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Hi everyone! I’m a grade 11 student that’s looking to go to medical school in the near future. I’ve been doing some research and I’d like to get some advice. What’s my best chance at going to medical school?: What schools should I be looking to go to? (Top tier: UofT, Waterloo, McMaster, Queens, vs. Lower tier: Brock, Laurentian, Lakehead, York) What programs should I be looking into, and what should I be doing to increase my chances at acceptance of those programs? (Extracurriculars, volunteering, etc.) What should grade 12 marks look like? (I know schools put out a “minimum average”, but what I’m really looking for is accepted students’ admissions averages.) What grade 12 courses should I be aiming to take? Does the university I go to affect my chances of medical school? What are some do’s and don’ts when applying to universities? Right now, I’m eyeing towards BioMed @ Waterloo, and HealthSci @ McMaster & Queens; What do you guys think? As these next few years are going to be critical in determining my future, I want to get it right! Give me any feedback and advice you guys may have, I’d like to hear from everybody!

7 Answers

  1. What school you attend for undergrad, or program for that matter, is largely irrelevant as long as it’s accredited. Med schools don’t discriminate based on program, you can study anything, just make sure you take the necessary prereq courses during your studies and that’s it. Grade 12 marks have no bearing on med school admission, so just get whatever you need to get admitted to undergrad. Focus on GPA, not about the school reputation or program.

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  2. Hi there, I’m currently in Grade 12, looking to pursue Medicine as well.

    Technically, any science program (BSc) will do you just fine. The admission cutoff is not too bad, and it’s very broad, so if you change your mind about getting into medical school there’s still leeway for you to pick something else. As for the university, I know U of T, Dalhousie, McGill, and also Queen’s have some good programs. McGill medical school won’t require you to write the MCAT, so that’s convenient!

    If you know Medicine is something you want to do guaranteed, there are some programs, like such available at Western and Queen’s, which put students down that route for medical school. Premedicine at Western is an example. These programs will provide the necessities for student who will eventually apply for medical school. The admission cutoff is very high though ( low-mid 90’s), and if you change your mind about career path while in these programs, there’s not much you can do.

    Right now you’re in Grade 11, and you will have plenty of time to think about this decision when the time comes next year. Don’t give it so much thought yet. I’d say it’s paramount to take all 3 sciences (bio, physics, chem) and to work very hard in those courses. Most will ask for math (AF, maybe even calc) in Grade 12 as well.

    Good luck!

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