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    Anyone Starting PRE-MED in May 2012?

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    Hello,
    I am thinking of taking the Pre-med in May of 2012 and was wondering if someone can enlightened me (no pun intended) on this.

    Thank you very much!

    Angela

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    here is something I posted elsewhere that might enlighten you:


    Quote Originally Posted by houmd View Post
    Also, read the stickies on this forum, particularly Note to All High School Graduates.

    I would like to tell you now that going to Windsor through the Premed program will not "make you a Doctor faster." It will automatically make it 100x harder to become a Doctor in the US or Canada.

    There is absolutely no way that I would EVER recommend ANYONE attending the premed program instead of doing a full undergrad in the US/CAN.

    And this is coming from someone who is very proud to be a windsor student, but I didn't do the premed "shortcut."

    If you want be a physician then do it the right way, go to college and get a degree then apply to every US/CAN MD/DO schools you can afford to apply to. If that fails, then go to the carib.

    If you have any dreams of going into one of those competitive specialties (Radiology, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, etc) then going to the carib will almost guarantee you will never be one. IMGs are looked down upon by our AMG counterparts and the powers in charge in the USA (even more-so in Canada) like to keep looking at us as inferior, and thus getting into a US/CAN program would be a great advantage to you.

    Also, in the next few years there will be almost no residency spots available to international medical graduates and your degree will be useless.

    So please, for the love of God and all things wonderful don't be an idiot and go to premed thinking you're doing yourself a favor. I know there is the pressure from your parents to "become a doctor" and not only that but do it cheaper and faster. But taking shortcuts doesn't make a good physician, nor will it help you.

    I am in the carib by last option, it is my last resort and I have to make it work or I will have nothing. Since the carib is my LAST OPTION then why would you want it to be your first option?

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    I second that motion. I dont think anyone should do a premed program at any caribbean school not matter how great it is. Please get a bachelors degree in the US or CAN. if money is a program start out at a Jr college than transfer to a state college. Also you dont have to be a biology major to get in to medical school. major in something easy like psychology and minor in biology. You will be fine or even get a nursing degree. Trust me the experience will help you in the long run.
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    Wow.... many thanks for the insightful information. Much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cardiomegaly View Post
    I second that motion. I dont think anyone should do a premed program at any caribbean school not matter how great it is. Please get a bachelors degree in the US or CAN. if money is a program start out at a Jr college than transfer to a state college. Also you dont have to be a biology major to get in to medical school. major in something easy like psychology and minor in biology. You will be fine or even get a nursing degree. Trust me the experience will help you in the long run.
    I can't emphasize this enough. I know a TON of kinesiology, psychology, or business majors who got into med school because they took easy cushion classes the whole time and then had lots more time to focus on their pre-req courses. Don't be a dummy like I was and pick a super hard major. And to be honest I would recommend that anyone start out at a junior college their first 1-2yrs
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    One of the best advices ever on this forum from Houmd.

    Quote Originally Posted by houmd View Post
    Also, read the stickies on this forum, particularly Note to All High School Graduates.

    I would like to tell you now that going to Windsor through the Premed program will not "make you a Doctor faster." It will automatically make it 100x harder to become a Doctor in the US or Canada.

    There is absolutely no way that I would EVER recommend ANYONE attending the premed program instead of doing a full undergrad in the US/CAN.

    And this is coming from someone who is very proud to be a windsor student, but I didn't do the premed "shortcut."

    If you want be a physician then do it the right way, go to college and get a degree then apply to every US/CAN MD/DO schools you can afford to apply to. If that fails, then go to the carib.

    If you have any dreams of going into one of those competitive specialties (Radiology, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, etc) then going to the carib will almost guarantee you will never be one. IMGs are looked down upon by our AMG counterparts and the powers in charge in the USA (even more-so in Canada) like to keep looking at us as inferior, and thus getting into a US/CAN program would be a great advantage to you.

    Also, in the next few years there will be almost no residency spots available to international medical graduates and your degree will be useless.

    So please, for the love of God and all things wonderful don't be an idiot and go to premed thinking you're doing yourself a favor. I know there is the pressure from your parents to "become a doctor" and not only that but do it cheaper and faster. But taking shortcuts doesn't make a good physician, nor will it help you.

    I am in the carib by last option, it is my last resort and I have to make it work or I will have nothing. Since the carib is my LAST OPTION then why would you want it to be your first option?
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