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Medicine

What is it?

Science and art of treating, diagnosing and preventing disease. Physicians work in a wide array of settings including hospitals, private practice, clinics, university settings, pharmaceutical industry and government agencies.


Academic Programs

Most programs in the US and Canada offer MD degree. Some offer a combined MD/Ph.D program. The MD/Ph.D program is designed for those who want to pursue a research career and donít really want to become clinicians or want to practice Medicine on a part time basis. Most MD programs are four years with the exception of several schools that offer a three year programs including the University of Calgary or McMaster University


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  • Minimum of B+ or A- GPA for the Premed courses
  • Most successful applicants have a GPA of A- or above 3.5
  • Average MCAT scores for biological and physical sciences is 10-11
        (Click here to calculate your scores)
  • An interview may or may not be required

Admission to Medical School

Medical School admission is becoming tougher than ever mainly due to the higher number of applicants applying for a limited number of spots. Here are some tips that we think would make a difference to an applicantís success in their application to Medical School

  • Choose an undergraduate degree preferably in the basic sciences that is not too difficult. For example, a general Science degree vs. a degree in Biochemistry. General Science degrees are more flexible allowing students to be more selective in choosing the courses than the more structured undergraduate science programs that have more compulsory courses. This may allow students to score higher grades and thus have a higher GPA.
  • Do not choose a difficult undergraduate degree in hopes that you have something to fall back on in case Medicine doesnít work out. Pharmacy is a classic example. Many choose to enroll in the Pharmacy undergraduate program so that they can fall back on a professional degree in case of an unsuccessful application to Medical School. The Pharmacy curriculum is both challenging and demanding. It is difficult to score high marks and keep a competitive GPA. It is certainly a trade off that must be carefully weighed.
  • Different Medical Schools have different weighting on the criteria for admission. Some medical schools put more emphasis on marks, others weigh extra curricular activities equally. For most Medical Schools, academics carry the most weight for admissions. MCAT scores, recommendation letters, volunteer work usually carry a smaller weight. American Medical Schools may weigh MCAT scores higher than Canadian schools. Candidates should therefore try to score high on the academics carefully selecting the undergraduate degree that they want to specialize in.

Volunteer Work

  • Volunteer work is becoming an important part of medical school admission. However, make sure you spend your time and efforts on volunteer work efficiently. Do not think that spending three months in Africa will necessarily increase your chances of admission if your marks are below average. Volunteer work is an important attribute provided that one's has a competitive or above average GPA.
  • Try to be involved in volunteer work in an area that you enjoy and for a cause that you believe in. This will allow you to do what you enjoy and get a good recommendation letter from your volunteer work supervisor.

The MCATTry Online MCAT Practice Exam

  • Do as many practice exams as possible
  • Many, especially those whose first language is not English, have difficulty scoring high on the Verbal reasoning section. For this section, do all you can do increase the speed and accuracy of your reading comprehension including taking speed reading courses in institutions such as KAPLAN.
  • Try to do as much practice exams as possible preferably those put out by the AAMC. Also try to leave one of the AAMC sample exams until the end and try to do it a week before the actual exam. Try to emulate the exam environment as much as possible
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