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  1. In general, how do medical/graduate schools look at repeat courses? I'm transferring to a new university this coming fall (making me a first year again) therefore I have the opportunity to retake some of the courses I have already taken at my previous school. In this case, would it still be a "retake" if the course codes are different? For example I took Intro to Psychology first year but my new school also offers a similar course for first years called Psychology - Foundations. I'm a little confused on whether or not I should be taking the course again or just find some other electives to fil
  2. Gotcha, thanks for the info. With applications under so much scrutiny it’s hard to know what’s going through the reviewer’s mind; seems like anything could lead to a rejection haha.
  3. Hey guys, just wanted to ask a question here for a friend. My former classmate is currently in a BioMedical program at Western and wants to transfer into a chemical engineering program (to which he has been accepted) at a different university. His end goal is still to apply to medical school but he feels like his skills (and marks) would shine more in that program and finds his current program to be an uncomfortable fit. So I guess the question is will medical schools frown upon switching from a “premed” degree to something that’s completely unrelated? I understand that they don’t ca
  4. Appreciate all the input guys. It seems like not all of my buddy's classmates "networked" really well during their final few years of training and feel that they may not have enough strong connections in their pockets for when they graduate. When searching for jobs, can students apply nationally across Canada or are they somewhat restricted to the Province in which they completed their residency? If I'm not mistaken there seems to be different licensing procedures associate with each Province; have any graduates actually got licenses for other areas just to broaden their search for employment?
  5. For these "easier to find jobs" do you wait for job listings like regular jobs or are these all internal hirings from connections, residencies, and so forth?
  6. I recently spoke with a friend of mine who is finishing up their residency out west and we were discussing the job market for physicians in Canada. It seems like even after all those years of school, internships, etc. the process of getting a stable job (not even in a preferred location) is somewhat of a gamble and job prospects may be bleak. Is this true? Also, are most jobs in medicine obtained by connections and references during your residencies and fellowships? Judging by what my friend is going through, applying for a job is pretty different than in other professions where you scour job
  7. Awesome, appreciate all the information! I’ve gotten a sense of what I need now. Just to make sure, verifiers are only asked to verify your claims and nothing else correct? Therefore these can just be office or front desk staff that have access to the database, logs, etc. but may never have met me directly? Or would it be safer to put someone who have a least met me and can talk a little about me if potentially asked?
  8. Do all extracurriculars need both a referee and a verifier? The latter shouldn’t be an issue but referees are where I may run into some trouble. Would I be able to get away on the application with verifiers for all my ECs and referees for 2-3 important ones?
  9. Well that takes some of the fun out of extracurriculars haha. Didn’t know applications are so strict! All of the organizations I’ve been apart of have an electronic copy of my involvement somewhere in their system; is that enough? I’m guessing they value “personal positive feedback” directly from supervisors but I doubt they’ll get any. I worked in S&R a year ago and was under the supervision of 4 different people in the 4 months I was there. The only people that could possibly speak deeply about me are my coworker friends, do they count as references/verifiers or do they need to be above
  10. Thanks for the tips! Getting a reference form/letter should be easiest when you're still involved or just after you've left. Can those stand in as verification or are they not too useful if written before a certain date? I'm just wondering how all of you keep in touch with supervisors from 4 or 5 years ago ... even though I formed relationships and made quite an impression I'm sure that won't last long in the larger corporations or government programs as people come and go. If the schools called my "references" they probably won't even know who I am given that was years ago and my supervisor w
  11. I'm not too familiar with the extracurricular and volunteering portion of medical school applications and I'm wondering how many (if not all) of the activities or jobs you list need to be backed up with a reference with contact information or verifiable hours worked? I have always been quite active in clubs, organizations, and extracurriculars in my free time but haven't previously felt the need to "document" my time or contributions since I was there for the heck of it. For future reference, do you guys have a way of documenting and proving your involvement in a past activity for the applicat
