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  1. Hi, I just completed my 2nd year in biochem in ON and have a few questions about medical school applications and preparing for that. 1. As someone with somewhat of a science background, which prep books are the best to prepare for the MCAT ? I am leaning towards ExamKrackers but I've read about how it's riddled in errors. 2. Are MCAT prep books useful for CARS prep ? If so which ones did you find useful ? 3. To preface, unfortunately as someone will minimal ECs after high school (2 long term activities and 3 short term jobs), I know it's going to extremely hamper my chances of getting into medical school. It's been quiet demotivating applying to multiple executive positions at uni and being consistently rejected. I also feel like my volunteer experiences are more of me just helping out where I can and I haven't really had the opportunity to display any leadership (which I have read medical schools look into). To get into my actual question, up to when do medical schools look into volunteer experience, if I choose to apply in fourth year ? Do they only look at everything till 3rd year as you apply for med school in the fourth or do volunteer experiences in fourth year count ? Insight is greatly appreciated.
  2. 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
  3. Hi everyone, I am a prospective nursing student interested in applying to UBC's accelerated nursing program, and was wondering what your experiences have been like prior to applying to nursing school. I have been volunteering at a seniors' care home for the past 4.5+ years (it'll be almost 6 years during the time of my application), where I've assisted with feeding residents during mealtimes, help recreation staff with activities/games, and engage in one to one conversations with residents. Because of my extensive volunteer experience, I was able to get a part time job at another seniors' care home as a recreation/activity assistant. Here, I lead exercise programs and lead recreational programs independently. I am currently in the process of applying to become a Big Brother mentor/buddy so that I can expand my experience to children as well. Do you think that my current volunteer/work experience is sufficient and will be seen as "competitive" for admission to UBC's nursing program? Are there other things I should be involving myself with (certain organizations, groups of people, etc.)? Feel free to comment regardless of which university you attend - any and all information is valuable and will be very much appreciated! Thank you everyone!
  4. Hopefully this isn't a prohibited post-type! Volunteer opportunity in the Tri-Cities for those interested in health care!Are you interested in volunteering in your community? Are you interested in the health care field? Know someone who might be?St. John Ambulance Tri-Cities is recruiting for volunteers to provide emergency medical first response at community events! Train to become an Advanced Medical First Responder and serve your community!Email recruitment.d0054@sjabcy.ca to find out more if you are interested!
  5. I was just hoping to get some advice about this. I am planning on writing my MCAT next summer (first attempt) and I would like to dedicate my summer (3-4 months) on studying for it and practicing as much as I can. However, it dawns on me that I may not be able to maintain a summer job this way, nor dedicate myself to a volunteer position as a regular volunteer. I have heard about people who have balanced studying and other things before, but I would like to devote as much time as I can in one summer term, rather than having to repeat it because of divided responsibilities. Would you recommend balancing or devoting? Am I overthinking this? I am not looking to fill up my resume just for the sake of it; it is just that I have worked with a great PI for two years now and I would love to continue to work for him in the future - just think this gap would jumble things up.
  6. Hi, I'm a second year student at UofT and I just found out about this program. I was wondering if someone could give me suggestions on where to get more hands on/ " clinical" experience. Thanks!
  7. Hi, I have a volunteer oppurtunity related to fundraising or giving educational talks for mental health. If your positive, trustworthy, and outgoing it would be great to have you volunteer. We'd love to provide you with a positive reference letter for med school, references for any job applications etc. Please PM me for more details. The oppurtunity is available for the whole lower mainland area.
