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  1. Hi all, I am wondering if anyone knows of any groups, resources, etc. that are available and targeted to non-trad med students besides this forum? I am thinking podcasts, blogs, facebook groups, youtube, etc. I have been a lurker here for years and my anxieties about going to med school as an 'older' student has really prevented me from committing to writing the MCAT and submitting my application. I have a strong GPA and work experience as well as an interest in rural, emergency, and addictions medicine, however I am worried about the impacts of a career change at age 30 on my expe
  2. My fiance and I recently purchased a home and we carry a hefty mortgage (we are in the Lower Mainland of BC). I am not yet accepted to med school and have been very hesitant applying because of all the 'what if's'. I am wondering if anyone else has been a situation where they have entered med school and taken out a LOC while also having a mortgage? My partner would still work and is currently paying most of the mortgage each month, but if I did not have income, I would need the LOC to cover half of our other bills and my own expenses. Will the banks give you a LOC with a mortgage? I am only ap
  3. I keep hearing murmuring of UBC splitting the VFMP and making a VMP and FMP out in the valley. Wondering if there are any updates or news on that out there? I am based in Chilliwack and as a non-trad with other local commitments, I would be over the moon if I there was a more local program I could apply to.
  4. GPA: 85.5% or 86.9% adjusted (mainly As though I did get a C- and a couple of C+ in ochem/chem in 2nd year). BSc in Forestry and Masters in Nat Resource Management and Planning Volunteering: Mainly sporadic volunteering in environmental related positions. I have sat as a representative on a number of university and professional associated boards for 1-2 year terms. Was a member of the executive and eventually president of of university pre-veterinary club. I have trying to be involved in local seniors volunteer roles but haven't had success in finding one. Jobs: Many jobs from stable
  5. I've seen a number of clinics in BC that are mixed or food animal that appear to hire vets on salary (ie AgWest in Abbotsford). I currently don't work in vet med at all -- any idea of expected income would be helpful
  6. Hi everyone, I've tried scouring the internet for this information but it seems difficult to find... I am interested in a career change to practice farm animal vet med (cows, horses, etc) or mixed practice but I want to get a sense of the salary expectations. I currently have a good career with great work/life balance... but its office based and I don't know if I see myself working like this forever. I would ideally be based in the Fraser Valley, Okanagan, or Vancouver Island. As well, does anyone have any tips for gaining volunteer/shadowing experience in this area? Thanks
  7. Thanks! This is very helpful. For my masters project, I created a management plan for rental housing for a First Nations community that included extensive meeting facilitation. This then led into doing several more projects for the First Nation and working with Elders on the project. I suppose that my supervisor for the work could attest to my dedication to work for the community and desire to help and make a difference.
  8. Thanks! The club was a pre-veterinary medicine club. I suppose that means I will be looking for some volunteer activities this year so that I can provide a strong reference.
  9. On the UBC website it states that 3 reference letters are required and typically include 1 academic, 1 professional, and 1 community service. Does anyone know how UBC would define community service? I am asking as I have not volunteered in a role that is obviously service to the community for an extended period of time (only one-off occasions), however I was a volunteer and president of a student club for 4 years and have done some work professionally that I would argue served the community. Any insights on who/what activities would count as community service? Thanks!
  10. Hi Folks, Still contemplating this idea. I think I will commit to writing the MCAT this spring, but I am still not sure whether a switch to medicine is something that is in mine or my family's best interest. Do you have any suggestions on what to consider when making the change? I am going to have a conversation with my partner. I am also thinking about reaching out to an old classmate that went into med and perhaps ask a doctor I see often if they would be willing to talk to me about their experience. Things I am worried about: - Debt from med school and the trade off -
  11. Thanks for that feedback! I always thought I would need more volunteering experience to have a shot, but if a good MCAT score means I have a chance, I will be applying next cycle! My partner is supportive, although understandably worried about the time and financial impact and how it would affect our ability to purchase a home. I'm not too worried, although I would like to have kids around age 30, which would be during clerkship/residency.. My reasons for going to medical school include my desire to help people and improve the lives of those in need, my interest in continued learning
  12. Hi all, I've been playing around with the idea of medical school for years and think I will apply next cycle. Looking for any thoughts on my chances and where I should improve. Highschool: took AP Bio, Chem and English and scored 5s on all. Won multiple awards in bio and chemistry. Won student of the year in grade 12. Sang in choir, played rugby and softball, worked part time at Tim Hortons, and owned my horse. Undegrad: BSc in Forest Sciences with 87.7% graduating average. continued choir and horses, not much volunteering. worked at a horse show venue every summer and du
  13. Hi everyone, I am 25 (turning 26 in March) and have just landed my 'dream' job as a community planner and I am wrapping up my masters. My job involves a lot of research, meetings, and public speaking and pays well (my career will probably top out at $110 k/year). For context, I live in BC and am a single woman I have always had medical school in the back of my mind since high school, but lacked confidence when I was younger and thought I didn't have the motor skills or social skills to be a physician. However as I have gotten older I realized I am more that capable and I really w
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