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  1. APPLYING TO: U of C, U of A (and wherever else I meet the requirements) Forgive me for sounding clueless (I am). I’m a second year NESA (bachelor of nursing) student through the University of Lethbridge. I started clinicals in the hospital this year and the more I worked around doctors and surgeons, the more I realized how much more attracted to medicine I was than nursing. I started researching med and realized it wasn’t AS daunting as I always believed it to be, and now I have decided to *attempt* to get in to med school. My first year GPA was 3.78, my second year GPA is not as important because I am not a full time student this year. Next year will be the year I try to get my GPA as high as possible. It’s been hard to navigate the premed process in nursing as I appear to be the only student in my year that is planning to go to med school. Please help me! I volunteer for Canadian Blood Services 1x/week, planning on volunteering for another organization as soon as I can (either emergency room or safe consumption site). In nursing school, most of the classes are nursing specific. Outside of my core nursing classes I have taken a full year of Anatomy + physiology with a lab, a semester of microbiology with a lab, multiple psychology, sociology and ethics classes. Next year I will also be taking statistics. I have been getting a lot of mixed advice about the MCAT/admissions process. I realize nursing is not the best premed but I am almost halfway through so I am not switching now. My biggest concern is that I will struggle with the MCAT prep/test as I have not taken many of the general science courses recommended by AAMC. I have ordered ExamKrackers books and I use the Khan academy app, and I plan on doing the 10 week prep101 course in Calgary next year. I have always considered myself an independent learner. I am very good at teaching myself. Is it absolutely asinine to teach myself courses like chem, physics, biology, genetics etc over the course of 1.5yrs (part time when in school, full time when not)? I plan on taking the MCAT for real summer of 2020, so any courses I should be taking additionally I will need to have completed this spring/summer (2019). As much as I don’t want to take additional summer courses, I will do whatever it takes to up my chances of getting into med. Any advice would be much appreciated. I am meeting with an academic consultant at the U of L this week to discuss my options. Please tell me: if you believe I should take additional courses this spring/summer to prepare, and which ones would benefit me most. Also, any advice on research opportunities through the u of L when I am not taking a traditional science degree would be appreciated. Like I said I am completely clueless so any advice is welcome.
  2. Hey guys, I am a fourth year, finishing up a molecular biology specialist with a chem minor. I will be taking a gap year next year to apply for med school, and wanted to work full time in a research lab (wet lab preferably) in any downtown Toronto hospital for a full one year. I emailed a bunch of PI's past few weeks (google search) but none of them have responded, so I was wondering if I'm doing something wrong. I have a bunch of research experience/academic achievements under my belt, NSERC, thesis, etc. Am I just applying way too early (available to start working June 2019) or are most of these connection based for university graduates? I'm looking for somewhere around Sickkids or the UHN network, but usually I see those that already have a masters get these full time positions. What's the best approach for a university graduate like me to get such positions?
  3. RichardUnderwoodMTB

    Extracurricular Options?

    Hey there, as a future Pre-Med student I am aware extracurriculars are very important. But what exactly counts/looks good on your application? I'm no stranger to volunteering as I have volunteered at numerous shelters, hospitals, etc. But are medical schools looking for something "extraordinary" or are my casual weekly involvments in the hospitals/non-profit organizations enough... do I need to show leadership and actually manage, lead, or win an award/get an LOR in something lol. If possible, list down some ECs that you have done/enjoyed to give me a little idea on what options are out there! (I do a lot of casual sports like swimming, skiing, biking, and work at various sparce research places and museums (for fun) but I would hardly call them "worthy" of ECs as they are hobbies at best <15 hr/year stuff haha) Cheers, Richard
  4. As an first year student, I've noticed that this is the time where many student start applying for summer research programs. However, as I'm currently planning to transfer schools next year and have to take some summer courses, I don't have the luxury to do the same. My question is what exactly do first and second year students generally have on their resume/CV when applying for such programs? As they generally tend to have minimal work or lab experiences, but they just put their ECs? Moreover, how much of the likelihood of finding a position is based off your GPA. I'm currently holding a 4.0 (based off of my marks so far and there aren't a lot), and have started some EC activities regarding indigenous health and the aging population. I'm also a member of a few clubs. Would I have to maintain my GPA and ECs the way that they are to would I have to add something else into the mix?
