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  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. VictorLin0725

    Med School admission rant

    Just a little rant on med-school admissions. Anyone else frustrated that medicals schools have such vague prerequisites requirements? For a program that is amongst the most competative i'd expect some clear instructions on what marks to get in what specific classes...when I first researched requirements it said that you can be ANY major you want and no required courses...how does that make any sense? A least give prospective students some recommendations on what to take to relate/prepare for medical school material. When I first decided to go the med-school route I was so damn confused on what courses to take. I was certainly determined and didn't want to have a "backup" career like engineering, but also didn't want to over-take too many hard bio/chem courses. Took me such a long time to determine what to take, how many credits they were, and what is related to medicine and mcat preperation without over-doing courses that were too hard. At least give 5-6 required courses (bio/chem/anatomy) and put up a bunch of electives rather than just saying "anything you want." That was quite long but anyone else go through this dilema?
  4. Hi everyone, I just finished my first year at Marianopolis College in Health Sciences. My dream is to go into medecine, but I worry that I haven't done enough extracurricular activities. As of now, I've done about 50+ hours of volunteer at math and english tutoring center and large conventions. However, my friends told me that those volunteers jobs aren't "valuable" for medecine application. Can you guys suggest me what kind of volunteers or activities I should get involved into: hospital, child care center, etc.? Alternatively, if things doesn't work out, I am considering Pharmacy at UdeM too. Does this program require an interview like medecine and what is the average R Score requirements for this one. Do I need also need to volunteer at health care center like in medecine? Thank you everyone!
  5. PreMedJen

    Changing Research Jobs?

    So I have been hired as a summer research student at a hospital with a renowned cardiologist. I am helping a doctor with their clinical research (dry lab - data entry) alongside a team of summer students. The problem is I am not very interested in this specialization and the work is somewhat dull. Don't get me wrong, I am thankful to have gotten this job, gained a greater appreciation for the doctor's specialization and, I even get to shadow surgeries. I have learned a few things in terms of anatomy, procedural success and failure, etc. I understand that research can be slow and is repetitive too, but this is all data entry. On top of that, I spent all last summer interning with him and working a part time job to show my loyalty as a student. Luckily, even got to co-author a paper (yeah I know, this isn't as big as being a primary author, but I am working on it).Should I stay with this job next year - so I can put down that I worked with him for a while, hopefully learn more in this role and hopefully get a good reference letter? Or should I try to find a new research job that I find more interesting? Just don't know if being interested in research or showing your commitment to it is more important. I just finished my second year of undergrad. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. (not trying to whine here)
  6. I know there are undergrad as well as EC requirements. But I was wondering if ANY med schools have ANY special requirements in terms of your high school program that you must or should observe. Thanks! Dana
  7. I wanted to make a list of medical school requirements (what/how many courses you need, what year they look at, any special eligibility to drop grades (e.g. UofT if you take a full courseload, you get to drop your lowest mark during that year), if school looks at your summer GPA. I have a makeshift list so far, but if anybody could add to it that would be great <3 When people starts adding, I'll finish with a nicer looking chart. Just need help with UBC Dalhousie (NOTHING): To be eligible to apply to Dalhousie Medical School, a full course load of five full classes in each of the two most senior years of the baccalaureate degree submitted for assessment is required. This must be the case regardless of the course load required by the program in which you are enrolled. Only fall and winter terms are used for assessment. Summer courses do not count towards GPA or course load requirements. No specific courses are required, but students are encouraged to pursue challenging and diverse topics, and to have a natural progression in their course selection of the degree being completed. McGill: 2 biology, 2 chemistry, 2 physics, 1 organic chemistry McMaster: An overall simple average will be calculated using the grades from all undergraduate degree level courses ever taken (with the exception of credits taken on exchange outside of Canada/USA). Work of different years is treated equally. This average is calculated by the applicant on the OMSAS Academic Record Form and verified on the OMSAS Verification Report which is sent to applicants. McMaster University may also review and revise this average. The marks from supplementary and summer courses will be included in the GPA calculation. Courses for which a "Pass" grade is