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  1. Hi everyone! I need some advice on my options on applying to US medical schools. I've had a rough start to my undergrad, and hope someone (anyone) help me out, especially canadians who have gotten into US medical schools . Im really sorry in advance for the long and possibly annoying post, but here it goes: Im a 3rd year undergrad student in Canada,Ontario. My first year i've gotten all C+'s (assuming this is a 2 something on the american scale), and this was with a reduced course load! Here's the problem, I cant apply to Canadian schools because they heavily penalize students who haven't taken a full course load, and getting horrible first year grades doesn't help my situation .Second year rolls around, I try increasing my course load (to a 60% load), and I get ~3.7 gpa for the first semester . After first semester of 2nd year, I dropped out and took a year off. Then, after my year off i came back to finish my 2nd year, and I end up getting ~3.9 during the year (with full course loads). Currently, im in my 3rd year and Im thinking about taking my mcat this summer. Ok so finally, the question is that do i still have a chance at MD schools, or am i fighting an upward battle thats impossible to achieve? Oh and for extracurriculars i have : Research (4 months), Volunteering with food banks, and Volunteering at a homeless shelter, and No shadowing hours or Leadership positions yet.
  2. 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
  3. I know that there is Western Medical Science which sends a lot of students to med other than health science, are there any other programs like these? I want to know this because I am in grade 12 and want to be a doctor. I want to take a bachelor's program which is science oriented while also giving me the best shot possible for med school. Most of time what I hear is that if you don't get into the two courses I mentioned your best choice will be to go to an easy university so you can still get a high GPA (rather than a life science program which are generally tough), like you would in health sci due to grade inflation, is all of this true? Finally, if it is true, what are some science based programs I can take at one of these easy universities like Guelph and York, while also having opportunities for extracurriculars and research at the university. I live in the GTA by the way.
  4. Hi everyone, I was hoping for a bit of insight on my chances for the upcoming cycle! I'm quite new to the forum and not sure if this is the right place to post - forgive me if I've gotten it wrong! I'm in Ontario. my last two years of undergrad calculate out to a 3.88, but my CGPA is a 3.62. I am applying to Canadian schools exclusively this year and I'm planning to choose those which take your last two/two best years.. I know Western and Queens, but would be really grateful for some other suggestions of where I could apply. I'm taking the MCAT in late August. Not sure if it changes things, but my extracurriculars are pretty good - president of an international organization, research at a reputable hospital, 5 years of bedside experience, 3 years of health promotion, etc. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Best of luck to all those applying this year.
  5. Hi everyone, I was hoping for a bit of insight on my chances for the upcoming cycle! my last two years of undergrad calculate out to a 3.88, but my CGPA is a 3.62. I am applying to Canadian schools exclusively this year and I'm planning to choose those which take your last two/two best years.. I know Western and Queens, but would be really grateful for some other suggestions of where I could apply. I'm taking the MCAT in late August! Not sure if it changes things, but my extracurriculars are pretty good - president of an international organization, research at a reputable hospital, 5 years of bedside experience, 3 years of health promotion, etc. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Best of luck to all those applying this year.
  6. As a result of existential circumstances, poor study habits, and poor strategic course planning, my GPA is approximately a 3.4ish. I will be pursuing a research-based masters program this upcoming fall. I am pretty close to giving up my dream as a doctor due to my low GPA. However, what are my chances of making it into med school after my masters?
  7. Bonjour, Je viens de recevoir ma cote R et j'ai finis avec 34,827. Pour rentrer en médecine, McGill en 2018 a pris 34,905 et UdeM 34,954. Laval et Sherbrooke sont dans les alentour de 34,9 également. Je voudrais savoir si j'ai encore des chances de rentrer malgré mon 0.1 de différence. Je m'inquiète de ne pas être convoqué à un entrevue. Merci beaucoup!
  8. 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.
  9. 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: ?
  10. Title pretty much says it all. I'm a MS1 at Schulich, and last year I made a website with all my MCAT resources and all my interview resources too. I'm guessing if you're reading this you've already done the MCAT, but you might find my interview prep materials useful. You can find it all here - https://ultimatepremedpackage.wordpress.com/interviewing/ Please let me know if you have any questions! Of course, I can't tell you what questions they asked me, etc., but I can give general information about the day or whatever. I might see some of you for your interview day, but if not - good luck! You'll do great!
  11. Hello people of the forum! (I posted this on the general forum too but its pretty time sensitive so I'd like all the advice I can get) I was just curious to know if all Bachelor of Science degrees are viewed as equal by medical schools. I'm in BioMedical science but was also given the chance to specialize/transfer into Bachelor of Science in agriculture (I know pretty wierd). I wouldn't say BioMed really interest me that much as its mostly pure sciences. I've been browsing other programs and whether its agriculutre, or marine biology, pharmacology, or enviormental science, they all seem to fall under "bachelor of science". Does that inheritly mean these degrees are basically the same? I'd really love to specialize in agriculture for personal interest but it seems so far off from being anything "medically related" haha. Alternatively from a HIGH GPA perspective, if they are all the same why would anyone pick BioMed over something easier like enviormental science? Surely medical schools can't just look at a BioMedical science graduate as equal to someone from Enviornmental sciences can they? Wondering if I will regret moving from a more "prestigious" program that I worked hard in high school to get into, to an (ignore my ignorance) easier program like Environement/Agriculture. Love to get your thoughts on this! Cheers, Victor
  12. Bonjour, Je viens de recevoir ma cote R et j'ai finis avec 34,827. Pour rentrer en médecine, McGill en 2018 a pris 34,905 et UdeM 34,954. Laval et Sherbrooke sont dans les alentour de 34,9 également. Je voudrais savoir si j'ai encore des chances de rentrer malgré mon 0.1 de différence. Je m'inquiète de ne pas être convoqué à un entrevue. Merci beaucoup!
