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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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!!
  4. Hi everyone, Can anyone recommend some great podcasts that are good for CASPer? Any relevant ethics podcasts? Thanks so much in advance.
  5. elenaps5

    Local GPA

    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!
  6. Hi guys, I was wondering whether or not to include the TRAINING I received to become a volunteer as a separate entry in ABS or not. The reason I am asking, is because I have two volunteer positions, one in hospice and one as a research assistant, and both required I complete very lengthy online training and online certifications. For example, for hospice, it was a 13 hour online training that required tests, small essays on a range of topics ranging from palliative care, infectious diseases, caregiver stress, ethics and so on. Likewise for the research assistant position, because it is connected to a long-term care facility, all volunteers had to undergo training on how to care for elderly patients, modules on ethics etc even though my position doesn't have anything to do with that. I am wondering if it's worth making separate entries for these things, or if it is self-explanatory that all volunteer positions must have included training? Thank you!
  7. Hi everyone, What awards does one include on the CV if you don't have any other than things like scholarship, deans list, first class with distinction? I feel these are not worth taking up the space as academics are judged separately and all of these are academic awards. Any input is appreciated. Thank you!
  8. Newbie2

    Very Low GPA

    I am almost done my BSc in Biology however, I have an extremely low GPA around 2.33. Yes, I know that's terrible. I keep telling myself maybe I should choose a different path, but I just can't. I have been volunteering at the hospital for a few years now. I am not athletic and I have not been leading anything in particular. But I still want to be a doctor and now I am more mentally prepared then I was when I began initially. What can I do to increase my chances as an applicant?
  9. Hello Guys! I was wondering if someone could helped me regarding letters of recommendation. I volunteered for a doctor who is also a professor and a research at sick kids and he asked me to write a draft for my letter of recommendation which is something I have never done before. I was wondering if anyone here can help me out. Also, Do you guys think is it okay to use outside sources as letter of recommendation rather than asking professor. For instance, I used to be a writer for a newspaper (health section specifically) at my university. Can I use that? I don't want to beg professor. I volunteered at developmental neuroscience lab and pediatric research lab at my university and both professors expect to do summer research with them to get the letter. Also, I am into clinical research and I feel discussing my work as health editor and volunteered with a doc will allow me to elaborate more. Please let me know what you guys think. Thank you.
  10. 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.
  11. Does anyone know how most medical schools assess transfer credits? I'm finishing my undergrad at BU, but almost all of my elective courses required to graduate were completed at a different school and were transferred to BU as a "Pass". I'm wondering how this will be taken into calculating my GPA.
  12. Hey everyone! Sorry for the long post in advance but I would really appreciate everyone’s help!! Here is my background: ~3.4 cGPA (life Sci- years; 3.7 in 4th year, lower in other years), completed my bachelor of education degree right after, however this degree was pass or fail, so no grades and strong ECs (a range of things, been committed to a few for a while). Writing the MCAT this August (working full time and studying for it).I’ve been working as a teacher for the past 2 years (science and special Ed) and am hoping to go into Med school. I’ve always kind of wanted to go but didn’t take it seriously during my undergrad. While I enjoy teaching, I always find myself drawn to the the content regarding the human body or when I read the files for my special needs students, I find myself drawn to their medical reports, past and current- trying to understand their diagnosis and then doing further research about those diagnosis’, the science behind it, the testing involved, kinds of meds involved, the impact of these meds etc. While I want to work with a similar demographic, I want to work with them more from the medical perspective, being actively involved in their health care plans and seeing the impact it has on their everyday lives. So here’s my dilemma. I can apply to UBC with my gpa (I’m a BC resident), but I don’t think I’m competitive at all. I think I need to boost my GPA so I can apply to more schools in Canada (I did my undergrad in Ontario). I’m confused as to what path to take: 1. Take a full year of courses as an unclassified student (boost gpa) (best 2 years option for some schools)2. Do a 2nd undergrad (2 years, boost gpa)3. Purse a masters in education (my salary goes up and it’s good if Med school doesn’t workout for moving up in administration. However, I don’t see myself teaching for the rest of my life- it’s mentally and physically challenging (some of my students are violent) but I don’t find myself intellectually challenged at all. I miss my 4th year Nsci and cardio courses!) How would a masters in education be considered by Canadian med schools? Would my GPA count (I would enroll into one that assigns grades rather than P/F)?I would appreciate any help I could get. There’s a lot of information out there but honestly with full time work and mcat prep, I haven’t had a chance to sit down and do through research. I would appreciate any advice from personal experiences or research you guys can provide!Sorry for the long post, I look forward to seeing what people have to say.
