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Queen's vs UofT vs Western BioMed

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which ones better and why - pros and cons?

UWO - BioMed
Queen's - Science 1
UofT - Neuro Co-op and Life Sci
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UWO
Pro: If you want to be a doctor, biomed looks like it will provide the most relevant information.
Con: You know you are not in biomed until year two or three and you have to compete against other people to get into your modules and stuff. It just looks like a hassle . Also, what if your marks were not that great in your first and/or second year and then you did not get into biomed? You would feel pretty useless.

Queen's
Pros: It looks like a fun school and there are some cool specializations in third and fourth year.
Con: Life science starts in year two and you have to have good marks to get into it. What will you do if you do not? The first year general science thing also just looks like another year of highschool to me because it is general.

U of T
Pros: U of T is ranked as the best school in the country, co-op gives you some experience so you have an edge on people without it later and neuroscience is a growing field so maybe there are some interesting job prospects in the future.
Con: I have heard that if you want to go to U of T you must be prepared to be lost in a sea of students. I have heard that it is a cold environment.
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@LordNerd wrote
UWO
Pro: If you want to be a doctor, biomed looks like it will provide the most relevant information.
Con: You know you are not in biomed until year two or three and you have to compete against other people to get into your modules and stuff. It just looks like a hassle . Also, what if your marks were not that great in your first and/or second year and then you did not get into biomed? You would feel pretty useless.

Queen's
Pros: It looks like a fun school and there are some cool specializations in third and fourth year.
Con: Life science starts in year two and you have to have good marks to get into it. What will you do if you do not? The first year general science thing also just looks like another year of highschool to me because it is general.

U of T
Pros: U of T is ranked as the best school in the country, co-op gives you some experience so you have an edge on people without it later and neuroscience is a growing field so maybe there are some interesting job prospects in the future.
Con: I have heard that if you want to go to U of T you must be prepared to be lost in a sea of students. I have heard that it is a cold environment.


It's pretty much true for all three, so I wouldn't base your decision solely on that
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VISIT THE CAMPUS OF EACH!!!!!!!!!

Honestly, you will know the second you step on campus. The programs are all (basically) the same, so it's hard to compare them on that level. Especially for undergrad, the university experience is everything - you need to be happy at the university that you attend.

I was deciding between McMaster and Western for life sci and biomed respectively. The programs were basically the same, and I was leaning a bit towards mac since my parents are alumni and it's closer to home. However, the second I stepped on campus at Western I fell in love. It's where I'm going in the fall, no questions asked!
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@LordNerd wrote
UWO
Pro: If you want to be a doctor, biomed looks like it will provide the most relevant information.
Con: You know you are not in biomed until year two or three and you have to compete against other people to get into your modules and stuff. It just looks like a hassle . Also, what if your marks were not that great in your first and/or second year and then you did not get into biomed? You would feel pretty useless.

Queen's
Pros: It looks like a fun school and there are some cool specializations in third and fourth year.
Con: Life science starts in year two and you have to have good marks to get into it. What will you do if you do not? The first year general science thing also just looks like another year of highschool to me because it is general.

U of T
Pros: U of T is ranked as the best school in the country, co-op gives you some experience so you have an edge on people without it later and neuroscience is a growing field so maybe there are some interesting job prospects in the future.
Con: I have heard that if you want to go to U of T you must be prepared to be lost in a sea of students. I have heard that it is a cold environment.



UofT isn't the best school in the country...Mcgill is without a doubt. Also, your right that it's quite competitive at UofT but people also overhype how difficult UofT is, the tests and stuff are brutal but you always got a backup bellcurve.

Also, biomed doesn't have much to do with medical school to be honost. It helps you score better on the MCAT but doesn't give you an advantage in any sort of way.
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@LordNerd wrote
UWO
Pro: If you want to be a doctor, biomed looks like it will provide the most relevant information.
Con: You know you are not in biomed until year two or three and you have to compete against other people to get into your modules and stuff. It just looks like a hassle . Also, what if your marks were not that great in your first and/or second year and then you did not get into biomed? You would feel pretty useless.

Queen's
Pros: It looks like a fun school and there are some cool specializations in third and fourth year.
Con: Life science starts in year two and you have to have good marks to get into it. What will you do if you do not? The first year general science thing also just looks like another year of highschool to me because it is general.

U of T
Pros: U of T is ranked as the best school in the country, co-op gives you some experience so you have an edge on people without it later and neuroscience is a growing field so maybe there are some interesting job prospects in the future.
Con: I have heard that if you want to go to U of T you must be prepared to be lost in a sea of students. I have heard that it is a cold environment.



UofT isn't the best school in the country...Mcgill is without a doubt. Also, your right that it's quite competitive at UofT but people also overhype how difficult UofT is, the tests and stuff are brutal but you always got a backup bellcurve.

Also, biomed doesn't have much to do with medical school to be honost. It helps you score better on the MCAT but doesn't give you an advantage in any sort of way.
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@FiresinX wrote
Also, biomed doesn't have much to do with medical school to be honost. It helps you score better on the MCAT but doesn't give you an advantage in any sort of way.



Actually... physics, mathematics, and engineering graduates score the highest on the MCAT.

http://www.aip.org/statistics/trends/reports/mcat2009.pdf

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@FiresinX wrote

UofT isn't the best school in the country...Mcgill is without a doubt. Also, your right that it's quite competitive at UofT but people also overhype how difficult UofT is, the tests and stuff are brutal but you always got a backup bellcurve.

Also, biomed doesn't have much to do with medical school to be honost. It helps you score better on the MCAT but doesn't give you an advantage in any sort of way.



McGill is ranked first for med school but second overall. I was going by overall.
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FiresinX is exaggerating the bellcurving at UofT. I already proved him wrong in another thread and instead of responding he ignored the thread altogether. Don't believe his tripe: the bellcurve is only minimally helpful.
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@plaidboy wrote
which ones better and why - pros and cons?

UWO - BioMed
Queen's - Science 1
UofT - Neuro Co-op and Life Sci




I only go to UWO, so I'll tell you my take on that one.

Pros:
BMSc is a great program, and we have fantastic co-ordinators. Kathy and Joan are as helpful as anyone can possibly be.
BMSc students in year 3 and 4 have great opportunities, as we are part of the Schulich school of Medicine and Dentistry. Super perks? check.
4th years in BMSc modules get to do a research project with a specialist in the field. LOR's, connections, publishments? Oh yes.
34% of graduates are accepted into medical schools. 'Nuff said.
Fantastic profs, mostly
Absolutely stunning campus

Cons:
Of course it is a competitive entry, so if you're not up to snuff, you'll be kicked out of the program. Not that big of a problem though, as if you do your work, you'll get the 78%.
The perks don't really show until 3rd year. First years aren't actually BMSc students.
If you don't do your work, you'll fall behind.

I may be a bit biased, but I love my program, and I love my university. If you choose UWO's BMSc, you won't regret it.
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