  8. Hi everyone Are you interested in a hands-on volunteering opportunity within the health care field, hoping to gain valuable experience in first aid and patient care? St. John Ambulance, Division 54 (TriCities Branch), located in Port Moody is currently recruiting new members. As a member of St. John Ambulance, there are plenty of opportunities to learn, practice and improve your patient care skills including but not limited to: independently assessing patients with advanced care; providing oxygen therapy; obtaining vitals; taking spinal/head injury precautions and spinal packaging; providing first aid in a specialized workplace environment; and tons more! Our division covers local events (Port Moody/Coquitlam/Port Coquitlam) such as Play On! Hockey, Kick for a Cure, Terry Fox Runs, and Golden Spike Days. As a medical first responder member, you can additionally volunteer at provincial events such as Abbotsford Airshow, Vancouver Canucks, Celebration of Lights, and the Pride Parade. This is also a great place to meet other people who have interest in the same fields as you and are looking to give back to their community. Volunteering with St. John Ambulance has taught me many things that have influenced my decision to pursue medicine. I have had the pleasure to meet and work with several people of different backgrounds, many of which I've become close friends with. I thought it would be a great idea to let everyone who visits these forums know about this opportunity. If you would like to know more, don't hesitate to PM me! I can give you additional information about our Meeting Nights, as well as how to get started on volunteering with St. John Ambulance . This opportunity, of course, is open to everyone of all ages!
  9. Hey everyone, just curious about my extra-curriculars and what your opinions are as to how UBC's AdCom might see them. Thanks in advance for the input! Awards: 2 small entrance scholarships 3 high school bursaries research: directed studies (single semester research project, kind of like a half-honours) Honours thesis 3 poster presentations for my honours research, one at national conference, one university level, one department level Volunteering: assistant hockey coach for 10 yr olds for 1 year in gr 12 lab volunteer for 2 years doing genotyping and training new volunteers hospital volunteer for 2 years volunteer with autistic individual helping them with their favourite recreational activities for just under a year member of a club that fundraises and plans for a yearly trip to honduras to bring medical aid to impoverished community for 2 years work: science tutor during my last year of university, employed by the faculty of science to assist first year students forest fire fighter for 3 summers gas station for 2 years dairy queen for 1 year minor hockey referee for 4 years in high school other: tutored a girl for 1 year in high school certified as emergency medical responder in BC organized yearly kids day event at the fire fighting base i worked at avid SCUBA diver, hockey player, and backcountry hiker mcat: phys/cars/bio/psych 131/130/131/127 for total of 519 (98th percentile) aGPA ~90% prereq GPA ~82% (had a rough first year, very strong upward trend) IP applicant Thanks again!
  10. It states that for non-academic requirements, you require a contact for each activity so they can verify the information. For the contact, does it have to be someone of greater status than yours? For example, in an non-profit organization, would you need the contact of someone at the executive position or is it okay to obtain the contact of a co-worker/member ? Thanks
  11. I've been trying to figure out a way to get some 'volunteer exposure' to the medical field but I am finding it incredibly hard to do so! I work a full time job Monday to Friday, and would only be able to volunteer on weekends and evenings. Unfortunately I have applied to all the hospitals in my city to volunteer and I was told they only need volunteers during the day! I contacted CHEO who again said they only need Day volunteers. I contacted the Cancer Society who, again, said they only wanted Day time volunteers. I decided to change gears and ask my Family Doctor (who happens to work a lot of evenings) if I can shadow/help out etc and she said "no we are not allowed to do that". At this point I am getting incredibly frustrated. I've been trying really hard to find a place to volunteer but its next to impossible! I'd like to do it a) to be in the medical environment and make sure its something I may like (though I guess that's hard to see while working in a volunteer capacity) and to have something on my med school application that shows I have 'exposed myself to the medical field' (especially considering I am from a non-health/science related field) Any suggestions on what I should do? What have other non-traditional full time employees working in different fields done to expose themselves to the medical field / volunteer? Has anyone gotten in to medical school without showing any time spent volunteering in the health sciences field?
  12. Some of you have read my post before about my interview to volunteer at a hospital. I asked about possible questions, and that really helped. I now have a general question, and that is, of whoever has volunteered at a hospital, what were your experiences like: 1) Is there anything that really stands out to you in terms of a negative/positive experience? 2) What kind of duties do volunteers have? 3) To what extent are volunteers involved with patients/doctors? 4) Conflicts? 5) Teamwork/Collaboration? These are just prompts to get your mental cogs going. Say whatever you like, anything you share about your experience working at a hospital as a volunteer is helpful!
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