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Engineering Undergraduate to Med School

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I was just wondering if it's possible to go to med school with an engineering degree?
I applied to civil engineering and have been accepted, but I recently had a change of heart and am considering going to med school. Nothing is definite, and I'm really unsure still, but I just wanted to know the possibilities before getting my sights set on something that cannot be done.
If I decide that medicine is what I truly want, would it be a better idea to transfer to a health science program rather than complete an engineering one?
Thanks!
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Yes so long as you have the required prerequisites. Keep in mind though it will be tough to obtain a good GPA in an Engineering program.
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Yes but it's arguably the toughest road to med school.

I know someone who is in his first year of U of T med school right now, he started off as a chem eng student for 2 years and then transferred into health sci for the last half of undergrad because his GPA as an eng student just wasn't competitive enough.

I also have another friend who is currently completing his Master's in biomed eng. He completed a biomed eng degree for undergrad but his GPA wasn't high enough when he graduated to apply so he decided to go for a Master's, obtain his P.Eng, and then apply to med afterwards.
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I know a handful of people who did it, and I know a handful of people who had GPAs high enough that they could have probably done it. It's possible, but could be difficult
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OMG I was thinking about the same thing. I researched about this and this is what I basically learned:
It is REALLY hard to go to a Canadian med school after an engineering undergrad. Engineering is the hardest undergrad and maintaining a high GPA is very hard. I know many people from life sciences program unable to get into med school. And life sciences programs are a lot easier. However some American med schools take this into account and you might have a better chance at a American medschool. It is very expensive though.
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@computerengineer wrote
And life sciences programs are a lot easier.


Really?
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Thanks everyone!

I've also applied to architecture, so do you think it would be a better idea to do undergrad in architecture as opposed to engineering?
I think it would be easier to maintain a high average, but there's probably less room for electives. Thoughts?
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My sisters good friend did it, studied Computer Engineering at Waterloo and graduated from U of T's medical school and is doing his residency in Radiology. It's possible, but extremely difficult primarily because a lot of the classes you have to take have low class averages to begin with. I know people do this to ensure that they have a career if medicine doesn't work out but I don't really recommend it.
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@Llamaaa wrote
I was just wondering if it's possible to go to med school with an engineering degree?
I applied to civil engineering and have been accepted, but I recently had a change of heart and am considering going to med school. Nothing is definite, and I'm really unsure still, but I just wanted to know the possibilities before getting my sights set on something that cannot be done.
If I decide that medicine is what I truly want, would it be a better idea to transfer to a health science program rather than complete an engineering one?
Thanks!




My doctor's son did Engineering at UFT and after his 3rd year decided that he wants to be a doctor and ended up getting full scholarship from Ottawa U to do Medicine!
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