  5. I'm an anthropology major, and have no publications as of yet (hopefully soon but I'm not counting on it for next years application cycle). But I do have a fair amount of research and field experience in biological anthro (data collection, excavation, forensic recovery of human remains). Will this be viewed by adcoms the same as if it were, microbio research or something? Is all research viewed similarly or should I seek opportunities in, for example, my university's cancer cell lab?
  6. Hey guys, I'm going into my 2nd yr of mac health sci this sept and really want to secure a research position for the school year. I know this isnt prime time for contacting researchers and most of the replies I've gotten have said their lab is full, but do y'all have any specific advice regarding how to land a research position ? In the emails I have sent so far, I've included a reference letter from my 1st yr psychobio TA, CV and transcript. And I've kept the content of the emails short and sweet, as well as personalized to the prof's research/publications. I'm not sure if I'm doing anything wrong, but I'm really frustrated. Everyone I know seems to have their life figured out and doing research in the summer! As for my research interests, I'm interested in both dry lab and wet lab research. Specific interests include mental health disorders, mental health policy / interventions, oncology, pharmacology/drug synthesis/mechanisms, human cognition/perception. But also open to other interesting projects in other fields. SO, any advice regarding how I should increase my chances of landing a fruitful outcome? Thanks in advance
  7. Hello everyone.I would very much like to get some opinions on the matter of taking a research year during medical school.I am a current first year medical student in the US (but a Canadian citizen-graduated from Mac) and I am currently continuing doing research from my Masters project along with my first year classes. I am finding it quite difficult to manage time between both commitments and fear it may get worse into the fall where the course load at my institution is higher.I completed my Masters in Biochemistry (bioinformatics specifically) and was writing an algorithm for a publication where I would be first author (likely in a higher impact journal). In addition, I was offered to head statistical analysis for an upcoming clinical trial which will be published this year as well. I would like to note that my research work would be paid.I don't want to lose the opportunity to complete these projects that I am very passionate about, but at the same time, I would be essentially be delaying graduation from medical school by a year. I understand there are opportunities to do research after graduation as well, but I feel I would miss the boat on some of these potential first author publications that I have already invested a lot of work into. Additionally, my school does not have summers off, so this voids the opportunity of engaging in this research during that time.As of now, I feel I would regret the opportunity of not completing these projects and making a productive research year which would also involve international conference presentations. However, I feel as though insight from others who are perhaps free of any personal biases will help me make an informed decision.I look forward to hearing your advice and experiences on this matter.Thank you.
  8. IScream4IceCream

    Reading research papers group

    Hey!! I'm currently trying to set a goal of reading at least 3 new research articles a week, just to improve my understanding of various topics and research methodology. Do people wanna form a group to discuss articles so can learn more ? We could maybe set a time for 1 or 2 times a week over Skype! If you're interested, reply below or DM me!
  9. For a university such as UofT which prefers its MD applicants to have research experience, do you think having publications can "make up" for a lower wGPA such as 3.88? I'm worried that I will not be invited for interviews due to my low marks but I have a lot of experience in research and in my opinion, good ECs. Thanks in advance!
  10. m_jacob_45


    Hey everyone, Just looking for some advice from upper year med students/residents. I'm in my second year of medical school, and did research last summer (a summer studentship) that resulted in publication of an abstract in a good quality journal and a poster presentation at a national conference (and a travel grant). I'm currently potentially interested in either internal medicine or family medicine. I was wondering how important it is to do research over this summer? (I also have some research experience from undergrad- I volunteered in a lab in third year and did a thesis in 4th year which resulted in a poster presentation at a provincial-wide conference and a podium presentation at a local conference. Both conferences were done outside the thesis course i.e. not a course requirement). Also, if it's important, I'm first author on everything mentioned above. I would rather not devote this summer to research since it's my last "real" summer before clerkship and was instead thinking that I'd prefer to be involved in research in some capacity over my third year and take the summer off to travel (and maybe do a couple of electives). Also, if you have any advice for how to get involved with research during the school year next year, that would be great too (like should I just email doctors who's research work I'm interested in, and see what happens?) Any advice/insight would be appreciated. Thank you!!