  13. Hi all! Sorry to bother you with the usual "what are my chances" question! I am going onto the 4th year of my undergrad and I plan on applying to UOttawa. I am bilingual so I'm struggling as to which stream I should apply to. Assuming I calculated it correctly, my cGPA is 3.95. I read on previous posts that the French stream is less competitive in terms of getting an interview invite and, to be quite honest, that's why I'm leaning towards applying in that stream. However, although I am bilingual I definitely feel like I express myself a lot better in English (so I feel like my CASPER in English would be a lot better) and I feel like I would do better on an English interview vs. a French one. From last years interviews/regrets I saw that those in the lower 90s for GPA didn't get an English invite (and then there would be some cases where they did) so I'm not sure if I stand a chance getting an English invite with my GPA (I realize it's hard to tell without having written the CASPER)? Any advice/help would be much appreciated!
  14. Hello Premed 101, im new! I'm seeking some guidance from more knowledgeable people who may see my situation from a different perspective than me. To cut to the chase, I'm accepted to Life sci and Kinesiology at McMaster, and expecting acceptances from Western for Medical Sciences and McGill for Biological, Biomedical and Life sciences (95.5% overall). I've taken the time to develop good and persistent study habits in an effort to make the transition to university a little bit better. All of these programs seem to present different strengths to me, like how kin offers an anatomy & physiology course the first two years, and I love Mac's cadaver lab and LOVE studying the human body. With that, I also take a lot of time studying physics and calculus because I love developing better critical thinking. I'm just looking for the best program that I can take my physics, calculus, bio and chem in order to prepare for MCAT (ik theres no calc on MCAT), but want to specialize in something that mainly focuses on the human body in upper years (little to no interest in plant biology)? I know life sciences has a physiology specialization, but does that mainly look at human physiology? Either way I'm looking to work my tail off, but if anyone knows how these compare in difficulty, curved grades, etc for attaining a high GPA (not looking for spoon-fed GPA), a comparison would help. Thanks!!
  15. I am sorry to bother, I can only imagine how annoyed fourth years who are getting interviews and preparing themselves for medical school are with all these first year questions. I just ask that you think of how nervous and scared you are were in first year and try to understand where I am coming from. I am currently second semester of my first year. First semester I ended up with marks I am not impressed with at all. Overall my first semester average tallied up to a 72. (2.70 GPA) My midterm marks were 84 (Chemistry 1) 64 (Biology 1st sem) 67 (Calc 1st sem) 48 (Physics 1) 67 (Psychology 1st sem) I just got my midterm marks for this semester and they are as followed 70.2 (Chemistry 2) 80 (Biology second sem) 88 (Calculus second sem) 68.5 (Physics 2) 89 (Pchycology 2nd sem) I will admittedly say I worked a lot harder this semester on my midterms. Chemistry really upset me because if I'm being honest I barely studied for that midterm first semester, where as this semester I put in 2 weeks studying just for a midterm. Biology also really upset me because I dedicated so much time to Biology and I was honestly expecting 100 in that midterm, Calculus I studied much harder but didn't put half the effort I did as I did into Biology so to get a higher mark in that just didn't compute. Physics admittedly need to work harder in, it's just really hard because I did so poorly last semester and I thought I could motivate myself to get through it, new semester and all but I always find myself struggling and feeling stupid with it and it puts me off. Phycology I studied REALLY hard for, any free time I could get before that midterm, I used. I even created this voice note and would listen to it in the shower, I made notes and even transferred them on my phone so anytime I was on the bus I would look. However I will say the most amount of effort I put in was in Biology. Biology I studied hardest for and Chemistry I studied second hardest for. People who BARELY studied (but maybe they're lying who knows) who took MY notes who NEVER went to class, got 96+! I just, I don't know I am feeling very depressed at the moment and I don't think I have ever felt as depressed in my life. Admittedly, I am starting to feel suicidal; this is not a normal depression this is a give up on life depression and I have never felt this way before in my life. I feel like so many people just do well, have talents have ability have gifts, and I do not expect anyones empathy because SO MUCH people do well in the same circumstances as me and they do not get depressed or suicidal and they face the same stresses, so who am I to talk? But I cannot lie about how I am feeling, this is how I am honestly feeling and I do not know what to do, do I go to therapy, do I give up do I tell myself I just need to work harder? Accept that people can pull 90+ more easily because they are simply more intelligent. I do not know, all I know is that my mental health is at a fatal point and that I keep working hard only to be disappointed with my own self. Sorry, hate to bring negativity on such a positive forum; you all are probably getting interviews and happy and here I am raining on the parade. I just don't know what else to do or who else to go to.
