medschool hopeful Posted November 19, 2006 Report Share Posted November 19, 2006 I was wondering how does MCAT work in regards to entering med school and if you have any advice in what year i should grad with my undergrad. Here is my dilemma: I am a high performance athlete and i compete on the international level. The problem is I want to go to med-school and while both are very important in my life I want to schedule both so that I can reach my fullest potential in both. The 2012 Olympics will land in my peak years and I want to spend some time preparing for those. Being a varsity athlete the school want us to take a 12 credit semester not 15. Which is on average 4 courses not 5. That leaves us to graduate after 5 years. In Canadian schools athletes are only allowed to compete for their school for 5 years until which they are cut off and expected to graduate. My thing is I dont know if I want to take the five years, even if it okayed by UBC, which it is, becasue that would put me at 24. However if I go to school in the summer I can finish in 3 more years and have extra time to prepare olympics and build up my volunteer/traveling resume for med school. I want to work in the third world so getting this experience is pretty crucial. My problem is I dont want to go to med school until after 2012 because I want to focus on my athletics, but if I grad in 2009 then I will be out of school for 3 years rather than only 1 if I do the full 5 years. If I have a big gap how will that affect my academic chances of getting in. Do I have to write the MCAT right before I send in my application or can I write it right after I graduate and keep my scores valid until time I am ready to apply? I am trying to balance everything and try to keep my chances high of getting in, afterall medicine is my whole future not my athletics. I think 2012 will be the best year for me to apply to med because this is the average age of acceptance, median is around 23. I am just not sure if the big gap of no school will do me good or if I will end up forgetting everything especially when I go and write the MCAT. Being a world class athlete I hope will help show UBC that I am successful in all areas of life not just academics which is I think what they want, so doing well and spending time focusing on the olympics will (I hope) benefit my medicine career not hinder it. I know I have it in me to make it to the top of the podium. Its all in a matter of timing. I dont know whether I should go to school in the summer or not. I hope you can offer some suggestions. thanks Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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