Aman.dacs Posted January 7, 2021 Report Share Posted January 7, 2021 Hi everyone, I'm currently in the process of trying to apply to medical school this year in Canada, where I'm from. Im currently doing a post-diploma Bachelor of Health Science in Medical Laboratory Technology with Dalhousie and am set to graduate this May. The program is online-only so, the entire time I've been enrolled, I've been working full-time at my job as a MLT while balancing school and other things outside of school and work. Because I have been simultaneously working full-time, I decided to do 4 courses for each semester, ranging from 3000-4000 level course (few 1000-2000 level courses as well) to give myself a chance to have time to myself while trying to prove to medical schools that I am capable of handling a full workload of full-time school as well as full-time work. The whole program involves doing 20 courses, or 60 credits, to complete the degree, so my plan was do 4 courses (full-time) for each semester within a 2-year timeframe. This includes doing 2 fall semesters, 2 winter semesters, and a summer semester in-between to equal 20 courses in the 2-year timeframe. My plan kind of got knocked during the summer semester and because of the way it went for me, I ended up doing 3 courses instead 4. So, my 4th summer course ended up as a 5th course in the fall semester 2020. As of right now, I'm doing my last 4 courses and am yet to do the MCAT, which I planned to study for after I complete all courses this semester. My goal is the apply to MUN Med, since I'm from Newfoundland, and McMaster. There are a few other schools I will apply but I have to update myself of their admissions requirements since some schools want the last 3-years of their undergrad or only allow traditional undergrad applicants with more than 60 credits to apply, etc., etc. So to simplify it, I completed: Fall 2019: 4 courses (3.60 GPA) Winter 2020: 4 courses (cGPA 3.83) Summer 2020: 3 courses (cGPA 3.82) Fall 2020: 5 courses (cGPA 3.89) Winter 2021: 4 courses (ongoing) Current cGPA: 3.89 Besides academics and before applying to school near the end of the summer, I'm planning to publish my systematic review. I have very little volunteering experience (but plan to volunteer after I complete this semester) but have been involved with extracurricular activities (dancing, singing, etc). I know it's hard to get an idea academically where I stand without an MCAT score, but I know what I need to strive for to be competitive. I wonder if I stand out enough as a non-traditional student with the way I went with getting my degree. I know I'll be competing with students who have done 5 courses a semester but I'm hoping that I stand out by working 75 hours bi-weekly, doing all sorts of different shifts (days, evenings, and nights) and still managing to get 3.80+ GPA, even so much as increasing my GPA by doing 5 courses the semester past. I could do another 5 courses this semester but I don't know if it would benefit me to prove to them I am capable of doing so since I've already did 5 courses in a semester. I am struggling with volunteer work but also hope that by working in healthcare as a MLT, that it shows that I do have qualities and passions for helping people and the medical field. Do you think doing a Master's or even a graduate diploma In the faculty of medicine program would better my chances of getting into Medicine with MUN or McMaster? I'm open to anyone's advice or opinions as what I could do to help my chances to be accepted or even where I stand as a future medical school applicant! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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