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  1. Hey everyone! We are three physiotherapy students from McMaster University who have created both an instagram page and podcast to connect with students, physiotherapists and other health professionals!Our page serves as a place to update you all on our lives as we progress through our program, placements, and practice. We highlight many aspects of our daily student life while trying to give people advice on making it through the program! Check us out at: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therabaes_physio/ Itunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/therabaes/id1451321143 Don't be shy! Please feel free to reach out to us for any questions about PT, McMaster, student life, etc.
  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 one and if anyone has any extra information on this topic, it would be GREATLY appreciated!! Thanks for reading!
  3. 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!
  4. Hey guys! I noticed that a lot of Canadian students are dissatisfied about the range of relevant and paid clinical experience opportunities that are available to non-Nursing students. As you may or may not know, Nursing students can often be hired as Personal Support Workers, although I hear that this is getting harder and harder to find. I, for myself, work as clinical staff at a complex care hospital, but I worked really hard to get to this job and I wanted to share some jobs that are open to students looking for paid clinical experience. Now, my job has evolved from a Dietary Aide position to a role more akin to a Nursing Aide, but I would just like to reiterate that, as students, WE CANNOT ASSIST WITH PRIMARY/MAJOR PROCEDURES SUCH AS INTUBATIONS, CAUTERIZATIONS, AND SUCH, BECAUSE WE ARE NOT CERTIFIED YET. PLEASE DO NOT EXPECT TO BECOME, AS CANADIANS, PHLEBOTOMISTS, OR SURGICAL TECHS WITHOUT CERTIFICATIONS (which may take at least 6 months of full-time studies to obtain). That being said, jobs for students pursuing pretty much any Bachelor's, but specifically biology (biomedical, biopharmaceutical, biology, biochemistry, etc.), health sciences (kinesiology, nutrition, health sciences, gerontology, etc.), along with obviously nursing students, are often found in health centres that do not provide Intensive/Emergency care. Stating that you are a pre-med/PA/PT/OT/nursing student during interviews actually does help, as they will be more willing to show you stuff such as procedures and reasoning behind treatments, as well as even introducing you to healthcare professionals. Therefore, you will find positions at complex care hospitals (palliative, long-term care, rehabilitation, etc.), medically oriented nursing homes, generic nursing homes, and palliative care centres. Examples of titles of positions that have offered me employment/interviewed me as a student: activity aide (nursing homes), recreation aide (nursing homes), dietary aide (nursing homes, hospitals), activation aide (nursing homes), patient porter (hospitals). I also hear of students starting out as receptionists/clerks/housekeepers at a nursing home and get offered training as PSWs by their nursing home. A paid clinical role not only pays your bills, but also shows professional school committees that you are no longer a passive assistance staff, but that you have had direct patient care experience (and believe me, your experience will definitely be direct rather than passive volunteer work). There is definitely a change in mentality when you are staff, and a huge load of responsibility is placed on your shoulders, which is really rewarding. I would just like to reiterate that you should not look for work in beautiful, glamorous centres, but rather go to facilities where they need staff and that may be a little bit more rundown: go where you are needed rather than where you want to end up. You are a student, you are at the bottom, and you should adopt that mentality. I started out as a volunteer in the geriatric rehabilitation program of my hospital and worked hard to get a recommendation (started volunteering in September, got hired as clinical staff in may). I hope this helps someone somehow!
  5. Hi, I am currently a first year student and I am interested in going to PA school in the future. I am currently taking an English class and we have an upcoming paper due where we are required interview a person who is currently in the profession we intend to explore. I was wondering if anyone would be interested in being interviewed about the PA profession for my essay. The interview will be a set list of questions regarding the career of a physician assistant. This interview can take place through e-mail or just through this forum. Listed below I have included the questions: 1. what do you enjoy the most about being a physician assistant? 2. What do you dislike about being a PA? 3. what do you and the doctors talk about while working? 4. what can you and cannot you do as a physician assistant? Do you feel that there are any barriers between youand a physician or any other health professionals in the workplace? Do you feel there is a good amount of autonomy as a PA, compared to nurse practitioners? 5. What are some common vocabulary terms used as a PA? Thanks.
  6. Hello! I am a first year pharmacy student and I came across the undergraduate summer research program at the Faculty of Pharmacy at University of Toronto. I was hoping there would be someone here who has participated in this program and could tell me about their experience. I have already gotten in touch with the supervisor I am interested in working with but any other tips on the application process? Letter of intent? How was the research experience?
