Canadian IB

7+ Year Member
Feb 4, 2010
Do med schools prefer if students have a full course load every year ie 5 courses a year.?

At my school 1 course/credit is a 3 or 4 hour class for the entire year.

I am thinking of dropping one of my courses so I would have 3.5 courses would this be frowned upon?

I also have 2 AP credits so technically I could argue that is why I am taking a lower course load

I would like to know since some med schools in Canada do not care so much about the course load, they just care about the GPA. I don't know think that this is the case in the US but I am not sure.

Any response would be greatly appreciated!!

Marcus Brody

Already has the grail.
10+ Year Member
Jun 2, 2008
Attending Physician
They generally prefer a full course load, usually between 13-18 credits, though I never took fewer than 15. It helps demonstrate you can survive med school.

not the case in Canada, just lower standards I guess.