assigned are counted for credit, but will not be included in the GPA calculation. In order for the GPA to be evaluated, independent grades from a minimum of 5 half-year or 5 full-year courses in total, are required, without which the application will not be considered. Queens: Degree programs or individual courses are not considered a factor in the calculation of GPAs Calculations include grades from all courses included on the transcript, including repeated courses Courses with Pass/Fail grades or transfer credits (including International Baccalaureate, Advance Placement and CEGEP programs) are not included No adjustments are made based on course load or course levels Calgary (NOTHING): The Cumming School of Medicine does not require that students undertake a formal pre-medical program. No specific courses are required for application or acceptance to the MD program. The admissions committee recommends that applicants consider taking as many of the courses listed in the Applicant Manual as their schedules allow, as the content of these courses will be helpful in preparing for the Medical College Admission Test and during the MD program. Whether or not an applicant has taken these courses at the time of application will not be taken into consideration in scoring the academic record. Students should ensure that the courses they choose satisfy the degree requirements of the undergraduate faculty in which they are registered. Manitoba (what?): The College of Medicine welcomes applicants from all provinces and territories. Up to 5% of the class will be selected from this pool. The Admissions Committee defines Out of Province as those who are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, but are not a permanent resident of Manitoba. Eligibility requirements remain the same for this applicant pool and you are welcome to apply if you meet or exceed the minimum requirements. However, the Admissions Committee discourages individuals from applying who have an AGPA lower than 3.94 and an operative MCAT score lower than 10.75. If you fall into one or both of these categories, you have a low chance of receiving an invitation to interview. You will need the science courses Chemistry 40S and Biology 40S or 40G in preparation for university studies. Many students also take Physics 40S in preparation for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). In addition, you will need Math 40S (pre-calculus or applied) and definitely need English 40S or French 40S. Ottawa (need org chem for an equivalent of 2 full year courses of chem): One full year course (or two semester courses) in General Biology including laboratory session; One full year course (or two semester courses) in Humanities / Social Sciences; The equivalent of two full-year courses (or four semester courses) of the following Chemistry courses: i) General Biochemistry without laboratory session; ii) General Chemistry with laboratory session; iii) Organic Chemistry with laboratory session. A full-time academic year where the equivalent of four (4) full-year courses is taken is accepted and counted in the WGPA calculation only if the missing course/credit is completed either as an additional course within another academic year or as a summer course. Individual courses taken during a summer session are accepted for the credit value in this instance however the mark obtained is not counted in the calculation of the WGPA. Any year with less than four full-year courses will not count as a full-time year of study. A full-time summer semester does not replace a semester of studies within an academic year. AP, IB and transfer credits are not recognized as fulfilment of full time studies requirement. Toronto: two full-course equivalents (FCEs) in life sciences and one FCE in a social science, humanities or language UBC: The fuck? 6 credits in english. How does this work. Is that 3.0 credits in English??? Western: Applicants must meet the minimum GPA in each of the two best undergraduate years with a full course load of 5 full or equivalent courses (30 credit hours) taken between September and April. Each of the two years used for the GPA requirement must have at least 3 full course equivalents whos e published level is at or above the year of study. For example, in your third year of study, 3 of 5 full course equivalents must be at the 3rd year-level or above. Academic transcripts must clearly show that applicants have met this course load/level requirement.
  8. I was wondering if there are any M.Sc, PhD Medical Physics students OR Medical Physicists here? I am currently doing a Biology and Physics dual honours and I was curious about the job market and how in demand the profession is?
  9. Need some insight from people who have applied before about whether there is a rule for the maximum number of online courses that can be taken per academic year/total degree. I am doing an extra 5th year of courses and just happened that the courses I was interested in were mostly offered online. I'm from UBC and will be doing 18/30 credits online. Thanks in advance!
  10. Need some insight from people who have applied before about whether there is a rule for the maximum number of online courses that can be taken per academic year/total degree. I am doing an extra 5th year of courses and just happened that the courses I was interested in were mostly offered online. I'm from UBC and will be doing 18/30 credits online. Thanks in advance!
