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  1. If you don't mind me asking, why are planning to leave pharmacy?
  2. I would greatly appreciate it if someone could clarify something for me. I constantly hear about the downward trending pharmacy market in the US, dropping salaries, despicable retail work conditions, saturation, etc.. Are these reflected in Canada? Is pharmacy something one should avoid at all costs? Considering tuition isn't as expensive in Canada as it is in the US, does this factor into it? I mean, hearing about all of the US pharmacists who are warning others about pharmacy, and even changing careers themselves, makes one think deeply about pharmacy (even get an aversive reaction to p
  3. From the OMSAS website: "If you wrote the July, August or September 2016 MCAT, wait until your scores are made available before requesting their release to OMSAS. All scores must be released to OMSAS prior to November 1, 2016." https://www.ouac.on.ca/guide/omsas-mcat/
  4. There are probably other factors taken into consideration when deciding how to allocate med school seats. The Canadian and US health care systems are drastically different. For example, take the source of funding for the health care system. In Canada, health care is mostly 'free'. In the US, not so much the case. Because many people end up paying for health care from their own pockets, the health care system down there probably can afford to allocate much more money to training physicians, and hence the increased med school seats. Just my thoughts, there is probably much more taken int
  5. Even if the demand doesn't change appreciably, I believe it still would take a significant amount of time/effort/money to establish a psychiatry/psychology combo, mainly due to prescription power and the medical training received by psychiatrists. By the time this happens, who knows what the supply/demand will be like. I am not against this, however, I think the budget can be better spent by allocating more money to decreasing current wait times and revamping the health care system. This is just my opinion, and I am no psychiatrist. Perhaps someone with psychiatric training can weigh in w
  6. Sounds intriguing, but wouldn't the amount of time required to establish this specialty combination + a new licensing board etc.. be so long that the demand for psychiatry would drastically change by that time?
  7. You want to look up the AAMC website, as they are the ones who develop the MCAT. (https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/taking-mcat-exam/) Here is something else from their website that includes a list of the topics tested by the MCAT. (https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/article/whats-mcat-exam/) A lot of your questions can be answered by going on the AAMC website. There are also prep companies (Exam Krackers, Next Step, The Princeton Review.. etc.) independent of the AAMC that develop content review books and practice tests for the MCAT
  8. Looks interesting, but I don't know if this really would be useful. I mean, surgical residents gain all/most of the manual dexterity they need throughout their residency. Sure, some people are naturals, but others can be trained to be competent. Plus, from what I read, simulations are only useful to a certain point. The stress of being in an OR + operating on a real live human has something about it that cannot be felt from simulations/manual dexterity tests. Basically, I believe that innate dexterity should not be a prerequisite, as people are quite trainable.
  9. Just a point regarding your summer school plans. From what I know, many schools do not look at summer courses, so I think it may be a good idea to take those courses during the year in order to have them boost your average. Taking them in the summer may help boost your cGPA for a couple of schools such as Mac, but not all schools. This is just something to think about, you can take maybe one in the summer in order to see how you learn best. If you must take courses in the summer, maybe consider taking the ones with the heavier workloads, and leave the lighter ones for the school year so th
  10. I don't know much about dentistry but here is what I can say in general.. If you are aiming for med as your first choice program, you will probably need the reference letters and such anyways. So you will probably have what you need for dentistry (with the exception of pre-reqs or the DAT or anything dentistry specific).
  11. A lot of the schools have their own requirements, some require a full course load in order to be eligible for weighting.. etc. It is a good idea to look at your schools of interest and see what they require, they usually mention what they need on their websites. For example, this is for UofT: If you are applying after completing three years of university and have taken a full course load in all academic years: A GPA weighting formula may be used for students who have taken a full course load (i.e. five full credits) during the regular academic session, in each year of study. This weig
  12. I think AMCAS + this forum http://forums.premed101.com/index.php?/forum/39-applying-to-american-schools/ are good places to start.
  13. Really? Besides the fact that this is not an encouraging environment (most of the time), I'm pretty sure classes filled with premeds can be found at just about any science related major at most universities (if this is something the OP is interested in). But in all seriousness, how is this a bonus???
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