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  1. If you are doing a surgical residency, practicing in the US may be something that you may want to look at, considering the current job market. There are two main reasons to need to complete the USMLE to practice there: visa reasons and insurance. Most people who practice in the US are on a H1B visa, which require you to complete the USMLE. However, if you are savvy and research-oriented, you can consider applying for a EB2 NIW visa, which doesn't require them. With regards to insurance, most insurance companies that hospitals use require you to take the USMLE; if you don't take them, you may o
  2. Is this pragmatic, if you are planning to do a non-competitive surgical program?
  3. Lol, my bad. For some reason, I thought the costs of going to St. Georges was the same as Ross and SABA (which are similar to Canadian med schools). If the prices for St. Georges is the same as a US med school (which it seems like it is), then the choice is a no-brainer.
  4. I had to pick between the two this year as well. I ultimately ending up choosing U of Guelph. I personally picked it because of the following factors: location, access to academic support, research/volunteer opportunities, student satisfaction/rankings. In my opinion, these factors play a pivotal role in the likeliness of getting a higher GPA. Location: I live in the GTA and don't want to live in Ottawa. I won't be able to come home from Ottawa every weekend. Access to Academic Support: For some reason, U of Guelph puts a higher emphasis on helping students than other schools. They h
  5. The US is significantly more expensive, but IMO it's more worth it. If you go to St. Georges, you will be at a disadvantage in terms of residency. You will likely only get into Family Med and/or Psychiatry, if at all. Personally, I know people who got into IM and PMR, but those people are practically geniuses that did mediocre during their UG because of personal issues. Getting into US med schools might actually be easier than you think. Because both are marked using different things, your grades might be inflated depending on the school you went to. Remember that if you decide to g
  6. What exactly do first and second year students generally have on their resume/CV when applying for such programs? As they generally tend to have minimal work or lab experiences, but they just put their ECs? Moreover, how much of the likelihood of finding a position is based off your GPA. Would I have to maintain my GPA and ECs the way that they are to would I have to add something else into the mix?
  7. Don't quote me on this, but I have a friend who is currently in the program and he told that the program will grow next year, which ultimately means that the admission will grow.
  8. Search it up, lol. In Canada, they are all competitive. For all three though, the first year courses are generally the same, so finish first year and you might learn a thing or two about your future career path. Also peep this: https://michener.ca/academic-programs/requiring-university-degree/
  9. I'm in high school rn, so I don't much experience, but from what I've learned from this site is that a lot of people tend to struggle transitioning from secondary to post-secondary education. With that being said, like other people in this thread have stated some med school don't use your cumulative GPA for acceptance and most just tend to look at your best years. The main thing is don't lose your motivated and keep grinding. Moreover, don't forget that if you are financially stable enough and don't mind studying in the US, as a last resort type of plan, you can probably get into a med school
  10. I have looked around a multitude of forums and I would just like to say that your comment is more sound and harbours more information than entire threads filled with 100s of comments do. So thanks for that. And moreover, if you don’t mind, can I ask you a few questions? If you don’t reply or answer, DW, I won’t take it personally. 1. Where did you do your UG degree? I see that you’ve changed your major quite a bit, but at what university did you complete your degree? 2. Do you mind listing your ECs and volunteer experiences? Also are the ones I do in high school right now, weighed t
  11. Same. I feel more motivated when I have a smart friend in my class, who thinks they can get a higher mark than me. Personally, I’m a person who thrives off competition. However, all my high school friends are sadly planning to venture out into business or law. IMO, though, I think that there is a fine line between a program being hard and competitive (like Mac Life Sci) and a program being hard for the sole purpose of just being hard and prestigious (like UofT Life Sci). ^ don’t know if u actually understand what I mean.
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