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Hey all! I'm one of the co-hosts of the 'Pluripotent Premed' podcast, a podcast designed to help premedical students navigate and conquer the premed years. Our latest project is the 'Medical School Spotlight' series, which brings on current medical students from each of the 17 Canadian Medical Schools to talk about the admissions requirements, curriculum, student life, and experiences at their medical school. For University of Ottawa Medical School, we were happy to welcome on 2nd year med student Abdullah Haroon! You can listen on any of the major podcasting platforms, but here are some quick links to access it too: Facebook Post: https://www.facebook.com/pluripotentpremed/posts/368258027862755 Apple Music: https://apple.co/2SpWqB3 Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3jCNdkI Hopefully this is helpful for some of you, and best of luck with the rest of your premed journey! Christopher
Hey all! I'm one of the co-hosts of the 'Pluripotent Premed' podcast, a podcast designed to help premedical students navigate and conquer the premed years. Our latest project is the 'Medical School Spotlight' series, which brings on current medical students from each of the 17 Canadian Medical Schools to talk about the admissions requirements, curriculum, student life, and experiences at their medical school. For University of British Columbia Med we were happy to welcome on 2nd year med students Sydney and Jero! You can listen on any of the major podcasting platforms, but here are some quick links to access it too: Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/pluripotentpremed/posts/358378562184035 Apple Music: https://apple.co/3mMHwCI Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2HjlxTB Hopefully this is helpful for some of you, and best of luck with the rest of your premed journey! Christopher
Hey there, as a future Pre-Med student I am aware extracurriculars are very important. But what exactly counts/looks good on your application? I'm no stranger to volunteering as I have volunteered at numerous shelters, hospitals, etc. But are medical schools looking for something "extraordinary" or are my casual weekly involvments in the hospitals/non-profit organizations enough... do I need to show leadership and actually manage, lead, or win an award/get an LOR in something lol. If possible, list down some ECs that you have done/enjoyed to give me a little idea on what options are out there! (I do a lot of casual sports like swimming, skiing, biking, and work at various sparce research places and museums (for fun) but I would hardly call them "worthy" of ECs as they are hobbies at best <15 hr/year stuff haha) Cheers, Richard
I'm sure I'm asking the same general questions that have been asked a million times, and I'm still a few years away from even thinking about applying to med school but I'm really starting to consider what my next steps should be. I'm in my last year of a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Psychology. It will have taken me approx. 5.5 years to complete my degree by the time I'm finished (I've had to work a LOT during my degree to support family members who were struggling). Due to a family loss, my first year GPA was awful (1.85 on a 4.3 scale, or something like that). However, I've had a strong upward trend and have had achieved 3.2-3.7 every semester since. I'm expecting to graduate with a cGPA of around 3.26. I attribute this to the fact that I gave up on the idea of medical school after my terrible first year, and aimlessly wandered through the rest of my degree. I did not enjoy psychology (which was my 'back up plan') and therefore did not feel motivated to continue pursuing it. That said, I've wanted to go to medical school for years, and I'm looking for a way to achieve that goal. For this reason, I'm thinking about pursuing a second degree. I want to make myself as competitive as possible to as many schools as possible, while realizing that realistically, a lot of schools won't overlook my less-than-stellar grades in my first degree. I've already got a few ideas of what I really want to major in (as in, subjects that would give me a viable backup plan if medical school doesn't work out), but I'm just having some troubles with the logistics of going forward. I have a few questions specifically: 1. Would it be acceptable to complete a two-year degree, provided I am able to get approx. half my credits from my first degree transferred to the second? I've read that it is usually fine, but I just want to check. 2. How can I get involved in extracurriculars that would improve my CV? I haven't done much over the course of this degree, except for work an extreme number of hours at an irrelevant job, but will be focusing solely on studies and extracurricular activities during my second degree. I don't really know where to start with getting involved. 3. Would it be advantageous to study for, and write, the MCAT early in my second degree so that I can get an idea of where I stand and rewrite if necessary? 4. I have a few withdrawals on my transcript... Most from my first year, but one from this current semester. I was going to re-take first year calculus due to a low grade but decided against it as I felt it would affect my other grades and I would not significantly improve my marks. How significant is this going forward? Thanks so much in advance!