  11. I posted this in another portion of this forum, but I figured since I will be a non-traditional applicant that I probably should be here as well! I will just write a little bit about myself so that the forum knows about my background before giving their advice. I am 31 years old, graduated with a GPA of 3.76 with a Bachelors Degree in Finance close to 10 years ago. Before I started working in finance, I was considering changing my focus to medicine and I even stayed an extra year at university to take organic chem, biology, and engineering physics so that my science understanding was sufficient so that I could write and do well on the MCAT. My GPA in those science classes was 3.30 (not bad but definitely not amazing). I ended up getting a job in finance before I could write the MCAT and went on to work in Investment Banking and then in Trading for about 9 years total. I recently left my Trading role and I am now VERY seriously looking at pursuing the medical career again. My reasons are: 1. I like constantly having to learn and develop personally. It is life long learning in medicine. 2. I want to work in a business where I have a positive impact on someone besides myself and the rich people who I work for. Specifically I want to HELP people. 3. I like being challenged and having to push myself to do the best job I can. 4. I like how the medical field is constantly changing and it requires doctors to continue to learn and stay up to date. I am currently planning on applying to Medical Schools in Canada and Ireland ideally for the September 2018 start date. I am planning on writing the MCAT and I have bought Princeton Review MCAT books to use as serious refresher on the science that I learned years ago. So far the review is going ok. I do NOT have a lot of relevant volunteer or research experience to put on my application, but I have signed up to start volunteering in the near term. I am basically interested in applying to as many Canadian med schools as possible. I would ask that everyone be VERY VERY HONEST with their answers to my questions: 1. I know every school in Canada has different criteria for admissions, but I was wondering if my GPA is competitive enough to get in? From what I've seen online it likely is fine but wanted to get the forum's view on this. 2. To increase the probability of me getting into Medical School what is a reasonable (and achievable) MCAT score that I should be trying to achieve? From what I've read online it looks like the minimum MCAT for most of the Canadian schools is about a 500 for entry into the program. 3. What should I do to improve my chances of getting into Medical School in Canada? 4. Is there a type of volunteer work that I should specifically be targeting to increase my chances? Thanks everyone for your help!
  12. I will just write a little bit about myself so that the forum knows about my background before giving their advice. I am 31 years old, graduated with a GPA of 3.76 with a Bachelors Degree in Finance close to 10 years ago. Before I started working in finance, I was considering changing my focus to medicine and I even stayed an extra year at university to take organic chem, biology, and engineering physics so that my science understanding was sufficient so that I could write and do well on the MCAT. My GPA in those science classes was 3.30 (not bad but definitely not amazing). I ended up getting a job in finance before I could write the MCAT and went on to work in Investment Banking and then in Trading for about 9 years total. I recently left my Trading role and I am now VERY seriously looking at pursuing the medical career again. My reasons are: 1. I like constantly having to learn and develop personally. It is life long learning in medicine. 2. I want to work in a business where I have a positive impact on someone besides myself and the rich people who I work for. Specifically I want to HELP people. 3. I like being challenged and having to push myself to do the best job I can. 4. I like how the medical field is constantly changing and it requires doctors to continue to learn and stay up to date. I am currently planning on applying to Medical Schools in Canada and Ireland ideally for the September 2018 start date. I am planning on writing the MCAT and I have bought Princeton Review MCAT books to use as serious refresher on the science that I learned years ago. So far the review is going ok. I do NOT have a lot of relevant volunteer or research experience to put on my application, but I have signed up to start volunteering in the near term. I am basically interested in applying to as many Canadian med schools as possible. I would ask that everyone be VERY VERY HONEST with their answers to my questions: 1. I know every school in Canada has different criteria for admissions, but I was wondering if my GPA is competitive enough to get in? From what I've seen online it likely is fine but wanted to get the forum's view on this. 2. To increase the probability of me getting into Medical School what is a reasonable (and achievable) MCAT score that I should be trying to achieve? From what I've read online it looks like the minimum MCAT for most of the Canadian schools is about a 500 for entry into the program. 3. What should I do to improve my chances of getting into Medical School in Canada? 4. Is there a type of volunteer work that I should specifically be targeting to increase my chances? Thanks everyone for your help!
  13. Hey there fellow premeds! I hope you've had a great new year and a merry Christmas! I was also hoping to seek some help regarding the MCAT calculation and assessment under the Academic requirements. So their website states that 13 out of 70 points for their process for interview selection is dedicated to the individual's MCAT score. It can be found here: http://www.med.ualberta.ca/programs/md/admissions/applying/selection-process Also if we check the statistics for successful applicant pool for the class of 2018, the mean MCAT score is states as 11.59 for the 2/3 year pool. This can be found here: http://www.med.ualberta.ca/programs/md/admissions/applying/entering-statistics So my question is, how is this score calculated? I understand that 11.59 is actually 34.8/45 if this is the average of the three sections. So 11.59/15 would mean a score of 10.04/13 based on their evaluation. Is this so? If it is, then it would correct to conclude that MCAT actually doesn't mean that much since an increase of 1 point on the MCAT out of 45 would just increase the score by 0.285 on their application. . It's quite sad since the MCAT is actually my strength. Anyways I'd be glad if proved wrong , so please give me your valuable input. Thanking you in advance.
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