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My name is Josh, some of you might know me as the guy who started MedHopeful. For those of you who don't know me, I am currently a 3rd year Medical Student at UofT and I have run a blog called MedHopeful for almost 4 years now which provides stories and advice relating to undergrad, scholarships and medical school.
I originally wanted to remain anonymous in this thread because I was working on a few new projects (like a new group blog I had started) with some medical school classmates who wanted to remain anonymous. However, after long discussions and thinking, I decided to go back to primarily posting on MedHopeful. I also figured that I was OK not being anonymous (my friends still want to be, which is fine and I understand why).
In any case, I am happy to answer any questions, and for those of you who didn't know, I started a similar thread like this last year on the old Student Awards forums, which you might also find useful:
I am a 3rd year medical student at a Canadian medical school. My first 2 years were spent mostly in the classroom learning anatomy, physiology, disease, treatments, etc.
I started 3rd year in September 2011, and since then, I have been in "clerkship" - which means I have been working and learning full time in the hospital - seeing real patients everyday, and learning to diagnose/treat their illnesses. I have to say, it's very different from what I imagined. No matter how much you try to learn what it's like to practice medicine (e.g. shadowing), you really don't know what it's like until you do it.
I found these forums very helpful while studying in undergrad and applying to medical school. I'd like to give back by answering questions about medical school if anyone has any.
I'll try to be as honest as possible. I just won't be revealing any personal details as I'd prefer to remain anonymous.
Ask away! :)
P.S. I now blog everyday about med school life, getting in to med school, undergrad tips, etc. (see signature)
Honestly, almost every single person on Yconic wants to go to med school. Which begs the questions, WHY? Med School acceptance rates in Ontario are under 10%, and most people who apply don't get an interview. If you are considering a career in Medicine, I want to know your reasons. I feel like most people want to become doctors because the salary is beneficial and probably could care less about the care of patients. Besides, what are your back-up plans since not everyone goes to med school.
Hi everyone I was just curious as to how Western grants admission scholarships. How many classes do they use to calculate your average? Do they just look at your top six marks in gr. 12, including prerequisite courses or is there another way they calculate your mean? Any insight is appreciated.
I'm slightly confused because I've heard a lot of "top 6" talk, and averages of all years, and I have no idea how any of that stuff is calculated or whatnot. I hope this isn't a vague question or anything.
So I received an 83 in English and an 85 in Advanced Functions, but my top 6 average will be a 93 because of Calculus and my bird courses. Will my low English and Advanced Functions mark hinder my chances with good extracurriculars?