  11. Hi! I am currently in the process of applying for an NSERC, and have also just recently interviewed for medical school. The interview went really well, but I am afraid that I won't be allow to undergo the NSERC if I am accepted to medical school since I would be registered for a professional program... Anyone have a similar experience, or can point me in the right direction based on who I should contact?
  12. I'm aware that NSERC USRA strongly looks at the students' GPA and what year they're in, but are they also looking for students who aren't from a complete science department? I'm double majoring in Biology and Visual Arts and I'm currently in first year. My first semester grade is a around a 3.3 GPA which isn't very high, so does NSERC USRA only look at your first semester grades?
  13. Hi guys, I'm new poster and I tried to search this up and couldn't find any answers- I apologize if this is repeated somewhere! Now, I have a course-based masters but I will end up having publications (1 first author minimum). I'm confused because I read that UofT treats thesis masters students differently by assessing them in their own graduate stream and their CV is assessed. I am definitely going to be applying to UofT next cycle with like a 0.0001% chance of getting in because of my very very very very low wgpa. I just wanted to know if the 3.0 minimum gpa (I know it's not even competitive but it's still a shot, albeit it a 1 in a million one) would apply to me as well seeing as: 1) I have a course based masters 2) I will have at least 1 first author publication under my belt Bonus Question #1: Will I be able to submit my CV in as well (that's one thing I know is very strong)? Bonus Question #2: Does it matter if I get published AFTER my masters or do you have to exhibit research productivity during your masters? [Sorry, this post was a lot longer than I hoped, I bolded the main questions) Thanks so much!
  14. I'm interested in applying for the NSERC USRA program at a few universities (UofWaterloo,Queens, etc..), but I'm just not sure about how students get paid? I'm sure it depends on the university you go to, but the schools I'm applying to aren't my institution so I have to think about living expenses and I'm confused about how they distribute the award. I'm new to this forum and I tried reading on their website, but I still don't understand the financial part, so thank you to those who can answer my question.
  15. Quick questions about research section of ABS: I worked on a research paper for a course and received a mark for that assignment. the professor was impressed with my work and wanted to publish with me, so we are currently working on editing and revising my paper (major revisions) to submit to a journal. This is being done outside of school time. Can I include this? I worked as a research analyst and wrote a couple of opinion pieces (backed by a lot of research) that were published on my employer's website. Can I include this? Thank you!
  16. Hey guys! I am just curious, when do most people start getting research experience? I am going into my second year, and I haven't started volunteering in a lab yet, but I'm really interested in doing that, eventually. I already have a bunch of extracurricular activities lined up, so I'm not sure how beneficial it would be for me to get involved during the school year, but I'm worried that I won't be able to get a good lab or hospital research position in the upcoming summer if I don't have prior experience? Thanks so much for your help! * Sorry - I posted this same question under general discussions, before I found this category.
  17. My PI and I expect to have my research submitted for publication sometime in the school year (I'm an undergrad student and this isn't a thesis project); I know that there are plenty of undergrads who get their work published in student journals, and that feels blatantly amateurish (it's also something I turned down in favor of being able to publish in a reputable journal). Do med schools care about where your research is published? I'm not asking about fine lines between journals, but do they care about the distinction between an undergraduate journal and an academic journal?
