If you are a Canadian premed student and have applied to all Canadian med-schools and have been rejected from every single one, you should try applying to a med-school in the United States.
There are several advantages and disadvantages for applying to a school in the United States.
You need a lower GPA to get into a med-school in the states.
You can easily work in both the USA and Canada once you graduate from a med-school in the USA. This is unlike graduating from a med-school in the Caribbean or another country where you need to complete the USMLE.
So you just completed your first semester at university and you are finally starting your second. You have some experience with how things work in university now and you begin to believe that your second semester will be much easier than the first. Well you’re most likely wrong.
This is not to say that you aren’t going to do better in the 2nd term than the 1st, but its just not likely. the reason being is that second semester usually contains new or material compared to the first semester which is just review.
I won’t ramble on for too long about this (since it’s very straightforward) but I just want you guys to be careful and be aware of how things really go in first year.
You just finished your midterms and exams are slowly approaching. And all you want at this point is a god damn break. This may be your first year of university and everything seems new and overwhelming to you, or you could be an senior student who is just tired of playing the game.
You just want all this pressure to come off your shoulders. Its making you angry, tired and even depressed.
Well, let me tell you that there is not a single proven method of getting rid of depression over night, but there are many things that you can do to at least coping and alleviating the pains that come with it.
Here are a couple of tips that I came up with over my university career that helped my get through some depressive times. Just remember this is professional-unprofessional advice coming from someone who isn’t a psychologist.
Tip#1: Take some time everyday to do things that you like
This is pretty self explanatory. From experience, if you keep studying all day and do nothing else, you are most likely to being feeling depressed. Remember that taking 1 hour breaks between long studying sessions will probably lighten your mood and give you even more motivation to study. Also remember that your GPA is not the most important thing in the world.
Some things I recommend doing are:
Going to the gym
Going outside for a lunch break
Meeting with friends
What I don’t recommend doing:
Playing video games
Doing any activity in the same room you are studying in
Tip#2: Change your way of thinking
What I mean by this is to stop associating self worth with your GPA. There is more to life than a number on your transcript. Life exists outside those 4 years of university, and by the time you are 30, you will probably forget you even got a 65% on that one biology quiz. Also that one biology quiz probably has minimal effects on your success of applying to medical school, so stop worrying about every little thing!
Tip#3: Get some help
Sometimes you just can’t get rid of your depression on your own or by listening to some guy on wordpress. This is when you need to talk to the professionals. The university you are in should have a mental health clinic where you can see a psychologist to talk about your problems and emotions. Most universities offer free counselling sessions for a limited couple of sessions, and I recommend you go if you are feelings lost. Its OK to get help.
The MCAT, one of the most dreaded tests that you will end up taking, right? That’s what I thought 2 months into studying.
I first began studying for the MCAT on May the 11th right until August 15th, so around 3 months. The first month was the most brutal as you had to learn/review all the possible content that was on the MCAT, which was really tiring and boring. The content itself is not that interesting and a lot of it is just review from your regular science intro classes.
The MCAT is composed of 4 sections. Chemistry/Organic Chemistry/Physics, CARS, Biology/Biochemistry and Psychology/Sociology. I will break down the 4 sections to let you all know how I feel about them.
Find a hobby, get a job, go volunteer, travel, work on an independent project, just do something.
Yes, the summer grind can be tough as you just got out of school, and you guys are human, and I was human. I am human, still. But, um, but I was just referring to myself in the past. Not that I was not human…
This is especially important for applying to Medical Schools because most schools don’t want to have ‘boring’ or ‘unaccomplished’ students. Sure some medical schools don’t really ask for extracurricular activities, but
Haffies second midterm is coming and you better be studying… smart that is. The thing about Haffie’s midterms is that memorizing the lecture slides and doing all the outcomes isnt enough to get an 85+ in that class. To get an 85+ in that midterm is a considerable feat, and it is something you should be proud of if you do get that mark. I believe my mark for that midterm was around a 90. So to get that 85 here are some of my tips that I used that I felt were important.
There are many important things to consider when applying for med school, and its important to know what they are so that you can prioritize your life for the next 4 years so that you increase your chances of success.
This page on the OSMAS site is a pretty good indicator of what you need!