  13. Hello everyone, it's my first time posting on this forum. I'm currently enrolled in engineering at Ryerson University, but am on medical withdrawal. I have completed two full years at Ryerson but since September of 2017 I have been dealing with a chronic illness that has not allowed me to return. I originally planned to pursue either medicine or pharmacy but couldn't afford med school so opted to go for engineering as I have always been interested in the sciences. I've fallen in love with medicine again in this two year span and I feel miserable in my engineering program. I've had a long time to consider my options and I'm doing a little better financially but I don't know where to go from here. Should I transfer? Complete my degree? Start a new undergraduate? I'm not too sure if GPA is carried over to new schools. My GPA is currently 3.0 if that helps at all. Any help or information would be greatly appreciated. I just want to know where my options lie.
  14. Hey guys, I will join York university in the winter(Biology). I really need help in course selection. I have some questions:1.Will I encounter a problem later on while applying to med schools because I have started in winter because it won’t be considered a full time year? It may be a silly question but I want to doublecheck. 2.If I took for example BIO 1000, then should I take also BIO 1001 later because each of those has 3 credits? Do med schools want more credits in biology? Same for CHEM 1000/1001and other courses as well. 3.Will I be able to take Computer starting from winter or is it a full year course? Thanks in advance, Help would really be appreciated -I am totally lost because I am a transfer student from a university outside Canada,so I am not familiar with universities here and med school requirements.
  15. Hey all, here's the thing. I've been accepted into UOttawa's Biology (BSc), Health Sciecne (BHSc), and Biomedical Science (BSc) and I'm struggling to decide which of these programs I should go for. Anyone faced this dilemma before? Does one degree stand out over the rest or could Med schools care less about what the degree is and just look at the GPA? I'm into most of the courses in BioMed but really dont want to take physics or calculus. Biology is pretty basic and 3rd/4th year are basically all electives so very customizable (but BIOLOGY just sounds really general and doesn't have the ring BioMed does lol). Health Science is a wild card as it all seems ok (not really interested in all the socialogy and physcology involved in that) but its BHSc so it might narrow my path if Med school doesn't pan out. I really like anatomy and tangable things and less into pure sciences and math. Any thoughts on this matter? Cheers, Richard
  16. Just wanting some insight on UOttawa as an undergraduate school for BioMed/Health Science. So I've got a few questions for people who have attended: 1. How is the campus? (I've heard people say its really ugly and that lecture halls/equipment are old/poor funding) 2. How good is the medical student community? (Support from people going through premed/mcat/etc) 3. How is it for someone who doesn't speak French? (I've heard it can be a little difficult becuase they focus a lot on French and that some Professors may have heavy french accents lol) 4. Would you suggest BioMed or Health science for undergrad in terms of useful knowledge to build a foundation for Med school or the MCAT (Is Coop any good for these programs?) 5. Why is UOttawa ranked so low in terms of good universities/student satisfaction? For such a big name as "UOttawa" is seems to be hovering at Ryerson/York/Guelph level instead of Queens/Western level) I know thats a lot of questions but would appreciate any input, Thanks in advance!
  17. Hey all, hoping to get some input on being paramedic part-time during premed. I have a few friend who are paramedics and it seems like natural stepping stone for medical school. So my question is, it this job a good option? And would this look better on Medical school applications than any other job? Since the paramedic degree is offered in night school I'm pretty sure I can get it done in 4 months max. I need to be making some money during undergrad anyways right? (EMT also an option) Thanks in advance for any input Victor
  18. 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!
  19. 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!
  20. Hi All! For those who are at UBC, any recommendation on which program to take to hopefully get into UBC med? I hear a lot of "don't take a hard program like biomed because you'll suffer" but also "take something your intersted in" and "anything that can get you a high GPA" I actually have a great interest in biology/anatomy/chemistry which is why I like medicine so much. Any advice on a BIO related program that is "easier" to get into and also not torturous to get a high GPA while also meeting prerequisites? I know its quite a tall order but any input from med or premed students would be appreciated! Cheers, Victor
  21. Hi, I'm currently in my 3rd year of an undergraduate science degree, and I am having trouble with my study techniques. The majority of my classes are heavily information based powerpoint style lectures with many facts and concepts (immunology, pharmacology, biochem, etc). I have always written out entire lectures straight from the powerpoint onto looseleaf after class and it is extremely time consuming. I feel like I am spending more time writing out lectures than actually "studying". It is now becoming way too time consuming and when exams come around I spend the time that I would be normally writing out lectures, studying and rereading notes, which puts me even further behind. In high school I never really studied except for my mom quizzing me the night before (funny I know, but god bless her as I finished 2nd in my graduating class) and I always did well. Does anyone find re reading ppt slides to be just effective and more efficient than writing them out. Any input would be helpful!!
  22. Hi everyone, Can anyone recommend some great podcasts that are good for CASPer? Any relevant ethics podcasts? Thanks so much in advance.
  23. Hi all, I spoke to the admissions and the person I spoke with seemed a bit unsure, so I don't even know if it's a big deal: When filling out the academic workbook, is the local GPA according to your university's GPA system? Reason I ask, my university uses a 9 point system. Or do I covert this to a 4.3 scale that McGill provides in the guide? Thanks!
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