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Canadian Applicant - Quick Questions

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by ArdentMed, May 19, 2014.

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  1. ArdentMed

    ArdentMed 2+ Year Member

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    Hey guys,

    I'm entering first year Sciences at UBC and I've already set my sites on a DO school in the states. Now, I've a couple of quick questions which I couldn't find a (definite) answer for via searching around;

    1. Does AACOMAS grade replacement policy apply if I take a course during the year and decide to re-take it again during the summer at a different (and more lenient) university over the summer so long as the course descriptions match?

    2. Also, I know that the average for DO schools seems to be lingering at around a 3.5 GPA and 28 MCAT, but are there any caveats I should know of that are applicable to Canadian citizens? Are the standards higher?

    3. Upon attending a DO school in the states, how difficult will it be to obtain a Visa and/or work permit? I intend to stay in the states because I'm assuming that the hoops I would have to jump through to attain a residency spot in Canada as a DO is far too odious.

    4. Also, there aren't many DO's in the general Vancouver area (Canada), but there are a few osteopaths who practice muscle-skeletal manipulation. Would is be more propitious to shadow an osteopath, or would a fully licensed MD be more favourable? I'm assuming the latter is preferred.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. ArdentMed

    ArdentMed 2+ Year Member

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    Anyone?
     
  4. WhyDoWeFall

    WhyDoWeFall 5+ Year Member

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    I am unsure about the specific Canadian questions but I can suggest not to apply to regional bias schools unless your stats/file are above the "average".

    As for the letter, I do know that some schools REQUIRE a DO letter and it is looked more fondly on people who do have DO letters.

    According to the AACOMAS instructions, it appears that as long as the course description and credit level match it should be ok (and both should be taken at an undergrad institution). It seems this question was also already asked multiple times in the forum so you can also use those for a reference. If you wish to double check I recommend emailing AACOMAS just to be sure you are not wasting your time.
     
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  6. ArdentMed

    ArdentMed 2+ Year Member

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    Thanks for the prompt reply, guys. I'll definitely take your advice into consideration.
     

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