  16. Hi there, So I am currently a high school student in Grade 11, and am considering to go into the medical stream. My first semester grade 11 marks, in my opinion, are good, but are not necessarily that stellar (currently averaging at 89). During second semester, I'm doing better with an anticipated average of around 93 (mostly business courses, hardest course is functions). Considering the fact that medical school heavily weigh GPA as well as MCAT, I was just wondering if this program is a "GPA killer"? From what I know, in this program, the college courses taken at Centennial College count as university credits and are presumably easy and high-school like in nature. As a result, I assume these are an easy way to bring up your GPA. However, the UofT courses (the mandatory life science ones) are considered hard and are specifically calibrated to bring the averages down if too high (bell curve). Is that true? One of the main factors that contribute to this program to be first on my list of choices is the fact that in addition to getting a degree, you also get a useful diploma which enables you to get a highly demanded job, as a paramedic. Other programs that I am considering are either a bio program at either Ryerson or Brock (to simply get a higher GPA) as well as Life Science at McMaster. With these programs, however, the potential possibility of not making it into medical school can be devastating. However, if the correct courses are taken, there is a chance to venture my way into dentistry or podiatry. Ultimately, what do you think would be the best course of action for me?
  17. About how much/extensively if Term 1 material is tested on the PCTH 300/305 final exam? Is it memorizing the details from Term 1 again? Or is more about overlapping material between term 1 and 2? I'm willing to study everything to be prepared if needed but don't want to waste too time on term 1 if it's not needed. Thanks so much in advance!
  18. I'm currently a first-year student at Concordia University in Montreal, and am looking to satisfy the Biology II w/ Lab during my second year. (Just finished BIOLOGY 1) However, at Concordia, there is no General Biology 2 course w/ Lab, instead, there are 2 separate lecture courses (BIOL 225 and BIOL 226 without labs) that are mandatory prerequisites for a full-on Lab Course (BIOL 227). Essentially, I have to take 9 Credits worth of courses (3 separate classes) to satisfy 1 year of Biology w/lab requirement of Med school. Would it be possible to take Biology 2 w/ Lab in Cegep and have it satisfy my pre requisite for Med School admissions? Also, would courses completed in Cegep be valid for applications outside of Canada? If I were to apply to some American M.D schools for instance, could I show my transcript for a Biology 2 course taken in a CEGEP and have it count? Another alternative I know of is to take BIOLOGY 2 while at Mcgill using the Quebec-University transfer class system, but BIOL 112 (Biology 2 w/lab ) at Mcgill appears to cover some topics that I've already been tested on in BIOL 201 at Concordia. Sorry if this post seems convoluted, any advice/insight on this matter would be greatly appreciated!
