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Hello,

 

I was looking at the admission stats for the College of Medicine and apparently the grade range was 82.8-98.6% . How exactly does one get 98.6? Isnt there a max ? How can one get perfect in every single lab result? :confused:

 

Anyways, I will be entering 1st year and course selection starts in 3 days. I was wondering if anyone is aware of any easy courses?

 

What were your highest grades? Which courses and profs?

 

English is not really my forte and I was wondering if there are any mainly logic (math) based courses? Also which humanities are the easiest; I have no intrest in any of them. Also i have heard that english courses can crush GPAs, so some people recommend to take it in the summer, which I dont understand how would be different than taking it in the fall or winter.

 

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!:)

 

Thank you

 

My first semester currently (subject to change) consists of Phys 115, Chem 112, Class 103 medical terminology, Psy 121 and Bio 120

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I know a lot of people who didn’t take all of their sciences in the same semester for fear that they would be overwhelmed with the sheer amount of coursework and lab demands. If you feel comfortable and ready for the grind, go for it. However, a lot of people will take 2 of the 3 sciences first year to help adjust to the demand of university. Then, once you declare your major, pick phys-pharm lol. 

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Highest grades depend completely on your interests and strengths. For whatever reason, I love biochem and it just makes sense to me and I enjoyed studying it. So I did really well in biology/biochem classes. I had the AP college board credit for first year english so I didn't take that, but I did take a 200 level sci fi english class as an elective and it was one of my highest grades and I absolutely loved it. 

I get it, you wanna crush it so it's easier to get in which makes sense. I am impressed with how goal oriented you are at this stage - I didn't even consider applying medicine until the end of my 4th year of undergrad. But keep an open mind, and major in what you're good at. If english/humanities aren't your strong suit that's cool. But don't just take classes or pick a major because they're historically "easy" because if you hate them you probably won't do well in them. People always say major in kin, phys/pharm, or whatever because it's "easy" to get good grades, I dunno, maybe that's true. But I maintain that I would have done more poorly in kin than biochem because the subject matter isn't interesting to me.

Major in math if that's your jam and you're good at it. Personally, I am medium at math and wish I would have taken math for the life sciences (math 125? it's math 110 but without trig so it's a bit easier...) instead of math 110 lol - for anyone reading this thread who doesn't love math. 

My experiences from undergrad are kind of old now (graduated in 2014). But generally I tried to take 1 f-off class per term for my mental health, that is a class that is easy that you can blow off a bit and just study for the midterm and final. Some of those courses (for me personally) were: intro GEOL (108 & 109, one is about the earth/climate the other is basically memorizing dinosaurs and was more boring than I thought it was gonna be), intro GEOG 120.3 (the one that's like climate, environment and human processes and how they interact it was alright I actually learned some things I use to this day), SOC 111/112 are typically very easy humanities electives. I have heard FABS, nutrition and Classics are also pretty straightforward electives. 

Partly what I would also caution you on, is while getting into med with good grades is certainly the "bottleneck" of being a doctor and the first thing you should focus on... my undergrad has influenced my medicine career greatly. My lab research and connections and publications supported my residency application, they will also be good on my CV looking for jobs. I volunteered during undergrad doing things I genuinely was passionate about and kept long-term relationships with those organizations, not because it would look good on a med app (U of S doesnt even look at that stuff and I never was gunning for medicine anyway) but because I thought it was important and valuable. Those were some of the most asked about and interesting things about me at residency interviews. Everyone in med school is a good student that's not gonna make you stand out. Find out what you love, be involved in things that interest you within and outside of academia. Find out who you are! That's what undergrad is for! So much personal growth, not just academic. Just try to stay grounded and well rounded :) - it will make the rest of the journey a lot easier. 

Anyway, I don't wanna get too fluffy here. At the end of the day I'm actually mostly a work-to-live kinda person and I am not one of those people who thinks medicine is some kind of profound vocation. But these are my experiences, as someone about a decade older than you and who has been through undergrad - med school - and now part way through residency. It's also about the journey, not just the destination so don't forget that! 

 

 

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18 hours ago, dogman1122 said:

Hello,

 

I was looking at the admission stats for the College of Medicine and apparently the grade range was 82.8-98.6% . How exactly does one get 98.6? Isnt there a max ? How can one get perfect in every single lab result? :confused:

 

Anyways, I will be entering 1st year and course selection starts in 3 days. I was wondering if anyone is aware of any easy courses?

 

What were your highest grades? Which courses and profs?

 

English is not really my forte and I was wondering if there are any mainly logic (math) based courses? Also which humanities are the easiest; I have no intrest in any of them. Also i have heard that english courses can crush GPAs, so some people recommend to take it in the summer, which I dont understand how would be different than taking it in the fall or winter.

 

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!:)

 

Thank you

 

My first semester currently (subject to change) consists of Phys 115, Chem 112, Class 103 medical terminology, Psy 121 and Bio 120

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Hi,

Just wondering where you got those stats from as the Admissions Statistics document hasn't been updated yet for 2021. Is there another page/document that everyone else is looking at? 

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On 6/7/2021 at 9:03 AM, Blankbla said:

2006? Damn that was 15 years ago! I guess the grades haven’t changed too much though lol

USask used to be MCAT optional and would take people after two years of undergrad. One of the reasons they were put on probation regarding accredition in 2013 was because getting in was about gaming the system to get a high GPA rather than taking actually smart people. Some folks wouldn't declare a major and just take easy courses in addition to the prereqs to maximize their odds of getting in, so the entering average were super inflated. The median entering average in 2012 was a 89.9 for comparison.

They reintroduced the MCAT and mandated a four year degree in I think 2016 so they could get accredited again and did away with prereqs. While  university grades have increased overall, the entering average has dropped because of the MCAT and mandating a four year degree.

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Oh wow, its been a while since i logged in! Just posting my thread from 11 years ago with the same question

https://forums.premed101.com/topic/42422-how-exactly-does-one-get-a-986-two-year-average/?tab=comments#comment-518766

I am a practicing physician now and ended up getting into med after 3 years with a 2 year average of 95+%. There are lots of smart people out there and some of those 97+ averages were obtained by people either going to smaller schools (Athabasca, Lethbridge etc) or had a very generous Master's supervisor.  Either way, back in those days there were certainly people that went for the typical phys/pharm major and got in with high 90s averages with just pure work ethic and talent. 

None of the stuff I can share on undergrad course selection is probably relevant now so i have no practical advice.  

 

All the best!

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