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  1. I would agree with @TheFlyGuy. I am in uottawa human kinetics and I have a lot of friends in health science at uottawa. I can say that health sci is probably the easiest BSc. program you can take, at least at uottawa. Health sci is a great gpa booster program at most institutions. However, health sci programs often do not prepare you well for the MCAT because they do not leave many electives and do not incorporate most science courses ex. orgo chem, physics, bio etc.
  2. I also do not have personal experience. I have heard that U of T kills your GPA but everyone is different, some people do well in a competitive environment like u of t and others don't. Either way do not choose based on which program is more competitive to get into, the prestige of the program/school or anything like that, Med schools do not care about any of that. Choose based on which program you think you would enjoy more (look at the course sequences), opportunities for research and jobs and volunteering, location, where you can see yourself, and where you think you can get a high GPA.
  3. I am currently in a virtual organic chemistry lab and it has not been a very good learning experience. I find that orgo is a class where you really need to be in the lab and doing things in order to understand the material, as well as learn lab techniques that would be useful in upper-years. Basically for our lab we are either given the data right away, or we have to use a program called beyond labs where we drag and drop things in the "lab" to simulate the experiment, very ineffective. However, this might just be me. I have always been a kinaesthetic learner, I need to be doing things i
  4. I would put it in. It shows that you are able to adapt to, and excel in different situations and learning environments. You are able to make your own connections, problem solve, and find opportunities because immigrant parents often do not have as much connections/knowledge of the systems in Canada (education). It is a huge learning curve to move countries when you are older so I really think that if you can write about your experiences in a positive light that it would really set you apart and showcase who you are to the committees!
  5. Hey, little late but I am a first year human kinetics student at the university of ottawa. It's funny because last year I was in the exact same situation as you, got into both health science and HK and was super conflicted for a long time. I ended up choosing human kinetics because I am also on a varsity team and I liked the physical activity/movement and link to sports that you got with kinesiology. I can't speak much to how the programs are during normal (non-covid) times, but during online HK has been crazy tough. The HK courses are much harder than health science in first year at least.
  6. At my institution and program I am seeing the opposite of grade inflation in most courses. I agree that certain ones that are based entirely on memorization are easier, but in general the hard science courses are even more difficult. Professors are doing everything they can to make the midterms and assignments heavily application based, so that you need an extremely thorough understanding to even pass the tests. Profs make their assignments open book and we are allowed to use the internet, and still the class average is always very low. The internet and notes do not help at all. I have heard f
  7. Hi everyone, I am a first year undergrad in Ontario and have had a very hard time with the online classes and losing my sports and music activities during the pandemic. My first year GPA will be quite low and I am wondering if I may still have a chance at getting into med school by applying in third year. I understand this is extremely difficult, but due to financial costs and personal family reasons, starting medical school earlier would be beneficial for me. I was wondering if anyone thinks that getting an acceptance in third year is still possible if I manage a good MCAT score and
  8. I just wanted to ask if you all think a few bad grades due to online semesters during the pandemic are going to be a big problem when applying to med schools? I started my first year in September 2020, and I missed out on taking some grade 12 prerequisites due to the shift to online. That combined with me being bad at learning online, technology issues, midterms crashing, a strike, and just the overall online learning experience, my first year GPA is quite low. My grades started to go up in the winter semester and are still going up as I figure out how to navigate online lear
  9. Sorry if this is a stupid question, but I was wondering if anyone knew what exactly qualifies as research to Canadian medical schools? Like does it have to be research in a lab or clinical/medical based research where you are investigating something new and unknown? The reason I ask is I have been given an opportunity to write research articles for a healthcare magazine at my university. Basically I would be conducting research on topics that I am interested in regarding medicine and health, and write articles, which are then edited and published. The reason I am confused is b
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