  19. I'm currently a first-year student at Concordia University in Montreal, and am looking to satisfy the Biology II w/ Lab during my second year. (Just finished BIOLOGY 1) However, at Concordia, there is no General Biology 2 course w/ Lab, instead, there are 2 separate lecture courses (BIOL 225 and BIOL 226 without labs) that are mandatory prerequisites for a full-on Lab Course (BIOL 227). Essentially, I have to take 9 Credits worth of courses (3 separate classes) to satisfy 1 year of Biology w/lab requirement of Med school. Would it be possible to take Biology 2 w/ Lab in Cegep and have it satisfy my pre requisite for Med School admissions? Also, would courses completed in Cegep be valid for applications outside of Canada? If I were to apply to some American M.D schools for instance, could I show my transcript for a Biology 2 course taken in a CEGEP and have it count? Another alternative I know of is to take BIOLOGY 2 while at Mcgill using the Quebec-University transfer class system, but BIOL 112 (Biology 2 w/lab ) at Mcgill appears to cover some topics that I've already been tested on in BIOL 201 at Concordia. Sorry if this post seems convoluted, any advice/insight on this matter would be greatly appreciated!
  20. I am just curious if there are. I know medical schools do not care where you studied for undergrad, however by looking at UofT's 2016 statistics for med school acceptances and their current student biographies I couldn't find anyone who went to Brock University.
  21. Bonjour tout le monde, J'ai actuellement une cote R de 34.1 avec le nouveau calcul, ce qui est médiocre pour les nouveaux standards. Je suis déjà refusé à McGill et je suis sûr qu'UdeM fera la même chose. Sinon, est-ce que quelqu'un sait quand il sortiront les résultats et aie-je une chance pour médecine, ou au moins, en physiothérapie (mon plan B pour UdeM). Je suis un peu désespéré actuellement ^_^' Je vous remercie d'avance!
  22. Jacky Wang

    Plan B for Med-P

    Hello everyone, It's this time of the year where application deadline are coming. I am from Marianopolis and I am unsure of my final R-Score because my 3rd semester was a very bad one for two of my classes, especially with organic chemistry (R-score still hasn't come out yet though). The first two semester, I had a decent R-score of around 33. Also, I did some volunteering, about 60 hours but I'm pretty sure it's not enough to make my CV look good. I used to be very confident in my skills but after the 3rd semester, I am not sure of my future for med anymore. Anyways, that is not the main question here. I know that if I don't make it to Med-P from Cegep, I can apply to an alternate undergrad studies where I will have a chance to get into medecine once I completed it. However, I am very hesitant on which program to chose. I heard some people saying that applying to Physiotherapy would be a good idea to transfer. But I am not sure what is the impact of the chosen undergrad plan b program for my career for medecine. Should I chose a science-based program to get an advantage if I get into med? I am rather new to this and I am quite confused about the large number of program at university (and a bit intimidated). Nonetheless, I am trying hard to pursue my dream to get into med, like most people in this forum. It seems very arduous, but I am giving everything I got. I hope you guys can give me some tips and guidance for the path I must take (in particular, for my plan B undergrad program). Sincerely, Jacky.
  23. Hello! I’m a second year student attending University of Ottawa. My CGPA is an 8 here, which translates to a 3.59 when all my class gpas are averaged. This year is going much better as I should finish with mostly 4s, but since I did poorly in my first year, my average will always be affected and it seems daunting to bring it up to a 3.9+. I have 3 B+’s, and 1 B in organic chemsitry that are really weighing me down. I’m looking for people who have or had been in a similar situation and have had success when applying to medical school in Canada. Is there still hope? Thank you
  24. Currently, I am in the midst of second year, where I just screwed around first and second year first sem. After a talk with my parents, I wonder if med school after 4th year is still possible for me, assuming that I take my schooling carefully and respectfully, and hopefully obtain a good mcat score, would the comeback still be possible. My cumulative GPA is currently really low (<1.5), [Canadian Scale] with me having to redo ORGO 1 this summer. I would appreciate any advice if any one has ever been in a similar situation, I am interested in applying to both the states and Canadian Medical Schools.
  25. Currently, I am in the midst of second year, where I just screwed around first and second year first sem. After a talk with my parents, I wonder if med school after 4th year is still possible for me, assuming that I take my schooling carefully and respectfully, and hopefully obtain a good mcat score, would the comeback still be possible. My cumulative GPA is currently really low (<1.5), [Canadian Scale] with me having to redo ORGO 1 this summer. I would appreciate any advice if any one has ever been in a similar situation, I am interested in applying to both the states and Canadian Medical Schools.
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