  7. NursingIntoMed

    Nursing Student Taking The Mcat

    Hello everyone, As a third year UofC nursing student, I have recently started my clinical rotation at the hospital where theory content that focuses on pathophysiology and pharmacology are applied to hands-on practice. However, I have a minimal background in the sciences because I did not take any undergraduate courses related to biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, or physics during my first year. Most of my courses in year 1 were geared toward the social sciences (psychology and sociology), anatomy and physiology, statistics, and an ethics course. Years 2, 3, and 4 are strictly allocated to nursing theory courses and practicums. Therefore, I'm unable to take science courses during the academic year. I am hoping to write the MCAT when I have four months off from school during the summer of 2016. Due to my minimal background in the sciences, I will most likely self-teach. My current plan at the moment: - I will study from the end of April to mid-August. I will take the MCAT at the end of August. - I will most likely be working part time. Therefore, I will allocate 5-6 hours per day, 6-7 days a week, for studying. (I am contemplating taking a prep course to supplement my learning, but I am still unsure as to which prep course I will utilize.) - I will be using the Kaplan prep books that I have already purchased and most likely supplement with EK resources in more difficult areas My questions: - What else can I do to improve my chances at at a competitive MCAT score? - Is taking an extra year, after I graduate, to take science courses a good idea? (I am still weighing the benefits and consequences of this. If I do choose to do this, I will have a wider array of possible medical schools due to completing the pre-requisites.) - Any other advice for a nursing student hoping to attend medical school? If there is anyone in a similar situation, I'd love to hear your story.
  8. Hello! I recently graduated with a B.Sc and I'm looking into some accelerated nursing programs. I only just found out about the accelerated program in Calgary and I was wondering if anyone had heard about or have been in this program? I read somewhere on here that it's a very theory based program and not as much hands on experience - is this true? I prefer hands on experience and I'd love an accelerated program that enables you to be IV endorsed (I believe UBC doesn't do this right?) My second question is how do you pick between the transfer route, and the degree holder route? Is one better than the other? The only thing I've been able to find so far to differentiate them is that the transfer route gets a four month summer break. My third question is about the anatomy/physiology pre-reqs. I have taken anatomy and done quite well, but I couldn't fit physiology into my schedule last semester. I've taken upper level physiologies, cell bio, and biochemistry in my degree but I think they were too specific for what the pre-reqs were looking for - at least for UBC. I was planning on taking them this fall through one of the online options but as I'm looking into the January intake do I need to have these done before I apply, or is it just prior to entering the course? Any info or advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated! I only found out about this program last night and the deadline date is coming up pretty quickly so I thought I should see if anyone had some quick words of wisdom for me! Thanks!
  9. Bonjour/Hello, J’ai quelques questions concernant l’admission à la médecine au Québec, en espérant que je suis au bon endroit pour les poser Mon frère a actuellement 17 ans, et il est en voit d’obtenir son baccalauréat français dans un lycée au Maroc. Il voudrait me rejoindre à Montréal pour étudier la médecine, mais il y a deux problèmes: 1) l’école de médecine n’est en général ouverte qu’aux étudiants avec la résidence Canadienne 2) les frais de scolarité universitaires pour les étudiants internationaux sont astronomiques (environ $20 000 par année) Après d’amples recherches, j’ai trouvé deux possibles solutions à ces problèmes, mais j’ai beaucoup de mal à trouver plus d’informations pour savoir si elles sont faisables. La première option est qu’il vienne passer un DEC ou IB dans un CÉGÉP à Montreal après son bac français, et après l’avoir terminé, qu’il travaille pour deux ans en attendant que sa candidature à la résidence québécoise soit considérée. Après l’avoir reçue, il appliquerait à une école de médecine dans les quatre universités qui offrent ce programme à Montreal. Mes questions par rapport à cette option sont: 1) les CÉGEP acceptent-ils les élèves internationaux? 2) si oui, avez-vous une idée des frais de scolarité pour ceux-ci? 3) les programmes de médecine acceptent-ils les étudiants deux ans après qu’ils aient terminé leur CÉGEP? La seconde option: qu’il aille passer son bachelor en biologie en français à l’Université d’Ottawa (les frais de scolarité pour les élèves internationaux sont les mêmes que pour les élèves locaux s’ils font leur programme en français), puis qu’il travaille deux ans en attendant sa résidence, avant d’appliquer à l’école de médecine. Pour cette option, je me demande 1) si le bachelor est accepté par les écoles de médecine deux ans après qu’il soit terminé, 2) si faire son bachelor en ontario réduit ses chances d’être accepté à l’une des universités québécoises. Si vous avez les commentaires, des critiques ou des suggestions à propos de ces idées, je serai ravie de les lire ! Merci beaucoup ! Kenza
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