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  1. Based on my research, it doesn't really matter were your got your degree from and what matters is your GPA. There are exceptions though. For example, if you studied your undergraduate at UBC you have a better time compared to a person who did their undergraduate in a university with 4 or 4.33 based grades. Other that these nuances, graduating from Pakistan or Canada or anywhere else in the world doesn't make a difference in your application (at least in theory based on their scoring system). The MCAT exam could be a real beast though and you should strive for a good score if you want to appear
  2. Congrats. When you are 40 or over 40,you are a lawyer AND a doctor. You can combine your expertise in these two areas to make a real change in the healthcare system compared to a younger person who is just a doctor.
  3. Your choice of course, but It still raises red flags (Can I treat patients with their consent if I am not even a doctor? Consent is the minimum not everything). On UBC's website they explicitly mentioned that. Good luck with either approach you will take
  4. I think since your first degree in in psychology, something in life science or biology would fit well. However, if there is an area you think you are especially good at or passionate about go for it for sure. Start your second degree, if you could maintain a 3.9/4 GPA then continue. if your GPA in your first year followed the same trend of your first degree (anything below 3.8), then maybe, you should drop out to pursue other career choices rather than spending another 4-5 years with no avail. This mindset also would take pressure off. You don't need to spend 5 more years on a second degree if
  5. At least in BC, telling the committee that you were shadowing doctors when you were 16 is a big red flag. It breaches many layers of professionalism and the right to privacy and It can be telling that the applicant doesn't value the privacy of patients and medical ethics.
  6. Sorry dude, it's over Jk, I doubt they even notice the errors.
  7. Thanks for your reply, it is good news. I wouldn't agree with you that biology bsc is useless. you can dive into all sort of medical research, cancer treatment research, etc starting with a bsc in biology and going to grad school; but that I respect your opinion.
  8. Hi Everyone, I have a bsc degree in computer science and about to enrol in a second bsc in biology. My goal is mainly to use the second degree to increase my GPA for the med school admission. I am going to basically go along with the degree to either finish it and then pursue research positions in bioinformatics or jump ship if I get accepted in the medical school along the way. My question is that, is it a red flag to the committee that I am ready to drop out of school to join the medical school. I am planning to apply in my second and third year so it will come up eventually and may rai
  9. In Canada, if you are from non healthcare field, shadowing is not legal and doing so can make you look irresponsible. I think taking some EMT course might be useful.
  10. I have graduated from a country where the type of humanitarian volunteering activities were rare or non-existent; the same goes for the student club. Sure I have tons of experience as a research assistant and also teaching assistant which included a lot of leadership responsibilities as well but I lack in community engagement. What are some sort of activities of that sort to boost my application for medical school considering that I am out of college. I looked into volunteering positions but most are doable with a high school level education (e.g. homeless breakfast preparation, teaching kids
  11. I am in a similar situation trying to self-learn the material for the MCAT exam. Fortunately, there are a lot of materials online where you could use to prepare for the exam, e.g. Khan Academy.
  12. I think it is good to have a honest introspection and see what actually did change during your first year that changed your interest in medicine since I assume you were interested in being a doctor one year prior to that. If it is the volume of work, I think you should kinda accept that medicine is a heavy-load course anyways so you should adapt yourself to putting in a considerable amount of your time if you want to continue in it. If you are fine with putting in time but you only find the materials insufferable/boring, it is better to talk to people who are your senior since the nature of pr
  13. I saw this but I am wondering about the subjective part. Even if you get the interview, I am wondering how it would play a part. Also my research and NAQ were done there so it cam affect that part too.
  14. Okay attacking people and calling them arrogant, ignorant, etc because they have a different opinion that you. You never experienced the unique experiences I had in life or maybe you are also having some (un)conscious biases as well, who knows. I sincerely ask you to stop going off-topic. I deleted the part about the unconscious bias and cultural pride that is rampant in western society. So now you should be good. Please focus on the question asked and not off-topic stuff.
  15. I relate to the feeling of "failure" so much. To be accurate, not feeling like a failure but the feeling that I am not 100% self-actualized and got what I deserved in life. Maybe for now, just focus on your application, and do everything to get in. After you got your acceptance letter, then unbiasedly decide if you want to stay a lawyer or become a doctor. At that point, it is all about what you want not what you can get.
  16. I am not commenting on the technicality of taking part-time courses, etc. However, as far as age, I see this argument of "holding out on life" for 10 years or whatever and I roll my eyes everytime I see it. Maybe it is my age (28) and different types of experiences I had in life but I believe you are the person who decide how much work to put in your career, studies, etc. Believe me, any sort of high-status job in these days takes a huge chunk of your days, whether it is an lawyer, university professor, financial advisor, or a doctor. I am working in Tech industry and anytime I see those co
  17. I am double Chinese/Canadian citizen who moved to Vancouver about 3 years ago for work. I have a Bsc and a Msc degree both from an quite competitive chinese university which is likely to be unknown to the admission committee anyways though. I have had good GPAs and a good publication record but I am afraid the mere fact that my degree is from a foreign non-english speaking country may hinder me from getting into medical school here at UBC. Like they may just write me off without even looking deep into my achievements, etc. Are there anyone else here with similar experiences? Btw, the school i
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