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  1. In my opinion, there's a few factors that you should include in your decision: 1) Academic center vs community site: do you enjoy working at a big academic site with lots of residents, CTU with potentially lots of overnight call? Or do you want to be in a site where it is mainly/only family medicine residents? 2) Location: do you have a preference which area you will be in for a good amount of time in the next two years? 3) Interest in certain rotations: some sites have a lot more OB that others (i.e. more rotations, their family medicine rotations are combined with OB call), s
  2. Consider applying only to McMaster first without having any science prereqs / taking only CARS on the MCAT. This is assuming that you'll do decently well on the CARS section. But one factor to consider - doing some of the science courses / doing some volunteer/work in the healthcare field can give you a somewhat better sense whether medicine might be the right fit for you! The world of business is quite different than healthcare/medicine. I made the same jump and it can be quite eye-opening!
  3. Hey - I also worked in law before getting into med school. I would agree it's a bit of change going back to school after having worked for some time. And as you're a solo practitioner, you could definitely continue working (maybe part-time hours) while you're in medical school - that's something I wish I did during pre-clerkship at least. It keeps things interesting and can be a good source of income! Perhaps you should consider applying, studying for the MCAT etc, and see how you feel about it during the process. The whole process will take at least a year - you could write the MCAT thi
  4. Would you say that it is a lot easier to book residency in community hospitals (as opposed to academic center), especially where there are not many residents?
  5. OP, are you in Ontario? Assuming you are, this website from Legal Aid Ontario can give you some ideas. Or maybe your university's legal aid clinic can give you some pointers. https://stepstojustice.ca/questions/housing-law/what-can-i-do-if-my-landlord-does-not-use-standard-lease-form - if your lease isn't on the standard Ontario lease form this might be helpful https://stepstojustice.ca/questions/housing-law/how-can-i-get-out-my-rental-agreement - some general Ontario legal information Hope this might help!
  6. Check the OSAP Aid Estimator to check what happens with and without getting married. Perhaps this would give you an idea!
  7. Lol just don't use your name and use a different phone number
  8. I've heard of many med students in the U.S. decide not to do a residency and to instead pursue non-clinical careers, for example in startups, consulting, and I-banking, that may or may not be related to healthcare. Does anyone have any experiences of themselves or classmates choosing not to apply for residency? I'm asking this because I'm a couple months into clerkship and haven't found the clinical years of medical school to be as enjoyable or as interesting as I had expected it to be. Many of my classmates feel the same way. I know it is still early, and I know that the "real practic
  9. If they can write a reference letter that can help demonstrate some positive character traits of yours, I think it would be great! Personal anecdotes/examples help to illustrate those personal qualities. Just because you're not working for a company is not a bad thing --- rather, you're entrepreneurial! That's starting your own business, communicating with others, and managing client expectations.
  10. I would have thought that many more students would decide to quit school in first year or later, realizing that medical school / medicine is no longer suitable for them. Does anyone know of any classmates who decided to leave? [I feel that many students dream of quitting school!]
  11. With all the negative talk out there about the stresses of clerkship and residency, I've been hearing many wonder whether going through medical school and residency are really worth the end result - i.e."giving up" some of the prime years of their life doing something they are marginally passionate about. They tell me that they feel trapped and don't have any other alternative career. I'm interested to hear of anecdotes of students who decided to leave medical school partway through in order to pursue a different career path, if anyone has any to share!
  12. You might also want to consider McMaster, if you're willing to move out to Ontario. Their admissions criteria are much more objective, based on your GPA, only the CARS section of the MCAT, and an online test (Casper). You also get a bonus for having completed a masters degree. You don't need any undergraduate science courses and Mac doesn't require any of the science portions of the MCAT. I also come from a non-trad background, where I did tax work. If it's something you really want to do and you're willing to make some sacrifices, do it while you still can!
  13. Thanks! Apart from the very few that the school has a program with, does anyone know whether it is easy to organize international electives (i.e. finding preceptors in other countries)? Is there like a database with international organizations?
  14. Have you heard of some students doing multiple international electives? Considering that Mac doesn't have much vacation time but has the most weeks of electives, I was thinking that by international electives could be like vacation in the sense that I could do some travel at the same time.
  15. Hmm, I think Mac considers them to be undergraduate and would be included: http://mdprogram.mcmaster.ca/md-program-admissions/faq "Law degrees (LLB and JD) in Canadian law schools are undergraduate degrees. This includes Osgood Hall law school. The grades from your Canadian Law degree will be included in the GPA calculation and the courses will be included towards the minimum number of courses required." Maybe in some cases where you're in a joint law degree with another masters program it would be consider graduate...? But I think generally its considered undergraduate.
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