  18. I was wondering if the following situation would allow me to put this under research: I work in the healthcare, and part of my job is performing tests for research purposes. Although I am in no way directly involved in the publications, I do have a duty to keep the underlying "data collection" consistent. Would this be helpful if I put it under a research category or just keep it under employment? Other section: Is adding being a parent lame on the application? Should I even mention it or completely don't mention anything about it? I spoke to a friend (who is finishing cardiology) who told me that medical schools frown upon someone having other commitments; they prefer to have you fully commit to education, research, residency, and don't want family commitments to hinder your path to becoming a doctor. Thank you for your inputs
  19. Bonjour, Je suis intéressé par la formation simultanée M.D.-M. Sc. (http://www.fmed.ulaval.ca/les-programmes-detudes/etudes-en-medecine/doctorat-de-1ercycle-en-medecine/la-recherche/) Quelqu'un qui a fait cette formation pourait partager son expérience? Plus spécifiquement, j'aimerais savoir: 1) Il semble que le M.Sc est un grand plus+ quand on applique en résidence. Surtout que maintenant les notes fonctionnent sur un système réussite/échec durant les 4 années en médecine, je pense que c'est une façon de se démarquer des autres candidats pour des spécialités compétitives. Votre opinion? Pensez-vous que votre M.Sc vous a aidé/vous aidera énormément pour le CaRMS? 2) "Un préexternat sur 2 1/2 ans est fortement recommandé et facilitant. Une prolongation de formation d’un an dédiée aux études de maîtrise peut parfois s’avérer nécessaire." Malgré ce qui est écrit, est-ce que c'est réaliste de finir M.D.-M. Sc. en 4 ans? Je suis quand même vieux comparé à mes collègues, et il faut absolument que je finis med en 4 ans... Mon objective ultime est de devenir un chirurgien qui occupe une poste à l'hôpital, qui enseigne les résidents et qui fait un peu de recherche (pas trop). Je ne sais pas si cette formation vaudra la peine et m'aidera à atteindre cet objective. J'ai déjà fait deux projets de recherche durant mes années en dentisterie, et honnêtement je ne suis pas genre "passioné" par la recherche (juste intéressé un petit peu). Sinon je considère aussi le profil recherche. Vos opinions/suggestions seraient appréciées.
  20. I was going through a list of information online about the advantages/ disadvantages of pursuing a PhD if you are dead certain about entering the field of academic neurosurgery. A curious trend I observed is that, it is possible to receive a PhD in neurosurgery while doing your residency. One of the big examples I can think of is Dr Michael G. Fehlings who is the Krembil Chair in Neural Repair & Regeneration at U of T. More info: http://neurosurgery.utoronto.ca/faculty/list/fehlings.htm How would one compare/ contrast this with the more traditional MD/PhD curriculum in terms of duration of the program? I ask this because I am wondering if a post-doctral fellowship ensues after a residency or if one has substantial research experience during both med, residency, and fellowship the post-doc is not mandatory?
  21. So obviously I understand that it is not a set process and other factors play into this, but I was wondering what people thought/knew about the amount of publications for premeds who get accepted to med school, and the equivalent process for residency matching. Obviously many factors come into play (ex. quality of journal, type of research, etc) but I was hoping to get a general idea to gauge better where i stand... Thanks in advance!
  22. 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)
  23. Hi! I'm going into second year, and I already have a few extra-curriculars lined up and a part time job on campus, and together, these activities might already take up about 15 hours per week. Would it be a bad idea to also volunteer in a lab? It's something I haven't done before, so I'm just not exactly sure what kind of weekly time commitment that requires. I'm asking because one of the professors I emailed, simply mentioned that a lot of second year students end up abandoning lab work by the middle of the semester since workload gets heavier. The dilemma is, I'd really like to apply for NSERC or work in a lab or participate in a hospital research program in the summer after second year, but in order to get accepted, should I start volunteering during the school year to gain experience beforehand? I suppose I'm also asking, if it's likely for students without prior research experience to get accepted into those programs? Thanks!
  24. Hey all, I am hoping to apply this following cycle but am just curious about what constitutes a publication. I am currently doing some work with a Neurological Association where I am writing articles for them which they post on their website. I am curious whether or not this is considered a publication or not. Can you also just briefly describe to me what a publication would be. Thanks so much in advance and congrats to everyone who just found their acceptance