT, THAT IS CLEARED UP. I did receive test taking accommodations in high school. I believe they called it an 'informal IEP' as I did not undergo a psychoeducational assessment. I was diagnosed with ADHD-PI November 2015, and discussed accommodations with my physician in January 2016 receiving them in time for first semester exams at the end of January. My 'IEP' outlined that i would write tests/exams in a quiet environment, and receive extra time. Personally, finishing tests have never been the issue, its making stupid mistakes by not reading the question carefully or by writing down the wrong number in a calculation... and not having the extra time to catch those mistakes is where I have struggled. Now that I have enrolled in classes at UTM, I have seen an accessibility advisor at the university. I had the medical assessment form filled out by my physician, and I will be receiving the same accommodations in university really. I will be writing at the test centre receiving a shorter, but still an extra amount of time on tests and exams. My end goal, is really to not need the extra time. My advisor even told me that I can choose to not use the extra time for certain tests, and I can honestly say that I might not use it all the time. Where I really struggle in is math. I will be answering a question but then i'll read the question above it on the same page and use the wrong numbers, or literally do a question right but not write down the correct number from my calculator, or do something correct but the question may specify for the answer to be in a certain form and I just completely miss it. Math is such a struggle, and not because I don't know how to do the question, but because i will misread the question, or write down the wrongs numbers. It is so frustrating. However, having extra time on math exams has helped me tremendously because I can catch those mistakes or have time to go over a test and catch where I went wrong (in terms of writing down the wrong number, not answering in the form asked, etc). But on the other hand, in a psychology test or a biology test with no calculations, I only really struggle with that attention to detail and I don't need as much time to catch these mistakes. It hasn't even been a year since my diagnosis. My academic struggles prior to November 2015 can all be explained by undiagnosed ADHD, and the struggles i face now are related to things like medication, lifestyle, and trying to figure out the best way to study and learn! I will be going on a higher dose of my current med when school starts, in high school I was getting less than 6 hours of sleep way too often and this year I will be ensuring I get at least 7-8 hours of sleep, and with the help of academic advisors and mentors I am going to truly learn the best way to study with my ADHD. I am just entering my first year as a pre med student now, and with a higher dose of medication, better sleep, and new study habits (quiet environment, recording lectures, cue cards, using an agenda) I believe that I can truly eliminate the need for extra time. Also, by doing all of this my grades will improve and certainly be enough for med school. Anyways, I just feel like having ADHD and getting extra time is heavily looked down upon through the med school application process. I think extra time can be arranged for the MCAT, but I also know that extra time on assessments is really not a thing in medical school. So if I can get my ADHD under control, and actually work towards not needing extra time, will I be taken seriously as a med school applicant? One of the positive things from this disorder is the ability to hyper focus when I am doing something that I enjoy! I've actually heard that many ER physicians have ADHD, and work well in the adrenaline filled environment. i don't have any doubts in myself about becoming a doctor, but i just don't want my dream to be taken away because of test accommodations or because of the stigma of this disorder. So if I can take tests without extra time, get a 4.0 GPA, and get killer EC's and letters of reference, will I have a fair shot at medical school? PS: If you have ADHD and you are pre-med, in medical school, etc. I would love to hear your experience with the process!
  2. So I got into UTM for "Behaviour, Genetics and Neurobiology" and these are the courses I have to take for the program... Students in Behaviour, Genetics and Neurobiology take Biology, Calculus, Chemistry (BIO152H, BIO153H5, MAT134Y5, CHM140Y5).What other courses in first year do I have to take for pre requisites for med school? I did some research and it said "Prerequisite courses include two full courses in life sciences and one full course in social science or humanities or language. " for UofT Faculty of Medicine. In general, to be eligible to apply to UofT, McMaster, Western, etc. What courses should i take first year in addition to the required ones in my program. Thanks
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