  12. How challenging is it as a family medicine physician to relocate across provinces in Canada and find employment? Are there additional licensing requirements for positions outside the province you completed your residency? Cheers
  13. Appreciate the breakdown! Seems that being competitive helps get you in anywhere haha. Given that OOP seats fluctuate, that that mean OOP applicants also compete against IP applicants? Let's say an OOP individual outscores most of the other OOP applicants but many IP applicants (outside the 85+%) outscore the OOP individual; will the school then favour the IP students and reduce the number of OOP seats? (more of a specific question) Cheers
  14. Hi y'all, as an Ontario resident (undergraduate student), I'm curious to know how much lower my chances are at getting into out-of-province medical schools (UBC, U of A, U of C, etc.) I have always wanted to move out closer to the west-coast considering it would be a better financial and personal choice as I have a lot of friends and family there. I realize there is an inherent disadvantage as some schools outline a higher entrance score (GPA and MCAT) for residents residing out of province but just wanted to know the extent of how this might affect my application. Aside from the increased aca
  15. I may not be the best person to ask so maybe see if anyone else can chime in. That being said Western only wants to see 2 academic years; so your 3rd and 4th should satisfy that requirement. Not clear on other schools though
  16. It says 3 of 5 "full course equivalents" therefore given each semester course is half a full course you would need 6 semester courses out of your yearly 10 semester courses to be at or above the given year level. So you shouldn't be taking more than (4) one semester course below your year level each year, but keep in mind this is only for the 2 full course load years they will be evaluating not your entire undergrad
  17. Hey guys, just a quick question. I've noticed a lot of medical schools require 1 or 2 years of full time study (5 courses per semester) and also something to the extent of three of five full course equivalents at or above a given year level. How does this apply to transfer students? I'll be moving to another university for a different program for my "second year" but since not all my credits have transferred over I'll need to re-take some courses and will technically be in the "first year" of that program and will be graduating in another 4 years (basically retaking first year at the new scho
  18. Don't we all ... it really hurts when you know all the information but just don't have the time to finish. Guess this is the sport of studying where you need endurance and speed
  19. Nice, good luck! How did you find the MCAT without too much of a science background?
  20. Great, thanks for the information! I have a lot to think about but staying in my current program is looking like a good option given what you guys have been saying. If by some miracle I do get into graduate school I'll just be the weirdo with an agriculture degree haha. Still haven't dismissed transferring though as Western seems pretty good and I have received an offer from them. No matter the difficulty I do feel like the profession is worth pursuing ... guess I just have to give'r all I got and hope I get in!
  21. I thoroughly enjoy most biology (or related) courses. It's just the organic chemistry and physics courses I'm not too fond of. I guess it will get better in upper years because some of those topics sound awesome, but the first and second year courses are horrific (especially to get high marks in) haha. I'm getting consistent 90s in all my agri-food systems, physiology, and general biology courses; but I doubt those marks would be too stellar in second year organic chemistry or physics. Anyone else hate physics and calculus here? Never liked them and probably never will lol
  22. The more I research the application process the more unstructured and confusing it is; feels like tossing my name in a hat and hoping for the best haha. As per your recommendations, I think I'll dig a little deeper into what program I really want to study and weight out the pros and cons to see if it is worth switching programs. Guess I better start studying for the MCAT now given that it is a pretty big part of the application along with extracurriculars. If I decide to transfer, will my first year of study at the new university be "at or above the year of study" as stated by some weight
  23. Awesome thanks for the detailed response. I have heard of the fact that you don't necessarily need a life science or related degree to go into medicine but it's always been a little confusing to me. Wouldn't it look odd on my application that my degree has nothing to do with medicine? Plus, if that's the case why on earth would any "premed" student suffer through something like BioMedical Science and take difficult science courses (which are hard to get high marks in) ... I'd rather take something I enjoy haha Anyways, I have made some friends who are going into (or are in) the the medica
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